i've got interpersonal issues and syphilis (jacobella41) wrote in eames_arthur,

Arthur and Eames Fanfic Top 10

What are your top 10 Arthur & Eames fanfics of all time (AUs and Canon Complaint)?

To make this a bit more interesting, however, if you see one of your top 10 listed in anyone else's list, you cannot repeat it in your own. (You can make note of it, but you have to come up with an original top 10).

[Edit: Podfics are welcome and can be counted separately than fanfic. So if you see a fanfic listed and want to rec the podfic version, that works.]
Tags: !comm discussion, !rec post, !suggestions, type: discussion, type: fanfiction, type: recs
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green_grrl

March 3 2013, 18:51:43 UTC 1 year ago

eleveninches's Crime and Medicine
http://archiveofourown.org/works/173487

allothi's Attached
http://archiveofourown.org/works/166171

ethrosdemon's Unexpected Plot Twist
http://ethrosdemon.livejournal.com/599906.html

mirabella's Wunderkind
http://mirabellafic.dreamwidth.org/4703.html

wldnst's every dog
http://wldnst.livejournal.com/9536.html

weatherfront's The Waking Years
http://weatherfront.livejournal.com/7701.html

AUs

amazingly_me's The Wrath of The Whatever From High Atop The Thing
http://amazingly-me.livejournal.com/136763.html

helenish's Patience, a Steady Hand
http://archiveofourown.org/works/170021

cthonical's Bend It
http://cthonical.livejournal.com/94852.html

Crossover (Merlin)

frantic's The Pendragon Job
http://archiveofourown.org/works/234142

kiki_diesunddas

March 4 2013, 00:15:05 UTC 1 year ago

'Patience, a Steady Hand' was actually on my list, so I'm really glad someone else has it in their faves :)

jacobella41

1 year ago

cloudicus

March 3 2013, 23:16:18 UTC 1 year ago


Presque Vu by rageprufrock (one of my absolute favourite fics in any fandom)
http://archiveofourown.org/works/133555

Antimony by jibrailis
http://archiveofourown.org/works/332776

Jamais Vu by thehoyden
http://thehoyden.livejournal.com/277015.html

This is all there is, roll the dice by wanderlight
http://wanderlight.livejournal.com/129770.html


AUs:

Chaos Out Of Shape by Quoshara and speakmefair (just a note, I found the prologue tough to get through but stick with it it gets amazing)
http://archiveofourown.org/works/334030/chapters/539725

In Medias Res by Starlingthefool (what if Mal was the extractor and Dom the shade)
http://archiveofourown.org/works/171833/chapters/250823

His Lordship Makes a Match by jibrailis
http://archiveofourown.org/works/111644

I've Got Nothing To Do Today But Smile (The Only Living Boy in New York) by gyzym
http://archiveofourown.org/works/135867

All the Rules to Break by foxxcub
http://archiveofourown.org/works/187564#main

Early Returns by rageprufrock
http://archiveofourown.org/works/273054

jacobella41

March 4 2013, 01:00:19 UTC 1 year ago

the ones i have read on your list are amazing. the ones i have not i am bookmarking.

yuki801

1 year ago

lapointchick

1 year ago

greyhat

1 year ago

greyhat

1 year ago

jacobella41

March 4 2013, 00:59:33 UTC 1 year ago

steinway!verse is MAGICAL!!!!!!!

you've captured about 4 of my favorite fics of all time with that one alone. well played.

also, agreed on chav!verse and rough trade

mrsdstephens

1 year ago

ba_rabby

1 year ago

jacobella41

March 4 2013, 00:58:27 UTC 1 year ago

Ah! I better hurry up and do mine before they're all taken. Thank you to everyone who has done some already. So many I haven't read!! :D

sable_tyger

March 4 2013, 01:57:22 UTC 1 year ago

A lot of my favorite ones have already been mentioned, but that's all right because I don't think I could ever pick only 10 favorite A/E fics. :D so here are a few of my favorites that haven't been mentioned, in no particular order:

