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[Part 2 of 'Toast' was meant to be Yuletide, but I'm never going to get round to reading all that I'd meant to, so I gave up on it and recced all the random things I have been reading. There are some Yuletide recs at the end.]


momentum by thingswithwings
Communuty
Troy/Abed/Annie, [yummy happy], [threesome]
Abed's voice is perfect for this. Calm and slightly distanced. The fic is warm and lovely. It's a hug in fic form. There's no dialogue, only a little reported. It's all entirely through Abed's eyes.

wait it out by rawthorne
Game of Thrones
Dany/Arya [au]
THIS IS ALL THE THINGS I WANT. An AU where Dany was kept at King's landing as an example. Sparse and atmospheric. Lots of tension, uncertainty and unspoken things, good, scary political edge to the whole fic.

the space between us by ils_mutant
BSG
Alt season 4.5 [warning: character death], [au], [pulling on the heartstrings], [intense]
This starts off almost hopeful and then just piles on the angst until you think you're about going to die. The focus is mainly on Gaeta and some minor characters, as well as the final five. Not as Adama/Kara/Roslin-centric as the show itself. I only wish Caprica had been given her own POV. Deals really well with all the various issues: Cylons and humans, love, humanity, forgiveness, parenthood. Made me want to cry a billion times over.

force over distance by CleanWhiteRoom
SGU
Young/Rush [long!fic], [ust], [intense] [mindbond!fic], [epic], [pulling at the heartstrings], [hurt/comfort] Warning: Deals extensively with the Gloria/cancer plotline.

Rush is forced into the chair and into a mental link with Destiny, Young mind-bonds with Rush in a bid to save him from becoming entirely one with the ship. It's long and it's plotty and wonderful. I love the whole AI consciousness question, Destiny and the AI are characters in their own right. In general the characterisations are very good -- We get a deepening understanding of Rush that follows Young's own progress in-fic, it all rings very true. It answers the problem of how Rush's genius works (why he needs Eli to solve the 9th chevron and yet he solved all the others). The plot develops like the relationship, a nice slow build towards understanding, gradually becoming more complex and revealing more sides to the characters. Young POV and his desperate tiredeness is perfect. The focus on Rush and the insight into his fractured psyche is wonderful, and it also gives us a delicious look at Telford: villaneous and comples and at times downright creepy. The side characters are well done too, especially Greer and TJ and the way they relate to both Rush and Young. It starts slow, but is definitely worth sticking with. Also check out the one shots that are meant to be read alongside the main fic.

The premise and first few chapters are deceptively slow/starightforward, the whole fic gets progressively darker, angstier and more tense. Delicious h/c and plenty of mental trauma.

part 3 and 4 of Bridges 'verse by tassos
BtVS
'One girl' in all the world became 'many girls' became 'one boy'.
Parts 3 and 4 are about Tyler, dealing with being chosen and dealing with training. It's Xander pov and Tyler pov. They can standalone without the rest of the series. Parts 1 and 2 are a SG1/Buffy [crossover] where Jack is Xander's father. They're also pretty fun, the writing isn't all that polished at first, but the crossover is interesting and the secret keeping is well dealt with on both sides.

tell me a story by igrockspock
BtVS
Faith, Dawn
Slightly heartbreaking, but a wonderful snapshot of the two, it captures the characters well and is a nice look at a young Dawn.

waiting games by nutkin
Supernatural
Sam/Dean [incest]
Set in the early seasons, Sam starts getting visions of him and Dean together. The story is a slow, dreamy progress over the months, cases, motel rooms, diners and roads. The pace is steady but relaxed, and the tension mounts only through Sam's thoughts about the visions. The characterisation and the delving into their relationship that Sam attempts are all written really well, very IC. The main reason I'm reccing however, is that the writing is really, really good. Sparse and dreamy with some gorgeous turns of phrase. It's a pleasure to read.

"Sometimes he tries to put his life into words, so he'll be able to remember it better. It was always hard to explain things to Jess and Zach and Becky and all of his friends at school. He'd try to talk about Dad and Dean, or his childhood, and everything would seem too vast and thin and empty. So now he tries to remember, as if by rolling concepts around in his mind he can make them more permanent.

Being sunburnt and having motel pool water run down his arms. The too-cold feeling of an air conditioner at four in the morning. Vinyl under his hands, thick and slippery and catching his skin when he sweats. The blur of heat coming off the cement in San Clemens, Nevada. Truck stop eggs with Tabasco, scalding so hot that his coffee is harsh on his raw throat. Gun metal going warm in his hand from body heat. Early spring skies in the midwest, bright and the color of nickels. Girls smiling like sunrises because their fathers, their children, are safe."


if you liked the book you'll hate the movie by paperclipbitch
XMFC, Hank/Alex, Charles/Erik [highschool!au], [pretty damn funny]
This, seriously, this. I can't even explain, it's not what you expect. It's fun, but it becomes Brilliant around Alex's pov, when the Charles/Erik not!flirting steps up, and the dysfunctional!family aspect kicks in. It's like crack except perfect. And I haven't the words. Just read it, it's have you in stitches.

red, red, gold by pprfaith
Avengers
[genderswap] Tony. [intense]
Perfect and vicious. The kind of genderswap that makes you wish it were canon. Tasha is so fucked up and broken in all the same ways Tony is, but there's something brighter and sharper about her.

calving diamonds by jane_potter
Thor
Laufey [mpreg], [emotional kick]
This is amazing. The WORLDBUILDING! The ancestry tattoos and the D/s negotiations in sexual intercourse (and the times it's only mock-fighting to allow for physical changes like injury or pregnancy.) UNF. Can worldbuilding be sexy? It totally can, right? And it's all tied into the fic so effortlessly, for example, the sex scene that serves to illustrate so much about the world and the characters, while still remaining scorching hot!

I love the way canon is turned on its head with regards to the first part: the famine and Midgard, and Odin. And with canon Thor knowledge the ending is all so desperately tragic. This fic broke me.

concession by obsession_inc
Iron Man
Christine Everhart
The structure is lovely: pieces gradually coming together through Christines's research and interviews. It's a wonderful sharp portraint of Christine. Very creepy look at Pepper and Tony, more so because it's something that you could very easily see happening, it takes all the scary possessive, paranoid sapects of Tony's personality and follows them to their logical conclusion. Read in conjuction with Deejay's Handlebars vid.

seven sunday mother-daughter mornings by hradzka
T:SCC
Catherine, Susannah [creepifying]
Deliciously creepy. Catherine Weaver being a mother, and all the creepiness that entails.

home before midnight by fyre
Once Upon a Time
Rumpelstiltskin/Belle
The voices are awesome, the entire fic is that perfect mix of sharp and sweet. This is exactly how I want the plot to turn out.

blood magic by Gatewaygirl
Harry Potter
Harry, Snape
Snape is Harry's father, plot happens. It deals with changing relationships, family, growing up, Voldermort, blood politics and werewolves. This is a fandom classic that I couldn't get into back when I first encountered it. I decided to give it a go recently figuring my tastes might have changed, and apparently they have because not only did I love it, I was completely hooked as well, it kept me up way past my bedtime! Snape has a deliciously Sherlock-ish character, rather more mature and emotionally controlled than in other fics, and while the past is important, he's less obsessed with it than he is in canon. It features a mature!Harry, which is a characterisation that not everyone like, but I happen to love. I enjoyed the worldbuilding: the details of school life and magical theory, and the characterisation, once you accept it as not-quite-canon, is internally consistent and a lot of fun, it's interesting to see how the relationships change over the course of the fic. It also quite satisfyingly nails the volatile nature of the Golden Trio's friendship. (When are they not fighting?) Could do with a Brit-pick, but that's just a minor quibble.

could you be a little less brighdig
Harry Potter
Ensemble fem characters
This is very clever. Definitely makes you want to hit things. It's spot on and painful - A quick excerpt from Rita Skeeter's society/gossip coloumn.

wondair and extraorder by cest_what
Harry Potter/Mitford sisters RPF, [crossover-fusion]
Really well done, captures each of their characters perfectly and ties HP and the real life political parallels of the Mitfords together very well.

