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    Master of Death wasn’t merely a cute title or an empty human phrase. Death needs a master for all those pesky human interactions he can’t handle from a metaphysical plane. Collecting the Deathly Hallows is only the beginning. A true Master faces a lifetime of tasks for Death.

    In other words, this is the story of one little girl growing up to become the Master of Death. And of all the adventures after that.

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    Yuuri never goes to Detroit. He gets an offer to train with Yakov Feltsman in St. Petersburg and takes that, instead. He's about to enter the Senior division and his idol, Victor Nikiforov, is in his prime, at the apex of his spectacular winning streak.

    It's the opportunity of a lifetime. More good fortune than Yuuri thinks he deserves... until he actually arrives in Russia. He's cold and lonely, fighting for scraps of attention from his coach, and he felt closer to Victor when they were continents apart.

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    02 Jul 2021

    Bookmarker's Notes

    First of all, hands down this story has the best original skating programs for Victor and Yuuri. The music, themes, choreography, and costumes are all described in enough detail to be imaginable (and what is imagined is absolutely stunning) without bogging the story down with too much minutia that would interrupt the flow. These programs feel like real achievements and, like in the actual show, really work for character and relationship development. The free skate programs in particular are amazing.

    In addition to phenomenal figure skating in the best traditions of canon, this story does amazing with the characterizations. The author indicates in a note that the idea of younger and less polished Yuuri and Victor is an intriguing concept and here they are intriguing. There is miscommunication, communication through skating, and chemistry between the two (just like in the show). The things that change (Yuuri's earlier confidence, them getting together earlier) are organic results of the changed premise; it feels so plausible. There is even that one chapter that reveals Victor's perspective to fill in missing puzzle pieces, just like episode 10 does. The love story is sweet and powerful and it is so fun to see them both competing against each other as they both help each other love the ice and to reach for impossible heights as they come to love each other. It's a lovely read and reread.

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    In which Stephanie Rogers is the complicating element in the sweeping romance of Bucky Barnes and Lady Liberty.

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    20 Jun 2021

    Bookmarker's Notes

    What is so good about this story is how it truly does an AU of canon with Stephanie Rogers as a historically viable heroine. The little "artifacts" of newspapers, articles, blogs, museum exhibits, etc. are a running theme that elevates this from a well written "Captain America as a woman" to an exploration of the historical depiction of women during WWII. As a history teacher I am astounded by how well this capture the changing mores and the trail that "Lady Liberty" would set up. The full brilliance of this conveyance is that the author allows "Liberty" to be messily understood in history--she starts out as a pin-up but ends up inspiring as a soldier, has a series of film and comic depictions that go from the respectful to sexist, has a wonderful love story that just can't sit well when it's presumably also adultery, and remains a complete mystery. It's just lovely in how it is capturing the historical time period. Added to all that really rather insightful historical framework, the love story is so earnest between Stephanie and Bucky that it's heartwarming, heartwrenching, and heartbreaking...even as it plays out with the same outcomes of the movies. The relationship also brings up a lot of the historical norms of the time--seeming to fit very well into the historical context even when it also the pair defy social norms of the time. Despite not loving the "Winter Soldier" plotline, I am anxious for this story to be updated and completed so that we can retread that territory (though I am hopeful that Bucky being Stephanie's husband will temper some of the Civil War stuff...because that is also a very interesting look at gender and relationship expectations. But even if it is never updated again, this was a very thoughtprovoking read.

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    Harry looks vaguely nervous, scratching the back of his neck. “It's a really long story,” he says finally, almost apologetically, “and it's really hard to believe.”

    “Try me,” Regulus says, more than a little daringly.

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    20 Jun 2021

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    Regulus Black is such an intriguing cipher of a linchpin of book seven--which leaves a wide open space for a talented author to fill in, and boy does this author take that challenge. Regulus has a unique voice that fits so easily into what we do know about the story. In fact, all of the Marauder Era characterizations are a lovely enlarged interpretation built from the few mentions of canon. Here Harry is allowed to shine my favorite canonical strengths (kindness, determination, modesty, and courage) through the really amazing interactions. Potter family feels, Black brother feels, and just general HP worldbuilding feels are all fantastically woven together. Very enjoyable to read (and reread).

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    “I have to go!” Yuuri blurts out. As an assistant coach, he needs to be at Minami’s interviews, even if it is Victor of all people standing right in front of him.

    “Wait—” Victor says, but Yuuri has already ducked away. “Yuri!” he hears Victor call from behind him.

    Yuuri doesn’t stop. He’s made that mistake before – why would Victor Nikiforov know who Yuuri is this year any more than he did last year? Yuri Plisetsky is debuting as a senior, after all, and might be here at the Cup of China to support his rinkmates.

    It may be the sound of Yuuri’s name on Victor’s lips, but there is no way Victor is calling for him.

     

    (Canon-divergence. The Nishigori triplets never upload Yuuri's rendition of Stammi Vicino online. Yuuri buys himself time to decide whether he wants to stay on the ice or retire by joining Minami Kenjirou's team as an assistant coach.

    Victor never hears from the beautiful Japanese skater after Sochi. He choreographs On Love: Eros because he can’t quite let go, but it’s getting harder to push himself on the ice and the cracks are starting to show.

    Two lost individuals take a different route to find love and life, but they eventually get there all the same.)

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    20 Jun 2021

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    A really lovely story of how else the pair could have ended up in Barcelona. The double timeline nature of the story really captures Yuuri's personal growth the way that the actual series does. The "for want of a nail" premise is combined with lovely echoes of canon where the characters behave similarly but also grow. The final chapter is especially poignant in the hurts, comforts, and sweetness of these two characters who connect so well but don't always communicate clearly. It's a lovely alternate telling of the story.

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    ???: why the fuck are you ignoring viktor

    Yuuri: Who is this? What are you talking about?

    ???: its yuri dumbass and you know exactly what i'm talking about

    Yuuri blinks at that. For a split second he wonders if an angrier asshole version of himself from an alternate universe, someone who spelled their name wrong and snubbed his nose at basic rules of grammar, had somehow found a way to pester him while he tried to prevent, by studying, at least one aspect of his life from crumbling into utter ruin. Then the split second passes and Yuuri reins in the insanity long enough to venture a rational approach.

    Yuuri: Yuri who?

    Three seconds later his phone rings.

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    Two weeks after his failure at Sochi, Yuuri receives a text from a mysterious number asking why the fuck he’s ignoring Viktor. So begins Yuri Plisetsky’s all out campaign to get Yuuri to finally text Viktor and end the torment of watching Viktor pine, and so begins Yuuri's descent into a wonderland of texting his idol, meeting his #1 fan(s), and slowly rebuilding his life with a little help from his friends.

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    19 Jun 2021

    Bookmarker's Notes

    This is an amazing character and communication driven piece. Using the things that we know about the characters, details and explanations are slotted in until this seems like a very real way for things to unfold. This really tackles all the personality driven reasons for miscommunication and yet gets the characters to communicate. It's perfect in how it conveys the imperfections and the way that Victor, Yuuri, and Yuri in particular try to overcome them. There is a catharsis to all the hurt (and comfort) in the story. The intertwining of the lists of "impossible things" as part of Yurri's dealing with anxiety dovetails so sweetly into the romance of chapter 23 that it really makes the whole story feel even more satisfying and artistic. Most impressive is how the characters flaws come out in a way that builds relationships through working on the flaws. It's just a really tender piece that is thoughtful both in fleshing out the world of the story and in conveying very thought provoking demonstrations of humanity.