Book rec

Dec. 29th, 2009 12:06 pm
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I've been reading a new m/m book, Scarlet and the White Wolf, by Kirby Crow and thoroughly enjoying it. Look at the pretty cover. Mmmmmm.

S and WW


Author's blurb: A romantic retelling of a classic fairytale...

The Southern Continent of Nemerl is a lawless region of brigands, slavers, and petty overlords. The land is embroiled in bloody border skirmishes between the Hilurin and Aralyrin factions of Byzantur, and every day brings a new clash, a new horror. Scarlet of Lysia is an honest Hilurin pedlar, a young merchant traveling the wild, undefended roads. Liall, called the Wolf of Omara, is the handsome, world-weary chieftain of a tribe of Kasiri bandits blocking a mountain road that Scarlet needs to cross, except Liall demands a carnal toll for the privilege. Scarlet angrily refuses and an inventive battle of wills ensues, with disastrous results. Soon, the hostile countryside explodes into new violence, and proud Scarlet is forced to look to the most unlikely savior in the world for help.
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I'm a lucky girl because [livejournal.com profile] bornof_sorrow gifted me with a wonderful Captive Prince future fanfic. The writing is a joy to read and the atmosphere and tone is just perfect. *sighs very happily*

Title: These Are But Shadows
Pairing: Damen/Laurent
Rating: NC-17
Words: 8,000-ish but in two parts because lj is pesky
Warnings: Somewhat schmoopy, somewhat porny. A curious mix, I think.
Characters: The creation of the very talented [livejournal.com profile] freece
Summary: Ten years after, Laurent and Damen sneak away from trade talks
Original Prompt: by [livejournal.com profile] lusiology, Damen/Laurent, Happy Ever After fic. Laurent/Damen – 10 years on – roaring fires, furs, spiced wines and time away from routine.

Author's note:Feedback is marvellous, concrit even better. Title from A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.

Read part one here.

Read part 2 here.


If you've never heard of the original slash fic Captive Prince by the genius that is [livejournal.com profile] freece, let me tell you that this is a fic that can generate up to 5 pages of comments for a single chapter. That's 5 pages people!. That should tell you something about the quality of writing.

Author's summary: Damen is the true heir to the throne, but when his half brother seizes power, Damen is captured, stripped of his identity and sent to serve the Prince of a rival nation as a pleasure slave. Rated R, Book 1 is complete. Book 2 is a WIP.

This is no bog standard harem fic, not by a long chalk. The characters are complex, as is the plot, the UST burns slowly and perfectly. Remember, up to 5 pages of comments for a single chapter folks.


Start reading the genius that is Captive Prince here.
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Right you lot, listen up!

I can take or leave Next Gen fic and usually only read it if I know the author, such as [livejournal.com profile] sansa1970, is capable of writing a quality fic.

After the epilogue of DH, I did flirt with the notion of either Harry or Draco having an afair with one of the other's son/s, so I could see the attraction of shag-a-son fics but hadn't actively sought them out until [livejournal.com profile] vaysh_11's rec. OMFG! What a fic! Beautifully written with such imagery that it burns into your heart and mind, leaving you unable to forget aspects of this story for days.

Warning: Do not read this story if you are tired because of its complexity and heed the warnings on the original post.

Title: Memoria in Aeterna
Written for: [livejournal.com profile] melusinahp
Author: [livejournal.com profile] potteresque_ire
Rating: NC-17
Pairing(s): Draco/Al, mention of Harry/Ginny
Age Disparity: 45/19

Summary: At age fifteen, an incendiary political debate had made Albus Potter the victim of a hideous crime. Three years later, he was living a life of drugs and promiscuity in the rookery at Knockturn, the newly established Preservation District for the pure-blood families of Wizarding Britain.

