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)
ozqueen: (tv: veronica mars: a clue)
[personal profile] ozqueen
FANDOM: Veronica Mars
FIC LINK: The Money Shot
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] igrockspock
WIP?/WORD COUNT: Complete | 5289 words
MAIN CHARACTERS: Veronica Mars, Keith Mars, Dick Casablancas, Logan Echolls

FIC SUMMARY: Eight weeks and six days after Lily's funeral, Veronica takes her first case: catching Richard Casablancas, Sr. on camera with a local stripper. All she has to do is lie to her dad long enough to get the money shot. Should be easy, right?


This fic explores all the chaos and stress the Mars family are going through right before we meet them in canon. Veronica's voice is spot on and her interactions with Keith are perfect. It's definitely the perfect set up for the first season and the Veronica we come to know and love.

thady: (Natsume  -  Natsume)
[personal profile] thady
FANDOM: Natsume Yuujinchou | Natsume's Book of Friends
FIC LINK: Three for Family.
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] NightsMistress
WIP?/WORD COUNT: one-shot | ~ 3,600 words
MAIN CHARACTERS: Natsume Takashi, Fujiwara Touko, Fujiwara Shigeru

FIC SUMMARY: The more Touko hears about Natsume Takashi, the more confused she becomes. The stories she hears are of a selfish child acting out for attention, or worse, but all she can see is a sad, lost child in need of a place to put down roots so that he can settle his mind.

RECCER'S NOTES: This is such a wonderful characer study of bot Touko and of Natsume as we see him through her eyes. I love the way the story flows, and how Touka sees more than the others do. There's such a gentleness and kindness to her that makes me love her just the more.

dirty_diana: Iris West from CW Flash leaning forward (Iris)
[personal profile] dirty_diana
FANDOM: The Flash on CW / DC's Legends of Tomorrow
FIC LINK: Snapshots
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] TelepathJeneral
RATING/WARNING(S): unrated by author (teen in my opinion)
WIP?/WORD COUNT: complete / 5000 words
MAIN CHARACTERS: Mick Rory, Leonard Snart, Lisa Snart

FIC SUMMARY: Before a particle accelerator, an ice gun, and a scarlet speedster transform Central City, the Snart siblings could almost be considered normal.


RECCER'S NOTES: An adorable pre-series look at Leonard Snart, the friend he commits crimes with, and the sister he'd do anything for. Nails that strange brew of kindness and toughness that comes with Wentworth Miller's Captain Cold.
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  -  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  -  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.

sixbeforelunch: iron man on a pink background, text reads "everyone needs a hobby" (mcu - iron man hobby)
[personal profile] sixbeforelunch
FANDOM: Marvel Cinematic Universe
FIC LINK: Сказка|Skazka
AUTHOR LINK: [personal profile] ranalore
RATING/WARNING(S): PG, implied child harm
WIP?/WORD COUNT: 200 words, complete
MAIN CHARACTERS: Natasha Romanova, Bucky Barnes

FIC SUMMARY: Folklore of the Red Room.

RECCER'S NOTES: This is a very short story that packs a huge punch. There's not a lot to say about a 200 word story, but if you're familiar with the backstories of Natasha and Bucky, I highly recommend taking a minute to go read this one.
ozqueen: (films: marvel: natasha)
[personal profile] ozqueen
FANDOM: MCU | The Avengers
FIC LINK: Love is for Children and Other Lies
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] fahye
WIP?/WORD COUNT: Complete | 30,095
MAIN CHARACTERS: Natasha Romanov, Clint Barton, Maria Hill

FIC SUMMARY: War is the child's emptiness, the surrender of identity, the transformation into a simple system: purpose goes in, action comes out. (Natalia Alianovna Romanova, and everything that she became.)


