longlivehumour: Grey heron (heron)
[personal profile] longlivehumour
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...
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: (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.

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.
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.

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
RATING/WARNING(S): G | none
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.

RECCER'S NOTES:

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: (Nanako  -  Nanako)
[personal profile] thady
FANDOM: Harry Potter
FIC LINK: Finding The Way Home.
AUTHOR LINK: [livejournal.com profile] hiddenhibernian
RATING/WARNING(S): PG | none
WIP?/WORD COUNT: one-short | ~ 1,000 words
MAIN CHARACTERS: Helga Hufflepuff; Justin Finch-Fletchley

FIC SUMMARY: Being a Hufflepuff means you have to do things the hard way. It has its advantages, however...

RECCER'S NOTES:

This is a really cool and interesting character study. And lovely.
I love especially Helga's characterization, and how her work endures thoughout the centuries. Really, I'd love to read more about Helga.

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: (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.

RECCER'S NOTES:

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.

ozqueen: (films: marvel: iron man)
[personal profile] ozqueen
[* sly mod note: banner posts for May & June will be up this weekend, I promise! I'm so sorry for the delay; work has been crazy busy lately. Keep on gensploding, gensploders ♥ *]


FANDOM: MCU/Iron Man
FIC LINK: Almost No One Makes It Out
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] atrata
RATING/WARNING(S): Teen
WIP?/WORD COUNT: Complete | 28,101
MAIN CHARACTERS: Tony Stark, Pepper Potts, James 'Rhodey' Rhodes

FIC SUMMARY: What would have happened if Tony hadn't been born filthy rich? A military AU.

RECCER'S NOTES:

This rec has been floating around my flist lately, though it's not a new fic. I haven't seen it posted here yet (?) so -- enjoy! This is a fabulous, gritty, well researched story. I'm very picky with my AUs and this is absolutely one of the best I have ever read. I love Tony and Pepper's friendship here (you can maybe read a little more into it, but affectionate friendship is pretty much the limit of it, and it's tagged as gen). The other details of the fic, including how Iron Man ends up fitting into the world, are wonderfully done.



lost_spook: light + Ruth Evershed looking upwards (spooks - Ruth!)
[personal profile] lost_spook
FANDOM: Spooks (MI-5)
FIC LINK: Notes on an Exile
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] delgaserasca
RATING/WARNING(S): G | None
WIP?/WORD COUNT: 2962
MAIN CHARACTERS: Malcolm Wynn-Jones, Colin Wells

FIC SUMMARY: "Before he leaves, Colin debates over whether or not to write a note."

For three months in 1998, Colin is sent to work at the Manchester office. Malcolm sends him tea.

RECCER'S NOTES: Wonderful, low-key but heart-warming* friendship piece for the two desk spooks, as Colin goes into exile and misses Malcolm. There are so many lovely little Spooks-y details in here (the Manchester officers wonder if Colin is a mole, peeling off the front of postcards, and tea, and bugs etc.), all on top of the delightful handling of the two and their friendship, as a briefly-referred-to incident from their past is explored and expanded, and then even a happy ending. Gosh. (Well, for the moment. It is Spooks, after all.)


* well, definitely heart-warming for Spooks at least...
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.

lost_spook: (Northanger reading)
[personal profile] lost_spook
FIC LINK: Turnabout
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] roseveare
RATING/WARNING(S): Teen | Blood, Injury, Guns
WIP?/WORD COUNT: 6419 words
MAIN CHARACTERS: Sid Halley, Charles Roland, Marina Halley

FIC SUMMARY: 'I'd been held at gunpoint before, but it was one area that experience didn't make any less daunting.' Set a few months after 'Under Orders'.

RECCER'S NOTES: The great thing about both these fics is the relationship they focus on, which is an unusual and appealing one – Sid’s a private detective and ex-jockey while Admiral Charles Roland is his father-in-law, except that his friendship with Charles outlasted his marriage.

You don’t need to know the fandom (I didn’t the first time), as this fic is not only beautifully written but also helpfully covers the development of their relationship from initial dislike to the point now where Sid regards Charles as the person he values most in the world – just as he’s in danger of losing him. It's all deftly done, and true to canon, where the depth of the emotion always remains unspoken but understood between them.


FANDOM: Sid Halley series – Dick Francis
FIC LINK: Unbreakable
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] edonohana
RATING/WARNING(S): Teen | Violence
WIP?/WORD COUNT: 2401
MAIN CHARACTERS: Sid Halley, Charles Roland

FIC SUMMARY: Sid never meant to bring trouble back to Aynsford.

