Fanfic Recs / Person of Interest

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These are recommendations made by Tropers for Person of Interest, all of which have been signed. After a few samples, you will be able to judge whether you might be interested in the 'fic, based on who recommended it. No-name recommendations will be zapped. Nobody would back up the rec. Discussion of the recommendation is welcome on the discussion page. As such discussion is important, do remember to add the discussion page to the watchlist, if need be.

Do warn when a fanfic may head into non-canon territory, be it in pairings or plot. Some people just don't like it, and as we all know, Shipping is Serious Business.

Stories focused on the family and the friendly relationships of the cast. Plot-focused stories or light day-in-the-life stories. Pretty much anything that isn't focused on romance.

A Perpendicular Expression by Leupagus
  • Recommended by Galaxysoup
  • Synopsis: Pissing Finch off never actually ends well; usually it ends like this, with John scaring the shit out of her at two in the morning.
  • Comments: Hilarious and in-character.

Date Night by Spatz
  • Recommended by Virodhi
  • Synopsis: To Team Machine, privacy is something that happens to other people. Carter/Beecher, with possibly some Reese/Finch if you tilt your head and squint.
  • Comments: In the same vein as the above recommendation. Finch and Reese fail at normal human interaction, and it's glorious. The Yelp thing alone is worth the price of admission.

Birds of a Feather by faith_manages
  • Recommended by Galaxysoup
  • Synopsis: Reese has been doing this job longer than either of them have, and he was taught by the best.
  • Comments: Reese's POV during Shadow Box and Prisoner's Dilemma.

Dimensions of Human Interaction by annchi
  • Recommended by Galaxysoup
  • Synopsis: While tracking one of their clients, Finch is trapped in an uncomfortable situation.
  • Comments: Finch and speed dating - hilarity ensues. Labeled as John/Harold slash but is very gen.

The Ghost and the Machine by Dien
  • Recommended by Weaver
  • Synopsis:"There is no Machine, is there? It's just you." (Rambling, incoherent) AU exploration of the possibility that the line between Finch and the Machine is a very thin one indeed.
  • Comments: A strangely facinating, subtly disturbing and highly plausible AU that's even more firmly in the post-cyberpunk catagory than canon.

The Chaos AU by Linda O
  • Recommended by PistachioInfernal
  • Synopsis: Years ago, Lionel Fusco had no choice. To save a young girl’s life, he shot and killed her gun-wielding father in front of her. Years later, Harold Finch had no choice. To save a teenager’s life — and to keep her out of IFT’s servers — he kidnapped a heroin-addicted hacker and committed her to rehab against her will. Now the young woman’s own attempts to make good choices have gone terribly wrong, and her Number’s come up. To save her life for a third time, Fusco, Finch, and John Reese will need to examine her choices – and their own.
  • Comments: I can't say enough good things about this fic. Linda O has all the characters nailed down perfectly. Her OC's are perfect fits for the POI universe, tough, flawed, and fascinating. Her fics truly feel like they are an episode of the show. The Chaos AU is now up to thirteen 'episodes' (each one roughly eight to twenty chapters), and will hopefully go for more. Now has it's own page.

Stories focused on the romantic relationships between the cast.

why don't we get together and call ourselves an institute by Leupagus
  • Recommended by Galaxysoup
  • Synopsis: “It’s perfectly logical. We’re bound to be caught at some point together, and as far as I can see there’s no downside to connecting Mr. Warren to Mr. Wren socially. We’ll have an easier time explaining ourselves being together if we’re observed being together, and since you’ve vetoed all of my suggestions for activities that you could take up—“ “I’m not joining a bowling league, Harold,” John says firmly.
  • Comments: John and Harold as seen through their deep cover workplace aliases.

The Raven Project by iteration
  • Recommended by figmentof
  • Synopsis: Reese tries to tail Finch over and over but never sees his home. Eventually, his imagination starts to run away with him.
  • Comments: John pines for Harold so much that he starts having fantasies.

Dangerous If Unbound by astolat
  • Recommended by figmentof
  • Synopsis: The Texas sun beating down was merciless, almost a physical weight on his shoulders. John couldn't move even to change the angle: the collar was tight, the cuffs were tight, and the chains had been pulled to their limits.
  • Comments: d/s AU. Brilliant world-building and the telepathy element adds an original twist to the d/s dynamic. John is not your typical sub in this fic.

minimum safe distance by eris
  • Recommended by figmentof
  • Synopsis: wherein everything comes together or begins to fall apart; either way. (2x18)
  • Comments: Beautifully written fic, with a quiet but steady ache that I find to be a characteristic for this pairing.

less bigger than the least begin by queenklu
  • Recommended by figmentof
  • Synopsis: “Mr. Gully is my former employee,” says Finch, fingers splayed over another stack of printouts, Gully’s blank-smiling face lurking in the upper left corner. “Oh.” John waits, but Harold doesn’t add anything, doesn’t move except where his fingertips are twitching against the paper. "Forgive me for saying so, Harold, but that seems like the kind of information you’d lead with.”
  • Comments: If you got extreme feels from RAM (3x16), then it goes without saying that you'll get feels from this fic.