Christopher and Elinor by Mercy
Sense and Sensibility
Col. Brandon/Elinor [au] [epistolary!fic]
I don't normally like epistolary fic, but thanks to Elinor's diary, Mercy manages to keep everything feeling very immediate, so you didn't feel too separate from the action. The period detail is lovely, everything is pitch-perfect, and honestly this is how I always wanted the book to turn out.

Miss de Bourgh in Bath by swordswallower17
Pride and Prejudice
Anne/OMC [unreliable narrator]
What I really liked about this was the way it absouletly nailed Anne's shyness. The God-awful hideousness of being at a party full of strangers, not knowing how to initiate conversation and stuck watching all these people who are chatting so easily and laughing and having a great time and they're all so completely incomprehensible it's like they're a whole other species.

There's also a delicious unreliable narrator element, not just because the reader is likely to know how a romance format works and so can guess who will end up with who, whereas Anne is stuck living it, but also because the reader can see through Anne's pretentousness as well as her ignorance to the real picture of what's happening underneath.

It's all very well done: solid characterisation and a good job with the research and Regency details. In all satisfying Regency romance with an unlikely and occasionally unlikeable sort of heroine.

[APM? site is currently down and I forgot to note title and author]
Pride and Prejudice [AU]
AU where Lizzie accepted Darcy's first proposal. Very in character, and very, realistically, painfully angsty:

"Darcy excused himself. He said he would come by the next morning for her letters, and in bidding her farewell, he reached for her hand and raised it to his lips. He then bowed slightly, and left the room.

Elizabeth wondered whether he had noticed how she had flinched at his touch."


OOF.

Sharpe's dragon (or how Richard Sharpe was gazetted into the wrong service) and part two by blackdisa
Sharpe/Temeraire [crossover] [pitch perfect]
First listen to the Sharpe theme to get you in the mood. (OH SHOW.) This fic made me start reading Temeraire, and now I wish Sharpe would turn up in canon. Everything fits very smoothly, the universes mesh very easily and the characters all interact in realistic ways. Canon knowledge or period knowledge not necessary, though I did know Sharpe going in, but I think even not knowing him would be fine. Lots of excitement, adventure and a lovely Sharpe POV.

the ivy crown by briar_pipe
Merlin
Morgana, Morgana/Gwen
This is the series I'd like to watch. Arthur and Merlin are exiled, Morgana steps up. I love the first part - Morgana's trying to take Arthur's place, trying to hide her mourning for him and not wanting to see Uther growing old. She's trying so hard not to fail, so sure she's not measuring up and You just want to shake her and tell her she's wonderful. Lots of lovely political drama with all the nights and all the history - so much of the pre-series sorcery revolves around powerful women and the choices they made.

stranger at the gate by bendingsignpost
Sherlock
Sherlock/John [vampire!au]
Wonderful plotty vampire AU, stellar worldbuilding and great characterisation. Very, very angsty. WIP, but ends at a good stopping point.

an avalanche of detour signs by gyzym
Molly/Lestrade, past Molly/Jim, unrequited Molly/Sherlock, [pitch perfect]
This is the Molly fic you didn't know you needed. BUT YOU DO. YOU DO NEED IT. IT'S WONDERFUL.

" “I, um. Good to see you and all, but what are you doing here, exactly?”
“Um,” says Greg.
“Um?”
“Look, it’s...embarrassing.”
“Right,” Molly says, “well, okay, so here’s the thing: normally I’d leave it at that, but seeing as this is a morgue I’m fairly certain I...can’t, actually? As, you know, a professional.” Greg looks at her blankly, and she sighs. “I want you to think, for a minute, about the kinds of things that might be classified as ‘embarrassing’ in the context of corpses. I’ll wait.”"


I love the way it absolutely nails the skin crawling creepiness of Jim. The entire section dealing with their relationship is heart-breaking and wawful and just makes you love Molly even more. I love that Molly's sensible and clever in this, it doesn't treat her like some brainless little assistant, She's an intelligent woman who's studied hard and knows her shit, plus she's competent and in charge in her job and okay so Sherlock flusters the hell out of her, but she's a normal human being, we all have weak spots. There's a tendency to dumb down everyone not Sherlock or John in Sherlock fic, and I like how this doesn't at all fall into the trap, these people (Lestrade included) are good at their jobs, and they can read people or be good listeners as well.


[kid!fic] recs taken from kink_finders

the deepest secret nobody knows by sciosophia
Past Sally/Sherlock [kidfic]
Wonderfully written. Sally has a kid by Sherlock. Sherlock never visits. A difficult story to pull off, but it's dealt with perfectly. Real and very sad. Gets you right in Sally's POV, you feel all her anger and frustration. The ending will make you cry.

friends? I'd say family by mockturtletale
Harvey/Mike [yummy happy] [kidfic]
While the Sherlock fic above would break the rule, most kidfics are adorably sweet. This is one of those. Absolutely gorgeous and schmoopy, with some lovely slashy romance as well.


Yuletide:

sequence by v_greyson
Hitman
Mike/47 [hotness]
Post movie. Lovely punch hit of lust when 47 comes out of the shower

Jane Eyre has a posse by bow
Jane Austen Fight Club
OH MY GOD. This starts clever, a good intriguing idea, well written, pitch perfect for the time, with the odd humerous deliberate anachronism. And then it builds and we have PLOT. An Austen cahracters/ Bronte chracters face-off, and then they go to the moors, AND THEN THE LIZZIE JANE. OH HOLY FUCK. I was squeaking with joy. IT'S JUST SO CLEVER. IT'S A REALLY CLEVER FIC. ALSO AWEOMSE.

even the stars hide away by thingswithwings
Community
Abed/Troy
Gorgeous. Quite a steady sort of fic, not the usual banter filled, fast paced Community fic. Keeping it tightly in Troy's POV and the focus tight on the relationship gives it an entirely different tone. It's very sweet, a nice gradual build, and the last line got me all choked up. May make you want to hug everything after reading.

heat possessed by kitty desade
Merry Gentry, Rhys/Sholto [hotness]
I love that LKH wrote actual canon tentacle porn into her series. This is definitely hot, but it deals nicely with Sholto's issues as well.

a little sunshine by lise
Black Jewels
Wilhemina, Jaenelle
Wilhemina definitely doesn't get enough love in canon. A nice little fic.

healing by edenfalling
Wilhemina, Jaenelle
Very sweet, a but more heartstring pulling than the first, set during Jaenelle's recovery.

passings by ChokolatteJedi
Aladdin
The Genie [interesting idea]
A look at all the masters the Genie has served over the ages.

the hunt for man-yu-el by cimorene
Aladdine
Jasmine [interesting idea]
The ending cracked me right up. Nicely done, a beliveable look into Agrabah. To my shame it took me 3/4 of the fic to get the naming conceit.


