Title: Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I'm Yours)
Fandom: Star Trek XI
Pairing: Jim Kirk/Spock
Categories/Genres: Slow burn, Romance
Length: Medium (10927 words)
Warnings: N/A

Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] kianspo
Author Website: kianspo

Summary:

In which Spock contemplates the laws of attraction and realizes what a slippery slope that is only after he has already fallen. There's no help for him now.

Review:

To be honest, I probably found this fic more amusing than the author intended it to be, because the entire time I was reading it, I was imagining a traffic accident in slow motion, two big rigs smashing head on, where one is logic and the other is emotion. Spock comes to reconcile the two by fits and starts, but it's not an elegant process, not logical nor instinctual. He stumbles into it, trips and tumbles his way into a seemingly resigned acceptance of his feelings toward Jim. In every way he exemplifies the 'falling' part of the phrase 'falling in love', and it's sort of stupidly adorable.

Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I'm Yours)
Title: You'll Get There in the End (It Just Takes a While)
Fandom: Star Trek XI
Pairing: Jim Kirk/Spock, past Nyota Uhura/Spock
Categories/Genres: Post-Canon, Drama, Romance, Angst, Pon Farr, Bonding, Friendship
Length: Long (33465 words)
Warnings: N/A

Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] seperis
Author Website: seperis

Summary:

"Spock. Just say 'I don't trust Starfleet not to mess up the only captain in the fleet who I can train up to my expectations and enjoys running into danger wearing a blindfold as much as I do'."

Review:

The format of this fic is a little confusing at first, jumping back and forth between two progressing timelines until they meet in the middle. Not to mention, seperis refuses to hold the reader's hand and explain everything in small sentences with smaller words. You'll Get There in the End (It Just Takes a While) demands that the reader think as they read and slot the pieces together. It's not always easy, and there are some recurring threads that are not particularly obvious as such, but in the end, when the story pulls in its loose threads and weaves them all together, there's a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment that few authors manage to create in their fic.

The thing is, I can easily imagine this fic being written chronologically, rather than alternating between the immediate post-movie and the onset of Jim's 'pon farr'. It would still be good reading, but it's unlikely that I'd find it fascinating enough to rec it. Its format creates a tension that vibrates like a plucked instrument string through the entire length of the fic, a quiet hum that grows in intensity right up until the climax, when the separate timelines resolve into a single chronological narrative.

seperis also makes the conscious decision not to include any sort of internal contemplation of emotion through the bulk of the fic. As odd as it was to read a romance fic where there was no mention of romantic emotion between Jim and Spock, it gave the climax that much more energy by contrast, their emotions distilled and crisp rather than worn smooth by repetition.

Unfortunately I can't give any sort of recommendation on the rest of The Reboot Series, as I haven't had the opportunity to read it. But going by the quality and complexity of You'll Get There, I'm guessing it's definitely worth checking out.

You'll Get There in the End (It Just Takes a While)

Objective Data by walkandtalk (PG)

  • May. 31st, 2015 at 2:56 AM
Title: Objective Data
Fandom: Star Trek XI
Pairing: Jim Kirk/Spock
Categories/Genres: Pre-Canon, Alternate Universe, Outside POV, Kid Fic, First Time, Matchmaking, Romance, Fluff, Humor
Length: Long (22368 words)
Warnings: N/A

Author on LJ: N/A
Author Website: walkandtalk

Summary:

A young Vulcan decides to find a mate for his guardian, Spock. After careful calculations, Cadet Kirk is obviously the superior choice.

Review:

Senik, a nine year old Vulcan Yenta, decides to hook up his cousin Spock and Cadet Jim Kirk for fun profit science. It's hilarious.

Writing children convincingly is a tall order for writers. It's one thing to slip into the mindset of an adult character, someone fully formed with their own unique patterns of reasoning and behavior. But to strike the perfect balance of naivete, innocence, and perceptiveness that belongs solely to children seems to escape most writers, per my observations as a reader. Most seem to either fall short of or overshoot their character's intended age, turning a maturing child into a babyish caricature of a child or giving a child maturity and wisdom much too far beyond their years. Some authors even manage to do both simultaneously.

walkandtalk has a slightly easier job of it, since Senik is Vulcan and can already communicate on the level of adults. But there remains a childishness to his perception. There is lightness and innocence in him that separates him from the many adults he interacts with. Senik is slyly obstinate in a very specific way, weaseling without malice around the rules laid upon him by the adults in the way that children do. It is perhaps that, more than anything else, that cemented walkandtalk's characterization of Senik in my mind as one of the most convincing portrayals of a child I've ever read.

