So, turns out, my original rec post was only just scratching the surface. I have since discovered a ton more amazing fic, and so I collected them all, just for you:
Housemates by Coneycat. Series. Crossover between Thor/Being Human/The Avengers. Loki falls to Midgard, where he learns there is more than one way to cope with being a monster.
I can honestly say, as someone who's seen maybe two episodes of Being Human, that this still works for me. I can't even begin to rec these highly enough... not only is there plenty of Loki talking about feelings, but there is plot. LOTS OF PLOT. Three novel-length stories, all astoundingly well-plotted and delightful.
Yggdrasill Dreaming by Memlu. Thor. Loki/Sif. The Bifröst is broken and the roads between the worlds are lost; so, too, is the treacherous king Loki lost. Yet in Sif's dreams a shadow walks, and it wears the face of Loki Odinson. Is she going mad, or does Loki yet live? If he does live, then how is she to find him? Through dreams, through memory, Sif seeks Loki.
I don't know why, I tend to shy away from recs that exist entirely in the Thor fandom. Possibly because there's no snarky Tony to keep shit from getting too angsty, but this, oh, this is gorgeously written and made me actually root for a pairing that otherwise annoys the hell out of me.
Rogers' Neighborhood by Mikey. Fred was younger than Steve by almost ten years, but because Steve was so small and scrawny, they looked pretty evenly matched.
By the Book by Perpetual Motion. Clint/Coulson. Coulson figures it out through standard procedure (rumor mill to threatening junior agents to that required weird conversation with one’s boss).
A Good Idea by jendavis. Clint/Coulson. Fix-it fic. Phil Coulson tends to have a lot of ideas that he wishes he didn't need. Part one of a series... I haven't read the rest yet, so I'm only reccing the first, but I'm sure the others are just as good, so give them a go, too.
And You Wonder Why We Ain't Got Nothing To Say by jukeboxhound. Tony & Bruce. "You really have got a lid on it, haven't you? What's your secret? Mellow jazz? Bongo drums? Huge bag of weed?" I do so love science bro stories, especially ones with lines like "Did you just put Star Wars and Democritus in the same sentence? Hand me the bong, I'm not nearly high enough for that."
The Boy in the North by rosekay. Ensemble. A story about being unmade. A fairy tale.
The Accidental Husband by melonbutterfly. Loki/Tony. Tony wakes up and finds himself married. To Loki.
Things don't really go according to anybody's plan thereafter.
He Ain't Heavy (He's Our Villain) by goodboots. Thor/Jane, Loki/Sif (if you squint), Loki & Darcy. In which Thor is foolishly loyal, Darcy still wants her iPod back, and Loki redeems himself, or something. Loki is the ideal prisoner.
"I was once prince of Asgard, and now I am the humble servant of Darcy Lewis, the graduate student," he comments. "I did not think it possible to fall so far."
Darcy says, "I'm technically a drop-out, now, 'cause I followed Jane out here and never finished my thesis," and offers him a stick of gum.
(First Impressions Are) A Work in Progress by porthos. Steve/Tony. Tony has a point system for the times he can get Steve to be less than perfect.
Bros! by AlchemyAlice. Tony/Darcy, sort of. In which Darcy remembers something that Tony (mostly) doesn't, Jane is rendered awkward, and there is some snarking about polka-dot bras.
Solve For X by RC_McLachlan. Loki/Tony. "All right, Rudolph. Find X," Stark says, tossing his empty soup bowl down and bringing up another pseudo-screen of light, tapping rapidly on it. He slides the image over, fingers pinning it down to the table, trapping naught but air and offering it as an olive branch. Whatever darkens Stark's eyes when their gazes meet is not pity, not blame, and there are drops of onion soup in his ridiculous beard.
Loki slowly reaches over to tap the little X that is revealed once Stark lifts his thumb away and says, "I found it."
The Undercover Boogie by amcw177. Loki & Coulson. In which Coulson's argumentation on behalf of the human race proves highly effective and gains S.H.I.E.L.D. a new agent with an interesting concept of covert operations. Naturally, things go awry pretty fast.
life as a tree house by kellifer_fic. Steve/Tony. Clint/Coulson. Tony finds out that when it comes to Avengers, you can't adopt just one.
Things That Shine by coffeebuddha. Darcy/Bruce. Darcy was seven the first time she fell in love.
The second time it happens, she's twenty-five, hung over as all get out, and has a real chance of getting shot, which is actually more alarming than the giant green guy who's holding her hostage.