VIDS

sail by catnap332
The Fall
Gorgeous vid, lots of motion and colour, perfect editing on the beats, solid emotional hit towards the end.


I don't know by humansrsuperior
Sherlock (s2)
OH MY GOD. This is utterly wonderful. The song choice is perfect. the use of speaky face is inspired and as a summary of season two it works so well. It's all so on the beat and slick and funny, yet creepy and OHMYGOD.
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the last post by rheanna
Meta [creepifying]
Epic weird, wonderful and very creepy.

the tragedy of fidelia and mordecai by pitseleh
Doctrine of Labyrinths
Mildmay, Cardenio
The Mildmay voice is perfect, and the relationship between the two friends is lovely. The snippets of Melusine you get to see all ring true.

a life in knives by paxlux
Supernatural [outsider pov]
OC, Sam, Dean
Ruthie is the only survivor of a werewolf attack, she insiste Sam and Dean take her with them and learns to becom a hunter. Awesome outside pov on Sam and Dean. Ruthie's a great character, the good kind of OC, believable and layered and fitting very neatly into the canon.

love cuts like a knife by waketosleep
Hawaii Five-0 [crossover-fusion] with Dexter [emotional kick]
Short and packs quite a punch. Perfect ending

all in by arsenicjade
Suits
Harvey/Mike [slave!fic]
Harvey wins Mike in a poker game. Now he just has to figure out what to do with him.
Nice and long, some classic slave!fic cliches, but done very well. Canon knowledge isn't needed.

shell by cissasghost
Underworld
Selene
Very in character-- her disgust and fear and confusion at being thrown into a world she doesn't understand.

in-needed metaphors by preromantics
Community
Abed/Troy [intoxicated!fic] [yummy happy] [pitch perfect]
Abed's mental voice is perfect. The whole thing is very sweet and fluffy. Abed is deliciously dense.

winner takes all by toestastegood
Fright Night
Jerry/Charley [non-con]
Very very hot, not so keen on the non-con aspect, but the build up and domination is so hot.

make whole what has been smashed by Charli J
Sherlock/John [au] [interesting idea]
The one where Sherlock lives backwards. Complex, twisty and very satisfying. I was in a short-attention span mood, flicking through a whole load of fics, but this, despite its length and need for the reader to focus, managed to grab me and suck me right in. Engrossing and very well written.

performance in a leading role by mad_lori
Sherlock/John [au] [long!fic]
Where they're both actors. I'm not one for established relationships or talking about feelings, so I ended up skipping a chunks from after they got together, but the lead up was great. I love the insider-feel to the setting. The whole thing is meticulously researched. The first part, with the filming, was all wonderful, and the later press related parts are great as well. I got very choked up when reading all the touching 'being true to yourself' bits about them and their relationship. The characterisation is very well done, still recogniseable and there are some wonderful lines. I love the minor characters as well, Harry, Sally, Clara, but especially Irene.

by any other word by loranna
Downton Abbey
Thomas/William
Dreamy and bittersweet.

play by doveheart
Downton Abbey
Thomas/William
Love that piano playing is a Thomas/William cliche. I love the emotional detail in William's POV, the backstory and the way he feels now, all very seamless.

resonances by LadySilver
Teen Wolf
Derek/Jackson
Just beautiful. Dreamy and emotional, interesting idea. there needs to be more Derek/Jackson

the runaround by ferretbaby
Teen Wolf
Stiles/Derek
I LOVE Derek's utter confusion here, it's adorable.

what are we building here by piper
Teen Wolf
Stiles/Derek
Pack dynamics and Stiles/Derek dynamics, very warm and yummy

winter over by downjune
STXI
Sulu/Jim
Absolutely gorgeous. It feels very Wintry. The world is so well researched and detailed. The cast is lovely, but Sulu is especially brilliant, calm and competent and very real.

once upon a time by igrockspock
STXI
Gaila + Chapel, Nyota
This is gorgeous, most especially the last paragraph, really touching. I love Chapel's character, and I love that Nyota and Gaila connect more easily.

stiff upper lip by pyreneeees
Harry Potter
Augusta Longbottom [crying now]
This is utterly gorgeous. It had me tearing up. The Augusta pov is perfect, unbending, prickly and standoffish but so supportive and loving underneath. And the outsider look on the metamorphosis of Neville Longbottom from child to man is just brilliant.

les jours tristes by anon
Harry Potter
Luna, Narcissa
Luna interviews Narcissa post war. Gorgeous character study of them both. POV perfectly catches Luna's mindset and mental voice.

AVENGERS

magnetic by boombangbing
Steve/Pepper/Tony [yummy happy] [fuck yeah]
Classic epic believable long Avengers fic. I love these and hope people keep on writing them. Part one is adorable UST and Steve being adorkable and sweet. Wanting so much and trying to untangle exactly what it is he wants, TOny being Tony. And Pepper organising everything in that awesome way. Part two is more Pepper being awesome. Very awesome. And part three, despite being Tony POV is very 'Go Team!'

stockholm syndrome and other drugs by alchemy alice
Coulson [yummy happy]
Coulson love! Yes please! Lovely Coulson voice, dry and long-suffering and sweet.

falling like a flip of a coin by paxlux
Loki/Thor [incest]
Lovely snatches of their memories showing through, love the inexorable build of their relationship, all passionately violent and violently passionate. Love Loki/Lock and his sharp tongue. The ending makes it though, delightfully heratbreaking.

under ether by Lunik
Darcy/Loki
Lovely Loki characterisation hot and ocd and slightly terrifying. Darcy is, of course, wonderful.

kink meme made them do it by lunik_the_bard
Darcy/Loki (eventually) WIP [fuck yeah], [pitch perfect]

oh god, she’s in high school. This is high school all over again, and guys as hot as Loki don’t want the girl who wears glasses and has dumb hair. This is just like high school, except with more potential to get murdered.

I try not to rec WIPs but this is just perfect. The voices, the dynamic. Yummy and funny and hot. And the whole kink-meme meta aspect is spot on.

feathering the nest by Lunik
Loki
OH LOKI. You are adorable.

