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INDIGENA YAXLEY, HAWTHORN PARKINSON, IGNIFER APPOLLONIS, HONORIA PEMBERLEY, LAURA GLORYFLOWER, SYRINX GLORYFLOWER, ACIES LESTRANGE. SYLARANA.

HOW SO BADASS, LADIES OF THE SACRIFICES ARC?

(FOR REAL, FOR REAL, THE THORN BITCH AND THE RED DEATH. WAY MORE FUCKING TERRIFYING THAN ANY OF THE DUDES.)
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Oh, Sacrifices Arc. I still love you best of all.
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'Cause, okay, I love shippy stuff, and I like clever plots, but it's all in the DETAILS, man! Like, weird classes you're required to take at Starfleet Academy, a Buffyverse species of demon that can only be killed by a certain frequency of sound, babyproofing a Potterverse house when the baby can do magic, etc. Explore the quirks of your canon universe! So, have some awesome worldbuilding fics:

The Recreation of the Warrior - Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda, Harper/Tyr, Tyr/others, Dylan/Beka, Dylan/others, Beka/others. Amazing exploration of Nietzschian culture and philosophy. "My people learn as small children that religion is the opiate of the masses. In practice, however, we spend far more time acknowledging our debt to our ancestors than might be expected of any Confucian monk. Since no actual deities are involved, this does not count as 'religious observance,' but merely as practical genetics." Gah, just. Tyr's voice is so strong and so consistent that it totally negates my antipathy toward first person POV in fic.

Cradle Elbows Wide - Firefly, gen. This is Sergeant Mal, guys, and it's so well-written that it's totally canon to me. All the different cultures that sent soldiers for this one cause, and we know the whole time that the cause is totally doomed; it kills me, but in the best of ways.

Reconstruction and the companion piece, Restoration - Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Xander/Spike, Willow/Tara. A post-Gift AU that does a fantastic job showing the struggle to guard the Hellmouth without your heavy-hitter. The CotH is the BEST, god; it makes so much sense and it's so very, very awesome. But there's also the protective stalking of Dawn, the Omega Plan (GENIUS), just a million little touches that bring the 'verse to life.

Father Goose Tales - Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Law and Order: SVU/Alias/Las Vegas/Gilmore Girls/Stargate SG-1, Xander/Faith, canon pairings. Guys, there's infrastructure and standard operating procedures! There's a supernatural troubles hotline! It's very much a world where the Council has a presence, complete with unintended consequences, and where the Council is an organization of professionals who have been there and done that. "Hello, you’ve reached the North American Headquarters of the Watcher’s Council, if this is an emergency please scream or press one ….. if this is not an emergency, please leave a message and a method of contact and we will get back to you. If you would like to be contacted by one of the regional offices, be sure to make that request and include your location in the message. Thank you and be safe. ….. beeep."

The Sacrifices Arc - Harry Potter, Harry/Draco, Snape/Regulus, Hermione/Zacharias, Connor/Parvati, a bunch of OC relationships that are amazing and run through het, slash, and femslash. Oh, y'all knew I was going to throw this one in there. So! This 'verse explains why there were no international efforts to stop Voldemort, gives us interesting and well-drawn systems of magic that include the awesomeness of something called "puellaris witches" - women who, through circumscribing their behavior in public and submitting to their husbands, gain the ability to turn into fucking lionesses when their children are threatened, aaaand shows us once again that humans rule the world because they are assholes. Um. I also don't feel comfortable sending people off to read this without mentioning that this shit is HARDCORE. Like, I read something that had a bunch of dire warnings for what ending up being an apocalypse, some violence, and some implied sex slavery (all of which got reversed and wiped from the characters' memories, so, weeeeeak). This is not like that. There is torture of main characters, including loss of limb. There is death, lots of it, major and minor characters, including a baby (in a fairly horrific way). There is rape, not of major characters, but there's an unrepentant (female) rapist who's one of the "good guys" and somebody gets raped to death, so. There is child abuse, physical, emotional and magical. I'm forgetting some stuff. Okay, cannibalism! There is cannibalism, by bad guys and also by a good guy under mindcontrol. ...Read it anyway! It is totally my favoritest story in all the worlds.

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Oh my god, I love this story so much. I just finished Comes Out of Darkness Morn and I am sitting here like BRING ON THE REVOLUTION. Like seriously, fuck you, Dumbledore. YOUR STATUS QUO SUCKS OR HE WOULDN'T BE TRYING TO CHANGE IT.

Also, how so OTP, Harry and Draco? I had totally forgotten about it, but Draco's little scene after the Owlery, where he's pouting and deciding how best to get back at Harry and then Harry comes in and he's so happy and apologizes and Draco just breaks out "I would forgive you for anything right now"? I was flailing. God, it's so much more romantic to me when characters hurt each other and fail and work at it than when they just fall into some meant-to-be always-and-forever.

Also, MINERVA MCGONAGALL, you guys. I love her SO HARD. Honestly, she could not be more awesome without giving me, like, actual heart failure.

