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Friday, February 5th, 2016 11:58 am
Zinc Man, by Selena

Tags: Case Fic, Afghanistan, set mid-s3

Characters: Elizabeth Jennings, Philip Jennings, Arkady Ivanovich, Gabriel, Oleg Igorevich Burov, Yuri Victorovich Silfigarow (OC)

Summary: Elizabeth and Philip are charged with tracking down a young soldier from Afghanistan who has gone rogue. But what will they find? (6007 words)

This is the same level of honest writing and authentic feel that I’ve come to expect from the show itself. Really, this could have easily been an episode.

I recommend this fic even if you have never watchted The Americans. The story stands on its own, it’s like a mini-episode. (Does contain a significant s2 spoiler, though.)
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Sunday, June 29th, 2014 11:42 pm
Head for the Bright Sun by Anonymous (The Americans)
Gen; Paige, Elizabeth, OCs; future fic; G; 4041 words
Summary: For the first few years, Paige couldn’t even think of Elizabeth without a red haze of anger coloring every memory. But as with everything, the passage of time has dulled the pain.
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Tuesday, February 25th, 2014 03:14 pm
Mrs. Cupid by [archiveofourown.org profile] Frea_O (Arrow)
Oliver/Felicity, Diggle; fake marriage; G; 2792 words
Summary: This time, it's not Oliver's fault.
Or, the story of how Felicity's quick thinking in Kazakhstan might stay with them...til death do them part.
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Thursday, February 13th, 2014 10:19 pm
today, a pan-fandom recs platter:

they say you and me are tautology by [archiveofourown.org profile] owlvsdove
Fitz/Simmons and team; fluff; 1778 words
“You can’t tie a tie?”
“It’s not a big deal.”

Five Times Oliver Held Felicity (And The One Time She Held Him) by [archiveofourown.org profile] ageless_aislynn
Oliver/Felicity; snapshots; teen; 3438 words
Summary: In all of the time they'd known each other, she'd ended up in his arms one way or another. But he ended up in hers at long last.

Five Phone Calls for Maggie That Cemented a Friendship Plus That One Time Sophie Needed a Favor by [archiveofourown.org profile] Tassos
Gen; Maggie & Sophie; snapshots; G; 1933 words
Summary: How Maggie and Sophie became friends.

Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters
From the Past Comes Your Calling by [archiveofourown.org profile] infiniteeight
Gen; action; M for violence; 2829 words
Summary: Set pre-movie. After escaping from the candy house as children, Hansel and Gretel had to concentrate on surviving on their own. But eventually fate reminds them that there's more than one witch in the world.

Skip A Heartbeat and Survive by [archiveofourown.org profile] alwaysenduphere
Nat/Clint and Coulson; teen; 2120 words
Summary: "You know, I haven't worked with you long, but it seems to me you sure get injured a lot.” In which Clint follows orders just enough to get captured and Natasha cares enough to save the day. Or I guess, in which Clint Barton is the damsel in distress.
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Friday, February 7th, 2014 10:49 am
Harry Potter fic rec:
Secrets by [archiveofourown.org profile] edenfalling
Gen; Ginny Weasley and ensemble; teen; 155290 words
Summary: CoS according to Ginny. Nobody noticed anything wrong for an entire year -- how did she slip so far from her family and friends? Angst and betrayal, but also mysteries, jokes, an enchanted suit of armor, and a guaranteed happy ending.

"Secrets" is a retelling of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets from Ginny Weasley's point of view, designed specifically to give her a coherent character arc, to make sense of her actions, and to put the focus of the story back where it belongs: on the person who was possessed by Tom Riddle for months and then fought him tooth and nail for several months more, rather than the person who stumbled upon the plot late in the game and beat the villain nearly by accident.
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Friday, January 3rd, 2014 04:48 pm
At A Loss For Words by [fanfiction.net profile] ConcertiGrossi
May/Coulson, Fury, Sitwell; humor/secret agents off the clock; teen; 2974 words
June 9th, 2000: Melinda May has a hot date for the Party of the Year, and her boyfriend is about to meet one of his childhood heroes. What could possibly go wrong?

This made me chuckle more than once, and I love the easy friendship between May, Coulson and Fury.

Follow Me, I Know A Shortcut by [archiveofourown.org profile] nerdwegian
Skye/Simmons; humor; G; 1547 words
Summary: Jemma is acting weird around Skye.

