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I haven't been in a fic-reading mood for a while, so here are some reviews that were sitting around on my hard drive.

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Intro to Public Relations by [personal profile] happydork
3000 words. G. "Troy, Abed," Jeff said. "This is Becca. Larry plays LERP with her. She's a warrior princess."

I don't know why I didn't like this as much as I thought I would (or as much as other people liked it). It was cute, and Troy and Abed felt spot on, but Becca felt kind of flat, idk. And I kind of felt like there was no point to it other than the author liked these characters and wanted to see them together? Which I guess is the point of a lot of crossovers, but I'm not really a crossover person, so maybe it's just Not For Me. I was pleased that Athena (who only had a tiny bit part) was trans, though.

Harry Potter

Eleven Up by [livejournal.com profile] bookelfe Rec
7400 words. In 1990, prominent Muggleborn research wizard Cromwell Albertson embarked on an ambitious project. Inspired by Muggle Michael Apted’s “Seven Up!” documentary series, he chose six students from controversial headmaster Albus Dumbledore’s list of Muggle-borns to be admitted to Hogwarts in 1991 and 1992 and went to their homes to interview them – before and after their life-changing discovery of their wizarding talent. He continued these interviews over the next nine years, a period of time which spanned both the Chamber of Secrets attacks in 1992 and Voldemort’s second rise and subsequent persecution of Muggleborns in 1997. The Pensieve Projection that resulted won a Superbius award for artistic excellence in 2002 and has been required viewing in the Hogwarts Muggle Studies course since 2008.

This is a neat concept and while there are a few jarring Americanisms, I really enjoyed it.

Sucker Punch (The Matriarch Mashup) by [livejournal.com profile] lunabee34 Rec+
3200 words. Hermione/Ron/Draco. Sequel to Five Times Hermione Granger Punched Draco Malfoy, Five Times Draco Malfoy Took It in the Face from One H. Granger, and Fist Meets Face (The Ron Weasley Remix).

This is less of a review and more of a "hey, there's more of this awesome series, go read it!" announcement, as I find it difficult to review fics in series. This one focuses on their respective mothers and how they're taking this unlikely turn of events.

Iron Man

Thermocouple Junction by [personal profile] feverbeats
2500 words. Five times Tony Stark came out.

More like one time Tony came out as trans and four times he told people he'd been assigned female at birth. I don't really like the term "coming out" for disclosing trans status once you've transitioned, because that equates living as your real gender with being in the closet. But terminology aside, I enjoyed this.

Stargate: Atlantis

McKay's Quality Brooms & Sundry Oddments (est. 1842) by [personal profile] busaikko
3000 words. John/Rodney. What happens when reclusive broom-maker Rodney McKay meets professional Quidditch player John Sheppard.

Harry Potter fusion, if it wasn't obvious from the summary. This was cute. I thought I'd like it more than I did, from the summary (and the fact that it's busaikko), but I didn't dislike it or anything. idk, anyway, it's cute.
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We Need the Storm by [personal profile] sparkay Rec
800 words. R. Azula/Zuko. It is not light that we need, but fire; ...We need the storm, the whirlwind, and the earthquake. - Fredrick Douglass

I hadn't really thought about this pairing before, but I think I will look for more. I really liked this. It's for Porn Battle, but it's not just a PWP. I like the hints it gives us about their past.

托夫 by [personal profile] eruthros Rec
300 words. G. The Ember Island Players did him a favor, really, when they took their show on the road.

It's ftm!Toph! I love it! (And it's written for meeee!)

Huge

All of Us Amazons by [personal profile] psocoptera Rec
1000 words. Teen. This is either a meditation on the social construction of the female body, or else the one where Alistair feels up Chloe's breast. (Don't worry, she isn't wearing it at the time.)

Oh, I really liked this a lot. It's future fic, in which Chloe and Alistair (now Alyssa) have a heart-to-heart after Chloe has lost both breasts to cancer. It's just such a great little slice of life fic.

Inception

Weltschmerz by [livejournal.com profile] cobweb_diamond
14,600 words. Mature. How to come to terms with the unsatisfactory nature of physical reality.

I'm not really that interested in Inception fic in general or Arthur/Eames in particular, but I had heard good things about this one where Arthur is trans, so I figured now that I'd seen the movie I'd check it out. Like the movie, it was enjoyable enough, but I wasn't really wowed. One thing I really liked was Arthur not being able to make himself a functioning cismale cock in dreams, because he doesn't have the first-hand knowledge of what it feels like. That would definitely trip me up. For any change, really, unless it was something I'd once experienced myself.

Stargate: Atlantis

Kid by anon Rec+
1100 words. The guy always called John kid. John remembers this really clearly. Hey, kid the guy had said. That's a great skateboard, even though it was a crappy banana board, bought used. You like skating? the guy asked, and so on until he got to Skating's expensive, isn't it? and How would you like to earn a little extra money?

