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Fandom: Harry Potter
Pairing: Luna Lovegood/Neville Longbottom
Title: The Age of Not Believing
Author: [livejournal.com profile] romanticalgirl
Link: The Age of Not Believing
Rating/Warnings: K+, off screen minor character death
Genre: Romance, Angst
WIP?: No
Special Rec: 19/20

Why This Must Be Read: Post war fic that really captures the spirit of both of these characters. It deals with Neville's feelings about being a hero and about his parents. I just love how it's a serious fic, but Luna is still Luna. I really love the ending especially.

Fandom: Harry Potter
Pairing: Nymphadora Tonks/Remus Lupin
Title: Damn
Author: Tierfal
Link: Damn
Rating/Warnings: K+
Genre: Romance, Angst, songfic
WIP?: No
Special Rec: 20/20

Why This Must Be Read: This is by far one of my favorite fics ever written, and definitely my favorite Remus/Tonks fic. I think it's partly because of how closely this Remus matches my personal characterization of Remus: shy, a little unsure and a tiny bit bewildered by everything at times, has stood up and suffered tragedy after tragedy and comes out on the other side again and just keeps going, dealing with the loss of his best friend the only way he knows how, by continuing on. And her Tonks is loud and fun but also caring, and how she brings them together in such a believable, honest, touching way is great, injecting it with humor and angst and backstory along the way. You won't believe she could pack it all into a single oneshot. The fact that it is a songfic based around Damn by Matchbox 20? That just makes it a gazillion times better for me. It's been saved for last because it's the best. In fact, I think I'm off to read it again.
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Fandom: Leverage
Pairing: Sophie Devereaux/Nathan Ford
Title: compasses point north, i only point to you
Author: [livejournal.com profile] cartography
Link: Fic right over here
Rating/Warnings: T
Genre: Romance
WIP?: No
Special Rec: 18/20

Why This Must Be Read: This author just gets how messed up and tangled up with each other Nate and Sophie are. She gets their relationship so well, and writes it so well. And the language and prose of her stories are amazing as well, which just adds to the rec. I love how she spans almost the whole timeline of their relationship as well.
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Fandom Category: Doctor Who
Pairing: River Song/Eleventh Doctor
Fic Title: sex is like Chinese food
Author: [livejournal.com profile] gidget_zb
Link: sex is like Chinese food
Rating/Warning(s): T, intoxicated Doctor, mentions of sex
Genre: Romance
WIP?: No
Special Rec: 17/20

Why This Must Be Read: Gidget is one of the best River/Eleven authors out there. Her fics are sweet and sexy and them and they are always a joy to read. I think this one is my favorite, and not just because of drunk!Doctor. I just love the premise, that The Doctor is crossing his own timeline to see her again, to give her the last kiss she deserves to bring her biscuits, to show her he loves her in the way only he can. And their banter is pitch-perfect, sweet and very funny.
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All right, 10 recs in less than four hours for 10 different pairings? Self-created challenge accepted, self. My apologies for the spam. I'll try to space them out a little at least.

Fandom Category: CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
Pairing: Wendy Simms/David Hodges
Fic Title: Changing Lives
Author: CSIGeekFan
Link: Chapter 1
Rating/Warning(s): K+
Genre: Hurt/Comfort, Romance
WIP?: No
Special Rec: 12/20

Why This Must Be Read: I joined this fic about ten chapters in, and waited eagerly for the last seven. When Hodges sister and her husband die in a car accident, Hodges takes custody of their two children, and it's the story of how he and Wendy grow closer because of that. It's full of ups and downs and sadness and hope, and the realness of it is what really strikes you. She creates an intriguing backstory for Hodges, and although sometimes the characters waver in their in-characterness, this can mostly be attributed to the extreme situation in the fic, and she generally does an excellent job of taking the characters we know and love from the show and transporting them into this world.