Memoria in Aeterna

This fic deserves so many more comments. Go, spread the love.
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For those of you that remember this:

HP, GP, NC-17
Warning: comma abuse

As revelations go, it wasn't the fact that Harry was writhing and moaning loudly (sounding like two Tom cats going at it down some dirty, dust-strewn back alley) on top of the 600 per square inch thread count egyptian cotton sheets that covered their vast, hand-carved, antique, Jacobean four poster bed whilst pumping his weeping, turgid member with one calloused, quidditch toned hand that shocked Ginny Potter the most; it was the fact that he was doing it in unison with thrusting an enormous, metallic, pink dildo - covered with purple hearts - in and out of his Boy Butter slicked greedy, fluttering hole with the other hand, looking for all the world like a sweaty, self satisfied, push-me-pull-you.

from [livejournal.com profile] sansa1970's Multi-fandom Celebration of Worst First Lines, I finally have a picture of the pink dildo, covered with purple hearts, that inspired the drabble.

Dildo ahoy )
moonlite_tryst: (Weeping cock by Red Scharlach)
After reading the entries for [livejournal.com profile] sansa1970's Multi-fandom Celebration of Worst First Lines, I was inspired to try my own.

HP, GP, NC-17
Warning: comma abuse


As revelations go, it wasn't the fact that Harry was writhing and moaning loudly (sounding like two Tom cats going at it down some dirty, dust-strewn back alley) on top of the 600 per square inch thread count egyptian cotton sheets that covered their vast, hand-carved, antique, Jacobean four poster bed whilst pumping his weeping, turgid member with one calloused, quidditch toned hand that shocked Ginny Potter the most; it was the fact that he was doing it in unison with thrusting an enormous, metallic, pink vibrator - covered with purple hearts - in and out of his Boy Butter slicked greedy, fluttering hole with the other hand, looking for all the world like a sweaty, self satisfied, push-me-pull-you.
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I spotted this Brtish advert on [livejournal.com profile] elisa_rolle's LJ and thought of all you H/D cross dressing fans out there.



I love black and white on film and this is such a classy advert, especially because there's no judgement and there's tongue-in-cheek homage to Travolta at the start of Saturday Night Fever.

Now I need a good cross dressing fic such as the one recently where Draco glamours as a woman as aprt of his Auror training.

Art rec!!

Aug. 6th, 2009 10:17 pm
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I hope you're proud of me [livejournal.com profile] dacro because this is a first.

Okay, y'all know I don't do Snarry, but when I saw this stunning piece of art by the uber talented [livejournal.com profile] cluegirl I just had to share.

Title: The Hero's Return.
Artist: [livejournal.com profile] cluegirl
Team: Team Snitch
Genre(s): Historical / Literary
Prompt(s): Fire and Sword, Code of Honour
Rating/Warnings/Kinks: Rating, PG13 for boys kissing whilst half-dressed. No particular warnings
Artist's Notes/Disclaimers/Thank you to In Ireland's Ulster Cycle of myths, you may find the story of Nuada Silver-Arm, High King of the besieged Tuatha DeDanann in their war against Balor of the Evil Eye, and his Formoire army. Just when the black sorcerer's treachery seemed poised to triumph, a fiery young hero, Lugh the Longhanded, appeared on the scene to thoroughly upset everyone's expectations.
Media used: CGI colour treatment of a pencil drawing.

The Hero's Return

Wow! Just wow!
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Squee!

For fans of both [livejournal.com profile] ms_manna's Administration and [livejournal.com profile] freece's Captive Prince series, I've just read a most enjoyable Administration / Captive Prince crossover crack fic by [livejournal.com profile] bornof_sorrow.

Featuring Valentin Toreth (Para-Investigator with mental health issues) and HRH Laurent of Rabat (10 months away from the crown, if he survives his uncle's scheming that long): who would be the toppiest top? Who would win in the mind-fuck stakes?

Kier Warrick (perfect gentleman outside, but with hidden desires Toreth knows how to satisfy) and HRH Damen of Akielos (betrayed brother and current unwilling slave to HRH Laurent of Rabat): are they beaten wimps or bottoms who know how to top when the occasion requires it?

