longlivehumour: Grey heron (heron)
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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...
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: 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.
thady: (DIV  -  tigers)
[personal profile] thady
FANDOM: Attack the Block
FIC LINK: A Flag That Bears the Name.
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] Chash
RATING/WARNING(S): none
WIP?/WORD COUNT: one-shot | ~ 2,200 words
MAIN CHARACTERS: Moses, Pest, Biggz, Sam

FIC SUMMARY: Moses used to think about saving the world. Now that he's done it, he can't go back.

RECCER'S NOTES: This is such a great continuation of the movie. This is how it could have happened. Love the characters here, and how they are still themselves.

dirty_diana: Iris West from CW Flash leaning forward (Iris)
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FANDOM: The Flash with Arrow cameos
FIC LINK: Zero-Sum Game
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] Rokesmith
RATING/WARNING(S): Teen
WIP?/WORD COUNT: complete / 67 000 words
MAIN CHARACTERS: Barry Allen, Iris West, Caitlin Snow, Cisco Ramon, Joe West

FIC SUMMARY: Three months after the singularity, a wave of impossible robberies strikes Central City, and there is one obvious suspect: the Flash. But as Barry and his friends unite to track down the real culprit, they find themselves facing a dangerous new enemy in a pursuit that may cost them everything.

Post season 1.

RECCER'S NOTES: An epic, plotty imagining of what might have happened after the season one finale. If you spent the summer hoping Iris would finally get to be part of the gang, or wondering what DCU villains might make an appearance, this is the fic to scratch that itch. Plus: friendship and teamwork! So many feels.
thady: (DIV  -  butterfly)
[personal profile] thady
FANDOM: Marvel Cinematic Universe
FIC LINK: Closing the Circuit.
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] AlchemyAlice
RATING/WARNING(S): PG-13
WIP?/WORD COUNT: novelette | ~ 14,500 words
MAIN CHARACTERS: team, ensemble

FIC SUMMARY: SHIELD's down, Captain America's AWOL, and on the whole, things are kind of FUBAR. On the other hand, Tony might have some semblance of a plan.

RECCER'S NOTES:

This was a great and believable story, about team-building and beginning friendships. The characterization was spot-on for me, and the interactions between the characters build from this.

The plot is paced well, and I like how all the strands come together.

thady: (Furuba  -  Zodiac)
[personal profile] thady
FANDOM: Supernatural
FIC LINK: That I Could Travel Light.
AUTHOR LINK: [livejournal.com profile] kres
RATING/WARNING(S): R
WIP?/WORD COUNT: novelle | ~ 20,000 words
MAIN CHARACTERS: Dean Winchester, Sam Winchester

FIC SUMMARY: Amnesia fic. And then again, not really. - 'Born Under a Bad Sign', aftermath of sorts.

RECCER'S NOTES:

I lost interest in Supernatural a while back, but recent discussion made me re-read a few of my old favorites. This story certainly passes the test of time.

I love the atmosphere of this story. And the plot and its resolution, which was stunning and completely logical. And I love this Sam here and his relationship to his brother. Brilliant.

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[personal profile] lost_spook
FANDOM: Doctor Who
FIC LINK: The Spartans
AUTHOR LINK: JJPOR
RATING/WARNING(S): Teen | Violence, Slavery
WIP?/WORD COUNT: 69,883
MAIN CHARACTERS: Second Doctor, Polly Wright, Jamie McCrimmon, Ben Jackson

FIC SUMMARY: Greece, 480 BC: As the vast armies of the King of Kings prepare to battle the outnumbered defenders of the Hot Gates, the Doctor and his friends find themselves where they often find themselves at times like this – caught in the middle.

RECCER'S NOTES: As I’ve said, I have a weakness for Doctor Who historicals, and this is one of the very best. The author is amazing (consider this also an author rec: JJ is an incredible fanfic writer and pretty much never puts out a duff fic) and also has a clear love of history, which shines through. It’s an all-out action-adventure piece at novel length, although that’s not to say there’s not some great characterisation, with the TARDIS team being split up (as ever) but into two lesser-explored combinations, which allows for some lovely development between the still-new group, as Polly and the Doctor have to work together while Ben and Jamie find themselves in some surprising situations, not always easy for a 20th century English seaman and an 18th C Scottish Jacobite.

