one of my favourite sets honestly :)

M/M romance recs

Here’s a list of my favourites! Organised by genre, with very broad summaries. All of them have HEA, all the m/m romances are the central ones. 

Names in bold have POC protagonists, names in cursive have disabled protagonists (be it physical disability, mental illness or chronic illness). In series with multiple couples, it’s usually one or more.

Feel free to ask me about triggers for any of them!


Historical:

  • Soldier’s Scoundrel by Cat Sebastian

Disabled regency war vet aristocrat decides to hang around a self-proclaimed ex-criminal helping those who need help. Said ex-criminal tries not to be charmed, ends up catching feelings instead

  • The Lawrence Browne Affair by Cat Sebastian

Confidence artist grows a conscience and angers dangerous people, so he needs to pose as a secretary to a scientifically minded, but eccentric Lord. Really beautiful portrayal of people on autistic spectrum and anxiety.

  • The Ruin of a Rake by Cat Sebastian

Posh and straight-laced gentleman has to help a famous scoundrel aristocrat to restore his image after a raunchy novel supposedly based on his exploits gets published. Contains ridiculous amounts of adorable kittens, tasty pastries and also wonderful portrayal of chronic illnesses

  • Sins of the Cities by KJ Charles

Trilogy set in victorian London, during the horrible London Fog of 1873. Three wonderful and diverse couples (one is half-indian with dyspraxia, one is non-binary, one was born with partial arm, one is near-sighted), murder mystery, fake mediums, lost earls, intrigue! It’s so good 

  • Wanted, a Gentleman by KJ Charles

A delightful and frankly hilarious regency romp through British countryside. An unlikely couple of men need to travel to Gretna Green to save a young girl from potentially dangerous marriage. One of the protagonists is a black ex-slave merchant and the book touches upon his experiences (very respectfully!)

  • Society of Gentlemen by KJ Charles

A Society of gentlemen who like other gentlemen, centered around Lord Richard Vane and his friends and acquitances. Set during the radical uprising during the Regency, it has everything- friendships and families, sedition, intrigue, bookstores and good wine, valets being the mightiest strategists and amazing lovable radicals. This trilogy is honestly my favourite thing EVER.

  • Think of England by KJ Charles

Wounded during the Boer war, seemingly because of treason and betrayal, Archie Curtis sets off to a countryside mansion to get to the bottom of the matter. Completely unprepared for the task, he teams up with Daniel da Silva, the elegant jewish poet, who is much more capable than he seems. Absolutely delightful <333


HISTORICAL PARANORMAL

  • Whyborne and Griffin series by Jordan L. Hawk

The adventures of a shy sorcerer linguistic nerd, his detective husband, the most badass lady archeologist (the actual love of my life) and more, as they save the world from otherworldly beings bent on destroying it. Will make you cry about found families, strong and wonderful friendships and broken people finding strength in each other. Has magic, archeology, monsters, reluctant travels, lesbian warrior fishes and the best ginger cat in the world.

  • Hexworld series by Jordan L. Hawk

Turn of the century New York witch detectives and their familiars must fight to uncover a conspiracy plan to change the world. Really amazing worldbuilding, the magic system is very cool and it will make you furious about the treatment of familiars. The familiars are, generally speaking, fucking hilarious.

  • A Charm of Magpies by KJ Charles

Filthy-mouthed dominant earl falls in love with a stubborn and heroic wizard, together they create magic. A lot of people want that magic though, and it gets ugly. First KJ book I’ve ever read and I fell in love instantly. Has two more books set in the same universe with different protagonists and those are also amazing. (Rag and Bone is the one with black protagonist)

  • A Death by Silver by Melissa Scott and Amy Griswold

University-era friends need to figure out their confused emotions, while investigating a murder that brings out bad memories. Very good and soft, with even a better sequel

  • Downtime by Tamara Allen

When in London for a case, FBI agent gets sent back in time to Victorian London. While there, he finds out magic is real. Decides that since he’s there anyway, might as well investigate who Jack the Ripper was. Very sweet and soft

  • Restless Spirits by Jordan L. Hawk

A medium and a scientist bent on proving said medium to be a fraud get chosen to be in a contest to prove which side is better. They end up having to team up to save lives of people around.

  • The Secret Casebook of Simon Feximal by KJ Charles

Journalist and writer Robert Caldwell has been a close friend and lover of ghost hunter Simon Feximal for years and has been chronicling their adventures. Now, he finally writes the true story of their life together. Warning: this book will absolutely ruin you for years to come. You will be a mess whenever you think of the book and you will enjoy every second of it.

  • Green Men by KJ Charles

Set in the world of The Secret Casebook of Simon Feximal. Only few years after WW1, Britain is still recovering from the war. Having lost an entire generation of youth and most of the sorcerers the country had, those left are completely unprepared for what’s to come. Wonderful characters, the softest romance I’ve read possibly ever and beautifully melancholic. Best KJ book, in my opinion.


CONTEMPORARY

  • Shadow of the Templar by M. Chandler

FBI agent and his team are tasked with catching a famous international art thief, they end up kinda sorta accidentally adopting him instead. One of the funniest series I’ve ever read, honestly.

  • Cut&Run by Abigail Roux and Madeleine Urban

The incredible adventures on an unlikely pair of FBI agents go from enemies to lovers. Includes serial killers, undercover luxury yacht trips, tiger trafficking, drugs, marine buddies and one of the genuinely best character developments I’ve read. Warning, the first book is a bit shit. The rest is absolutely incredible though.

