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This set of recs is something I'll be working on. It's more of what I've read currently and loved. I'll need to backtrack later to add other goodies in.

WARNING

I add a quote from the fic under the synopsis. It's free of spoilers except for the fact that's it's a quotation and some might consider that in itself a spoiler. XD

This is not a masterlist of recs, but rather my top recs.



All synopses are derived from the author's posting except for the genre tags I've added in italics.

Every fic here I love and adore and reread.

♥ - extra oomph of loving and adoring and rereading.

. Merlin . Star Trek (2009) .


The Hunger Games

Willow Bark by Mithrigil
Synopsis: Mr. Everdeen/Mrs. Everdeen. Garrett Everdeen has been coming to Ilona Teller’s house for years, selling herbs and flowers at her back door. But the day he finally makes it into her house, it’s not by his choice.

All Things are Mine Since Truth I Found (Haymitch's Games), Achilles Heel (Finnick's Games, 1st person), Scylla and Charybdis, Wisely, I Say, I Am A Bachelor & A View from the Lists by Mithrigil & puella_nerdii
Synopsis: Finnick/Annie, canon-level: violence, gore, death, dubcon, forced prostitution, moments of fluff, happy ending jfc. Finnick decides that, come hell or high water, he is bringing his tribute home from the seventieth Hunger Games. That tribute is Annie Cresta. But Finnick never thought that he would have to choose between bringing her home and keeping her safe, and he wants both. How Annie Cresta crept up on Finnick Odair.
Notes: This is so fucking beautiful it hurts. ~60,000 words and I wish it went forever. It's rough, just as rough and real as canon but with a soothing touch here and there and a beautiful happy ending. It also has the rumblings of a prequel to The Hunger Games, expanded in it's subsequent sequels.

Ashes and Flame (Every You and Every Me) by freneticfloetry
Synopsis: Peeta/Katniss, post-canon, fucking beautiful. Peeta comes home, still unsure what the word means.
Notes: This is the epilogue told from Peeta's POV and it's fucking beautiful. Prepare to cry but also heal. The characters were spot-on and the little expanding upon canon (Haymitch's geese, Peeta's baking...) were just what I need to help soothe my ravaged feelings.

Merlin

The Student Prince by Fayjay or Pandarus (DW)
Synopsis: University AU, Modern era. A Modern day Merlin AU set at the University of St Andrews, featuring teetotal kickboxers, secret wizards, magnificent bodyguards of various genders, irate fairies, imprisoned dragons, crumbling gothic architecture, arrogant princes, adorable engineering students, stolen gold, magical doorways, attempted assassination, drunken students, shaving foam fights, embarrassing mornings after, The Hammer Dance, duty, responsibility, friendship and true love...
Quote: "What you need to do, Merlin, is remind yourself that Arthur is a pillock. Because he is, you know – he's a massive pillock. A pillock of truly epic proportions. Pillockzilla. You can do better."


Star Trek (2009) aka, Star Trek: Reboot

Leave No Soul Behind by whochick
Synopsis: Med AU, Starfleet era, Epic, First-time. If you're Starfleet, you spend your whole life wishing you never see an EPAS uniform right up until the moment they become your only hope. Whether you're dying a slow, cold death in space, or a long painful one on some godforsaken planet, they're going to come for you. So count your last breaths, son, and hold on tight. They leave no soul behind.
Quote: Planning for something that might never happen, that you might never live to experience, doesn't sound very logical. No wonder Spock can't answer that question. Jim wonders if any of them really can, even as he knows it's essential that they do.

Secret Vulcan Mating Rituals by Chase820 WiP
Synopsis: Starfleet era, Epic, Dark, Angst, First-time. Everyone knows the story of how James T. Kirk beat the Kobayashi Maru. But only Kirk, Spock, and McCoy know the real story. Set before and after the events of the film, this fic offers a slashtastic twist on events.
Quote: "Out there, I'm a cadet," Jim said. "In here, I'm a motherfucking admiral."

Atlas by Angel Baby1
Synopsis: Starfleet era, Epic, First-time. Between what was and what will be stands James Tiberius Kirk, in all his fractured patchwork glory. Because saving the Federation was only the beginning.
Quote: "There we go, stock Vulcan phrases." Jim nodded, pleased. "You'll be right as rain in no time.

