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This is a fan fiction recommendation journal. New recs will be posted individually and added to the themed recommendation lists.
This journal is mirrored on LJ here

At present the fandoms include:
The Professionals (no longer updated)
Nearly all Bodie/Doyle with an occasional gen story
Also there is The Professionals Information and Resources listing
Tag pros rec will give you the latest recs.

Stargate SG-1 (no longer updated)
A mix of slash (mainly Jack/Daniel), Gen team and occasional het pairings such as Daniel/Sha're or Daniel/Vala.

The X-Files (seldom updated)
Mainly Mulder/Krycek with a few Mulder-focused gen or other.
Tag x-files rec will give you the latest recs.

Heroes (no longer updated)
Nearly all Mohinder/Sylar (Mylar)

Ultraviolet (TV) (no longer updated)
Anything and everything I could find of this small fandom, both fan fiction and resources. Ultraviolet (the TV show) was an amazing 6 hours of TV. The most intriguing take on modern day Vampires I've seen.

Sherlock Part 1  Part 2
Both John/Sherlock slash and friendship fics with an occasional appearance of some that fit neither description, because I can. :-)
Tag sherlock rec will give you the latest recs.

The Hobbit (2012)
Slash and gen/friendship. These will be very Bilbo, often with Thorin, focused but not exclusively as I like all the characters.
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Merlin
I've fallen for some glorious AU Merlin stories (Merlin/Arthur) and here are my favourites.
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The Chronicles of Narnia
Anything that grabs my interest. :-)
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Harry Potter
Gen, het and slash, (mainly Harry/Draco) usually Harry focused.

Dr Who
Anything that grabs my interests, but likely to be centred on the Doctors from 2005 onwards.
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Odds and Sods
A sprinkle of other fandoms plus the occasional original fic I come across on line
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Voyages of the Bakerstreet by fresne John Watson had worked hard to be accepted at Starfleet Academy. As an Augment, a descendant of the super soldiers who seized power on Earth during the Eugenics wars, he's had to work twice as hard. Play twice as hard too, because screw them. The only path to ship duty for an Omega is extra credits like T.A.ing a Professor's class. The mysterious Commander Holmes, an Augment like himself, would do nicely. Very nicely. Sherlock Holmes had gone to considerable effort to put his past - and his family - behind him. His career in Starfleet hadn't gone exactly as envisioned. Bounced from research facility to facility, his analysis on how to defeat the Borg ignored, now he's finally washed up teaching at the Academy. His T.A. is fascinating. Of course, he's entirely above all that alpha biological nonsense. Starfleet never really intended to assemble a crew with a half trained doctor and an alpha Augment with authority issues. But they also didn't really intend for the Borg to make it quite as far as they did. And so...These are the Voyages of the USS Bakerstreet. Her five year mission (make that ten (okay fine twelve year mission + time travel)), to seek out new life and new civilizations. To go boldly. Notes:This series is organized into seven "seasons" with individual stories grouped together so that each season has something of a story arc and the overall series has an uber plot arc. This fascinating and very well constructed series has 34 parts to it and is a long read, but some of the chapters are very brief, occasionally just a couple of paragraphs so don't be put off by the apparent length. It's a Sherlock/Star Trek crossover set in a variation of the Kelvinverse, but in the ST:NG/DS9 time frame. I've never been very taken with the idea of an Alpha/Omega universes, it seems a bit silly and superfluous plus I am very firmly a plot orientated reader, but the way this idea is presented is clever and rather fun. The plot revolves around John and Sherlock but many other view points and characters take centre stage throughout  the story, making it a complex and rewarding to read.
alicambs: (Sherlock)
A Study in Magic by Books of Change When Professor McGonagall went to visit Harry Watson, son of Mr. Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, to deliver his Hogwarts letter, she was in the mindset of performing a familiar if stressful annual routine. Consequently, she was not prepared to find Harry Potter at 221B Baker Street.and the sequel A Study in Magic: The Application are  a fun BBC Sherlock HP crossover AU. I really enjoyed this read, Harry remained very much in character with his familiar friends, while Sherlock run rings round many of the wizards, and John, here a female, well John was just downright awesome at times. :-) The story involves most, if not all, of the characters of both the HP universe and the Sherlock universe. The author has made the story available as a PDF or ebook here
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The Horse by Elsa2 Looking after a Muggle animal should be easy compared to saving Hogwarts from Voldemort. Harry and Draco might disagree with that. Featuring Luna, Marauders, peppermints and, of course, a tall, black, badtempered horse named Simon or Voldemort is on the rise and Hogwarts has been sealed off against him. When's a better time to get a new pet? This AU 6th year for Harry is a long, well written story that has its laugh out loud moments (well passages) as well as drama, action and terror! The OCs are well written and certainly not Mary or Gary Stus and the main characters just ring true throughout. The story focuses on a developing friendship between Harry and Draco mainly due to their shared love of Simon as well as Harry's developing somewhat on/off relationship with Luna, who is an excellent 'Horse Mutterer'. :-) Muggle music and books feature along with the Republic of Slytherin, Ginny the Sorceress, the Scottish cows (that passage had me hooting with laughter), unicorns and centaurs, a unique and grumpy badger, Sirius (often in the doghouse) and Remus and glimpses into the not so happy past. All in all an excellent read.




