Headway by Seefin [M]

Aug. 18th, 2017 09:07 am
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Fandom: Harry Potter
Title: Headway
Pairing/Character Focus: Draco Malfoy/Harry Potter
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] Seefin
What makes this a gem: This fic is... something. It's from Ron's point of view and how he sees Harry and Draco's developing relationship. I don't know how else to describe it other than having a quiet sadness - it's not angst completely, but Ron, Hermione and Harry hd a more than friends relationship, and it has now... ended for lack of a better term, and it's Ron describing having to let Harry go is heart-wrenching in it's own way. This fic does have its funny moments, and the way the author writes all of their interactions make them see natural and organic - they could be your friends which you see down the pub every other week. I love this fic, and I would love for you to read this and also love this fic!

ot: Ursula Vernon in Iceland

Aug. 17th, 2017 10:31 am
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Ursula Vernon, who just won the Best Novelette Hugo, stopped in Iceland en route to WorldCon. She was with her husband Kevin, his cousin, Amy, & their friend Tina. They storified the trip, here:

https://storify.com/RebelsHeart/ursula-vernon-and-friends-vs-iceland

There're lots of gorgeous photos & great snark.

smalldeer has questions about apples

Aug. 17th, 2017 07:00 pm
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oh and a warm apple. like, a really warm apple. warmer than my teeth when i bit into it. no offense but. why. did they microwave this apple? did they store it in a dragon's mouth before allowing me to purchase it? did this apple recently return from a trip to the surface of the sun?

Context is the slings and arrows of working in the food service industry.

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Fandom: Georgette Heyer (Friday's Child)
Title: Fated, or, Two Weddings and a House Warming
Pairing/Character Focus: Anthony "Sherry" Sheringham/Hero Wantage, Gil Ringwood/Ferdy Fakenham
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] Temaris
What makes this a gem: If you read Friday's Child and thought, wow, it's so progressive of Heyer to have these two layabout aristocratic boyfriends who are friends with our dumb as rocks heterosexual protagonists but I wish we got more scenes of them just hanging around the house being boyfriends, this is the fic for you! It's absolutely spot-on in tone and gives a lovely glimpse into the lives of Ferdy and Gil when they're not with Hero and Sherry. Plus, the sweetest HEA for our two deserving swains!

do you speak persian | kaveh akbar

Aug. 16th, 2017 10:53 pm
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Some days we can see Venus in mid-afternoon. Then at night, stars
separated by billions of miles, light travelling years

to die in the back of an eye.

Is there a vocabulary for this—one to make dailiness amplify
and not diminish wonder?

I have been so careless with the words I already have.

I don’t remember how to say home
in my first language, or lonely, or light.

I remember only
delam barat tang shodeh, I miss you,

and shab bekheir, goodnight.

How is school going, Kaveh-joon?
Delam barat tang shodeh.

Are you still drinking?
Shab bekheir.

For so long every step I’ve taken
has been from one tongue to another.

To order the world:
I need, you need, he/she/it needs.

The rest, left to a hungry jackal
in the back of my brain.

Right now our moon looks like a pale cabbage rose.
Delam barat tang shodeh.

We are forever folding into the night.
Shab bekheir.

This Week in Fandom, Volume 59

Aug. 15th, 2017 03:09 pm
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This Week in Fandom

This Week in Fandom: Hugo Awards wins for women of colour, casting news for the Good Omens tv series, and more: https://goo.gl/ehCxxZ

my better self by spookyfoot [g]

Aug. 15th, 2017 12:53 pm
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Fandom: Yuri!!! On Ice
Title: my better self
Pairing/Character Focus: Yuuri Katsuki-centric
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] spookyfoot
What makes this a gem: It's so rare to find genfic in this fandom, and this fic stands out to me as a personal favourite. It focuses on Yuuri's relationship with three women in his life: Minako, Mari, and Mila, in three chronological and intertwined vignettes, an artful example of a short story. The writing is really wonderful and subtly different in each vignette, bringing out different aspects of the three relationships. And it's an excellent character study of Yuuri too. His growth and all the facets of his personality take centre stage, but we're never made to feel like the women are just tools for his character development, as is sadly the case in a lot of (fannish or otherwise) media. Here, everyone is given their own rich lives, and more minor characters come to the fore. In every possible way, I think this fic is just fantastic.

