[identity profile] stars-inthe-sky.livejournal.com
Fandom Category: Futurama
Pairing: Turanga Leela / Phillip J. Fry
Fic Title: Five Ways That Forced Intimacy Clichés Made Fry and Leela Do It (And One Way That Didn’t)
Author: lotesse
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/8817?view_adult=true
Rating/Warning(s): Explicit
WIP?: No.

Why This Must Be Read: Okay, I too was skeptical of the sheer notion of Futurama fic when I first stumbled onto it.  Frankly, I'm still a little skeptical of the sheer notion of fic based on cartoons, especially explicit fic.  But gems like this prove that it can be done well, while keeping everyone in character, being hilarious, and verging on kinda hot.  Special appearance by Lrr, ruler of Omicron Persei 8.

Special Rec: 35/35

Whew, I'm done!  This reccing marathon has been a blast (mostly as a great excuse to dig up and re-read so many of my favorite fics) and I hope y'all have enjoyed it, too.
[identity profile] stars-inthe-sky.livejournal.com
Fandom Category: Chuck
Pairing: Anna Wu/Morgan Grimes, Anna Wu/Chuck Bartowski
Fic Title: Anna saves the world. A lot.
Author: [livejournal.com profile] omfgsh
Link: http://community.livejournal.com/killthefreshmen/7804.html
Rating/Warning(s): PG-13
WIP?: No.

Why This Must Be Read: Written for an "awesome ladies ficathon," this little fic does everything in its power to prove that Anna Wu is every bit as awesome as you think she is.  And that there's a reason she's so good with a camera tripod.  Bonus points to the author for calling the obviousness of Operation Bartowk

Special Rec: 32/35

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Fandom Category: Chuck
Pairing: Sarah Walker/Chuck Bartowski, Ellie Bartowski-Woodcomb/Devon "Captain Awesome" Woodcomb
Fic Title: Twas the Night
Author: GoldenGirl
Link: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5594793/1/Twas_the_Night
Rating/Warning(s): PG
WIP?: No.

Why This Must Be Read: Set in the nebulous post-Season 2/pre-Season 3 time, Devon and Sarah chat while the Bartowski siblings engage in their annual Christmas screening of The Twilight Zone.   They also drink eggnog, which results in possibly the most hilarious back-and-forth I've read in a while.  You don't really have to read past "1 am," to be honest, but it is well, well worth your time to go up to that point.  I'd also be totally up for filling in some of the blanks in their conversation...you'll see why.

Special Rec: 33/35

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Fandom Category: Chuck
Pairing: Diane Beckman / Roan Montgomery
Fic Title: Three Times Diane Beckman Met Roan Montgomery (and One Time She Didn't)
Author: misura
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/143116
Rating/Warning(s): General Audiences
WIP?: No.

Why This Must Be Read: For what it's worth, this fic was written *before* "Chuck Versus the Seduction Impossible" aired and proved the author right. It gives a glimpse into Beckman's life pre-Chuck--her motivations and goals and independence. As we later see in the show, she certainly doesn't need a man, but a sweetly characterized Roan doesn't hurt.

Special Rec: 34/35
[identity profile] stars-inthe-sky.livejournal.com
Fandom Category: White Collar
Pairing: Elizabeth Burke / Peter Burke, Kate Moreau / Neal Caffery
Fic Title: Stories of Progress
Author: BlackEyedGirl
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/70939
Rating/Warning(s): Teen and Up
WIP?: No.

Why This Must Be Read: Okay, so it's not explicitly het--the author even categorizes it as gen.  But I disagree--the unique and deep interpersonal relationships are what make White Collar stand out from many other police-y procedural shows.  This fic follows Neal, mourning Kate post-Season 1, and the people in his life (Peter, El, June, Mozzie, Diana and Jones) helping him through the grief in their own ways.  As on television, the Burkes' relationship is smartly rendered as a partnership between equals and as something Neal might realize he wants for himself.  June's missives about her husband make me want to learn more about who the author thinks he was.  And Neal's relationship with Kate feels as cut-off and mysterious as it does on the show (even with what more we learned about her in Season 2, which admittedly came after this was written).  In all, even if "Stories of Progress" lacks the conventional trappings of a het fic, it's worth a read through that lens.

Special Rec: 27/35
[identity profile] stars-inthe-sky.livejournal.com
Fandom Category: TV Commercials
Pairing: Flo/OMC
Fic Title: Electric Sheep
Author: Ceares
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/collections/yuletide2009/works/31795
Rating/Warning(s): G
WIP?: No.

