Timeline series by Unforgotten (R)

  • Sep. 25th, 2015 at 9:07 PM
Title: Timeline series
Fandom: X-Men: First Class, X-Men Movies
Pairing: Erik Lehnsherr/Charles Xavier
Categories: Time Travel, First Time, Humor with a bit of angst
Length: Long [31 625words]
Warnings: none

Author/Artist/Creator on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] unforgotten
Author/Artist/Creator Website: Unforgotten’s AO3

Review: This is a series of two fics, “Replay” and “Numbers” and an added collection of snippets and drabbles set in the same verse that highlight some of the moments we didn’t get to see or that were only hinted at.

The premise is that old man Charles Xavier as we know him from the X-Men movies and with all the knowledge, experience and power of his old self travels back in time, by casting his mind into his younger body. It’s his plan to change all the horrible events that made Magneto the person he is and he does it in the best way he can think of: As he knows Erik has been in love for him for decades now, what’s easier than to give him what he wants?

“Replay” is a delightful and sometimes hilarious fic about old Charles having to come to grips with being young again and with the moral dilemma of using his future knowledge to “take advantage” of Erik. He’s so engrossed in his own dilemma and so very Charles in some of the decisions he makes - like not reading Erik’s mind for the entire fic - that makes the little twist here work. Although the author - or Erik - gives the twist away pretty early on to make even more obvious that Charles can be the king of denial if he wants to, Charles never allows himself to pick up on it. It makes all his interactions with Erik very interesting and all the back and forth and paralleling of the things that happened in the future they left behind and what’s happening in their new past is well thought out and nicely used to describe the sort of people they are.

I think I like the second part, “Numbers” a little better even than “Replay” although it’s really imperative to read them in order and preferably together. “Numbers” is Eriks version of that happened in “Replay” and his voice is appropriately dry and a joy to read. Also his reflections on Charles and his obliviousness are just too funny.

Timeline series

Tomorrow's Game by Garvaldmains (NC-17)

  • Aug. 18th, 2015 at 2:51 PM
Title: Tomorrow's Game
Fandom: Supernatural RPS
Pairing: Jared Padalecki/Jensen Ackles
Categories/Genres: Time Travel, Angst
Length: 41693
Warnings:

Author/Artist on Sinful Desire: Karfraegh

Summary: Jared's lover is dead. He is recruited to a new secret program to become a protector of time, he can go back but the rules of time say he can't save Jensen. It is enough to break any man ... but what will it do to a man on the edge ... ?

Review:
This stands out in my memory as unique. It's a mixture of quantum leap/terminator that I haven't seen before. What I remember most is the trailer someone made for it. I will add it at the end of this rec and you will see what I mean. It's emotional and scary and inspires a lot of awe for something that is under two minutes. It's extremely clever with how it mixes together different movies to get it's message across.
The fic itself is less scary and more sweet. While Jared experiences pain and struggles with not saving Jensen and creating a paradox, Jensen himself eases a lot of it for Jared without knowing what's going on and ultimately ends up being smarter than Jared gives him credit for. Protecting the ones we love is an extreme weakness of mine and this fic certainly hit home.

Tomorrow's Game Trailer by Di


Tomorrow's Game

A Shot in the Dark by Silverpup (R)

  • Jul. 24th, 2015 at 7:24 AM
Title: A Shot in the Dark
Fandom: The Hobbit
Pairing: Bilbo Baggins/Thorin Okenshield
Categories: AU, Hurt/Comfort, Time Travel
Length: Super-Epic (213K)
Warnings: Character Typical Violence

Author on LJ: n/a
Website: A03

Summary: When he opens his eyes again, he finds himself in his old bed in his old home in his old body. Is this death? Or a trick of magic? Either way, Bilbo recognizes a second chance when he sees one, and this time his adventure with Thorin is going to go a bit differently.

Review: This fic ate my soul. I couldn't put it down for around three days straight.

The Characterization is spot on, and while I've read a lot of going back in time to fix the past fics, I was really impressed by how Silver_pup changed not only Bibo's behavior but that of all the secondary characters as well.

The same events happened, but Bilbo's chanced behavior and outlook had some unexpected effects, even to Bilbo. I can't say much more without messing up the lovely twists and turns Silver_pup works in, but if you are looking for an epic, with a lot of personal character growth and suspense then this might be the fic for you.

There are some spoilers for both the Hobbit and LOTR so read with caution if this is your first time reading in the hobbit fandom.

A Shot in the Dark
Title: Balance of Power

Fandom: Fullmetal Alchemist
Pairing: gen
Categories: action/adventure, crack, caper, time travel, post-canon
Length: super epic, ~328,000 words
Warnings: Only that it's left fairly open-ended, and the sequel looks to be in a permanent state of unfinished.

