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- Avatar - The Long Road Home by ratherodd - Shiny, shiny Zuko fic that... well, there were several things I liked about it, that it wasn't easy, even after Zuko has joined up with Aang and the others, that the way the story was paced and told worked really well for it, each an illustration from the potential future storyline, each moment just... so in character for them. Even in such a short fic, the author manages to pack a lot of little details into the writing (and I was especially fond of the hints of Aang learning firebending and Zuko's reactions), manages to pack quite the punch into the moments between Zuko and the others (his half-conversation with Katara was lovely), and manages to wrap it all up with a lovely ending. (No warnings/pairings, I wouldn't say.)

- Avatar - blood on your tongue by memlu - Zuko/Sokka is a pairing that... well, okay, I don't know that I'd call it a pairing here (though, you could read UST into it if you squinted and tilted your head? maybe), it's all about the fighting and the anger and Sokka's determination to be strong, the way these aren't just fun, silly grin-inducing characters, but that there's real emotion there and something that's not easy at all. And the ending is just... it's not painful, it's not quite hurtful, especially as it means quite a lot, but it's not easy, either. (No real warnings/pairings.)

- Avatar - Mama Sokka by memlu - Mama!Sokka fic! An idea that could have been cringe-inducing because of the way it might have treated Sokka instead wound up being a wonderful character piece because it just... fit with the character and the dynamics of their little group. And, again, like all the other fic, the lovely basic concept is made even more shining by all the little touches that are either humorous or wonderfully insightful (like, how he makes sure Aang gives Katara some private time or the bit with the stew or the bit with Zuko <333), that just make the whole thing sparkle. Brilliant characterization of Sokka and a brilliant, perfect ending. XD (No warnings/pairings.)

- Avatar: The Last Airbender - Irony by gelfling8604 - I pouted at the lack of Sokka in this fic for all of five seconds before actually diving in and just enjoying the hell out of it. The writing is beautiful and clear, but the characterization, man. The beautiful, on-target, genuinely clever, insightful characterization! ♥ Even for such a (semi-) short piece, there's a lovely layered feeling to the characters, which I picked up on when I was trying to describe what they were like... it's not quite that Zuko is grumpy or that Aang is unable to be riled, there's so much more than that... all while they simply try to find their way out of a cave in the dark. Plus, man, there are some great lines in this. ♥ This fic hit all the right notes and *sigh* makes me want more from this fandom. *shakes fist at the lack of it and curses* (No real warnings.)

- Avatar: The Last Airbender - Pax Flammarum by may_flyer - I am apparently going to go through almost all of the author's fic now, yes. This was an Azula shortfic, which... well, she's not my favorite character, but I was curious how one would go about writing her. The fic did pretty much exactly what was needed to pique my interest--it showed her during a workout, straining to perfect her moves, giving her a depth and lack of perfection that hints at so much of what could be under the flawless mask she wears. All in a handful of words. Lovely. (No warnings/pairings.)

- Avatar: The Last Airbender - Wingman by may_flyer - I had no idea how badly I needed Iroh&Zuko buddyfic until I read this fic and could not stop laughing/grinning. Oh, my god. Iroh is the master and no one should ever doubt that and Zuko being forced to serve tea to old lady mah jongg players who pat his hand comfortingly and make him vastly uncomfortable IS FULL OF WIN ON AN UNPRECEDANTED SCALE. I came out of this fic, once again, thinking that maybe the Avatar fandom won't crush my soul. *wipes away tear* This was beautiful. (....does Iroh/every lady around count? I think it counts.)

- Avatar: The Last Airbender - Fool Me Twice by kokiri85 - It's not even three hundred words, but it's a really lovely piece on one reason Zuko keeps believing what Azula tells him. It's not hammering the point too hard, instead it presents this almost but not quite understated view of Zuko and why he believes his lying sister. And I just. Oh, Zuko. (No warnings/pairings.)

- Avatar: The Last Airbender - Take this job and shove it by Sophia P - I might not have given a fic about the cabbage merchant a chance, but I adore this author's work in other fandoms, so I trusted that she'd write something worthy of the potential of such an idea. I did not expect to hit one particular line and start laughing so hard I couldn't stop for a good thirty seconds. I love, love that she kept the feel of the recurring joke in the series, managed to keep the humor that made him such a great running bit, yet still managed to give a little bit of depth to the character. Even the details of when he got to Ba Sing Se were utterly fabulous, there's a level of world-detail that makes it so easy to picture. And the ending is perfect and makes a person feel totally warm and fuzzy just like any good, positive, upbeat Avatar fic ending should. FANTASTIC. (No real warnings/pairings.)

- Avatar: The Last Airbender - Tell me 'bout the ocean moving in slow motion by Sophia P - Omg, Katara fic! Katara and water-bending and gorgeous, gorgeous characterization and richness of detail about the world and beautiful imagery that works with water so very well. Even the mood of the fic has the temperment of water--calm most of the time, peaceful and gentle, but with the rage of a storm when it's stirred up; this fits together with the end of the first season so incredibly well that I'm kinda floored. Even Katara's conversation with Pakku is pitch-perfect, both for the themes of waterbending and for them as characters as well, I came away from this fic loving both of them so intensely. (No warnings/pairings.)

- Avatar: The Last Airbender - She dreams in color by Sophia P - With every fic I read by the author, I become more and more in love with the fandom and have the sneaking suspicion that she's spoiling me for the rest of it. But it's hard to care when this is such a brilliant, perfect Toph fic, so spot on in both characterization and the use of her earthbending, the little details of the world that make it such an interesting one. It's a great read to see the insights into Toph's character, the way her family treated her, the way she has a sense of "white" and what that means to her, and how she became the person she is when we met her. Amazing fic. (No warnings/pairings.)

