Hello, and welcome to our new monthly recommended reading thread! Some of you may remember when we did this [link=boards.theforce.net/threads/march-2011-recommended-reading-list.31577924/]a few years ago[/link], and we thought it was time to bring it back! This is a place for the mod team to highlight a few of our favorites and gives you a chance to check out some great stories or re-read some old classics! This time, we're just doing NSWFF stories, and Mira and I decided that we need a hand. To that end, we're inviting one person to join us every month and give their own recommendation! If you want to recommend a story, PM us, and we'll add you to our list! So, without further ado ... Mira_Jade: [Star Trek 2009] Ever the Stars Burn series ([link=http://boards.theforce.net/threads/...-harrison-ofc-completed-26-july.50012566/]The Scars on Our Hearts[/link], [link=http://boards.theforce.net/threads/...khan-ofc-completed-12-september.50013956/]The Life to My Soul[/link], and [link=http://boards.theforce.net/threads/...c-chapter-17-up-8-june-complete.50015124/]The Space Between[/link]) by [link=http://boards.theforce.net/members/dantana-skywalker.659821/]Dantana Skywalker[/link] One of the beautiful opportunities that fan fiction affords us is the ability to introduce rich and vibrant original characters into the canon worlds we love and adore so much. Anthea Mackintosh is one of those characters, and in Dantana Skywalker's 'Even the Stars Burn' series we are able to glimpse a much beloved story through a different set of eyes - namely, through the eyes of the 'villain'. Yes, this is a Khan Noonien Singh/OC story set in the rebooted Star Trek universe, and it is one of my favorites. While this series can certainly be called a romance in the best of ways, it is more a fantastic story that fleshes out and develops Khan's character until he is more than just your typical 'bad guy' - while still refusing to sugar coat or conveniently gloss over moments or actions that may reflect badly upon his character. Anthea is a wonderful match for Khan in every way, while still being an amazing, fully realized character in her own right. Couple that with excellent plotting, a wonderful supporting cast, and an intricate examination of the good, the bad, and the ugly of Starfleet and the galaxy as a whole, and you have nothing less than a fascinating read as a result. While I absolutely love the Into Darkness expansion, it is the stories that follow - with their family as it grows, and their colony as it develops - that are the absolute gems of this collection. Give it a try; you'll be happy that you did! NYCitygurl: [link=http://boards.theforce.net/threads/lotr-the-two-towers-balrog-durins-bane-poem.50028781/][LOTR] Balrog - Durin's Bane[/link] by [link=http://boards.theforce.net/members/the-sith-camp.1398927/]The Sith Camp[/link] Deep in the Halls of Khazad-Dum, An Ancient Horror Loomed, Seduction of Doom, Made Evil Gloom, A Darkness Loomed, For Khazad-Dum, Where Dwarves Once Boomed, It Is Now Their Tomb… I love poems, and I especially love the way this epic one draws you in from the start! The Sith Camp has written a lot of good poems, but this one is one of my favorites. The balrog's fire and rage are evident in each stanza. I've never paid that much attention to the creature, but this poem intrigued me. I flew through it and wanted more at the end! Nyota's Heart: [link=http://boards.theforce.net/threads/...-and-amell-alistair-theirin.50027611/][Dragon Age: Origins] Mirror, Mirror[/link] by [link=http://boards.theforce.net/members/idrelle_miocovani.1162416/]Idrelle_Miocovani[/link] A fascinating tale of two timelines converging briefly. The author brings the audience into the tale and captures your attention and interest immediately. You don't feel a sense of baffling "what is going on?" Enough detail is provided so you can follow, and you also get a sense of rich back-stories in the fandom.