Why This Must Be Read: Um, because some wrote fic about Flo from the Progressive Insurance commercials?  It's sweet and sincere for all its crackiness, and the author sets up a sensible, bright little universe that should make you smile.  (There are actually a few other Flo fics on AO3 that are entirely readable, but this one is definitely my favorite.)

Special Rec: 22/35

Not sure how to tag this one, sorry.

EDIT: Yay! Thanks, mods!
[identity profile] stars-inthe-sky.livejournal.com
Fandom Category: Bones
Pairing: Temperance Brennan / Seeley Booth
Fic Title: 25 Things That You Probably Didn't Know About Seeley Booth
Author: [livejournal.com profile] fluffernutter8
Link: http://fluffernutter8.livejournal.com/43035.html
Rating/Warning(s): PG
WIP?: No.

Why This Must Be Read:
This fic feels totally canon (or better, because I'm finding that fic writers in the Bones fandom tend to be better at this than actual writers on the Bones TV show) without being too shippy--rather, it's a frank exploration of a whole bunch of pieces of Seeley J. Booth.  I tried to pick out a couple items to highlight in particular, but they're all so there that I'm not sure I can.

Special Rec: 19/35

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Fandom Category: Bones
Pairing: Temperance Brennan / Seeley Booth
Fic Title: The Him and the Her
Author: Siria
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/63140
Rating/Warning(s): Teen and Up
WIP?: No.

Why This Must Be Read:
Gordon Gordon teaches Booth how to make great mac-and-cheese, along with a bunch other things.  Some of them involve food.

Special Rec: 20/35

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Fandom Category: Bones
Pairing: Temperance Brennan / Seeley Booth
Fic Title: One Half of a Whole (or If and When Parts One and Two Go Out for a Drink, They Will Have a Baby Called Epilogue)
Author: [livejournal.com profile] obrien_blue 
Link: http://obrien-blue.livejournal.com/35630.html?format=light
Rating/Warning(s): F
WIP?: No.

Why This Must Be Read:
Post-coma, Booth tries to figure out how to tell Brennan he's in love with her.  Told partly through dialogue, partly in stream-of-consciousness, and a bit of prose poetry, we can only wish cannon was this eloquently rendered.

Special Rec: 21/35
[identity profile] stars-inthe-sky.livejournal.com
Fandom Category: Bones
Pairing: Angela Montenegro / Jack Hodgins
Fic Title: let us be lovely
Author:
[livejournal.com profile] torigates 
Link: http://torigates.livejournal.com/231726.html
Rating/Warning(s): PG-13
WIP?: No.

Why This Must Be Read: Because there are few things better than actual shipper payoff, and Hodgela are going to make awesome parents.  Because Hodgins is the kind of dad to bring his kid plush creepy-crawlies, and Angela is the kind of mom who is secretly okay with that.  The Brennan bits here are sweet, but the Hodgela bits are sweeter.

Special Rec: 18/35
[identity profile] stars-inthe-sky.livejournal.com
Fandom Category: Pirates of the Caribbean
Pairing: Elizabeth Swann / William Turner
Fic Title: turn your sail (never say we die)
Author: [livejournal.com profile] mercurial_wit 
Link: http://mercurial-wit.livejournal.com/38921.html
Rating/Warning(s): PG-13
WIP?: No.

Why This Must Be Read: One scenario for a post-AWE world plays out, in gorgeous detail and one of the most authentic Jack Sparrow voices I have ever seen without Johnny Depp actually involved.  Will and Elizabeth come together as naturally and in-character as they should, and they find a way to be together for the long run that is as perfect as it is simply obvious.

Special Rec: 16/35

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Fandom Category: Pirates of the Caribbean
Pairing: Elizabeth Swann / William Turner
Fic Title: Breathing Underwater
Author: [livejournal.com profile] nekare 
Link: http://nekare.livejournal.com/208396.html
Rating/Warning(s): F
WIP?: No.

Why This Must Be Read:
Because the original PotC movie was so, so, so stellar and its two sequels were so, so, so not (I haven't made up my mind about my hopes for the upcoming installment), this is a fandom in much need of some kickass fanon.  This is that.  

Special Rec: 17/35
[identity profile] stars-inthe-sky.livejournal.com
Fandom Category: Dirty Dancing
Pairing: Frances Houseman/Johnny Castle
Fic Title: A Real Grown-Up Name
Author: fairy_tale_echo
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/34065
Rating/Warning(s): G
WIP?: No.

