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FANDOM: The Thick of It
FIC LINK: Uncertain Sideways Streets
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] grenadine
RATING/WARNING(S): T | liberal use of the letter f; spoilers for Spinners and Losers and the beginning of Season 4
WIP?/WORD COUNT: Complete | 6,300
MAIN CHARACTERS: Nicola Murray, Malcolm Tucker, (Ollie Reeder, Glen Cullen, Julius Nicholson)

FIC SUMMARY: During the election, Nicola Murray hits a wall.

RECCER'S NOTES: Politics fic! Nicola gets a rare chance to shine here, because for all her many (many, many many) flaws, she was one of the few ideologically honest people in DoSAC. And her voice is brilliant, and the dialogue is brilliant, and the characterisation is brilliant, and of all the fics I want to write on my skin until they can be absorbed as a permanent part of my system, this one's damn well near the top of the list.

And when you're done with that, head to Close Your Eyes and Think of Agincourt, by the same author and set prior to Uncertain.
longlivehumour: Grey heron (heron)
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FANDOM: The X-Files
FIC LINK: Things Intangible
AUTHOR LINK: mimic117
RATING/WARNING(S): PG | very minor spoilers for season 6
WIP?/WORD COUNT: Complete | 4,900
MAIN CHARACTERS: Fox Mulder

FIC SUMMARY: The public is wonderfully tolerant. It forgives everything except genius. ~ Oscar Wilde

RECCER'S NOTES: A profiler!Mulder story told from the point of view of one of the detectives assigned on the same case as he observes his colleagues' reactions to the famous Spooky Mulder. An enjoyable little one-shot with fine narrative voice and some memorable lines. (Detective Carr shows up in a sequel story, Mileage, featuring Scully as the Coolest Lecturer Ever.)
longlivehumour: 7. do you always want what you think you want? (sendak)
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FANDOM: Fullmetal Alchemist (all universes)
FIC LINK: Stock Market Crash
AUTHOR LINK: [ff.net profile] VIKAN
RATING/WARNING(S): Complete | Discussions of genocide, some gore, swearing
WIP?/WORD COUNT: Complete | 30,500
MAIN CHARACTERS: Roy Mustang, Edward Elric

FIC SUMMARY: Stranded in the middle of the Eastern Desert, Roy Mustang must try to get himself and a concussed Edward across it safely before he completely loses his mind.

RECCER'S NOTES: OH GOD THIS FIC. Told from the perspective of an increasingly-unbalanced Roy Mustang, this is a superb story. Though the subject matter is grim, the dialogue is sprinkled with humour - Ed and Roy's acerbic relationship is a joy to read - and it never falls into the trap of navel-gazing that plagues so many fanfics. Mustang is a complex character who's done some truly horrible things, and this story has no qualms in showing that. If it has one flaw it's the proofreading, which left out a number of homophone mistakes, but the rest of the writing is fantastic: vivid and to the point. The story structure keeps the suspense right up till the end.
"Evil, evil thing, to make someone want revenge."

(Happy birfday to meee now here's some SUFFERING)
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FANDOM: MCU / Thor
FIC LINK: Road to Nowhere
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] Lise
RATING/WARNING(S): PG | spoilers for Thor: The Dark World
WIP?/WORD COUNT: Complete | 27,700
MAIN CHARACTERS: Loki, Thor, Frigga

FIC SUMMARY: When Loki turns up demanding Thor's help on a quest to retrieve the All-Mother from Valhalla, Thor isn't about to say no. But that doesn't mean he's forgotten anything, and what better time than a road trip through the backwaters of the universe for trying to talk things out?

RECCER'S NOTES: Loki and Thor are both very well written - Loki a genuinely twisty bitter bastard, albeit one who loves his mum, and Thor rather more intelligent than many people give him credit for, especially when it comes to his brother. The worlds they pass through are sometimes harmless, often horrifying, and always weird. Hopping across worlds like stepping stones on the way to Hel, and there is, as always in these stories, a catch...
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FANDOM: Pirates of the Caribbean
FIC LINK: The Queen's Pride
AUTHOR LINK:
[archiveofourown.org profile] copperbadge
RATING/WARNING(S): G
WIP?/WORD COUNT: Complete | 1,400
MAIN CHARACTERS: Elizabeth Swan, Will Turner, Jack Sparrow

FIC SUMMARY: Elizabeth and Will tried domesticity. They got bored.

