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No this isn't the recs list I threatened awhile back, this is just a couple fics that I felt like reccing.
I may still do the list, but I probably won't. Mainly because I haven't had time to update the Potter Lists, so all I need is to add another that will need updating/working on. Also, I really do need to start working on my fanfic rather than stopping to read others. Oh well!

The first is an older one and possibly one that anyone in the Star Wars fandom has already read, but I just recently went back and reread it and wanted to share it with anyone else who may have missed it and would be interested. The second one is newer and is very much made of awesome.
However, for my fellow slashers, the first one is very much gen and the second one is gen with a dash of het. They're both on ff.net, so obviously the het isn't full-on, but it is there. But at least it isn't Luke/Mara*, so there is some comfort to be had.

1. Force Bond 1: Orphan by KittandChips
PG (complete) gen
Summary: AU After Owen and Beru are killed by a mysterious stranger, young Luke ends up as an orphan on Coruscant. It's a race against time as ObiWan struggles to find Luke before Vader realizes the boy is his son.
Chapters 13
Force Bond 2: Threat (15), A Force Bond Christmas (3), Force Bond: Interactive Media (1), Force Bond: Dentist (1), Force Bond: Social Trials (6), Force Bond: Summer Accidents (9), Force Bond 3: Son (15), Force Bond 4: Jedi (14). All complete and all rated PG

2. Dynasty by Valerie Vancollie and Rebecca Thomson
PG-13 (complete) gen/het
Summary: Abandoned on the first Death Star, Luke's true identity is revealed and Vader takes him to Coruscant. There he learns about the Empire and the Dark Side even as he hears his best friend has joined the Alliance.
Chapters 45
Though they are called chucks by the authors, because this story wasn't written as a chaptered story, merely broken down into one for ease of posting.

* Luke/Mara - Once upon a time I liked this pairing, but to be honest I've recently decided that the entire "Expanded Universe" sucks. Well, okay, some of the "EU" has sucked for a long time. But mostly it was just all the subtle Luke bashing that went on with various authors. Mostly it was alright, aside from that.

However, the second Thrawn books were just kinda BLAH, though that might be the blame of the overall universe than Zahn himself. After all, he couldn't exactly ignore everything and other writers by that time had done some serious screwing with things.

But then came the "New Jedi Order," and even though they were finally killing a character, I just could NOT get into this series, which from what I've heard is probably a good thing, because a lot of people tell me "NJO" sucks worse than all the suck before it.

But lets stop bashing the "EU" and get back to Luke/Mara. I admit from the original Zahn trilogy that I liked the idea of Luke/Mara and long suspected the "EU" would go there. Though after awhile I did begin to wonder because it seemed like the "EU" might be going to keep Luke single.

I do believe Luke and Mara did get together before I stopped reading, but by the time they got together I had already stopped caring. I'll never understand why books, shows, movies, etcs insist on drawing shit like this out. There's only so much I can take before I lose interest completely. Of course, I might have been a bit pleased at the time, but as time has moved on I've moved very far away from Luke/Mara to the fact that I can barely stand it now.
I'm told my dislike of the pairing would be even worse if I'd continued reading the books. But since I have not, I only have a mild distaste/dislike for Luke/Mara, while others I've seen have a raging hate-on for Luke/Mara.

Personally, now that we have the prequels, I would love to see the entire "EU" scraped and redone. Of course, if they use the same writers that probably wouldn't make that much difference, but maybe if they redone it they could make it suck just a little less.
1. Both those fics are awesome. I've read them and second the rec.

2. Luke/Mara! My favorite SW ship. I shipped them before it was canon, like you, when I read the first Zhan books. You are right, though, that things have gotten pretty bad. Mostly, I read fanfic and ship them in my head.

3. I hated the New Jedi Order. Basically, for me the EU stops with The Hand of Thrawn books. Everything else doesn't count. I was actually hopeful for the Legacy books with Jacen turning dark and all, but they've totally ignored Jaina, the only person I liked in the NJO, and have ruined the universe even more.
Gods, I *adored* the Forcebond fics! Thank you so much for the reminder :)