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Here we go - a whole month in one post. There's a few days missing because I just didn't have anything good enough to rec or because everything in that category was already on the site.

The tags are gonna be madness!

Day 01 - A fic for your current favorite ship )

Day 02 - A fic for your very first ship )

Day 03 - A fic for UST )

Day 04 - A fic that demonstrates how a pairing with little canon romantic chemistry/interaction can totally work )

Day 05 - A fic with the best kiss/sex scene )

Day 06 - A fic with the most heartbreaking scene )

...and the rest )
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* Day 01 - A fic for your current favorite ship.

Fandom Category: Doctor Who
Pairing: River Song/The Doctor
Fic Title: Timeless Dreams
Author: musedepandora AKA cinderbella333
Link: http://www.whofic.com/viewstory.php?sid=40274 or http://cinderbella333.livejournal.com/60680.html
Rating/Warning(s): All Ages, None
Genre: Alternate Universe, Romance
WIP?: No
Why This Must Be Read:
Summary: "Every story is his story." A retelling of the Doctor and River Song's romance with magic and iPads.

A dreamy, magical AU that wonderfully shows the epic, mythical nature of Doctor/River. Terrific writing.

Days 2-12 and 14-31 )
[identity profile] sugangel7.livejournal.com

Ah, here is the last of my special recs for August.  I apologize for the lateness and cut it down to 21 but tried to keep a variety of fandoms and ships at least.  I'm glad I got to share some of my favorites!

Fandom Category: Downton Abbey
Pairing: Mary Crawley/Matthew Crawley
Fic Title: You & Me of the 10,000 Wars
Author: allthingsholy
Link: http://allthingsholy.livejournal.com/158762.html
Rating/Warning(s): PG-13 (R in later chapters)
Genre: Drama, Romance
WIP?: Yes

Special Rec: 16/21

Why This Must Be Read: This is a modern AU where Downton Abbey becomes Downton Industries.  There are only two chapters thus far (out of a projected four), but I’m already completely taken by this author’s absolutely brilliant characterization of Mary -- a woman who can play the part of the perfect, proper eldest daughter to the tee when needed but also rejects the role, a woman who in one sense loves the glamour of the lifestyle she leads even as she cannot bear its superficiality.  Everyone else is also thoughtfully portrayed, and the writer has creatively and smoothly adapted Downton Abbey to the 21st century.

snippet )
Fringe, 2, Olivia Dunham/Peter Bishop )

Iron Man, Pepper Potts/Tony Stark )

Merlin, Morgana/Arthur Pendragon )

Bones, Temperance Brennan/Seeley Booth )
[identity profile] angelqueen04.livejournal.com
Fandom Category: Merlin
Pairing: girl!Merlin/Arthur Pendragon
Fic Title: Less Than One Blow
Author: [livejournal.com profile] lady_ragnell
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/304867
Rating/Warning(s): PG
Genre: Alternate Universe, genderbending
WIP?: No

Why This Must Be Read: Perhaps one of my favorite genderbending Merlin fics ever. [livejournal.com profile] lady_ragnell recreates the first series of the show with a born-a-girl!Merlin, and one that finds a way to inspire Arthur Pendragon to become a better, greater man despite the difference in their circumstances. From start to finish, the story will make you smile. Such a sweet fic.

2 further Merlin AU recs )
[identity profile] angelqueen04.livejournal.com
Fandom Category: Merlin BBC
Pairing: Guinevere "Gwen"/Arthur Pendragon
Fic Title: Family Tree
Author: [livejournal.com profile] cerisereve
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/239013
Rating/Warning(s): PG-13
Genre: Angst, AU, backstory, epic, episode-related, friendship, romance
WIP?: No

Why This Must Be Read: One of 2011's [livejournal.com profile] paperlegends responses, this is a gorgeous AU fic. Branching off from canon at the beginning of Merlin's third series, the story focuses on Arthur's search for the traitor that sold Camelot out to Cenred and Morgause's forces. Arthur's relationship with Gwen is also given significant focus, and it's beautiful. The two of them are in that adorably awkward 'I like you' stage of their relationship, and watching Arthur try to court Gwen despite the distance they have to keep between each other in public is highly engrossing. The story has a multitude of plotlines that will keep you glued to your computer, and it's well worth the time to read.

