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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: 7. do you always want what you think you want? (sendak)
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FANDOM: Fullmetal Alchemist (all universes)
FIC LINK: Stock Market Crash
AUTHOR LINK: [ff.net profile] VIKAN
RATING/WARNING(S): Complete | Discussions of genocide, some gore, swearing
WIP?/WORD COUNT: Complete | 30,500
MAIN CHARACTERS: Roy Mustang, Edward Elric

FIC SUMMARY: Stranded in the middle of the Eastern Desert, Roy Mustang must try to get himself and a concussed Edward across it safely before he completely loses his mind.

RECCER'S NOTES: OH GOD THIS FIC. Told from the perspective of an increasingly-unbalanced Roy Mustang, this is a superb story. Though the subject matter is grim, the dialogue is sprinkled with humour - Ed and Roy's acerbic relationship is a joy to read - and it never falls into the trap of navel-gazing that plagues so many fanfics. Mustang is a complex character who's done some truly horrible things, and this story has no qualms in showing that. If it has one flaw it's the proofreading, which left out a number of homophone mistakes, but the rest of the writing is fantastic: vivid and to the point. The story structure keeps the suspense right up till the end.
"Evil, evil thing, to make someone want revenge."

(Happy birfday to meee now here's some SUFFERING)
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FANDOM: Mushishi
FIC LINK: The Lonely Traveler
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] cafecliche
RATING/WARNING(S): G
WIP?/WORD COUNT: Complete | 5,500
MAIN CHARACTERS: Ginko, Adashino

FIC SUMMARY: After becoming snowbound in Adashino's village, Ginko realizes it's no natural storm keeping him there.

RECCER'S NOTES: A lovely little casefic that captures the feel of the series wonderfully. Contains Ginko being 100% done with everyone, Adashino being Adashino, and an intriguing mushi.
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FANDOM: Star Wars prequels
FIC LINK: Jedi
AUTHOR LINK: [personal profile] quigonejinn
RATING/WARNING(S): G
WIP?/WORD COUNT: Complete | 2,000
MAIN CHARACTERS: Obi-Wan Kenobi, Qui-Gon Jinn

FIC SUMMARY:
Your planet is new to the Republic: the Council of Three Nations found the moons within living memory, and your father remembers a time when all ships traveled slower than light. Your children, when they are born, will never know anything but the Republic and the Senate and the Federation. By the end of the decade, in fact, your planet will have a representative in the Senate.

This, however, the first time you have ever met Jedi.


RECCER'S NOTES: An outsider viewpoint on a Jedi Knight and his very young apprentice. The culture clash here, the essential oddness of Jedi life, is very well expressed and a little bit sad.
longlivehumour: Tyger, tyger, burning bright (doctor who)
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A is for...

FANDOM: Doctor Who
FIC LINK: Accidentally Spiders
AUTHOR LINK: lolrassilon
RATING/WARNING(S): PG
WIP?/WORD COUNT: Complete | 6300 words
MAIN CHARACTERS: Eleventh Doctor, OC

FIC SUMMARY: Left to his own devices, the Doctor tracks a pair of lost and enormous spiders to a flat in London. There he meets the flat's disagreeable occupant, who makes the job of rescuing both spiders and taking them safely home considerably more difficult.

RECCER'S NOTES: "Harry? Good name, good name. Shame about your personality - I used to know another Harry once, he was much better. Bit of an imbecile sometimes, but definitely much better."

There are two kinds of people in the world. First, the bright, curious, adventurous people who seemingly populate the Whoniverse, and then... then there are the Harrys. Featuring a man who is definitely not a pest-control officer, a wonderfully unlikeable OC, and spiders. The voices - both Eleven's and that of the aforementioned Harry - are excellent, and the whole thing is funny throughout.
[personal profile] mythicmistress

FANDOM: Artemis Fowl
FIC LINK: Why One Must Not Attempt To Analyze A Child Genius
AUTHOR LINK: [fanfiction.net profile] fiercejinx
RATING/WARNING(S): G/no warnings
WIP?/WORD COUNT: Complete/18547 words
MAIN CHARACTERS: Artemis Fowl II

FIC SUMMARY: "Artemis Fowl had retired half a dozen counselors from St. Bartleby's already this year." Here's how. Six chapters, one for each psychologist losin' it.'