Wow, this is really good. The prompt is "John/any male characters, gangbang, first time. John hopes no one ever asks him how he lost his virginity, because no one would believe him" and it's not written in a porny way, but rather John thinking about how much it fucked him up (though it is definitely explicit). I really, really liked it.
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Castle RPF

Work for It by [personal profile] helens78
1700 words. Teen. Nathan's charming act works on most people, but Tamala wants to see him work for it a little.

Wouldn't have read this if I hadn't betaed, since I only vaguely know Nathan Fillion from Dr Horrible and don't know Tamala Jones at all, but this is cute and works well despite not having any real "canon" knowledge.

Glee/High School Musical

Glad I Caught You by [personal profile] mercredigirl Rec
500 words. G. Kurt and Ryan meet in the queue at the or luak stall. Friends are made, all is well & all manner of thing shall be well.

I stumbled over this while looking on AO3 for new fics for the transfic master list. It turns out it's also written for the Racebending Revenge challenge, and set in Singapore (I think? Googling "or luak" tells me it's a Singaporean dish). Very cute.

Huge

And Hate the Bright Stillness of the Noon by [personal profile] psocoptera Rec
12,500 words. Teen. As Camp Victory faces a heat wave, Amber, George, and Dr. Rand struggle to make it through the last few weeks of camp.

I really enjoyed this a lot. It feels very much like it could be a direct continuation of the series (or rather a couple plotlines of it, as it really only focuses on the characters mentioned in the summary).

LotRiPS

Easy Now by [personal profile] cesare Rec+
12,300 words. NC-17. Elijah/Stuart, Elijah/Dom. Sooner or later, everyone asks how old Elijah is.

Oh wow, I loved this so, so much! I don't think I've read any lotrips since last year's slasha, but this reminded me of everything I love about these guys. I love the whole situation with Stuart, and Lij's interactions with everyone. It's just perfect.

Bouts of Attraction by [livejournal.com profile] eff_reality
4000 words. R. Dom and Billy are on rival roller derby teams in the UK.

This was cute. I liked the roller derby theme and Dom's relentless flirting. Also very pleased with how Ali was treated.
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Better Off Ted

Mengage a Folle by [personal profile] minim_calibre
1800 words. Teen. Sometimes, things happen in ways that make perfect sense, if you've got the right metaphor to figure them out.

Cute. There were some bits that really, really sounded spot-on, but it was uneven, which really hampered my enjoyment. With a fandom like this you really need to have the voice down 100& of the time, IMO.

Veridian Beauty by [archiveofourown.org profile] htbthomas
1700 words. G. At Veridian Dynamics, we're putting the future leaders of tomorrow to work!

Man, I love Veronica and Rose together, so I really wanted to love this, but it had even less of a handle on the tone than the previous fic. :-/

In the Middle of Everything by [archiveofourown.org profile] stephmuji
1300 words. G. "Is it the fact that you have been watching us from the skies and now have come to take your revenge?"

That first fic is looking better and better. >_< This one was first-person POV and that just served to emphasise how off the writing was. There were a couple places that sounded like Ted, but mostly not. And the dialogue for other characters wasn't very good, either.

Advent of Veronica by [archiveofourown.org profile] fresne Rec
2900 words. Teen. One first day of Advent, Veronica sent a memo because she loved Christmas. By which she meant presents. Rampant office supply re-gifting ensued.

This was definitely the best of the lot. It's Veronica's POV and the author has Veronica's voice down really well. I loved Linda and the creamer and Phil & Lem's themed gifts. Quite a few typos, though. :-/

Huge

Athena by [personal profile] callie Rec
400 words. G. “Ladies, ladies.” Amber’s voice echoed from the bathrooms. “I would like to introduce Athena.”

Oh, it's a Treat written for meeeeee! :D This is just the sort of thing I was hoping for with my prompt. I really loved this exchange:

“I just don’t see why being a girl makes you want to buy into all this patriarchal crap. You can be a girl without playing into some corporate driven ideal of beauty.”

Athena smiled at the mirror. “I don’t need it. I’m just experimenting. Besides, no-one’s going to doubt you’re a girl however you dress, but they will with me.”


Will would totally say stuff like that, but I'm glad that Athena didn't stand for it and Becca and Amber backed her up. ♥

Degrassi

Watch It Come Back Around by [archiveofourown.org profile] miss_bennie
3500 words. Teen. Holly J. Sinclair tackles life at Degrassi without Jane - and it's harder than she thought it would be.

Jane is a character from previous seasons who's not on this current season, so I don't know her, but I still enjoyed this fic a lot.

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