Also, to decrease the spam, I'm going to go back and add an Andy Wyatt/Toby Ziegler fic and a Jed Bartlett/Abbey Bartlett fic to my earlier West Wing post and another Discworld rec to the Discworld post, so as to decrease the spam a little.
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Fandom Category: Glee
Pairing: Santana Lopez/Matt Rutherford
Fic Title: the stars came falling on our heads
Author: hyacinthian
Link: the stars came falling on our heads
Rating/Warning(s): M, for language and mentions of sex
Genre: Romance, Angst
WIP?: No
Special Rec: 7/20

Why This Must Be Read: The best characterization of Santana Lopez ever. In fact, I like this version of Santana so much more than the canon one, and I like canon!Santana a lot. The way the author portrays Matt and Santana's friendship as this long, dark, wonderful, fucked up thing is just perfect, and all the relationships seem real and possible, and it's just a very real fic overall. You feel for this Santana and Matt, both as friends and as more. Also, the fact that she uses Carmen Sandiego as a character is just perfect, and not nearly as cracky as you think. Just, go read this story. It's the best non-ensemble piece of Glee fanfiction I've ever read.

Fandom Category: Glee
Pairing: Rachel Berry/Jesse St. James, Giselle/Jesse St. James
Fic Title: your dirty mouth full of honest lies
Author: marketchippie
Link: your dirty mouth full of honest lies
Rating/Warning(s): R, language and sex
Genre: Friendship, Romance, Angsty leanings
WIP?: No
Special Rec: 8/20

Why This Must Be Read: Best Vocal Adrenaline fic in existence anywhere. This is a fic about the Jesse we never got to see in the show, and goes so far into and explains his character so well that suddenly his actions in the show make so much more sense. Here, Jesse is real and sad and angry and falling in love when he's not really supposed to. He has problems and triumphs and listens to sad music and gets drunk with his friends when he doesn't want to deal with things. And that's the best part of this fic: Vocal Adrenaline and Jesse's relationship with them. I'm always hoping the author will do more VA stuff, because she has them down perfectly. And her parentheses, dear Gods! I'm pretty sure parentheses were invented just so this author could use them in her stories. This fic is just perfect. Go read it.
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Fandom Category: Lie to Me
Pairing: Gillian Foster/Cal Lightman
Fic Title: Hearsay, Flowers and The Green Eyed Monster
Author: csiAngel
Link: The Story
Rating/Warning(s): K+
Genre: Romance
WIP?: No
Special Rec: 6/30

Why This Must Be Read: The ending. Even if you hate the fic, you have to love how perfectly she nails the two of them at the end of the fic. And trust me, you won't hate the fic. It has Cal/Gillian and Loker and Torres meddling in Cal/Gillian, what more could you want? Oh, you want Cal and Gillian to play mind games with Loker and Torres in revenge? Guess what, it's got that too.

1/5th of the way the there!
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Fandom Category: The West Wing
Pairing: CJ Cregg/Danny Concannon
Fic Title: This Wide-Eyed Wanderer (Just to Be With You)
Author: [livejournal.com profile] urban_stoop
Link: This Wide-Eyed Wanderer
Rating/Warning(s): PG
Genre: Romance, 4 and 1
WIP?: No
Special Rec: 5/30

Why This Must Be Read: [livejournal.com profile] urban_stoop is, in my opinion, the best CJ/Danny author out there. She just writes both of them so well, and her fics have the frustration and a hint of sadness that is an important part of CJ/Danny, but are also hopeful and romantic and perfectly them. And the best part about it is that she shows Danny as more than just CJ's love interest. He's a real person, who falls in love and out of love and is confused and hopeful and happy sometimes. Her use of language and her portrayal of Africa are beautiful, and you can see why Danny falls in love so easily.

Fandom Category: The West Wing
Pairing: Andrea Wyatt/Toby Ziegler
Fic Title: A History of Lovers, Given and Taken in Ink
Author: [livejournal.com profile] dancinginsane
Link: Linky link
Rating/Warning(s): R
Genre: Romance, Angst, Hurt/Comfort
WIP?: No
Special Rec: 14/20

Why This Must Be Read: This is just a fic composed of different small snippets of writing that pass between Toby and Andy, and it so perfectly describes and captures their relationship through the actual fic, and even just how the fic is, it's very essence. I don't even have anything more to say about this fic. You just have to go read it for yourself.


And why not, here's some more [livejournal.com profile] urban_stoop because she writes more than just CJ/Danny
Fandom Category: The West Wing
Pairing: Abbey Bartlett/Jed Bartlett
Fic Title: Fool's Gold on Legal Pads
Author: [livejournal.com profile] urban_stoop
Link: Fic this way
Rating/Warning(s): PG, vague spoilers
Genre: a little angsty, flashback, Romance
WIP?: No
Special Rec: 15/20

Why This Must Be Read: Because the Bartletts are awesome? Because pre-series, especially young, Bartletts are even awesomer? Because she does such an excellent job making this an elegant love story that you can gather together from what she gives you and just create this awesome, beautiful picture? Yes, yes, and yes.

