wook77: (assassin's creed: ezio perched)
Some [livejournal.com profile] yuletide recs from me:

Quill from Assassin's Creed. This was my gift and oh man. Srsly. It's so good. It's got a lovely timeline and a wonderful Salai. Leonardo da Vinci is lovely in this. It's so well-written and deserves much more love than it's received.

Anyone else playing Glitch? It's an awesome game and if you're playing, let's be friends...

Fic from Glitch: A Glitch in Time is an evolution of Glitches fic and it's brilliant. So witty and in keeping with the feel of the world.

A Giant Baker's Dozen fleshes out the world of Glitch and the Giants. I loved this so much.

Dead Like Me: Sisters in which George gives Reggie a surprise on her 21st birthday. It's a great fic that shows an awesome grasp on George.

Hollyoaks: Love is a Doing Word with John Paul and Keiron in it. The Keiron is especially lovely. I'd forgotten how much I loved these characters until this fic.

Sons of Anarchy: Passions in His Heart, Reason in his Mind has an AWESOME Juice in it plus an amazing Chibs. It's a great fic from a fandom that deserves more fic.

X-Men Origins: Wolverine (Logan/Remy) which is my first slash ship and oh man. These fics. The Gambler has an amazing Remy in it. He's so freaking blase and impish. Then there's Low Life which also has an awesome Gambit in it who is completely at his wit's end with himself and his altruism. Love it.

Brent Week's Night Angel Series: Escape from It All is a treat featuring Viridiana Sovari and oh man, the fact that there's fic from this book series is awesome but to have such a great take on Viridiana? <3<3<3xabillion

And leave a comment for the authors, yeah? They worked hard, especially my gifter for Quill. When I saw my name pop up on the pinch hit list, I was all OHNOEZ but this fic, gah, awesome.
wook77: (ollian kiss)
Sometimes, I wonder how good of a storyteller I am.

The below video is one that makes me wonder because, dear lord, these two with their deep, abiding love - that's romance. If I could even capture half of the amazing love of these two, I will consider myself a successful storyteller.

I got this video from Smart Bitches, Trashy Books - an awesome review/snark romance novel website.

Note: You will need tissues.

Danny & Annie from StoryCorps on Vimeo.

wook77: (star trek: kirk/unicorn OTP)
Oh man. [livejournal.com profile] happy_trekmas is one awesome fest. If you're not reading it, I'm very disappointed in you. My gift fic was posted and it is the best fic I've ever read in Star Trek.

Gossip, Guidance and Guile (Kirk/McCoy, Rated: NC-17). Srsly just so fucking good. I left a ridiculously fangirling comment and rather made an arse out of myself but, dude. SO GOOD. It adhered to every part of my request and then gave me more. You can't ask for more than that! But the best part is that I did get more than that. I got banter and snark and friendship and funny and awesome relationships and brilliant characterizations and so much. I have no idea how the author fit so much awesome in this fic but they did. So you should really head over there and check it out.

I'm so very glad and honored to have received this.

Please go read and then let the author know how you've enjoyed their work.
wook77: (books)
Moar Reviews! This time, it's all movies.

Pineapple Express ) 7 out of 10
Strange Wilderness ) Negative a Billion out of 10
Tropic Thunder ) 3 out of 10
Jumper ) 3 out of 10
Where in the World is Osama bin Laden ) 9 out of 10
Serenity ) 9 out of 10
Assault on Precinct 13 ) 8 out of 10
The Prince and Me ) 8 out of 10
Soul Men ) Negative Infinity out of 10
Eagle Eye ) 10 out of 10
Iron Man ) 9 out of 10
Dominick and Eugene ) 9 out of 10
Babylon AD ) 2 out of 10
Heroes (TV Series) ) 9 out of 10
Ghost Town ) 9 out of 10
wook77: (books)
I'm getting too close to the end of the year for my liking with the number of Resolution Reviews I have to do. All reviews in this section are m/m. Highly recommended books are linked so you can get more information if you so choose. So, here goes:

