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Number Thirteen by Lemuel Cork 5/5 Recommended
Arsenic and Old Lace. 4800 words. Dr. Einstein and Jonathan Brewster on the run.
So awesome! )

In Which Worlds Collide and Eeyore Investigates a Terrible Crime by [ profile] flambeau 4/5 Recommended
Discworld/Winnie the Pooh. 5400 words. In which worlds collide. Also, Eeyore investigates a terrible crime, with some unexpected assistance.
I don't usually like crossovers, but this is great. )

Miracle at 23 Meteor Street by [ profile] soupytwist 3/5
Spaced. 400 words. Tim is not pleased at the idea of Kylie Minogue on Doctor Who.
Cute little vignette. )

What Friends Are For by [ profile] spamala97 2/5
Spaced. 2800 words. Tim doesn't know what he wants. Daisy tries to help.
Wow, this was really horrible. )

It's Midnight and Daisy Steiner's Ex-Boyfriend is a Massive Wanker by [ profile] smithereen 5/5 Recommended
Spaced. 1200 words. Daisy's just got dumped, but Tim is there to comfort her.
Utterly perfect. )

Harry Potter and the Reluctant Fanboy by [ profile] puritybrown 3/5
Spaced. 3400 words. Tim's been a fan before. He's determined not to get burned again.
I really liked the beginning, but the rest not so much. )
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Ten more and I still haven't finished my first pass. I ended in the Bs, so unless there turn out to be a ton of small A fandoms I know, the final first pass batch will probably be smaller.

Tension by [ profile] lucathia_rykatu 3/5
Bakuman. 1400 words. Mashiro and Takagi argue over the reason for the popularity of their most recent chapter in Jump, disagreeing about the 'tension' between the characters.
Cute, though the writing could use some work. )

The Sandwich Story by [ profile] obfuscate3 4/5 Recommended
Calvin and Hobbes. 1300 words. Calvin grows up.
Loved the ending. )

The Tiger Song by [ profile] rabidsamfan 3/5
Calvin and Hobbes. 100 words. Hobbes makes Calvin sing a song about the awesomeness of tigers.
Cute. )

Heaven by LMT 4/5 Recommended
Closer. 1500 words. Larry comes to the strip club again, looking for Alice.
Great missing scene. )

Out of the Dark by [ profile] technosage 5/5 Recommended
Dr. Seuss. 1300 words. They shouldn't have been in the park that night. It came from out of the dark, into their lives, into their hearts.
Damn, this is completely awesome. Dr. Seuss horror. )

I Am Not Clark, My Name Is Pete by [ profile] googlebrat 4/5 Recommended
Dr. Seuss. 1200 words. These children found me, in the park. They took me home. They called me Clark.
Very impressive! )

There Is No I or You by [ profile] nyssa23 3/5
Frasier. 1300 words. Niles tries to communicate with Daphne using someone else's poetry.
Good voices for all the characters. )

What Happened After by [ profile] steelneko 2/5
The Dixie Chicks' "Goodbye Earl". 400 words. The police did find Earl eventually.
Very summary-ish epilogue to the song. )

Strawberry Jam by [ profile] vampedvixen 3/5
The Dixie Chicks' "Goodbye Earl". 1800 words. The story of Wanda and Mary Anne.
Fleshes out the song some, but doesn't add much )

Suddenly I See by [ profile] norah 3/5
So You Think You Can Dance. 6200 words. Being on the show is a journey, all right. But it's not just about dancing.
Cute. No canon knowledge necessary. )
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Today's [ profile] 14valentines theme is economics and work.

And my theme today is moar Yuletide! I was scrambling quite a bit here, as I read a ton that I didn't like well enough to rec, but finally I hit seven, huzzah (and luckily I had three already set aside from December/January). Tomorrow it's SPN, then back to HP again for the final day.

Fear the La Vega of Loathing by [ profile] dien 5/5 Recommended
Kingdom of Loathing. 3900 words. The tale of Bernice the Seal Clubber.