Author on Livejournal: n/a?
Author Website: Crackbunny Syndrome on fanfiction.net

Summary: Time travel. Conspiracy theories. Leylines. Pop culture crack and bad movie references. Hackers, ghost hunters and detectives, oh my! When crossing the gate, be sure to look both ways. Post series.

Review: "Maul?!" Ed asked. His eyes had gone wide as he stared around at all the different stores. The place was two floors high, bigger than any market he'd ever seen, and a cacophony of lights, sounds, and enticing aromas.

This is going back a few years now, to before the manga had an ending, before Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood had been made, and when the 'ending' for the series was that of the original anime and sequel movie Conqueror of Shamballa. This ridiculously epic gen fic, with its entourage of well-written original characters plus a surprise addition back-from-the-dead, is set after the movie, as a time travel incident propels Edward and Alphonse Elric into the modern world. They are helped to survive and navigate it by the dropouts, hippies and dissidents they meet along the way.

The story is a giant collaborative effort and exceedingly well written. The original characters and their voices are distinct. It's kind of the neverending fic, but it's also a lot of fun. According to the author profile, the plot was an accidental discovery, but I couldn't really tell, though it's in no hurry to rush enjoying all the gags about Edward in the modern world and the character moments along the way. It also has the capacity to turn surprisingly dark in its serious moments -- bear in mind that Ed and Al have time travelled from 1920s Germany, unknowing of the future that was to come.

Balance of Power

Wee!Doctor Verse by American Jedi (PG-13)

  • May. 8th, 2015 at 7:50 PM
Title: Wee Doctor
Fandom: Sherlock(BBC)
Pairing: Gen
Categories/Genres: De-aged, Time Travel, Homeless
Length: 229,000
Warnings: Major Character Death, Graphic Depictions of Violence

Author/Artist on LJ: americanjedi

Summary: Dr. John Watson is turned into an eight year old child, dealing with Sherlock who doesn't know him in a world where he was never born. He's a little stressed out, but he's got his priorities straight.

Review:
This story will forever stick in my heart as my favourite Sherlock fanfic. I rarely read gen but the emotion in this story makes me wish that there was a completely separate label for fics that have the best kinds of family love even when there is no romance.

And John is so uniquely lovable you can't even blame Sherlock for loving the grumpy eight year old wrapped in a woolly jumpers.

I've read a lot of fics where John gets to go back in time and redo all the cases and impress Sherlock with his foresight. But this fic tops them all by making you forget it's copying the episodes.

It is it's own true story with original characters that will become special to you and a storyline that makes you fall for John and Sherlock like you never even knew them. You ache for Sherlock who is presented with a tantalising puzzle in the young John that can never be solved. And John, who keeps major pieces of the puzzle to himself so that he can keep Sherlock as his and keep him safe at the same time.

I thought as I was reading this that it would be one of those fics that would go on forever until the writer lost their way. I thought there could never be an ending that would satisfy the height on which it had been brought to. I was wrong on all accounts. The ending made so much sense and I would never have thought of it in a million years. While with a fic this good I would have wanted it to last forever, no one can deny it made sense to end it where it was.

Wee Doctor
Title: I blinked (and there you were)
Fandom: Kingsman: The Secret Service
Pairing: Harry/Eggsy
Categories: Time Travel Fix-It Crossover
Length: 11920
Warnings: None

Summary:

The Weeping Angels, Eggsy reads on the stolen Torchwood intel. Aliens that pose as statues, and kill their victims by sending them back in time and feeding off their years not lived in the present. The politest psychopaths in the universe, a note reads, scrawled in what looks like a doctor’s chicken scratch on the edge of the page by someone who clearly had a perverse sense of humour. A one way trip, the report concludes; you get transported by the angels, and it’s the slow road back to the present for you.

Eggsy lays his head back on the wall, takes stock of his situation. He’s lost 30 years - three years more than his entire lifespan up ’til now - in the blink of an eye, and now he’s stuck here, in 1988. Three years before he’s even born. Arthur, the prick, is sure to be heading up the Kingsmen, and Merlin, if he’s even there would be…20, maybe. Fuck, so fucking young.

Shite, even Harry’d only be…

Alive, Eggsy thinks, and finds himself sitting down hard from where his knees can’t hold him. This is 1988, and Harry’s 23, and alive.

Suddenly, being stuck in 1988 doesn’t seem so bad.

Or, the one where love means changing the future.

