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Haven't posted any reviews in a while because mostly all I've been reading is [livejournal.com profile] mcshep_match and I'm not posting those reviews until after the fest is over. But I did read one SGA fic and one Sherlock, and already had another SGA review on my hard drive, so I figured I'd go back and finally review the rest of the fics I read during the Transfic Mini Fest and then I'd have enough for a post. And so I have!

Batman

Might Spit Like a Girl But I Hit Like a Guy by [personal profile] gloss Rec+
800 words. The best thing about being Robin is that he gets to fight (back). A bunch of thugs put their thick skulls together and decide to whale on a few of the kids working the stroll, waiting for johns? Robin can swoop down and take those motherfuckers to *school*.

I don't really know much about Batman, certainly not this incarnation or this Robin, but I really liked this a lot.

Glee

What if I'm a Mermaid? by [personal profile] starlurker
1400 words. Teen. Kurt is changing.

This is sweet and cute. I had misread the prompt as asking for ftm!Kurt, rather than mtf, and I actually really want to see that, but I liked this a lot, too.

Katekyou Hitman Reborn!

This Heart's Still Solid Like a Knife by [personal profile] eisen Rec
500 words. It is noise, but it is her name.

This was in answer to one of my prompts, "this has nothing to do with Mukuro; this is about me". I had in mind Chrome being ftm, but I really like this take on it! There is all sorts of interesting stuff that can be done with Chrome and Mukuro.

Leverage

It's Not a Question (But a Lesson Learned In Time) by [personal profile] pixel Rec+
800 words. PG. He's just tired of waiting to be ready to do it.

I have wanted trans!Hardison for a long time and this was just perfect. It's gen with Eliot and Parker helping Hardison find some closure. I really loved this bit especially: " He thinks for a brief moment of keeping them, something tangible, he was here. The idea dies as soon as he flips open the top folder, wrong name, wrong person, wrong life scribbled all over the neat little lines and boxes."

Pokemon

'Cause You're Always Burning Up So Bright by [personal profile] agent_squeaks
100 words. He wasn't born right, he realized, right after he had evolved into a pikachu.

Aww, this is cute! I never would have thought about Pokemon transfic about the actual Pokemon, but this works.

Powerpuff Girls

From the Desk of Bubbles: Things I Will Keep on Doing as a Boy by [personal profile] dagas_isa Rec
500 words. General Audiences. Bubbles is a boy now, but he's still going to be himself.

I had asked for fic about Bubbles being ftm, but still being sparkly as a boy and this is just exactly what I wanted. I would love to see more of this Bubbles!

Sherlock

A Facade Faded by [livejournal.com profile] starjenni Rec
2200 words. T. Alternate Ending. You know that person who we thought for a split second might be Moriarty? Well, he is.

Ooh! I really liked this. spoilers for the show ) But I really like the idea! And I think this did a really good job with it.

Stargate: Atlantis

A Mark in Time by [personal profile] busaikko Rec
2700 words. PG-13. It turns Rodney on; John gets something else out of it.

This is a very sweet and adorable fic about Rodney being a plushophile and owning a Hello Kitty costume. XD

Backdoor Baby by anonymous Rec+
12,300 words. "I'm sorry," she says again. "I'm afraid I have to tell you, um..." She pauses, her eyes on his. "You're pregnant."

Wow, I really don't know what to say. This is 12K of Jennifer/John mpreg crack and I started reading it for the lulz, fully expecting it to be badfic, but it's actually really good! Like, in every way. The writing is great. The characterisation is spot-on. It's hot. It's funny. It explains how the pregnancy works in a way that satisfies me (it's an Ancient machine, natch, but even then, a lot of stories don't bother trying to explain the mechanics and it frustrates me to have it be so handwavey). I was unable to see this pairing at all before, but it totally made me buy it (they weren't together at first). I am really kind of floored at how much I enjoyed it. XD
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Now to go read some remix stuff! (All I've read so far is the one of mine, because I was finishing up that Leverage fic.)

Iron Man

The Kids Aren't All Right by [livejournal.com profile] samdonne Rec+
11,500 words. "It's been 'a hell of a year' since industrialist Tony Stark owned up to his alter ego in a move that stunned observers and longtime aides alike. With the US facing unprecedented homegrown suicide attacks, Iron Man's contribution to national security is more than ever under scrutiny. As she follows Stark during a year of crisis, exclusively for Vanity Fair, Christine Everhart explores the many contradictions of the man behind the mask, uncovers tales of personal loyalty, patriotism gone awry and corporate betrayal, and asks whether Iron Man is the embodiment of an outdated American fantasy—a self-made, unilateral, technological solution to hopelessly complex problems—and whether he can survive the violent encounter with reality."

