[sticky entry] Sticky: Fic Masterlist

Jan. 21st, 2011 01:58 pm
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Blanket permission: Please feel free to remix, podfic, or really do anything you like with anything I've written. I'd love it if you'd drop me a link when you're done, though.

Whoniverse )

Merlin )

Game of Thrones/A Song of Ice and Fire )

Misc. fandoms: Legend of the Seeker, Discworld, Being Human, The West Wing, Warehouse 13, The Queen's Thief, Once Upon a Time )

Crossovers & Fusions )
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Wow, [livejournal.com profile] yuletide signups came and went quickly. I guess that answers my am I going to participate this year? question for me.

I haven't thrown my hat in the Yuletide ring for years. As in, the last time I did Game of Thrones was an eligible fandom. I got out of the habit when I worked retail and December was neatly divided into thirds of working, sleeping, and stress crying.

It's probably for the best I'm sitting it out, because I still haven't started my [community profile] femslashex fic (jfc, self.)

See, I have this attention span thing where I can only work on one fic at a time and I already had a PoI fixit open on my desktop. It was probably going to be posted in chapters anyway, because there are a couple of big pov changes, so I thought if I posted the first chapter I could temporarily move on. So:

When I Argue I See Shapes (1/3, Person of Interest, Root/Shaw) which is really equal parts a canon divergent AU where Root succeeds in her no good, very bad plan to hand herself over to Samaritan, and a canon compliant fixit where everything is inception.

It sort of worked; of course now I have a dangling WIP.

Then I got tapped to write a last minute pitch-hit for [livejournal.com profile] got_exchange:

Everybody Says That You're So Fragile (ASOIAF; Lyanna, Elia, Ashara) which is half my effort to save as many of the Dead Ladies Club as possible, and half Lyanna Stark: masked vigilante.

And now I'm going to write my femslash fic.
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-I had one day off this week, during which I fell into a Luke Cage shaped hole and emerged blinking into the light thirteen hours later. Nothing's been done, the house is a state, my ironing was done by means of hanging it in the bathroom while I showered, and I have no regrets. That was the good shit.

Incoherent Luke Cage Ramblings )

I think Luke Cage is my favourite Marvel show yet. Jessica Jones was brilliant, I though, but it cut a bit close to the bone for me to actually call watching it enjoyable. I only wish Iron Fist looked better, and less like it was sponsored by the Game of Thrones casting department's off day.

-I belatedly got around to watching Star Trek: Beyond which I hadn't seen right away because all the trailers made it look like a generic action flick in space. But, actually, for a film that destroyed the Enterprise before the thirty minute mark it felt like the first reboot film that had actually been made by people who like Star Trek.

It certainly felt more like Trek than Star Trek: Gap Year or Star Trek: Is This Casting Racist? It helped that the cast, Kirk, specifically, looked like actual grown ups in this one.

Beyond is definitely closer to Actually Good than merely Better Than Into Darkness, but I still hold to my views that Star Trek is better suited to the small screen.

-I tried to watch Batman v Superman last time I was laid up with period pain (Dawn of Justice, quite possible more fun than bleeding from your vagina), largely because the Wonder Woman trailer had looked really good and I wanted to see her bits. I didn't get to Wonder Woman; I'd lost the will to live by twenty minutes in and decided that lying on my bed in silence more fully experiencing my stomach cramps would be more fun. Has anyone done some sort of Diana supercut?

-I've been really enjoying Pitch, this is a bit surprising because I know nothing about baseball and if I'm going to keep watching I should learn something of the rules if only to quiet the voice in my head that keeps saying they're playing cricket wrong. Also baseball is a bit like rounders, right? And once in primary school I broke my teacher's nose playing rounders because my shocked and appalled reaction to actually hitting the ball that had been thrown at me was to hurl the bat backwards over my shoulder.

Tales of my sporting incompetence aside, I think Pitch has been excellent so far. I really like the mentor-student vibe they seem to be going for with Ginny and Mike, with Ginny being Mike's legacy. I'm not shipping them, but I can totally see why people would. If I squint I can see myself shipping Ginny and her agent, but mostly I love the friendships been Ginny and Mike, and Ginny and Blip, and after the last episode want Ginny and Tommy to be unlikely bros forever.

-I have just finished a rewatch of all seven seasons of The West Wing which I started on the night of the Brexit vote. In times of great hardship President Bartlet comes to me...

(Actually this entire post is brought to you by my pre-gaming with Jack Daniels and the Hamilton soundtrack for the second presidential debate.)

At the end of season seven I still feel like Vinick should have won the election, and Santos wasn't characterised enough beyond 'the democrat.' And I hate that Josh ended up chief of staff, I can't imagine that he'd be any good at it.

I really didn't like that they brought perennial nice guy Sam back; his character felt dated even when S7 aired and even more so now. Also, there was an awkward line of Sam's, about America being a nation of centrists and Santos being just the president they needed to bring people together which felt like it had escaped from and earlier draft of the script where Vinick won. And it wasn't even bringing back a character from the earlier seasons that bothered me, because the return of both Amy Garner and Ainsley Hayes to serve on the senior staff worked for me, and actually in light of that it bothered me even more that the final 'what's next?' scene was the president and three guys in identical suits.

