Fanfiction: Teen Wolf: It seems wasted now by DaaroMoltor
Fandom: Teen Wolf
Characters/Pairings: Stiles/Derek
Rating: Teen And Up
Length: 48,544 words

Summary: It's been months. Months of lonely days and lonelier nights.
And Stiles can't understand what he did wrong.

Why is it the BEST THING EVER: I found it to be one of the best stories I've read in this fandom because the author uses several well-loved tropes and treats them with the utmost respect and thoughtfulness. The author's take on them felt incredibly satisfying and believable, but still gave space for other possibilities at several points in the story. It could have gone differently and it would have been right too. I found the story raw, intense and beautiful. There is so much you can do with this fandom and these characters and this fic is a perfect example of that. It's made me fall in love fanfiction all over again.
fandom:teen.wolf  pairing:derek.hale/stiles.stilinski  words:40.000-60.000  creator:daaromoltor  type:fanfiction  reccer:ninetydegrees 
29 days ago
Fanart: Hetalia: Untitled RoChu by Merasgar
Fandom: Hetalia
Characters/Pairings: Russia/China
Rating: G/SFW

Summary: "The poster for 2019 RoChu tea party( in Beijing )... this year’ s theme is “望”(look/gaze far into the distance/hope/expect/longing/…)"

Why is it the BEST THING EVER: It's simply gorgeous, okay (which is typical of this artist's stuff). The lighting, the colour - the impressionistic way they painted the cascading vegetation reminds me of Monet's work.
fandom:hetalia  pairing:china/russia  type:fanart  creator:merasgar  reccer:yuuago 
march 2019
Fic: SGA/Captain America: Flyboys by aerialiste
Fandom: Stargate Atlantis/Captain America (crossover)
Characters/Pairings: John Sheppard/Sam Wilson, Rodney McKay & John Sheppard, Riley/Sam Wilson, Steve Rogers & Sam Wilson
Rating: E
Length: 99,962 - a glossary and timestamp are to come, but all the chapters are complete now.
Summary: "John Sheppard is on convalescent leave—or at least that’s what he keeps telling himself, though it looks a lot more like hiding in a crappy apartment in Houston, never leaving except for physical therapy and more alcohol. So he’s not sure why he turns up at a kink club, much less why he starts hanging out with Sam Wilson, probably the only other guy on the planet with a tighter security clearance than his—not that either of them much wants to talk about work. Two airmen, both with troubled pasts, find solace in each other one humid Gulf Coast summer. And the strength of the pull John feels toward Sam surprises him more than the odds of their meeting at all."
Why is it the BEST THING EVER: This is the crossover I never knew I wanted - until aerialiste wrote it and I fell in love with this pairing and the story. I'm a big Sheppard fan in SGA and I'm very fond of Sam Wilson in Cap fandom so this story was perfect for me. Plus, John's all gorgeously messed up and wounded - in every possible sense - and Sam's the gentle dom who helps him heal. I enjoyed them both being Air Force and John finding his submissive side with Sam using that to take care of him, and the BDSM aspect is beautifully and expertly written and fully integrated into their character development and how the story plays out - a real treat. A warning that there's content about suicidality and grief, and an apparent major character death in John's recent past - but Rodney's never entirely gone, and note the "angst with a happy ending" tag - it's resolved by the end. I loved every part of this epic and highly recommend it. I suggest subscribing to the fic as there's been a hilarious glossary of Air Force slang as the final chapter which is temporarily down as it's being updated, but aerialiste plans to repost it soon.
fandom:stargate:atlantis  fandom:marvel.cinematic.universe  pairing:john.sheppard/sam.wilson  character:rodney.mckay  character:john.sheppard  pairing:riley/sam.wilson  character:steve.rogers  character:sam.wilson  words:80.000-more  creator:aerialiste  type:fanfiction  reccer:mific 
march 2019
ART: The Terror: breathe by Koraki
Fandom: The Terror
Characters/Pairings: Silna + Tuunbaq
Rating: General / SFW

Summary: n/a

Why is it the BEST THING EVER: I love the lines in this, how the artist does so much with so little, and the beautiful intimacy of the scene of an Inuit girl and her monster bear.
fandom:terror  pairing:(gen).no.pairing  character:silna  character:tuunbaq  type:fanart  reccer:snickfic  creator:koraki 
march 2019
FIC: The Mars Trilogy: Lookout Point by arpent
Fandom: The Mars Trilogy, by Kim Stanley Robinson
Characters/Pairings: Ann Claybourne/Sax Russell
Rating: General
Length: 2283 words

Summary: It was a code, in their little society. There were, of course, reasons to go hiking that had to do with science, or beautiful views, or mental well-being, but the fact remained that saying “x and y went on a hike together” meant a very particular thing, and Sax couldn't fail to understand it.

Why is it the BEST THING EVER: This captures so much of what I love about these books: the rich, complicated characters (including Ann herself, so prickly and passionate and awkward and, worst of all, aware of how awkward she is); passionate intellectual debate; and the human touches, like Lookout Point itself.
fandom:mars.trilogy  pairing:ann.claybourne/sax.russell  words:01.000-5.000  creator:arpent  type:fanfiction  reccer:snickfic 
march 2019
FIC: MCU: in stature, grace, and hue, by scioscribe
Fandom: MCU
Characters/Pairings: Gamora/Heimdall
Rating: Teen
Length: 2900 words

Summary: The first time Heimdall notices her, she is beheading the ruler of a backwater world. It’s outside Asgard’s purview and death, as a rule, is too common to attract his attention; this does, however. She does.

Why is it the BEST THING EVER: This is a gorgeously in-character fic with a simple premise: what if Heimdall saw Gamora across the stars, and was intrigued? I'm a sucker for a good Heimdall POV, and he's wonderful here, with human vulnerabilities and a sense of humor, but everyone else is wonderful, too: Thor and Loki, the Guardians, and Gamora herself. It's a great ship manifesto if you think you might be even a little bit interested in this pairing.
fandom:marvel.cinematic.universe  pairing:gamora/heimdall  words:01.000-5.000  creator:scioscribe  reccer:snickfic  type:fanfiction 
february 2019
FIC: Hockey RPF: Indelible
Fandom: Hockey RPF
Characters/Pairings: Matt Murray/Bryan Rust
Rating: Explicit
Length: 18k

Summary: Everyone on the team tried their best to ignore Matt’s taste in men, but as the YCP rep and the only openly gay guy in the Metro division, Matt felt it was his duty to be public with his lifestyle. He was a role model, after all. His Insta was a veritable archive of who not to date.
“Murr. My buddy, my dude.”
“Yeah, Rusty.”
“I think you might have lousy taste in guys.”
Matt snorted a laugh. “Oh, for sure, I do. Good taste in friends, though."

Why is it the BEST THING EVER: Matt Murray has a whole boatload of hangups in this, starting with being gay and ending with the fact that he never gets soulmarks like everyone else does. Does that mean he’s incapable of loving people or having someone real?? ;___; Just very satisfying dig into the soulmark trope mixed in with some good old-fashioned angst, and meanwhile Rusty is a sweetheart and a delight (but NOT a pushover) with his own baby-bi issues to work through.
fandom:hockey.rpf  pairing:bryan.rust/matt.murray  words:10.000-20.000  creator:downjune  reccer:snickfic  type:fanfiction 
february 2019
Fic: Books of the Raksura/Supernatural: The Distant Sky by fallintosanity
Fandom: Books of the Raksura/Supernatural
Characters/Pairings: gen; Sam & Dean and Malachite & Moon & Kethel et al.
Rating: General Audiences
Length: 41k

Summary:
Moon is supposed to be avoiding Consolation, but a mishap during a visit to Opal Night puts Consolation in danger. Moon and Malachite have to navigate a city stranger than anything either of them have ever seen to rescue her.
Sam and Dean, newly reunited after Dean's miraculous return from Purgatory, investigate reports of mysterious disapperances and cattle theft near Cleveland. But the case turns out to be far more complex than they thought when an enemy they believed dead resurfaces, and they must ally with strange and dangerous creatures to protect all of Cleveland from their common enemy.

Why is it the BEST THING EVER: You know the kind of crossovers that fit two worlds together so perfectly it's like it was meant to be? This is one of those stories. We get to see the Raksura discover this strange world and the Winchesters discover the Raksura, and them trying to work together despite how weird and confusing the others are. All the character voices are perfect, and I especially loved the parallels drawn between characters I hadn't expected. On top of all that it's also a good action/adventure story with some very nice h/c moments.
fandom:martha.wells.(works)  fandom:supernatural  pairing:(gen).no.pairing  character:sam.winchester  character:dean.winchester  character:malachite  character:moon.(books.of.the.raksura)  character:kethel  words:40.000-60.000  creator:fallintosanity  type:fanfiction  reccer:schneefink 
february 2019
FIC: Supernatural: Four Letter Word For Intercourse by bendingsignpost
Fandom: Supernatural
Characters/Pairings: Dean/Castiel
Rating: Explicit (VERY)
Length: 195K
Summary:
As a grease monkey turned college freshman, Dean's constantly three seconds away from being stressed out of his mind. It hardly helps that he's finally figuring out his sexuality in his thirties.

What might help with that stress is a little phone number (and a big credit card bill). If he can't figure out how to be bisexual in person, he can at least give it a go over the phone, right?

Why is it the BEST THING EVER:
I read this AU as a WIP, which I NEVER do anymore, it was just that delightful! Ben has a really wonderful handle on Dean as a POV character - all sarcasm and pop culture and unreliably hard on himself - but it also immediately sets up an amazing identity porn scenario that the summary doesn't mention, wherein Dean is calling "Jimmy" on the phone sex line but also studying in the silent section of the library with Cas. The story also deals a lot with self-care and anxiety, and explores kink pretty heavily (check the tags) but in a way where even if YKINMK applies, you still enjoy reading how the characters deal with it. Funny, sexy, full of feels, and holy crap I hadn't realized how LONG it was, reading it as a WIP.
fandom:supernatural  pairing:castiel/dean.winchester  words:80.000-more  creator:bendingsignpost  type:fanfiction  reccer:spatz 
february 2019
FIC: MCU: The Wicked Brother, or Winter in the Ironwood by Lang
Fandom: MCU
Characters/Pairings: Thor/Loki
Rating: Explicit
Length: 100k

Summary: When Loki suggested that Jotunheim shelter the Asgardian refugees, he meant to make a bit of mischief, that was all. He meant to humble a certain prideful son of Odin.

He did not expect to return to Jotunheim three hundred years later and find the realm buzzing with talk of New Asgard and its wicked king. He did not expect to have completely, inadvertently destroyed Thor's life. He certainly did not expect to be tasked with helping set that life to rights again.

