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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.

Enter here! )
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So I read Suzanne Collins's The Hunger Games trilogy a bajillion years late. I devoured it within 24 hours and wrung out every bit of feelings I had and more. It really hit me hard and I wish there was more fic for it but I found an amazing series I rec'd below.

The Hunger Games
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.


X-men: First Class

Progression of a Family Portrait by Xris
Synopsis: Erik/Charles, canon AU, kidfic, kidnapping, epic. “You’re sure we can handle one more?” Hank asks from the sidelines.
Notes: Post-divorce, Charles is setting up the school and on a trip for a new gifted child, he stumbles across Lorna. AND THEN FEELINGS BURST ALL OVER THE PLACE.

Hellfire AU by Cesare & helens78
Synopsis: Erik/Charles, Dystopia AU, slavery. Erik Lehnsherr has been searching for Sebastian Shaw for close to a decade, and the trail's led him to an exclusive club that rents enslaved and collared mutants to wealthy humans for a variety of sexual uses. Posing there, he meets one of the club's patrons, Charles Xavier, who isn't what the club thinks he is, either. Is Charles going to be an ally, or is he going to stand in Erik's way?
Notes: There's some characterization that's a big rough around the edges at times but the worldbuilding was well-done. It's an ongoing series but each fic is pretty much stand-alone.

The Changeling Prince by Regann
Synopsis: Erik/Charles, Fairytale AU, first-time. While seeking help to break a magical curse, a soldier named Erik finds himself trying to solve the mystery of a young prince's illness, a task that leads him deeper into the fickle world of the fae than he ever imagined.

I Ain't Scared of Lightning by kaydeefalls
Synopsis: Erik/Charles, canon AU, bamf!Charles, angst, minor character death, world rebuilding. "Shaw has someone very dear to me," Charles said in a low tone. "You're not the only one playing for keeps, Erik."
Notes: Holy bananas, this AU is amazing. I loved the minute changes in canon and the consequences upon character personality (Charles most obvious) and how it shapes Erik & Charles's interaction and Raven and Darwin's badassery and Alex and everything.

Omega by apokteino
Synopsis: Erik/Charles, AU. Wherein the world decides to deal with mutants with utter segregation. All mutants are placed on Genosha, and all children are tested at birth for the mutant gene, and sent to Genosha if they have it, to be adopted by other mutants. Years later, Charles Xavier's parents bribe officials to keep their child, and he grows up utterly alone in a human world. But all that changes ...
Notes: Lovely worldbuilding with an overarching plot that finished nicely.


Luther (BBC)
Strong Interactions by Speranza
Synopsis: John/Alice, post-S1 AU.
Notes: Ungf, fucking love me some Speranza and I love BBC's Luther. Never thought of looking for fic and holy shit this hit the spot. Great Alice voice, great Luther characterization and a short lovely read that's sweet even with some bloodshed (not as graphic as canon)

Avengers
Heroes & Devils by marinarusalka
Synopsis: Steve/Tony, Echo-Bazaar AU, dark, mind-control, epic. Three years after Dr. Doom cast the entire island of Manhattan into the dark depths of the Echo Bazaar, life goes on. The people of Lowered Manhattan, including the Avengers, have adapted as best they could to their shadowy new existence. But then the Avengers find themselves in possession of a mysterious locked box that could save them all -- if it doesn't kill Tony first.
Notes: Epic demonic saga. You don't need to know canon Echo Bazaar (I don't) to pick up the world. Great worldbuilding and characterization.

Arms and the Man by sam-storyteller
Synopsis: Steve/Tony, first-time, brief PTSD. His best friend keeps cockblocking him, his relationship guru is a computer, and he might be gay. The future is very complicated.
Notes: Super-cute. Oblivious Steve is obliviously gay and oblivious Tony is totally oblivious.

age is an irrational number by valtyr
Synopsis: Steve/Tony, major-character death, happy ending, angst, multiple orgasms. Steve and Tony grow old together.
Notes: Um, my tags are pretty ridiculous on this one. You will cry lots. There will be too many feelings. and there will also be some ridiculously hot porn and fluff.