Special Rec: 5/31
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Fandom Category: Merlin
Pairing: Morgana / Merlin
Fic Title: I, I was the only one to know
Author: fiercynn
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/121033
Rating/Warning(s): NC-17 dub-con d/s
Genre: angst. Lots and lots of it
WIP?: No

Why This Must Be Read: Because it is a creative, dark, sexual exploration of the tension between them. They are so very alike and so there is attraction; however, Morgana is made of anger, so that attraction is warped. An AU in early series 3 that is as heart-wrenching as it is hot.
[identity profile] kyra-gm.livejournal.com

Fandom Category: Merlin
Pairing: Guinevere/Arthur Pendragon
Fic Title: What Arthur Saw
Author: http://cupcaked.livejournal.com/
Link: http://cupcaked.livejournal.com/39825.html
Rating/Warning(s): NC-17
Genre: Angst, Romance
WIP?: No
Special Rec: 20 of 31

Why This Must Be Read: 
Angsty hot first time. But with SO much love and depth. You can feel how much Arthur loves Gwen and how much it hurts him. Heartbreaking and beautiful. 
[identity profile] oltha_heri.livejournal.com
Fandom Category: Merlin
Pairing: Merlin/Morgana
Fic Title: Calling Moon And Moon
Author: [livejournal.com profile] hazyflights
Link: When she drops her hand, he feels the magic bite at the air around them. Wills his fingers not to join in. 
"Careful," he warns her when she opens the door for him, but she remembers his smile more than the words, the way he fought it and lost. 
She likes to think to it was almost proud.
Rating/Warning(s): PG
Genre: AU, romance
WIP?: No.

Why This Must Be Read: This is a bit less silly than the other two I will be reccing but it still has a happy ending and is just gorgeous. There is a tension in the poetical sense of the prose and the plot where we know Morgana is teetering on the edge of darkness and that it is all just this close to ending tragically and the whole piece is absolutely brimming with this beauty and this tension that so suits these characters. The last scene as well is especially beautiful and is even tenser than the rest of the story. It is also filled with fantastic imagery that just makes your heart ache with love for these kids. And individual scenes Morgana has with both Gwen and Arthur are really important and add to the story and Morgana's characterization and her path in this story.

2 Other Recs Both Of Them Hilarious and Happy and Perfect. )
[identity profile] threemeows.livejournal.com
Fandom: Merlin BBC
Character: Guinevere (Gwen)
Pairings Included in Manifesto: Arthur/Gwen, Lancelot/Gwen

banner by the multi-talented and wonderful [livejournal.com profile] blackmamba_esq

Blurb and Recs under the cut )
[identity profile] angelqueen04.livejournal.com
Fandom: Merlin BBC
Character: Morgana
Pairings Included in Manifesto: Morgana/Arthur Pendragon, Morgana/Gwaine, Morgana/Merlin Emrys
Note: Mentions of the third and latest series will abound in this manifesto. Be warned of the spoilers.

Blurb and Recs under the cut )
[identity profile] skysamuelle.livejournal.com

Fandom Category: Merlin

Pairing: Guinevere/Arthur Pendragon
Fic Title:
Whispered Like Prayers


Author: BlackBamba

Rating/Warning(s): NC17
Genre: Romance/Drama

WIP?: No
Why This Must Be Read: It’s a great portrayal of the ‘morning after’ the new royal couple wedding night, and it paints beautifully both Gwen insecurities about becoming queen, despite not being raised to fill that role, and Arthur’s faith and devotion to her. It’s also BOTH sweet and hot. The very best of Gwen/Arthur

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[identity profile] thisoldhighway.livejournal.com
Fandom Category:  Merlin
Pairing:  Morgana/Merlin Emrys
Fic Title:  Kindred
Author:  [livejournal.com profile] dollsome 
Link:  Here
Rating/Warning(s):  Spoilers through 3x07
Genre:  Angst
WIP?:  No

Why This Must Be Read:  She likes Merlin knowing. Like most beautiful girls, she has always enjoyed an audience.  Perfectly in character and angsty, I only wish the writers were keen on going down this road with the characters.  ;)

[identity profile] samescenes.livejournal.com
I'm so sorry I have been remiss in my reccing duties! First there was Christmas, and then I caught this fever and it gave me a horrible headache to sit in front of the computer. But I'm back now, on a sped up schedule :D

Fandom Category: Merlin
Pairing: Merlin/Morgana
Fic Title: Just Friends
Author: [livejournal.com profile] dentedsky
Link: here
Rating/Warning(s): PG
Genre: modern AU, superhero AU
WIP?: No.
Special Rec: 16/20

Why This Must Be Read: Maybe calling this a superhero AU is overselling it because there's not many superheroics going on (it's more of an interesting background detail, really), but it's how I got lured in so I'm dangling in front of you guys as well. This is just a cute story where Morgause sets Morgana up on a series of terrible blind dates, so in true romantic fashion, Morgana realises what she wants is right in front of her. There's no reason to mess with the classics, folks.
[identity profile] angelqueen04.livejournal.com
Fandom Category: Merlin BBC
Pairing: Guinevere "Gwen"/Merlin, Morgana/Arthur Pendragon
Fic Title: close your eyes (and it will seem)
Author: [livejournal.com profile] letherebelight
Link: http://letherebelight.livejournal.com/1691.html
Rating/Warning(s): G
Genre: Fluff, AU
WIP?: No

Why This Must Be Read: A beautiful story that takes the pairings that were hinted at in the first series and takes them in a completely different direction. The story is told by Morgana and Merlin, mainly, but the voices of Gwen and Arthur are equally as strong. We see how things might have been different if just one little thing here and there had changed -- if Arthur had held his tongue just once, or if Merlin had learned caution just a little more quickly, and so on. The story revolves around the choices the characters make, and how their lives are shaped by them. Destiny takes a different road, and the end result is far more beautiful than any could ever have hoped for.