RECCER'S NOTES: Because I can't be the only one sceptical that Elizabeth Swan would give up piracy that easily. A post-Curse of the Black Pearl AU - quick, funny, and will leave a warm feeling in your belly.
longlivehumour: 7. do you always want what you think you want? (sendak)
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FANDOM: Broadchurch
FIC LINK: Puzzles
AUTHOR LINK: [ff.net profile] HalfASlug
RATING/WARNING(S): G | spoilers up to and including S02E05
WIP?/WORD COUNT: Complete | 1,000
MAIN CHARACTERS: Alec Hardy, Ellie Miller MILLARRRR, and Fred

FIC SUMMARY: There are many puzzles in Alec Hardy's life, but maybe there's still room for one more.

RECCER'S NOTES: A short scene in the lives of two sad ex-detectives that captures their friendship rather well and still makes you smile. Also: Hardy and Fred.
longlivehumour: Kryten looks down at (and also on) Rimmer. (red dwarf)
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FANDOM: Red Dwarf
FIC LINK: Ode to Enlightenment
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] jazzfic
RATING/WARNING(S): G
WIP?/WORD COUNT: Complete | 2,000
MAIN CHARACTERS: Arnold Rimmer, Dave Lister

FIC SUMMARY: Rimmer's whole life, from what Lister had managed to glean from various drunken confessionals, was one missed opportunity after another.

RECCER'S NOTES: Pitch-perfect voices, down to Rimmer's horrific attempts at writing. A small scene in a storage locker.

And while I'm at it, here's another 'Enlightenment' fic. )
longlivehumour: Roses are red / antiplastic is blue / bananas are fantastic / and so are you (ninth doctor)
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FANDOM: Doctor Who
FIC LINK: No Company for Old Men
AUTHOR LINK: Cryptile
RATING/WARNING(S): G
WIP?/WORD COUNT: Complete | 7,300
MAIN CHARACTERS: Ninth Doctor, the Brigadier

FIC SUMMARY: "Who are you and what did you do with the Brigadier?"

RECCER'S NOTES: What did the Doctor get up to in those ten seconds at the end of "Rose"? Turns out he buggered off to see the Brigadier, and more or less refused to go away. Reasons to read this: 1. It's Nine and the Brig; 2. it's by Cryptile. Dialogue sharp as knives. The Brigadier's voice is delightful, his reaction to the intruder memorable, and the brittle wrongness of this new Doctor as the Brig watches him about the place sticks in my throat and burns.

Consider this an author rec, too, because every fic on Cryptile's profile is fantastic, with that balanced DW blend of drama and comedy and absolutely impeccable characterisation. One of the very best.
longlivehumour: Kakashi and his beautiful bottom (what) (kakashi)
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FANDOM: Team Fortress 2
FIC LINK: The Morbid, Macabre, and Myriad Adventures of Miss Edith Amelia Pauling (series)
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] PreludeInZ
RATING/WARNING(S): PG | canon-typical violence
WIP?/WORD COUNT: Complete (series of unconnected oneshots) | 10,500
MAIN CHARACTERS: Miss Pauling, the Mercs

FIC SUMMARY: These are short pieces that exist to give [Miss Pauling] some backstory, and to expand a bit on her relationship with the mercs in Vignettes from the War and the End of the World, particularly her relationship with Scout.

It is extremely fluffy. I am just really fond of Miss Pauling.

RECCER'S NOTES:
A charming little series about a woman who professionally disposes of people in shallow graves, possibly with the help of quicklime. Or flesh-eating beetles. Or a chainsaw. The narrative voice is really good here.
Two of the stories are tagged Scout/Miss Pauling, but only the second can really be considered non-gen and since all are entirely unrelated, you can skip it with no issues
longlivehumour: Kakashi and his beautiful bottom (what) (kakashi)
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FANDOM: Mushishi
FIC LINK: The Lonely Traveler
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] cafecliche
RATING/WARNING(S): G
WIP?/WORD COUNT: Complete | 5,500
MAIN CHARACTERS: Ginko, Adashino

FIC SUMMARY: After becoming snowbound in Adashino's village, Ginko realizes it's no natural storm keeping him there.

