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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 by bestthingever
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 by bestthingever
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 by bestthingever
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 by bestthingever
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 by bestthingever
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 by bestthingever
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 by bestthingever
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 by bestthingever
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 by bestthingever
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 by bestthingever
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 by bestthingever
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 by bestthingever
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 by bestthingever
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 by bestthingever
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 by bestthingever
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 by bestthingever
Fic: SG-1: Roses in December
Fandom: Stargate: SG-1
Characters/Pairings: Danielle Jackson/Cameron Mitchell, Sam Carter, Teal'c.
Rating: Mature
Length: 393k

Summary: The year President Hayes takes office for the second time, SG-1 goes to P3X-439 and Jack takes a second download of the Ancient database. Then he saves the Earth, but there's no one to save him. He's asleep beneath the Antarctic ice, and has been for the last sixteen months.

Why is it the BEST THING EVER: ivorygates writes awesome long, plotty AUs, particularly genderswap AUs. The wonderful thing about her stories is that she'll change one or two thing and then figure out all the consequences of that change, and all the myriad ways that change would affect everything that comes after. The new reality then feels so realistic and true to canon, and I love the puzzle then of working through all the clues to figure out what was the actual change that sparked the difference from canon. This story has all that, and an interesting take on a genderswapped Daniel Jackson, and a long, slow build of a relationship, and a great plot (that in some ways makes more sense than what we got in canon). This story was nine years in the making, and I'm so glad ivorygates didn't give up, because this is a gem.
fandom:stargate.sg-1  pairing:cameron.mitchell/daniel.jackson  character:sam.carter  character:teal'c  words:80.000-more  creator:ivorygates  reccer:beatrice_otter  type:fanfiction 
july 2014 by bestthingever
Fic: Captain America: Your Blue-Eyed Boys by lalaietha
Fandom: Captain America: the Winter Soldier
Characters/Pairings: Steve/Bucky, background Tony/Pepper and Bruce Banner/Betty Ross
Rating: T and M (only part 3 is M)
Length: 123,000 (over four parts)

Summary: In all of his life - including not only the stuff people would expect, like storming the HYDRA factory alone or crashing the Valkyrie, but also being a kid and so sick he could literally hear his mother praying through tears a few feet over, and the days and nights it was him praying and her gasping for breath that eventually left her -

In all that, through all that, this is the first time Steve's hands have actually shaken so badly he has to stop and sit and make himself calm down.

Why is it the BEST THING EVER: This fic (series) takes the "Steve reintroduces Bucky to the world" trope and does it believably. Bucky's recovery is messy and difficult and painful and wonderful all at the same time.
fandom:marvel.cinematic.universe  pairing:james."bucky".barnes/steve.rogers  words:80.000-more  creator:lalaietha  reccer:onlysmallwings  type:fanfiction 
june 2014 by bestthingever
Fic: Captain America: The man on the bridge by boopboop
Fandom: Marvel Movies
Pairings: Steve/Bucky, Avengers ensemble, background Pepper/Tony & Clint/Natasha
Rating: Mature
Length: 107,550 words

Summary: Steve Rogers turning up at Tony's door in the middle of the night might be a bit out of character, but it's not completely out of the realm of possibility. Stranger things have happened.

Steve Rogers turning up at Tony's door with an amnesiac assassin - who may or may not have some of Tony's personally designed hardware attached where his arm should be - well that's just far too interesting to turn away, even if Tony is trying to avoid all things S.H.I.E.L.D these days.

Why is it the BEST THING EVER: I literally spent the whole day reading this and holy crap it was worth it. Tony POV Steve/Bucky is now officially my favorite thing.
fandom:marvel.cinematic.universe  pairing:james."bucky".barnes/steve.rogers  character:tony.stark  words:80.000-more  creator:boopboop  reccer:jerakeen  type:fanfiction 
june 2014 by bestthingever
Fic: The Hobbit: To Find Our Long Forgotten Gold by Wealhtheow21
Fandom: The Hobbit - All Media Types
Characters/Pairings: none
Rating: Teen & Up
Length: 229,494 words

Summary: AU of movieverse. It is many years since tragedy struck the line of Durin when the youngest heir was lost to a pack of orcs. Now Bilbo Baggins, having agreed only to stealing treasure from a dragon, finds himself instead tangled up in a web of tragedy and revenge. Perhaps it's foolhardy of him to get involved at all, but really, someone has to try and keep these dwarves out of trouble. As for the rest, well, what is lost does not always stay lost forever.