The Royal Tea-Party by [ profile] ladysisyphus 5/5 Recommended
Final Fantasy Tactics. 3500 words. Squire Agrias guards young Princess Ovelia for the first time.
Very well-written and poignant. )

Of Candlelit Rooms and Ambitions Too Great by [ profile] v_voltaire 4/5 Recommended
Final Fantasy Tactics. 4800 words. The rule of Queen Ovelia, from its greatest heights to its ending tragedy.
Interesting and well-written. )

I Know How You Feel, No Secrets to Reveal by [ profile] sundancekid 5/5 Recommended
Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew. 1900 words. Six months after Double Crossing, Nancy runs into Frank at a ski lodge.
Really read like the books! )

Q&A by [ profile] medie 4/5 Recommended
Batman Begins. 3200 words. Vicki Vale investigates Bruce Wayne.
Felt like it could be canon. )

Home for the Holidays by [ profile] googlebrat 4/5 Recommended
Discworld. 1500 words. That one Christmas Susan did get to spend at Death's house as a child.
So perfect! )

The Birthday of Eternity by [ profile] panjianlien 5/5 Recommended
Discworld. 4200 words. In which Death has a Very Difficult Client and appeals to Nanny Ogg for assistance.
Awesome Nanny Ogg voice. )
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Today's [ profile] 14valentines theme is reproductive rights and I'm back to recs again. In my mad scramble to find fandoms with female characters, I turned to Yuletide, especially since I already had several that I'd read and not yet posted reviews of! I'll have a couple more Yuletide sets over the next weeks as well, since it really is a great source of female-centric fics.

Perhaps thanks to the popularity of sites such as Claudia's Room, there was a huge surge in Babysitters' Club fics this year, most of which were totally awesome as you can see. (Maybe I should have saved these for tomorrow's theme of sexuality, since they're all totally queer, but I will have fic to post for that theme tomorrow!)

Look Up by [ profile] sprat 5/5 Recommended
Ma Vie en Rose. 2300 words. Ludo and Chris ten years later.
Awesome! )

Things Found by [ profile] llyfrgell 4/5 Recommended
Imagine Me & You. 1800 words. This is what happened next.
Very cute. )

Hydrangeas by [ profile] bluflamingo 5/5 Recommended
Imagine Me & You. 4100 words. Heck and Rachel and Luce and H after the film.
The perfect sequel. )

Claudia and Janine's Secret by greyathena 5/5 Recommended
Babysitters' Club. 1800 words. College-aged Claudia and Janine meet up for lunch.
Awesome sister story (that's totally not incest like the title makes it seem). )

Could Be Worse by [ profile] pocky_slash 4/5 Recommended
Babysitters' Club. 3000 words. Pamela Harding thinks that Barnard is the answer to all of her problems in Stoneybrook. Unfortunately, her biggest problem seems intent on following her.
Babysitter's Little Sister futurefic! Awesome! )

Abby's Hanukkah Tales! by [ profile] wisdomeagle 4/5 Recommended
Babysitters' Club. 3000 words. Isn't homoerotic bickering the true meaning of every holiday? Lesbian drama, terrible puns, and no one grows older but everyone's gay. In other words, just like canon.
Very, very funny. )

Kristy's Worst Fear by [ profile] tornyourdress 5/5 Recommended
Babysitters' Club. 1900 words. Kristy has something to tell Mary Anne.
This could actually be a BSC book. )
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Woohoo! This is the last of the Yuletide stuff I had bookmarked from last year! And just in time. Today is the first day of Merry Smutmas. So uh, sorry for people who don't read Harry Potter, but I will be reviewing HP almost exclusively for the next month. I may read other stuff here and there, but if this year's Smutmas is anything like last year's there will be a lot of long fics and I won't have much time to do anything but frantically try to keep up.

Al Detente by thermidor 3/5
Good Eats. 2400 words. How Alton Brown met W.
Very funny and plausible. )

Cioppino Royale by neko_chelle 3/5
Good Eats. 2700 words. An ordinary shopping trip goes terribly wrong when Elton gets kidnapped and Alton must prove his skills to Sandra Lee.
Also funny and plausible. )

Quite a Buzz by [ profile] delurker 3/5
Dead Zone. 3800 words. When Johnny is asked to get a vision from a water-damaged record book and ends, he gets more than he bargained for.
Enjoyable, but had some pacing problems. )

Underbelly by RuM 3/5
Neverwhere. 1800 words. Vandemar and Croup approach Hunter with a job.
Plausible, but needs editing. )

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective (If Somewhat Unnecessarily Violent) Assassins by Apathy 4/5 Recommended
Neverwhere. 1900 words. Seven Croup & Vandemar vignettes.
Very funny. )

If You'd Been Listening by Kastaka 2/5
Neverwhere. 8000 words. The further adventures of Richard, Door, and the Marquis.
Major characterisation problems. )
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To Make Much of Time by [ profile] jennyo 3/5
Anne of Green Gables. 1200 words. A little vignette between Anne and Diana when Anne's home from college.
Enjoyable. )

