Brother to Dragons, Companion to Owls

Jul. 24th, 2017 08:32 pm
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Brother to Dragons, Companion to OwlsBrother to Dragons, Companion to Owls by Jane Lindskold

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


This is a weird book. I liked it, some parts of it quite a bit, but it's a weird book. I think I started out with the wrong expectations; I'd just read a YA book, and the cover of this one looks like a YA novel. It's also told from the perspective of someone who believes her plastic dragons can talk to her, so initially I thought I was going to be reading a YA fantasy novel.

Pretty quickly, though, the book veers into adult territory; the protagonist Sarah is actually in her thirties, and there's a fair amount of sexual content, including mentions of child prostitution, although none of it is graphic or detailed, just alluded to.

This is set in some sort of possibly dystopic future, but we don't get a lot of details about the world because everything comes from Sarah's very limited POV. That's actually one of my favorite parts about the book--the way the author lets little details about the world slip through (everybody uses some kind of credit system, hovercars are a thing, etc) without really explaining anything.

Another part I really like is that Sarah can speak to inanimate objects. At the beginning of the story, the reader thinks she's hallucinating and then gradually comes to realize that she truly can hear her plastic dragons and other objects speak. I also like that Sarah falls in with a group of marginalized people who have banded together to protect each other and live together in what sounds to me like an abandoned chemical plant. Their society is based on the Jungle Book, and is very cool if also very disturbing in many ways.

So, pros: very cool world building, very interesting protagonist, very interesting plot.
Cons: mentions of child rape and child prostitution, consent issues, really bizarre (dated?) understanding of autism (the story begins with Sarah in an institution, and she's believed to be autistic because she was mute as a child and now can only communicate in quotations from stories that she's memorized)

Recommend with reservations.



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Jul. 24th, 2017 07:20 pm
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In case you missed it, the drunken revelry that is [community profile] firewhiskeyfic happened once again this past weekend, and I again participated, which means I'm responsible for one of the 12 ~incoherent entries. :P

I just read them all and, once I stopped giggling, voted, so now it's your turn!
If interested, do go and read them, and then vote here for the categories presented.

And trust me, there's something there for everyone, including house-elf sex, Snarry, H/D, Kink...You name it. *g* Go check it out!

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Jul. 24th, 2017 08:08 pm
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*spends two hours crocheting part of a shawl that is supposed, excluding any row-currently-in-progress, to be rectangular throughout the process*

*puts it down for several hours*

*picks it back up and discovers it's trapezoidal*

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Jul. 24th, 2017 04:50 pm
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We understand that sign-ups are complex (particularly in this exchange) and many participants have more time to complete a sign-up on the weekend. Because of that, we have decided to extend sign-ups through the weekend. 

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Things I’ve liked recently on the internet:

  • Just today I started listening to Iris Dement. I was raised on country music and can’t believe I missed her entirely til now. This one made me tear up– I feel like I know several people just now who are feeling diminished, but who mean so much to the people who love them.
  • An interview with Atul Gawande by economist Tyler Cowen that’s not in the New Yorker, so maybe you missed it? Has sound (which I haven’t tested) and transcript. I liked this bit:

COWEN: Do you feel you’ve underachieved in life?

GAWANDE: That’s a hard question. [laughs] I know objectively that it’s kind of ridiculous that I would think I’ve underachieved, and that I’m proud of all the random things that I’ve been able to be part of. But I bear a kind of chronic dissatisfaction and sense that I’ve got much more to follow through on than I’ve managed to. So yeah, I think “underachieved” is the wrong word, and yet I don’t feel I’ve achieved nearly enough, and that half of what I’ve achieved, I wish I could go back and fix.

This post also appears at read write run repeat. Comments read and welcomed in either place!

Out now: Stormy Nights

Jul. 24th, 2017 09:54 pm
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Release day for my new book. :-) This is a collection of short stories, some reprints and some new to publication. It's available now from all good ebook sellers (and you would not believe how long I spent at the weekend tracking down All The Amazons). Full details including all those buy links are on the page for Stormy Nights on the Storm Duffy site, and you can see the cover below. I don't have an approved-by-publisher excerpt as yet, but will endeavour to provide some snippets over the next few days.

Sex and love, lies and truth, shades in between. Happy endings and might-have-beens. Nine tales of these things between men.