Why is it the BEST THING EVER: This is such a fun AU, where Loki is still a prince of Jotunheim when Asgard falls, and Jotunheim ends up taking in the Asgardian refugees. I love everything about the worldbuilding in this, how Jotunheim is frozen on top and warm underneath (and why), about how the Asgardians have been getting on for the past three hundred years, about how Loki's magic works. I also love Loki in all his contradictions and all his mysteirous feelings he can’t even recognize much less articulate to anyone. And Thor! And all the secondary characters! Also the story is full of PLOT and humor and color. Just very fun.
fandom:marvel.cinematic.universe  pairing:loki/thor  words:80.000-more  creator:lang  reccer:snickfic  type:fanfiction 
february 2019
FIC: Haunting of Hill House (TV): do not stand at my grave and weep by scorpiod
Fandom: Haunting of Hill House (TV)
Characters/Pairings: Luke Crain & Nell Crain
Rating: Mature
Length: 3871 words

Summary: I can't do this without you, he said.

There is no without, she replied.

And there wasn't.

Why is it the BEST THING EVER: In which Luke is literally haunted after the end of the show. The premise of this is so perfect, and the story the author weaves with it so lovely and melancholy and yet hopeful. I'm a total sucker for not-evil ghosts and for living with the supernatural and weird, and this is such a beautiful example.
fandom:haunting.of.hill.house  pairing:(gen).no.pairing  character:luke.crain  character:nell.crain  words:01.000-5.000  creator:scorpiod  reccer:snickfic 
january 2019
FIC: We Have Always Lived in the Castle: where our boundaries are thinnest by suitablyskippy
Fandom: We Have Always Lived in the Castle, by Shirley Jackson
Characters/Pairings: Merricat Blackwood/Constance Blackwood
Rating: Teen
Length: 17k

Summary: “There can’t be anyone else,” I said. “There isn’t anyone else. No one else exists except you and me and Uncle Julian and Jonas; all the rest of them are dead and only pretending to be alive. If you married a husband he would be dead and you would bring a dead man into our home, so you can’t.”

(There was nothing a husband could do for Constance that I couldn’t, except take her name away from her and give her a baby.)

Why is it the BEST THING EVER: This story is so freaking good, I don't know where to start. The voices are perfect, the slow build of tension is great, the climax where it breaks felt inevitable and yet blazing hot. The author captures everything about the book but especially Merricat's own peculiar logic SO perfectly. I am in awe.
fandom:we.have.always.lived.in.the.castle  pairing:constance.blackwood/merricat.blackwood  words:10.000-20.000  creator:suitablyskippy  reccer:snickfic  type:fanfiction 
january 2019
FIC: The Terror (TV): Nor Bid the Stars Farewell by PasdeChameau
Fandom: The Terror (TV)
Characters/Pairings: Silna/Harry Goodsir
Rating: Explicit
Length: 1668 words

Summary: In the deepening winter, Silna cares for Harry.

Why is it the BEST THING EVER: Who knew that the way to my heart for a het ship was anal play? Specifically prostate massages? This is bittersweet, because canon, but also sweet and delightful. I love Harry's vulnerability and how much he trusts Silna.
fandom:terror  pairing:harry.goodsir/silna  words:01.000-5.000  type:fanfiction  creator:pasdechameau  reccer:snickfic 
january 2019
Fic: Star Wars: Death and the Dame by minnabird
Fandom: Star Wars
Characters/Pairings: Leia Organa/Han Solo, Leia Organa/Han Solo/Qi'ra
Rating: Teen
Length: 5,499 words
Summary: Qi’ra is a private investigator with one ear tuned into supernatural frequencies. When Leia Organa walks into her office, looking like an angel, she expects a simple haunting case. Instead, she finds herself on the run and on the search for answers, drawn ever deeper into Leia’s troubles, and into the path of Han, Leia’s boyfriend, who might just know more about Qi’ra than she does about herself.

Why is it the BEST THING EVER: minnabird translates the Star Wars universe into a noir AU (with a supernatural twist) extraordinarily well, and Qi’ra as the hard-boiled private investigator is absolutely inspired. I only wish it was longer!
fandom:star.wars  pairing:han.solo/leia.organa  pairing:han.solo/leia.organa/qi'ra  words:05.000-10.000  creator:minnabird  reccer:saiditallbefore 
january 2019
Fic: Fallen London / Sunless Sea: All Manner of Thing by midrashic
Fandom: Fallen London / Sunless Sea
Characters/Pairings: The First Curator & The Obsequious Steward
Rating: Teen
Length: 4592 words

Summary: You don't have to like someone to be bound to them. In the last days of the First Curator, someone listens.

Why is it the BEST THING EVER: This such a lovely, tender, intimate look at a relationship that has no particular reason to be any of those things, while ALSO doing some just fantastic worldbuilding, with all those extra grace notes of horror this canon is so good at. FWIW, I wasn't familiar with these particular characters at all when I started, but that didn't hamper my enjoyment.
fandom:fallen.london:sunless.sea  pairing:(gen).no.pairing  character:the.first.curator  character:the.obsequious.steward  words:01.000-5.000  creator:midrashic  reccer:snickfic 
january 2019
The Despair of Sunsets and the Longing of Sunrises - Kingsman/Ladyhawke Fusion
Fandom: Kingsman
Characters/Pairings: Roxanne Morton, Merlin, Gary "Eggsy" Unwin, Harry Hart | Galahad, Charlie Hesketh, Chester King, Gazelle; Merlin/Eggsy
Rating: PG-13 (for violence)
Length: 40673


Summary: Roxane Morton's only life goal was to join the elite group that was the Duke's guards. During her training though, the Duke and his Captain of the Guard swore she was a spy and threw her in the dungeon to await trial and death. There she learned that the previous Captain of the Guard might be alive, not killed in battle like they were told. She manages to escape figuring he is her only chance to prove her innocence. He was heroic and honourable, he was Captain Merlin - children were told stories of him.

Only she finds an angry and tired man, who travels with a hawk, and disappears at night. And there is another man only a little older than her that sometimes appears in the night and is so sad and so beautiful.

She just wanted to clear her name, she didn't want to fall into magic, and schemes, and lovers torn apart. She was a soldier, she didn't believe in camp fire tales.
But it is hard to disbelieve, when you find yourself in one


Why is it the BEST THING EVER: [personal profile] anarchycox / [tumblr.com profile] Anarchycox / [archiveofourown.org profile] Anarchycox has done something very unusual for the Kingman fandom - they have told the entire story from Roxanne Morton's point of view.

We see the entire story through Roxy's eyes (she takes on the role of Mouse, the young thief), with only a few epistolary moments (Roxy reading old letters) to reinforce the romance between Merlin (in the Captain Navarre role) and Eggsy (in the Isabeau role).

Anarchycox could have taken the easy road for a Kingsman/Ladyhawke fusion and made Eggsy (the obvious choice) into Mouse and therefore the voice of the story, or simply given the story multiple points of view. Anarchycox has not only written a beautiful story, they have written a fusion that stays true to one of the most underappreciated elements of the original Ladyhawke movie – that it's told entirely from Mouse's point of view.

We are compelled to trust Roxy as the narrator because there is no other voice in the story, and the author has given the character a very strong personal foundation, and therefore, we can rely on the narrator's voice to tell a true story, that her motives are simple and straightforward (survive and return to her home and reclaim her place).

I have to note that while Anarchycox gifted the story to me, I am not reccing it because of that. I am recommending it as the Best Thing Ever because it is simply one of the best and truest fusions I've ever read.
fandom:kingsman.movies  character:roxanne.morton  character:merlin.(kingsman)  character:gary."eggsy".unwin  character:harry.hart.(galahad)  character:charlie.hesketh  character:chester.king  character:gazelle  pairing:gary."eggsy".unwin/merlin  words:40.000-60.000  reccer:elrhiarhodan  type:fanfiction  creator:anarchycox 
january 2019
Art: The Neighbor’s Dog Will Not Stop Barking by catfishofoldin99colours
Fandom: Billy Collins’ poetry (Another Reason Why I Don’t Keep A Gun In The House)
Characters/Pairings: Dog that won’t stop barking
Rating: G (SFW)
Length: 10 pages of art (comic)
Summary: A comic illustrating the poem by Billy Collins.
Why is it the BEST THING EVER: I requested art for this poem for ArtYuletide - the poem’s one of my favourites by Billy Collins. I didn’t think my artist would pick this prompt option at all, and if they did, I thought maybe I’d get one pic of the barking dog. But it’s a whole amazing COMIC and it’s absolutely the BEST THING EVER! It’s a perfect rendition of the poem, funny and amazing, with great, quirky details like the dog’s expressions and the orchestra members waiting respectfully. It doesn’t matter if you hate poetry and have never heard of Billy Collins, this is still so great, and it brings Collins’ poem to life. I love it to bits. Also it features a dog, and all dogs are good dogs, right?
fandom:billy.collins.(works)  pairing:(gen).no.pairing  character:dog.that.won't.stop.barking  type:fanart  creator:catfishofoldin99colours  reccer:mific 
january 2019
Fic: Jeeves and Wooster: Tinkerty Tonks by okapi
Fandom: P.G. Wodehose, Jeeves and Wooster
Characters/Pairings: Jeeves/Wooster and gen
Rating: T
Length: 6,900

Summary: Jeeves & Wooster drabble collection. All chapter stand alone. Check chapter summaries for ratings and warnings. Slash and non-slash.

Why is it the BEST THING EVER: Wodehouse is great for drabbles because the style is so distinctive the characters can be expressed within words, and the writing revels in witty statements and quick jokes. This drabble collection is a particularly good example of this - there's quite a variety of stories, but they're all so delightful I can't stop smiling!
fandom:jeeves&wooster  pairing:bertram."bertie".wooster/reginald.jeeves  type:fanfiction  words:05.000-10.000  creator:okapi  reccer:22degreehalo 
december 2018
Marvel Cinematic Universe: Fighting, Flyting, Flaunting, Flirting by Redring91
Fandom: Marvel Cinematic Universe
Characters/Pairings: Loki/Tony Stark, Avengers
Rating: Mature
Length: 9,335 words

Summary:
“What’s flyting?”

“Tis a form of verbal battle performed in the courts of Asgard, where opponents trade insults in verse.” Thor explains.

“Offensive poetry?” Tony clarifies, because that sounds awesome.

Why is it the BEST THING EVER: Tony, Loki, banter and flirting through poetry. Awesome poetry. Need I say more? I didn't think so.
fandom:marvel.cinematic.universe  pairing:loki/tony.stark  words:05.000-10.000  creator:redring91  type:fanfiction  reccer:ninetydegrees 
september 2018
Game of Thrones: Laying Siege by Astolat
Fandom: Game of Thrones
Characters/Pairings: Jaime Lannister/Brienne of Tarth
Rating: NC-17
Length: 8,190

Summary: “Marry me instead,” Jaime said.