Even so, I will defend the finale forever if only for the scene of Donna being shown into her fantabulous new office as First Lady's Chief of Staff.


Oct. 4th, 2016 10:57 pm
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Foxglove Summer - Ben Aaronovitch
In Harm's Way - Doug Stanton
Stone Mattress - Margaret Atwood
Labrador - Ben Fogle
Infomocracy - Malka Older

I'd given up on the Rivers of London series as not doing it for me, but I stumbled across Foxglove Summer in the library and picked it up. I ended up liking it far more than I was expecting to for a couple reasons 1) Nightingale was barely in it; sorry, but he bores the arse off me, and 2) it wasn't set in London; I am stubbornly, Scottishly cross about works of fiction in which London is singularly special; I have the actual news for that. So, to me, this was a lovely book in which a likeable city cop is sent out to the countryside to investigate a unicorn related supernatural mystery. Still, I'm not convinced I care enough about what's going on with Lesley to pick up the next book when surely the Nightingale and London aspects will be back in full force.

I read In Harm's Way, about the sinking of a US battleship in shark-infested waters in the closing days of WWII, and the communication SNAFUs that led to no-one going to look for survivors for nearly a week with a sense of horrified fascination.

I am a very hard sell when it comes to short stories, and that's true even when the stories in question are written by Margaret Atwood. There was one good story in Stone Mattress in which a retirement aged woman runs into the man who raped her in high school on an arctic cruise pushes him off the edge of a glacier, but the rest of the collection was meh at best; there was a linking mechanism so half-hearted that it was abandoned three stories in, and just... meh.

I like dogs, and I like reading about other people's dogs. Labrador was not a particularly brilliant example of the yay dogs! genre.

Do you want to read a novel about election malarky set in cyberpunk Asia? Let me rephrase that: do you want to read a novel about election malarky set in cyberpunk Asia, possibly after November when we can all exhale? Then Infomocracy is that novel. Highly, highly recommend.
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-The obvious thing to do when I don't have any running water on account of a burst main is to drink beer instead, right?

I did have half a bottle of water in the fridge, but I put that in the dog's bowl. Not that she'll touch it; my dog would never drink out of anything so gauche as a water bowl, not when there are toilets and puddles to be drunk from instead.

-I mean, I could do some writing while I'm sitting here. In a fit of unrealistic optimism I have four word documents open. The first is my take on the Person of Interest fix-it, which is causing me problems because, pacing issues aside, I actually like the PoI finale and thought that it earned most of what it did, but for the purposes of this fic I have to change everything about it; the basic premise is that Root succeeded in her no good, very bad plan to hand herself over to Samaritan in QSO, and everything that happened to Shaw after that was a simulation, and eh. Fixits, I have realised, are easiest written from a position of utmost bitterness, which is why so many of mine are about Donna Noble or Morgana. The second is my Femslashex fic; I like the prompt, I've revisited the canon, I know what I'm going to write, and I've been staring at a blinking cursor for a week now. Like, come on, dude, hop to it. The last two wips are the treats I want to write for Femslashex, which I have forbidden myself from working on until I've written my assignment, so they're probably not happening, but I live in hope.

-a minor fall and a major lift (Sansa/Willas; ASOIAF; coffee shop AU)

My fic for the last round of got_exchange. A Sansa/Willas coffee shop AU is, ahem, a little outside my wheelhouse, but I ended up having a lot of fun writing it, not least because I got to include Lady being alive and Margaery sleeping her way through the eligible female characters.


Sep. 1st, 2016 08:37 pm
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Four Roads Cross - Max Gladstone
Listen to the Moon - Rose Lerner
The Geek Feminist Revolution - Kameron Hurley
Asking For It - Louise O'Neill
City of Stairs - Robert Jackson Bennett

I would never have expected to be as crazy about a series about capitalist, legalease magic as I am about Max Gladstone's Craft Sequence. I'd thought the series took a bit of a dip with Last First Snow (maybe it will hold up better if I ever reread the series in chronological order, it might seem like less of a rehash of Two Serpents Rise) but it's back on form with Four Roads Cross; we're back in Alt Columb with the characters from the first book, and I think its the best one since that first book. Anyway, I love the whole series, and would recommend.

Listen to the Moon is, I think, my favourite historical romance in a long time. First of all the hero and the heroine are a valet and maid. And, look, I know there's a lot of easy chuckles to be had off puns on aristocratic titles, but a little variety is nice, is my point. Also they get married at, like, the one third mark, and I love romances between already married couples. Highly recommended.