You'll Get There in the End (It Just Takes a While) & War Games by [personal profile] seperis
Synopsis: Starfleet era, Pon Farr, Epic, First-time. "Spock. Just say 'I don't trust Starfleet not to mess up the only captain in the fleet who I can train up to my expectations and enjoys running into danger wearing a blindfold as much as I do'.

Only Good for Legends by [personal profile] leupagus
Synopsis: Detective AU, Starfleet era, Epic, First-time. Detective Spock, born on Vulcan and resident of San Francisco, is assigned to the Midwest police bureau. I think everyone can guess what happens next.
Quote: Of all the Vulcan habits he’s tried to break, it is the one that cannot be shaken; truth follows him like a hungry dog.

Evolution by rhaegal
Synopsis: Starfleet era, Epic, First-time. In his first year in command of the USS Enterprise James T. Kirk must gel his new team together, adapt to his abrupt change in status over his friends, and deal with falling for his first officer. And, of course, there's always someone out to threaten the galaxy.
Quote: It was the most curious thing; Spock's lips didn't move, yet Kirk knew, with a certainty that he would never be able to explain to McCoy, that the Vulcan was smiling..

A Beautiful(ly Illogical) Mind by waldorph
Synopsis: Starfleet era AU, Epic, First-time. Jim never takes up Pike's dare to do better. Close-canon movie AU, with touches of Good Will Hunting.
Quote: The answer is √π233/hy7.

Helloooo, Nurse! by [personal profile] lalazee
Synopsis: Starfleet era, Med AU (Kirk/Spock) Jim Kirk is the only male nurse on the Enterprise. He’s also the only one with any experience with Vulcan biology. You can guess who he’s been assigned to.
Quote: No Human doctor or nurse had ever thought to utilise a heating lamp during Spock’s physicals.

So Wise We Grow by captanddeastar
Synopsis: Starfleet era, Kidfic. (Kirk/Spock) "Commander Spock, we have located your son," the Vulcan lady on the screen says, which would be great, except Jim can tell by the look on Spock's face that he's never heard of this kid before in his life. "If it is expedient, the child will be sent to join you on the Enterprise within the week."
Quote: There should be nothing remarkable about this particular moment in time, merely one of millions of indistinguishable others; yet Spock is suddenly blindsided by it. He is shattered by this thing he did not even know he wanted.

West of the Moon by Angel Baby
Synopsis: Mafia AU, Starfleet era, Dark, Pre-slash. There's family and then there's Family. 'Pretty Jim' Scaretta knows this better than most. A mafia AU.
Quote: It's an exercise in perception, Professor. You think we're playing a game, so you keep looking for rules that don't exist.

Knives in the Water by green postit
with gorgeous art by steam-pilot
Synopsis: Mafia AU, Modern era, Dark, Angst.
Quote: "I'm not on your payroll, Kirk. I'm not going to risk my goddamn medical license like some back alley doctor just because you expect me to roll over at your fucking command."

Hounds of Morrigan by vaingirlfic
Synopsis: Nero Wins AU, Starfleet Era, Dark, Angst. An alternate world without a federation. Nyota Uhura is a scary BAMF with an even more terrifying matched set of hunting hounds on her leash. Warnings: Slavery, non-con, d/s without the safeguards. Fucked up, dirty bad wrong shit.
Quote: There is nothing human in that smile, nothing sweet or joyous, but it is a real thing, alive if not quite tender.

Streetlight People by ladyblahblah
Synopsis: Starfleet era, AU, Epic. (Kirk/Spock) Strangers waitin', up and down the boulevard, their shadows searchin' in the night. Streetlight people, living just to find emotion; hiding somewhere in the night.

Sweet Precisions and Soft Collisions Series: six things that changed, its sequel, and then this, followed by McCoy had some thoughts, while Spock got some tea and made some decisions, and Pike had some problems but before any of that could happen, Jim got homesick by raphaela667
Synopsis: Starfleet era, Childhood AU. (Kirk/Spock) For [personal profile] jamjar who requested an AU where Jim was on Vulcan as a kid where he meets Spock, I didn't get all your bonuses in and I'm sorry. This is quite the little 'verse in my head now though.
Quote: They all follow Jim around, and she swears up and down that Stonn's died his hair blond and grown it out to cover his ears. T'Pring has started wearing jeans.