True North )8 out of 10
The One That Got Away ) 7 out of 10
Loving Lucas )5 out of 10
High Line )5 out of 10
Ship of Dreams ) 3 out of 10 because at least the author knew some grammar
Cut and Run ) 8 out of 10
Love Ahead ) 9 out of 10
Best Revenge ) 2 out of 10
Somebody Killed His Editor ) 10 out of 10
Warriors Cross ) 10 out of 10

A Quick Rec

Nov. 3rd, 2009 12:10 am
wook77: (star trek: space dissertation)
I've a rec that can't wait for my recs post - If I or She Should Chance to Be by [livejournal.com profile] andrealyn just about takes my breath away. It's long (about 58k) and plotty and brilliant. It's got a few warnings, which you can see here with accompanying header information. Give yourself plenty of time to read this and you won't be sorry.

I left a rather babbling comment that basically consisted of *squee* and shameless fangirling. Perhaps when I'm less stunned about how awesome that fic is, I'll be able to give better feedback.

Let the author know how much you enjoy it, yeah?
wook77: (star trek: Sulu can do that)
I haven't recced near enough in Star Trek but... real quick driveby recs - I really enjoyed two things beyond the beyond.

What Was Done in Capernaum by [livejournal.com profile] lindmere. Kirk/McCoy (Kirk/OFC). NC-17 The only thing I could think of after reading this was "fuck, that was beautiful".

A bit of comment porn from [livejournal.com profile] emiime (Kirk/McCoy, Hard R) that popped up in my journal as I was sleeping. If this is how awesome she writes when she's semi-tipsy...hoooo boy. It totally made me flail.

Please remember to leave the authors some love.
wook77: (star trek: more awesome than you)
I left work early to take a nap. Instead, I'm reading Kirk/McCoy. <3 omnomnom

I've ficced again at [livejournal.com profile] st_xi_kink. Both of them are currently being continued but, alas, only on my thumbdrive. As soon as they're completed, I'll post here.

I'm sort of really really in love with this pairing.

Random - I've never been interested in characters changing sex. Harry is a boy. Remy is a boy. Revan is a girl (:P take that, you male!revan folks :P:P:P). BUT OMG. I'm falling in love with girl!Kirk or girl!Bones. VTF? (lololol at Chekov) Universal Constants (girl!Kirk/McCoy, boy!Kirk/McCoy) is a fun read. I haven't seen it posted elsewhere in a more compact format, unfortunately. It's a bit longer than average.

Captain Kirk Saves the Day (boy!Kirk/McCoy) is also a fun read.

There's lots of stuff being posted to [livejournal.com profile] kirk_mccoy so I highly recommend that you pop over there and take a look.

I also find myself liking w00bie. VTF?! Sulu/Chekov is sort of fluffy and (kill me now) I like it. Shoot me now.

Also - some other fandom resources for you to help tempt you into a new fandom:

Newsletter: [livejournal.com profile] trek_news

Comms: [livejournal.com profile] st_reboot (just Star Trek: XI, graphics, fic, art)
[livejournal.com profile] trekslash (All Trek, just slash)
[livejournal.com profile] newtrekslash (Just Star Trek: XI, just slash)
[livejournal.com profile] trekfics (All Trek. All pairings)
[livejournal.com profile] st_xi_kink (Just Star Trek: XI, Sexier fics for all pairings)

listing of Kirk/McCoy fics posted around town. It includes one of mine and I've linked the other down below but, srsly, they're really rough.
wook77: (know what I hate?)
Desire Beyond Death - It's an all right collection of short stories but, honestly, I'd have to give it a 4 out of 10 overall but that's mainly cause there's one good story (a 9 out of 10), one 7 out of 10, two 6 out of 10s and one -abillion out of 10. The cost was 12 bucks which, imho, was way too much money for this level of dreck. The largest story in it was the most painful story I've read in awhile and, trust me, I've read some real losers lately. moar thoughts and ranting behind the cut. To sum up - a ghost made me fuck you, now I love you and we're all gay so let's all hookup cause that's what gay men do )