The first time I tried to read Kameron Hurley I bounced hard off of God's War, and I was a bit surprised because I'd heard her described as a feminist SFF writer, so when in The Geek Feminist Revolution I read her describing her fiction as being a mix of grimdark and new weird I went oh that's why I don't care for her writing, it's at the intersection of two things that are Not My Bag of Chips. Which is actually interesting, because male authors are described by the types of books that they write, women authors are first and foremost women authors. I ended up rather liking this essay collection, Hurley's kinda brash style works a lot better for me in non-fiction. Admittedly, having decided that I didn't care for Hurley's fiction I never followed links to her blog so I hadn't already read the pieces that had been published online. You always feel a bit conned when you shell out these essay collections only to discover that you've already read two thirds of the contents. Anyway, I enjoyed it.

Asking For It is a YA novel and a bloody difficult read. It's about a gang rape and subsequent internet humiliation. Think the Steubenville case transplanted into suburban Ireland. Two things in particular elevate it; the protagonist/victim is awful, she's the girl everybody hated in high school, she has no sympathy for another rape victim, and she still doesn't deserve what was done to her; and the ambiguous ending, which, yeah, was a downer, but was also closer to reality most of the time than righteous vindication.

City of Stairs is the best start to a SFF trilogy I've read in oh ages. It's set in a Russian inspired fantasy city that was decimated when their Gods were killed in an revolt by the, ahem, godless nation they'd been subjugating. Dead Gods seem to be a lucky theme for me in books; it's the backstory to the Craft Sequence too. It features a badass middle aged woman general, a lady diplomat/spy, and her viking, basically, secretary. jsyk: the one non-straight character dies, I loved the rest of it so much that it wasn't a dealbreaker, but the more you know. I almost dived straight into City of Blades, but the second book of trilogies are sometimes... you know, the third one isn't out yet, and the library called to say they've got Foxglove Summer for me, so I guess I'm reading that next.
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I have signed up for [community profile] femslashex, and so should you...

Dear Person,

Thanks in advance, and first of all if you already have an idea for one of these pairings you should ignore me and go with your gut, I'm sure I'll love it. I'm pretty easy to please. If you find it helpful to get a sense of your recipient's internet presence I'm here, on tumblr, and my AO3 bookmarks double as a recs list.

I like: what ifs, canon divergence AUs, bittersweet mixtures of fluff and angst. Trope wise I have a soft spot for soulmate mark AUs, and I will never say no to a good zombie apocalypse AU.

Dislikes: A/B/O, mundane AUs, pwps - feel free to include sex of whatever rating you're comfortable with, I'd just prefer not to receive only a sex scene.

Person of Interest
Shaw/the Machine

After season five I would love to see a fixit or canon divergence AU where Root either didn't die or somehow survived. I loved the way Root and Shaw's relationship seemed to be heading in the wake of her escape, with the volume on Shaw's feelings having been turned slightly up, and I would love to see that play out more.

I am fascinated by any and all takes on how much of Root is in the Machine now, and I'd love to see that explored, as well as the Machine's relationship to Shaw as her Primary Asset.

Game of Thrones

These two meeting was the surprise delight of the last season. I'd love to see them flirting their way across the high seas. Or something set after they've reached Westeros, with them both trying to rule as queens, or Yara as Dany's consort. If you can think of a way to get them married, go for it.

The Rook

The thing I loved about Stiletto was the way the enemies to friends arc was handled with Felicity and Odette. I loved their determination to save each other even before they were sure they liked one another. I would love to see a fic set after the events of the book tackle the friends to lovers part of the equation.


I would be fascinated by an AU where Maggie was the Mastermind of Team Leverage, or alternatively a member of Team Leverage. Or maybe something where Maggie and Sophie met during Sophie's grifting days.

Deep Space Nine

I imprinted on the episode Rejoined young. I would be interested an AU where Lenara stayed on DS9, how might their relationship have panned out on DS9.
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-I can add [personal profile] dhampyresa to my list of fandom folk who are definitely not axe-murderers. I mean, you all seem very nice, but I make my not an axe-murderer determinations on a case by case basis. We got to spent a very cool evening hanging out and discussing Star Wars while I did my worst tour guide in Glasgow bit. And its becoming ever more clear that I really ought to be watching the Clone Wars series, if only for Ashoka related reasons.

-I have been watching the Olympics, and while some of it has been delightful - the women's rugby 7s genuinely enriched my life; it seemed like the entire early shift in my work had stayed up half the night to watch Andy Murray's tennis final, that workday was sponsored by Red Bull. But there's almost something old East German about the way "Team GB" is being covered here, it's like: look how many gold medals we have; do not peek behind the curtain.

-I have been trying to yank myself out of a bout of writers block by writing sequel ficlets. Presenting: more Sansa/Margaery arranged marriage and more Sameen Shaw and her indifferent daemon.

-While I was tooling around AO3 I noticed that my subscriber count has hit 300. Admittedly, I don't know if that's a lot or next to nothing, but I find it a pleasingly round number, and it delights me.

-I'd been planning to take my dog hiking on Skye over the weekend, but I'm thinking again, partly because it's pissing down, and partly because my dog has funny ideas about sheep; to wit, about chasing them (I blame her pesky spaniel grandparent) and I'm a bit worried that her reaction to first seeing seals might be hey, water sheep! to general disaster.

