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Title:Ghosts and Gasoline
Fandom: Mad Max
Rating: 15:
Warnings: Swearing, non-explicit sex.
Summary: Post-game Max/Furiosa.
He's been running on empty for so long he's forgotten what it means to run full... )
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 And this is the gift I received in return, Drift, Pacific Rim by lisaroquin. Raleigh/Yancy.

"Nothing was the ideal. The Drift changed every pilot that entered it, even those that brought Nothing or Next-to-Nothing-Minimal into it. They hadn't even tried to keep it Minimal, the brought Everything into the Drift. The Drift was...the Drift."

Read the fic here
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 So I don't normally review books. but I just finished reading the two books of The Stratford Man duology -Ink and Steel and Hell and Earth-by Elizabeth Bear and they completely blew my mind.
The Stratford Man's a long novel set in a fantastic Shakespearean England with Christopher Marlowe-yes, that Christopher Marlowe-as the protagonist and William Shakespeare as a major character. It's about blood and old magic, the fragile bonds between the faery and human worlds, and the lengths to which you would to to protect a friend-or lover. The story's beautifully told and very character driven, but the REAL reason you have to read this book/s is the love pentacle between the poet and playwright Kit Marlowe, the Queen of Faery, the Prince of Faery, William Shakespeare and the Devil.
Yes, the Stratford Man has William Shakespeare and Kit Marlowe in a gay relationship, and the fact it doesn't make me want to stab my eyes out on forks is a testament to Elizabeth Bear's mad writing skillz. A review I read lambasted the books as 'like fan fiction' which I think the reviewer meant in a derogatory sense. The only similarity I personally found was the 'slashing' of historical figures which I found worked well both in the context of the story and as a relationship. The sex scenes are few and far between-this isn't porn- and are sensual rather than gratuitous.
I read both books in a weekend and found them challenging and incredibly absorbing. The only criticism I had was that the politics described are often oversubtle- it took me all of the first book to work out that both the 'good guys' and the 'bad guys' called themselves the Prometheans and that the reason Marlowe was working for Queen Elizabeth in the first place was to reinforce the fragile chains of magic and poetry that connected the faerie world to ours. But I was having such a good time by then I simply didn't care.
As you would expect from a historical fantasy the period details are bang on and the liberal use of quotes from both Marlowe and Shaekspeare  made me buy a copy of Faustus for my Kindle just so I could read the whole play (which is also awesome).
The whole 'fairies in England' thing, of course, has been done before many times-most notably in Marie Brennan's Midnight Never Come, which features similar themes;parallel Faerie and human courts, with Elizabeth I as a bright mirror for a dark faery Queen, but Christopher Marlowe makes such an engaging protagonist that The Stratford Man definitely has the edge on its competitor.  
Because, you know, Christopher Marlowe, William Shakespeare and the Devil. What more do you want?

Try this if you like: Marie Brennan, Shakespeare, historical fantasy, long books that you can really get your teeth into, dirty jokes, m/m romance.

Don't try it if: You hate Shakespeare and/or slash. 

Rubicon

Mar. 3rd, 2011 09:31 pm
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Title: Rubicon
Fandom: The Eagle of the Ninth (movieverse):
Rating:18
Spoilers: For movie and book.
Warnings: Explicit m/m sex, rape, evil aristocrats.
Summary: Written for [livejournal.com profile] the_eagle_kink meme for the prompt 'Esca/Placidus, hatesex.' 

Calleva Atrebatum, A.D 140... )

 


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So I wrote Esca/Placidus for [livejournal.com profile] the_eagle_kink , and now I feel like I have to explain myself. The fic in question, Rubicon, is posted on my livejournal here as well as at the comm journal. Read my essay on the subject:' Crossing the Rubicon, or How I Made My Beta Reader Question Both my Morals and my Sanity: a rant on the eagle of the ninth, slash fan fiction and one fic in particular.' below. Warning: contains discussion of sexual themes and spoilers for both the book and the movie. I'd love to hear the thoughts of other readers and fans on this topic!    

 

Slashing Esca and Marcus is like shooting fish in a barrel... )

 


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Title: The Seventh Circle
Fandom: Assassin's Creed
Rating: 18
Spoilers: None
Warnings: Explicit M/M sex
Summary: Ezio and Leonardo have a conversation, and then they...have a conversation. if you know what I mean. Slash.

What did you have in mind? )
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Title: Veteran of the Psychic Wars
Fandom: Mass Effect 2
Rating: 15
Warnings: Sex, swearing etcetera
Summary: Written for the anonymous  [livejournal.com profile] masskink meme for the prompt 'Jacob/Miranda. They're still sleeping with each other and they're both convinced that it's just for the sex when clearly it's not.'

