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Elementary Murder Mystery Analysis (3618 words) by faviconjibrailis Rec
Fandom: Community
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Abed Nadir, Troy Barnes, Britta Perry, Jeff Winger, Shirley Bennett, Pierce Hawthorne, Annie Edison
Summary: "It's come to my attention," says Pierce, "that Jeff is dead." (But Sherlock Abed is born).

Good character voices. I enjoyed this.

Clocks Are Dumb Anyway (1183 words) by favicongertie_flirty Rec
Fandom: Hark! A Vagrant
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Nancy Drew, Ned Nickerson, Bess Marvin, George Fayne, Frank Hardy
Summary: Nancy Drew reflects on her old cases. And also fails to fix a clock, but nobody cares about that part.

This was really funny. I love how the lack of punctuation in dialogue makes it read more like the comics. I was head-scratchy about George randomly being a dude. Someone in comments assumed that it was the author deliberately adding a bizarre twist, which could be the case, but my first reaction was "wtf have you never actually read Nancy Drew?" So idk. XD Regardless, the story is hilarious and I love Beaton's Nancy so much.

Mystery Solving Teens Confirm the Obvious (1304 words) by faviconBow
Fandom: Hark! A Vagrant
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Mystery Solving Teens, Nancy Drew, Vanessa (Hark! A Vagrant), St. Francis, Birds (Hark! A Vagrant), Foul-mouthed Duck
Summary: The Mystery Solving Teens land their highest-profile assignment yet. Will they crack the case...or fail to care entirely? The Shit Talker--the high school's most illustrious student newspaper--reports from the scene.

I loved the addition of the "aw yiss" duck and St. Francis (I never read headers, so I didn't even know they'd be in it until they appeared, so it was a fun surprise). I'm not too interested in Mystery Solving Teens at the moment and was mainly reading this for Nancy, who was funny when she appeared (especially her confession! XD) but was not as big a part of it as I'd hoped.

Tool Time with Ron Swanson (1185 words) by faviconkatsumeragi
Fandom: Parks and Recreation
Rating: General Audiences
Warning: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Ron Swanson/Chris Traeger
Characters: Ron Swanson, Chris Traeger
Summary: Chris finds a way to break his coffee table and Ron takes it upon himself to teach him lessons of craftsmanship, Swanson family traditions, and to stop buying things from the Swedes.

Good Chris and Ron voices, but apparently it doesn't really feel like Parks & Rec to me without reaction shots and people talking to the camera. :-/ Still cute and funny, though.

Red Letter Day (7678 words) by faviconshinealightonme
Fandom: Parks and Recreation
Rating: General Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Ann Perkins, Leslie Knope, April Ludgate, Andy Dwyer, Ron Swanson, Ben Wyatt, Tom Haverford
Summary: Eight holidays Ann Perkins survived thanks to (or in spite of) the Pawnee Parks and Recreation Department.

Cute, but uneven. It seems I'm very picky with this fandom. :-/

0.0109% of the Way to the Moon (2806 words) by faviconmyrifique
Fandom: Parks and Recreation
Rating: General Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Leslie Knope & Ann Perkins
Characters: Leslie Knope, Ann Perkins
Summary: How Leslie and Ann single-handedly made "being healthy in Pawnee" awesome. Or possible, at least.

Also cute. Leslie and Ann, yay. :)
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I was lazy and used the AO3 rec formatting, which I don't particularly like and also makes every entry way long (also I quoted a lot!), so they're going behind a cut. So far I've really only read by recs, so these have probably been mentioned quite a bit already, but whatevs. I enjoyed them!

Discworld, Michael Fassbender with Pugs Tumblr, TV Commercials, Parks & Rec, Hark! A Vagrant, and Anne of Green Gables )
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A Day in the Life by [archiveofourown.org profile] rimedio Rec
2200 words. G. Just your everyday guy, er gal, er whatever, going to work, sitting in meetings, crushing on their co-worker... it's starting to sound familiar.

This is the fic that was written for me. I requested some sort of queering of this song because I really love it a lot, it's so catchy, but the lyrics just give me the eye-twitch. Tech guy and receptionist girl? Really? And she says no to his offer of soda because it will make her fat? Ugh. And the whole tone of it is very Nice Guy TM. So I wanted something that would fix that. Making the characters queer in some way or at the very least switching up their jobs and leaving out the line about getting fat. This does just what I was hoping my author would do if they chose this fandom. Very cute.

Hark! A Vagrant

I Am Acton Bell's Metaphorical Manhood by [personal profile] xenakis Rec
1600 words. Teen. "Is interpretive dance the new hot thing in Gothic Literature, and nobody told me?"

OMG BRONTES!!! This was pretty hilarious.

The Squid Is a Metaphor by [personal profile] newredshoes
2300 words. G. There can be no secrets on a pirate ship. Nor, perhaps, should there be.

Oh, I love the pirates. This was funny, but I found it hard to follow, so I didn't feel like I was really getting it.

Well This Is Just Weird by [archiveofourown.org profile] snacklepop Rec
3300 words. G. Holmes needs Watson's help with a very strange case indeed.

Watsons! This was fun and very meta. I especially loved Holmes mistaking Watson for Gay Watson.

Claymore

Routine by [livejournal.com profile] rushin_doll
1700 words. Teen. Helen/Deneve. Even the most comfortable routines can stand to get shaken up from time to time.

I liked this okay, but it felt like it didn't know what it wanted to be. It was a modern-day AU, but that wasn't explored at all. It was clearly some sort of modern story where they were still Claymores, but most of the word count went to describing things like their clothes and Deneve's apartment and ordering Chinese food, stuff to convey the modern-day setting. The actual story could have easily been set within the canon universe, so it felt kind of odd and pointless. I also wasn't that fond of the style (I have little patience for description unless it's coming from the POV character).

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