Review:
This is an author who knows what we want and serves it to us sweeter than sugar. You have the weeping angels used in their proper form for the first time since Blink, we have a suggested version of Lancelot played by Benedict Cumberbatch and an adorable meeting with the Doctor and Rose. If you like your British fandom then this is all the highlights mixed in together.

The fic opens and explains how Eggsy has been been transported into the past by a weeping angel. And even though he is horrified at first, the fact that Harry is alive in the past settles him and gives him a new goal to work towards. But the fic isn't just filler until Eggsy meets Harry. Eggsy getting himself set up in the past is just as interesting as when Eggsy finally does meet the fresh faced 23 year old Harry.

I get the feeling Eggsy sees young Harry as a cute bambi character until he finally realises that the person he fell in love with is still in there. I love how unashamed Eggsy is at using his knowledge from the future to his advantage. He steals Merlin's lines from the movie to use in front of past!Merlin and when Merlin asks him if he can use that line in the future, he agrees! Cheeky Eggsy really is the best Eggsy.

This fic is supposedly incomplete but as of the second chapter it feels pretty complete to me. It should be updated in a couple of days and we will see if it has been made even better.

I blinked (and there you were)
Title: Do I Dare Disturb The Universe
Fandom: Stargate Atlantis
Pairing: John Sheppard/Rodney McKay
Genres: Romance, Angst, Time Travel, Established Relationship, Canon
Length: Epic (57,484 words)
Warnings: Temporary character death

Author on LJ: N/A
Author Website: vaguely_concerned @ AO3

Author's Summary:
When Faith Lumsbred disobeys the decree of Queen Harmony and goes into the forbidden part of the woods, she expects to discover something cool, or at least something suitably unsettling. Finding instead an ageing astrophysicist and his cat she decides to get to the bottom of the things. How did McKay end up here? Why has the queen gone to such lengths to keep him hidden? And what exactly has he been doing out here all by himself?


Review:
Do not let the presence of an OC keep you from reading this fic. She's a likable character who feels very real, and I love the relationship between her and Rodney. As Faith discovers bits and pieces of Rodney's past, the story of what drove Rodney to Harmony's planet unfolds, and it's tragic but interesting. In typical Rodney fashion, he's determined to fix things, but it's taken him many years. Harmony is a grown, mature woman in this fic, but with hints of the mischieviousness of her youth - I could picture her growing up to be just like this. I love Rodney's persistence, the way he never forgets or deviates from his goal. I ache for him and all that he's lost, but I enjoy the way Faith bursts into his life. The plot is interesting and well-written, the characters feel real and themselves, and despite the angst the fic has it's funny moments that lighten the mood. It's really just an enjoyable read!

Do I Dare Disturb The Universe?

Symbolic Constant by LithiumDoll (PG-15)

  • Jan. 10th, 2015 at 10:53 PM
Title: Symbolic Constant
Fandom: Person of Interest
Pairing: Root/Sameen Shaw, very faint Harold Finch/John Reese if you're inclined
Categories/Genres: Post-Canon, Apocalyptic, Dystopia, Alternate Universe, Future, Sci-Fi, Action/Adventure, Angst, Romance, Established Relationship, Dark, Drama, Time Travel (from the characters' perspectives)
Length: Long (18078 words)
Warnings: Previous (Temporary?) Repeated Major Character Deaths (because clones)

Author on LJ: N/A
Author Website: LithiumDoll

Summary:

Here's the thing about constants: their value never changes.

Review:

In celebration of Person of Interest taking that ultimate step of making their subtexty lesbians officially and irrefutably canon, I'm gonna do my damned best to rec Root/Shaw every Saturday through the end of January.

To be honest, I've never been very fond of the apocalypse and dystopia genres. But my distaste stems from childhood trauma, and probably nobody wants to hear about that, so let me just say, Symbolic Constant is the apocalypse/dystopia fic for people who can push through the painful parts of a fic to reach the happy ending. And by painful, I mean repeated major character death. But it's okay, because they come back, thanks to clones and science and all the best cheat codes that are part and parcel of any decent sci-fi fic. And by happy ending, I mean the next generation of clones wakes up in the post-post-apocalyptic future without having to deal with any of the crap that came before.

So, y'know, don't let the warning scare you off. Please.

If nothing else, read for the lesbians. Shaw and Root's relationship is, as ever, complex at the best of times, a spicy simmer that gives the narrative delicious flavor. An older iteration of Root adds another layer of complexity that the author takes advantage of to portray a version of their relationship where their sizzling sexual tension for once isn't the backbone of their interactions.