The Huntsmen: Bareback - nothing great but not bad, either ) 6 out of 10

Lovers, Dreamers and Me Meh ) 6 out of 10

A Note in the Margin I was going to go with meh but this one made me think so I'm bumping it up )9.5 out of 10

I Heart That City: Razzle Dazzle um, wtf was that and why did I pay so much for it? )3 out of 10

Tigers and Devils Very Enjoyable and Emotionally Satisfying, Believable relationship about a footie superstar and a regular guy. I can't wait until this author writes more. )10 out of 10 (I wish I could give it more)

Playing Dirty omg, wtfwtfwtf BRAIN BLEACH STAT ) negative a billion out of 10. Or, since I can't go that low, 1 out of 10.

Caught Running - wonderful story with wonderful characters ) 10 out of 10

Wes and Toran - originally disliked more but after the brainbleach works above, i'll be nicer ) 2 out of 10

Realms of Fantasy lulz ) 3 out of 10
wook77: (books)
The Way of Shadows by Brent Weeks. This book pulled me in, held me under the water and drowned me in its awesome. some flailing, some plot points, I'm trying to avoid spoilers and I overuse the word  ) 50 out of 10. Or, since I can only score it at 10 out of 10 - that's what I'm giving it.

Anyone else read this? Anyone want to discuss? I'm getting the next two books in the series either tonight or tomorrow depending on my back and I'd love to talk about this series with people.
wook77: (pebd)
I have done nothing productive today at all. I slept in until 11, ate, took a nap from 1-5, ate and then cruised LJ. And, ok, I read three books.

One of the things I did tonight was to look at [livejournal.com profile] crack_broom and see a rec. That lead me to cruising this artist's deviantArt portfolio and omg. So much awesome art.

HP Artwork:

Jestino -
Original Rec - Dean/Seamus

Brilliant Remus/Sirius (slightly NSFW due to bare chests)

Andromeda Black and Ted Tonks oh man. This is a lovely lovely thing. It makes me even sadder about what happens in DH :(

Pansy/Luna that's so dreamy and fits with Luna.

Lily/James - the happiness in this is just utterly infectious.

And then you know how it goes - you link and link and link. So here are some more of the art I've enjoyed tonight -

Marauders by Gold-Seven I love that they're not classically beautiful. I totes see the Marauders as nerds so it's awesome to have that there. I see James and Sirius as the pocketprotector wearing sorts at times so <3 for a non-model look.

Harry Gen Piece by Gold-Seven. "I Open at the Close" - one of the saddest scenes in the whole book. Beautifully rendered.

Weasley is Our King by Gold-Seven. Awesome Ron artwork.

Another Weasley is Our King by Gold-Seven. Poor Ron :(. I think it's cause he just found out his cock doesn't work :(

Lupin sleeping on the train by Gold-Seven. I so want to snuggle up with him.

Gold-Seven has lots of LOTR artwork, as well.

Star Wars Artwork:

Wedge Antilles by Callista1981 Is it any wonder he's my favorite? Look at that intensity.

Male Exile - as much as I'd like to believe that both Exile and Revan were girls, this artwork makes me wonder if I should just change my mind on Exile :/

Baron Fel by Callista1981 oh man. I so want to ship Wedge/Fel.

Wedge, Corran and Tycho by Callista1981. Did I ever tell you the story of how knowing who Tycho Celchu got me a date? No? I'll have to tell you about it sometime :D.

KOTOR Wallpaper Featuring Atton and Kreia bitch

Female Revan. GAH. So pretty. I now want to go and read all the Revan/Carth stories I can omg.

Her KOTOR gallery As this post is getting so long - just look at all this awesome KOTOR artwork. Only complaint is that it needs more Canderous. God, I would so shag Canderous.
wook77: (Mary Blue Draco)
We had an amazing set of authors and artists sign-up for the [livejournal.com profile] hd_worldcup. In the end, no vidders signed up so we had to redo the numbers for each of the positions. I'm thinking it's an awesome thing as there's another artist position and art is love <3.

