H/D recs

Jun. 28th, 2007 08:34 pm
geoviki: (Soda H/D Two)
Before I forget, there's an interesting article in New York Magazine about the latest scientific research on sexual identification: The Science of Gaydar.

A long spell without H/D recs from me has just come to an end. (Don't imagine I don't hear you thinking, "Thank God it's not another rant!") Many of these come from the current [livejournal.com profile] hd_holidays fest going on. I love the fact that it's happening in June, when I actually have time to read. Not that I'm even caught up – there may be more recs to come.

H/D fic recs: Stung, The Good Guys, Room With a View, Bad Company, The World of the Living, From the Brink of Twilight )

Rec Time

Nov. 1st, 2006 08:29 pm
geoviki: (haring - w00t)
Even though I've been an H/D aficionado for nigh on three years and more, I have to admit that there are older stories I haven't managed to read yet. No, I won't tell you which ones, because I intend to rectify that; I really do! I promise it's not yours. ;-)

There was one in particular that I bookmarked a long time ago because it was a WIP, and we all know my policy on starting WIPs. Then I belatedly found out it was finished and dutifully moved it to my "to read" bin, but put the actual "reading" off. Until recently.

And oh my, did I have a treat awaiting me!

The story is Very Midsummer Madness by George Pushdragon (aka [livejournal.com profile] fee_absinthe), and here's her summary:

I thought stealing the plot of Twelfth Night would be a good excuse for twin Harrys, shipwrecks, boys disguised as girls, Draco carrying a riding whip and Ginny flouncing around as a duchess. It was. Shakespeare's themes of the paramountcy of love and the shortness of time are still there under all the fluff and Draco does look good in doublet and breeches. Warnings: Snape wearing his yellow stockings cross-gartered and under-use of the word "buttock". Lashings of slash.More ravings about how good this fic is )

Okay, so I've been waxing poetic on IM to several people trying to get them to read it too so we could wax together. And meaning to wax poetic here as well. And then…and then…today, something else happened.

[livejournal.com profile] fee_absinthe wrote another jaw-dropping story. Nocturne for Quill and Ink.

OMG, it's exactly the kind of H/D story I adore. Again, it's that awe-inspiring combination of detail with characterization: Amazing stuff, isn't it? )

Don't make the same mistake I did. Go read!

Fic Recs

Sep. 26th, 2006 04:10 pm
geoviki: (Lichtenstein - history of slash)
[livejournal.com profile] aubrem posted this question on her LJ today: where have all the random rec posts gone? And I'd been putting off doing a rec post for far too long - her post gave me a well-deserved prod. I can partially answer, though - I've been lazy and these take a while to concoct, because I look for the link and a quote and before I know it, I'm rereading the whole story! So I've been at the PC for a couple hours ginning this up. Hope you find something you like too.

One thing that was brought up in comments to her post, and that is definitely true for me, is that recs often tend to be a random assortment of "what I remember reading and liking." There's no system here - if I've missed a story, I may not have gotten round to it yet or maybe just plain forgot where I stuffed the link. So, onward to the incomplete and latest:

Eight fics you may like too )
geoviki: (harry_abby_stories  abbycadabra)
I'm trying to write this before it gets too hot to breathe up here. I believe in global warming, I do! Although last weekend I spent two days in a steady rain watching my son play outdoor basketball. That was unusual - this heat is way more common.

At last! HP content! HP recs!

Well, first, here's the song I'm listening to: La La Means I Love You - Laura Nyro. If you're not familiar with this utterly unique singer-songwriter, have a listen. She probably wrote a lot of 60's hits you know but weren't aware she wrote, like Wedding Bell Blues, Eli's Coming, and Stoned Soul Picnic. This song is a cover, and one I particularly love. Oh, and here's another soul/R&B she covered: Ooh, Baby, Baby.

I've been catching up on reading your fics, and here's just a short list of those I thought were excellent. To these authors who I haven't left feedback for yet, my apologies, and consider this proof I really liked your stories!
In no particular order, eight HP fic recs! )
geoviki: (Lichtenstein - history of slash)
[livejournal.com profile] painless_j is rallying the troops to keep old fics alive, after we bemoaned the fact that some of the treasures aren't being recced anymore. I mentioned the stories of [livejournal.com profile] ivyblossom as an example of neglected classics.

Her magnum opus is the H/D trilogy (or trilogy plus a little bit), The Cicatrix Cycle. The complete stories can be found here; this site requires a password. Most of the stories can also be found on Skyehawke, but for some reason, 'Belong' is not posted there.