- Avatar: The Last Airbender - still flying by Sophia P - There is good Momo fic in existance. Somehow, this seems almost boggling to me, despite that the author is tremendously talented at exploring aspects of the series like this. And I just... I'm unable to come up with words to describe how well-written this is, how perfectly it captures a POV from Momo's perspective, not too sentient/intelligent but not too dumb, either; it's just... so Momo. And how he looks at his old troop, what he remembers and what he doesn't, what he feels for his new "troop", and how... a;lkfal;sflakjsdflkjs I give up. Keyboard mashing in love for this fic omg. (No warnings/pairings.)

- Avatar: The Last Airbender - The Adversary by may_flyer - Very short little fic about a potential future showdown between Aang and the Fire Lord, written so that you can get a very clean grasp of the weight of such an encounter, the weight of what being that Avatar means when Aang finally gets there. The Ozai perspective is really well-done, it doesn't stray too far from what precious little we know about him, but also doesn't feel glossed over, either. Just the right tone and pacing for this piece. (No warnings/pairings.)

- Avatar: The Last Airbender - Fortune Favors the Bold by may_flyer - You know how, everyone once in awhile, there's a fic that comes along that's like it could have been an episode with the way it slips between the frames of canon so perfectly? The way it has a story to tell, the way it reveals bits and pieces about the characters and their motivations and their relationships, the way it is delightful fun? Well, yes. That's what this fic is. You would be incredibly hard-pressed to convince me that this trip of Iroh and Zuko's to Aunt Wu's fortunetelling village wasn't canon, because it just fits so damn well. It's brilliantly written, the characterization is top-notch all around, there are even moments that sent me into absolute fits of laughter because I could see that so perfectly. Zuko is brilliant in this fic, all too serious for a boy his age and still such an incredible dork. Iroh is brilliant and good-natured and his relationship with Wu is something you'll never be able to convince me didn't happen exactly like that. Even if they're older and not as pretty anymore, this was gorgeous. And totally worth the abuse I'm giving the italics tag. The hints of Zuko's fortune being told, the little insights you get into everyone, the way it just... it felt like an episode. I know that's easy praise to throw out, but I really felt like this fic had a solidity that so few in the fandom have. And I still have fits of laughter every time I think of Zuko on that roof. That was the best moment in Avatarfic ever. (Some Iroh/Wu, but it's not really the point.)

- Avatar: The Last Airbender - A Little Bending by v_voltaire - It wasn't a surprise to me that I enjoyed these drabbles strung together, I've frequently greatly enjoyed the author's work. But it was #3 through #5 that really won me over. Each one of them was some incredibly well-done emotion--be it humorous or touching or sweet or aching, each one sparkled in their own way. So much fun! (No real warnings/pairings.)

- Avatar: The Last Airbender - Two Roads by Hotspur - I have a great fondness for Divergent Timelines (as opposed to straight up AUs), how things might have gone a little differently if other choices had been made, if things had hapened just a little faster. These four chapters offer several different ways the Fire Nation's royal family could have gone, each of them fascinating to consider the implications of what could happen next. The author's strength is that she definitely knows how to write a hook, the idea that sparks my interest and wakes up my curiosity. I would definitely like to see what could be done with a more fully realized story. (No warnings/pairings.)

- Avatar: The Last Airbender - Honorable Brother by theweirdperson - [Note: There are some spoilers for the season two finale in this fic.] Ooh, another interesting take on Azula and Zuko's relationship, one I hadn't considered before but really fit kinda neatly together with the way things played out on the screen. I could see Azula hating Zuko for this very reason, could see it turning her into the person she is, and the fic doesn't make her any less of all the things she was/is in the series itself. Very nice. (No warnings/pairings.)

- Avatar: The Last Airbender - Against the Wind by Coeus - [Note: There may be some spoilers for the season two finale in this fic.] This wasn't the Zuko she knew. This wasn't the needy little boy always clamoring for attention because he lived in the shadow of his little sister. This was someone else entirely. After the finale, I'm fascinated by the interaction between Zuko and Azula, the different ways things might turn out and, for right now, that's the kind of thing I'm hungry to read about. The summary caught my eye while randomly browsing and it was an interesting read, a potential way the final fight with Ozai might play out and what that will mean for an eventually disagraced Azula. There are some really harsh implications and a strong ending for this one, a solid interesting read overall. (No warnings/pairings. Implications of canon, but that's about it.)

- Avatar: The Last Airbender - keep your eyes on her horizon by Sophia P - Another incredible fic about a character that doesn't necessarily get a lot of screen time, but has a brilliant story waiting to be told about her. Kanna leaving the North Pole, finding her own way, the surprisingly touching (non-)relationship with Pakku, the way this fits so brilliantly with the series, all of it's tremendously grand. (No warnings/pairings beyond canon one-sided-ness.)

- Avatar: The Last Airbender - stationary plumes of molten material by hobviously - One of the things that's best about this fic is that the rich, almost dense language of the piece doesn't contradict how Toph is a straight-forward, blunt sort of character; somehow the two tones blend together to create this really gorgeous piece about the character. The sense of how she views the world, how she "sees" it through her feet, the way she notes the changes around her, the way she views the sky, the way she "sees" her friends is all brilliantly done here. In addition, this is a post-war fic and has so many of my favorite things (include Fire Lord Zuko, eeeeee) and how it's all so perfectly related through Toph and what she does/doesn't pays attention to. I especially liked the imagery used for the Fire Nation post-war, the way it's changing and healing its own emptiness as well. And just. Man, Toph walking through the grass or walking across gravel should always be filled with imagery just like this. (No warnings/pairings worth noting for, I don't think.)