Why is it the BEST THING EVER: I adore this story. The pacing and voice are perfect, the changes to canon are well thought out, and the writing is wonderful. On top of that, it has so many topes I love: slavefic, amnesia, hurt/comfort, and found family. It even has language geekery! Honestly, what's not to love.
fandom:hobbit  pairing:(gen).no.pairing  type:fanfiction  creator:wealhtheow21  reccer:corbae  words:80.000-more 
march 2014 by bestthingever
BEST OF '13: Fic: Supernatural: Strange New Worlds by Leletha
Fandom: Supernatural AU
Characters/Pairings: Dean Winchester/Castiel, Sam Winchester & Gabriel
Rating: Teen
Length: 160,000
Category: Best epic space opera!

Summary: Starships Castiel and Gabriel, with their human partners Dean and Sam, explore strange new worlds for the Federation. When ships start to go missing, they stumble upon a discontinuity in the fabric of spacetime that plunges them into terror and madness.

What makes it the BEST OF 2013: Epic space opera! It has sentient starships, planetary surveys, FTL drives, spooky alien dimensions, evil opponents and a heart-in-mouth climax (of the dramatic sort).

Le'letha has taken elements from many different SF worlds (of which McCaffrey, Heinlein, Gaiman, Star Trek, Dr Who and The Matrix are but a few) and blended them into something unique. Not only that, but she has also interwoven threads from Supernatural canon that make up a complex and fascinating story. Many of the other SPN characters get cameos within the Federation, too, but this is primarily a tale about Dean, Sam, Cas and Gabe and what they have to do to survive and get back home.
fandom:supernatural  pairing:castiel/dean.winchester  character:sam.winchester  character:gabriel.(supernatural)  best.of:2013  creator:leletha  reccer:alassenya  words:80.000-more 
february 2014 by bestthingever
Fic: Hockey RPF: I Got a Love (That Keeps Me Waiting) by svmadelyn
Fandom: Hockey RPF
Pairings: Kane/Toews
Rating: Explicit
Length: 163,700 words

Summary: There's a lot of different ways this summary could go, like:

Patrick Kane gets more than a gold medal in Sochi.

Or, the classic: It's too late to pull out now.

Or: Patrick Kane continues to thrive in high pressure situations.

Or: Patrick Kane gets knocked up, goes to White Castle, and finds love, not necessarily in that order.

But, ultimately, all that really matters is this: Patrick Kane is keeping his baby.

Why is it the BEST THING EVER: I guess this is what happens when you don't use any trope-y shortcuts? SO VERY MANY WORDS. SO VERY MANY AWESOME WORDS OF MPREG AND RELATIONSHIP DRAMA AND SLOW SLOW EXCRUCIATINGLY SLOW BUILD. (Oh, man. Someone whose brain isn't mush should write an actual rec for this in the comments.)
fandom:hockey.rpf  pairing:jonathan.toews/patrick.kane  creator:svmadelyn  reccer:jerakeen  type:fanfiction  words:80.000-more 
february 2014 by bestthingever
Best of 2013: Fic: Hobbit: An Eye For Quality Linelen
Fandom: The Hobbit
Characters/Pairings: Female!Bilbo/Thorin, Kili, Fili
Rating: Teen and Up
Length: 85,320 words
Category: Best Families of Choice Fic

Summary: Fíli lived his life by an old dwarven proverb: when a fool drops a treasure, a wise man picks it up (it sounded better in the original khuzdul).

Bella Baggins never quite fit in the Shire. Perhaps she was made for the mountains, instead.

What makes it the BEST OF 2013: This story is the most literal family of choice fic I've ever come across. It's an absolute joy to read. Definitely one to savor.
fandom:hobbit  pairing:bilbo.baggins/thorin.oakenshield  character:fili  character:kili  creator:linelen  reccer:jerakeen  type:fanfiction  best.of:2013  words:80.000-more 
february 2014 by bestthingever
BEST OF '13: Series: Teen Wolf: The Sum of Its Parts by KouriArashi
Fandom: Teen Wolf
Characters/Pairings: Stiles, ensemble
Rating: Teen
Length: 580k words (so far)
Category: Best bamf!Stiles

Summary: Stiles deals with the aftermath of being abducted by Peter Hale and left for dead. It's harder than he would have thought to accept his place in the pack when he's convinced that he's the 'weak one' and can't protect himself. Fortunately, Scott and Sheriff Stilinski are there to help, and to nag Derek until he helps, too.

