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I'm happily reading all the usual fandoms, but much of my focus is over with the Yuletide nominations. Rare fandoms FTW!

Avengers

Azul Bleu (azul_bleu on LJ): "Shadow in the Stream" (Team+Phil, with elements of Steve/Tony and Phil/Clint. "Caught in the grips of spectacular hangovers, the Avengers wish Tony wasn't around to enable them, and a power decides to grant them their wish: a world without Tony Stark. How do you change reality back to normal without your resident genius billionaire playboy philanthropist, anyway?" A...magical AU, of sorts, with a dash of it's a Wonderful Life thrown into the mix. The initial set-up maybe felt slightly out of character to me (only in everybody's willingness to shift the blame for their 'conditions' to Tony), but that was a minor element in a very original and often moving story.)

Closer: the "Taking Action" series (Avengers, etc. Tony/Pepper/Steve, Bruce/Natasha, Clint/Phil, background Thor/Jane. "A single timeline told from three different perspectives, involving three different relationships. / Steve wants what Tony and Pepper have, and maybe wants Tony and Pepper. / Bruce and Natasha are both looking for someone to care for, and need a little caring-for themselves. Clint is just so damned glad to have Coulson back he won't ask for anything more, but Coulson has other ideas." The series - the first story of which I'd recced previously - is now complete, and...it's really lovely. All the new relationships work, no matter how unlikely they might seem to outsiders, and the team? I couldn't love them any more than I do.)

coffeebuddha (coffeebuddha on LJ): "Caught In Death's Shadow " (Clint/Phil. "Who really takes that much notice of yet another man in a suit, anyway?" Dark, creepy, and wonderful. Potentially spoilery content information: A very cool riff on the myth of Hades and Persephone.)

entanglednow: "Falling to Earth" (Avengers. Steve/Tony. "Snow is the beginner's substance of choice for all cave-ins and trapped-in-the-wilderness scenarios. Why couldn't it have been snow?" A pretty perfect "forced to conserve body heat" story...honest and insightful.)

fangirlSevera: "The Rise and Fall of Office Romances" (Avengers/iron Man. Phil Coulson/Pepper Potts, Pepper Potts/Tony Stark, Clint Barton/Phil Coulson. "Professional, responsible, efficient, and dependable. When Pepper gets to know Agent Coulson, she finds a kindred spirit. Their dates would be perfect if not for the constant interruptions by Tony Stark or Clint Barton. But what does it say about Phil and Pepper that they let them interrupt?" Just as it says on the label. A story in which, just for a moment, even *I* - who ships very differently - wanted Phil and Pepper to end up together *g*)

foxxcub: "Aripâ " (Phil/Clint, Clint/Natasha. ""I wish I could fly," he whispers." Wing!fic, of all things for me to be reccing, starting with Clint's days in the circus. Extremely well done, and a good look at the way these people show vulnerability...and trust.)

gwynhefar: "I Would Tear Apart the World (Just to Get to You) " (Phil/Clint. "Agent Coulson has been missing for two months when SHIELD calls off the search." A great - and appropriate - backstory for Clint, who needless to say, doesn't agree with SHIELD calling off the search. Very engaging.)

hipsterchrist: "A Real Human Being (And a Real Hero) " (Avengers. Phil/Clint, others. "Phil is still Philip when he gets his first Captain America comic book. (Or, a lifelong character study fic of Agent Phil Coulson.)" A great backstory for Phil and a believable relationship between him and Clint. Potentially spoilery content information: You know how in canon, Phil apparently dies? Well he does here too - and stays dead. That'll teach me not to read warnings.)

