[sticky entry] Sticky: Fanfic Masterlist

Dec. 31st, 2013 11:59 pm
muccamukk: text 'Writers expressed themselves with cymbals' with a picture of a set of cymbals (Politics: Writing)
Regarding content notes: I do my best to include content notes in the headers of all of my longer stories, but I may be inconsistent on drabbles. I mention content I feel is likely to upset or squick readers, such as sexual violence or character death. However, if you're concerned about the content of any given fic, please do e-mail or PM me, and I'll fill you in as best I can.

Transformative Works Policy: Anyone who wishes to is welcome to remix, podfic, translate, write meta about, make art for, or write in the same universe/fanon as any of my fanworks. Please link me to the results if you do. Please contact me for permission before you include my work in a 'zine or other printed resource.

A note on organisation: The various "Marvel" categories include comics, the Marvel Cinematic Universe including Netflix, and the X-Men films, all roughly sorted by title and universe. Cap/Iron Man fic is together, regardless of universe.

Crossovers are largely listed twice, once under each relevant fandom.

The A-Team (2010) ) * Babylon 5 ) * Battlestar Galactica (2003) ) * Buffy the Vampire Slayer (TV) ) * DC Comics ) * DC's Legends of Tomorrow ) * Doctor Who ) * Firefly (TV) ) * Hawaii Five-0 (2010) ) * Hercules: The Legendary Journeys ) * Highlander (TV) ) * Horatio Hornblower (TV) ) * King Arthur (2004) ) * The Lord of the Rings (Books & Films) ) * Marvel: Avengers Comics (616) ) * Marvel: Captain Britain and MI:13 ) * Marvel: Heroes for Hire Comics ) * Marvel: MCU & Netflix ) * Marvel: Steve/Tony ) * Marvel: X-Men (Films) ) * Master and Commander ) * Les Misérables (2012) ) * The Musketeers (2014) ) * Pacific Rim (2013) ) * The Pirates of the Caribbean ) * Psych ) * Quantum Leap ) * Reign of Fire (2002) ) * Rivers of London ) * Sherlock Holmes (Books) ) * Sinbad (Sky1) ) * Sleepy Hollow (TV) ) * Star Trek: The Next Generation ) * Star Trek (2009) ) * Star Wars ) * Stargate: Atlantis ) * Stargate: SG-1 ) * Supernatural ) * Ultraviolet (UK TV) )
muccamukk: Peggy, with briefcase, entering a room, the light of the hall silhouetting her. (AC: Silhouette)
Title: Of Death Close-Walking Beside
Author: [personal profile] muccamukk
Fandom: Agent Carter (Peggy Carter & Jack Thompson)
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 1,700
Notes: Written for [personal profile] sholio as a treat for [livejournal.com profile] avengersfest 2016. Thanks to Morphia for beta reading.
Summary: They made Jack quit looking for Peggy four months ago, but that doesn't mean he's stopped seeing her everywhere.

Haha, surprising no one, I'm sure :D


Sep. 23rd, 2016 02:31 pm
muccamukk: Gunnar pointing and saying, "but life's a bitch, and you're cursed." (Sinbad: Life's a Bitch)
I wonder if this is real, or just really, really random trolling. (Don't feed the trolls, either way, please.)

In Vancouver. Remembering why I hate Vancouver. Onward.

2 LoT Recs

Sep. 22nd, 2016 06:51 am
muccamukk: Constance smiling and looking completely adorable. (Musketeers: Cutest!)
Title: just because it burns
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] Liu
Fandom: Legends of Tomorrow
Characters: Ray/Mick
Words: 2,900
Rating: Teen
Summary: Mick could never quite explain why he was so drawn to fire. Ray never really understood where his life-long nightmares about burning came from.
Notes: A different take on reincarnation than the shows, but one I really like. I love the tentative connection that starts to grow, and the writing is lovely.