Why is it the BEST THING EVER: Oh glorious day, Astolat is writting Jaime/Brienne fics! Three of them so far, and I do hope she will keep going!
This one mostly take place on Tarth post series (but not post war), when Jaime realises Brienne decided to do her duty and marry one of the local lordings. Great Jaime POV, wildly sarcastic and mostly overwelmed, and I appreciated the callback to Cercei's arranged marriage.... And of course his view of Brienne, and what he finds himself ready to give up..
<3
fandom:game.of.thrones  pairing:brienne.of.tarth/jaime.lannister  words:05.000-10.000  creator:astolat  reccer:jainas  type:fanfiction 
april 2018
Fic: Black panther, Crime and Punishment by manic_intent
Crime and Punishment (10833 words) by manic_intent
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Black Panther (2018)
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Erik Killmonger/T'Challa
Characters: Erik Killmonger, T'Challa, Nakia
Additional Tags: That Fix-it post-canon AU where Erik lives, Fix-It of Sorts, Post-Canon, Alternate Universe - Canon Divergence, Light Dom/sub

Summary: They don’t kill each other at the end. Erik was better with his hands, T’Challa better with his claws. That was the problem. They brawled in the dark until the war above them resolved itself, and then what were they meant to do? Erik had started it, the ceasefire. He hadn’t meant to. He’d laughed, because all the bitterness and hatred and frustration in him had boiled to a point where there was nothing left to do but laugh.

“Now what?” Erik asked, days after and not for the first time. They were miles from Wakanda, walking.

Why is it the BEST THING EVER:
The post-movie fic of my heart and the Killmonger/T'challa fic I didn't knew I wanted. Great set-up, excellent narration voice, vivid and well researched writting of various african countries and no shying aroung the nastier aspects of the characters or the complexity of the subjects at hands. I love how Manic_intent used the roadtrip across Africa and Erik's views and his debates with T'challa to gives a hard look at the political subjects hinted at in the movie and challenge both characters. The pairing thread built on the herbs and the panther powers works beautifully
fandom:marvel.cinematic.universe  pairing:erik.killmonger/t'challa  character:erik.killmonger  character:t'challa  character:nakia  creator:manic_intent  words:10.000-20.000  type:fanfiction  reccer:jainas 
april 2018
Fic: Community: Introduction to Federal Investigation by scioscribe
Fandom: Community
Characters/Pairings: Abed/Troy, Ensemble
Rating: Teen and Up
Length: 14,930 words

Summary: The ATF has questions about how some explosions on Greendale's campus tie into the local rumors of a cult led by Troy Barnes. The study group has answers.

Sort of.

Why is it the BEST THING EVER: This is incredible. So clever and spot on and perfectly whimsical. I read it with a huge smile on my face. Made me miss Community like crazy.
fandom:community  pairing:abed.nadir/troy.barnes  character:abed.nadir  character:troy.barnes  character:jeff.winger  character:britta.perry  character:annie.edison  character:shirley.bennett  character:pierce.hawthorne  character:original.character  words:10.000-20.000  creator:scioscribe  reccer:jerakeen  type:fanfiction 
august 2017
Fic: Die Hard: Pre-Existing Condition by Helenish
Fandom: Die Hard
Characters/Pairings: Matt/John
Rating: Not Rated
Length: 13,130 words

Summary: “Anyway, he’s staying with me for a while,” John says.

“My place got firebombed,” Matt says, reflexively.

Why is it the BEST THING EVER: This is LOVELY. Matt is homeless and can't pay his medical bills, so John - as always - grudgingly saves this day. It turned out so romantic, I feel like reading it again right now. *heart eyes*
fandom:die.hard.movies  pairing:john.mcclane/matt.farrell  words:10.000-20.000  creator:helenish  reccer:jerakeen  type:fanfiction 
april 2017
Sherlock Fic: The Habits of a Lifetime by out_there
Fandom: Sherlock (BBC)
Pairing: Mycroft Holmes/Greg Lestrade
Rating: Mature
Length: ~ 54,000
Summary: The idea of Sherlock and Eurus connecting over music, over anything, is terrifying. Mycroft has spent decades watching over Sherlock, talking about their fictional family dog and the myth of the east wind, trying to protect Sherlock from the things he doesn’t remember. He’s worried about Sherlock and stood guard over Eurus, and been worse than useless in the end. He was complicit. While he thought he was juggling both threats, maintaining enough control over the situation to keep everyone safe (mostly Sherlock, but the rest of the world as well), he had allowed the threat to escalate.

In which Mycroft is not an easy man to know and an even harder one to look after. Fortunately, Lestrade is diligent and determined, and knows how to pay attention to people. Where family comes with obligations, but it also cares, even when you don't want them around. Where life mostly goes as expected, but sometimes has unanticipated joys.


Reccer's Comments: In the wake of The Final Problem, this is the fic I needed to read. Great Mycroft POV! Reading about his fears, and about the consequences he drew after everything that happened in TFP, the changes he put into motion - that's really how I could see it going. So much so, I'm already thinking of it as part of canon.
fandom:sherlock.(bbc)  pairing:greg.lestrade/mycroft.holmes  words:40.000-60.000  creator:out_there  reccer:dancing_serpent  type:fanfiction 
march 2017
Fic: fear in a handful of dust by flybbfly
Fandom: All for the Game - Nora Sakavic
Characters/Pairings: Neil/Andrew
Rating: Mature
Length: 104,521 words

Summary: “I need to talk to Minyard,” Neil says, sipping at a soda. “How do I make that happen?”

Kevin chokes on his whiskey. “You don't.”

In which Neil doesn't have Kevin Day to convince him to play, so he becomes a sports journalist; Andrew is a keeper in more ways than one; and Quidditch is the sport du jour. Featuring a frankensteined team, eternal roommate Matt, and hawkish sports section editor Dan. Oh, and Andrew has a shady past (present? future?) that Neil can't quite figure out. But that's nothing new for Neil, who is constantly hiding everything about himself anyway—this time with magical abilities greasing the way.

Why is it the BEST THING EVER: I am so excited to finally be able to rec this here! This is a Harry Potter fusion and, in my opinion, absolutely perfect. Instead of exy, the characters plays professional Quidditch. Neil is a sports reporter for the Daily Prophet and he needs to get an interview with the recalcitrant Andrew Minyard, keeper for the London Lions, but getting involved with Andrew might expose Neil's secrets to the world.

Flybbfly has done a beautiful job joining the AftG and Harry Potter worlds. Hogwarts houses, creature regulations, Quidditch, the character's magical aptitudes: her characterization is spot-on for everything. The Harry Potter world building isn't just set dressing but informs the entire story.

She's taken areas I wanted a little more detail from in canon, such as the first Eden's Twilight scene, and really delved into the repercussions of what happened. And, just as in the AftG series, I was on edge from the last third until the end.
fandom:all.for.the.game  pairing:andrew.minyard/neil.josten  words:80.000-more  creator:flybbfly  type:fanfiction  reccer:corbae 
february 2017
Fic: YOI: Yuri!!! in Space by Fahye
Fandom: Yuri on Ice
Characters/Pairings: Victor/Yuuri, Otabek/Yuri
Rating: Mature
Length: 38,830 words

Summary: "No, see, we've all been trained a certain way. The training system is traditional; it's centuries old. Nobody taught you. You ballist like it's got nothing to do with war at all." A sleepy, extraordinary smile crawls over Victor's face. "Nobody else does it like that. That's why we're going to win."

Why is it the BEST THING EVER: As of now, this series has two stories, focusing on two pairings, set in the same space/royalty/sports AU.

The first one tells the story of Victor & Yuuri meeting and falling slowly and gently in love, following the canon trajectory of their relationship. Except, you know, in space. The worldbuilding is fun and understated, and as with the show itself, the ensemble cameos are adorable.

The second story is about Yuri & Otabek and had me going !!!!!!!! for a couple hours last night. I'll freely admit that I'm biased when it comes to these guys, but I don't think it's just about that. It's the fact that the whole thing is written in Yuri's POV, the perfect sulky, enraged teenager - and you can't even fault him for it. He's shoved into an arranged marriage situation and doesn't really know his fiance. And Otabek isn't easy to read (which I love, of course) so they stumble along, writing to each other, seeing each other at tournaments, slowly falling in love and lust. Everything about it worked for me. In fact, I might just reread it tonight. You should *definitely* give it a go.

(I don't know how much sense the second story would make without the first. I would recommend reading them in order.)
fandom:yuri!!!on.ice  pairing:katsuki.yuuri/victor.nikiforov  pairing:otabek.altin/yuri.plisetsky  words:20.000-40.000  creator:fahye  reccer:jerakeen  type:fanfiction 
january 2017
Fic: Harry Potter: Headlights in the Snow by Saras_Girl
Fandom: Harry Potter
Characters/Pairings: Harry/Draco
Rating: Mature
Length: 71,650 words

Summary: What’s big and purple and smells like tea? Harry is about to find out.

Why is it the BEST THING EVER: Classic saras_girl, as in: warm, lovely, full of feels. (If you don't know her work, you should run, not walk.)

ETA: dira had questions, so maybe I should babble a bit more about this fic.

saras_girl writes the warmest, sincerest, loveliest H/D fic. In her stories you’ll find close friendships, found family, well-developed and likable OCs, animals - pets, bugs, weirdest creatures that end up being unbearably cute - magical and cozy living spaces, and a happy, satisfying romance to tie it all together.

This is for her annual Christmas thingy, so it takes place around that time. It’s a future fic where Harry’s doing charity work and dating random men his friends throw at him. Draco has disappeared from public life for the most part, but Harry still thinks he spots him from time to time. Most recently on his friend’s stag night, driving the knight bus of all things.

Harry’s curious (of course he is) so he starts riding the knight bus. He finds out that Draco has lost a fortune, gained a cat, a bus, and a whole posse of old ladies. And he’s single, just by the way. Not that Harry cares.
fandom:harry.potter  pairing:draco.malfoy/harry.potter  words:60.000-80.000  type:fanfiction  reccer:jerakeen  creator:saras_girl 
january 2017
Best Thing Ever - The Marriage Bargain
Story: The Marriage Bargain
Author: Kyele (on AO3), @timeforalongstory (on Tumblr)
Fandom: The Flash
Characters/Pairings: Barry Allen/Harrison Wells|Eobard Thawne, Iris West/Eddie Thawne, Cisco Ramon/Hartley Rathaway, Joe West, Tina McGee, Gideon (as Sally Gideon), Cobalt Blue (as Malcolm Cobalt)
Rating: R (for sexual content, violence)
Length: 151,000 words

Summary: The Thawnes are the cream of Central City society; wealthy, powerful, and numerous. Eobard Thawne, head of the family, loves his cousin Eddie enough to allow his decidedly middle-class pursuits – but when Eddie asks permission to leave the family and marry Iris West, that’s a bridge too far. Eobard has to lay down the law for the sake of all the other Thawnes: either Iris will pay Eddie’s stringent life-price, or there will be no marriage!

Barry Allen owes the West family everything – they took him in after he was orphaned, and looked after him as if he were their own. He’s not going to stand idly by while some pretentious blueblood blocks his adopted sister’s path to happiness. But when Eobard Thawne offers him a deal to make it possible, will Barry be able to keep up his end of the bargain?

Why is it the BEST THING EVER: The world building is incredible. The author calls this a "modern regency", but it is so much more than that. Kyele has build an entire social structure around the concept of "Family" - there are rights and obligations that have been codified into the Constitution. I've read many A/Us, but never one that has been so consistent from the first word to the last.

