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Fanfic Recs: Pacific Rim
Proof that the remaining 10% is worth cancelling the apocalypse for here:

These are recommendations made by Tropers for Pacific Rim fanfics, all of which have been signed by people. After a few samples, you will be able to note the interests of the tropers recommending them, and judge whether you might be also interested in a certain 'fic. No-name recommendations will be zapped.

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     General 
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.
  • Now has its own page: From Out the Ocean Risen
  • 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.
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  • They Might Be Giants by Punk Hazard
    • Recommended by Zephyr7
    • 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.
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  • A Soldier After All by Enchantable
    • Recommended by Wild Goose
    • Synopsis: There are five graves in Sydney. None have bodies.
    • Comments: A feels-infused story about Herc Hansen, and how he became the man he is, and the people in his life: his wife, his son, his dog, and his Jaeger.
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  • Pacific Swim by pocketaimee.
    • Recommended by Troper/Zefire
    • 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.
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  • Doorway by Sanidine.
    • Recommended by Tropers/Refrainmonster
    • 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.
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  •      Shipping 
    Stories focused on the romantic relationships between the cast.

    Anthology, by irisbleufic
    • Recommended by Kelliannm
    • 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 3/15/14, this work consists of 20 chapters and stands at a total of 106,000 words; it is, according to the author, complete (but future ficlets and stories are possible). 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. This writer is rarely first on the scene, but she is invariably one of the finest.
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  • How to Train Your Kaiju by psikeval
    • Recommended by Naomi Hansen
    • Pairing: Newt/Hermann
    • Synopsis: “You don’t wanna hurt me,” he repeats, and steps forward, holding out his hand.
    • Comments: While still a WIP as of writing this (August 17, 2013), this is a very well-written post-film fic about Newt discovering a baby Kaiju and deciding to take it under his and Hermann's wing.
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  • Designations Congruent with Things by cleanwhiteroom
    • Recommended by Smylex Co. Seconded hard by Mira Oubliette.
    • Pairing: Newt/Hermann
    • 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
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  •      Crossover 

    The Return by Classic Cowboy
    • Recommended by Infinite Freedom
    • 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.
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  • King of the Monsters by Shadowblade217
    • Recommended by Paladin Anderson
    • 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.

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