Title: Unholy Matrimony
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] Sholio
Fandom: Legends of Tomorrow
Characters: Team
Words: 500
Rating: Teen
Summary: Rip keeps a running tally of how many times each person on the Waverider has managed to get themselves accidentally married and/or betrothed in various time periods. Hey, everyone needs a hobby.
Notes: Hahahaha. Oh God.
muccamukk: Apollo and the Midnighter kissing in space. Text: The End. (DC: The End)
Title: And All Through the Dungeon...
Author: [personal profile] muccamukk
Fandom: Legends of Tomorrow (Ray Palmer/Mick Rory)
Rating: Teen (various public sex acts, sadly not participated in by our heroes)
Word Count: 1,700
Notes: Written for [community profile] fandomgiftbox 2016. Thanks to Nenya and Wren for beta reading, etc.
Summary: "Just because you're here with me," Mick growled, "doesn't mean we're together. Got it?"

"Sure, Mick," Ray said, the same as he'd said when Mick had told him, "This doesn't mean I care," after walking two days through a sand storm to save Ray from pirates.
muccamukk: Joan Watson highlighted in purple and black. (Elementary: Joan)
What I Just Finished Reading
The Food of a Younger Land: The WPA's Portrait of Food in Pre-World War II America edited by Mark Kurlansky
The editor found a stash of unpublished WPA files about food culture, and put them together as a shorter book. I read the North East Eats section, and then sort of skimmed the rest. The South part was pretty damn racist, which we were warned for, but there was also a wall-to-wall sketchy treatment of Native Americans, as so many traditions were casually looped back to early America, and well... Anyway, interesting as it went, and some good recipes and history, with the occasional humour bits, but probably better read a bit at a time rather than straight through.

"The Year of the Crocodile" (Cyclone #2.5) by Courtney Milan
(I'm puzzled by the numbering as #2 isn't out yet). Short story about Blake and Tina's parents meeting for Lunar New Years. This was hilarious, and exactly what I needed to read on a down night.

Soldier Girls: The Battles of Three Women at Home and at War by Helen Thorpe, narrated by Donna Postel
Detailed and insightful look into the lives of three non-combat soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq during the recent wars. I liked how the book covered how they integrated into the military, their service and what happened to them after the got home. Lots of things to think about.

Status Update (#gaymers #1) by Annabeth Albert
Made of 100% fluff, and very enjoyable for it. Manic Pixel Dream Boy rescues archaeology professor from the closet. It was cute and often funny. The ending dragged on far too long, and could have used fewer dogs.

Midnighter Vol. 1: Out by Steve Orlando
Midnighter is almost as good a go to for wanton violence and gore as Ares, though also more gay, which is nice. This had a pleasing amount of carnage in it and at one point the Midnighter kidnapped Dick Grayson to go on a coffee date and then they ended up handcuffed together, which was not the least slashy thing I've ever read.

The plot was pretty nonsensical, but I'm not super invested in that. As a long term Authority fan, I've got to say "The Midnighter Dumps Apollo in Order to Find Himself" is a little played out, especially since we never seem to get an Apollo book out of all that.

Do Shut Up, Mister Simms by Rachael Acks
Absolutely charming novella about the dashing steampunk captain's stalwart right hand man, and the adventures he really doesn't want to be having, especially not with his captain's love interest (entirely incidentally, the captain and the love interest are both women). Very funny and enjoyable. Unfortunately it's the last in a series and while it reads fine on its own, I can't seem to find the rest of the series anywhere. I gather the publisher went under. (I e-mailed the author, and she said that she was waiting on a new publisher. So I've subscribed to her mailing list and will hopefully pick them up when they're out.)

Lost Recipes of Prohibition: Notes from a Bootlegger's Manuall by Matthew Rowley
I could have used more text and fewer pictures of illegible pages from history, as the actual content was probably about fifty pages, but this was still a fun, light and often interesting read. It probably wasn't news to people who know a lot about the Prohibition in the US, but I learned a lot about the technical side of bootlegging.

I appreciated that the author didn't just lean on his found manual, but pulled recipes and techniques from other period books, and tried to translate how they worked (or didn't!) into modern terms and explained what the originals actually meant. I'm not invested enough in cocktails to start making ingredients, but still enjoyed it.