I haven't yet finished reading Objective Data's sequel, Subjective Assessment , but from what I've read so far, the collection of timestamps seems to be a perfectly adorable continuation of Spock, Senik, and Jim's (mis)adventures.

Objective Data

Entering Orbit by Museaway (R)

  • May. 13th, 2014 at 2:39 PM
Title: Entering Orbit
Fandom: Star Trek Reboot
Pairing: Kirk/Spock
Categories: AU, romance, first-time, fluff, domestic bliss
Length: Long (30,959 words)
Warnings: None

Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] museaway
Author Website: favicon Museaway

Author's Summary:
Jim escapes to Iowa to avoid the media frenzy following the Narada incident, but a late-night miscommunication results in Spock turning up on his front porch.

Review:
This is a story about falling in love. Coming in after the events of 2009's Star Trek, Kirk and Spock have already gotten off to a poor start with one another. While the reboot version of Kirk is a little more rough around the edges than Kirk Prime, Museaway imbues him with depth and caring while staying true to the character. The result is a Kirk who makes the first step toward a relationship that will define both Kirk and Spock, just as Spock Prime described.

I'm just a little bit in love with this Kirk. He shows his concern for Spock in so many perfect, meaningful ways. Whether it is going to the trouble of locating Vulcan tea for Spock or preparing plomeek soup for him, he takes care of Spock in a way that I doubt anyone ever has, save his mother...and in the aftermath of what has just happened, he obviously needs it.

Spock, of course, is Spock...stoic and logical as ever, but with a subtle, touching vulnerability. I loved the impulsivity he showed in accepting Kirk's invitation to Iowa, and how in his way, he took care of Kirk, too. Both men are perfectly characterized, and the love between them builds so naturally and in such a lovely, heartwarming way.

This is one of my go-to stories when I want to read something that will just make me feel good. Give it a try, and it might do the same for you. :)

Entering Orbit

In Any Language by Enterprisingly (R)

  • Apr. 29th, 2014 at 9:08 PM
Title: In Any Language
Fandom: Star Trek Reboot
Pairing: Kirk/Spock
Categories: AU, romance, pining, light angst, Pon Farr, bonding
Length: Medium (5,995 words)
Warnings: None

Author on LJ: N/A
Author Website: favicon Enterprisingly

Author's Summary:
A love story in 10 parts. Based on a tumblr post about relationship words that do not translate to English.

Review:
I was really impressed by how effectively the author really captured the essence of each concept and created such a moving, deeply romantic story out of a list. Each vignette ties perfectly to the corresponding word/phrase...so much so that it almost feels as though the list was made with them in mind. From this we are able to see a wonderfully complete picture of the love that Kirk and Spock share.

Their story follows a logical progression from word to word, building to a profoundly satisfying climax in the heat of Pon Farr, and it was this scene that was the highlight for me. The author beautifully conveys the intensity and depth of Spock's need and Jim's utter refusal to lose his closest friend and love.

I was also very affected by the final glimpse into their lives together, as Spock reflects on the inescapable fact that his lifespan will be much longer than his human bondmate's and the loneliness he will someday endure. That he loves Kirk so fiercely, without holding back despite (or perhaps because of) the knowledge of this future loss is clear and poignant.

While this rec is centered on this particular fic, I do want to mention that the author has a handful of other stories in this 'verse, all of them beautifully written and well worth reading.

In Any Language

Art: Bonds by Synnesai (G)

  • Apr. 1st, 2014 at 1:32 PM
Title: Bonds
Fandom: Star Trek Reboot
Pairing: Kirk/Spock
Categories: Fanart, romance, soulmates
Length: N/A
Warnings: none

Artist on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] synnesai
Artist Website: SeaTeas

Artist's Summary:
I always liked how author’s described (t’hy’la) bonds in fics and each fic is a bit different, but a lot of it is the same idea. That they are, you know, bonded already they just don’t know it yet (till they touch). It reminded me a lot of the Red String of Fate deal.

