longlivehumour: Nine. Look at the ears! (ears)
[personal profile] longlivehumour
FANDOM: Doctor Who
FIC LINK: No Company for Old Men
WIP?/WORD COUNT: Complete | 7,300
MAIN CHARACTERS: Ninth Doctor, the Brigadier

FIC SUMMARY: "Who are you and what did you do with the Brigadier?"

RECCER'S NOTES: What did the Doctor get up to in those ten seconds at the end of "Rose"? Turns out he buggered off to see the Brigadier, and more or less refused to go away. Reasons to read this: 1. It's Nine and the Brig; 2. it's by Cryptile. Dialogue sharp as knives. The Brigadier's voice is delightful, his reaction to the intruder memorable, and the brittle wrongness of this new Doctor as the Brig watches him about the place sticks in my throat and burns.

Consider this an author rec, too, because every fic on Cryptile's profile is fantastic, with that balanced DW blend of drama and comedy and absolutely impeccable characterisation. One of the very best.
thady: (Natsume  -  Natsume)
[personal profile] thady
FANDOM: Natsume Yuujinchou | Natsume's Book of Friends
FIC LINK: Three for Family.
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] NightsMistress
WIP?/WORD COUNT: one-shot | ~ 3,600 words
MAIN CHARACTERS: Natsume Takashi, Fujiwara Touko, Fujiwara Shigeru

FIC SUMMARY: The more Touko hears about Natsume Takashi, the more confused she becomes. The stories she hears are of a selfish child acting out for attention, or worse, but all she can see is a sad, lost child in need of a place to put down roots so that he can settle his mind.

RECCER'S NOTES: This is such a wonderful characer study of bot Touko and of Natsume as we see him through her eyes. I love the way the story flows, and how Touka sees more than the others do. There's such a gentleness and kindness to her that makes me love her just the more.

thady: (LotR  -  Eowyn & Theoden)
[personal profile] thady
FANDOM: Harry Potter, Real Person Fiction, Disney RPF, The Perfect American
FIC LINK: Nineteen Sixty-Six.
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] PurpleFluffyCat
WIP?/WORD COUNT: one-shot | ~ 4,000 words
MAIN CHARACTERS: Albus Dumbledore & Walt Disney

FIC SUMMARY: Albus likes Disney films. He decides to meet their creator.

RECCER'S NOTES: This is poignat and heartbreaking and sweet. Love their interactions, and how Walt Disney reacts to the wizarding world. Love the celebrations of two kinds of magic.

thady: (DIV  -  trees)
[personal profile] thady
FANDOM: Harry Potter
FIC LINK: Bedside Manners.
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] serpenscript | Fic-journal at IJ: [insanejournal.com profile] serpens_fic
RATING/WARNING(S): G | set partly during the seventh book
WIP?/WORD COUNT: one-shot | ~ 2,000 words
MAIN CHARACTERS: Poppy Pomphrey, Minerva McGonagall, Luna Lovegood

FIC SUMMARY: Poppy Pomfrey liked to sing. It was a little known secret, because although she indulged in singing quite frequently she very rarely gave anyone the chance to hear her sing. To put it kindly, she was tone deaf; to put it bluntly was to say she sounded like a hippogriff caught in a harpy's nest.


This is a wonderful character study of Poppy Pomphrey. I love the setting during the seventh book, love her friendships, and she is such an amazing character.

thady: (Ao Haru Ride  -  Futaba)
[personal profile] thady
FANDOM: The Lord of the Rings
FIC LINK: Voices at the Door.
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] rhymer23
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.


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.

lost_spook: (dw - amy)
[personal profile] lost_spook
FANDOM: Once Upon A Time
FIC LINK: And Swallow Up the Rest of Me
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] AstroGirl
RATING/WARNING(S): Teen | Character death, AU
MAIN CHARACTERS: Killian Jones | Captain Hook, Rumplestiltskin | Mr Gold

FIC SUMMARY: Captain Hook achieves his life's goal.

RECCER'S NOTES: So, I was trying to work out which of AstroGirl’s OUaT fics to rec, and then decided not to settle for one but to go for two brief but excellently sharp ficlets, this first one exploring the inevitable consequences of what would have happened to Hook if he’d got what his revenge – something that didn’t seem to have crossed his mind…

FANDOM: Once Upon A Time
FIC LINK: The Better to Hold You With
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] AstroGirl
RATING/WARNING(S): Teen | Canon character death, mentions of blood/violence
MAIN CHARACTERS: Widow Lucas | Granny

FIC SUMMARY: She's only ever wanted to keep her granddaughter safe.

RECCER'S NOTES: And this one powerfully fills in what Granny was thinking during “Red-Handed”. AstroGirl fully captures her character and deepens it in a way only implied by canon, as Granny regrets her mistakes.
lost_spook: light + Ruth Evershed looking upwards (spooks - Ruth!)
[personal profile] lost_spook
FANDOM: Spooks (MI-5)
FIC LINK: Notes on an Exile
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] delgaserasca
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...
lost_spook: (dw - one)
[personal profile] lost_spook
FANDOM: Doctor Who
FIC LINK: Planes, Trains and Horseless Carriages (Among Other Conveyances)
[archiveofourown.org profile] nam_jai
MAIN CHARACTERS: First Doctor, Steven Taylor, Vicki

FIC SUMMARY: The Doctor, Vicki and Steven journey over land and sea to make a date with history.

RECCER'S NOTES: This fic is such a gem – it’s a beautiful little historical/team TARDIS piece, with the Doctor, Vicki, and Steven in a race against time to see history in the making. The use of these (too-rarely written) characters as opposed to any other TARDIS crew is just perfect, too. Old-school historical fics are one of the joys of Doctor Who fandom when they’re done well, and this one definitely is.
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
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: (Skip Beat!  -  glee)
[personal profile] thady
FANDOM: Harry Potter
FIC LINK: In Days to Come
AUTHOR LINK: [livejournal.com profile] realmer06
WIP?/WORD COUNT: ~ 2,600 words
MAIN CHARACTERS: Minerva McGonagall, Neville Longbottom

FIC SUMMARY: Her first impression of this boy had, regrettably, been There’s one in every class, but Neville Longbottom had quickly defied Minerva McGonagall’s expectations.


This was a wonderful character study of both Minerva and Neville. Minerva is gerat as a teacher here, and I love how she cares for her students. She may not be sentimental, but she is still kind.