amalthia: (Legend of the Seeker Sunset)
Challenge Parameters: Create a starter fic rec list for someone new to fandom – this should contain at least 15 recs and reasons for the recs.

Steve Rogers/Tony Stark

1) valtyr: Tomorrow Belongs To Me
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 monument 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.
Reason for rec: This was one of the best Steve/Tony relationship fics I've read. It has a interesting plot, great character voices, and it's 80k words long. Great for reading when you're stuck on an airplane, or in a airport.

2) valtyr: Some Assembly Required
Summary: Tony Stark is trying to set up a new superhero team when he's given a sex change, courtesy of Victor von Doom. He copes with that about as well as you'd expect.
Reason for rec: The sex was hot, the character voices were spot on, and I loved the introduction of the other super heroes. :) I added this story to the list because it has genderbending, it introduces characters from the comics, the plot is interesting, and the character voices felt spot on.

3) Average Avengers Local Chapter 7 of New York City
Summary: Steve and Tony accidentally start a national do-gooders association and fall in love.
Reason for rec: This was sweet, awe inspiring, and I loved the concept. I'm reccing it because it's a rare story that can say so much in so few words. It also does a great job of showing Steve Rogers as he is and how inspiring he can be.

4) scifigrl47 - Some Things Shouldn't Be a Chore
Summary: Steve takes things like personal responsibility and respect seriously. Tony's got people he pays to take care of that kind of thing, and anyway, he's pretty sure that he's going to die of some exotic disease in his workshop, because Dummy's still a little spotty about what is 'clean' enough to put on an open wound. The rest of the Avengers are in this for personal gain, except for Clint, he just enjoys being a dick.

And some things shouldn't be a chore.
Reason for rec: This is a great introduction to Tony Stark's robots and the series is rather epic.

5) Amuly - America isn't Chicken
Summary: After a Civil War, death, rebirth, a takeover by Osborn, brain deletion, and the fall of Asgard, Steve and Tony might just be starting to get back on solid ground with one another. Things aren't perfect, not yet, but they can be in the same room as each other without resorting to violence, and they've even managed to share a smile or two.

Seems like the perfect time, then, for Tony to try and fuck it all up with a stupid game of gay chicken.

Meanwhile, as if he didn't have enough to worry about, Tony realizes some kind of supervillainous trouble is brewing when increasingly advanced armors start popping up all over Manhattan, looking strangely reminiscent of his tech. On the other side of the world, Steve gets news that Zola is on the move in Russia, with some sort of nefarious plan at work.

Which will ruin them first? Will it be this unknown armored villain who is after Tony's tech? Or will it be Zola unleashing his mysterious plan on the world? Or will Steve and Tony prove to be their own worst enemies, destroying the tentative truce they managed to forge with their own stubbornness?

Reason for rec: I loved the plot/case, the build up to the sex was incredibly hot, and I loved the tension between Tony and Steve. I was also amused that for "straight" guys they had some rather kinky sex during this long game of gay chicken. All in all, this story had emotional impact and it made me cry. This story is a great intro to how Steve/Tony can be a complex couple and their many issues.

Clint Barton/Darcy Lewis

6) LJC - Simple, Not Easy
Summary: Darcy should have seen it coming. She couldn't hang around the spandex crowd forever and not end up with a great big target painted on her back eventually. She was just surprised it took Loki so long.
Reason for rec: Darcy character voice was spot on and awesome. I loved the how she and Loki became friends and seeing how the Avengers dealt with Loki trying to improve.

7) twistedingenue - The B-Team
Summary: Alternate Universes are rarely better than your own. This one is no exception. Clint and Natasha find themselves in a universe where the Avengers don't exist, SHIELD is holding on by the barest thread, and the only people able to keep things together are a very different group of unlikely heroes.
Reason for rec: I absolutely loved the concept and seeing Pepper as Rescue, Jane and Darcy becoming heroes in their own rights, and Rhodes as War Machine. I also loved seeing how Natasha and Clint navigated this alternate universe they had landed in. I would love to read more fic in this verse. I'm also recommending this fic because it's a great introduction for the awesome ladies of the marvel universe and how they can shine.

Darcy/Loki

8) Folkin' Around verse
Summary: Darcy only wanted to get away for awhile. Loki only wanted to indulge his curiosity. But fate has set their paths to crossing, with each other and with something more; something that will prove to be very, very dangerous to the both of them.
Reason for rec: This series is already over 500k words long. It has great villains, interesting characters, action/adventure, romance, and I loved seeing how Loki and Darcy become friends and then something more.