A lovely, lovely story.

Other four behind the cut )
[identity profile] alluringcliche.livejournal.com
So although I'm a member of this community I didn't know Merlin was included in this challenge until I saw it in a Merlin community. I bring you a fabulous Arthur/Morgana fic I've just read.

Fandom Category: Merlin
Pairing: Morgana/Arthur Pendragon
Fic Title: The Long Road Home
Author: a_boleyn1230
Link:  CHAPTER 1 (Each chapter links to next)
Rating/Warning(s): Only S1 Compliant, NR but I would say PG-13. The author also warns that it's "long" but that's a good thing.
Genre: Romance
WIP?: No.
Why This Must Be Read: If you're at all interested in Arthur/Morgana read this fic! It portrays the characters really well, is filled with angst and drama, and is nice and long (15 chapters) for maximum enjoyment. "Arthur and Morgana are in love, but Uther has already made plans for Morgana's future. Thus begins a journey where duty clashes with emotion. " So slight hurt/comfort with a happy ending.
[identity profile] samescenes.livejournal.com
Hello, I'm [livejournal.com profile] blincolin, and I will be your monthly reccer this December. The month of tidings and joy, if you enjoy Christmas. The month of hellish claustrophobia if you work in retail. I will be taking the much more sedentary route of reccing 20 fics this month, but will do my best to get in as many different fandoms as I can.

First up:

Fandom Category: Merlin
Pairing: Uther/Morgana
Fic Title: The Last Beautiful Thing
Author: [livejournal.com profile] shantirosa
Link: here
Rating/Warning(s): NC-17 // Dark themes, graphic violence, graphic sexual content, dubious consent, character death. Spoilers for series one of Merlin. Spoilers for the Oldboy movie.
Genre: AU, angst
WIP?: No.
Special Rec: 1/20

Why This Must Be Read: Okay, please don't let the warnings scare you off. This fic is so good. Uther is captured by Nimueh and locked away for ten years. Then, suddenly, she releases him, and a young woman named Anna nurses him back to health. But she's headstrong and wild, and insists on accompanying him back to Camelot to find Arthur. The fic is based on Oldboy, so if you've seen the movie you'll know it's not light fare, but this Uther is at once vulnerable, and still as wary of magic as ever. It stands at over 20,000 words long, so put aside some time.
[identity profile] drphungus.livejournal.com
Fandom Category: Merlin
Pairing: Arthur/Gwen
Fic Title: What Matters More
Author: [livejournal.com profile] misscam
Link: HERE
Rating/Warning(s): Teen
Genre: Drama, Romance
WIP?: No
Why This Must Be Read: [livejournal.com profile] misscam has a great feel for characterization, and her Gwen is especially fantastic. She's regal and commanding while still being the Gwen we know, and in this story, she renders Uther more sympathetic by letting readers understand his perspective better, as much as we might disagree with his worldview. Great sections of Arthur/Gwen romance, and the Gwen/Merlin friendship makes a great appearance, too. This story follows the first part of "The Coming of Arthur," and is likely AU from there after the second part airs.
[identity profile] hariboo.livejournal.com
Fandom Category: Merlin
Pairing: Morgana/Merlin Emrys
Fic Title: The Morgana Problem
Author: [livejournal.com profile] eyra 
Link: http://community.livejournal.com/merlinfic/774274.html
Rating/Warning(s): PG; spoilers for episodes until 303
Genre: friendship, humour, fork in the road.
WIP?: nope
Special Rec: 3/30

Why This Must Be Read: This rec boils down too: IT'S REALLY ADORABLE. Morgana going ~dark side in season three has not been an easy transition to watch and this flips the switch on that. Diverting from canon in 3x03, "Goblin's Gold", it begins with Merlin making a very important decision: he's going to befriend Morgana again. Whether she likes it or not. It is a bumpy and amusing ride. This is a fun romp in the What Could Have Been and honestly how I wish part of the season had gone.
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Fandom: Merlin
Pairing: Morgana/Arthur Pendragon
Fic Title: Your Mouth Is Lovely (Not That I'm Looking)
Author: [livejournal.com profile] dollsome
Link: http://dollsome.livejournal.com/1086794.html
Rating/Warning(s): PG
Genre: Drama
Special Rec: 30/31

Why This Must Be Read: With lovely characterisations and dialogue, Dollsome shows us Arthur and Morgana as they were at the beginning of the series -- half sibling-like, half something-else-entirely. From the references to their childhood, to Arthur's self-arguments and changing feelings, this story is all kinds of wonderful.


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