Lady of Devices (Magnificent Devices #1) by Shelley Adina
Steampunk novel about the daughter of a Marquises who doesn't want to be a proper lady, but wants to go build steam engines. I lasted twenty pages, and failed to care. I think I got it for like a dollar though, so oh well.

What I'm Reading Now

Just started Icon (Persona #2) by Genevieve Valentine, which I'm enjoying so far, though it's been so long since I read the first one that I've forgotten a lot of the politics.

Still listening to an audiobook of A Stranger in Olondria by Sofia Samatar, which almost everyone I know didn't like (except [personal profile] likeadeuce?), but I'm really enjoying. I think it does better on audiobook, where you can just let it flow by all lyrical and stuff, and not worry that plot is occurring at and exceptionally slow rate, if at all. I'm also enjoying all the religious conflicts and plotting.

What I'm Reading Next
I'll be in town, so something off my e-reader? Probably finally getting to the new Martha Wells book (which I've been saving), and maybe continue my alphabetical by author treck through the contents. Saladin Ahmed next, at least.

T-1.5 Days

Sep. 20th, 2016 07:11 pm
muccamukk: Phryne, mostly nude, arms crossing her breasts, holding feather fans. (MFMM: Fan Dance)
I asked one of the pilots if he was flying the royal family around, and he claimed that it was a secret, which one assumes means yes.

However, going to town a day early might work out better, we'll see.

I spent far too much time today trying to post comments on imzy while my connection flailed and my browser froze. I'm getting this vibe of the site runners that they think it's just fine the way it is, and are not in any way prioritising what multiple users say are essential functions, like comment functionality and not crashing people's browsers, or being able to see. It's like, you say something, and they go sure, and then they go, launch is in five weeks, and we won't have time to change any of that, and I go, what does closed beta even mean to you people? One of the mods said they'd fix the aesthetic stuff later, without seeming aware that in flashing lights out of the glowey box land, aesthetic = function. *hands*

I am still liking it some parts of it. I have a blog where I post one picture a day, and 1-5 people press the little heart button, and sometimes I talk to people about sea life. It's extremely relaxing.

[community profile] holly_poly is looking for a new co-mod.

[community profile] fandomgiftbox is looking for a few last fills before it opens tomorrow.

WIP #2 almost finished its first draft. I've managed to get through most of September without signing up for anything, though I did to a variety of non-WIP-related writing, including something for giftbox. I'm thinking of doing [livejournal.com profile] smallfandombang, but only if they allow JLI, which is under dispute as of this writing. I want to finish that bloody EXTREME JUSTICE Boostle thing. Idk, could just sign up and do 10k of OT3 Sinbad porn? They're not saying that isn't a small fandom. Or finish the blood Sam Wilson/OMC fic, though I don't know if it'd quite pad out to 10k. It's looking more like 8k right now.

Pinch Hit

Sep. 16th, 2016 02:33 pm
muccamukk: Kate looking like she's going to shoot someone (Marvel: I Will Shoot You)
Emergency pinch hit over at [livejournal.com profile] avengersfest: MCU, Clint Barton. No prompts except not Clint/Coulson or CA:CW related.

I just spent ten minutes trying to think of a Clint plot and coming up blank (save that Clint/Laura marriage of convenience plot), but hopefully one of you will do better.

ETA: And claimed, though I'm sure person would be happy to get treats.

Still looking for someone on that [community profile] femslashex pinch hit too.

LoT Rec

Sep. 14th, 2016 10:13 pm
muccamukk: Kate kissing a smiling Ranee's shoulder. (DC: Shoulder Kisses)
Title: i'm a little mixed up, but i'm feelin' fine
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] pirateygoodness
Fandom: Legends of Tomorrow
Characters: Sara/Kendra, Ray/Kendra
Words: 5,700
Rating: M
Summary: Kendra kisses Sara and it feels inevitable, like they’ve been orbiting towards this since the Waverider abandoned them here.
Notes: Another Stuck in 1958 fic, which is one of my favourite genres! This has a great balance of grumpy, angry Sara who hates that period, and really smoking sexual tension with Kendra. Does contain infidelity.

