tardis_stowaway: TARDIS under a starry sky and dark tree (holmes profile echo)
I've been feeling rather down about my life and the world lately, but rather than whine about it here is a list of things I've enjoyed lately:

-Dust and Shadow:  An Account of the Ripper Killings by Dr. John H. Watson by Lyndsay Faye.  This is a marvelous pastiche.  Lyndsay Faye (of the Baker Street Babes podcast, although I think that came after she published this book) has Watson's voice down perfectly.  She keeps the element of humor present in the original stories, but also takes Holmes to a darker emotional place than Sir Arthur generally allowed.  That's a wise choice given the horror of the subject matter.  The OC's are interesting and well-drawn.  I don't know much about Jack the Ripper, but the book appears meticulously researched.  The plot was exciting enough that I skipped intentions I had to leave the house in order to stay home and read.

-Captain Marvel:  In Pursuit of Flight by Kelly Sue Deconnick.  I don't read a lot of comics, but I've been dabbling a tiny bit in Marvel lately after enjoying the Avengers movieverse fandom.  I picked this one up after hearing good reviews and because Kelly Sue seems really cool.  Despite knowing absolutely nothing about Carol Danvers before starting, Captain Marvel:  In Pursuit of Flight made me happy in so many ways.  I was able to follow the plot despite my newbie ignorance.  There's time travel, one of my favorite tropes.  Not only is this a female superhero comic with a costume that covers her full body, drawn in a way that generally eschews gratuitous sexy posing (though she is clearly very attractive), but it also resoundingly passes the Bechdel test.  In fact, the large majority of the secondary characters are women.  Here are women competing over flight records and super powers instead of men, women working together to fight aliens or to fight cancer, women stepping up to embrace their power and potential, women mourning, women rejoicing, women who were put on Earth "to punch holes in the sky."  There's this one full page panel with Captain Marvel flying to the edge of space, looking powerful, and the line "...and we will be the stars we were always meant to be" that I honestly stared at for several minutes because the combination of the art and the sentiment was just so satisfying.  I loved Dexter Soy's art in the first four issues.  Emma Rios's art in issues 5 & 6 wasn't quite so up my alley, but still good.

-I've been catching up on Elementary and very much enjoying it.  All I have left is the season finale.  Joan Watson is a magnificent individual.  Also, we need more Ms. Hudson.

-I finally got around to watching To the Ends of the Earth on Netflix.  I recommend it for all members of the CumberCollective, plus people interested in period naval drama.  It's more of a drama that happens to be set on a boat than a high-seas adventure, though there is certainly an element of danger.  Also, I was amused by how many actors in the show I recognized but couldn't place without a trip to IMDB.  The radical thinker who wants to shoot an albatross?  It's Dr. Grant from Jurassic Park!  The captain of the other ship they meet at sea?  Tywin Lannister!  The girl Cumberbatch's character gets a crush on?  It's that woman who spent most of Love Acually nearly naked with Martin Freeman!  And most impressively, the captain of the main ship?  It's FUCKING MORIARTY (from the RDJ film).

-Exclusive by [livejournal.com profile] copperbadge. This is an utterly delightful Avengers-fic told in the form of a long magazine article after they decided to go public with some identity information.  It's hilarious but also has plenty of emotional heft.  It fits beautifully into canon.  The outsider POV and article format are utilized to perfection.  There are great insights into all the characters, with especially interesting Bruce, and lovely team dynamics.  There's also a splendid twist, which apparently took most readers by surprise, though I saw coming a long way out (but I really enjoyed having my theory proved right).  Highly recommended for anyone who ever reads Avengers-fic.  Gen.