LithiumDoll's portrayal of Finch and Reese are such perfect recreations of canon that it brings a tear to my fannish eye. The understated devotion that pervades their every interaction is just as prevalent here, allowing the reader the same freedom to interpret their relationship as the show's writers have taken such pains to cultivate. My favorite scene of the fic, even though it's really, really damn sad, involves a heartbreaking display of their bond to each other, particularly Reese's to Finch.

Basically, I freaking love this fic. I'm gonna go lay down and cry tears of joy now.

Symbolic Constant

Righting the Universe by taibhrigh (Nc17)

  • Nov. 13th, 2014 at 9:16 AM
Title: Righting the Universe
Fandom: Blade Trinity/Chronicles of Riddick
Pairing: Hannibal King/Drake; Richard B Riddick/Vaako
Categories: Action/Adventure, AU,Crossover, Romance, Supernatural, Time Travel
Length: Long (32k)
Warnings: Soulmates, Canon Character death

Author on LJ: n/a
Author Website: Taibhrigh’s Ao3

Summary: Vaako had lived more than two thousand years without finding his balance, his soulmate. Then his sire died and soon other vampires were bursting into flame and ash on national tv but he went on. Now the ghost of a woman long since dead tells him all he has to do to find his mate is promise to go to the future and save the universe.

Review: An interesting take on the fix!it fic.I’m a sucker for snarky people and soulmate AUs, so this fic is right up my alley.

Vaako and Hannibal are snarky friends who help each other find their mates by dealing with time!travel, ghostly mothers of their respective soulmates, and the events of two different movies set a few thousand years apart.

I particularly enjoyed the fact that Taibhrigh was able to create a soul-mate AU that fit perfectly with both movies even while it completely changed both canons.

Righting the Universe

The Turks' Way by LunaStorm (PG-13)

  • Nov. 10th, 2014 at 11:58 AM
Title: The Turks' Way
Fandom: Final Fantasy VII
Pairing: Gen
Genres: AU, Time travel, Friendship
Length: Long (21,657 words)
Warnings: None

Author on LJ: N/A
Author Website: LunaStorm @ AO3

Author's Summary:
In which Vincent decides that, if Sephiroth can be manipulated by the stuff in the ShinRa Mansion library, he'll make sure that he's manipulated in the right direction. And really, why stop at Sephiroth alone?

Review:
As much as I like tracking down Cloud time travel fics, there are few that are actually very good, and even less where his schemes go off without a hitch. This does make for some great drama and personal angst, but sometimes you just want to see a badass main character pull off their plans with skill, cunning and a lack of melodrama. One of the few time travel fics that has Vincent as the one who does the travelling, here he is a confident and skilled protagonist who gets shit done. The title gives it away; this is a fic about Vincent using his formidable Turk-learned skills to singlehandedly save all his friends and the world. And yet for all that I didn't feel he was a godlike Gary Stu at all. He's in character throughout the fic, working from the shadows as he orchestrates practical plans befitting his Turk nature. Maybe it's a bit far fetched that his plans go as well as they do, but I found this fic both believable and very enjoyable.

The Turks' Way
Title: The Shadows Feel like Home
Fandom: Chronicles of Narnia/Torchwood
Pairing: Edmund Pevensie/Jack Harkness
Categories: AU, Crossover,Family, Time-Travel,
Length: Epic (52k)
Warnings: Character Death, Dark, Aliens

Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] burntcopper
Author Website: Burntcopper’s Ao3

Summary: In which the Pevensies trip, fall, and somehow end up in Torchwood. It's not Susan's fault she shot an alien that was trying to kill Jack Harkness.
Review: This story takes place in the same universe as the National Service Series I recced three years ago, but it can easily be read independently.

This is a fun and fast-moving fic that explores the idea of a Pevensie family that survived post Narnia and what they would do if they fell into the Torchwood Continuum. Particularly what the younger three Pevensies would do with Jack Harkness.

Usually in Torchwood fics Jack is seen as this kind of imovable force because he’s lived so long, so it is interesting to see him run into a bunch of young adults that have lived multiple lives in multiple worlds and don’t give him any kind of respect he doesn’t earn first.

The plot is pretty much episodic and it moves quickly to the point that sometimes things get forgotten along the way but it is tons of fun if you are looking for a bunch of capable, irreverent, damaged people saving the day.

The Shadows Feel Like Home
I've been sitting on this gem for a few months now because we at [livejournal.com profile] epic_recs have a policy of not reccing work by our fellow reccers (for obvious reasons). But since [livejournal.com profile] mothlights stepped down from the team awhile ago, I got permission from the mods to go ahead and post it. This collaboration is really too good not to share!

