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Yer a Wizard, Parser! by takumiismypatronus. Slash, Kent Parson/OMC (8586 words)
Check Please!/Harry Potter
This was such a fun crossover, and somewhat unusually for Harry Potter crossovers it is not AU for either canon.
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Harry Potter

House Colours, by Sarka. Slash, Harry Potter/Draco Malfoy. (ca. 12,800 words)
This is a Slytherin!Harry with Gryffindor!Draco AU, and I really enjoyed it, not least because it had a Ron who was first friends with Draco and then Harry, rather than the Ron-bashing that is so depressingly common in Slytherin!Harry stories.

Stargate: Atlantis

Snakeheads: A Love Story, by Leah. Slash, Rodney McKay/John Sheppard/OMC. (ca. 17,600 words)
I never really expected to read a John/Rodney/Goa'uld threesome, but this was written by Leah, so of course I gave it a try, and wasn't disappointed. This one was far more fun than you'd expect with this setup.

The Little Sister, by Martha. Slash, Rodney McKay/John Sheppard. WIP
I like film noir AUs, and ever since Vegas I like seeing Sheppard as down on his luck detective even more, but what makes this AU great is that the alternate reality is still based on Stargate. The setup is really intriguing, and I like that in it the Goa'uld were smarter in their take over of earth, smart enough that the majority doesn't even think of them as bad guys.

Strange Aeon, by Slybrarian. Slash, Sheppard/Mitchell, Sheppard/Lorne. WIP (ca. 32,000 words so far)
How could anyone resist a mix of Lovecraftian space monsters and with Stargate? The series is still a WIP, and I'm really enjoy how this is subtly different from canon, and the world building and hints of mythology so far have me hooked. And I like Cam in Atlantis.

To the Wide Outposts (ca. 7,490 words) and The Known From the Unknown (ca. 12,000 words), by Vain_glorious. Gen, Ronon Dex, John Sheppard.
I've recced the other two stories in this series (Where the Ways Divide and In the Nights When I Am Lone) already, but in case you missed these two that have been posted since my last recs update, it doesn't hurt to point the 'verse out again. In it Sheppard has been made a runner by the Wraith and is found and taken in by Ronon and his Satedan squad.

Star Trek: Reboot

Open Up My Eager Eyes, by June. Slash and femslash, Kirk/Spock, Uhura/Gaila. (ca. 15,000 words)
This is a fusion with Pump Up the Volume that was written for [livejournal.com profile] reel_startrek. I really enjoyed this, even though I'm not particularly into high school AUs or into making Spock a human/loosing the SF elements in Trek fiction.

Lensflare Lover, by Leftarrow. Het, Pike/Enterprise, Pike/Number One. (ca. 7,300 words)
This has a cool premise in which the spaceships have avatars.

In Truth, by Mint_amaretto. Slash and het, Kirk/McCoy, Spock/Uhura. (ca. 3,570 words)
This is a really creepy, twisted AU, as any mix with the Dollhouse concept (not the series itself, more the basic premise) should be.

The Sky Was Made for Us Tonight, by Waketosleep. Slash, Kirk/Spock. (ca. 5,500 words)
In this AU Vulcans decided to supervise humanity more closely, and Kirk and Spock are delinquent rebels together after meeting in a holding cell and staging a prison break. I enjoyed this scenario a lot.

Supernatural

Untitled SPN Snippet, by Cofax. Gen. (ca. 1,300 words)
I wanted this to be longer and an apocafic epic rather than a snippet, but the world building was still interesting.

Teufelshunde, by July. Gen. WIP
In this AU Sam and Dean grow up with a foster parent after John has been arrested. I really like the OC and the structure with the flashbacks here works for me, even though flashbacks aren't my favorite things.