Lenore (scribblinlenore on LJ): "Never Have I Ever" (Avengers. Steve/Natasha, Team. "Steve has a lot of never-evers. Natasha decides to help him mark a few off the list. " Sexy and adorable, both at the same time)

lettered: "Relationship Risk Assessment and Research " (Pepper/Tony. "Pepper’s trying to run a company, maintain a relationship, and still have her own life. Tony’s just trying to be a good person. AKA the one in which Tony won’t shut up about Pepper’s vagina and Pepper has a backstory." According to the author, this is a sprawling PWP, but here's the thing: I don't like PWPs and I really liked this story! It's also pretty phenomenally dirty, but all in the service of characterization, plus it's romantic and smart and psychologically insightful. Potentially spoilery content information: dirty talk, a spreadsheet, a vibrator, anal play, an enema, rimming, a blow-job, snowballing, light bondage, light humiliation, felching, consent play/RACK)

mia kulpah (nina_monk): "Catch and Release" (Bruce & Natasha. "Bruce is frustrated and angry. It takes a Black Widow and copious amounts of bad vodka to find out why." The background relationship interest may be Bruce/Tony, but the foreground relationship is all this weird, honest, kind of drunken friendship between an angry Bruce and a really insightful Natasha.)

shell (umbo on LJ): "The Gift of Idunn" (Clint/Phil. ""This is a great boon," Thor said reverently as he picked up the sphere, which remained a dull silver color. "It is for the restoration of what is lost, for the righting of wrongs. It was a gift from the goddess Idunn."" An AU which merges two Avengers universes: the one we know from canon and one in which Phil's fate is arguably even worse than the one we saw. Smart and original.)

Re-Rec - shell (umbo on LJ): the "Long Range Reconnaissance" series (Avengers/Captain America. Steve/Bucky. Phil/Clint, Tony/Pepper, Team. Earlier this year, I recced the first story in this series - "The Same, but More" - which is a Steve/Bucky story set in the second world war. This time, though, I'm reccing the whole long - albeit still incomplete -series, mostly set in the present and focusing on both the fallout from the Chitauri attack and the not-quite-casualities as well as the return of Bucky Barnes, aka, the Winter Soldier. Since this rec is well before the release of the film Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the later installments of the series draw on events in Brubaker's comics run instead, and the whole series is very smart and often very moving.)

thatdamneddame: That We Do Not Speak" (Avengers. Clint/Phil, Natasha. "They tell him Phil’s dead but Clint's not so sure. He can still sometimes feel the Tesseract under his skin and knows, deep down, that death cannot stop Phil Coulson." It's not spoiler to say that the start of the story - post "death" - is, from Clint's pov, absolutely heartwrenching. Smart, emotionally insightful, and replete with clever and original magical theory.)

thehoyden: Took Me By Surprise and Then" (Avengers/X-Men. Erik Lehnsherr/Charles Xavier, Avengers Team. "After the second surgery in New York, Charles doesn’t anticipate anyone keeping vigil by his bedside — and certainly not Tony Stark." An excellent blending of the two 'verses: the connections feel very organic. And the relationship between Erik and Charles feels sweet and feels canonical.)

torakowalski: "Tell You Secrets Nobody Knows " (Phil/Clint/Natasha. "This is how Phil always hoped this would work; this is them, this is teamwork. They know how to do this." Exactly how I imagine a threesome might come into being with this group. Touching and extremely hot.)

tristesses (tristesses on LJ): "More Than Bliss" (Natasha/Loki. "The first time she sees Loki again, Natasha nearly puts a bullet in his skull. The second time, he threatens to kill her. By the third time, she has him on his knees and begging for her touch, and what's more, he likes it." Dark and kinky and...romantic? For some Loki-versions of romantic, at least. Potentially spoilery content information: Dom/sub, masochism, whipping, suicidal ideation...basically, look at the author's warnings.)

withpractice_ff (withpractice_ff on LJ): "All That You've Been Waiting For" (Avengers/Hulk/IronMan. Tony/Bruce. "The Hulk is a cock-block. Tony has a solution." Basically 'just sex,' but it doesn't feel like a pwp. also, there's a collar. And Tony is, of course, a genius. *g*)

