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FANDOM: House, M.D.
FIC LINK: Connecting the Dots
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] blackmare9 and [archiveofourown.org profile] nightdog_barks
RATING/WARNING(S): PG | violence
WIP?/WORD COUNT: Complete | 2,000
MAIN CHARACTERS: Greg House, James Wilson

FIC SUMMARY: After an act of senseless violence, House copes the only way he knows how.

RECCER'S NOTES: An eye for detail that brings every scene alive. The mood swings back and forth, dark and silly in turns without ever being jarring. Wilson suffers, as he must in fanfic. House is... House, an arsehole like no other ever could ever be, and it's fantastic.

(Be sure to look into the authors' other works when you're finished. The writing is top-notch, and the story always captivating. They run a fine line in House historical AUs and genre-benders, too.)
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[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.
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[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.

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[personal profile] ozqueen
FANDOM: Voltron: Legendary Defender
FIC LINK: Boom Crash the Sound of My Ship
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] maychorian
RATING/WARNING(S): G
WIP?/WORD COUNT: Complete | 40,020
MAIN CHARACTERS: Shiro, Lance, Pidge, Hunk, Keith, Allura, Coran

FIC SUMMARY: After a Galra attack splits Voltron, the blue lion is damaged and falls toward the jungle planet below. Shiro follows, and now he and Lance are stranded in hostile territory, fighting to survive. Lance is injured, Shiro is having flashbacks, and help is far away. And the Galra just...keep coming.

RECCER'S NOTES:

One of the most hurty/comforty hurt/comfort fics I've ever read. So much admiration and nurturing and cuddling in this and I love it so much. I think the relationship between Shiro and Lance is captured really well and the voices are great.



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[personal profile] ozqueen
FANDOM: Marvel Cinematic Universe/The Avengers
FIC LINK: A Glossary of the 21st Century
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] kinky_kneazle
RATING/WARNING(S): T
WIP?/WORD COUNT: Complete | 17402
MAIN CHARACTERS: Steve Rogers, Natasha Romanov, Logan (X-Men), Tony Stark, Bruce Banner, Clint Barton, Wade Wilson

FIC SUMMARY: Steve's sick of not understanding what's going on, and the team are not all that helpful, so he starts keeping an illustrated notebook for further research. With the help of wiki, google and Logan he starts to settle in and find his place in the twenty-first century.

RECCER'S NOTES:

I loved this -- it's not just a fic about Steve trying to adjust to the 21st century, it's a fic about Steve trying to adjust to the Avengers, and how he fits in with them. His relationships with Tony and Natasha are particularly well done, and the little glimpses of his backstory and time during the war are beautifully woven through Steve's efforts to establish himself in his current situation.



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[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.
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[personal profile] dirty_diana
FANDOM: Marvel Cinematic Universe / Agent Carter
FIC LINK: Columbia
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] CourtneyCourtney
RATING/WARNING(S): General Audiences
WIP?/WORD COUNT: complete / 1700 words
MAIN CHARACTERS: Edwin Jarvis, Peggy Carter, Howard Stark

FIC SUMMARY: Edwin Jarvis learns to navigate in the wake of Steve Rogers.

RECCER'S NOTES: An interesting look at Edwin Jarvis. Captures the determination and melancholy of Season 1, as Jarvis navigates around the legend of Captain America, and his friends' lingering grief for a fallen hero.
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[personal profile] ozqueen
FANDOM: Back to the Future
FIC LINK: Time is a Wave and a Particle
AUTHOR LINK: [fanfiction.net profile] kleenexwoman
RATING/WARNING(S): K+ | mental health issues/discussion/medicating
WIP?/WORD COUNT: complete | 7,000
MAIN CHARACTERS: Marty McFly, Doc Brown

FIC SUMMARY: Warning: Side effects may include insomnia, drowsiness, headaches, dizzy spells, fainting fits, hysteria, ennui, apophenia, hallucinations, seizures, amnesia, comas, death, and slight nausea. Safe when used as directed.

RECCER'S NOTES:

Oh, this is horrifying and heartbreaking in the best way. I haven't been able to forget this fic since I first read it - such an amazing interpretation of the canon and how things could have been.



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[personal profile] thady
FANDOM: Hockey RPF
FIC LINK: I Can Almost See the Future.
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] sahiya
RATING/WARNING(S): PG | content notes )
WIP?/WORD COUNT: one-shot | ~ 3,350 words
MAIN CHARACTERS: Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews

FIC SUMMARY: Danny’s video drops in the middle of round one, the day after they beat the Preds in the third fucking OT. Pat didn’t have any idea it was coming, but he thinks Jonny did.