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Life skills outside the curriculum by Endrina It was "Witch Weekly", of all people and organizations, the first to notice and comment on The Boy Who Lived’s absence from the ranks of first years at Hogwarts. The magazine went on to elucubrate that the young hero was studying at a foreign school, possibly Beauxbatons or Holzschuhkäse. This is a very different story, it borrows from canon and then makes its own rules. While very focused on Harry growing up outside of the Wizarding world, it doesn't neglect the other main players. The style of writing is interesting I found I rather enjoyed it but from time to time I was thrown at the author's choice of words or strange sentence construction, however it wasn't enough to stop me from reading it to the end. I enjoyed the Harry and Draco meeting and their slowly developing friendship, I loved the snippets on Remus and Sirius but my favorite parts involved the 'Missing Seven' plus Harry of course. Highly original and worth a read.
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Annie Sawyer, This Is Your Afterlife by waspabi Annie still feels like a person. Her hands feel like hands. Her hair feels like hair. But Annie’s hair doesn’t grow; and her nails don’t break; and no one has looked at her in one year and nine months, ever since she fell down the stairs and split her head open on the black and white tile of her new house. A delightful short from the Being Human (original/UK) universe when it was all so new, fun, entertaining and mainly angst free.
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Two Households Both Alike In Dignity by mad martha That very first day on the Hogwarts Express, Harry shook Draco Malfoy's hand and became a Slytherin. Ron has hated him ever since. But Harry doesn't hate Ron ... This is a very different read and I wasn't entirely too sure if I was enjoying it or not for much of the time, but I stayed with it to the end and went back and read the earlier parts, which is I guess a recommendation of its own. :-) I started with Part 5 of the series Two Households (as linked) reading to the end of the series and going back to read the first 4 parts as an addendum to the first. It's a Harry/Ron and Sirius/Remus story in a sense that their relationships are important to the story, but it is more a story of  fascinating Wizarding World that borrows from canon but develops into a highly original story of its own. Due to Harry's choices here he isn't the brave Gryffindor Harry of canon but a somewhat distrustful and suspicious Slytherin, damaged by his muggle upbringing and the lack of trust that people have in him due to him being in Slytherin House. I understood his character even if I wasn't fond of the changes yet still rooted for him. Ron is written beautifully and intelligently which is such a plus and it is Harry's friendship and eventual love for Ron which is his saving grace. As an addition, Sirius and Remus' place in Harry's life is a treat to read and for a pleasant change, while Harry remains suspicious of almost all the adults in his life and Snape remains a total git throughout, Dumbledore is not painted as the bad guy. If like me you strongly dislike the religious elements (I found them highly intrusive and unwanted) you can kind of skim read them but it might be easier knowing that the author does have have her reasons which become a little more obvious as the series progresses, and as she makes no apology for including these elements as they fascinate her, if you want to read the story you take it as it comes. :-).
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The Aurors by FloreatCastellum The last thing Harry Potter wants is to be lumped with a trainee Auror, especially one that idolises him. As he guides her through the realities of being an overworked Auror and tentatively settles into adult life with Ginny, a dark plot brews on the horizon... This is the Winner of Mugglenet's Quicksilver Quill Awards 2016, Best Post-Hogwarts. fic. It has a well written OC who is very much not a Mary Sue but adds an extra dimension to the story that otherwise involves much of the HP universe.The plot is clever, taut and exciting and Harry's characterization is perfect.
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Aunt Marge's Even Bigger Mistake by FloreatCastellum Ginny persuades Harry to attend Dudley's wedding. Unfortunately, both of them forgot that Aunt Marge would also be attending. This is the Winner of Mugglenet's Quicksilver Quill Awards 2016, Best General (One-shot). It is funny and beautifully characterized, Ginny is a delight in her excitement at attending a Muggle wedding while Harry's anxieties about the result of them meeting his Muggle relatives are bought to life in a thoroughly delightful and well deserved climax. :-)
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Hermione Granger's Crammer for Delinquents on the Run by waspabi 'You're a wizard, Harry' is easier to hear from a half-giant when you're eleven, rather than from some kids on a tube platform when you're seventeen and late for work. A highly original and often very funny story  where Harry never received his Hogwarts letter and remained ignorant of his heritage until  Hermione, Ron, Ginny, Neville, Luna and Death Eater-deserter Draco leave Hogwarts to go search for him. The characterisations are excellent, Hermione Harry and Draco especially as the story is written from their perspectives but everyone plays a part. There is a wonderful mix of magic and 1990s muggle Britain, constant glimpses of the way that Voldemort and his Death Eaters are corrupting the Wizard world, alongside deeds of daring, and not so daring from the 'teenage delinquents on the run' and a lovely slow developing relationship between Harry and Draco. All in all a really enjoyable story.
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The Train to Nowhere by MayMarlow In a world where Voldemort's victory brought forth the golden age of pureblood supremacy, young Harry - an average Durmstrang student - grows surrounded by the same propaganda that has become the gospel truth of the Wizarding World. Injustice is a norm and racism is not only accepted, but actively encouraged. Embracing the status quo becomes harder when Harry finds himself in a train station where the living should not dwell, and a dangerous friend who goes by the name "Tom". This is still a WIP at 50 chapters and the author expects that she will complete it at 95 chapters. I'm not certain how I started reading this as the pairing is not something I'm very interested in, but the writing is good and the universe the author has created is fascinating. This Harry is both similar too and very different from canon Harry. We do get to meet Hermione (who becomes very important to him as the story progresses), Ron (who is displayed as intelligent and able which is such a plus) Luna (who is her wonderful self) and even have glimpses of Draco particularly when the story moves to Hogwarts, but the emphasis here is on Harry. His relationship with his family, Sirius and the friends he makes at Durmstrang are central for much of the story written so far. We start when Harry is 11 and at the time of writing he is 15 so other than the normal puberty and teen hormones, the story so far is very plot rather than relationship orientated and is all the more interesting because of it.
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Desk Duty by mosylu A librarian's job is never done . . . especially not at Hogwarts . . . and especially when a certain toadlike High Inquisitor is nosing around. A delightful short from a very different character's pov, Madam Pince dealing with Umbridge. :-)
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A Brother to Basilisks by Lomonaaeren AU of PoA. Harry wakes in the night to a voice calling him from somewhere in the castle—and when he follows it, everything changes. Author's note: This is a canon-divergent AU that starts after Chapter 7 of Prisoner of Azkaban. The title is based on a quote from the Book of Job: “I am a brother to dragons, and a companion to owls. This is a long story and, at the time of writing this rec, is a WIP, however the author always finishes her works so it will be completed. This is one of her complex and fascinating stories that explores a HP universe reacting to Harry Potter with a basilisk as a bonded companion. So lots of political shenanigans and side taking and some wonderful snarky asides from Dash. Ron and Herimione are constant and true friends, while other character's attitudes to Harry are changed by his bond with Dash, which makes for interesting and sometimes surprising reading.