1. We Can Replace You, by recrudescence (be sure to note the warnings on this one!)
2. Valley, by wldnst (fantasy au)
3. Parentheses All Clicking Shut Behind You, by epistolic (again, note the warnings, but the writing for this is absolutely beautiful)
4. Mr. Eames and Mr. Eames, by jibrailis (mail order bride Arthur :D)
5. A Cossack In Odessa, by hesselives (WWII au)
6. A Hard Rain's Gonna Fall, by aimlesstravels (post-WWIII au)
7. Zugunruhe, by anon
8. Volta, by weatherfront (limbo fic)

anne_jumps

March 4 2013, 04:55:07 UTC 1 year ago

I'd never read We Can Replace You or Zugunruhe, and I'm a wreck now, but... thanks, because those were gorgeous.

jacobella41

1 year ago

anne_jumps

1 year ago

sable_tyger

1 year ago

anne_jumps

1 year ago

kiki_diesunddas

1 year ago

jacobella41

1 year ago

ba_rabby

March 4 2013, 03:38:59 UTC 1 year ago

This was a really great question to post. Thanks.
I've been voraciously consuming Inception fic for a while now, so I'm always eager for new things I haven't read. Here are my top ten favs in no particular order:

1. Every Little Thing by Ciircee (AU and all the squee)

2. You can be as loud as the hell you want by toomuchplor

3. The IT Crowd by witling

4. Call and Answer by AirgiodSLV (AU)

5. Deprived by LadyVader

6. Pants on Fire by helenish

7. Felix Culpa by the_ragnarok (AU)

8.
Not Easy on my knees
by Lord_Darling

9.
The Boy who spoke with Ghosts
by AvocadoLove (AU, Sixth Sense crossover)

10.
You and I will be sidecars
by blue_fjords

It was super hard to pick just 10 :S.

jacobella41

March 4 2013, 03:57:27 UTC 1 year ago

i still don't have time to sit down and do mine yet but AHHHH!!!! you choose Call and Answer! :D Definitely one of my top 10, probably top 5 or top 3. I am going to NZ this year and hope to visit Christchurch just because of the reference in that one.

IT crowd is awesome I read it for the second time last week.

yuki801

1 year ago

wlprocrastinate

1 year ago

tribid

March 4 2013, 16:30:26 UTC 1 year ago

Double Buck from the kink meme
My Lungs Are Fresh and Yours to Keep by Black_Betty_26
Late Night Phone Call by sparkledark on AO3
Uncommon Time (WIP) from the kink meme
The Revolution Will Not be Civilized by the Ragnarok on AO3
Laying Claim by laceymcbain on AO3

And so many others from the lists above but these are some of my more obscure favorites, oh Double Buck you made me laugh so hard.

jacobella41

March 4 2013, 20:00:48 UTC 1 year ago

double buck is AWESOME...with the swapping t-shirts and nash and the ttatoo, and nash and the hot saw, and nash. Late night phone call is an EXCELLENT choice.

mrsdstephens

1 year ago

Anonymous

1 year ago

franny93

March 4 2013, 19:56:34 UTC 1 year ago

so many fics I need to read now xD and not enough time

what about pavlov´s bell (verse)? I really loved that one <3

http://archiveofourown.org/works/371991

originalneffie

March 4 2013, 20:04:58 UTC 1 year ago

The Wartime 'Verse. It might as well be canon in my opinion.

http://archiveofourown.org/series/15620

mrsdstephens

March 5 2013, 04:07:33 UTC 1 year ago

Oops, I accidentally double posted, I guess. I forget the verse name for this, since I read it all out of order.

sanzo_riven

1 year ago

mrsdstephens

March 5 2013, 03:01:10 UTC 1 year ago

I cheated. This is 12. Cutting it down as much as this was so, so, so hard. I could have done 20 with no trouble. Thank god so many of my favorites have already been picked anyway or I couldn't have done it.