Phantom of the Opera

drjekyllmshyde (formerly intelligentwolf on LJ): "Ashes and Wine" (Erik/OFC. "When a large estate is purchased by a mysterious masked gentleman, Cecile Lallier finds her life suddenly turned on end. Sequel to Strangeness and Charm (see below)." An engaging story of friendship and love. This isn't Erik/Christine, but Christine - and the Daroga - are both treated well in the narrative.)

drjekyllmshyde (formerly intelligentwolf on LJ): "Strangeness and Charm" (Erik, OCs "A young woman and her husband move into a small village not far from Rouen, where a widow and her masked child live in recluse. Can she repair the damage the woman has done to her son before it's too late?" Well written and emotionally true backstory for Child!Erik.)

Sherlock Holmes

linpatootie: "Unlikely Connections We Make" (BBC. Mycroft/Lestrade. "Greg's life has gone to the dogs. In a spectacular show of really bad judgement he tries to improve things by hitting on Mycroft Holmes." Oh my god, but this Mycroft is hard work in a relationship...but completely believably so.)

paperclipbitch (paperclipbitch on LJ / giveyourlovelovegiveitallaway on tumblr): "These Things Were Promises" (Ritchie!Verse. Holmes/Watson. "Watson has had to take a brutal course in being honest with himself so nothing Holmes says will ever be a surprise." As the author notes, this story might benefit from one final beta read - although the relatively rare problems in the story would be less noticeable in a less well-written work - but generally, apart from some slightly anachronistic phrasing, this is a fantastically good story, with an interesting take on the characters. It's told from Watson's pov and he is all too aware of the fact that he's infatuated with Holmes, no matter that - for so many reasons - he's initially unwilling to say a word about it. The readers, though, can see clear evidence of Holmes' allegedly non-existent emotions and how tied in they are to his very reciprocal feelings for Watson, even before he acknowledges those feelings. Emotions can be a dangerous thing in this story - raw and painful - but sometimes they're exactly what's needed. Potentially spoilery content information: Alcohol and drug use/abuse)

X-Men

thehoyden: Took Me By Surprise and Then" (Avengers/X-Men. Erik Lehnsherr/Charles Xavier, Avengers Team. "After the second surgery in New York, Charles doesn’t anticipate anyone keeping vigil by his bedside — and certainly not Tony Stark." An excellent blending of the two 'verses: the connections feel very organic. And the relationship between Erik and Charles feels sweet and feels canonical.)




As I've noted before, I will clearly never catch up with old stories. If you have a favorite story (your own or somebody else's) that you think I might have missed and it's in a fandom that I've recced before (see my main recs page, which includes links to all the individual major fandoms and a miscellaneous fandoms page). Most loved at the moment are stories from one of the following fandoms: Avengers, Discworld, Doctor Who, Harry Potter, Lewis, Sherlock Holmes in all varieties, or White Collar (feel free to leave a link below), but everything is welcome.

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Date: 2012-09-27 02:00 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] gurrier
I really love seeing your recs pop up on my page, there's always so much to enjoy!

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Date: 2012-09-27 02:24 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] rembrandtswife
Without your Avengers recs, I wouldn't read the fandom--there's just so much! But I trust your taste. :)

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Date: 2012-09-29 01:47 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] msilverstar
Wow, Relationship Risk Assessment is spectacular, thanks!

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Date: 2012-09-30 01:34 am (UTC)
msilverstar: (rachel)
From: [personal profile] msilverstar
I liked it more for what the sex revealed about them than the particular kinks involved.

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Date: 2012-10-01 03:03 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] merisunshine36
OMG NEW RECS!! How did I miss these?? \o/

And that wingfic snuck up on me as well! I haven't read one of those since my anime days, but I really enjoyed that one.

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Date: 2014-01-13 10:18 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] ride_4ever
Perfect timing for me to find this! I'm at home with the flu and found my way here to your main recs page -- which I had not seen before -- via the Jan 2014 recs post you just put up.

Good fic recs -- the greatest comforts to be had today.

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