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2013-12-28 01:42 pm
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2013 Read List

I wish this story were different. I wish it were more civilized. I wish it showed me in a better light, if not happier, then at least more active, less hesitant, less distracted by trivia. I wish it had more shape. I wish it were about love, or about sudden realizations important to one’s life, or even about sunsets, birds, rainstorms, or snow.


- Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid's Tale



Here is a link to my Goodreads. Meanings: ♥ I really like this, ♯ I like this, ↓ I dislike this

January-April
2 books )

May-June
14 books )

July
14 books, 3 rereads )

August
9 books, 3 rereads )

September
3 books, 1 reread )

October
8 books )

Goal: 50 Books

Fave Series/Characters: (in order of most love)
- Harry Potter: Harry, Dumbledore, Ginny, Ron, Luna
- The Heroes of Olympus: Piper, Leo, Annabeth, Jason, Hazel, Percy, Frank, Nico
- The Chronicles of Prydain: Elionwy, Taran
- The Guardians: Katharine, Nightlight, Toothiana

2013 Fanfiction 'Read' Breakdown: femslash 9 / gen 68 / het 66 / multi 23 / other 4 / slash 65
exitsign: (tv: uhura; smiles (star trek))
2013-09-17 03:31 pm

Rec: West Eros High by openmouthwideeye

Fandom: A Song of Ice and Fire
Pairings: Brienne/Jaime, Renly/Loras, past Cersei/Jaime
Rating: Teen
Length: 66,910 words words (WIP)
Categories: Alternate Universe - High School, Friendship, Drama, Teen Romance

Summary: It started with a whisper . . . And it goes like this: Brienne wants to play hockey, Cersei wants to plot, and everyone's mother keeps getting involved. Jaime just wants to flirt with Brienne when things get boring.

Notes: I love this series is telling a story about a modern teenage girl coming of age in realistic way. Brienne deals with the complexity of friendships, her father, dealing with her relationship with Jaime, and bullying.

I like that the supporting cast are complex characters with their own motivations, and at times, they do hurt Brienne’s feeling in painful ways. I love that Brienne is learning how to live her life.

West Eros High (AO3)
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2013-09-10 03:29 pm

Rec: Before Destruction by memorde

Fandom: A Song of Ice and Fire
Pairing: Brienne of Tarth/Jaime Lannister
Rating: Teen
Length: 54,295 words (WIP)
Categories: Alternate Universe - Fusion, Regency Romance, Slow Build

Summary: "Pride goeth before destruction". She had grown up with those words tempering her every action, but it would be many years before they began to make sense.

Notes: Pride and Prejudice is great source for adaptation and I love the writer attention to historical and language detail to make this crossover work extremely well.

I love Brienne is playing the part of Elizabeth Bennet, she is still like herself making it more believable that Hyle Hunt can trick Brienne with false sincerity and that she still doesn't know her true feelings for Jaime. Jaime as Mr. Darcy was done brilliantly and that he didn't deny his 'sins' that maybe a problem for Brienne the further we get into the story.

I love how much Arya, Sansa, and the other ladies in canon are feature in this story.

Before Destruction (AO3)
exitsign: (tv: amyrory; kiss (doctor who))
2013-08-23 01:53 am

Rec: Doctor Who fanvids

England (or here) by [personal profile] such_heights
Companions. 'Put an ocean and a river between everything, yourself, and home'
I love everyone who set foot into the TRADIS and glad that all the new companions get to shine in this vid. Somehow, this song fit the companions' journey with the Doctor.

People Get Ready (or here) by [personal profile] kaydeefalls
'And we have all the love in the world to set alight.' A Ponds vid.
My favorite Ponds vid and I was so happy to discover it. I never heard the song used before and it fits Amy and Rory relationship perfectly. My favorite part of Doctor Who is watching Amy and Rory loving each other imperfectly in an epic way. I love that River and Doctor are both present in this vid and it made my heart hurt.

What We Had by [livejournal.com profile] cherryice
Martha, Jack, Mickey. It's all just empty space.
Punch me in the stomach, a good fuck you to the Doctor especially love Martha part in this. I love that Mickey is included because I feel his story did a disservice to him. Poor Jack, his feelings for the Doctor made me ache and I will always have tough feelings for the Tenth Doctor.
exitsign: (tv: trio; old school (star trek))
2013-08-22 01:56 pm

Rec: If I Had to Keep You by klmeri

Fandom: Star Trek: Into Darkness
Characters: Leonard McCoy, James T. Kirk
Rating: Teen
Length: 19,129 words
Categories: Post-Canon, Friendship

Summary: Leonard is not enthusiastic about his new roommate. Jim, on the other hand, is ecstatic. Or maybe manic, which is more than slightly disturbing to Leonard. That, along with a little PTSD, concerned friends, late-night confessions and an unusual pet put McCoy and Kirk on the road to recovery in the aftermath of Marcus and Khan.

Notes: Klmeri is good at humorous story, adding layer of seriousness that add lots to zie characterization, and I was surprised how discomforting some scenes where Kirk and McCoy deal with being roommates and the mental health of Kirk. I found that this really fit canon for the new film series a lot better than other stories I read in this fandom.