Rain Falling Down, by Maychorian. Gen, Bobby, Castiel, Jimmy, Dean, John. WIP (the series, individual stories are finished, ca. 20,000 words so far)
In this AU Castiel travels back in time to prevent the apocalyse, but things go wrong and he gets stuck in his host as a kid without his full powers, and lots of angst and h/c ensue.

And Burn the Long-liv'd Phoenix in her Blood, by Tabaqui. Gen. (ca. 6,800 words)
In this AU Mary survives, but they still hunt. I enjoyed the setup and look at their lives.
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Seven Moments, by Barrowjane. Gen. (ca. 1,300 words)
Sandman/Star Trek: Reboot
There's just something about other characters meeting the Endless that I really enjoy, and this example of the genre is no exception.

Down The Rabbit Hole, by Bluflamingo. Slash, Colby/Lorne, Colby/Daniel. (ca. 10,000 words)
Numb3rs/Stargate: Atlantis/Stargate: SG-1
I like how this handles the relationships, the complications that come with dating outside of your secret alien conspiracy, and the way the SGC happens to tangle with the FBI here works for me too.

People Who Repair Quantums, or Five Planets The Enterprise Never Visited, by Ignipes. Gen. (ca. 2,800 words)
Star Trek: Reboot/Alien/Discworld/Doctor Who/Dune/Star Wars
I really enjoyed the crossovers for which I was familiar with the sources, also, while I don't know Discworld, the bit where Spock reacts to the flat disc and giant turtle and so on in space was awesome.

Bright White Light, by lilacsigil. Gen. (ca. 35,000 words)
Supernatural/X-Files
This is set during the X-Files episode "Fallen Angel", which I barely remembered, but the story still worked for me. We get the events of the episode but seen from the perspective (and worldview) of young Sam and Dean. I thought it was really cool how one side believes it's all aliens, and the other it's all supernatural and I was wondering what was really going on. And I liked Sam and Dean adventuring.

Exiles, by nwhepcat. Gen, Oz, Sam. WIP
The premise here is that Sam runs into Oz during Mystery Spot. I found this via Cofax and am really enjoying it so far. The parts are all quite short, but it is updated very often.

a fucking space opera (or Six Characters Who Didn't Board the USS Enterprise), by Oxoniensis. Gen. (3,169 words)
Star Trek: Reboot/Harry Potter/Merlin/Stargate Atlantis/Supernatural/Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles
In the best tradition of wacky crossovers, this was simply a lot of fun.
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I've toyed with the idea of a futurefic recs page a couple of times, but never really managed properly collect enough recs at once to make starting a page worthwhile, while at the same time remembering all futurefic I liked in recent years more systematically seemed daunting. Now I decided to just start with a post in my LJ picking some at random, and maybe create a page later (or not). So because I went through my bookmarks looking for futurefic I remembered liking, some are older stories, others recent.

Harry Potter

Squib, by Kestrelsparhawk. Slash, Harry/Draco. (ca. 52,000 words)
It's been a while since I read this so I'm a bit fuzzy on the details, but I remember really enjoying it. It is a long, plotty story with Harry as a parent, and I especially liked the magical theory here.

Merlin

Mount Badon, by Betty. Gen. (ca. 3,380 words)
I really like the outsider POV here, showing Arthur and Merlin and a glimpse of how Arthur is building his kingdom.

Walking into Legend, by Lesserstorm. Slash and het, Merlin/Arthur, Gwen/Lancelot. (ca. 11,700 words)
This combines established Arthurian Legend elements with the Merlin version, and I liked how their friendship got them all a happier ending than in the traditional version, yet in many ways their "public" cover story would fit with that.

Stargate: Atlantis

Eternity, by Kriadydragon. Het, John Sheppard/OFC. (ca. 29,350 words)
Atlantis as an exploration ship is just cool.

Beginnings, by Riva. Gen. (ca. 928 words)
This story is a bit older, and now this possible future is rather jossed by canon, but I always thought the Ori would have had great success in the Pegasus galaxy.