BLADE TRINITY

the lies you live by alyse
Blade Trinity
Abby/King [long!fic] [intense] [ust] [hurt/comfort]
Hurt/comfort-ish but not exactly. The opening scene is lovely and tense, the pace calms for the gradual progress from enemy to friend, and then picks up again as the plot starts to twist. Nice fast pacing towards the end, kept me up late readong. Lots of lovely character/relationship manouvering throughout - trust vs betrayal. Really nice work on the main three of Abby/King/Frank. Lovely slow build of the relationship, with lots of UST and very hot, sparky, sex.

while we have oceans by alyse
Abby/King
Great characterisation, nice quiet interlude but with an undertone of tension.

spiralling by alyse
Abby/King
Hot hot hot. Undercover in the queue for a nightclub.

Check out all of alyse's Blade fic. She's got a great hold on Abby and King's characterisation.

a little less conversation by ginandironic
King/Dean [crossover]
Very hot little crossover. I like King, cocky and in control. Seeing a less in control Dean is unusual.

claim by MidKnight2501
King/Drake [intoxicated!fic] [dub con]

chains that bind by Kris
King/Drake [concealed!identity!fic] (kinda)
I like the insiduous way Drake takes control of King.

legacy of the fallen by Kris
King/Drake, King, Deacon, Drake, Blade [insanity] [non-con] [dub-con]
noncon/dub con depending on how you look at it. Not a happy King/Drake fic. Nice and long and plotty. I like the craziness in King's head.

blood magic and a shade of infinite by manic_intent
King/Drake [au] where King is still a vamp.
Good banter from King, very sexy blood/desire elements. Solid characterisation.

the morning after/the night before by sangga
King [pitch perfect]
The disjointed structure, out of chronological order, emphasises how King felt after getting the cure as well as the time after the Daystar, both game changing moments with a weird re-ordering of priorities following after. This catches the atmosphere very well.


VIDS

glittering cloud by TxlSplash
BSG
Boomer
"Don't blame me, I can't help what I am... (Lord knows I've tried to)
BOOOOOMMEEEEERRRRR! Perfect, lyric matching to scenes. Very epic and heartbreaking. OH GOD BOOMER. WHY SO TRAGIC.

sorrow by greensilver
Captain America
Steve
OH STEVE. Very clearly articulated vid showing everything Steve's lost. Very sad, very poignant. I really love the way the vid is structured, the build up for each of his losses, the framing through use of fade to blacks and then the final repetition of black and white scenes to really bring it home.

to the dogs or whoever by greensilver
Once Upon a Time
Charming/Snow White
I'm not all that invested in their relationship in the show. It's sweet and fun but it hasn't hit me. This vid however... SO SWEET. I love how vids can do that, cut out all the blather and give a pure emotional hit

Harry Potter feat. Glitch Mob by Grable 424
Harry Potter
I always thought HP would go well to Glitch mob, all those laser-like fight scenes. I'm not 100% won over by the canon audio used in the vid, but it's not that it's badly done, just not a technique I'm keen on. The vid itself is very slick; jerky and sharp and perfect to the music.
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this scar is named john mcclane by basingstoke
(part 1 and part 3 are my favourites)
Die Hard
Zeus/John
IDEK. This is hilarious I think I died. And Zeus' voice is spot on, it's great.

hellfire by norgbelulah
Justified
Raylan, Boyd [intoxicated!fic] [friendship]
This is amazing, I love the backstory. Boyd is brilliant, perfectly IC. I love his insight into their relationship.

redeemed and summoned by name by on_any_ledge
Justified
Raylan/Boyd [intoxicated!fic] [hotness]
So hot.

I Read on a Hillside Gravestone: The Sweetest Thing You Ever Heard by norgbelulah
Justified
Boyd (/) Raylan
I love this, it's understated, but there's a lot of emotion running through it. Really great Boyd.

our bones are broken still by firefly_crush
TVD
Katherine/Klaus/Elijah
Really gorgeous. I love the dynamics of the relationship, but most especially the way there's a brilliant character study of Katerina/Katherine running through it all.

shelter by passe_simple
Jesse/Andrew RPF Shelter![AU]
MOST GOERGOUS ADORABLE FIC EVER, the emotional tied up in knots that Jesse does, the neuroses and the stress, and Edaurdo's utter adorableness and the hot sex. UNF. I really love the characterisation, everyone's got flaws, everyone fucks things up in their own little ways, it's so gorgeous and human

upon the heath by ohnvm
TSN
Mark/Eduardo [intense]
Definite emotional kick here. Leaves you feeling all fluttery and breathless.

buyer's remorse by silviakundera
TSN
Sean, Eduardo/Mark
Sean's characterisation is just awesome, self centred and crazy and basically adorable. Love the outsider pov on Eduardo and Mark

the oldest game by anon
Sherlock
Mycroft/Lestrade [hooker!au] [dubcon]
My rec is this: me doing the mycroft/lestdrade dance, me doing the hooker!fic dance Me doing the dubcon, secret identity dance. Me doing the all my kinks are getting hit dance. This fic caused a lot of dancing, is what I'm saying.

learn to wear each other well by sinuous curve.
Sherlock
Mycroft/Lestrade [pitch perfect]
Hot, sexy, yummy tense build to the ship. Great characterisation, Mycroft, being all intelligent and awesome, but still akward with the whole other-people thing. Best of all though, is the prose, word choice is gorgeous and rich, but never enough to lose you in description. Perfect balance.

call me by his name by sinouous_curve
XMFC
Erik/Charles [emotional kick]
Hot and delicate and lots of gorgeous twisty emotional drama. I love the way Charle's POV is brought to life. The angst and pain of the injury, the repercussions, the blame, is put centre stage in a way that's very honest and real. They're gorgeous and so crushingly tragic.

enjoying an indifferent domescity by sinuous_curve
XMFC
Charles/Erik
Crazy hot. Love the look into Charles' psyche. The hold s_c has on the characters is phenomenal, all that thinkiness and super hot sex as well? Wowza.

ready for the deepest by iphignia939
XMFC
Irene/Raven [au]
This is gorgeous. I'd recomend reading the other Irene AUs [livejournal.com profile] iphignia939's written, to get an idea of the character, but it porbably works as a standalone/with comic book knowledge. I really like her outsider's perspective on Erik. And I like the thinkiness on what it would be like to be precognitive.

just a face on a train bykatheryne
Spiderman
Gen, [outsider pov]
kinda adorable. And hey, ffnet, good can come from the pit of despair, whoda thunk? I was all teary eyed by the end. TOO ADORABLE. I WANT TO WATCH SPIDERMAN ALL OVER AGAIN.

one sister have I in our house by astro_knight
Discworld
Esme Weatherwax
Yes to this forever. wonderful character study, Lily and Esme and who she is. Love it.

tomorrow belongs to me by valtyr
Captain America
Steve/Tony [epic]
Epic and wonderful. Just go read it


Thor

Everything by astolat, LOTS OF YUMMY DUB CON. ALSO, WIN.

my body is a cage by walks by herself
Loki/Thor [au]
I like how Loki is a lot more stable in this. The lack of lies in his upbringing, knowing his place, still him, still clever and tricky and angsty but not so fucked up and bitter.

shatter by Aria
Loki/Thor
Been recced all over and with good cause, it's a gorgeous Loki POV character study. I like the gen beginning the ship is good, but it's all about Loki really.

stitch by illwynd
Loki/Steve
AW, Steve is so damn epic. I like the treatment of the stitches. Very painfully real.

can't go back the same way you came by pellucere Loki gen [pulling on the heartstrings]
Lovely character study, is effectively what Avengers could be had Loki chosen humility not pride. I WISH THIS WAS CANON. Nice slow build, Loki is coming from a very cold, broken and sad place.

telephone by anon
Loki, Cap, Thor [adorkable]
I'm a sucker for Loki/Cap in any incarnation. But this is super good, great voices, lovely incomprehensible Loki. And a very yummy bewildered adorable Cap POV.

