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Edit: apparently I had already rec'd my previous link, Small Favours, so here is another Mummy fic to make up for my poor memory :p

FANDOM: The Mummy (1999)
FIC LINK: Coincidence... and Fate
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] UrbanAmazon
RATING/WARNING(S): Teen
WIP?/WORD COUNT: Complete | 12643
MAIN CHARACTERS: Evy Carnahan O'Connell, Rick O'Connell, Ardeth Bay, Beni Gabor, Jonathan Carnahan, Colonel Guizot

FIC SUMMARY: What if Rick had been a medjai from the start? One decision sets the adventure in motion, but the thing about decisions is that there's always more than one option to choose. Some things unfold differently, yes, but some manage to fall into place like the tumblers on a puzzle-box key, turning round and round until things go click.

RECCER'S NOTES: A canon-divergence AU which interweaves amazing possibilities into the existing story we already know. The humour and characterisation here is amazing -- I especially love Evy, and Rick and Ardeth having to work together with differing levels of faith in their journey together.

There is a smidge of Evy/Rick, or at least the fic ends with the implication matters will take off in that direction, but the main course of the story is on Rick as a Medjai, and how it may have impacted the story and other characters he comes into contact with.

Really clever, and really great characterisation. :)



[personal profile] mythicmistress
FANDOM: Isaac Asimov
FIC LINK: Hostage Negotiations
AUTHOR LINK: Marcelo
RATING/WARNING(S): Teen/no warnings
WIP?/WORD COUNT: Complete/1091 words
MAIN CHARACTERS: Susan Calvin

FIC SUMMARY: Dr. Calvin prefers robots to people, and this is one of the many reasons why.

RECCER'S NOTES: This is a perfect pastiche of Asimov's short stories.


FANDOM: Isaac Asimov
FIC LINK: The Conscientious Objectors
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] grey
RATING/WARNING(S): Teen/no warnings
WIP?/WORD COUNT: Complete/3677 words
MAIN CHARACTERS: Susan Calvin

FIC SUMMARY: Susan Calvin investigates a mysterious robotic work stoppage in an automated factory.

RECCER'S NOTES: Another fic in the vein of Asimov's short stories. This works well as a cautionary tale.
[personal profile] mythicmistress
FANDOM: Calvin & Hobbes, Young Wizards-Diane Duane
FIC LINK: Wizards in Winter
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] vibishan
RATING/WARNING(S): G/no warnings
WIP?/WORD COUNT: Complete/2440 words
MAIN CHARACTERS: Calvin, Hobbes

FIC SUMMARY: The advertisement is a spiky red impact bubble on the back of his box of Chocolate Frosted Sugar Bombs. Mail in just five box tops for your very own HOW TO BE A WIZARD KIT* .

RECCER'S NOTES: Calvin becoming a wizard and going through his Ordeal. The little details make so much sense here, from Calvin's Manual being a comic book to his Ordeal involving snowmen.
[personal profile] mythicmistress
FANDOM: Emelan-Tamora Pierce
FIC LINK: The friendship in the shawl
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] Lullabymoon
RATING/WARNING(S): G/No warnings
WIP?/WORD COUNT: Complete/1838 words
MAIN CHARACTERS: Sandrilene fa Toren, Daja Kisubo, Briar Moss

FIC SUMMARY: Sandry, Daja and Briar work together to send Tris a little piece of home

RECCER'S NOTES: Rather heartwarming story about Sandry, Daja, and Briar making an off-at-Lightsbridge Tris a gift from home. Use of the ambient magic in the shawl adds a nice call back to the series.
[personal profile] mythicmistress
FANDOM: Mega Man X, Mega Man Classic
FIC LINK: Through The Unmet Man
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] JanitorBot
RATING/WARNING(S): T/mentions of sexual abuse, mentions of genocide
WIP?/WORD COUNT: Complete/10189 words
MAIN CHARACTERS: X, Mega Man, Roll, Dr. Light, Dr. Wily

FIC SUMMARY: X dreams for thirty years.