Panthalassa and its sequel Pangeneses, by Sapote3. Slash and het, Rodney McKay/Laura Cadman, Rodney McKay/John Sheppard. (ca. 14,500 words and 16,000 words)
This is kidfic with a twist, and especially in the sequel I liked to see the future of Pegasus after the Wraith and its struggles.

Salve regina, by Sarah T. John Sheppard/Teyla Emmagan. (ca. 6,495 words)
This has a bit of a creepy premise for the future, but I liked it.

Who's Left and Who's Leaving, by the_drifter. Gen. (ca. 9,500 words)
This story is a bit heart-wrenching, because the team leaves Atlantis behind, but I like all kinds of stories in which expedition members decide to stick with Pegasus and settle there.
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Stargate: Atlantis

See No Evil, by Greyias. Gen. (89,048 words)
In this AU events in the past happened differently so that there is no SGC (finding out what exactly changed is part of why the story is fun). John and Rodney meet while working for the same company, John as a testpilot and Rodney as a scientist. The plot here is fast paced and had me completely hooked.

Imago: The Tao of John, by Kristen999. Gen. (49,759 words)
John gets caught in the ascension machine in Rodney's place, and this version was fun to read and I liked how the superpowers were handled.

Circle of the Sun, by LadyAmarra. Slash and het, Rodney McKay/John Sheppard, John Sheppard/OFC. (ca. 42,300 words)
John ascends because of the Ancient machine in Tao of Rodney. The people with whom he ends up with when he eventually descends have been given an interesting background, and it was quite chilling to see John's loyalty brought to its final consequences here though I don't want to spoil the plot twists by being more specific.

The Fall of the House of Sheppard, by Martha. Slash, Rodney McKay/John Sheppard, Rodney McKay/other. (40,150 words)
This horror AU, in which Rodney accompanies John to Earth during Outcast, was just somewhat creepy at first but also funny, and I was lulled into a false sense of security. Then the creepiness and violence got worse and worse, turning it into genuinely scary horror. A great story overall, that ties horror to the SGA SF elements neatly.

A Clear and Different Light, by Sholio and Naye. Slash, Rodney McKay/John Sheppard. (ca. 88,000 words)
I liked how fantasy and magic were mixed with the SGA mythology here, the plot had me hooked, and this version of Wraith was truly creepy as well.

Needs Salt, by Thetruebard. Gen. (ca. 2,650 words)
In this fusion the SGA team is put into the Avatar the Last Airbender universe in Aang's and his friends' place. This is a lot of fun and it has cute art by Pentapus.

Astonishing Persistence Of Memory: Past Time, by Tielan. Het, John Sheppard/Teyla Emmagan, John Sheppard/OFC. (66,779 words)
In this AU events in Common Ground happen a bit differently, which leads to an amnesiac!Sheppard. I enjoyed to gradually discover what happened and why John lost his memory as John rediscovers himself, and pieces things together as an outsider to his life but also familiar with it. I liked his relationship with the OFC and the UST with Teyla.

Where the Ways Divide, by Vain_Glorious. Gen, John Sheppard, Ronon Dex. (971 words)
This is very short, but has still an interesting scenario: It's a role reversal story in which Sheppard is a runner and found by Ronon and his Satedan squad.

Blue Colorado Skies, by X-parrot. Gen. (ca. 11,400 words)
This is a steampunk western AU. Rodney is an inventor, Sheppard the son of a ruthless railway robber baron, who's trying to get away from his family, which is just a cool scenario all around.


Supernatural

A Thin Chain of Next Moments, by batyatoon and dotfic. Het, Sam/Ava, Dean/OFC, John. (ca. 22,000 words)
In this AU Dean makes a deal with the Crossroads Demon to free John from hell, and gets the standard ten years contract. On the one hand this AU is quite sad, on the other we get to see Dean live for a decade.