Time Watches From the Shadow by shadesofbrixton
Synopsis: Steve/Bucky, Firefly/Avengers Fusion. Post-Serenity spoilers. Mostly movie-verse Avengers, plus some...other stuff?
Notes: I didn't even know I wanted this. Shiiiiit, so good. The world-fusing has a few shaky moments but many great ones. And a lovely ending that filled me with feeeeeelings!


Sherlock
Lacuna by coloredink
Synopsis: Sherlock/John, amnesia, mild dubcon. God, it must have been terrible, to think that he would never have this again.
Notes: John suffers some amnesia and comes to the conclusion he and Sherlock are dating. Super cute for the most part.


Star Trek (2009)
How We Are (but not how we're going to be) by alpha_hydra
Synopsis: Kirk/Spock, post-STXI, Spock POV. Even when they hate each other, they're still sort of falling in love.
Notes: A little difficult to dive in at first. Kirk & Spock utterly fail to understand each other in their attempts to understand one another and it's a mess and they get fired from their first therapist. Yeah, Bones makes them go to couple's therapy to help create a healthy professional relationship.

♥ The Lotus Eaters by aldora89
Synopsis: Kirk/Spock, first-time, epic, mind-control. Stranded on the planet Sigma Nox while searching for a missing away team, Spock and Kirk find themselves pitted against a disturbing native life form. With the captain out of commission on a regular basis and Spock struggling to preserve his stoicism, staying alive is difficult enough – but when a slim chance for escape surfaces, their resolve is truly put to the test. Together they must fight for survival in the heart of an alien jungle, and in the process, uncover the mystery of the planet’s past.
Notes: Slow-burning epic of Spock and Kirk surviving on their own on an relatively unknown planet with a disturbing native life form. The build up between them is maddeningly aching. UGH, SO GOOD.
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Um, it's been a while... but here we go!

Lately I've been wanting some good ol' kidfic of the de-aged!fic subgenre...

STAR TREK

the ups and downs of you by [personal profile] raphaela667
Synopsis: Starfleet era, de-aged!fic. Starfleet first officers did not regress to childhood without at least submitting prior warning to their commanding officers. They'd established that after the whole Pon Farr mess last year. There were rules about Vulcan biology and scaring the hell out of Jim now. This had to be in violation of at least three of them.
Quote: We’ll find out what little Vulcans like to eat, anyway
Notes: Super. Cute.

Imprint by [profile] db_mmxx WiP
Synopsis: Starfleet era, de-aged!fic, pre-slash. After a mission goes wrong, Kirk must deal with a de-aged Spock and fight to keep them both alive. Spock grows attached and begins to worry that he won’t remember his time with Kirk once he’s changed back.
Quote: "I am Spock," he said in a small, level voice. "You know my name, but I profess to having no knowledge of who you are or how I came to be here."
Notes: I resonate with the characterization and Spock's inner musings provide me with much amusement and tears. It's like crack to me.

Present by
Synopsis: Starfleet-era, de-aged!kidfic, gen, fluff. A fill for this prompt at st_xi_kink: Kirk/Spock. Deaged!Spock (around 5 or 6) doing arts and crafts. He makes something sweet for Kirk
Quote: It was probably, Sulu mused, the cutest thing he'd ever seen, and he shared the bridge with Pavel Chekov.
Notes: Super ridiculously cute.

The Ivy Crown by ladyblahblah WiP
Synopsis: Starfleet-era, de-aged!kidfic. Vague A/U. What would have happened if Kirk and Spock had known each other as children? Yes, another one of those.
Quote: There’s nothing fun about Vulcans. They’re logical and boring and, if Jim’s being completely honest, just the tiniest bit scary.
Notes: Engrossing, character driven and a must read.