2017 Election Results

Aug. 14th, 2017 06:04 pm
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The Elections Committee is proud to present the following new Directors: Claire P. Baker, Danielle Strong, and Jessie Camboulives. Learn more here: https://goo.gl/tr4ej4

Hold the Phone by NurseDarry [M]

Aug. 14th, 2017 11:23 am
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this is a late entry, sorry!

Fandom: Harry Potter
Title: Hold the Phone
Pairing/Character Focus: Albus Severus Potter/Scorpius Malfoy
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] nursedarry
What makes this a gem: So much about this fic is clever and hilarious; I think it's a testament to the reader that we ("Muggles") know how phones work, and seeing Albus and Scorpius communicate to each other on such a non-magical device that we're so familiar with makes this hijinks-worthy. Not to mention all the bleeding UST that comes with each of their messages! It's also one of the rare AS/S fics that doesn't address Draco and Harry's previous rival/nemesis relationship in school, and just lets their sons - these boys, be boys.
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The Fandom Haven Story Archive, a multifandom fanfiction archive, is being imported to AO3. Learn more here: https://goo.gl/9KSKtf

"Earthsiege" by Rain Fletcher, PG

Aug. 13th, 2017 10:31 am
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Fandom: Power Rangers (MMPR to Zeo, 1993-96)
Title: Earthsiege by Rain Fletcher (alternative link to fic, without illustrations)
Pairing/Character Focus: Billy Cranston (called "Mitchell" in that story; the canon last name was unknown at the time of writing)/Katherine Hillard (background Kimberly Hart/Tommy Oliver, others)
Author: Rain Fletcher (also on LJ as [profile] rainfletcher, but the account has been inactive since 2014)
What makes this a gem: "Earthsiege", written in 1998 or thereabouts, is widely considered one of THE classic stories in the fandom, created in the wake of general outrage when Billy got kicked off of the Ranger team with the introduction of the Zeo crystals and relegated to a supporting role -- quite literally. It's a great character study, dealing mainly with his frustration of not being able to fight the good fight anymore.

It's also a crossover with Voltron, more specifically the 3rd series, LionForce.

King Mondo's Machine Empire has joined forces with Voltron's archenemy, the witch Haggar, and is attacking Earth more ferociously than ever -- and it's bad news for the Rangers. With one Ranger as well as Zordon and Alpha temporarily out of commission, it is up to Billy to run things from the Command Center. Then a gigantic blue fighting machine crashes near their base -- one of Voltron's Lions. Billy manages to repair the Blue Lion and with her help goes off-planet to retrieve the rest of Voltron's parts.

With the Zeo team on the brink of physical and mental collapse, he decides to call back all the former Rangers -- Jason, Trini, Zack and Aisha -- to take over Earth's defenses until the threat is finally eliminated.

There are lots of space battles in this fic; all the lovely character developments are nicely offset with how a group of teenagers steps up to the plate and literally saves the planet, albeit with help from alien mecha. It's rather obvious in this fic that both "Voltron" and "Power Rangers" were created as entertaining vehicles to sell interconnective toys, but it's also the connective factor which makes this crossover work. There's some humor, some romance (Billy and Kat, the beginning of which is told in the prequel, "Snowbound" (same link as above on the Wayback Machine, and just click the "Home" button at the second and scroll down to the author's name) as well as a rather realistic depiction of how a protracted fight against alien forces might actually go down.

Every character gets their moment to shine, but for once it's not the obvious heros who stand in the spotlight. If you like Power Rangers for the fights and action coupled with character focus and good writing, "Earthsiege" is the fic for you -- and I think it's easy to see why it's become a classic. It's also a nice touch that the author has made the effort to include pictures from both shows (not at Paladar's, 2nd link); you may have to refresh the page at the Wayback Machine if you get broken links at first). :-)

over and over again by boo98 [m]