- Avatar: The Last Airbender - Get Bent by experiment - This was a really interesting story about how Ty Lee came to be who she is, filled with little details all the way through it, but not so dense that it becomes a chore to read. There's a sense of... something like free-spirited throughout the piece and that's one of my favorite things about it. Even when the Fire Nation around her isn't very nice, it still feels very much like a Ty Lee piece, something I could really see coming from her. (No warnings/pairings.)

- Avatar: The Last Airbender - A cautionary tale by Sophia P - There aren't a lot of fics that get a breathy "" at the end of the story for me, but this one absolutely deserved it. The entire piece is gorgeous, such a perfect tone for a character like Azula, such a lovely way to describe why she had the ability to bend lightning and the way people whispered about her even where she could hear them, such a perfect way to show how she came to be, how she felt about her family. There's an intensity about this piece that's not the usual kind, I can't even say why it's intense, other than perhaps that it's simply a gripping, brilliantly insightful story on Azula. And the ending is perfect. This rec fails, but this fic is fabulous, really. (No warnings/pairings.)

- Avatar: The Last Airbender - The Peaceful Ones by rayemars - [Note: I'm not sure if there will eventually be spoilers for the second season finale in this fic series, but it's probably safer to assume than be sorry?] Pretty much immediately after I finished the finale, I was gibbering at darkeyedwolf about Zuko and the Fire Nation and what I hoped for from the series and she pretty much shoved me immediately towards this fic. (I was a bit slow in getting around to reading it, mind.) And it's... it's really good, a strong background for the Fire Nation royalty characters, tying together characters that don't necessarily have a lot of ties and making sense of it all. In this fic, we see the contrasts and similarities between Iroh and Azula, the two lightning benders, yet without having it hammered into our heads. There's also illumination on Ozai's character, both in making him more human and in making him exactly what we've seen on the show. There's also a sense of machinations going on, just as any fic dealing with Fire Nation politics and the royal family should. Verrrrry interesting and very good writing so far. (No warnings/pairings.)

- Avatar: The Last Airbender - Cataract by Imry - I was a little hesitant about this fic at first because it was set so far back in season one, around the Jet episode, but I kept reading anyway and I'm really glad I did. This is a really lovely piece about Katara during that episode, the writing coaxing out all these fabulous little insights into her character through the narrative. It's really interesting to watch her reactions to Jet, to their similar circumstances and see how different they turned out. He was eight. She was seven. And yet she still seems to have learned right from wrong. A beautiful Katara piece. (No real warnings/pairings beyond what was in canon.)

- Avatar: The Last Airbender - Left Behind by Katharos - For all that I fangirl the main characters most in Avatar, the fandom playing around with these background characters (this time, Kuzon, one of Aang's old friends) and making something really interesting and full of depth, is great. This is such a fantastic piece, it shows how hard war is for some people, even in the Fire Nation, the way it's such a harsh country at times, it shows how this character could go from someone good-natured to someone who does something he doesn't really want to do because there's little other choice, it's very... it's something that I absolutely could see fitting together with the series. Fascinating. (No warnings/pairings.)

- Avatar: The Last Airbender - In the hand by Katharos - I was just mentioning that I'm not as fond of pre-series fic as I am post-series fic, but fandom keeps making a liar out of me, because this piece with a surprisingly simple concept--Zuko and Iroh playing cards--shows so many little insights and gorgeous foreshadowing that I love it. The characterization is much the same, quiet brilliance as well; I greatly enjoyed the whole thing. (No warnings/pairing.)

- Avatar: The Last Airbender - Timebending by Katharos - Oh, oh, Aang. Gorgeous piece that's so in character for him that it hurts, such a quiet sort of angst that hits all the harder for it. The beautiful way the author ties together his memories and what happened to him, it could have felt like such a forced set-up, instead it has that same magic the show does, pulling off something you can kinda see coming, but is still incredibly well-done. Just. This was beautiful and heartbreaking and the ending was perfect and I loved it. (No warnings/pairings.)

- Avatar: The Last Airbender - Invitation to the Voyage by reimars - [Note: This is the second story in the author's Art of War series, as well as it has spoilers for the second season finale.] Continuing from where the previous fic left off, this continues to be a very, very intriguing post-finale series about the royal siblings and whatever it is that Azula's planning. The author has a very sharp way of writing her, very intelligent and you can see why she gets as far as she does, why she's so interesting. Even when the story is about little more than set-up for later happenings, when it's just about the end of the day and Azula checking in on several of the plates she has in the air, it's about showing insight into her character and it works very, very well on that level. (No warnings/pairings.)

- Avatar: The Last Airbender - Facts on the Ground by reimars - [Note: This fic is the third in the author's Art of War series, so it likely won't make sense without the first two. It will also contain spoilers for the second season finale.] I continue to be intrigued by the author's post-finale series and will be completely happy to have installments to read in the coming months until the new season starts up. Yes. I totally think that's what should happen. ^_~ In all seriousness, I'm curious as to where the author's going, she's very good at writing the characters in a plotful way, Azula's intelligent and cunning planning and Iroh's iron will and hinting about stuff that'll come into play later and Zuko's conflicted yet resolute reactions. I can believe this Azula is capable of all that she's accomplished, she's both good at manipulating people and making them fear her. I like the little details that are put into the fic, Zuko's hints of paranoia with the furniture in his room, the way Iroh is not so easily broken by Azula, everything. It's very intriguing. (No warnings/pairings.)