And while it is an A/U - non-powered, no superheroes or meta-human villains - the characters are true to their canon counterparts. Eobard Thawne, who is the villain of the series, is based on the characterization we see in the first two-thirds of Season One, with a touch of Earth-2 Harrison Wells as we saw in the Earth-2 Flashbacks. But this stands alone - you will enjoy it as an extraordinary work of romantic fiction with a healthy dose of suspense and hurt/comfort and angst.

I was very sad when the final chapter posted last night, but I was also deeply satisfied. I know I will re-read this on a regular basis.
fandom:flash  pairing:barry.allen/harrison.wells.(eobard.thawne)  pairing:eddie.thawne/iris.west  pairing:cisco.ramon/hartley.rathaway  character:joe.west  character:gideon.(flash)  character:tina.mcgee  character:cobalt.blue  words:80.000-more  type:fanfiction  creator:kyele  reccer:elrhiarhodan 
october 2016
Fanfic: Soulmate Theory for Dummies by piffle
Fandom: Marvel Universe / Captain America movies
Characters/Pairings: Bucky Barnes/Steve Rogers, Bucky Barnes/Tony Stark, others implied
Rating: Mature
Length: 17,755 words

Summary:

The thing about soul marks is, there’s no manual. Sure, some guy buried in some government office is probably working on one right now, compiling potential laws and outlining potential rules detailing the properties they think exist as he sips his cold coffee and shivers under the air conditioning, but that guy’s job is the definition of a dead-end.

It’s a dead-end because the moment someone thinks they know something about a mark, someone else, somewhere else, proves them wrong.

Why is it the BEST THING EVER:

Everyone in this story is well-developed and has a clear purpose and the twist on soulmarks is clever without being annoying or depressing. Bucky's emotional state is believable and his actions are in character as are everyone else's (they depend at times on typical fanon characterisation, but not in an overly stereotypical way.) In short, it is hella fun to read, satisfying, has a lovely ending, and no one gets left out or given the short shrift.
fandom:marvel.cinematic.universe  pairing:james."bucky".barnes/steve.rogers  pairing:james."bucky".barnes/tony.stark  words:10.000-20.000  creator:piffle  type:fanfiction  reccer:james 
september 2016
Fic: Star Trek Beyond: Bluebird by waldorph
Fandom: Star Trek Beyond
Characters/Pairings: Kirk/Spock
Rating: Mature
Length: 7,000 words

Summary: “Jim Kirk.”

Jim whipped around so fast most of his drink ended up on Spock, who was reaching for the phaser that wasn’t there. The Enterprise crew was parting like the biblical seas before Moses, and Jim could feel the temperature dropping.

“Mom,” Jim croaked.

Why is it the BEST THING EVER: This is what you need after watching the movie. Trust me. Makes it infinitely more satisfying.
fandom:star.trek.reboot  pairing:james.t.kirk/spock  words:05.000-10.000  creator:waldorph  type:fanfiction  reccer:jerakeen 
september 2016
Fic: MCU: gale song by tomorrowsrain
Fandom: Captain America
Characters/Pairings: Steve/Bucky, Tony Stark
Rating: Teen
Length: 75,000 words

Summary: Steve and Bucky break, mend, and try to find their place in the world without the mantles of Captain America or the Winter Soldier. AU, post Civil War.

Why is it the BEST THING EVER: A super-amazing fix-it to CA:CW in which Bucky doesn't go back into cryo and Tony makes amends.
fandom:marvel.cinematic.universe  pairing:james."bucky".barnes/steve.rogers  character:tony.stark  words:60.000-80.000  creator:tomorrowsrain  type:fanfiction  reccer:gekko11 
august 2016
Fic: MCU: Fire, Ashes, Dreams by sebastianL
Fandom: Captain America
Characters/Pairings: Steve/Bucky
Rating: Explicit
Length: 195,200 words

Summary: 'I am Bucky Barnes. I am not Bucky Barnes. I am the Winter Soldier. I am not the Winter Soldier. Am I either? Neither? Both?'

A story of memory, identity, love, and carnage.

Why is it the BEST THING EVER: This fic wrecked me. The Bucky and Steve of this fic are deeply flawed, and their obsessive love for one another threatens everything and everyone in their path with total destruction. Which makes the story absolutely devastating to read, but also incredibly, epically romantic.
fandom:marvel.cinematic.universe  pairing:james."bucky".barnes/steve.rogers  words:80.000-more  creator:sebastianl  type:fanfiction  reccer:gekko11 
august 2016
Fic: Doctor Who: Dark and Silent by paynesgrey
Fandom: Doctor Who
Characters/Pairings: Clara Oswald, Twelfth Doctor
Rating: G
Length: 683 words

Summary: Coming back to her empty flat, Clara reflects on her life.

Why is it the BEST THING EVER: Great introspective piece on Clara defining her idea of what home is to her.
fandom:doctor.who  pairing:(gen).no.pairing  character:clara.oswald  character:the.doctor  words:0-1.000  creator:paynesgrey  reccer:merryghoul  type:fanfiction 
july 2016
Fic: Harry Potter: Slithering by astolat
Fandom: Harry Potter
Characters/Pairings: Harry/Draco, Narcissa, Andromeda, Hermione
Rating: Explicit
Length: 27,355 words

Summary: Draco found the nest down in the Manor’s cellars, while he was clearing them out.

Why is it the BEST THING EVER: This fic is literally the Best Thing Ever. I know I'm going to reread it a million times. It's got an amazing vulnerable!Draco, and he's got a pet snake, and his house is all booby-trapped, and all he wants apparently is Harry Potter but Harry can't give him anything more than sex. It's everything I want in a fic. I've got so much love for it my heart is bursting. Ugh.
fandom:harry.potter  pairing:draco.malfoy/harry.potter  character:hermione.granger  character:narcissa.malfoy  character:andromeda.tonks  words:20.000-40.000  creator:astolat  reccer:jerakeen  type:fanfiction 
july 2016
Fic: Sparked Under Pressure by itsacoup
Fandom: Hockey RPF
Characters/Pairings: Sidney Crosby/Evgeni Malkin
Rating: Explicit
Length: 57,821 words

Summary:
The Russian Empire requests the honour of your presence at the marriage of their son, His Illustrious Highness, Prince Evgeni Vladimirovich Malkin
to
His Royal Highness, Prince Sidney of Canada, Duke of Nova Scotia
on Friday morning, 8 September 1854, at half past ten o’clock, in the Russian Orthodox Cathedral of St. Nicholas, Jauresgasse 2, Vienna, Austria
Reception from noon until eight o’clock at the Zeremoniensaal of the Hofburg Palace

A wedding does not a marriage make.


Why is it the BEST THING EVER:

If you like steampunk, this story has so much glorious detail, both the steam science as well as the social structure. The entire world is very well filled-out and you never really feel like the hockey players are just pasted onto the AU. Everyone's personalities are developed within the world while remaining recognisably themselves (or the fictional versions of themselves, yanno.) There are subplots and touches of other stuff going on that you don't see all of, but you know they exist and makes you want five more books set within the world, following other characters.

It is also filled with wonderful, wonderful pining and angst and some fumbling first times without anyone being a wilting flower.
fandom:hockey.rpf  pairing:evgeni.malkin/sidney.crosby  words:40.000-60.000  creator:itsacoup  reccer:james  type:fanfiction 
june 2016
Divergence (the one less traveled by) by Masierita
Fandom: Stargate Atlantis
Characters/Pairings: Rodney McKay/John Sheppard
Rating: Mature
Length: 28304

Summary: McKay and Sheppard in the universe from SG ep. 10.13, "The Road Not Taken". After Carter returns to her universe, someone's got to finish saving this one from the Ori.

Why is it the BEST THING EVER: Another longfic from Masierita (yay!), and the final part just posted. It's an AU, with a delightfully snarky McKay and Sheppard, interesting AU changes, and just really excellent writing. Gripping and amusing, a great read.
fandom:stargate:atlantis  pairing:john.sheppard/rodney.mckay  words:20.000-40.000  creator:masierita  reccer:mific  type:fanfiction 
june 2016
MCU: Zhelaniye by Nonymos
Fandom: Captain America
Characters/Pairings: Steve/Bucky, Wanda Maximoff
Rating: G
Length: 20,300 words

Summary: That's not something he can truly accept, but maybe he has to anyway.

Why is it the BEST THING EVER: This fic is just amazing. Steve's anguish over Bucky wanting to go back into cryo and Bucky's self-hatred are heartbreaking. But don't worry, despite the heavy angst, there's a happy ending.
fandom:marvel.cinematic.universe  pairing:james."bucky".barnes/steve.rogers  character:wanda.maximoff  words:20.000-40.000  creator:nonymos  type:fanfiction  reccer:gekko11 
may 2016
Star Wars: Fundamental Force Carriers
Fandom: Star Wars
Characters/Pairings: Anakin Skywalker/Padme Amidala, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Asajj Ventress, Yoda, Mace Windu, the whole Jedi Order, lots of clones
Rating: Teen
Length: 88k words

Summary: The Sith Lord Darth Vader lived his life. He probably didn't live it well, but he lived it as well as he knew how. At the end there, he'd even managed to woman up and kill Sidious. But he was dying, and at peace with the past.

The past wasn't at peace with him.


Why is it the BEST THING EVER: Time travel fixit AUs are A Thing in the Star Wars fandom. A character (usually Obi-Wan Kenobi or Anakin Skywalker) gets sent back in time by the Force from the time of the OT to the time of the prequels, and things unfold from there. This is quite possibly the best out there, because it combines a) a very unique take on the trope (and the Force, and the whole "chosen one" prophecy) with b) really good writing. When I finished it, I was torn between wanting a sequel and going back to the beginning and rereading it right then and there.
fandom:star.wars  pairing:anakin.skywalker/padme.amidala  character:obi-wan.kenobi  character:asajj.ventress  character:yoda  character:mace.windu  words:80.000-more  creator:tanarill  reccer:beatrice_otter  type:fanfiction 
may 2016
Fic: Known Associates by Thingswithwings
Fandom: MCU / Captain America
Characters/Pairings: Steve Rogers/Bucky Barnes; Steve Rogers/James Rhodes; Steve Rogers/Sam Wilson; Steve Rogers/Original characters; Steve Rogers/Peggy Carter; other pairings
Rating: explicit
Length: 294881 words

Summary: Steve Rogers isn't a self-made man.

Or, how a tough little Brooklyn fairy got turned into Captain America, and then turned back.

Why is it the BEST THING EVER: A novel-length fic that explores the queer life of Steve Rogers, from disabled activist in a very queer community in 1940s Brooklyn, to the transformation of his body, to modern-day NYC and DC. This lovingly-researched fic avoids all "tragic queer" tropes, yet realistically portrays the lives of people living in an oppressive society and working to make things better. It is an affirming, joyful read.
fandom:marvel.cinematic.universe  pairing:james."bucky".barnes/steve.rogers  pairing:james.rhodes/steve.rogers  pairing:sam.wilson/steve.rogers  pairing:steve.rogers/oc  pairing:peggy.carter/steve.rogers  words:80.000-more  type:fanfiction  reccer:sasha_feather  creator:thingswithwings 
april 2016
Fic: Spy: Would You Hold It Against Me by Toft
Fandom: Spy (2015)
Characters/Pairings: Rayna Boyanov/Susan Cooper
Rating: Mature
Length: 5,060 words

Summary: “Ugh, it’s you,” is the first thing Rayna says when Susan gets her out of prison.