A (Most Dreadfully) Involuntary Sin by mardia 4/5 Recommended
Anne of Green Gables. 1800 words. Five vignettes over the course of Diana's life.
Lovely Diana voice. )

Talk of the Town by Rina 3/5
Anne of Green Gables. 2000 words. Avonlea reacts to the news of Anne and Gilbert's engagement.
Fun with small-town gossip. )

For Friendship's Sake by anotherusedpage 2/5
His Dark Materials. 1100 words. Iorek's POV as he travels with Lee Scoresby to Svalbard to find Lyra.
All right, but not that interesting. )

Being Happy Starts Now by lamiadrielan 1/5
His Dark Materials. 1000 words. Monologues from Will, Lyra, and Lee after the series.
Just bad. )

The Exquisite Barometer by Vehemently 4/5 Recommended
His Dark Materials. 9700 words. As a uni student, Will goes to the US one summer on an exchange program.
Excellent. )
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Just two more batches of Yuletide fics after this. I can't believe it's taken me the entire year to get through everything I bookmarked. XD I don't know if this year will be better or worse. There are hundreds more participants, but it seemed like I knew even fewer of the fandoms nominated this time around.

Pearl Earrings by Paceus 2/5
Discworld. 5700 words. The Watch investigate a jewellery theft.
Didn't so much end as stop in the middle. )

At the End by Kahvi 3/5
Discworld. 2100 words. Susan, subbing in for Death, meets Granny Weatherwax.
Well-written and Pratchetty. )

Home for the Holidays by Carmilla 5/5 Recommended
Discworld. 1100 words. Three Hogswatch vignettes focusing on the Watch.
Well-written, funny, great Pratchett voice. )

Clangs His Funeral Bell by Pares 4/5 Recommended
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell. 1600 words. Stephen and the gentleman with thistle-down hair in Faerie.
Lovely and creepy. )

Finely Woven by Emothy 2/5
Liveship Traders. 1300 words. On the connections between Kennit, Wintrow, and Vivacia.
Expositiony. )
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Eleven Chapters in a Story by prodigy 2/5
Lemony Snicket. 4000 words. Letters and snippets of fic telling the story of Kit and Olaf.
Mostly left me frustrated and confused. )

The Ruinous Relationship by soupytwist 5/5 Recommended
Lemony Snicket. 1900 words. Lemony's account of Kit and Olaf's courtship.
Perfect Lemony voice. )

The Hopeless Hazard by Samantha 2/5
Lemony Snicket. 1500 words. Violet goes looking for Quigley.
Could have been a good story, but for the writing. )

The Indelible Incest by Meadow Lion 5/5 Recommended
Lemony Snicket. 1000 words. The moment Klaus and Violet first realise their feelings for each other.
Well written and believable. )
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Well, Yuletide is coming up again and I still have a bunch of fics I bookmarked last year and hadn't read yet, so I'm trying to get through those. These were awfully disappointing, their main flaws being anachronisms and boringness. :-/

Inspirations by [ profile] graycardinal 1/5
900 words. Will goes to a bookstore and complains about the Harry Potter books.
Full of suck. )

Spirals of Light by [ profile] tigerbright 2/5
1200 words. Bran spends Christmas with Will and his family.
Felt far too modern. )

Against the Passage of Time by [ profile] oddcellist 2/5
1700 words. An account of how Bran and Will got together.
Tell, tell, tell. )

Christmas Is Where You Are by [ profile] charlotteschaos 2/5
2000 words. Will and Bran are in an established relationship and spend Christmas Eve together.
Not badly written, but not my thing. )

Come Therefore in Good Time by [ profile] shusu 2/5
2400 words. Will and Bran spend the days after Christmas together.
Still not my thing. )

Brenin by [ profile] frostfire_17 2/5
2700 words. Will and Bran meet up again years later at uni.
I had high hopes for this one going in, but... )

Eirias by [ profile] rosemaryandrue 4/5 Recommended
2800 words. Now married to Jane and expecting his first child, Bran is beginning to remember.
Finally! One I really enjoyed. )

Walkabout by made_up 2/5
3700 words. After uni, Will wanders about aimlessly about the country.
Most anachronistic yet. )

The Land of Lost Content by Rochefort 3/5
7500 words. Will goes to an art exhibit of Barney's only to find he's been seduced by the Dark.
Great story that feels just like canon, but... )
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Last batch from Same deal as before. I was going to do one batch a day, but I figured, eh, might as well get it all over with, so this is the last of it. :)

I'm now using to bookmark fics to read. Lookie, it's all nice and organised by fandom and length. And yes, that's all I want to know before clicking; if it's bookmarked, that means I've already seen the summary and found it interesting, so when I go to read, I want to go into it with as little info as possible. I don't really even need the fandom tag for reading, but it will help in organising the reviews (I want to start doing posts of just one fandom, if possible, so I don't have a zillion tags per post). Length is good for knowing whether I can read it right now or if it will take me weeks.