RECCER'S NOTES: Covers the thirty years X spent in morality testing, as such, this is a heavy fic when it comes to thematic content. Still excellent.
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[personal profile] doranwen
FANDOM: Worldweavers / Push
FIC LINK: Tangled Strands
AUTHOR LINK: Morbane
RATING/WARNING(S): G
WIP?/WORD COUNT: Complete | 1562
MAIN CHARACTERS: Thea Winthrop, Cassie Holmes, Nick Gant

FIC SUMMARY: Thea presses enter - and arrives somewhere unexpected.

RECCER'S NOTES: This was a gift for me a few years ago in Night On Fic Mountain (a fic exchange for rare fandoms), and I was absolutely delighted to receive a gen fic that crossed two of my favorite fandoms with attention to detail, logical interaction, and worldbuilding. A fan of either fandom would find this an interesting read (but you'll probably get more out of it if you know the awesome Worldweavers books by Alma Alexander).
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FANDOM: Lord of the Rings / The Chronicles of Narnia
FIC LINK: The Bitter and the Sweet
AUTHOR LINK: AceQueenKing
RATING/WARNING(S): G
WIP?/WORD COUNT: Complete | 2363
MAIN CHARACTERS: Susan Pevensie, Arwen Undómiel

FIC SUMMARY: Susan wanders into Rivendell when she opens the door to Narnia after The Accident. It may not where she expected to end up, but not all who wander are lost.

RECCER'S NOTES: I received this gift for Every Woman 2017 and was blown away by it. It's a lovely fic set after the Accident in the Narnia world, and just before Frodo reaches the Fords of Bruinen in LOTR movieverse. Given the timing in the respective canons, it's surprisingly hopeful - Susan on a horse again, with a bow! - and the writing is lyrical and moving.
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[personal profile] ozqueen
FANDOM: The Mummy (1999/series)
FIC LINK: Small Favours
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] jonesandashes
RATING/WARNING(S): G
WIP?/WORD COUNT: Complete | 2329
MAIN CHARACTERS: Jonathan Carnahan, Evy Carnahan

FIC SUMMARY: Jonathan makes the introductions. When Mr. Humbert takes Evy’s hand in his giant paw, he frowns. “I thought you said her name was Louise?”

-- Evy and Jonathan, a few years before the movie.

RECCER'S NOTES:

This is a quick, hilarious read that feels perfectly in character. Everyone's voices are spot-on, and so is the little scheme Jonathan is running. I love that Evy does her best to be moral and upstanding about it, but, in the end, helping Jonathan out of a fix is what she does best.



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[personal profile] ozqueen
FANDOM: MCU
FIC LINK: the way out is through
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] Nokomis
RATING/WARNING(S): G
WIP?/WORD COUNT: Complete | 1529
MAIN CHARACTERS: Natasha Romanoff, Clint Barton, Steve Rogers

FIC SUMMARY: Little by little, Natasha becomes part of the team.

RECCER'S NOTES:

This is a gorgeous fic set just after the Battle of New York. Natasha is still trying to figure out how to fit into the team, and the team is trying to figure out how to be a team. Steve is adjusting to his new time, Clint is trying to rid himself of the guilt of Loki's possession, and Bruce can't forget that Hulk almost killed Natasha.

It's all these tiny little steps and character moments all winding together to reveal broken little pieces and the attempts to fix them. This is just a beautiful character-driven fic.



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[personal profile] longlivehumour
FANDOM: Mob Psycho 100
FIC LINK: The Reigen Arataka Guide to Running Your Own Successful Business
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] inverse
RATING/WARNING(S): G | none
WIP?/WORD COUNT: Complete | 1600
MAIN CHARACTERS: Reigen Arataka

FIC SUMMARY: Are you a budding entrepreneur? Have you always wanted to run your own business, but have no idea how to go about it? Do you wish to become a revered businessman and a respected guru who gets regular invitations from the mainstream press and media? Fret not! The new star of the paranormal world, Reigen Arataka, is here to help!