Film Studies, or, Four Films About Captain America and One By Him by copperbadge. Also, okay, read EVERYTHING by this author. The stuff on AO3, yeah, but also the stuff on Dreamwidth. Ahem. Back to the rec: Background Clint/Coulson and Tony/Pepper. Steve Rogers is no stranger to the silver screen.. Added incentive: "I cannot believe you did that," Clint said, turning to Coulson. "I cannot believe you gave porn to Captain America."
(Secret) Meeting Like This by BlackEyedGirl. Tony/Peter Parker. Tony pulls up vertical. “Hi. Sorry. Thought you were jumping. Falling. Something not…” He can see the fine lines now connecting the man to the nearest two buildings. “You’re Spider-Man.”
“What gave me away? Was it the webbing? Damnit, I bet that’s why the bad-guys always know who I am.”
Tony can’t see the face under the mask, but he’s heard the tone often enough. He grins back. “I wouldn’t know,” he says. “I try to stay under the radar.”
Intervention by Asidian. Tony's voice echoed in the cavern, hollow against the walls. “Are you out of your mind? That thing's going to take your head off!”
The snake, however, did not move- did not even seem to be watching his teammate approach. And almost as though in response to his own voice, the sound from before came again, long and trembling- midway between a moan and a sob. This time, when his eyes darted in search of the source, the darkness did not block his sight: the naked figure of a man lay stretched beneath the snake, bound to an outcropping of rock. He was all ribs and sharp ridges of bone, all too-thin pale limbs, all open sores on top from the places the venom had splattered and on the bottom where the rock had rubbed away the flesh. The man's face, directly below the snake's mouth, had gotten the worst of it; it was raw and red, glistening with blood and exposed muscle and the slick of poison. The man shouldn't have been alive, much less moving, and yet he was- was thrashing weakly in his bonds, turning his head as far as it would go to avoid the white liquid as it dribbled down. It was not far enough.
Tony thought he was going to be sick again.
Like the myth, but this time, there is no Sigyn, just Thor. Thor decides to go for help.
she blinded me with political science by thingswithteeth. Darcy/Bruce. Darcy watched the Avengers defend New York from over two thousand miles away. She could look out her window if she wanted to watch the aftermath. She watches the news instead, and realizes one very important thing: the Avengers have a bit of a PR problem.
Only one part left until it's complete, wee!
Lost Boys by thisisnotwhoyouthink. When Loki is captured by Shield, they discover a dark secret between Loki and Odin. A different take on Loki's 'monster' kids.
This one... I feel is kind of out of character for Loki, but the idea behind it is compelling. Loki's children are perfect... until Odin finds them.
In closing, please also keep in mind Alis Dee's Agent Loki: International Man of Mayhem series, which is, in my humble opinion, the best Loki I've ever read and now? NOW IT CONTAINS SIGYN, so, you know, YAY. Also, always read everything written by theorytale.
So, there's been so much ridiculously amazing fic in The Avengers fandom that I kind of had to make a list, and then I just had to share.
Silvertongue by Epiphanyx7. Jane/Thor, Urequited Loki/Thor, Unrequited Loki/Sif, Unambiguous or Implied Pairing, Clint/Coulson. No Asgardian cell can hold him. Loki's magic is bound, but his mind is not -- and the Aesir were always fools, to think that Loki's mind was anything other than his most dangerous asset. In which Loki has reasons that no one could hope to comprehend.
The Birds and the Bees series by theorytale. Series. Tony/Loki, Tony/Pepper. In which Tony finds himself in possession of a houseplant and so very, very many unanswered questions. Such. Beautiful. Crack. Hilarious throughout. Tony and Loki are... parents?
Simple, Not Easy by LJC. Clint/Darcy, Loki/Sif, Coulson/Natasha. Darcy should have seen it coming. She couldn't hang around the spandex crowd forever and not end up with a great big target painted on her back eventually. She was just surprised it took Loki so long. (AU for The Avengers) I'm a sucker for Loki/Darcy fics, even if it's just friend fics, and this is long and delicious.
The Darcy Cycle by Aria. Series. Loki/Darcy. Darcy thinks of the sharp curve of Loki's smile, of his long pale fingers and his eyes like chips of ice. Some things are much more amazing and important than photosynthesis and YouTube and the ability to eat a whole box of Pop Tarts. Darcy is more than she appears.
