Hi y'all

Mar. 27th, 2014 08:06 pm
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I've pretty much stopped posting here because I've been unable to cross-post to LJ with comments enabled in both places, despite having the correct option checked in Settings. So I'll be over here for the foreseeable future.
island_of_reil: (Frontier Wolf: Hilarion + kitten)
Of the two or three weddings I have been forcibly removed from, the most memorable was in Lewes. “How can you say you don’t like Rosemary Sutcliff?” I angrily demanded of the classicist groom, “You’re getting married in the very Sussex Downs that fired her imagination.” The desk sergeant who brought me morning tea in the cells agreed.

Dan Lentell. Via [livejournal.com profile] bunn. Who's also reminded me to post this...

island_of_reil: (Seregil)
Aura’s Bow by [personal profile] island_of_reil

Rating: Mature/R

Archive Warnings: None

Fandom Nightrunner Series, Lynn Flewelling

Words: 11,260

Relationship: Thero í Procepios/Klia ä Idrilain

Other Tags: Missing Scene, Grief/Mourning, Emotional Hurt/Comfort, Wakes & Funerals, Sexual Inexperience, Self Confidence Issues, First Time, Established Relationship

Summary: Near the end of Casket of Souls, Klia summons Thero to Plenimar a final time, to comfort her in her tent in the wake of Phoria’s death.

Read Aura’s Bow at An Archive Of Our Own.
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"A piece I premiered at Toronto ComiCon 2014 which you can take a closer peek at here. :D"
island_of_reil: (Eagle Playmobil)
The Law of Slander and Libel, Founded Upon the Treatise of the Late Thomas Starkie, Esq., Q.C. by the late-19th-century barrister Henry Coleman Folkard, contains the following anecdote in re the fine levied by the Twelve Tables for slander:
The folly and absurdity of making either a fine or compensation fixed and arbitrary was well illustrated in the instance of Veratius, or Neratius, a rich Roman, who took great delight in walking through the streets of Rome, striking all those whom he met, according to his fancy and caprice: he was followed by a servant loaded with money, for the purpose of immediately paying the appointed fine to those whom he had thus insulted.
According to this blogpost, the anecdote originated with the Hadrian-era philosopher Favorinus and wound up in Aulus Gellius’s Attic Nights.
island_of_reil: (Matthew Swift)
…and, would you believe it, the word that best describes our condition right now is cranky.

Would you like to see what happens when you make us mad?
I'm just at the point in Kate Griffin's The Minority Council where spoiler ), and, y'know, I'm thinking that not even the Incredible Hulk wants to make him them mad.

I recommended the series to a friend last night and sent them some GoodReads links that weren't too spoilery (one, two, three). There were the inevitable comparisons to Neverwhere, even among the copious five-star reviews. Tsh'yeah, no. Admittedly I'm not a Gaiman fan, but to be blunt Neverwhere doesn't even come close.
island_of_reil: (Marco Rat & Squad)
Corruptor by [personal profile] island_of_reil
Rating: M
Words: 456
No Archive Warnings Apply
Pairing: Marco/The Rat
Characters: Marco Loristan, The Rat
Summary: "Obviously, you've corrupted me," Marco had said more than once to him in bed, all ropes untied and all fires spent.

Cross-posted to the-lamp-is-lighted and rarelitslash.

Read Corruptor at An Archive of Our Own.
island_of_reil: (Seregil)
Dragon, Bear, and Wolves by [personal profile] island_of_reil
Chapters: 1/1
Word Count: 8,551
Category: Gen
Rating: Mature
Archive Warning: Graphic Depictions Of Violence
Fandoms: Nightrunner Series - Lynn Flewelling; Kushiel’s Legacy - Jacqueline Carey; Frontier Wolf - Rosemary Sutcliff
Characters: Alec í Amasa, Moirin mac Fainche, Beka Cavish, Hilarion (Frontier Wolf), Seregil í Korit, Nyal í Nhekai, Nikides, Micum Cavish, Kari Cavish, Bao (Kushiel’s Legacy)
Additional Tags: Soul Bond, Archery, Swordplay, Military, War, Explicit Language, Threats of Rape/Non-Con, Canon Era
Summary: It is entirely possible for one person’s soul to bond with that of another in an entirely different world. But, sometimes, the two do not hold one another’s hearts. They hold something perhaps even more precious: one another’s backs.
Author's Note: In Nightrunner canon, this story takes place somewhere between The White Road and Casket of Souls. For those unfamiliar with this canon there is a glossary of terms here.

