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  1. Public Bookmark 3

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    “You came up through the print works, did you not? An ink-streaked urchin, giddy with hot lead and hungry to one day rule the Fourth Estate. Truly, William Stead must quake in your rivalry.”

    Fred Best has fought his way out of poverty to become the best type setter the print works has. But journalism is where his heart lies, until he finds himself distracted by the new machine apprentice, Tom.

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    22 Jun 2017

  2. Public Bookmark *

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    Charles Xavier has returned from the dead -- but is lost within his own mind. Rogue has cast aside her own power and doesn't know where she fits in the world any longer. The production of synthetic Cure means mutantkind itself is newly at risk. And Magneto, turned human against his will, is in despair until the day he feels a familiar consciousness tugging at his own --

    Set after X-3 (with much desperate fix-it applied), during XMFC, and every time in between.

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    14 Jul 2014

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    Written for the following prompt: Charles knows everything about Erik, knows how obsessive and self-destructive he is, how Erik would do anything, give anything, in his quest for vengeance against Shaw. But he also knows that Erik loves him in ways that aren't exactly platonic.

    I'd like to see a completely straight!Charles, out of pure love and care of Erik, initiate a romantic relationship with him. It can be because he wishes to give Erik something positive in his life or because he thinks it might help change Erik's mind about Shaw, the reason is up to author. Also, while Charles finds intimacy with Erik strange and awkward, he does enjoy the new, non-romantic layers that have developed in their relationship.

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    14 Jul 2014

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    In the end, Gimli thinks, Legolas will steal his heart and sail away with it, and even the wonders of the Glittering Caves are not enough consolation for that loss. But when Aragorn calls for Gimli’s help in dismantling the hidden traps of Orthanc, everything changes.

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    14 Jul 2014

  5. Rec 13

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    The kind of conversation people have when they've been stuck in a safehouse for too long.

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    27 Dec 2013

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    Shapeshifter AU, short and sweet - I loved the wordplay in this one.

  6. Rec 58

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    “We might be meat for hounds tomorrow,” Esca says, feeling the words scrape his throat raw and watching for understanding in Marcus’ eyes. They have no time to waste now. None at all.

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    27 Dec 2013

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    Definitely film-based, desperate scene of gorgeously written hurt/comfort porn.

  7. Rec *

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    The merchant, Gnaeus, who had sold Marcus this property, had spoken of a solid main building, of well-kept pens and fertile soil, all newly abandoned by deceitful tenants and only cheap because he was tired of the whole business and wanted the land off his hands for good. He had talked of neighbours and a village nearby with opportunities of trade, but he had entirely failed to mention that the house lay deep in tribal country.

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    27 Dec 2013

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    Quiet, but not simple examination of Marcus and Esca settling after the end of the film. A new year indeed.

  8. Rec 2

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    A bar, a man of fifty looking for a girl of twenty.

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    27 Dec 2013

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    Perfectly delineated drabble on, I think, expectations. Loved it.

  9. Rec 11

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    Victor collapses in the Arctic. The Creature intervenes.

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    27 Dec 2013

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    Lies, love, ice. Gorgeous.

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    Brian doesn't lie to cars. He doesn't lie to Dom either, but that's a newer development.

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    26 Dec 2013

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    Brian talks to cars, and cars talk back. The Charger and the Supra of the first film (this is set between five and six) are given perfect voices, and I really love the author's characterisation of both American muscle cars and of imports. It sounds like crackfic, but there's a fascinating depth to this story.

  11. Rec 2

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    He's an old sourpuss with a drinking problem. She's a carnival owner with a few messiah issues. They've been friends so long there's nobody who doesn't treat them like an old married couple.

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    26 Dec 2013

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    There's no happy endings, but the show still goes on. Older people fiction, with the weight of friendship and the tangled obligations and bruises of life delineated perfectly in this fierce, compassionate piece of writing.

  12. Rec 3

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    Melville describes Ahab's wife as a 'sweet, resigned girl'. But what if she wasn't?

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    26 Dec 2013

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    It'd be very easy to make Mrs Ahab the heroine of this piece, but like all the best characters Mrs Ahab too has her flaws, and for her not her whale but her husband is the chimera she follows. Darkly comic.

  13. Rec 13

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    After an abduction, there must be a gloomy house in the countryside filled with sinister retainers. Abby has no intention of letting it stay that way, and, all in all, she has high hopes of this abduction turning out rather better than any trashy romance one might do.

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    26 Dec 2013

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    Lovely cheerful and practical coda to the book - Abigail with tea and lists!

  14. Rec 10

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    Klaus believes in things he can touch, not superstitions and mountain spirits. He doesn't see any problem in cutting across a sacred mountain to surprise the enemy.

    But the spirits are more real than he thinks. Now he has to decide whether to risk bringing their curse down on Taki, or abandon Taki and let it run its course - though he can't see any way he's getting out of that alive.

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    26 Dec 2013

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    This is gorgeous. It's rich with the mythic imagery, frustrated passion, formality, and violence which is the hallmark of the original canon, perfectly depicted.

  15. Rec 9

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    For all it was such an inconvenient place to live (what with the zombies, and all) even now I'm dead I can't quite bring myself to leave.

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    26 Dec 2013

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    The dialect is stunning. I've no idea how accurate it is (although I suspect, very) but the rhythm of speech, the language, is gorgeous, and the sense of place startlingly rich in this story. It's melded seemlessly with a zombie apocalypse which is just one more day-to-day hazard.

  16. Rec 2

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    “You know, kid,” Henry said, slowly unbuttoning his third shirt, “there's two things you should do when cheating at this game, and only one of them involves the cards.”

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    26 Dec 2013

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    A slyly witty piece of writing perfectly performed for film and characters.

  17. Rec 2

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    "Tell me, sirs, was it not bravely done?"

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    26 Dec 2013

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    Vicious and disturbing dialogue from the point of view of Lightborn (Lucifer), Edward II's assassin in the play. Brilliantly written.

  18. Rec 9

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    Many sorrows were brought on the deer of Ireland by clan Uí Baiscne; the slaying of deer by fleet-footed Fionn and his stealing away of Sadhbh to be his wife, and the two-fold loss of Oisín, who should have been their own.

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    25 Dec 2013

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    I oved both the rhythm of the language of this story, and the inevitable sorrows, so sweetly and sadly delineated. In particular, the normalisation of transformation - animal to human - and also the sense of both time and magic passing.

  19. Rec 59

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    The new kid drops into the chair closest to Johnny. “Pass me that worksheet, will ya,” he says, with a twang that says he’s not local.

    Johnny and Dally, in Baltimore.

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    25 Dec 2013

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    The High School AU I never knew I wanted to read. Dirty, gritty and real. It says something worth hearing, too, this story, about cycles of violence and love.

  20. Rec 2

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    James pays Niki a visit, Niki pays James a visit. There is driving, there is swearing, there is a great deal of friendship.

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    25 Dec 2013

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    The casual, immediate rivalry and friendship between Niki Lauder and James Hunt so insightfully written. I really like the language, too - the pad-pad-pad of Niki Lauder's cat - but this story feels real.

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