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FANDOM: Doctor Who / The Thick of It
FIC LINK: In Space, No One Can Hear You Scream Obscenities
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] rubyofkukundu
RATING/WARNING(S): T | swearing, lots of
WIP?/WORD COUNT: Complete | 3,400
MAIN CHARACTERS: The Twelfth Doctor, Clara, Nicola Murray, Ollie Reeder, Glenn Cullen, Terri Coverley

FIC SUMMARY: There's an emergency on-board a spaceship. Thank God the Doctor's been called in to help.

RECCER'S NOTES: The title should tell you everything you need to know. It's sweary, it's funny, it is magnificent. None of the other characters are named, but you can tell who's who almost immediately - the voices are creepily accurate. (And as accompaniment, have this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Blf073f2Lc)
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FANDOM: Bandom (MCR)
FIC LINK: Séance Weather
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] dear_monday
RATING/WARNING(S): General Audiences / No content notes
WIP?/WORD COUNT: Complete at 20,286
MAIN CHARACTERS: Frank Iero, Donna Way, Gerard Way, Mikey Way

FIC SUMMARY: It all begins with the worst storm in fifty years. Or, in other words, how Frank meets the Ways and learns to embrace the dark side. An Addams Family AU.

RECCER'S NOTES: [archiveofourown.org profile] dear_monday has done an amazing job with this Addams family fusion. Mikey and Gerard are two brothers who live in a haunted house on a hill, and Frank's a kid who likes scary things. Together, they find friendship and adventures together.

This story is perfect in tone, the Way family is so atmospheric and creepy (cobwebs! pet octopi! creepy door knockers!) and Frank just loves it. It's the first time he's fit in anywhere. These kids are so charming and sweet and I heart-eyed my way through this story.
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FANDOM: The Lord of the Rings
FIC LINK: The Strange Case of the House at Hollinport (rtf download)
AUTHOR LINK: The Burping Troll
RATING/WARNING(S): Unrated | None
WIP?/WORD COUNT: Complete | ~13,500 words
MAIN CHARACTERS: Original characters, [mystery]

FIC SUMMARY: From his hospital bed, a man recalls inheriting his uncle's house in the town of Hollinport. Taking up residence was only the first step of a dark and terrifying journey. A Gothic encounter with Shadow that is not, after all, quite vanquished from the world ... A classic horror must-read!

RECCER'S NOTES: Set in the Fourth Age, the story kicks off from the quotation 'There are older and fouler things than orcs in the deep places of the world.' It's written in a very convincing pastiche of a Poe or Lovecraft short story, yet eventually comes to mesh perfectly with Tolkien's canon. Russ has a gift for atmosphere, and there's great slow-building tension as the mystery unfolds. I wrote back in 2004 that this is 'one of the most unusual LotR-inspired fiction I've ever encountered,' and it stands up very well to rereading a decade later.
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FANDOM: The Silmarillion
FIC LINK: Across Dark Waters
AUTHOR LINK: [fanfiction.net profile] zimraphel
RATING/WARNING(S): General | None
WIP?/WORD COUNT: Complete | ~2750 words
MAIN CHARACTERS: Maeglin, Námo, [mystery]

FIC SUMMARY: A look at the passage to Mandos, based partly on Greek mythology and Gypsy folklore, in which Maeglin gets what's coming to him.

RECCER'S NOTES: Maeglin, one of The Silmarillion's nastier Bad Boys, meets his match in this unusual story. Zimraphel has a unique take on the Halls of Mandos, the Elvish afterlife, with a surprisingly successful fusion with Greek myth. Strong characterisations and crackling dialogue, sharp & meaningful, with a lovely edge of wry humour. Maeglin's final comeuppence, and his attitude to it, are simply inspired! The identity of the PoV character is cleverly concealed, with a trail of breadcrumbs enticing the reader to guess. The setting is depicted sparingly yet atmospherically.
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FANDOM: Harry Potter
FIC LINK: Dumbledore, or The Magical Prometheus
AUTHOR LINK: [livejournal.com profile] marginaliana
RATING/WARNING(S): PG-13 | 'Not a happy piece. Spoilers for HBP.' Darkfic.
WIP?/WORD COUNT: Complete | ~900 words
MAIN CHARACTERS: Albus Dumbledore, Severus Snape

FIC SUMMARY: Dumbledore does the unthinkable to create the perfect spy. Things don't go as planned.

RECCER'S NOTES:

Signing in as your second (& sluggish) Gensploder for June. I'm going to try to highlight a range of fandoms, some big, some tiny. Hopefully there'll be something for all tastes.

A powerful look at the relationship between Dumbledore & Snape through the lens of the wonderful crossover premise that Dumbledore created a Frankensnape to be his spy. The metaphor works as an excellent character study of the darker side to Dumbledore, willingly sacrificing those whose lives must be rendered to the cause, unable to love without manipulating. It's also a thoughtful coming-of-age story for the Creature. Canon events are deftly reinterpreted, and the ending is chillingly inevitable.