“I’m not even going to bother anymore,” he tells Clint, once he can properly move his jaw again. Clint looks at him and nods in something almost like sympathy.

“I’ve found that’s a good philosophy. You know, in general,” he agrees. “Now quit moving around while I set you on fire.”


sigyn (binding is not punishment) and ragnarok (release tips the balance) by Aria
Darcy/Loki [epic] [fuck yeah]
Darcy = Sigyn. Stop, just... bask in that for a moment. DARCY= SIGYN. If that doesn't make you die from the awesome I don't know what will. Also, it's got a bit of a Joker/Harlequin flavour and I love it.


ART

lokiscan from camilladilla
loki manip by kisago - this is how manips should be done.

Just go follow everything fornax draws. (Plus bonus genderswap Black Widow (is Paul Bettany)).

how to train your dragon by baruyon - AAWWWW
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what a million girls would kill for by woldy
DEVIL WEARS PRADA
Emily, Miranda, Emily/OFC
Gorgeous. Really nails Emily, all very sharp and bold, with a really strong sense of purpose.

what I wore to the revolution by femslash09
DEVIL WEARS PRADA
Emily/Andy
I love Emily's usual uptight-ness, and I like Andy's confidence here.

never leave a trace by sam_storyteller
WHITE COLLAR
Neal, (Peter/Neal/EL) [prison!fic]
I love the matter of fact darkness in this story, very Neil Gaiman type feel. Seamless integration into the AU.

spies like us by the hoyden
NARUTO
Hatake Kakashi/Umino Iruka [concealed!identity!fic]
Solid writing, works without any knowledge of canon. I love concealed identity fics, so this hits my kink.

by daybreak we'll be gone by storm_petrel
THE LOSERS
Ensemble, Cougar/Jensen [werewolf!fic]
AWESOME. Pack bonds, first impressions and misunderstandings. Very, very awesome.

Werewolves in Groznyy by james
THE LOSERS
Jensen POV Cougar/Jensen, [werewolf!fic]
I like the mention of the pack dynamic in terms of Cougar/Jensen and Clay being Alpha.

early returns by anon
INCEPTION [au]
Arthur/Eames
Newspaper!AU. Love the characterisation and the way the characters fit neatly into their new roles. Love Arthur's POV he's such a stress-pot. The writing has a nice, light, humorous touch.

the understood boundaries of self by guilderland
INCEPTION
Arthur/Eames, [d/s], [hotness], [intense]
the team takes on a job whose mark is into the BDSM lifestyle. they go under with Eames as Arthur's sub, because Arthur is, in real life, a dom. Eames going into sub-space was one of those things that stuck with me for ages after reading. I love the smoothness of this fic. The way it flows and the raw edges of the relationship that get sorted out. Love Eames POV as well, he's adorable in this. But mostly I love the fact that it's super fucking hot.

LEVERAGE

Bad Romance by jendavis
Eliot/Hardison [intoxicated!fic]
I need to watch Leverage one of these days. Lovely messy hot pwp, with some great tense, unsure in-their-headness

chocolate chile and cloves by betty
Hardison/Eliot, Hardison/Parker, Hardison/Eliot/Parker
I like this, I like the twist on handcuffs, hot but with an awareness of YKINMK/triggers. V clever.

the not your teaching tool job by BlackEyedGirl
Asexual!Parker/Hardison/Eliot [asexuality]
Very well done fic. Deals with everyone's reactions to Parker and the misconceptions they have.

sweet time by facetofcathy
Eliot/Hardison
Very sexy, I like the characterisation, Hardison all wound up at the beginning. I like that Eliot takes his time before sex, the very opposite of minimal prep.

the odd jobs series by betty and emeraldwoman
Hardison/Parker, Hardison/Parker/Eliot, [ust]
This series is EPIC. exactly the kind of UST and 'they make me want them through the crazy' that I love. Also a fun job thread running through it. I love how you have Eliot's feelings unfolding slowly, first realising there's something there, then realising it's for both of them, and not wanting to fuck up what they have then realising there might be a way they can all deal. OH OT3 you are win.

your head's a dead tomato splot with moldy purple spots, Mr. Grinch by Smercy
GEEK LOVE! This is adorable. Hardison introduces Parker and Eliot to the joy of Firefly. SO MUCH LOVE.

SHERLOCK

memorandum by calico
Lestrade/John, John/Sherlock, Lestrade/Sherlock [intense]
Seriously, UST and then hot sex and all this angsty lustful undertone. Fuck me.

the republic of heaven by blind_author's
Sherlock/John [crossover-fusion] with His Dark Materials. WIP
AWESOME OMG. Very long and plotty. But WIP, so going to be even longer! Great characterisation, seamless meshing, not just of the universes, but also of the book and show plots. Perfect characterisation as well. And sexy sexy hot sexiness.

When I look in the mirror I see double by etothepii
[interesting idea]
Mycroft (Anthea)/John
There should be more Mycroft and Anthea in all Sherlock fics ever. Great writing: sharp, well observed and realistic.

I'm also going to rec everything etothepii has done in Sherlock fandom, in particular the BDSM 'verse fics (You need someone, it's easy, everything), the werewolf fics and the HDM crossovers (previously recced).


Other people's recs:

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VIDS

teardrop by thisismycalling
INCEPTION
Mal, ensemble. Constructed narrative pre-film. [au], [epic]
Perfect song choice. Epic and inexorable, amazing build. Very good meld of different sources, feels like a seamless narrative. Love the colour work. I love the emotional build, the laughter and smiles at the beginning and the way it all shatters until we're at film canon.

personal jesus by killabeez
TRUE BLOOD
Ensemble, [interesting idea]
Clever idea, works even better on the second watching. I'm always going to love anything that has Eric/Godric in, but, just very clever lyric/clip matching. Some lovely, 'oh yes, this is what True Blood is' moments. Some nice complex/ugly relationships in there with series three knowledge of Bill/Sookie, and with the whole Maryann part. In fact I love how you get this entirely different spin on each relationship, while they're all fundamentally the same, blood and power.

underground by lim
SHERLOCK
Oh clever. I love that I didn't get what the song was until about half way through and had a sudden OH RIGHT! moment. It is a perfect choice, the song itself, the cover. The editing is sharp. The layering of little hints and glances is awesome. I love the pacing, very quick and energetic.
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TSN
a submission to reason by thisissirius
Mark/Eduardo [d/s] [hotness]
Mark and Eduardo have this gorgeous D/s dynamic. Deals with Mark's gradual acceptance of the relationship as they go through the setting up of facebook. I love the dreamy blissed out-ness as Mark submits.