The three major books of the trilogy are: 'Origins', 'Haven', and 'Belong'. The short story, 'Breathe', follows 'Origins'; similarly the short story 'Innocence' follows 'Haven'. There is also an incomplete 4th book, 'Quiescent', found only on Skyehawke.

'Haven', the second book of the trilogy, was the first one written. Ivy had planned to rewrite it when the other two books were added and made it a wee bit contradictory, and frankly the first and third books are better as her writing hit its stride.

What I love most about these is how intimate she makes her POVs seem - it's full of rich emotion and desire. And Draco falls into hurt/comfort, which is a big attraction for me. Chapter 6 of 'Origins' has one of the most complex kisses in fandom, and Chapter 1, 'Nightswimming', I often rec as a stand-alone introduction to an excellent non-canon Draco. The detail in that scene is amazing:

Potter was leaning back into the water, half-submerged, tracing lazy patterns just under the water, which rode up and down his chest rhythmically as he turned in slow circles, watching the ball pass from boy to boy. Draco saw the stark tan lines on Potter's arms, cutting sharply to a lighter tan on his upper arms and shoulders, a half moon of brown on the back of his neck. With his hair wet and plastered against his forehead, Draco couldn't see the scar anymore. Somehow he looked different this way.

*****

Ivy Blossom also wrote some terrific one-shots. Probably the most well-known is Blue Vase. Post-War Draco meets an amnesia-addled Harry and invents a new life for them. It was the first story I'd read that deviated so much from canon, and the plot intrigues me. Draco's POV was another feature that grabbed me.

Another unusual and very hot story is Sodomite. This one features a Cho Chang that's nothing like the sweet and demure girl from canon.

I encourage you to investigate the rest of her stories, too. Sadly, Ivy stopped writing H/D about the same month I discovered it.

*****

Now I'm supposed to tap you - so I encourage any of you who can to post one of your old-school fic favorites on your LJ. Then link it to [livejournal.com profile] painless_j's index, here
geoviki: (Yeah! - lileks)
Listen to the above song with me: Personal Jesus (acoustic)

I've been quiet. Did you notice?

Mostly I've been either getting ready to go, gone, or recovering from being gone to Santa Fe. I trot off to a yearly workshop in water issues (or, more accurately, lack-of-water issues) in the Espanola Valley. Being there always reminds me of reading [livejournal.com profile] ajhalluk's The Kindly Ones, because two years ago, I held a sneak preview of that wonderful story in my hot little hands on the drive down. And reread it frequently throughout the week. Then there is the remodeling of our family room, which always takes way more time than planned.

So what do I have to tell you after more than two weeks of silence?

1) You can pass off any meal as haute cuisine if it's got a bay leaf in it. Okay, so this list isn't in order of importance.

2) [livejournal.com profile] yeats has written a lovely H/D fic: Late Edition. She wrote my wonderful [livejournal.com profile] merry_smutmas fic, and I'm in love with her style.

3) I have no fewer than four stories percolating in my brain, but I need to make myself stop faffing around on LJ and write the buggers. But then, you all are being silent, too. Who will even bother with the non-H/D ones?

I'm keeping my hand in, though, at [livejournal.com profile] hpshortfics:

Wild Oats - Snape and cereal was the prompt. I do the unthinkable for me.

My Favorite Things White dress shirt and a Weasley.

Untitled. Snape/Draco and corsetry. There are two parts to this one; mine starts after Goseaward's.

HP-Narnia Crossover . Snow - Draco.

4) The Brazilian singer, Maria Bethania, looks so much like Snape as to be his twin sister. But can he sing like this: Maria Bethania - Ambar?




H/D recs

Feb. 19th, 2006 02:22 pm
geoviki: (lichtenstein - angst)
Do any of you ever feel entirely caught up on fandom things? I never do. There are always posts I should be making, stories I should be reading, comments I should be dropping, links I should be organizing, stories I should be writing. These are fun things, too; things I actually want to do. Just... I follow the shiny.

I have been reading quite a bit and am remiss on reccing, so here are several that I'd like to point to.
Stories by Ociwen, Tara Text, Scoradh, Lydiabennet, and Didntyoupotter )
geoviki: (Lichtenstein - history of slash)
I was asking myself what would I recommend to someone who asked what the attraction was of HP fan fiction. Which stories showcase some of the best authors around? Obviously, this is a personal selection, culled from hundreds of bookmarked stories, and it's slash-heavy. For those of you who think I'm only about Harry/Draco - hey, look! Not so much, huh? This is a first cut - there are more authors to come, but I haven't yet narrowed it down to a single story of theirs. And I might add more stories by these authors. But you can't go wrong with any of these:

Shorter stories Part 1

A.J. Hall - The Kindly Ones - Draco/Neville - drama

Aja - The Reader - gen - drama

Allecto - The Chosen - Harry/Vincent Crabbe - drama, char death

Amanuensis1 - Rituals and Traditions - Harry/Draco - humor (password for Restricted Section needed)

Helenish - Soft Spot for Lost Causes - Draco/ Ron - drama, comfort fic

Helenish - Third Time's the Charm - Snape/Lupin - drama, comfort fic

Isis - First Piece of Silver - When the Cock Crow - Peter Pettigrew/Evan Rosier - drama

Ivyblossom - Nightswimming (Ch. 1 of Origins) - gen (later H/D) - drama. (I think this first chapter can stand alone).