In which Jemma is awful at flirting. Like. Really, really terrible. :D

And here's a real treat for fans of the Three Investigators series. (In Germany: Die drei ???)
The Mystery of the Lost Constable [archiveofourown.org profile] winterhill
Gen; casefic; teen; 4336 words
Summary: Who is the constable, and why do the Three Investigators need to find him? Or: if this turns out to be another person with a projector torch, Bob is done with investigating.
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Thursday, January 2nd, 2014 11:10 am
Staring At Emotion by [archiveofourown.org profile] nerdwegian (shield)
Skye/Jemma; teen; 1235 words
Summary: "You got drugged," Jemma says with a slight apologetic wince. One of her hands smooths Skye's hair back from her forehead, and it feels really nice.

Very cute fic.

The Space Between by [archiveofourown.org profile] magnetgirl (Galaxy Quest)
Gen-ish with heavy subtext; Alexander, Gwen, Jason, OCs; future fic; G; 5366 words
Summary: Alexander Dane is asked to come out of retirement to play Lazarus Prime in the reboot of Galaxy Quest.

This is one of the most intriguing stories I've read from this year's Yuletide batch. I had no idea what to expect, and the story takes a few surprising turns. I loved every bit of it.
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Sunday, December 29th, 2013 10:19 pm
more Yuletide...
All Will Become Clear (The Tripods)
Gen; Eloise de Ricordeau; horror/missing scene; 3054 words
Summary: Much to her delight, Eloise's was elected as Queen of the summer Tournament at the Tour de la Rouge. At the conclusion of the Tournament, she was taken to the Masters' city to serve them for the rest of her life. She had no idea what service she could possibly offer such great beings.

This story is mellow on the surface, chilling underneath. (Contains spoilers for the third book of the Tripods trilogy and probably won't make much sense without context.)

Like A Sail's Force Into The Night (SHIELD)
Gen; team; rated G; 2336 words
Summary: In which there is terrible coffee, board games, and team bonding.

Team bonding over board games... the author was positively clairvoyant with this fic. *g*
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Saturday, December 28th, 2013 03:25 pm
Grains of Gold Among the Sand (The Americans) by [personal profile] jae
Philip/Elizabeth, Paige, Henry; backstory; rated teen; 21,159 words
Summary: Philip Jennings throughout the years, navigating the minefields of marriage and family.

This story does a great job showing the complexity of their relationship, the inevitable clashes resulting from their different personalities and worldviews - Elizabeth's rigid idealism and the more pragmatic Philip, who has little trouble assimilating into their fake lives. The kids, who are so much more than a cover to both of them. The characterization is spot on and a ton of research must have gone into writing the background setting. As a child of the eighties, it all feels authentic.
She grabs him by the wrist. "Don't try to make this about our training, or our cover. This is about you. You actually like playing house in our shiny American suburb with our big American car and our perfect little American jobs." Her mouth twists in disgust.

It's like she's punched him. This family's so much more than an act, even for her, but she's so committed to the cause that she can't let herself see that. He jerks his hand away and leans in toward her, his face so close to hers that he can feel her breath on it. "Yeah, well, I'm so sorry for actually enjoying my job instead of treating it like some noble burden I have to bear for the motherland."

Into the Woods (Hansel & Gretel)
Gen; origin story/action/humor; teen; 3062 words
Summary: The first time Hansel and Gretel deliberately set out to hunt a witch, they didn't even want to save the kid she stole. Little Gretchen Hasmanstorper was a real piece of work.

Great origin story. In which our badass witchhunter siblings get started in their career.
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Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013 12:11 pm
I've been taking sneak peaks at the sign up post for [community profile] fandom_stocking, and it's a wealth of prompts. I'm so inspired right now! I'm actually hoping that my script will be another few days late so I can tackle at least some of these.

Okay, quick rec first:
Aftermath by [archiveofourown.org profile] tenacious_err (Hunger Games)
Haymitch&Effie Trinket; rated G; 1174 words
Summary: Set a few months after Mockingjay, Haymitch finds himself visiting the Capitol - and Effie Trinket.

(Has a sequel which I haven't read yet.
Eta: The sequel is longer and very good, too.)
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Thursday, October 24th, 2013 11:09 am
and hate the bright stillness of the noon by [archiveofourown.org profile] psocoptera (Huge)
Amber/George; Dorothy/Wayne, and Will, Becca, Poppy; set post-S1; teen; 12506 words
Summary: As Camp Victory faces a heat wave, Amber, George, and Dr. Rand struggle to make it through the last few weeks of camp.