you think you've changed your mind by toestastegood
Mark/Eduardo [telepathy!fic]
Mark wakes up with the ability to hear Eduardo's thoughts. It would have been a lot more helpful when they were still talking to each other.
I love how matter of fact Mark is about his new power. In general I love Mark's POV, he's such an angsty, emotionally awkward little puppy. *scrunches*

they smash up in the sky by oflights
Mark/Eduardo [intense]
I adore Mark's characterisation in this. The way he's older and more mature, he's really grown up, but at the same time he's still Mark, still emotionally awkward, but just more aware of it now. there's a great tension to the whole fic, thanks to Mark's angsty POV, which is totally awesome. I usually dislike Eduardo being in the wrong, but it works very well here, this is a set up I can buy into. His reaction to Mark is neatly tied into his own hangups. For all his apparent open-ness, he does have these serious issues. But then, he's till Wardo, he's still utterly in love with Mar, and bouncy and adorable. "Eduardo’s eyes get wide, and then he’s beaming, the only person in the world who could respond to a sexual proposition like you’ve offered him a basket of kittens and rainbows and candy."

tongue tied and twisted
by restlesspuppy
TSN RPF
Jesse/Andrew
Adorable and gorgeous. Short. I'm not usually one for RPF but this is v sweet.


WHITE COLLAR
let it carry us somewhere unreachable by cold_feets
Neal and El
Absolutely gorgeous little tag to ep 1.10. I love stoned Neal, and I love the El POV here, caring and lovely.

the rehabilitated con con china_shop
Neal/Peter/Elizabeth
Love it, the UST, the pervasive sense of longing. I like the dynamics of the threesome: Neal getting in over his head, Peter wanting but being restrained by his ethics, Peter and El as a team, El being careful and in control of the situation. Definitely the most believable OT3 set up I've read.

SHERLOCK
ain't seen the sunshine and sequel snowflakes like dust in the sun by eleanor k
John/Lestrade [au]
Awesome AU with John as Sherlock and Mycroft's nanny. The first part is sort of a retelling of Hound of the Baskervilles. Love the characterisation of EVERYBODY. Deft and funny. Convincing AU. Also, Lestrade and John have in-universe blogs! Mixed media style awesome. except maybe I should call it meta awesome? viral marketing awesome except for fic? IDEK. Awesome.

In the land of the blind by entangled_now
Sherlock/John [apoca!fic]
Wonderful characterisation, great tense-but-dreamy atmosphere. Very clever plot.

through which I run by garryowen and talitha78 made a gorgeous vid to go with. There's also a yummy picspam at the end of the fic.
AMAZING GRACE
Pitt/Wilberforce
The style of writing takes a moment to get into, but once in it flows very nicely. I really like Wilberforce's POV, so much adoration and love.

in the kitchen with a killer by whomever
RED EYE
Jackson/Lisa [ust]
UST, danger, risk. Perfect little fic for the two of them

original slash recs @ my lj


META

on slash
"Slash was the only genre of literature I had ever found that followed the characters into bed and back out of it; that investigated and demonstrated how the people they were outside of bed were connected to the people they were in bed; that modeled how to be with someone in everyday life, go to bed with them, and then wake up next to them and continue everyday life with them."


VIDS

white blank page by lovestories
TSN Mark/Eduardo
Emotional and angsty, great build. Perfect lyric choice. Did they write the song for Mark/Eduardo?!

VidUKon write up @ my lj
Contains many vidrecs, as well as panel write ups (i.e., meta on vidding)
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THE SOCIAL NETWORK

social network fic fest hosted by thisissirius

write it on the skyline by thisissirius
Mark/Eduardo [emotional kick] [intense]
Whoo boy, this is seriously emotional. Intense, really puts you thorugh the wringer. Love the way you're very much in Mark's head.

facebook reveal by thisissirius
Mark/Eduardo, Dustin/Chris
This fandom is made to be crackily meta-ed

the secrets you don't show by thisissirius
Mark/Eduardo [crossover-fusion] with Spiderman
Cool idea, love Eduardo POV, wanting to hate Mark but not really managing it.

on the wings of complete and utter inconvenience by thisissirius
Mark/Eduardo [wing!fic] [hotness]
Mark gets (very contrary) wings. I love the whole wings are an erogenous zone x 100 type cliche. Nice mix of absurd and adorable. And hot. Really, really hot

these things get louder by fledmusic
Mark/Eduardo
Lovely yummy UST. I like the idea of Mark being oblivious.

world enough and time
by fledmusic
Mark/Eduardo [crossover-fusion] with Time Traveler's Wife, [interesting idea]
Spoilers for TTW in the fic and in comments.
Great idea, Mark's less prickly and asshole-ish than in other fics, but that works with the fusion.

speaking in tongues by marycontraire
Mark/Eduardo
Painful and hot.

doing it right by cimorene
Mark/Eduardo [hotness]
Very hot, love the possessive Mark POV, very well written.

kiss with a fist by marycontraire
Mark/Eduardo fic following from that hallway scene. Hotness. Violent hotness.

never marry for money (you can borrow it cheaper) by alexthegreat
Mark/Eduardo [accidental marriage!fic]
Unfortunately still WIP, but absolutely epic and long and very worth reading even if you don't usually go for WIPs. I really like the way Eduardo's POV is all oblivious, not just to Mark, but to how he himself is feeling under all that anger.

been at this far too long Lake (beyond_belief)
Mark/Eduardo
Really good characterisation, really, really good. In general I love fics that attempt some sort of mixed media thing - texts/emails. This fic makes very good use of them.

old roads I go down by yellowteddysuit
Mark/Eduardo [amnesia!fic], [intense]
Mark hits his head and gets amnesia. Intense, angsty Eduardo POV

reciprocal actions by alexthegreat
Mark/Eduardo [pwp]
Sex in the library!

endothermic reactions by alexthegreat
Mark/Eduardo [hypothermia!kink] [yummy happy]
I have a total kink for these, snuggle or freeze! type fics, but even so, this is utterly ADORABLE.

the (metaphorical) parent trap by alexthegreat
Dustin, Mark/Eduardo
I kinda love how Dustin has been adopted by the fandom at large. HE IS FUN-NY, GUYS

secret video diary of a billionaire by sturmundwank
Mark/Eduardo [interesting idea]
Technically a WIP, but works as a standalone, albeit angsty. Written in script format. The Social Network, the sequel! With angsty ust slash! Very cool idea, and I like the thought that's clearly gone into making it. Mark's dickishness in the meeting is perfect.

kink meme fic by alexthegreat
Dustin, Mark/Eduardo [fuck yeah]
The one where THE KISS makes everyone cheer. Seriously. Me as well. Out loud. Got some seriously weird looks for that...

let's get together by alexthegreat
Dustin, Mark/Eduardo [pretty damn funny]
The Dustin voice is just epic.

kissing on the subway by anon
Mark/Eduardo [hotness]
Super short, super hot.

the line between by grim_lupin
Cameron/Tyler [creepifying] [intense] [twin!cest]
Very fucked up.