Fandom Category: The West Wing
Pairing: Kate Harper/Will Bailey
Fic Title: Too Close To Call
Author: [livejournal.com profile] urban_stoop
Link:Too Close To Call
Rating/Warning(s): K+
Genre: Romance
WIP?: No
Special Rec: 16/20

Why This Must Be Read: Totally captures the spirit of Will/Kate, and gives us the closure we never really got in the show. The subtle way she uses the house and the OCs is wonderful, and you can almost actually feel the tension from the election through the fic. This is just a wonderful little quiet fic about the two of them that sums them and their relationship up very well. Her characterization of Will, lovely, fumbling, awkward Will who loves words and Kate is particularly fabulous. Also the banter is perfect, for them and for the tone the show has in general.
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Fandom Category: Parks and Recreation
Pairing: Leslie Knope/Ben Wyatt
Fic Title: It's All Your State of Mind
Author: Panache
Link:It's All Your State of Mind
Rating/Warning(s): T
Genre: Romance, Hurt/Comforty
WIP?: No
Special Rec: 4/30


Why This Must Be Read: Panache ([livejournal.com profile] cypanache) is pretty much the best Leslie/Ben author out there, and that's saying something, because there are a lot of amazing authors. The best part of her fics is that her Ben and Leslie are so real. They have hang-ups and problems and doubts like real people, but she also manages to keep the fun and silliness that's such an important part of P&R in there. It takes place right after 'Media Blitz', so it's AU now, but it still has something about it that convinces you that this is really what might have happened if things had happened a little differently. Also, it shows Ben's gradual attachment to and induction into Pawnee in a really fantastic way.
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Fandom Category: NCIS
Pairing: Abby Scuito/Timothy McGee
Fic Title: Sex Ed and Love Ed
Author: rosesinjanuary
Link: Sex Ed Love Ed
Rating/Warning(s): PG-13
Genre: Romance
WIP?: No
Special Rec: 3/30

Why This Must Be Read: This author always does a really good job with Abby/McGee, but this is by far my favorite fic by her. That's how awesome it is. It's a two parter, one told from McGee's point of view, and the other from Abby's, and it's awesome how she contrasts the two of them using what they taught each other about sex and love. And her voices for both of them are spot on. If you're of fan of cute McAbby with just a little angst and uncertainty, you'll love this fic. Also, the fact that it was sort of inspired by a Matt Nathanson song only makes it better.
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Fandom Category: Community
Pairing: Annie Edison/Abed Nadir
Fic Title: Summer
Author: [livejournal.com profile] wr1t3rbl0ck3d
Link: http://wr1t3rbl0ck3d.livejournal.com/2208.html
Rating/Warning(s): K+
Genre: Romance, Hurt/Comfort
WIP?: No
Special Rec: 2/30

Why This Must Be Read: This is the perfect continuation of season 1, and how Annie deals with the Jeff/Britta situation. Annie/Abed/Troy is my Community friendship OT3, and I absolutely adore Annie/Abed when it's done right. And this is Annie/Abed at it's best, especially the author's characterizations of the two of them, and Abed's voice. If you're even just a fan of Abed or Annie without the pairing, you'll enjoy this fic.

Can Annie/Abed get a tag?
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Fandom Category: The Big Bang Theory
Pairing: Penny/Sheldon Cooper
Fic Title: every chorus was your name
Author: [livejournal.com profile] allthingsholy
Link: every chorus was your name
Rating/Warning(s):PG-13
Genre: Romance, AU/Band!fic
WIP?: No
Special Rec: 1 of 30

Why This Must Be Read: Best. Band fic. Ever. In the history. Of the entire universe. She takes the Big Bang characters you love and transports them effortlessly into this world. Even though they're doing something that's almost completely different from what the show is, she keeps all of them totally in character. Her Penny and Sheldon voices are spot-on, and their relationship builds slowly throughout the fic, not rushing into anything, yet not jumping out of nowhere at you. I'm not even really a huge fan of The Big Bang theory, but this fic made me a fan of Penny/Sheldon. And if all band!fics were this good, I don't think anybody would bother to read anything else.

As for the special recs, I'm hoping to get 30 different pairings in here, since I don't have nearly enough fandoms to do just fandoms.

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