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!

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updated September 18, 2017

James Sirius Potter/Teddy Lupin )

To-do list

Sep. 14th, 2017 02:29 pm
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Because I have a sieve-like memory let's have these all listed down so I won't forget:

October:

02 - [community profile] rs_games start posting. Time to start reading and reccing!
02 - Port Mafia week starts. [No idea what to do for this, but I want to do Chuuya/Akutagawa.]
08 - Fractured Fairy Tales start announcing participants. (I won't get in but lol.)
09 - ZEcret Santa open for sign-ups. (Will have to ask Jinger about this. Also need to check the FAQs and rules so I can ask ficcers to have an AO3 ready.)
10 - Souyo Zine start shipping. Idk if any of my flisters care, but SouYo is one of my fave ships in the Megaten franchise sorry. And also all profits go to charity.

November:

09 - ZEcret Santa sign-ups close.
11 - ZEcret Santa assignments handed out.
14 - [This might not happen but last year this was the deadline for the Festive Bastion sign-ups so I'm marking that.]
25 - mini-fest deadline of submission.

December:

01 - mini-fest posting starts.
20 - ZEcret Santa posting starts.
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Resurrection Science: Conservation, De-Extinction and the Precarious Future of Wild Things by M.R. O’Connor. Despite the name, this book actually has very little on de-extinction – about half a chapter near the end, mostly on Revive & Restore's Passenger Pigeon project. Instead O'Connor writes about various conservation projects of extremely endangered (but not yet quite extinct!) species, including the Florida puma, the Kihansi spray toad, the Hawaiian crow, and the Northern White Rhino among others. We're talking severely endangered; the rhino was down to four living individuals at the time of this book's writing, and I believe it’s only three now.

O'Connor discusses the various methods taken to try and preserve these rare species – introducing members of a closely related subspecies to boost genetic diversity, capturing wild individuals to set up captive breeding programs, freezing DNA for future scientific endeavours – as well as how these approaches have succeeded and how they've failed. This leads into the other topic that forms the basis of the book: the philosophy and ethics of conservation. Does it matter if the Florida puma goes extinct if the Texas puma is still doing fine? How do we deal with a captive breeding program that leads a species to develop new traits that won't be useful in the wild? If evolution is constantly ongoing, and a species will change to match its environment, then even improving an environment means humans are influencing a species’s evolutionary path – is that choosing their future for them? If saving nature fundamentally requires meddling with nature, what does it mean to say wilderness is separate from humanity? And how does one define what counts as a 'species' anyway?

These are all pretty fascinating questions (to me, at least), and O'Connor really gave me some new ideas for musing on.. It's very much a book of science, but I also appreciated that for all the nitty-gritty details of cutting-edge research she never lost sight of the poetic, spiritual dimension to humanity's attitude toward nature.

It wasn't what I thought it would be when I checked this out of the library, but I'm very glad I read it.


Once & Future Giants: What Ice Age Extinctions Tell Us About the Fate of Earth’s Largest Animals by Sharon Levy. This is by far the best book I’ve found on woolly mammoths – what they looked like, what they ate, how they behaved, and so. For as much as they appear in pop culture, for as much as other books reference them, there is a surprising dearth of books just about them.

But Once & Future Giants isn’t limited to woolly mammoths. It covers multiple types of Pleistocene megafauna (the technical term for all those big species that went extinct at the end of the Ice Age – saber toothed tigers, dire wolves, giant ground sloths, mastodons, etc). There’s even a quite cool chapter on the megafauna of Australia; I’m certainly fascinated to know that there was once a ten foot tall carnivorous kangaroo and a marsupial lion. Levy also drops cool factoids about how we can still see traces of megafauna today, from the avocado (what else could eat such a giant pit?) to the plight of the California Condor, a huge bird evolved to subsist on megafauna carcasses but now trapped along the coast where it makes do with the remains of similarly-large marine mammals.