Thor/Loki

9) Dreamlittleyo - Shadow Plays
Summary: In which Thor lives a single day more times than he can count, and Loki doesn't know how to fix it.
Reason for rec: This was one of my favorite groundhog day stories in the Thor fandom. I loved the concept, the character voices were spot on, and it had emotional intensity throughout most of the story.

10) Aria, filiabelialis - Find a Home
Summary: Loki lets his head fall back, a despairing smile baring his teeth. "What do you mean by home?"
Reason for rec: The character voices felt spot on, I loved seeing Thor adjust to being with the Avengers on Earth, I loved Loki's character voice and I never knew what he was going to do next. It doesn't hurt to mention that the sex scenes were incredibly hot.

11) astolat: Chaos War
Summary: It was never easy to find Loki when he wanted to hide, but he wasn't doing a particularly good job of it at the moment. Probably he didn't think anyone from Asgard would be wasting their time hunting for him while the shining ones churned their way steadily through all the realm.
Reason for rec: I loved seeing how Loki would be King of Asgard. I was on the edge of my seat, I loved the character voices, the dialogue was spot on and I could not stop reading once I started. I've re-read this story many times.

Gen

12) skiesovergideon: Family Ties
Summary: After his fall from the Bifrost, Loki finds himself taken in by a suburban family and lacking most of his magic. He resolves to escape them as soon as possible. This does not go the way he planned.
Reason for rec: I loved Loki's experiences on Earth and adjusting to his magic not quite being under his control. I also loved all the original characters and the ending was awesome.

13) Galaxysoup - Darkness, Flooded in Light
Summary: “When much is taken, something is returned.” - Terry Pratchett, Nation
Loki falls. Injured and unable to access his magic, he must struggle to restore himself physically and mentally before the Bifrost is repaired and Asgard comes to find him. That would be difficult enough, but one of Asgard’s deepest secrets has followed him...
Reason for rec: This story broke my heart and put it back together again. I LOVED all the original characters and Loki's character voice rang true for me. I could not stop reading once I started. I'm adding this story to the list because it's a great Loki focused story and it's about him healing and learning to live with himself.

14) lettered - Responsible Science Series
Summary: The Kids Weren’t Alright - Tony accidentally turns himself into a twelve-year-old using alien tech. Steve is stuck as bodyguard, Bruce is stuck trying to fix him, and Pepper is stuck trying to ward off a twelve-year old’s attempts at flirtation. And then things go from bad to worse.

Let's Stop The Time Warp (Again) - Steve Rogers has to live the same day over and over. Bruce, Tony, Pepper, Jane, and Thor try to help him. Then things go from bad to worse.

Reason for rec: This series is one of the best I've run across that is completely from Bruce Banner's pov. It has great character development, insights, and the plots are interesting. There is also a sense of the team coming together and beginning to understand each other.

15) galaxysoup - Amateur Theatrics
Summary:In which Thor’s primary problem-solving method (a mighty blow from Mjolnir) fails to have the desired effect on a magical artifact, and his secondary method (a mightier blow from Mjolnir) proves to be actively disastrous.
Reason for rec: This is one of the best Loki Kidfic stories I've run across. It has great character moments, it's a team fic, and I loved Clint Barton's pov and seeing how the Avengers dealt with their specific challenges.

Loki/Tony

16) Scyllaya - Bend Around the Wind
Summary: A few months after the battle of New York the God Loki appears back on Stark Tower under chaotic circumstances. This time however he is on the run. Tony Stark gets caught up in the crossfire and is taken along with the Aesir. Can the two of them ever make truce in order to get away? And even if they do, how does one escape from such a dark corner of the universe, when they are so very far away from the Nine Realms, that not even Loki knows the way back home. But first, they need to survive.
Reason for rec: This story is epic, it has great build up, the pay off is awesome, and I couldn't stop reading once I started. I loved seeing how Tony and Loki become friends and then something more. This is one of the best Tony/Loki fics I've read.

