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Fandom: Harry Potter/Psych crossover
Pairings/Characters: Hermione, Shawn, Gus
Rating: PG-13
Author: scifichick774
Website: Fic archive
Summary: Hermione is determined to make people listen to her - even if she has to pretend to be psychic to do it.
Why: I've been all for Hermione-centric fic lately, and this is a product of that obsession. If you are a fan of both the Psych and Harry Potter fandoms, then this might be a good fic for you. I don't know that it would stand alone as well if you're not familiar with Psych though, so reader be warned.

Of course, you could read it just for Hermione, who is pretty lovely. I really liked her in this, taking action and doing things that she wasn't sure she could. I also liked the occasional outside perspective of her that the story gives us through the eyes of the Psych characters. And even though it's 9 chapters long, the story goes quickly, buoyed by good character interactions and the development of the plot.

Visionary by scifichick774
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Fandom: Naruto
Pairings/Characters: Sakura
Rating: PG
Wordcount: 2,426
Spoilers for: through the timeskip
Author: demeter918
Website: Sui Generis
Summary: Sakura spends two and a half years learning.
Why: I love Sakura, and this story completely reminded me why. The author does a great job of capturing the fun of her character without forgetting just how tough she is. Not to mention that she does a great job with the other characters around Sakura as well. This story really made me miss Naruto fandom a lot. Sure, it can be frustrating, but it also turns out gems like this. Perhaps I'll have to start working on my Naruto reading list again.

Skip and Time by demeter918
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Fandom: House/Angel crossover
Pairings/Characters: Robert Chase, Cordelia Chase
Rating: PG-13
Wordcount: ~4,000
Spoilers for: later seasons of Angel
Author: Roga
Website: Roga on Ff.net
Summary: Where Chase meets his American cousin and New Jersey is surreptitiously mocked.
Why: Welcome to Awesome Ideas 101, where it turns out that Cordy and Chase are actually cousins and become friends. I loved seeing these two characters interact and take part in each other's lives. (Seriously, don't even try to tell me that the idea of Cordelia meeting House is not epic.) Also, the ending of this kind of killed me, in that way that awesome fic has a tendency of doing. Funny in some places and melancholy in others, this is a wonderful story for both Cordy and Chase.

The One With the Chases by Roga
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Fandom: Hana Yori Dango/Yamada Tarou Monogatari
Pairings/Characters: Mimura Takuya, Doumyouji Tsukasa
Rating: G
Wordcount: 814
Author: emothy
Website: emothy's fic journal
Summary: Domyouji has other friends, really.
Why: How could you not love the idea of this? Doumyouji Tsukasa and Mimura Takuya meeting and becoming kind-of-sort-of friends but not really because all Doumyouji wants to do is prove that he has other friends. And both of them are perfectly characterized and you just can't help but laugh at the way things turn out because knowing both of them, that's exactly what would happen.

Two of a Kind by Emothy
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Fandom: Firefly
Pairings/Characters: Zoe-centric ensemble
Rating: PG-13
Wordcount: ~1,400
Spoilers for: Serenity
Author: slob_child
Website: sloth on dreamwidth
Summary: It’s a sneak attack that knocks Zoe Washburne down, ropes her wrists, and shampoos her hair.
Why: Obviously the lure of seeing Zoe forcibly given a makeover was a draw in reading this story, however, it wasn't all there was to it. This is a story about moving on and creating a home, and I liked the way that the author showed the crew doing that, each in his or her own way.

Makeover by slob_child
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Fandom: Harry Potter/Sailor Moon
Pairings/Characters: Remus Lupin, Aino Minako
Rating: PG-13
Wordcount: ~20,000
Author: Kihin Ranno
Website: the melancholy of Kihin Ranno
Summary: Remus is tapped to investigate a magical girl in London and finds himself ensnared in a world full of demons, a secret war, and the life of a rather hyperactive thirteen-year-old Aino Minako.
Why: Argh, I love this crossover. The author does an amazing job of mixing the two fandoms and keeping it accurate to canon. This is set during Sailor V's days in London, when Remus Lupin is sent to investigate both her and the strange dark creatures that she battles. The relationship between Minako and Remus, which seems so unlikely at first glance, is done extremely well. I also found this interesting because it addresses a period of that, as someone who doesn't actively seek out Sailor Venus fic, was completely new to me. Add in top-notch characterization of both Minako and Remus, and you have a first-rate crossover that I highly recommend.