Title: Misfire
Fandom: Teen Wolf
Pairing: Derek/Stiles
Categories: Time travel, angst
Length: Long (28,804 words)
Warnings: None

Author on AO3:  unpossible
Podficcer on LJ:  [livejournal.com profile] mothlights
Podficcer on AO3:  mothlights

Summary: “The debt must be repaid,” she says, and it has the weight of a vow. The words resonate through him, ringing through his ribcage and the bones of his jaw, and Stiles loses his breath and maybe his grip on reality because she draws herself upright and where there had once stood a supermodel-level MILF now there is Galadriel’s much hotter older sister, a Presence of unmistakable power in their ordinary, smells-vaguely-of-Thai-takeout hallway.

“Oh shit,” Stiles says.

Review: "Misfire" begins several years after season two. Stiles is an adult now, in a committed relationship with Derek, who is still painfully scarred from the trauma of his past. When a powerful faerie grants Stiles a wish after he inadvertently does her a favor, he asks for the one thing that might make Derek truly happy. Armed with his knowledge of the present, Stiles travels back in time determined to prevent Kate Argent from murdering the Hale family -- even knowing that, if he succeeds, he will be writing a new future, where Derek will have little reason to know Stiles, let alone fall in love with him.

I'm a sucker for angst, pining and noble gestures, and this fic is packed with all three! In the brief glimpse we get of Stiles's pre-time travel future, Unpossible paints a vivid picture of his love for Derek and the impact of Derek's trauma on their relationship. This story makes it easy to accept that Stiles would choose Derek's happiness over his own, even though it tears him apart to rip away the relationship that has become the cornerstone of his life. I also loved seeing the Hale family through future!Stiles's eyes. Peter, especially, is a delight in this story, and I loved Talia as well. Their reactions to Stiles were perfect. However, I think my favorite character in this fic might be the new!Derek, unknowingly freed of his tragic past. The direction unpossible took him in was entirely believable to me, and I was really intrigued by his new relationship with his now-surviving family/pack. And I loved the dynamic between new!Derek and Stiles. This story's happy ending is well worth all of the angst.

This was a pod-together collaboration, and as such, I highly recommend listening to the podfic by [livejournal.com profile] mothlights, which is how I first took in this story. As a collaborative effort, "Misfire" was written to be read aloud, and it sounds fantastic. I'm always a fan of [livejournal.com profile] mothlights' readings. Her performance really highlighted the emotion in this story, without ever going overboard. The production in this podfic was also fantastic with subtle (and well-done) sound effects. And as an added bonus, it hits my sweet spot for podfic length at about 4.5 hours long -- meaty enough to really get into, but short enough to easily finish it in a day. It made an afternoon running errands much more tolerable, that's for sure!

Misfire
Title: Tony Stark Meets an Extremely Unimpressed Time Traveler, or, Thomas Barrow Makes a Surprisingly Good 21st Century Butler
Fandom: Downton AbbeyThe Avengers (Marvel Movies)
Pairing: Thomas Barrow/Tony Stark
Categories: AU, Friends, Hurt/Comfort, Time-travel
Length: Epic (87.5k)
Warnings: Homophobia; Mentions of past persecution; War

Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] alex51324
Website: Alex51324

Summary: In which Tony Stark ditches a boring party, makes an addition to the household staff, throws a much better party, and tries not to sexually harass his new butler.

Or,In which Thomas Barrow has a little trouble getting home from the pub, is generally unimpressed with many aspects of the 21st century, never thought of himself as a conservative dresser before, and may or may not be falling in lust with his new employer.

tl:dr: Thanks to time travel, Thomas Barrow becomes the Avengers' butler.

Review: I started to read this and couldn't put it down. I ended up reading it all in one day.

I love Thomas' point of view on the 21st century, and how the story focused on the adjustment period for both Thomas and Tony. I love Jarvis in this. He might not be on of the main characters but you definitely get a real feel his sarcastic wit and how he manages his butlering duty.

Tony Stark Meets an Extremely Unimpressed Time Traveler, or, Thomas Barrow Makes a Surprisingly Good 21st Century Butler

Eir's Tomorrow by jukeboxhound (R)

  • Aug. 20th, 2014 at 10:00 AM
Title: Eir's Tomorrow
Fandom: Final Fantasy 7
Pairing: Sephiroth/Cloud (Main), Zack/Aeris, Elena/Tifa, Angeal/Genesis
Categories: AU, Time Travel, Wingfic (...It's FF7, kind of expected)
Length: Super Epic (162,615)
Warnings: Violence, Torture, PTSD, Minor character death

Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] jukeboxhound
Author Website: AO3 | Tumblr

Author's Summary:
Cloud is the Planet's greatest weapon, and if he can't fix old wrongs and battles then he may end up being the means by which it all ends (again).

