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K.M. Peyton - Flambards, Guy Gavriel Kay - Lions of Al-Rassan, Karin Lowachee - Warchild, Sarah Monette - Melusine, Georgette Heyer - The Masqueraders, Gordon Korman - MacDonald Hall, Chuck, RPF - Soldier-Poets, Pat Barker - Regeneration, Susan Cooper - Dark Is Rising, Stella Gibbons - Cold Comfort Farm

Flambards
Morning Ride
My fic, which is from a fandom that's obscure even by Yuletide standards (read nonexistent) but is a lovely, lovely look at two people who are clearly meant to be together, despite the canon's attempt to keep them apart. (Think Jo and Laurie in Little Women. Think Mary and Colin in The Secret Garden. Then go and find the Flambards books, read 'em, and then read my fic. And...SQUEE!)

The Lions of Al-Rassan
The Name of the Stars and the Moons
"The rest of the story plays out as one might expect. But what she does not expect, herself, is to love the complex and ruthless man who will take her from the Gate of the Fountain one autumn twilight into his arms and into the court of the world. After all, she is only seventeen years old." As in the original, it's the beauty of the language that makes this story memorable.

Somewhere in Time
Two men who are not yet friends and not quite enemies, taking each other's measure.

Warchild
you try and you try
"The pirates don't find you. You get the smallest gun and lock the rest up, but you go back behind the maintenance grate, you follow regs. You hear things, even through the door, and something through the ventilation system so it sounds like someone's moaning right behind you, and then shouting, and you almost come out then, but you don't. You wait until all noises have faded away, and even the drives of Mukudori herself cycle down and down until they're only a faint buzz against your fingertips when you touch your hand to the hull. And then there's nothing at all." Gorgeous and brutal.

Melusine
Self-Sacrifice
A new perspective on Felix. "Here, in the Mirador (all cruelty and foolishness, cruelty and foolishness brushed into elaborate pompadours and under bejeweled coifs, cruelty and foolishness wrapped within yards of petticoats and finery, cruelty and foolishness dripping from rings and earrings, cruelty and foolishness buried beneath leagues chatter that falls with the gleam of a pearl and the croak of a frog from every mouth), Gideon sees Felix, and futility, more clearly than ever."

The Golden Ones
This is...not at all how I see the fourth book playing out, but it's sharp and bright and brilliant and utterly fantastic. "I saw it the moment I opened the door, of course. I looked at Mildmay to see whether he'd spotted it too, but he was doing his usual best to resemble the sort of paving-stone that other paving-stones didn't ask to dinner. It was just like him not to be any help; he had been sulking ever since we left the Mirador." Marry me, seriously, I'm in love.

The Masqueraders
A Yule to Remember
""A pretty tangle, o mountain," Robin sighed as he wrapped the cannibalized handkerchief." Lovely Heyer-fic.

MacDonald Hall
Gordon Korman Never Wrote a Zombie Story (And Now We Know Why)
Bruno. Boots. Zombies. So, so awesome.

Chuck
Because Your Kiss (Your Kiss) Is on My List
"John Casey cleaned his third-favorite service weapon, the trusty old SIG Sauer, for the second time that week. That wasn't nearly as much as his first- and second-favorite weapons, which he'd cleaned at least three times each. Yet he still couldn't scrub the entire kissing thing from his brain no matter how much symbolic brain-bleaching he engaged in. It just wouldn't go away. Every time he looked at Bartowski, it hit him hard in the face. Every time he tried to sleep, Bartowski's terrifying, puckered lips were there. And it really pissed him off."

Hee. That is all.

Appreciation
Surprisingly sweet drabble.

Soldier Poets
Athanatos
Rupert Brooke, and war, and loneliness. Lovely.

Regeneration
Two Fusiliers
"Robert left on a Wednesday. He came back on a Monday. There were four years in between. And it was the in between, of course, that was so interesting. It's usually the in betweens, he found himself thinking as he watched Nancy come down the aisle in her white lace. Apple cheeks. She had apple cheeks." Fabulous and tragic.

The Dark Is Rising
One Goes Alone
Will, watching and waiting.

Cold Comfort Farm
The Starkadder Switchback
"Flora, leafing through her address book for all her wealthiest and most sensible American acquaintances, smiled sweetly in return. "Of course not," she said." Oh, yes. Lovely.
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30 Rock
You Are Cordially Invited, Liz and Jack, and pot-luck and dancing and blackmail.
Jury Duty. This could actually be an episode of the show, it's so perfect.

Anne Bishop - Ephemera series
Gardening Lovely behind-the-scenes moment for Glorianna.

Arrested Development
Of Ninjas and Peppermint Ice Cream Gob and Michael pick Maeby up at school.
Domestic Disturbances This is another one of those almost could be an episode! ones.

Arrested Development/ Stephen Colbert crossover
Bang! Bang! My Baby Shot Me Down ""Mae-by!" he repeats slowly. Which is always a bad sign, in her experience. "Wishy-washy un-American name, missy, and you won't catch me saying it again. I'm going to call you ... Definitely." He gives her hand a firm shake ("Stephen T Colbert") and follows it with a swooping motion forward in his chair, attempting to unbutton his jacket in the process. The whole thing would have succeeded in being almost impressive had he not initially misjudged the position of the button, instead swiping at midair, leading to a very undignified swerve."

