who can sing both high & low (G)

Sep. 21st, 2017 02:29 pm
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Fandom: Yuri!!! on Ice
Title: who can sing both high and low
Pairing/Character Focus: Otabek Altin/Yuri Plisetsky (Yuri-centric)
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] infiniteandsmall
What makes this a gem:
It’s startling to watch videos of his practices and see angles where he’d seen straight lines, broad shoulders where he’d seen a waist that had made him think sometimes, in a cool quick flash, girl.
Yuri on Ice takes place in a world without homophobia, and a couple fanwriters have taken that idea and run with it: why not consider it a world without transphobia as well? What if you tell a story about someone figuring out their gender, and the only difficulty they face is in finding the right version of themselves? This is that story for Yuri Plisetsky, who's now eighteen, a lot taller and broader, and starting to miss the days when he was encouraged to be pretty. The narrative voice is perfectly suited to the story; it's vivid and opinionated and gentle, all at once. And the compassion in Yuri's relationships with the important people in his life is like a balm to the soul. As a bonus, I really love this version of Otabek, who is warm and patient and wry and shows pictures of Yuri to his mom.

This is the second story in a series, but it stands alone pretty easily--you get all the context you need in the first couple paragraphs. That said, of course, the rest of the series is well worth reading too!

(Hi mods! Could I get an Otabek/Yuri tag for this post? Thanks!!)

Reading Wednesday

Sep. 20th, 2017 08:21 pm
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The Excursionist by J.D. Sumner. A novel about Jack, a man determined to visit 100 countries before his 35th birthday, all so he can join the Traveler’s Century Club.

Ugh, this book. It’s glaringly self-published, which I do not inherently object to – I'm all for self-publishing! But hire an editor, dude. It’s not typos or grammar mistakes that give it away (the book’s actually remarkably free of those)(which I suppose is damning with faint praise, but I am totally here to damn this book), but a constant stream of contradictions and just... well, odd choices. The one that leapt out to me most strikingly was when the narrator, in describing the Traveler’s Club, sticks the URL right in the middle of the text:
One down and two to go. Now all I had to do was to get to Kilrush and then to Fulgary and I could join the Travelers’ Century Club. See www.travelerscenturyclub.org for further details.

This would maybe even have been not so weird if it had come in the introduction, the first time the reader is told about this goal, or in the endnotes. But no, none of the above. This quote instead comes from the end of chapter ten, when the Traveler’s Club has been mentioned multiple times without needing an URL.

It’s minor, I know, but similar minor annoyances pop up constantly throughout the text. Jack only needs to visit three more countries, so he heads to the (fictional) islands of Placentia, Kilrush and Fulgary. The fact that these are separate countries is the entire point of the book. And yet the flights between them are repeatedly described as "domestic". In addition, it’s implied Placentia and Fulgaryy are still considered UK territories. Granted, other people probably aren’t as fascinated by the debate over what “counts” as a country as much as I happen to be (I blame this game, on which I spend way too much of my free time), but when it’s the central premise of your story, it needs at least a little consideration.

I could forgive all of the above if Jack was a character I enjoyed spending time with. Instead he’s a complete and total asshole. He condescends and mistreats service employees, he shallowly judges fellow tourists, he rates all women by their attractiveness and sulks when they don’t want to sleep with him. Every time he interacted with any other living creature I wanted to punch him.
For example, discussing his job as a stockbroker: Getting a job in the City is like getting a girl. The less interest and enthusiasm you show, the better chance you have.
Describing his ex-wife: I was still paying for my ex-wife’s house. She had taken me for a mug, then a Merc, then a million. I did quite well out of the divorce settlement; I kept most of the back garden and some of the roof tiles. I wouldn’t have minded if I hadn’t come home to find somebody else’s kippers under the grill. I should have twigged when he helped move her stuff out when she ‘just needed some space’. […] And if I said no to her demands, I would get a call saying my daughter was ill or had been invited to a toddler’s party on the day I was supposed to visit. Her other trick was to pretend I had got the dates or the times wrong. It was easier just to give up. People only change in books or in films, not in real life. I stopped seeing my daughter as regularly when my folks told me she had started to call Graham ‘Daddy’.*
Interacting with a flight attendant: ‘Could I please have one of those bottles of fizzy mineral water?’ I said.
‘I am sorry, sir, we are not allowed to give them out.’ She bent down so close to my face I was worried she was going to kiss me.
‘I don’t want to bother you all the time, asking you for water. Can you leave me the bottle; I don’t want to make a nuisance of myself.’
‘I am afraid we can’t do that, sir.’
‘Why?’ I asked.
‘It’s against regulations. I am sorry, sir.’
‘But your in-flight magazine says quite clearly on page twenty-eight, that passengers should make sure they remain hydrated.’
‘I know, sir. I am sorry but they are the regulations.’
‘I am only asking for a bottle of fizzy water. I have spent thousands of pounds flying Business Class with you. I’m thirsty,’ I said.
‘I am sorry, sir. It’s the rules.’
‘The rules… what airline has rules to prevent passengers from drinking water? Why advertise what a great service you provide, if you won’t give water to a thirsty passenger? What’s the point of pouring an eggcup-sized measure of water if I can jug down full glasses of wine? You do this because, as you know, the less weight you carry the less fuel you need, which means lower fuel costs and better profit.’ And with this, the hostess began to take away my empties.


