longlivehumour: Grey heron (heron)
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FANDOM: The X-Files
FIC LINK: Things Intangible
AUTHOR LINK: mimic117
RATING/WARNING(S): PG | very minor spoilers for season 6
WIP?/WORD COUNT: Complete | 4,900
MAIN CHARACTERS: Fox Mulder

FIC SUMMARY: The public is wonderfully tolerant. It forgives everything except genius. ~ Oscar Wilde

RECCER'S NOTES: A profiler!Mulder story told from the point of view of one of the detectives assigned on the same case as he observes his colleagues' reactions to the famous Spooky Mulder. An enjoyable little one-shot with fine narrative voice and some memorable lines. (Detective Carr shows up in a sequel story, Mileage, featuring Scully as the Coolest Lecturer Ever.)
longlivehumour: Kryten looks down at (and also on) Rimmer. (red dwarf)
[personal profile] longlivehumour
FANDOM: Red Dwarf
FIC LINK: Ode to Enlightenment
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] jazzfic
RATING/WARNING(S): G
WIP?/WORD COUNT: Complete | 2,000
MAIN CHARACTERS: Arnold Rimmer, Dave Lister

FIC SUMMARY: Rimmer's whole life, from what Lister had managed to glean from various drunken confessionals, was one missed opportunity after another.

RECCER'S NOTES: Pitch-perfect voices, down to Rimmer's horrific attempts at writing. A small scene in a storage locker.

And while I'm at it, here's another 'Enlightenment' fic. )
thady: (DIV  -  tulip)
[personal profile] thady
FANDOM: Malory Towers
FIC LINK: Not Right About Everything.
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] Lefaym
RATING/WARNING(S): G | none
WIP?/WORD COUNT: ficlet | ~ 330 words
MAIN CHARACTERS: Gwendoline Mary Lacey

FIC SUMMARY: The girls at Malory Towers weren't right about everything.

RECCER'S NOTES: This is such a great little character study. Moreoften than not Gwendoline has my sympathies even though she was horrid sometimes. And while she is still herself here she does grow up.

thady: (PSoH  -  Count D)
[personal profile] thady
FANDOM: Stargate SG-1
FIC LINK: H is for History.
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] Tallulah_Rasa
RATING/WARNING(S): G | none
WIP?/WORD COUNT: ~ 2,300 words
MAIN CHARACTERS: Daniel Jackson, Jack O'Neill, others mentioned

FIC SUMMARY: Historians use primary sources to better understand the past. For a 22nd century historian, what better primary sources could there be than the recently published letters and journals of Dr. Daniel Jackson?

RECCER'S NOTES: I really love the outsider pov in this, how much got lost in the time that has passed. Love the interpretation of what happened, and the contrast of what really happened.

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.

lost_spook: (b7 - Vila)
[personal profile] lost_spook
FANDOM: Blake’s 7
FIC LINK: On the Far Shore
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] Clocketpatch
RATING/WARNING(S): PG | References to death, the afterlife, spoilers
WIP?/WORD COUNT: 4126
MAIN CHARACTERS: Oleg Gan, Zen, Slave, Jenna Stannis, Cally, Vila Restal, Roj Blake, Del Tarrant, Dayna Mellanby, Soolin, Servalan

FIC SUMMARY: Nothing is needed but good company

RECCER'S NOTES: This is a hauntingly unusual and beautiful post-series fic (so, if you don't know B7, beware, spoilers ahoy). The evocative descriptions of the setting, the way it slowly unfolds as to what this is, and the author’s characterisations, particularly of Zen and Slave in unfamiliar forms is wonderful. It does have some brief mentions of two marriages, but that’s not the focus of the fic at all, and it really is too good to omit.
lost_spook: (s&s - ot3)
[personal profile] lost_spook
FANDOM: Sapphire and Steel
FIC LINK: Lieder ohne Worte
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] eponymous_rose
RATING/WARNING(S): G | None
WIP?/WORD COUNT: 1365
MAIN CHARACTERS: Sapphire, Steel

FIC SUMMARY: He and she and an abandoned music hall: a solitary performer plays for an empty audience, keeping Time.

