longlivehumour: 7. do you always want what you think you want? (sendak)
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FANDOM: Star Wars
FIC LINK: Zero
AUTHOR LINK: Apache (scroll down the page)
RATING/WARNING(S): G
WIP?/WORD COUNT: Complete | 4,200
MAIN CHARACTERS: Finis Valorum, Qui-Gon Jinn

FIC SUMMARY: Valorum tries to discover Jinn's human side. Part of the "Fin & Jinn" series. Follows "Well Begun".

RECCER'S NOTES: This is part of a series exploring the friendship between Qui-Gon Jinn, Jedi Master and troll, and Finis Valorum (as in, "I move for a vote of no confidence in Chancellor"). The latter has exactly seven lines in canon (I checked), but his character is fully fleshed out here and his rather odd friendship with Qui-Gon is as believable as it is inevitable. This particular story takes place when both characters are young men, each still trying to decipher the other.

I wish I knew if this author is still writing somewhere. They have a very thoughtful approach to storytelling and character that I'd love to see again.

Aaaand I'm done!
longlivehumour: Levi - So ist es immer (levi)
[personal profile] longlivehumour
Given two W fics for the same fandom, I refuse to choose. Have both, and may they serve you well.

FANDOM: Attack on Titan
FIC LINK: wound deep in your chest, heartless
AUTHOR LINK: [personal profile] 100demons
RATING/WARNING(S): T | swearing, canon-typical violence
WIP?/WORD COUNT: Complete | 4,400
MAIN CHARACTERS: Levi, Hange Zoë, Erwin Smith

FIC SUMMARY: Be good or Levi will carve you up with his knives. Eat your greens or else Levi will come and cut your eyes out while you still breathe.

RECCER'S NOTES: A delightful, believable fic about Levi's early days in the Corps. (It also begins by quoting a Margaret Atwood poem, and how can you go wrong after that?) The language is vivid, precise, and humorous, and Levi and Hange's interactions are a thing of beauty.
Horse shit and sunrises.



FANDOM: Attack on Titan
FIC LINK: We Are The Lost, We Are The Hunters
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] PresquePommes
RATING/WARNING(S): G | Mild spoiler for the first episode of Season 2 (ch. 35)
WIP?/WORD COUNT: Complete | 2,700
MAIN CHARACTERS: Levi, Sasha Braus

FIC SUMMARY:
"He realizes very quickly that of all people he could have been lost in the forest with, Sasha Braus is, without a doubt, the most preferable."
Because if the 104th was a graduating class, Sasha is the one who'd be voted "Most Likely To Survive Under Extreme Circumstances," and everybody who writes this scenario seems to forget that the extent of Levi's wilderness survival skills is made evident by one simple statement:
"Look at all these big-ass trees."

RECCER'S NOTES: This fic made me crave more Sasha-and-Levi stories. There aren't any, of course, and this is hardly surprising since I'm not sure the two have even spoken in canon, but despite (or perhaps because of) how dissimilar they are, here they come together wonderfully. Sasha's voice in particular is a joy.
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.
longlivehumour: Tyger, tyger, burning bright (Default)
[personal profile] longlivehumour
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.
longlivehumour: Grey heron (heron)
[personal profile] longlivehumour
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: Levi - So ist es immer (levi)
[personal profile] longlivehumour
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: 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
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.)
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: (SG1  -  Vala)
[personal profile] thady
FANDOM: Stargate SG-1
FIC LINK: A Story That Doesn't Have....
AUTHOR LINK: [livejournal.com profile] sallym
RATING/WARNING(S): G | none
WIP?/WORD COUNT: one-shot | ~ 2,180 words
MAIN CHARACTERS: Jack O'Neill; Daniel Jackson, team

FIC SUMMARY: Oooohkay. Jack didn't know the chair he was sitting in - in the infirmary after a mission gone bust again - had to be the hardest and most painful they had, or why the book he had to balance on one knee had to be one of the oldest, biggest, thickest and - ouch - heaviest in the SGC's considerable collection, but apparently they both did. So he winced, shifted a little in an attempt to ease the weight, and fixed that smile on his face, the one he used all over the galaxy for 'friendly and harmless', and carefully settled a soft warm and disconcertingly tiny body in his lap.

RECCER'S NOTES: This is sweet and moving. I love Jack's pov here, he really sounded like himself.

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.

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.

thady: (LotR  -  Eowyn & Theoden)
[personal profile] thady
FANDOM: Harry Potter, Real Person Fiction, Disney RPF, The Perfect American
FIC LINK: Nineteen Sixty-Six.
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] PurpleFluffyCat
RATING/WARNING(S): G | none
WIP?/WORD COUNT: one-shot | ~ 4,000 words
MAIN CHARACTERS: Albus Dumbledore & Walt Disney

FIC SUMMARY: Albus likes Disney films. He decides to meet their creator.

RECCER'S NOTES: This is poignat and heartbreaking and sweet. Love their interactions, and how Walt Disney reacts to the wizarding world. Love the celebrations of two kinds of magic.

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 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.
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.