Julad - Night Blooming Heartsease - Neville/Snape - drama, char death

Marks - Lights Out - Harry/Draco - drama, char death

Mirabella - Kailash, When It Rises - Harry/Draco - drama

Mirabella - Desperate Measures - Harry/Harry - humor

Sam Vimes (Copperbadge) - The Children - gen - drama

Scoradh - Though the Night Yield No Glimmer - Draco/Gregory Goyle - drama, comfort fic

Zionsstarfish - Way of the World - Harry/Draco - drama, comfort fic

Pimptastic

Nov. 8th, 2005 07:46 pm
geoviki: (H/D TWH art - by Wacca)
I picked up "The Best American Erotica 2002" at a used booksale at work (hmmm, wonder whose it was?) I've even heard of some of these authors (Jane Smiley, Poppy Z. Bright). But you know what? Most of the stories were merely mediocre, especially when I compare them to many of my recent reads by some of the terrific writers we have in fandom. I kept finishing up a story and thinking: what was the point of that? PWP, pure and simple, and it seems like the pros have a thing for rimming these days, too. Some of the stories just seemed rather pointless - there was a starting and stopping place, but no real message except to be writing about teh sex. Ho hum.

Segue! Segue! Time for an author rec.

I read other LJ posts/comments that bemoan how hard it is for new authors to pick up the audience they deserve. So consider this me beating the drum, although for this author, 'new' is a relative term - she's been online and writing for over a year. It just took me all this time to get over my horrible jealousy that someone so much younger - 19! - can write so damned well (and bah, she's probably really pretty, and I know she's witty). In some ways she reminds me of her fellow countrywoman, [livejournal.com profile] mistful.

I'm talking about [livejournal.com profile] scoradh, who also posts under the lj name [livejournal.com profile] rainspots. ETA: I forgot to mention she's Scoradh on Skyehawke as well as Alvira on FictionAlley.

Read more... )
geoviki: (H/D TWH art - by fiendling)


Catch-up time for those goodies I've been hinting at.

First up: ART! Here are the two H/D sketches I was lucky to receive at The Witching Hour, by [livejournal.com profile] fiendling and [livejournal.com profile] waccawheels. Fiendling's, although she probably didn't realize it, illustrates my post-ATBT story, Harry Potter and the Slytherin-Coloured Lamborghini. You'll recognize the back-seat smooch.

Then, [livejournal.com profile] rosesanguina wrote me rentboy H/D while we were both waiting in the art line. I've typed it up and posted it at [livejournal.com profile] pornish_pixies. Go enjoy!

I mentioned reading a short story by Neil Gaiman that's a bit of fanfic: it's about Susan and Narnia, The Problem of Susan. Because it's a bit hard to get hold of (it's part of a compilation of short stories, Flights: Extreme Visions of Fantasy edited by Al Sarrantonio), I scanned it and zipped it using Windows (if this doesn't work for you, let me know). It's 8 pages of jpg scans.

[livejournal.com profile] zionsstarfish wrote the best Draco/Neville while I was gone, and I nearly missed it. Here 'tis: Indelible Ink. [livejournal.com profile] painless_j - it's one for your "unusual occupations" list. Speaking of ZS, I wrote three biographies of some of my favorite H/D writers for [livejournal.com profile] hd_directory: [livejournal.com profile] zionsstarfish, [livejournal.com profile] pandarus, and [livejournal.com profile] abbycadabra. The community is compiling a master biography for past and present H/D writers - go volunteer to contribute if you too have favorites.

Hey, lookit all this html - all hand-entered, I'll have you know. Fear my mad shift-key skilz.
geoviki: (harry_abby_stories  abbycadabra)
I had this grandiose idea of catching up with 6 weeks of good fics that I never had a chance to mention, but that's not exactly happening, so I'll just pick up the dance from here.