Review:
I love the idea of using the red thread of fate to symbolize the destined connection between Kirk and Spock. It seems so appropriate, so them. This gorgeous art depicts Kirk and Spock close, but not touching, as the red thread loops around and over their bodies. It feels as though at any moment, they will touch and wake to their fated bond.

Bonds

How High the Moon by Kyliselle (NC-17)

  • Mar. 18th, 2014 at 4:00 PM
Title: How High the Moon
Fandom: Star Trek Reboot
Pairing: Kirk/Spock
Categories: Angst, first time, hurt/comfort, romance
Length: Long (38,757 words)
Warnings: None

Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] kyliselle
Author Website: kyliselle @ K/S Archive

Author's Summary:
After the destruction of Vulcan, Spock shielded his mind to protect it from his broken bond with T'Pring. Little did he know another bond had already formed in its place. For a [livejournal.com profile] st_xi_kink prompt for soulbonding.

Review:
For me, angst is a means to an end. Or, more accurately, a means to a happy ending. Of course, the happiness of the ending must certainly be at least commensurate with or better yet, greater than the misery suffered by the characters. How High the Moon meets that standard and then some. The pre-destined bond Kirk and Spock share and its prominent role in the story ticks all the boxes for fans of the soulbond trope.

It goes without saying that to have hurt/comfort there must be a need for comfort, and the author crafts this scenario to perfection. Spock's callous demeanor toward Kirk is almost painful to read at times, so vividly is Kirk's despair portrayed. The physical effects he suffers as a result of Spock unwittingly blocking their bond are chilling, and Spock is entirely, painfully oblivious.

I like to see a Kirk with some vulnerability beneath the brash exterior. He's positively wrecked and his condition elicits strong reactions from his crew, particularly McCoy, who is perfectly characterized as the gruff but deeply supportive best friend.

Leading up to Spock's discovery of the bond and his reprehensible treatment of his bondmate, we see the cracks forming in the wall of his indifference and the gradual progression to the ultimate realization that he has done a terrible, terrible thing. Even after this revelation, it's no easy fix but Spock perseveres and at length we come to a satisfying conclusion that provides a delightful payoff for all the angst that preceded it.

How High the Moon

Miscommunication by sinestrated (PG-13)

  • Feb. 25th, 2014 at 9:42 PM
Title: Miscommunication
Fandom: Star Trek Reboot
Pairing: Kirk/Spock
Categories: Romance, fluff, humor
Length: Medium (3,405 words)
Warnings: None

Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] sinestrated
Author Website: sinestrated

Author's Summary:
Jim's brain gets scrambled during an away mission gone wrong, with interesting results.

Review:
This whimsical, smile-inducing story was one of my favorites from the recent [livejournal.com profile] heysweetheart Valentine's Day challenge. While not specific to that holiday, it delivers a charming, sweet and humorous "get together" story.

The characterizations are spot-on, with each character reacting as you might expect to the oft-hilarious nicknames Kirk gives them, and Kirk himself is obviously amused by the situation. I liked the way the nicknames tied into Kirk's's perceptions of the crew members, and what that revealed about him.

Miscommunication is a fun, fast read and a must for anyone who enjoys Spock, Kirk, and fluff. The opportunity to imagine Kirk calling Spock "sweetheart" in Chris Pine's sexy voice doesn't hurt, either.

Miscommunication
Title: Take Refuge in What You Know
Fandom: Star Trek Reboot
Pairing: Kirk/Spock
Categories: Angst, Romance, Drama, Academy Era AU
Length: Super Epic (120,334 words)
Warnings: None

Author on LJ: N/A
Author Website: CorpusInvictus

Author’s Summary:
Written for the Star Trek XI Kink Meme prompt: "AU - Kirk has moved into a apartment/house and wants to get to know his neighbors. He meets his neighbor Spock, a loner who suffers from extreme agoraphobia. Kirk thinks he's beautiful enigma."