(There’s a tiny bit of canon-typical Ben/Polly at the end, and a little bit of slightly more unexpected Ben/Jamie along the way because of plot, but nothing to render it non-gen.)

Anyway, it’s long, fabulous, enthralling, and novel-style (and length) enough to be read on its own strengths if you’re not all that familiar with this TARDIS team (who have after all been especially unfairly hit by burnination).
thady: (MCU  -  The Falcon)
[personal profile] thady
FANDOM: Protector of the Small
FIC LINK: the things you carry.
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] dirgewithoutmusic
RATING/WARNING(S): PG | content notes )
WIP?/WORD COUNT: one-shot | ~ 6,300 words
MAIN CHARACTERS: Keladry of Mindelan; ensemble

FIC SUMMARY: After Kel breaks orders and invades Scanra to rescue her Haven civilians in Lady Knight, she is found guilty of treason in wartime.
She escapes with the help of friends and does the only thing Kel could ever conceive of doing in that instance-- she keeps fighting Tortall's war.
This is Kel, however; she is always willing to fight her battles alone, but people will always rise up to fight alongside her.

RECCER'S NOTES:

This is beautiful. I love the use of the language, descriptive and evocative. It captures the characters with few words, but they shine brightly.
Love Keladry here, never givin up. Learning and growing, and just so awesome.

dirty_diana: profile image of television version of  Peggy Carter (peggy)
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FANDOM: Marvel Cinematic Universe / Avengers, fusion with His Dark Materials
FIC LINK: Lacuna
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] morpholomeg
RATING/WARNING(S): Teen / as in notes
WIP?/WORD COUNT: complete / 29 000 words
MAIN CHARACTERS: Natasha Romanov, Clint Barton, Phil Coulson, Nick Fury, Maria Hill, Melinda May

FIC SUMMARY:

There were many rumours about the Black Widow, some of which might even have been true. The most reliable of these were presented to Clint in maybe the sketchiest mission briefing he'd ever received, full of words like 'allegedly' and 'probably' and 'although it seems unlikely' which seemed out of place in a SHIELD file. There was only one piece of information that truly surprised him.

"We seriously don't know what her dæmon is, sir?" he asked Coulson.


RECCER'S NOTES: This is definitely my favourite His Dark Materials AU, for how perfectly the daemons are integrated in both characterisation and plot. The author takes advantage of Pullman's worldbuilding to create a believable allegory of normality and disability - but underneath all that is a lovely tale of Natasha, Clint, and how they became friends.
thady: (H'sMC  -  Sophie)
[personal profile] thady
FANDOM: Marvel Cinematic Universe
FIC LINK: Infinite Coffee and Protection Detail - series.
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] owlet
RATING/WARNING(S): PG-13
WIP?/WORD COUNT: series [two complete stories posted so far] | ~ 87,000 words
MAIN CHARACTERS: Bucky Barnes; Steve Rogers, team

FIC SUMMARY: The mission resets abruptly, from objective: kill to objective: protect.

RECCER'S NOTES:

There are two complete stories posted so far. You could read only one or the other, but it works better together. While there could be more, each story has an clear ending.

The first one depicts Bucky's reclamtion of himself from the Winter Soldier. I love how this is depicted, how it wars inside of him. Love also the humor that is spread throughout the story. It's hard work for him, so the humor is very much appreciated. He has some help though, the OCs are great!

The second story deals with Bucky's integration into the team. I love how he learns to connect with each of them, each in their own way.

dirty_diana: Hawkeye and Black Widow in Avengers film (clintasha)
[personal profile] dirty_diana
FANDOM: Marvel Cinematic Universe / Avengers
FIC LINK: The Nine Lives of Natasha Romanoff
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] starrika
RATING/WARNING(S): Teen / canon-typical violence and general Red Room themed sketchiness
WIP?/WORD COUNT: complete / 11 700 words
MAIN CHARACTERS: Natasha Romanov, Clint Barton, Phil Coulson

FIC SUMMARY:

She is Nataliya. She is Nathalie. She is Talia. She is Natasza. She is Natasha.