-Bel Canto by [livejournal.com profile] bendingsignpost.  Sherlock/John.  It's finished now, but when I was following this fic as a WIP the updates were one of the highlights of my week, even when I knew it would put my heart through the wringer.  This is a fusion of Sherlock and The Phantom of the Opera, though I suspect you could read and enjoy it without knowing or caring much about Phantom.  Do you like stories with intense emotions?  Characters having believable conflicts where neither is entirely in the wrong?  Mrs. Hudson, Molly, and Irene being amazing?  Secret identities?  Danger and excitement?  Period settings?  Beautifully done imagery?  This fic has all of these and more.  It's a 16-chapter epic that will sweep you off your feet and carry you away like some Angel of Music Fanfic.  Heed the warning in the header, though.  D:

What about you, friends?  What in the worlds of fic, film, or print has been making you happy lately?
tardis_stowaway: TARDIS under a starry sky and dark tree (take my hand s-j)
The US will finally get to see The Reichenbach Fall legally tonight.  Tissues for all!  I hope the fandom brings a new push to the "I believe in Sherlock Holmes" public campaign now that it will make sense to non-pirate viewers. 

I saw Dark Shadows.  It was pretty entertaining, though I wouldn't exactly classify it as good.  Eva Green as the villainous witch was great fun to watch. 

Avengers stuff keeps appearing on my flist and especially my tumblr dashboard.  I found a magnificent Natasha/Clint fic that exactly fits the craving I'd been feeling since seeing The Avengers:

-we were emergencies by gyzym:  Clint and Natasha struggle through recovering from the horror of mind invasion.  The fic shows both of them as badly broken, but also shows how badass and snarky and even caring they can be.  Watching them drag each other up from the depths, difficult baggage and jagged edges and all, is wonderful to behold.  This fic gives me SO MANY FEELINGS.  I stayed up far too late last night reading it, and I regret not one second of that.  (word count:  37154).

Also, I enjoyed this article of meta about Black Widow, why her characterization is awesome in The Avengers, and why it's so frustrating that many mainstream reviews didn't give her enough appreciation. 
tardis_stowaway: TARDIS under a starry sky and dark tree (watson heart)
Hello, all!  I should probably make a longer post with actual content by me at some point, but not now.  This is just a drive-by entry to rec some things:

-First, The World on His Wrist, an extraordinary Sherlock fic where John Watson experiences parallel lives.  After he's shot in Afghanistan, his time fractures, leaving him alternating between a life in Afghanistan where he's never shot, a life as a doctor in Essex who never went to war, and two lives where he was shot and eventually moved back to London, but only in one does he end up sharing a flat with Sherlock Holmes.  The premise takes a little getting used to, but the story's construction is impeccable and the writing is gorgeous.  It's by [livejournal.com profile] bendingsignpost, who is also known in Who fandom as [livejournal.com profile] rallalon, which will give some of you an idea of how good you can expect this story to be.  :)  There's a lovely element of Sherlock/John UST and plenty of John being a BAMF.  Read it.

-Second, you probably aren't aware that you want to read Sally Sparrow/Amy Pond, but after you read Used & New by [livejournal.com profile] kaydeefalls you will realize that you needed this fic in your life.  There is an alien hedgehog and lots of hilarity but also a gentle wistfulness. 

-Third, on a completely different note, I've never read Lemony Snicket's books, but I approve of his observations regarding Occupy Wall Street.  For example, Money is like a child—rarely unaccompanied. When it disappears, look to those who were supposed to be keeping an eye on it while you were at the grocery store. You might also look for someone who has a lot of extra children sitting around, with long, suspicious explanations for how they got there.

-Fourth, on a similar note to the previous item, an image:
under cut to spare your flist )

-Fifth, completely unrelated to any of the above, I recommend the web series Husbands.  It's a comedy by Jane Espenson (squee!) set in a near future where same sex marriage becomes fully legal in the US.  Two men who recently started dating, one an actor and the other a professional baseball player, go out to celebrate in Vegas and end up drunk married.  Will they stick it out?  The series is really funny but also quite sweet.  There are 11 short (>3 min.) episodes, the full first series, so go enjoy. 

-Lastly, it's coming up on the time of year when many people set themselves insanely ambitious writing tasks.  I salute you all.  For myself, I'll be sticking with [livejournal.com profile] wrisomifu (Write Something, you Miserable Fuck), where the challenge is to write at least ten minutes a day.  Complaining about it endlessly on the comm is encouraged.  Given how my muse seems to have died, been buried under sediment, and turned into fossil lately, this should be a legitimate challenge to me.  If anyone cares to join me, sign-ups will be open on October 28-31.


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