Battlestar Galactica (classic)
Too Late Is Better than Never--Short, sweet Starbuck/ Apollo drabble.
Beginnings--And Apollo plays Starbuck, which is a nice change.

Blades of Glory
Five Very Important Life Lessons--Cute and funny.

Bourne Identity series (movie)
Three Dead Men and the Women Who Did Not Mourn Them--Dark and troubling and utterly suited to the Bourne-verse.
Footsteps Ran Past Jason Bourne, and his ghosts.

Chuck
Retail Hell--Casey and Sarah, and the downside of undercover work.

Diana Gabaldon - Lord John Grey series
Aid and Comfort--My fic, which is lovely and bittersweet and fantastic: brotherhood and death, first love and history, and beautifully written and true to the books.

Diana Gabaldon - Outlander series
Paris in the Snow--lovely, brief Claire and Jamie scene.

Diana Wynne Jones - Chronicles of Chrestomanci
Turnabout--Mordecai and Rosalie drabble, very much in the spirit of the original.
Christopher's Elephant--Hee.
La Familia--Lovely, long Chant family fic.
http://www.yuletidetreasure.org/archive/42/ofdogs.html""I think of lots of things on my own," Millie said. "And I'm past the stage where I think everything in books is real. I did go to school on my own, you know. And I got married to a huge prat. No book can adequately describe that sort of feeling."

Dodie Smith - I Capture the Castle
Written by candle-light--Lovely.

Dorothy Dunnett - The Lymond Chronicles
Noughts and Crosses--Lymond/ Gabriel, and Jerott, watching, which is something I hadn't even really dared to dream about.

The Time That Thou Hast Lost and Spent and Mon coeur se recommande a vous are both about Kate and Adam, set at the end of Checkmate, and they are very clearly written for the same prompt, and deal with it similarly, and yet are entirely different. Which is one of the most brilliant things about fanfic.
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Sorry, guys, that I've been so unfannish lately. I haven't even been keeping up with lj, which is about as close to radio silence as I get. But I got lots of cards, still--from [livejournal.com profile] morganmuffle and [livejournal.com profile] scarletswidow and postingwhore )
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Oh, Harry Potter fandom. You're like the boy we loved in high school, who could be so sweet and funny and fantastic in bed when we were alone, but was always getting drunk at parties and puking on people's shoes and saying nasty things and embarassing us in public. Why can't you fucking grow up?

Also, [livejournal.com profile] fatale, nice job posting all those hustler! Dean links, because now I am totally and irrevocably hooked on Supernatural--even though I've never seen a single episode. And dude, I need another fandom like I need a hole in the head. :)

Anyone know what happened to [livejournal.com profile] wheatgerm? Is she okay?

In case you live under a rock--heads up. Cassie Claire ([livejournal.com profile] epicyclical) finished the Draco Trilogy. This was one of the first HP fics I read, and one of the ones I loved most, and it's bizarre to have it done. Now if only Beckett would resurface and repost Bright Be the Place of Thy Soul... Oh, HP fandom. You're so full of drama queens and awesome stories. What would I do without you?
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Stolen from [livejournal.com profile] yahtzee63--The meme of the day: Ask me anything you want about any of my stories: how I thought of the idea, what I did to write it, what I was thinking when I wrote it, what I feel about it now, what I wish I'd done differently, etc.

Also, [livejournal.com profile] tryfanstone wrote me this lovely Lymond drabble, Mirror, Glass, Stone, which is about Sybilla. I think Sybilla is very much a cipher, and [livejournal.com profile] tryfanstone does a fantastic job of summing her up without changing that. Which sounded way less incoherent in my head, I promise!

As always, the super-gigantic list of Lymond fic can be found here, or in my memories. I'm also going to post it to the [livejournal.com profile] lymond community, just in case they have any additions for it--I meant to do this months ago, of course.
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Because it's too hot to go outside and ride my horses! So please, point me to long, dark, plotty stuff I haven't read, especially PotC, HL, Alias and original stuff. Or at least point me to books to order! What have you read and loved, that I might not have read?

Book rec

Apr. 26th, 2006 06:17 pm
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From Kurt Vonnegut's memoir, A Man Without a Country:

Here is a lesson in creative writing.

First rule: Do not use semicolons. They are transvestite hermaphrodites representing absolutely nothing. All they do is show you've been to college.

And I realise some of you may be having trouble deciding whether I am kidding or not. So from now on I will tell you when I'm kidding.

For instance, join the National Guard or the Marines and teach democracy. I'm kidding.

We are about to be attacked by al-Qaeda. Wave flags if you have them. That always seems to scare them away. I'm kidding.