Helloooo, Nurse! by [personal profile] lalazee
Synopsis: Starfleet era, Med AU (Kirk/Spock) Jim Kirk is the only male nurse on the Enterprise. He’s also the only one with any experience with Vulcan biology. You can guess who he’s been assigned to.
Quote: No Human doctor or nurse had ever thought to utilise a heating lamp during Spock’s physicals.

Faultlines by what-alchemy
Synopsis: Starfleet era, Genderswap, Established. (Kirk/Spock) Conveniently placed flowers turn Spock into a woman. No one’s happy about it.

Beware Greeks by janice-lester
Synopsis: Starfleet era, Mpreg, Crackfic. (Kirk/Spock) Aliens have done something to Jim, and only Spock seems to notice. And oh boy does he notice!
James T. Kirk was not a man to let a little thing like pregnancy interfere with picking up chicks.


White Collar

Always Starts the Same, with a Boy and a Girl by [personal profile] lightgetsin
Synopsis: Modern AU. (Neal/Elizabeth, Neal/Elizabeth/Peter) Summer, 1998. Neal Caffrey robs the gallery where Elizabeth O'Dell is working late, and comes away with a lot more than art. Agent Burke has no idea what's about to hit him.
Quote:
Peter punched a wall and then laughed, all in the first sixty seconds.

Never Leave a Trace by [personal profile] sam_storyteller
Synopsis: Fantasy elements. (Peter/Neal/Elizabeth) Neal Caffrey can steal souls. Peter Burke has two shadows. Everything's normal...except when it isn't.
Notes: I read this when it was posted but that was pre-reccing period. XD This reads like a gritty fairytale but keeps all the characters intact. Lovelovelove.
Quote: He'd once drawn a bird so real it flew off the page. He couldn't be tattooed; the ink ran right out of his skin while he slept.

Somewhere I Have Never Traveled by [personal profile] sam_storyteller
Synopsis: Modern AU, Company Man-verse. (Peter/Neal) In another universe, Peter Burke went corporate. He wouldn't have met Neal Caffrey -- except Neal tried to rob his company. And Peter, naturally, caught him.
Notes: I wanted this so badly when I saw "Company Man" and it was delicious as I envisioned.
Quote: This meal is gonna cost more than that suit you're wearing.

Exquisite by [personal profile] sam_storyteller
Synopsis: Episodic. (Peter/Neal/Elizabeth) There's a place in Neal Caffrey's head where he doesn't have to lie to himself or be three steps ahead of the other guy, but so far only Peter has found it -- and Peter won't give him what he really wants. Elizabeth, meanwhile, is slowly adjusting to the idea of abetting felons...
Notes: Amazing. Near episodic companion of the canon series through Neal's POV. Introduces original elements but in a very believable manner and keeping to canon. Links to referenced art are at the end of each chapter.
Quote: The problem with Neal was really that if you gave him a rule he obeyed it, but you had to give him the right rules. Otherwise you'd come downstairs one morning and find him sitting with your wife on your couch petting your dog and wearing a turtleneck. Nobody was supposed to look that good in a goddamn turtleneck.

Inception

Presque Vu by rageprufrock
Synopsis: Epic, Arthur POV. (Arthur/Eames) Or, "on the tip of the tongue." Arthur meets Mal first. He inherits Dom, after. Everything else is on him.
Notes: Another ones of those pre-rec-listing fics. I seriously love everything written by [personal profile] rageprufrock and this one binds my soul. This is the fic that got me more interested in Inception fic. The beauty in this writing... I'm shit at words. The balance of wit, tragedy, friendship and love... I wish I had her talent.
Quote: "The part where he probably smells like tragedy and failure, or the part where I am embarrassed to be friends with someone who could be attracted to him?"

Breathe Into It by rageprufrock
Synopsis: Modern AU, Epic, Eames POV. (Arthur/Eames) When Mal leans into his office and asks Eames what he did to his back, he can't exactly say, "the new graphics intern," so he says, "Oh, just stress, love."
Notes: Another lovely fic by rageprufrock. This one is absolutely delicious and Eames voice is hilarious. Arthur as a yoga instructor might sound a bit odd but she makes it work. Man, does she make it work.
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