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This Clint-centric update also includes a few of my favorites from various non-Avengers fests with which I’ve been involved recently (more to come in later editions!). It does not include anything from the HP Reversathon, since the reveals haven’t happened yet, and honestly...why aren’t you people reading those stories? Shoo!


casspeach (casspeach on LJ/DW): "C2H5OH +1" (Avengers/Captain America. Steve, Team, plus Clint/Phil. "Five times Steve drank alcohol like an adult, and one time he didn't. / Or five(ish) times Clint didn't drink, and one(ish) time he did." The way the Steve and the rest of the team treat alcohol is a really interesting way to frame Steve's encounters with the realities of the future/present - and love and friendship and trust.)

Copperbadge (sam_storyteller on DW / copperbadge on LJ): "Film Studies, or, Four Films About Captain America and One By Him" (Avengers. Steve, Team, Phil, Pepper. "Steve Rogers is no stranger to the silver screen." Steve - with the help of the other Avengers - catches up with present-day pop culture by revisiting the past. Sweet... and often - in chapter 3 especially - very funny.)

earlofcardigans, tascioni (phenylic): "never leave alone from a corner table" (Avengers. Clint/Phil, Natasha. "Clint and Phil have most of their meaningful conversations over fries and milkshakes." Low-key and quiet relationship development. Works as gen or pre-slash, but the point is, it works. Some of the transitions between scenes seem a little disjointed to me, but I really like the tone of the narrative - and Clint's pov is just different enough from what I usually read to be quite intriguing.)

infiniteeight (infiniteeight on LJ / infiniteeight8 on tumblr): "Guarantee" (Avengers. Phil/Clint, Fury. "What would SHIELD look like in a world where all the Agents we know and love are more than a few degrees darker? What would Nick Fury do to ensure loyalty? And how would Coulson and Barton meet?" Definitely an AU, but with just a little twist, these characters could absolutely be the ones we know. Potentially spoilery content information: Clint is aroused by killing...and that's perfectly fine with Coulson.)

irnan (irnan on LJ): "don’t turn me home again" (Avengers/Captain America/Iron Man. Steve, Bucky, Natasha, Peggy, Gabe Jones, Tony. ""I need to know what's in Hartford, Captain," said Hill. Her tone was gentler than Steve was expecting. He didn't know whether he ought to be grateful for that or not. / "Family," he said. The word felt rusty and disused in his mouth, on his tongue, but it was there, and that was what counted./ (or: five times Steve Rogers went to Hartford, Connecticut, and the people he spent time with there.") As one commenter noted, there really isn't enough Howling Commandos fic. Here, though, is a woderful Steve - and others - visiting an old, old friend. Gentle, funny at times, and a little bittersweet)

Misachan: "Contingencies" (Avengers. Clint, Natasha, Selvig, Team, etc. "Clint knows it's only a matter of time before it happens again." Psychological fall out from Loki's actions for Clint. All kind of...horrible. Natasha and Phil are great. Potentially spoilery content information: PTSD, suicidal ideation.)

myrmidryad: "Just Another Guy With A Bow" (Avengers. Clint, Natasha, Phil, Team, some Clint/Natasha and Clint/Phil. "Clint's life is a steady progression from point A to point B, but it's everything that happens between those points that make the story interesting. Things like joining the circus, losing Barney, finding Barney, stumbling into SHIELD, trusting Coulson, meeting Fury, making a different call when he's sent to kill the Black Widow, and becoming part of the dysfunctional Avengers team." Excellent backstory, detailed and engaging, with some actually exciting action sequences (I say this as somebody who usually prefers endless scenes of characters sharing their feelings while sitting on the couch to action *g* Potentially spoilery content information: A lot of this story involves Clint and Natasha's grief over Phil's assumed death, which is very sad even if you have a sense it won't be...permanent.)

sarcastic_fina (sarcasticfina on tumblr): "Lean Over The Edge Now, Darling, Stare Into Abyss (Jump, And I'll Catch You, I Promise) " (Avengerus/Thor. Clint/Darcy, Team, OFC. ""Tell me about Darcy..." the doctor prompted. || Clint is ordered to see a psychologist after a traumatic event causes SHIELD to indefinitely bench him, but he's falling apart faster than anybody could possibly help put him back together." Let me say first that this story is really well done and even has some really sweet moments. Next, let me say that decades of reading "fix-its" in one fandom or another left me woefully unprepared for, well, okay, seriously...heed the warnings --> Potentially spoilery content information: Major Character Death, i.e., Darcy. PTSD. Suicidal ideation. This was extremely sad, and it was totally my fault because I default to reading no warnings and expecting miraculous back-from-the-dead endings, which...I didn't get. Still, I'm reccing this.)