What makes it the BEST OF 2013: First, I'm cheating a bit; the first story in the series was written towards the end of 2012 and the current story is still a work in progress. But most of the series so far (5.5 out of 8 stories) was written during 2013 so I'm telling myself it totally counts, right? Anyway, this is a totally awesome series about Stiles becoming the Alpha instead of Derek, and how that changes things. It's a brilliant AU, and Stiles grows into being a much better leader than Derek. It's such a great story, and every fic in the series is well-written and showcases just how much of a bamf Stiles can be. But it also does a far better job than most fics (or the show itself) of dealing with the problems and trauma associated with everything that happens to them.
fandom:teen.wolf  pairing:(gen).no.pairing  character:stiles.stilinski  best.of:2013  creator:kouriarashi  reccer:beatrice_otter  words:80.000-more 
february 2014 by bestthingever
BEST OF 2013: Avengers: Off the Record by goddamnhella
Fandom: Avengers
Pairings: Tony/Loki
Rating: Mature
Length: 96,690 words
Category: The Most Ridiculously In-Character Loki in a Romance Fic

Summary: It started with a message, a late-night visit, and a God of Mischief in Tony's bed. A story of trust, trickery, unwilling aid and inevitable attraction.

What makes it the BEST OF 2013: Loki is tricky as hell, in more ways than the obvious. I have mad respect for authors who can keep him in character while also giving me a happy ending.
fandom:marvel.cinematic.universe  pairing:loki/tony.stark  best.of:2013  creator:goddamnhella  reccer:jerakeen  type:fanfiction  words:80.000-more 
february 2014 by bestthingever
Best of 2013: Fic: Hobbit: The Road Delivered Us Home by keelywolfe
Fandom: Hobbit
Pairings: Bilbo/Thorin, Frodo, Dwalin
Rating: Mature
Length: 177,400
Category: The Most EPIC Kidfic *draws glittery hearts around it*

Summary: In the years since Bilbo left Erebor, he has lost his respectability, gained a nephew, and gotten on with life at Bag End.

He'd left aside adventure for the comforts and peace of his little Hobbit hole, and for the love of a child who needed him. Though perhaps, adventures can yet find him.

What makes it the BEST OF 2013: I only read this a few weeks ago, so it was too late to rec it here. But seriously. SERIOUSLY. This is THE Hobbit kidfic. It's also an amazing courtship fic, because it's slow moving and it takes its time to reeeeeally draw you into the whole thing and feel it aaaall the way in your stomach, so when Bilbo and Thorin are inevitably a couple of clueless idiots you end up literally tearing your hair out in frustration. Which is a good thing, because let's face it, we're all masochists here.
fandom:hobbit  pairing:bilbo.baggins/thorin.oakenshield  character:frodo.baggins  character:dwalin  type:fanfiction  creator:keelywolfe  reccer:jerakeen  best.of:2013  words:80.000-more 
february 2014 by bestthingever
Fic: Bondlock: All the King's Horses by Revenant
Fandom: James Bond (Skyfall)/Sherlock (BBC)
Pairings: Bond/Q, Sherlock/John (background)
Rating: Mature
Length: 94,300 words

Summary: MI6 has been compromised, at least one agent inside suspected of working for the criminal mastermind James Moriarty. Bond's assignment is simple: find the mole and resolve the situation. The only catch is that the mission requires something Bond doesn't have in abundance: computer skills. With all of Q-Branch under suspicion he must turn to outside sources, and Mycroft Holmes thinks he has the perfect solution: his youngest brother.

Or: the unholy merging of Reichenbach Falls and Skyfall, and their respective super-villains.