The Material Life of the California Suburb by eleveninches
The Sanctity of Patience by toomuchplor
Of All the Lies I've Ever Told by duckgirlie
A Fake Handshake Don't Make No Man by recrudescence
Can't Get Enough of You (Baby) by Renay
Snapsots, Past & Present by pheyne
Just a Little Touch by Appplejack (AvocadoLove)
Nobody Knew Me at Home Anymore by linckia-blue (enjambament)
A System Failure for the Masses by cobweb_diamond
Autumn Road by tabi_essentially
Mr. Eames & by wldnst
And The Heart Lies Deeper Still Than Bones by Isagel

mrsdstephens

March 5 2013, 03:03:28 UTC 1 year ago

Oops that's a bad link on Nobody Knew Me at Home Anymore by linckia_blue

kiki_diesunddas

1 year ago

mrsdstephens

1 year ago

mamasmurff

March 6 2013, 05:52:30 UTC 1 year ago

Its crazy hard to pick just 10 with all the amazing goin down is this fandom, so im gonna give y'all the ten I always want read again...ya know that havent been listed already ;-)

Simple Math-foxxcub
http://archiveofourown.org/works/197742/chapters/291998?hide_banner=true

Here by my side, in my summer-adelaide_rain
http://adelaide-rain.livejournal.com/23648.html?thread=304480#t304480

It's not the things you way-dizzzylu
http://archiveofourown.org/series/15090

Broken Toy-whiskyrunner
http://archiveofourown.org/series/16988

It's ours to endure or embrace-kyrene
http://archiveofourown.org/series/14641

5 seconds-Slashydrunkard
http://archiveofourown.org/works/679058

Rebel French-green-postit
http://green-postit.livejournal.com/118676.html

All shook up-anne_jumps
http://eames-arthur.livejournal.com/1584434.html

How to woo your maiden-squilf
http://squilf.livejournal.com/14025.html

Brotherly loathing-lindenmae
http://archiveofourown.org/works/319680

BTW sorry about the link situation, I'm posting this from my phone




lapointchick

March 6 2013, 07:09:18 UTC 1 year ago

Brotherly Loathing is such a good fic! Re-read it recently. And I need to read Rebel French sometime, I've heard great things.

mamasmurff

1 year ago

mrsdstephens

1 year ago

mamasmurff

1 year ago

mamasmurff

1 year ago

lapointchick

March 6 2013, 07:02:42 UTC 1 year ago

I went back to the early days of Inception fandom while picking which fics to put on the list. It wasn't easy.

1) Oh Darling, Let's Be Adventurers by missmonkeh

2) For King and Country AU by anon

3) The Man Who Had Only Dreams by gemnoire

4) Killing Kittens for the Greater Good AU by saintdogstreet

5) Star-Crossed by OneWhoSitsWithTurtles

6) tu es la belle et moi la bête by tequilideas

7) conspirators in living [e side] by canyousayhot

8) Hotter Than Tales of Crack Peddlin' by hackthis

9) A Long Slow Collision by cicer

10) The Color of the Wheat Fields by tortillafactory

mrsdstephens

March 7 2013, 14:46:17 UTC 1 year ago

Tu es la belle et moi la bete was *this* close to being on my list. It is so great.

I have to confess that I haven't read a lot of these. And that is actually exciting. So much to look forward to.

lapointchick

1 year ago

kiki_diesunddas

March 6 2013, 15:17:51 UTC 1 year ago Edited:  March 6 2013, 15:18:10 UTC

i already submitted my list of ten... but then i remembered this, so... cheating:

You Had Me Hooked At Cthulhu (or, as I call it: Knitting!Verse) by onthecountAU

jacobella41

March 7 2013, 03:17:40 UTC 1 year ago Edited:  March 7 2013, 03:18:36 UTC

How is one late to their own party?