Here's some really pretty Kendra/Sara art, too. If you like that pairing.
muccamukk: Steve standing with his arms folded, looking disapproving. (Avengers: Judgy Arms)
What I Just Finished Reading
Missed last week, but it's been a bit dire all over anyway. Finest in popular fantasy I either didn't enjoy or flat out didn't finish.

The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi, narrated by Priya Ayyar
I really dislike this book, and almost half is more than enough of a chance. The hero is a controlling asshole who hides information from the heroine who is 100% under his power (he more or less kidnapped her). The heroine keeps trying to set boundaries only to have them stomped on. There are no other women. The writing is overdone and not very good. I can't actually tell what the world building is like because everything's a flowery metaphor. South Asian mythology angle was nice. Did not finish.

Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens by J.M. Barrie
Won't rate this as I'm so very far from the target audience, which is apparently very small children who live in London. It was quite sweet, and interesting to see the early version of Peter Pan, but dragged on a bit. I did like the scenes with Peter interacting with human children, which is I guess what we're going with for the next book.

Peter and Wendy by J.M. Barrie
I liked some of this. Peter was effectively quite creepy, which was enjoyable, and a lot of the descriptions and whimsy were nice. However it was really difficult to get past how profoundly racist it was, and the sexism didn't help. I know, I know, 1911, but I really can't picture presenting this to an actual child.

The Queen of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling #1) by Erika Johansen
Read about 140 pages and decided that life was too short for this shit.

I don't believe in the world, and I don't like the characters. The author has basically said that if you take 21st century Britain and America, took away their technology, they'd turn into boilerplate 1980s fantasy novel "Middle Ages Europe," complete with 99% white people, women not getting to do anything, feudalism and the Catholic church as the only religion. Which, lol, where to start?

So the protagonist is a princess who was raised away from the court and basically knows nothing except history and botany, and shows up and starts judging everyone, from the street walkers to the courtiers ("The prostitutes need to get better jobs!" "Wait why is the palace spending this much on servants?" Pick one!). You can tall the bad guys because they're all ugly rapist slave owners. The only other women are a dead mother, an absent guardian, an evil queen, and the maid. The only black people are a sex slave and a minstrel/bandit.

Never has a book made me wish I were reading The Goblin Emperor, and I didn't even especially like that one either.

On Looking: Eleven Walks with Expert Eyes by Alexandra Horowitz
My mom really liked this, but I found it actively annoying and bailed three walks in.

What I'm Reading Now
Library: The Food of a Younger Land: A Portrait of American Food from the Lost WPA Files edited and illustrated by Mark Kurlansky, collection of essays about food culture in Depression-era US, divided by region. Varies from history, to humour to recipes, very interesting, but slow going.

Soldier Girls: The Battles of Three Women at Home and at War by Helen Thorpe, breaking my ban on books with "girl" in the title already, about three National Guard soldiers who served in Afghanistan and Iraq, a bit chatty, but very interesting.

What I'm Reading Next
Louise Erdrich maybe? I really need to read something well written soon.

Library, I think the first volume of Midnighter by Steve Orlando needs to go back soonish.
muccamukk: Peggy holds a pencil between her teeth and studies a clipboard. (Cap: Preoccupied)

My fics on Ao3 are here.