Why is it the BEST THING EVER: I love love LOVE Bondlock AUs! Once you see Q as a Holmes brother, you just can't unsee it. This is a long, involved casefile AU that follows the Skyfall and Reichenbach Falls plotlines fairly closely. (I actually kinda wish it went its own way instead but oh well.)
fandom:james.bond.movies  fandom:sherlock.(bbc)  pairing:james.bond/q  type:fanfiction  creator:revenant  reccer:jerakeen  words:80.000-more 
january 2014 by bestthingever
Fic: One Direction: I Had Rather Hear My Dog Bark At A Crow
Fandom: One Direction RPF/ Radio 1 BBC RPF
Characters/Pairings: Nick Grimshaw/Louis Tomlinson
Rating: Explicit
Length: 122,588

Summary: The first time Louis Tomlinson kisses him, Nick is three sheets to the wind, wearing a pirate hat, and so fucking tired of Louis being a complete and utter knobhead that he's spent the last ten minutes snapping at him.

The kiss takes him rather by surprise, all things considered.

Or: Nick and Louis don't like each other, not even a little bit, not even at all.

Why is it the BEST THING EVER: This is absolutely INCREDIBLE. This pairing can be tough to sell sometimes, since there's quite a bit of RL antagonism between Louis and Nick, but when an author does right, they can flip that antagonism and load it with meaning and and motives, and, well. Let's just say sunsetmog does it beyond right. This story is long and beautiful, featuring extraordinary characterizations, intricate kink negotiations (heed the warnings, btw), angst, fluff, boys being dumb about themselves and each other... seriously, I can't rec it highly enough. AMAZING. Even if you've never read one word of 1D fic, even if you haven't heard even one of their songs, you should read this - it's that good.
fandom:one.direction.rpf  fandom:radio.1.rpf  pairing:louis.tomlinson/nick.grimshaw  creator:sunsetmog  reccer:alasse  type:fanfiction  words:80.000-more 
january 2014 by bestthingever
Fanfic: Bandom: The Heart You Need by flyby
Fandom: Bandom
Pairing: Frank/Gerard
Rating: Explicit
Length: 93,440 words

Summary: How the Killjoys became the Killjoys. ...if the Killjoys were telepathic space pirates. (Featuring superheroes and sidekicks, sneaky illegal activities after dark, broken hearts and bitter grudges, and a whole lot of get up and go.)

Reccer's Comments: A totally fabulous Killjoys origin story set in space. With psi powers! It's a fastpaced, well-written story with great characterisations and fantastic worldbuilding, and it's also a great coming-of-age story. Frank's development from young child to teenager-on-the-verge-of-adulthood is wonderfully well-written. His internal voice always feel completely right for his age.

Don't be scared by the lenght. It doesn't feel even half as long as it is. In fact, I wouldn't mind reading another 90,000 words of Frank, Gerard, Mikey, and Ray's further adventures!
fandom:bandom  pairing:frank.iero/gerard.way  creator:flyby  reccer:turlough  type:fanfiction  words:80.000-more 
january 2014 by bestthingever
Fic: Red Queen to Overwatch by BootsnBlossoms & Kryptaria
Fandom: James Bond, Sherlock
Pairing: James Bond / Q
Rating: Mature
Length: 86,205 words

Summary:

After returning from the dead, James Bond moves into a new secure flat, only to find that his new neighbour is either: a scruffy teenager, a brilliant computer geek, a mad scientist, or the sexiest genius he's ever met. Two of these things turn out to be true.

Well, three, once the Red Queen gets involved.


Reccer's Comments: I have no words for how much I love this fic. I don't really read Bond fics, and I'm usually wary of cross-overs, but this one? This one is my exception to everything. It's intriguing, and warm and funny. Don't let the length scare you away.
fandom:james.bond.movies  fandom:sherlock.(bbc)  pairing:james.bond/q  creator:bootsnblossoms  creator:kryptaria  reccer:magnacarta  type:fanfiction  words:80.000-more 
january 2014 by bestthingever
Fic: Glee: Near Misses by flaming_muse
Fandom: Glee
Pairing: Kurt/Blaine
Rating: NC-17
Length: 200,000 words

Summary: Kurt and Blaine might not have met on a staircase in high school. This is what could happen if they met in college instead.

Reccer's Comments: This fic is just glorious. Strong characterization; crisp voice and dialogue; interesting, plausible plot; gorgeous, well structured writing. Honestly, I cannot praise it too highly. This is a fork-in-the-road AU, and it's one of the best I've ever encountered in any fandom.
fandom:glee  pairing:blaine.anderson/kurt.hummel  creator:flaming_muse  reccer:allyndra  type:fanfiction  words:80.000-more 
january 2014 by bestthingever
Fanfic: Bandom: Hold Your Heart Into This Darkness by tuesdaysgone
Fandom: Bandom
Pairing: Frank/Gerard, Gerard/Korse, background Mikey/Ray and Dr Death Defying/Show Pony
Rating: Explicit
Length: 91,640 words

Summary: A Danger Days: True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys AU - The story of Gerard and the Fabulous Killjoys, from the start in Battery City, through their time as runners out in the zones, back into the city again and an ending and a new beginning.

