Fic rec

Jul. 23rd, 2005 06:25 pm
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"Quality of Mercy," by [livejournal.com profile] mistful; only one chapter so far, but if you've ever read anything Maya's written you know what to look forward to.

"Dumbledore had offered Malfoy mercy, and Harry was the only one who had been there to witness it. It had almost been Dumbledore’s last wish. Harry did not think Dumbledore would have wanted Malfoy alone, on the run and hunted, with nobody to help him."
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My To-Do List is headed by the words Write porn. Underlined three times. Damn you, Fantasy Fest.

House, last night? Best ep yet, and one of the best hours of tv ever. Not going to spoil it or anything, but I thought the format was brilliant, and Hugh Laurie did a lovely job keeping things flowing.

I've just finished Diana Wynne Jones' newest Chrestomanci book, Conrad's Fate. And it was pretty damn good. Not my favorite (that would be Time of the Ghost), but close. Also GGK's Last Light of the Sun, which felt a little like a rip-off of the much better Lions of Al-Rassan. And before that, my secret shame, Laurell Hamilton's latest porn. I would enjoy her books so much more if I didn't think she secretly hates women. Also I'm always afraid someone like my mom will catch me reading them. Talk about unneccessarily explicit group/interspecies sex scenes! Now I'm reading Lynn Flewelling's Nightrunner series, which I think I saw recced somewhere on LJ. I'm halfway through the first book, and it's okay. Decent story, typical of the swords and sorcery genre, reasonable writing, slashy. But the main character is a plucky, clever young apprentice, inexplicably named Alec. (All other characters have totally made up names.) He's very much a Mary Sue, I'm afraid. Next I'm going to read Richard Morgan's Market Forces. I completely rec his first two, although I've blanked on the names. They're kind of cyber-mercernary noir, I guess; anyway they totally work.

And last but certainly not least, I know that I've recced Bright Place of Thy Soul, by Beckett, before. And I know that I said it was hard to get into, and rough in places, and dauntingly long. And I suppose it still is. But it's been updated a lot lately, and it's such a powerful story. And Snape and Lucius are my new favorite characters (sorry, Draco.) Seriously, I've never been tempted to fangirl before! Well, maybe [livejournal.com profile] epicyclical, a little. But this is the real thing. Fans self.

OOps. Okay, this is last. For those legions of you eagerly awaiting "Houses" (the Winter Prince prequel), part three will be along soon; I've just got a bit snarled up with it, and it's going to be 5-6 pages longer than I meant it to be. And also there will be a part four.
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1) Total number of movies/dvd that I own: Maybe two dozen, counting the ones on my computer and videos. I'm a huge Netflix fan, and honestly I just don't watch movies much, let alone re-watch.

2) Last movie I bought: Pre-ordered The Life Aquatic, which I've already seen twice, and love.

3) Last film I watched: The Incredibles. Well done but not brilliant. I thought Mr. Incredible was an ass, actually.

4) Five films I watch alot or mean something to me: (I have a thing for quirky, dysfunctional families.)

1) Igby Goes Down Ryan Philippe as Oliver=Draco Malfoy
2) The Royal Tenenbaums I secretly want to be Gwyneth Paltrow's character in this movie.
3) The House of Yes Stagey, and features Tori Spelling at her worst, but there was a time when I could recite this movie line for line.
4) Tigerland OMG Colin Farrell! And I like the plot, too.
5) Fight Club Have you seen Brad Pitt in this movie? Seriously?

5) Tag 5 people and have them put this in their journal:
[livejournal.com profile] nattish, [livejournal.com profile] moojja, [livejournal.com profile] feygan, [livejournal.com profile] pingviini, [livejournal.com profile] toscas_kiss

Fic recs

Apr. 14th, 2005 09:58 pm
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Me And My Mistress, The Princess by Cinnamon, Het, short. "As Bellatrix slipped into a cold and unforgiving madness, which shivered and giggled on all sides of the fortress, her mind slipped backwards and forwards over memories, like a particular tongue over an endless expanse of exposed flesh." Bellatrix and Tom, not quite poetry and not quite a story, horrible and beautiful.

