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astridv: (Ward 3 by thedothatgirl)
Tuesday, January 28th, 2014 09:29 pm
Liar, Liar by [archiveofourown.org profile] smilinstar (SHIELD)
Ward/Simmons; romance/slow burn/humor; PG-13; 4640 words
Summary: “Of all the people to get caught by, Simmons hadn’t even been a fleeting consideration.”

Very cute fic; I like the slow build of their relationship.

Playing with Fire by [archiveofourown.org profile] fayedartmouth (MI: Ghost Protocol)
Gen; Brandt & team; mission fic; teen; 7380 words
Summary: Ethan’s wife never died, and none of it was Brandt’s fault, and he gave up years of his career and he’s back in the game and in all honesty, he’s not sure what that means. He just knows that if he doesn’t get out of here soon, he’s going to get more than burned. He’s going to get burned alive.
astridv: (Skye2 by thedothatgirl)
Wednesday, January 15th, 2014 09:43 pm
Of Chemistry and Nerve by [archiveofourown.org profile] sheg0 (SHIELD)
Simmons/Skye and team; mild action/bad girl shenanigans; M; 12501 words
Summary: They stumbled into this dance and neither really know the steps. But they improvise. Set after "The Magical Place."

The First Law of Nature by [fanfiction.net profile] blackdog-lz (MI: Ghost Protocol)
Gen; Brandt & Hunt; spies and secret agents/snapshots/h/c; PG; 3684 words
Summary: His life would be so much easier if Hunt wasn't a trouble magnet with a malfunctioning sense of self-preservation and an unhealthy adrenaline addiction.
astridv: (hawkeye 3)
Wednesday, January 1st, 2014 12:25 pm
more Yuletide recs
And Never Brought to Mind (Hawkeye)
Gen; Clint, Kate & Lucky; humor/friendship; 1982 words
Summary: "Hey, Katie-Kate? Is Kathy Griffin or Anderson Cooper the one with three heads?"

Kate and Clint bring in the new year, Hawkeye-style.

Investing (The Wire)
Gen; Randy Wagstaff & Ellis Carver; future fic; 1121 words
Summary: A look at Randy Wagstaff's life in season 5 and beyond.

Not Measured in Minutes (Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol)
Brandt/Benji(ish) and team; snapshots/spies and secret agents; teen; 5549 words
Summary: Benji is not an analyst, but he is doing his best to make sense of Brandt all the same.

A phonetic map of Germany (Toyed Shoe Lunt) for English speakers
Funniest thing I've seen all day. All year, even. ([personal profile] jae, you should get a kick out of it.)
I’m from Mint Star in Nerd Ryan-Vest Fall Ann.
astridv: (hawkeye 2)
Thursday, May 30th, 2013 04:14 pm
Mission Impossible - Ghost Protocol rec:
The Beach House by [fanfiction.net profile] ladygris
Gen; Brandt & OC (plus background team); friendship/drama/spies and secret agents; rated teen; 60,000 words
Summary: When Will Brandt unexpectedly inherits a beach house from his estranged grandfather, he decides to rent the home to an old childhood friend. Things get complicated, however, when secrets are discovered and begin tying their families together. With an international plot coming to light, Will races to find an assassin before someone he cares about ends up dead.

A really interesting story, with a lot of original elements and characters that mesh with the MI verse. I was sceptical at first, as I tend to be when reading fic with a prominent OC at ffn, but the writer pulls it off well. Right from the beginning I got drawn into that world, the little town and its inhabitants.

Today at [livejournal.com profile] awesome_places, a beautiful piece of architecture: Ballena Mexicana - The Mexican Whale House (Mexico)

Hier ist ein geniales Rezept für irisches Kartoffelbrot. Hab's gestern mal ausprobiert und werde es von jetzt an sicher häufiger machen. Das Rezept ist ganz simpel, aber das Brot schmeckt wie ein raffinierter Partysnack.

Ich habe als Mehl Dinkelmehl genommen, und nur einen halben Teelöffel Salz. Und die Kartoffeln weichgekocht und mit dem Zauberstab püriert. Der Teig ist ziemlich klebrig, deswegen habe ich gar nicht erst versucht, ihn auszurollen, sondern direkt aufs Backpapier gekippt und dann mit etwas mehr Mehl flachgedrückt.
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Thursday, February 7th, 2013 10:37 am
Avengers rec: I found this AU really fascinating.
set fire to the third bar by [livejournal.com profile] themonkeytwin
AU; Clint/Natasha (subtext); rated PG; 4500 words
Summary: It was a strange thing, to know you were living a life that wasn't quite your own.
Clint never ran away, never became Hawkeye. Doesn't mean his path doesn't cross with a certain redhead's. Happy endings are very much in the eye of the beholder, though, so don't hold anyone's breath (unless you want to).

Ghost Protocol rec:
Underline Everything (I'm A Professional) by [archiveofourown.org profile] vulpesvortex
Brandt/Benji and team; rated teen; 5097 words
Summary: He’d thought that he and Benji had been doing well, spending enough down-time sacked out together on couches watching Firefly re-runs and bantering over the comms on missions, long nights spent on stake-outs and break-ins.

(A fill for this prompt on the ghotocol kinkmeme, which asked for Benji having a physically affectionate friendship with another guy and misreading Brandt's jealousy as homophobia.)
astridv: (coffeepot hawk)
Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013 12:11 am
That Light That Takes You Home by [archiveofourown.org profile] torakowalski (Mission Impossible)
Benji/Brandt and teams from MI:3&4; backstory/maybe slightly AU;rated teen; 9817 words

Summary: In which Benji Dunn has a meet-cute on an aeroplane, falls in love, qualifies as a field agent, and nearly gets blown up far too many times.