RECCER'S NOTES:

Hockey RPF fandom is pairing dominated. This is a few of the gen stories, and it's lovely, despite the heavy subject matter. There are a few stories which take the realities of pro sports into account. It can be a dangerous job, in more ways than one, and I love how the story deals with it.
But the story shows us also Patrick and Jonny's frienship. I love their interaction and how they talk and not-talk with each other.

Even if you're not into sports fandom you might want to give this story a chance.

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[personal profile] thady
FANDOM: The Lord of the Rings
FIC LINK: Voices at the Door.
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] rhymer23
RATING/WARNING(S): G
WIP?/WORD COUNT: novelette | ~ 16,000 words
MAIN CHARACTERS: Bilbo Baggins, Aragorn

FIC SUMMARY: Bilbo spent nineteen years in Rivendell, as both he and the world changed. This is those nineteen years charted in scenes between Bilbo and Aragorn, plus occasional letters that remained unsent.

RECCER'S NOTES:

This is a wonderful story depicting the frienship between Aragorn and Bilbo Baggins. Both of them are very much in character (more-so with their book versions, though). I can hear them clearly.
This fills the gaps of the "The Lord of the Rings" with life. I love Bilbo's voice here, and how he sees (and not-sees) the world and the happenings around him.

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[personal profile] lost_spook
FANDOM: Doctor Who
FIC LINK: The Spartans
AUTHOR LINK: JJPOR
RATING/WARNING(S): Teen | Violence, Slavery
WIP?/WORD COUNT: 69,883
MAIN CHARACTERS: Second Doctor, Polly Wright, Jamie McCrimmon, Ben Jackson

FIC SUMMARY: Greece, 480 BC: As the vast armies of the King of Kings prepare to battle the outnumbered defenders of the Hot Gates, the Doctor and his friends find themselves where they often find themselves at times like this – caught in the middle.

RECCER'S NOTES: As I’ve said, I have a weakness for Doctor Who historicals, and this is one of the very best. The author is amazing (consider this also an author rec: JJ is an incredible fanfic writer and pretty much never puts out a duff fic) and also has a clear love of history, which shines through. It’s an all-out action-adventure piece at novel length, although that’s not to say there’s not some great characterisation, with the TARDIS team being split up (as ever) but into two lesser-explored combinations, which allows for some lovely development between the still-new group, as Polly and the Doctor have to work together while Ben and Jamie find themselves in some surprising situations, not always easy for a 20th century English seaman and an 18th C Scottish Jacobite.

(There’s a tiny bit of canon-typical Ben/Polly at the end, and a little bit of slightly more unexpected Ben/Jamie along the way because of plot, but nothing to render it non-gen.)

Anyway, it’s long, fabulous, enthralling, and novel-style (and length) enough to be read on its own strengths if you’re not all that familiar with this TARDIS team (who have after all been especially unfairly hit by burnination).
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[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...
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[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.
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[personal profile] thady
FANDOM: due South
FIC LINK: Understood.
AUTHOR LINK: [livejournal.com profile] arrow00
RATING/WARNING(S): PG | (tertiary) character death, illness
WIP?/WORD COUNT: one-shot | ~ 3,430 words
MAIN CHARACTERS: Benton Fraser, Ray Kowalski

FIC SUMMARY: Fraser found his mouth strangely locked. He should offer to go with Ray. But Fraser didn't want to—God, he did not want this, did not want to have to watch Ray go through even a part of this.

RECCER'S NOTES:

This is a story that transforms something that can happen to all of us – the illness of a family member – into a wonderful and intimate story.

For all those serious issues it doesn't get over-bearing or soppy, and RayK and Fraser are beautifully in character. Whether you actually ship them or not, this story shows their friendship wonderfully. This is a story that I will carry with me.

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[personal profile] dirty_diana
FANDOM: Star Trek TOS
FIC LINK: Equilibrium
AUTHOR LINK: [fanfiction.net profile] PSW
RATING/WARNING(S): Teen / adult themes (prison camps, riots, etc)
WIP?/WORD COUNT: complete / 158 700 words
MAIN CHARACTERS: Leonard McCoy, Spock, James T Kirk, OCs

FIC SUMMARY: McCoy's transport is destroyed in what is thought to be an accidental containment field explosion. No major character deaths.

