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laceblade ([personal profile] laceblade) wrote2014-01-04 08:58 am

Reading Wednesday-on-Saturday

Finished Reading
Kaze Hikaru, volume 13 - Still very much enjoying this series, although it does bug me how much Miki's weight is used for comic relief.

Kitty and the Silver Bullet (#4) - I liked this volume. It wraps up a lot of loose ends that have been hanging around since the first book, but it's all pretty intense. I really like where everyone ends up at the end of this volume, and I'm excited to see how things evolve.

Inheritance by Malinda Lo - This is the sequel to Adaptation. Like the first book, it's very fast-paced and hard to put down, which was good for me since I needed to read it in a day in order to get it back to the library!
I love the way this ends up bucking typical-YA-love-triangles. It seems like the series is done, but I would read more.
A lot of people on Goodreads were complaining about the protagonist's bisexuality, which is a pretty stupid complaint.
I loved these because the characters felt like people, which is a thing that is sort of rare in SF-for-adults, IMO.
These are my favorite books by Malinda Lo so far.
I did freak out a little about the kids giving no more than verbal assent to have their entire DNA sequenced at an academic research institution - it would take a written consent form with lots of warnings about future insurability!!

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - I'm traveling to Harry Potter World in Florida mid-month with three of my high school friends, so I'm trying to see whether I can get through the series before then! Going back to work is slowing me down for sure, ^^;;
Still surprised by how quickly the first book goes by - it's pretty much a constant, "Wow, we're at the troll ALREADY?!"/etc.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - I used to dislike this book when I was younger, but I don't really remember why. Reading it now, it's easy to see why I liked Ginny quite a bit, even before she became a more prominent character in the later books.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - Easily my favorite of the first three books. Not only is the Sirius Black plot frightening & interesting, I love the Marauders back story. My iPhone case is the Marauders' map!
I like the kids starting to be sarcastic with one another in this book, as well as talking back to their teachers a little bit. I always wish Lupin would have been a little closer with Harry in later books, like Sirius.
Rowling's use of adverbs began to bug me in this book, though. I get annoyed & disappointed by her using descriptors like "piggy eyes" and "piggy face" to describe fat people. Hopefully I can get through the rest without going nuts!

Currently Reading
Nothing, as I went to draft this post immediately after finishing POA!
Previously, my favorite book has always been Order of the Phoenix. We'll see if that holds true this time.

Although I've been on the periphery of HP "fandom" (almost everyone I know loves these books; I'm speaking specifically of fandom in the "creation of fanworks" sense) for years, I've never really read much fanfic.
If anyone has any suggestions, please let me know. (Epic-length stuff appreciated!) Even the stuff where you're like, "Oh, everybody's read THAT."
I have the suspicion I've asked this question before, so I'll be searching my own tag, too, ^^;;
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[personal profile] littlebutfierce 2014-01-04 03:36 pm (UTC)(link)
Ahahaha the next Kitty book takes 2 things I hate & manages to make a book I love anyway, so props to Vaughn. :D Also I'mma totally freak out when you get to Kitty's House of Horrors b/c that one is my faaaavorite (I actually just reread it).

... I have no werewolf icons.

ETA: How did I forget my one HP rec? All This Clatter (Between My Ears) -- Sirius is genderqueer. I cry a lot when I read this ahahaha.
Edited 2014-01-04 17:37 (UTC)
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[personal profile] elisem 2014-01-04 04:58 pm (UTC)(link)
Recommendation: Alternity, the transformative work of fiction in the form of journals written by Harry Potter characters. It's a seven-year project, currently in Year Six.

From the story so far:

"As a result of one tiny change, back when it all started, Lord Voldemort didn't try to kill baby Harry Potter. He adopted Harry, renamed him “Harry Marvolo,” and has experienced great good fortune ever since. Wizarding Britain fell before him; the legitimate government came under his hand, and he set himself up as the Lord Protector of the realm."

And oh yeah, it's definitely epic-length.
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[personal profile] sasha_feather 2014-01-04 07:54 pm (UTC)(link)
Cartographer's Craft is one I read recently and enjoyed a lot! A teenaged Sirius emerges from the Marauder's map after the older Sirius has died.
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[personal profile] jinian 2014-01-05 12:54 am (UTC)(link)
Transfiguratioooooons, it is the best thing ever. Hogwarts was taken over by Death Eaters for a while and when it reopens there are ongoing inexplicable attacks. It has Harry/Draco as adults and more plausible than most, but mainly the pairing is me/magic-system because it's gorgeous. There's another long story that's related, so carry on if you like this one!
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[personal profile] oyceter 2014-01-06 08:06 pm (UTC)(link)
I LOVED Vera Rozalsky's Amends, or Truth and Reconciliation... it's unfinished, but at 329k words, so there's a lot to read. Post-series. It really takes apart a lot of the things in the HPverse like discrimination against werewolves and other non-human species and how to deal with past Death Eaters and has an awesome Hermione and Neville, as well as some great OC and fleshed-out canon older female characters.
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[personal profile] the_rck 2014-01-23 02:26 am (UTC)(link)
I like Deadwoodpecker's stuff. The main fic in question is Backward with Purpose. There's a completed sequel, the name of which I can't remember, and an incomplete sequel to that. The two completed stories stand perfectly well on their own. This is one of the many time travel stories in the fandom. I think it's one of the best I've read.