RECCER'S NOTES: A glorious cascade of mystical corporate bullshit. If I could marry this fic, I would.
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[personal profile] ozqueen
FANDOM: Voltron: Legendary Defender
FIC LINK: A Grass in the Beginning
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] coyotesuspect
RATING/WARNING(S): G
WIP?/WORD COUNT: Complete | 5302
MAIN CHARACTERS: Pidge, ensemble

FIC SUMMARY: Pidge starts a garden on the Castle of Lions.
Or: seven conversations Pidge has while standing next to a tree.

RECCER'S NOTES:

This is one of those things you really wish was a missing scene or episode from canon. It's such a cute idea, and it's executed particularly well here. Everyone is so in character as they visit Pidge's garden to talk or think things over, and the descriptions of the garden building and growing are very satisfying.



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[personal profile] longlivehumour
FANDOM: Broadchurch
FIC LINK: Cargument
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] damalur
RATING/WARNING(S): G | Spoilers for Series 1, mild spoilers for Series 3
WIP?/WORD COUNT: Complete | 1200 words
MAIN CHARACTERS: Ellie Miller, Alec Hardy

FIC SUMMARY: Hardy, Miller, the not-so-open road, and an abundance of opinions.

RECCER'S NOTES: Possibly the best Broadchurch fic I've read. Granted, that's a small superlative given the size of the fandom, but were it bigger I'd still say it and mean it. The voices are perfection - Ellie's in particular stands out - and the push and pull of the argument dialogue is so true to their relationship in the show I'd swear I was in the car with them. I was grinning all over my face when I finished. Don't miss this one.
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[personal profile] longlivehumour
FANDOM: The Thick of It
FIC LINK: Referendums Anonymous
AUTHOR LINK:
[archiveofourown.org profile] darkandstormyslash
RATING/WARNING(S):
T | language
WIP?/WORD COUNT:
Complete | 2,000 words
MAIN CHARACTERS: Ollie Reeder, Ben Swain

FIC SUMMARY: Ollie Reeder and Ben Swain try to get their head around the latest political developments: the results of the Brexit referendum. (Part of the series "Still in the Thick of It", but stands well on its own.)

RECCER'S NOTES:
If there's one good thing comes out of Brexit, it's the quality of the comedy. Splendid voice and characerisation. Read. Laugh. Weep.

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[personal profile] longlivehumour
FANDOM: Red Dwarf
FIC LINK: Nine Little Words
AUTHOR LINK: [fanfiction.net profile] Adrian-Tullberg
RATING/WARNING(S): G | none
WIP?/WORD COUNT: Complete | 1900 words
MAIN CHARACTERS: Frank Rimmer, Arnold J. Rimmer

FIC SUMMARY: It doesn't take much to change a life. AU.

RECCER'S NOTES: Unsettling, cathartic, funny and frighteningly plausible, this is an AU that will stick in your head. Frank Rimmer's narration works wonders, his distaste for his brother dripping from every syllable, and the entire storything is full of a black comedy which is very much Red Dwarf. Remember, remember, the Fifth of November, gunpowder, treason and plot...
[personal profile] mythicmistress
FANDOM: Emelan-Tamora Pierce
FIC LINK: Homecoming
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] laurel_crown
RATING/WARNING(S): G/no warnings
WIP?/WORD COUNT: Complete/5025 words
MAIN CHARACTERS: Sandrilene fa Toren, Daja Kisubo, Trisana Chandler, Briar Moss

FIC SUMMARY: The four mages return home from Namorn, but find they have brought ghosts with them.

RECCER'S NOTES: A nice look at the Circle four when they get home after the events of Will of the Empress.
[personal profile] mythicmistress
FANDOM: Avatar: The Last Airbender
FIC LINK: Fathers and Sons
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] MACRA
RATING/WARNING(S): General Audiences
WIP?/WORD COUNT: Complete/2108 words
MAIN CHARACTERS: Iroh, Zuko

FIC SUMMARY: Like fate, the bonds of family are a chancy thing.