1. How did you come up with the title to [insert fic]?
2. Any of your stories inspired by personal experience?
3. What character do you identify with most?
4. Is there a song or a playlist to associate with [insert fic]?
5. If you wrote a sequel to [insert fic], what would it be about?
6. Care to share a favorite hurt/comfort fic?
7. Care to share a favorite crack fic?
8. How would you describe your style?
9. Do you have a guilty pleasure in fic (reading or writing)?
10. Write or describe an alternative ending to [insert fic].
11. What's the angstiest idea you've ever come up with?
12. What's the weirdest AU you've ever come up with?
13. Got any premises on the back burner that you'd care to share?
14. Is there a fic you wish someone else would write (or finish) for you?
15. How do you begin a story--with the plot, or the characters?
16. Are you what George R. R. Martin would call an "architect" or a "gardener"? (How much do you plan in advance, versus letting the story unfold as you go?)
17. Do you have any discarded scenes/storylines/projects?
18. Are there any writers (fanfic or otherwise) you consider an influence?
19. Any fandom tropes you can't resist?
20. Any fandom tropes you can't stand?
21. A pairing you might like to write for, but haven't tried yet.
22. A secondary (or underrated) character you want to see more of in fic?
23. Do you like more general prompts, or more specific ones?
24. A character you enjoy making suffer.
25. A character you want to protect.
26. Major character death--do you ever write/read it? Is there a character whose death you can't tolerate?

BTW: There's an open pinch hit over at [community profile] femslashex. I've had that recip before, and she leaves nice comments.
muccamukk: Wanda casting a spell, surrounded by violet swirls. (Avengers: Scarlet Witch)
I've been meaning to do this for a while, as I thought it might be helpful to anyone else who wanted to run one, and since several other people mentioned running them, I better actually get to it. (Star Wars & Elementary)

Obviously, this is how I did it, and the idea by its very nature is remixable, but hopefully it's somewhat helpful.

The idea came up as a persistent desire to see stories remixed multiple times, but it wasn't until [personal profile] commodorified mentioned the idea of a chain or rolling remix in comments that we started to hash out the idea between the two of us, and then between anyone else who wandered by. I posted publicly, more people suggested things, it's all in the first two posts of this tag.

Once we had the details ironed out: Time frame, approach to pairings, canon boundaries, I ran sign ups, and only collected three pieces of information: User name, e-mail, and when they could not write.

From there I made three spreadsheets, which looked like this: Read more... )
muccamukk: Cap pulling Iron Man to his feet. Text: "Help you stand." (Marvel: Help You Stand)
For the Imzy Multifandom Drabble Exchange:

drabble: On Contemplating the Figure of a Wounded Partner (AO3)
Legends of Tomorrow: Gen (Martin & Jax), Teen.
Prompt: Firestorm h/c (someone gets kidnapped/hurt again?)

drabble: Far Seers (AO3)
The Lord of the Rings Books: Pre-LotR, Het (Denethor/Finduilas), Teen, character death.
Prompt: Denethor/Finduilas: fighting the long defeat.

Title: Shellhead and the Captain
Author: [personal profile] muccamukk
Fandom: Marvel Fairy Tales (Steve Rogers/Tony Stark, OC)
Rating: Teen
Word Count: 1,100
Notes: Written for [tumblr.com profile] Lilian_Cho's beautiful tiny reverse bang art Somewhere Between Reality. Also for my Stony Bingo free square. There is a canonical Avengers/Peter Pan fusion. I love comics.
Summary:As Stevie watched the sea turn purple and pink and orange as the sun rose and the morning came, he noticed a boy flying beside him. Or, how the Captain met his first Lost Boy.

Nenya: To be clear, you want to do a 500-word fill for a picture prompt on tumblr, so you're reading J.M. Barrie in the original Klingon?
Me: TRB has a 250-word minimum.

Imzy Comms

Sep. 8th, 2016 11:34 am
muccamukk: Edwin leaning back to look at Peggy, who is turning towards him. (AC: Companionship)
Someone mentioned they'd like links to active comms with good discussion, and here's my more or less list with a few cheats.

A Lightkeeper's Log: So I made a personal comm after all. Mostly just planning to post pictures. If you want randomly posted pictures of the Pacific North West, and little else, welp...

39 Days Goals: Relaxed but active goal tracking comm with some fun discussion and no pressure.

Comicbook Club: Monthly comics readalongs, that seem to have good picks for books (even if the mod likes Batman more than the next girl (when I'm the next girl, at least.))