Read Dragon, Bear, and Wolves at An Archive of Our Own.
island_of_reil: (Seregil)
I've finished Casket of Souls. There's one scene…

spoiler, but not a plot ruiner )

And then there's this follow-up, a few scenes later…

Also a non-plot-ruining spoiler )

As for the book in general? I liked it much, much better than any other book in the series since the second, Stalking Darkness. That said, the first two — taken as one, because that's how Flewelling wrote them — would always be better than any sequels, no matter how well written. It's got the "save the world" plot of heroic fantasy, necessarily with evil that subsequent books can't touch, no matter how evil their villains get. It's got some superbly rendered character arcs. And it's got the UST between Alec and Seregil.

The seventh and final book, Shards of Time, comes out April 1. I hope it's as good as Casket of Souls. That said, Flewelling is wise to end the series there, hopefully tying up the last loose ends of various minor-character stories, before it jumps the shark completely.
island_of_reil: (Seregil)
not to mention the unsuitable (though beautiful) final verse, The White Road has been putting me in mind of Kate Wolf's "Across the Great Divide."
Now I heard the owl callin'
Softly as the night was fallin'
With a question, and I replied,
"But he's gone across the borderline."

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It amuses me to no end that, by grace of autocomplete, typing "thecock" into my browser bar takes me to a site for this fandom.
island_of_reil: (Seregil)
Third Heart by [personal profile] island_of_reil
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Nightrunner Series - Lynn Flewelling
Rating: Explicit
Word Count: 12,205
Archive Warning: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings (but please see Content Note below)
Category: M/M
Relationship: Alec í Amasa/Seregil í Korit
Characters: Seregil í Korit, Alec í Amasa
Additional Tags: Hurt/Comfort, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder - PTSD, Implied/Referenced Mind Rape, Implied/Referenced Torture, Light Bondage, Soul Bond, Nightmares, Healing Sex, Bathing/Washing, Hair Washing, Alternate Universe - Canon Divergence
Summary: The wounds in Seregil’s soul have barely begun to heal when it becomes clear that those in Alec’s still fester. Talímenios drives both of them to want more than Alec can yet bear. After another year of adventure, danger, and rough living, Seregil may have found a way to for them to fully consummate the bond — if it doesn’t immerse him in painful memories of his treacherous first lover.
Content Note: Alec is 17 or just shy of it when this fic begins; by the end of it he’s 18. In canon, 16-year-olds are considered sexually “of age.” Therefore I chose not to warn for “Underage,” but please bear the above in mind if the subject is a sensitive one for you.

Cross-posted to [livejournal.com profile] rarelitslash.

Read Third Heart at An Archive of Our Own.
island_of_reil: (Seregil)

Source. The appearance is right, and there's even an owl, the symbol of Skala.
island_of_reil: (Seregil)
Spoilers )

Speaking of which, I was greatly amused by one item from the TVTropes page for the series:
Mangst: Seregil, oh gods, Seregil! It drives Alec, and pretty much everyone else, crazy at times.
You don't say? More spoilers )
island_of_reil: (Frontier Wolf: Hilarion + kitten)
A centenarius of the Frontier Wolves fighting shoulder to shoulder with a captain of the Urgazhi — the Skalan "demon wolves." Both of them heavily freckled. The latter, to the former's surprise, a woman.

I briefly considered writing a fic along the lines of "soulbond across different universes in which the twain shall never meet except, perhaps, briefly in a dream." But I don't think I can pull that one off. Fuck, I wish I could draw.
island_of_reil: (Eagle - surgery)
“All right.” Alec arched an eyebrow knowingly, then went to his bed and pulled a coil of rope from beneath it. “And this time, I’m prepared.”

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If you're not familiar with James Kerr, who turns works of art into hilarious GIFs, you should check him out. (Warning: Not all of his GIFs are safe for work/lunch.)

3 more under cut… safe for all )


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