  • The General and the Horse-lord by Sarah Black

Retired ex-military lovers need to figure out what to do with their relationship, now that they’re civillians. A soft look at older gay people still figuring out their sexuality.

  • The Foxhole Court by Nora Sakavic

Neil Josten is on the run from his mafia murderous father and gets signed up for a professional college sports team, while people are still after him. It’s a really powerful emotional journey, but contains a large amount of a very triggering content, so be safe please.

CONTEMPORARY PARANORMAL

  • THIRDS series by Charlie Cochet

FBI like team consisting of shifters and their partners must investigate conspiracy and threats against the new shifter population. Ridiculously hilarious at times, absolutely heartbreaking at other.

  • Deep Magic by Gillian St. Kevern

A story steeped in welsh folklore, with beautiful mermaid princes and knights who will save them. Shows the power stories have to change our lives. Plus it’s free so what are you waiting for?

  • Psycop series by Jordan Castillo Price

A medium detective and his partner investigate a series of supernatural crimes. People are horrible, corporations are horrible, ghosts are horrible and lbr, everything is kinda horrible, but it gets better.

  • Wriggle and Sparkle by Megan Derr

The adventures of Lynn the Kraken shifter and Anderson the unicorn shifters, their detective careers, and their life together. Honestly adorable. And when I say adorable, I mean sparkles-on-rainbow-filled-cupcake kind of adorable. Also, Lynn’s gender-presentation is fluid and it’s absolutely wonderful.


FANTASY

  • Captive Prince by C.S. Pacat

Prince gets betrayed and sent as a slave to his sworn enemy, they end up working together to save their countries and fall in love. The best enemies to lovers example. Has amazing and complex politics, unreliable narrator and great worldbuilding. You’ve probably already heard of this book, but if you’re worried about triggers, please ask someone who actually read it, because there’s a lot of misinformation flying around.

  • Nightrunner series by Lynn Flewelling

The fantasy series of your dreams. There is ancient evil being revived, war is coming, everyone is bisexual and the kingdom is ruled by an ancient line of warrior queens. Everyone is wonderful and charming, characters are complex and the story will make you laugh and cry.

  • The God Eaters by Jesse Hajicek

Western-style world, where gods are reborn as humans, and one of them tried to control the whole world. It doesn’t go exactly as he planned.

  • Lord of the White Hell by Ginn Hale

Teenage genius inventor gets accepted to a prestigious boarding school in enemy territory. His room-mate might be demon-possesed and there’s some evil magic lurking around.

  • Champion of the Scarlet Wolf by Ginn Hale

Somewhat sequel to Lord of the White Hell. Disgraced noble travels to a faraway country, where he saves an injured dog. Turns out the dog isn’t just a dog, magic is everywhere around them and there’s a witch war coming.

  • Fairytales Slashed vol. 1 by Megan Derr

A collection of gay fairy tales. All kinds of stories with all kinds of characters (my favourite one is the one with the jester <333)

  • Dance with the Devil by Megan Derr

Adventures of half-ghost detective, his demon husband, imp partner, witch colleague and a vampire. Really cute and intriguing, with mysteries and conspiracies.

  • Dance in the Dark by Megan Derr

Set in the same universe as Dance with the Devil (there’s an entire series). Human son of a dracula becomes a detective, moves out to the city to help others, and gains a lover who only visits him in the dark.

  • The Rapier Brothers by Megan Derr

A collection of short stories centered around swordsmen. Three different couples, three really cute stories. Love it.

A klance fanfic rec that no-one asked for

Obviously, there are the really popular ones, but I thought I might share some hidden jems out there. I’m putting this under the read because it got a lot longer than expected.

Barbie Girl by Shipstiel (2K, T) >> Just a really cute soulmate au where you can hear your soulmates thoughts. In which Lance is really just an accident waiting to happen and annoys the hell out of Keith. It has a companion fic called Of Pokemon and Moon Landings.

I Was Born a Lion by spectralphobia (O, G)>> This comic is so cool! And the plotline is really detailed. Whilst klance does appear, it’s not the main focus. But this is really such a great read!

everything,everything by makasouls (5K,T) ( @makasouls)>> Just a really jealous and salty Keith because the Cuban cinnamon roll won’t flirt with him. It’s really fluffy and has one of my favourite tropes of pining Keith in it.

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Finally got the full raid set on my Warlock - chest dropped at the end of the raid :) and it’s, honestly, probably my second favourite raid set for Warlock over these last 3 years of Destiny.

It wasn’t easy, though… we ended up taking 2 ½ new people through the raid for the first time last night, and I say 2 ½ because one person quit (they were at 270 and were using MIDA and MIDA mini on the boss and was doing 10x less damage than the rest of us…and we still almost managed to two phase the boss, were it not for running out of revives in the Throne room…) Thankfully, we did it in the end, after 3 ½ hours, and I didn’t feel like total crap - total crap, because in that final encounter you need to be good at one of two things, the first being: not dying and killing stuff, and the second: precise shooting and call outs. Neither of these are easy for some players. The latter, most of the time, while the former definitely requires more trial and error, but it’s up to the people in the fireteam who have completed the raid to organize and instruct the best they can, and to the people who haven’t completed the raid to be prepared as much as possible.