Bruce Banner/Tony Stark

17) ifitwasribald - What We Pretend To Be
Summary: Good becomes great, bad becomes worse. But people are a hell of a lot more complicated than good and bad. When half of the team is dosed with the super soldier serum, they all have to grapple with their own pasts and futures. But for better or for worse, they’re all in it together.
Reason for rec: I loved seeing how the team dealt with not knowing what would happen to their teammates once the super solider serum activated. I'm recommending this fic because it's a good team fic, it shows what the characters will do when the chips are down, and it is great to see them face their worst fears.
amalthia: (Supernatural Sam Not Alone)
Star Trek Reboot

aldora89 - The Lotus Eaters INSTANT REC!!! This was an excellent story to read while trapped on a plane because it completely sucked me into the story and kept me entertained for hours. I loved the concept, the imagery was vivid and interesting. I also loved the relationship buildup. This was a truly awesome story.
(recs-StarTrekReboot,recs-instant!rec,f4,Kirk/Spock,Challenges:StarTrek-BigBang,Length:50k-100k)

Stargate Atlantis

michelel72 - Darkness Is the Only Sound INSTANT REC!!! This was an awesome team fic and I loved the concept so much.
(author-michelel72,recs-StargateAtlantis,f4,recs-instant!rec,PairingType:General)

X-Men

rageprufrock - Limited Release I loved all the characters and I really enjoyed the world building and seeing how different this world is as a result of one big change.
(recs-X-Men,f4,Length:50k-100k,author-rageprufrock,Pairing:Charles/Erik)

Yahtzee - The Hidden Heart I liked the use of mutant powers in the story and I had a lot of fun reading this story. :)
(recs-X-Men,f3,author-yahtzee63,Pairing:Charles/Erik)

dvs - The Last Spartan This was so much fun to read. I laughed more than once and it was really fantastic crack fic.
(recs-X-Men,Pairing:Charles/Erik,f4,Genre:Humor,author-01100100)

dancinbutterfly: Lab Rats and Tin Soldiers I loved the concept and once I started reading I couldn't stop. This was an engaging story.
(recs-Avengers,recs-X-Men,author-dancingbutterfly,f4,Length:20k-50k)

manic_intent - The Geometry of Chance I loved the concept and character voices.
(recs-X-Men,Pairing:Charles/Erik,f4,Length:20k-50k,author-manic_intent)

Avengers

gyzym: Momentum INSTANT REC!!! This was an awesome mirror to the story Ready, Aim, Fire. I couldn't stop reading once I started. I cried more than once and I loved the Tony, Steve sees.
(author-gyzym,recs-Avengers,f4,Length:10k-20k,Pairing:Tony/Steve,recs-instant!rec)

Penumbren - Indelible INSTANT REC!!! I loved the concept, the character voices, and the world building. I couldn't stop reading the story once I started and I loved the author's writing style. :)
(recs-IronMan,recs-instant!rec,Length:100k-200k,f4,Pairing:Tony/Steve)

manic_intent: The Tower of Yesterday I loved the concept of Tony being the one that was frozen in time and woken in the future. The author did an amazing job with the character voices and the action.
(recs-IronMan,Pairing:Tony/Steve,f4,Length:20k-50k,author-manic_intent)

DCU/Iron Man

freakyperfume: The Billionaire Boys Club This was a fun crossover story. There really aren't enough Bruce Wayne/Tony Stark fics.
(Length:10k-20k,Pairing:Bruce/Tony,f3,Trope:Crossover,recs-IronMan,recs-DCU)

Thor

feverbeats - Only Smile When I Lie I loved the concept and completely bought this pairing. :) I'm not sure why we don't get more villain romances????
(Pairing:Loki/Victor,Von,Doom,recs-Thor,f4,Length:10k-20k)

Merlin

MK_Yujji: The Promise Within This was probably one of my favorite Merlin Big Bang stories. I loved the concept and how Arthur dealt with his new magic powers. Uther is still a flawed but interesting man and I loved how the one change in Arthur changes all of their destinies.
(recs-Merlin,Pairing:Merlin/Arthur,f4,Length:20k-50k)

DCU/White Collar

C_R_Scott - Confidence Lost I had a blast reading this story. I loved the concept and seeing how the author merged White Collar and the DCU universe.
(Trope:Crossover,recs-DCU,recs-WhiteCollar,PairingType:General,f4,Length:50k-100k)
amalthia: (Angel Illyria)
Sorry for the long delay in recs. When delicious changed ownership it lost the blog posting feature that I relied on. I recently discovered how to have my pinboard bookmarks post to my dreamwidth account and this is my first use of the tool. (Formatting may be weird)

Avengers (Thor/Iron Man/Captain America)

walktheboat: Run for the Light
The author did a great job packing a lot of character development and story into this story.

