September 28th, 2019

Anya final stand, S7

things I have read

The Luminous Dead by Caitlin Starling (2019). On a poor mining planet, a self-taught caver goes on a dangerous caving mission and ends up in a fraught relationship with her topside handler (also a woman). This is clearly science fiction in the sense that our protagonist Gyre wears a futuristic caving suit and has to avoid cave monsters, but structurally it's very much a thriller, with a focus on survival and the caver-handler relationship. It was an extremely tense read, to the point that it took me a long time because I kept having to put it down.

I found it pretty disappointing, in the end? The relationship between Gyre and Em is the heart of the book, and I just was never sold on Em as a character. The two strands of "broken but caring person" and "grief-stricken monster" never came together into someone that felt like a real person to me. The book was also way too long; it could have last a quarter of its four-hundred-page length easily. But I was okay with that while reading, because I was waiting for all this tension to come to a head and hopefully for us to find the answers to a bunch of important mysteries.

Collapse ) In general, a disappointment.

Alfie. Okay, this is a porn comic in a fantasy world about... a hot middle-aged hobbit trying to start her life over, learn how to form relationships with other people, and reconnect with her daughter?? The daughter is actually Alfie, the mainest of main characters in the comic, but her mother Vera gets second billing, and I LOVE her. She's kind of an awful person a lot of the time for reasons that are really understandable and yet don't get her off the hook at all, but also she's so miserable and has been for so long, through no fault of her own. And she's trying to be better! She's just fascinating, and she also makes THE BEST grumpy faces.

The faces in this comic are great. The character designs in general are great, especially most of the women - Vera, Alfie, a hot guard woman named Lydia, and the gray-toned Na'avi-alike Ozge are my favorites. The porn is mostly not my thing - boobs like water balloons, too much emphasis on dicks, lololol internal come shots - but I do very much appreciate how much the comic appreciates vulvas.

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Anya final stand, S7

Bucky fics by me

I've written a couple of fic recently with Bucky ships!

for a good time (2226 words) by Snickfic
Fandom: Captain America (Movies)
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: James "Bucky" Barnes/Natasha Romanov
Characters: Natasha Romanov (Marvel), James "Bucky" Barnes
Additional Tags: Mating Cycles/In Heat, Alpha/Beta/Omega Dynamics, Alpha Natasha Romanov, Feelings, Post-Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Not Captain America: Civil War (Movie) Compliant, Futanari

“Come on,” she said, her voice rough with arousal. She reached up and gripped the back of his neck, firm but not tight. Reassuring. Slowly he sagged, the tension in his shoulders loosening, his head drooping. “Come on, Barnes. You just have to ask.”

In which Bucky's just started having heats again after 70 years without, and Nat's the person he feels safe enough to have them with. This fic is actually more about Nat's issues with having had her sexuality weaponized than anything else. I really enjoyed the idea of sex being like one of Bucky's happy places that reminds him of before, whereas it means something totally different for Natasha. For all that, the sex is pretty cheerful and unangsty, I feel. Written for the Bucky flash exchange.

Today, In a Manner of Speaking (5375 words) by Snickfic
Fandom: Thor (Movies), Captain America (Movies)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: James "Bucky" Barnes/Loki
Characters: Loki (Marvel), James "Bucky" Barnes
Additional Tags: Time Loop, Mpreg, Post-Thor: Ragnarok (2017), Not Thor: Ragnarok (2017) Mid-Credits Scene Compliant, Wakanda (Marvel)

“I’m pregnant,” Loki announced the next morning, when Bucky came out of his hut. “It’s yours, more or less. I don’t know how it happened. I already told you all this, because I’ve lived the same day one hundred and twenty-one times. Or perhaps one hundred and twenty-four; I’ve lost count. I don’t know why I’m telling you again. You can’t help, and you’ll have forgotten the next time I see you anyway.”

Loki is stuck in a time loop and also pregnant. Loki is enough of a drama queen already when his life isn't actively miserable, which it kind of is in this fic, which meant it trended a lot more dramatic and angsty than I meant when I started (but with a happy ending!). I was really happy with how the established fuckbuddies relationship developed into something more, considering one half of the relationship forgot everything new that happened every twenty-four hours. Written for AUex.

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