longlivehumour: Nine. Look at the ears! (ears)
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FANDOM: Doctor Who
FIC LINK: No Company for Old Men
AUTHOR LINK: Cryptile
RATING/WARNING(S): G
WIP?/WORD COUNT: Complete | 7,300
MAIN CHARACTERS: Ninth Doctor, the Brigadier

FIC SUMMARY: "Who are you and what did you do with the Brigadier?"

RECCER'S NOTES: What did the Doctor get up to in those ten seconds at the end of "Rose"? Turns out he buggered off to see the Brigadier, and more or less refused to go away. Reasons to read this: 1. It's Nine and the Brig; 2. it's by Cryptile. Dialogue sharp as knives. The Brigadier's voice is delightful, his reaction to the intruder memorable, and the brittle wrongness of this new Doctor as the Brig watches him about the place sticks in my throat and burns.

Consider this an author rec, too, because every fic on Cryptile's profile is fantastic, with that balanced DW blend of drama and comedy and absolutely impeccable characterisation. One of the very best.
dirty_diana: profile image of television version of  Peggy Carter (peggy)
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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.
thady: (Akagami no Shirayukihime  -  pair)
[personal profile] thady
FANDOM: Torchwood
FIC LINK: Geek Gifts.
AUTHOR LINK: [livejournal.com profile] adina_atl
RATING/WARNING(S): PG
WIP?/WORD COUNT: one-shot | ~ 7,750 words
MAIN CHARACTERS: Ianto Jones, Toshiko Sato, Jack Harkness

FIC SUMMARY: Tosh and Ianto bond over tech and their respective pasts. - Set first season.

RECCER'S NOTES:

Oh, I love Ianto and Tosh together. They just fit in a way the other characters on the show rarely do. I love how they interact here, bonding over their past and their relationship to Jack.

thady: (DIV  -  evening)
[personal profile] thady
FANDOM: Stargate SG-1
FIC LINK: Sisters in Arms.
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] dsudis
RATING/WARNING(S): G
WIP?/WORD COUNT: one-shot | 984 words
MAIN CHARACTERS: Sam Carter, Sha're

FIC SUMMARY: Sam thought Sha're, at least, must speak some English.

RECCER'S NOTES:

I love the description of Sam and her thoughts, and I love the interaction between her and Sha're. I would have loved to see something like this on the show. While being a reaction to the lack of women and interaction between them (on the show), this story is wonderful in its own right. It articulates some things that have been consciously and sub-consciously bothering me and I love it.

thady: (DIV  -  trees)
[personal profile] thady
FANDOM: Harry Potter
FIC LINK: Bedside Manners.
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] serpenscript | Fic-journal at IJ: [insanejournal.com profile] serpens_fic
RATING/WARNING(S): G | set partly during the seventh book
WIP?/WORD COUNT: one-shot | ~ 2,000 words
MAIN CHARACTERS: Poppy Pomphrey, Minerva McGonagall, Luna Lovegood

FIC SUMMARY: Poppy Pomfrey liked to sing. It was a little known secret, because although she indulged in singing quite frequently she very rarely gave anyone the chance to hear her sing. To put it kindly, she was tone deaf; to put it bluntly was to say she sounded like a hippogriff caught in a harpy's nest.

RECCER'S NOTES:

This is a wonderful character study of Poppy Pomphrey. I love the setting during the seventh book, love her friendships, and she is such an amazing character.

thady: (DW  -  master pendulum)
[personal profile] thady
FANDOM: Harry Potter
FIC LINK: Kitten Claws and Mudblood Wars [at LJ] | Kitten Claws and Mudblood Wars [at AO3]
AUTHOR LINK: [livejournal.com profile] catsintheattic | [archiveofourown.org profile] Catsintheattic
RATING/WARNING(S): R | content notes/warnings )
WIP?/WORD COUNT: one-shot | ~ 7,600 words
MAIN CHARACTERS: Dolores Umbridge

FIC SUMMARY: Every crusade exacts a human cost, and Dolores is willing to see it paid in full.

RECCER'S NOTES:

This story features one of the most loathed characters from the Harry Potter books - Dolores Umbridge. It was originally written for the [livejournal.com profile] hp_darkfest and it shows.

It's an intriguing view into Umbridge's head and how she became who she is. [livejournal.com profile] catsintheattic strikes here a difficult balance - creating understanding (and a sense of sympathy) without excusing Umbridge's behavior. A truly fascinating character piece.

What impressed me the most though is the fact how seamlessly the story is incorporated into canon. Looking back at the books it fits perfectly in.

It's not an easy read (please heed the warnings!), but very well worth it.

thady: (Ao Haru Ride  -  Futaba)
[personal profile] thady
FANDOM: The Lord of the Rings
FIC LINK: Voices at the Door.
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] rhymer23
RATING/WARNING(S): G
WIP?/WORD COUNT: novelette | ~ 16,000 words
MAIN CHARACTERS: Bilbo Baggins, Aragorn

FIC SUMMARY: Bilbo spent nineteen years in Rivendell, as both he and the world changed. This is those nineteen years charted in scenes between Bilbo and Aragorn, plus occasional letters that remained unsent.

RECCER'S NOTES:

This is a wonderful story depicting the frienship between Aragorn and Bilbo Baggins. Both of them are very much in character (more-so with their book versions, though). I can hear them clearly.
This fills the gaps of the "The Lord of the Rings" with life. I love Bilbo's voice here, and how he sees (and not-sees) the world and the happenings around him.

dirty_diana: Hawkeye and Black Widow in Avengers film (clintasha)
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FANDOM: Marvel Cinematic Universe/Avengers
FIC LINK: Parting Shot
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] ratherastory [livejournal.com profile] ratherastory
RATING/WARNING(S): G / canon-typical violence
WIP?/WORD COUNT: complete / 20 700 words
MAIN CHARACTERS: Clint Barton, OCs

FIC SUMMARY: Two years after the events of New York, Clint Barton is deep undercover in Bulgaria. When the events of Captain America: The Winter Soldier reveal his identity to the organised crime syndicate he's infiltrated, he finds himself stranded in Varna with no allies and no resources. Moreover, the local mafia are about to enact a plan that could put the entire region at risk. With Hydra hot on his heels, Clint must rely on his wits and a few local friends to put an end to the plot and get out alive.

RECCER'S NOTES: Wondering what Clint was up to during Captain America: The Winter Soldier? This story shows us a plausible, action-packed explanation. Thematically inspired by the Fraction/Aja comic in an interesting way, as the daunting situations of the MCU meet an extremely human Clint. Contains one of my favourite MCU specific tropes, Deaf/Hard of Hearing Clint. Who we should get more of in canon, anyway.