By the way, if you've never had to rescue a small, terrified labrador who has just realised that she's made a huge mistake from the middle of a dairy herd, then I'm hear to tell you dairy cows are fucking massive!


Aug. 8th, 2016 02:10 pm
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The [community profile] femmeremix author reveals were last night, hurrah, and the remix of my fic is:

Her Father's Daughter (Visited on the Son Remix) by [archiveofourown.org profile] originally

and it's awesome to me on three levels.

1. It's a remix of Abu el Banat, which is my Oberyn character study, and, I think, one of my best fics in asoiaf fandom. And you know how sometimes you get remixes that are perfectly lovely but it's a fandom you're no longer in, or of a fic you don't necessarily want to call attention to. So it was lovely that this was the fic my remixer chose.

2. It's a really good remix, with a lot of reflections and refractions of my fic, which were delightful to me as the original author.

3. It's also a brilliant stand alone fic. Instead of Oberyn, the focus is on Sarella Sand, and if you don't think you need a character study about a woman crossdressing to become a philosopher priest in your life then I just don't know what to say to you.

Basically, it's awesome and you should all read it.

I was assigned [archiveofourown.org profile] pendrecarc to remix, and this was very exciting to me because they are the author of Code Indigo which is one of my very favourite Person of Interest fics ever, an AU where it was Shaw who Finch met first, and I wasted ages failing to remix that. It took me an embarrassingly long time to realise that the reason I wasn't getting anywhere was that I love that fic so much that I didn't want to change anything about it. So I changed tack and remixed Electric, a circa S2 character study about Root's childhood and the origins of the taser as her weapon of choice.

Like, I don't know how other people approach a remix, but my approach is to try and work out what I think the fic is about at its most basic level and then try to figure out how I would write a fic from those basic building blocks. This, by the way, was why I couldn't remix Code Indigo because if I was going to write an AU where Finch had met Shaw first I would have tried to write Code Indigo. To me, I though that at it's most basic level Electric was a fic about Root's relationship with the physical world, and post season 5 the most bittersweet thing about that is that Root no longer has a relationship to the physical world. There was a careful what you wish for thing that appealed to me.

What I ended up writing was a four things fic that spanned Root's childhood to the end of the show, and because I took the female character remix thing a bit literally I tried to hit all the important female relationships in Root's life (Hanna, her mom, Shaw, the Machine.)

Sing The Body (Electric Remix) (Person of Interest)
"What the hell kind of leet speak name is Root?"


Aug. 6th, 2016 12:07 am
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The Language of Secrets - Ausma Zehanat Khan
Angelmaker - Nick Harkaway
Birthdays for the Dead - Stuart MacBride
The Witches: Salem, 1692 - Stacy Schiff
Stiletto - Daniel O'Malley

The Language of Secrets is the second book in a series about two Canadian detectives who investigate 'minority crimes.' The first book, The Unquiet Dead, was brilliant; it was about a Bosnian war criminal, and the author is apparently an international lawyer whose area of expertise is the atrocities of the Bosnian war, and that knowledge, that care shone through. This one was about Islamic extremism and felt much more by-the-numbers and cardboard. It was still a perfectly serviceable crime novel, but.

Oh, Angelmaker was this close to being something that I'd adore. It's got that off-beat magical realism thing that I just eat up. And one of the protagonists, Edie Bannister, is my new favourite character. The narrative skips between WWII when she's a bisexual, cross-dressing, snarky, steampunk spy, and the modern day where she's a spry little old lay spy with a stinky blind pug she carries around in her handbag. She's awesome. But then she dies one hundred pages from the end and the narrative is taken over by the other main character, Joe Spork, an everyman who saves the day by embracing the legacy of his gentleman gangster father.... yawn. I think the bait-and-switch would have annoyed me less if the first, like, five hundred pages hadn't catered to my id so perfectly, only to finish up catering to, er, someone else's id.

Stuart MacBride was recced to me on the grounds that I like Chris Brookmyre, but I think it was maybe just that they're both Scottish crime guys rather than them actually having all that much in common. To be fair I prefer Bookmyre's more satirical books, but even in his more straight crime novels Brookmyre has a lightness of touch and humour that Birthdays for the Dead lacks. I feel like there should be some sort of rule in crime thrillers that if your detective has two daughters and the first daughter has been murdered by a serial killer before the novel begins, then the third act should not be the younger daughter being killed by a copycat. That's not trope subversion, that's just grim for grim's sake.

I had really liked Stacy Schiff's book about Cleopatra, so I was surprised that I found The Witches such hard going. If I had a criticism of the Cleopatra book (which was, at least, an excellent read) it was that Schiff was writing about this really sympathetic version of the Egyptian Queen and then couldn't really reconcile her version with Cleopatra's eventual downfall. The Witches really could have used some of that instinct for extrapolation, as it was it just read like a fairly dry recitation of famously scant sources. Plus there's a cast of, like, five hundred puritans who have about three family names between them.

