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FANDOM: The Thick of It
FIC LINK: Uncertain Sideways Streets
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] grenadine
RATING/WARNING(S): T | liberal use of the letter f; spoilers for Spinners and Losers and the beginning of Season 4
WIP?/WORD COUNT: Complete | 6,300
MAIN CHARACTERS: Nicola Murray, Malcolm Tucker, (Ollie Reeder, Glen Cullen, Julius Nicholson)

FIC SUMMARY: During the election, Nicola Murray hits a wall.

RECCER'S NOTES: Politics fic! Nicola gets a rare chance to shine here, because for all her many (many, many many) flaws, she was one of the few ideologically honest people in DoSAC. And her voice is brilliant, and the dialogue is brilliant, and the characterisation is brilliant, and of all the fics I want to write on my skin until they can be absorbed as a permanent part of my system, this one's damn well near the top of the list.

And when you're done with that, head to Close Your Eyes and Think of Agincourt, by the same author and set prior to Uncertain.
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FANDOM: Blake's 7
FIC LINK: What Might Have Been
AUTHOR LINK: [personal profile] firerose (own site | AO3)
WIP?/WORD COUNT: Complete | 6,500 words
MAIN CHARACTERS: Roj Blake, Kerr Avon

FIC SUMMARY: Blake struggles with fundamental questions of trust, friendship and political ideology in the harsh environment of the Earth domes.

RECCER'S NOTES: In honour of my first post, here is the first fanfic I ever read. Ten years (!) and several thousand fics later, it still stands as one of my all-time favourites. Blake's voice comes alive when he talks politics; Avon is simultaneously a very different person and very much himself. Life in the domes is described in elegant detail, and while it might not be correct to call it a thriller there's an undercurrent of tension to every scene. While still being canon-compliant, the story puts a very different spin on Avon and Blake's relationship, and it packs a hell of a punch. I hope it'll stick in your head the way it did in mine.
ozqueen: (books: harry potter: dumbledore gtfo)
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FANDOM: Harry Potter/RPF (UK 21stC politics)
FIC LINK: A Historic and Seismic Shift
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] raven
WIP?/WORD COUNT: Complete | 993 words
MAIN CHARACTERS: Hermione Granger, David Cameron

FIC SUMMARY: David Cameron's first night in office.


I've been meaning to catch up on posting here more regularly, and I think this fic is kind of timely. Short and cute, and captures the dazed-muggle-experiences-magic thing very well. A little feel-good fic. :)

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FANDOM: Marvel Cinematic Universe
FIC LINK: Closing the Circuit.
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] AlchemyAlice
WIP?/WORD COUNT: novelette | ~ 14,500 words
MAIN CHARACTERS: team, ensemble

FIC SUMMARY: SHIELD's down, Captain America's AWOL, and on the whole, things are kind of FUBAR. On the other hand, Tony might have some semblance of a plan.


This was a great and believable story, about team-building and beginning friendships. The characterization was spot-on for me, and the interactions between the characters build from this.

The plot is paced well, and I like how all the strands come together.

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[personal profile] thady
FANDOM: Protector of the Small
FIC LINK: the things you carry.
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] dirgewithoutmusic
RATING/WARNING(S): PG | content notes )
WIP?/WORD COUNT: one-shot | ~ 6,300 words
MAIN CHARACTERS: Keladry of Mindelan; ensemble

FIC SUMMARY: After Kel breaks orders and invades Scanra to rescue her Haven civilians in Lady Knight, she is found guilty of treason in wartime.
She escapes with the help of friends and does the only thing Kel could ever conceive of doing in that instance-- she keeps fighting Tortall's war.
This is Kel, however; she is always willing to fight her battles alone, but people will always rise up to fight alongside her.


This is beautiful. I love the use of the language, descriptive and evocative. It captures the characters with few words, but they shine brightly.
Love Keladry here, never givin up. Learning and growing, and just so awesome.

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FANDOM: Harry Potter
FIC LINK: Dudley Dursley and the New Normal (at DW) | Dudley Dursley and the New Normal (at FFN)
AUTHOR LINK: [livejournal.com profile] straydog733 | [fanfiction.net profile] alikat522
WIP?/WORD COUNT: novel | ~ 51,000 words
MAIN CHARACTERS: Dudley Dursley; appearence of canon characters and 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.


This was posted at [community profile] dudley_redeemed, and it is still one of my favorite stories posted at this fest.

I love the plot, and how it unfolded. Both plot and characterization work together and are interwoven. I love how wizarding Britain is depicted, and how Dudley fits himself into it. I love watching him grow and make himself a new life.

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FANDOM: The Chronicles of Narnia
FIC LINK: Carpetbaggers
AUTHOR LINK: [fanfiction.net profile] cofax
RATING/WARNING(S): T, movie-level violence
WIP?/WORD COUNT: Complete | 122,185 words
MAIN CHARACTERS: Peter Pevensie, Edmund Pevensie, Susan Pevensie, Lucy Pevensie

FIC SUMMARY: After the coronation festivities, the real work begins.


An amazing, lengthy story of journeys and adventure, set just after the Pevensies are crowned. The politics detailed in this fic are amazing and well thought out - the adventures are dangerous and exciting, and the characterisation is wonderful. The original characters are fantastic, and Narnia is wonderfully detailed.

The Pevensies themselves are brilliant - intelligent, brave, but flawed. They struggle to make sense of their new duties at times, but not once shy away from them. All of them have shining moments in this fic - I can't choose a favourite; I love them all.