Harry Potter
Secrets by Vorabiza
Synopsis: Beginning with Draco's unexpected arrival at the Dursleys, Harry's summer after sixth year becomes filled with activity and many secrets. As his summer progresses, Harry generates several unexpected allies as he finds himself actively becoming the leader of the Light side.
Quote:
Notes: On hold:
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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.
Notes: Also sort of an Academy AU with the childhood AU element... I wish there was a masterpost of it all but I'm tried to assemble it here for convenience! Mostly a string of ficlets but strung together beautifully.
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.
Notes: Spock's characterization is absolutely delicious. The slow, slow, slow pace of their relationship just made my heart swell. You can really feel the emotion rise. Absolutely lovely. Definitely going in my top rec list.
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.
Notes: Genderswap isn't my kink but this dealt with the the psychological stress of the change. How gender affects a person, not hormonally, but the mental state of being. It's lovely and real and you should read it.

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.
Notes:This... is just so very good. Long fic with great characterization.


Harry Potter

Says The Magpie To The Morning (Sorrow, Take Your Own Advice by femmequixotic
Synopsis: Post DH, Angst, Draco POV. (Harry/Draco) It's terribly bad form, sleeping with your ex when you're still half in love with the bastard
Notes: The depth of emotion is shattering.
Quote: "Ten, the love my own heart's missing."
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One of the things I love about White Collar fandom/fanfic is how well-done the threesome dynamic is written. I'd actually really like to see some of this quality transfered to a Spock/Kirk/Uhura dynamic. I've enjoyed reading some but few have I loved (Hounds of Morrigan comes to mind).

You'll notice a lot of repeat authors. That's because I don't actively search out too much fic in other fandoms besides Star Trek right now. But that could change. X3

Star Trek

Downloaded Series by ennyousai
Synopsis: BSG fusion/crossover, Starfleet era, Angst, Hurt/Comfort. (Kirk/McCoy) Crossover between Star Trek XI and Battlestar Galactica 2003
Notes: You don't need to have knowledge of Battlestar Galatica prior to reading.

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!
Notes: I'm not usually a fan of mpreg as they tend to read incredibly OOC to me (and not just in that hormonal sort of way) but the author keeps a great Kirk voice throughout.
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.
Notes: A great exploration of a what-if scenario: Neal meets Elizabeth first. Cue the FBI agent. I can totally see this and now I just want more!
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 [personal profile] 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 [personal profile] 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 [personal profile] 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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Your First Time Should Be Special by [personal profile] helenish
Synopsis: Starfleet era, First-time. The thing about being a captain of a starship is that you forget how to break up with people; the starship is a gigantic, unmistakable clue that you're probably not sticking around.
Notes: Kirk POV. I'm not sure if this is also considered fluff but it definitely has a sweet (albeit confused) tone. Love the voice.

Twice is Coincidence by Jack Hawksmoor WiP
Synopsis: Starfleet era, Angst. Can Kirk and Spock save the Vulcan colony in time? Pre-slash, so far..
Notes: Looks to be Epic. I really love the characterization and how nu!Kirk and nu!Spock have been irrevocably changed by the differences. It's strange because I both lovelovelove rereading this but at the same time find certain transitions off-putting or stylization a bit off. It's my nit-pickiness... like, capitalizing or tweaking some spacing here and there.

Refractions by bigmamag
Synopsis: Starfleet era, Nero AU, Angst, First-time & Established. Two separate parallel universes merge with their own as the Enterprise is sent to an unknown planet where a dangerous phenomenon is destroying ships and expanding outward.
Notes: This is another one I'd seen around but hadn't gotten to reading it for some reason or another... There are 3 "tracks" (or universes) the story flips through: one we're familiar with and two others drastically different. It's interesting to feel that a core personality shines through each of them even though other things might be irrevocably changed by their respective timelines.

