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.

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Authors and Websites

    Authors and Websites 

  • Recommended by Murus
  • Don't be fooled by the author's name - all of their stories are actually 'Shoot' (Shaw/Root) centered. Nearly all of them (with two exceptions) are based upon prompts, and have 2000-7000 words (though some are part of a series). The relationship between Root and Shaw is in some way an important element in each of the fics. However, the variations of what said relationship is like are many; also, these stories are about more than just shipping. One thing readers should be aware of is that many of the fics are AU, sometimes to the point of being quite bizarre. Don't be discouraged though - there are many stories to choose from, so you can just ignore the ones whose summary makes you go "What." or "NO, whyyy!?" and discover some true gems.

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.

    General Fics 

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.

First Count the Cost by KRyn
  • Recommended by Murus
  • Synopsis: “Before Sept. 11, the idea that Americans would voluntarily agree to live their lives under the gaze of a network of biometric surveillance cameras, peering at them in government buildings, shopping malls, subways and stadiums, would have seemed unthinkable, a dystopian fantasy of a society that had surrendered privacy and anonymity.” What's the world like, a month after Samaritan comes online?
  • Comments: Harold Finch sits in a park with Bear, reading newspapers - at several points in the series. First it's after Vigilance's trial, then on into the period following Samaritan's activation, after the team separated but before they got back together. This is a fic that basically just gives us Harold's thoughts on the vast changes the(ir) world is undergoing - and it's very, very good. The writer shows an impressive amount of thought and knowledge on various subjects, and the atmosphere is appropriately oppressive for a work set during the rise of Samaritan. (oneshot fic)
  • The story has a sequel that shows us how Harold and John reunite: Jumping Off Cliffs

System Restart by SunnyRea
  • Recommended by Murus
  • Synopsis: “Harold honors John's sacrifice and keeps himself alive. -spoilers for series finale-
  • Comments: Follows Harold from the rooftop where he witnessed John's final moments, to his reunion with Grace, and further until he finally comes to terms with what happened. This little story functions as a bittersweet, fitting goodbye to the series. It's perfect to read right after you finished watching the final episode.

The Long Game by randolhllee
  • Recommended by Murus
  • Synopsis: “Root is an amazing character, but she has this habit of disappearing from the show sometimes and only hinting at what she's been up to. This is a canon-compliant take on her entire story, starting just before she first appears on POI in Root Cause. Rated for canon events such as torture, murder, etc.”
  • Comments: Unfortunately, only eight chapters have been done and it seems the fic is dead. While this means that randolhllee only managed to cover Root's story from the early seasons, it is done well. What makes this fic special is that it puts us into the mind of Root when she was still an antagonist - something not many stories explore at length. It provides a fascinating contrast to the later Root (whose perspective we can see in some of the author's other stories).

Now My Watch Begins by randolhllee
  • Recommended by Murus
  • Synopsis: “After Shaw's trail runs cold, Root is left to deal with her absence in whatever way she can. What will happen when she finds the medal Gen gave to Shaw?”
  • Comments: A five-chapter look at how Root deals with what happened to Shaw. Halfway through, the author realized that this fic in a way follows the stages of grief. Both Root and Gen's emotions feel spot on.

Stories focused on the romantic relationships between the cast.

    Shipping Fics 

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.

Arctic by UserIdentify
  • Recommended by Murus
  • Synopsis: “Root and Shaw have to go undercover at a research facility in the Arctic, the mission goes smoothly until due to a mistake by Shaw (something Root wont let her live down) they get stuck. They have to maintain their covers as a computer scientist updating systems and security analyst. Due to Root, however, everyone is under the impression they are also a couple."
  • Comments: Does the premise seem a bit contrived to you? Well, it did to me. So, for some reason, Root and Shaw have to go to the Arctic (of all places), where they are conveniently stuck? I was rather skeptical, but eventually decided to give this fic a chance... and ended up so pleasantly surprised that I actually highly recommend it!

    Now, on to why. The story focuses on the relationship between Shaw and Root - how it began and how it develops. It's a gradual and realistic process - one not without its problems. Shaw is basically a sociopath, with all the issues that implies. What I especially liked is that Root understands this, and her expectations are appropriately limited: Root doesn't think Shaw will ever be able to meaningfully reciprocate her feelings. Underneath all her innuendo and pushiness, Root actually doesn't feel much hope. However, just like Root, Shaw is a complicated person... and that's all I'll say on the subject.

    All in all, this is one of the best, most realistic and well thought-out "Shoot" stories I have read so far. The grammar leaves something to be desired, but the fic's qualities more than make up for it.

Humor Fics
Crackfics, satires, or otherwise humorous stories.

    Humor Fics 

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.

Codenames by Saoirse_girl
  • Recommended by Murus
  • Synopsis: “Absolute crack, in which Sameen Shaw has the brightest idea.”
  • Comments: A "social experiment" spins out of control, and the Machine manages to be a wonderful troll.