Stiletto is the first book in ages that's made me do that running in circles, flappy hands of incoherent glee thing. It arrived unexpectedly on my kindle (I'd loved The Rook years ago and had pre-ordered the sequel, but the publication date got pushed back and back; also, I don't think you have to have read The Rook to enjoy this.) Basically it's about a corporate merger between the secret supernatural department of the British government, who are all products of a posho magical boarding school, and a centuries old order of Eurotrash mad scientists. It's hilarious and awesome and femslashy as fuck; if there was one thing, one thing, that I could have changed I would have taken the relationship between Felicity and Odette all the way through enemies to reluctant allies to friends to actually becoming lovers, but that's what yuletide is for. A++, highly recommended.
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I got my [community profile] femmeremix in on time, which was remarkable because writing it was like pulling teeth (the hardest fics to remix are ones that you love; I was trying to be too big for my britches, and had to change tack really late on.) And now I've got my [profile] got_exchange to write, which also looks to be like pulling teeth; that exchange is one where you have to e-mail the mod to drop out rather than just hitting a button on AO3, so social anxiety will compel me to at least try.

And maybe when stuck in an overlap between want to write and can't write wasn't the best time to request a [community profile] trope_bingo card, especially as I don't have any form at all for actually writing for bingo cards, but, hey, there's a first time for everything, right?

Read more... )

-I actually started writing a Clarke/Lexa role reversal fic during my brief fling with The 100, but every time I see anything about that fandom now it seems to reaffirm my decision to back away slowly while avoiding eye-contact, so maybe that's best left forever abandoned.

I was going to make all the grounders skypeople and vice versa. Clarke was going to be the flamekeeper and skyperson!Lexa would still be a nightblood; Octavia was going to have been turned into a reaper and grounder!Bellamy would be keeping her locked up because he couldn't bear to hurt her. But given how bonkers The 100's worldbuilding is, maybe it works better as a thought experiment rather than an actual fic?

-The presumed dead dead square should obviously be a fic about Root, right? And just because none of the 5x10 compliant fics where Root isn't dead have worked for me (I really, really can't see her faking her death, especially knowing what Shaw has been through) doesn't mean it can't be done well. Or, ooh, a fic where an unrecognisably scarred Margaery Tyrell somehow survives the explosion at the Great Sept and makes her way north to Sansa at Winterfell.

It's nice up here on denial mountain.

-As for the rare pairs square, Dany/Yara counts as a rare pair, right? Lots of people are into it, but there's hardly any fic. I just wish I had a more specific plot bunny for them than Dany and Yara flirt their way across the high seas.

-Fork in the road is my favourite type of AU. I could do one where Root succeeds in her terrible, no good, very bad plan to hand herself over to Samaritan in the hope of finding Shaw. Or I could get back to my long abandoned AU where both Lyanna and Elia survive Robert's Rebellion and are awkwardly, and yet less awkwardly than you'd expect, raising their children together.

-I am slightly bummed I didn't hold back my PoI daemon AU for the fusion square; maybe I could do a continuation of that where Root's daemon is now the Machine's daemon (the Machine has Root's soul, that's basically where I am with that.) Or I feel like there's a pretty fun Person of Interest characters in a Leverage AU in me somewhere.

-I have a free square for which I can write whatever tropey fic I want, and I have never particularly wanted to write a coffee shop AU, but then I saw someone request a Sansa/Asha coffee shop AU in an exchange and I sat up and went ooh.

Any ideas, guys?
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The feature length Benny Hill skit that is British politics at the moment continues apace. I'm still not totally convinced that Andrea Leadsom wasn't a piece of Tory performance art designed to make people who not two weeks ago would have been rightly horrified by the prospect of an unelected Theresa May government go 'oh thank god, an unelected Theresa May government.' And obviously it's no problem that the Labour response to the brief Tory shambles was to go: that's not a shambles, this is a shambles; because it's not like this is an important time to have a functioning opposition or anything. And who even knows what's going to happen with Scotland.


In happier things:

I got to hang out with [personal profile] kmo and her partner when they were in Scotland on holiday last week, and they were lovely and awesome. Really, I ought to have a side hustle in giving tours of Glasgow to American lesbians. Well, so long as your idea of a tour is hanging out in a dive bar with me while I tell you how much nicer Edinburgh is.

It's funny, I was a teenager back in the 90s, when you were never, ever supposed to meet people from online, and even now in the days of Uber and OK Cupid it still quietly delights me when I meet one of you, and it's like see, mum, I was hardly axe-murdered at all.

I started watching Wynonna Earp and it's filling the gap Lost Girl left in my viewing schedule both in that while I'm not sure it's very good, it is good fun, and that it's best viewed in chunks of seven episodes while in bed with a hangover.

Luckily such a hangover presented itself quickly; we were having drinks to celebrate two of my best friends who've been going through the (long, long) process of applying to adopt being approved to become parents. I think the wait is a bit weird for them, because they'll be adopting a kid who's been taken into care, so adding to their family depends on the irretrievable breakdown of someone else's - but they're going to be awesome parents and I get to be an aunt, so. Apparently I was a very helpful character reference, too. I think the adoption process is pretty much the only situation where the phrase 'I'm not homophobic, my best friend is gay' can be uttered on the side of the angels.

