In an effort to make this as concise as possible instead of “I have recommendations ohmygodlook! ShinypennyoverthereandcansomeonepleasepassmeaRedBull” I’m going divide this bitch up into three parts.
Part One – the fan fiction recommendation
To be honest, I haven’t really had the time lately to read a lot of fan fiction (the reasons for this will soon become apparent) but there are still a few that I will try to drop everything for when they update.
Fan Fiction, Sex Gods and Singles Girls – by bannerday (Incomplete)
I sort of stumbled on this fic by accident but was totally sucked in after a very, very amusing Bella/Edward introduction that involved a hat embroidered with the word “asshole” and an erection.
Synopsis - New teacher and aspiring writer, Bella Swan, moves to Seattle. She finds fan-fiction-creation-inspiration in the enigmatic and surly playboy who lives in the upscale condo across from hers. As her newest on-line story develops, so does a correspondence with a mysterious reader/reviewer of that story. Is it a co-worker? Is it the hothead playboy? It's a case of art imitating life and life imitating art. A fan-fic story within a fan-fic story with all the canon usuals. Lemons, laughs and love.
This Bella is a little flighty, a lot quirky and really endearing. Though Edward is a rich, beautiful hunk of man-slut, he’s got his faults and shining moments as well.
Fridays at Noon – by followstrouble1017 (incomplete)
For the life me I can’t remember who the hell recommended that I check this fic out but thanks! I LOVE this Bella. She’s spunky, independent and stands her ground. There were more than a couple scenes where I found myself mentally high-fiving her. This isn’t your typical rich, wounded Edward, either.
Synopsis - Handsome yet arrogant Edward Masen's life intersects with Bella Swan when she takes a job as a waitress at the restaurant he dines at for lunch every Friday. He doesn't know how to love anything or anyone, and she isn't impressed by the things that usually have women falling at his feet. He's got secrets and a temper - can Bella break down his walls? She'll get her chance Fridays at noon...
This fic has it all – the snark, the danger and a whole lot of adventure. It’s definitely angsty at some points but not overly so.
Part Two: A Book Recommendation That Is Not Twilight-Related –
I’ve recently started reading Game of Thrones. It wasn’t intentional--I had seen billboards for the HBO series and thought, "boooooring." I was stuck ridiculously late at Penn Station one night and bought it to help pass the time (and possibly beat the snot out of any scurrilous looking character who got too close to me) and for once I’m glad I’m an idiot and didn’t bother to check the train times because this book is pwning my ass.
Be forewarned – this is not a light read. The first book alone was a whopping 807 pages, full of political subterfuge, family feuds, war, death… everything that makes a really intriguing and all-consuming fantasy novel.
The characters are richly fleshed out and I found myself actually concerned for their welfare, though there were a few so awful that I wanted to reach through pages and run them through with a longsword myself. There’s something to be said about an author who can make the reader feel so strongly, positively or negatively, about his characters and Martin truly has a way with words.
That being said, if you’re not inclined to devote yourself to what will inevitably be way more than a few thousand pages in total, you can always just watch the series on HBO. Since I live in the dark ages and don’t have HBO, I haven’t seen it yet but plan on getting my grubby little paws on the DVD’s the moment they are available.
Also? It has this guy in it. Helloooooo, Khal Drogo!!
His hair is longer than mine and he wears more eyeliner than me but I'd still let him mount me.
Moving right along…
Part Three - Just Fucking Humor Me, People. I Love This Band
(I always wonder how horrified they would be to stumble across one of my posts about them. Nah, I'd rather not know.)
There's something so thrilling about waiting for a band to start playing...
Last week I was lucky enough to have a double dose of Man Man. The shows were, as they always are, fantastic and I had a blast. I’ve never seen a band so full of intensity and energy as Man Man and I've seen more than my fair share of bands.
Back in May, they released their new album Life Fantastic. For years now, their debut album Man in a Blue Turban with a Face has been my numero uno album to listen to but I think Life Fantastic has actually replaced it.
Life Fantastic strikes me as a more mature Man Man album. It still contains the high intensity of the previous albums and is a whirlwind of dark lyrics and eclectic instrumentation that implements a myriad of different musical genres but it’s a little more well-produced than their previous albums.
There are just so many layers to the songs. Each one is an intricate dance of instruments and lyrics – intense, sometimes frightening—but always emotional. There is a raw, piercing beauty to this album, even in its darker turns.
Don't believe me? Have a listen for yourself.
Man Man - Haute Tropique by simak1977
Man Man - Life Fantastic by PearBLLN
Oh, and this...
That's all for now, folks! I'm going to finish reading Game of... oh sweet! My Netflix streaming is working again!!