Review:   

This story deals with some heavy issues, and the author does an excellent job handling the mental health concerns in a sensitive and realistic way. In the wake of a traumatic event, Spock has hidden himself away from the world. As the new tenant in the building, Kirk is curious about his reclusive neighbor. When at last they meet, Kirk is immediately drawn to Spock, reaching out to him and pursuing him determinedly. His brash impulsivity is well-balanced with deep caring and patience as he helps Spock emerge from the prison of his own making.

The romance is a slow build, developing believably and naturally from first meeting to happy ending. While Kirk plays a huge role in helping Spock to overcome his agoraphobia, it's not portrayed as Kirk "fixing" Spock, but rather, supporting him as Spock gains the confidence and learns a way to make a difference for himself.

All of the characterizations were perfect, from Kirk and Spock to Bones as the gruff best friend and Gaila as the fun-loving, free-spirited gossip maven and unofficial love doctor.

This story was beautifully written and absolutely excellent in every way. Highly recommended!

Take Refuge in What You Know

A Hell of His Making by ObsidianEmbrace (R)

  • Nov. 12th, 2013 at 5:40 PM
Title: A Hell of His Making
Fandom: Star Trek XI
Pairing: Kirk/Spock
Categories: Soul Bonding, Angst, Hurt/Comfort, First Time
Length: Medium (12,533 words)
Warnings: None

Author on LJ: (This author does not appear to be on LJ.)
Author Website: ObsidianEmbrace

Author's Summary:
To harm one's t'hy'la is an unforgivable offense.

Review:
As much as I like the Kirk/Spock pairing — and it’s one of my favorite pairings across all fandoms — I didn’t really get into it until Star Trek XI came out in 2009. (William Shatner just doesn’t do anything for me, unfortunately.) For that reason, I don’t have an extensive knowledge of original series canon and I don’t know how much the concept of t’hy’la is really covered there. I do know how prevalent it is in Star Trek fan works, and that it is often used to great effect as it is in this story.

The author offers an interesting take on the possible repercussions of the scene in Star Trek XI where Kirk provokes Spock into attacking him to demonstrate that Spock is emotionally compromised so that Kirk can take command of the Enterprise. Spock became aware of the connection between them the moment they touched, and his life thereafter became (as in the title), a hell of his own making.

Spock and Kirk are each hurting in their own ways — Kirk, of course, is recovering from the events at the end of Star Trek: Into Darkness, and Spock is dealing with the intense remorse and self-hatred engendered by strangling Kirk nearly to death only a few months before. These emotions, the pain, the need — they are portrayed so clearly.

Both characters are written perfectly, and the author does a brilliant job of showing just how much they need each other. There is hurt/comfort, angst, misunderstandings, and a Kirk who won’t take “no” for an answer. Spock is stubborn and determined to pursue the course of action he thinks is best…until Kirk turns the tables on him in a way that is just so perfectly “Jim Kirk.” (And very, very hot.)

The voices (including those of the supporting characters such as McCoy and Uhura) in this are perfect; it’s a great example of the use of the soul bonding trope — one of my favorite tropes, too! — and everything feels very in-character and just really well done. It’s the perfect coda to Star Trek: Into Darkness and gives the Kirk/Spock ending I wanted so much. Highly recommended!

A Hell of His Making
Title: Celebrate the Earth and Sky
Fandom: Star Trek XI
Pairing: Kirk/Spock
Categories: AU, Dystopia, Action/Adventure, Romance
Length: Super Epic (116,292 words)
Warnings: Violence (a character is tortured, but the actions are not described explicitly). There are also some fight scenes.

Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] aerlalaith
Author Website: favicon Aerlalaith

Author's Summary:
Earth never reached its full technological potential. The Federation never happened. But the serendipitous rescue of a doomed mission sets into motion a series of events – and individuals – whose choices will either release Earth from its chains, or bind it forever.

Review:
When I saw this story tagged as a dystopian AU I was really excited to read it, and it absolutely did not disappoint. The world-building in Celebrate the Earth and Sky is very strong and detailed, with a suitably Orwellian government antagonist, alien machinations, organized crime, and a Resistance comprised of our favorite bridge crew.