I saw Ghostbusters today, and there was literally nothing about it that wasn't delightful.

I know I saw the Ghostbusters movies as a kid; largely because I was the nerdy child of a nerdy father in the 80s, so of course I saw them. But it wasn't a huge part of my childhood, and while I was planning to see the remake, it was at least partly out of spite, and I hadn't been planning to rush. But it was too hot to breathe today (by Scottish standards) and a few hours in an air conditioned cinema sounded about right.

I walked home singing I ain't afraid of no ghost. I want to watch it again. I want to watch its twelve sequels.
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I managed to peel myself away from the fall of the British government in real time (good fucking grief) long enough to watch the season finale of Game of Thrones.

I have really, really enjoyed the sixth season, especially after finding season five excessively weak. And I do think that one of the biggest problems with it, and to a lesser extent season four, was that they were pootling around in gentle circles hoping that Martin would publish another book. And that once they gave up on that, it was full steam ahead.

Game of Thrones S6 )

The mildly depressing thing is that as soon as the show overtook the book I felt my interest in eventually reading The Winds of Winter diminishing. Cynically though, I'm pretty sure that any lingering interest GRRM may have had in finishing the series pretty much vanished as soon as the show overtook him.

More cheerfully, I am excited that [livejournal.com profile] got_exchange is back up and running just when I'm getting excited about the fandom again.
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Because there's only so long you can stare aghast at the BBC news, or overanalyse every word out of Nicola Sturgeon's mouth, let's talk about Person of Interest, which had its finale this week.

My initial reaction to the finale was that the last show I watched to stick its landing so well was Leverage.

Person of Interest )

I only started watching Person of Interest after season four had finished, at the beginning of the world's longest hiatus, so the show being finished hasn't diminished my fannish feelings for it, I think because aside from these past, like, six weeks the show hasn't been on the air for the entire time I've been a fan of it. Plus, the door has been left open for ALL THE FIC. On that note have some fic recs:

Recs )

AO3 Meme

Jun. 24th, 2016 04:21 am
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I know. Two posts in one night, unheard of. But I'm up watching the referendum results come in. Well, I was, but it got too stressful so now I've got an old West Wing DVD on and I'm just tabbing back to the Guardian liveblog, like, every fifteen minutes or so, and pouring more gin. In the meantime--

What’s your first and second most common work ratings?

General (126)
Teen (56)

Plus eleven (11) Mature and zero (0) Explicit, because I am a tiny child, a tiny, kinda ace, thirty something child.

How many fics have you written in each relationship category? Is this more accidental, or do you have preferences?

Gen (108)
F/F (85)
F/M (15)
M/M (3)

And my m/m fics are all remixes, too. Slightly surprised that I've written more gen than f/f, though.

What are your top four fandoms by numbers? Are you still active in any of them, and do you tend to migrate a lot?

Merlin (66)
Doctor Who (Nu Who, 45; Classic Who; 19)
A Song of Ice and Fire (33)
Game of Thrones (16)

Merlin I went Scorched Earth on. Doctor Who I will always think fondly of, but I haven't felt fannishly about since Moffat took over. I have mostly migrated to Person of Interest, but that finished this week, and the sixth season of Game of Thrones has been unexpectedly satisfying and delightful, so I might be migrating back.

What are your top two most used additional tags, and your bottom two? What would happen if you combined all of these into a fic?

Top two:
Remix (15)
Women Being Awesome (13)
Bottom Two:
Lesbian Character (5)
Female Friendship (6)

If you combined them all you'd get the fic I'm currently writing for [community profile] femmeremix.

What are your top four character tags? Does this match how you feel about the characters, or are you puzzled?

Morgana (50)
Gwen (35)
Arthur (34)
Merlin (31)

It's irksome that they're all from a fandom I pretty much hate now. I wonder about those fifteen fics that had Morgana but no Gwen. I'm surprised that I wrote thirty one fics with enough Merlin for him to be a tagged character; even before I hated his stupid gurning face he was never a character I liked.


Jun. 24th, 2016 01:19 am
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Jane Steele - Lyndsay Faye
The Three - Sarah Lotz
True Pretenses - Rose Lerner
Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel - Sara Farizan
The Just City - Jo Walton
Waiting for Doggo - Mark Mills
League of Dragons - Naomi Novik
Forty Signs of Rain - Kim Stanley Robinson

Jane Steele is a retelling of Jane Eyre (except not really, because the Brontë novel exists in this universe, but Jane Steele's life does mirror Jane Eyre's in odd ways--) where Jane is serial killer of men who hurt women. It is partly historical romance and partly the best kind of feminist propaganda. Highly recommended.

I went back and read The Three after Day Four, and I guess I don't find plane crashes as frighting as I do cut-price cruises because I didn't find The Three nearly as scary. It did explain the end of Day Four to me, so I guess that the author's note that said the books could be read in any order was a fib.