"Her voice was harsh from screaming when she fell to the floor, fingertips bleeding from tracing endless treasure maps on craggy, water-eaten stone, and she closed her mad and glowing eyes, remembering."

In the Garden by Shiradine. Gen, short, K+. "A brief slice of life -- Snape reflects." This is a portrayal of Snape that I love, Snape the ascetic, lonely and tired but not quite despairing.

"The grey cat (he has not named it; naming it would make it a pet and he can afford neither pets nor lovers) twines about his ankles, leaving a dust of fur along the hem of his robe."

We Are the Dead by [livejournal.com profile] lilith_morgana. Het, Part 1 of 3, R. "Pansy spends the summer between her sixth and seventh year at Malfoy Manor and acts as though it’s not what she’s been dreaming of for an endless winter." This is Pansy; this is exactly how I see her.

"Pansy has only seen her father’s picture a couple of times. Her mother will pick it up from its sealed box when she has a glass of wine in her hand, tipsily narrating a meaningless story that is probably false anyway. The stories of Pansy’s father tend to be."

Fic rec

Apr. 6th, 2005 09:48 am
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Running Close to the Ground, by After the Rain. Gen, novella-length. "They call themselves the Death Eaters’ Drinking and Cynicism Society. They are bored, world-weary, damaged men, too resentful to obey without question and too afraid to rebel. One of them spends his nights dreaming of the past as he waits for the order to kill the last of his childhood friends. His name is Peter Pettigrew. And he still has a touch of the old Marauder in him." This is the first story I've read that makes me like Peter, and it does it without revising canon.

"For fifteen years I tended the flames of resentment, and then I woke one morning to find they'd burnt themselves out and I had nothing left to do but sweep out the ashes. You can't go on hating the dead, so there isn't anybody left to hate except myself."

Fic recs

Mar. 7th, 2005 11:12 am
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Games, by [livejournal.com profile] alibi_factory, Gen, short. "Painted birds and bad intentions." Snape and Dumbledore and Harry, and nothing most of us haven't thought, only better written.

"He'd sit in class and take notes of every third fact, glare - already with the headmaster's manipulation- ego-assurance in his eyes. Defiant, but full of self-pitying sacrifice. Dumbledore had made him a martyr. Poor grades, but martyrs are allowed their failures. Of course."

(Also check out [livejournal.com profile] alibi_factory's House ficlet, Heart of Oak

Diagon Burning by [livejournal.com profile] 1eyedjack, Gen?, long. "Harry Potter is one of the few who remain skeptical when Lucius Malfoy emerges from Azkaban with a full pardon and a plan to start an evil-fighting organization. Exposing Malfoy as a fraud won't be easy amid lies, fights, and hidden agendas. One motorway accident, two definitions for SPEW, three levels of Ministry alert, and lots of four-nication." This is canon here, people. This is Harry Potter written for grownups. WIP, parts posted every Thursday.

" “Lucius, this soup is delicious!” Mrs. Fudge bellowed as soon as her husband mentioned the word Dumbledore. Draco got the sense that she was rather well acquainted with his rants. “Whatever is in it?”

“Muggle,” Lucius replied, “marinated with sherry.”

There was a nervous sort of pause and then Fudge giggled. “Oh, Lucius, you almost had me there.”

Narcissa looked down at her napkin. “It’s an old family recipe.”

Lucius smiled."

Fic rec

Mar. 2nd, 2005 10:12 am
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Squee! LMH was one of those fics I was sure I wouldn't like, so I kept putting off reading it, only to finally succumb and fall in love. Just the thing dor a freezing, snowy day!

Title: Surrender the Grey 1/?
Author: Emma Grant
Rating: NC-17
Summary: Draco Malfoy returns to London after five years of self-imposed exile to start a new life with Harry. But will the secrets of the past destroy everything they've worked for?
Sequel to: Left My Heart. This will make much more sense if you have read that first, though it probably can stand on its own to an extent.

http://www.livejournal.com/users/emmagrant01/118728.html?#cutid1

Fic recs!

Feb. 24th, 2005 07:33 pm
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The Tangled Web by Nomad, Gen, short. "The plan has been a long time in its execution..." Dumbledore, and the bigger picture, beautifully written. Anything more would spoil it.