Also, ALSO, I will be reading and randomly musing on the SA as a Bert/Gerard epic and giggling to myself, because Pete as the wild Dark and Greta as Hermione and especially Frank as Dionysus will never not be hilarious. Dude, I think Bob might be Adalrico. Brendon = Ignifer, Jon = Honoria, Tyson = Tybalt, Nick Wheeler = John, Gabe = Evan, so I now cannot decide if Maja or Victoria is Henrietta. Whichever, the other one is totally the Red Death. AMANDA PALMER IS TOTALLY THE SCARY PUELLARIS WITCH. ETA: You know, the one that tried to eat Lily's FACE. Best. Trial. Ever.

And on that note, I am off to read Freedom And Not Peace.
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Because what I want to read is the Sacrifices Arc and I always end up getting lost in that monster for four days, minimum, so really, no. It will be my reward for finishing.

I wanted to read it a couple days ago, because that scene, with Draco, after the Blood Whip? That scene is amazing. I go all SUPERUNBREAKABLEOTP4EVER for that scene, god.

And now I just recced it to somebody, so I want it even more, but I must resist! It's just, oh god, four days left to deadline (and I have...accidentally made a small fandoms list. Because that is how I roll).

In other news, Castle is on tonight and I really enjoyed the pilot when I saw it as part of a market research thing, so yay. Fillion and the daughter rock.

Also, Top Gear is hilarious, why didn't anyone tell me? I just watched two episodes and by about ten minutes into the second (they drive muscle cars from San Fran to Nevada), I was totally infatuated. Hammond is a secret American! I love them all!
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Bandom has totally jumped to my fifth biggest fandom at this point. I am infatuated, for real. I want to join comms and ask for recs and shit. And hey! Possibly some of you could point my lazy ass at what I want.

I want EPIC hurt/comfort with a happy ending. And epic like long but also epic like noncon, abuse, a disability like blindness or aphasia/muteness, widower left to raise a tiny child, etc. Patrick, Brendon, or Gerard centered, because they are my favorites.

I will read them with most people, but Pete/Patrick, Bob/Patrick, Frank/Gerard, Bob/Gerard, Gerard/Mikey, Ryan/Brendon, and Brendon/Spencer are especial favorites. Oh! Also any combination of Frank/Gerard/wives and Panic ot3/gsf.

It's kind of weird, most of the bandom stories only have the relationship angst (he doesn't/won't ever love me back! he's too good for me! I can't make a move or it will fuck up the band!) even though some of these guys have hardcore shit in their pasts. It makes me wonder if it's just because people are more uncomfortable writing about true Bad Things or if it's just the "section" of bandom I read.

Or if I'm just skewed by coming from fandoms that are very much about the whumping. The Sacrifices Arc remains my perfect piece of fiction and it's pretty hardcore. Move out of HP fandom and it looks really fucking harcore.

Mmmm, Sacrifices Arc. God, I love that fic. I mean, Saving Connor, not that great, but then you hit No Mouth But Some Serpent's and that story owns me. Everything that bothered me about canon got fixed. And huge angst - character death, torture, mind control, abuse, the hero spends several books maimed - but also epic comfort, from lovers and friends and family and even respected enemies.

I want every fandom to have something like that, basically, something that epic and intricate and dense.
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Coming to you hard on the heels of Part Huit mostly because I have limited 'net access and have been reduced to the text files of random observation again. Also why I am behind on comments (sorry!).

Too Lame for Clever Cut Text )
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The Sacrifices Arc just made me start crying in the middle of the library. OH MY GOD, WHAT THE FUCK, NO, SHE IS MY BELOVED!

I HATE VOLDEMORT. FUCKING HORCRUXES.

FUCKING STORY, WITH THE RIPPING MY HEART FROM MY CHEST.

Someone seriously needs to be reading this with me. I NEED HANDHOLDING. Also, for [livejournal.com profile] lightningwave to STOP KILLING MY BELOVEDS.
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OH MY HOLY GOD.

IT IS TOO MUCH FOR ME.

[livejournal.com profile] lightningwave is posting the last of Book 6 of the Sacrifices Arc today. In stages. And HOMG.

Voldemort! Clever plan! Multiple prongs! Oh my GOD! It!

Flailing, I am FLAILING all over the library!

Too much HORRIBLE BRILLIANCE.

NEW BELOVED

Aug. 4th, 2006 05:01 pm
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We are all familiar with my mad fanfiction love by now, yes? Well, I have found a new story and people, my love for it is LIKE THE OCEAN in its breadth and depth. I do not have the words to describe its awesomeness and yet, I am compelled to try. To try a lot, as it happens. Below I've typed up my observations from the week or so I spent immersed.

Oh, you think I am kidding, but this story is, in fact, a series and I'm pretty sure it's longer than all of the actual HP books combined. Which is hella impressive, considering the first story started updating less than a year ago. And oh yeah, the sixth book's a WiP with daily updates. Daily updates of length and substance, yet.

Also, someone, please to be reading this because I want someone to talk to. Anyway:


I am so in love with the Sacrifices Arc. It is like a special gift from the universe to me. Slytherin!Harry, Harry befriends snakes, Snape mentors Harry, Harry-Draco friendship that will become Harry/Draco slash, politics and alliance building, which I adore all the more madly for the rarity. And also, it is forever-long. And it's well-written. Basically, it's like Christmas on my computer right now.

Much squee below the cut, some spoilery )

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