RECCER'S NOTES: Wonderfully done "Missing Scenes" fic, and it's hilarious. Also does a good job at mimicking Colfer's style.
[personal profile] mythicmistress

FANDOM: Avatar: The Legend Of Korra
FIC LINK: Peng
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] SweetAvidyaJones
RATING/WARNING(S): Teen/no warnings
WIP?/WORD COUNT: Complete/2216 words
MAIN CHARACTERS: Amon, Lieutenant, Original Character

FIC SUMMARY: I was so intrigued by Amon and the Equalist movement when they were first introduced. I really wanted some more perspectives on the whole thing so I wrote this fic as sort of a thought experiment and then I liked how it came out.

RECCER'S NOTES: This fic comes with an interesting perspective on the Equalist movement-namely, a firebender who actually wants Amon to remove his bending. It provided a nice twist on events.
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[personal profile] lightbird
FANDOM: Forever Knight
FIC LINK: Scrubbed Clean
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] Brightknightie
RATING/WARNING(S): Teen and Up
WIP?/WORD COUNT: 1,996
MAIN CHARACTERS: Original Female Character, Janette DuCharme, Nick Knight, Lucien LaCroix

FIC SUMMARY: In 1275 Troyes, Janette's laundress discerns the hidden nature of her household.

RECCER'S NOTES: Terrific outsider POV and backstory fic. This story takes place in 1275 Troyes, France and is told from the perspective of the laundress who washes the bloody clothes of three of our favorite vampires.
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[personal profile] lightbird
FANDOM: Fairy Tales (The Ugly Duckling)
FIC LINK: Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Duckling
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] innocentsmith
RATING/WARNING(S): G
WIP?/WORD COUNT: 5,098/Complete
MAIN CHARACTERS: Original Character

FIC SUMMARY: It's her life story, and she has some issues with it.

RECCER'S NOTES: This extraordinary story is about Jordan, a young woman of color who was adopted by a white couple when she was a toddler. It's spectacular, brilliantly crafted and an incredibly original riff on the titular fairy tale. Jordan is so beautifully drawn, her story compelling and the author makes us feel deeply for her. Highly, highly recommended.
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[personal profile] thady
FANDOM: The Secret Garden
FIC LINK: A Garden in the Punjab.
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] Rosie_Rues
RATING/WARNING(S): PG-13
WIP?/WORD COUNT: one-shot | ~ 8,300 words
MAIN CHARACTERS: Mary Lennox, OFC, Ayah

FIC SUMMARY: There is another garden, in India. These are the women of that garden, over two generations, Mary's mother and ayah, and both their two daughters. In the end, I'm afraid, this is only where the story begins, but I hope it opens up the original story and takes us out into the world beyond the secret gardens.

RECCER'S NOTES:

This is such a lovely story. I love how this unfolds, the strands of the story parting and coming back together. I love the original characters here, and the background characters. They really come to life here.

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[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] thady
FANDOM: Stargate SG-1
FIC LINK: We're All Mad Here.
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] staranise (story) | [archiveofourown.org profile] tsukinobara (pod-fic)
RATING/WARNING(S): PG | clinical documentation
WIP?/WORD COUNT: one-shot | ~ 1,040 words
MAIN CHARACTERS: Original Characters

FIC SUMMARY: Not all the SGC's psychologists are stupid.

RECCER'S NOTES:

This is wonderful outsider!pov. Love the OC here, and I can believe in the problems they face.

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[personal profile] thady
FANDOM: Doctor Who
FIC LINK: The Red Maw and the Blue Box.
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] lindenharp | [livejournal.com profile] lindenharp
RATING/WARNING(S): PG-13
WIP?/WORD COUNT: one-shot | ~ 2,000 words
MAIN CHARACTERS: Tenth Doctor, OCs

FIC SUMMARY: "Shall I tell you a tale, youngling? Once upon a time, a terrible monster from another world came to our planet. We had a very narrow escape."

RECCER'S NOTES:

This story had great outsider!pov. Creepy and chilling, this story has a dark doctor (Time Lord Victorious). It still works, and the Doctor is the Doctor.

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[personal profile] thady
FANDOM: Harry Potter
FIC LINK: Dudley Dursley and the New Normal (fanfiction.net) | Dudley Dursley and the New Normal (dreamwidth)
AUTHOR LINK: [fanfiction.net profile] alikat522 | [livejournal.com profile] straydog733
RATING/WARNING(S): PG-13/R warnings under this cut )
WIP?/WORD COUNT: novel | ~ 53,200 words
MAIN CHARACTERS: Dudley Dursley; canon character, OCs

FIC SUMMARY: Bad things happen. Life gets strange. Dudley tries to carve out a little bit of normality in a world that has gone mad around him.

