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I don't often rec WiP, knowing all too well from my own experience how easily they stop being updated, but I'm making an exception for this: 'The Course of Honour' by Avoliot. It hits many of my buttons, full of misunderstandings after a second arranged marriage for Jainan to a man who is very different from his first, recently-deceased, husband. M/M
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'La Chanson des Vieux Amants' by language_escapes - deviates from the show canon but full of lots of lovely character moments and also a nice snapshot of the relationship between Sherlock and Joan. Gen.
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For me, at least, it's been interesting to see how what I'm reading has evolved over the past couple of years - to see an indication of this, just hit the 'administrivia' tag and you'll get an idea.

Anyway, for folks who're coming across this blog for whatever reason, it would be fair to say that you're more likely to find recs of short pro-fic in the SFF genre than anything else (and by short, I mean up to novella, so there's a degree of crossover with my main book blog as there are some novellas reviewed on there). I'm horribly behind, though, so I'm making a concerted effort to catch up with the output of various online sources (e.g. Clarkesworld, Lightspeed, Uncanny and Beneath Ceaseless Skies, among others).

I'm still reading fanfic, but not to the extent that I was previously. It also takes something phenomenally good or which just pushes all my buttons in order to get an appearance on here, especially in MCU now I've read a shedload of that. That's just how it is, I'm afraid. There are also no new fandoms for me for a while now, so if you're looking for something related to anything more recent than shows which have been airing for a while or recently finished, you're likely to be out of luck.

As for the future? Who knows?
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'Sea of Dreams' by Alter S. Reiss, published on Beneath Ceaseless Skies.

Ierois has been a prisoner, left on an island with only occasional visits from a ship bringing food, since being deposed by his brother. He's learned the hard way that the sea surrounding the island is a source of lies, turning stones into precious gems only for the sailors to laugh at him when he tried to use them to buy his freedom. Now, after so many years alone, he has a fellow prisoner to share his isolation...
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'Penetration Testing' by Toft- in a story that has our heroes meeting under different circumstances than they do in the series, the CIA sets a honey-trap for Finch once it realises it has the perfect bait for it in the shape of John Reese. Harold/John.
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'Belonging' by nogoaway - as Shaw tussles with Reese and tries to win Bear's affections for herself, Reese finds himself musing on the idea of being owned, belonging to someone in particular. Harold/John.
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Another excellent story from [ profile] s2b2, The Lemon Priest by Wasureta Yume - although he's a salesman rather than a scientist, Malcolm is sent to oversee the glassworks in Miyai after the sudden death of his predecessor, only to find he's more than a little out of his depth. Nothing, it would appear, is quite what it seems and that includes Malcolm's new gardener or the lemon tree that dominates his garden. M/M.
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'the long game' series by dirtybinary - three stories so far, an AU which starts with Steve attempting to trade himself to the Russians in 1945 in exchange for Bucky, only for them to decide to keep both supersoldiers. Steve/Bucky, Steve/Bucky/Sam
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'The Silver Age' series by copperbadge - an AU take on the events of various Marvel movies.

In this particular universe, the Winter Soldier is captured by SHIELD in 1960 after a failed asssassination attempt involving Howard and Maria Stark. Their son was born earlier than the current movie version and gets involved with a certain supersoldier, leading to eventual Bucky/Tony. The first story, 'The Soldier and the Hurricane' is the best of the three in my opinion, but the other two are also quite enjoyable and allow the introduction of other characters and the eventual location of Captain America.
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'Quarter Days' by Iona Sharma, originally published on Giganotosaurus.

Grace and her colleagues deal with magic and an unexpected train crash, in a post-World War 1 setting where law and magic are very closely aligned.
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'Wooden Feathers' by Ursula Vernon, originally published in Uncanny Magazine.

Sarah makes a meagre living carving duck decoys which even she admits are not all that good, so why exactly is the old man buying the cheapest she has on sale every week?
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The 'Reciprocity' series by osprey_archer - I feel as though I've been a bit remiss in not reccing this series before now, but it kind of got away from me. Anyway, in short, Bucky has been found and the decision is made that he should join SHIELD. He is decidedly not 'fixed' in any way and things get worse before they get better. Not a series anyone should read if they're a fan of Phil Coulson and/or think the idea of rebuilding SHIELD after the discovery of Hydra was a good idea. Steve/Bucky (and don't forget to read the warnings as we go...)
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'Stumble in the Debris' by wintergrey - The light catches Sam full in the face but just before it leaves him seeing dancing spots against the dark, he sees the man in the corner. The silver arm and red star—no one else out of seven billion people has that arm. The Winter Soldier is slumped in a chair in Sam’s living room, too-long hair trailing across his face like the bars of a cage through which Sam glimpses the feverish glitter of his blue eyes and the grim white flash of his grin. Bucky/Sam.
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'Sinners, Saints, Dragons, and Haints, in the City Beneath the Still Waters' by N.K. Jemisin, published in Uncanny Magazine. Gen.

In the run-up to Hurricane Katrina, after Tookie has decided to stay put, he has an encounter with 'the nosiest damn lizard' and that's the least of what happens to him.

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'We travel without seatbelts on' by victoria_p - instead of joining the FBI, Veronica Mars is recruited by SHIELD and ends up going back to Neptune after the truth is revealed about HYDRA. She's not the only one who ends up there. Gen.
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'A Year and a Day in Old Theradane' by Scott Lynch, first published in Rogues, edited by George RR Martin and Gardner Duzois. Gen.

Amarelle Parathis and her gang of thieves have bought their freedom from prosecution (well, most of them though you'll meet the one who didn't in this story too...) on condition they obey the law in Theradane. So when Amarelle is approached by one of the wizards fighting for pre-eminence over the city, she's less than keen to get involved in what's going on, even before what she's asked to steal seems impossible to manage.
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'Stone Prayers' by Kate Marshall, first published in Beneath Ceaseless Skies. Gen.

Her gods are made of stone, but these people worship a beast of bone and sinew. They keep their god and their emperor in the center of their city. He is an emperor of nothing; his empire was broken before he was born, and the Korondi now seek to suck its marrow. But his palace rises from the shell of a god, and so an emperor he is called.
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'Catcall' by Delilah S. Dawson, originally published in Uncanny Magazine. Gen.

The first time it happened, I was thirteen. I was in a bar, but not because I wanted to be in a bar. Because my Uncle Louis took us to a fancy restaurant in a fancy hotel that had a fancy bar stuck down in the middle of it like a freaking gauntlet you had to run for the privilege of peeing. I didn’t see it as a gauntlet then, not yet. But now, looking back, remembering those trembling fawn footsteps in my cheap, barely–high heels, I can’t believe my mom just flapped a hand at me and told me I’d be fine.
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'Needle and Thread' by Ann Leckie and Rachel Swirsky, originally published in Lone Star Stories. Having returned from a deal with the Sidhe, a dressmaker is commanded by her queen to sew a dress that will make her daughter beautiful. Of course, it's not as simple as that. Gen.
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'Exchange Rate' by freshbakedlady - because what he remembers most about Sam Wilson during the fight on the helicarriers is effectively ripping his wings off, a recovering Bucky is convinced he's done to Sam what was done to Bucky by Hydra. So the best thing he can do to make amends is give Sam the chance of revenge, right? Sam/Bucky.


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