Why is it the BEST THING EVER: This is incredibly in character and hilarious.
“You’ll feel better after a shower and some food. There’s some fancy shower gel and hair stuff in the bag, and I got you some basic groceries.”

There’s the sound of rustling in the other room.

“Are you fucking joking,” says Rayna, “this is basically dishsoap. Are these carrots raw? What the fuck am I supposed to do with them, masturbate?”

“You know what, that is not a great idea, but if you’re that desperate, put a condom on them first because they are not organic and there are probably all kinds of pesticides on them,” Susan says. “Okay, if there’s nothing else you need -” She begins backing towards the door. The oppressive misery of the apartment is beginning to get her down and she’s having second thoughts about leaving Rayna here, which means it’s time to leave before she does something stupid like inviting her back to her place.

“There are no shitting condoms in here,” Rayna yells. “What the fuck, Cooper?”
fandom:spy.(2015)  pairing:rayna.boyanov/susan.cooper  words:05.000-10.000  creator:toft  type:fanfiction  reccer:jerakeen 
march 2016
Fic: MCU: What Did They Aim For When They Missed Your Heart? by Setari
Fandom: Marvel Cinematic Universe
Characters/Pairings: Loki/Pepper Potts/Tony Stark
Rating: Mature
Length: 42787 words

Summary: By some strange quirk of biology, Starks have two soulmarks.

This causes more than it's fair share of problems.

Why is it the BEST THING EVER: Another Soulmark AU fic in which even with soulmarks, love isn't easy. I love how the different realms have different soulmarks here, and how that influences the relationship between Loki and Pepper and Loki and Tony. I also love how the author has inserted this seamlessly into canon and how having Pepper and Tony as soulmates changes Loki's life post-Avengers.
fandom:marvel.cinematic.universe  pairing:loki/pepper.potts/tony.stark  words:40.000-60.000  creator:setari  reccer:pulchritude  type:fanfiction 
february 2016
Fic: Football RPF: Give me a half of forever by un_petit_peu_de_moi
Fandom: Football RPF
Characters/Pairings: Lionel Messi/Neymar
Rating: Mature
Length: 11941 words

Summary: Neymar is 16 and getting a mark that says Lionel Messi is only good news until it turns out that Messi doesn't have a mark on his own.

(the in-universe soulmate fic where love is supposed to be easy but it really isn't)

Why is it the BEST THING EVER: It's pretty obvious that I love soulmark AUs, but what I love more are soulmark AUs where things aren't easy, even in a world made for love. And that's this fic. I love how Messi and Neymar eventually make their way to each other even though they are not 'meant' for each other in the way everyone else is.
fandom:football.rpf  pairing:lionel.messi/neymar  words:10.000-20.000  creator:un_petit_peu_de_moi  type:fanfiction  reccer:pulchritude 
february 2016
Fic: Naruto: The One Where Ino And Hidan Are Soulmates by Tozette
Fandom: Naruto
Characters/Pairings: Hidan/Ino
Rating: Teen
Length: 3239 words
Summary: Ino's just six the first time her soul mark disappears.

She wakes everybody in her house up, screaming, when it disappears. It hurts, that's true - a weird, sharp pain right through her chest that makes her heart beat rattle and her breath come short - but that's not really what upsets her. Losing the mark is like losing a limb. It feels - violating. Disfiguring.

[It happens again. And again.]

Why is it the BEST THING EVER: Tozette has taken what seems like a crack pairing and written a serious, IC fic about what could have happened between them if they were destined for one another in a world with soulmarks. I don't even particularly like Ino in general, but this fic is brilliant.
fandom:naruto  pairing:hidan/yamanaka.ino  words:01.000-5.000  creator:tozette  type:fanfiction  reccer:pulchritude 
january 2016
Fic: Harry Potter: Lucifer by leontina
Fandom: Harry Potter
Characters/Pairings: Harry Potter/Tom Riddle
Rating: Mature
Length: 12k

Summary: Harry is feeling lonely, so on a whim he decides to do a spell which claims to reveal a person’s soulmate. Instead, Harry is taken back to the past, landing directly in Tom Riddle’s lap!

Why is it the BEST THING EVER: The summary makes the fic sound cliché, but it's not at all. Whilst this fic uses some common tropes seen in fic of this pairing, it does so in an original way. I love love love the interaction between Harry and Tom in this, the conflict Harry goes through, and the way the two come together in the end.
fandom:harry.potter  pairing:harry.potter/tom.riddle  words:10.000-20.000  creator:leontina  type:fanfiction  reccer:pulchritude 
december 2015
Fic: Inception: Last Night on Earth by kedgeree
Fandom: Inception
Characters/Pairings: Arthur/Eames
Rating: Explicit
Length: 13,960 words
Summary: Eames is on the run for his life, and if this is really it, if his number really is about to be up, there's one thing left on his to-do list: Arthur.

Why is it the BEST THING EVER: This is beyond adorable and utterly romantic.
fandom:inception  pairing:arthur/eames  words:10.000-20.000  creator:kedgeree  type:fanfiction  reccer:gekko11 
november 2015
Fic: CleanYears RPF: Charmed by rivers_bend
Fandom: Clean Bandit RPF/Years & Years RPF
Characters/Pairings: Olly Alexander/Neil Amin-Smith, Grace Chatto, Elisabeth Troy, Stewie the cat
Rating: Explicit
Length: 43k words

Summary: For most of his twenty-two years, Olly has been a bedroom singer, or a shower singer, or an alone in the kitchen singer. He did a few talent shows in primary school, but once he hit secondary school and it became clear that his classmates weren’t into all the ways he was different, he stopped.

But now he’s in London. Working, paying his own rent with acting jobs, which he knows isn’t all that easy to do. And when he goes out on the pull, often as not he succeeds in actually pulling. Toilet hookups, hot and heavy snogs up against shadowed walls, and a perfectly average number of guys he spends a night or maybe even two with. Nothing at all out of the ordinary.

Until, for a friend’s birthday party, Olly tries karaoke.

Why is it the BEST THING EVER: It's an AU where Olly can make people do anything he wants BY SINGING AT THEM. An AU where magic is real and Neil works for MI13 to monitor and police the use of magic, to find magical individuals and train them if they need it. Olly is just adorable and panicked at the discovery of his magical abilities, Neil is completely head over heels and so very respectful of boundaries, and Stewie the cat is completely pivotal to the plot. Reading Neil and Olly falling in love while Olly learns to control to get his music back without fear is an absolute delight, and Elisabeth and Grace are wonderful, completely rounded characters with lives of their own and with no hesitation in kicking Neil into sense when he needs it.
fandom:years&years.rpf  fandom:clean.bandit.rpf  pairing:neil.amin-smith/olly.alexander  character:grace.chatto  character:elisabeth.troy  character:stewie.the.cat  words:40.000-60.000  creator:rivers_bend  reccer:vae  type:fanfiction 
november 2015
Fic: Hockey RPF: Ice Ice Baby by uraneia
Fandom: Hockey RPF
Characters/Pairings: Danny Briere/Claude Giroux
Rating: Explicit
Length: 51,340 words

Summary: A gold medal isn't the only souvenir Claude brings home from Prague.

OR: The one where Claude gets drunk, gets pregnant, and gets convinced to move in with Danny, whom he's been secretly in love with for years. What could possibly go wrong?

Why is it the BEST THING EVER: I don't know much about these guys (one of them has kids and the other has a beard?) or feel particularly attached to the pairing, but oh man, this fic worked for me in so many ways.

Mpreg, with found family feels and unhealthy amounts of mutual pining. The kids are so done with their obliviousness.
fandom:hockey.rpf  pairing:claude.giroux/danny.briere  words:40.000-60.000  type:fanfiction  creator:uraneia  reccer:jerakeen 
november 2015
Fic: Night Vale/The Dresden Files: Love is All You Need to Destroy Your Enemies by shadydave
Fandom: Welcome to Night Vale/The Dresden Files
Characters/Pairings: Carlos Ramirez/Cecil Palmer
Rating: canon-typical violence
Length: 222,490 words.

Summary: There are a few things that Carlos may have neglected to tell Cecil.

Like his last name.

Or how he hasn’t actually dated anyone since his junior year of high school.

Or that he’s a wizard of the White Council and the regional commander of Wardens in the western United States and not, in fact, a scientist.

You know. Minor details.

Why is it the BEST THING EVER: I love crossovers, in theory, but all too often they turn out to be a disappointment. Which makes sense, since writing a great fic that crosses over fandoms A and B is exponentially harder than just writing a great fic in fandoms A or B. But every once in a while I'll come across a fic that reminds me why I really, really love crossovers, and shadydave's Love is All You Need to Destroy Your Enemies is that fic.

If you're not familiar with Welcome to Night Vale or Jim Butcher's The Dresden Files, I recommend you set about fixing that asap, not even on their own merit - although they are both worth consuming - but just so you can truly appreciate the masterpiece that is this fic. Shadydave's commitment to remaining canon-compliant is truly awe-inspiring, for one thing, and the fact that Night Vale would make so much more sense under the assumption that Carlos is secretly a wizard deserves recognition.

In fact, this fic is like four or five separate awesome fics melded together into something too perfect to exist, and I can only assume dark magic was somehow involved in its creation. It is a great, canon-compliant, behind-the-scenes Night Vale fic, that spackles together the limited information canon gives us into something that almost makes sense. It's an awesome exploration of a relatively minor Dresden Files character, which expands the world-building into something completely credible even when Harry Dresden isn't actually present. It's a truly epic romance. It's an amazingly plotty, engaging time-travel fic, with a wide cast of enjoyable characters. And it's hilarious, without ever sacrificing it's internal cohesion for a laugh.

At over 200,000 words, this is the kind of fic you'll want to spend ten hours straight reading, and it will be worth it.
fandom:welcome.to.night.vale  fandom:dresden.files  pairing:carlos/cecil.palmer  words:80.000-more  creator:shadydave  reccer:pointysparkles  type:fanfiction 
october 2015
Fic: Die Hard: An Honest Man by lamardeuse
Fandom: Die Hard
Characters/Pairings: Matt Farrell/John McClane
Rating: Mature
Length: 2,280 words

Summary: He was as sure of Matt, of this completely left-field relationship, as it was possible to be, and people of John's generation and upbringing tended to get married when that happened. Certainty equalled a ring and a ceremony of your choice: that was how the world worked.

Why is it the BEST THING EVER: New Die Hard fic and so very awesome!
fandom:die.hard.movies  pairing:john.mcclane/matt.farrell  words:01.000-5.000  type:fanfiction  creator:lamardeuse  reccer:jerakeen 
october 2015
Fic: Hockey RPF: (All My Life I've Been) Burdened by the Dreams by Linsky
Fandom: Hockey RPF
Characters/Pairings: Kane/Toews
Rating: Explicit
Length: 30,170 words

Summary: Patrick has two goals for himself when he comes to Chicago:

Win the Stanley Cup.

