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children of dune - leto 1
seperis
So I feel like I have taken some kind of weird four-steps-back thing in my fannish reading where I am using delicious for my reading needs, since it's faster than waiting for someone to fucking rec to me already and spare me pain.

(It's a sign of my current reading I keep wanting to throw out bloody for no reason, just out of context randomly, because I seriously love how it sounds. This is especially hysterical taking into account two Australian cousins who are having giggling fits every forty-five seconds or so and have no idea why. Okay, it's hysterical to me, and it involves stories of my childhood that would take years to relate, but suffice to say, it's really quite funny in my head. You really need to just trust me on this one and laugh politely. Thanks.)

Anyway, I was speaking of--right, the New and Terrifying Rec Machine that is delicious.

This is like Trekiverse all over again. I might get a summary. Probably not a good one (considering my summaries when I tag are something like "neat" and "disturbing", I still feel comfortable in judging this). Usually get a pairing. . Sometimes, get a bit more. Usually don't. Usually, I look at the number of times it's been tagged and think, ah, this must be readable.

Oh hell no. Tags lie.

I'm tempted to make a list but honestly, I love you all and that is why I feel you should fall over your own ass thinking you are going to read something about a forest or a desert or a something and get hit with like, knee-fetishes and the inappropriate use of mammals.

However

If I had been warned, I wouldn't have read this, and see explanation below.

Crossdressing is not my particular kink. Very much take it or leave it and leave some money on the dresser after you leave. But it's--you know, let me try it this way. I have read fic I hated and fic I liked and fic I went eh on and fic I tried to marry (and authors I sometimes stalk in my very subtle way). This is the first one I've read about six times now, both in order and out of order, and then from end to beginning (yes, I actually did). I have no idea what I think of it, to be honest. But I can say that's a fairly unique reaction. And I

Basically, I'm reccing this one on the strength of my original WTF reaction because I accidentally started in chapter five and that's why it ended up with multiple re-reads, because I was just that confused. I've never actually believed that the sins of my nineteen year old self and that terribly interesting night tripping acid outside my best friend's not-boyfriend's dorm would come back to haunt me, but this story kind of convinced me it had for at least four chapters.

Pure by doomcanary, Merlin/Arthur, Merlin/Other (sort of?), crossdressing, D/s (sort of? I'm not kidding, acid flashback), other assorted flavors of hmm. Multiple time periods. Yes, you will get used to it, but it still feels odd for a bit.

I will say, no matter what, get to the bacchanalia.


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It's a stunning piece of fanfiction, though I have to admit the premise is too much of a departure from the characters I see to really capture me. I found that I didn't understand some of the motivations that drove Merlin, and that some of Arthur's earlier reactions seemed almost too callous. I think part of the problem for me personally is that I do not, on an emotional level, get the fetishization of clothing.

But it is an interesting, fascinating story for all that. Even if I spent most of my time reading it quite confused and a little left out.

This. It's way off canon, but it's utterly fascinating. And yeah, a feeling I'm missing a huge chunk of the story.

Sooooooooooo. Merlin's that good? 'Cause I am sort of weirded out that Merlin and Arthur look young enough to me at least my nephews, if not my sons. If I had, you know, children that were not cats.

And therefore have looked askance at said fandom.

I wasn't a big Connor/Anybody fan either.

Come to teh Merlin side. There is chainmail and soul bonds and a yenta dragon and I am not kidding about the dragon.

I am not kidding about the dragon.

...

Srsly?

Srsly. He mutters is they are two halves of the same coin and share a destiny and he ships Merlin and Arthur non-ironically.

Come on. The first hit is free....

And did I mention the chain mail and sword use and fighting?

*wide eyes* If you watch the first series, I will totally write fic on command for you.

*trying clever recruitment tactics*

Well, if you're seeking Merlin recs, I've tagged about 60 of them here that I really liked. I've summarized them as well, but I tend to do so tongue-in-cheek or for my own personal recall so I don't know how helpful that is or whether you've read all these or what. But there they are.

Which reminds me as you'll see Summer Country on that list - I keep meaning to be a better feedbacker, but seem to have some sort of mental block or something. So I'll just stick this in totally the wrong place so I don't forget to do it. I really loved it - Arthur as both his sweet/prattish self and as the land itself, Merlin contemplating confessing to be a sorcerer to escape the heat and confused about whether Arthur's possessed or not. It read as both a great Merlin canon story and a medieval myth and I just really loved it. :)


Thank you for both! Recs are friendly and far less traumatizing.

Your description makes me really, really nervous. Which I guess was kind of the point.

Except now I don't know whether or not to read it.

*thoughtful* I would recommend trying to read through. I mean, suaine hit teh nail on the head; I'm not sure I see this extrapolation of the characters, but it is a hell of a ride.

Hmm. Ok. Is the acid-flashback D/s likely to be triggery? (is that an answerable question for someone who doesn't know me well?)

Also, have you seen the prompts over here? I'm rolling on the floor.

As D/s goes it's pretty mild compared to what I've read and more subtextual than textual (though there are implications, yes). It was only strong enough for me to note later in the story. Honestly, unless you are super sensitive to *any* power dynamic shift of any kind, it's probably at the same level of pretty much any slash story, but with a slight hint of more formality. I wouldn't have even bothered if not for literally two scenes that made me decide to go ahead and add.

*falls over dead* OMG THE PROMPTS!

Gaius sits Merlin down for a 'talk'. Merlin gets too traumatized to do anything with Arthur.

...you know, the only thing more horrifying is Arthur relating the horror of his own talk with Uther, probably while he is hunting and trying to repress. And Merlin is like "...but I can't even get you pregnant!" and then tehy stare at each other in horror.

I have not ever tried acid, but I will say that was definitely... something.

By "something", I mean I have no idea what.

But for the record, it didn't trigger me. ;) So thanks.

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