When I Say Jump by lc2l. Loki/Clint. One minute Clint's reaching for his gun to stop Loki stealing the Tesseract, the next he's shooting Fury and taking it. Easy as switching sides.
The Saga of Hug Fortress by theorytale. Series. Tony/Loki, Tony/Pepper. Loki is unstable. Tony is a genius. Together, they fight crime still don't like each other very much. There might be some benefit in alternative tactics. From the prompt: One of the Avengers (let's face it, probably Tony) quips to Loki that he didn't get enough hugs as a child, not realising what a raw nerve that is.
64 Colors by victoria_p (musesfool). No pairing. Darcy's life is weird, but she kind of likes it. Darcy Lewis, working for S.H.I.E.L.D. and making life a little bit happier for the Avengers.
Asylum 'Verse by carleton9/Sister_Wolf. Clint/Darcy, Tony/Pepper, Thor/Jane, various other pairings. The story of how Darcy Lewis accidentally helps found the Avengers while having an epic, failboaty romance with that dude she nailed in a bar two years ago. Tasers, jackbooted thugs, Tony Stark, and life-altering job offers are par for the course when you help discover an alien/god dude with amazing pecs. A one-night stand can lead to a lot of places.
the morning lights by ashcheche. Bruce/Darcy. When Darcy hears about the Battle of Manhattan, the first thing she does is laugh for about ten minutes solid into her pillow.
“You missed the Battle of Manhattan,” Jane says on the phone. “Oh my god, I can’t believe we’re friends.”
(In which Darcy meets Bruce, and then they actually sort of figure out what they're doing, but not really, because this is Darcy and Bruce we're talking about here.)
the helicarrier by gdgdbaby. Tony/Steve, Clint/Natasha. The glass case that holds Captain America's uniform and shield is filled to the brim with what looks like a bright orange gelatin. In which there are the Avengers... and a camera crew.
Hug Therapy by astolat. Loki/Thor. "I am hugging you," Thor explained. "That you may know I love you, despite your madness." Everyone in this fandom thinks Loki needs hugs. Ahem. In which Thor takes the advice of a therapist.
Contingency Plans by coffeebuddha. Darcy/Bruce. "You can stay in control by always being angry, right?" Darcy unhooks her bra and tosses it away. "So we'll just have angry sex and everything will be fine." Possibly the fic that started my hardcore Darcy love.
Bro-hood and Other Drugs by Lunik. Loki, Natasha. Plenty of people get themselves blackout drunk and wake up with an unexpected husband. It's embarrassing but it happens. Natasha is trying to figure out how she could have woken up with an unexpected brother.
Team Building Activities by valtyr. Tony/Steve, Tony/Pepper. Fury's a beautiful princess. Clint's plotting a Communist revolution. Rhodey's not sexy. Wall-E's not a documentary. Clint's not gay but he does give a great blowjob. This fic is not an AU.
Pulling Pigtails by mdevile. Couson/Tony. Tony shouldn't know the new season of Supernanny starts this week, but he does. Because Coulson is an ass. Hatesex of the best sort.
R&R by goseaward. Bruce, Tony. Bruce plans to spend his vacation at Stark Tower quietly, finishing up some projects he hasn't had time to work on in years. And maybe blowing up some things with lasers. Bruce finds a place to fit in.
Amateur Theatrics by galaxysoup. Gen, kid-fic. 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.
Speaking of kid-fic... You'll Find the Bright Places by BlackEyedGirl. Gen, kid-fic. Fury temples his fingers together. “Tell me how this started?” Phil tries to give a reasonable report of today's incident. As he spent most of his day trying to keep grade-school aged versions of his team away from a team of gunmen, he has only limited success. In which Coulson is bad-ass, as usual.
Hmm. You know? Read everything by BlackEyedGirl. Emphasis on Truth, Lies, and the Tipping Point and Might Fill Me Up, which are at the top of my favorites list. This author is consistently amazing.
Actually, there are a FEW authors who are consistently amazing. I'd happily rec everything by kellifer_fic and scifigirl47 (scifigirl gives the BEST series, true fact).
And lastly, the series that makes me delirious with happiness. I kind of think of it as the definitive Loki-voice, though that may be partly because it's written in second-person from his point of view. Gorgeous throughout, amazing plot... Agent Loki: International Man of Mayhem by Alis Dee. A teeny bit of Loki/Jane, but mostly just Loki being awesome. Post-Avengers "What If...?" based on the question: What if, instead of sending the defeated Loki back to Asgard, S.H.I.E.L.D. had kept him instead?
