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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.)
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FANDOM: MCU / Iron Man
FIC LINK: "The Kids Aren't All Right" by Christine Everhart (vanityfair.com)
AUTHOR LINK: [personal profile] samdonne
RATING/WARNING(S): G
WIP?/WORD COUNT: Complete | 11,500
MAIN CHARACTERS: Tony Stark, Christine Everhart

FIC SUMMARY: It’s been 'a hell of a year' since industrialist Tony Stark owned up to his alter ego in a move that stunned observers and longtime aides alike. With the US facing unprecedented homegrown suicide attacks, Iron Man's contribution to national security is more than ever under scrutiny. As she follows Stark during a year of crisis, exclusively for Vanity Fair, Christine Everhart explores the many contradictions of the man behind the mask, uncovers tales of personal loyalty, patriotism gone awry and corporate betrayal, and asks whether Iron Man is the embodiment of an outdated American fantasy—a self-made, unilateral, technological solution to hopelessly complex problems—and whether he can survive the violent encounter with reality.

RECCER'S NOTES: A mock Vanity Fair article on Iron Man. This is one of those fics that everyone must have surely read by now, but I have a grand total of six K titles in my faves list, so... Not that it doesn't deserve the publicity, because there's a small chance you haven't read this yet and if this is the case you should do so, immediately. It's that rare thing, a fic that really makes you stop and think, and then keep thinking long after you've finished reading. Plus! Photos, formatting, and a magazine writing style that makes me wibble.
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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.
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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.
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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.

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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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FANDOM: Jupiter Ascending
FIC LINK: To Be Sure of You
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] splash_the_cat [dreamwidth.org profile] splash_the_cat
RATING/WARNING(S): Teen
WIP?/WORD COUNT: complete / 5000 words
MAIN CHARACTERS: Vladie Bolotnikov, Caine Wise

FIC SUMMARY: Vladie is sure Jupiter is caught up in something, maybe something bad, and he's bound and determined to... Well, okay, let's be honest, he's probably going make it so much worse.

RECCER'S NOTES: Adorable and fun odd couple fic, and a chance to see Jupiter's outrageous world and hot/terrifying boyfriend from the point of view of a newcomer: Jupiter's cousin Vladie, who manages to get himself tangled up in the latest plot against Jupiter's life.
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FANDOM: The Chronicles of Narnia
FIC LINK: Food for Thought
AUTHOR LINK: rthstewart
RATING/WARNING(S): G
WIP?/WORD COUNT: Complete; 8249 words
MAIN CHARACTERS: Susan Pevensie, Polly Plummer, Aslan, OC

FIC SUMMARY: A modern teenage girl goes into the Wardrobe, meets Aslan, and learns a secret locked away for over 60 years.

RECCER'S NOTES: I love this fic! It explores the canon falling-out among the Friends of Narnia through the viewpoint of someone discovering the story, slowly and partially, long after. It is humane, sharp, funny, illuminating and very moving.
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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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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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FANDOM: Stargate: Atlantis
FIC LINK: My Soul From Out That Shadow.
AUTHOR LINK: [livejournal.com profile] frostfire_17
RATING/WARNING(S): PG-13
WIP?/WORD COUNT: one-shot | ~ 4,600 words
MAIN CHARACTERS: John Sheppard, Steve (the Wraith)

FIC SUMMARY: Steve has some issues

RECCER'S NOTES:

This is an awesome take on what's going on in a Wraith's head. Very intense, and realistic, and well-written, and I've read it so often that I almost know it by heart know. And I just can see it. This fic made it into my personal canon.

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FANDOM: Marvel Cinematic Universe/Captain America
FIC LINK: The Sergeant and the Captain
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] OddityBoddity [tumblr.com profile] tamthewriter
RATING/WARNING(S): Gen / as in tags
WIP?/WORD COUNT: complete / 7300 words
MAIN CHARACTERS: Thor, Bucky Barnes, Steve Rogers, Jane Foster, Maria Hill

FIC SUMMARY: The Sergeant and the Captain, or, The True and Accurate Reports Chronicling the Well-being of the Shield-brothers James Barnes and Steven Rogers, Faithfully Submitted by Thor Odinson to Maria Hill, Director.

RECCER'S NOTES: The background is touching Bucky & Steve hurt/comfort, but the foreground is an excellent and non-buffoonish Thor pov - something that is way too rare. Thor observes, and understands more than people expect him to.

What the Avengers call "friends" Thor was reared to call "family". It is a different word for the same thing, and Thor does not need anyone to explain. He decides, as he thinks about it, that he will do for the Captain what he would do for any of of his family, what they have already done for him.
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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: 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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FANDOM: Earthsea (Ursula Le Guin)
FIC LINK: Mother Tongue
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] elle_dritch
RATING/WARNING(S): General | None
WIP?/WORD COUNT: Complete | 6,700 words
MAIN CHARACTERS: Apple, Tenar, Ged, Spark

FIC SUMMARY: The women of Earthsea: falling, flying, stealing, speaking. Post-Tehanu.