Fantasy: A big comm that mostly seems to be book discussion and news, has a fun Weekend Reading post every Friday.

Legends of Tomorrow: This one is is pretty dead (mod doesn't seem to be promoting it), and has a terrible banner, but I figure if it gets more members it might start to be more happening.

Multifandom Drabble: Multifandom Drabble exchange. It's posting the first exchange right now, and has some really cute drabbles so far. I got a Mick/Ray one!

Readers of Rivers: Rivers of London comm currently doing a reread.
muccamukk: Steve and Tony standing side by side looking into a blue background. (Marvel: Into the Blue)
Title: What I Wouldn't Do For You, Baby
Author: [personal profile] muccamukk
Fandom: Legends of Tomorrow (Ray Palmer/Mick Rory, Team)
Rating: Mature (violence, etc)
Word Count: 5,000
Notes: Written for as a pinch hit for [community profile] rarepairfest 2016. Thanks to [tumblr.com profile] MassiveSpaceWren and [personal profile] healingmirth for 11th hour beta and comments.
Summary: Mick's undercover, and Ray's trying to be helpful, but neither of them is sure how that led to pretending to be a couple.

Title: Just Dreaming of You
Author: [personal profile] muccamukk
Fandom: Marvel Adventures: Avengers (Steve Rogers/Tony Stark, OC)
Rating: Teen, some blood, some vampires.
Word Count: 1,800
Notes: Written for [tumblr.com profile] MassiveSpaceWren's gorgeous tiny reverse bang art The Alluring Scent of Iron. Also for my Stony Bingo square: "I Hate Magic."
Summary: Figured that Steve showing up in Tony's lab just in time to help with minor-explosion clean up and possibly make out was far too good to be true.
muccamukk: Thor looking at a coffee cup. Text: why is the coffee gone? (Thor: Why Is the Coffee Gone?)
RL's been kicking my ass, and I'm sort of doing tired all the time right now. I think the week end will be better. At least I can go to bed ridiculously early, as opposed to having to stay up late and then get up at early to catch the day before it gets ahead of me. I wandered around most of yesterday looking like this owl.

I'm still liking Imzy as a low-stress community alternative. The fantasy book group people are very nice, for example.

I've joined the 30 Day Goals comm over there, with stated goals of 1) finishing two WIP by end of month (hopefully that will be one of the sock fic and the Last Witch Hunter thing), and 2) absolutely not signing up for anything, including bingo cards, comment fic and pinch hits. Of course Trick or Treat immediately opened, but no! I have unfollowed it. Next thing I join will be Fandom Stocking, and maybe FemslashEx treats next month.

(I'm not counting Cap/Iron Man TRB fills in that, since it's kind of therapy fic for me.)

[community profile] femslashex sign ups are going well.
muccamukk: Dot and Phryne looking at each other and smiling, pretty hats. (MFMM: Companions)
What I Just Finished Reading
After The Ending (The Ending #1) by Lindsey Pogue and Lindsey Fairleigh
I read about a hundred pages of this and then gave up in disgust. I liked the centre of the story being friendship between two women, but I didn't actually like either of the women. I'm fine with unlikable heroines, but I think I was supposed to like them? They were both selfish, judgemental and cruel, and... why would I want to read 400+ pages about them?

Also the only person of colour was immediately slut shamed, and the heroine didn't understand why the group of survivors wanted to stop and look for their own families, instead of going straight to hers. Yay!

On the bright side, the book was free.

The Obelisk Gate (The Broken Earth #2) by N.K. Jemisin
I didn't love this one as much as the first, but I'm still enjoying this series immensely. Watching Jemisin put all the worldbuilding and character bricks in place as the story continues is breathtaking. I'm absolutely dying to find out what happens next, and what twists will hit along the way. Could live with a bit less mass murder.

Also, my e-reader just kicked it, so I finished this on my laptop, which show some commitment to Sparkle Motion, I think.

What I'm Reading Now
Still on Big Science: Ernest Lawrence and the Invention that Launched the Military-Industrial Complex by Michael Hiltzik, had to go back to the library, but has been reordered.

