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Star Wars, 9 recs, Jyn Erso/Cassian Andor

I've been to watch the film twice in the past two weeks, and have basically spent all my free time in between going through fics for Cassian/Jyn (or rebelcaptain) like air. And now I will share to drag everyone down with me. Some of my favourites so far.

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There's a ton more fic I haven't read yet - this is an active, talented fandom, with long fics I haven't had time to read, and this only covers what I've seen on AO3.
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Sailor Moon, 7 recs, Aino Minako/Kunzite (Venus/Kunzite)

Sailor Moon Crystal coming out gave me the push to read the manga properly, and I promptly fell head over heels for Kunzite/Minako. I'm always looking for more fic, but in the meantime, here are some of my favourites I've read so far.

Fandom Category: Sailor Moon (Manga)
Pairing: Aino Minako/Kunzite, with Usagi/Mamoru and Senshi/Shittenou
Fic Title: i'll tell you my sins (and you can sharpen your knife)
Author: winterbones (llavelan)
Rating/Warning(s): Explicit (sex, some violence)
WIP?: Complete at 30K words.
Recced By: rosaxx50

Why This Must Be Read: I think I should write a book. How Minako Got Her Groove Back.

If I could include a flashing gif that says THE BEST, I absolutely would. This is a reincarnation story, where the Shittenou have returned to life, and Minako is... not actually dealing with it well at all. This is funny, warm, and heart-wrenching in turns, and the sex is scorching hot. The absolute best thing though? Minako's characterisation, in all its glorious complexity as goddess of love, leader, young, exuberant woman, is captured perfectly. The other Senshi, inner and outer, also make appearances, which are delightful and thoughtful, without detracting from the focus of the story.

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Fullmetal Alchemist, 10 recs, various pairings

Right, someone else needs to get onto it, because I don't want to be the only one spamming this page.

Fandom Category: Fullmetal Alchemist (manga/Brotherhood)
Pairing: Riza Hawkeye/Roy Mustang, Winry Rockbell/Edward Elric, some May Chang/Alphonse Elric, Lan Fan/Ling Yao
Fic Title: Flowers of Antimony
Author: Lady Norbert
Rating/Warning(s): T
Genre: Family, Romance, Humour
WIP?: No, completed.

Why This Must Be Read: "Fullmetal, you're the only guy I know who can turn getting married into an international incident." Ed's wedding plans get disrupted when unknown forces attack Central City.

With a summary like that, what can I say? This is a wonderful ensemble story, with a mix of humour, solid plotting, romance, and good characterisation. Assume post-series spoilers. I thought the domestic and the adventure were well balanced, too. This is the first part of the Elemental Chess trilogy (and my favourite), so there's more if you haven't got enough.

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Mods, may I have the following tags?
ship: may chang/alphonse elric,
ship: lanfan/ling yao,
ship: lust/scar,
ship: olivier armstrong/miles,
ship: riza hawkeye/jean havoc
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Fullmetal Alchemist, 11 recs, Riza Hawkeye/Roy Mustang

Fandom Category: Fullmetal Alchemist
Pairing: Riza Hawkeye/Roy Mustang
Fic Title: The Alchemist's Silicon and Gold
Author: AlphaCentauri.42
Rating/Warning(s): K+
Genre: Romance/Hurt/Comfort
WIP?: No, oneshot.

Why This Must Be Read: In retrospect, Riza had to admit calling her superior "useless" wasn't one of her more brilliant ideas. A wonderful, fun conversation between Riza and Roy that reveals some lovely insight into their relationship. And with an excerpt like this, I don't feel like there's much more I should add:

Everyday after the event, whenever he wasn't busy obsessing over the search for Scar, he sulked about the office, leaving his paperwork unfinished or halfheartedly filled with mistakes that she had to spend overtime correcting. But Riza was kind, and she tolerated and even forgave his childish behavior – until she found him standing melodramatically in the rain, staring into the gray overcast, chanting "useless... useless... useless..." like a mournful prayer to the sky.

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as the moon was rising in your eyes by youcallitwinter (pg-13, Harry Potter)

Fandom Category: Harry Potter
Pairing: Luna Lovegood/Harry Potter
Fic Title: as the moon was rising in your eyes
Author: youcallitwinter
Rating/Warning(s): I'd say pg-13. post DH. Epilogue compliant. Effects of post-war trauma
Genre: Romance/Oneshot
WIP?: Nope, oneshot.