If I Had to Keep You (AO3) | If I Had to Keep You (LJ)
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2013-08-21 01:53 pm

Rec: Blueshift by Tassos

Fandom: Star Trek
Pairing: James T. Kirk/Leonard McCoy
Rating: Explicit
Length: 22,561 words
Categories: Friendship, Academy Era

Summary: When Leonard shows up at Starfleet Academy, he wonders just how drunk he was when he met with the recruiter. He has no friends, misses his kid, and if drowning his sorrows doesn't kill him, PT will. Then he meets Jim Kirk again.

Notes: Leonard McCoy will always have my heart, doesn't matter which incarnation. I found Bones' alcoholism and his dealing with his depression shed some great light on his character. My heart aches for McCoy because I knew how McCoy was feeling dealing with how his depression made him intimidating to everyone that actively prevent you from trying to form connections. I love how Jim and Bones grow into their friendship were becoming close help relieve some of their real life pains even though there is bumps along the way.

Blueshift (AO3)

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exitsign: (tv: tara+sookie; friends (true blood))
2013-08-20 01:44 pm

Rec: Family Tree by cerisereve

Fandom: Merlin (BBC)
Character/Pairing: Arthur Pendragon (Arthur/Gwen)
Rating: Teen
Length: 53,000 words
Categories: Canon Divergence, Action/Adventure, Arthur Finds Out

Summary: After defeating Cenred's forces and an army of the dead in the siege during the Tears of Uther Pendragon, Arthur has a traitor to identify, a city to rebuild, and—of course—a manservant to order around. All of which would be much easier to accomplish if Gaius would give him a straight answer about the magical staff found in the burial vaults, Merlin was not yanking Morgana into alcoves, and if Gwen would call him by his given name. When a druid insists on meeting with him, Arthur is forced to confront the fact that he cannot hide from magic.

Notes: Arthur Pendragon is one of my favorite fictional characters of all time and this is the most fun I had reading a Merlin story ever. I wish the show went this direction as this story. The backstory was done so well my eyes were tearing up at parts especially Morgause section.

Family Tree (LJ) | Family Tree (AO3)
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2013-08-19 06:01 am

Rec: The Adventures of Lucy Skywalker by elizabeth_hoot

Fandom: Star Wars
Pairings: Luke & Han, Leia & Luke, Leia & Luke
Rating: General
Length: 52,413 words
Categories: Alternate Universe - Gender Changes, Action/Adventure

Summary: Shortly before her death, Padmé Amidala gives birth to two daughters. The eldest, Lucy, grows up in quiet obscurity on Tatooine -- until the Empire comes to call.

Notes: I always wanted an Always-a-girl!Luke AU since I entered fandom and I'm glad this baby exist. I devour this quickly and it was lot of fun seeing the author making creative deviations from the film version because of the changes in Luke gender.

Guys the Lucy and Leia kiss is still sweet and hilarious as the film version and I will always ship Luke and Leia until the day I die.

The Adventures of Lucy Skywalker (AO3)

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2013-08-18 10:14 pm

Rec: Utopia by takmarierah

Fandom: X-Men: First Class
Pairing: Erik Lehnsherr/Charles Xavier
Rating: Mature
Length: 144,711 words
Categories: Alternate Universe - Dystopia, Post-Apocalyptic, Psychological Drama, Science, Slow Build, Unrequited Love

Summary: It's been five years since the beach, and four years since Charles was captured by the Brotherhood. Since then, he's been kept in a safe house while Erik finally achieved what Shaw failed to do.

Now that most of humanity has been eradicated, Erik's summoned Charles back to his side, promising a cure and political influence in exchange for Charles' help - but Charles knows it's only a matter of time before he asks for more.

Notes: You guys don't know how much I love reading stories about unrequited love and reading this made me happy. Charles' internal struggle to understand his feelings for Erik and planning his death makes this unrequited love story a bit more twisted than usual. I hope the ending stays unrequited though I'm sure some will complain about it. Unrequited love and dubious consent seem to be my new favorite combination to see in fiction.

Utopia (LJ) | Utopia (AO3) | Utopia (FFN)


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2013-08-17 07:41 pm

Rec: Nine Eleven Ten by Subtilior

I'm trying to battle the feeling of being sad and tired all the time. Tumblr is becoming a not so happy place for me. I just want to have some joy back in fandom. I decided to do a little recing challenge for myself. I will to make 25 recs of works over 50k words in various fandoms.

Fandom: X-Men: First Class
Characters/Pairings: Erik Lehnsherr/Charles Xavier, Emma Frost, Jean Grey
Rating: Mature
Length: 438,189 words (WIP)
Categories: Alternate Universe - Dystopia, Dark, Post-Apocalyptic

Summary: Beauty and the Beast AU. Years later, Charles would remember that day. Sometimes he would wonder if he could have changed anything; other times he would despair over what he had since become. But he would always hold the image in his mind: Raven, laughing, and his thoughts flying alongside her on strong wings, silver-gold through the winter air. Once upon a time.

Notes: This is the darkest and most complex story I read in my entire fannish life, a suspenseful ride through a terrifying new world through Charles' eyes. The world building and the mysterious circumstances of Charles' captivity is what keeping me interested in reading this monster. Charles and Erik relationship so far is fascinating to see developed and by far, the most twisted relationship I ever read in fiction in my life so far.

Nine Eleven Ten (AO3)

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