sheafrotherdon (sheafrotherdon on LJ): the "Pigeonville, USA" series (Avengers. Phil, Darcy, Steve, Pepper, Tony, Phil/Clint, Steve/Tony. Two stories in a technically incomplete series, but both stories definitely stand on their own. The summary for the first is "Day 214 on the campaign trail of Steve Rogers for President. Twenty-sixteen's turning out to be a hell of a year" and the summary for the second is "Tony has ideas about his role after the inauguration" - and despite being written pre-movie, both stories are funny, intelligently observed regarding the Marvel universe and U.S. politics and are perfectly voiced.)

Sinope (eponis on LJ): "Perfect" (Avengers. Phil/Clint, Natasha. "In which Loki left Clint with an extra gift, and everything is perfect, right up until it isn't." Really great take on the "just gay for you" trope (which...if I didn't know it could actually be true in the "real world," would have weirded me out even more the first time I encountered it in fanfic.) Utterly believable reactions from both of them and just about the happiest - most "perfect?" - ending a scenario like this would ever allow. Potentially spoilery content information: As the author notes say: Magical alteration of sexual orientation, followed by an otherwise-consensual sexual relationship with a gender that wasn't previously arousing.)

slynn (slynn on / slynn6776 on LJ): "The Exchange" (Avengers. Clint, Phil, Team, Pepper. "Clint has his own system that allows him to get new reading material without actually having to keep any of it. Mostly, it works. Until it doesn't. " Before and after the movie. Heartbreaking and life-affirming and only tangentially about books.)

snottygrrl (snottygrrl on LJ/DW): "my arrow flies straight and true (and I've been loved inside a heart for years) " (Avengers. Clint, Phil, Clint/Phil, Team. "Phil Coulson wakes up in S.H.I.E.L.D.'s medical bay. Clint's sure it's his fault. The rest of the Avengers just want to help." Dual pov, post-movie 'fix it' which both Phil and Clint doing an excellent job of avoidance. Nicely done!)

storiesfortravellers (daria234 on LJ/dariaw on DW): "Private Bookmark?" (Avengers. Team + Coulson. "The Avengers discover that there are fans who write explicit RPF fic about them. / Some of them are very confused. Some are proud. Some don't understand why everyone writes the pairings who aren't together but hardly anyone writes the couple who actually is together. " Okay, so...I usually have zero interest in these sorts of "characters x and y discover fanfiction about themselves online" stories, but in this case, well...superheroes! There probably would be fanfiction about them. So I read it...and I have to say that my throat is in actual pain because I was laughing so hard. Really fantastic - and dare I say surprisingly in character?)

torakowalski: "Won't You Please (Leave Your Mark On Me) " (Avengers. Phil/Clint, Natasha. "" I have a strange relationship with stories like this because much as I tell myself I'm not particularly into kink, some stuff - especially some "Kink-driven Person Recently Involved With Someone Who Doesn't Know How Important Kink Is To Their Newish Lover"stories - are complete id!fic for me. And when they're written as well as this story...well! Potentially spoilery content information: submissive!Clint, plus handcuffing, bondage tape, spanking, wax play.))


astro_knight: "Saturday For No Luck At All" (Otto Chriek/William de Worde. "For the prompt: “William de Worde isn't sure how to tell his father or co-workers that he's married to Otto Chriek and not Sacharissa.”" Awkward and charming and funny and extremely sweet.)

book_hobbit: "Trouser Legs" (Ponder/Rincewind. "Rincewind get shunted down the wrong trouser leg of time. Typically, things don't go the way he was expecting" Cleverly conceived and executed...and unexpectedly sweet.)

firebird5: "The Prince Of Ur" (Hwl, tomjon, Vitoller, plus...DEATH. "Hwel writes a patriotic play - that is, it talks about killing foreigners (who deserve it) - but certain critics still aren't satisfied. And sometimes, late at night, Hwel wonders if he's writing the play or the play is writing him..." A brilliantly constructed dramatic/comic fusion of Discworld and Shakespeare. Spoilers for Wyrd Sisters)

musyc: "Decision" (Maladicta/Polly. "I made this decision a long time ago. You can see what forever is like, Maladicta. I can't." Spoilers for Monstrous Regiment. Very smart about both love and mortality.)

woldy: "Tea and Octarine" (Rosie Palm/Esk Smith. "Transporting weapons is a dangerous job. Especially when you're wearing high heels and there's an Unmentionable behind you." Yes, sexy...but also a great perspective on courage and the intricacies of Time.)