Why This Must Be Read: the boy who lived and the girl who lives; it is a terrible affliction, you know, to not be able to dream.

It's beautiful, lyrical (as everything youcallitwinter writes), and a nice coda to Harry's journey after the war.
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Study by rageprufrock (G, Bleach)

Fandom Category: Bleach
Pairing: Inoue Orihime/Kurosaki Ichigo
Fic Title: Study
Author: rageprufrock
Rating/Warning(s): General Audiences
Genre: Romance
WIP?: No

Why This Must Be Read: Inoue grows strawberries.

Ichigo runs through the little details he has noticed about Orihime. This is a very sweet story that goes AU early in canon (as in, pre-Soul Society early) that captures Orihime in all her zanyness. (Because Orihime love is always a good thing.)
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Day 31: Various fandoms/Various pairings, 8 recs

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Day 31 - BONUS - Wildcard/Catch up on a missed day

I decided to go with: Fanfics for couples that you don't ship.

Fandom Category: Yu-Gi-Oh
Pairing: Mazaki Anzu/Motou Yugi
Fic Title: Say Something
Author: Chibi's Sister
Rating/Warning(s): K
Genre: Romance/Drama
WIP?: No. Completed at 65,000 words.

Why This Must Be Read: Anzu thinks she has everything she's ever wanted in life... until she gets invited to Yugi's wedding. Priorities and past feelings abound. It's really an ensemble story (with background Rebecca/Yugi, Serenity/Tristan, Joey/Mai and a surprise pairing), and I love that the author uses the opportunity to showcase everyone's friendships and different voices. The core triangle isn't annoying, either, but fully realised and sympathetic to everyone involved -- not to mention featuring some of the best writing I've ever read, in the sense that it rings so true to life. I cannot recommend this story highly enough, or love this story more even if it had been written with one of my OTPs as the centre. It's that good.

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Day 30: Heartburn by yamikinoko

Day 30 - A fic you've read and reread a dozen times.

Fandom Category: Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney
Pairing: Ema Skye/Klavier Gavin
Fic Title: Heartburn
Author: yamikinoko / yamikinoko
Rating/Warning(s): K+. Spoilers through Apollo Justice
Genre: Romance
WIP?: No

Why This Must Be Read: She doesn't have much talent but of what she does have, she has an abundance, more than enough to share.

Ema/Klavier is one of the more popular het pairings in this fandom, but this is the first story I've read where I understood why one of them had feelings for the other, and gives it actual development. It is also one of the few stories where Klavier's professional side isn't shafted in order to play up the playboy image that's so omnipresent in fandom, but rather, he gets some very insightful character work. It's a quick read -- check it out if AA is familiar to you!

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Day 29: all over these eyes a storm is rolling over by electrumqueen (All ages)

Day 29 - A fic that best deals with that character you loved who was unfairly fridged/killed in canon.

Fandom Category: Dark is Rising Sequence
Pairing: Jane Drew/Will Stanton
Fic Title: all over these eyes a storm is rolling over
Author: electrumqueen / electrumqueen
Link: all over these eyes a storm is rolling over
Rating/Warning(s): General Audiences
Genre: General/AU
WIP?: No

Why This Must Be Read: There was always something about Jane, Jana, Juno, Jane.

If you've ever read the five-book series, you'll know that the Drews' ending is somewhat bittersweet. As someone who loved Jane, there were a lot of lingering questions, too, about her connections with the Greenwitch and the Lady that were left unanswered. I won't say more, to avoid spoilers, but in this story things end a different way for Jane.

There is also a fanmix to this story, for those who are interested.
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Day 28: Destination by Charis M (K+)

Day 28 - A kink fic.

Fandom Category: Bleach
Pairing: Ise Nanao/Kyouraku Shunsui
Fic Title: Destination
Author: Charis M / myalchod
Rating/Warning(s): K+. Character death, sort of.
Genre: Supernatural/Romance
WIP?: No

Why This Must Be Read: From one beginning to another, the lives of Ise Nanao.

Sorry about the lack of nc-17 content. Weirdly, when I thought of kink, the first thing that came to mind for me was reincarnation!shipping, so I'm gonna run with it. There's some stunning prose, and the author manages to pack so much in each short snippet -- a lifetime in less than 100 words.

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