Want to know more? Then read When Laurent met Toreth.

Author's summary: Time, space and reality melt away and Toreth and Laurent meet but who is pulling the strings?

Part one here.

Part two here.

Enjoy!
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I have discovered another gem of a book to recommend to all you original slash h0rs.

Vaughn R. Demont ([livejournal.com profile] vaughn_r_demont on LJ) is the author of The Vampire Fred: Wicked Game, a superb and interesting tale told with humour and intelligence.

Author's blurb:

Being a vampire sucks, especially when you’ve got to deal with things like a dead-end job as an office drone, avoiding vigilante vampire slayers on the subway, and being price-gouged on blood from the slaughterhouse. Add in a crush on your annoyingly charismatic sire, and unraveling a little conspiracy to upset the balance of power among the vampires of the City, and it’s all in a night’s work though for fledgling vampire Fred Tompkins, as long as he doesn’t miss out on any overtime.

The Vampire Fred introduces new aspects to vampirism that make this book a refeshing change from the more traditional tomes out there and had me engrossed from the first line.

Fred is an average guy who lives alone in his small apartment and works in a dead end job, almost a living death if you will. He certainly had no ambition to die a virgin, find himself flat sharing with an undead dreamboat, fighting off Lycans and becoming involved in a vampire turf war. Maybe he should've stayed home that fateful day.

Here's a snippet:

Imagine, if you will, a cool April night, about an hour after sundown. The clouds are breaking above; there's a waxing crescent moon that looks like a big banana; there's still a light mist in the air since it only stopped raining a half hour before. Imagine this in Victory Square, with all the lights and buildings, and that great Italian restaurant on the corner where they shot that movie scene that one time.

Take that scene and insert a car. Not just any car, though. We're talking upper tier. A car worth more than a house in Destry Bay -- with sleek, clean lines and a loud engine. Imagine this scene as a still, a snapshot, if you would. Keep the car in that freeze-frame but let it rumble around in your mind that at the moment that car is doing about one-twenty.

Now imagine a man, about five nine in height, maybe a buck fifty. He’s wearing an off-the-rack suit from a store that sells TVs, clothing, and produce, his body suspended just above the hood of that car, upended, his legs contorted into a position yoga instructors would wince at, one shoe on, the other knocked off by the impact. His arms are outstretched, his black hair blown away from his face by the rush of wind, his brown eyes registering shock, and his monitor-tanned face showing vague surprise.

That guy? That's me.


Join Fred on his journey of death, rebirth, lust, love and more plot than you can shake a hairy bat at. You won't regret it. Oh, and there will be a sequel.

SQUEE!!

Jul. 30th, 2009 04:34 pm
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My copy of the latest Administration book Control by [livejournal.com profile] ms_manna arrived this morning. *bounces*

I've just got to finish an incredible vampire story, which I will squee long and hard about tomorrow, before I can reaquaint myself with Warrick and Toreth.
moonlite_tryst: (Black rose and blood)
It is with great sadness that I discovered tonight that Minotaur of Sex Tips for Slash Writers passed away on June 14th 2009. Information about his pasing can be found here. His posts were alawys informative and fun. I also enjoyed reading his fic. He will be greatly missed.

Book rec

Apr. 19th, 2009 05:49 pm
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I've just read this amazing book online by Jesse Hajicek called The God Eaters.

Book Blurb: Imprisioned for 'inflammatory writings' by the totalitarian Theocracy, shy intellectual Ashleigh Trine figures his story's over. But when he meets Kieran Trevarde, a hard-hearted gunslinger with a dark magic lurking in his blood, Ash finds that necessity makes strange heroes... and love can change the world.

Review: I read this book free online and then forked out over £20 (that’s UK pounds, people) for the actual paperback because I loved it so much.

The world our heroes inhabit is a harsh one for free thinkers like Ashleigh and those born on the wrong side of the tracks like Kieran. Neither expects to survive their unjust incarceration, but a strong bond of friendship develops when Kieran decides to offer Ashleigh his protection: an act that surprises both of them and leads them on a journey of self discovery that will test both their limits.

