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When she was near Abdullah, he saw that her face was not quite a perfect oval as the face of his dream princess should have been, nor were her huge dark eyes at all misty. In fact, they examined his face keenly, with evident interest. Abdullah hastily adjusted his dream, for she was certainly very beautiful.
"Abdullah hastily adjusted his dream, for she was certainly very beautiful."
He adjusted his dream princess to match the real one. Like, “Whoops, I got it wrong. She’s even better in person!” But of course he doesn’t realize he’s not dreaming yet. Oh, Abdullah. Your life is about to get super complicated.
Hi folks, I’m looking for some new fanfic recommendations. I like long form fics, preferably Harry Potter or DWJ but other than that I’m not fussy. Any suggestions?
I’m not sure what you mean by long form, so I’m going to go with over 10K?
(Cat/Marianne, a sort of Snow Queen retelling)
(Magical adventures with Cat, Tonino and Angelica, a bit of Tonino/Angelica. Written before The Pinhoe Egg came out, I believe.)
(Julia/Janet, plus magical adventures. Written for me a couple of yuletides back.)
(Magical adventures with teenage Christopher and original characters. Written the same year as Conrad’s Fate came out, and I’m not sure whether author had read it yet or not, because some details I would have expected form Conrad’s Fate are not there, but he reads very much like the same teenage Christopher.)
(Christopher/Conrad, and also a romance between characters who are very minor characters in canon. Also magical adventures with teenage enchanters. Mine.)
(Okay, this one’s just under 10K, but I’m including it anyway ‘cause it’s really good. Slices of Christopher’s family life over the years.)
(Roddy character study, with some Roddy/Nick, worldbuilding, and magical adventures.)
And here’s a Harry Potter one too:
(Snape/Filch, where Snape and Filch have to raise a time-displaced younger version of Snape. Okay, but it’s really good! And also rated T, unlike most of Delphi’s stuff.)
(Safe for work blog, okay.)
I’ve been trying for days to figure out how to talk about Downbelow Station; what to say, and about what, and how best to structure it all. But Downbelow Station is a story about life versus death and love versus hate in the formation of societies, and that’s expressed in a multitude of ways, through a series of storylines, a multitude of characters, and a metric ton of symbolism, arranged into the tapestry of a space war plot, and to say everything I could say about it in proper detail, I would have to do more writing than I got the time and energy for. So I’m just going to lay down everything I noticed about this book as straightforwardly as I can. (Warning: I’m not good at brevity.)
Spoilers and randomness ahead.
Okay, but you really have to read Cyteen now. Not only is it probably Cherryh’s best work, and not only—well, I don’t know whether you are into the fic side of fandom, but most of the Cherryh fic is for Cyteen and it’s not much even so but unlike most fandoms nearly all of it is good.
So not only all of that and I’m not saying that your interpretation of Union and its symbolic weight are wrong for Downbelow Station, but Cyteen will really give you a more nuanced view of Union. Not necessarily better, but more nuanced.