Why This Must Be Read: This wonderful one-shot follows Baby into adulthood, through college and beyond.  Johnny stays in the picture, which always seemed unlikely to me at the film's end but is believable and nicely rendered here.  The author tells her story through the benchmarks of definitive (and progressive) court cases in U.S. history, which jive nicely with Francis and her determination to become a lawyer and change the world.  There's also a strong case made for a true partnership between our lead couple, which is no small thing in this fandom or its era.

Special Rec: 15/35
[identity profile] stars-inthe-sky.livejournal.com
Fandom Category: Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Pairing: Jenny Calendar / Rupert Giles
Fic Title: Distractions
Author: [livejournal.com profile] dollsome 
Link: http://dollsome.livejournal.com/655323.html
Rating/Warning(s): PG, if even
WIP?: No.

Why This Must Be Read: Re-watch the early interactions between Giles and Jenny Calendar (up to "Dark Age") and you'll see what I mean when I say this should be your canon.  [livejournal.com profile] dollsome nails vintage Giles, from his vague resentment at dealing with high school students who are not the Slayer to his general distrust of / disdain for all things electronic.  Jenny's voice, too, is just as it should be--overly friendly but not over-sharing, honest and blunt.  Moments like these become all the more precious when you remember that this was really the first ship wherein we witnessed one of Joss Whedon's better-known proclivities.

Special Rec: 14/35
[identity profile] stars-inthe-sky.livejournal.com
Fandom Category: Star Wars (original trilogy)
Pairing: Princess Leia Organa / Captain Han Solo
Fic Title: Double Twist of Fate Or a Melody
Author: Thistlerose
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/96315
Rating/Warning(s): Teen and Up
WIP?: No.

Why This Must Be Read: The author's summary, "A sketch of their relationship, post-Jedi," captures the gist of this fic perfectly.  It's no more than that, a series of outlines of different aspects of their new lives, but the whole thing is beautifully rendered and so totally in character you can just about hear Carrie Fischer and Harrison Ford speaking the lines.  The image of Leia's impossibly long hair flows throughout the piece, which is a lovely trope, and Thistlerose also finds the clearest characterization of Padmé Amidala I think I've ever read.

Special Rec: 13/35
[identity profile] stars-inthe-sky.livejournal.com
Fandom Category: Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego? / Where's Waldo?
Pairing: Carmen Sandiego / Waldo
Fic Title: A Where Affair
Author: [livejournal.com profile] vibishan 
Link: http://community.livejournal.com/where_inthewrld/1376.html
Rating/Warning(s): According to the author, "R. NC-17 if you're a prude."
WIP?: No.

Why This Must Be Read: Lovely and romantic, this fic lets our two wanders do just that.  They overlap unexpectedly and in exotic locations--[livejournal.com profile] vibishan's eye for detail really stands out, and the links help--without talk of pasts or futures, just chemistry and some hot times with hats on.

Special Rec: 11/35
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Fandom Category: Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego? / Where's Waldo?
Pairing: Carmen Sandiego / Waldo
Fic Title: A hidden man will soon be mine, the plan is now in motion.
Author: [livejournal.com profile] kryptic_pear 
Link: http://community.livejournal.com/comment_fic/156053.html?thread=33724821#t33724821
Rating/Warning(s): Nothing objectionable except maybe the last line.
WIP?: No.

Why This Must Be Read: A super-short comment fic written off a prompt, this little number perfectly ties together the broad settings of the Where's Waldo? books with the cryptic clues Carmen Sandiego likes to leave into a neat snippet of romance.

Special Rec: 12/35
[identity profile] stars-inthe-sky.livejournal.com
Fandom Category: Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego? / Where's Waldo?
Pairing: Carmen Sandiego / Waldo
Fic Title: We Froze But For a Moment
Author: [livejournal.com profile] aboutbunnies 
Link: http://aboutbunnies.livejournal.com/28557.html
Rating/Warning(s): Per the author, "PG-13, because beloved children's characters are doing things they aren't allowed to do on television."
WIP?: No.

Why This Must Be Read: Waldo and Carmen meet in a bar and click.  Short, sweet, and just a little sexy.

Special Rec: 10/35
[identity profile] stars-inthe-sky.livejournal.com
Fandom Category: Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? / Where's Waldo?
Pairing: Carmen Sandiego/Waldo
Fic Title: Where No One Can Find Me
Author: Evilevergreen
Link: http://evilevergreen.deviantart.com/art/Xover-Where-No-One-Can-Find-Me-130023428
Rating/Warning(s): Mild references to sex, nothing explicit
WIP?: No.