RECCER'S NOTES: Whereas the other fic covers the whole of Sid & Charles’s relationship, this one snapshots a moment in which (again) Sid’s detective work brings trouble to Aynsford and Charles, but the unspoken understanding they have between them is enough to enable them to turn the tables on a criminal.
thady: (Korra  -  Korra)
[personal profile] thady
FANDOM: Harry Potter
FIC LINK: Desk Duty.
AUTHOR LINK: [fanfiction.net profile] mosylu
RATING/WARNING(S): PG
WIP?/WORD COUNT: one-shot | ~ 1,900 words
MAIN CHARACTERS: Irma Pince, Dolores Umbridge

FIC SUMMARY: When she returned to the desk, she found her least favorite member of the faculty behind it, reaching for a drawer. - "I do believe," Madam Pince said in a voice that dripped icicles, "that this is my desk."

RECCER'S NOTES:

Because this is a great view on an seldom mentioned character. Because this a great view on the other things that happened during "Order of the Phoenix". Because it might just have happened like this.

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.

espresso_addict: Text: 'Make Coffee Not War' (coffee (not war))
[personal profile] espresso_addict
FANDOM: The Silver Branch by Rosemary Sutcliff (Eagle of the Ninth series)
FIC LINK: A Siren Call
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] Riventhorn
RATING/WARNING(S): PG | none
WIP?/WORD COUNT: Complete | ~4,600 words
MAIN CHARACTERS: Honoria

FIC SUMMARY: Helping her great-nephews, Flavius and Justin, recalls a winter twelve years before when Honoria also found herself caught up in a rebellion.

RECCER'S NOTES:

The Silver Branch is the sequel to the better-known Eagle of the Ninth, following Marcus Aquila's descendants in Roman Britain. Honoria is one of several vivid minor characters, the elderly & idiosyncratic matriarch of the Aquila family. Riventhorn's characterisation of her is perfect, shrewd, proud, brusque yet loyal & loving in her own inimitable fashion, with a lovely dry humour. The story foregrounds friendships between women & the behind-the-scenes networking of Romano-Britain. There's an interesting & realistic original character, and she & all the major characters are women who have left their youth behind. Subjects touched upon include female aging & that fanfiction taboo the menopause -- without the slightest hint of issuefic. Apart from the frame, the story is set more than a decade before the novel opens, during an uprising against Rome's rule, and gives a window into a part of Romano-British history that Sutcliff doesn't cover. No canon knowledge is necessary.
thady: (Elementary  -  Joan)
[personal profile] thady
FANDOM: Stargate SG-1
FIC LINK: We're All Mad Here.
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] staranise (story) | [archiveofourown.org profile] tsukinobara (pod-fic)
RATING/WARNING(S): PG | clinical documentation
WIP?/WORD COUNT: one-shot | ~ 1,040 words
MAIN CHARACTERS: Original Characters

FIC SUMMARY: Not all the SGC's psychologists are stupid.

RECCER'S NOTES:

This is wonderful outsider!pov. Love the OC here, and I can believe in the problems they face.

thady: (DIV  -  Hirsche)
[personal profile] thady
FANDOM: Captain America (Movies)/The Chronicles of Narnia
FIC LINK: I made myself when I was young.
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] pprfaith
RATING/WARNING(S): PG-13
WIP?/WORD COUNT: one-shot | ~ 1,470 words
MAIN CHARACTERS: Peggy Carter, Susan Pevensie

FIC SUMMARY: In which neither Peggy nor Susan like the cold.

RECCER'S NOTES:

This is a wonderful little crossover, it works so very well. Love Peggy here, and her thoughts on Susan. Their friendship is very believable. Love the respect they have for each other. I would love to read more of them.

thady: (Avengers  -  Maria Hill)
[personal profile] thady
FANDOM: Temeraire - series
FIC LINK: Captains.
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] StrangerWithMyFace
RATING/WARNING(S): G
WIP?/WORD COUNT: one-shot | ~ 2,180 words
MAIN CHARACTERS: Perscitia, Arthur Wellesley, Excidium

FIC SUMMARY: Perscitia encounters two men at the London covert, and one of them is her captain.

RECCER'S NOTES:

This is a wonderful character study of Perscitia. I would have loved the see more of her in canon, and this story fills my need a little. Love her thought progress, and I like the ending for the hope it gives me.

thady: (DIV  -  Reading Marilyn)
[personal profile] thady
FANDOM: Discworld/Harry Potter
FIC LINK: Ex Libris.
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] Musyc
RATING/WARNING(S): G
WIP?/WORD COUNT: ficlet | ~ 630 words
MAIN CHARACTERS: Irma Pince, the Lbrarian (Discworld)

FIC SUMMARY: Ook, it said, and Irma closed her eyes and smiled a little smile.

RECCER'S NOTES:

This story made me smile.
It is a wonderful little crossover, it blends the fandoms well together. I wish all libraries had a Librarian to help them out.