(recs-Thor,PairingType:General,f4,Length:20k-50k,author-walktheboat,recs-Supernatural)

gyzym:ready, fire, aim
INSTANT REC!!! I had a lot of fun reading this story. I loved how the story started and all the moments that lead up to the ending. The character voices were spot on the story was incredibly entertaining. :)

(recs-Avengers,Pairing:Tony/Steve,f4,Length:20k-50k,author-gyzym,Trope:First-Time,recs-instant!rec)

marinarusalka: A wild, clear call
I loved the concept and it totally took me by surprise how much I loved this story. :)

(recs-IronMan,PairingType:Het,f4,author-marinarusalka,Pairing:Tony/Pepper)

twsomething: Honey, I Can See The Stars
This was hot, funny, and sweet. I loved how Tony romanced Steve.

(recs-IronMan,f4,Length:10k-20k,Pairing:Tony/Steve)

leonidaslion: Bedding the Wolf
This was hot and my heart breaks for Loki in this story.

(author-leonidaslion,recs-Thor,pairing:Loki/Thor,f4,Warning:Rape,Length:10k-20k)

valtyr: Secrets of a Successful Marriage
This was a lot of fun to read. :) I LOVED the concept and Tony's character voice.

(author-valtyr,recs-IronMan,Pairing:Tony/Steve,Length:20k-50k,f4,has:Pairing,has:Length)

valtyr: Tomorrow Belongs To Me
INSTANT REC!!! This story was so good. I loved how real Tony and Steve are and the plot was exciting. I had a blast reading the story and could not stop once I started.

(recs-IronMan,f5,recs-instant!rec,author-valtyr,Pairing:Tony/Steve,Length:50k-100k_)

Merlin

dayari: The Ivy Crown
I loved the plot, the imagery, the character voices, and I had a hard time putting down the story. I also loved that nothing was resolved easily.

(recs-Merlin,f4,Length:200k-300k,Pairing:Merlin/Arthur,has:Pairing,has:Length)

Inception

Croik: The Helix Trap

INSTANT REC!!! I had a blast reading this story. I loved the plot, the character voices, the imagery was engaging and sort of creepy.

(recs-instant!rec,recs-Inception,f4,Length:100k-200k,author-croik,pairing:Ariadne/Arthur,pairing:Eames/Robert)

X-Men:First Class

Yahtzee: Undone

I loved the concept, the character voices, and parts of the story are heartbreaking.

(recs-X-Men,author-yahtzee63,Pairing:Xavier/Magneto,f4)

DCU

Cinaed: Between the Shadow and the Soul
INSTANT REC!!! I loved the character voices, the quest, and I couldn't stop reading once I started. :)

(recs-DCU,pairing:Bruce/Diana,f4,Length:20k-50k,PairingType:Het,recs-instant!rec_)

victoria_p (musesfool): I'm not a sucker so I don't need a bodyguard

I loved Cordelia in this story! :) It's short and funny.

(PairingType:General,f4,Trope:Crossover,recs-BuffyTheVampireSlayer,recs-DCU,author-musesfool)
amalthia: (MLP Rainbow Dash Happy)
I survived my capstone week and am now able to post recs! :) I'm also looking forward to using my new My Little Pony Icons (um LJ users won't be able to see them...) Now onto the recs.

Iron Man

dorcas_gustine - This time tomorrow (where were we?) (Pairing:Tony/Steve) INSTANT REC!!! I absolutely loved the plot, the character voices, and the relationship felt real.


Stargate Atlantis

The Stars My Destination by Mad_Maudlin INSTANT REC!!! I had a blast reading this story. I loved the concept, the characters felt real, and I was on the edge of my seat through the later half of the story.


Lay Me Down So by lovesrain44 (Pairing:Sheppard/McKay) I could not stop reading once I started. I loved the detail of the prison camp and I almost cried more than once.


X- Men

The Winter of Banked Fires by Yahtzee (Pairing:Xavier/Magneto Pairing:Rogue/Wolverine) INSTANT REC!!! I could not stop reading this story once I started. I loved the plot, the character voices, and I liked how the author brought Charles back to life and merged the canons from X-Men:First Class and the X-Men trilogy movies.


Vorkosigan/Doctor Who

And All Its Clear Relations by Dira Sudis (dsudis) I loved the character voices, the concept, plot, and could not stop reading once I started.


Wonder Woman Vid Rec

Vidlet: I NEED A HERO [Wonder Woman] by beccatoria (vid:recs:wonderwoman) I loved all the action in the vid and how fitting it was for the song. :)

amalthia: Children of Dune Leto Ghanima sitting together (Children of Dune Leto Ghanima)
Star Trek Reboot

Of Twin Stars and Other Eccentric Satellites by winterhill (Kirk/Spock) I had a blast reading this story. I loved the mission, the character voices, and how the story turned out.