This is a message for those that have yet to do the raid and want to be prepared:

  • 280 power level is the minimum you should try and get to - it might be difficult any lower than that.
  • Your choice of armour is normally a matter of preference, but High Resilience and High Recovery are better than High Mobility.
  • Coldheart and Merciless are, currently, the most essential exotic weapons for the Leviathan raid, be sure to prioritize infusing into these two!
  • Pulse Grenades are better than anything else in Destiny 2 right now, this is a fact, so, if you’re a Titan use Code of the Earthshaker on the Striker subclass!
  • If you’re a Hunter, I’m so sorry :( (but honestly, all of the Hunter subclasses have a role in the raid, so, it’s good to know each one :)
  • Don’t shard your Curtain Call rocket launcher! 
  • Nameless Midnight is the best scout rifle at the moment, Origin Story is an auto rifle that is an excellent alternative as your primary weapon.

And lastly…

Please don’t be discouraged by this raid, and don’t let anyone discourage you! It’s definitely frustrating when you’re legitimately trying to complete an encounter and the team is wiping over and over again, but if you’re experienced then you should be trying to encourage and help those that aren’t, and if you’re not experienced and you’re messing up or having trouble, please, please, please say that you could use help or advice or a break before continuing. We all do the raid for the loot, and it CAN BE FUN, but it’s not always fun when someone isn’t trying and isn’t performing well or not paying attention and is only thinking about the loot and leaning on others to get it for them.

Anyway, that’s all I wanted to say. GL HF the next time you raid :)

GMing 101

So I get a lot of questions from people who want to start their own gaming groups but feel like they don’t have the experience or are too anxious to DM. DMing is a lot more rewarding than just being a player character, imho. You get to be the spinner of an entire cosmos! It’s heartbreaking and hilarious and unexpected. It is also a lot easier than it seems. It basically just boils down to “make shit up”.

Anyway, I thought I’d write a “cheat sheet” of sorts that tells you my GMing mindset, what I find that works, and what I suggest avoiding. Now obviously DMing isn’t an exact science and everyone plays differently and finds different things fun, so if you’re an experienced player and you read something on this list that you disagree with, cool! That’s fine! I’m just saying how I roll, yo, it’s not an attack on anyone else’s playstyle.

This doesn’t really go into any technical stuff, it’s just an overview. At some point I might run a q&a/troubleshooting session over on Twitch for new GMs that’s a little more in depth but only if that’s something people show interest in. Until then though, plz enjoy this ridiculously long post!

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Till We Meet Again (George Salazar X Reader)

WC: 2089

Warnings: Roland!Reader, weed and porn are mentioned briefly

Summary: Y/N Roland decides to sing ‘Michael In The Bathroom’ at Joe’s Pub, and a clip of her performance gets sent to George Salazar himself.

Tagged: @lildipstick @bellasabb @ahhhhamilton

A/N: I changed this request slightly, because I know that George is gay and I didn’t want to erase that.

“Hey Joe’s! How are ya’ll doing tonight?” I asked, earning a loud cheer from the audience. I chuckled, and adjusted the microphone slightly.

“That’s good, that’s good. Now, you guys may know me as Hélène Kuragina in The Great Comet on Broadway.” This made the crowd cheer even louder, and I chuckled, waving my hand at them.

“Oh, stop it.” I said, smiling widely at them. They chuckled and I took in a deep breath.

“Anyway, tonight you guys are in for a treat. You wanna know why?” I asked, arching an eyebrow. I waited until the clapping and cheering had quietened slightly, and continued talking.

“Well, it’s because I’ll be performing a few of my absolute favourite on and off a Broadway songs for you.” I said, taking in a deep breath.

“Now, the first song I’ll be performing for you is a little ditty that was written by the wonderful Joe Iconis. It’s from one of my all time favourite musicals, and is sung by one of my all time favourite people. So, here we go.” I said, nodding to the pianist.

The all-too familiar intro started playing, and I took in a shaky breath.

“I am hanging in the bathroom, at the biggest party of the fall. I could stay right here, or disappear, and nobody’d even notice at all.” I sang, and the audience cheered and screamed.

“I’m a creeper in a bathroom, cause my buddy kinda left me alone. But I’d rather fake pee than stand awkwardly, or pretended to check a text on my phone.” I sang, starting to get into character.

“Everything felt fine when I was half of a pair. Now through no fault of mine, there’s no other half there.” I took in a shaky breath and began singing the chorus.

“Now I’m just Michael in the bathroom, Michael in the bathroom at a party. Forget how long it’s been. I’m just Michael in the bathroom, Michael in the bathroom at a party. No you can’t come in.”

There were a few chuckles from the audience at that line.

“I’m waiting it out, till it’s time to leave. And picking at grout as I softly grieve. I’m just Michael, who you don’t know. Michael flying solo. Michael in the bathroom by himself. All by himself.” I sang, readying myself for the next verse.

“I am hiding, but he’s out there just ignoring all our history. Memories get erased, and I’ll get replaced, with a newer, cooler version of me.”

I took in a deep breath, feeling the song get more intense.

“And I hear a drunk girl sing along to Whitney through the door. ‘I wanna dance with somebody.’ And my feelings sink, cause it makes me think, now there’s no one to make fun of drunk girls with anymore.” I sang, clutching the microphone tightly.

“Now it’s just Michael in the bathroom, Michael in the bathroom at a party. I half regret the beers.” I said, fake vomiting slightly.

“Michael in the bathroom, Michael in the bathroom at a party. As I choke back the tears. I’ll wait as long as I need till my face is dry. Or I’ll just blame it on weed, or something in my eye.” I sang passionately, taking the microphone off the stand

“I’m just Michael who you don’t know, Michael flying solo. Michael in the bathroom by himself, all by himself.” I sang, taking a few paces across the stage.

