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Hydra-Headed, Auditorial case, Miles, Roic and other Auditors, the Vorkosigan series, by Glishara

A Bit Too Much Good Work, Byerly/Rish, WIP, the Vorkosian series, by a_t_rain

By Any Means Necessary, Ivan/Byerly, canon up to Diplomatic Immunity, AU, the Vorkosigan series, by Tevildo

Nightfall, Hiccup raised by dragons-AU, How to Train Your Dragon, by Leletha

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Reading

1) (if it can be called reading...) Barbara Walker's Third Treasury of Knitting Patterns

2) The Vorrh by B. Catling, which has interesting images and little stories, occasionally feels like it's exoticising indigeneous people but overall not bad.

3) Barbara Mertz's Red Land, Black Land on "daily life in ancient Egypt", as the cover says. Chatty tone.
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YO, K2tog (it's like a code), Arthur/Eames, knitting, Inception, by lazulisong

Early Reunion, AU, Valka, Stoick, How to Train Your Dragon, by Raberba girl (Raberba_girl)

Through The Spines Unfurling (Five Things You Should Know About Cacti), Lee/Gaara, Naruto, by mstigergun. This is a fic of beauty.

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Have been watching the 2014 Romance of the Condor Heroes. 神鵰俠侶 is one of my favourite novels out of Jin Yong wuxia novels (I also adore 鹿鼎記 and 倚天屠龍記), and I have a soft spot for the televised versions, however ridiculously the condor is portrayed. When I first read the novel and came across the description of the giant condor, I assumed it was fake as I could not conceive of a bird that huge. Then I read more about birds and realised sure, they could be really big and perhaps Jin Yong just wrote about a slightly mutated version (you see where my X-men knowledge kicked in). (The novel describes a "man-sized" bird.)

The limits of special effects meant that early televised versions did have a man-sized condor, sort of like Big Bird that flapped fake-looking wings and did most of its flying off-camera, or in the distance. One took it on faith: this is TV, you are reminded while moping your heart out for the doomed romance of Yang Guo and Xiaolongnu. Then the 2006 China-made version featured a condor that Yang Guo could ride on could beat off dozens of men with its wings (my error - thanks for pointing that out, sabriel!). The 2014 version has one that humans could stand on, as though the bird was one of the Monkey King's magical clouds. That wingspan does not, even to my amateur eyes, look anything wide enough, and I'm vaguely dissatisfied that from being Yang Guo's friend, the Giant Condor has become something of a transportation device. Even if they needed to get to Xiangyang quickly. Seriously, they have qinggong, use it!
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The James Holmes Chronicles, Sherlock/John, Moriarty's son, AU, Sherlock, by prettyvk

On the Turning Away, Draco/Harry, HP, by [livejournal.com profile] blamebrampton. Or at LJ: Part 1, 2 and 3

these little powerless bones, squib, HP-verse, by dirgewithoutmusic

the family evans, Petunia Dursley, HP, by dirgewithoutmusic

A Better Leg, Hiccup, Httyd, byearthstar
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Blind Spot, Hiccup/Astrid, How to Train Your Dragon, by ArtemisRae

Starlight and Fairytales, Sherlock/John, Mycroft/Lestrade, child AU, WIP, Sherlock, by starrysummernights

The Best Laid Plans, Q/Bond, AU, WIP, Skyfall, by Lafayette1777

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With exams over, I've been taking it easy and trying to get scenarios of "what if" out of my head by reading and writing my Yuletide fic and also watching K-drama. Just finished The Master's Sun, rom-com with slight horror elements derived from the female character's Sixth Sense ability. Extra plus: the male character is played by So Ji-Sub and wears a lot of smart-looking clothes throughout the series. Also loved the genre-savvy deduction by So Ji-Sub's character, not only about how his magially-induced amnesia came to be, what what exactly the amnesia was hiding, i.e. that he was in love with the self-sacrificing Tae Kong-Sil (played by Kong Hyo-Jin - not my favourite, but she's rather adorable at moments). I always get frustrated at how seemingly idiotic amnesic characters behave in dramas and movies. So that was pretty enjoyable.
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Blind Spot, Hiccup/Astrid, How to Train Your Dragon, by ArtemisRae

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More Heyer reads: Black Sheep, The Nonesuch, Sprig Muslin and Lady of Quality (last few chapters). Reading a bunch of Heyer within a few days really brings up the similarity of plot devices and the amount of variation that can go into stock character types. Also, Bath. Okay, I think I've got it mostly out of my system for now.

Probably because I have been have also been alarmingly distracted by the 2013 TV version of The Smiling, Proud Wanderer, aka The Swordsman. The novel is by Louis Cha, though much of the story in this TV version has been greatly changed in the adaptation, which I have mixed feelings about. I was never the greatest fan of the novel itself, probably because (1) I read it after the watching The East is Red where the so-called evil Dongfang Bubai was played by Lin Ching-hsia and I spent half the time looking for this character while reading (in the novels this character only appears for a chapter or so); (2) the hero of the novel Linghu Chong is arrghhh, stupidly loyal to his teacher when people have tried throughout the novel to tell him that his teacher is a dishonourable hypocrite bastard. On the other hand, it does make Yue Buqun (the teacher) a really great villain, almost Iago-ian in his manipulativeness. (Although I adored the music they created for the Sam Hui movie version.)spoilers and too long thoughts )
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No Force in the Universe Can Stop Me, Tony Stark/Bruce Banner, AU-ish, Avengers, Iron Man movies, by notbeloved07

Treacherous, pre-Tuffnut/Eret, How To Train Your Dragon 2, NRGburst

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RL is giving me more stress than usual so what do I do? I write instead of dealing with it. And then I feel bad that I'm writing instead of dealing with stuff. It's not even good writing: I'm just writing out scenarios to exorcise all the paranoia going through my mind. Perhaps I should read a book instead.
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Learning to Fly, Hiccup/Astrid, How to Train Your Dragon, Riders of Berk, by NRGburst

For the Public Good, Harry/Draco, HP, by blamebrampton

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Books:

I've just finished reading Sleeping Murder by Agatha Christie. It's really very much like a Gothic mystery, isn't it, even to the ominous portents and quote from a literary work? Except with more red herrings. Reminds me of early Barbara Michaels.

At the library, I spotted Recollections of Rosings by Rebecca Ann Collins, which, as far as I can tell, is Sense and Sensibility Pride and Prejudice fanfic, going all the way to The Next Generation. (There was a whole shelf of them at the library.) I'm not sure I'm entirely convinced that P&P fanfic can be kept up in that fashion. (Well. At least it's not Sense and Sensibility and Zombies.) This particular volume looks like it might invent a villainous backstory for Lady Catherine de Bourgh, so I picked it. ^_^

ETA for correcting P&P for S&S. My only excuse is I enjoyed S&S more?
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Cold North Wind, Valka, Hiccup, Astrid, Toothless, How to Train Your Dragon 2, by sunflowerb

Puzzle Pieces, Valka, Hiccup, How to Train Your Dragon 2, by nicoli_boli

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Is it my sour grapes talking, or does my f-list happen to have more people than usual going on holiday and being rather self-congratulatory about it? Or is this normal summer behaviour and this is the first time I'm noticing it? I mean, there are posts with descriptions of holidays that I do like and remind self to put on bucket list. Then there are those posts where I scroll past and wonder if the poster is aware how the contents of the post come across. What makes the difference? Quality of writing? Attractiveness of destination? Photos?

I'm restless, I guess.

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