Anyway! On to the recs.

Dear Friends and Ruin by [ profile] mctabby 5/5 Recommended
A Little Princess. Crewe/Carrisford. Absolutely brilliant. )

Ordinary People by [ profile] daegaer 4/5 Recommended
Good Omens. Aziraphale/Crowley. Really neat human AU. )

Two Lane Highway by [ profile] almostnever 5/5 Recommended
The Faculty. Brilliant little Casey/Zeke fic. )

Freelancer by [ profile] helens78 5/5 Recommended
Gattaca. Eugene hires a whore for grate yay. )

Needing to Be Needed by [ profile] helens78 5/5 Recommended
Jude/Ewan. Fucked-up Jude/Ewan, with Ewan getting what he needs from Liam. )

Times Change by [ profile] helens78 4/5 Recommended
Jude/Ewan. Fucked up and dysfunctional, my favorite dynamic. )
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*looks at massively long list of tags on this* Maybe I should keep to one fandom per post...

And now that I've finished Beggars Would Ride, I am really going to buckle down and finish those last four days of Smutmas! *buckles* I mean, seriously, we're half-way through March already. XD

Textbook Definition by [ profile] captainlaura 2/5
Due South. 1000 words. Interesting structure, but only makes sense if you know the show. )

Law of Conservation by [ profile] lucia_tanaka 2/5
Numb3rs. 1600 words. Fairly well-written, but requires more canon knowledge than I have. )

Five Have a Magical Time by [ profile] lazy_neutrino 4/5 Recommended
Famous Five/Harry Potter. 3300 words. Perfectly smashing! )

Unfolding Right Before My Eyes by [ profile] telesilla 3/5
John/Rodney. 1000 words. Cute. )

Planet of the Muddy Apes by [ profile] runpunkrun 4/5 Recommended
John/Rodney. 500 words. Hilarious! )

Beggars Would Ride by [ profile] musesfool 4/5 Recommended
Sam/Dean. 46,000 words. AU where Sam is a girl from birth. ) 4/5
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Finally a rec!

As We Burn by Kati-Lara 2/5
Angel Sanctuary. 2700 words. Lucifer vignette.
All right, but not exciting. )

The First Time by Claire 4/5 Recommended
Babysitters Club. 2600 words. Charlotte, Stacey, and growing up.
I really enjoyed this. )

Into the Stars by River 2/5
Brokeback Mountain. 1300 words. Series of vignettes about Lureen, her dad, and Jack.
Could have been really good, but had some problems. )

Learning to Fly by afrai 2/5
Antique Bakery. 2700 words. In retrospect, thought Ono, kissing Chikage had been a bad idea.
Fairly well-done, but had some irritating bits. )

Piece of Cake by aetherbunny 2/5 - Did not finish
Antique Bakery. 1300 words. Deko makes a request of the bakery that may be easier than it appears.
Similar problems to the above... *sigh* )

Laying Thoughts to Rest by treneka 2/5
Antique Bakery. 1200 words. Tachibana realised he wants Ono.
Epithets! )
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Belief (800 words) and Repudiation (2500 words) by [ profile] makesmewannadie 4/5 Recommended
Battlestar Galactica. Kara is lost. Leoben finds her.
Very fucked up = yay. )

Slouching, Forever by [ profile] flambeau 5/5 Recommended
Good Omens. 900 words. Lower Tadfield doesn't change much.
Excellent. )

Uncanny Valley by [ profile] harriet_spy 3/5
Stargate: Atlantis. 3400 words. "Real isn't how you are made. It's a thing that happens to you."
Good, but too unsubtly meta. )

Life Begins by [ profile] kissing_athelas Did not finish - 2/5
LotRiPS. Novel. Dom/Lij uni AU.
Really liked it but for a couple of issues that kept me from being able to finish. )
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Taniwha by [ profile] makesmewannadie 5/5 Recommended
Moby Dick. 7000 words. A retelling of the beginning of Moby Dick from Queequeg's POV.
Absolutely beautiful. )


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