“Knock, knock, knock, knock. They’re gonna start to shout soon. Knock, knock, knock, knock. Aw hell yeah, I’ll be out soon. Knock, knock, knock, knock. It sucks he left me here alone. Knock, knock, knock, knock. Here in this teenage battle zone.” I sang, feeling my breathing rate go up as the music got louder.

“Clang, clang clang, clang. I feel the pressure blowing up. Bang, bang, bang, bang. My big mistake was showing up. Splash, splash, splash, splash. I throw some water in my face, and I am in a better place. I go to open up the door, but I can’t hear knocking, anymore.” I took in a shaky breath, and felt tears begin to well in my eyes.

“And I can’t help but yearn, for a different time. And then I look in the mirror, and the present is clearer. And there’s no denying I’m just.” I sang, my voice dropping off towards the end of the phrase.
“At a party. Is there a sadder sight than.” I sang, humming the melody after these words.

“At a party. This is a heinous night. I wish I’d stayed at home in bed watching cable porn. Or wish I’d offed myself instead, wish I was never born.”

“I’m just Michael who’s a loner, so he must be a stoner. Rides a PT Cruiser, God’s he’s such a loser.” I stomped my foot aggressively, feeling a tear or two fall down my face.

“Michael flying solo, who you think that you know. Michael in the bathroom by himself. All by himself. All by himself. All you know about me is my name. Awesome party, I’m so glad I came.” The pianist played the final chords, and I smiled out at the audience.

They whooped and cheered enthusiastically, and I felt the blood rush to my cheeks. “Thank you, thank you. Now, this next song is from Dear Evan Hansen, so if you know the words, sing along!”

I scrolled through my Instagram feed, noticing a few fans had uploaded videos of me singing at Joe’s the other night.

I chuckled at the comments on the photos, and noticed that a few people had tagged George Salazar in the videos.

I saw that I had a few DM’s, and I opened my inbox, gasping when I saw one particular message.

@georgesalazar

Hey Y/N! I’ve seen a few of the videos of you performing Michael In The Bathroom, and you were brilliant! I had no idea you were a BMC fan, and it was a very pleasant surprise to see one of my new favourite Broadway actresses singing one of 'my’ songs.

I paused, and set my phone down on the kitchen bench. I let out a screech, shocked at what I just read.

I picked up my phone and read it again, trying to make sure that it was actually real, and not some hallucination.

I took in a deep breath, and typed a response with shaky fingers.

Hey George. I’m very glad you enjoyed my performance, and honestly I’m struggling to type this because my fingers are shaking so badly. I’ve always looked up to you for god knows how long, and this has literally made my freaking day. So THANKS!!

I pressed send and let out a breath I didn’t know I was holding. Almost as soon as I’d sent the message my phone made a noise, and I saw that there was a response.

@georgesalazar

Is it bad I was going to say the same thing about you? You are absolutely killing it as Hélène (I’m seeing the show next Monday) and you were incredible in Heathers. I’m doing a performance at 54 Below next week, and I was wondering if you wanted to maybe join me???

A truly inhuman scream left my mouth when I read George’s response. I walked around my kitchen, trying to come to terms with what was happening.

Um, absolutely! Getting to perform with you would be a dream come true, honestly.

I saw that George had read the message, and was typing a reply.

@georgesalazar

Awesome!! The performance is next Friday night, and you can be there at about 6:00. ❤️ (btw I love your username! Will probably begs to differ)

I chuckled, knowing full well that George was right. My username for every form of social media was @thebetterrolandsibling and it brought me a great amount of joy when Will first saw it.

I got out of Instagram and immediately dialled my brother’s number, hoping he’d pick up.

“Hey Y/N. How’s my favourite little sister?” Will answered and I rolled my eyes, sitting down at the kitchen bench.

“Hello to you too, William.” I said and Will groaned. I chuckled to myself, knowing full well how much he hated being called by his full name.

“What do you want, Y/N/N?” Will said and I shook my head slightly.

“You’re so rude. Anyway, you know how I did that performance at Joe’s Pub the other night?” I said, holding the phone close to my ear.

“Yeah. I saw the videos. You were, dare I say, quite good.” Will said cheekily, and I let out an annoyed sigh.

“Whatever. Some fan sent videos of me performing to George Salazar, and he freaking DM’d me. That’s not the best part. He asked me to perform with him next Friday at 54 Below!” I rambled, hoping Will could at least understand bits and pieces of what I’d said.

“Oh my god, Y/N! I’ve performed with George a few times, and he’s awesome! I know how much you love him.” Will said and I felt my cheeks heat up a little.

“He’s gay, Will. It’d never work out.” I muttered, and Will laughed loudly on the other end of the phone.

“That’s not what I meant, but ok. I have to go now, but I love you, Y/N. Bye!” Will said, and I smiled to myself.

“Bye Will!” I said, hanging up the phone and setting it down. I let out a sigh and sat down, leaning back into my chair. Next Friday couldn’t come soon enough.


“You made it!” I whirled around to see George standing there, a bright smile on his face and his arms open wide.

“Yeah! I wouldn’t miss this.” I said, and George chuckled, pulling me into a brief hug. I felt my cheeks heat up a little as I hugged him back.

“I saw the show on Monday, and let me just tell you, you were absolutely incredible! I’m considering seeing it again and bringing Travis this time. He’d love it.” George said, and my blush only darkened.

