longlivehumour: 7. do you always want what you think you want? (sendak)
[personal profile] longlivehumour
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)
longlivehumour: Kryten looks down at (and also on) Rimmer. (red dwarf)
[personal profile] longlivehumour
FANDOM: Red Dwarf
FIC LINK: Ode to Enlightenment
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] jazzfic
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: Tyger, tyger, burning bright (Default)
[personal profile] longlivehumour
FANDOM: Star Trek: TOS
FIC LINK: Errors on the Edge of Forever
AUTHOR LINK: [fanfiction.net profile] louiseb
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.)
ozqueen: (tv: the simpsons: to professionalism)
[personal profile] ozqueen
FANDOM: Voltron: Legendary Defender
FIC LINK: Your Grace is Wasted
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] BossToaster
RATING/WARNING(S): M | violence (above canon-typical)
WIP?/WORD COUNT: Completed | 12073
MAIN CHARACTERS: Shiro, Pidge, Hunk, Lance, Keith, Allura, Coran

FIC SUMMARY: Five times that no one was thinking of Shiro as a dad.


This fic has a mix of everything. It's the first in a series but it's complete within itself and it's like a rollercoaster of all of my favourite things - found family, angst, fluffy feels, hurt/comfort, and there's a great sense of humour all woven through it as well.

ozqueen: (films: marvel: natasha)
[personal profile] ozqueen
FANDOM: MCU/The Avengers
FIC LINK: Pour Back the Ocean
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] imperfectcircle
RATING/WARNING(S): T | Canononical character death
WIP?/WORD COUNT: Complete | 10907
MAIN CHARACTERS: Wanda Maximoff, Sam Wilson, James "Rhodey" Rhodes, Natasha Romanoff, Vision, Steve Rogers

FIC SUMMARY: After the events of Age of Ultron, Wanda has to find a new place in the world. Contains team training exercises, expected grief and unexpected kindness.


Oh, this fic hit me right in the feels. I actually cried. This is a beautiful story about Wanda trying to work her way through what happened in Age of Ultron. Gorgeous character building and lots of team/found family feelings. There are no spoilers for Civil War here.

dirty_diana: profile image of television version of  Peggy Carter (peggy)
[personal profile] dirty_diana
FANDOM: Marvel Cinematic Universe / Agent Carter
FIC LINK: Columbia
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] CourtneyCourtney
RATING/WARNING(S): General Audiences
WIP?/WORD COUNT: complete / 1700 words
MAIN CHARACTERS: Edwin Jarvis, Peggy Carter, Howard Stark

FIC SUMMARY: Edwin Jarvis learns to navigate in the wake of Steve Rogers.

RECCER'S NOTES: An interesting look at Edwin Jarvis. Captures the determination and melancholy of Season 1, as Jarvis navigates around the legend of Captain America, and his friends' lingering grief for a fallen hero.
dirty_diana: old-fashioned typewriter (typewriter)
[personal profile] dirty_diana
FANDOM: The Goblin Emperor
FIC LINK: Passage
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] bigsunglasses
WIP?/WORD COUNT: 15 000 words
MAIN CHARACTERS: Idra Drazhar & Paru Tethimin
FIC SUMMARY: Released from his role as Prince by the birth of a son to the Emperor and Empress, Idra is allowed to attend university. But he can't escape his past so easily, or perhaps at all, particularly not when he meets someone who walks under a similar shadow ...

Three years post-canon.

RECCER'S NOTES: The novel The Goblin Emperor is full of intricate world-building and intriguing minor characters. This story makes interesting stars of Idra and Paru, while still dealing wirh some of the fallout that events in the novel may have caused.
thady: (WHR  -  Robin)
[personal profile] thady
FANDOM: Star Wars: Rebels/Star War Original Trilogy
FIC LINK: Hide Yourself for Me.
AUTHOR LINK: [livejournal.com profile] musesfool | [archiveofourown.org profile] musesfool
WIP?/WORD COUNT: ~ 2,200 words
MAIN CHARACTERS: Ahsoka Tano, Leia Organa

FIC SUMMARY: Ahsoka won't teach Leia to use the Force, but she can teach her to hide herself within it.