A story of how Natasha Romanoff found herself, with a little help from that annoying American with the bow.


RECCER'S NOTES: Lovely Natasha backstory, a beautiful sketch of how she fought to make herself, and the believable could-have-beens of her origins with SHIELD.

“Clint Barton,” he replied, perfunctorily shaking hands with LeClair. Natasha wondered if he always used Clint. She doubted Barton was his last name, but perhaps it was. The American had done nothing as he was supposed to; it was unexpected and refreshing. She rather hoped he would not be the next on her list, but if he kept turning up like this, the Red Room was bound to notice. The Red Room noticed everything.
dirty_diana: Hawkeye and Black Widow in Avengers film (clintasha)
[personal profile] dirty_diana
FANDOM: Marvel Cinematic Universe/Avengers
FIC LINK: Parting Shot
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] ratherastory [livejournal.com profile] ratherastory
RATING/WARNING(S): G / canon-typical violence
WIP?/WORD COUNT: complete / 20 700 words
MAIN CHARACTERS: Clint Barton, OCs

FIC SUMMARY: Two years after the events of New York, Clint Barton is deep undercover in Bulgaria. When the events of Captain America: The Winter Soldier reveal his identity to the organised crime syndicate he's infiltrated, he finds himself stranded in Varna with no allies and no resources. Moreover, the local mafia are about to enact a plan that could put the entire region at risk. With Hydra hot on his heels, Clint must rely on his wits and a few local friends to put an end to the plot and get out alive.

RECCER'S NOTES: Wondering what Clint was up to during Captain America: The Winter Soldier? This story shows us a plausible, action-packed explanation. Thematically inspired by the Fraction/Aja comic in an interesting way, as the daunting situations of the MCU meet an extremely human Clint. Contains one of my favourite MCU specific tropes, Deaf/Hard of Hearing Clint. Who we should get more of in canon, anyway.
dirty_diana: (kirk/mccoy)
[personal profile] dirty_diana
FANDOM: Star Trek TOS
FIC LINK: Equilibrium
AUTHOR LINK: [fanfiction.net profile] PSW
RATING/WARNING(S): Teen / adult themes (prison camps, riots, etc)
WIP?/WORD COUNT: complete / 158 700 words
MAIN CHARACTERS: Leonard McCoy, Spock, James T Kirk, OCs

FIC SUMMARY: McCoy's transport is destroyed in what is thought to be an accidental containment field explosion. No major character deaths.

RECCER'S NOTES: I try to always be honest about who a rec is meant for, so I will admit that if you feel like there is never a reason for a story to be over 100 000 words? This is not the fic that is going to change your mind. If, on the other hand, you love a good rollicking space adventure? Vulcans, Romulans, intergalactic politics, daring escapes, and the crew of the Enterprise being good at what they're good at? Then this is the fic for you. Fascinating examination of some of the Big Themes that come with Roddenberry's take on space exploration, and lovely characterisation of the classic triumvirate.
thady: (DW  -  9th Doctor)
[personal profile] thady
FANDOM: Harry Potter
FIC LINK: Dudley Dursley and the New Normal (at DW) | Dudley Dursley and the New Normal (at FFN)
AUTHOR LINK: [livejournal.com profile] straydog733 | [fanfiction.net profile] alikat522
RATING/WARNING(S): R
WIP?/WORD COUNT: novel | ~ 51,000 words
MAIN CHARACTERS: Dudley Dursley; appearence of canon characters and OCs

FIC SUMMARY: Bad things happen. Life gets strange. Dudley tries to carve out a little bit of normality in a world that has gone mad around him.

RECCER'S NOTES:

This was posted at [community profile] dudley_redeemed, and it is still one of my favorite stories posted at this fest.