GOSSIP GIRL

Daniel in the lion's den by black_eyedgirl
Dan/Chuck/Nate [hotness]
Short and hot. I really like the possessiveness to Chuck.

menage a trois and sequel by artemis_sparks
Dan/Chuck/Blair [hotness] [pwp]
Gorgeous hot threesome.

for a second there I thought you disappeared by artemis_sparks
Dan/Nate [omfg cuteness]
So adorable

it's all wrong, it's all right by artemis_sparks
Dan/Nate [omfg cuteness], [kid!fic]
No wait, this is even more adorable. And maybe I should just rethink my position on kidfic, because it can be very awesome and domestic.


CROSSOVER

breaking the laws of classical aerodynamics by black_eyedgirl
GOSSIP GIRL/X-MEN
Dan/Chuck [crossover-fusion]
Very neatly fused together, makes sense, I love the matching up of powers. Like the different ways they all deal with their mutations.


VIDS

ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND

amnseia
Perfect song choice, lovely stop-start jerkiness to it.

BOOK OF ELI

o death Book of Eli
Haunting and very very gorgeous. So the film is, IDK, something about the bible? And has Gary Oldman looking vaguley demonic?? I'm head-canoning it into Supernatural now, JSYK.

BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID

ain't no easy way by danegen
Great motion/energy, lovely fast pacing.

EDDIE IZZARD

do you want to by danegen
OMFG hilarious. HIS FACE. THE WAY HE FLOPS ABOUT THE STAGE.

HACKERS

walk the walk by Miss Breese
HACKERS! Rollerblades! Terrible 90s clothing choices! Shaggy with pigtails! Angelina Jolie with a pixie cut! THIS FILM. MAN.

ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES BY THE COWARD ROBERT FORD

serpent charmer by sol_se
God the atmosphere to this. So brooding and building and tense. All those gorgeous shots of their faces, all those shots of the backs of people's heads. Mimicked actions between James and Ford. The COLOURS. All black white and gold. Utterly gorgeous. Some wonderful lyric/clip matches.

ghost of a shark by sol_se
Gorgeous and dreamy. I like how Ford isn't intriduced at first. Lovely use of light and smoke. Lots of eyefucking/intense staring

BOARDWALK EMPIRE

devil's spoke by thisismycalling - Awesome Jimmy vid. Has spoilers. Like the sepia-except-for-red. Good pacing, gathering momentum towards the end.

THE O.C.

sleepwalker by wistful_fever
Seth/Ryan
Very well articulated. I'm not familiar with later seasons' footage, but the vid brought it all together. I had no idea this show could be so angsty!


META

anachronistic references in historical/AU settings
Interesting stuff about word choice when writing. First comment very well written – considers accuracy vs reader assumptions.
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MERLIN

truth is a whisper by seperis
Merlin/Arthur
I love Merlin being in control in the bedroom. Really, really love it. It's so refreshing to get this dynamic. Very very hot and I love the possessiveness.

priveliges of rank by seperis
Merlin/Arthur [intoxicated!fic]
I love having the POV character unaware of what's going on with everyone else. The reader can see Arthur's piecing something together, but it doesn't all come together until the end. Drunk!Merlin is adorable.

arcane asylum by new_kate
Merlin/Arthur [au] [epic] [longfic]
AU where Arthur is framed for a magical crime and sent to the magical version of SONA. Merlin makes him his bitch in a very affable and awkward, Merlin sort of way. There's revolution and magic and lots of angst and drama. I love that it's all complex and difficult. People who hate Uther and people who want revenge, terrorist vs freedom fighter type thing. Brilliant tying of the canon myths/plots and characters into the AU setting. Merlin's backstory in particular, is utterly gorgeous and heartbreaking.

Merlin/Arthur [reveal!fic]

to be known by sometimesophie
[pulling on the heartstrings]
The one where Merlin vomits up his magic. Good and angsty. I like this kind of reveal, the one that starts with a sword at the throat. The whole vomiting up/losing magic thing, is just. Really painful. Poor Merlin.

denial, anger, bargaining, depression, acceptance by mellacita
The one with dead Balinor. Yummy angsty reveal!fic.

the tale of the sea serpent by seperis
The one with the sea serpent. First part, with all the chronology jumping, is worth reading twice. I like Arthur's POV a lot. He's all earnest and trying so hard and so very in love. And I love the idea of Arthur as King of the magical creatures as well.

revelation by lamardeuse
The one where Arthur has a beard. Very sweet and adorable. Love the so very in-love Merlin POV in this one.

the definition of a life saved by shinetheway
The one where Merlin hits his head. I like the trippy/dreamy/painful atmosphere with Merlin still recovering from his injury.

BATMAN

divergence by ragdoll987
Bruce/Jim [dark] [ust] [hotness] [au]
Deliciously dark Batman AU. Very very very very hot. Unfortunately abandoned, but it gives you some resolution. Love the darker!Gotham world building. Like the idea with little Jimmy and the similarities Bruce sees in him. Love Jim, earnest, adorable Jim. The page style is eye-killing. Enlarge the text.

BTVS

Xander's best effort by fydyan
Oz/Xander
Kinda gorgous

THE O.C.

the difference between breaking the bank and just breaking even and sequel by wearemany
Seth/Ryan [hooker!au]
Really adorable Seth characterisation. So, so, so fucking hot. omg.

SPN

centuries of stony sleep were vexed to nightmare by britomart_is and sequel
Sam/Dean, Dean/OFC, Sam/OFC, Sam/Dean/OFC [hotness]
The Antichrist needs an heir. Post/during apocalyptic world. Sort of ambiguously dark!Sam. Awesome OFC, love the outsider POV.

instruction by britomart_is
Sam/Dean [d/s] [hotness]
Fuck, fuck. That's just. Absurdly hot.

me and the devil blues and sequel by britomart_is
Sam/Dean [epic] [interesting idea]
Totally epic. Awesome idea. Great writing as usual, very intense.

the air moves in to fill the spaces where my body's been and sequel by britomart_is
Sam/Dean [ust] [hotness]
My God. The UST in this is unbelievable. I prefer the first one, mainly because I like reading UST over actual sex.

Sam thumbs the drop of cherry from his cheek, sucks it into his mouth and groans appreciatively. “That’s good, Dean.”

Dean knows perfectly well that Sam hates cherry flavor, and any minute now they’re going to drift into oncoming traffic and die in a blaze of steel and flame and unresolved sexual tension, because Dean’s looking at Sam, not the road.


looks on tempests
Sam/Dean [future!fic] [omfg cuteness]
Oh this is absolutely adorable. I like future fic/characters growing old, but seriously fic at this level of adorableness is a rare thing.

the king of imperfection takes back the prince of mistakes
Sam/Dean
Aw team fuckup. I'm head-canoning this into a couple of years before Looks on Tempests

my soul look back and wonder
Sam/Dean [yummy happy]
Oh yes, very very much yes. It's the perfect wonderful happy ever after, 'true love solves all' sort of way you want it to end.
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PRISON BREAK

I've been half asleep by cerebel
Michael/Mahone [hotness] [intense]
Gorgeous and sparking hot. Got that shivery intensity this pairing has.