Art Therapy, by CaffieneKitty. Gen, Dean. (ca. 1,200 words)
In this AU Dean was the only survivor of the fire. What gives this story a great twist is that it is written from various outsider POVs of report cards and therapy notes.

Appointed Verse, by Irnan. Het, John/Mary. WIP
A Mary-centric AU verse. Mary survives, and she and John become hunters together.

Pathways Verse, by Irnan. Het, John/Mary. (ca. 36,000 words)
This is another Mary-centric AU verse (though Sam and Dean appear too), that gives her an interesting supernatural background of reincarnation and connects her to Samuel Colt as well as Ruby.


Multifandom

Flowers in Your Hair (Four Characters Who were Never Hippies, and One Harsh Reality Check), by Kokiri. Gen. (ca. 2,600 words)
I don't know Legend of Zelda, but the HP, DC and Avatar parts were all great fun. Also worth looking at are the illustrations.
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Nothing Like Billy, by Embroiderama. Het, Ellen Harvelle/Fox Mulder. (ca. 2,622 words)
Supernatural/The X-Files
There isn't much plot beyond the sex in this crossover, but there was enough characterization and a plausible reason for their meeting to not have the story feel arbitrary.

Leapin Lizards, by Gwendolyn Grace. Gen, Sam Winchester, Dean Winchester, Sam Beckett, Al Calavicci. (ca. 18,560 words)
Quantum Leap/Supernatural
Sam Beckett leaps into John Winchester when Dean and Sam were still children. There is a good case story, and Beckett has to deal with finding out that the supernatural is real, and handle two young Winchesters.

With a Bang, by Mink. Gen, Alec, Dean Winchester, Sam Winchester. (ca. 42,000 words)
Dark Angel/Supernatural
This is a good action-adventure, and I liked how the shows' mythologies were meshed, even though I'm not that into the whole breeding cult arc of DA season two. Also Alec, Sam and Dean together are just fun to watch.

Curiosities (ca. 4,045 words) and Stutter (ca. 1,500 words), by Penknife. Slash, Erik Lehnsherr/Charles Xavier, Tom Riddle, Lily Potter, Sirius Black.
Harry Potter/X-Men
Recently Penknife offered to write timestamp fic, and I noticed that I never recced the original crossover for which I requested a timestamp. Anyway, in the first Erik Lehnsherr encounters Tom Riddle in 1950, the timestamp is set during the first Voldemort war/the Marauders era, and both are interesting and well worth reading.

Brothers in Arms, by SylvanWitch. Gen, Dean Winchester, Derek Reese. (ca. 2,440 words)
Supernatural/Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles
Dean runs into Derek while hunting, and somehow these two shows just go together like chocolate and hazelnuts.

What Kind of Day Has It Been?, by Victoria P. Gen, Dean Winchester, Sam Winchester, Kermit and the Muppet Show ensemble. (ca. 3,300 words)
Muppet Show/Supernatural
I love Muppet crossovers (felt rules! *g*), and this one made me laugh a lot.
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I updated my crossover recs page.

Old Country, by Astolat. Slash, Sam/Dean. (ca. 40,600 words)
Harry Potter/Supernatural
I don't read a lot of Wincest, but I think this crossover is a great read even if you prefer gen. It's a lot of fun, humor mixed into the angst and drama, and the merge of the Potterverse with SPN here works great, and I liked the take on goblins and their magic in particular.

Harvester of Eyes, by gwendolyngrace. Gen. (ca. 26,000 words)
Sandman/Supernatural
John Winchester hunts the Corinthian, meanwhile Sam and Dean get lost in the Dreaming. This crossover is a great blend of the two sources.

New Jersey Voodoo, by Rokeon. Gen. (ca. 1,020 words)
House/Stargate: Atlantis
This is short, but really funny. John has a relapse back towards Bug!John, starting with an at first innocuous rash and progressing from there, and House tries to diagnose.