Stormy Nights contemporary gay romance
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1. I went to see Cursed Child the other week! I had very few expectations going in, other than that the staging would be fantastic (which it was), but friends, I loved it. I mean, I'm sure there are criticisms to be made of it? But I just enjoyed it so much. (Not least because I went to see it with [personal profile] raven, so we got to talk about our reactions and take photos of each other with our respective house banners. ♥) I laughed, I cried, I never knew what was going to happen, it was excellent. I'm torn between "I WANT TO SEE IT AGAIN" and "I don't want to risk diluting this wonderful experience". I do want to read the script, though, which I haven't yet done.

2a. STAR TREK DISCO NEW TRAILER AHHHHH WHAT IF IT'S GOOD

2b. I saw Star Trek Beyond a year ago yesterday, so have now been at Peak Star Trek Joy for a whole year and it's been amazing.

3. THIRTEEN. I didn't really know who Jodie Whittaker was, so it took a moment to sink in, but then I watched the teaser and suddenly had all these emotions in my eyes. And she looks so Doctorish! A little weird and otherworldly and mischievous. I can't wait. It's a shame that we still have a white actor playing the Doctor (my top picks for Fourteen: Meera Syal, Indira Varma, Josette Simon), but this means so much to me even so, not least because I was so sure it was going to be yet another white dude. Also, I watched a few episodes last season for Bill, who is wonderful, and I'm crossing my fingers that she'll be Thirteen's companion, whilst also resigning myself to the likelihood that we'll get a solo boy companion instead.

4. Character announcements for Young Justice season three! I've always found Young Justice a bit hit and miss (I still haven't seen the last three episodes), but with enough hits to keep me more or less on board. ALSO. don't think this is really a spoiler, but just to be on the safe side ) I'm also holding out a teeny tiny bit of hope that now they're free of the constraints of whatever network they were on before, they might be able to include queer characters, as originally planned.

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Jul. 24th, 2017 05:07 pm
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There are 12 incoherent entries this round for you viewing (and voting) pleasure! Please remember to vote for the NUMBER of the piece, not the title.

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ENTRY #12

Jul. 24th, 2017 05:06 pm
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Title: Derrign-do-dong
Author:
I am of legal drinking age in my region: (yes/no) YES.
Pairing(s)/Characters/Fandom: Mostly Snarry. But hints at Forest of Dean sexual shenanigans.
Challenge: I'm aiming to get at all of them. Perhaps even within the first 300 words. BINGO!!!! within 269 words!
Summary: Harry wants to prove he's brave in bed. Severus ony lets him prove it to him (though Ron and Hermione want a reprot)
Rating/Warnings: M/R for nakedness, discussion of BDSM, and fluff. and a littel bit of crack, too.
Word count: 1099
Author's Notes (if any): Somehow it turned otu snarry and fluffy and mabe a little cracky. Thanks to everyone for playing this round! sorry for the lack fo explicit porn, but it needed to end where it needed to end.

Derrign-do-dong )

ENTRY #11

Jul. 24th, 2017 05:05 pm
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Title: Fanstasy or some poncey shit like that. I give pretentious titles to stuff and I knwo yit
Author:
I am of legal drinking age in my region: YES
Pairing(s)/Characters/Fandom: Sirius/Harry, Sirius/Harry/Snape, Harry wanking. Harry Potter!
Challenge: Harry Potter, Mirror of Erised, Room of Requirement, Anniversary, "What do you mean, I'm not brave in bed?"
Summary: Harry goes to see if the Room of Rewirmant still worka and yeah. Parnetly is does. YEEs.
Rating/Warnings: NC-17. Sirius has a monster cock and the RoR has a Lovehoney account and there’s sex toys and lube everywhere
Word count: 3154
Author's Notes (if any): This is longer atn most of the shit I wirte sobver what the fuck ieven and why is harry a fucking size queen???

Fanstasy or some poncey shit like that. )

ENTRY #10

Jul. 24th, 2017 05:05 pm
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Title:Banishing Nargles
Author:
I am of legal drinking age in my region: YES, DEAR GOD, for DECADES now. Sad.
Pairing(s)/Characters/Fandom: HP. I don’t remember who all is in it. Figure it out.
Challenge: Fire Whistky fic. Oh Wait., uhm., Harry Potter and the Room. O requirement. O r somethig/
Summary: Pansy is so done with this shit...
Rating/Warnings: Not really., Stuff is imp[lies/ I’m too drunk to write pron.
Word count: 1600~
Author's Notes (if any): What the hell am I doinbg? Sopmeone STOP me~! Uh, too late...