True Pretenses is a so-so historical romance about a jewish conman and the Tory hostess he's initially trying to set up with his brother. I've liked other romances by Rose Lerner, but I think the heroine's noblesse oblige put me off this one.

Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel is a frankly adorable YA romance about a teenage Persian American lesbian. Recommended.

The Just City is the second book I've read this year in which Greek Gods do weird things for odd reasons (the first was Fifteen Dogs, where they cursed dogs with sentience); in this Athena and Apollo decide to actually give the Republic from Plato a dry run, and pluck people from throughout history to populate it. This has fascinating things to say about slavery, and gender, and interiority; and it's so unexpectedly rapey in places that it was a bit like being slapped in the face with a kipper. I don't know-- I have the sequel but I think I'll give it some time before getting to it.

One of my guilty reading pleasures are books about dogs. Waiting for Doggo sees a wankstain of a dude character navigate his overpaid upper middle class non-job, his girlfriend leaving him, and sleeping with her sister with the help of his rescue dog. He could have been navigating all that with the help of a rescue pterodactyl and I still wouldn't have given a flying fuck.

League of Dragons was a fitting end to the Temeraire series. It was a bit packed trying to resolve the, you know, Napoleonic War and trying to cram in cameos by pretty much every character of note from the previous eight books, but at least it didn't meander like some of the books in the middle of the series. I've really enjoyed this series and I'm glad I gave it my time, but I feel like it could have been three books shorter and nothing of value would have been lost; would anyone miss that interminable Australia book? All the same, recommend the series as a whole, for Napoleonic dragons if nothing else.

Forty Signs of Rain is about catastrophic climate change (a subject on which I am generally a captive audience), except mostly it's about this scientist who's obsessed with sociobiology (ugh) thinking gross things about women. And just when it was getting interesting - there was a tiger, some Tibetan monks, and two small children trapped in a suburban house by a flood - it ended. I hate it when books turn out to unexpectedly be the first in a series; you should have to announce that shit on page one. I googled it, and it looks like the sequel is mostly about gross scientist guy, so-- meh.


Jun. 4th, 2016 11:27 pm
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I have spent an outrageous amount of time this week trying to process my feelings on this last episode of Person of Interest. It's really thrown me, and I don't think I'll know exactly how I feel until I see the final three episodes.

The Day The World Went Away )

tl;dr? Here are my feelings in the form of fic about the low-key, underrated friendship between Sameen Shaw and Lionel Fusco; also an AI with multiple personalities: You Are Part Of A Machine (you are not a human being)
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I have signed up for [community profile] femmeremix and think you should too.

As I was trying to figure out which fandoms I qualified in I realised that I have written a bunch of fic over the past few months that I never linked to here, so.

Turn Around Three Times Before Dying (Person of Interest, Root/Shaw)
Failure to bond with your daemon was one of the major diagnostic criteria for an Axis-II personality disorder.

I had been toying with writing a PoI daemon AU for a while, and couldn't quite make it work until I hit upon: Sameen Shaw has a daemon, and is really fucking pissed off about it.

(If You're Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To (Game of Thrones, Margaery/Brienne)
Arianne’s pansexual quasi-incestuous drama had always managed to put whatever lesbian drama Margaery was dealing with into perspective.

The unasked for modern AU where Margaery is the heiress to a political dynasty, and while getting over her breakup from the deeply closeted Sansa Stark, she develops a crush on her painfully shy new bodyguard.

Gotten Used To Coffee Sweats (Jessica Jones, Jessica/Trish)
Trish woke to discover that when Jessica had encountered a warm body in her unconscious attempts to construct a blanket fort she had simply folded Trish into its construction.

The one where Jess and Trish are exes, because of course they fucking are; also there's bed sharing.

Supergirl vs. the Bullies (Supergirl)
“I just mean that I was bullied when I was Carter’s age–”
“You shock me, Keira,” said Ms Grant, plumbing depths of sarcasm with which Kara was only passingly familiar.

Probably my only foray into Supergirl fic; I adore the show, it's like candy-floss for the eyeballs, but I don't feel particularly fannish about it.

Twenty-Eight Days Earlier (Person of Interest)
Shaw found Root’s lack of squeamishness when it came to looting corpses refreshing.

A continuation of my PoI zombie AU.

the wanting comes in waves (A Song of Ice and Fire, Arianne/Tyene)
You cannot poison a predator with her own venom, sweet cousin.
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-Agent Carter has been officially cancelled. And, well, season two was ten episodes of television that I... watched. There were good things about it; the Peggy and Dottie team up was excellent, and Whitney Frost was a good villain. But mostly it was hamstrung by a change of setting that never quite came off, and bogged down in unnecessary love triangles.

I don't know, maybe a lot of viewers main interest in Peggy always was 'who will Mr Agent Carter be?' and not 'so how did the founding of SHIELD go down?' or 'I would like to see Director Carter in action, please.' I liked Daniel fine as Peggy endgame love interest, and had since mid season one, but Peggy's love life was never what I was interested in.