Aug. 13th, 2017 08:39 pm
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Fandom: Seventeen
Title: over and over again
Pairing/Character Focus: Kwon Soonyoung | Hoshi/Lee Seokmin | DK
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] butter
What makes this a gem: This is a great slow burn that manages to keep tension through the whole fic and takes an interesting twist on a soulmate au. I'm a sucker for childhood friends, and this fic manages to chart a whole lot of time in their relationship (11 years!!) without feeling like it's dragging on unnecessarily.
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Fandom: generation kill
Title: come morning light
Pairing/Character Focus: walt hasser/ray person; walt hasser
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] sephirothflame
What makes this a gem:

Ray is chosen as the Tribute from District 11. He's not the only one going through Hell.

come morning light is a hunger games au that looks at the arena games from the point of view of someone who doesn’t get chosen at the reaping. we get to see the reality of those left behind — their guilt, their attempts at carrying on as if everything is normal, their anger at how such brutality has become normalized, and their frustration at being used for entertainment by the elite.

i love walt and ray’s relationship in this; even in what little we hear from ray, there’s obviously a strong bond between the two.

[archiveofourown.org profile] sephirothflame really captures walt’s fear and worry as he waits for ray to return home. so much so, that the reader is pulled along on an emotional ride: stressing out with walt, crying with walt, and trying not to be too hopeful as we all watch the games unfold from a distance.



Five Things Chien Said

Aug. 13th, 2017 12:38 pm
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Five Things an OTW Volunteer Said

In Five Things, Chien discusses life as an OTW volunteer without wifi, & how her work can be a conversation starter https://goo.gl/zSvj6r


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Fandom: BTS (Bangtan Boys)
Title: you make my heart beat (faster)
Pairing: Kim Seokjin | Jin/Min Yoongi | Suga
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] onyu
What Makes This A Gem: This is such a ride. onyu's writing is always a rollercoaster of emotions, flashbacks and intense moments of reality and self-doubt kicking her character's asses. Her characters are so complex and nuanced too, and it's a genuine pleasure to watch Yoongi and Seokjin stumble through love and the ad deal of their lives, and watch Seokjin figure out that what he wants is to be Creative, as well as be an advertisement salesman.
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[personal profile] jamjar and I have had conversations on many Vorkosigan-adjacent topics. Here are two of them, for anyone amused by nattering about crossovers. In the first, we postulate the BBC series Blackadder as a Barrayaran folk tradition akin to pantomime. In the second, the theme is "What would happen if Aral Vorkosigan fell through a wormhole into the American Revolution?"

Picture Perfect by Selden [E]

Aug. 11th, 2017 10:26 pm
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Fandom: Harry Potter
Title: Picture Perfect
Pairing/Character Focus: Draco Malfoy/Harry Potter
Author:  [archiveofourown.org profile] Selden
What makes this a gem: I have to say, I absolutely love the magic in this fic - it feels refreshing and new and wonderful, and I love their take on it. I mean, it feels like I can see Draco's apartment and the desperation that he must have felt, making it the way it is. I also love the depth the author gives Draco, and how the way he's struggling with things - his feelings about his past, his feelings towards Harry - comes across as genuine but also not deriving from his character by completely disregarding all the terrible decisions he made. Read this fic also for the great writing! I love the way it's written, and the humour is spot on.
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Fandom: Georgette Heyer (The Talisman Ring)
Title: The Marriage Masquerade
Pairing/Character Focus: Sir Tristram Shield/Miss Sarah Thane, Ludovic Lavenham/Eustacie de Vauban
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] Ione
What makes this a gem: Okay, if you've read The Talisman Ring, obviously you're down for the most ludicrous shenanigans ever from Ludovic and Eustacie, interspersed with Sarah and Sir Tristram being the voice of reason while desperately trying not to catch each other's eye because they'll laugh. Enjoy this delightful follow-up to the novel with EVEN MORE ludicrous shenanigans and patient voices of reason, with bonus married sex!
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Fandom: One Piece
Title: tricks out of our sleeves
Pairing/Character Focus: slight Roronoa Zoro/Vinsmoke Sanji
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] bluewalk 
What makes this a gem: This was such a great read! It was so well written, and really captured the depth and essence of Zoro and Sanji's relationship, be that platonic or romantic. The descriptive language really blew me away as well as the insight into both characters. A good read whether you like ZoSan or not!

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