Okay, this is just really, really cool. It really does read just like a magazine article.

A Small and 100% Innocent Token of Gratitude by [livejournal.com profile] svilleficrecs Rec+
7500 words. He acts like what he's doing is the most natural thing in the world.

Jesus fuck, this is one of the hottest things I have ever read. It also made me all OTP squee-y. (Warning to [personal profile] helens78: Don't click! Foot fetish!)

Follow Your Shame by [livejournal.com profile] atrata Rec+
1000 words. No matter how many times they dance, she'll never sleep with Tony Stark.

Oh man, this is super fucked up and I love it so. *flails* Tony you expect to be fucked up, but I always like my OTPs mutually fucked up and this Pepper is totally as fucked up as Tony.

Ugly Betty

MODE: Final Issue! by [livejournal.com profile] yahtzee63 Rec+
32,200 words. What happens to Daniel and Betty and everyone else after the final episode.

Wow, this really felt like canon. I don't think there was anything in here that I couldn't see happening on the show. I love it's not just about Daniel and Betty, though they are and have always been my OTP for this show. The sections switch between characters and the author really has everyone's voice down so well. I could hear them in my head. And there were some misunderstandings and some soap opera moments that really made it feel like Ugly Betty; even though those weren't my favorite parts of the show, having stuff like that in the fic really added to the feeling that I was watching a fifth season. And the ending! I was getting to the end and feeling like, nooooo, I hope this doesn't shortchange Marc when everyone else gets their happy ending. But then he did! And even though I am not particularly a Justin/Marc shipper, I really loved this and it worked so well. I loved Justin's "There's someone in the world who's going to love you for the rest of your life." and how Marc never got that he wasn't just talking about in general, but about himself. I wasn't at all unhappy with where the show ended, because it wrapped up things nicely and you could see how things were going to go...and this just took all that to the logical conclusion. I often read a really good fic and say "this is my canon now", but it's usually not something I really think would be on the show or whatever, because TPTB don't roll like that. But this is all glee-making and is exactly what I could see happening on the actual show. I love it so!

Leverage

Survival by Eliot by [livejournal.com profile] sullensiren Rec
13,000 words. When a virus ends the world in a plague of zombies, Eliot Spencer travels around with Parker and Hardison, helping pick up the pieces. Hardison builds a website.

This is a really neat idea. There's a website that's meant to be Hardison's website, and it's got all Eliot's zombie-survival tips and stuff, and then after each section on the website, there's a link you can click to read a bit of the fic. Both the fic and the website are really well done (and don't forget to click on the various links at the top of the site; not all of them work, but the ones that do are great, especially the fake DW community).

Harry Potter

Useless Talent (Sundial in the Shade Remix) by [personal profile] ineffabilitea Rec
1800 words. Sirius wants Remus; Remus wants Sirius. Remus loves Sirius; Sirius loves Remus. So why aren't they together like James thinks they are? The answer hinges on confidence, and its lack.

This is a remix of Useless Talent, an old Sirius/Remus fic of mine, and expands a mutual pining double-drabble and gives it a happy ending. I like that it kept the same structure as the original, which had one drabble in Remus's POV and one in Sirius's. Cute and well-written and works well as a remix.
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She Only Reveals What She Wants You to See by [livejournal.com profile] amadi 3/5
The West Wing. 1900 words. They've been together for two years. Now Donna's dropped a bombshell on Josh. What's next?
Enjoyable, even not knowing the fandom. )

The Pattern of All the Process by [livejournal.com profile] raedbard 4/5 Recommended
The West Wing. 19,000 words. At the Emergency Room the doctor calls Huck your brother. Molly doesn't bother to correct him, neither does dad, not at first anyway, though she does wonder -- not for the first time -- why, with her short hair and dungarees, she never gets mistaken for a boy anymore.
I liked the story, but not the writing style. )

Making Your Bed in the Prison of Your Mind by [livejournal.com profile] merle_p 3/5
Leverage. 3000 words. There are a lot of reasons why coming out is a bad idea.
Interesting, but I couldn't really get into it. )

The Epiphany Job by [livejournal.com profile] shrift 5/5 Recommended
Leverage. 3600 words. When he rolled out of bed that afternoon, heated up some Philly Steak & Cheese Hot Pockets for breakfast, and then went to the office, Alec Hardison was not expecting to experience a paradigm shift.
Oh man, this is so awesome. )

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