The 2009 Teams! There's some amazing quality right there. New and returning people, new and well-known names. I'm very excited for this round! I was a bit worried there for a bit that we wouldn't have enough sign-ups but some awesome pimping by flist members (yes, I credit all of you) and at some awesome communities really got the ball rolling. <3 you all!

The only bit that annoys me with HDC is that I keep getting asked if I write H/D (and poor [livejournal.com profile] accioscar can attest to the look I get on my face when people ask me this. It's sort of twisted up and stuffs :P). I DO! I HAVE! Just, um, not really since DH. My Memories have my fic in it. Though, um, ignore Voice in the Dark. It's bad an abandoned WIP. And the [livejournal.com profile] hd_365 won't make much sense unless you read the comm as so much of it is based on the comm as a whole.

My 7 fave H/D I've written in no specific order are:
Dandelions and Dreams
Moments of Truth Between the Lies
The Latin Trilogy (Deprecor, Experior, Insequor).
One Last Fare (One Last Fare, Dreaming in Madrid and A Long Overdue Conversation)
and A Good Book (see? I've even participated in H/D Centric Fests!)

Most of them aren't happy (and only one of them is DH compliant) but I don't think I write 'happy' well. Some of them aren't the strongest writing as I've matured since then. But they all have a special place in my heart. So, see? I do write H/D. I have about 4 started... I just haven't finished any of them. /defence of my H/D involvement.

So what are you guys most looking forward to at [livejournal.com profile] hd_worldcup? What's your favourite piece from last year? What team are you cheering on?

ETA: GreatestJournal is back up until January 30th if you guys need it. Not sure if some of you were aware but I remember reading a few posts about lost rpgs.
wook77: (kieron with towel)
Final rec post from [livejournal.com profile] hp_yule_balls from me. I couldn't rec these before the reveals as I knew who the authors were and, in one case, I beta'd the story. I always feel a bit squirmy rec'ing a fic I beta'd. IDK why but I do.

Where the Dandelion Meets the Dirt. I helped beta this fic and, let me tell you, it got me from the beginning. The structure is unique and the story is interesting and grippy. You'll be at the end before you know it and you'll wonder where the time went. [livejournal.com profile] chaeldub does a wonderful job with Dean/Seamus and it's worth a look. There's a touch of het. Please leave some love for him if you enjoyed the story. :D.

The Fall (Teddy/James II) I'm not a big fan of Next Gen. Most of the time, they read like OCs (or mini H/D and why would I settle for mini H/D when I can have the adult version?) and not in a good way. This fic contains quite a few squicks of mine, as well. I'm really NOT into teacher/student. I really hate the teacher dom'ing the student. I'm not a fan of PWP and I'm obviously not a fan of next gen. But - this fic hits all the right buttons for me or was just what I wanted to read when I read it. There is a smidge of a plot that ties the PWP together in just the right fashion. The sex furthers the story instead of the story being there to tie the sex together. That's erotica done right and I found myself ignoring the teacher/student vibes and concentrating on the fact that they're friends outside of Hogwarts and from before they were teacher/student. Please leave some love for [livejournal.com profile] gryffindor_j.

In other news - [livejournal.com profile] anathema91 will be here soon omg. a;lsdfkjadsf;ljk I'm srsly all aflail over this development. I cannot wait until she gets here. PLUS - because my dad changed his departure date, she has to sleep with me for a couple of nights. *leers and plots on how to take advantage*

In other other news - I've been messaging back and forth with someone on okcupid. [livejournal.com profile] best_of_five made me sign up for it months ago. Since then, I've been messaged by an older couple looking for a threesome baby!machine, pervy old guys from India and Pakistan, people looking for a mama for their children and a wide variety of other ickysquicky people. However, this guy isn't all that unattractive (he's sort of cute in his photos. IDK, we'll see if I ever volunteer to meet him in person), thinks AZ Prop 102 was ridiculous and has an eduction that might just lead him somewhere. So, we'll see. However, he did admit to spitting in someone's drink when he was waiting tables and, um, ew.

In other x3 news, I've had rampant nosebleeds since last Tuesday. However, I bought a humidifier as the air has been so dry and now I'm congested (again) instead of bleeding. IDK which one is worse :/.