Lomonaaeren has written nearly 500 stories for Harry Potter. Many are focused on  H/D as adults, but she has written other pairings and a number of gen stories, which are usually excellent. With that many stories it is not surprising if sometimes you feel you are reading the same story slightly altered, however the vast majority of her stories are totally original and they are always well written.


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How We Throw Our shadows by thistle verse  Draco has finally found the perfect, rare piece to complete his collection. The only problem is that the item belongs to Harry Potter, the last wizard on earth Draco wants to ask another favour from. A gentle, quiet and charming story. The characterisations are beautifully drawn and the way the author even manages to include Harry's muggle relatives is so very clever. A story about living with the past, acknowledging it, dealing with it and finally letting it go in order to move forward to live in the present and look forward to the future, oh, and tea cosies. :-)
alicambs: (Harry Potter)
I thoroughly enjoyed the books, loved the films and over the years have read an enormous number of Harry Potter fanfics. The amount of fanfiction being written for the fandom was startling. The quality less so, I have never read (and given up on) so much crap in my life! However the best stories were good, some were very good and even now quality HP fiction can be found and read with pleasure. My preference has always been for plot driven Harry/Draco slash or friendship with a good dose of Ron and Hermione on the side, but I do read gen and het mainly Harry focused
  • A Brother to Basilisks by Lomonaaeren AU of PoA. Harry wakes in the night to a voice calling him from somewhere in the castle—and when he follows it, everything changes. Author's note: This is a canon-divergent AU that starts after Chapter 7 of Prisoner of Azkaban. The title is based on a quote from the Book of Job: “I am a brother to dragons, and a companion to owls. This is a long story and, at the time of writing this rec, is a WIP, however the author always finishes her works so it will be completed. This is one of her complex and fascinating stories that explores a HP universe reacting to Harry Potter with a basilisk as a bonded companion. So lots of political shenanigans and side taking and some wonderful snarky asides from Dash. Ron and Herimione are constant and true friends, while other character's attitudes to Harry are changed by his bond with Dash, which makes for interesting and sometimes surprising reading.
  • A Mix of Snow and Petals by el em en oh pee It's been two years since The Incident, and Harry still hasn't gotten completely over it, still can only get by day-to-day. Enter Draco, who will do anything to reestablish his name in the Ministry and the Wizarding World... A delightful short story with a sad premise, an adrift Harry and a determined and snarky Draco.
  • A Private Reason for This by Femmequixotic When the wife of a star politician in the Scottish Ministry turns up dead just outside Hogsmeade, Draco Malfoy and his murder investigation team are called in from the Edinburgh Auror force to find her killer. What DCI Malfoy doesn't expect, however, is to have an ex from two decades past end up in his murder room, endangering not only his case, but also his heart. This is a detective story, a police procedural and the plot is intriguing and well written. The characters are well rounded and fleshed out. It reads well as a murder mystery with the developing relationship between Harry and Draco as a highly enjoyable extra.
  • A Study in Magic by Books of Change When Professor McGonagall went to visit Harry Watson, son of Mr. Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, to deliver his Hogwarts letter, she was in the mindset of performing a familiar if stressful annual routine. Consequently, she was not prepared to find Harry Potter at 221B Baker Street.and the sequel A Study in Magic: The Application are  a fun BBC Sherlock HP crossover AU. I really enjoyed this read, Harry remained very much in character with his familiar friends, while Sherlock run rings round many of the wizards, and John, here a female, well John was just downright awesome at times. :-) The story involves most, if not all, of the characters of both the HP universe and the Sherlock universe. The author has made the story available as a PDF or ebook here
  • A Young Radicals Guide to Love by blamebrampton Memories of the war are still fresh, which is all the excuse Decent People need to do appalling things. In this quietly waged conflict, Draco Malfoy is happy to be on the right side of things for once, and even happier to find he’s not alone. A story of public service shenanigans and opportunistic politicing. :-) Beautifully plotted, wonderful characterisations and fun.
  • All the Important Words Unspoken by blamebrampton Narcissa Malfoy and Amarantha Greengrass just want what’s best for their children. But since it’s 1899, their children are 32 and 27 respectively, and sundry magical and Muggle crises are erupting across Europe, the chances of their plans progressing smoothly are close to zero. An absolutely brilliant Victorian whodunnit with magic of course, superb characterisation, strong, bolshy, clever women and a plot. Totally enjoyable.
  • At Childhoods End by mahogany When Harry comes across a fallen branch of an elder tree and accidentally bonds with it, his life changes beyond his wildest imaginings. Absolutely fascinating and highly original story. I loved the use, and expansion, of the mythology of the Green Man.