If you want to really hurt your parents, and you don't have the nerve to be gay, the least you can do is go into the arts. I'm not kidding. The arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable. Practising an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven's sake. Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possibly can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something.
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Putting this up mostly for myself. Please comment if you have anything to add :)

LAST UPDATED 19 AUGUST 2008

De profundis, by [livejournal.com profile] amonitrate (PG, Sybilla/ Francis)

Untitled , by [livejournal.com profile] amonitrate

Untitled Part II, by [livejournal.com profile] amonitrate (UR, ensemble)

Five Things Christian Stewart Never Saw by [livejournal.com profile] anjali_organna

Dr Crawford's Casebook - The Next Generation, by Bill Marshall (Star Trek crossover)

Clearing the Air, by [livejournal.com profile] essayel

Suivi Francois, by [livejournal.com profile] essayel

A sacrifice, if you like, or a misjudged advance, by [livejournal.com profile] fee_absinthe

A Bird in the Hand, by [livejournal.com profile] ishafel (PG, Jerott/ Marthe)

Discipline, by [livejournal.com profile] ishafel (R, Lymond gen)

Portraits hung in empty halls, by [livejournal.com profile] ishafel (PG13, Khaireddin gen, HP/ Lymond Chronicles crossover) NEW

Endgame, by [livejournal.com profile] ishafel (R, Jerott/ OMC) NEW

The Last Temptation of Jerott Blyth, by [livejournal.com profile] ishafel (NC17, Jerott/ Lymond/ Philippa)

The Lioness and the Unicorn, by [livejournal.com profile] ishafel (PG13, Lymond/ Margaret Lennox)

The Measure of a Man, by [livejournal.com profile] ishafel (R, Jerott gen)

The White Queen, by [livejournal.com profile] ishafel (R, Sybilla/ Francis, Sybilla/ Gavin)

Noughts and Crosses, by [livejournal.com profile] lferion (NC17, Gabriel/ Lymond) NEW

Lymond V, by [livejournal.com profile] megdalina

Five fights Danny Hislop got into, (UR, Danny Hislop) by [livejournal.com profile] minnow1212

Francis Crawford of Lymond, the (Zombie) Master of Culter, by [livejournal.com profile] minnow1212

Les aveugles verront, by [livejournal.com profile] nelladel

Thirst for Pleasure, by [livejournal.com profile] nelladel

Family, by [livejournal.com profile] not_your_god (Beacon) (PG13, Kuzum gen) NEW

Fantasies, [livejournal.com profile] not_your_god (Beacon) (UR, Jerott/ Marthe) NEW

Twinned, by [livejournal.com profile] supacat

The Time that Thou Has Lost and Spent, by [livejournal.com profile] thistlerose (G, Kate/ Adam) NEW

Majnun, by [livejournal.com profile] tryfanstone

Mirror, Glass, Stone, by [livejournal.com profile] tryfanstone

Pawn Advancing, [livejournal.com profile] traboule (Thessaly)

February 1527, [livejournal.com profile] traboule (Thessaly) Spoilers for Niccolo series.

Mon coeur se recommande a vous , by [livejournal.com profile] twistedchick (G, Kate/ Adam) NEW

House of Shadows, by [livejournal.com profile] vaznetti, (PG, Marthe)
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Gacked from [livejournal.com profile] alibi_factory. Anti-war song meme: I have no idea what spawned this baby, but I like it. Since my parents were hippies, we were raised listening to Phil Ochs and Joan Baez and Dylan. Hugely uncool if you grew up in the 1980s, believe me, but it worked in my favor in Americorps.

Gulf War Song by Moxy Fruvous

I Ain't Marchin' Anymore by Phil Ochs

Universal Soldier by Donovan

Cops of the World by Phil Ochs

Noct actually a song, but still: War and Stuff by Jon Stewart

War all the Time by Thursday

I Fought in a War by Belle & Sebastian

Road to Moscow by Al Stewart

The Captain by Leonard Cohen

Not strictly an antiwar song, but one that always makes me laugh: Love Me, I'm a Liberal by Phil Ochs



I've seen three movies in the last month (four if you count the twenty minutes of The Squid and the Whale I lasted, which I don't): V for Vendetta, Lord of War, and Howl's Moving Castle. This is not meant to be a reflection of my politics; it was actually a coincidence.

Howl's Moving Castle )

Lord of War )

V for Vendetta )

Fic recs!

Sep. 25th, 2005 02:46 pm
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Best Friends Forever, by[livejournal.com profile] balfrog, NC17, HBP spoilers. "Boys grow up. To be girls. And boys." Draco and Goyle and Crabbe, but mostly Goyle, caught on the edge of things and confused. It's funny, and sweet, but it hurts a little bit, too.

"He looked back in the mirror, a little calmer. Potter was right for once. He was a very pretty girl. His little nose was small and pointed – just like Draco’s – and face was heart-shaped. He did look quite sweet. Goyle would ask himself to go to Hogsmeade with himself if he could. That thought hurt his head."

Not All Roads Lead Home, by [livejournal.com profile] musigneus, R, HBP spoilers. "Lupin is looking for Snape." This is the Snape, I think, that we all hope is there to be found.

"He began walking. He would check this one last street tonight, and tomorrow, he would go on to the next street on his list, and begin again."

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