In fandom news - Sign-ups are still going on at [livejournal.com profile] hd_worldcup and we could use more artists and Epilogue lovers. Sign up Here! There are still plenty of spots available!

ETA: Um, I'm Sort of up for Story of the Year at The Quidditch Pitch for Memories as a Teacup. Huh. That's cool :D
wook77: (miss you)
Post of links:

jesus christ, that only took over a year and a metric shittonne of money. Thanks RDR for proving that you're a bunch of dicks but at least you're finally-getting-smart dicks. Or, more likely, poor ickle SVA wants to sell books so he begged/pleaded his way into getting RDR to shut the fuck up.

On to the rest which are all recs from various holiday exchanges:

Le Songe by remeciel. The first set of art is absolutely heartbreakingly beautiful. Remus/Sirius

Parts of a Whole - Remus/Sirius. Yes, I obviously know who the author is but dude. AWESOMENESS. Complete and total awesomeness. My favorite bit is the hand fisted in the shirt.

ramble about explicit smut versus UST inspired by the above )

Contoured Bodies (Seamus/Lavender) IDK that I buy that this is Seamus and Lavender as Lavender's skin is unmarred after getting ravaged by Fenrir and I really cannot see that what with how scarred-up Remus and Bill are/were. However, that aside, I think it's a beautiful tender piece that definitely deserves a look. And then another one.

Back to my [livejournal.com profile] rs_small_gifts fic. Which is going to kill me.
wook77: (tattoo licking)
[livejournal.com profile] hp_yule_balls opened with a HUGE bang. Sweet Holidays is an AWESOME piece of NSFW artwork with Teddy/James II. I'm not one for the next gen cause, let's face it, they're just names in the books with barely a personality. But omg. This artwork. Dude. Duuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuudddddeeeeeee. Hot. Teddy has this amazing nose ring that I cannot stop staring at.

Then there's The Dragon and the Pygmy Puff - Charlie/Harry and about 30k. It hits my tattoo kink HARDCORE. The story really fleshes out Charlie. It's got a lot of tell and "as you know, bob" exposition but it's worth a read if just for the smoking hot tattoos and the way they interact and interesting concepts of wizarding tattoos. Charlie isn't just the Weasleyslut here. He's got depth and awesomeness. It's a great story. Did I mention the tattoo licking? There's tattoo licking. Lots of tattoo licking.

Two very good pieces so far. I have high hopes for the rest of the fest. and my gift.

I solemnly swear that I'm now working on my [livejournal.com profile] rs_small_gifts. It's only due in, err, 5 days.
wook77: (departed)
I'm sitting in [livejournal.com profile] janicechess's house and I should be working. And I am if your definition of working is yelling at my computer as I read emails from my boss. Swear to god, that woman wouldn't remember to breathe without me there to pat her hand and remind her about the concepts of in and out.

I really do not want to go back to work. cut to spare the uninterested as I bitch about the amount of work waiting for me )

Anyway on to non-work related shit - I think there's a karmic rule about fandom and fic searches - only the worst stories ever get searched for (and having seen a couple of my "bad" fic get searched for, I fully embrace and participate in this philosophy). I normally click the link anyway cause I cannot stop myself due to my overactive trainwreck syndrome. I've been pleasantly surprised a few times and this time was one of them as I encountered some stunning Remus/Sirius. The fic search sounded ridiculous and I was totes ready to laugh and spork but, instead, I ended up with biting back tears at the way that the canon between these two was handled.

Being an Historical Record of Events Surrounding the Unfortunate game of Truth-or-Dare Game of February the Twenty-Second And Consequences thereof is the first. It's got a few SPAG errors, a couple moments that made me think "chick with dick" but, honestly? Don't let that fool you into not reading it. It's got quite a good sense of poignancy and beauty there, the way that they fumble around one another and slowly build into an interesting take on the fanon trope of how and why Sirius leaves Grimmauld Place.