  • Aunt Marge's Even Bigger Mistake by FloreatCastellum Ginny persuades Harry to attend Dudley's wedding. Unfortunately, both of them forgot that Aunt Marge would also be attending. This is the Winner of Mugglenet's Quicksilver Quill Awards 2016, Best General (One-shot). It is funny and beautifully characterized, Ginny is a delight in her excitement at attending a Muggle wedding while Harry's anxieties about the result of them meeting his Muggle relatives are bought to life in a thoroughly delightful and well deserved climax. :-)
  • Desk Duty by mosylu A librarian's job is never done . . . especially not at Hogwarts . . . and especially when a certain toadlike High Inquisitor is nosing around. A delightful short from a very different character's pov, Madam Pince dealing with Umbridge. :-)
  • For the Public Good by blamebrampton Harry is loaned to the Muggle government to assist relations between the two governments after the London bombings. When his counterpart in the Communications team comes to him with evidence of a plot to expose wizarding Britain, he is all ears. And only in part because the messenger has such a familiar voice. The satire and humour in this story is to die for. I guess it probably works best if you are British and of a certain age, but this is still a wonderful piece of writing. To be honest, anything this author writes is worth reading.
  • Hermione Granger's Crammer for Delinquents on the Run by waspabi 'You're a wizard, Harry' is easier to hear from a half-giant when you're eleven, rather than from some kids on a tube platform when you're seventeen and late for work. A highly original and often very funny story  where Harry never received his Hogwarts letter and remained ignorant of his heritage until  Hermione, Ron, Ginny, Neville, Luna and Death Eater-deserter Draco leave Hogwarts to go search for him. The characterisations are excellent, Hermione Harry and Draco especially as the story is written from their perspectives but everyone plays a part. There is a wonderful mix of magic and 1990s muggle Britain, constant glimpses of the way that Voldemort and his Death Eaters are corrupting the Wizard world, alongside deeds of daring, and not so daring from the 'teenage delinquents on the run' and a lovely slow developing relationship between Harry and Draco. All in all a really enjoyable story.
  • How We Throw Our shadows by thistle verse  Draco has finally found the perfect, rare piece to complete his collection. The only problem is that the item belongs to Harry Potter, the last wizard on earth Draco wants to ask another favour from. A gentle, quiet and charming story. The characterisations are beautifully drawn and the way the author even manages to include Harry's muggle relatives is so very clever. A story about living with the past, acknowledging it, dealing with it and finally letting it go in order to move forward to live in the present and look forward to the future, oh, and tea cosies. :-)
  • Life skills outside the curriculum by Endrina It was "Witch Weekly", of all people and organizations, the first to notice and comment on The Boy Who Lived’s absence from the ranks of first years at Hogwarts. The magazine went on to elucubrate that the young hero was studying at a foreign school, possibly Beauxbatons or Holzschuhkäse. This is a very different story, it borrows from canon and then makes its own rules. While very focused on Harry growing up outside of the Wizarding world, it doesn't neglect the other main players. The style of writing is interesting I found I rather enjoyed it but from time to time I was thrown at the author's choice of words or strange sentence construction, however it wasn't enough to stop me from reading it to the end. I enjoyed the Harry and Draco meeting and their slowly developing friendship, I loved the snippets on Remus and Sirius but my favorite parts involved the 'Missing Seven' plus Harry of course. Highly original and worth a read.
  • Sacrifices Arc by Lightning on the Wave or here with full explanations of the books etc from the author. Harry's twin Connor is the Boy Who Lived, and Harry is devoted to protecting him by making himself look ordinary. But certain people won't let Harry stay in the shadows... An extremely long but fascinating AU of the books with a Slytherin Harry and his Gryffindor twin, Conner. The author provides a very complex and interesting look at realistic politics in this magical world, and the real-life consequences of things often only mentioned in the books. It is very long, but I found it highly enjoyable.
  • The Aurors by FloreatCastellum The last thing Harry Potter wants is to be lumped with a trainee Auror, especially one that idolises him. As he guides her through the realities of being an overworked Auror and tentatively settles into adult life with Ginny, a dark plot brews on the horizon... This is the Winner of Mugglenet's Quicksilver Quill Awards 2016, Best Post-Hogwarts. fic. It has a well written OC who is very much not a Mary Sue but adds an extra dimension to the story that otherwise involves much of the HP universe.The plot is clever, taut and exciting and Harry's characterization is perfect.
  • The Horse by Elsa2 Looking after a Muggle animal should be easy compared to saving Hogwarts from Voldemort. Harry and Draco might disagree with that. Featuring Luna, Marauders, peppermints and, of course, a tall, black, badtempered horse named Simon or Voldemort is on the rise and Hogwarts has been sealed off against him. When's a better time to get a new pet? This AU 6th year for Harry is a long, well written story that has its laugh out loud moments (well passages) as well as drama, action and terror! The OCs are well written and certainly not Mary or Gary Stus and the main characters just ring true throughout. The story focuses on a developing friendship between Harry and Draco mainly due to their shared love of Simon as well as Harry's developing somewhat on/off relationship with Luna, who is an excellent 'Horse Mutterer'. :-) Muggle music and books feature along with the Republic of Slytherin, Ginny the Sorceress, the Scottish cows (that passage had me hooting with laughter), unicorns and centaurs, a unique and grumpy badger, Sirius (often in the doghouse) and Remus and glimpses into the not so happy past. All in all an excellent read.