Werewolves, Wizards, and Magical Girls of London by Kihin Ranno
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Fandom: Naruto
Pairings/Characters: Sandaime, Asuma, Konohamaru
Rating: PG
Wordcount: ~2,000
Spoilers for: Asuma, post-timeskip
Author: digthenym
Website: Nymbis on Ff.net
Summary: The men of Sarutobi have a long history of nicotine addiction, facial hair, and death in the battlefield. Konohamaru shaves each and every morning.
Why: This is a beautifully written look at the Sarutobi men, starting with the Sandaime, then going down to Asuma and his younger brother, and finally stopping at Konohamaru. It was interesting seeing the cycle that the Sarutobi family had developed, and even better seeing Konohamaru's reaction to that cycle, which is just what you might expect from him. I have to say, I like Konohamaru a lot better after reading this story.

Legacy by Nymbis
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Fandom: House
Pairings/Characters: Cuddy, House
Rating: PG-13
Wordcount: 3,000
Spoilers for: Three Stories
Author: queenzulu
Website: Panfandom
Summary: What if Cuddy had been the injured doctor and House had the choice to make?
Why: Oh, man. What do I say to convey to you how awesome this fic is?

First, look at that summary again. Yeah, I know that I'm kind of addicted to the 'what if' brand of AU, but seriously, how can you not be intrigued by the idea of House and Cuddy switching places? How would things be different? Part of the reason House can make his insane decisions is precisely because he doesn't get close to his patients. So what happens when you throw this kind of situation at him, when it's someone he's friends with and maybe even cares about beyond friendship? Clearly, it's an idea with a lot of possibilities.

Stylistically, this story is also amazing. It's written in 2nd person, which I don't usually like, but it works beautifully here. The author has a gorgeous lyrical style that draws you in and refuses to let you go. I think that I would read just about anything, as long as it was written in this style.

Finally, the characterization is wonderful. The author has clearly thought long and hard about what would change if you turned the situation like this, and the result is perfectly drawn. I was completely convinced: Yes, this is what House would do; Yes, that is how Cuddy would feel.

In short, I really don't think that this concept could have been better executed by anyone else. This is an amazing story and if you have any interest in the House fandom at all, I suggest you go read it right now.

Porcelain by queenzulu
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Fandom: Vorkosigan
Pairings/Characters: Gregor, Cordelia, Aral
Rating: PG-13
Wordcount: 3,179
Author: E. E. Beck
Website: But There's a Devil in the Looking Glass
Summary: Four times Cordelia stepped in for Princess Kareen as Gregor's mother. In her own inimitable way.
Why: When it comes to the Vorkosigan series, my focus tends to be on Miles and Ivan. Gregor is one of those characters who tends to fall by the wayside with me. That's why I need fics like this, to point out when I'm being stupid and ignoring something amazing. In this case, it's the relationship between Cordelia and Gregor. To make up for my lack of attention, E. E. Beck does an absolutely spectacular job with it in these four scenes. This is one of those stories that has been entered into my personal canon, and if you read it I think you'll find the same happening to you.

Keep Talking by E. E. Beck
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Fandom: Hikaru no Go
Pairings/Characters: Hikaru, his father
Rating: G
Wordcount: 1,922
Author: betulaleafminer
Website: none
Summary: Hikaru's father, on the subject of his son.
Why: I'm kind of a sucker for stories that look at the characters I love from an outside perspective, so it's probably no surprise that I was interested in a story from the point of view of Hikaru's father, a man who I have absolutely no memory of in the actual series. And such it's such a good story, it should also be no surprise that I'm reccing it now. Betula does a great job of showing the way that we're sometimes blind to the things that are closest to us. I loved the realization of Hikaru's father of just how much he doesn't know about his son. Even more than that, I love the reaction that he has to this revelation. I only wish we could have seen something like this in the actual series.

