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Stories focused on the family and the friendly relationships of the cast. Plot-focused stories or light day-in-the-life stories. Pretty much anything that isn't focused on romance.That Ocean is Not Silent by bluestar
Recommended by achrmy
Synopsis: Creating a safe bond between humans in the Drift is hard enough. No matter how great the need, some paths aren't meant to be taken.
Comments: A continuation of the film, mainly concerning events transpiring from the consequences of Newton's drifts with the kaiju. The story creates and sustains incredible suspense and the writing and imagination put forth is simply amazing. While the story devotes a majority of time to a few characters in particular, everyone from the movie has multiple scenes where they work in the story and shine.
Synopsis: Ancient Chinese Proverb: When the wind of change blows, some build walls. Others build Jaegers.
Comments: An excellent fic that focused on the often-ignored Wei triplets. There were some great interactions between them, the Kaidanovsky and little Mako. But one thing this troper enjoyed the most was seeing each of the triplets individualized with their own personalities and little touches that make them stand out on their own.
Synopsis: The Russians made it out of the ocean. They go back to get Cherno Alpha.
Comments: A series of comics with the premise of Everybody Lives might not sound like high art — and it isn't. What it is, however, is massively, unashamedly fun. A very lighthearted, humorous take on How It Should Have Gone, with the addition of Comrade Squid.
Synopsis: The medical doctors tell you it's probably PTSD. Newt and Hermann run a battery of increasingly bizarre tests and don't find anything conclusive.
Comments: Short, but in a way that gets it's point across, with a brilliant use of 2nd person point of view. This fic has a creeping sense of horror that let's the reader figure out what's happening on their own. The title and theme are derived from Stephen King's short story I Am The Doorway.
Pairing(s): Newton Geiszler/Hermann Gottlieb (Tendo Choi, Mako Mori, Raleigh Becket, Herc Hansen, and some other marvelous cameos; Alison Choi appears as more or less an OC, along with some completely O Cs); the work is overall NSFW (R/NC-17), but this writer's handling of explicit content definitely isn't as hardcore as that of many writers.
Summary: There's still some blank canvas, and nothing left to do but fill it; you can write on the body all you like, but you'll learn in short order it's the unread texts between head and heart that you have to watch out for.
Comments: As of 5/7/14, this work is complete, consisting of 20 core chapters, although four additional ficlets set in this universe have been written (the author plans to add a total of ten such ficlets; these appear to be posting twice a week). Both scientists' voices are right on pitch, and her Newt-POV is truly a thing of wonder; meanwhile, the characterization of Hermann that you'll find here is surprising in all the best of ways. Tattoos as storytelling, love and loss, humor, moving forward: you'll find all of these things and more. The writer's handling of other characters, both secondary cast and originals, is a delight. The flashback sequences are implied to be memories dredged up by the drift, and those alone are worth the rest of the fic's weight in words. Easily the most enjoyable read this fandom has to offer, and a number of pieces of artwork for it have been produced to date as well.
Synopsis: Anyone who wants to drill into Dr. Geiszler's skull must first build him a ziggurat. A study in cognitive dissonance and emotional devotion.
Comments: Still a WIP, but currently (29th of October, 2013) totals in at almost 78,000 words. Takes place post-film and deals with the effects of drifting with a hive mind in incredible detail, and is laden with scientific, philosophical, psychological and classical references. Both Hermann and Newt have incredibly strong voices, and cleanwhiteroom shows their work. Whilst definitely not a light, easy read, it is by far the most enjoyable fic the fandom has yet to offer.
As of the January 8, 2014 update, the word count is just over 165,000 words, 22 of 28 chapters posted, which is short for CWR. (For example, her completed work Force Over Distance has 71 chapters and 404,600 words and her other WIP Mathématique is at 50 chapters and over 276,000 words, both of which are set in the Stargate Universe universe.) Podfic version of this work is available on Archive of Our Own, read by elementals with 8 chapters recorded and posted so far (January 13, 2014). -Mira Oubliette
Now complete, with a prequel radio play in the works.
Synopsis: One year after the Breach was sealed, Rangers Raleigh Becket and Mako Mori are called back to lead a new group of Jaeger pilots against the vengeful invading Kaiju. But in Mankind's darkest hour, a former threat will rise... but will the man-created Kaiju be mankind's salvation... or it's doom.
Comments: A rather cool story so far. May only be one chapter at the moment but still.
Synopsis: A reinvention of the Pacific Rim storyline, including elements of the Godzilla franchise in its continuity. As an army of alien creatures known as Kaiju threatens to wipe out the human race, Raleigh Becket must return to active duty and fight alongside his fellow Jaeger pilots and Godzilla, King of the Monsters, to put an end to the alien threat before all of humanity is destroyed.
Comments: A truly awesome fusion of the worlds of Pacific Rim and Godzilla. The author is clearly an enormous fan of both. And it's not just Jaegers and Toho kaiju smashing away at each other. There's plenty of action going on at the human scale as well.
Synopsis: It was supposed to be another routine kaiju breach response at the Vladivostok Shatterdome, but Rangers Elsa and Anna Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg, pilots of the Mark-III Jaeger Frozen Heart, may be in over their heads as they discover there is more to their deployment than meets the eye, and no routine survives contact with the enemy.
Comments: This brings together two of the best films of 2013 in a crossover that really shouldn't have worked, but it did. Occurs just before the Kaiju war got worse for the Pan Pacific Defense Corps. Brilliantly written.
Synopsis: Decades after the sacrifice of Gipsy Danger, a hopeful mankind looked to the stars. With a army of Jaegers in tow. Now, decades later, the Normandy SR-1 is sent to Eden Prime, and The Shepard Twins, one raised on Earth, the other in space, prepare to show the universe what they're made of. Because sometimes, it takes monsters to kill monsters.
Synopsis: A Mark II Jaeger, Midsummer Night, fires an experimental teleportation device while battling a Category 3 Kaiju, taking it and its pilots, Shane and Michael O'Connell, to a strange world full of sentient equines...
Comments: This story takes two completely different worlds and binds them together in a way that is not only believable, but amazingly well written.