Late Nite at the Sudzy Dudz, by Sarah Ellen. Gen. (ca. 3,500 words)
Supernatural/The X-Files
I have no idea how I could have missed reading this story for so long. This crossover is a lot of fun. I guess you could sum it up as "Mulder and Scully meet the Wincesters in a laundromat and talk about cattle mutilations." but the dialog is awesome and it made me laugh a lot, while still being plausible and in character within both series.

The Curious Incident of the Doc in the Night-time (part 2), by Taz. Gen. (ca. 2,920 words)
Highlander/House
House meets Methos in his morgue and is understandably curious. Snark ensues.
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Winchesters at Hogwarts series, by Ignipes. Gen. (so far three stories with ca. 10,400 words)
Harry Potter/Supernatural
In this crossover AU John dies and Sam and Dean are sent to wizard relatives in England, so Dean attends Hogwarts.

And All the World Beneath, by Jenn. Slash, John Sheppard/Dean Winchester, John Sheppard/Rodney McKay. (ca. 67,000 words)
Stargate: Atlantis/Supernatural
This is a very cool and creepy apocafic, meshing Stargate and Supernatural in a way that makes sense for both mythologies.

Agents of Fortune, by Karasu Yurei. Gen, Dean Winchester, Sam Winchester, Alec, Lydecker, Renfro. WIP
Dark Angel/Supernatural
So far this seems to be a basic "let's make these characters meet" crossover, but it has a plot that makes sense and the way the universes are mixed is interesting. It's not exactly the canon universe for Dark Angel in that there was no Pulse, but it still feels more like a crossover than an AU premise. X5-494 is given the mission to kidnap Sam for the Manticore program, so he tries to impersonate Dean.

Bent, by Rachel Martin. Gen, Dean Winchester, Sam Winchester, Ororo Munroe, Scott Summers, Logan. (ca. 12,300 words so far) WIP
Supernatural/X-Men
This is set during the SPN episode Benders. Scott thinks that one of the Winchestes is an out-of-control mutant and goes to search for them to stop the deaths he thinks the Winchesters are responsible for.

I've accumulated enough of these to make a page worthwhile, so I've compiled all my previous crossover recs on a webpage, so that I can fix links and such in one place rather than assorted posts.
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AU recs

Stargate: Atlantis

Push and its sequel Pull, by [livejournal.com profile] jane_elliot. Slash Rodney McKay/John Sheppard. (ca. 39,000 words and 27,000 words)
It's somewhat like a Harlequin romance story. Rodney, who works at the SGC, has an accident with Sheppard, who lives on the streets as result from his severe PTSD and dishonorable discharge, which circumstances are slowly revealed through the story. Then friendship and romance follow with a fair but not overwhelming amount of angst.

Unidentified, by [livejournal.com profile] the_drifter. Slash Rodney McKay/John Sheppard. (ca. 30,000 words)
Everybody recced this already, but it a really good present-day (no Stargate) amnesia AU, in which Rodney looses his memory suddenly without explanation, and we see him (re-)discovering and to some extent redefining himself and his relationships to friends and family through Sheppard's POV.

Harry Potter

The If Sieve, by Cathy ([livejournal.com profile] crawfords_lover). Slash, Harry/Draco. (ca. 36,000 words)
Draco goes through potential alternative universes with a pensieve-like device, exploring what would have happened if he (or Harry) made different decisions. It's a cool magical device and the scenarios are HP fandom staples, but handled in an original way, often with not quite the expected outcome.

X-Men Movieverse

Forgotten, by [livejournal.com profile] cyndrarae. Slash, Scott/Logan. (ca. 2,450 words)
In this AU Scott survives X3 but has amnesia, and Logan eventually finds him. Also it is hookerfic, so you get two fannish tropes in one, which in this case is definitely a good thing, since they go great together with Scott angst.