RECCER'S NOTES: I try to always be honest about who a rec is meant for, so I will admit that if you feel like there is never a reason for a story to be over 100 000 words? This is not the fic that is going to change your mind. If, on the other hand, you love a good rollicking space adventure? Vulcans, Romulans, intergalactic politics, daring escapes, and the crew of the Enterprise being good at what they're good at? Then this is the fic for you. Fascinating examination of some of the Big Themes that come with Roddenberry's take on space exploration, and lovely characterisation of the classic triumvirate.
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[personal profile] thady
FANDOM: Due South/Stargate: Atlantis
FIC LINK: Birds Of A Feather [in memories - all parts listed]
AUTHOR LINK: [livejournal.com profile] julia_here
RATING/WARNING(S): PG
WIP?/WORD COUNT: novelette | ~ 15,400 words
MAIN CHARACTERS: Benton Fraser, Rodney McKay

FIC SUMMARY: Benton was still shorter than his grandmother's shoulder when he realized that he was not, in fact, quite fully human. There were things that everyone around him did, and he did not do them. There were ways in which everyone around him behaved, and he did not behave in those ways. - Childhood stories and adult friendship.

RECCER'S NOTES:

Beautifully woven together. Both Fraser and McKay seemed so real to me, and I loved their interaction. Love the building of their friendship, and how they relate to each other as adults.

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[personal profile] dirty_diana
FANDOM: Captain America / Marvel Cinematic Universe
FIC LINK: Lucky
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] TamrynEradani
RATING/WARNING(S): Teen / as stated in author's notes
WIP?/WORD COUNT: complete / 14 700 words
MAIN CHARACTERS: Steve Rogers, Sam Wilson, Bruce Banner, Tony Stark, Natasha Romanov, Clint Barton

FIC SUMMARY: In 1941, Steve Rogers is willing to die for his country. Now in 2014, he has to learn how to live for it.

RECCER'S NOTES: A minor AU taking place after The First Avenger and Avengers, in which Steve struugles with the 21st century, but not for the reasons people expect. Thoughtful exploration of Steve's wartime traumas and how he might fit, or not, with the rest of his motley team. And a great incorporation of Sam as he tries to be a friend for another lost soldier who's come home.

He understands the importance of symbols, understands the importance of Captain America, but he hadn’t thought he’d have to be Captain America to SHIELD or to his teammates. It’s exhausting to have to be on all the time, and he’s not sure how long he can keep it up for.
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[personal profile] thady
FANDOM: GOOD OMENS
FIC LINK: Moving in Circles (at LJ) [at DW | at ff.net]
AUTHOR LINK: [livejournal.com profile] emerald_embers | [personal profile] emerald_embers | Emerald Embers
RATING/WARNING(S): PG
WIP?/WORD COUNT: one-shot | ~ 3,400 words
MAIN CHARACTERS: Aziraphale, Crowley

FIC SUMMARY: Crowley's life in Sodom was going quite nicely until Aziraphale's cousins visited.

RECCER'S NOTES:

This was truly excellent. The character voices were spot on. And it balances humour and serious thought very well.

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[personal profile] ozqueen
FANDOM: Twilight
FIC LINK: This is My Beloved Son in Whom I am Well Pleased
AUTHOR LINK: [fanfiction.net profile] minisinoo
RATING/WARNING(S): PG | description of disease/death
WIP?/WORD COUNT: complete | 7799
MAIN CHARACTERS: Carlisle Cullen, Edward Cullen

FIC SUMMARY: Why, after more than two centuries alone, did Carlisle break down and turn a 17-year-old boy? He told Bella it was because Edward's mother had demanded it, but in all his years of life, surely she wasn't the first. Why did this boy get under his skin so?

RECCER'S NOTES:

I find Twilight canon pretty unbearable but also completely fascinating. Fandom is often there to fall back on, and it can provide amazing, in-depth character study or backstory. This fic is a great example of that - I love the inner conflict Carlisle battles with, and the setting and time of the entire piece is really well written and researched. (I've linked to FFN despite the request in the author's note, as it looks like the author's site has since been taken down.)



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[personal profile] thady
FANDOM: Generation Kill
FIC LINK: Field of Blood and Stone
AUTHOR LINK: [livejournal.com profile] inlovewithnight
RATING/WARNING(S): PG/PG-13
WIP?/WORD COUNT: one-shot | ~ 1,000 words
MAIN CHARACTERS: Timothy Bryan, Tony Espera

FIC SUMMARY: Prompt was Doc Bryan, the lost art of a good rage. Set during "Bomb in the Garden."

RECCER'S NOTES:

The story is a character piece at its best. Both Doc and Poke are sharply drawn, we could have seen this on the show. And I really love Doc here, reflecting on what is happening.