Like a Riot (Don't Need Order) Riotverse Series by Jane Potter WiP
Synopsis: Starfleet era, Federation AU, Dark, Angst. In a universe where first contact with Earth in the throes of World War III repulsed Vulcan too much for them to consider an alliance, the Terran-Orion Union is the terror of the black, their Starfleet branch maintaining relations with a facade of neutrality while Syndicate ships raid and kidnap slaves. Smaller worlds hide in the so-called Free Space behind Vulcan's blockade, but 250 years isolated from any kind of emotional influence has left Vulcan law stagnant and cold to the plight of other peoples. Doing what's right is neither legal or logical.
Notes: This is dark and twisty and (nearly) everyone is sharp with broken edges but this world is so fleshed out and alien culture has never seemed so real. Although it's still in progress, much of the world is fleshed out as we're several parts in (each with multiple chapters for the most part).


Only Good for Legends by [personal profile] leupagus
Synopsis: Starfleet era, Detective AU, 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.
Notes: Spock POV with interludes of others. This is something I read awhile back but hadn't decided to create a rec-list. THIS IS A MUST READ. The characterization is spot-on and the slow-budding relationships between all the characters feel real and tangible. I could not recommend this enough.
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I'll be trying out different ways to format the recs til I find one that appeases my strange sense of aestheticism and organization.

The Edge by Little Muse
Synopsis: He knew the calm before a storm when he saw it. And one had been brewing for weeks now. Another pon farr fic
Thoughts: Pon farr, Starfleet era, angst. This fic takes a twist on pon farr and the angst is heart-wrenching. As of right now, it's still a WiP but looks to be nearly done (the author mentioned roughly two more chapters left).


West of the Moon by Angel Baby
Synopsis: There's family and then there's Family. 'Pretty Jim' Scaretta knows this better than most. A mafia AU.
Thoughts: Mafia AU, Starfleet era, angst. I've already rec'd an earlier series of hers, Atlas (♥♥♥!!). I'm a sucker for awesome!Jim and this Jim is panning out to be awesome. The pacing is a bit quick in terms of the Enterprise crew bonding but it's easy for me to forgive as I'm also a sucker for epicbonds!EnterpriseCrew. The storyline is looking to be griping and the author has already mentioned that West of the Moon will be in parts. As of now, we are only at the first part, four glorious chapters in. :D

Knives in the Water by green postit
with gorgeous art by steam-pilot
Synopsis: (I couldn't find one so I just snagged a quotation) "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."
Thoughts: I don't really ship Kirk/McCoy but I remember reading a rec about this fic... and it totally slipped my mind until I stumbled across the art for it, which is stunning and I had to know the story behind it.

Gritty, dark and jesus-fuck wrong, hot, dirty wave. Warnings for torture and abuse.

Hounds of Morrigan by vaingirlfic
SYNOPSIS: 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.
THOUGHTS: It's dark and dark and dark and so fucking lovely and broken and beautiful.


On a totally unrelated note. I took a bite out of bad brie. :
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♥♥♥ Atlas by Angel Baby1 (fanfiction.net)

Synopsis: 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.



This.... holy bejeebus. EPIC. EPIC EPIC EPICEPICEPIC. It's a sprawling 5 parts, 35 chapters total. I love my over 50k fics. I haven't pieced together a rough word count but suffice to say, you could read your day away.

Mostly Spock POV with bits of others occasionally. The crew camaderie is tight-knit and flawless. Everyone is just... ah, it's how I see the Enterprise crew. I feel like I'm floating high on endorphins (that's how well it hit all my spots).

It's the kind of slow-building, epic friendship to bromance to romance that I lovelovelove. The first part deals mainly with the fallout of Starfleet Acadmey after Nero, which I haven't seen too much of (but I'm also relatively new to the fandom). God, SO GOOD.

It's got plot, sub-plots, likeable and hateable OCs, BAMFs and so much more.

Cut for squee but also for diet spoilers. Basically, characterization fangasm )

IF YOU HAVEN'T YET, GO READ IT!
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