I’ve been feeling a little nostalgic lately, perhaps in part because I’ve been trying to remember a time where the world wasn’t covered in snow. Oh, those were the good old days. What’s better for these cold parts of winter, though, than curling up and re-playing a good RPG? So, riding on the coat-tails of this North Eastern bullshit blizzard and the not-bullshit-at-all Femslash February, I managed to discover a fic that delivered on the warm feelings from Mass Effect, a series near and dear to my heart, while not ignoring the consequences of a galaxy-wide threat that almost destroyed civilization.
Maybe I’m stretching a little bit: I know Mass Effect (2007) isn’t exactly old enough to be considered “nostalgic”, and this fic stems from the last game in the series, which came out in 2012, which makes it even less so. Still, The Good Shepard by Wifeofbath invokes these feelings of nostalgia by the sense of home it has in its tone. However, home isn’t always free of conflicts.
The other major part of this series is the real reason I wanted to rec this work. The sequel to You’ll Get There in the End is called War Games, and where the previous work was all about the Kirk/Spock relationship and sex and romance, the sequel is in essence a rollicking space pirate adventure story.
Howdy, readers! How would you like an adventure story for today? A story full of intrigue and political plots? A story that’s almost as confusing as the canon it comes from? Then grab a seat and get ready to hear about the most intense Homestuck fanfic I’ve ever read.
If you asked me what abomination recently happened on Supernatural or how I felt about the plot twist in Boardwalk Empire, I wouldn’t be able to give you an answer. I had thought my last hope for my interest in television shows died with the slowly fizzling embers of Sleepy Hollow (we could have had it all, FOX!!), but then… then I became involved with another show. Call it my lingering love for Law and Order: SVU and the desperation with which I want to see more diverse casts on prime-time television shows, but How To Get Away With Murder dragged me in quick and hard. I can’t say that ABC’s newest hit show doesn’t suffer from its own problems—what the hell is pacing and character development?—but I’m willing to give the first season of a show about a diverse group of law students led by a powerful, flawed, interesting Black woman a lot of leeway. However, and perhaps embarrassingly so, the one thing that keeps me coming back for more is the character Connor, and his trainwreck relationship with cute nerd extraordinaire, Oliver. By the end of the season, Oliver had effectively broken up with Connor, but luckily fanfic has come to fill my need. And what’s better than law students? Spies!
Yeah, that’s right. You look sad. Never forgiving you, Connor.
Looking for fic for a newly released game—or an older game that you haven’t finished—is dangerous. From the short summaries on the search page, it’s usually impossible to tell if there’ll be spoilers inside or if it’s safe for consumption. Needless to say, I don’t go looking for fics that fall in these categories. Yet, when one happens to metaphorically fall in my lap—well, I’m only human. A somewhat weak-willed human.
Spoilers for Dragon Age: Inquisition under the cut.
A while back I reviewed a fic called A Villain State of Mind. In it, Thor failed to take Loki back to Asgard with him after the events of New York, and S.H.I.E.L.D. was stuck with the trickster in their custody. To help deal with the situation, they call in Charles Xavier, who takes it upon himself to rehabilitate Loki. The entire story is beautifully written and insightful to both Xavier’s and Loki’s characters. However, it ends a bit uncertain. For plot reasons, Xavier only has about a week with Loki, and when Loki finally makes it back to Asgard in the end, Xavier remarks that he could very easily relapse.
Well, author Mikkeneko came back a while ago with a follow up story, Cover Up the Sun, and it is just as wonderful as I thought it would be.
GT: if i marry him won’t that make me your stepdad??
TG: youre planning on marrying my bro
GT: i don’t fucking know!!
GT: we’re dating, so it’s kind of a possibility????
TG: is he aware youre already thinking about marriage
GT: dude, shut up!
TG: nah man i think we need to get our calendars out and see about booking a minister
TG: ill draw up the invitations
TG: sweet bro and hella jeff cordially invite you to the unholy union of egbert and strider
GT: auuuugh no i don’t want to be my best friend’s stepdad!!!!!!
TG: think the word youre really lookin for here is stepbro
GT: you’re in so much denial holy shit. no wonder rose psychologically dissects you all the time.
—The Ace Thing, Chapter Six
It’s been 84 years…
After a year-long hiatus, the unorthodox webcomic Homestuck has resumed to its semi-erratic updating schedule. Although I’m definitely not as into the series as I used to be, I’m super excited to see how the series ends—ie: hopefully without all the characters dying—and more than willing to celebrate its triumphant site-breaking return with a fic recommendation. In light of this and in light of Asexual Awareness Week, today’s fic delves not only back into the Homestuck universe, but also focuses solely on a perfectly healthy relationship between a character that is asexual and a character who is, self-admittedly, not asexual at all. Continue reading →