Harry Potter

alwaysasnapefan: "Bravery and Ambition" (Amycus Carrow/Peter Pettigrew. "Amycus Carrow falls for a promising Gryffindor named Peter Pettigrew and discovers that bravery and ambition are rarer than he'd thought." If somebody had told me before I read this that I'd ever be reccing a story with a Carrow/Pettigrew pairing and that I'd be sympathetic toward both of them, I never would have believed it, but...there you go. An insightful, honest, often dark tale set in the early days of Voldemort's rise.)

lash_larue: "As You Say" (Petunia Evans Dursley/Severus Snape. "After Lily's death Snape and Petunia are drawn to each other in an attempt to find something of Lily in the other. Neither of them is really sure what they find, but they find that they need it." A completely believable developing relationship, set within the confines of yearly visits to Lily's grave. Wonderful voices.)

purplyfluffycat: "Professor C. Binns: A Personal History" (Cuthbert Binns/Walburga Black. "" A great narrative voice from what seems to me to be an intentionally non-neurotypical Binns who fits perfectly into canon.Potentially spoilery content information: one instance of physical spousal abuse, not between the two main characters)

synn: "Courtship of a Common Man" (Viktor Krum/Percy Weasley. " Percy's so tired of nothing being right or perfect in the world that he's just about given up. Thank goodness Viktor doesn't believe in giving up." Wonderfully wrought representation of Percy - both he and Viktor come across as utterly three-dimensional and really likable, with great chemistry.)

therealsnape: "A Story of Warnings and the Ignoring Thereof" (Slughorn/Pince. "Horace has a strange story to tell. A story that might even surprise his old friend Albus. A story involving Irma Pince. And then Albus had to go and die in that highly dramatic fashion. But Horace is not a man who lets a mere trifle like the Veil stop him. When he has a story to tell, he tells it." Much more than just the story of Horace's developing relationship with Irma, this is also a story of who Horace is, at heart, and who his late lamented friend might be, since...who really knows Albus Dumbledore? Excellent narrative voice from Slughorn.)

wwmrsweasleydo: "The Magpie and the Rat" (Peter Pettigrew/Mundungus Fletcher. "...Peter looked across the room again, to the short, dark man in the grubby raincoat sitting alone at the table there, and caught him watching their group again. The man looked away quickly..." Marauder Era - although Peter is of age, just - and this is really one of those stories for which I created the HP Beholder fest. Two characters who are ordinarily found unlikable and yet here they are absolutely sympathetic. Do read, even if - especially if - you think there's no way this pairing could work.)

Sherlock Holmes

earlgreytea68 (earlgreytea68 on LJ): "Experiments With Tequila" (BBC. Mycroft/Lestrade, Sherlock/John. " Another re-rec of sorts, here at part 15 of the Scotch series. Honestly, I just like this series so much that I'll probably keep reccing every two or three times a new story pops up. *g* Anyway! The primary interaction here is actually gen, between Lestrade and Sherlock...and it's very excellent. If you haven't read any of this series though, you might as well just start from the beginning.)

falling_voices (nuitdenovembre on tumblr): "The Grand Tour of Europe" (BBC. Sherlock/John. "In the afternoon of May 20th, 2015, Sherlock Holmes starts down the steps of the British Museum and walks neatly into the arms of a dead man." Written before season two, a reverse-Reichnenbach story, with John the one to disappear at the falls and Sherlock left behind to deal with the repercussions - emotional and otherwise - and with Moriarty. Wonderful echoes from canon, although put here to new purposes. smart.)

marysutherland (marysutherland on LJ): "Perseverance" (BBC. Mycroft/Lestrade, Sherlock, John, others. "Greg Lestrade is a very patient man. Just as well, when it's so hard to get together with Mycroft Holmes." Actually, they're both very patient men, Greg and Mycroft, in this story that starts before canon and ends up just before "Reichenbach." It also, it should be noted for those of you reading exclusively for sexual shenanigans, that this quite long story takes us to the brink, but no further...and yet that kind of ending - in the context of this relationship dynamic - makes a great deal of thwarted-reader sense *g*)

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) and especially 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

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Date: 2012-08-30 08:34 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
The link for astro_knight: "Saturday For No Luck At All" doesn't work. Otherise, thanks for the great list.

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Date: 2012-08-30 01:52 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Thanks for the link. It was well worth the wait to read it.


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