Domesticity by [archiveofourown.org profile] summerhall (Hawkeye comicverse)
Gen; Clint & Kate; friendship; 580 words

Summary: Somewhere between the extra laundry and the matching coffee mugs, Clint stops paying attention. And then the next thing he knows, there's a cello in his living room, another toothbrush in his bathroom, and his whole damn place smells like lilacs.
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Tuesday, January 8th, 2013 08:38 pm
Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol rec!
The other day I was talking to [personal profile] jenna_thorn about my craving of teamy genfic for that movie and this morning I found this treat in my stocking. :)

Shipping Manifest by [archiveofourown.org profile] jenna_thorn
Summary: “Is that legal?” Benji asked the room in general. Ethan shrugged, Jane rolled her eyes, Will raised one hand and waggled it sideways.
Gen; Benji, Brandt (Jane, Ethan); genre: team/mission; 1180 words

If you enjoyed the movie for the team interaction, don't miss this one because it's chock full of amazing team chemistry and great dialog.

I'm SO happy with the stuff I found in my stocking this morning. Among other things a crossover with Natasha and Amanda (from Highlander) which is about as cool as you'd excect with these two chicks; post-NFA fic with Connor, Kate&Angel, and season1 fic with a lovely Cordy&Angel moment. And a lot of recs! Check them out!. :)

one more rec 'cause that folder's overflowing right now:
The Bechdel Test by [archiveofourown.org profile] Frea_O (Avengers)
Summary: Tony has concerns for his female teammates. Very important ones.
Gen; Maria & Natasha, Tony, Steve, Clint; 1289 words

Snarky and really funny.
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Thursday, July 26th, 2012 10:58 pm
Avengers:
Amateur Theatrics by [archiveofourown.org profile] galaxysoup
Gen; PG-13; team & Loki; 26586 words
Summary: In which Thor’s primary problem-solving method (a mighty blow from Mjolnir) fails to have the desired effect on a magical artifact, and his secondary method (a mightier blow from Mjolnir) proves to be actively disastrous.

Bodyswap hijinks with fun team interaction and a cool plot. The ending veered a teensy bit close to Loki apologism for my taste but still, I thoroughly enjoyed this story, including kid!Loki.


Leverage:
with your progress stretched out for miles by [livejournal.com profile] abvj
Sophie/Nate; genre: backstory/character study/romance; PG-13; 30,353 words
Summary: Sophie Devereaux from age eleven onward. Some years were better to her than others. (Or, alternatively: my love letter to Sophie Devereaux.)

A beautiful character study that does these messed-up characters and their far-from-fairytale relationship justice.


MI4: Ghost Protocol
The Runner by [archiveofourown.org profile] x_art
Brandt/Ethan, Benji, Jane; Rating ~R; 15681 words
“As I was saying, I was just joking.”
Ethan gave him a long, searching look. “And I’m not. This is the mission, should you—”
He waved away the words. “Yeah, yeah, yeah.” He knew his big mouth would get him into trouble sooner or later, but sooner seemed a hell of a lot, well, sooner.


Anybody got recs for humor team fic? I don't read Natasha or Clint paired with other characters or Loki/anyone - other than that I'm a happy multishipper, and Gen's of course great too. Also looking for Fury and Hill. (I can't wait till AO3 becomes tag-searchable.)
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Monday, July 23rd, 2012 09:07 pm
Avengers:
the highest reaches of human endeavor by [livejournal.com profile] kuhori_rei
Natasha/Clint; NC-17; 2450 words
Summary: Clint and Natasha are never awkward. Except for when they are. (Or, five times Clint and Natasha screw up during sex, and one time they really just don’t care.)

MI4: Ghost Protocol:
Countdown by [archiveofourown.org profile] Desdemon
William Brandt/Ethan Hunt and team; spy antics with kissing; 2761 words
The mission is not just politically sensitive, or personally dangerous - it also sounds so crazy that Brandt would suspect a practical joke if Ethan didn’t seem like the kind of guy who would just murder whoever he was irritated with instead. There’s an Iranian prince’s body double, one half of the recipe for a chemical weapon, a train hand-off in Kazakhstan, and a Dutch contact of Ethan's whom Brandt is expected to meet with in fourteen hours. In the Netherlands. Oh, and a guaranteed international incident should any of them get caught.

But it doesn’t matter. Brandt said yes, and he knows that if Ethan asks him for anything else, he’ll say yes to that, too.

Unusuals:
Laid Bare by [archiveofourown.org profile] Zinnith
Gen; PG-13; characters: Casey & Jason; genre: Partnership, h/c; 2236 words
Summary: "Look, Beaumont, it's just the flu and he's a grown man--I don't think you need someone to watch him during your shift."
"Casey--just get over here. I'll explain when you get here."
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Tuesday, July 10th, 2012 03:44 pm
Two Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol recs that I'm snagging from [personal profile] jenna_thorn right away:

Safety Net by [archiveofourown.org profile] Zinnith
Gen (pre-Benji/Brandt if you squint); friendship, h/c; 4131 words
Summary: "It's okay, I've got you."

A mission goes to hell and Benji is there to catch Brandt when he falls.

But Then Again So Are You by leah k
Benji/Brandt and team; NC-17; casefic/romance; 12116 words
Summary: Ethan's plan is surprisingly simple, if they can pull it off: get Cade to invite Brandt over, plant bugs. No masks, no jumping off of anything. Brandt is warming to it, which is why it's confusing when Benji says, "I don't like this plan, it won't work, have you thought about tunneling?"