- Avatar: The Last Airbender - Toward the Center by Melospiza - You have no idea how hard it was not to keyboard mash over this fic, no idea whatsoever. It's one of those stories that reminds me that, oh, yeah, this was why I liked the pairing. Because the author is totally fabulous at portraying that dynamic that brings out the complete lack of anything remotely resembling cool in both characters, they get under each other's skin practically instantly and that never stops, not even when they share a moment of having to work together or something like understanding. Also, their fight scene was totally great and I love love love the dialogue and asdl;fjkalsdfj Zuko and Sokka in the swamp, brilliant characterization, and something I had zero trouble picturing in my head. I crrrrryyyyyyy because there's not more of this one. (This is gen, but Zuko/Sokka fans might find it of interest.)

- Avatar: The Last Airbender - The Unveiling by rayemars - [Note: This story is part of the author's "Art of War" series, the others should be read before this one for better understanding. As such, it contains the same spoiler warnings as well.] As I've mentioned before, one of the most interesting things about this author's series is the little details that she weaves into the tale--something so simple as Zuko and Azula moving through the city of Ba Sing Se after their takeover, the way Zuko stares straight ahead, is quietly painful for the character, the author using understatement for a great effect. I love when authors can do that. (No warnings/pairings.)

- Avatar: The Last Airbender - Book Three: Fire: The Fall of the Fire Nation by Vikki - [Note: There will be spoilers for the season two finale in this fic.] I have a great fondness for post-season two finale stories, especially ones with plot that actually appears to be going somewhere. I like that Vikki keeps the little touches of humorous reactions with the characters, I love that I can hear each and every character's voice saying her dialogue in my head, and I'm positively itching for the next chapter of this fic. Azula plotting! Zuko thinking about things! The situation with betraying Iroh not all black and white! Aang and company planning to rescue Iroh so he can teach Aang firebend! I sincerely hope that that happens because I'm dying to see a good fic go that direction--which is another mark in the fic's favor, because it's got the potential to be really, really interesting. (....possible future pairings? It's pretty on the level of canon so far.)

- Avatar: The Last Airbender - The Escapades of the Blind Bandit and Meathead: Public Disturbance by ArtemisRae - I was really sort of hesitant about reading a fic with Sokka and Toph, but the title of this fic just called to me. And the teasers in the cut tags seemed amusing and full of potential. Actually reading this fic... asd;lfkjasldfjasldf, holy crap, this is the way Sokka/Toph would go! It's not really even romantic, there may be some feelings there at best, instead they're just so brilliantly... themselves. I love the dialogue, the back and forth, the way Sokka's sulking at being forced to attend Zuko's boring wedding (post-war obviously and the implied Zuko/Mai sent me into orbit) and Aang and Katara's rection to Sokka and Toph being very... well, loud, let's say. It's just. Perfectly timed, fabulously written, hilarious, intelligent, and I squeed so hard at the end because it wasn't about shipping them, it was about them being friends. (This is actually more gen than anything, but implications of pairings in the background that so aren't the point. The focus is on Sokka and Toph, possibly future romance.)

- Avatar: The Last Airbender - The Escapades of the Blind Bandit and Meathead: Community Service by ArtemisRae - [Note: It's very beneficial to read the author's notes on this fic.] And I continue to be utterly charmed by this series of oneshots with Sokka and Toph. Again, it could be potentially romantic in the future, but in this story, they're just friends and they're drunk and they're at Zuko's birthday party and they're being the bestest trouble-makers that they so totally are. I just. I FLAIL at the characterization here, the lead-up to why they're stumbling around and over Aang and Katara, I am beyond delighted with the antics they get themselves into, the way the Sokka/Toph friendship plays out here. So, so much fabulousness. Also, the opening scene? With Toph's insults and Mai being threatening? Made of PURE AWESOME. (This is actually more gen than anything, but implications of Aang/Katara and Zuko/Mai.)

- Avatar: The Last Airbender - The Escapades of the Blind Bandit and Meathead: Double Entendre by ArtemisRae - There is a certain point at which making fun of Zuko (who is just so amusing when he's horrified) becomes passe for me... this fic, however, was rather firmly not on the other side of that line for me. I continue to enjoy the Sokka/Toph maybe-friends-maybe-more dynamic here, I love FireLord!Zuko and his marraige, and, asd;flasdl;fa;lsf, the first thoughts going through his head when he's standing outside Sokka and Toph's door. Hilarious. (Maybe Sokka/Toph, maybe not. Implications of Zuko/Mai that aren't the point.)

- Avatar: The Last Airbender - The Escapades of the Blind Bandit and Meathead - Float On by ArtemisRae - More in the Sokka/Toph series! That's not actually romantic, but could maybe potentially lead there. I don't mind the idea, so I'm content with whever the story goes. This one was nice, it's set post-war like the others, and while I fell in love with the author's humor, it was good to see something more serious, to show that the war really was a war and that not everything is quite so rosy or forgotten afterwards. It was also a nice way of furthering the Sokka/Toph relationship without pushing too hard at it, I really enjoy the way the different ways they interact with this author's work. (Maybe Sokka/Toph, maybe not.)

