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騎士姫 by akko



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  1. Rec 18

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    “You’re young,” Alex says bluntly. “Younger than me, even, and no one thought me any good until I’d proven myself in battle. And those of us who study the sword have many more opportunities to prove ourselves publicly--you lot are all shut away in your cloister, how would anyone even know?”

    “It’s not like they thought anything of me there either until the first Trials,” Thom says, a touch bitter. “I am so tired of proving myself.”

    “I would be too,” Alex says. “I’d look for something decisive. That’s not to say you have to do what Delia says, of course.”

    “You don’t seem to doubt me,” Thom says, something odd in his voice. He knocks his shoulder against Alex’s, carefully.

    Alex means to use Thom of Trebond to further his own plans. It doesn't turn out that way at all.

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    27 Aug 2014

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    I don't quite know that this hits quite the right characterisation notes for everyone*, but it gets them 95% of the time, and the notes are very good all the same. Alex is one of my favourite Tortall characters, so focusing on him is always appreciated. His interaction with Alanna particularly is spot on in my eyes. Worth it.

    *I imagine Delia and Roger several shades more intelligent, Alex more controlled even in these sorts of situations, and Thom just as arrogant but in a slightly different manner.

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    Chuck is dead.

    Chuck wakes up.

    Inspired by a prompt on the Pacific Rim kink meme asking for a Groundhog's Day style fic of Chuck reliving his last day over and over again.

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    25 Aug 2014

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    A finely-crafted little story. Good work on Chuck and (despite not being that prominent) Stacker particularly, I think. And manages to leave Raleigh and Mako as the excellent Drift partners that they are while Raleigh and Chuck screw each other. Making any set of lovers into Drift partners (always better than their usual pairing) and vice versa is the scourge of PR 'fic.

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    Faced with an eternity without his brother, Loki strikes a bargain to change the past. Post TDW.

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    24 Jul 2014

    Bookmarker's Notes

    A strong interpretation of Loki and a better one of Odin, with whose usual fanfic depictions as either the blindest sort of unknowing idiot or the cruellest kind of unfeeling manipulator I am truly bored. (A sentence which I tried to write without pedantically moving the preposition away from the end; but I was unable to tolerate even that minor sin). As various others among my bookmarks, this gets bonus points for feeling like it was written as a whole or at least with a good plan, instead of just churned out chapter by chapter. While heavy on angst, it only very occasionally - mostly towards the end - feels gratious, and proantagonist has another sense rare in fanfiction authors: when and how to *use* grief and events that cause it, rather than throwing it in because it is simply the thing to do. It's all the more welcome in a 'fic that bills itself as a Fix-It story. Good writing.

  4. Rec 1

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    During the Reaper War, the fate of the galaxy depends on Commander Shepard. You can read a thousand stories about the Commander. This is not one of them.

    But what about the faceless grunts--the soldiers, mercenaries, and random hangers-on who do the unglamorous work of activating communication arrays, gathering intel, escorting recon drones, and eliminating key enemy personnel?

    These are their stories.

     

    (One of the friends with whom I play Mass Effect 3 Multiplayer started writing ficlets based on the multiplayer missions and game mechanics. I was thereby inspired to follow suit. The full set of writings can be found here. (link goes to readable google document.) )

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    20 Jul 2014

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    MP games are extraordinarily fertile ground for little 'fics, and this is handled just as I'd like. Written with aplomb and a sense of fun.

  5. Public Bookmark 25

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    Marian and Garrett Hawke both leave their mark on Kirkwall. Kirkwall probably wishes they hadn't.

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    15 Jul 2014

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    A neat little juggling of some different approaches to the game, helped by a focus on the strong theme of family that DA2 started out with but then tended to forget for long periods. Not necessarily the strongest ending, in my opinion, but a solid and worthwhile 'fic at least.