Oh how I love an excellent back story ♥ I love the patchwork history given to Natasha here, and the way she comes to each decision that brings her to SHIELD's door. There are some fleeting pairings, but Natasha and her journey is right at the heart of this story, and it's so, so well done.

lost_spook: (b7 - Vila)
[personal profile] lost_spook
FANDOM: Blake’s 7
FIC LINK: On the Far Shore
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] Clocketpatch
RATING/WARNING(S): PG | References to death, the afterlife, spoilers
MAIN CHARACTERS: Oleg Gan, Zen, Slave, Jenna Stannis, Cally, Vila Restal, Roj Blake, Del Tarrant, Dayna Mellanby, Soolin, Servalan

FIC SUMMARY: Nothing is needed but good company

RECCER'S NOTES: This is a hauntingly unusual and beautiful post-series fic (so, if you don't know B7, beware, spoilers ahoy). The evocative descriptions of the setting, the way it slowly unfolds as to what this is, and the author’s characterisations, particularly of Zen and Slave in unfamiliar forms is wonderful. It does have some brief mentions of two marriages, but that’s not the focus of the fic at all, and it really is too good to omit.
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


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.
thady: (Milkyway  -  cat & newspaper)
[personal profile] thady
FANDOM: Harry Potter
FIC LINK: Though I Speak With the Tongues of Men and Angels.
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.rg profile] lls_mutant | [livejournal.com profile] lls_mutant
WIP?/WORD COUNT: one-shot | ~ 6,130 words

FIC SUMMARY: Sirius has always been a strong person, but what's the force that makes someone strong?


While there might be religious tones to Harry Potter there are no overt religious scenes. The author manages to weave christian faith and religion into their story. When I first came upon this story, I was surprised how neatly it fit into canon.

I believe in this Sirius here. His faith (and his struggles with it) is never preachy or heavy handed. It is but a part of him.

espresso_addict: Watercolour of Luthien dancing (tolkien)
[personal profile] espresso_addict
FANDOM: Tolkien
FIC LINK: River-Mother and River-Daughter
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] Zdenka
WIP?/WORD COUNT: Complete | ~3500 words
MAIN CHARACTERS: Goldberry, Melian

FIC SUMMARY: Before the Sun or Moon rose, the River-mother sang to the waters and they awoke.


An origin story for Goldberry: her awakening and coming of age -- to the background of the events of The Silmarillion -- in lovely lyrical prose. Written for Rare Women, the story foregrounds friendship between women, as Goldberry encounters Melian & an original Maiar. The ending is perfect (though gen purists might like to note that Bombadil makes his appearance).
thady: (KK  -  stars)
[personal profile] thady
FANDOM: Stargate SG-1
FIC LINK: Beauty in Skill.
AUTHOR LINK: [livejournal.com profile] sg_fignewton | [personal profile] fignewton
WIP?/WORD COUNT: one-shot | ~ 1,200 words
MAIN CHARACTERS: Teal'c; Bra'tac, team

FIC SUMMARY: The Goa'uld have always prized style over substance, but Teal'c finds beauty elsewhere. (Or "Why most Jaffa suffer from the Stormtrooper Effect, and why Bra'tac is awesome.")


This is really a fantastic look on early Teal'c. I love this thoughts and internal dialog. I like his interaction with the rest of the team, how they are still trying to fit together.

thady: (B5  -  Vir b&w)
[personal profile] thady
FANDOM: Due South/Stargate: Atlantis
FIC LINK: Birds Of A Feather [in memories - all parts listed]
AUTHOR LINK: [livejournal.com profile] julia_here
WIP?/WORD COUNT: novelette | ~ 15,400 words
MAIN CHARACTERS: Benton Fraser, Rodney McKay

FIC SUMMARY: Benton was still shorter than his grandmother's shoulder when he realized that he was not, in fact, quite fully human. There were things that everyone around him did, and he did not do them. There were ways in which everyone around him behaved, and he did not behave in those ways. - Childhood stories and adult friendship.


