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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
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of personal loyalty, patriotism gone awry and corporate betrayal, and asks whether Iron Man is the embodiment of an outdated American fantasy—a self-made, unilateral, technological solution to hopelessly complex problems—and whether he can survive the violent encounter with reality.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: Burn Notice
FIC LINK: Commercial Value.
AUTHOR LINK: [livejournal.com profile] arsenicjade
WIP?/WORD COUNT: ficlet | ~ 920 words

FIC SUMMARY: For all his practicality, his cleverness in getting them in and out of situations, Fiona wonders if Michael ever thinks about the fact that he’s never had his body put on display for the sake of culling information, thumbing ID, whatever.


Fiona is my favorite character in Burn Notice. This is a really neat little character study.
(And after reading it I really want her Natasha Romanov to meet up. How awesome would that be?)

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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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[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.


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: Stargate: Atlantis
FIC LINK: Staring at the Sun
AUTHOR LINK: [livejournal.com profile] sholio | [personal profile] sholio | [archiveofourown.org profile] sholio
RATING/WARNING(S): PG-13 | warnings )
WIP?/WORD COUNT: one-shot | ~ 4,700 words
MAIN CHARACTERS: Rodney McKay; John Sheppard

FIC SUMMARY: Rodney used to believe that death was the worst thing that could happen on a mission. He was wrong.


This one had me sobbing. I hardly ever cry reading fiction, but this felt very real and grounded. Some time in the future McKay visits a brain injured Sheppard. Dealing with what's left of his friend is hard, and McKay's reaction and his feelings are very believable portrayed. This could happen, and it does happen to soldiers all too often. If you like realistic fanfiction, this is as close as it gets.

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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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FIC LINK: Under the Shadow of This Red Rock
AUTHOR LINK: fictional-clue
WIP?/WORD COUNT: complete/29 000 words
MAIN CHARACTERS: James T. Kirk, Spock, background Spock/Uhura

FIC SUMMARY: Only a few days have passed since Nero destroyed Vulcan and attacked Earth, but the world around Jen and Spock is already changing along strange new lines—and they are caught right in the middle. Neither of them really has their shit together, but between the two of them they’re making it work. The ship’s still running. They haven’t tried to kill each other again. It’s a start.


I'm going to try not start too many posts with epic definitions of gen? But since the author has tagged this one "pre-slash", I should probably mention that I am one of those pedants who doesn't believe there to be any such thing. (Especially in the historical context of Kirk&Spock fandom.) But ymmv. What this fic is, imo, is a great fill-in-the-blanks fic for the Enterprise's trip home at the end of Star Trek XI, as Jen Kirk and Spock struggle with a broken ship, traumatised Vulcans, and other challenges.

It is also a great genderswap fic, and as such salacious gossip blog rumours become one of the plot points. But no one finds that more ridiculous than Jen and Spock, quite frankly. Their reactions are hilarious, and the banter is lots of fun.

“Acting Captain Kirk has been performing her duties in a laudable manner,” Spock says, with no inflection whatsoever.

“No, I mean, how do you and Captain Kirk get along?” the guy pushes.

“Our interactions are satisfactory,” Spock replies, and his voice says whereas your question is stupid.

Jen affixes a smile to her face.
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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.


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: Harry Potter
FIC LINK: After the earth
AUTHOR LINK: [livejournal.com profile] flambeau / [personal profile] torch
WIP?/WORD COUNT: one-shot | ~ 470 words
MAIN CHARACTERS: Mrs. Pettigrew, Remus Lupin, OC

FIC SUMMARY: She knew well in advance that they were coming. She'd already cleaned everything off the mantelpiece - the photographs, the display case, the flowers. The dust.

RECCER'S NOTES: This snippet isn't long, but it packs such a punch. I always wondered about Mrs. Pettigrew and who she was and how she felt. In this short snippet she really comes to life.

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FANDOM: The Avengers (2012)
FIC LINK: Rescue and Recovery
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] jenna_thorn
WIP?/WORD COUNT: one-shot | ~ 2,300 words
MAIN CHARACTERS: Clint Barton, Maria Hill, cameos of the other chracters

FIC SUMMARY: ...What about Barton?”
“He knows what to say to the shrinks.”
“Hill, we all know what to say to the shrinks at this point.” Fury rubbed one hand over the top of his head.

RECCER'S NOTES: I like the chracterization not only of Maria, who is brilliant here, but also of Clint. His recovery after the events of the movie gets treated with respect and care. I like the balance between drama and sweetness.

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FANDOM: Harry Potter
FIC LINK: Percy and the Green Carnation Club
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] localfreak
WORD COUNT: ~ 4,600

FIC SUMMARY: Percy is surprised to find that Dumbledore left him something in his will: his membership to The Green Carnation Club, Paddington Est 1836

RECCER'S NOTES: This is an interesting take on Percy. I love the world-building of this story, and how Percy fits into it.

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FANDOM: Stargate Atlantis
FIC LINK: Look Up In The Sky
AUTHOR LINK: [livejournal.com profile] teand
WORD COUNT: ~ 1,230
MAIN CHARACTERS: Elizabeth Weir, Richard Woolsey

FIC SUMMARY: Perception is everything.

RECCER'S NOTES: The show usually focuses on the main characters, as does most fanfiction. It's nice to see those little things that don't make it into the show. It's always good to be reminded of the people who are doing the more everyday sort of work, but are just as necessary and heroic as a McKay or a Sheppard.
I really love Weir's voice here.

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[personal profile] thady
FANDOM: Harry Potter
FIC LINK: Saturdays Are For Football (The Rest of the Week is for Everything Else)
AUTHOR LINK: [livejournal.com profile] pitry
RATING/WARNING(S): PG-13 (vague discussion of war crimes and racism)
WORD COUNT: ~ 4,200 words
MAIN CHARACTERS: Blaise Zabini, Dean Thomas

FIC SUMMARY: Once a week, every week, Dean Thomas allowed himself to pretend nothing had ever happened.

RECCER'S NOTES: This is an amazing story. I love both characters interaction. I like the examination of prejudice and privilege.

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[personal profile] thady
FANDOM: Buffy the Vampire Slayer
FIC LINK: Five Things The Chip Was Never Marketed For
AUTHOR LINK: [livejournal.com profile] sangpassionne
WIP?/WORD COUNT: ~ 2,500 words
MAIN CHARACTERS: Spike, Xander Harris, OCs

FIC SUMMARY: Based on the five things challenge, this story assumes that Spike was recaptured during The Initiative (4.7) and offers five possible futures for him. All events after that episode happened as we saw it on screen, only without Spike’s presence. All scenarios take place during the time period of AtS season 5, so there may be a few character spoilers.

RECCER'S NOTES: Dark and disturbing and revealing and psychological sound. Brilliant.

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FANDOM: due South
AUTHOR LINK: [personal profile] teaphile
WIP?/WORD COUNT: ~ 1,200 words

FIC SUMMARY: A babble of questions boiled up out of the class, then, like all thirty-two of them were talking at once, even though Ray could see that at least one kid was asleep, head slumped against the window.

RECCER'S NOTES: This is a wonderful look at Ray and the way he sees being a cop.
This story balances the whimsy of due South with gritty realism.