And don’t let anyone find out he’s a wolf.

Why is it the BEST THING EVER: Amazing, drawn-out touch starvation hurt/comfort fic. (Mpreg mentions towards the end.)
fandom:hockey.rpf  pairing:jonathan.toews/patrick.kane  words:20.000-40.000  creator:linsky  type:fanfiction  reccer:jerakeen 
august 2015
Fic: MCU: Postcards from Golgotha by kariye
Fandom: Captain America
Characters/Pairings: Steve/Bucky
Rating: Explicit
Length: 41,465 words

Summary: They say that once you give your heart away, it’s never really yours again. Oh, you can take it back if you want, of course. You can try to reclaim it. But once it’s beat in your lover’s chest and his blood has flowed through it, it can never truly belong to you again, now, can it.

Or,

A story about Bucky Barnes’s heart.

Why is it the BEST THING EVER: This fic will rip your heart out. Which is fitting, since the story features a fascinating conceit in which characters literally exchange their hearts with loved ones -- ok, it's sort of gory, but still, fascinating! Anyway, it's gorgeous and bleak and smart and sad and so so good.

“You don’t – oh God, Bucky. You don’t have to be in that chair anymore. Ever again.” He’s been walking slowly forward as he speaks, until he’s inside the chair room. He slides down against the glass wall directly across from Bucky, knees bent and pulled into his chest. “Why are you in the chair?” His voice cracks.

Bucky opens his eyes. Cap’s hands fly up, as if to show he means no harm. They stare at each other. There are a hundred things Bucky could tell him about the chair. He could tell him that in the chair, there’s peace. In the chair, he has only to report on the mission and then let it all be taken away. He could tell him that when he’s in the chair, he can’t hurt anyone else. He’s the only one who gets hurt in the chair.
fandom:marvel.cinematic.universe  pairing:james."bucky".barnes/steve.rogers  words:40.000-60.000  creator:kariye  reccer:gekko11  type:fanfiction 
may 2015
Fic: Fast and the Furious: Life Sentence by astolat
Fandom: Fast and the Furious
Pairings: Dom/Brian, Hobbs
Rating: Explicit
Length: 19,100 words

Summary: “Sit down,” the doctor said. He took blood, three vials filling up dark red. “Any medical conditions?”

“No,” Dom said, and then his mouth kept going and said, “What if I want to volunteer for bonding?”

The doctor peered at him over the glasses. “Do you want to volunteer for bonding?”

It hung in the air. Dom felt it like a noose around his throat, squeezing. Twenty-five to life. “Yeah,” he said.

Why is it the BEST THING EVER: This is perfection. I can't even handle how awesome it is.
fandom:fast.and.the.furious  pairing:brian.o'conner/dominic.toretto  character:luke.hobbs  words:10.000-20.000  type:fanfiction  creator:astolat  reccer:jerakeen 
may 2015
Fic: Hockey RPF: Ice-cream Castles in the Air by jezziejay
Fandom: Hockey RPF
Pairings: Kane/Toews
Rating: Mature
Length: 27,000 words

Summary: This end of Buffalo smells like it always has - too hot, too stiffling, too saturating. Patrick finds Jonny almost exactly where he last left him five years ago, as if suspended in time.

(or the sweet home alabama au)

Why is it the BEST THING EVER: This is SO DAMN GOOD. The chemistry is so right for this AU and there are feels all over the place.
fandom:hockey.rpf  pairing:jonathan.toews/patrick.kane  words:20.000-40.000  creator:jezziejay  type:fanfiction  reccer:jerakeen 
may 2015
Fic: Hockey RPF: A Gradual Act of Arson by ladyblahblah
Fandom: Hockey RPF
Pairings: Sid/Geno
Rating: Explicit
Length: 94,800 words

Summary: “Are you telling me that you worked a divorce clause into your contracts?”

“It was management's idea, actually,” Sidney nods. “I, uh. I didn't exactly tell my mom about that part, but. Yeah. We just need to get him over here without the KHL trying to pull anything to keep him from leaving. We have to stay together for two years, just to make sure everything’s settled and definite with his citizenship and contract and everything, and then we're in the clear to break up without any of the usual salary penalties.”

Why is it the BEST THING EVER: Arranged marriage and domesticity and pining! So very happymaking!
fandom:hockey.rpf  pairing:evgeni.malkin/sidney.crosby  words:80.000-more  type:fanfiction  creator:ladyblahblah  reccer:jerakeen 
april 2015
Fic: Hockey RPF: sing each song twice over by uraneia
Fandom: Hockey RPF
Pairings: Sidney Crosby/Evgeni Malkin
Rating: Explicit
Length: 31,400 words

Summary: After he retires, Sid retreats to the Canadian wilderness and no one in the public hears from him for two years. But it's not like anyone forgets about him. Especially not Geno, who still keeps in touch by phone and e-mail, though he longs for more.

Geno is facing the prospect of life without the NHL when Sid's autobiography comes out. Suddenly everyone wants a comment. Geno didn't even know Sid was writing an autobiography.

But he knows now, and he knows--there’s no way to read Sid’s book except as a love letter to Geno, and even if he only meant it as a hockey love letter, it still is. Only Sid won't answer his calls.

Geno resolves to ask him about it in person. One problem: he has to find him first.

Why is it the BEST THING EVER: Soft, warm, and cozy. Not a gut punch but a hand around your heart, giving it a slooow squeeze.
fandom:hockey.rpf  pairing:evgeni.malkin/sidney.crosby  words:20.000-40.000  creator:uraneia  reccer:jerakeen  type:fanfiction 
april 2015
Fic: Hockey RPF: This Life Becomes by lupinus
Fandom: Hockey RPF
Pairings: Patrick Kane/Jonathan Toews
Rating: Mature
Length: 23,150 words

Summary: During the summer of 2014, Jon's son is born. Now he just needs to figure out this single parent schtick. Fortunately, Jon's got Pat to lean on and help him through, just like always.

Shameless fluff about two men and a baby.

Why is it the BEST THING EVER: This is super cute. Tiny baby + domesticity + romance. It's warm and cuddly and just right.
fandom:hockey.rpf  pairing:jonathan.toews/patrick.kane  words:20.000-40.000  creator:lupinus  type:fanfiction  reccer:jerakeen 
march 2015
Fic: MCU: Into That Good Night by Nonymos
Fandom: MCU
Characters/Pairings: Steve/Bucky
Rating: Explicit
Length: 73,500 words

Summary: Steve Rogers has lived for entirely too long—long enough to see the world's end. The heroes are gone, and the Earth is pushing what's left of mankind towards the exit.

But when a makeshift team rises from the ashes, when a mysterious presence all but drags Steve there, he begins to think there may be hope yet. As they shoot for the stars one last time, Steve will get proof yet again that the future is nothing if not an echo of the past.

Why is it the BEST THING EVER: This is an absolutely brilliant and intense Interstellar fusion. Be prepared for an emotional rollercoaster.
fandom:marvel.cinematic.universe  fandom:interstellar  type:fanfiction  pairing:james."bucky".barnes/steve.rogers  words:60.000-80.000  creator:nonymos  reccer:gekko11 
march 2015
D.S.S. Requirement, by esama
Fandom: Harry Potter/Stargate
Characters/Pairings: Harry, Hermione, and the whole Dumbledore's Army crew
Rating: gen
Length: 30k words

Summary:

The Dumbledore's Army use the Room of the Requirement to get themselves a spaceship.

(Knowledge about Stargate is not necessary to read this story)


Why is it the BEST THING EVER: It's Harry Potter IN SPACE, what more needs to be said? Seriously, it's awesome. It's about the DA crew finding an Asgard starship through the Room of Requirement, and spending more and more time there because it's nicer than Hogwarts under Umbridge's rule. It starts out as pure escapism, and turns into them figuring out how to use it to make things better in their lives and keep themselves safe from Voldemort. It's complete as-is, but the author says it's the first in a series, and I can't wait for the second one.
fandom:harry.potter  fandom:stargate.sg-1  pairing:(gen).no.pairing  character:harry.potter  character:hermione.granger  words:20.000-40.000  creator:esama  reccer:beatrice_otter  type:fanfiction 
march 2015
Fic: Bandom: Inch of Skin by the_ragnarok
Fandom: Bandom
Pairings: Pete/Patrick
Rating: Teen and Up
Length: 8,270 words

Summary: In his interviews, Pete Wentz likes to joke about the soulmark. He went on a talk show once with his right wrist bared to show a temporary Care Bear tattoo. There was kind of a media uproar about it, which is the only reason Patrick knows this—he doesn't even follow media for musicians he likes. He's not going to do it for a pop-punk teen heartthrob who sold his soul to MTV.

Why is it the BEST THING EVER: This is frickin' adorable and goddamn I missed this fandom.
fandom:bandom  pairing:patrick.stump/pete.wentz  words:05.000-10.000  creator:the_ragnarok  type:fanfiction  reccer:jerakeen 
march 2015
Fic: The West Wing: I Love You, You Idiot by perpetfic
Fandom: The West Wing
Characters/Pairings: Josh Lyman/John Marbury
Rating: G
Length: 3548 words

Summary: “Oh, my god, why are you cheerful about this?” Josh asks. “Fox News has already called us sodomites!”

“How kind of them to restrain themselves for all of three minutes,” John replies...

(Josh and John get outed. Feelings ensue.)

Why is it the BEST THING EVER: Because it reads like Sorkin wrote it. Because it's almost impossible to find TWW fic that not only nails the characterizations and relationships (every single one, without fail) but also captures that punchy dialogue and fast-paced whirlwind feel of the show. Because it's always fun to watch Josh Lyman squirm about his feelings. Because you don't have to ship this pairing (I don't, or didn't think I did) to find it hilariously funny.

“What’s the word for murdering your boyfriend?” Josh asks.

“I think it’s just murder,” Donna replies. “Want me to look it up?”
fandom:west.wing  pairing:john.marbury/josh.lyman  words:01.000-5.000  creator:perpetfic  reccer:chosenmortal  type:fanfiction 
january 2015
Fic: The Walking Dead: En Route by tanglingshadows
Fandom: The Walking Dead
Characters/Pairings: Daryl Dixon/Beth Greene
Rating: Mature
Length: 62,152

Summary: "Beth started to step forward, and without a second thought, he grabbed her arm and pulled her back." Daryl wasn't about to let her step into the line of fire, not when he just got her back. AU of mid-season finale and beyond.

