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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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FIC LINK: Empty Graves
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] unpretty
RATING/WARNING(S): Teen. Some violence.
WIP?/WORD COUNT: 6,539, complete.
MAIN CHARACTERS: Martha Kent, Jonathan Kent, Clark Kent

FIC SUMMARY: Time travelers who plan to kill Superman never account for Martha Kent in their plans. She may not be the World's Finest, but she's a mother with a shotgun, and all told that might be scarier.

RECCER'S NOTES: A brilliant story about Martha Kent protecting her son from time travelling villains. Strangely adorable despite all of the killing.
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[personal profile] thady
FANDOM: Harry Potter
FIC LINK: A Lot to Learn.
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] Realmer06
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.

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[personal profile] ozqueen
FANDOM: Harry Potter
FIC LINK: A Time to Fall
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] elanne
WIP?/WORD COUNT: complete | 1529

FIC SUMMARY: Molly lost two boys in the first war. She doesn't think she can bear to lose another.


This is heartbreakingly beautiful. It's a short read but it packs a real punch, as Molly counts through her children and the weight of the war upon them all. I love the way each of the Weasley children are described. ♥

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[personal profile] thady
FANDOM: Harry Potter
AUTHOR LINK: [livejournal.com profile] miss_morland
WIP?/WORD COUNT: one-shot | ~ 1,030 words
MAIN CHARACTERS: Regulus Black, Walburga Black

FIC SUMMARY: His mother has aged these last two years, although Regulus hasn't realised it until now: entering the drawing room, he nearly recoils upon seeing the wrinkles on her hands, the grey in her hair, the harsh lines around her eyes and mouth. He wonders if she's normally wearing a glamour or if he's simply been oblivious, barely sparing her a glance between all of his secret missions -- the thought troubles him.


This is an intriguing look at both Regulus and his mother. I love how even though it's a rather short story these characters are fleshed out and real. Awesome.

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[personal profile] thady
FANDOM: Harry Potter
FIC LINK: The Right to Choose.
AUTHOR LINK: [livejournal.com profile] kennahijja
RATING/WARNING(S): PG-13 | warnings behind the cut )
WIP?/WORD COUNT: one-shot | ~ 4,000 words
MAIN CHARACTERS: Hélène Goyle (Gregory Goyle's mother); other characters mentioned

FIC SUMMARY: There is more to the identity of pure-blooded wizardry than the excesses of the Dark Lord and his Death Eaters. But the obligations that come with old blood are not always less painful…


This is a wonderful and chilling character study of Greg Goyle's mother. Since we don't really know much about her beside the fact that she must exist, she is mostly an original character. This doesn't matter though, for in this story we get to know her very well. She is sympathetic without being entirely likeable. I feel for her though.

It is a dark story, with dark themes, and it quite chilled me.

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[personal profile] thady
FANDOM: Harry Potter
FIC LINK: After the earth
AUTHOR LINK: [livejournal.com profile] flambeau / [personal profile] torch
WIP?/WORD COUNT: one-shot | ~ 470 words
MAIN CHARACTERS: Mrs. Pettigrew, Remus Lupin, OC

FIC SUMMARY: She knew well in advance that they were coming. She'd already cleaned everything off the mantelpiece - the photographs, the display case, the flowers. The dust.

RECCER'S NOTES: This snippet isn't long, but it packs such a punch. I always wondered about Mrs. Pettigrew and who she was and how she felt. In this short snippet she really comes to life.

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[personal profile] sixbeforelunch
FANDOM: Burn Notice
FIC LINK: Lessons
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] ollipop
RATING/WARNING(S): General Audiences. Possible trigger warnings for allusions to domestic violence.
WIP?/WORD COUNT: 1,193 words
MAIN CHARACTERS: Madeline Westen. Fiona Glenanne.

FIC SUMMARY: "You clean the weapon, I’ll fix us some tea."

RECCER'S NOTES: I fell down the Burn Notice rabbit hole last week. Fanworks are thin on the ground, but tonight I was craving Madeline & Fiona and came across this little gem. Madeline is probably my favorite thing about Burn Notice (aside from Jeffrey Donovan's forearms, but this is a gen community, so we won't go there). Women over a certain age don't show up much on television, certainly not in the form of opinionated, complex characters. This is a short story, more character study than anything else. It highlights her relationship with Fiona, and touches on the contradictions and regrets that Madeline has to live with. If you're familiar with the source, it's worth taking a minute to read this one.
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[personal profile] isabelquinn
FANDOM: Harry Potter
FIC LINK: Close to the Dragon's Fire
AUTHOR LINK: [livejournal.com profile] lordhellebore
RATING/WARNING(S): PG-13; warning for Implied torture
MAIN CHARACTERS: Alice Longbottom, Neville Longbottom

FIC SUMMARY: Neville's first time visiting his parents in St Mungo's, from Alice Longbottom's POV.

RECCER'S NOTES: Alice's POV is done so beautifully. Her extremely limited awareness of the world around her comes across so well, and yet she's still very human and very relatable. It's lovely and hopeful, while still getting at the ongoing horror and tragedy of what happened to the Longbottom family.