Reccer's Comments: I lack words to convey the impact this series has had on me. It's forever going to be THE Killjoys story for me. One of those milestone stories that forever will determine the way I look at fandom.

It's created a big and sprawling Battery City, full of life and still evolving and changing, and a messy, diverse zonerunner culture out in the desert. The Gerard of this story is one of the most fascinating Gerards I've ever read. His developmental arc is completely believable: the way he relates to Mikey and the other Killjoys, his and Frank's slowly evolving relationship, and of course the intense and complicated and ultimately doomed relationship he has with Korse. This story also managed to humanise Korse for me, to the extent that I actually ended up feeling sorry for this enigmatic, broken, and terrifying man. The ending of the series is completely and utterly perfect. So much hope of change, so many new possibilities!
fandom:bandom  pairing:frank.iero/gerard.way  pairing:gerard.way/korse  reccer:turlough  creator:tuesdaysgone  type:fanfiction  words:80.000-more 
january 2014 by bestthingever
Star Trek (2009)/White Collar fusion: Break Down In the Shape Of Things To Come by shaenie
Fandom: Star Trek (2009) and White collar, fusion
Pairing: Peter Burke/Neal Caffrey
Rating: NC-17
Length: 102,182 words

Summary: After the battle in the Laurentian System, the Defiance requires extensive repairs, leaving Captain Burke filling in at Starfleet Academy (whether he wants to or not), where he meets troubled half-Vulcan Neal Caffrey, under what are not the best circumstances for either of them.

Reccer's Comments: Neal in this story has grown up among humans and has none of the Vulcan reserve or control. Spock or Kirk don't make any appearances, and they don't need to. This is Neal and Peter's story, about bonding, and working together to make the best of something unplanned.
fandom:star.trek.reboot  fandom:white.collar  pairing:neal.caffrey/peter.burke  creator:shaenie  reccer:northern  type:fanfiction  words:80.000-more 
january 2014 by bestthingever
Smallville: A Few Figs from Thistles by tzigane, Zaganthi (Caffiends)
Fandom: Smallville
Pairing: Lex Luthor/Conner Kent, Lex Luthor/Kon-El
Rating: NC-17
Length: 87,000+

Summary: It was no shock that Lex Luthor created clones, that he'd been working on the technology for years and years. He'd created Kon-El out of wholesale slivers of DNA, so his brilliance wasn't in question. Lex's motives were always in question though, never mind that if he'd worked for good he could've surpassed Einstein in the field of science, rather than modeling himself after Oppenheimer's darkest days.

Reccer's Comments: This is the story I've been waiting to read for years. I could write more but it's simply that. It's everything I ever wanted in a story. Lex has awesome bodyguards, gets his second chance to be whoever he wants (and not how the world makes him), and he has someone to share eternity with...someone not Clark.
fandom:smallville  pairing:connor.kent/lex.luthor  pairing:kon-el/lex.luthor  creator:tzigane  creator:zaganthi  reccer:birddi  type:fanfiction  fandom:dc.universe  words:80.000-more 
january 2014 by bestthingever
The Eagle: Widdershins by beederiffic
Fandom: The Eagle
Pairing: Marcus/Esca
Rating: NC-17
Length: 91,000 words

Summary: Esca's a house master and history teacher at a 1950s boys school on the English/Scottish border, where welcoming the new Latin teacher proves to be a challenge.

Reccer's Comments: [livejournal.com profile] beederiffic has handled the evolving relationship between Marcus and Esca beautifully, especially in dealing with the prejudices of a post-WWII era, and I love the ending she's imagined for them. To me, the best thing about this fic is the sense of time and place. I really believed this was a 1950s boys school, from the interactions between Esca and his students to the freezing cold classrooms and bursting pipes.
fandom:eagle  pairing:esca.mac.cunoval/marcus.flavius.aquila  creator:beederiffic  reccer:gekko11  type:fanfiction  words:80.000-more 
january 2014 by bestthingever
HP: At Your Service by faithwood
Fandom: Harry Potter
Pairing: Harry/Draco
Rating: NC-17
Length: 96,000 words

Summary: Hogwarts students are in danger; Harry is determined to save them all. There's only one thing he knows for certain: Draco Malfoy is somehow involved.