Another major focus is the ongoing debate among archaeologists and paleontologists as to why all these megafauna went extinct simultaneously. It basically boils down to two camps: humans hunted them into oblivion (the Overkill Hypothesis), or climate change did them in (the rise in temperatures at the end of the Ice Age causing steppes to transform into forests). Levy goes over the latest evidence for both sides of the debate, but never quite choses one for herself. Which I sympathize with, because there really is convincing and contradictory evidence from both sides, but also because “it was the combined effects” does seem like an obvious solution to the debate.

Late in the book, Levy applies these lessons to modern conservation issues. I was particularly fascinated by her account of the reintroduction of wolves into Yellowstone, a local environment from which they had been extinct for nearly a century. Rewilding, as it's called, was controversial with local ranchers, hunters, and even some scientists believing wolves would be dangerous and have a detrimental effect on the park. They've have been intensively studied ever since, to guard against unforeseen consequences, and the research has had some amazing finds. The wolves have not just decreased the elk population size, which anyone could have guessed, but led to growth in the songbird population, to changes in tree species, and even altered the courses of Yellowstone’s rivers. It's an incredible account of how the presence (or absence) of a single species can spiral out and out.

Overall a great book that covers an impressive array of research.
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Hello lovelies! I wanted to post a quick reminder that claiming is still open over at [livejournal.com profile] hp_nextgen_fest! Submissions aren't due until October 16th, so you have plenty of time to create something awesome! We're in particular need of artists, so if you're artistically inclined and looking to participate in an AWESOME fest of awesome, please consider taking a look at the prompts and seeing if anything catches your eye!

come join [livejournal.com profile] hp_nextgen_fest!

Art by atalienart, Banner by [personal profile] capitu


CLAIMING POST

Het HP Cross Gen Recs

Sep. 12th, 2017 09:42 am
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These are all of my Harry Potter Cross Gen Het recs.

Click HERE for other Harry Potter Cross Gen Recs!

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

♥ = favorite

updated September 12, 2017

Het Pairings )

Road of Ruins

Sep. 11th, 2017 07:08 pm
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Title: Road of Ruins
Author: [personal profile] momo
Artist: [personal profile] whimsycatcher
Pairings/Characters: Merlin/Arthur ; Gwaine/Lancelot/Leon ; other minor pairings
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 72,377

Warnings: All of them. Violence, references to sexual abuse of children/minors/adults, suicidial thoughts (not acted on, not glorified), blood, gore (relatively mild, all things considered), racism, ableism, murder, slavery (incl. sexual slavery)

Disclaimer: Merlin and Arthur are characters of legend and thus free to play with. However, in this particular incarnation, and with this particular supporting cast, they're property of the BBC and Freemantle Media. The concept of Mad Max: Fury Road belongs to its respective writers, producers, directors, etc. I'm playing in these two sandboxes, shamelessly putting all the Merlin characters in the dystopian world of Fury Road. I'm not making any money with this story.

Author's notes: Phew. Another tiny monster for ACBB. I've been thinking about this story for at least a year, and writing it took more than half of one. Fusing characters from one franchise with the plot/setting of another is always a challenge, but given that this is my third (well, sort of fourth, if you count the fairy tale) time doing this, you'd think it'd be easier. It's not XD The cast of characters just sort of kept growing, and with them the plot had to adapt, change, and grow to accommodate all of them. I could've used fewer characters, but then where would the fun be, right? (Note how I'm able to laugh about it now that it's done and I've stopped crying and tearing my hair out...)

I have more stuff to say, including a large host of THANK YOUs in the notes on AO3, so I'll cut it short(ish) now.