“Thanks! I really do wish I could’ve gotten to see Be More Chill, but the cast recording is beautiful.” I said, and George waved a hand in my direction.

“You’re too nice. Anyway, so I was thinking that we could do a duet of something from Be More Chill, seeing as that’s how this little duo got together.” George said, pointing between the two of us.

“That sounds awesome. So, which song were you thinking?” I asked, and George smirked at me.

“Well… I was thinking maybe we could do Two Player Game?” George said and I nodded enthusiastically.

“I love that song so much, you have no idea.” I said and George laughed, pushing his glasses up the bridge of his nose.

“Perfect. Let’s get going, then.”

*I’m not writing out the entire song, bc it’s too time consuming*

The song ended, and the audience cheered, clapping wildly. I looked over at George and smiled brightly, adrenaline pumping through my body.

“Thank you very much! Make sure to see this lovely lady in The Great Comet at the Imperial Theatre!” George said, gesturing to me.

I waved at the crowd, my cheeks hurting slightly from smiling. “Thank you so much for having us, 54 Below! Goodnight!” I said, walking off the stage with George.

“Oh my god, that was amazing!” I said, and George nodded excitedly, pulling me into a hug.

I returned the embrace, tightly wrapping my arms around his torso. “We have to do something like this again.” George said, letting go of me.

“I second that idea.” I said, and George chuckled, nodding his head.

“I should probably let you go, but it was awesome to finally meet the woman behind some of my favourite theatre characters.” George said, shooting me a wink.

“You’re so goddamn smooth, Jesus Christ.” I said and George threw his head back, laughing loudly.

“It’s a blessing and a curse, Y/N. While we’re still here, do you want my number? That way we can keep in contact more.” George said and I nodded vigorously, pulling out my phone.

I unlocked it and passed it to George, watching as he quickly typed in his number. “Perfect. Text me later, ok?” George said, handing me my phone back.

“Got it. See ya George!” I said, waving at him as he walked off.

“Till we meet again, Miss Roland.”

afirewiel  asked:

What is your favorite non-Austen period novel? Movie?

Okay I’m gonna do a rundown of all my favourites because making me pick one is just mean. (Also at one point in my notes on the following books and films I just wrote “Bagels” and I can’t for the life of me think what I might have meant or autocorrected that from. Maybe a shopping list started to take form. I don’t know.)

(If the film Miss Austen Regrets and book Longbourn by Jo Baker count as non-Austen then include them.)

Films:

Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India - 2001 (Sports! High stakes! Sticking it to the Colonial Man!)

Mozart’s Sister - 2010 (Beautiful music! Gorgeous androgyny! GIRLS CAST TO PLAY THEIR ACTUAL AGE AND NOT SOME 20-SOMETHING PRETENDING TO BE FOURTEEN!)

Possession - 2002 (I’ve tried the novel, and A.S. Byatt has some beautiful prose but her structures sometimes do my head in, so never finished it. Ignore Paltrow as best you can and enjoy lush Victorian Gothic mystery and the ending is one of the most poignant things I’ve ever been pleasantly surprised with on film, and it leaves you wondering about many, many things…)

Jodhaa Akbar - 2008 (You could put Hrithik Roshan and Aishwarya Rai in the worst commercial ever made and I would watch it. Costumes, scenery, and, as a friend once put it “I’m not sure how they did it, but they just had a sex scene without any sex.” Bravo.)

Water - 2005 (Deepa Mehta is such a fantastic filmmaker and I loved this whole trilogy but Water is my favourite.)

Elizabeth - 1998 & Elizabeth: The Golden Age - 2007 (The costumes! The caMERA ANGLES!!! The compli-fucking-cated mess that is Elizabeth I.)

[Okay Tumblr won’t let me embed any more trailers, but those ones are easy to find, they’re out there.]

Vatel - 2000 (Any foodie who is also a fan of The Sun King and his era will dig this one. A great score, baddie Tim Roth.)

Alternatively, in the same era: A Little Chaos - 2015. Storyline is a little weak, but it’s so beautiful and the cast is great and the M U S I C. Kate Winslet. Alan Rickman. Helen McCrory. STANLEY TUCCI.)

Also: they’re not films, but TV shows - honourable mentions to the Spanish series Gran Hotel. It’s like a good version of Downton Abbey, only sorta on crack and with a tonne more murder mysteries; and while I have some Issues with its so-called hero and some comparatively weirdo plot-points in S3, overall, it’s fantastic and I’m obssessed. Please don’t mix it up with the Italian re-make which looks horrible in every way. Like, main actors dressed in a poorly-sewn-table-cloth-bad.

And shout-out to the new CBC/Netflix series Anne. I will defend this show to the DEATH, alright? They’ve gone bolder and fresher and have managed to involve period realism in a moving way while retaining the sunshine-and-pinafores element that so many people love about L.M. Montgomery’s work. There’s heaps of women with production credits, and I think it shows. Geraldine James is already my favourite Marilla after one episode, and I feel like R.H. Thompson (HEY JASPER DALE HEEEEY!) and Amybeth McNulty are likely going to become my favourite Matthew and Anne, too. People have complained about this series going off-book and in particular some have condemned it sight-unseen because the writers/directors are putting a feminist spin on it and OH GOD THEY SAID FEMINIST QUICK WE GOTTA SET EVERYTHING ON FIRE BECAUSE CHILDHOOD IS RUINED, but honestly it’s just perky and gorgeous and scrappy and nobody can tell me to my face that Kevin Sullivan didn’t go all the fucking way off-book from the very beginning so I am not gonna sit here and insist that the Megan Fallows Anne of Green Gables was perfection which could never be improved upon because that’s just a plain lie. It was nice and it has its place but it’s time for some new blood. (And NOT the telefilms they’ve also come out with recently with Martin Sheen, bless his heart, but they took a brunette child actor and dumped an atrociously stark box of red hair-dye on her before drawing on her freckles and then telling her to please play everything theatrically to the back of the house even though there is a camera ten inches from her face.) I am HERE FOR ANNE. RIDE OR DIE.