  • The Train to Nowhere by MayMarlow In a world where Voldemort's victory brought forth the golden age of pureblood supremacy, young Harry - an average Durmstrang student - grows surrounded by the same propaganda that has become the gospel truth of the Wizarding World. Injustice is a norm and racism is not only accepted, but actively encouraged. Embracing the status quo becomes harder when Harry finds himself in a train station where the living should not dwell, and a dangerous friend who goes by the name "Tom". This is still a WIP at 50 chapters and the author expects that she will complete it at 95 chapters. I'm not certain how I started reading this as the pairing is not something I'm very interested in, but the writing is good and the universe the author has created is fascinating. This Harry is both similar too and very different from canon Harry. We do get to meet Hermione (who becomes very important to him as the story progresses), Ron (who is displayed as intelligent and able which is such a plus) Luna (who is her wonderful self) and even have glimpses of Draco particularly when the story moves to Hogwarts, but the emphasis here is on Harry. His relationship with his family, Sirius and the friends he makes at Durmstrang are central for much of the story written so far. We start when Harry is 11 and at the time of writing he is 15 so other than the normal puberty and teen hormones, the story so far is very plot rather than relationship orientated and is all the more interesting because of it.
  • Turn by Saras Girl One good turn always deserves another. Apparently. An extremely well written story that is both canon compliant and AU as the author uses the trope of an AU to show Harry glimpses of another possibility. Both the AU and the canon compliant stories are beautifully written and totally avoid any character bashing. 
  • Two Households Both Alike In Dignity by mad martha That very first day on the Hogwarts Express, Harry shook Draco Malfoy's hand and became a Slytherin. Ron has hated him ever since. But Harry doesn't hate Ron ... This is a very different read and I wasn't entirely too sure if I was enjoying it or not for much of the time, but I stayed with it to the end and went back and read the earlier parts, which is I guess a recommendation of its own. :-) I started with Part 5 of the series Two Households (as linked) reading to the end of the series and going back to read the first 4 parts as an addendum to the first. It's a Harry/Ron and Sirius/Remus story in a sense that their relationships are important to the story, but it is more a story of  fascinating Wizarding World that borrows from canon but develops into a highly original story of its own. Due to Harry's choices here he isn't the Gryffindor Harry of canon but a somewhat distrustful and suspicious Slytherin, damaged by his muggle upbringing and the lack of trust that people have in him due to him being in Slytherin House. I understood his character even if I wasn't fond of the changes yet still rooted for him. Ron is written beautifully and intelligently which is such a plus and it is Harry's friendship and eventual love for Ron which is his saving grace. As an addition, Sirius and Remus' place in Harry's life is a treat to read and for a pleasant change, while Harry remains suspicious of almost all the adults in his life and Snape remains a total git throughout, Dumbledore is not painted as the bad guy. If like me you strongly dislike the religious elements (I found them highly intrusive and unwanted) you can kind of skim read them but it might be easier knowing that the author does have have her reasons which become a little more obvious as the series progresses, and as she makes no apology for including these elements as they fascinate her, if you want to read the story you take it as it comes. :-).
  • We Are Legend by Vaysh Eighty years into the future, Voldemort won. Harry Potter is a renegade wizard, Portkeying Muggles out of London to Hogwarts, last sanctuary in a Britain ruled by the Dark Lord. On a mission he encounters a powerful phoenix Animagus fighting on the Death Eaters' side. He recognises Draco Malfoy whom he thought long dead. But the differences between them are perhaps even greater than before. Enemies may become lovers, but can Harry return Draco the phoenix to humanity? And will they together be able to defeat Voldemort? This is the legend of Flash Man and the Blue Phoenix … Absolutely fascinating and very different tale of a future when Voldemort has returned and life is bleak for all but the Death Eaters.
  • What We Pretend We Cannot See by gyzym Seven years out from the war, Harry learns the hard truth of old history: it’s never quite as far behind you as you thought. I'm fond of stories that add extra to the HP universe, this time it's the idea of sentient houses, you'll understand as you read. This is a well written story that includes a number of my favourite HP tropes; a good Harry, Ron and Hermione friendship, a good reason for Harry and Ginny not being together that doesn't demonize Ginny in any way, humour, a really interesting plot and lots of fun sniping between Harry and Draco. :-)