Leave No Soul Behind by whochick (Kirk/Spock) INSTANT REC!!! This story kept me up late because I could not stop reading. I loved the premise, the character voices, the action, and all the original characters.


DCU

Bloody Knuckles and Master Plans by aravistarkheena (pairing:Tim/Jason) I absolutely loved Jason's pov and character voice in this story/series. I also loved that it had a plot and just seeing how much these two guys could accomplish together.


The Babysitter by aravistarkheena (pairing:Tim/Roy) I loved Roy's character voice and I felt for Tim and what he'd gone through in such a short amount of time.


After the Dust Settles by aravistarkheena (pairing:Tim/Jaime) I had a blast reading this series. I loved Jaime's pov and my heart broke for Tim more than once. wonderful storytelling.


Iron Man

Secrets of a Successful Marriage by valtyr (Pairing:Tony/Steve) This was a lot of fun to read. :) I LOVED the concept and Tony's character voice.


Merlin

Along a Wandering Wind by Hope (pairing:merlin/gwaine) I loved Gwaine's pov in the story, the character voices, the plot, and all the details. Wonderful storytelling.


The Ivy Crown by dayari (Pairing:Merlin/Arthur) I loved the plot, the imagery, the character voices, and I had a hard time putting down the story. I also loved that nothing was resolved easily.


DCU/Losers

Excelsior! by Saone This was so much fun to read. It's from the Losers pov and had some really good lines and I loved the concept.

amalthia: (Stargate Atlantis Weir 2)
DCU

Impulse Control by ahja_reyn (Pairing:Tim/Kon) I loved how in character the guys were and Kon's observations at the end. Plus the sex was pretty hot.


Things You Get Used To by Te (pairing:Tim/Kon/Bart) This was hot and I loved that there was fallout from the sex pollen Tim going crazy thing.


Ever More Reckless by merelymine (Pairing:Dick/Tim) This was a very hot first time story with some wonderfully tender moments.


Star Trek Original

Father to the Man by Frankie I loved Spock's pov and the way he and Jim become friends.


Iron Man/Batman

I Hate Everything About You by thedevilchicken (Pairing:Bruce/Tony) This was a lot of fun to read. I adore xovers and this one was funny and the character voices felt real.


Never Thought by jane_potter (Pairing:Bruce/Tony) This was hot and my only complaint is that there isn't more to read.


Thor

It's Electrifying by waketosleep (Darcy/Hawkeye) I LOVED Darcy's character voice and laughed more than once reading this story.


X- Men

Shattered, Rebuilding by tartanshell (Pairing:Xavier/Magneto) I loved seeing Erik's pov and this was sad and quiet.


Smallville

Driving and Other Lessons by scribblinlenore (Pairing:Clark/Lex) This was hot and perfect. I loved Lex's pov and it was funny and sweet.


Star Trek Reboot

Autocorrect Never Dies by scraplove INSTANT REC!!! I don't think I laughed this hard in ages. It's not really a story but all these autocorrect messages gone wrong. It's like Damn You Autocorrect but for Star Trek.


Fullmetal Alchemist

The Best Thing by truths_in_lies (Pairing:Ed/Roy) I loved the concept and Ed's character voice felt spot on.


Must Like Cats by scimitarsmile (Pairing:Ed/Roy) This was so sweet and funny.

amalthia: (Legend of the Seeker Kahlan beautiful)
Star Trek Reboot

In Mutual Orbit by what_alchemy (Kirk/Spock) I loved Uhura's voice in this story and could not stop reading until I reached the end. :)


Evolution by [personal profile] rhaegal (kirk/spock) INSTANT REC!!! This was a story I could not put down once I started reading. I loved the plot, the romance, the misunderstandings, and it goes without saying but the sex was very hot. :)


Supernatural

Reanimated by tigbit (Jared/Jensen) INSTANT REC!!! I loved the character voices, the plot, and I thought it was rather creative. I also got tears in my eyes more than once.


Poetic Justice by chibifrieza This was so funny and I'm in awe that so much of this story was told in poem. :)


Trinity by leonidasden (Sam/Jess/Dean) This was hot like a burning sun.


Iron Man

Some Assembly Required by valtyr (Tony/Steve) INSTANT REC!!! This story was a lot of fun to read. The sex was hot, the character voices were spot on, and I loved the introduction of the other super heroes. :)

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