Reccer's Comments: This reads like an HP book, only more fun and with slash. I honestly don't remember when I last enjoyed a novel-length fic this much. Don't miss it.
fandom:harry.potter  pairing:draco.malfoy/harry.potter  creator:faithwood  reccer:jerakeen  type:fanfiction  words:80.000-more 
january 2014 by bestthingever
Naruto: It’s Just That Any One of Us Is Half Without Another One Is You by branch
Fandom: Naruto

Pairing: Haruno Sakura/Uchiha Sasuke/Uzumaki Naruto

Rating: Mature

Length: 129120 words

Summary: .An AU in which all the character development of part one gets its due: Kakashi finds another way, Sasuke does not leave the Leaf, Itachi remains a villain, no one is a carbon copy of a previous generation, Sakura grows up to be terrifying, Sasuke finds his way back to family, and Naruto wins all hearts. Featuring Team Seven fluff, filling in the time-skip, and a rather different second half. Drama, Angst, Romance, Fluff, Action, Occasional Porn.

Reccer's Comments: this story is part of a series although this part can be taken separately. It takes the first part of the series and then mixes things up in delightful ways. Imagine the beauty of this, Jiraya becomes one of Sasuke's teachers. Hands down, my favourite Naruto fic if the year.
fandom:naruto  pairing:haruno.sakura/uchiha.sasuke/uzumaki.naruto  creator:branch  reccer:qem_chibati  type:fanfiction  words:80.000-more 
january 2014 by bestthingever
Performance In a Leading Role by Mad_Lori
Fandom: Sherlock BBC
Pairing: John/Sherlock
Rating: NC-17
Length: 156K+ words
Summary:
Sherlock Holmes is an Oscar winner in the midst of a career slump. John Watson is an Everyman actor trapped in the rom-com ghetto. When they are cast as a gay couple in a new independent drama, will they surprise each other? Will their on-screen romance make its way into the real world?

Reccer's Comments:
This is a fabulously long story with a John and Sherlock that are perfectly recognisable from canon, even though they're in completely different business. It manages to find the perfect balance between a realistic portrayal of homophobia in Hollywood and a fluffy love story.
fandom:sherlock.(bbc)  pairing:john.watson/sherlock.holmes  creator:mad_lori  reccer:snakeling  type:fanfiction  words:80.000-more 
january 2014 by bestthingever
The Social Network: You Only Live Twice by smiles1777
Fandom: The Social Network
Pairing: Mark/Eduardo
Rating: R
Length: 97,000 words (!!!!)
Summary: After he signs the nondisclosure agreement, Eduardo Saverin disappears from the face of the earth. Because he joins the CIA. He embraces the life of Super Suave Secret Agent Man Eduardo Saverin. That is, until Facebook is threatened by terrorist plots and only Eduardo can save the day.

Reccer's Comments: I AM SO EXCITED TO REC THIS HERE BECAUSE IT IS GENUINELY THE BEST! THING! EVER!! I am always begging the internet to provide me with long, plotty, angsty, action-adventure stories where boys in love get shot at and chase criminals and secretly pine for each other and this fic is GLORIOUS. The summary makes the premise sound goofy but it's action-adventure-romance filled with great characterization and seriously great UST and not actually that silly (although the dialogue is hilarious).

(Because it was originally posted to the kinkmeme the beta is still working through it and you'll find a typo here and there, but nothing jarring, I promise.)
fandom:social.network  pairing:eduardo.saverin/mark.zuckerberg  creator:smiles1777  reccer:harriet_vane  type:fanfiction  words:80.000-more 
january 2014 by bestthingever
XMFC: An Ideal Grace by afrocurl & nekosmuse
Fandom: X-Men First Class
Pairing: Erik/Charles
Rating: Mature
Length: 86,000 words (+ a couple of sequels)
Summary: Erik Lehnsherr is a visiting professor at Columbia University, as well as an acclaimed and award winning poet. Charles Xavier is a lead researcher with the Genetics Department who is well on his way to tenure. But what happens when Charles has to cancel a class because half his students abandon him in favour of a mysterious new English Lit professor? Naturally he ends up sitting in in the class, where Professor Lehnsherr mistakes him for a student. It's really too bad Erik has such a strict policy against dating students. It's also too bad Erik doesn't seem to know how to use Google.

