I read some good fanfic in the last few weeks, and I thought maybe I'd share. I haven't posted recs often, but I'd like to start doing it more.
Right now I'm taking a fanfic break and reading Fire Touched, the most recently published novel in Patricia Briggs's long-running series about Mercedes Thompson, coyote shifter and car mechanic. There's another in the series coming out in March, so I want to get caught up. Some of the urban fantasy series I used to follow have lost me (oh, Anita Blake, I loved you once), but the Mercedes books are still on my list.
Have some fic recs:
"How Bodhi Rook temporarily misplaced the two most important things in the galaxy, and how he found them again (with a little help)."
Takes place after the movie—a different way things could have gone. It builds a wonderful sense of place for the city of Jedha and Bodhi Rook's background; I love stories that add texture to things that canon only briefly touches. Plus I enjoy the crew of Rogue One forming a found family and supporting each other.
"For twenty years, the official history has told readers that Harry Potter died at the Battle of Hogwarts. The next edition is going to require some significant revisions."
What I love most about this story is how it shows all the main characters as functional adults, people who've grown and changed and are able to build new relationships with each other, moving on from the past. It's almost more a story about Draco becoming friends with Hermione and Ron than it is a Harry/Draco story (though it is that, too), and the way all the relationships developed really worked for me.
"Loki falls. Injured and unable to access his magic, he must struggle to restore himself physically and mentally before the Bifrost is repaired and Asgard comes to find him. That would be difficult enough, but one of Asgard’s deepest secrets has followed him..."
I have trouble with some of the stories that want to redeem Loki after he's done all the killing and evil deeds in the first Thor movie. There are ways to do it that work for me, but just because he's a near-immortal god creature who maybe shouldn't be judged by human standards still doesn't excuse the evil he does. This story, though, is one of those that sells me on his recovery. Really great OCs and hurt/comfort, and a sensitive treatment of trauma and its aftermath.
People who are falling for each other and don't want to admit it! Powerful schemers who sometimes hurt the people they love, but it must be done for the good of the realm! I loooove both these tropes. I know next to nothing about the canon for this—it's a video game? So to me it was an interesting original fantasy world, and astolat provides enough of the necessary background that I could relax and enjoy the story. (I nearly always enjoy astolat's stories, so sometimes even if I don't know the canon I'll dive in anyway. I almost took a pass on this one, but I'm glad I didn't.) Pretty sure this story entirely spoils the video game, though, in case that's a concern.
AU exploring what could have happened if John Sheppard had gone in a different direction with his life. How about: mathematician/famous rich playboy by day, one of the greatest thieves in the world by night? Yes, please! I love AUs of all kinds, and this one operates by changing one character's choices early on and then seeing how the ripples from that change spread out. I didn't check the pairings before I started reading this, so I was surprised it wasn't Sheppard/McKay (the two play off each other much as they do in canon, though, which I enjoyed). This ends on—not exactly a cliffhanger, but some things are unresolved. It's listed as the first in a series, but it was written long enough ago that I'm guessing it might not be continued. I found it satisfying enough in itself, though.
"Something wicked is coming for Steve Rogers. Luckily for him, something even more wicked stands in its way: the unrepentant, unbroken Bucky Barnes. A murder-mystery/action thriller with violence, magic, and several big MCU guest stars."
A Bucky Barnes who was always pretty fucked up, even before the war. Do you think Steve would love him anyway? (I'll give you one guess!) The action scenes were so well-written, and the dialogue often made me laugh out loud. I had a lot of fun reading this. The violence is really violent, though, so be aware of that going in.