More Than One Way by [livejournal.com profile] hydaspes is a brilliantly written hurt/comfort that begins with a unique twist: disability by splinching. I love the attention to detail that the author uses - sights, sounds, little things. I was so entrenched in the story that when I finished, I had that surprised moment of finding myself back in my computer room. Do you do that, too?

An excerpt:

Potter never asks him about the hearing. He never asks Draco about the Dark Lord, or Snape or anything. It seems as though all he wants to know, Draco’s bare forearm told him.

I was looking for someone with a tattoo, he writes. That’s why I didn’t find you sooner.

Draco sniffs. “I don’t want to be found,” he grumbles. “I want to die and be gone from this hell. I’d rather be burning below than rotting in this…this prison,” he spits.

Stop shouting, Potter writes. The whole hospital can hear.
__________________________________

The second fic is by an author I'm unfamiliar with, who claims this is the first H/D she's written:

The Eloquence of Mortality by [livejournal.com profile] fleshdress is poetic, flowing, and beautifully written. It's one of those stories that play out perfectly so that when you hit the last sentence you just have to go back and reread it with your new-found insight. In fact, after I post, I'm off to do just that. After I read it this morning, it came back to me again and again during the day.

Excerpt:

Harry glanced significantly at the old Auror, and then turned and entered the chamber. The door locked behind him once more with a tiny, significant hiss of magic. The impenetrable walls allowed no noise from the rooms beyond and were bare but for the liquid clear expanse of the huge mirror through which Harry had been looking. It was a barren, silent room where even the steady ticking of the clock on the wall seemed to be coming from over a distance.

Then came the rustle of Draco’s robes as he shifted elegantly in his seat, tilting his head towards Harry.

"Oh God," he drawled. "They’ve called the cavalry."

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geoviki: (Lichtenstein - fangirl)
Today is [livejournal.com profile] isiscolo's mmmphhh birthday. My dear Isis and I have so many differences: she loves Harry/Snape and I love Harry/Draco; she loves to run and has competed in marathons and I'll only run if someone's after me with a knife; her water flows to the Pacific and mine to the Atlantic; she's gorgeous, clever, bubbly, and witty, and I'm ...well, you get the drift.

And yet she adopted me, mentored me, edited my stories, and encouraged me in HP fandom. She got me my LiveJournal code and brought me into SkyeHawke. My whole experience wouldn't be the same without her guiding me, poking me, and challenging me. Now we know that this newfangled SGA fandom is sinking its claws into her...but I think we can hang on to her here, too. Help me, 'k? Because we're rooming together at The Witching Hour (at the Salem Waterfront), so we can get her all het up again. She's too good a writer to lose.

Have you seen the enormous variety in her stories? Drabbles, longer chaptered fics, funny, dramatic, sad, intriguing... And the pairings touch nearly every HP character. Go! Go read!

Some of my favorites are:

In Want of a Wife - SS/?? - Snape hires a courtesan to masquerade as his wife at a family gathering.

Shelter from the Storm - SS/DM - Draco thought Snape had died in the battle in which Voldemort won -- until he encounters him, one stormy night.

Letters With Lockhart - SS/GL - Correspondence between the Potions master and the internationally famous yet naturally blond author, during the summer before Chamber of Secrets.

Beautiful Things - Narcissa/Fleur - Circumstances force Narcissa to sell her jewellery.

The First Piece of Silver and the sequel Before the Cock Crow - Peter Pettigrew/Evan Rosier - Before betrayal comes temptation; Peter feels lonely and depressed at James and Lily's wedding. Peter meets Regulus Black at a party, Voldemort courts Dark creatures, and wheels are set in motion. Peter thinks he's doing the right thing. He's wrong.

Hope your day was great, Isis!
geoviki: (lichtenstein - angst)
FYI: I uploaded some Afro-Celtic and African songs this week at [livejournal.com profile] audiography Right Here

On another note (F#), I'm convinced that platitudes are the answer to many of the recent LJ wanques du jour. So, here:

1. Never do card tricks for the group you play poker with.
2. There's a reason that piling on has a penalty of 15 yards.
3. Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it.

I read all 46 H/D fics at The Eros Affair. What an impressive archive. It's one of those collections where I can say there wasn't a single bad one in the bunch. I will admit that based on my personal weird kinks tastes, some appeal to me highly. My two personal favorites:

Once Spoken by [livejournal.com profile] rurounihime

Hurt/comfort? In spades. He let himself be pulled from the cell, watching Harry's hands clenching until even his forearms were white, praying he would not move. Because there was one thing that was worse than seeing Harry return from the torture: watching them torture him right before Draco's eyes. Highly emotional and so is the resolution. What made it hard for us writers is that this was the first one posted, a couple of months ago, so the bar was set very high from the start. Well done, Ru!