I could have given you more egregious examples, but I chose these because they all occur before page 35. (And the text of the book doesn’t start until page 8!) Now you too have a sense of the density of Jack’s dickishness.

Though I've got to mention one more: at the end of the book, it’s revealed that Jack’s dead girlfriend who disappeared forever, possibly murdered, cheated on him shortly before her death. When Jack finds out this information, he explicitly decides not to go to the police with it, because, hey, it helped him get over her. Your hero, ladies and gentlemen!
I felt better about not being with her but I also wish I hadn’t wasted so much time thinking about her. I still didn’t know how Kay died but I suspect Naz may have had something to do with it. With forearms like Naz, it wouldn’t have been difficult to squeeze the life out of her. But I didn’t actually know what had happened to her. And for the first time, I wasn’t particularly bothered either. Should I go to the police? And tell them what exactly? I decided, rightly or wrongly, to move on.

Ughhhhh, this book, y’all. This book. I got it for free and that was still too much money.

* The daughter never gets a name, appears on screen, or is even mentioned beyond one more passing notice that she exists. I’m definitely convinced Jack is a worthwhile father.
I read this as an ARC via NetGalley.

HP Next Gen Het & Threesome Recs

Sep. 20th, 2017 11:21 am
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These are all of my Next Gen Het & Threesome Recs fic recs!

Click HERE for other Harry Potter Next Gen Recs!

In the Warnings section of each entry I have different tags, so if you are looking for something specific (like "voyeurism" for example) just ctrl+f and enter your tag and it should highlight the relevant entries!

♥ = favorite

updated September 20, 2017

Het Pairings )

Threesomes )

bystander by harklights [T]

Sep. 20th, 2017 03:55 pm
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Fandom: Haikyuu!!
Title: bystander
Pairing/Character Focus: Ennoshita Chikara/Futakuchi Kenji
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] harklights
What makes this a gem: You know when a fic leaves such a lasting impression on you that it gives you chills each time you reread it? This is one of those fics. Playing off Ennoshita's canonical interest in film, this fic takes it to the next level and makes him an art student and filmmaker, with Futakuchi simply someone who's wandered off the street and into his exhibition. The ensuing conversation between two people who've just met is one of the most powerful pieces of dialogue I've ever read, full stop. It's intelligent without being too academic, challenging without being overwhelming. Just... really clever writing.
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These are all of my Albus Severus Potter/Scorpius Malfoy fic recs!

Click HERE for other Harry Potter Next Gen Recs!

In the Warnings section of each entry I have different tags, so if you are looking for something specific (like "established relationship" for example) just ctrl+f and enter your tag and it should highlight the relevant entries!

♥ = favorite

updated September 19, 2017


Albus Severus/Scorpius )

Fic: roses by the shining sea

Sep. 19th, 2017 12:04 am
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Title: roses by the shining sea
Pairing(s): Victor/young!Victor/Chris
Rating: Explicit
Contains: Sex, selfcest, young!Victor is 17
Word count: 21394
Summary: Seventeen-year-old Victor Nikiforov doesn't think time slips happen to anyone, until one happens to him and he ends up living with his adult self. While he's still getting used to his new living situation, the older Victor's handsome friend Chris comes to visit for a few weeks during the summer.
Notes: Written for shadow_lover for Relationshipping 2017.
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James Sirius Potter/Teddy Lupin Recs

Sep. 18th, 2017 09:33 am
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These are all of my James Sirius Potter/Teddy Lupin fic recs!

Click HERE for other Harry Potter Next Gen Recs!

In the Warnings section of each entry I have different tags, so if you are looking for something specific (like "voyeurism" for example) just ctrl+f and enter your tag and it should highlight the relevant entries!

♥ = favorite

updated September 18, 2017

James Sirius Potter/Teddy Lupin )
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My apologies for missing the last two weeks; I was super busy with RL stuff. To make up for this, here's a truly epic series, comprising a total of forty-five (yes, 45!!!) fics.

Fandom: Power Rangers (MMPR 1993 - In Space 1998)

Title: Personality Conflicts. Also at Paladar or at Fanfiction.net (links go to the respective author pages, as not all archives have interlinked fics. I'd suggest using the first link to Jenga's Library, as everything is in proper reading order there.)

