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  1. Public Bookmark 29

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    Some scenes from an alternate version of Disney's Aladdin.

    What if people were good at wishing? The Genie's rules have holes you could drive a herd of camels through, but they don't have to. Aladdin and Jafar's wishes are shallow and limited, and lack the foresight that really effective wishing entails, but wouldn't a battle between effective wishers be much more interesting? And while we're at it, why does Jasmine have so little agency and basically act as a prize to be won in a battle between two men when literally the entire point of her narrative is that she's not that?

    Not exactly a complete fanfic, but enough of one that if you've seen the movie you can probably fill in the gaps yourself.

    Contains normative advice on the use and binding of Genies.

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    12 Aug 2017

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    The plot gets less interesting at the end, but the exploration of how to make wishes is cool.

  2. Public Bookmark 3

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    A different way Death Note could have gone.

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    12 Aug 2017

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    A cool idea, though not fleshed out very much.

  3. Rec 7

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    Science fiction loosely based on the Qeng Ho from Vernor Vinge's "A Deepness in the Sky", about the question of what it's like to work on a ten thousand year old legacy code base.

    Mostly slice of life from the perspective of a programmer aboard an interstellar trading ship with little over-arching plot (though that may change over time).

    This is a mirror with the canonical version living on my blog, but it's probably much easier to read the archives here.

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    12 Aug 2017

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    An interesting science fiction exploration of programming, technology, and sociology in the future. I look forward to seeing where it goes.

  4. Public Bookmark 17

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    "I've summoned a demon for sex," she said, on the second date and the fourth martini. "It's safe as long as you don't let them talk."

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    25 Jun 2017

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    Interesting exploration of a human’s views in the Daevinity Glowfic setting, and the conundrums one would face there. But the ending is sad because it brings the main character’s journey to a dead end.

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    Harry Potter has been banged up for ten years in the hellhole brig of Azkaban for a crime he didn't commit, and his traitorous brother, the not-really-boy-who-lived, has royally messed things up. After meeting Fate and Death, Harry is given a second chance to squash Voldemort, dodge a thousand years in prison, and snatch everything his hated brother holds dear. H/Hr/LL/DG/GW.

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    05 Mar 2017

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    This story has some problems with believability, but also has much to recommend it. Despite the problems, it was still usually an engaging read, and I look forward to the next installment (currently only 33 chapters are published).

    The worldbuilding around what is possible with magic, and what a magical world with more sensible institutions would like, is quite interesting. This includes the better Quidditch rules in chapter 22, Harry’s phobia, and the Fidelius shenanigans.

    The plot developments are also surprising and clever. The political maneuverings show depth. And I like the glimpses of the darker, rarely-written-about sides of the wizarding world such as the whorehouse and the lustful ghost.

    The building of the harem is a bit unbelievable, especially in how it starts. How did Harry convince Hermione’s parents to let him tutor her in math behind closed doors for so much time? Why do all these girls like him so much after merely spending time with him, and why are they so happy about him being their “lord” in some cases? Culture could explain some cases and individual personalities could explain others, but there are too many girls for that to be a believable explanation for all of them.

    However, the characters in the harem are all different enough, and eventually have enough interesting stories of their own, that I can forgive these mistakes and still enjoy the story, though the flimsy premise is always in the back of my mind reminding me that it could have been greater.

    Another disappointing element of the story is that the AU elements are not very clear, though that hasn’t been as much of a problem in later chapters. Magical institutions were arbitrarily upgraded just to make them cooler, but only as a side note, which means I can’t predict when one of those differences could affect the plot. Albus being relatively evil is also cliché given that it isn’t the main premise of the story, though a partial explanation has been hinted at that at least ties his actions to one of the original magics of the story, so it’s mostly but not completely out-of-the-blue.