- Avatar: The Last Airbender - Notes: Avatar by tin - [Note: The author locks her fics, but friends anyone who friends the journal, so I'll make an exception.] As always, there is something about the author's writing that pulls me in, the way she uses such a lush sense of detail, of little things like snow on grass or the way time moves for different people or the way Katara looks at an old tree, something that wouldn't work for most authors, but somehow this story pulls it off and makes something really beautiful to read. I love her Aang, the way he shines through even in just a few sentences, the way he's still so young, but sees so much about the universe at large, the way that too seeps into Katara's thought patterns. It's just a really beautiful, image-laden fic that I enjoyed reading. ♥ (No real warnings/pairings.)

- Avatar - perceiver by helium lost - This is a gorgeous set of chapters based on the five senses from Toph's perspective, both beautiful writing and beautiful characterization. It's such a lovely set of ideas because the characters are so themselves, Toph is so straight-forward, still learning so much about the world around her now that she's not sheltered but not naive, either. It's lovely because it shows how Toph experiences the world, yet not focusing purely on her earthbending, but instead how her other senses have adapted to cover for her lack of sight, the way it feels so natural to be inside her perspective here. I have been really spotty with my attention span for fic lately, but this one just swept me up and wouldn't let me go until it was done, writing a fantastic group dynamic with the focus on Toph. The vague, vague maybe-if-you-want-to-see-it implications of Toph-->Sokka was really nice, too, since it could just be a crush or maybe something else, but--again--such a natural progression that didn't take away from anything else. Lovely. (No real warnings/pairings.)

- Avatar: The Last Airbender - Something Like It by Rawles - [Note: There will be spoilers for 3x02 in this fic, not to mention it probably won't make much sense without it.] This is a very lovely look at Mai and Azula's interactions as season three rolls along, as the Zuko/Mai relationship gains a steadier footing. The language of the piece is lovely, so much that's left unsaid between these two subtle, sharp characters and yet is still very obviously there. I love seeing Mai like this, how sharp and dangerous she is in her own right, but still a very human person underneath. Lovely. (Zuko/Mai, but it's more background than anything.)

- Avatar: The Last Airbender - The Useful Daughter by ArtemisRae - This was a really interesting look at Ty Lee and what we've learned about her in season three, I like the way it says a lot without beating it into our heads too much. I like how it shows what a frustrating position Ty Lee is in and how she's dealt with that and what the effects of it are. I liked the sense of it still being Ty Lee even while we have a look at her deeper feelings, very nice little insightful fic. (No warnings/pairings.)

- Avatar: The Last Airbender - [second last Airbender] by anenko - I'm a little too afraid of the Avatar fandom to go looking for fic like this very often, but I've always kind of wanted one to fall into my lap by an author who would do it justice. And this fic was lovely, you could feel Aang's emotions as he sought this woman out, how desperately he wanted to believe in her. The conversation between them was lovely, it's exactly the kind of thing I could see happening after the war with the Fire Lord and so easy to picture in my mind. Lovely. ♥ (No warnings/pairings.)

- Avatar: The Last Airbender - Seventy Percent by springgreen - Pretty much whenever rilina makes a rec, I almost always go check it out because she has lovely taste and this fic is no exception. It's based on the 3x08 episode (so, if you haven't seen that episode, spoilers for it) and it takes what happened in that episode and builds on it a little, in a very, very creepy sort of way. It's... almost methodical, but with a slow burn underneath that, something you sense could be there in Katara if she ever had a need to go that direction. Very well done. (No warnings/pairings.)

- Avatar: The Last Airbender - Beard by Icka! M. Chif - This was a really cute, fun little fic about Toph's blindness and Sokka's beard, which we have seen a couple of times now in season three, and it's one of those moments where... Sokka's a dork, Toph is pretty much pure hardcore hilarious awesome. It's dorky friendships being shown wonderfully, the kind of relationships between the characters that made me love the main gang in the first place. (No warnings/pairings.)

- Avatar: The Last Airbender - Only Might by jetamors - [Note: There will be spoilers for 3x08, as well as this fic probably won't make sense without having seen that episode.] I picked up the link for this fic from this rec post, intrigued about a rather dark Hamma fic, since she was such an interesting character. And this was a creepy little fic about her time in the prisons and the way her worldview shifted because of what she'd gone through. Her descent into the darkness and rage and insanity is really kinda disturbing to watch here and the ending scene is really perfect. I'd wondered a little about that, what about the other prisoners there with her, and this is something I can picture perfectly after this episode. (No warnings/pairings.)

- Avatar: The Last Airbender - Four Games of Pai Sho by rosehiptea - I picked this fic up for the Sokka/Toph that the labels indicated, but what I actually got was an interesting Sokka piece. Set pre- and then post-series (and thus the speculation that comes with it), it shows four different Pai Sho games that Sokka plays over time, each associated with a different element and the affect that has on Sokka's life. What I liked about the fic is that, from pre-series to post-series, it was still very much Sokka, but you could see the character growth he'd gone through. It also does a lovely job of show the rich background world of the Avatarverse and the Sokka/Toph was surprisingly subtle for these two. It was a cool little fic. (Some Sokka/Toph, but you may enjoy it for the Sokka gen as well.)

- Avatar: The Last Airbender - Down by type_vanilla - I read this fic because it was labelled potentially Sokka/Toph, but I think it's really more gen than anything, it's a short Toph introspection that does a lovely job of showing her attitude, even just beyond what she shows to the rest of the world. There's obviously more than just the brash loud-mouthed girl, the show has shown us that several times, and this fic does a nice job of continuing in that vein, how she "sees" the world, even up on Appa's saddle as they fly across the sky, and how she reacts to those around her. It's a short piece, but it's a nice little fix for the Avatar cravings I've been having lately. (No warnings/pairings.)