The pacing is excellent, and the story is long and plotty. While Kirk/Spock is the main pairing, the little glimpses into the Sarek/Amanda relationship are really well done, providing a view into Amanda's character that I really enjoyed. She is tough and strong, and while Spock always seems so much more Vulcan than human, in Celebrate the Earth and Sky I feel a certain connection between her strength and his.

The romance was a slow build, with plenty of little moments between Jim and Spock to illustrate their growing relationship. Given that Jim has no idea that Spock is Vulcan at first, and even after, has no real knowledge of Vulcan culture or customs, it's fun to see him touching Spock all the time, having no idea of the meaning of what he is doing. Of course, Spock allows it for the most part, which is telling in of itself.

This story is worth reading for the dystopian setting alone, but it is all the better for featuring well-developed romance between Jim and Spock.

Celebrate the Earth and Sky

Papers in the Roadside by Kianspo (NC-17)

  • Sep. 10th, 2013 at 12:34 PM
Title: Papers in the Roadside
Fandom: Star Trek XI
Pairing: Kirk/Spock
Categories: AU, Drama, Romance
Length: Epic (49,637 words)
Warnings: Brief, non-graphic mention of abuse and non-con in a supporting character's past

Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] kianspo
Author Website: Kianspo

Author's Summary:

Non-Starfleet AU. Jim owns a small bar in Chicago, keeps on picking up strays and taking care of everyone no matter how hard it makes his own life. Spock is a journalist writing feature articles for the Chicago Tribune; he depicts the world with uncanny skill, but hides more than one personal drama and is possibly under surveillance from the Vulcan royal family. They meet by accident just before their lives start to spin out of control.

Review:
I think the thing I appreciate most about non-Starfleet AU's is the opportunity to see what an author can make of the characters in an entirely different setting. The characterizations in Papers in the Roadside are really excellent. I love the way Kianspo has written Spock in this story. His experiences have created a version of him that is softer, somehow -- more human, and yet still recognizably Vulcan.

Jim feels very much like his movie self, although because we are privy to his innermost thoughts and feelings I think we see a little more vulnerability and insecurity than we do on screen. He may not be Captain of the Enterprise, but he leads and cares for his people just the same. There is one neat little element to his character that I think Kianspo uses to great effect -- as a bartender, Jim uses his talent for reading people to create "surprise" cocktails for his patrons. His ability to predict the type of drink this person or that person will like is a small thing, but it really shows that sort of "trust your instincts" component to Jim's character in a way that is relevant this setting. While he's not making world-saving tactical decisions, he is acting in a way that is very in character.

Kianspo also did a great job developing the relationship between Jim and Spock. One of my favorite things about this pairing in general is how Jim's larger-than-life personality and brash charm play against Spock's logic, self-discipline and more ascetic nature. Although Kianspo's Spock is a little more human, this dynamic is preserved. There is a terrific chemistry between them from the first moment they meet, and their relationship evolves very believably and naturally. And the pining; oh the pining is delicious. I can really appreciate a slow build when the payoff is this good.

Papers in the Roadside

Here's a another entry in our Alternative Media Week!

Title: Star Trek: Tik Tok
Fandom: Star Trek: The Original Series
Music Used: Tik Tok by Ke$ha
Pairing: gen with slight Kirk/Spock
Categories: crack, humor
Length: 2:31 minutes
Warnings: n/a

Author on LJ: unknown
Author Website: MissSheenie on youtube

Author's Summary:
Working on the Enterprise is pretty much a non-stop party as far as I'm concerned. (Probably because the only parts I pay attention to are the Kirk/Spock moments, Scotty when he's drinking, Chekov when he's macking on his girlfriend and doing no work, and Uhura singing and just HAVING A GOOF in general.)

Review:
A vid that is just pure fun! Who knew the Star Trek crew was such party animals? MissSheenie must have found every single clip where they're drinking something, I swear. Beyond that, the vid is so well edited to the song, with the crew getting up, putting on their sunglasses and proceeding to party down. Drinking, dancing, fighting, grooving, this vid has it all and is such a blast. If you need a happy moment (and to be reminded of a couple seriously peculiar moments in TOS) check it out.