Reccer's Comments: This is a long, slow-building romance with misunderstandings and pining and poetry. I don't even like poetry, to be honest; I have no idea why I loved this fic so much. But there you have it. It was one of those stories that I just wanted to savor, you know? Just lovely.
fandom:x-men.movies  pairing:charles.xavier/erik.lensherr  creator:afrocurl  creator:nekosmuse  type:fanfiction  reccer:jerakeen  words:80.000-more 
january 2014 by bestthingever
X-Men: Tessellation by nekosmuse
Fandom: X-Men: First Class
Pairing: Erik/Charles
Rating: Explicit
Length: 116,000 words
Summary: He had been following Xavier's career for years. He had read and reread and reread again everything the man had written. He had tried, on more occasions than he could count, to recruit Xavier into the Brotherhood, but each request for a meeting had been denied. Aside from his work, no one knew anything about Xavier. Not what he looked like, not the full extent of his power--though from what little they did know, he was by far the most powerful telepath in existence--and not what his intentions were.

The man was a recluse. As far as Magneto knew, Xavier had never once stepped foot outside his impenetrable Westchester manor. And now he was scheduled as the keynote speaker for the largest pro-mutant conference in the world.

Reccer's Comments: A very long and very satisfying read. I love how the author's managed to balance the romance and the plot; it's kind of perfect.
fandom:x-men.movies  pairing:charles.xavier/erik.lensherr  creator:nekosmuse  reccer:jerakeen  type:fanfiction  words:80.000-more 
january 2014 by bestthingever
Glee: This is the Story of a Boy by patchfire
Fandom: Glee
Pairing: Puck/Kurt, with lots of (gen) Finn too
Rating: R
Length: 191,862
Summary: This is the story of a boy; this is the story of three boys. Two brothers, two best friends, two lovers. Canon compliant through the end of S2.

Reccer's Comments:
The romance (Puck/Kurt) in this is awesome and hot, the writing is strong, and the plotlines are cohesive, and the musical references (this is Glee, after all) are integrated smoothly. But more than all of that, it's the character development that drew me in. The title doesn't lie- it's a story of Puck, Finn, and Kurt as they grow and develop over the summer, adding depth we don't see in canon.
fandom:glee  pairing:kurt.hummel/noah.puckerman  creator:patchfire  reccer:supergreak  type:fanfiction  words:80.000-more 
january 2014 by bestthingever
Marvel: Tomorrow Belongs To Me by valtyr
Fandom: Marvel (Movies): Thor, Captain America, Iron Man
Pairing: Steve/Tony
Rating: Explicit
Length: 87,240 words
Summary: Steve wakes up in the 21st Century. He doesn't think much of it, and it's dubious about him. He meets a Norse God, joins a superhero team, and feels terribly awkward about the whole momument at Arlington he's rendered obsolete by not being dead. Meanwhile, Tony is trying to make his mark on history by being the man who finally drove Nick Fury over the edge.

Reccer's Comments: Long, plotty, awesome. Great characterizations and a nice slow build of romance.
fandom:marvel.cinematic.universe  pairing:steve.rogers/tony.stark  creator:valtyr  reccer:jerakeen  type:fanfiction  words:80.000-more 
january 2014 by bestthingever
Stargate Atlantis/Star Trek (2009): The Stars My Destination by Mad Maudlin
Fandom: Stargate Atlantis, Fusion/Mashup with Star Trek Reboot
Pairing: none
Rating: PG-13
Length: 92,319 words
Summary: When a terror from out of time threatens the heart of the Federation, the crew of the USS Atlantis must band together in order to stop it.