- Avatar: The Last Airbender - Of Earth and Ashes by rosehiptea - This is a short, but powerful fic set pre-series and speculating on Iroh's past. It's some sort of cross between dark and bittersweet, but something I could see fitting together wonderfully with the canon itself. Iroh here is perfect, the loss of the people in his life that he cared so much for and how this shaped him into the person he is during the series. It's a beautiful look at his character. (No warnings/pairings.)

- Avatar: The Last Airbender - Lucky Seven by praiseofshadows - Seven short scenes, sometimes only just a sentence long or sometimes a full paragraph, all moments from Zuko's childhood when he wasn't quite good enough or strong enough, always a little weaker and behind. I liked it because it painted a heartbreaking, yet subtle (and not without some love) picture of the life Zuko has lived for so long. How hard it's been for him, yet he doesn't really complain about it. An interesting picture of events that would help shape who Zuko became. (No warnings/pairings.)

- Avatar: The Last Airbender - Luck by praiseofshadows - Like the previous fic by the author, this story deals with Zuko's potential background, the life he was born into and I really liked the take on it because it includes so many Eastern influences that are present in the series itself, expanding a little further on them. The use of the phases of the year, the way Zuko was born early and the way Ozai reacts to that, I really like it because Ozai is obviously still a villain here, but he's not a cartoonish one. He's smart and I can see this fitting with the series, even though Zuko seems to have grown up plenty big enough. <3 (No warnings/pairings.)

- Avatar: The Last Airbender - solid ground is not a right by wingsofcharity - So. wintersjuly has been reading Avatar fic again and she mentions them in conversation sometimes and I get all curious and bug her for links and then she produces gems like these ones. This is a gorgeous look at Song and Jin five years into the future, there's something really sweet and gentle about these two girls, something really beautiful and thriving about the background world the author builds around the characters, but it was also harsh and painful at times. It's a lot like the Avatar series itself, especially in season three, where things aren't always happy but they still find a happiness of their own, even when there's something darker going on underneath. The writing is gorgeous and the characterization, both what we saw in canon and what the author builds for them, is amazing. I love how the plot still continues to move on, even when it's mostly a fic about quiet character moments. This was a good story. (Implications of Jin/Song, but it could almost read as gen, too.)

- Avatar: The Last Airbender - The Beginner's Guide to Making Lemon Tea by wingsofcharity - wintersjuly also linked me to this fic, promising an awesome scene with the kids at the end, so I had to read. And this was... it's not going to be for everyone, I suspect, it has a very different Azula in it and it's a divergent timeline sort of fic and it's not exactly a happy, sunshiney story. But I loved this fic because the characterization of Zuko was nothing short of brilliant, the writing is gorgeous, the pacing is fantastic, the world she builds for Zuko and Jin is both painful and still full of something very real and sweet. I can see Azula like this if the events happened the way they seemed to have in this fic, I could so easily picture this as being set in the Avatar world, and it's just-- I can't say how impressed I was with this story, how much of a punch it packed for me. If things had gone just a little bit differently, I could see this so very easily and it's an amazing story. (Zuko/Jin, it's not really the point, though.)

- Avatar: The Last Airbender - untitled by anenko - This is a very short little piece on Hamma, but it's beautifully written. The imagery is gorgeous and the writing is beautiful, which combines very nicely with the suberbly creepy imagery in the fic. It's a really interesting look at Hamma just after her escape and a glimpse into what her mind might have been like then. (No real warnings/pairings.)

- Avatar: The Last Airbender - If I Fall Through by ArtemisRae - Okay, this is probably a little too short for me to justify recommending properly, but... it's one of those perfect little moments that didn't need to be any longer than it was! Sokka falling into a hole in the ground and Toph helps him out in her usual way. I love it because it does a beautiful job of both characters, makes me love them both so very much, and both of them together even more. ♥ (This is mostly gen, but it could be Sokka/Toph, too.)

- Avatar: The Last Airbender/Shoujo Kakumei Utena - So I Bent the Rules Like a Revolutionary by gaisce - Avatar and Utena are not two series that I would have thought to put together myself, but I've read other Utena crossovers before and really liked them, so I gave this one a shot. And it really was a neat little idea with a cool execution--it was both meaningful and funny at the right points, it had a sense of humor about itself (Mai in the elevator and the scene with Mikage were especially humorous) but also made me feel for all of them. The parallels (and contrasts) drawn between the characters were all fantastic, definitely worth a read if you're familiar with the two canons. (No warnings/pairings.)

Avatar: The Last Airbender/Harry Potter: untitled by thornsmoke - Oh, man, this is the most delightful little meme response ever, it's Luna Lovegood in the Avatar world and somehow it works just so perfectly well. It's just humorous enough and has these great little details woven into the writing that I loved it. Especially as it's all set from Zuko's point of view, the author does a fantastic job with him. <3 (No warnings/pairings.)

Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Wrong Kind of Compass by PikaBot - [Note: There are spoilers for the Avatar finale in this fic.] One of the things that I totally thought should happen was that Sokka should go look for his space sword because Toph could totally use her bending to find it right? And then along comes this fic! And it's really cute and shows Toph being totally awesome about it and Sokka being kind of fail and totally awesome at the same time, and even a mild hint of Toph's feelings for him and it's like. Everything I could have asked for from the fic. <3 (Mention of Sokka/Suki, a minor moment of one-sided Sokka/Toph, but it's mostly meant to be gen. Sokka/Toph fans may enjoy it anyway?)

