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November 19th, 2009

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Thursday, November 19th, 2009 02:08 pm
Oh, god, this week. *eats brains, shambles away* Since I'm having such a gflkarargghhble week, I am sharing some things that make me happy.

Here are three novel length, mostly professional grade original slash stories found on teh intarwebs, in order from longest to shortest:

The Administration by Manna Francis
This is actually several novels worth of stuff, and dozens of short stories and supplementary one-offs as well- there's enough of The Administration to keep one occupied for quite some time. The story is three parts future dystopian crime drama and cyberpunk corporate espionage thriller, two parts character-centric dark romance (and I'm using "romance" very loosely, here, because it has all the wrong connotations for the kind of relationship that the main characters have), with some moderately kinky sex and an awesomely developed cast of characters thrown in for flavor. Basically, it's plotty, it's hot, it's well written, it's long, and I still love it even after numerous rereads, and I very rarely feel that way about things I find on the internet.

Shadow of the Templar by M. Chandler
And now for some lighter fare- this is a four book series about an art thief who does consulting work for the FBI in exchange for a pardon, and the FBI agent who puts up with his shennanigans. bed. *cough* It's basically everything I wish White Collar were, except not quite because I love White Collar the way it is, even if it is occasionally like a wayward child I want to give a lollipop to. SotT is awesome! And full of capers and witty banter and explosions and amazing characters whom I love and wish to squeeze into little bits. The first book is not as amazing as the books that follow it, but it's short and tasty, and the series just gets better as it goes on.

Outlands by maldoror_gw
Okay, so the other two stories are professional grade and are available in dead tree form for money; this is an in-progress thing that does feel a lot more like fanfic in terms of style and scope. Which isn't to disparage the writing quality in any way, because the writing is excellent- but it is the story of a man who gets dropped into an alternate universe where he discovers he has super magical powers and befriends a powerful political entity.

Now take that idea- which is the foundation of so many terrible self inserts, and I should know, because I've written some of them- and subvert it to make it logical and well thought out and awesome. The super magical powers are the result of an advanced degree in mathematics- and he can't even use them, because he has no idea how to. And the alternate universe is populated by a smorgasbord of ancient Earth cultures- he ends up in the middle of a war between Assyria and Rome. Actual research went into the portrayal of these ancient cultures, too, which makes me all sorts of happy.
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Thursday, November 19th, 2009 07:20 pm
Oh, Glee. You hit my embarrassment squick so hard, and I still haven't watched the disability episode because I'm pretty sure it'll make me flail in horror. I can only find "LOL women are crazy!" and "LOL minorities are weird!" funny a limited number of times, and I cannot stand plotlines that revolve around pregnancy. And yet! I'm still watching it, because even though when it fails, it fails hard, it still gets things right in awesome ways.

minor spoilers for the latest episode of Glee )

Still catching up on various shows, but oh, man, I love Castle to pieces, it fills me all full of domestic-bliss squee.