AND NOW, FOR BOOKS!

After that you might assume my L.M. Montgomery recommendation would be Anne of Green Gables and sure I won’t say DON’T read them, but for my money the Emily of New Moon trilogy is more my jam and I wish to God and Netflix in all my prayers that there might someday be a decent adaptation of them.

I was really into Cassandra Clark’s Abbess of Meaux mystery series for a time, but then things went a bit pear-shaped in what I think was the fourth(?) book and everything was OOC and honestly I haven’t caught up on the later books after that and they seem to be self-published now but I am a sucker for nuns and mysteries so I’ll probably get back into it when I have time.

The Princess Priscilla’s Fortnight and The Solitary Summer by Elizabeth von Arnim. Vacation-reads! Beautiful prose, some wry wit, and fun hijinks. If you’ve ever wanted to run away and live in an isolated cottage in the wilderness for a little while, these are for you. [ETA: I recently got my hands on a copy of The Jasmine Farm so THANK YOU to one of you who recommended it I am loving it so far only I don’t see the appeal in Andrew so wtf Terry you can do better.]

Edward Rutherfurd’s geographical history novels–Sarum is the classic to start with, but the others I’ve read are very good, too. (London, New York, and I’m now working my way through a first-edition of Russka.)

Amy Levy. A M Y   L E V Y. Criminally under-recognized Jewish Victorian novelist and poet. Novellas Ruben Sachs and The Romance of a Shop. (RS a beautiful and bittersweet story about the conflicts between love, identity, and expectations, and some would say a response to George Eliot’s Daniel Deronda. TRoaS reading a bit like a less treacle-sweet variation on Little Women, where four sisters try to make their way in the world by setting up their own photography studio in late 19th century London.)

The Making of a Marchioness by Frances Hodgkin Burnett. Colonialist racism appears in this one, so be warned. Still the book is a THOUSAND times better than the utterly dreadful adaptation known as The Making of a Lady. Jane is better, Emily is better, Walderhurst is better, pretty much EVERYONE IS BETTER. The pacing is better. The plotting and suspense make actual sense.

The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy. A classic, and the grand-daddy of every secret-identity superhero.

The Forsyte Saga by John Galsworthy. Like, it makes me MAD how good these books are.

And last but not least, a non-fiction selection in Vere Hodgson’s WWII diaries: Few Eggs and No Oranges. Nothing else has ever brought the experience of living (or trying to) under the shadow of the bombs and the threat of invasion quite like these diaries. Fascinating details, engagingly written, and at times a stark reminder that the Allied victory we take for granted in our history could by no means be counted on by the millions who dwelt in daily uncertainty.

Harry Potter Wizarding House Fic Recs

When I started reading Harry/Draco fic some months ago, I quickly and accidentally discovered that my favourite genre was “wizarding house lore fic.” Which makes sense, since I love houses, and history, and magic. And, of course, the house is never just a house. Love a good house-as-metaphor. I’ve never found a good way of searching for this kind of fic, aside from reading a lot, and pestering fandom friends, and reading a lot more. So that’s what I’ve done.

This is the list I wish I’d had in the beginning. It’s not very long, it’s very self-indulgent, and I cannot apologize for either thing, as I’ve read every fic listed here at least a half a dozen times. (If you know of any other fics like these, please tell me immediately thank you.)

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andthroughthemosstheivycreeps  asked:

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Oh, another rec list! This time for one of my favourite things…Kitchen Witchery!

For me, kitchen witchcraft revolves around magical food, and unfortunately there’s not a LOT out there for that! Most kitchen witch resources are for foods to cook during holiday feasts, which is nice, and useful, but not the whole story!

So let’s see…

  • A Kitchen Witch’s Cookbook by Patricia Telesco remains one of my favourite books on the subject of kitchen witchery, because while there are a variety of different holidays covered in the book, each recipe has its own set of magical attributes. She explains why and how certain ingredients will impact the results, and occasionally offers alternate suggestions. I think it’s a great book for getting started and inspiring your own ideas!
  • Supermarket Magic by Michael Furie is honestly a really great book. My only real complaint is that every. single. chapter. has anti-cursing bias in it, which was extremely annoying, as I read the book through in one sitting. (Like, dude, you made an entire chapter on magical ethics, stop lecturing me in the rest of the book about it!) 

    I think it’s still worth looking at though, especially since it doesn’t just focus on food (although there are some very cool magically based recipes), it also talks about using supermarket ingredients for magic in general.
  • Llewellyn’s Complete Book of Correspondences by Sandra Kynes is a great thing to have around to pull some inspiration up in terms of individual ingredients (including animals!). A good herbal guide would be useful as well, but this particular book covers so much ground that you might not need one right away.
  • Joy of Cooking by Irma Rombauer is a great all purpose cookbook to get started with. There aren’t any food porn pictures, but there a TON of recipes. As an exercise, try looking up simple ones and seeing what magical associations you could create with them.
  • The New InterCourses by Martha Hopkins and Randall Lockridge is one of the best aphrodisiac cookbooks out there – in my opinion, anyway. In terms of magical cooking, love magic and aphrodisiacs are one of the most accessible venues out there.