I hope you've enjoyed this list!
I received a "Final Notice" (which was actually... you know, the ONLY NOTICE I EVER GOT) that I, apparently, didn't file my local taxes in 2008. Whatevs, I probably didn't, I'm absentminded as fuck. However, I think that, when e-mailing the CTBoPA, using the phrase "I suck as an adult" actually proves that I do, in fact, suck as an adult.
Now, on to Lisa Gardner. She's a writer with some pretty fucking awesome storylines. Every book of hers that I read, I get immediately sucked in. BUT, I do have to bitch, because that's what I do. In her D. D. Warren books, the first two have only vague cameos from the "main" character, D. D. So... what the fuck.
Nextly, (and I'll point out that this happens to a less severe degree in her FBI Profiler series than in the D. D. Warren series) is that 90% of mothers are bad bad people. They're physically abusive, emotionally distant, and psychologically scarring. In the D. D. Warren series, pretty much every mother but D. D. herself has Munchhausen by proxy, and this, somehow, results in ALL of the Munchhausen moms making their daughters eat lightbulbs that are crushed into powder and mixed into peanut butter. The daughters also frequently have doors slammed on their hands, breaking their fingers.
So, clearly, someone has Mommy issues.
Thirdish, she reuses a lot of the same phrases, which wouldn't be quite as annoying if they were phrases that actually come up in any average conversation. The most annoying one is D. D. thinking or actually stating that the perfect life is "a white picket fence and 2.2 children". Not "and children", always "2.2" children.
Lastly: I'm not even halfway through the FBI Profilers series, so I can't say for sure, but I'm pretty certain this last pet peeve is only in the D. D. books, but: D. D. never solves the fucking crime. She's constantly referred to as just simply the bestest lady detective ever, but ALL OF HER VICTIMS OR SUSPECTS SOLVE THE CRIMES BEFORE SHE DOES. ALL OF THEM.
I want to hate her, but the stories are actually really good if you are willing to overlook the aforementioned annoyances. I, however, am not. First time I see "2.2" in one of the FBI books, I fucking quit.
It's almost me and Sister's birthday. End of March. I'm quite excited about this... not because I actually give a shit about birthdays (I pretty much begged my mother to buy me new glasses for the occasion, how bloody unimaginative of me), but because of the age itself: I'll be 28. Which is freaking me the balls out because I've been saying since I was, like, six, that I knew I was going to die when I was 27. I don't actually BELIEVE this, mind you, but it's always a niggling worry in the back of my head. So, I hit 28, and I will officially be older than I ever thought I would be. So... that's something, I guess.
Also: kidney stones again, but much much less horrific than usual. What is MORE horrific than usual is that my insomnia apparently has insomnia: I'm down to under three hours a day again, if that, and for once, sleeping pills aren't doing shit for me. So... rawr.
I don't sleep.
I don't know if it's some weird sleeping pill addiction or just some sort of nervous panic disorder that leads me to lying in bed on the days when I have no sleeping pills, thinking "fuck, I have to sleep, I have to sleep, why am I not sleeping, OH DEAR GOD I NEED TO SLEEP WHY AM I NOT SLEEPING" for eight hours straight, but over the course of the average sleeping-pill-less week, I get roughly eight hours of sleep. Alllll week.
Usually, this sleep occurs in the final hour before my alarm clock goes off, and I can't even hit the snooze button when it does cruelly wake me up, because I set it for the last possible minute I can be asleep before I absolutely have to drag myself out of bed and into the bath before I absolutely have to be at work.
On days when I have sleeping pills, you would think that my life would be made of joy and happiness and sunshine and chocolate, but NO. Because I take a sleeping pill, and (depending on what sleeping pill I take), I get anywhere between four and twelve hours of sleep.
I wake up after a solid twelve hours of sleep, my body screaming in pain from staying in the exact same position for twelve hours, and still want to cry because I want more fucking sleep, dammit.
Two years ago, I was put into a medically induced coma due to complications for pneumonia. I was out for... two weeks? Almost? I think.
I STILL DIDN'T WANT TO OPEN MY EYES. Two weeks of sleep, or a sleep-like-state, and it still wasn't enough.
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So, two years later, back again. Trick-or-Treating is almost upon us, and my nephews are all grown up: they insist upon being zombies, the bloodier the better. *tears*
Also, BBC's Sherlock is the best thing in life. Agree/disagree?