I don’t want to say too much because I’ll give spoilers away, but this is so much more than a prison story; being incarcerated is only just the start, before the action moves beyond the prison. The author obviously has an understanding of Native American culture because it permeates the story, enriching the characters and landscape of the world created with customs and beliefs. Parallels can be drawn between events in The God Eaters and what happened to Native Americans during the European colonisation of the US. None of the characters are perfect. They fall prey to human weaknesses and are so skilfully drawn that it’s easy to become emotionally attached to them.

Still not sure? Then read the words of the author himself: Will it befoul my virgin eyes? This novel, like just about everything else I do, is full of sex, violence, and foul language. If you don't want to see sex, violence, and foul language, don't read it.

Why you might like it: It has a complex plot and plenty of action.

Why you might not like it: It takes a while for the sex to actually happen, but that was fine by me.


Keiran Trevarde, is clearly drawn from Native American culture, so I skipped off and googled Native American Men and oh boy! Look what I found...

Sunday Man Candy )
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You remember that delicious spine tingling feeling you had when you first discovered what a treasure trove the HP fandom was?

Then, when you began to tire of it, you despaired because you never thought you'd discover such pleasure again and lo! The rec fairy godmother appeared and led you to other wonders called original slash and homoerotic fiction.

So, you branched out and rediscovered that heady rush of excitement as you devoured such gems as the Administration and Slavebreakers series. Then all
too soon those universes came to an end and you wondered if you'd ever find such a cache of riches again. Fear not, for I bring you not one, not two, but three gems on this fine Easter Monday.

First, LOVE IN DARK SETTINGS ¶ Suspenseful historical fantasy, friendship fiction, and gay fiction ¶ By Dusk Peterson.


Secondly, Dusk Peterson's rec page BURIED TREASURE ¶ Recommendations of Online Male Homoerotic Stories and Male Friendship Stories (and anything else that catches his interest). Make sure you bookmark the author index.

Finally, for lovers of slave fic, a trilogy by [livejournal.com profile] remyheart:

Pride

Expulsion

Redemption

Pride introduces Lukas, who features in all three stories, during the process of being sold and trying to survive during the transition period.

Expulsion and Redemption deal with Jeron, an aristo kid whose father had married and freed Jeron's slave mother... or had he? Jeron discovers the awful truth and its implications after his beloved father's death. Angst and mindfuckery aplenty, my dears.

Happy reading!
moonlite_tryst: (blue cocktail)
Specifically, ye olde tradional british pubs.

Over the last 4 years I have read many fics and most of them have adhered to canon details in some form or other. But time and time again I'm thrown out of a fic once the characters enter one of the pubs in the wizarding world; pubs which, by their very location in the wizarding world, I expect be traditional (unless refurbishment is mentioned) but find contain unfamiliar elements such as the booth, the counter and the barkeep. *warning, image heavy*

On the matter of pubs )
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I'm not an economist and only have the vaguest idea about things such as GDP, inflation, deflation, customs and excise, but I do get that countries survive by trading with other countries, providing a marketable product or service, or selling a natural resource in demand by others. A ridiculously simple overview I know..

Which leads me to my questions:

How do you think the wizarding world economy works?

Do Uk wizards trade with other communities around the world and what do you think the UK wizards could offer?

Do galleons rise and fall in price like other monetary systems? Would Voldemort's actions have had a negaive impct on the WW economy?

How does Gringott's operate?

Do the goblins charge their human customers and would they have something like the Muggle money markets to make a profit on all that gold etc sitting in their vaults?

Could famillies like the Malfoys, Blacks and Potters have amassed their fortunes by taking advantage of generations of Muggle labour or Muggle ambition, such as trading in tea, porcelain, opium etc?

I'm thinking this gathering of wealth on the back of Muggle labour is very likely because there must've been Muggle borns throughout the centuries. Would the heir to a grand estate been made to renounce his title because he was a wizard?