I see a Darkness is the second part and just about broke my heart. It doesn't start where Being an Historical... stops. Instead, it's got a disparate timeline that weaves everything together in a broken misshapen lump of a relationship that works even when it doesn't. The author does a great job of getting everything out there, whether positive or negative. You can feel the way that Remus reacts to everything and it is an amazing piece of work.

[livejournal.com profile] geekerypookery is the author and I'm currently trolling her journal looking for more R/S because I love her dynamics of these two so much.

Moving on to the ramble, I love fic searches. I really do. cut for the rest as I ramble and ramble )

In other less rambly stuffs and postings - I'm working through my [livejournal.com profile] hp_yule_balls assignment. It's a tough slog (no offence to the mods or the recipient as it isn't their faults). Mainly it's a tough slog because I'm so wishywashy about whether or not my idea is a good one and if it's a good fit. So I'm being one of those tedious participants who need constant handholding and reassurance.

I'm also working on a story that currently has the summary of "the story where Remus is a street musician and Sirius is a stockbroker and Peter likes Tom Jones while James has his head up his arse and it works just don't ask me how or why or where this came from".

There are also my three non-HP claims at [livejournal.com profile] slashfest. I've about 5k into a Wolverine/Gambit post-X3 story and about 1k in to a PWP with Christian/Ollie at Verbotene Liebe. I have nothing into my Nightrunner claim but a good idea.

A Few Recs

Sep. 21st, 2008 07:26 pm
wook77: (ollian buss)
I've been promising links to a few of my favourite GLBT books.

The first is Kirith Kirin. I reviewed it before and it maintains a very high spot on my favourite book list. A small caveat - I would not read the continuation of the series. It devolves into a weird world that I didn't enjoy.

Lynn Flewelling. No, srsly. She has two series - Nightrunner series feature a gay couple as the two main heroes. Every book (but the last one which I hated) is well written. I have high hopes for the next book as the author took the concrit and worked on the issues and promised to improve the issues. So give this series a try.

The second series is Tamir Trilogy features a transgendered heroine. It's a fantastic concept and it's fairly well executed. I quite like this series.

So there are some of my favourite books. Do you have any recommendations?

Finally, a few more fandom things - I've been promising a link to this story - Why Sex Ed Should Stay in Schools - it's a Sesame Street slash story and omg. The lulz. I talked about this at Terminus a lot. I've talked about this story in chats and on vacation and just go read it. It's seriously amazingly crackalicious.

Verbotene Liebe playlist. Srsly awesome in a semi-poorly-acted German and subtitled sort of way.


Aug. 31st, 2008 10:46 pm
wook77: (remus sirius)
Some fics I've read recently and enjoyed. I thought I'd rec a couple.

GIFT FOR ME!!! - back to when it all falls apart. It's Remus/Sirius. Plotty, angsty, canon compliant, brilliant characterisations, interesting play with tenses, back and forth scenes. It's really really well done. I really liked this because the author didn't shy away from showing Sirius as a complete prick. Too many times, Sirius is shown to be those OHWOEISMEFORIAMAVICTIMFOREVAH sort of characters. He's perfect and a victim all at the same time. This story didn't shy away from showing Sirius as human - warts and failings and greediness and selfishness all right there. It also doesn't pull any punches when it comes to Remus himself. Remus shows himself to have plenty of faults too. spoilers for the fic contained within )

Get Down - another Remus/Sirius fic. Only this time - it's got artwork, too! I've had this fic open since it was posted because I can't quite wrap my head around just what sort of comment to leave. I've read it about 30 times but I just don't know what to say to encompass my OMGBESTTHINGEVAH reaction in any sort of rational manner. For now, you all need to go forth and read it and leave your own comments so that I can get mine figured out.
wook77: (Default)
I know I don't have many het fans on the flist BUT... I have GOT to rec a fic from [livejournal.com profile] smutty_claus.

I am, of course, still in love with my gift!fic.

However, this fic - What Makes All The Difference (Seamus/Padma, rated: r and is a long one) is absolutely brilliant. This is the 7th Year story I've been waiting to read. It's got an amazing characterization of Seamus (with Finnigan spelled properly, too! It's the small things that sometimes make or break a fic), a brilliant empathetic, scared and human Padma and a wibbly about leadership Neville. I adore the way that the story moves along, the little situations that crop up, the little rebellions and how not everyone is able to rebel. It shows the good parts of almost all the houses (let's face it, it's a rare day where a Slytherin is shown in a good light, unfortunately).