Review:
I adore FF7 fic. I even more adore the entire time traveling trope that the FF7 fandom uses with complete abandon (seriously, you turn around and there's another one! [honestly, I wish there were more so I have more to read]). It is rare, however, that you find a FF7 time travel fic that is long and complete and good. This fills all three of those!

You start off with the planet dying, which is a main staple in a lot of FF7 time travel fics. Then, of course, said planet catapults Cloud back into time. Except a lot of fics where you start off with Cloud as a cadet, you have Cloud as the kind of invisible guy who hangs around Sephiroth as a child. Which is less creepy than I'm making it sound. Um.

But, seriously, Cloud meets Sephiroth as a child due to the planet being all screwy--a Sephiroth who is experimented on, who is treated as a subject, and who has no real positive guidance. Enter Cloud who isn't all mentally there a lot of the time (the planet isn't exactly the benevolent presence it is in a lot of other fics), but who eventually sees Sephiroth as this child with a horrible life and Cloud grows protective.

Then there's another shift. Cloud is taken away, Sephiroth grows up, and things change. Cloud is determined that events won't follow the same path as his last lifetime, but life is both hard and unexpected. Not everything works out, but there are bright spots along the way. Events grow truly epic--it's not about just a handful of people, it's about saving an entire world that hurts just as much as it helps. Everything grows complicated and nothing is easy. Terrible, terrible things happen. And yet there's still people striving to make the best of things.

The author takes the idea of time travel FF7 fic and makes it their own. A lot of the fics can feel the same after a while, but this goes in original and interesting directions. It's long and very plotty--the romance is there, but much later on and it never takes over the storyline. It's just good and such a well worth it read.

Eir's Tomorrow

backslide by blackkat (R)

  • Jun. 25th, 2014 at 1:17 PM
Title: backslide
Fandom: Naruto
Pairing: Kakashi/Future!Naruto (main pairing), Future!Sasuke/Future!Naruto, Present!Sasuke/Present!Naruto (minor)
Categories: Time travel, Angst, Humor, Family feels, Hurt/Comfort, Fluff, Action/Adventure
Length: Super Epic (128,352)
Warnings: Violence

Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] black_k_kat
Author Website: FF.net | AO3

Author's Summary:
Naruto’s friends are gone, his lover is dying, Konoha is destroyed, and Madara’s second return has pushed the entire world to the brink. Hunted and harried, Naruto is sent back in time to upend Madara’s plan before it even starts, and sets about changing everything. Butterfly effect nothing: the world is at stake, and Naruto is hardly about to let it fall to ruin once more. Not while he’s still breathing.

Review:
Here. Have something that's completely amazing and long and plotty and did I mention amazing yet? Include a trope I absolutely love (time travel!), the fact that it's over 100k words, and that it's actually complete (do any of you have any idea how hard it is to find a complete time traveling fic. Do you. I didn't think so.) and you have the recipe for something truly special.

This fic. This fic just punches you in the gut with the angst and then the fluff and so many make shift happy families that make you (well, me) squeeze your pillow in joy because there's nobody else near enough for you to half-strangle in your glee. It starts off depressing what with Naruto sending himself back into time and yet leaving Sasuke behind because there's no other choice if they want to make things better, and ugh, your heart starts hurting from the beginning. Naruto sends himself back to the time just before the genin teams are assembled, and makes himself at home in Konoha under a new name (Kurama; he's called this for the rest of the fic) as he pretends to be an Uzumaki survivor.

It's a fix-it fic. It fixes just about everything and it does it unashamedly and with so much fluff. There is angst to balance out the fluff, but it's such a... bonding fic. Not just romance wise (which comes slowly), but friendships! Families that aren't blood related! If you want a sure-fire way to rocket a fic into my heart it would be make-shift families that love each other.

This doesn't happen quickly. You have Kurama (future!Naruto, remember) slowly getting the ball rolling. He collects Naruto and somehow collects Sasuke and Sakura and they learn how to be a true team as Kakashi and Kurama teach them. The friendships that form, the way that they're so much stronger together than apart, is just really heart warming.

The romance is sloooow. But is awesome. Kurama was in love with Sasuke (future!), but there's absolutely no way he'll get that relationship back, and the fact that both he and future!Sasuke acknowledge that actually made me flat out not want Kurama in a relationship for a while. But somehow the author manages to make the fic and relationships progress enough that it felt natural that Kurama and Kakashi grow closer and fall in love with one another.

