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  1. Rec 10

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    That first practice wasn’t the beginning, though, not really. Before that beginning was the prehistory. Nursey didn’t—after all—start off as Nursey, all constructed chill and faux nonchalance. Dex wasn’t always defensive, reactive, combative. Before Nursey, there was Nurse; Before Dex, there was William.

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    04 Feb 2018

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    I'm always amazed by how many Dex/Nursey fics there are out there since what the comic really tells us about them feels somewhat limited and uninspiring. Here, the author gives us a through backstory for both of them that seems somehow true to the way they are portrayed in 99% of fics. As a consequence, this fics instantly became my head canon on who Dex and Nursey are, their socio-economic background, their hangups, their views of the world and of their place in it. It's very much a pre-romantic story. If more is written in this universe, their relationship will most likely turn romantic but that story stops before it gets there.

  2. Rec *

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    It’s almost funny. All he ever wanted was to play hockey, to play in the NHL, to win the Cup. This—Samwell, the team, the Haus—was supposed to be just a detour, but now it feels more like a destination he failed to realize he’s already reached.

    (Or: Jack signs with the Falconers, graduates, and leaves. It's the hardest thing he's ever done. What comes after is even harder.)

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    04 Feb 2018

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    This is one of the first fics I read in this fandom, and it was I think a pretty good introduction to these characters. Both sets of parents play a significant role while both Georgia and Canada are the locations of key scenes. The relationship between Jack and his parents, especially Bad Bob, is thoughtfully described as well as the that of Kent with all Zimmermanns. Eric's teenage years in Georgia are also touched upon, most notably with one memorable scene with Simon, described as his teenage crush, that would in itself call for a whole other story.

    Most SMH players from the first two generations appear heavily (Ransom, Holster, Shitty, Lardo, but also Dex, Nurse and Chowder). It looks like the fic was finished before later characters were introduced by Ngozi (no mention of Tater for instance)

    It is also notable by its use of LJ and Tumblr posts, tweets and instant messages as ways of telling the story. The comments written to these posts show the author has more than a passing familiarity with fandom workings. You also have within the fic recommendations to what is, from that perspective, RPF works, which are so well-done that the fact that they don't exist is a bit crushing.

    In that same universe, the author wrote nine other stories (one of which is likely never to be finished) that flesh out even further the universe, most notably by telling the story from Kent's perspective (Nate plays the Swoops-like role here since Ngozi had yet to introduce him) or imagining Jack's later life as captain of the Falconers.

    The writing is mostly very good, despite a few jarring POV changes that could possibly0have been made clearer (but I only write this as to appear somewhat objective).

  3. Rec 84

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    When Jeff Troy agrees to billet new rookie Kent Parson, he assumes he's going to be stuck with teenager trying to party and bring girls back to the apartment. That's not at all what he gets.

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    27 Aug 2017

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    The period just after Jack's overdose isn't dealt with very thoroughly, neither in Ngozi's comic nor in most fics. This is why this one struck a chord with me. It shows an 18-year-old Kent trying to deal with what happened to Jack and to adjust to his new life in the NHL. The brotherly/fatherly relationship between Kent and Jeff Troy rings true throughout. A great character study.

  4. Rec *

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    Just before the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, top prospect Jack Zimmermann overdoses on his anxiety medication and is admitted to rehab. His future turns from a clear-cut road to the top into an uncertain path filled with therapy appointments, ignored text messages, a group of boys who aren't there to teach him a lesson about himself, and, of course, hockey.

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    03 Aug 2017

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    What happened to Jack just after his overdose? This is a brilliant insight into what Jack did in Montreal in the aftermath of the drafting that never was, how he built a life for himself from scratch by getting into minor league coaching. A very moving study of character.