This is a brilliant story featuring Ahsoka teaching Leia. Ahsoka is great here, and Leia too, very close to canon. And it makes so much sense. Awesome.

thady: (DIV  -  meadow)
[personal profile] thady
FANDOM: Stargate: Atlantis
FIC LINK: 5 ways to go crazy without trying.
AUTHOR LINK: [livejournal.com profile] bratfarrar
WIP?/WORD COUNT: ficlet | ~ 590 words

FIC SUMMARY: see title.


Creepy and realistic, perhaps even more because it's easily imaginable. I could easily see this happening were SGA a darker show.

thady: (DIV  -  tracks)
[personal profile] thady
FANDOM: Harry Potter
FIC LINK: Tea and Whiskey.
AUTHOR LINK: [livejournal.com profile] magickatfics
WIP?/WORD COUNT: one-shot | ~ 1,500 words
MAIN CHARACTERS: Alistair Moody, Nymphadora Tonks

FIC SUMMARY: The day they met they had tea - the day their world changed, they had whisky.


Oh, this is such a great take on Tonks and Moody. I really love Tonks here. And I love how we see Moody through her eyes.

thady: (DIV  -  full-moon owl)
[personal profile] thady
FANDOM: Burn Notice
FIC LINK: Commercial Value.
AUTHOR LINK: [livejournal.com profile] arsenicjade
WIP?/WORD COUNT: ficlet | ~ 920 words

FIC SUMMARY: For all his practicality, his cleverness in getting them in and out of situations, Fiona wonders if Michael ever thinks about the fact that he’s never had his body put on display for the sake of culling information, thumbing ID, whatever.


Fiona is my favorite character in Burn Notice. This is a really neat little character study.
(And after reading it I really want her Natasha Romanov to meet up. How awesome would that be?)

thady: (DIV  -  Scotland)
[personal profile] thady
FANDOM: Harry Potter
FIC LINK: Memorial Ceremony.
AUTHOR LINK: [livejournal.com profile] celandineb
WIP?/WORD COUNT: ficlet | 626 words

FIC SUMMARY: Harry speaks at the ceremony unveiling the memorial to the fallen.


Short but powerful snippet. I can never really suspend my disbelief with a Harry who is an awesome speaker, but this is a speech I could see him give.

thady: (DIV  -  trees)
[personal profile] thady
FANDOM: Harry Potter
FIC LINK: Bedside Manners.
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] serpenscript | Fic-journal at IJ: [insanejournal.com profile] serpens_fic
RATING/WARNING(S): G | set partly during the seventh book
WIP?/WORD COUNT: one-shot | ~ 2,000 words
MAIN CHARACTERS: Poppy Pomphrey, Minerva McGonagall, Luna Lovegood

FIC SUMMARY: Poppy Pomfrey liked to sing. It was a little known secret, because although she indulged in singing quite frequently she very rarely gave anyone the chance to hear her sing. To put it kindly, she was tone deaf; to put it bluntly was to say she sounded like a hippogriff caught in a harpy's nest.


This is a wonderful character study of Poppy Pomphrey. I love the setting during the seventh book, love her friendships, and she is such an amazing character.

starwatcher: Western windmill, clouds in background, trees around base. (Default)
[personal profile] starwatcher
FIC LINK: Cape Fear
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] Emerald1
RATING/WARNING(S): Teen and Up / No warnings
WIP?/WORD COUNT: Complete / approx. 55,000 words
MAIN CHARACTERS: McGee, Gibbs, Hetty

FIC SUMMARY: Humans fear what they do not understand. A member of Team Gibbs faces that fear when he discovers the truth about himself. Angst and humor in equal parts in this study of what it means to be human, and what it means when others question your humanity.

RECCER'S NOTES: The summary doesn't do this story justice; I was blown away with the story and the world-building behind it. Because of a past incident (explained in the story; I won't spoil it), Superheros are tightly controlled and restricted by the government. When one of the team -- who never knew his heritage -- develops powers, the changes not only affect him, but also affect his team, the LA team, and eventually the government and the world.