Don't get personal... )
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Title: Salt and Ashes
Fandom: Original. Written for [livejournal.com profile] s2b2 'historical romance' issue 24
Rating: R
Warnings: Gay Aztec sex. Don't let it put you off.
Summary: Historical slash fiction. Read here at the shousetsu bang* bang archive.People seem to like it. I am pleased.
 
Salt And Ashes

I don't usually write slash, but I *do* write historical fiction, so when I read this month's prompt I was undecided whether or not to submit anything. I did, of course, and I'm glad I did.

Mesoamerican history is endlessly fascinating.I never got taught any of it in school, so it's new and exciting in a way that say, North American, Irish, or English history isn't.The one thing I knew was that the Aztecs (Mexica) didn't have wheels (true, they lived on a lake surrounded by a lot of pointy mountains and had no draft animals, so there wasn't much point) They also had one of the largest cities in that period. They had an incredibly sophisticated civilisation. And yes, they sacrificed people.

I didn't know whether or not to put human sacrifice in Salt and Ashes. It's the one thing everyone knows about the Mexica, but then, it's also the one thing everyone knows about the Mexica. It went in, because by then I'd made my main character a priest, but I had deeply ambivalent feelings about including it.

Take Apocalypto, for example. It's Mayan, (similar culture, further to the south) but set in the same time period as this story. The film is the best film about Mayan civilisation I've ever seen. It's also the only film about Mayan civilisation I've ever seen, but that's beside the point. The film goes out of its way to make the city folk seem bizarre. There are corpses (lots of them) and blood (lots of it), and as the wonderful Jonathan Dalton of the webcomic Lords of Death and Life says, none of it was untrue. You can't look at any one element of the film and say 'The Maya didn't do that'. Including the sacrifices.* Especially the sacrifices.

Whether the film gives a balanced portrayal of the Maya civilisation is a whole different question.

But anyway. Enjoy the story. I enjoyed writing it. I could have happily spent longer writing about the crazy mid-and post-Conquest adventures of Zolin and Matlal and their forbidden god-sanctioned love, but it's time to move on.


*although the Maya probably wouldn't have had piles of sacrificed corpses lying around all over the place. They would have been eaten.
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Title: Red Queen
Fandom: Dragon Age
Rating:15
Warnings: Non-explicit smut, spoilers, gratuitous Princess Bride references.
Summary: Isabela convinces Alistair to consider piracy.

We'll catch the wind in our sails and run before the tempest hits.....  )

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Title: A Very Perfect Gentle Knight
Fandom: Dragon Age: Origins
Rating: 15
Warnings: Non-explicit smut, spoilers.
Summary: Morrigan asks Alistair to perform the ritual with her. He accepts. This naturally leads to sex and snarking.

She was a Witch of the Wilds and Alastair was only a king... ) 
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Title: A Laptop Like You
Fandom: Mass Effect 2
Rating: PG-13
Warnings: Mild innuendo. Spoilers. Gratuitous Battlestar Galactica references.
Summary: Written for the anonymous Mass Effect Kink meme. Prompt: Joker/EDI.I can't think of a kink so anything goes. Turned out fluff.

I have a question, Jeff... )
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Title: This Course of Fortune
Fandom: Assassin's Creed
Rating: PG-13
Warning: Spoilers, flirting.
Summary: Ezio fulfils a promise he made to Claudia.
Why didn't you tell me? )
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Title: Tooth and Claw
Fandom: Xmen Origins: Wolverine
Character: Sabretooth
Rating: 18
Warning: Explicit. 
Summary: Everybody needs to let their hair down once in a while.


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Title: Better
Fandom: Terminator: Salvation
Rating: 18
Warning: Explicit. Disturbing imagery. Dubious consent. Violation of Asimov's Three Laws of Robotics.
Pairing: Marcus/Blair (sort of)
Summary: One of the Resistance ladies decides to satisfy her curiosity...



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Title: In The Service Of The Queen
Fandom: Final Fantasy XII
Rating: NC-17
Warning: Sex, swearing, and the gratuitous discussion of pianos.
Summary: A conversation betwen Basch and Ashe which quickly becomes...more than a conversation.


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Title: Still Alive
Fandom: Heroes
Rating: NC-17
Warnings: Explicit M/M sex, dubious consent, absolutely no warm and fuzzy feeling
Pairing: Sylar/Bennet
Summary: Mr. Bennet would do anyone for the Company..

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 Title: Newton's Third Law
Rating: 18
Warnings: Sapphic sex and squirrel dissection
Summary: An original short story written for bb_shousetsu's 2008 yuri special.

 

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