Pairing/Character Focus: The series starts with Tommy Oliver as the main character, but soon involves what feels like half the planet, including many OCs. ;-) Multiple characters get focus chapters eventually. Pairings ... honestly too many to count.

Author: Ellen Brand

Summary: A series of disturbing dreams have Tommy questioning his sanity. Is he losing it, or is there something more at work here? In desperation, he seeks out the help of a psychiatrist. Eventually, he has no choice but to reveal his secret identity as a Power Ranger to that person and Things Are Starting To Happen.

What makes this a gem: In its time, "Personality Conflicts" was one of the must-read fic series in the fandom. Epic as it already is, it's technically unfinished -- well, at least Ellen had plans to cast her net even wider than she already had by the final fic. (Just imagine what would've happened if Mulder and Scully of "The X-Files" had been drawn int the Power Rangers universe ... Sadly, that never came to pass.) This is pretty much the ultimate crossover -- not only of all seven Power Rangers series set in Angel Grove (Mighty Morphin' to In Space), but also Masked Rider, Big Bad Beetleborgs and VR Troopers (all series produced by Saban). Then throw in the original Ghostbusters, lots of OCs, stir well and see what drifts to the top ...

I know it sounds like a hot mess, but somehow it all works. There's romance, humor, action, character development, adventure ... and yes, some therapy, too. :-) It's also written well and suitable for younger readers.

sworn to lucidity by gloriaMundi [g]

Sep. 17th, 2017 07:42 pm
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Fandom: inception
Title: sworn to lucidity
Pairing/Character Focus: mallorie 'mal' cobb
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] GloriaMundi
What makes this a gem:

"This is my dream journal. I must write the twists of every dream: I must write the details of every day. Now, more than ever before, it's vital I remind myself, minute to minute, of the fine lines between dream, memory and the waking world."
Mal is awake. Dom sleeps on.


sworn to lucidity is a 'mal was right' au, which examines the whole of inception as a dream from which dom needs to wake up from.

we watch as mal struggles to come to terms with the invasion of her mind by dom and the loss of her husband, because his desire to create is stronger than his will to live in a world so immalleable.

this fic examines and proposes answers to questions that a lot of viewers had in regards to the ending of inception. and the whole thing is so plausible, especially when you take into consideration the symmetry of the length of the film and the length of the kick song, "Non, je ne regrette rien".



NSFW Yurio Week Roundup

Sep. 17th, 2017 06:30 pm
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 I created something for every day of NSFW Yurio Week! Here’s what I made (please note everything listed below is Explicit):

Wondrous Moment - Pliroy (underage - Yuri is 16) - Theme: First Times - JJ tries to seduce Yuri by reading him terribly cheesy Russian poetry. Bit of humor, bit of smut. 

Pinned and Marked - Otapliroy (ambiguous age) - Theme: Biting and Marking - JJ catches Yuri flirting with his Yuri’s Angels and decides he and Otabek need to show them who he belongs to. Pretty much PWP.

[podfic] Why Can’t I Touch It? - Otayuri (underage) - Theme: AU/Crossover - Yuri and Otabek are friends from childhood, but there is a LOT of unresolved sexual tension. That changes when they begin masturbating in bed beside each other. I loved recording this fic by boxwineconfession (plus, her HBB verse is so much fun!).

Fifteen - Vikturio (Yuri is 25, but roleplays as though he is 15) - Theme: Size Difference - Yuri finds out that Viktor had a crush on him when he was fifteen and teases him in the most sexual way possible. Just two consenting adults enjoying some roleplay.

Stolen Moments - Vikturio (underage - Yuri is 16) - Theme: Possessiveness/Jealousy - Viktor and Yuri are having an affair behind Yuuri’s back. Viktor gives Yuri a ring to show his affection and Yuri shows it off whenever he has the chance. An exploration of the dynamics of a very inappropriate affair.

Madness in the Locker Room - Pliroy (underage - Yuri is 15) - Theme: Exhibitionism/Public Sex - This fic was inspired by art from the FABULOUS Luscious White Flame. JJ had turned Yuri down twice before, but after watching his exhibition, he couldn’t stop himself if he tried. (also, Otabek is a good bro) 

Open My Doors - Yu2 (Yuri is 19) - Theme: Free Day - In a post Viktuuri world, where Yuuri coaches Yuri, they have also started a secret relationship. It focuses on their decision to finally tell Viktor. This is a WIP, and I should be posting the second chapter sometime in the next week!

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Joanne K. Rowling – Life and Books:
• Beatrice Grove, Literary Allusion in The Cuckoo's Calling - Part 2: Tennyson's "Ulysses".
• Robert Galbraith's Strike to return to BBC in 2018 in Career of Evil.

Harry Potter – Actors and Movies:
• MinaLima, Miraphora Mina and Eduardo Lima (graphic design): Q & A: Telling Stories Through Design.

