I guess I haven't been reviewing episodes, because I've been writing fic instead. I like this show! I am fannish about this show! Since there was no new episode this week, let me rec some fanfic instead.Redistribution
. Short and hysterical - the team somehow become the Avengers.Six times Melinda May spent time with a member of the Avengers Initiative
. The end of this just kills me. Note, this is from mid-October, so out of continuity with more recent episodes.Every Single Tree
. In contrast, I don't get the punchline of this one at all, but I liked it as an early entry into the Ward Shipping Sweepstakes, going through why Ward isn't with anyone on the team.
One of the things I like about Agents of SHIELD fandom is that, so far at least, there isn't an OTP dominating everyone's writing. Well, that's not true - Clint/Coulson is a huge pairing in MCU fandom in general, and so Clint/Coulson stories are still dominating SHIELD fandom. But otherwise, among the non-Coulson characters, people are writing Ward/Simmons, and Fitz/Simmons, and Ward/Skye, and Simmons/Skye, etc. I have not been keeping good notes on what I've liked of the shippier stuff, but I recall this one:if i drown tonight
is Skye/Ward and gets the voices just right.The Best Bad Ideas
is Clint/Coulson, but it's Copperbadge, so really good, and has great lines for many of the SHIELD characters.
And now we must talk about porn. Sabinelagrande seems to be working on writing super-hot porn for every possible pairing, or at least many of them? Or possibly mostly the ones involving Coulson? Automatic Locks
is Skye/Coulson. Big Talk
is Coulson/everybody. Amateurs
is Skye/Ward. Randomly Generated
is Coulson/Fitz/Simmons. Saving the best for last, She Walked Like a Woman
is Coulson/Clint/Lola. Yes, the car. It is HILARIOUS and excellent and a must-read if you read explicit fic in this fandom at all.
BooksDress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim
, David SedarisThe Goldfinch
, Donna TarttThe Tiger’s Wife
, Téa ObrehtAristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
, Benjamin Alire SáenzMovies
12 Years a Slave</i>TelevisionBuffy
season two (rewatch)Masters of Sex
1x06, 1x07, 1x08, 1x09The Mindy Project
2x06, 2x07, 2x08, 2x09, 2x10New Girl
3x07, 3x08, 3x09, 3x10Star Trek: DS9
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Unless I am blocking something out (which is possible), I just soloed a zero-tears evening with the kids. Q screeched like a banshee at one point during Junie's preschool pickup, but actual tears, no. "The Night My Four-Year-Old Didn't Cry." Someone could write a folk song about that. I have always wondered if it was possible, and now I have seen it myself. Wow.
Martin and ReyesPairing:
Lydia Martin/Erica Reyes (Teen Wolf)Rating:
The Alliance is the first line of defense against vampires and other misbehaving magical creatures, and agent Lydia Martin takes her responsibility very seriously. Erica Reyes, on the other hand, likes to play it fast and loose. But with the return of Deucalion, werewolf turned vampire, and a mole betraying Alliance missions to the vamps, they'll have to find a way to work together (if the rest of their team doesn't knock their heads together first).Warning:
) Canon-typical violence; one character working through post-traumatic stress issues.Length:
Written for teenwolf_bb
and you simply must check out the art! Thanks so much to paynesgrey
and the mods at twbb for their patience with my unfinished draft.radioaches
suggested a SHIELD AU, and I'd just seen The Heat
, so here we are in supernatural buddy cop land! Thank you to verity
for all the encouragement along the way and help with the plotting, ali_wildgoose
for a key suggestion early on, and bononoh for the super excellent beta!
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I read The Governess Affair in October and The Duchess War last week and on Saturday I did something I never do and bought The Heiress Effect because I was too impatient to go through the library process and Countess Conspiracy is coming out in mid-December and I *cannot wait*. Oh my god. Courtney Milan edging out Mary Balogh for my favorite historical romance author. Highly recommended to all romance readers.