Artist's notes: It was beyond fantastic to work alongside Momotastic this year! I couldn’t help but want to prematch after hearing that her concept was inspired by Mad Max: Fury Road! Coincidentally, I had just purchased the concept art book for the film, so I was already inspired by the aesthetics of the setting and characters. Combine that with my Merlin obsession, and I was revving to go! I loved getting to read drafts throughout Momo’s bountiful progress, and I enjoyed the opportunity to provide some input for how the plot developed! I loved that, despite the obvious references to the film, she wrote something very unique to suit this fandom’s beloved characters… Well, early on, there was already so much material for me to get ideas from, and it was super hard to settle on just a few scenes to draw! I initially had a list of 30+ scenes, and it took some help from Momo to really cut that down, ahh… I decided on a style more realistic than I’ve done for previous Big Bangs, so I knew that would take me more time, but I still wanted to do so much! I’m pretty happy I managed 8 illustrated scenes, along with some additional graphics (divider, poster, album) though stay tuned for a couple more scenes that I had sketched out but have to save for later! All my pieces were challenging in their own ways, but I had so much fun with the gritty textures, various palettes… and skin and scruff, galore! ;) I hope everyone enjoys looking at my art as they go through this epic fic!

And as always, many MANY thanks to the mods who keep our fandom alive by running this fest so wonderfully!

❤ Whimsy

Summary:

Emrys, he whose power is greater than any before him, shall return magic to its rightful place. At his side will fight a man born from pain, raised in blood, then cast away. With hair as bright as gold, and an arm like a forged weapon the likes of which haven’t been seen in centuries, the Mother will have a warrior to fight for her life’s blood. Together they shall bring peace and prosperity to Gaia once more.

Arthur has no doubt that he's the Warrior from the prophecy. With the help of Uther's prized wives, he ventures North to find Emrys, and to return magic to the land that his father killed.


Story link: AO3
Art link: AO3

sci-fi stucky

Sep. 11th, 2017 12:34 pm
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Cross-posting the comments I left @ [community profile] stuckyanonymous. :)

- Connectivity Error by bopeep, illustrated by curious_werewolf (Androids AU, Cyberpunk AU, Hackers AU)
Steve Rogers is falling apart, and together with best friend and fellow freelance hacker Bucky Barnes he intends to fight the injustices of the cyber plane and make a little money doing it in order to fix up the literal and figurative broken pieces that make up their lives. When solicited by SHIELD to take on a dangerous mission, Steve and Bucky find the hard way that they don't exactly have nothing to lose.

- Into That Good Night by Nonymos (Interstellar AU)
Steve Rogers has lived for entirely too long—long enough to see the world's end. The heroes are gone, and the Earth is pushing what's left of mankind towards the exit.
But when a makeshift team rises from the ashes, when a mysterious presence all but drags Steve there, he begins to think there may be hope yet. As they shoot for the stars one last time, Steve will get proof yet again that the future is nothing if not an echo of the past.

- Poppies in the Field by kaasknot (Androids AU, Cyberpunk AU)
Wherein Bucky is a severely agoraphobic combat veteran, and Steve is the android he buys out of loneliness.

- The Future Started Yesterday by monicawoe (Dystopia AU)
In 2011, the final S.H.I.E.L.D expedition searching for Steve Rogers found nothing.
In 2014, Hydra completed Project Insight and launched three armed helicarriers, killing millions.
In 2028, Tony Stark was killed *
In 2043, the Winter Soldier was decommissioned after 157 successful missions.
In 2111, Steve Rogers was found.

- for the ashes of his fathers (and the kingdoms of his gods) by LadyNimrodel, graphics by noncorporealform (Post-Apocalypse AU - Oblivion AU)
Steve and Natasha are an effective team. They work for Shield's Control Station, built after the planet was destroyed in the war with the Scavs. They are left on a broken and barren planet to keep the drones running that protect the hydra rigs, which collect precious water for what's left of humanity, now living in a colony on one of Saturn's moons.
What Steve knows is this: the Scav attacks are getting worse, even though they lost the war nearly fifty years ago. In two weeks he and Natasha are leaving to join the rest of humanity. And that neither of them want to leave earth.
What he doesn't know is why the Scavs are attacking again, why everything Control tells them feels wrong, and why he keeps dreaming of a man with grey-blue eyes and a familiar smile and who Steve doesn't remember.

