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18 September 2014 @ 10:00 am
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I've been listening to mab's podfic of Turn by saras_girl, and it's so hard to pace myself! I only have chapter 12 left before I'm all caught up (though it's so long, it's more like 2 chapters) and it's going to be a struggle not to just give in a go read the fic for the last two chapters! The second half is my favorite part and it's been such a joy to hear the characters and conversations come to life in the podfic. I definitely recommend giving it a listen. It's perfect for commutes and cooking and blocking out boring work chatter and as background for playing The Sims 4....It's been giving me a lot of nostalgic H/D feels, since Turn was one of the earlier fics I read on discovering fandom, and I remember staying it bed until literally 4am reading it on my laptop, just obsessed.

So I've been going through my "Marked For Later" list on AO3, trying to find H/D fics I've been meaning to read. It turns out that The Price of Valour is the fic that has been on my list for the longest amount of time. And, well, it's 400K words long, so that's not exactly surprising. It's a bit daunting, really. But I think I'm going to start it today. The plan is to read one chapter a day to pace myself. Unless I get obsessed. Which is a definite possibility. In that case, I probably won't be sleeping for the next few days!

I actually should probably be reading, Leave No Soul Behind, this wonderful Kirk/Spock fic I was startedon the plane ride back from DC a few weeks ago. It's over 250K words (which is about twice as long as the longest fics I normally read), and I was halfway through it by the time my plane landed. The problem is, I just can't seem to motivate myself to finish it. I think the biggest problem is that where I ended, things were really good. They had just had sex for the first time and the morning after was sweet and there weren't any misunderstandings and it was all lovely. But there is still 125K left to go. No way are things staying happy for the rest of the fic. I'm too nervous to continue! Maybe I'll do the chapter-a-day thing with this one too...

I should also be reading The Silkworm, since I was finally able to check out the ebook from my library after being on the wait-list for ages. I also have the audiobook, so maybe I will listen to that to prevent me from pining for the rest of the Turn podfic. On a mildly related note, I put myself down on the wait-list for The Goldfinch, since I've heard such good things about it (mostly from kedavranox) and I am number 653 on the list. :/ There are 165 ebooks available, but I still think that one is going to be awhile...

Are you guys reading anything good?
anemonenanemonen on September 18th, 2014 05:41 pm (UTC)
Oh, the Turn podfic is so great! Whenever I get a mail that a new chapter is up I do a little mental happy dance :D
I hadn't heard about The Goldfinch. That sounds really interesting!
wicked smut goddessgracerene on September 18th, 2014 08:26 pm (UTC)
Oh it's so good! :D
nia_kantorka: pic#123879970nia_kantorka on September 18th, 2014 06:34 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I'm listening to Mab's podfic of Turn too. Am halfway through the first half of chapter 12 (you know what I mean, don't you?). And I love every second. The first scene with non-Glimpse Blaise. So wonderful.

Grace, do you know that Nat is posting a new fic tomorrow? *happy dance* You might want to read that inbetween everything else. It 'only' around 30k. LOL

I'm alpha-reading one wonderful fic at the moment and My Life as a White Trash Zombie as well. It's not bad but I'm it's not easy to read a non-slash book/fic at the moment. :)

wicked smut goddessgracerene on September 18th, 2014 09:18 pm (UTC)
I just finished 11 last night. I'm thinking of trying to space out the two parts of chapter 12.

Oh yeah, I am so ready to read that fic! :D

LOL, slash has taken over my life and it's so hard for me to read regular books now. It's a bit discouraging that there are so few LGBT characters in mainstream books. :(
candamiracandamira on September 18th, 2014 07:29 pm (UTC)
Yes, I do: In the Company of Shadows by Sonny and Ais. It was recced by nia_kantorka a few weeks ago. It's epic, too, but I truly love long books/fics, so bonus points for that! :-) And tomorrow, saras_girl will post a new fic about a catfish named Malfoy. With fandom, there is always more good stuff to come!
wicked smut goddessgracerene on September 18th, 2014 09:20 pm (UTC)
LOL, nia has been trying to get me to read that one too! She was telling me how excited she was that she convinced you to read it! I actually downloaded the first book, so it's on the list! You should let me know what you think of it when you're finished! :)
nia_kantorka: pic#123879970nia_kantorka on September 18th, 2014 09:39 pm (UTC)
Haha, fraternizations behind my back. Over one of my favourite books no less. LOL

Canda has an advantage because she loves long stories. And ICoS is REALLY long.

I see we will all fall for that catfish. :D
candamiracandamira on September 19th, 2014 08:37 am (UTC)
Yes, I will, of course! But it hasn't surfaced yet and I'll be busy for the rest of the day... : (
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wicked smut goddessgracerene on September 18th, 2014 09:23 pm (UTC)
It's been a lot of fun listening to one of my favorite fics come to life. I definitely recommend it!

I was surprised at how much I enjoyed Cuckoo's Calling and I really am looking forward to Silkworm. It's just getting started that's the hard part. And I'm definitely curious to learn a bit more about Robin and Cormoran, so that's excellent to hear! :D
welcome to villa cariño!capitu on September 18th, 2014 08:42 pm (UTC)
I am so behind in my Turn podfic listening. :( But I've been having the worst connection ever so I start downloading a chapter and it blinks and then i have to start over. But yes, mab is so damn amazing in her podfics. <333

wicked smut goddessgracerene on September 18th, 2014 09:21 pm (UTC)
Oh no! Shitty internet connections are the worst! I'm a bit bad and actually downloaded it all on my work computer. And then I just transferred it to my phone and got rid of the evidence....But my work's internet connection is so much faster!
Mabmab on September 19th, 2014 04:38 am (UTC)
d'awww! Thanks so much for the praise of my podfic version of Turn. I've really been enjoying your comments on the chapters. I have the first 4 of 16 sections of chapter 13 recorded so far, but had to take about a week off because of a cold from hell making my voice sound like Marge's sister from the Simpsons.

I highly recommend Price of Valour too. Weasleywench is the author and she's also the one generous enough to host the Turn podfic on her website. *g*

I've purchased a couple of to-read books on my kindle, but I just haven't been in much of a mainstream fiction reading mood lately. One of these days the dam will bust and I'll be all about it again, but I'm not anxious about it. Fanfiction satisfies me just fine. XD
wicked smut goddessgracerene on September 19th, 2014 03:22 pm (UTC)
Yay for chapter 13! I'm glad you've had some time to work on it, and I hope you are feeling better now! :D

I am liking Price of Valour so far. I read...considerably more than one chapter yesterday, but I think the chapter are about to start getting much longer now. I think just giving myself permission to read it slowly and not needing to read it all in one go is helping me process the length!

Fanfiction is so satisfying! And it makes it hard to get into regular books, because there is no promise of hot gay sex to tempt me.. *sigh*