Why This Must Be Read: With little shout-outs to both sets of source material, "Where No One Can Find Me" posits that Carmen and Waldo have met and, in their own international-criminal-meets-worldwide-wanderer way, fallen for each other.  But despite their common itinerant lifestyles thing always tend to be a little more complicated than anyone wants.  This fic is more of a snapshot of a story, and the author leans a bit too much on exposition, but it's a fun premise with clever results.

Special Rec: 9/35
[identity profile] stars-inthe-sky.livejournal.com
Fandom Category: Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego? / Where's Waldo?
Pairing: Carmen Sandiego / Waldo
Fic Title: Track
Author: [livejournal.com profile] gaiafaye 
Link: http://community.livejournal.com/where_inthewrld/2198.html
Rating/Warning(s): PG
WIP?: No.

Why This Must Be Read: Carmen/Waldo is probably the greatest crack pairing ever (and yes, I've read a Snape/Jesus slashfic, thank you), and [livejournal.com profile] where_inthewrld is a fun little community that celebrates this.  As a result, I'm taking it upon myself to promote several awesome fics featuring this pairing.  In "Track," the two encounter each other as strangers on a train--Carmen bold and flirtatious, Waldo friendly and a little bit awkward.  It's a short little snapshot, but a fun one that leaves you wanting to know more about both mysterious travelers.

Special Rec: 8/35
[identity profile] stars-inthe-sky.livejournal.com
Fandom Category: Disney's Mulan
Pairing: Fa Mulan / Li Shang
Fic Title: Versal and Marginalia
Author: Estirose
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/142865
Rating/Warning(s): G
WIP?: No.

Why This Must Be Read: This fic captures a perfect blend of Disney optimisim (including Mulan's spirited grandmother) and Chinese propriety, as well as Mulan's comfort with herself and Shang's confusion about how to deal with her as a woman.  Like the movie's ending, it's open-ended, and Estirose allows for Mulan to contend with her conflicting duties and desires--to herself and her family, to China, and to Shang--without forcing a fate upon her.  It's more of a coda to the film than a follow-up, but it's worth a read.

Special Rec: 7/35
[identity profile] stars-inthe-sky.livejournal.com
Fandom Category: Disney's The Little Mermaid
Pairing: Ariel/Eric
Fic Title: Bright Things
Author: Penknife
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/142539
Rating/Warning(s): Teen and Up
WIP?: No.

Why This Must Be Read: A happier take on "after happily ever after" than the gorgeous but tragic Seeing Your World From The Outside, this fic takes note of the things Ariel missed from under the sea but also remembers her joy surrounding the human world.  The author weaves the conflicting desires together beautifully, and Eric's perspective contextualizes her new life within an interesting broader picture.

Special Rec:
6/35
[identity profile] stars-inthe-sky.livejournal.com
Fandom Category: Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Pairing: Anya Jenkins / Xander Harris
Fic Title: Seven Habits of Highly Effective Sex Poodles
Authors: Doyle
Link: http://www.yuletidetreasure.org/archive/0/sevenhabits.html
Rating/Warning(s): More implied than explicit, but there are some pretty kinky things implied.
WIP?: No.

Why This Must Be Read: Like Anya in all of her uncensored, sex-addict glory?  Like Xander gettin' some and still being a little hapless?  Like fics that feel like scenes deleted from canon?  Read this.  (Set after S4.)

Special Rec: 5/35
[identity profile] stars-inthe-sky.livejournal.com
Fandom Category: Buffy the Vampire Slayer / Angel: The Series
Pairing: Cordelia Chase / Xander Harris
Fic Title: Echo
Authors: Vatrixsta
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/25701
Rating/Warning(s):Unrated by author, but PGish
WIP?: No.

Why This Must Be Read: Another entry into the canon-Xander-pairings file. Cordelia/Xander was a delightfully unlikely pairing and (unlike most from either series) exist pretty much outside of the supernatural world. Instead, the pairing plays strongly on the high school themes in which "Buffy" was rooted, and it does so with wit, a heap of chemistry, and a strong dose of emotions that anyone who's survived high school can relate to.

Vatrixsta's fics are always worthwhile in my experience, but in this one, she really shows where and how Cordelia and Xander shine together--the clever little barbs, the emotional confusion and raging hormones, and the underlying sense that they could've really been something if Angel hadn't needed a sidekick in L.A. I always wished that the older and wise Cordy and Xander we knew in the last seasons of "Angel" and "Buffy" had had the chance to meet again--and here, we get a taste of that.

Special Rec: 4/35

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