- Summer Don't Own Me No More by Nonymos, illustrated by alby_mangroves (Solarpunk AU - Dystopia AU)
Bucky Barnes, weary soldier, illegal immigrant, sarcastic sex worker. Steve Rogers, miracle of science, lonely man, disillusioned cop. Both of them on a collision course in this brave new world, like that's not gonna end in sex and explosions.

- From Tralfamadore, With Love by newsbypostcard, illustrated by icoulddothisallday (Time Travel AU)
In 2018, Steve, Sam, and Bucky embark on a mission to explore a Hydra-owned warehouse when a kid with mutant powers sends Steve 18 years into the future. After figuring out where (and when) he is, Steve tracks Bucky down in 2036 to find he's become a successful business owner and an impassioned advocate for mutant rights. Steve's just as in love with Bucky as he was when he left, but for Bucky it's been a long 18 years. It's hard to accept when Bucky keeps him at arm's length... but Steve's never met a challenge that he didn't take.
As he gets used to life in 2036 and the flaws in Bucky's idyllic life expose themselves, Steve also has to manage a suspiciously ubiquitous security force, a Brotherhood of Mutants, and old competing loyalties among his aged friends. There's a Bucky in 2018 waiting for him to come home, but if he does that, it means leaving this Bucky behind for a third, unforgivable time. How can he choose?
What's Bucky not saying?
How can he face losing everything -- again?

Some brief NetGalley reviews

Sep. 9th, 2017 07:32 pm
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Niki Jabbour's Veggie Garden Remix by Niki Jabbour. A how-to book for gardeners that encourages people to chose a more diverse range of vegetables. Jabbour opens with a sweet story describing how she herself began to explore beyond 'traditional' veggies: she planted a snake gourd, believing it to be inedible but useful for decorating once dried. Instead her mother-in-law recognized the small, young version of the gourd as a vegetable she hadn't eaten since her childhood in Lebanon, and promptly cooked a long-lost stew.

The book is organized by chapters comparing each exotic to a more standard example. Enjoy growing tomatoes? Why not try a Cape gooseberry! Tired of snap beans? What about growing your own chickpeas or edamame! A fan of cucumbers? What about the cucamelon! Each plant or varietal gets its own section with lots of photos and Jabbour's tips from her own experience growing them.

My one complaint about the book is that Jabbour doesn't list preferred Garden Zones for any of the featured plants. She does give 'days to maturity', which is helpful, but I've got to assume climate also make a difference when choosing what to grow. But other than that it's a fun, useful book for anyone who likes trying new things.
I read this as an ARC via NetGalley.


Slow Cook Modern: 200 Recipes for the Way We Eat Today by Liana Krissoff. I love using my slow-cooker and am therefore always looking for new recipes to try out, but most slow-cooker cookbooks repeat the same relatively small set of dishes. There's only so many pot roast or barbeque chicken recipes any one person needs.

But Slow Cooker Modern is here to the rescue! It has a diverse range of new recipes! It even has a whole chapter of vegetarian recipes! I am so happy. I get that slow-cooking lends itself to breaking down tough cuts of meat, but it's great to have a cookbook with vegetarian recipes beyond the standard chili. Here we have: eggplant tian (a ratatouille type dish), hearty sweet potato and chickpea stew with sweet spices, smoky collards and black-eyed peas, three variations of dal (though one has quinoa in it which, come on, at that point it's not dal), and creamy giant limas with sun-dried tomatoes, to name just a few.

And then, of course, there's all the other chapters. A brief selection of some of the recipes I'm most excited to try: chicken saag, whole grain congee with crisp panko chicken, romanian-style chicken and noodles, feta moussaka, Scotch broth (a lamb and barley stew), and braised pork belly sandwiches. There are also recipes for accompaniments to the main dishes, everything from corn muffins to collard slaw.

I like the layout of the book too. Krissoff is writing for people who spend most of the day out of the house at work, so each recipe takes 8 hours in the slow-cooker. She divides each recipe into steps for "morning" and "evening", and is clearly working to make each one as simple as possible while still delivering big flavor. As a lazy, lazy cook, I approve.
I read this as an ARC via NetGalley.
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