RECCER'S NOTES: Earthsea is a series of fantasy novels by Ursula Le Guin, which introduced the wizarding boarding school a good three decades before Ms Rowling, and made the main characters dark-skinned long before it was fashionable. It's one of the fandoms of my heart, and if you're interested, you can read my fandom summary & find many more recs at the late lamented [livejournal.com profile] crack_van.

Le Guin revisited the rather masculine world of her original trilogy in Tehanu, a novel about the heroine, Tenar, after (most of) the adventure's over, and how to find the magic in everyday life. A lot of more recent fanfiction is set around this novel and embraces its female-centric vision of Earthsea. 'Mother Tongue' is a good example, a quiet coda that reads like the novel's missing final chapter. It focuses on Tenar's adult daughter Apple, a very minor character in the original, and brings her to life as she tries to understand her mother's unusual choices. Apple makes a wonderful outside PoV on the main characters, and elle_dritch gives her interesting thoughts on chosen vs birth families and the nature of manhood.
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FANDOM: Captain America (Movies)
FIC LINK: The Personal (Assistant) Is Political
AUTHOR LINK: [profile] hollimichele
RATING/WARNING(S): G
WORD COUNT: ~ 7,300
MAIN CHARACTERS: Steve Rogers, OC

FIC SUMMARY: "That’s an awfully tall pedestal to put a fellow on," Steve says. "Betcha it gets pretty windy up there."

RECCER'S NOTES: This was an intriguing character study. The outsider!pov is great, mostly because the OC is so believable.

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FANDOM: Pirates of the Caribbean
FIC LINK: Mermaid Kiss
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] zarahemla
RATING/WARNING(S): G
WIP?/WORD COUNT: Complete | 2371
MAIN CHARACTERS: Original characters, Jack Sparrow

FIC SUMMARY: I know it happened, for I was there.

RECCER'S NOTES:

This is wonderful. It's almost poetic in the way the story is told - it perfectly captures the enchantment and magic of the canon. A story reflecting the magic and beauty of the sea and a pirate's life in Jack Sparrow's world.



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FANDOM: NCIS, Stargate Atlantis, Stargate SG1
FIC LINK: Prodigal by Domenika Marzione
AUTHOR LINK: AO3, website
RATING/WARNING(S): Not rated. There's violence, but I'd call it canon-typical for both shows.
WIP?/WORD COUNT: Complete. 44,763 words.
MAIN CHARACTERS: Colonel Mann, Evan Lorne, most of the cast of NCIS and a good chunk of the Stagate cast

FIC SUMMARY: Hollis Mann comes to NCIS for help with a case that quickly spirals from well-planned break-in to serial murder. When their chief suspect ends up being an Air Force officer with a shady job history, Hollis and Team Gibbs have their hands full trying to figure out what's happening before the body count gets any higher.

RECCER'S NOTES:

The other day, I opened up Prodigal by Domenika Marzione. I saved it to my Nook months ago, on the theory that it was almost certain to be good, and because I knew that I would eventually get around to wanting to read Stargate again. And, yes, it was as good as I was anticipating.

It's a NCUS/Stargate crossover, told entirely from the POV of Colonel Mann, which means that it's basically a double whammy of outsider POV, although obviously Mann is much less of an outsider when it comes to the NCIS team than the Stargate team. I love outsider POV. There are great observations about the Stargate characters, made all the more interesting for the way that they come in only quick glimpses, and through the eyes of someone who doesn't know the history of these people.

The great thing about this story is the way that she captures the world that the characters live in. The military lingo, the rivalries between the Marines and the Army and the Air Force. The story feels very grounded in reality for all that it's got space aliens and science fiction weapons. The author is also amazing at world building, and has a host of original characters that really flesh out the universe.

A note, I've watched more than a few episodes of NCIS, have a working knowledge of Atlantis, and have seen every single episode of SG1 at least once. I suspect that this story will work for someone that doesn't know NCIS at all, but if you don't have at least a sketchy knowledge of the Stargate universe, you will probably be pretty lost.
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FANDOM: Supernatural
FIC LINK: A Western, I Guess
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] Obstinatrix
RATING/WARNING(S): Teen
WIP?/WORD COUNT: 1,156
MAIN CHARACTERS: Dean Winchester, Sam Winchester

FIC SUMMARY: They say they came out of Kansas, a long time ago.

RECCER'S NOTES:

This fic is really beautiful, told like it's legend of the Winchester brothers themselves. I'll leave an excerpt, because the way it's written is completely magical. ♥


Those who're fond of records, they'll look 'em up and tell you there's a Winchester here; here, see? Here, two boys of the nineteen-eighties who drove their father's car through a half-century modern. That's what they'll tell you, but there aren't any records of what those Winchesters did after the school district lost track: other'n that they killed some and got killed, and then killed again, and who-all can die twice?

Well, now. Guys that do, they got a name for them. Guys who drink and shoot and go down swinging, get a bullet in the head and do it all again, that's what legends are. The Winchester boys are guys like that. They die in the dirt thrice over, and then they get back up and walk, knives stuck in their spines, gunshot and whisky in their stomachs. The Winchesters keep on dying, but they say they can't be killed, so who's to say they were ever born, either, like normal folk? Who's to say.