My Stranger, My Son by Betula
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Fandom: Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Pairings/Characters: pre-Angel/Xander-ish
Rating: PG-13
Wordcount: ~146,000
Author: lit-gal
Website: Litgal's fanfic
Summary: When Xander has a little heart to heart with Angel, he inadvertantly changes the world by sharing a few truths. The most significant changeis a slowly building relationship between Angel and the boy who taught him a few unpleasant truths about destiny and morality.
Why: First, pairing clarification. This story is, strictly speaking, gen. It features a relationship between Angel and Xander that generally fits into the mentor category, and not the love interest category. However, there are definitely moments where, if you're not comfortable with the idea of an Angel/Xander pairing, you're going to be pretty uncomfortable. This story reads like it's leading to Angel/Xander, even if it never actually happens. So if that's not your pairing of choice, be forewarned. (And likewise, if it is your pairing of choice, please note that you're probably going to be screaming in agony when it ends without getting them together.)

That said, this story kind of ate my brain for a couple of days. It takes on the idea that Angel was so busy idealizing Buffy in the beginning that he never actually realized who and what she was: a teenage girl. This story starts with Xander pointing out that little fact, and then looks at the relationship that develops between Angel and Xander from there. I really love the way that Litgal used this one event to start so many ripples going. It was really fascinating for me to see where things changed and where they stayed the same. I got a huge kick out of the relationship between Angel and Xander. Even though it felt awkwardly in-between in some respects, it worked perfectly for the story that Litgal was telling. I also really liked the moral issues that got brought up throughout the story, as Litgal had some points to make that had never occurred to me before. And none of the characters were villainized in making those points, which I definitely appreciated. Litgal did a spectacular job of creating an alternate path for things to have taken. Really, the only complaint I could possibly have about this story is that there isn't a sequel!

Kin of the Heart by Litgal
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Fandom: House
Pairings/Characters: Foreman, a patient (the diving girl from episode 119)
Rating: G
Wordcount: 817
Spoilers for: episode 119
Author: eudaimon
Website: none
Summary: Underwater, she still dreams of him. When you almost touch the bottom it's like dying, a little. It's like leaving the world.
Why: Yeah, remember the diver girl from episode 119? (Don't worry, neither did I. Here's a refresher if you're at a loss.) Well, this is a story that visits with her again, in the future, a concept that I'd never seen done before. And not only is it done, it's done well. The language the author uses is beautiful and the view of House and his fellows from the outside is compelling. This is short, but I think it'll be sticking with me for a while.

as heroes are by eudaimon
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Fandom: House
Pairings/Characters: House, Chase (maybe hints of House/Chase, but not too much)
Rating: G-PG
Wordcount: 1,091
Author: supacat
Website: !supacat online
Summary: House likes solving mysteries.
Why: Chase is my favorite character on House, so I've really missed him in his current 'there but not really' role. That's definitely a huge part of why I enjoyed this as much as I did. The other part is just that it's so perfectly in character for Chase and the way that House sees him. The author's style of writing is also great, short and to the point with no unnecessary words.