Crossover Recs

Untitled, by [livejournal.com profile] siriaeve. Gen, Aiden Ford, Ronon Dex, Rodney McKay, John Sheppard, and the Endless. (ca. 750 words)
Sandman/Stargate: SG-1/Stargate: Atlantis
It's a "Five Things" type story in which SGA and SG-1 characters meet the Endless, and while each vignette is short, they are also gorgeous.
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I'm slowly working through my backlog and updated my AU recs page with the following recs:

Harry Potter

Dudley Dursley and the Hogwarts Letter, by [livejournal.com profile] kindkit. Gen, Dudley Dursley, Lily Potter, Harry Potter, James Potter. (ca. 1,940 words.)
This story gives a brief but interesting look at who Dudley might have become had the Dursleys died in a car crash and the Potters survived.

No Way Back, by [livejournal.com profile] meri_oddities. Slash, Snape/Harry. (ca. 77,780 words)
It has the same premise as Midnight Blue's Mirror of Maybe, i.e. that Harry gets sent through a magical mirror, gaining experience during an alternate life before coming back, but deals with it differently.

Stargate: Atlantis

Cycle and Circuit, by Alloy. Slash, Rodney McKay/John Sheppard. (ca. 8,500 words)
It's rare for me to read crossovers or fusions without knowing both sources, but this fusion putting John and Rodney into the universe of Avatar: The Last Airbender, pulled me in quickly and made the Avatar universe become alive and seem very vivid and fascinating even though I've never watched Avatar: The Last Airbender. I really liked the atmosphere, and the descriptions, and how John and Rodney were fit into this fantasy universe and its mythology.

Come Back Later, by [livejournal.com profile] cottontail. Slash, John Sheppard/Rodney McKay. (ca. 8,800 words)
It's an alternative ending for Tao of Rodney.

The Wrong Side of the Tracks, by [livejournal.com profile] gaiaanarchy. Slash, Rodney McKay/John Sheppard. (ca. 15,200 words)
This story adapts the Disney movie plot "Lady and the Tramp" into a post-apocalyptic SGA futurefic, and I really don't want to spoil the fabulous twists and character mappings that make the two fit together. It shouldn't work so well, but surprisingly it does.

Six crooked highways, by [livejournal.com profile] harriet_spy. Het, John Sheppard/Teyla Emmagan. (ca. 2,000 words)
In this AU after Conversion John retained some Wraith-like characteristicsand left Atlantis.

Before & After, by [livejournal.com profile] helena_eternal. Slash, John Sheppard/Rodney McKay, Radek Zelenka. (ca. 3,610 words)
It's a Conversion AU told from Radek's POV in which John's change didn't reverse fully.

King of Wishful Thinking, by [livejournal.com profile] margarks. Slash, John Sheppard/Rodney McKay. (ca. 19,890 words)
It's a fusion with the movie Pretty Woman, with John Sheppard as the hooker. I have a soft spot for that trope/movie, so this was a fun and happy making story for me.

The New Mutants, by [livejournal.com profile] mz_bstone. Gen (so far), Rodney McKay, John Sheppard, Elizabeth Weir, Daniel Jackson, Jack O'Neill. WIP
It's a fusion with the X-Men. The government experiments on humans with the ATA gene and they develop superpowers. SG-1 and SGA characters run a kind of resistance that rescues people. It's not that far along yet, but the worldbuilding has me hooked already.

Converging, by [livejournal.com profile] purna. Slash, John Sheppard/Rodney McKay. (ca. 27,000 words)
It's starts out with John as a lifeguard rescuing Rodney, but this isn't an AU just transplanting the characters into different professions, but branchess off from SGA canon pre-series as becomes clear during the story.

Truth, Justice and Rodney McKay (ca. 6,800 words), and its sequels Instinct (ca. 650 words) and Inheritances (ca. 1,500 words), by [livejournal.com profile] siriaeve. Slash, John Sheppard/Rodney McKay.
It's a fusion with Superman. John is an Alteran not a Kryptonian, but has Superman's powers, and Rodney is cast as Lois Lane.

