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This is a banner I did for [personal profile] marginaliana's [livejournal.com profile] wipbigbang fic, which has just been posted.

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One More Time With Feeling (or, Charlie Brooker and the Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Day) by [personal profile] marginaliana
Charlie Brooker/David Mitchell, British Comedy RPF, 50k words, explicit.
Summary: December the seventh, 2009. Recording day for the Big Fat Quiz of the Year. Charlie wakes to the sound of his mobile.

I'm not a huge RPF fan, which made my enjoyment of this Groundhog Day-style fic all the more surprising. This fic is a real page turner, if that term isn't hopelessly archaic to use for a fic hosted on a digital archive.

The fic avoided most of my usual problems with RPF, especially of being disrespectful to the ladies. It's set in the time before both men found their future wives. The science fiction/time travel aspects of the fic also put what happens firmly in the realms of fiction, allowing me to enjoy it much more. Perhaps in one of a million alternate dimensions, this universe was even possible.

I can recommend this fic if you like time travel, really slow build sexual tension, bisexual characters and very funny dialogue with awkward British men continually putting their foot in it.

The art is a nod to the third paragraph of the fic in which Charlie drops his mobile phone and breaks it.
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I finished Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch about two months ago. It's a supernatural horror crime novel set in a magical version of London, and a fun read although it didn't jump to the top of my favourite-ever list.

Plus points:

- The main character actually had a proper background and personality (mixed race British/African) which played into the plot.

- It was was a sexy book without being sexist, a hard feat for a writer to pull off, especially when the main character is a male British cop.

- It made me look forward to the sequel, and I haven't felt that way about a book in a while.

- A lot of grisly things went on, especially at the start. But unlike The Lies of Locke Lamora which I read a few months previously it didn't come across like gratuitous torture porn and wasn't enough to put me off checking out the sequel. It was all necessary for the plot.

- There were lots of different female characters. Bad things happened to the women, but perhaps even more so to the men. There was never that use of cheap thrills violence on women that's prevalent in many crime dramas.

- Fantastic supporting characters, who all really felt like they had their own personalities and motivations. This was the biggest plus of the book.

- I really cared about the characters! I was shocked by some of the twists.

The one minus point:

The main character kept having these major leaps of logic to solve mysteries. They were real big tah-dah! moments. But the reasoning for these was always incomprehensible.

The first time it happened I thought I just hadn't been paying attention, or I was being a bit slow. By about the third time I was sure it was the book, not me. That was confirmed when I read other reviews which pointed out the same problem.

I got over this by just ignoring these parts completely, like I do in BBC Sherlock. When Sherlock makes some ridiculous leap of logic it's never very believable, but at least it's fun. Here it was just baffling.

I can see what the writer was trying to do. But it did detract a little because these were supposed to be climactic turning points of the book.

Anyway, pretty good. 7/10

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Jan. 10th, 2014 01:16 pm
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Inspired by [personal profile] schemingreader

Books I read in 2013, with a short word on each.

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