    Here’s a bonus tip: a lot of aphrodisiac foods are known to boost stamina or virility – those are both things that can be applied outside of the bedroom :D
  • Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen is one of my favourite books by my favourite author, and if you’re not quite sure about how food magic might look or work, this is a wonderful introduction. Granted, it’s fiction, but I get a lot of my best ideas from fiction!

    It’s also a great book if you enjoyed Practical Magic – the story is about two sisters who come from a magical family reuniting after many years apart as they grow to accept themselves and each other. 

I’ve decided I want to do a bi-daily Pokemon art challenge! I created one personal for myself to use since any up to date ones I didn’t honestly like…

My challenge will include drawing a favourite Pokemon for each type- as a different type! I won’t be allowed to repeat a Pokemon no matter what, and types will be determined by a randomiser. In between will be other challenges such as my favourite starter, draw the Pokemon I find most adorable- ect.

Also- a HUGE thankyou to @soupery​ whose lineart and colouring brush sets I used during this drawing- they were so smooth and easy to use while my tablets been bugging out! I hope I did them justice!!

(why do all female ace trainers wear such short skirts???)

You guys don’t know how long I’ve been waiting for this.

Y'all already know what the fuck is up. I haven’t even watched this episode yet and it’s already my favourite. I’ve been waiting for a globetrotting episode for so long and with the setting in Egypt it honestly feels just like the old Ducktales. On top of that, this is the first episode where Louie and Webby finally get an episode together. There better be some hand holding or else I’m not having it. Stranger Things Friday, Ducktales Saturday. This is absolutely perfect and no one better ruin this for me.

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so i actually got to meet frank and give him a copy of my work and he signed a copy for me to keep!! honestly one of the best nights ever, and i got to meet the man who has inspired me since i was 9 years old!!! plus fiatp’s set absolutely ruled and are easily one of the best bands i have ever seen live (and also one of my favourite bands ever too)

anonymous asked:

I;m really glad I am not the only really like Justice League Gods and Monsters!

it’s so good right? i love everything about it and it’s actually one of my favourites so i’ll be watching it again at some point. 

for anyone who hasn’t seen it, the movie is set in an alternate universe with

  • Superman (who is the son of Zod and was raised by Mexican migrant workers after he crash landed to Earth as a baby). 
  • Batman (renowned scientist Kirk Langstrom who inadvertently turns himself into a vampire and feeds on criminals to survive – yeah you read that right)
  • Wonder Woman (Bekka who’s a New God from Apokalips – i love her character so much and I don’t wanna spoil it but her origin story is so sad!)

i heard it’s on netiflix but you can also stream it here:

http://kimcartoon.me/Cartoon/Justice-League-Gods-and-Monsters/Movie?id=60742

Top 5 WIP’s

Top 5 Work In Progress fics that I can’t wait to be updated! Multi fandom.

1. As Luck Would Have It (I’m already smitten) - Whisper91
Sterek. This is honestly one of my favourite fics ever. BDSM Universe, Protective and cuddly Dom!Derek, I love all the side relationships (Scott/Isaac, Lydia/Allison, Sheriff/Parrish), and all the pack dynamics and alive Hales. It’s stupidly beautiful and truly amazing. 

2. When sparks fly - LunaCanisLupus_22
Sterek. So this isn’t exactly a WIP, each chapter is a completed fic, but still. The author says they’ll be more so it counts. Magical house with a mind of it’s own trying to set up Derek and Stiles. Magical hijinks ensue and I love Stiles being magical. 

3. Forever We Strive - KouriArashi
Sterek. OMG. Okay, this is the whole reason I’m making this list. A new Searching Ceremonies fic??!!? I haven’t read this yet, I’m going through the rest of the series to refresh my memory. But I can already tell it’s going to be just as mysterious, thrilling, and down right amazing as the previous fics! Author can do no wrong with this series.

4. Magnus Bane’s School for Young Warlocks - Insomiak
Malec. This fic is so beautiful. Single Parent Alec trying to take care of his two sons while wanting to date Magnus. Little Raphael is so precious and should be loved and cared for at all times. And Max of course is adorable. Love Magnus bonding with the kids. 

5. maybe we’ll find a brand new ending - CarbonFootprint
Sheith. Keith as a cat hybrid severely traumatized and cop Shiro protecting and loving him is great. This is the slowest of slow builds but it doesn’t feel like it because Shiro just wants to take care of Keith and Keith is slowly learning to trust Shiro. It’s beautiful. 

So there you have it. I used to have a LOT more WIP’s but sadly it looks like most of them have been abandoned. 

If you have requests for fic rec lists let me know. Mostly in the Sterek fandom, but also Destiel, FiKi, Malec, Sheith and McShep - as well as a few more but they are the main ones I’d say. Absolutely anything, I’ll try my best. 

anonymous asked:

Honestly whenever I see a Nidoqueen I'm gonna think of you, since that pokemon seems like the perfect synapsid oily-nipple beast, even among other repto-mammals in gen 1

Honestly the Nido line has always been one of my favourites ever since I was a kid and I love how they are like 6 separate and unrelated ideas shoved into one set of Pokémon.

