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  • [personal profile] kaberett linked to Double, double, by Alicorn. It's a sweet, perhaps too sweet, story about two witches both promised the same firstborn child.
  • [livejournal.com profile] rysmiel pointed me to the most adorable wordless story, which I've been showing to everybody: GODZILLA MOMMA CARRYING LIKE A HUNDRED LIZARD BABIES ON HER BACK FOR TAKE YOUR CHILD (lizard) TO WORK DAY by [tumblr.com profile] iguanamouth. The Tumblr in question has a very brightly coloured and slightly animated background, just so you know.

    Panel 1: A round red sun shines a tranquil sea with boats. There are a few bubbles in the middle.
    Panel 2: Same scene, a small lizard head pokes above the water surface.
    Panel 3: The head of a huge monster lizard emerges, with the baby lizard from the previous panel riding on the crown of its head and two other baby lizards climbing on her head. The boats flee.
    Panel 4: Godzilla's torso rises out of the water, pointing to a cityscape with skyscrapers. There are baby lizards all over her back.
    Panel 5: Godzilla and the tiny lizards are in Tokyo, with the monster towering over the skyscrapers. She has a speech bubble with a picture of smashed and smoking tower. She holds one of the baby lizards in her huge claws. Baby lizards on her back have speech bubbles with pictures of fighting a velociraptor, and a butterfly.
    Panel 6: Close-up of the baby lizard in Godzilla's claws. It has the same speech bubble of a smoking, smashed tower with a question mark, and an unsure expression on its face.
    Panel 7: Baby lizard, balanced on Godzilla's claw, hits the side of one of the skyscrapers with its head, and the glass smashes.
    Panel 8: Baby lizard turns round to look at Godzilla, with a grin on its face and one paw on its head.
    Panel 9: Zooming back out, we see Godzilla towering over Tokyo, with the round red sun and a helicopter in the sky. She's full face on to the viewer, grinning broadly, with baby lizards with various happy or alarmed expressions all over her back. One baby in the middle of her head stands up and gives a fist-pump.

  • Much less cute, but worth reading: It brought us all together by Marissa Lingen. It's about people's reactions to a SFnal plague, a lot of psychological realism with subtle world-building in the background.


Currently reading: Lady of mazes by Karl Schroeder. I'm enjoying it really a lot. It's sort of doing that slightly clichéd thing of whether it's better to have safety or freedom, but it's also got some really interesting world-building exploring post-human civilizations, with some very nice characterization and plenty of exciting plot.

Up next: I don't know. I think I should maybe stop answering this question as I'm pretty rarely right about what I'll pick up next; I often don't decide until I find out where I physically am and what's available when I finish what I'm currently reading. I'm thinking of trying out the Your Blue-eyed Boys Captain America fanfic that people have been raving about, even though I'm not terribly into the canon; does anyone have a reading guide?

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Date: 2015-08-05 10:41 pm (UTC)
kaberett: Overlaid Mars & Venus symbols, with Swiss Army knife tools at other positions around the central circle. (Default)
From: [personal profile] kaberett
I had 0 idea about anything in canon going into ybeb and picked up enough as I went along for it all to make sense. I did then get different things out of it rereading after having consumed canon, but it makes sense as a standalone work.

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Date: 2015-08-06 06:10 pm (UTC)
kaberett: Overlaid Mars & Venus symbols, with Swiss Army knife tools at other positions around the central circle. (Default)
From: [personal profile] kaberett
here's the main series; Tasha&Clint/Betty&Bruce-focussed related shorts; ybeb-focussed related shorts. The first two links function very well as standalones; I've no idea how (even if i could) functions in the absence of having read ybeb.

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Date: 2015-08-05 11:45 pm (UTC)
altamira16: Tall ship at dusk (Default)
From: [personal profile] altamira16
The thing that looks like a butterfly may be Mothra. Is the velociraptor some other creature that Godzilla fought?

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Date: 2015-08-06 01:28 am (UTC)
davidgillon: A pair of crutches, hanging from coat hooks, reflected in a mirror (Default)
From: [personal profile] davidgillon
I was thinking Mothra too. WRT the velociraptor one, I really can't see a velociraptor in there, I'm not sure what I can see, possibly the leg of some creature, possibly a mountain, with Godzilla firing an energy beam from its mouth.

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Date: 2015-08-06 09:05 pm (UTC)
davidgillon: A pair of crutches, hanging from coat hooks, reflected in a mirror (Default)
From: [personal profile] davidgillon
I think you're right with the flying dinosaur/kaiju - we're seeing head and crest in the corner, and the right wing stretching out into the pic.

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Date: 2015-08-06 07:00 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] siderea
Yes, Mothra. And the – velociraptor? no, pteranodon-ish – is, I think, supposed to be Rodan.

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Date: 2015-08-07 02:07 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] siderea
Thank you for posting the link in the first place! It's totes adorbs. I think I shall now and forever refer to the event as "Take Your Hatchling to Work Day".
Edited Date: 2015-08-07 02:07 am (UTC)

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Date: 2015-08-06 01:35 am (UTC)
davidgillon: A pair of crutches, hanging from coat hooks, reflected in a mirror (Default)
From: [personal profile] davidgillon
I liked the Marissa Lingen story, I'll admit it's angle is similar to thoughts I've contemplated after similar behaviour showed up in various news stories. It's almost like exaggerated grief has become a new form of communal hysteria/expected behaviour. The protagonist's idea of psychological decontamination protocols is interesting.

I'd already read Double, Double, afted Kab recommended it, 'almost too sweet' is a pretty good description.
Edited Date: 2015-08-06 01:35 am (UTC)

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Date: 2015-08-06 09:15 pm (UTC)
davidgillon: A pair of crutches, hanging from coat hooks, reflected in a mirror (Default)
From: [personal profile] davidgillon
I read the psychological decontamination thing as probably Andrea being a somewhat unreliable narrator; she's in denial about her grief or trauma over the loss of her parents, and sort of fooling herself that her "protocols" will prevent her from feeling bad.

I read them slightly differently, that she's using the protocols to avoid triggering conversations with the other students, because 1) they will be upsetting, and 2) the other students will invoke the exaggerated hysteria as her expected reaction and put her in the same position as the ex-boyfriend in the story. It's possible both interpretations are correct. And then when the hysteria does kick off, she uses the protocols to mentally separate herself from it.

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Date: 2015-08-08 11:54 pm (UTC)
switterbeet: (happy sloth)
From: [personal profile] switterbeet
Cute Godzilla story is cute! :3

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