: Psychohistorical crisis
by Donald Kingsbury, a present from rysmiel
which appears to be Asimov fanfic, I'm quite looking forward to it.Recently read
: Dipping my toe into Yuletide stuff, thanks to people who wrote things and mentioned them where I would notice.
I have a couple of kinky erotic pieces to recommend:Promotion
. This is something I wouldn't have expected to work, namely fic about the game of chess. The author warns for dubious consent and violent death, but it's not very realistic
, it's about sentient chess pieces. I personally found the erotic elements really vivid and definitely hot, and the disturbing elements quite glossed over. Lovely in her fall
. This is fanfic of the setting of Jacqueline Carey's Kushiel books, but it's only about the setting and not the plot; there are no spoilers and you don't need to know the originals. The setting being pseudo-Mediaeval France, with a fantasy religion based around paid sex work, with different Houses offering different styles. The published books are about a divinely-inspired masochist so are very focused on S&M, whereas edonohana
has chosen to write about all the other kinks that are not to do with pain. The piece is a very nice example of characterization via a series of sex scenes, and I think sheds some light on how the sexual / religious institutions portrayed in Kushiel might actually work; Carey's world-building can be somewhat thin. As well as paid-for, kinky sex, this story includes references to death, but that doesn't happen on stage.Currently reading
: In theory, A journey to the end of the millennium
by AB Yehoshua, but I'm still not really making headway with that.Up next
's mother recommended me My Brilliant Friend
by Elena Ferrante; I generally trust the Batmother's recs, and she said that the books were really engaging even if not amazingly well written, plus I like books about deep friendships.