I love the plot, and how it unfolded. Both plot and characterization work together and are interwoven. I love how wizarding Britain is depicted, and how Dudley fits himself into it. I love watching him grow and make himself a new life.

thady: (Kiki  -  Kiki)
[personal profile] thady
FANDOM: Harry Potter
FIC LINK: Dudley Dursley and the New Normal (fanfiction.net) | Dudley Dursley and the New Normal (dreamwidth)
AUTHOR LINK: [fanfiction.net profile] alikat522 | [livejournal.com profile] straydog733
RATING/WARNING(S): PG-13/R warnings under this cut )
WIP?/WORD COUNT: novel | ~ 53,200 words
MAIN CHARACTERS: Dudley Dursley; canon character, OCs

FIC SUMMARY: Bad things happen. Life gets strange. Dudley tries to carve out a little bit of normality in a world that has gone mad around him.

RECCER'S NOTES:

This is a wonderful character and plot driven story. Both character development and plot and finely balanced and complement each other. Love all the supporting characters too.

thady: (SM  -  Ami & Minako)
[personal profile] thady
FANDOM: Stargate: Atlantis
FIC LINK: Practicing Medicine
AUTHOR LINK: [livejournal.com profile] kristen999
RATING/WARNING(S): PG
WIP?/WORD COUNT: one-shot | ~ 6,000 words
MAIN CHARACTERS: Jennifer Keller; team, cameos of supporting characters

FIC SUMMARY: Jennifer learns that accepting and upholding an oath, requires living it.

RECCER'S NOTES:

I love this story. This is a wonderful character study of Jennifer Keller, interspesed with humour and action scenes. The story manages to balance the action with the quiet scenes, and I love her relationships with the other characters.

thady: (GK  -  RayRay)
[personal profile] thady
FANDOM: Torchwood
FIC LINK: The Thing with Feathers That Perches in the Soul
AUTHOR LINK: [livejournal.com profile] blue_fjords
RATING/WARNING(S): PG-13 | mentions of canon pairings
WIP?/WORD COUNT: novelette | ~ 20,000 words
MAIN CHARACTERS: Toshiko Sato, Team; mentions of canon pairings

FIC SUMMARY: Torchwood has to deal with threats from an alien species and Myfanwy has gone missing. Plus, it is time for Tosh's five-year review by UNIT, and things do not go well. Takes place a few days before Season 2's 'Fragments'.

RECCER'S NOTES:

This story might be best described as a Tosh-centric team fic. It actually reads like an episode. It's extremely well written, fast paced with wonderful character moments not only for Tosh, but for all the characters. A wonderful entertaining read.

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[personal profile] isabelquinn
FANDOM: The Hunger Games
FIC LINK: The End of the World
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] FernWithy
RATING/WARNING(S): Violence, T+
WORD COUNT: 116, 395 (just for part 1)
MAIN CHARACTERS: Haymitch Abernathy, Maysilee Donner, Mr. Mellark, Mrs. Everdeen, Haymitch's Girl

FIC SUMMARY: Sixteen-year-old Haymitch Abernathy has plenty to worry about - a sick mother, a decrepit house, an empty larder. The last thing he's worried about is the Capitol's choice to double the number of Games tributes in a Quell year...

RECCER'S NOTES: This is the opposite of the fic I recced earlier today (it is neither short nor sweet: it's long and dark), but I love, love, love this fic. I'm not often keen for multichapter epics, I'm usually more inclined towards oneshots, but this one is absolutely an exception. The world building is incredible, the characters (both canon ones and OCs) feel completely real, and I can't quite put my finger on what it is about the writing, but it's just perfect.
thady: (Anastasia  -  Anastasia)
[personal profile] thady
FANDOM: The Sarah Jane Adventures/Doctor Who
FIC LINK: Du Liebes Kind, Komm, Geh Mit Mir
AUTHOR LINK: Lyricwritesprose / [livejournal.com profile] lyricwrites
RATING/WARNING(S): PG/PG-13
WIP?/WORD COUNT: multi-chaptered | ~ 12,000 words
MAIN CHARACTERS: Maria Jackson, Sarah Jane Smith, The Doctor (4th)

FIC SUMMARY: Some time after she moves to America, Maria Jackson gets wrapped up in mysterious temporal events and Sarah Jane's past.

RECCER'S NOTES: This is a great adventure story featuring Maria. I really love her here. Her view on Sarah Jane and the Doctor is very interesting. The story could have easily featured on the show.