maplemood: (galaxy quest)
Fall semester's here and I'm going to DIE. Maybe. Every day I feel a little better; still overwhelmed, but more used to being overwhelmed, I guess. One of the best things about college is that all the practicum/field work requirements force me to get comfortable with always being a little bit uncomfortable. 

No surprise, but writing's been going slowly, and non-assigned reading is going even more slowly. I did finally crack the cover of Pacific Rim: Tales from Year Zero and finished it in one sitting. The artwork was nice, and the story was decent, but I was hoping for something with a little more depth, and considering how could Pacific Rim was about this, I was kind of disappointing when I got to the standard fanservice-y woman-almost-completely-naked panel. Not outraged or anything, but...come on, book. You can do better than this. That being said, both Tendo and Stacker's backstories were great; I wish they'd been given a little more space and detail. 

The other book I finished (I started a few weeks before the semester began) was a collection of West Virginian ghost stories. Very good and genuinely creepy in parts, especially in the "Weird Creatures" section (There's one story especially, apparently about the narrator's grandmother, that made me shudder: basically, she was riding home one night and was chased most of the way back by a "pure white" something with "razor-sharp teeth" that "screamed like a woman in terrible agony". Uggggh.) Got to admit that, all and all, I liked this book--it's called The Telltale Lilac Bush--a lot better than Tales from Year Zero
maplemood: (rey & leia)
This is the month of bizarre crossovers, apparently.

Sisters by marinarusalka: (Pacific Rim, MCU) Natasha Romanov and Sasha Kaidanovsky are trained together as kids in the Red Room. This fic does an amazing job of blending the two worlds, and Natasha and Sasha's friendship feels exactly right; in some ways they couldn't be more different, but they share a terrible past and understand each other like no one else does.

A Star Among the Moons by theladyscribe: (The Lord of the Rings, Firefly) A super-short two-part crossover that ships Boromir and River Tam. Hey--don't knock it till you've tried it. This pairing is beyond weird, but it just works. River is River, and Boromir's bewildered yet charmed by her. This one's a quick read, and very well-written.

Only Held by Gravity (The Chronal Navigation Remix) by Muccamukk: (The Lord of the Rings, Firefly) A remix of A Star Among Moons that explores juts how River ended up in Middle Earth. This one also goes into a little more detail when it comes to her odd friendship/romance with Boromir, and ends on a perfectly ambiguous note.

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