 
alicambs: (Merlin)
Fundamental Imperfection by Starlingthefool In which an argument about Dickens leads to a Twitter scandal, broken bones, midnight conversations, and transatlantic longing. (Or, an AU with Arthur and Merlin as moderately famous authors.) A highly enjoyable and very literate tale of Merlin and Athur's first encounter, in which Arthur manages to act like a prat, and their subsequent developing relationship. 
alicambs: (Bilbo)

Forges of Origin by Nyruserra The deep places of the earth. Vaulted cathedrals filled with Mahal's voice. And the perfect cradle from which to reform two souls; forged anew in synchronous heat and passion... Only, things aren't going exactly how Thorin Oakenshield, Reformed King Under The Mountain, dreamed. Bilbo is confoundingly...confused. The bond that is tearing apart his very being is in danger of being snuffed out before it's even had much of a chance to begin, and there is far too much political chicanery than is good for his fraying nerves and temper. And orcs. Definitely too many orcs. If he is very lucky, he may just manage to woo Bilbo, and possibly save his sanity in the process... A highly enjoyable, very well written prompt fill for a Dwarven Courtship story. The story itself fascinating and while centring on Bilbo and Thorin and their courtship is very well plotted so that events and politics around the pair are featured plus it includes the whole company in glorious detail. Well worth a read.

