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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: 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
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: Nine. Look at the ears! (ears)
[personal profile] longlivehumour
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.
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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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[personal profile] longlivehumour
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.)
merryghoul: carnival ride (carnival ride)
[personal profile] merryghoul
FANDOM: The Americans (TV)
FIC LINK: One day in the life
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] gorseflower
RATING/WARNING(S): Not Rated/Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
WIP?/WORD COUNT: No/2630
MAIN CHARACTERS: Elizabeth Jennings, Elizabeth's Mother

FIC SUMMARY: Nadya's mother is sick, her classmates lack revolutionary commitment and the Communist future is still far from being built. But she struggles on.

RECCER'S NOTES: A glimpse at Elizabeth's life before she was a spy back in Russia, and how crapsack her life could have been at that time with an ailing mother, an awful neighbor, and no time to spend time as a child. (Although the fic is a pre-season fic, there is information revealed from the latest season of the show.)
merryghoul: black hoodie (black hoodie)
[personal profile] merryghoul
FANDOM: Alice In Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
FIC LINK: Cucumber Sandwiches
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] Katherine
RATING/WARNING(S): General Audiences
WIP?/WORD COUNT: No/1160
MAIN CHARACTERS: Bill the Lizard, the Gryphon, The Mock Turtle

FIC SUMMARY:

Bill the Lizard enjoyed his afternoons off when he visited the Gryphon and Mock Turtle. Today, their three-angled conversation first ranged over the usual pleasantries
... and then they planned a party.

RECCER'S NOTES: Lovely fic on what Bill does on his day off: has tea and sandwiches with the Gryphon and the Mock Turtle. A great combination of various Alice in Wonderland canons to tell a brief tale.
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
RATING/WARNING(S): PG-13
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.

thady: (N&S  -  John & Margaret almost)
[personal profile] thady
FANDOM: Harry Potter
FIC LINK: Pawn to C3.
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] realmer06
RATING/WARNING(S): none
WIP?/WORD COUNT: one-shot | ~ 4,500 words
MAIN CHARACTERS: Lily Luna Potter, Ron Weasley

FIC SUMMARY: Teaching Lily chess started as a way to keep her occupied and out of everyone’s hair. It grew into much more than that.

RECCER'S NOTES: This is a great look at the familial relationship between Ron and Lily Luna. Love how Ron is so Ron, but grown-up. Love how we see Lily Luna through his eyes. It's great to see her growing, and I'm glad she has Ron to mentor her.

thady: (DIV  -  tulip)
[personal profile] thady
FANDOM: Malory Towers
FIC LINK: Not Right About Everything.
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] Lefaym
RATING/WARNING(S): G | none
WIP?/WORD COUNT: ficlet | ~ 330 words
MAIN CHARACTERS: Gwendoline Mary Lacey

FIC SUMMARY: The girls at Malory Towers weren't right about everything.

RECCER'S NOTES: This is such a great little character study. Moreoften than not Gwendoline has my sympathies even though she was horrid sometimes. And while she is still herself here she does grow up.

liadtbunny: (Silver bright)
[personal profile] liadtbunny
FANDOM: Labyrinth (1986 film)
FIC LINK: Tricks and Treats
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] piscaria
RATING/WARNING(S): Teen.
WIP?/WORD COUNT: 2362 | Complete.
MAIN CHARACTERS: Sarah Williams, Toby Williams, Hoggle, Sir Didymus, Jareth.

FIC SUMMARY: After her journey through the Labyrinth, trick-or-treating is an entirely different experience.

RECCER'S NOTES: Post-canon, Sarah is still having adventures with her friends and even a night trick-or-treating isn't free from peril. This fic joins together the fun and fearful aspects of Halloween. The author also keeps the story within what Sarah learned during the film and strengthens and repeats this.
thady: (DW  -  9th Doctor)
[personal profile] thady
FANDOM: Harry Potter
FIC LINK: A Lot to Learn.
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] Realmer06
RATING/WARNING(S): PG-13 | none
WIP?/WORD COUNT: one-shot | ~10,700 words
MAIN CHARACTERS: Lorcan Scamander, Lysander Scamanader, Luna Lovegood, Rolf Scamander

FIC SUMMARY: Lorcan and Lysander couldn’t be more different. Lorcan loves the fact that his parents are Magizoologists, and is thrilled to be accompanying them to the Amazon Rainforest to track down a legendary dark spirit. Lysander is...less enthused.