I love this story because Padma isn't just some brain like I've read far too many Ravenclaw characters portrayed as. Instead, she's a girl, a sometimes silly girl that giggles and cares about her looks or whatever. She's just spot-on, a beautiful mix of brains and beauty.

Seamus is just brilliant as well. He's rebellious and loyal and courageous. I am so in love with the way that he stands up to the Carrows, grinning and bearing the problems.

Neville steps up, as well, but not without wondering if he can do it. The Neville in this story was very similar to the Neville in the one that I received in that he had fears but he faced them and did an amazing job at it.

The flirtations and the pacing of the story is just about perfect as well. Seriously and utterly brilliant as a story. Go read it, even if you don't like het. Just skip the naughty bits (of which, there isn't all that many). This is mainly a gen story with the romance as a sideline.

I utterly and completely adore this story.

And now that I've rec'd this - bed.
wook77: (Deamus - Kiss)
Today (well, today in Australia) is [livejournal.com profile] chaeldub's birthday. One of two things can happen. I will either be late with his gift!fic or... he can contact the government to have his date of birth moved. I'm even willing to write a letter verifying the very real need for this date change.

However, it seems much more likely that I will be late. Thus, instead of having gift!fic now, I shall extend the birthday celebration, yeah? Happy Birthday, Chael! I truly hope that it is absolutely smashing!

Now, in honour of his birthday as I have to do something for him on the day. Thus, a few recs of my favourites of his works. Please leave a comment if you enjoy them.

My absolute most favorite thing ever of [livejournal.com profile] chaeldub's is In Darkness Lies. Summary: Seamus learns that it is not the chances that we take but the choices we make that determine our destiny. It's Seamus/Dean and GAH. Sure, he wrote this for me but that's not the reason I love it. The reason I love it is that it is so creative and brilliant and heartbreakingly beautiful. I cannot possibly express how much win this story is made from. It's about 19k and worth the time to read it. Please to be having tissues handy.

The inspiration for this story was a comment I made in response to Eat of the Apple (Harry/Lucius) Summary: After the war, in a world without Voldemort, without friends, Harry lives his life like a ghost. In Lucius Malfoy's mind, even the brightest star has to fade sometime. Now the former Chosen One will meet the new Dark Lord. The words "Dystopian world" sort of freaked my shit out for a bit as the word seems to be used for pretentious twaddle that sucks. However, this story is just amazing in its darkness and the despair and everything. I love both of these so much.

They can be read independently or together. I prefer to read the entire thing. In fact, I go back to them quite often.

A Small Crime (Harry/Colin) An act of love - ends in death. An act of death - ends in marriage. An act of convenience - ends in a small crime. Written before DH, Colin's world is so very insular and dry that you wonder how it came to that when he was such a dynamic character in the books. It's a wonderful story that's slightly angsty, slightly fluffy and completely enjoyable.

Five Rings - Dean/Seamus featuring the most gorgeous artwork ever. Alcohol and lust are a dangerous combination... especially for six boys fresh from a war trying to find their way in the world. This is not only written for me (GAH YAYES) but it's also some fairly awesome storytelling. I love the different vignettes in it. Add in the artwork and it still makes me gush.

20 Things about Colin Creevey is also awesome. It's obviously twenty things about Colin. The one that sticks out the most for me is 3. The only magic his father every taught him was how to write his name in the snow. Which Colin thinks is brilliant.

Little House by the Sea Series is an ongoing series that you'll want to check out. It has a spot of confusion, some upset, some interesting ideas on how to bring [Person x] back and more. They're an enjoyable fun time even in the midst of confusion and upset.

So, there you have it, my top favorite stories by [livejournal.com profile] chaeldub. It doesn't make up for not finishing this darn fic in time but it's a bit closer, yeah?

Love you, Chael.


January 2012



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