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2017-09-12 08:29 pm
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I've mentioned it elsewhere, but I'm auctioning off a story for [community profile] harvey_fanaid. Offering Mass Effect, Dragon Age, and Marvel. Bidding is up to $30 (somehow!!).
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2017-09-06 08:53 pm
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I lucked out recently with a couple of five-star reads all in a row. Finally caught up with Kelly Thompson's "Hawkeye" run, and it's better with every issue. I'm really looking forward to reading the "America" crossover. ("America" hasn't been quite what I wanted, but it's significant and I am definitely Not The Target Audience, just an appreciative bystander. I suspect Gabby Rivera and Margaret Stohl are both in the same boat right now - they have potential, but they're still feeling out the ways that comics are a different beast from noveling.)

After (finally! for the first time!) watching Practical Magic on Netflix, I picked up the book and was immediately... "charmed" is a little disingenuous, since parts of the story were melancholy or downright wild, but we'll go with that. The prequel book about the Aunts is releasing next month, so I apparently picked the right time to finally give Alice Hoffman a go.

What really blew me away, though, was Cixin Liu's The Three-Body Problem. I am several years late to this party, but oh gosh it was fantastic. At times it read more like a thought experiment or a simulation than a novel, but most of the core characters were genuinely rounded - Ye Wenjie, the scientist responsible for first contact, particularly struck me as a brilliantly-drawn figure. The technical portions were dense but still understandable; the bits I needed the most help understanding primarily concerned China's Cultural Revolution, although there were plenty of helpful footnotes. Two main takeaways: I cannot wait for the second book to arrive, and I really need to read more hard science fiction.

(On a fandom note, I've been turning over the thought of a Hickmanvengers retelling that lands somewhere between The Three-Body Problem and The Library at Mount Char, which was another wholly enjoyable book club pick that was equally haunting in a totally different way. It would have to be about Doom and Tony to hold my interest, but can there ever be enough cosmic horror with either one of those two? Survey says "no way.")
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2017-09-03 07:50 pm
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ladies bingo card

Lost and Found Festivals and Celebrations Dreams and Nightmares Truth or Dare Autumn
Character Study Tension Character transformed into an animal Case / Mission Fic Relative values: Families
Romance Novel AU Something is Concealed Wild Card Heirs Pre- Slash / Femslash / Het
A Blessing is Bestowed Fade to Black A Brief Encounter is Pivotal Pink (Love it, Loathe it, Embrace it, Reject it) Pining
Lies, Damn Lies, and Statistics Fundamental Particles Freckles We're all going to die! What do you mean, we're related?
damalur: (hawkeye comma riza)
2017-08-08 08:23 pm
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off the edge (mass effect, shepard/joker)

Title: Off the Edge
Characters: Joker/Shepard
Wordcount: 10k
Additional Tags: ME3, Pining, Mass Effect Big Bang 2017
Summary: What Shepard needed was an anchor.
Notes: See AO3.

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damalur: (clear eyes full hearts can't moo)
2017-07-30 07:24 pm

fireproof (dragon age, hawke/varric)

Title: Fireproof
Characters: Hawke/Varric, Hawke/Anders
Wordcount: 8k
Additional Tags: Emotional Infidelity, Angst, Pining
Notes: Written for [archiveofourown.org profile] clevermoll in the 2017 Hightown Funk exchange. Many thanks to the National for the title and summary and to [personal profile] odyle for her last-minute beta job.
Summary: Nothing breaks your heart.

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damalur: (happy squid!)
2017-05-01 10:05 pm

purplest prose (dragon age, hawke/varric)

Title: Purplest Prose
Characters: Hawke/Varric, Cassandra, Carver
Wordcount: 5k
Rating: Mature
Additional Tags: Crack, Fluff, Established Relationship, Friend Fiction
Notes: Written for [tumblr.com profile] timestreams in thanks for her Fandom Trumps Hate donation. This labor would have been impossible without [personal profile] odyle and is also posted on AO3.
Summary: Hawke, Varric, a book convention, and a proliferation of unauthorized sequels.

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2017-04-23 06:58 pm

limit of the flesh (12)

Shepard and Vakarian, post-war but pre-relationship. Also on AO3.

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2017-04-16 10:11 pm

a reel for fools (dragon age, hawke/varric)

Title: A Reel for Fools
Characters: Hawke/Varric, Isabela, Cassandra, the Iron Bull
Wordcount: 6k
Rating: M
Additional Tags: Fake/Pretend Relationship, Pining
Notes: For [tumblr.com profile] saint-leona in thanks for her Fandom Trumps Hate donation. Also posted on AO3.
Summary: They swallow down a sweet venom and call it entertainment.

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2017-04-10 09:36 pm

swords and plowshares (mass effect, shepard/vakarian)

Title: Swords and Plowshares
Characters: Shepard/Garrus, Original Female Character
Wordcount: 10k
Rating: Teen
Additional Tags: Mindoir, Post-War, Western, POV Outsider
Notes: This isn't an AU so much as an exaggeration of canon. A western not-AU, if you will, and I did, although you shouldn't.
Summary: How Janie Deveroux met Missus Jane and the Archangel, and what happened after.

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2017-03-25 07:24 pm

aim of operation (vmars, veronica/logan)

Title: Aim of Operation
Characters: Veronica/Logan
Wordcount: 2k
Summary: A Skype call spanning continents and seasoned with a dash of naked adoration.
Notes: #Alternate Universe — Characters Communicate

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2017-03-24 01:30 pm
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recs masterlist

The Big Bang Theory
Originally posted years ago as "The Sheldon/Penny Starter Kit." I keep meaning to go back and clean it up, but haven't gotten around to doing so yet.

The Scarlet Pimpernel
There isn't a lot of fic for this fandom, but what little there is tends to be both very good and very much in line with the books. Lots of Percy/Marguerite here.

Veronica Mars
Most Veronica/Logan, with a few gen pieces and character studies. I'm a big fan of the movie, so many of these are canon compliant.

Vid Recs
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2017-03-13 12:47 am

any heavy thing (vmars, veronica/logan)

Title: Any Heavy Thing
Charactes: Veronica/Logan
Wordcount: 700
Notes: Domestic fluff with no redeeming qualities. With thanks to andthenisay, who decided that Logan likes Golden Girls.
Summary: Two people, their dog, their baggage, and a couch.

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2017-03-03 08:07 pm
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so this is what it feels like

Logan is bar-none one of the best superhero films I have ever experienced -- or, at least, it's one of my favorite superhero films, which is not something I thought I'd ever say about a Fox movie (short of Fox figuring out how to make a Fantastic Four vehicle where Doctor Doom is actually the despotic science-wizard ruler of a small European country). I knew I'd be a little biased going into it, because Laura Kinney is on my god tier of Marvel characters, but shit that was a good movie.

I think it falls into the same category of superhero films as Guardians or Iron Man or even Deadpool; the writers and director and lead actors all had a particular story they wanted to tell and a particular tone they wanted to capture, and they were allowed to pursue that vision without undue interference from the studio (and, in some cases, were willing to fight to be allowed to pursue that vision). The results are striking because they're specific rather than broad.

Anyway, this one is definitely going in the buy pile, and I don't even own Captain America: Civil War, which is definitely one of the better Iron Man movies out there.
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2017-02-25 10:42 pm
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when you're not ride-or-die, you're... walk-and-live?

Discussion of Buffy/Spike and rape apology behind the cut.

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