(Confidential to Meech: probably giving them to Mom for Christmas so you can plan to borrow them off of her.)
I expect Ancillary Justice to win the 2013 Hugo.
I am torn, myself, as to whether I would vote for it or for Stranger in Olondria - Ancillary is a much more obvious choice, classic science fiction, fascinating world-building, military action, space opera. Stranger is smaller and quieter although also "higher" in the literary sense, explicitly about Art and such; it would be neat to see something like that get recognized. I will certainly nominate both. However, I have no idea whether Stranger will even have a shot at the ballot, whereas judging by the buzz around Ancillary, I'm sure it will.
Hugos aside - I highly recommend this book. If you like the Vorkosigan books, if you liked the McCaffrey Ship Who Sang books but wished there was less overt romance, if you like the Borg, if you like... um. I'm tip-of-the-tonguing on the comparison I want to make, possibly because it's almost 1 am, I'll come back and revise this later. Vinge, there we go, if you like Fire and Deepness this is one for you. There's neat stuff with gender. There's neat stuff with identity. There's some really vivid cinematic action. Leckie did a great job (to my privileged eye) with issues of race and class and colonialism and empire, I mean, this book is about some really real stuff, as well as awesome fun sci-fi stuff. Must go to bed before this review gets any more gushing and incoherent.
PS I seem to have never reviewed Thor 2. It was fun, I liked it a lot, more than the first one! Space elves and nifty fight scene choreography, good stuff.
Ok, so, the Dr. Seuss book "Hop On Pop" presents pairs of words like "cup" and "pup" and then combines them in super-simple phrases and sentences like "pup in cup". These words are invariably similarly-spelled rhymes (long/song, back/black, etc) *except*, to my ear, one pair, "wet" and "get", which have, to my ear, different vowel sounds, "wEHt" and "gIHt" (I don't know the official way to transcribe that, but I hope that makes sense). When I mentioned this to Josh, though, he said what are you talking about, of course wEHt and gEHt rhyme, and when I tried to pronounce more clearly and slowly, he said, huh, you are saying "git" there aren't you, why are you doing that.
So, my question for the linguists, do these different pronunciations of "get" correspond to some particular regional accent (like, I could have picked up "git" from my midwestern parents or something)? I have to work to say "gett", I pretty much have to think of it as a different word (Getty, ghetto, don't say the last syllable) or it gets overridden by "git". Josh and I have mostly lived pretty similar places so I was surprised by this (and also surprised our accents haven't completely merged by now).
I decided to split the difference from missing last week due to a crazy workload and post the next recipe today instead of this Wednesday. I've also compiled a handy list of links to my Thanksgiving friendly recipes in this weeks' post. So head over to Cooking Up Comics
to check it out!
Don't forget that I'm also donating the proceeds from my online comic sales
to the Red Cross to aid the Philippines until December 16th! Over $50 has been raised so far and I would love to make it an even $100 by the 16th! If comics aren't your thing, please consider donating directly to the Red Cross
or another reputable charity to aid the Philippines.
Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Hanukkah!
Novelettes (7500 to 17500 words) and novellas (17500 to 40000). I have a lot fewer of these, which I think is a combination of fewer of them being published, and of me being more demanding of a story if I'm going to invest longer in reading it.
, Maria Dahvana Headley, Lightspeed. Upsetting sugar mummy story.Ten Million Sheets of Paper, All in Black and White
, Caroline M. Yoachim, GigaNotoSaurus. Neat idea and imagery.
NovellasHow the Milkmaid Struck a Bargain With the Crooked One
, C.S.E. Cooney, GigaNotoSaurus. A lovely Rumplestiltskin retelling.The Shattered World Within
, Patty Jansen, GigaNotoSaurus. Biological social order.Wakulla Springs
, Andy Duncan and Ellen Klages, Tor.com. Race relations and species relations in a Florida setting.