Huge was a really good show (so of course it was cancelled after one season). This story makes a great coda to the series. She nails the characterizations and the feel of the show - it read like I was watching it on tv.
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Monday, October 14th, 2013 01:02 pm
Everything Old Is New Again by [archiveofourown.org profile] samyazaz
Gen; Abbie & Ichabod friendship; G; 1633 words
Summary: It doesn't take more than a moment's thought for Abbie to realize that she's going to have to bring Ichabod home. The man can't even figure out how to unlock a car door, a hotel is absolutely out of the question. He'd probably lock himself inside and then starve to death.

(9. “Although the brochure said that there was a fully equipped kitchen, there was no egg-slicer in the drawers.”)

vid rec: We run this city - Frankfurt
I love watching these kinds of urban climbing/freerunning vids, not just for the spectacular athletics but also for the fresh perspective of the cityscape.
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Monday, October 7th, 2013 10:22 am
A few ficlet recs...
Sleepy Hollow
Ten Clicks by [archiveofourown.org profile] hollimichele
Gen; Ichabod & Abbie; G; 2050 words
Summary: “So you’re saying this device is a library, of sorts,” Ichabod said, reaching out to prod at one of the keys on Abbie’s laptop. “Or an encyclopedia?”

In which Ichabod surfs Wikipedia.

Agents of SHIELD:
Polyglot in Collective by [archiveofourown.org profile] BlackEyedGirl
Gen; Skye & Ward, plus ensemble; teen; 1928 words
Summary: The thing she realises? It's not that Fitz and Simmons don’t speak English, it's that Ward doesn't speak person.
She can’t imagine him as James Bond, doesn’t know what he would look like if he was acting, using the spy techniques she’s sure someone taught him back in ‘the Academy’ or whatever. She only knows what he looks like when he’s with her, which has so far mostly been either ‘dead inside’, ‘shooting things’ or ‘what the hell?’.

How Ward Thought Fitz and Simmons Were Shagging When They Were, In fact, Not by [archiveofourown.org profile] Stargazing
Gen; FitzSimmons & Wards; teen; 441 words
Summary: What it says on the tin. Featuring awkward confrontations, long sciencey conversations, geeky movies, Grant Ward trying to find his place, and a sort of love not often seen with this level of stunning perfection and intensity.

Technically chapter 1/?, but this works as a short standalone ficlet. Though I hope the writer will continue because I like the sense of humor in it.
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Monday, September 23rd, 2013 11:58 pm
Burning Bridges by [archiveofourown.org profile] enigma731
Clint/Natasha; early partnership; rated mature; 12035 words
Summary: There's the rustling of wings as he slides the window open, and he looks up to see a flock of pigeons huddled in the rafters, bread crumbs scattered on the sill. Clint pauses for a moment, struggling to reconcile the soulless killer depicted by S.H.I.E.L.D.'s files with the woman who steals books from the marketplace and feeds birds in the midst of winter scarcity. The story of how Clint Barton disobeyed orders and found the best friend he's ever had.

SnK fic seems to consist mostly of tropes and ships I don't care for, but I found this short Hanji & Levi fic I really enjoyed. (Far as I'm concerned, the clear OTP is Hanji/SCIENCE...)

Sleep, Politics, and Other Things Scientists Can Live Without by [archiveofourown.org profile] Masu_Trout
Gen; Hanji & Levi; chapter 34 tag (spoilers past current anime!); rated teen; 1905 words
Summary: „Ah, really? I'm so excited to hear that! I'd always thought being decapitated by a Titan would be my favorite way to die.“
„The disturbing part,“ Levi said, „Is that I honestly can't even tell if you were being sarcastic with that last remark.“
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Friday, September 20th, 2013 08:04 pm
Sleepy Hollow fic rec! Read the day after I watched the pilot! Fandom is nothing if not reliable. *thumbs up*
Is There a Law? (The Demon Machine remix) by [archiveofourown.org profile] blathering_kat, [archiveofourown.org profile] fiarra
Gen; Abbie & Ichabod; fluff with fancy coffee; G; 1553 words
Summary: “Put your seatbelt on. We’re going to Starbucks.”

Have been (actually still am) on an Avengers re-reading spree so I haven't recced a lot of Avengers recently. But I still have a full bookmarks folder so regular recs should resume shortly.