Star Trek: Tik Tok

Shut up and deal by Reezoo (PG-13)

  • Jan. 12th, 2013 at 11:29 PM
Title: shut up and deal
Fandom: Star Trek XI
Pairing: Kirk/Spock, Spock/Pike, Pike/Number One, various others
Categories: cadet! fic, drama, romance
Length: super! epic (110,805 words)
Warnings: sexed up star fleet instructors and admirals, broken hearts, infidelity
Author on LJ: n/a
Author Website: Dreamwidth Account

Summary: Overwhelmed with the task of getting four-plus years at Starfleet Academy done in three, Kirk has the not-so-brilliant idea to pimp out his off-campus apartment as a love nest for Starfleet officers in exchange for academic favors. He soon finds himself to be the only occupant not getting any action, and he certainly does not count on Spock, the Vulcan instructor he is crushing on, to become one of the frequent users.

Review: Reezoo manages to spin a captivating tale about Kirk's apartment, his wrongly acquired reputation as a manslut and his love for the unattainable Vulcan instructor. The story shows a very interesting take on a different version of Kirk's time at the academy. Yes, there is a lot of sex happening in his apartment, but interestingly enough it's everybody else but Kirk getting it on.

True, some of Spock's reactions are a little OOC, but on the whole I greatly enjoyed reading about Jim's woes with horny admirals, their little kinks and how he tries to woe a taken Spock. I won't tell you how e story ends, but I'm sure you'll enjoy every minute reading this fic. The only downside is that Reezoo started posting a sequel for a bigbang but never unlocked half of the story. Maybe some day in the future she will.

Shut up and deal

Shut up and deal by Reezoo (PG-13)

  • Jan. 12th, 2013 at 11:29 PM
Title: shut up and deal
Fandom: Star Trek XI
Pairing: Kirk/Spock, Spock/Pike, Pike/Number One, various others
Categories: cadet! fic, drama, romance
Length: super! epic (110,805 words)
Warnings: sexed up star fleet instructors and admirals, broken hearts, infidelity
Author on LJ: n/a
Author Website: Dreamwidth Account

Summary: Overwhelmed with the task of getting four-plus years at Starfleet Academy done in three, Kirk has the not-so-brilliant idea to pimp out his off-campus apartment as a love nest for Starfleet officers in exchange for academic favors. He soon finds himself to be the only occupant not getting any action, and he certainly does not count on Spock, the Vulcan instructor he is crushing on, to become one of the frequent users.

Review: Reezoo manages to spin a captivating tale about Kirk's apartment, his wrongly acquired reputation as a manslut and his love for the unattainable Vulcan instructor. The story shows a very interesting take on a different version of Kirk's time at the academy. Yes, there is a lot of sex happening in his apartment, but interestingly enough it's everybody else but Kirk getting it on.

True, some of Spock's reactions are a little OOC, but on the whole I greatly enjoyed reading about Jim's woes with horny admirals, their little kinks and how he tries to woe a taken Spock. I won't tell you how e story ends, but I'm sure you'll enjoy every minute reading this fic. The only downside is that Reezoo started posting a sequel for a bigbang but never unlocked half of the story. Maybe some day in the future she will.

Shut up and deal

Leave No Soul Behind by whochick (NC-17)

  • Nov. 19th, 2012 at 2:45 PM
It's Super!Epic Theme Week!

Title: Leave No Soul Behind
Fandom: Star Trek XI, TOS references
Pairing: Kirk/Spock, Kirk/OFC, McCoy/OFC
Categories: AU, action, drama, romance, angst
Length: Super!Epic (258,951)
Warnings: Graphic violence

Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] simarillion for letting me rec in one of her usual fandoms.

Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] triwislinthis
Author Website: favicon whochick, whochick at The K/S Archive

Author's Summary: If you're Starfleet, you spend your whole life wishing you never see an EPAS uniform right up until the moment they become your only hope. Whether you're dying a slow, cold death in space, or a long painful one on some godforsaken planet, they're going to come for you. So count your last breaths, son, and hold on tight. They leave no soul behind.