Have You Near to Breathe a Sigh by [livejournal.com profile] miggy

Draco's on the run and Harry's concerned. Uses HPB canon in a perfect blend of new fact/new fanon. And the dialogue is utterly believable.

For one brief moment, Harry considers not telling them the truth. Katie, Ron... they could have died. They nearly did.

(For enemies.)

It's not because Malfoy had a similar brush with death. He feels sick over what happened when he ripped apart a living body with an untested spell, but not guilty. If Harry has guilt to carry around, there are plenty of other people to dole it out to before he'd put on the sackcloth and ashes for the sake of Draco Malfoy.


And my other favorites are by Aja, Amanuensis, Ashkitty, Azalais Malfoy, EmmaGrant, Marks, Mirabella, Naadi, Shikishi, and Zionsstarfish. But like I said, they're all worth reading.

Many of us wrote parts of the final scenario: I promise to marry you. This was mine (warning for fluff):

They were supposed to be 2 or 3 lines...I scoff at limits! )
geoviki: (sandman - desire - deralte)
Deja vu post! (except this one has a downloadable song: Queen - Hammer to Fall)

[livejournal.com profile] isiscolo again has pointed me to another wonderful story based on another '80's Brat Pack movie, in this case The Breakfast Club. This one's by [livejournal.com profile] resonant8, titled Higher Education. Like the story I recced by Fabularasa in my last post, it's a post-movie slash story by a HP writer of great skill. This takes place after the movie, can be read as original if you've never seen the movie, and is just terrific. The level of detail in the backstory is just amazing. These characters really come alive. Oh, and what they get up to! Hot.

sample the wares )
geoviki: (Lichtenstein - minions)
I saw [livejournal.com profile] isiscolo reccing this and it's really great. It's a teeny tiny fandom, but I never saw the original movie and it didn't even matter. Just think of it as original fic, with slightly used characters, and some of the hottest first-time sex. It's complete in two parts.

London Greys, Part 1 | Part 2 by [livejournal.com profile] fabularasa.

And does anyone have an mp3 of Midnight Radio and Wicked Little Town (Hedwig's lyrics) from Hedwig and the Angry Inch? Got them, thanks, [livejournal.com profile] tsu_chan55
geoviki: (Lichtenstein - thinking)
My friendslist is at about skip=10. You all have disappeared. Just the time for me to post. Er.

My newest trend is to upload my current song so you too can listen to what I'm listening to. Afro Celt Sound System is one of those artists I revisit frequently. You probably have heard Peter Gabriel singing their "When I'm Falling". Why is it that the vocalist gets all the credit? (see the movie Standing in the Shadows of Motown). Anyway, Rise Above It. A mix of African rhythms and Celtic sensibilities.

I've been teasing a few of you about the British boys I'm keeping in my basement. Actually, that is true, bar explanations, which I'll now go into. A group of Brits has come to Colorado to teach soccer skillz to our children, and we're hosting two of them. Andy is 20, from London, cute as can be. Chris is 19, from Newcastle, blond and curious and cute, too. They're ever so sociable and interested. They got off the plane a week ago; we're their first host family, and this is their first time in America. They've got other coaches who are staying nearby; we had them all to dinner and introduced them to Mexican food last night. Three of the others are from London, the last, a girl, is from Scotland. They're all delightful.

I think I shall invite them to the Harry Potter party at the bookstore tonight. One word from their lips, and they'll be corralled into reading from the book.

I never pimped my very first H/D fic that's being read aloud! Oh, I feel very JKR, let me tell you. [livejournal.com profile] tarotemp is reading my Waters of March aloud and turning it into MP3's here: [livejournal.com profile] fellytone_fic. I'm so flattered.

Also, I've been seduced into a new fandom by [livejournal.com profile] shezan: It's Mary Renault. I've mentioned The Persian Boy; now I'm all over The Charioteer as are a lot of you. There's even a community [livejournal.com profile] maryrenaultfics to discuss it chapter by chapter. Although [livejournal.com profile] isiscolo has posed the question, "Is it slash if the fic depicts gay relationships as canon?" This one does, in spades. Carefully crafted, intriguing, and so so good! I really rec that my fellow slashers read it; it seems to be the Rosetta Stone of slash fics.

Not to mention that A.J. Hall has written a story for it! A brilliant Renault crossover: Out of Battle. No surprise that it's wonderful, right?

There's probably lots more I'm behind on, like the release of the final chapter of Underwater Light, which hit me as suddenly as HBP, since it marked one of my first stories in fandom. But no ones's reading this, I have to go pick up the soccer crowd, and I'm off to the party tonight. See you on the flip side, chillun.

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