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Dec. 26th, 2015

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Loaded March

Loaded March series by footloose is an awesome work of art (Arthur/Merlin). The story is epic, and yet the emotions and actions of the characters are very much on a personal level. Even before the author finished the series, I had reread it several times--sometimes immediately after I'd finished. If you love Arthur/Merlin, then this story is for you. Here is the author's summary:

Captain Arthur Pendragon has put together the best team of specialists that the SAS has ever seen, but when his superiors assign Lieutenant Merlin Emrys as his communications officer, Arthur does everything to make him feel unwelcome. Arthur's job is to protect and guide his team through dangerous missions, and he worries that he can't do that when the newest member has a mysterious background and acts suspicious when he thinks no one is looking.

As their assignments become more dangerous, Merlin can't help but to use his magic to keep his team -- even his prat of a Captain -- safe from threats they couldn't possibly understand. But when they are sent on a undercover operation against a group of zealots intent on a magical apocalypse, Merlin needs to confront his fear of discovery and derision, and to finally trust his team with his secret.

Arthur and Merlin rely on each other for more than the sake of their mission. The entire world is at stake. When they learn -- from dragons, no less -- that they are prophesied to restore the balance of magic to the world, they fight on regardless of the outcome, because duty, honour and loyalty is a far stronger driving force than destiny.

Sep. 6th, 2015

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Candle, Cup, and Casket

Candle, Cup, and Casket by Desiderii is an amazing Merlin (Merlin/Arthur) space opera that grabs hold of you and just DOES NOT LET GO! I stayed up all night reading, as I was so caught up in the story and characters that sleep was impossible. This epic is awesome in every sense of the word. Here is the author's summary:

In some far distant future, Arthur heir Pendragon, Captain of the galley-class Kilgharrah and Prince of the Camelot, answers a distress call from the alien-besieged Ealdor. There, he finds Merlin, a plausibly-deniable sorcerer with an irresistible grin. This is the story of how the terraformation of planet Albion was threatened by the prejudices of the past, of finding solid ground and taking a stand, and of giving yourself reasons to trust.

A phantasmagorical space opera, high fantasy in a science fiction setting, this work includes cyborg Arthur, fighter-pilot Morgana, spectral dragons, Lovecraftian horrors, sentient spaceships, and a little bit of that kissing stuff.

Aug. 21st, 2015

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Pushing Boundaries

The Pushing Boundaries series by Macx is exactly what I wanted after seeing the trailer for Jurassic World. The pack bond between Owen Grady and the velociraptors ( especially Blue) is amazing and delightful. Here's the author's summary for the first story (out of two), Tainted:


Owen Grady had always had a talent for animals. Like his grandfather. It was a talent that ran in the families.

Masrani Global recruited him to train raptors. It was an intriguing, novel idea, something only a crazy or insane person would attempt.

Owen wasn't crazy or insane. He knew he could do this.

He just didn't know how deep he would get into it, how strong the connection to the pack would become, how close... they, the four of them, would become to him.

His grandfather had always warned him: don't get too close. Don't let them connect. Well, it was too late for that now.

Fair warning, both stories are epic, and you won't want to stop reading. :-)

May. 20th, 2015

usagi

Life Sentence

Life Sentence by astolat is a Brian/Dom Fast & the Furious AU that just hits all my buttons. (I wasn't even sure I could read F&F vic anymore without crying, but this story took me for a wild and fun ride.) Here's the author's summary:


“Sit down,” the doctor said. He took blood, three vials filling up dark red. “Any medical conditions?”

“No,” Dom said, and then his mouth kept going and said, “What if I want to volunteer for bonding?”

The doctor peered at him over the glasses. “Do you want to volunteer for bonding?”

It hung in the air. Dom felt it like a noose around his throat, squeezing. Twenty-five to life. “Yeah,” he said.

May. 4th, 2014

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Secret Keeper

Title: Secret Keeper
Author: Princess Nat (moonprincessnaton LJ)
Fandom: Harry Potter
Pairing/Characters: James Potter, Lily Evans Potter, Remus Lupin
Rating/Category: K+ (strong language)
Summary: What if James and Lily had made a different choice for their Secret Keeper?
Word Count: 1,438

Secret Keeper

Mar. 16th, 2014

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Shadowlord and Pirate King

Shadowlord and Pirate King by footloose and mushroomtale is an epic space opera of the first order (Arthur/Merlin). The story captures the spirit of Star Wars while building its own very distinct universe. Here is the authors' summary:

A fast ship, a good crew, a treasure, a Clan to lead -- that's all Arthur Pendragon has ever wanted. He sits on the Council, he supports his father's kingship, and he keeps an eye on the Imperial Conglomerate when they come too close to Pirate space.

One day the Conglomerate infiltrates the Clans and poisons the King. Arthur must search for a cure to keep his father alive and the Clans from civil war.

An escape route, a sharp knife, a target, the shadows at his command -- that's all Merlin has ever needed. He fulfills his assignments, he uses the Sterling to sustain his once-royal House in their exile, and wages a private war against the Imperial Conglomerate.

When he learns of an elaborate plot to assassinate him, Merlin does the opposite of what's expected. He flees onto a Pirate ship.

There's a saying among the Pirates: that one's fate is written in the stars. Destiny will always set to rights what has been made wrong.

Arthur and Merlin know that they were meant for the other from the moment they meet. They can feel it from across the galaxies separating them. Nothing can stop them from being together or from fulfilling an ancient prophecy.

Nov. 5th, 2013

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TV Meme

Gacked from hawk_soaring:

Bold all of the following TV shows of which you've seen 3 or more episodes.
- Italicize a show if you're positive you've seen every episode.
- Asterisk * if you have at least one full season on tape, DVD, or blu ray.
- If you want, add up to 3 additional shows (keep the list in alphabetical order


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Apr. 3rd, 2013

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Story of a Girl

Geeze, I can't believe I hadn't recc'd this yet; it's one of my all time favorites. In fact, I thought I had, but no...

Story of a Girl by seperis is a Stargate Atlantis (John/Rodney) genderswitch story. (And I just have to say that I absolutely adore Joan Sheppard.) In this universe, Joan Sheppard is the Air Force Major that goes to Atlantis and becomes the Military Commander. As a woman, she has to work even harder than John to get the respect of the Marines, but she does have Teyla's help. As for Rodney, well, it seems no incarnation of John Sheppard is immune to Rodney's own particular brand of charm.
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Feb. 1st, 2013

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Word Surgeon App

Word Surgeon, my husband's first app, is up on the iTunes App Store! It's a fun word puzzle game. Here's the description: These unfortunate phrases have been disemvoweled and squashed together! Separate the two words of each phrase by sliding letter tiles up or down. When all of the consonants are aligned correctly, the vowels will automatically appear.

Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 4.0 or later.
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Dec. 31st, 2012

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Ironsides

Wow... it's been awhile, sorry. RL reared its ugly head, and I've been too tired to write or even post. However, I have been reading and, of course, fell into another fandom...

Ironsides by copperbadge is an Avengers (Steve/Tony) genderswitch story (Tony is Antonia Carter Stark in this universe). The story is terrific, and I just love Antonia. Author's summary: Antonia Carter Stark takes no shit and no prisoners.

Hopefully, I'll be able to get back to writing soon... Have a Happy New Year! :-)

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