Thoughts?
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Do you like your fics plotty?

Do you like your sex smokin and integral to the plot?

Do you like your character's morals to be less than squeaky clean?

Did I mention plot? More plot than you can shake a hairy stick at?

Ladies and gents, may I present THE ADMINISTRATION SERIES
.

What a treasure trove of novels, novellas and one-shots I uncovered when I stumbled across manna francis' Administration Series. If you liked [livejournal.com profile] frayach's Good Guys, you'll love these fics.

There are no bad guys. There are no good guys. There are only better guys, and worse guys.

One of the worse guys is Val Toreth. In a world where torture is a legitimate part of the investigative process, he works for the Investigation and Interrogation Division. One of the better guys is Keir Warrick, a corporate director. His small corporation, SimTech, is developing a 'sim' system which places users in a fully-immersive virtual reality.

Their world is the dark future dystopia of New London, where Europe is controlled by a totalitarian bureaucracy, which shares political power with powerful corporations. The oppressive government uses torture, violence and the various Divisions of the feared Department of Internal Security to maintain power. The corporations fight amongst themselves, using lethal force under the euphemism of 'corporate sabotage', uniting only to resist attempts by the Administration to extend its control over them.


The Administration Series online here.

Love the Administration Series already?

[livejournal.com profile] lillithium, [livejournal.com profile] sansa1970 and myself invite you to join our community dedicated to celebrating all things Administration.

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lillithium's fan art of Warrick and Toreth here.

Book rec

Feb. 17th, 2009 03:42 pm
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Original Slash Rec

My copy of A Strong and Sudden Thaw arrived yesterday and I'm thoroughly hooked.

Author's blurb:

The Ice fell upon the world nearly a hundred years ago, and if civilization didn't rightly collapse, it surely staggered and fell ill a while. In the small town of Moline, Virginia, folks struggle to survive, relying on hybrid seed sent by the faraway Departmet of Reintroduction and Agriculture and their own faith in God and hard work. But when a mated pair of dragons starts hunting the countryside, stealing sheep, and attacking children, the townsfolk quickly learn that they don't have the weapons or the skills to fight off such predators.

David Anderson is a farmer's son who has explored the world through books. When he meets the new healer in town, Callan Landers, he doesn't quite know what to make of the strange warmth stealing over him. It's not until he surprises Callan with another man-and both men are promptly arrested for sodomy-that David finally realizes the truth about his own feelings.

When David and Callan stumble over a secret in a nearby abandoned town, their personal problems fade before government politics and corruption that threaten lives. It seems the dragons aren't the worst dangers facing Moline.


ps check out the link on the bottom right hand side: Romance, Adventure and the Occasional Sound Thrashing by Anne Sommerville. Sounds like my kind of books!
moonlite_tryst: (Asami.1 - vampkiss)
So, my H/D mojo is still in the doldrums. Then again, when you've read over 2000 fics - give or take 100 - over 4 years it's to be expected, I suppose. But I have discovered new, shiny authors of original slash.

No, no. Don't skim on by because I mentioned to two words ORIGINAL SLASH. Think about it: characters as hot as Harry and Draco; new plots and scenarios; whole new worlds to be discovered; no tricksy canon to get around. My Christmas gift to you is a rec list of some of the best I've come across so far:

Gay Historical Fiction

Check out [livejournal.com profile] erastes (used to be underlucius in the HP fandom) she has written the wonderful Standish: set in the Georgian period when homosexuality was punishable by hanging, Frost Fair and many short stories. Books can be ordered from Amazon and other smaller publishers and excerpts can be read here on her web site. Also available in e-book format from here.

Through [livejournal.com profile] erastes, I discovered [livejournal.com profile] alex_beecroft who has crafted a variety of superb historical fiction. Her website is here and, for those of us counting the pennies/cents, some of her work is available in e-book format from here.