Six Ways of Looking at Chase by supacat
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Fandom: Gokusen
Pairings/Characters: ensemble
Rating: PG
Wordcount: 629
Warnings: zombie crack
Author: anenko
Website: i wrote that!
Summary: Hordes of the shuffling, moaning undead were laying siege to Shirokin.
Why: I'll admit it. I will read anything Gokusen these days, as long as it's sufficiently drama-based so that it doesn't end up spoiling me for the manga (which I am making my slow way through). So obviously I couldn't resist reading this. And even though it's obviously crack, it's that kind of crack where even though the situation is ridiculous, the responses of the characters to the situation is just right. So, if you're curious about just how Shirokin would react to an invasion of zombies...well, here's your answer!

untitled zombie!crackfic by anenko
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Fandom: Gundam Wing
Pairings/Characters: 1x3, but really Duo gen
Rating: G
Wordcount: ~4,000
Author: Anria Lalumin
Website: Anria on Raygun Works
Summary: Let me tell you, it was the hardest mission I was ever assigned when I swore to myself that I would get that genuine smile out of all the pilots.
Why: I liked this for the insight that it gave into all of the pilot's characters, but especially for the insight into Duo. Anria writes him with a good introspective voice, and even though the concept is simple, it works really well. I also kind of liked the twist at the end, although I haven't personally been able to get into the sequel that it leads into.

True Smile by Anria Lalumin
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Fandom: Scrubs/Supernatural
Pairings/Characters: JD, Dr. Cox, Sam, Dean
Rating: PG-13
Wordcount: 5,900
Author: gekizetsu
Website: gekizetsu.net
Summary: Sam is hurt, Dean worries and lies, Cox rants, and JD just wants everyone to love him, especially after the vampires show up.
Why: If the Scrubs and Supernatural universes were ever going to meet, I think this is how it would happen. I like the author's JD voice a lot, even though it's slightly toned down on his usual imaginings. I also liked the way that she handled the outsider perspective of Sam and Dean, which is always something I like to see. The action scenes are also very well-done, which I always appreciate.

My Supernatural Smackdown by b stearns
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Fandom: Final Fantasy 8
Pairings/Characters: Seifer, Zell
Rating: PG
Wordcount: 500
Author: joyeuxnoel
Website: The Thin Blue Line
Summary: "I can't believe I'm stuck in this crappy elevator with you!"
Why: Pretty simple reasoning here: It makes me laugh. It's written all in dialogue, which could be annoying, except the author pulls it off perfectly, nailing Seifer and Zell's voices. And wouldn't you just love to see Seifer and Zell in this position for real?

Misery and Company by Gen X
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Fandom: Yu Yu Hakusho
Pairings/Characters: Yuusuke
Rating: PG-13
Wordcount: 1,629
Author: nightwalker3 on Ff.net
Website: Chaos Central
Summary: A dark room, a mysterious figure, a magic spell... Yuusuke wants to know why this sort of thing never happens to Kuwabara.
Why: This story never fails to make me snicker to myself. XD The concept isn't entirely original, but it's a fun one, and the author did a great job of making it work with Yuusuke's personality. She also has a great sense of comedic timing, and I enjoyed the passing references to other anime. And hey, who doesn't need a little more Mary Sue mockage in their life? ;)

The Summoning by nightwalker3
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Fandom: Yugioh
Pairings/Characters: Kaiba-centric ensemble
Rating: PG-13
Wordcount: ~35,000
Author: xparrot
Website: xmagicalx.net
Summary: According to popular belief, going more than three days without sleep means you're legally insane. Mokuba's kidnapped, Kaiba's losing it, and Yugi and his deck are just trying to help...
Why: I love X-parrot's Kaiba fics. She has a really great grasp on his character and she always makes me think. She also does a great job with the relationship between Mokuba and Kaiba. This story in particular is one of my favorites of hers. I love the balance of humor and drama, and the pacing kept me interested the entire time.

Legally Insane by X-parrot
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Fandom: Naruto
Pairings/Characters: Team 10, implications of Ino/Shikamaru
Rating: PG
Wordcount: 1,539
Author: Sadie Dragonfire
Website: The Dragons Gate
Summary: Team 10 is given an important mission. More or less.
Why: This is just a nice slice of life from the average day in the life of pre-timeskip Team 10. I like it for the amusingly accurate Shikamaru voice and for the chance to spend a little more time with some of my favorite genin. Not deep, but great for a few moments of entertainment.

Walking the Dogs by Sadieko

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