RECCER'S NOTES: A lovely little casefic that captures the feel of the series wonderfully. Contains Ginko being 100% done with everyone, Adashino being Adashino, and an intriguing mushi.
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FANDOM: MCU / Iron Man
FIC LINK: "The Kids Aren't All Right" by Christine Everhart (vanityfair.com)
AUTHOR LINK: [personal profile] samdonne
RATING/WARNING(S): G
WIP?/WORD COUNT: Complete | 11,500
MAIN CHARACTERS: Tony Stark, Christine Everhart

FIC SUMMARY: It’s been 'a hell of a year' since industrialist Tony Stark owned up to his alter ego in a move that stunned observers and longtime aides alike. With the US facing unprecedented homegrown suicide attacks, Iron Man's contribution to national security is more than ever under scrutiny. As she follows Stark during a year of crisis, exclusively for Vanity Fair, Christine Everhart explores the many contradictions of the man behind the mask, uncovers tales of personal loyalty, patriotism gone awry and corporate betrayal, and asks whether Iron Man is the embodiment of an outdated American fantasy—a self-made, unilateral, technological solution to hopelessly complex problems—and whether he can survive the violent encounter with reality.

RECCER'S NOTES: A mock Vanity Fair article on Iron Man. This is one of those fics that everyone must have surely read by now, but I have a grand total of six K titles in my faves list, so... Not that it doesn't deserve the publicity, because there's a small chance you haven't read this yet and if this is the case you should do so, immediately. It's that rare thing, a fic that really makes you stop and think, and then keep thinking long after you've finished reading. Plus! Photos, formatting, and a magazine writing style that makes me wibble.
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FANDOM: Star Wars prequels
FIC LINK: Jedi
AUTHOR LINK: [personal profile] quigonejinn
RATING/WARNING(S): G
WIP?/WORD COUNT: Complete | 2,000
MAIN CHARACTERS: Obi-Wan Kenobi, Qui-Gon Jinn

FIC SUMMARY:
Your planet is new to the Republic: the Council of Three Nations found the moons within living memory, and your father remembers a time when all ships traveled slower than light. Your children, when they are born, will never know anything but the Republic and the Senate and the Federation. By the end of the decade, in fact, your planet will have a representative in the Senate.

This, however, the first time you have ever met Jedi.


RECCER'S NOTES: An outsider viewpoint on a Jedi Knight and his very young apprentice. The culture clash here, the essential oddness of Jedi life, is very well expressed and a little bit sad.
longlivehumour: "RKRPXZKRMTFRZ!" --Captain Haddock (haddock)
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FANDOM: Doctor Who / The Thick of It
FIC LINK: In Space, No One Can Hear You Scream Obscenities
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] rubyofkukundu
RATING/WARNING(S): T | swearing, lots of
WIP?/WORD COUNT: Complete | 3,400
MAIN CHARACTERS: The Twelfth Doctor, Clara, Nicola Murray, Ollie Reeder, Glenn Cullen, Terri Coverley

FIC SUMMARY: There's an emergency on-board a spaceship. Thank God the Doctor's been called in to help.

RECCER'S NOTES: The title should tell you everything you need to know. It's sweary, it's funny, it is magnificent. None of the other characters are named, but you can tell who's who almost immediately - the voices are creepily accurate. (And as accompaniment, have this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Blf073f2Lc)
longlivehumour: Levi - So ist es immer (levi)
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FANDOM: Attack on Titan (Shingeki no Kyojin)
FIC LINK: Hands Clean
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] bmouse
RATING/WARNING(S): PG | Canon-typical violence | Major spoilers for Ch.43 / Ep.31
WIP?/WORD COUNT: Complete | 1,700
MAIN CHARACTERS: Levi, Annie Leonhart

FIC SUMMARY: When they are sent out on a joint mission Levi and Annie find a common ground. Future-fic, speculative AU [following chapter 43].

RECCER'S NOTES: A commander is responsible for his squad’s happiness.
Fittingly enough the dub just hit Episode 31, so this fic is now safe for everyone in the English-speaking fandom. A beautiful, vivid little oneshot about two people who might actually get along, and also all the feels. ALL OF THEM. After reading this I found myself desperately craving more Annie-Levi fic which of course does not exist. Dammit.
longlivehumour: "RKRPXZKRMTFRZ!" --Captain Haddock (haddock)
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FANDOM: Black Books
FIC LINK: Give Me a Child Until Half-Past Seven
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] apiphile
RATING/WARNING(S): G
WIP?/WORD COUNT: Complete | 4,200
MAIN CHARACTERS: Bernard Black, Manny Bianco, Fran Katzenjammer

FIC SUMMARY: Fran has a rather desperate babysitting assignment and Bernard has a nasty shock.