Audio: The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi, which is a South Asian secondary world fantasy about a princess who doesn't want to have an arranged marriage, which is sort of an old theme, and not one I'm fond of, but it's carried on pretty decently so far.

Library: On Looking: Eleven Walks with Expert Eyes by Alexandra Horowitz, a non fiction book about attention and how our outlook affects what we pay attention. Mom really liked it, but I haven't really gotten into it yet. Worried it may be twee.

What I'm Reading Next
Audio, idk. Hopefully I'll get Big Science back. I want to read the webcomic O Human Star for the imzy comics group, which is also doing something something Neil Gaiman I don't care. Library probably The Food of a Younger Land: A Portrait of American Food from the Lost WPA Files.
muccamukk: Carol and Wanda fly into battle together. (Marvel: Carol/Wanda)
[community profile] femslashex sign ups are open now through 7 September.

Like most people, I'm over on imzy, which I'm really hoping takes off. It's a perfect low stress, low bandwidth place for communities. I'm not planning to move over there for my own blog, at least until the security functions update, but I'm enjoying it for book/comics/whatever discussions.

I mostly just wish everyone would move to DW, but if that's not happening (which it doesn't seem to be), I'll take imzy.

Done my pinch hit, so hopefully back to regularly scheduled plodding away on WIP.

Bought Supergirl on DVD, still mildly obsessed with Legends of Tomorrow, but otherwise am not feeling that fannish right now. I think my mind is in count down to Luke Cage.
muccamukk: Marcus looking unimpressed. Text: "do tell" (Elementary: Do Tell)
What I Just Finished Reading
Infomocracy by Malka Ann Older, narrated by Christine Marshall
This was really fun. I had serious trouble putting it down as it was so exciting, and the characters were all great. It was really nice to read SF with a Brazilian and a Japanese lead (who was basically Colleen Wing) sharing the story, plus older woman/younger man.

I probably had to suspend disbelief as to the efficacy of "Microdemocracy," a bit, but the book included enough fights, explosions and political intrigue that a little handwavium went a long way, and if you granted the premise, the details were fun. The author had obviously had a lot of fun with the world building, and the adventure hits most continents on the way. The ending was probably a smidge pat, despite the author's attempt to make it ambiguous.

Would read Older again.

Ghost Talkers by Mary Robinette Kowal, narrated by same
This book was very interesting in terms of worldbuilding. It stuck with the idea of adding magic to one small thing and then examining the consequences. I love the idea of ghosts used as instant communication in wartime, and Kowal had a lot of fun with it too.

I wasn't as invested as the characters here as I was with the previous series, though a lot of the secondary people were fun. I guess I just found Ginger (a redhead named Ginger!) and Ben a little bland, and would have liked a book about say Helen or one of the older women. However, I did like the adventure plot, and enjoyed all the twists and running about a very well researched WWI France. It was definitely fun.

I really enjoyed Kowal as a narrator when she was doing the main story, but her regional British accents are kind of appalling and I wish she wouldn't.

What I'm Reading Now
Still on Big Science: Ernest Lawrence and the Invention that Launched the Military-Industrial Complex by Michael Hiltzik, which I'm about half way done with, and they're just starting to ramp up the wartime stuff. I always thought the sudden disappearance of all nuclear research from every journal in the US would have been spooky as hell.

What I'm Reading Next
Obelisk Gate!


Aug. 20th, 2016 11:16 pm
muccamukk: Boromir and Faramir grinning and hugging. (LotR: Squee!)
The Fifth Season just won a Hugo.

Binti just won a Hugo.

JESSICA JONES just won a Hugo.

I'm really saddened by all the people who got bumped off the ballot (hopefully they'll fix slate voting tomorrow), but I'm delighted beyond words by those three wins.

Oh, and Andy Weir winning two awards was very much softened by astronauts accepting on his behalf. Apparently it's 1962, because I'm such a sucker for astronauts.


muccamukk: Spiral staircase decending multiple levels inside a tower.. (Default)

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