Review:
It's amazing the energy and good pacing this has throughout when it clocks in at over 250K words. Neither the action packed plot nor the strong emotional connections (and it's great to find both done beautifully in one story) spend time in a rut. Half way through a conflict in the war with Nero, you'll find the seeds of a relationship hurdle, and it all keeps growing and rolling forward to the end.

After the destruction of Vulcan, Kirk's disillusioned by poor decisions from his superiors. He leaves Starfleet and joins EPAS (the Emergency Personnel Ambulance Service) doing search and rescue with Spock as his commanding officer. This gives whochick a chance to write suspenseful missions from a non-military perspective, but with Nero still a threat. EPAS takes on everything from planet evacuations to clamping a bleeder's artery while the ship goes down in flames.

With lives on the line, levelheaded Spock is fiercely admired by his crew, and though Kirk's cynical about devotion to commanders, it doesn't take long to figure out that it's not just hype; Spock has everyone's back in a crisis. It's good to see Spock as a successful leader, and he also understands when Kirk's intuitive leaps are something he needs to trust. Professional admiration between them leads to a personal relationship that's sometimes rocky but is always deeply felt and... downright hot.

Try the opening scene with Spock in the middle of an ocean rescue, and you may well be hooked too. Leave No Soul Behind is a rollercoaster read. There was only one aspect that wasn't dead-on for me, and even that isn't something that would be an issue for all readers. (I would've preferred dialog tags that were mainly the more invisible "says" rather than "muses," "exclaims," "responds," etc., but I was drawn in so fully that I stopped being distracted by it, and whochick often skips tags altogether where possible.)

This story was started in 2010, but I only just read it about a year ago, so if you're like me and are finding it complete, you're in for a treat!

Leave No Soul Behind (AO3)
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Leave No Soul Behind by whochick (NC-17)

  • Nov. 19th, 2012 at 2:45 PM
It's Super!Epic Theme Week!

Title: Leave No Soul Behind
Fandom: Star Trek XI, TOS references
Pairing: Kirk/Spock, Kirk/OFC, McCoy/OFC
Categories: AU, action, drama, romance
Length: Super!Epic (258,951)
Warnings: Graphic violence

Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] simarillion for letting me rec in one of her usual fandoms.

Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] triwislinthis
Author Website: favicon whochick, whochick at The K/S Archive

Author's Summary: If you're Starfleet, you spend your whole life wishing you never see an EPAS uniform right up until the moment they become your only hope. Whether you're dying a slow, cold death in space, or a long painful one on some godforsaken planet, they're going to come for you. So count your last breaths, son, and hold on tight. They leave no soul behind.

Review:
It's amazing the energy and good pacing this has throughout when it clocks in at over 250K words. Neither the action packed plot nor the strong emotional connections (and it's great to find both done beautifully in one story) spend time in a rut. Half way through a conflict in the war with Nero, you'll find the seeds of a relationship hurdle, and it all keeps growing and rolling forward to the end.

After the destruction of Vulcan, Kirk's disillusioned by poor decisions from his superiors. He leaves Starfleet and joins EPAS (the Emergency Personnel Ambulance Service) doing search and rescue with Spock as his commanding officer. This gives whochick a chance to write suspenseful missions from a non-military perspective, but with Nero still a threat. EPAS takes on everything from planet evacuations to clamping a bleeder's artery while the ship goes down in flames.

With lives on the line, levelheaded Spock is fiercely admired by his crew, and though Kirk's cynical about devotion to commanders, it doesn't take long to figure out that it's not just hype; Spock has everyone's back in a crisis. It's good to see Spock as a successful leader, and he also understands when Kirk's intuitive leaps are something he needs to trust. Professional admiration between them leads to a personal relationship that's sometimes rocky but is always deeply felt and... downright hot.

Try the opening scene with Spock in the middle of an ocean rescue, and you may well be hooked too. Leave No Soul Behind is a rollercoaster read. There was only one aspect that wasn't dead-on for me, and even that isn't something that would be an issue for all readers. (I would've preferred dialog tags that were mainly the more invisible "says" rather than "muses," "exclaims," "responds," etc., but I was drawn in so fully that I stopped being distracted by it, and whochick often skips tags altogether where possible.)