RECCER'S NOTES: It’s gorgeously written and haunting, with so much going on in each small phrase. It captures not only the complementary natures of Sapphire and Steel but also that fascinating feel of the canon, of viewing human life from the outside. Just beautiful.
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…
lost_spook: (dw - six)
[personal profile] lost_spook
FANDOM: Adam Adamant Lives!
FIC LINK: The Very Happiest Place on Earth
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] ArisTGD
RATING/WARNING(S): G | None
WIP?/WORD COUNT: 2675
MAIN CHARACTERS: Adam Adamant, Georgina Jones, William Simms

FIC SUMMARY: Adam, Georgie, and Simms are on holiday, but will Adam's desire for a quiet day ever be fulfilled?

RECCER'S NOTES: Because Adam Adamant Lives! is a thing of adorable adorableness and pure distilled 1960s-ness, and this fic captures all of that perfectly. Adam, Georgie, and Simms try to have a holiday, and while Georgie and Simms manage to make the most of Disneyland, Adam tackles villains as usual, with the added humour of seeing one of the series’s typical improbable plots only in glimpses between rides. Anyway, it’s heaps of fun, and every bit as delightful as the show.
lost_spook: (Northanger reading)
[personal profile] lost_spook
FANDOM: Chalet School Series – Elinor M. Brent-Dyer
FIC LINK: The Avenues of Time
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] thankyouturtle
RATING/WARNING(S): Teen | Ghosts
WIP?/WORD COUNT: 4343
MAIN CHARACTERS: Mary-Lou Trelawney, Verity-Ann Carey

FIC SUMMARY:

RECCER'S NOTES: A Yuletide or two ago, I idly asked for a Chalet School story about Mary-Lou that either dealt with her relationship with her stepsister Verity, or had her having Indiana Jones-style archaeological adventures, and I got this, which has both, and is marvellous.

It’s mainly a story of Mary-Lou encountering a self-pitying ghost (“again!” ♥) while trapped underground and how she deals with it in the way only a Chalet School girl could (with plenty of brisk common sense, although not without compassion) with elements of her relationship with Verity-Ann wound into it, including a plausible reason for why they always insisted that they weren’t stepsisters but sisters-by-marriage. And don't you just want to know what happened in Peru?
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: (B5  -  Vir b&w)
[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.

dirty_diana: (kirk/mccoy)
[personal profile] dirty_diana
FANDOM: Star Trek TOS
FIC LINK: Expanding the Oecumene
AUTHOR LINK: [fanfiction.net profile] AAmuse
RATING/WARNING(S): none / K+
WIP?/WORD COUNT: complete / 48 500 words
MAIN CHARACTERS: Spock, Pike, Number One, OCs

FIC SUMMARY: The events taking place during Spock’s final year at Starfleet Academy continue to shape him into the person and officer he will become. A tale about friendship and adventure.

RECCER'S NOTES: A tale of Spock's first, dangerous trip on the Enterprise with mentor-to-be Captain Pike. Plotty character explorations are always great. However it is easy for an author who loves a character (as we all do) to fall into the trap of only exploring the positives, or of doing a little fannish revisionist history. This story of what Spock's Academy days might have looked like never loses sight of the fact that Spock of Vulcan, later saviour of the known world, could also be a bit of a rebellious brat.
intrigueing: (tww: 20 hours in america)
[personal profile] intrigueing
FANDOM: Starsky & Hutch
FIC LINK: The Beginnings and Endings Series
AUTHOR LINK: [livejournal.com profile] kuonji14
RATING/WARNING(S): varies from PG-13 to NC-17, contains scenes of both statutory and violent rape
WIP?/WORD COUNT: 8 installments, 27,789 words total
MAIN CHARACTERS: Kenneth Hutchinson, David Starsky, OMC

FIC SUMMARY: A case taking a bad turn reveals a part of Hutch's past that he had thought long buried.

RECCER'S NOTES: My first rec here! It's a plot that's rarely tackled in gen fics, but this series is one of the best stories I've ever read about a character struggling to deal with and communicate his experience of child sexual abuse. It's subtle, sensitive, and thoughtfully-crafted, with a keen, sophisticated awareness of how to structure a scene. It's candid about sordid details and stigma, and contains breathtaking displays of intense affection and intimate observations and conversations between the two main characters that few authors have the maturity to portray in a platonic friendship.