The Second (And Last) Love Song of Alexander Mahone by cerebel
Michael/Mahone
Love the Mahone POV. He's so awesome.

form, not meaning by out_there
Michael/Mahone
Nice and long. Love the in-their-headsness. I like how Mahone is the one with the upper hand here. Very hot, very intense.

How to sin successfully by out_there
Michael/Sara/Mahone [future fic]
I love thinky threesomes, where the needs and desires of each character is considered, it's not just -- jump into bed together. That's not to say it doesn't end in sex ;)

remember you have chance and possibility by out_there
Michael/Mahone [au] [pulling on the heartstrings]
Awesome and heartbreaking. I love how this is, one the one hand, totally AU, but at the same time, it still works really well. I can totally buy into these characters. pre-Fox River Michael could have been this person. And Mahone without his skeletons would have been this. Then comes the second part and the tension rackets up. OH BOYS.

similar creatures and impossible things
Michael/Mahone [au] [epic] [longfic] [hooker!au]
Totally awesome hooker!au. Great characterisation. I love living in Alex's headspace. Love the way he almost ends up screwing things up for himself. The way he overthinks and can't find the words. Love Michael's quietness and impenetrableness and the way they both read each other despite that.

find yourself smiling by out_there
Sara/Michael, Michael/Mahone
I love how this threesome just works. I haven't seen S4 yet, but this ship is totally going to be edited into my view of canon as much as I can. And scroll down to read isagel's comment and out_there's reply 'cos there's totally a love letter for the OT3 in there.

your new twin sized bed by out_there
Michael/Sara/Mahone or Sara/Michael, Michael/Mahone [future fic]
OH MY GOD. THIS. I love them together. Really. I like the way there's a sexual bond between Michael/Sara and Michael/Alex. But the love bond goes through all of them. I love the way all their insecurities and fears are brought up and dealt with, abandonment issues and self-hatred. And then the way that they all want each other to be happy more than anything. They're so adorable!

the ill-advised backpack by out_there
Michael/Mahone [au] [yummy happy]
This is just SO SWEET. It's adorable. I think I have a thing for PB AUs now. Or maybe just a thing for out_there's writing.

lightning strikes (not once, but twice) by alazysod
T-Bag/Michael [creepifying]
T-Bag just is damn creepy. And there's a very claustraphobic feel to this, with them both stuck in the motel room and stuck together on top of it.

run like a villain by alazysod
Michael/Mahone [shivery intense]
Really captures the intense/crazy Mahone has. Again the writing has that sharp, close feel to it. I like how Michael's such an enigma.

a good plan by flurblewig
Michael/Mahone [hotness] [tattoo!kink]
Basically pwp, Very, very hot. Some nice tattoo!kink in there as well. Not the sharpest in terms of characterisation.

five times fernando sucre pretended to have sex with michael scofield by thinswithwings
Sucre/Michael [hotness]
Very Season one, very, very hot. Love Sucre's POV. Characterisation is spot on.

prison break the short version, part two and part three by upon plains
Gen [pretty damn funny]
Crack recap style. This pretty much just killed me.
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TVD

steady as it goes by silviakundera
Caroline, Damon, Stefan [future fic]
I read this as a lot more hopeful than maybe other people did. This is the healthy threesome, as oppose to the Elena angstfest, and Katherine painfest. Caroline's got a great bounce-back-ability to her. That said there is an undertone of sadness at her leaving behind her human life. Unable to stop thinking about and remembering it, even while she tries to move on.

all the same to me by silviakundera
Damon/Elena/Stefan [pretty damn funny]
Stefan POV, as a sort of bemused narrator to the insanity that is Damon Salvatore. That is Damon Salvatore rail-roading him into an incest 'ship. That is Damon Salvatore rail-roading him into a threesome with Elena. That is Damon Salvatore running for Mayor at the same time. Brazilian stripper orgies would make more sense. Epic, wonderful crack.

much more complicated by iphignia939
Damon/Alaric [fuck yeah]
Hilarious Alaric POV. Love their violent/sexy/insane relationship. I like the outsider look on what Stefan is like as well.


SPN

dictionary for a dead language by britomart_is and Loki's vid for the fic.
Sam/Dean [epic] [pulling on the heartstrings] [long fic]
It's a big bang, got that lovely grand, epic feel to it. Very angsty painful. Really, take your heart apart and put it back together. I have a thing for characters growing old and dealing with that, settling into their bodies and recognising the differences. It's especially poignant for ex-hunter types as they have often lost more through injuries, and have more to lose, since they really used their bodies. So older!Dean here, is just wonderful.

a man with his insides out and his outsides off by brotomart_is
Dean/Sam [crying now] [timetravel]
Unf. Killed me, little bit. So heartbreaking and inevitable. Sam 'Moore' is one sad, broken, compelling guy. And poor Dean, all naive and trying to fix it and save everyone and so very Dean in doing all of that.

moths on the mirror by fleshflutter
Sam/Dean, Dean/OMC [non-con] [insanity]
Creepy, veeeery creepy. Good and confusing at first, with Dean all crazy and Sam not there.

heroes for ghosts
Sam, Dean [timetravel] [long fic]
Love the details of the 1800s, get to feel all of Dean's childish glee at being back there, being a gunslinger. Just very good atmosphere to the whole thing, feels very wild west. I love Zeke, love the whole demon/gate plot. Very tense, action-filled fic, there's just something damn cool about riding in on your horse, guns blazing. Big damn heroes. Lots of brilliant hurt in this. Old-timey medicine was harsh. I love the complexity of the brother's relationship as well, The moments we get inside Sam and Dean's heads.

strangers in gilead by corvus_imbrifer
Sam, Dean [timetravel] [long fic]
Yeah I was on a bit of a wild west/cowboy au kick. This ones just brilliant as well, nice ambiguity at the beginning and sustained by the awesome outsider POV. Love all the OCs. Again, loving all the details about how the boys dress. the whole into sequence is basically a love story to Dean's eyes and lips and body and everything. UNF.

coming clean by queenklu
Sam/Dean [hotness]
HOT this is fucking hot. Oh wow yeah.


The O.C.

a shadow across by sdlucly
Ryan/Seth [au] [long fic]
I think I recced this back when it was a WIP. but it's complete now. Wonderful AU. Great characterisation, lovely slow build up 'ship, Seth all adorable and persistent. Ryan all broken and afraid. Deals extensively with grief and loss (character death, not Ryan or Seth).

boy meets boy by mackerel sky
Seth/Ryan Ryan/Marissa [ust]
Totally overcame my gag reflex to the pit. Lots of lovely UST sparkiness. definitely good ;)

some days those maps collide by k
Ryan/Seth
established relationship, not normally my thing, but I like the details here. And jealous/petty Seth is kinda adorable. Some interesting things about being gay and coming out tied into it as well.

a bruised road by k
Ryan/Seth [pulling on the heartstrings]
God, I love Ryan's thought processes in this, the way he connects love and violence over and over. The way he's totally hurting and just flying blind, but keeps coming back to Seth as his anchor even though he doesn't quite realise it and can't quite trust it, a bit heartbreaking. Lots of Seth-funny in his rambling, particularly the over-45 thing.

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