Why is it the BEST THING EVER: This calm, domestic slice of life is pretty much exactly what you need to soothe your soul after the recent midseason finale. Beth and Daryl's characterization is so sweet and believable that it makes you want to go on believing this isn't an AU for just a little bit longer.
fandom:walking.dead  pairing:beth.greene/daryl.dixon  words:60.000-80.000  creator:tanglingshadows  type:fanfiction  reccer:astrels 
january 2015
Fic: Teen Wolf: its derek hale wtf by bleep0bleep
Fandom: Teen Wolf
Characters/Pairings: Derek/Stiles
Rating: Explicit
Length: 38,665 words

Summary: Stiles doesn’t buy the whole magical, transcendent soulmate reveal story, snickers at all those movies where the couple touches each others marks for the first time, eyes glimmering over in emotion when they feel the bond surge through their bodies (who comes up with this stuff?), shakes his head at all those dreamy-eyed people willing to shell out money to track down their other half.
Stiles is just really ambivalent about the whole thing. He meets his other half in his lifetime? Cool. If not? It’s just fine; he’s happy where he is.
At least that’s what he keeps telling himself.

Why is it the BEST THING EVER: I love how Stiles goes in without even believing in soulmates and still falls in love with Derek anyway, and how Derek falls for Stiles without even knowing Stiles is his soulmate—it just makes the soulmark thing more poignant and telling because here it isn't two people who try to make something work after finding out they are soulmates; it's two people falling in love and finding that their soulmarks only confirm what they've been feeling all along.
fandom:teen.wolf  pairing:derek.hale/stiles.stilinski  words:20.000-40.000  creator:bleep0bleep  reccer:pulchritude  type:fanfiction 
january 2015
Fic: Teen Wolf: Sell Your Body to the Night by Dira Sudis
Fandom: Teen Wolf
Pairings: Derek/Stiles
Rating: Explicit
Length: 121,550 words

Summary: "No," he repeated impatiently. "I'm not a cop. I'm someone who wants to exchange my money for your sexual services. I was told you were in that line of work."

"I, uh, yeah, sorry," Stiles said. He glanced around again and then up--the full moon was almost directly overhead. Just one of those nights, maybe. "Yeah, I am. I do that."

Why is it the BEST THING EVER: This is one perfect hookerfic. I was scared the ending might let me down - it's a thing with me and long fics - but it was warm and wonderful and I'm left wanting even more.
fandom:teen.wolf  pairing:derek.hale/stiles.stilinski  words:80.000-more  type:fanfiction  reccer:jerakeen  creator:dira_sudis 
january 2015
Fic: Forever Knight: Couched Work by greerwatson
Fandom: Forever Knight
Characters/Pairings: Janette DuCharme, Anna (Forever Knight), Lucien LaCroix
Rating: Mature
Length: 9,179

Summary: In the late tenth century, Janette finds herself becoming friends with an Englishwoman who has been sold to a Parisian brothel by her husband after she fails to bear him a child.

Why is it the BEST THING EVER: So many great fics come out of the Yuletide exchange. This is one of this year's gifts and it's fantastic, an amazing backstory fic about Janette, which also beautifully expands on and fleshes out a flashback from one of the episodes, 'A Fate Worse Than Death'. The author has done her research and the details of the period and setting are vividly presented. It's also a wonderful story about female friendship.
fandom:forever.knight  pairing:(gen).no.pairing  character:janette.ducharme  character:anna.(forever.knight)  character:lucien.lacroix  words:05.000-10.000  creator:greerwatson  type:fanfiction  reccer:lightbird 
january 2015
Fic: CA:TWS: This, You Protect by owlet
Fandom: Captain America (MCU)
Characters/Pairings: Bucky Barnes, Steve Rogers (Gen)
Rating: Teen and Up (canon typical violence)
Length: 64,326

Summary: The mission resets abruptly, from objective: kill to objective: protect

Why is it the BEST THING EVER: At turns hilarious and hitting you right in the feels. The Asset starts a secret, self-imposed protection detail on Rogers, and we get to follow him as he learns about the wonders of coffee and grilled cheese sandwiches, is baffled about why Rogers enjoys early morning runs in bad weather and how bad Rogers is at protecting himself, and picks up Mission Assists like old people and conveniently positioned hedges. Read this story, and you, too, will learn the joy of shouting "CONTACT: CONFIRM, dammit, CONFIRM!" at your computer screen.

Analysis: two drawings of the fight with Rogers on the bridge. A 60% accurate rendering of the tactical gear. Highly accurate facial portrayal. Accuracy of hair: distressing. Query: did HYDRA never hear of a hair tie.
fandom:marvel.cinematic.universe  pairing:(gen).no.pairing  character:james."bucky".barnes  character:steve.rogers  words:60.000-80.000  creator:owlet  type:fanfiction  reccer:risha 
january 2015
Fic: Hockey RPF, Dezinformatsiya by hikaru
Fandom: Hockey RPF
Characters/Pairings: Sidney Crosby/Evgeni Malkin
Rating: R for violence and sex
Length: 35,445 words

Summary:

(dezinformatsiya: disinformation; the deliberate spreading of false information to mislead an enemy as to one's position or course of action)
Sidney leads them to a fallen log, just off the bank, still shrouded by trees. They can see the river, but no one can see them. If he were there with anyone else -- if he actually wanted to pursue Zoya the way everyone at work wants him to -- the spot would be romantic. But this is Sidney, and Zhenya knows he can’t have that.

“Nice spot,” Zhenya announces. He brushes some leaves off of the log then lowers himself to sit. “Very nice. Quiet, you hide back here. Bet you take pretty girls here, be alone.”

Sidney stops before he sits and looks at Zhenya; the hurt expression that crosses his face slides away so quickly that Zhenya isn’t even sure that he saw it at all. “No,” he says finally as he sits down. “No, only surly Soviet defectors who ask too many questions.”

(or: Sidney Crosby and the spy who loved him)


Why is it the BEST THING EVER: OMG if you like KGB-FBI spy novels with actual happy endings, then this is the hockey rpf au for you! It is well-researched and, as someone who has read a lot of spy novels and seen many a spy movie in my day, this was very, very awesome. Good humor, good espionage and action, and boys being maybe a little more stupid about each other than intelligence agents should be expected to be.
fandom:hockey.rpf  pairing:evgeni.malkin/sidney.crosby  words:20.000-40.000  creator:hikaru  type:fanfiction  reccer:james 
december 2014
Fic: Teen Wolf: Come with Me and Walk the Longest Mile by DevilDoll
Fandom: Teen Wolf
Pairings: Derek/Stiles
Rating: Explicit
Length: 39,250 words

Summary: "Stiles shouldn't accept rides from werewolves he meets behind abandoned convenience stores." In which the zombie apocalypse is just one of their worries.

Why is it the BEST THING EVER: Zombie apocalypse heat fic. Awesome doesn't even begin to cover it.
fandom:teen.wolf  pairing:derek.hale/stiles.stilinski  words:20.000-40.000  creator:devildoll  type:fanfiction  reccer:jerakeen 
december 2014
Fan fiction: Hockey RPF: Chelsea, Chelsea I Believe by empathapathique
Fandom: Hockey RPF
Characters/Pairings: Patrick Kane/Jonathan Toews, Blackhawks Ensemble, Kane family, Toews family, OC's
Rating: Mature / Explicit
Length: 300,800 words, plus more in the prequel. (There's also an unfinished sequel made up of extra missing scenes.)

Summary: empathapathique's summary is: 'Patrick meets a girl his rookie year' followed by: 'First and foremost, this is a story about Patrick Kane and his fuck-ups. Jonathan Toews is a part of that, but this story is about Patrick specifically. It also loosely follows the events of 'Running Out Of Air.' Sort of.'

My summary would be more like: Superstar hockey player Patrick Kane discovers he has a surprise daughter, and steps up to raise her. He needs a lot of help to do it.

Why is it the BEST THING EVER: It's over 300,000 words of found family and realistic relationships and angst and drama and boys being terrible at emotions while simultaneously being wonderfully supportive of each other. The real central relationships here are Rookies/Adulthood, and Blackhawks/Supportiveness. Also, there's a lot of humour, and Pat's daughter -- her name's Chelsea, after the Blackhawk's goal song, because of course it is -- is realistic and not obnoxious. The Kane/Toews relationship is UST for a long time, very slow to build, but it works really well.

To quote Philip Larkin: 'They fuck you up, your mum and dad. / They may not mean to, but they do. / They fill you with the faults they had / And add some extra, just for you.' People try to avoid making the same old mistakes, mostly by making new ones instead, and then step up to deal with the consequences, growing up backwards and sideways but getting there in the end. Oh, and learning to give and accept love, too.

Pick your comfy reading spot, your comfort food, and WALLOW IN THIS STORY FOR HOURS AND HOURS. ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
fandom:hockey.rpf  pairing:jonathan.toews/patrick.kane  words:80.000-more  type:fanfiction  creator:empathapathique  reccer:zellieh 
november 2014
Fic: Avengers: Descent, by Teyke
Fandom: Avengers (Marvel 616 AU)
Characters/Pairings: Steve/Tony, Janet Van Dyne/Henry Pym
Rating: E for Explicit
Length: 68,000 words

Summary: A hundred years ago humanity fled to the skies to escape the Darkness spreading across the land. Now the Flying Cities are mysteriously sinking, imperilling every man, woman, and child who lives there. Together with the transmution mages Henry Pym and Lady Janet Van Dyne, and joined by the amnesiac immortal Dr. Donald Blake, High Wizard Anthony Stark mounts an expedition down into the Dark, determined to uncover the secrets of the magical calamity that wiped humanity from the face of the Earth.

Why is it the BEST THING EVER: This is the BEST THING EVER because it's so lovely. At first it felt vaguely steampunk, but really it's an amazing magical adventure story in the best tradition. Magic fights! New friends! A prince in disguise! Strongly written, amazing plot twists/reveals, and reminiscent of the high fantasy writing of my favorite books growing up. The parallels drawn between the magic and plot in the story, and of Avengers/Marvel 616 universe, are also so amazing--not forced, but clearly carefully thought out to feel so organic to the story. Definitely a read that you will not want to interrupt!
fandom:marvel.comics  pairing:steve.rogers/tony.stark  pairing:henry.pym/janet.van.dyne  words:60.000-80.000  creator:teyke  reccer:eponymousanon  type:fanfiction 
november 2014
Fic: Teen Wolf: A Desperate Arrangement by mikkimouse
Fandom: Teen Wolf
Pairings: Derek/Stiles
Rating: Explicit
Length: 115,500 words

Summary: "I'm sorry, I believe there's something wrong with my hearing," Stiles said. "Because I could have sworn you just told me you set up a betrothal agreement with the Hales. A betrothal agreement involving me. Me."

Scott smiled his easygoing smile and nodded, which told Stiles no, he hadn't misheard a damn thing

After seven years of lengthy negotiations, the treaty between the Hales and the Argents has fallen apart and the two countries fell into war.

Months later, there's an uneasy truce, thanks to the intervention of King Scott McCall, but it won't last. In a desperate attempt to maintain the peace, the Hales sign a treaty with the McCalls to marry Prince Derek to Prince Stiles Stilinski, King Scott's brother.

In the history of the world, there have been many better ideas.