"He created Snape almost by accident, the consequence of actions in the shaping of another. Yet he has proved one of the most versatile pieces in this complicated game, the one that moves in odd directions, and sends others off at tangents they would never take unaided."

Conduits of Sorcery by [livejournal.com profile] pen_and_umbra, Harry/ Snape, long. "It's a Triwizard Tournament year and Harry returns to Hogwarts as one of the Tournament organisers. What he had hoped would be a quiet year with old friends turns to something quite different when Lucius Malfoy shows sudden interest in wizarding sports." Elegant yet hot, and with just the right ratio of sex to story. Completed, but still being posted.

"A warm feeling of home washed over Harry. It wasn't the Hogwarts he remembered -- and how could it have been, with him so much older and Dumbledore gone and so many old friends dead -- yet he was heartened to discover that some things never changed. Not Hagrid, not the first-years, and never Snape: he was still the ugly, absolutely magnificent bastard Harry remembered."

And [livejournal.com profile] epistolarium, which while not exactly a fic, is almost better. It's a collection of emails between [livejournal.com profile] helenish and [livejournal.com profile] crimsonclad (they call it "an LJ-based vanity project") containing character and story ideas. Slash and het, a variety of pairings; I've loved pretty much everything they've posted. Page back to the beginning, start at the bottom and read up.

"You know, I'm thinking that Harry's dead in this one, and Ron is very, very tired - even at twenty-one, or two, he's tired, more than he should be, and some people, after the war, partied and let loose and learned to be young again, but Ron had to bury Harry, and pack up all his stuff from his stuffy little flat, and make sure everyone got a piece of something, a piece that they needed, and Hermione got his schoolbooks, and Lupin got the invisibility cloak [although he tried to give it to Ron, and Ron wouldn't take it.] and Draco, even, got a Potter Stinks button that Ron found in a shoebox on Harry's shelf, and it's three years later and Ron seems fine - he tells people he's fine - but he's mostly not."

Meme

Feb. 9th, 2005 06:13 pm
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Ganked from [livejournal.com profile] wikdsushi...
List five fictional people -- from television, movies, books, whatever -- that you had a crush on as a child (or early teens).

Charlie, from Louisa May Alcott's Eight Cousins. Charlie was spoiled and arrogant and totally hot (and he died tragically young, too, which I found really attractive in my younger days)

Mordred, from T.H. White's Once and Future King. See above, only substantially less hot, and slightly hunchbacked.

Caspian, from C.S. Lewis's The Chronicles of Narnia. See above, only hotter and not spoiled.

Will Stanton, from Susan Cooper's Dark Is Rising series. Not hot OR spoiled. But smart and heroic, I guess.

Stu Redman, from Stephen King's The Stand. I read this book (all 1000+ pages of the unabridged version) over and over again until it fell apart. I totally hated Frannie for taking him away from me. Even though I was twelve and he was fictional, and it could never have worked.

{I had other crushes, too; there was Cody from Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant, Sir John Smythe from Elizabeth Peters' mysteries, Corwin from Zelazny's Amber novels; Mr. Rochester and Ashley Wilkes, Bruno and Boots of Macdonald Hall fame, Rhodry from the Deverry books. Zach, of Saved By the Bell, which I saw maybe once.)

In case you're wondering, we didn't have a tv when I was a kid, and I am deeply, deeply scarred because of it. Seriously, how uncool was I in elementary school? No one would ever spend the night and miss cartoons. All because my parents were hippies!

cross-posted to [livejournal.com profile] solomons_seal

Fic recs

Jan. 11th, 2005 10:38 pm
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I've been on kind of a Snape kick, lately, but the thing is, I find Snape/ Harry completely implausible. So that limits me. Alot. Here are some Snape recs you might not have seen. Let me know if you have any for me.

Worser Angels and its sequel, Better Angels, by CousinAlexei. Gen, novel-length. "After Lucius Malfoy’s arrest and subsequent death, Snape becomes a father figure to Draco." A little sweeter than I like either Snape or Draco, but solid characterization and good writing.
"There was that troublesome loyalty again. Snape had once speculated that the Malfoy family name was derived not from mal foi--usually translated as bad faith--but mal foie, in recognition of an ancestor with liver disease. Now he wondered if both theories had some truth. Honor was like a disease with them."


