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...
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[personal profile] ozqueen
FANDOM: Harry Potter
FIC LINK: The Abyss Gazes Also
AUTHOR LINK: tangleofthorns
RATING/WARNING(S): R
WIP?/WORD COUNT: Complete | 8141
MAIN CHARACTERS: Sirius Black, Rodolphus Lestrange, Iris Crouch, Bellatrix Lestrange, Antonin Dolohov, Rubeus Hagrid, the Dementors

FIC SUMMARY: "O God, I could be bounded in a nutshell and count myself a king of infinite space, were it not that I have bad dreams." - William Shakespeare

RECCER'S NOTES:

First things first: I bookmarked this fic years ago and it seems to have disappeared everywhere but this archived page. If the above link doesn't work, try here, and click the little drop down menu to go from "notes" to "first chapter". Because it's worth it. IT'S SO HORRIBLY, HORRIBLY WORTH IT.
This fic builds Azkaban from a vague nightmare (part of what makes it so terrifying is that we know so little) into something fully-realised and utterly terrible. It focuses on several prisoners of Azkaban, including Sirius, and what haunts them and taunts them as they sit trapped within its walls. I've never forgotten it since first reading it. Truly a haunting fic.



liadtbunny: (Dragons)
[personal profile] liadtbunny
FANDOM: Henry VI, Richard III - Shakespeare, Cthulhu Mythos - H. P. Lovecraft
FIC LINK: The Shadow Over England
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] lareinenoire
RATING/WARNING(S): Mature, violence, major character death
WIP?/WORD COUNT: 2286|Complete
MAIN CHARACTERS: Joan La Pucelle, Richard III of England, Edward IV of England, Marguerite d'Anjou | Margaret of Anjou, Richard Plantagenet Duke of York, Richard Neville Earl of Warwick, Henry VI of England
FIC SUMMARY: Joan la Pucelle calls spirits from the vasty deep...and they come.

RECCER'S NOTES: Raises the gooseflesh on a sunny afternoon. Richard III tells the story of The Wars of the Roses as if the events were shaped by the calling of monsters from who knows where. The Cthulhu Mythos perfectly fits into the first tetralogy. I also relished reading Henry transformed into a not so sweet character.
thady: (DW  -  master pendulum)
[personal profile] thady
FANDOM: Harry Potter
FIC LINK: Kitten Claws and Mudblood Wars [at LJ] | Kitten Claws and Mudblood Wars [at AO3]
AUTHOR LINK: [livejournal.com profile] catsintheattic | [archiveofourown.org profile] Catsintheattic
RATING/WARNING(S): R | content notes/warnings )
WIP?/WORD COUNT: one-shot | ~ 7,600 words
MAIN CHARACTERS: Dolores Umbridge

FIC SUMMARY: Every crusade exacts a human cost, and Dolores is willing to see it paid in full.

RECCER'S NOTES:

This story features one of the most loathed characters from the Harry Potter books - Dolores Umbridge. It was originally written for the [livejournal.com profile] hp_darkfest and it shows.

It's an intriguing view into Umbridge's head and how she became who she is. [livejournal.com profile] catsintheattic strikes here a difficult balance - creating understanding (and a sense of sympathy) without excusing Umbridge's behavior. A truly fascinating character piece.

What impressed me the most though is the fact how seamlessly the story is incorporated into canon. Looking back at the books it fits perfectly in.

It's not an easy read (please heed the warnings!), but very well worth it.

lost_spook: (s&s - ot3)
[personal profile] lost_spook
FANDOM: Sapphire and Steel
FIC LINK: Daisy Bell
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] usernamegoeshere
RATING/WARNING(S): Teen | Canon-typical horror, ghosts, death
WIP?/WORD COUNT: 32,278 words
MAIN CHARACTERS: Sapphire, Steel, Silver, Diamond, Radium, Original Characters

FIC SUMMARY: In 1979, Sapphire and Steel arrive at the Howard Street Hospital to investigate a time break. They have a chance encounter with the receptionist, Daisy. In 1999, Diamond, Radium, and Silver arrive at the Howard Street Hospital to investigate a time break. They have a chance encounter with the receptionist, Daisy.

RECCER'S NOTES: Sapphire and Steel is the most beautifully weird TV show I have ever encountered (as one TV guidebook described it: “There are many ways of holding a TV audience... Total lack of explanation is not supposed to be one of them.”) and also one of the most interesting fandoms for fic, as authors each try in their own way to interpret those mysteries and transpose that sense of otherness in the mundane to their writing, and nobody does it quite the same way, so I’m hoping to rec some more S&S before I’m done here.

Anyway, this fic one of the best examples - it’s marvellous, long, plotty, completely true to canon-weirdness (if you can say such a thing) and sharply characterised, with every bit of Sapphire-Steel-Silver interaction a delight. Plus – always a huge bonus for me – not only does it include Silver but it brings in some additional ‘operators’ from the opening credits, and explores just how strange they might be. And if you don’t know the series, but you like exploring the weirdness of time or enjoy ghost stories, why not give it a try? It’s a glorious fic and you really won’t know any less than those of us who have watched the canon, honest…
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[personal profile] ozqueen
FANDOM: James Bond
FIC LINK: Iterations
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] rheanna
RATING/WARNING(S): G | character death
WIP?/WORD COUNT: Complete | 2396
MAIN CHARACTERS: James Bond, M

FIC SUMMARY: Bond keeps dying in service, and they keep bringing him back; every time they do, he has a different face.

RECCER'S NOTES:

Oh, wow. This is so intense and creepy. It's such a clever idea, and [archiveofourown.org profile] rheanna writes it so well. Even if you're not fully familiar with the Bond franchise, I would recommend this.
Bond's mission starts to consume him, and the intensity during his search for answers will stay with you past the end of the fic. So so so good.