Avatar: The Last Airbender: no place like by trixie - [Note: There will be some spoilers for the series finale in this fic and this rec.] This is one of the fics that I read shortly after watching the finale and I'd had vague desires for something with Toph, but I didn't realize how much I wanted something exactly like this until I stumbled over trixie's fic. It's a fantastic Toph piece, where she goes home, not quite the same person she was when she left, but still so very Toph and the writing nails her hesitancy mixed with bravery so beautifully. I really can't express how satisfying a Toph piece this was for me, how perfectly I saw it fitting together with the canon post-series and how easy it was to see/hear every scene in my mind's eye. It's really a lovely piece. (No real warnings/pairings.)

Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Stone In Your Head by geekerypokery - [Note: There will be some spoilers for the series finale in this fic and this rec.] I picked the link for this one up off Memlu's journal and I'm very glad to have read it. Post-series, after Aang makes his choice and does things his way, he goes back to talk to the previous incarnations of Avatars to talk to them about his choice and their advice. It's a really lovely look at Aang's strength of character and his unbendable spirit, mixed with the themes of the show, especially the importance of self versus the importance of the world for the Avatar and how they're connected/disconnected. Another really lovely piece. (No real warnings/pairings.)

Avatar: The Last Airbender: Burn by Nashi Des - [Note: There will be some spoilers for the series finale in this fic and this rec.] Because I'd like the author's Sokka/Suki/Toph fic previous to this, I thought, what the hell, I'll try out the post-series Azula fic, since I was curious. Still a little wary, because you'd have to do post-series Azula fic really well for me (despite that I wanted it a lot), but this fic doesn't disappoint at all. It's so intense and painful and the use of language makes it beautiful and awful at the same time, a perfect tone for an imprisoned Azula who has lost so much. Ursa's role in this, with both of her children, how they've all come to these points in their lives, is also beautifully done, wow. (No warnings/pairings.)

Avatar: The Last Airbender: Love by icybright - [Note: There will be some spoilers for the series finale in this fic and this rec.] One of the best scenes of the finale (well, they were all awesome, honestly) was in the Jasmine Dragon where everyone was happy and together and alive and at peace. This fic expands on that a little, has everyone drawn together occasionally, even as they move on with their lives, and there's so much happiness and peace and love in the little touches between the characters and how they've touched each other's lives, that it just. It makes me fall in love with everyone and everything all over again, this is one of those post-finale fics that I wanted so badly to read and I'm glad it was so lovely. (Some Aang/Katara, Zuko/Mai, and Sokka/Suki, but they're only half the point.)

Avatar: The Last Airbender: Hell Week by icybright - I almost skipped over this fic because I was more interested in looking for post-finale fic or maybe some shippy fic, but, well. When the first line of this fic is: The first night, he finds a frog in his sleeping bag. it's kind of hard to pass up. And this is a beautiful Zuko - Toph fic set during the time when Zuko has just recently joined the group and is still trying to gain their trust and Toph is fantastic and when you get the point of it? When you get what Toph's doing? When you get to the ending? (Which, by the way, made me just about choke with laughter.) Beautiful. I don't want to say too much and risk spoiling the fic (not that it's really a fic to spoil, per se) just. That it was really, really spot-on and so easy to see and just. A-fucking-plus, man. (No warnings/pairings.)

Avatar: The Last Airbender: Pressure by Kanthia - [Note: There are spoilers for the series finale in this fic and in this rec.] This is an interesting take on the effects of the finale, something that's not quite so happy and instead a little haunting and painful, for what both Aang and Zuko had to face during that time. I find it a really interesting way to go because, as much as I love the world being at peace and that everything was wonderful at the end of the series, I feel like this could fit together really well with the canon if it were to have kept going. Aang being troubled by Ozai's lingering presence, Zuko being haunted by the image of his sister, the way everything around them is at peace, but they aren't. It was a nice connection between them and I'd really like to see where this is going. (Some implied Zuko/Mai, but it's really, really far from the point.)

Avatar: The Last Airbender: Autumn Rain by Empatheia - I was FFNET hopping tonight and stumbled over this author, whom I liked for her Naruto fic. So, she had written an Ursa piece, which I was curious about. Ursa is a character we don't actually know that much about, but this fits together with what do know of her beautifully, while not presuming too much. I love the use of flowers and what she is saying with them while no one else really notices, I love the touch of details from the background world, and the gentle, intelligent grace of Ursa here. It's such a fascinating, insightful look at the character and is a really beautiful read. (Some Ozai/Ursa, implied one-sided Ursa/Iroh, but neither are the point, I'd consider this gen.)

Avatar: The Last Airbender: untitled by ariane - [Note: There are spoilers for the series finale in this fic and this rec.] Well, okay. If Sokka can't get his sword back through Toph's metalbending, then this is an acceptable alternate post-ending extra, where Sokka goes back to Master Piandao, apologizing for its loss and... he's still so very Sokka, but you can see how much he's grown as a person, too. I love the idea of him being Piandao's student and I'd love to see something like this post-series, the author writes a lovely fic here. (No warnings/pairings.)

Avatar: The Last Airbender: Lessons in Thin Air by Lisse - Oh, what a gorgeous Avatar fic, it's set from Zuko's point of view, the things he picks up on about the people around him and the Air temple they're staying it, the sense of how truly richly cultured and detailed the background world and this fic are is really lovely. I adore the characterization, I love the little connections that Zuko makes with people (even if they're not really connections so much as parallels or observations sometimes) and how he slowly tries to fit into the group during that time. The observations/insights from Zuko (and the author) and the imagery used are really beautifully done, this was one of the best Avatar fics I've read in awhile. (No warnings/pairings.)