It's a pity, I suppose, given how crazy I was about the first season, that my reaction to the cancellation wasn't 'it's a shame we won't be getting a season three' but instead 'I'm not sure we should ever have gotten a season two.'

At least, between this and being so very underwhelmed by Civil War I am now free of whatever tenuous interest I had in the non-Netflix MCU. My interest in the Netflix shows is being upheld by the prospect of Luke Cage and a second series of Jessica Jones; and maybe The Defenders, depending on how annoyed I am by Matt by then.

-Speaking of things I am probably free of, I kept up with The 100 until the S3 finale and I think I'm done now. The 100 3x16 )

Anyway, the back half of the season was pretty incoherent even from a show not noted for its narrative coherence. So, yeah, that was a weird, whiplash-y fandom fling.

-I was a wee bit nervous for the sixth season of Game of Thrones, as the show was finally going to overtake the books, but I've really enjoyed the first half of the season; I will forgive a lot for a bit of narrative momentum.

GoT 6x01-6x04 )

-The final season of Person of Interest is finally airing, although I don't understand the schedule. First a hiatus that lasts forever and a day, and then burning through the episodes in some sort of incoherent, impossible to keep up with way. I have mixed feelings about the new canon; on the one hand, yay, new episodes; on the other, I am so not ready for this show to be over, and I kind of wish I was getting more time to process the new episodes. Particularly the Shaw episode, which blew. my. fucking. mind.

PoI 5X04 )


May. 19th, 2016 02:04 pm
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We had a brief heatwave here last week and I discovered that my dog likes licking sunscreen off my skin; other things she likes the taste of are: perfume, hand lotion, antiseptic cream, soap, and shower gel. An oft heard refrain in out house is: "Stop licking me, I've just got out of the shower!"

It also meant that I got quite a bit of reading done in various gardens (mine; assorted beer).

The House of Shattered Wings - Aliette de Bodard
Armada - Ernest Cline
The Redbreast - Jo Nesbo
Sweet Disorder - Rose Lerner
Day Four - Sarah Lotz
In the Labyrinth of the Drakes - Marie Brennan

The House of Shattered Wings is set in Paris after a magical WWI equivalent; the broken cityscape is controlled by fallen angels who are both powerful rulers and, basically, currency because their body parts are the source of magic. The worldbuilding is fascinating, the writing is gorgeous, and there are a lot of background same-sex relationships, and I just... could not get into it.

I think it was a combination of revolving POVs and not immediately sympathetic or likeable characters. I never warmed to Philippe the way I did to Selene and Madeline, and every time the narration switched back to him I would stall out. Filed under: things I wanted to like more I did.

Speaking of things I expected to like more than I ultimately did, having eaten Ready Player One up with a spoon I was disappointed in Ernest Cline's next offering. Armada is about a video game where the player fights off an alien invasion, and being a hotshot at the game comes in handy when oddly similar aliens come knocking at earth's door.

The good: it was a quick, fun read, and like Ready Player One there was a lot of geeky joy to be found in 'I understood that reference' moments.

The bad: it was lazy. Literally everything about this book was lazy. The protogonist's father really had faked his own death to become a highly classified war hero. There was a manic pixie geek girl who our hero picked up in five minutes flat using his word perfect knowledge of Aliens quotes. Being a hotshot pilot in a videogame automatically translated to being a hotshot pilot in the real world. The alien invasion plot was painfully lazy, and I kept waiting for a twist that never came.

It was like someone was trying to smoosh Ender's Game and Galaxy Quest together, and if you think those sound like two tonally inconsistent things then you'd be right.

I turned to a nordic thriller from the library for a change of pace. The Redbreast was, er, fine, if a little slow; it was six-hundred pages long and nobody died until page two-hundred. Well, it flashed back to the eastern front during WWII, so obviously lots of people died, but it was page two-hundred before anyone we cared about died. And 'he had multiple personality disorder all along...' I don't think has ever been a satisfying conclusion to anything, and makes the book feel more dated than it probably is.

Sweet Disorder is a regency romance with a plus-sized heroine, and the hero is saved from being yet another wounded soldier with a heart of gold by his hitherto undiscovered submission kink. The historical romance genre continues to provide me with more hits than misses.

Day Four is a horror set on a budget cruise liner, which in addition to the inherent horror of being on a budget cruise (A+ use of setting) has a murder, ghosts, an outbreak of noro, and being adrift at sea. I... wasn't sure about the ending. Not that I'm necessarily against the surprise alternate universes, I just thought it could have used more groundwork. But I understand that this is kind of a duology with The Three, so maybe it'll work better for me once I've read that one.

I continue to adore Marie Brennan's chronicles of a pseudo-victorian lady dragon naturalist, but as much as I'm enjoying them I was quite pleased to discover that The Labyrinth of the Drakes is book four of five, because I feel like the series is coming to its natural conclusion (Isabella finally became Lady Trent in this one); plus I'm just grateful when fantasy writers know when to call it a day.


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