(Also haven't posted much last week 'cause I hurt my hand a little and I want to be back in climbing shape ASAP, so, avoiding typing too much.
I'm not sure how I hurt it because it seems to be a tendon of the pinkie finger and that's pretty much the only part of the body that's not used for climbing. I mean, huh?)

I mainlined all 23 aired episodes of Shingeki no Kyojin in 2 days. Two. Definitely a record for me. Ep 24 airing tomorrow...
Have ordered book 9-11 of the manga from the Japanese bookstore in Düsseldorf. If S1 of the anime covers chapter 1-35 like I heard, that should carry me over smoothly.
Expensive as $%#§$, though.
Ah well. At least it's tax-deductible in the name of further education.
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Sunday, August 4th, 2013 11:26 pm
urban climbing vid: Buildering in Montreal
Some very nice climbing on the underside of a concrete bridge.

And, a crossover of White Collar and The Americans that's actually not as cracky as it sounds...
The Case of the Super Secret Spy Message by [archiveofourown.org profile] Treon
Gen; Mozzie & Philip Jennings; crossover/humor; teen; 1065 words
Summary: Mozzie was sure his parents would contact him one day.
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Monday, July 29th, 2013 05:00 pm
Is anyone here watching The Americans? [personal profile] jae has written a wonderfully deep backstory for Elizabeth that does her character and the show justice.

Five Points Down by [archiveofourown.org profile] jaegecko
Gen; Elizabeth Jennings; backstory/character study; rated Mature; choose not to warn; 23904 words
Summary: Elizabeth Jennings, both in the early years of that name and before it.

(If you've never watched The Americans but have a general appreciation of fierce, complex Russian spy ladies *koffNatashaRomanoff*, I think you might really find this story intriguing even if you don't know the canon.)
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Thursday, June 20th, 2013 12:10 am
Continuum fic that feels a lot like the show:
The Other Way by [archiveofourown.org profile] jinxed_wood
Kiera Cameron/Matthew Kellog, Alec, Carlos, Sonya; post-S1; rated teen; 8371 words
Summary: The day started with a bomb threat...

filed under 'needful things': I finally found a saviour program for AO3 that works on my computer: blurb blocker for greasemonkey. Now well over half of the listed fics is blocked, but I can finally browse Avengers fandom unfiltered. \o/

And it has a definite advantage to AO3's 'search within results' box: if you saviour, for example, "Clint Barton/Phil Coulson", it will block all of those fics but leave the ones that just happen to list the characters "Clint Barton, Phil Coulson". (Since those two sit next to each other on the character list quite often, that meant lot of stories getting accidentally filtered out.)
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Saturday, May 11th, 2013 09:45 pm
I was feeling under the weather yesterday and did practically nothing but read this Les Mis time loop fic. Full of drama and tension and at times pretty bleak... the time loop as purgatory. The story is really long (90k) and I thought the middle 5-10k dragged maybe a leetle bit, but then again not being in the fandom I'm not that invested in the characters themselves... though in the end I really cared for them all, especially her Javert (superb character development) and I couldn't put it down.
(It's book canon but I never read the brick myself, only saw the musical and I could follow along fine.)
Toil Until the Old Colours Fade by [archiveofourown.org profile] drcalvin
Javert/Valjean and ensemble; genre: time loop/AU; rated M; ~95,000 words
Summary: After his leap into the Seine, Javert finds himself back in Montreuil-sur-Mer on the morning of his first appointment with M. Madeleine. He soon discovers that while his choices can change the outcome of things, nothing can stop death from delivering him back to that same morning.
Now he has to defeat the game of fate or keep returning to 1820, eternally dying without finding peace.
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Tuesday, April 30th, 2013 08:51 pm
NCIS fic rec:
Gravity Can't Forget by [archiveofourown.org profile] anr
Ziva/Tony; stakeout fic; rated M; 2151 words
Summary: Adrenaline and exhaustion.

more NCIS:
[livejournal.com profile] cybermathwitch wrote a post-Berlin story I liked a lot: Ani L'Dodi, V'Dodi Li
(major spoilers for last week's ep, don't read if you haven't watched it.)
Tony, Ziva; post-ep; rated teen; 3662 words

And for something different, here's a fanart Dr Who fans should get a kick out of. second Doctor in Prague by [deviantart.com profile] Malcolmorr (diorama)
I especially like the lighting in the photo. (I had to learn that photographing dioramas is harder than making the damn things in the first place.)