It does feel self-indulgent, but in the best of ways and without going too crazy. It's fun. It's sometimes silly, sometimes sad, and just rather fluffy. If fluff isn't your cup of tea then I'd steer clear because this really ramps up the warm fuzzies after a while. It's a fic that turns the team into a family and manages to make everything better, and sometimes that's all that you want to read. This more than delivers.

backslide

Nothing But Sand by travels_in_time (G)

  • Apr. 9th, 2014 at 5:14 PM
Title: Nothing But Sand
Fandom: Doctor Who/Torchwood
Pairing: None
Categories: Gen
Length: Medium (9,527)
Warnings: None

Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] travels_in_time
Author Website: Dreamwidth

Author's Summary:
An unexpected event pulls Rose and Jack away from the Doctor, throwing them into separate time streams.

Review:
And sometimes all I want is to read some solid gen.

This fic is basically spot on. You could really see this happening, where Jack and Rose go with the Doctor to a new world, only oops! He forgot that sometimes there's a little problem with shifting time storms and both Jack and Rose are flung into different timelines and need to get to the Doctor again. Or have the Doctor come to them. They're both clever people and I love them so much.

Rose is flung to the past and meets Jack. Again. Jack is flung to his future and meets Ianto. It's just clever, really. There's no huge highs or lows in the fic, but the way things weave together, the way that this has affected the timeline (only not, because we know these things have happened/will happen) is smartly done.

But like I said, this fic isn't hugely dramatic. It's just a neat little piece that weaves together with canon very well, and just seems so plausible.

Nothing But Sand

Stranded by fluffssnowflake (R)

  • Mar. 31st, 2014 at 11:25 AM
Title: Stranded
Fandom: Merlin BBC
Pairing: Arthur/Merlin (Arthur/Gwen)
Categories: Canon era, magic, time travel, beasts to kill, romance
Length: Medium (6,116)
Warnings: None

Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] fluffssnowflake
Author Website: favicon fluffssnowflake

Author's summary: When Merlin and Arthur find themselves in a tight spot, they get help from an unexpected source.

Review:
An older Arthur visits Camelot from the future to defeat some of Morgana's beasts... and to turn Merlin's world upside down, apparently.

It's not often I'm this happy about a story in which the magic reveal and several other important events happen 'off stage', but in their place, we get big revelations for Merlin. Present day Arthur (by which I mean Merlin's present in canon era) has been growing more wary of magic, and Merlin thinks he knows where it's all heading. But he'll be very surprised by future King Arthur in more ways than one.

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I loved the way Merlin imagines the worst about the situation, only to find that he feels closer to future Arthur than to the one he's known. I also liked that it eventually improves how he sees 'his' present day Arthur. There's humor too; Arthur doesn't like to be told what to do, even when it's his own self... maybe especially when it's himself. And Merlin is a joy here - very in character.

Stranded on AO3 | Stranded on LJ

Unspoiled by forthright (PG)

  • Nov. 27th, 2013 at 4:16 AM
Title: Unspoiled
Fandom: Inuyasha
Pairing: Sesshoumaru/Kagome
Categories: Drama, AU, Romance, Time Traveling, Family Feels~, Fluff
Length: Super Epic (167,228)
Warnings: None

Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] forthrightly
Author Website: FF.net

Author's Summary:
Something goes awry during a trip through the Well, and Kagome is stranded in the distant past where she encounters a familiar face. When a very young Sesshoumaru decides to keep her, the consequences ripple through time.

Review:
This fic is, hands down, one of my favorite Inuyasha fics ever. Inuyasha holds a special place in my heart, if only because I loved that show when I was younger, and Sesshoumaru is one of my favorites. And Kagome is one of my favorites. Ergo, Sesshoumaru and Kagome together is my favorite of favorites for this show and--uh, I'm getting off track. Whoops.

This is wonderful. You have Sesshoumaru who, at least in the beginning, is young (a child, really) and untried, but is still himself. Still reserved and proud and kind of terrifying, but he's a child. Kagome is confused and is clutching onto Sesshoumaru because he's familiar (and even then not all that familiar), but somehow their relationship grows in leaps and bounds. But not in a creepy way! There's no hint of any sort of romantic relationship when Kagome is together with Sesshoumaru in the past. Mostly there's a lot of affection and warm fuzzy feelings that have more to do with them being a pack and family.

This fic also takes an original character and runs away with it. Beautifully. Hisoka was so convincing as a character I paused in the middle of the fic, tilted my head, and went, "Wait, maybe he was actually some sort of really minor character...?" (I did a brief Google search. Answer is no, haha). Each character is nuanced. Each one has their own motivations and feelings and hopes, but they all mesh so well with one another. I found each person absolutely spot on.