Snape's Return, by Pasi. Gen, short. "How Dumbledore recruited Snape." Snape the way I like him best, deprived finally of all choices but the right one. She's written a chaptered prequel and sequel as well, both at http://www.thedarkarts.org/authorLinks/Pasi/
"It wasn't until after he'd felt the Touch, after he'd been accepted into Voldemort's inner circle, that he'd learned the true price of power and recognition. The lies he'd told to recruit the susceptible, the spells of enslavement and torment to punish the recalcitrant, all with Malfoy smiling at his side like a benevolent older brother."


Defying Gravity, by Andry. Gen, short. "On a bleak summer afternoon in Diagon Alley, 10-year-old Severus Snape meets Lucius Malfoy for the first time." Why Severus became what he did. Summed up beautifully.
"And he knew then that he didn't have to wait for Hogwarts for his chance to prove people wrong about him and his family. In succumbing to the inevitable, meekly carrying out the hand he'd been dealt, letting gravity push him back to earth, he knew that he had already proven them right."


Bright Be the Place of Thy Soul by beckett. Gen, multiple-novel-length. "During a Death Eater action, Severus Snape falls victim to a hex that impairs his use of magic. When it appears to interact with his Dark Mark, he lands himself in hot water at Hogwarts. But is everything even what it seems? And who can he turn to for help in obtaining the ingredients for the cure when it involves a trip to the Ukraine? Lucius Malfoy, of course!" This is a very, very long story. It's a WIP. There's an R-rated, slightly shorter version (which I haven't read) on fanfiction.net; this version is unrated. I would put it at X for both sex and violence, only because there is no rating higher. It starts off slowly, there are a number of OCs with Gaelic and Russian names, and the writing is uneven in places, though always gramatically correct. The prologue is bad, the first chapter is okay, and if that doesn't scare you away, you will not be able to stop reading this story. This is a Snape & Lucius friendship fic, set in what can only be described as a fractured fairy tales version of Hogwarts. The characterization of Snape, Lucius, Dumbledore--really, of all the characters--is absolutely dead on. Beckett showcases their strengths and their weaknesses, and is absolutely fair. It is a story cast entirely in shades of gray. The plot itself is intricate and well-developed, with what is probably the best (and most original) depiction of wizarding life I've seen. This is probably the darkest HP fic I've ever read; it's also the most compelling.
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My copy of The Dark Tower (Book VII of Stephen King's Darkl Tower series) came today, and I'm almost afraid to read it. No, I am afraid. This is a series that's been a WIP since 1970. Nearly thirty-five years! I read the first two Dark Tower books when I was thirteen, and a freshman in high school--1993. There was an author's note at the end of the second that hinted this series would never be finished. My senior year of high school I found a copy of the third book, and sophomore year of college the fourth was published--I bought it new, and it took me three weeks to scrounge up the money; the fifth came out while I was in Americorps, and the sixth and seventh just this year. So in a way, I guess, I've been waiting for this book to be published for half of my life. That's a hell of a burden to put on any book, and there aren't many authors up to it. JK Rowling, maybe, but I'm not sure I'll be this excited even for the last Harry Potter. Off to read!
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gacked from [livejournal.com profile] starflowers
Ten Fictional Characters I'd Shag:
Ashley Wilkes, Gone With the Wind (book)
Draco Malfoy, Draco Veritas (fanfiction)
Roland Deschains, The Dark Tower (books)
Dr. Luka Kovac, ER (tv)
Ryan Atwood, The O.C. (tv)
Oliver, Igby Goes Down (movie)
Francis Crawford, The Chronicles of Lymond (books)
Ramses Emerson, Amelia Peabody (books)
Corwin, Chronicles of Amber (books)
Rupert Cambell-Black, Riders/ Rivals (books)

Quickly posts without looking over as hears boyfriend's car in drive :)

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Jul. 30th, 2003 06:12 pm
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I'm appalled by the whole rpf thing, really. Really. So why can't I stop reading it? I blame it on this fic: Not by [livejournal.com profile] silviakundera-- "There are things you think about, and there are things you try not to think about. And that only makes you think about them more, because that's how those sorts of things are."

Which sums it all up, really.

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