RECCER'S NOTES:

This is a wonderful character and plot driven story. Both character development and plot and finely balanced and complement each other. Love all the supporting characters too.

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[personal profile] thady
FANDOM: Stargate SG-1
FIC LINK: Five People (or Beings) Who Inhabit the SGC.
AUTHOR LINK: [livejournal.com profile] holdouttrout
RATING/WARNING(S): PG
WIP?/WORD COUNT: one-shot | ~ 1,340 words
MAIN CHARACTERS: original characters

FIC SUMMARY: I got to thinking about how lucky SG-1 was that they never had anything that transformed them permanently, and how there must be a few SGC personnel who weren't so lucky. Thus this was born.

RECCER'S NOTES:

This is such an intriguing view into the SGC and its people. I love those snippets that are so rich and curious.
I really like how humour and seriousness intertwine.

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FANDOM: Harry Potter
FIC LINK: Raven's Honour (at AO3: Raven's Honour)
AUTHOR LINK: [livejournal.com profile] kellychambliss | [archiveofourown.org profile] kellychambliss
RATING/WARNING(S): PG
WIP?/WORD COUNT: one-shot | ~ 10,800 words
MAIN CHARACTERS: Minerva McGonagall, Rolanda Hooch, Pomona Sprout, OFC; assorted HP-Universe cameos

FIC SUMMARY: From the prompt: "In the 1920s, three close friends open a school for girls in the Scottish Highlands. Non-magical AU."

RECCER'S NOTES:

This is a wonderful charming story of friendship and growing up. I really love the OFC here, from whose point we see the other characters. They are all so very well thought up and fleshed out.

The tone is just right, and it fits so well the time and place.

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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…

RECCER'S NOTES:

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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FANDOM: The Hunger Games
FIC LINK: The End of the World
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] FernWithy
RATING/WARNING(S): Violence, T+
WORD COUNT: 116, 395 (just for part 1)
MAIN CHARACTERS: Haymitch Abernathy, Maysilee Donner, Mr. Mellark, Mrs. Everdeen, Haymitch's Girl

FIC SUMMARY: Sixteen-year-old Haymitch Abernathy has plenty to worry about - a sick mother, a decrepit house, an empty larder. The last thing he's worried about is the Capitol's choice to double the number of Games tributes in a Quell year...

RECCER'S NOTES: This is the opposite of the fic I recced earlier today (it is neither short nor sweet: it's long and dark), but I love, love, love this fic. I'm not often keen for multichapter epics, I'm usually more inclined towards oneshots, but this one is absolutely an exception. The world building is incredible, the characters (both canon ones and OCs) feel completely real, and I can't quite put my finger on what it is about the writing, but it's just perfect.
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FANDOM: Spirited Away
FIC LINK: Tales of the Bathhouse
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] Littlerhymes
RATING/WARNING(S): General | None
WIP?/WORD COUNT: Complete | 4000 words
MAIN CHARACTERS: Lin, Kamaji, Yubaba, OCs

FIC SUMMARY: Three stories of the bathhouse and its inhabitants.

RECCER'S NOTES: Spirited Away is an anime film by Hayao Miyazaki which inspires some wonderful fanfiction, but nearly all of it homes in on the major ship. This charming story instead focuses on minor & original characters and uses a set of tales within a tale to give a fuller picture of life in the bathhouse as well as the backstory of some of its inhabitants. As it's set after the film, there's a hint of Haku's future, too.
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FANDOM: The Lord of the Rings
FIC LINK: The Strange Case of the House at Hollinport (rtf download)
AUTHOR LINK: The Burping Troll
RATING/WARNING(S): Unrated | None
WIP?/WORD COUNT: Complete | ~13,500 words
MAIN CHARACTERS: Original characters, [mystery]

FIC SUMMARY: From his hospital bed, a man recalls inheriting his uncle's house in the town of Hollinport. Taking up residence was only the first step of a dark and terrifying journey. A Gothic encounter with Shadow that is not, after all, quite vanquished from the world ... A classic horror must-read!

RECCER'S NOTES: Set in the Fourth Age, the story kicks off from the quotation 'There are older and fouler things than orcs in the deep places of the world.' It's written in a very convincing pastiche of a Poe or Lovecraft short story, yet eventually comes to mesh perfectly with Tolkien's canon. Russ has a gift for atmosphere, and there's great slow-building tension as the mystery unfolds. I wrote back in 2004 that this is 'one of the most unusual LotR-inspired fiction I've ever encountered,' and it stands up very well to rereading a decade later.