Banishing Nargles )

ENTRY #9

Jul. 24th, 2017 05:04 pm
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Title:bBoring Mc Boring Face
Author:
I am of legal drinking age in my region: YASSSS BITCHES!!!!!!
Pairing(s)/Characters/Fandom: HP, DM, OMC
Challenge:From Alisanne: Toquitos, Harry Potter, "What do you mean, I'm not brave in bed?”
Summary: I don’t think this makes any sense. I’m sorry if ti does
Rating/Warnings: Uh, warning for no actual sexcks. I got tired and didnt feel like sriteing a whole bunsh of pages oaf stuff. because when I write it turns into a marathon.
Word count: beats me, this thing doesn’t have a word count veature
Author's Notes (if any): Sorry for not having sex in the fic, but I’m tired and I actually wated to kinda finsih befor e I passed out. I did manahe to mention toquitos, though!

bBoring Mc Boring Face )

ENTRY #8

Jul. 24th, 2017 05:03 pm
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Title: The Mirror DON'T LIE
Author: [REDACTED] MOTHERFUCKER
I am of legal drinking age in my region: yes
Pairing(s)/Characters/Fandom: Harry/Draco HP VERSE
Challenge: Mirror of Erised
Summary: They look in the mirrir and want to try it
Rating/Warnings: EXPLCIT
Word count: lik 1500 words or close to it I dunno
Author's Notes (if any): I got more drunk as I wrote.

The Mirror DON'T LIE )

ENTRY #7

Jul. 24th, 2017 05:03 pm
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Title: LIttle Black Dress
Author:
I am of legal drinking age in my region: (yes/no) OH so very much yes
Pairing(s)/Characters/Fandom: Harry/Sirius/Remus
Challenge: to send in this kinky thing before I sober up too hard
Summary: Just look athe warnings, okay?
Rating/Warnings: Explicit? R? I mean, there's just handjobs, but it's Underage, to the tune of book 5. Daddy kink. Ageplay on top of it already being underage. Sooo Ymmv, yeah. i wanwred you.
Word count: 2200
Author's Notes (if any): dedicated to the gnat i accidentally killed by setting my pint glass down on tip of it. wait! no! it’s walking again! tha gnat has risen! It’s actually walkkng across the BIBLE which I keep on my desk for literary purposes only, as I’m pretty much an athiest, but I do think Jesus is a right-on dude.

Okay, anyway.

LIttle Black Dress )

ENTRY #6

Jul. 24th, 2017 05:02 pm
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Title: At the Last Minute
Author: [REDACTED] (Lord is that right??)
I am of legal drinking age in my region: For sure!
Pairing(s)/Characters/Fandom:Harry Potter; Harry/Draco
Challenge: July?? LOL. Oh wait. Actually: Harry Potter, Mirror of Erised, Room of Requirement, Anniversary , "What do you mean, I'm not brave in bed?" Although I don't think I managed that last one after all.
Summary: Eighth year (but not because it's techicalloy seventh? I can't do math like this); RoR, Mirror of Erised; smut.
Rating/Warnings: I'm terrible at these when I'm drunk. NC-17. Hand jobs and frotting I think? Intergluteal? Mentions of bondage and blow jobs?
Word count: 4k ish. Omg. Nearly 5k! LOL!
Author's Notes (if any): I seriously don't know how this is 5k. I don't know what all happens.

At the Last Minute )

ENTRY #5

Jul. 24th, 2017 05:01 pm
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Title: Hufflepuff not Gryffindor
Author:
I am of legal drinking age in my region: (yes/no) Yes
Pairing(s)/Characters/Fandom: Draco/TEddy, Draco/Teddy/Harry, Harry Potter
Challenge: Harry Potter, Mirror of Erised, Room of Requirement, Anniversary, "What do you mean, I'm not brave in bed?"
Summary: Teddy's not that breaveafter all.
Rating/Warnings: Threesome
Word count: ~365
Author's Notes (if any): WOOT Firewhisleu!

Hifflepuff not Gryffindor )

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