I dunno but here goes:

1. Gyzym
We Were Once Cinema G-ds In The Night

2. Iri-Descent
Lights Will Guide You Home, and Ignite Your Bones

3. Pyrmidine
At Home In The Sea

3. Aja a.k.a Bookshop
Life Begins at 35

4. Resonant
Breaking and Entering

5. CmonKatieKatie
A Series of One Night Stands

6. Downwardlinear
Three's a Crowd (and it's sequel)

7. Jibrailis
A Piece of the Plate (Got Stuck in My Heart)

8. Golden_d
Wait for Spring

9. Ladderax
Erasure

10. Pennyplainknits, toomuchplor, xenakis (podfic)
Ach, des Knaben Augen

**NOTE***

I've commented on all the fics above which I adore but it bears singling out, toomuchplor is a gorgeous, brilliant writer and Wither Thou Goest, I Will Forget the Light, Du bist die Ruh and Chantant sur le mode mineur (or the "trying years") of the Steinway!verse has the ability to break me apart and put me back together in the most beautiful way.

Also, A Fake Handshake Don't Make No Man. What was life before that fic? Huh? I ask you.

mamasmurff

March 7 2013, 05:00:05 UTC 1 year ago

I only know 2 works on your list but alot of the authors look familiar so I'm sure I will be reading the whole list, hell I'll more than likely be reading everything I haven't already! You're a genius for asking for everyone's top 10, bless you ;-)

jacobella41

1 year ago

mrsdstephens

1 year ago

iamnotnormal

1 year ago

sanzo_riven

March 8 2013, 03:02:34 UTC 1 year ago Edited:  March 8 2013, 03:03:34 UTC

So here is my list. I love many short stories, but I guess I have to make novel-length ones the priority.

1. Wartime verse by Tabi_essentially (someone has mentioned it, but I'll feel guilty not putting it here)
http://archiveofourown.org/series/15620

2. Domestic verse by gyzym (never never fails to make me smile with all of its sweetness)
http://archiveofourown.org/series/5589

3. And in the Morning Head for Home by SinOfPride (like with Wartime verse, I'm afraid to read it again because I know it'll suck out of me all of my energy together with my tears)
http://archiveofourown.org/works/339715#main

4. Learning to Lose by raitala
http://archiveofourown.org/works/237182

5. in this part of the story by gunsandbutter
http://archiveofourown.org/works/627927?view_full_work=true

6. No definition by Safaia
http://archiveofourown.org/series/15289

7. Waiting for the kick by Lex Munro (the OFC here can trigger somebody's Mary Sue alert, but the author IS a real master at the art of Arthur/Eames BAMF-ness and subtle UST)
http://archiveofourown.org/works/241441/chapters/371349 (incomplete)

8. Quietus by AvocadoLove (incomplete)

9. The Origin of Love by z0mbieshake (crossover with Mysterious Skin, Warrior and The Dark Knight Rises)

10. High Hopes by ester_inc
http://archiveofourown.org/works/238170

If Inception fandom was a village, I'd be willing to bet there was something in the water that unfailingly gave heart-breaking angst to all the greatest fics.


sanzo_riven

March 8 2013, 03:26:21 UTC 1 year ago Edited:  March 8 2013, 03:27:14 UTC

And because I'm a greedy, greedy thing, I'm giving you all the unwanted bonus of my favorite (relatively-) short-length fics. (I can't leave my list there! It'll keep me up for NIGHTS!)

1. Orange Walls by shellyknack
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7125066/1/Orange_Walls
2. These fragments I have shored against my ruins by lookupatthesky
http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6840684/1/These_fragments_I_have_shored_against_my_ruins
3. Show Me the Way Home by laceymcbain
http://archiveofourown.org/works/397588#main
4. Foreign Worlds by VIII_XIII
http://archiveofourown.org/works/305107
5. Where Once Our Bodies Lay by Starlingthefool
http://archiveofourown.org/works/222278#main
6. Cut-out Cookies by Lauand
http://archiveofourown.org/works/607805
7. The Space Between by takola
http://archiveofourown.org/works/638885

lapointchick

1 year ago

sanzo_riven

1 year ago

lapointchick

1 year ago

bookshop

March 8 2013, 04:34:17 UTC 1 year ago


oh my god i have to play this!

1. it's automatic by weatherfront
http://community.livejournal.com/tornadobelt/4082.html

2. takes an ocean not to break by cmonkatiekatie
http://cmonkatiekatie.livejournal.com/246753.html

3. don't fall in love with a dreamer by eleveninches
http://eleveninches.livejournal.com/407818.html

4. i set a fire just to see what kills by pprfaith
http://archiveofourown.org/works/341969
oh whoops already taken.