Avatar: The Last Airbender: Unguided by ArtemisRae - One of the things that I'm glad the series never completely forgot is that Katara and Sokka were siblings and had a shared history of loss, even if there were other things occupying their attention later on, so it's nice to see fic that deals with that sometimes. What I really love about this fic is that it's not trying too hard, it's almost sort of a dull pain that Katara goes through after the raid on the Southern Water Tribe and the fic is all the more beautiful for it. Sokka and Katara share the same loss and somehow it's when he's just curling up next to her that the fic is at its best. It's a short, but nicely powerful little piece. (No warnings/pairings.)

Avatar: On the Road Again by rilina - [Note: This fic is set post-series and thus may contain spoilers.] A short piece set post-series, about Toph and where she goes and what she does. I like the straight forwardness of it, the way it's easy to imagine that Toph's life goes a lot like this and the cycle of things manages to come around to her again, even if it's a little sad to think she just slips out of their lives like this. But it's also entirely imaginable, Toph being who she is. I liked the ending and it was a really interesting take on the characters. <3 (No warnings/pairings.)

Avatar: untitled by rayemars - [Note: This fic is set post-series, so this fic and this rec contain spoilers for the finale.] This is just a fic snippet, only a little piece of what's meant to be a larger whole, but I found that I really liked it and it works well enough on its own for now. It's set post-series and it's from Mai's point of view, how the change in the Fire Nation isn't quite so easy and is actually really wearing because not everyone is going to be happy about it. I love how... almost blunt the tone of the fic is, combined with all the details that work for a character like Mai, who would make an excellent head of the royal guard. I'd love to see more of where this is going, the worldbuilding post-finale could be so very interesting. (No warnings/pairings so far, but may be Zuko/Mai in the future? Idk.)

Avatar: The Last Airbender: Sleep Talking by mellish - I remember this author from other fandoms, so as soon as I saw she had Avatar fic--with Sokka and Toph at that!--I totally bounded right over. And this is a darling fic, a simple concept of Sokka trying to fall asleep and it's not as easy as it should be, because too many things are always coming back to mind, so he talks to Toph across the campsite and somehow works things out. I love this fic because Sokka's attitude is so Sokka and yet his fears and worries are also so very like him. There's so much depth here, so much that goes through Sokka's mind, then somehow it just settles when talking to matter of fact Toph, who is also really awesome. It was a delightful read. <3 (This is gen, but if you like Sokka/Toph, you might like this, too.)

Avatar: The Last Airbender: Life on Fire by creepy_crawly - This was a bit of a different take on the concept of firebending and the people who weild fire, but it was interesting. The author really delved into the way they would almost sort of bond with the fire, how it was almost sort of alive in its own way, how it would demand so much of its users, which works because the Fire Nation is that sort of country, which would make sense if their bending was built on such an element. I thought this was a really interesting read, an interesting look at Zuko's character, and the writing is very nice. <3 (No warnings/pairings.)

Avatar: The Last Airbender: Stay in the Shade by artemisrae - Sometimes you look at the listing of characters for a fic (Ursa and the Earth King? Bzuh?) but you're curious enough to read it anyway and then you get something really cool like this. It's just a brief meeting between the two of them, some surprising connections drawn and one of those things that I could so easily see happening in canon. Even in just a few lines, both of them felt so very spot on. (No warnings/pairings.)

Avatar: The Last Airbender: A Good Thing by JoJoDancer - This is just a cute little piece about Toph, who discovers her new favorite dessert ever and of course she goes over zealous with it. It's fun and the dialogue is delightful and the whole thing was pretty easy to see. I especially love it because Toph never really regrets it, which is just completely like her. XD (No real warnings/pairings.)

Avatar: The Last Airbender: Yesterday's Hero by Artemis Rae - I knew this would probably be a good fic about Iroh and the process of his decision to join Zuko in his exile, but I didn't quite expect how this fic would get me. Iroh's thoughts, what he knows about all of his family, not just Zuko, but Ozai and Azula as well, what he knows from being the first born, the one originally meant for the throne, the what-ifs that that brings up when he tries to decide, all of it weaves together in this really fantastic little piece that has a great punch to it. (No warnings/pairings.)

Avatar: The Last Airbender: Odd Man Out by Smart Alex - I was reading for other fandoms when I stumbled over a favorite that led me to this fic and... well. I haven't been so charmed by an Avatar fic like this in awhile, it's just so... cute and silly and fun. The author really nails Sokka's narrative voice, as he watches all the couples around him and misses Suki and then... notices that someone isn't in a relationship either. Also, Sokka's offhand observations on the couples around him are kind of seriously hilarious. This was delightful. (Background Sokka/Suki, Aang/Katara, Zuko/Mai. It's only half the point.)

Avatar: The Last Airbender: Ribbons in her Hair by Omnicat - You know, I think I've meant to read this fic forever, but never stumbled back over it again until today. But I was really in the mood for Mai fic (well, Zuko/Mai fic, but this is a lovely combination of the two) and I found this take on her character really fascinating. It paints a picture of a difficult life for Mai, the distance between herself and her mother, how painful that relationship is, but I like that it's not portrayed as rotten to the core, that there's love there, in their own ways. It's just not a particularly good relationship, either. And it's a lovely look at Mai and how she moved through her life, what she's good at and what she isn't, and where she's going from here, all reflected through her eyes on her wedding day. I really liked this one a lot. (It's Zuko/Mai, but that's only half the point.)

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