The Last Hail Mary You'll Ever Need, by [livejournal.com profile] sly_bone. Slash, Rodney McKay/John Sheppard, Ronon Dex. (ca. 9,000 words)
This is a fun AU in which John Sheppard and Ronon Dex are space pirates and kidnap Rodney McKay. I really liked that here was some backstory given how Sheppard could have ended up as a space pirate while branching off from the SG universe rather than just transplanting him. I missed Teyla in this AU, though.

Supernatural

And Everything Nice, by Lyra Wing. Gen, Sam, Dean, OC. (ca. 6,550 words)
I didn't really expect to enjoy an AU in which Sam and Dean have a sister who grows up with them, but gave it a try because I usually trust this author to be entertaining, and this AU really pulled me in, was a great read and I liked the original character.

Gimme Shelter (ca. 7,940 words) and its sequel Paint It Black (ca. 1,330 words), by [livejournal.com profile] nilchance. Gen, Sam, Dean, John, Bobby, Missouri. The individual stories are finished, but the universe is still a WIP.
This is a rather bleak AU scenario that explores what might have happened had Mike Gunther called Child Protective Services.

Clay And Paste And Down, by [livejournal.com profile] trollprincess. Het, Sam/Jess, John/Mary. (ca. 3,500 words)
It's wingfic, but handles it in a somewhat unusual way, i.e. in this AU Dean was born with wings.
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In an attempt to update my recs page while I still actually remember the stories clearly, I've added just two HP and two SGA recs. Also I figured I could post the new recs directly to my LJ as well, for anybody who doesn't want to scroll around my by now longish recs page (unless you think that's redundant?).

Harry Potter
Sorted Differently, by Mags ([livejournal.com profile] magistera). Gen, Harry.
This is a short humor ficlet that shows three ways the sorting could have been different. Not that the first years are sorted into houses different from canon, it's that it's not a hat doing the sorting.

If You've A Ready Mind (unfortunately the following parts aren't linked from the first, so here's links to part 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10), by Maya ([livejournal.com profile] mistful). Slash, Harry/Draco, Draco/Terry, also het, Draco/Cho.
Draco is sorted into Ravenclaw in this AU. It is from Draco's POV and very funny in places, though as with the books things get darker as time progresses. Still overall the story is on the lighthearted side and made me laugh frequently.

Stargate: Atlantis

Biggest Ever Sky, by [livejournal.com profile] jchalo and [livejournal.com profile] lilysaid. Slash and het, John Sheppard/Rodney McKay, Carson Beckett/Ronon Dex, Teyla Emmagan/Sora, and Teyla Emmagan/Aiden Ford.
This is a great circus AU. The way it transfers the characters into a circus universe really works, but what I liked best was how the atmosphere of the story somehow captured the essence of circus, that is dreamlike and fantastical moments emerge out of an almost gritty down to earth reality and both seamlessly mix.