The fic does do some time jumping, with most of the fic set in the past with Kagome and a young Sesshoumaru, but a good chunk of the fic is set in the future with the emergence of feelings. It's not an instant-click sort of thing either, there's still plenty of uncertainty and confusion (on Kagome's part, at least), but you never doubt the fact that she and Sesshoumaru would get together and be happy.

The story itself was written as a series of drabbles that interlock with one another, which might be a bit off putting to some, but it still flowed very well for me. I had no trouble with moving from one part to the next and a lot of the drabbles are direct continuations of the previous ones. If you want romance from the start this isn't the fic for you, but if you don't mind the long way around, lots of fluff, and the thought of how the past, present, and future are all related, well. Read the fic. You really won't be disappointed.

Unspoiled

Never Was a Stranger by Dira Sudis (NC-17)

  • Nov. 4th, 2013 at 7:10 AM
Title: Never Was a Stranger
Fandom: Teen Wolf
Pairing: Derek/Stiles
Categories: Time travel, future, hurt/comfort , magic!Stiles, first time, virginity, romance,
Length: Medium (8,915 words)
Warnings: Sort of underage, but sort of not. (see LJ rec for spoilery details.)
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] dsudis
Author Websites: favicon Dira Sudis

Author's Summary: Derek sighed and rubbed his forehead. "What if I told you I traveled back in time to protect you."

Review:
This opens with Stiles waking up to an altered world with no memory of how he got there, and I do have a soft spot for stories that drop me right into the thick of it. Despite the summary, it's Stiles who's time travelling, as the unwanted side effect of a spell cast in the future in order to find a way to keep the pack from harm. Luckily for Stiles, Derek is there to explain things to him, although really it's Derek's behavior that says even more than his words. They have a very different relationship in the future, one that Stiles is trying to wrap his head around while also trying not to freak out about his situation.

There are some lovely touches along the way, like the hurt/comfort, the moonlight app, and Derek becoming Stiles' first sexual experience even though he wasn't Stiles' first sexual experience... Time travel. It rocks.

Never Was a Stranger

Title: Marching to the Beat of a Different Timeline (R) & Travelling in a Wibbly Wobbly Liney Whiney (PG-13)
Fandom: Dr Who/Sarah Jane Adventures/Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Pairing: Luke Smith/Dawn Summers
Categories: crossover, college years, time-travelling, Wolfram & Hart, unexpected history
Length: Epic (60,579 words) & Long (37,462 words) respectively
Warnings: None

Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] fandomlver (looks pretty moribund, though)
Author website: favicon fandomlver

Author's Summary:
Oxford was Luke's chance at normal. At least, until he met the pretty girl in his Ancient Languages class...and the girls who follow her around, and the strange boy who hangs around her flat, and those weird phone calls from her sister...

Review:
Luke Smith goes to college, reading Anthropology because Physics is still too easy. He meets Dawn Summers and ends up not entirely accidentally in a study group with her. The story revolves around the clashing and meshing of their worldviews over the subsequent months. It's not exactly a romance, because Luke is terrible at that sort of thing, but they do end up as more than friends. There are threats and backup from both sides of the crossover, and it all fits together very nicely. The sequel throws the Doctor, Amy and Rory into the mix, and ups the ante by filling in some Buffyverse Extremely Ancient History. I didn't see the ending coming, and I enjoyed it thoroughly.

Fandomlver has a very deft touch with the characters, making each of them distinct and recognisable without exaggerating them (often hard to do with Andrew, for instance). Luke in particular is adorable, being super-intelligent but utterly clueless when it comes to people, and comes out with some quotes that are absolutely perfect Dr Who. The storyline too is an interesting blend of the styles of both Buffy and Who: we are presented with what feels like a Who-style problem in a Buffyverse framework. Interestingly the sequel, Travelling in a Wibbly Wobbly Liney Whiney reverses this, presenting a Buffy-like problem in a Whovian framework. Both are well-handled and fit their respective styles; the threats feel appropriate, neither too hard nor too easy for either group's very different expertises. Even the humour is nicely balanced, and frequently understated. The irony of Luke insisting to Dawn and Connor that he and Sky are both human is just there for the reader to pick up on rather than hammered home, for instance.

In short, this is a well-written, gentle pair of epics that deserve a wider audience. If for absolutely nothing else I would love them for this quote from Luke: "Don't need weapons. I have physics." Perfect Who, just perfect.

On AO3:
Marching to the Beat of a Different Timeline
Travelling in a Wibbly Wobbly Liney Whiney

On ff.net:
Marching to the Beat of a Different Timeline
Travelling in a Wibbly Wobbly Liney Whiney

On Twisting the Hellmouth:
Marching to the Beat of a Different Timeline
Travelling in a Wibbly Wobbly Liney Whiney

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