4. en route to transylvania
http://tornadobelt.livejournal.com/1822.html
sequelet here: http://bookshop.livejournal.com/1078079.html?thread=39801663#t39801663

5. plate tectonics by indysaur
http://indysaur.livejournal.com/34922.html

6. Renovations by joosetta (seriously how are all of these fics not already on everyone else's lists!!!!!!!)
http://archiveofourown.org/works/171677

7. protect this house by atomicskull
http://archiveofourown.org/works/570233

8. lions and tigers by starlingthefool
http://archiveofourown.org/works/146459
sequel: http://ae-match.livejournal.com/133332.html

9. and try to keep it all the year by and_backagain (amazingly_me)
http://and-backagain.livejournal.com/13123.html?style=mine

oh my god i can't pick a tenth sob everything is too wonderful HOW DO I PICK i'll just leave it at 9 before i go crazyyyyy ugh i love this fandom so much.

jacobella41

March 9 2013, 23:58:29 UTC 1 year ago

AHHHHHH!!! YOU'RE HERE! YOU'RE HERE AND YOU'RE BRINGING FIC RECS AND :))))) day. made.

bookshop

1 year ago

Anonymous

March 24 2013, 01:24:34 UTC 1 year ago

I hope I haven't included any repeats but here are some that I've really enjoyed but didn't see on the list (man this was tough! I'm glad there've been so many other entries with so many great stories):

What Takes Hold by recrudescence. A very well done amnesia!fic and believable alternative timeline. This one came out around the same time as Recrudescence's more well known fic and it's really a pity I haven't seen this one on more rec lists
http://archiveofourown.org/works/472813 (http://archiveofourown.org/works/472813)

Jonquil in December by wldnst: At an Xmas gathering with the team Arthur and Eames talk about how they met. Love the banter and camaraderie between everyone in this one.
http://archiveofourown.org/works/713743 (http://archiveofourown.org/works/713743)

Welcoming back from the ocean by wldnst: Really lovely quiet post Inception story where Eames becomes a lobsterman
http://wldnst.livejournal.com/6015.html (http://wldnst.livejournal.com/6015.html)

The Wind on the Mountain by Starlingthefool. This has some really hot A/A/E scene in the beginning but is A/E. This one is mostly Ariadne's story but it has one of my favorite takes on Ariadne in the whole fandom.
http://archiveofourown.org/works/139299 (http://archiveofourown.org/works/139299)

dream a dream (and what you see will be) by Mizzy. Crossover with The Neverending Story. Super creative, really well done fantasy/action/adventure story.
http://archiveofourown.org/works/331676 (http://archiveofourown.org/works/331676)

A Fool From Any Direction by syllic. Medieval AU.
http://archiveofourown.org/works/110724 (http://archiveofourown.org/works/110724)

This Modern Love by pyrimidine. AU in which Arthur's a robot. So much is said with so little in this one.
http://archiveofourown.org/works/249844 (http://archiveofourown.org/works/249844)

Make a Place in the Empty Space by cmonkatiekatie. Eames is in limbo and Arthur isn't. Really powerful fic. Again one of those fics where there is just so much said with very little
http://archiveofourown.org/works/464396 (http://archiveofourown.org/works/464396)

Akallabeth by Mirabella. Alternative Timeline. I'm pretty sure everyone's read this one but I couldn't leave this one out of my favorites list. Warning for angst.
http://mirabellafic.dreamwidth.org/2969.html (http://mirabellafic.dreamwidth.org/2969.html)

Stay, thou art so beautiful by bauble. The one where Arthur is a demon. This one is *very dark,* extremely sexy, and has gorgeous art. Arthur is both irresistible and terrifying in this one. Also wanted to highlight two fantastic fics by Bauble: Bloodless-the Bladerunner AU and Amuse-bouche- Eames is a popstar.
http://bauble.livejournal.com/240151.html