Beautifully woven together. Both Fraser and McKay seemed so real to me, and I loved their interaction. Love the building of their friendship, and how they relate to each other as adults.

dirty_diana: (kirk/mccoy)
[personal profile] dirty_diana
FIC LINK: Expanding the Oecumene
AUTHOR LINK: [fanfiction.net profile] AAmuse
WIP?/WORD COUNT: complete / 48 500 words
MAIN CHARACTERS: Spock, Pike, Number One, OCs

FIC SUMMARY: The events taking place during Spock’s final year at Starfleet Academy continue to shape him into the person and officer he will become. A tale about friendship and adventure.

RECCER'S NOTES: A tale of Spock's first, dangerous trip on the Enterprise with mentor-to-be Captain Pike. Plotty character explorations are always great. However it is easy for an author who loves a character (as we all do) to fall into the trap of only exploring the positives, or of doing a little fannish revisionist history. This story of what Spock's Academy days might have looked like never loses sight of the fact that Spock of Vulcan, later saviour of the known world, could also be a bit of a rebellious brat.
thady: (Princess Tutu  -  Ahiru duck)
[personal profile] thady
FIC LINK: Moving in Circles (at LJ) [at DW | at ff.net]
AUTHOR LINK: [livejournal.com profile] emerald_embers | [personal profile] emerald_embers | Emerald Embers
WIP?/WORD COUNT: one-shot | ~ 3,400 words
MAIN CHARACTERS: Aziraphale, Crowley

FIC SUMMARY: Crowley's life in Sodom was going quite nicely until Aziraphale's cousins visited.


This was truly excellent. The character voices were spot on. And it balances humour and serious thought very well.

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[personal profile] ozqueen
FANDOM: Twilight
FIC LINK: This is My Beloved Son in Whom I am Well Pleased
AUTHOR LINK: [fanfiction.net profile] minisinoo
RATING/WARNING(S): PG | description of disease/death
WIP?/WORD COUNT: complete | 7799
MAIN CHARACTERS: Carlisle Cullen, Edward Cullen

FIC SUMMARY: Why, after more than two centuries alone, did Carlisle break down and turn a 17-year-old boy? He told Bella it was because Edward's mother had demanded it, but in all his years of life, surely she wasn't the first. Why did this boy get under his skin so?


I find Twilight canon pretty unbearable but also completely fascinating. Fandom is often there to fall back on, and it can provide amazing, in-depth character study or backstory. This fic is a great example of that - I love the inner conflict Carlisle battles with, and the setting and time of the entire piece is really well written and researched. (I've linked to FFN despite the request in the author's note, as it looks like the author's site has since been taken down.)

ozqueen: (tv: futurama: casual hello)
[personal profile] ozqueen
FANDOM: The Incredibles
FIC LINK: The Greater Good
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] dudski
WIP?/WORD COUNT: complete | 2425
MAIN CHARACTERS: Helen "Elastigirl" Parr, Bob "Mr. Incredible" Parr, Dash Parr, Violet Parr

FIC SUMMARY: God must have one hell of a sense of humor, her mother says, to give the gift of elasticity to someone so stubborn.


This is completely beautiful and heart-wrenching in all the right ways. It's such a great exploration of the rules and boundaries of the Superhero World; what having to hide their powers was like. I love fics that build up beautiful details of a fictional world in such a subtle and clever way.

thady: (DIV  -  evening)
[personal profile] thady
FANDOM: Harry Potter
AUTHOR LINK: [livejournal.com profile] miss_morland
WIP?/WORD COUNT: one-shot | ~ 1,030 words
MAIN CHARACTERS: Regulus Black, Walburga Black

FIC SUMMARY: His mother has aged these last two years, although Regulus hasn't realised it until now: entering the drawing room, he nearly recoils upon seeing the wrinkles on her hands, the grey in her hair, the harsh lines around her eyes and mouth. He wonders if she's normally wearing a glamour or if he's simply been oblivious, barely sparing her a glance between all of his secret missions -- the thought troubles him.


This is an intriguing look at both Regulus and his mother. I love how even though it's a rather short story these characters are fleshed out and real. Awesome.