The author makes note that the story developed from a plot-bunny because of a resemblance between Hetty (NCIS:LA) and Edna (The Incredibles). I have never seen The Incredibles, or any superhero film; I have no idea if the other Superheros who make appearances are characters original to the author, or based on some other source. It doesn't matter; the story is well-thought-out and engaging without any background knowledge. I particularly enjoyed how the whole NCIS teams rallies round to support their newly-"superfied" friend, both physically and emotionally, as he develops his new abilities. The addition of a mystery to solve -- how did Superheros go from "admired" to "despised and feared"? -- and finding the answers makes this a thoroughly good read. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Mods: My apologies. I tried 3 times to make the name-link properly in HTML, and it's just not working.

Edited to fix username link. Thanks to Espresso_Addict for the help.
thady: (DIV  -  Stars blue)
[personal profile] thady
FANDOM: The Secret Garden
FIC LINK: A Garden in the Punjab.
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] Rosie_Rues
WIP?/WORD COUNT: one-shot | ~ 8,300 words

FIC SUMMARY: There is another garden, in India. These are the women of that garden, over two generations, Mary's mother and ayah, and both their two daughters. In the end, I'm afraid, this is only where the story begins, but I hope it opens up the original story and takes us out into the world beyond the secret gardens.


This is such a lovely story. I love how this unfolds, the strands of the story parting and coming back together. I love the original characters here, and the background characters. They really come to life here.

thady: (GK  -  RayRay)
[personal profile] thady
FANDOM: The Hobbit/The Lord of the Rings
FIC LINK: Revision.
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] lydiabennet
WIP?/WORD COUNT: one-shot | ~ 1,450 words

FIC SUMMARY: Bilbo can't write the Red Book the way that he'd like.


This is a well-thought out, well-written story. It's believable, very much in character and slightly creepy. Love Bilbo here, and his thoughts, and how he tries to be true.

thady: (Furuba  -  Zodiac)
[personal profile] thady
FANDOM: Supernatural
FIC LINK: That I Could Travel Light.
AUTHOR LINK: [livejournal.com profile] kres
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.


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.

thady: (DW  -  master pendulum)
[personal profile] thady
FANDOM: Harry Potter
FIC LINK: Kitten Claws and Mudblood Wars [at LJ] | Kitten Claws and Mudblood Wars [at AO3]
AUTHOR LINK: [livejournal.com profile] catsintheattic | [archiveofourown.org profile] Catsintheattic
RATING/WARNING(S): R | content notes/warnings )
WIP?/WORD COUNT: one-shot | ~ 7,600 words
MAIN CHARACTERS: Dolores Umbridge

FIC SUMMARY: Every crusade exacts a human cost, and Dolores is willing to see it paid in full.


This story features one of the most loathed characters from the Harry Potter books - Dolores Umbridge. It was originally written for the [livejournal.com profile] hp_darkfest and it shows.

It's an intriguing view into Umbridge's head and how she became who she is. [livejournal.com profile] catsintheattic strikes here a difficult balance - creating understanding (and a sense of sympathy) without excusing Umbridge's behavior. A truly fascinating character piece.

What impressed me the most though is the fact how seamlessly the story is incorporated into canon. Looking back at the books it fits perfectly in.

It's not an easy read (please heed the warnings!), but very well worth it.

thady: (Skip Beat!  -  glee)
[personal profile] thady
FIC LINK: I Can Almost See the Future.
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] sahiya
RATING/WARNING(S): PG | content notes )
WIP?/WORD COUNT: one-shot | ~ 3,350 words
MAIN CHARACTERS: Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews

FIC SUMMARY: Danny’s video drops in the middle of round one, the day after they beat the Preds in the third fucking OT. Pat didn’t have any idea it was coming, but he thinks Jonny did.


Hockey RPF fandom is pairing dominated. This is a few of the gen stories, and it's lovely, despite the heavy subject matter. There are a few stories which take the realities of pro sports into account. It can be a dangerous job, in more ways than one, and I love how the story deals with it.
But the story shows us also Patrick and Jonny's frienship. I love their interaction and how they talk and not-talk with each other.

Even if you're not into sports fandom you might want to give this story a chance.

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.


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.