Reccer's Comments: This is the best fusion I've seen in forever. Mad Maudlin carefully thought through which character might take on which role, and mashed the two canons together so that you go aha! at every turn, yet never truly know what's going to happen next. Then, there's the funny details, like John bein half-Vulcan, which probably happened because of his ears, and other details which are a loving and mischevious commentary at both canons.
fandom:stargate:atlantis  fandom:star.trek.reboot  creator:mad_maudlin  reccer:anotherslashfan  type:fanfiction  words:80.000-more 
january 2014 by bestthingever
Bandom: Running in Slow Motion, by Sunsetmog
Fandom: Bandom (Panic! at the Disco, with appearances by other Decaydance/FBR peeps)
Pairing: Spencer/Brendon (background Jon/Ryan)
Rating: NC-17
Length: 80,000 (!)
Summary: New relationships are hard, especially when Spencer doesn't have a clue what he's doing. He's trying to juggle having a boyfriend with being the flyhalf, and that doesn't leave much time for schoolwork and hanging out with Ryan. Can Spencer figure out what's going on with Brendon, stop Ryan freaking out because Jon's leaving, and also get around to having sex for the first time?

Reccer's Comments: So, Bandom Big Bang apparently started two weeks ago! I only noticed when a recent BestThingEver rec was from the comm :( This meant that I did not know of the gloriousness of this fic for a whole ten days. First: if you have not read Sunsetmog's high school rugby fic of AWESOME You Can Sit Beside Me (When the World Comes Down) go do that now. I'll wait.

Once you have done that, go read THIS fic because it's the sequel, and equally as awesome as the first. You have all the great things! Failboats in love! All of the awkward and awesome things of high school! Sunsetmog's Spencer (from whose POV these fics are) is awesomely self-assured, and awesomely oblivious, and just plain awesome. He's the flyhalf!

This fic will keep you giggling, and make you want to cuddle all the fluff within. Both the first story, and the sequel I am reccing today, are the perfect antidotes for a bad day.
fandom:bandom  pairing:brendon.urie/spencer.smith  type:fanfiction  creator:sunsetmog  reccer:eponymousanon  words:80.000-more 
january 2014 by bestthingever
AtWT: Vegas by rhiannonhero and alicesprings
Fandom: As the World Turns
Pairing: Luke/Reid
Rating: Explicit
Length: 112,400 words
Summary: AU. It’s the old "Woke up married (in Vegas)" cliche.

Reccer's Comments: This is a 'what if' AU where the guys meet in Vegas and get married while drunk. It continues on as you'd expect from the trope; hating each other, being forced together, slowly falling in love - all the good stuff! It also sticks to the soap-y roots of the fandom and uses them to its advantage to make sure the guys can't just get a quickie divorce. The end result is a long, enjoyable read with lots of porn, a little kink, some angst, and a happy ending.
fandom:as.the.world.turns  pairing:luke.snyder/reid.oliver  creator:rhiannonhero  creator:alicesprings  reccer:jerakeen  type:fanfiction  words:80.000-more 
january 2014 by bestthingever
AI8: Untitled College AU by peacockcock
Fandom: American Idol 8
Pairing: Kris/Adam, Kris/Katy(no cheating)
Rating: NC-17
Length: ~96.000 words
Summary: AU in which Kris goes to California for college and is Adam's first love.

Reccer's Comments: This is a adorable fic about Kris slowly falling in love with Adam (without noticing at first).
fandom:american.idol.rpf  pairing:adam.lambert/kris.allen  pairing:katy.allen/kris.allen  creator:peacockcock  reccer:iolana  type:fanfiction  words:80.000-more 
january 2014 by bestthingever
AtWT: The Consult 'verse by mech_bull
Fandom: As the World Turns
Pairing: Luke/Reid
Rating: NC-17
Length: 212,000 words (total)

Summary: When a pregnant Lily falls down the stairs and lands in a coma, Bob Hughes calls in an expert.

Reccer's Comments: Okay, yes, it's a soap, I know, but this is a very well written and interesting AU that I think anyone can appreciate whether they're familiar with the fandom or not.

The original story and the official sequel are both good, but what really got to me in this verse was the alternate sequel. I honestly don't think I've ever seen a story explore the ups and downs and the dynamics of a relationship between two people who are just in different places in their lives like this one did. Realistic or not, I'm not qualified to judge, but I loved how the author made them work for it - again and again.

All in all, the whole series is a wonderful blend of sweet and romantic and angsty and hot, and I would highly recommend all 200K words of it to everyone.
fandom:as.the.world.turns  pairing:luke.snyder/reid.oliver  creator:mech_bull  reccer:jerakeen  type:fanfiction  words:80.000-more 
january 2014 by bestthingever

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