Venomous sexually dimorphic rabbits covered in spikes evolve into angry rhinoceroses and eventually become bipedal and turn into Baragon who now have Earth powers on top of still being venomous.

Nidoqueen is the best one of them all and I admire that Nidoking is the purple one

“Elements” Parts III & IV (Adventure Time)

Winter Light

So Ice King decides to make a plan to rescue Betty from the Ice Kingdom with Finn and Jake in this episode.

The visuals of the Ice Kingdom were really pretty to look at and the music sung by the Ice Foxes was really unsettling and soothing.

I liked that we saw the return of Carroll, the cloud that gave Finn advice of not using revenge against Martin in Season 6’s The Tower, but instead had turned into an ice cloud and became much more angry and isolated, while letting Patience know about Finn, Jake and Ice King’s entrance into the dome.

Although I was expecting Patience St. Pim to have a larger role in this miniseries, I felt her (lack of a better word) coldness and depressed behavior made sense, as this is the wish she wanted, but instead of having the other elements be her friend, she ended up making them disappear into their elemental forms of the 4 sections of Ooo.

Patience realized there was nothing she could do, so she kept locked away in her ice dome with now only having the Choose Goose be her friend.

I do wonder if Patience will get another role near the end of the series.

The team rescues Betty and mentions that the only possible way to fix this spell is to use the Enchiridion, which Finn managed to snag another copy of the last time he was in Farmworld in Season 7’s Crossover.

I think this happened off-screen, if I’m correct.

My absolute favourite joke of this episode was when Ice King gives Finn and Jake sweaters he knitted and Jake swaps his for Finn to wear, while Ice King FREAKS OUT over seeing how Finn is wearing a Finn sweater, only to say that “Oh, I get it. The top one’s fake.” Simon is still not exactly in the best mental state yet, unfortunately.

I appreciate that Finn is also starting to remember his sword training from Rattleballs and I hope he gets even stronger, by the end of the series!

All in all, a solid episode with great visuals and setting up the plan to fix Ooo.

Cloudy

Although Ice King and Betty are thinking of ways to fix Patience’s spell, Finn gets way too tense in order for them to fix Ooo, while Jake decides to calm him down and tuck him in a cloud, while they float away stranded in the sky and talking about their problems, playing pretend barber and having a chance to breathe since coming back to Ooo, which this is literally a “breather episode.”

While some might call this the filler of the miniseries, this is honestly one of my favourites of the batch.

Supposedly, Patrick McHale, the creator of Over the Garden Wall, pitched an episode way back when he was working on the show’s first season of Finn and Jake being stuck on a cloud, talking about themselves and their lives, etc.

I’m glad the idea made it into this miniseries, as it’s the very definition of what makes Adventure Time special, charming and meaningful!

We learn that even though Jake is just trying to support Finn, he doesn’t show his insecurities and concerns about what’s happening.

The episode had a lot of great humour and expressions to go with it, especially being boarded by Kent Osborne and Graham Falk, as this was their first episode together.

It’s great to see how far Finn and Jake have come in terms of their relationship and character development, especially with Finn not fighting the cloud lard and talking to it.

One of my hopes in the series finale is that Finn and Jake end up opening a barber shop, but anything could go, at this point.

The episode ends with Betty revealing that they need to use the jewels from the elementals crowns to fix Ooo, as the next episodes will focus on the team retrieving them, similar to how Marceline had to defeat each vampire to retrieve her powers in Stakes.

Looking forward to where that goes, as this episode was quite the lovely breather we needed.

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I’m actually so sick of people hating on bands/artists/actors..ect but not only on them but on their fans! Like actually what is the point I understand not everyone likes the same person and what they do but honestly if it’s kinda pointless to post hate and shit about them like it’s clear if you don’t like them and what they do you don’t have to pay attention to them block them on social media and shit! What’s really set me off is i was talking to someone about band and they said they absolutely loved one direction I mean I’m not a fan but I will admit I was at one time and they are talented people. They then asked me who my favourite band was and I said black veil brides. She made a face so I knew she didn’t like them but I was good with that until she said this “what the fuck their so emo like the lead singer can’t sing like omg a walrus sounds better the. He doesn’t and don’t even get me started on their looks and omg their fans need to die”..and so on this went on for another 15 minutes of her just strewing hate! But that time I was pissed not only because she was hating on the band but the fans! I told her “I was fine when you said you loved one direction and I mean I’m not a fan but I didn’t disrespect them at all why can’t you be a Civil person and do the same no matter how much you dislike them because your not only disrespecting the band but their fans! You may not like them and that’s fine but this band has help many like myself get through some hard times some would even say they saved them, bvb has a song called saviour and to the bvb army they are, our saviours because we turned to them in time of need they helped us realize that we are strong and we are not alone.. She cut me off and said that’s how directioners feel about 1D so I continued to say "if we have the same feeling about different bands what gives you the right to hate on a band because they are different it doesn’t so next time think about who you would feel if someone said that about your saviours before you open your mouth to hate on other peoples inspirations” with that I walked away and her dad stood there the whole time didn’t say a word but did yell at me as I walked away “thank you for not fighting back with nasty words but helpful ones” I’ve never actually been so pissed before and but everyone makes mistakes and I hope she learns from them but this isn’t just about those two bands it’s about anyone who inspires you and stuff because honestly no one has the right to hate on anyone or anything because a lot of the time fandom safe the same but different in the styles! This was my opinion on this if you don’t like it or think it’s pointless I really don’t care so yeah have a nice day :) ~Ashli-Lynne Waringa