RECCER'S NOTES: One of my favorite Iroh-centric fics. How it treats Iroh and fatherhood was well done.
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[personal profile] longlivehumour
FANDOM: Avatar the Last Airbender
FIC LINK: Eight Principles of Yong
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] psocoptera
RATING/WARNING(S): G | none
WIP?/WORD COUNT: Complete | 3700 words
MAIN CHARACTERS: Zuko, Katara

FIC SUMMARY: The pen is mightier than the sword, or how Zuko saves the day via the power of good penmanship.

RECCER'S NOTES: Short, powerful, beautiful: what Zuko did in the capital after the last Agni Kai. Not many fics can so convincingly add to character backstory; or use the style of AtLA so perfectly, down to the language and tone of its jokes; or add humour to drama without dampening either. This one does. It's a terrific idea, and one of the best Avatar fics it's ever been my pleasure to read.

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[personal profile] longlivehumour
FANDOM: Red Dwarf
FIC LINK: A Different Kind of Ace
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] RowenaZahnrei
RATING/WARNING(S): G | mild body horror
WIP?/WORD COUNT: WIP (just updated) | 42000+
MAIN CHARACTERS: Arnold Rimmer, Dave Lister, the Cat, Kryten, Kristine Kochanski, Frank Rimmer

FIC SUMMARY: Rimmer left Starbug to become someone he liked, but he always hated Ace. Now he feels he's trapped playing a part, a failure in a shiny costume. To become a hero in his own right, Rimmer must face up to his old crew, his family, and his self-loathing...

RECCER'S NOTES: One of my favourite genres of RD fanfiction is the one that addresses the Rimmer-as-Ace issue, because it seems sad somehow that our Rimmer, the neurotic arsewipe we know and love, could simply be subsumed into Generic Space Hero #1598719 (what a guy!) with no trace of the original remaining; and over the years there's been many stories written with different versions of What Happened Next. This one, as the title implies, aims to unite the two personas; its depiction of Rimmer's struggle with / acceptance of the role is excellent, it has a good ear for character voice and the plot moves at a good lick. But beyond all that, it's just... fun. To be read slowly - take a break between chapter and chapter, savour the twists in the road. If you've not read it before you're in for a treat, and if you have you're in for another, because it's just updated and the end is in sight. Go!
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[personal profile] longlivehumour
FANDOM: The Brittas Empire
FIC LINK: Your Gateway To a Stress-Free Life
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] Doyle
RATING/WARNING(S): G | none
WIP?/WORD COUNT: Complete | 1200 words
MAIN CHARACTERS: Helen Brittas, Carole Parkinson

FIC SUMMARY: "Stop apologising, Carole, for heaven's sake. Everybody knows it's Gordon's fault for playing that Christmas tape on a loop." Helen's getting pretty good at stress management; she's had enough experience.

RECCER'S NOTES: Short, funny, and strongly in-character; you can just picture the mad glint in Carole's eyes as she explains. A productive conversation between the two most put-upon characters in the Brittasverse.
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[personal profile] longlivehumour
FANDOM: Red Dwarf
FIC LINK: So Bright it Burns
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] tawg
RATING/WARNING(S): G | None
WIP?/WORD COUNT: Complete | 600 words
MAIN CHARACTERS: Dave Lister, Arnold Rimmer

FIC SUMMARY: Lister remembers a brief moment from his youth, and tries to deny the effect it had on him.

RECCER'S NOTES: This is one of those hidden jewels, a fic that for whatever reason seems to have gone mostly unnoticed. Proofing may be the culprit in this case - a couple of missing words in vital places - but please, please, do yourself a favour and read it. Good writing isn't about brand new ideas: it's shuffling old ideas into combinations you'd never dreamt were possible, and there's something very powerful to this story.