Another gem of an author is [livejournal.com profile] lee_rowan. I adore her age of sail - think Master and Commander here - books. Her website is here and her work is also available in e-book format from here.

My favourite of hers so far has to be Ransom. This book hit all my buttons and then some: accurate period detail, believable characters, interesting plot and an element of non-con that is essential to the plot. Here's the blurb:

It's 1799, and love between men is one of society's greatest taboos. Lt. David Archer is an officer in His Majesty's Navy and a gentleman of Regency Society. He is also hopelessly in love with his shipmate, Lt. William Marshall. David is certain that his feelings, if expressed, would be met with revulsion. Afraid of losing the strong friendship that he has forged with William, he is determined to take the secret to his grave.

Although William is young, his innate talent has allowed him to quickly rise above his humble background as a parson's son, and gain a reputation as a promising officer. The Royal Navy is his world, and in that world there is no room for anything as frivolous as romance, much less anything that contravenes the Articles of War... particularly Article XXIX, which demands death as the punishment for "the unnatural and detestable sin of sodomy."

When the two young men are abducted by a ruthless pirate who finds pleasure in toying with his captives, they're thrown together in close quarters and faced with some difficult choices. William struggles with his growing feelings for David and, try as he might to dismiss them, he can't. When David makes a painful sacrifice to protect the man he loves, the reason for it is clear and the passion that they have denied for so long is realized for the first time. But before the lovers can have any sort of life together, they must first escape. After that, they face an even greater challenge-is their love strong enough to survive a clandestine life under the ever-present threat of the Navy's implacable Articles of War?
*drools*


Slightly Futuristic (and deliciously dark) Fiction


What a treasure trove of novels, novellas and one-shots I uncovered when I stumbled across manna francis' Administration Series. If you liked [livejournal.com profile] frayach's Good Guys, you'll love these fics.

There are no bad guys. There are no good guys. There are only better guys, and worse guys.

One of the worse guys is Val Toreth. In a world where torture is a legitimate part of the investigative process, he works for the Investigation and Interrogation Division. One of the better guys is Keir Warrick, a corporate director. His small corporation, SimTech, is developing a 'sim' system which places users in a fully-immersive virtual reality.

Their world is the dark future dystopia of New London, where Europe is controlled by a totalitarian bureaucracy, which shares political power with powerful corporations. The oppressive government uses torture, violence and the various Divisions of the feared Department of Internal Security to maintain power. The corporations fight amongst themselves, using lethal force under the euphemism of 'corporate sabotage', uniting only to resist attempts by the Administration to extend its control over them.


Her web site is here and most of her work is online. Now get reading!

Happy reading!
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For some reason the phrase Quidditch toned muscles popped into my head the other day - God alone knows why - and gave rise to this thought: can the overuse of magic for mundane tasks adversely affect a witch/wizard's health.

I understand magic takes focus and can be very complex. I know not all witches or wizards have the same level of power, but does using magic, for example, to move from place to place, do chores such as cleaning, washing up or gardening burn calories the way physical effort does in the Muggle world?

What with all those sweets, drinks, stodgy fare at Hogwarts, house-elves and spells for every conceivible job, it's a wonder that magic isn't detramental to a witch/wizard's waistline or health, Dark Lords notwithstanding.

Thoughts?
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Once again I'm stuned by the inventiveness of the H/D fandom.

[livejournal.com profile] hd_inspired had over 200 prompts for our Back to School fest!



hd_inspired goes Back to School

We've catagorised them into 4 goups for your viewing pleasure:

Miscellany: Prompts that don’t quite fit anywhere else.
The Canon Years: Harry and Draco’s years at Hogwarts as students. This includes prompts taking place during Deathly Hallows.
The “8th” Year: These prompts take the boys back to Hogwarts to complete a final year after the war is over.
Post-Deathly Hallows: This is the largest group and has anything taking place after Deathly Hallows (except those in the previous group). It includes prompts that are EWE, epilogue-compliant, with or without next gen children, etc.

You can read them here.

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