RECCER'S NOTES: A short, fluffy fic which nevertheless remains firmly in-character. Forget hearing the voices - you can practically smell them. Especially Bernard.
"Why all these questions? The bees were probably attracted by your stupid honey-scented shampoo! The small boy belongs to Fran! The hairy monster is evil and you are right to fear him, Max, and the child, Manny, is a cross-dressing midget on the run from the complete insanity of the Katzenjammer family. Now where. Is. My. Breakfast?"
longlivehumour: Kakashi and his beautiful bottom (what) (naruto)
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FANDOM: Naruto
FIC LINK: Freedom in the Eyes of Another
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] Ouroboros69 ([profile] ouroboros69)
RATING/WARNING(S): T | Graphic violence, some gore
WIP?/WORD COUNT: Complete | 26,300
MAIN CHARACTERS: Haruno Sakura, Hatake Kakashi, Uzumaki Naruto, Uchiha Sasuke

FIC SUMMARY: The Wave Mission is a failure. Team Seven is captured. Sasuke is gone. Kakashi is next.
Sakura has no choice but to be a hero.

RECCER'S NOTES: An AU adventure in which Sakura has to grow a backbone several years early and finds, perhaps to her surprise, that it was already there. Sakura's voice is my favourite part of this fic: she sounds genuinely young, scared and rather shellshocked, and so, so determined to survive. Very Nasty Things™ happen which are not dwelt on - trust me when I say this isn't a darkfic, although it has some gloriously creepy imagery. And in among all the stabbity bits is some pretty wicked humour, so all in all there's no good reason not to read this.
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FANDOM: Star Trek: TOS
FIC LINK: Errors on the Edge of Forever
AUTHOR LINK: [fanfiction.net profile] louiseb
RATING/WARNING(S): G
WIP?/WORD COUNT: Complete | 11,000
MAIN CHARACTERS: Spock, James T. Kirk, Christine Chapel, Leonard McCoy

FIC SUMMARY: "A joyless smile, a shuttered look, a turn of shoulders. Is this how friendship ends?" Set after "The City on the Edge of Forever". Spock fears the worst.

RECCER'S NOTES: Second-person narrative is a rare choice for fanfic and, for that matter, also for profic, but oh how this story makes it work. It does a great job of portraying the careful balance of reason and feeling in Spock's mind, and the disconnect between "what you think" and "what you end up saying" was painfully familiar. Also: Christine Chapel is awesome.

(There is a leeetle bit of non-gen-ness in the interaction between Spock and Chapel, but it holds close to what we see in canon.)
longlivehumour: Levi - So ist es immer (levi)
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FANDOM: Attack on Titan (Shingeki no Kyojin)
FIC LINK: Deliverance
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] Ketita([fanfiction.net profile] TramontanaKeeper)
RATING/WARNING(S): PG | Levi's potty mouth, small spoiler for the given name of a certain character
WIP?/WORD COUNT: Complete | 1,800
MAIN CHARACTERS: Levi, Jean, Mikasa, Connie, Sasha, Krista, Armin

FIC SUMMARY: What should have been a simple training mission goes absolutely to shit, and Levi's gotta do something because the kids expect him to pull a miracle out of his ass.

RECCER'S NOTES: Ketita has a gift for making the crackiest crack seem plausible. A lighthearted, very funny oneshot - because what could be more lighthearted than seven kids stuck in a tree about to be eaten alive by titans - narrated by a very put-upon Captain Levi.
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FANDOM: House, M.D.
FIC LINK: Connecting the Dots
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] blackmare9 and [archiveofourown.org profile] nightdog_barks
RATING/WARNING(S): PG | violence
WIP?/WORD COUNT: Complete | 2,000
MAIN CHARACTERS: Greg House, James Wilson

FIC SUMMARY: After an act of senseless violence, House copes the only way he knows how.

RECCER'S NOTES: An eye for detail that brings every scene alive. The mood swings back and forth, dark and silly in turns without ever being jarring. Wilson suffers, as he must in fanfic. House is... House, an arsehole like no other ever could ever be, and it's fantastic.

(Be sure to look into the authors' other works when you're finished. The writing is top-notch, and the story always captivating. They run a fine line in House historical AUs and genre-benders, too.)
longlivehumour: Thou hast angered the Beifong (beifong)
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B is for...

FANDOM: Legend of Korra
FIC LINK: Black Sun
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] LizBee
RATING/WARNING(S): G | spoilers for 1.10
WIP?/WORD COUNT: Complete | 700
MAIN CHARACTERS: Lin Beifong

FIC SUMMARY: Lin always paid attention to the stories.

RECCER'S NOTES: Because I'm still disappointed we never got a Lin Prison Break™. LizBee never fails to deliver, and bending or no Lin Beifong is steel to the core.