Why is it the BEST THING EVER: This is an arranged marriage AU based on one of my favorite tumblr prompts of all time, which was basically about an insecure!Derek who is convinced of his own worthlessness. (I bet you can guess who'd done the convincing.) Not only does this fic take that idea and run with it, but it does it beautifully. It takes its time to build relationships, makes excellent use of established canon to weave together a very nice plot, and keeps the whole thing exciting and romantic and interesting for a hundred-frickin-thousand words before giving you the perfect ending.

I basically skipped two meals to keep reading, so, you know, sorry about your weekend. But also, you're welcome.
fandom:teen.wolf  pairing:derek.hale/stiles.stilinski  words:80.000-more  type:fanfiction  creator:mikkimouse  reccer:jerakeen 
november 2014
Fic: Harry Potter: Hit the Ground Running by Tozette
Fandom: Harry Potter
Characters/Pairings: Harry, Voldemort
Rating: Teen+
Length: 112,204 words

Summary: The Horcrux in Harry's head wakes up and begins talking to Harry long before he's ever heard the name Voldemort. Philosopher's Stone AU.

Why is it the BEST THING EVER: This fic has a very believable Slytherin!Harry whose first influence comes from Voldemort rather than Hagrid and/or Ron, which changes everything about how he relates to the Wizarding World. The characterization is done very well, and I love love the interaction between Voldemort and Harry in this, how Voldemort subtly turns Harry in his favour and how Harry helps Voldemort because even though Voldemort is mean, he's still Harry's first friend. There are a lot of Slytherin!Harry and dark!Harry fics out there, but I find a great majority of them to have poor characterization. This one doesn't.
fandom:harry.potter  pairing:(gen).no.pairing  character:harry.potter  character:lord.voldemort  words:80.000-more  type:fanfiction  creator:tozette  reccer:pulchritude 
october 2014
Fic: Captain America: All The Angels and The Saints by Speranza
Fandom: Captain America
Characters/Pairings: Steve/Bucky
Rating: Explicit
Length: 48,740 words
Summary: In which Steve Rogers loses God and finds God and loses God, and also: Bucky.

Why is it the BEST THING EVER: I don't have the words to describe how good this fic is. It's sort of Steve-centric, but of course you can't have Steve without Bucky, and their relationship is epic and heartbreaking and honestly sometimes it feels like a punch in the gut. And Steve, he's just so fully realized as a character, struggling with his faith and his ideals and what they mean for his feelings for Bucky. God, Bucky -- beautiful, steadfast Bucky. That's about all the coherence I can muster, so yeah, best thing ever!
fandom:marvel.cinematic.universe  pairing:james."bucky".barnes/steve.rogers  words:40.000-60.000  creator:speranza  type:fanfiction  reccer:gekko11 
october 2014
Best of AUs: Fic: Teen Wolf: Binomial Coefficients by DevilDoll
Fandom: Teen Wolf
Pairings: Derek/Stiles
Rating: Teen+
Length: 20,780 words
Category: Most Charming High School AU!

Summary: In which brainy freshman Stiles Stilinski wants star quarterback Derek Hale to join the math team, AKA math nerds in love.

What makes it the BEST OF AUs: Ridiculously cute.
fandom:teen.wolf  pairing:derek.hale/stiles.stilinski  words:20.000-40.000  best.of:au  best.of:au:2014  type:fanfiction  creator:devildoll  reccer:jerakeen 
september 2014
Fic: Teen Wolf: Of Bananas, Babies and Buzzkills by calrissian18
Fandom: Teen Wolf
Pairings: Derek/Stiles
Rating: Teen and Up
Length: 24,880 words

Summary: “Are you, um—What are you doing back?” He looks as uncomfortable as Stiles feels and that’s some small consolation.

“You know, the usual. Witches, I’m the highlander now, magic bananas.”

Why is it the BEST THING EVER: SO MUCH PINING and magical babies of epic cuteness AND THEN EVEN MORE PINING! Also, the writing is so much fun you want it to go on forever. Highly recommended to all kidfic enthusiasts.
fandom:teen.wolf  pairing:derek.hale/stiles.stilinski  words:20.000-40.000  creator:calrissian18  type:fanfiction  reccer:jerakeen 
september 2014
Best of AUs: Fic: White Collar - I Don't Mean to Rush Your Heart
Fandom: White Collar
Characters/Pairings: Peter Burke/Neal Caffrey
Rating: NC-17
Length: 20,000
Category: Best of AUs

Summary: Set in the author’s Redwing ‘verse where Peter is a NYPD detective and Neal Caffrey is an artist and runs an arts program for runaway and at-risk teenagers in New York City. Peter and Neal met when Neal was the victim of a violent crime. This story picks up after Peter had been seriously injury and is in the process of recovering. He and Neal find their lives and their relationship changing in ways they didn’t expect.

What makes it the BEST OF AUs: It’s a strongly realistic picture of a relationship in progress. These are two men with serious issues and flaws. They hurt each other but are also wise enough to know that they can say “I’m sorry” and not be seen as weak.

The entire Redwing ‘verse is a stunning example of what it means to write an AU – the characters have similar (but not identical) roles to their canon counterparts, the author weaves in canonical events – in this case changing a kidnapping to a runaway situation – in a very satisfying manner. The writing is strong and confident and the author clearly loves the characters and the verse she’s created.
fandom:white.collar  pairing:neal.caffrey/peter.burke  words:10.000-20.000  best.of:au  best.of:au:2014  creator:embroiderama  reccer:elrhiarhodan  type:fanfiction 
september 2014
Best of AUs: Fic: X-Men: Pantheon by Yahtzee
Fandom: X-Men (all media)
Characters/Pairings: Erik/Charles, Charles/OMC, Emma/Scott, Logan/Rogue
Rating: Explicit
Length: 131400 words
Category: Best of AUs

Summary:
In the year 96 AD, all Rome is aware that their gods have begun to Mark certain people with their gifts -- the healing power of Apollo, the metal control of Vulcan, the deathly touch of Pluto, or the mental powers of Minerva. When those gifts fall to slaves or barbarians instead of the Romans themselves, strict control is necessary. Then a gladiator from Judea meets an enslaved scribe from Britannia, and the repercussions will shake the Empire itself.

What makes it the BEST OF AUs:
I love the way the X-Men canon fits into this Roman setting, beautifully done by the author. As the relationship between Erik and Charles progresses, so does the revolution that is their cause. It is a well-paced, well-plotted action/romance story that honours not only its main ship, but other characters as well.
fandom:x-men.movies  pairing:charles.xavier/erik.lensherr  words:80.000-more  best.of:au  best.of:au:2014  creator:yahtzee  reccer:sevilemar  type:fanfiction 
september 2014
Best of AUs: Fic: Hockey RPF: The Reeducation of Misters Kane and Toews by jezziejay
Fandom: Hockey RPF
Pairings: Kane/Toews
Rating: Teen and Up
Length: 16,000 words
Category: Cutest Teacher AU!

Summary: In which Kaner sort of has a kid, and Mr. Toews doesn't know which of them is the bigger brat.

AU featuring teacher!Jon and hockey-player!Kaner. With bonus 'Hawks characters, love notes, pasta jewelry, Be Better Pizzas, pirouettes, a sprinke of angst and guest appearance by Derek Jeter.

What makes it the BEST OF AUs: This is the CUTEST kidfic AU I've read in ages. Zero canon knowledge required!
fandom:hockey.rpf  pairing:jonathan.toews/patrick.kane  words:10.000-20.000  creator:jezziejay  reccer:jerakeen  best.of:au  best.of:au:2014  type:fanfiction 
september 2014
Best of AUs: Fanwork Type: Fic Fandom: The Losers Runaway by Amethystina
Fandom: The Losers
Characters/Pairings: Carlos "Cougar" Alvarez/Jake Jensen
Rating: Mature
Length: 26k
Category: Best of AUs

Summary:
When people tell you to be wary not to pick up strays they usually refer to puppies and kittens, not gangly, hyperactive seventeen-year-olds with bright blue eyes and infectious smiles, but Carlos thinks that they should. The similarities are undeniable, after all, not only in terms of appearance and mannerism but also the way you get instantly and irrevocably attached.

Jacob Jensen should come with a warning sign, simple as that. And possibly also a manual.

What makes it the BEST OF AUs: As with all the best AUs, the situation changes, but the characters remain the same and shine through. This story is all about Cougar building connections, and Jensen growing up to be the man he is in the film. Both have the integrity and tenacity of their film counterparts, but by meeting when they are younger, the chance for them to influence each other's development and provide support is magnified. The author calls it fluffy, and it is, but I love that in a story. *g*
fandom:losers  pairing:carlos."cougar".alvarez/jake.jensen  words:20.000-40.000  type:fanfiction  best.of:au  best.of:au:2014  creator:amethystina  reccer:sperrywink 
august 2014
Fic: The Hobbit: Shadow of the Shire by esama
Fandom: The Hobbit
Characters/Pairings: Bilbo/Frerin
Rating: Teen and up
Length: 54,195 words

Summary: "A few of us must be merciless, so that the rest can be merciful. The Shire is a peaceful place. And peace, well. Peace has its price."

Why is it the BEST THING EVER: Bilbo is an assassin and secret guardian of the Shire, because a rich and fertile land needs protectors and honour is for fools. Cool premise, great writing, fascinating details. Also, the pairing is extremely rare and delicious.
fandom:hobbit  pairing:bilbo.baggins/frerin  words:40.000-60.000  creator:esama  reccer:neqs  type:fanfiction 
august 2014
Fic: Captain America: Out of the Dead Land by emilyenrose
Fandom: Captain America
Characters/Pairings: Steve/Bucky
Rating: Explicit
Length: 62,725

Summary: Someone is building machines that look and act like people. Meanwhile, the Winter Soldier tries to be Bucky Barnes.

Why is it the BEST THING EVER: This fic is unbelievably good. I had to take a breather every now and then to keep from being totally overwhelmed by feelings. The progression of Bucky's recovery and his relationship with Steve are handled absolutely perfectly. Plus, there's an exciting plot and brilliant characterizations of the rest of the team; a truly amazing read.
fandom:marvel.cinematic.universe  pairing:james."bucky".barnes/steve.rogers  words:60.000-80.000  type:fanfiction  creator:emilyenrose  reccer:gekko11 
july 2014
Fic: Teen Wolf: There's Monsters at Home by calrissian18
Fandom: Teen Wolf
Pairings: Derek/Stiles
Rating: Explicit
Length: 83,575 words

Summary: “How did you get past the wards?” Derek had put them up, with Peter’s grudging assistance, after the Alpha pack had made themselves at home a few times too many.

The guy pulled a face. “You mean the wards a five-year-old girl with the mental ability of a goldfish could deconstruct?” He blinked wide eyes at Derek. “Gee, I don’t know. It’s bound to go down as one of life’s great mysteries.”

Derek despised him.

Why is it the BEST THING EVER: Magic!Stiles AU where pretty much everything's the same except for Stiles, who is an outsider in this and wondrously magical. The whole thing is peppered with monsters-of-the-week and of course Derek being a huge failwolf.
fandom:teen.wolf  pairing:derek.hale/stiles.stilinski  words:80.000-more  type:fanfiction  creator:calrissian18  reccer:jerakeen 
july 2014
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