RECCER'S NOTES: This is a wonderful look at two brothers and their relationship to each other, and to their parents. Love the realistic feel of their dynamic, and the plot was very engrossing.

thady: (PSoH  -  Count D)
[personal profile] thady
FANDOM: Stargate SG-1
FIC LINK: H is for History.
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] Tallulah_Rasa
RATING/WARNING(S): G | none
WIP?/WORD COUNT: ~ 2,300 words
MAIN CHARACTERS: Daniel Jackson, Jack O'Neill, others mentioned

FIC SUMMARY: Historians use primary sources to better understand the past. For a 22nd century historian, what better primary sources could there be than the recently published letters and journals of Dr. Daniel Jackson?

RECCER'S NOTES: I really love the outsider pov in this, how much got lost in the time that has passed. Love the interpretation of what happened, and the contrast of what really happened.

thady: (N&S  -  Margaret hair)
[personal profile] thady
FANDOM: The Lord of the Rings
FIC LINK: An Unseen Question.
AUTHOR LINK: [livejournal.com profile] rhymer23 | [archiveofourown.org profile] rhymer23
RATING/WARNING(S): G | none
WIP?/WORD COUNT: one-shot | ~ 3,850 words
MAIN CHARACTERS: Merry Brandybuck, Pippin Took

FIC SUMMARY:

"The caterpillar started it." Merry and Pippin are infected with a sudden bout of investigative fervour. Can Rivendell cope with two lively hobbits whose hunger for answers threatens to surpass even their hunger for food?

RECCER'S NOTES:

This takes a humorous though and spins it further. It's humor with serious underlining and it's quite touching. I love Merry and Pippin here, and how the other characters react to them.

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.

Almost.

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.
sixbeforelunch: joan watson, no text (elementary - joan)
[personal profile] sixbeforelunch
FANDOM: Elementary
FIC LINK: Out of Hand
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] Eva
RATING/WARNING(S): G, no standard content warnings apply
WIP?/WORD COUNT: 461 words, complete
MAIN CHARACTERS: Marcus Bell, Joan Watson

FIC SUMMARY: Could have been a knife!

RECCER'S NOTES: This is a brilliant call back to a certain mid-season 1 episode, featuring Joan getting revenge and Marcus along for the ride. It's marked ship, but there's nothing here that can't be read as friendship.
dirty_diana: old-fashioned typewriter (typewriter)
[personal profile] dirty_diana
FANDOM: The Goblin Emperor
FIC LINK: Passage
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] bigsunglasses
RATING/WARNING(S):Teen
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.
dirty_diana: Iris West from CW Flash leaning forward (Iris)
[personal profile] dirty_diana
FANDOM: Elementary
FIC LINK: Creatures Great and Small
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] IrenaK
RATING/WARNING(S): general
WIP?/WORD COUNT: 2000 words
MAIN CHARACTERS: Joan Watson, Sherlock Holmes, Marcus Bell

FIC SUMMARY: Between the bees, the chickens and Clyde, it's practically a menagerie in the brownstone.

OR

Five times Sherlock brought home a stray and one time Joan did.

RECCER'S NOTES: Elementary has made a recurring theme of Sherlock's fun, odd habits. One of which is the tendency to bring home random animals, including fandom favourite Clyde the tortoise. This fic does a great job of recreating the really, Sherlock? comedy the show is built around, as well the unique type of friendship that Sherlock inspires.
thady: (Akagami no Shirayukihime  -  pair)
[personal profile] thady
FANDOM: Torchwood
FIC LINK: Geek Gifts.
AUTHOR LINK: [livejournal.com profile] adina_atl
RATING/WARNING(S): PG
WIP?/WORD COUNT: one-shot | ~ 7,750 words
MAIN CHARACTERS: Ianto Jones, Toshiko Sato, Jack Harkness

FIC SUMMARY: Tosh and Ianto bond over tech and their respective pasts. - Set first season.

RECCER'S NOTES:

Oh, I love Ianto and Tosh together. They just fit in a way the other characters on the show rarely do. I love how they interact here, bonding over their past and their relationship to Jack.