This story was started in 2010, but I only just read it about a year ago, so if you're like me and are finding it complete, you're in for a treat!

Leave No Soul Behind (AO3)
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Valkyrie by Carouselcycles (R)

  • Sep. 22nd, 2012 at 10:12 PM
Title: Valkyrie
Fandom: Star Trek XI
Pairing: Kirk/Spock
Categories: Mystery, Drama, AU
Length: epic (54,098 words)
Warnings: Vulcan assassin spies

Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] carouselcycles
Author Website: FF.Net

Summary: When Spock came to Earth he had only one goal in mind: kill James T. Kirk, President of United Earth, and shake the stigma his mixed heritage had brought him on his home planet of Vulcan. Too bad he hadn't counted on falling for the one man he was supposed to hate.

Review:
Carouselcycles manages to capture the reader with her starting paragraph, creating an engrossing alternative universe to the Star Trek Reboot verse of JJ Abrams. The movie characters can be found in the portrayals of the story but they still stand on their own, creating an interesting what if.

In the beginning of the story Spock hates earth, humans and anything else that reminds him of his difference from "pure" Vulcans. He blames his human heritage for the difficulties he had and still has to face and is convinced that concluding this job he will prove himself worthy.

It is interesting to watch how Spock starts to waver from his goal and his determination is not what it used to be, after spending time with the people that he is supposed to hate. The wish to belong wars with the the emotions encited by human contact. It remains to be seen how it will go and it's not as clear as one would asume how he decides.


Valkyrie
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Valkyrie by Carouselcycles (R)

  • Sep. 22nd, 2012 at 10:12 PM
Title: Valkyrie
Fandom: Star Trek XI
Pairing: Kirk/Spock
Categories: Mystery, Drama, AU
Length: epic (54,098 words)
Warnings: Vulcan assassin spies

Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] carouselcycles
Author Website: FF.Net

Summary: When Spock came to Earth he had only one goal in mind: kill James T. Kirk, President of United Earth, and shake the stigma his mixed heritage had brought him on his home planet of Vulcan. Too bad he hadn't counted on falling for the one man he was supposed to hate.

Review:
Carouselcycles manages to capture the reader with her starting paragraph, creating an engrossing alternative universe to the Star Trek Reboot verse of JJ Abrams. The movie characters can be found in the portrayals of the story but they still stand on their own, creating an interesting what if.

In the beginning of the story Spock hates earth, humans and anything else that reminds him of his difference from "pure" Vulcans. He blames his human heritage for the difficulties he had and still has to face and is convinced that concluding this job he will prove himself worthy.

It is interesting to watch how Spock starts to waver from his goal and his determination is not what it used to be, after spending time with the people that he is supposed to hate. The wish to belong wars with the the emotions encited by human contact. It remains to be seen how it will go and it's not as clear as one would asume how he decides.


Valkyrie
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Valkyrie by Carouselcycles (R)

  • Sep. 22nd, 2012 at 10:12 PM
Title: Valkyrie
Fandom: Star Trek XI
Pairing: Kirk/Spock
Categories: Mystery, Drama, AU
Length: epic (54,098 words)
Warnings: Vulcan assassin spies

Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] carouselcycles
Author Website: FF.Net

Summary: When Spock came to Earth he had only one goal in mind: kill James T. Kirk, President of United Earth, and shake the stigma his mixed heritage had brought him on his home planet of Vulcan. Too bad he hadn't counted on falling for the one man he was supposed to hate.

Review:
Carouselcycles manages to capture the reader with her starting paragraph, creating an engrossing alternative universe to the Star Trek Reboot verse of JJ Abrams. The movie characters can be found in the portrayals of the story but they still stand on their own, creating an interesting what if.

In the beginning of the story Spock hates earth, humans and anything else that reminds him of his difference from "pure" Vulcans. He blames his human heritage for the difficulties he had and still has to face and is convinced that concluding this job he will prove himself worthy.

It is interesting to watch how Spock starts to waver from his goal and his determination is not what it used to be, after spending time with the people that he is supposed to hate. The wish to belong wars with the the emotions encited by human contact. It remains to be seen how it will go and it's not as clear as one would asume how he decides.


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