Left to Fend (ca. 6,800 words), by [livejournal.com profile] springwoof and its sequel The Body Holographic (ca. 68,100 words) by Leah and [livejournal.com profile] springwoof. Gen, the sequel is slash, John Sheppard/Rodney McKay.
I guess you could see this as futurefic, rather than as an AU, but considering that the story takes things into a direction that the show itself is extremely unlikely to ever go, I think it's justifiable to rec it as an AU. This Atlantis has lost contact with Earth again (after the Daedalus reestablished it) for about eleven years, because of trouble the SGC had with aliens, presumably the Ori, in the Milky Way, the Stargate becoming public and the resulting political upheaval. Eventually Earth manages to send a ship again, though we get hints (from changes in organization names and the crew on board and such, that the power structure on earth has changed even though Earth managed to survive the conflict still in human control). Meanwhile Atlantis flourished in its way, but not without costs and things are shockingly different for the contingent from Earth who came to recall the expedition. After reading the first story I was curious about how they could have gotten to this point, but I don't think it would have really worked on its own for me, because there wasn't enough of an explanation. However the sequel expands on that beautifully and gives plenty of background and motivation, including fascinating alien cultures from Pegasus who became Atlantis' allies and how they eventually merge together into something new. It's somewhat non-linear, which I often don't care for much, but fairly clear and easy to follow, and it works to make the threads reveal themselves and come together to great effect.
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I updated my AU recs page. There's 9 new recs (1 Harry Potter, 3 Stargate: Atlantis, and 5 Supernatural).
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I added some more recs to my recs page, 22 in total this time (11 HP, 9 SGA, 1 SPN and 1 SW). And I'm still not through with my frelling recs bookmark folder. Argh.
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I updated my AU recs page. I'm still not through my pile of bookmarks, but I thought 25 new recs (3 for Batman Comics, 3 Harry Potter, 12 Stargate: Atlantis, 2 Star Wars, and 5 Supernatural) was a good place to stop for now.

Also I've been wondering whether my recs page is becoming too large and unwieldy with recs for all fandoms on the same page. What do you think, should I split it into sections or leave it as it is?
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I'm still nearly devoid of any sort of motivation/drive to do anything (more so than usual, even), which in turn has led me to reading quite a bit of Harry Potter fanfic, because there are far more longer HP fics I haven't read than in DCU fandom, like, several magnitudes more. Some of which were rather scary and not in a good way (as I'm not only reading by rec, feeling sometimes adventurous and search on my own), but that's beside the point.

I've of course come across a fair number of WIPs, and I'm not bemoaning the fact that so many stories are WIPs (I don't mind), what I was surprised to find was, that several times now I started reading a WIP at schnoogle, and it had like twelve chapters, and was recently updated (as in the last couple of days), but following author links and such I find out the same story at ff.net is already in its 20th chapter or something, but not finished there, either. The chapters aren't different in length, nor seem to differ in revision status, though I didn't compare whether I find more typos.

And frankly this confuses me. I like the ff.net page formatting even less than the one at the fictionalley sections, so I'd prefer not to read there, but apparently I can't count on authors posting their story chapters at the same time at the different sites. Is that a common and accepted practice in HP? Personally I find it a bit annoying, because I have to do even more work to find all of a WIP, if I start reading at one archive and have to check others to make sure to catch all installments currently out there. At first I thought it was an isolated incident with just one story, but it isn't.

My second question is, are there any good "Harry was sorted into Slytherin." AUs? When I started looking for that kind of AU I had assumed it had to be one of the standard scenarios for AUs of the "what if?" variety, as fandoms with obvious watershed moments have, and that surely there must be some good among the lot, but I didn't have much luck. The stories I found where either utterly bizarre and deviating from canon in far more than just the sorting -- there seem to be whole strange and fearsome "turned-evil-by-orphanages" and "Snape-as-Harry's-father" (wtf?) subgenres in HP fanfic -- or the stories were a thinly disguised Ron-bashing fest (like this one). I mostly enjoyed Two Households, Both Alike In Dignity, by Mad Martha, even if at the beginning it's more like an exposition-like summary than a story, and it was interesting in that Harry doesn't like it in Slytherin, though personally I think even if he still had problems with Snape and Draco, he would like the qualities of his house a bit more after being sorted there. Slytherin Pride, by Rhysenn was an intriguing enough start, unfortunately it's only four chapters so far, and a note on the author's page indicates it's likely to stay unfinished. There can't just be one and a half okay stories along this AU premise, so which ones did I miss?

(And please, no scenarios with ludicrous orphanages turning Harry into Tom Riddle, and Snape as Harry's father scenarios only if the story makes some kind of sense and doesn't involve elves or mysterious mage councils -- sorry, I'm a bit traumatized still from spending a bit of time searching for such AUs on my own.)

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