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[personal profile] longlivehumour
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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[personal profile] ozqueen
FANDOM: Voltron: Legendary Defender
FIC LINK: Boom Crash the Sound of My Ship
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] maychorian
RATING/WARNING(S): G
WIP?/WORD COUNT: Complete | 40,020
MAIN CHARACTERS: Shiro, Lance, Pidge, Hunk, Keith, Allura, Coran

FIC SUMMARY: After a Galra attack splits Voltron, the blue lion is damaged and falls toward the jungle planet below. Shiro follows, and now he and Lance are stranded in hostile territory, fighting to survive. Lance is injured, Shiro is having flashbacks, and help is far away. And the Galra just...keep coming.

RECCER'S NOTES:

One of the most hurty/comforty hurt/comfort fics I've ever read. So much admiration and nurturing and cuddling in this and I love it so much. I think the relationship between Shiro and Lance is captured really well and the voices are great.



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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.

RECCER'S NOTES:

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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[personal profile] thady
FANDOM: Marvel Cinematic Universe
FIC LINK: Infinite Coffee and Protection Detail - series.
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] owlet
RATING/WARNING(S): PG-13
WIP?/WORD COUNT: series [two complete stories posted so far] | ~ 87,000 words
MAIN CHARACTERS: Bucky Barnes; Steve Rogers, team

FIC SUMMARY: The mission resets abruptly, from objective: kill to objective: protect.

RECCER'S NOTES:

There are two complete stories posted so far. You could read only one or the other, but it works better together. While there could be more, each story has an clear ending.

The first one depicts Bucky's reclamtion of himself from the Winter Soldier. I love how this is depicted, how it wars inside of him. Love also the humor that is spread throughout the story. It's hard work for him, so the humor is very much appreciated. He has some help though, the OCs are great!

The second story deals with Bucky's integration into the team. I love how he learns to connect with each of them, each in their own way.

thady: (Elementary  -  Joan)
[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] dirty_diana
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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[personal profile] dirty_diana
FANDOM: Captain America / Marvel Cinematic Universe
FIC LINK: Lucky
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] TamrynEradani
RATING/WARNING(S): Teen / as stated in author's notes
WIP?/WORD COUNT: complete / 14 700 words
MAIN CHARACTERS: Steve Rogers, Sam Wilson, Bruce Banner, Tony Stark, Natasha Romanov, Clint Barton

FIC SUMMARY: In 1941, Steve Rogers is willing to die for his country. Now in 2014, he has to learn how to live for it.

RECCER'S NOTES: A minor AU taking place after The First Avenger and Avengers, in which Steve struugles with the 21st century, but not for the reasons people expect. Thoughtful exploration of Steve's wartime traumas and how he might fit, or not, with the rest of his motley team. And a great incorporation of Sam as he tries to be a friend for another lost soldier who's come home.

He understands the importance of symbols, understands the importance of Captain America, but he hadn’t thought he’d have to be Captain America to SHIELD or to his teammates. It’s exhausting to have to be on all the time, and he’s not sure how long he can keep it up for.
dirty_diana: Hawkeye and Black Widow in Avengers film (clintasha)
[personal profile] dirty_diana
FANDOM: Marvel Cinematic Universe/Captain America/Avengers
FIC LINK: Some Guardian Angels Have Missing Parts
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] hufflepirate
RATING/WARNING(S): Teen / none
WIP?/WORD COUNT: complete / 38 000 words
MAIN CHARACTERS: Bucky Barnes, Sam Wilson, Steve Rogers, Tony Stark, Clint Barton, Natasha Romanov, Bruce Banner, Thor

FIC SUMMARY: Bucky Barnes has been tailing the Avengers ever since Steve got dragged back in to help them instead of continuing his search for Bucky. That makes him the first on the scene when the Avengers are hit by a spell that leaves them deaged into 6-year-olds. He knows how to finish the fight and rescue them, but gaining their trust, looking after them, and getting them back to their old selves isn't so easy. Luckily, he has watched Steve long enough to know he can trust Sam Wilson, and that just might be enough to get them by...

RECCER'S NOTES: Lots of de-aged cuteness, which I can never turn down. But more than that, it is a lovely story about Bucky Barnes being slowly dragged back into the land of the living by six tiny superheroes. The image of a young and faithful Steve treating the tramautised Winter Soldier as if they're both still six years old is utterly priceless.

Abruptly, the adrenaline from the fight drained out of him, leaving him feeling hollow and useless. He'd spent a lot of time feeling hollow and useless since he'd left HYDRA to become a person instead of a weapon. It was harder than it sounded. But he couldn't afford to think like that right now, because the kids didn't need a weapon. They needed a person. He needed to push through the empty feeling and be a person for them.
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[personal profile] ozqueen
FANDOM: Harry Potter
FIC LINK: Heir to Nothing but Herself
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] dirgewithoutmusic
RATING/WARNING(S): Not rated, I'd say T, with warnings for PTS/psychological trauma
WIP?/WORD COUNT: complete | 3056
MAIN CHARACTERS: Ginny Weasley

FIC SUMMARY:

It was not Harry’s heroism, Ron’s desperation, her mother’s love, or her brothers’ toilet seat humor that brought her back (though the toilet seat helped). Ginny breathed deep at night. She wept. She remembered how to rage. She snuck out at night and stole each of her brothers’ brooms in turn. She took to the skies and brought herself back to life.

RECCER'S NOTES:

There are mentions of Harry/Ginny here, but this is undoubtedly a Ginny character fic. It's heartbreaking in its exploration of Tom's possession of her in The Chamber of Secrets. It builds amazing detail in just a few words, and holds Ginny up as the hero of her own story.



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[personal profile] isabelquinn
FANDOM: The West Wing
FIC LINK: Relative Strengths
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] RyoSen
RATING/WARNING(S): Not rated / No AO3 archive warnings apply / Spoilers through season 2
WIP?/WORD COUNT: Complete/4741
MAIN CHARACTERS: Josh Lyman, Zoey Bartlet

FIC SUMMARY: Zoey and Josh play Rate the Psychological Trauma.

RECCER'S NOTES: A really beautiful piece about a conversation between Josh and Zoey, sometime after the events of 2.10 Noel. The Josh voice is phenomenally good, and I can't get over how well RyoSen manages to write Sorkin-esque dialogue.
thady: (Aria  -  Director)
[personal profile] thady
FANDOM: Generation Kill
FIC LINK: Reversed Charges
AUTHOR LINK: [livejournal.com profile] romanticalgirl
RATING/WARNING(S): PG-13
WIP?/WORD COUNT: one-shot | ~ 1,500 words
MAIN CHARACTERS: Evan Wright, Nate Fick

FIC SUMMARY:

How do you sleep?

RECCER'S NOTES:

I love characters dealing with the things that happened to them, and going to war, seeing it, living it, this is something to be dealt with.

I really like Reporter's voice here, how he tries to make sense of everything. How he turns to Fick. Loved their conversation, very realistic and in character.

thady: (Utena  -  Utena)
[personal profile] thady
FANDOM: Generation Kill
FIC LINK: Reversed Charges
AUTHOR LINK: [livejournal.com profile] romanticalgirl
RATING/WARNING(S): PG-13
WIP?/WORD COUNT: ~ 1,500 words
MAIN CHARACTERS: Evan Wright, Nate Fick

FIC SUMMARY: How do you sleep?

RECCER'S NOTES: I love characters dealing with the things that happened to them, and going to war, seeing it, living it, this is something to be dealt with.

I really like Reporter's voice here, how he tries to make sense of everything. How he turns to Fick. Loved their conversation, very realistic and in character.