Fantastic Beasts – Actors and Movies:
• Everything we know about Fantastic Beasts [2] so far: Plot Hints and Cast News.

Prompt Challenges:
[livejournal.com profile] hogwarts365 posted Prompt # 210 (due on or before September 23): "free for all" prompts for four years of [community profile] hogwarts365.
• @introvert-club posted Wolfstar Prompt # 20: Magic Shows and Circus Theatrics

Communities:
[livejournal.com profile] hp_nextgen_fest posted a reminder that submission for the Next Generation Fest are due in one month on October 16th.
[livejournal.com profile] slythindor100 announced their community affiliation with [livejournal.com profile] adventchallenge.
[livejournal.com profile] sceasleycest announced the December Fest for Scorpius Malfoy and the Wesleys. Prompting is open!
[livejournal.com profile] sceasleycest announced their community affiliation with [livejournal.com profile] adventchallenge.

Masterlists and Weekly Round-ups:
[livejournal.com profile] hp_drizzle posted the Weekly Round-up Two.
[livejournal.com profile] hogwarts365 posted the Prompt # 209 Masterlist.

Editor's Choice Rec:
[podfic] The Evil Devil Child and the Perfect Gift read by [livejournal.com profile] semperfiona, written by [livejournal.com profile] who_la_hoop (Albus/Scorpius, Al/Scorpius/Draco, Harry/Scorpius, Harry/Draco | NC-17 | 1:50:27 hours)
Summary: When Scorpius Malfoy – Legilimens-extraordinaire, perfect son and all-round kinky little bastard – discovers that his father harbours a certain fantasy involving Harry Potter, a submissive attitude and a priceless antique dining table, he sets out to make his father's dreams come true. And if succeeding in his mission involves putting up with a naked, willing Albus Severus? Well, that's a price that Scorpius will just have to pay.

Fandom Recs:
[livejournal.com profile] toblass recced Severus Snape art (gen).
[livejournal.com profile] themightyflynn recced a Hermione Granger/Severus Snape fic (NC-17).
[livejournal.com profile] rosevalleynb recced a Petunia Evans Dursley, Harry Potter, Dudley Dursley gen fic (PG).
[personal profile] chantefable recced a Draco Malfoy/Rose Weasley remix fic (PG-13).

Resources:
• The SS/HP Prophet from September 9 to 16.

Archive News:
• OTW: Transcript for the 10th Anniversary Chat with authors Christina Lauren and Catherine Roach.
• OTW: Transcript for the 10th Anniversary Chat with authors Seanan McGuire and Martha Wells about "Fantasy and Fandom".

Essay/Meta:
• Sarah Galley wrote Harry Potter: A Beginner's Guide to Evaluating Authority. (Barnes & Noble Blog)

Searches:
[livejournal.com profile] accio_hd_fics posted a search for your favourite mpreg fics.
[community profile] daily_snitch is looking for your recs (fic, art, podfic, meta ...) for the Special Edition: Newt Scamander.


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Harry Potter – Actors and Movies:
Kenneth Branagh to Receive BAFTA’s Highest Honor

Fantastic Beasts – Actors and Movies:
Star Spotting: Jude Law in Bath, UK!

HP & The Cursed Child – Actors and Movies:
Cherrelle Skeete Talks Diversity and New Projects!

Communities:
[community profile] snape_potter: Sign up for Secret Snarry Swap through Sunday!
[community profile] hp_darkarts: HP Horror Fest 2018
[profile] one_bad_man: Mod Post
[community profile] interhouse_fest: LOOK AT US GO!
[community profile] hp_halloween: Get ready for some spooky fun! ;D

Masterlists and Weekly Round-ups:
[profile] dramione_remix: Round 8, Week 1 Round-Up!

Fandom Recs:
[personal profile] rosevalleynb recced one Marcus Flint fic.
[personal profile] reynardo recced one Severus/Hermione craft.
[personal profile] smirkingcat recced one Ron/Severus fic.
[personal profile] madeleone recced one Severus/Hermione fic.

Essay/Meta:
Does a Magical Education Extend Beyond Witches and Wizards?

General Fandom News:
Universal Orlando Resort's 2018 Celebration of Harry Potter tickets packages released

Nifty:
Take a Dip into the Pensieve with New Collectibles from Running Press!
Harry Potter, Fantastic Beasts NYCC new Funko figures of Snape, Grindelwald, Luna
Harry Potter home décor collection from PBteen & Warner Bros. unveiled, out soon
Pottery Barn Teen’s “Harry Potter” Line Now Available for Pre-Order!
Bring Hogwarts Home to You with the New PBteen Collection

Searches:
[community profile] daily_snitch: looking for your recs (fic, art, podfic, meta ...) for the Special Edition: Newt Scamander.

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