alicambs: (Narnia)
After the Train by aurilly After his latest mission is foiled by a bunch of British civilians--fake plumbers, of all things--Bucky finds himself in the care of calm young man who’s heard a thing or two about caring for brainwashing victims. I love this short story mainly because the Pevensies particularly Edmund, seem so very much in character as well as highly competent.
alicambs: (Sherlock)
Evidence of Human Life by thesardine Sherlock's sanity deteriorates while he and John are stranded on a deserted island. A fascinating description of Sherlock's mind being unable to cope with with the utter isolation and how John helps to keep him, just about, from going insane.
alicambs: (Sherlock)
Northwest Passage by Kryptaria Seven years ago, Captain John Watson of the Canadian Forces Medical Service withdrew from society, seeking a simple, isolated life in the distant northern wilderness of Canada. Though he survives from one day to the next, he doesn't truly live until someone from his dark past calls in a favor and turns his world upside-down with the introduction of Sherlock Holmes. I went to recommend this elsewhere and discovered that I hadn't added to the rec list! It's an excellent read and a great character study of both men. In fact Alicat's review, quoted under the summary on A03, sums it up beautifully - "The essentials of their relationship distilled through solitude."

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You Have 487 New Messages (Or In Which Sherlock Holmes Starts A Grouptext by JenTheSweetie MH: Please remove me from this thread.This was one of those fics that leaves you grinning with delight and wishing that it hadn't just ended.

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