torachan: ewan mcgregor pulling his glasses down to look over the top (ewan glasses)
Whoops. Been so busy with Irene here that I haven't had much time on the internet and didn't manage to get my reading post done on Wednesday or even on Thursday! Still, I had a lot to talk about this week and by next week will surely have forgotten, so I'd better do it now while I have a chance. :D

What are you currently reading?
Currently back to reading manga only, I guess? I'm about halfway through two different volumes, 7 Seeds 24 and Aozora Yell 11. Aozora Yell is one that I bought several months ago and it's just been sitting on my desk because I always go for my iphone instead of physical books. But since I'm not doing a book club book this round, I thought I would try and read some physical books (both prose and manga) that I have sitting around, as I really like the idea of using the book club to read non-ebooks.

I forgot how much I love Aozora Yell. How could I have forgotten? It's just so, so, so cute. (If you're not familiar with the series, you may be familiar with the author from her other series, High School Debut, which actually did get an official English release. All her stuff is the same sweet/heartwarming kind of thing.) This volume starts Tsubasa's second year, so there are a bunch of new characters introduced as new first-years join the brass band.

Meanwhile in 7 Seeds, things continue to get more and more exciting. Really, I am just absolutely blown away by the most recent turn of events. How does Tamura-sensei manage to keep coming up with these awesome ideas?

What did you recently finish reading?
Well, on Sunday I finished Go by Kaneshiro Kazuki, exactly on the last day of that book club round, so perfect timing. :) Here's my book club questions for the end of the round:

1. Are you glad you've finally read this book? Would you read more books in this genre or by this author as a result? Would you recommend this book to others?

Very glad I finally read it! Like I said in my initial post, I watched the movie over ten years ago and bought the book soon after and it's just been sitting here ever since. XD Plus it's very good timing since I'm heading to Book Off next week and taking some stuff to sell and I can include this with my manga and CDs.

I don't think the author has really written a whole lot else, and the genre is just...modern fiction/literary fiction, I guess. Which is what I mostly read in Japanese anyway. I would recommend it to anyone who can read Japanese! It's both an interesting story and a good look at what it's like to be an ethnic minority in Japan.

2. What's your favourite quote or scene from the book? Alternatively, which is your least favourite, or the one that made you think the most, or the one that made you lose all patience with the book?
I don't really tend to think of books in terms of favorite scenes and least favorite scenes.

3. How did you enjoy reading to a deadline? Were you strict with yourself? Did you have a schedule? Was the book too long or too short for the time frame of the challenge?

This book was really the perfect length (a bit under 250 pages). If I were reading an ebook, I could do with something longer, but since this was a physical book, it meant that my two main reading times (in bed before going to sleep and on my lunch breaks at work) were times I was reading something other than the book club book. (I don't want to lug a physical book to work and I don't have a bedside lamp, so the only reading I can do is with something that has its own light like my phone.) By reading about twenty pages a day, I was able to keep on track while still being able to miss a day or two if I didn't have time to get to my reading. I didn't really have a set schedule, just tried to keep to about that number of pages each time.

In addition to my book club book, I also finally finished the fic I was reading for what felt like forever!

How the mouth changes its shape (132531 words) by breathedout
Chapters: 20/20
Fandom: Sherlock (TV), Sherlock Holmes & Related Fandoms
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: Underage
Relationships: Sherlock Holmes/John(nie) Watson, Sherlock Holmes/Victor(ia) Trevor, John(nie) Watson/OFC
Characters: Sherlock Holmes, John(nie) Watson, Victor(ia) Trevor, Sally Donovan, Original Characters, lots of them
Additional Tags: Genderswap, Alternate Universe - 1950s, Butch/Femme, Gender Issues, Gender Roles, Case Fic, bildungsroman, World War II
Summary: 1955. Under the placid veneer of suburban playparks and middle-class conformity churns a hidden London: femmes and butches dancing close in basement bars; clandestine love between women. To Sherlock Holmes, struggling private detective and mistress of disguise, it’s a realm she renounced years before. To Johnnie Watson, daredevil ambulance driver turned auto mechanic, it’s become a little too familiar. But when someone is murdered in the washroom of the city’s most notorious lesbian club, the investigation will lead both women to reconsider their assumptions about themselves, each other, and the world in which they live.

This was really good! I've not read anything this long in years and the length was definitely daunting, but I'm glad I gave it a chance. I definitely found Sherlock more likable as a woman (I'm sure that male!Sherlock is often written in a more likable way in fic than he is on the show, but here it was more that I didn't find the arrogance as off-putting in a female character vs a male character).

What do you think you'll read next?
I just realised I hadn't downloaded this week's Jump, so that for sure! But also in addition to Aozora Yell, I'd like to read at least one other volume of physical manga that I have here on my desk, maybe either Tegami Bachi 15 or Tera Girl 2. Also I would like to read one of the non-manga books on my shelf, something short that I can finish in the two weeks of the book club round, so that I'm ready to start fresh with a new book when the round I'm sitting out ends. A likely candidate is All I Asking for Is My Body by Milton Murayama, since it's only about a hundred pages long.
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due South/Castle

Thanks for Everything by [personal profile] helens78 Rec
6100 words. Explicit. When Fraser has a strange reaction to a Richard Castle book, Ray's determined to figure out why. Castle's in Chicago on a book tour, so Ray can even ask the man himself. But Castle doesn't just want to talk about Fraser... in fact, he doesn't just want to talk, period.

Me? Reccing a crossover? Yes, I am. And for two shows I've never seen, no less! Maybe that's why I was able to roll with it so easily, though there's also the fact that they're both pretty much set in the real world, so having people meet up is not as odd as for many fandoms. Anyway! I like both the characters here, and really enjoyed it.

Jude Law/Ewan McGregor RPF

Backup by [personal profile] cesare Rec
700 words. Explicit. Possibly the late hours, the gentlemen callers and the tight and shiny tops ought to have been a bit of a giveaway, but Ewan honestly didn't twig to it that his flatmate was a rentboy til he walked in on him sucking some geezer off.

This was written for me! :D (Sadly, this is a fandom which is almost entirely written by me or for me. Why do they not get more love!?) Anyway, this is angsty! And has rentboys! And I loled at Jude's "Look at me. Why would I ever take a day job?"

Sherlock

John and Sherlock Make a Baby (From Stuff They Find Around the Flat) by [livejournal.com profile] annlarimer & [livejournal.com profile] crantz Rec
2500 words. PG-13. Jesus Christ, it's a babyfic - GET IN THE CAR.

I'm really not reading Sherlock for the most part, but I couldn't resist the combination of this title and [livejournal.com profile] annlarimer, who is always hilarious. Anyway, this is total crack and there is no actual mpreg involved. Just Mycroft.

Black Hole and Revelation by [livejournal.com profile] unsentimentalf
5600 words. R. John finds out something about his flatmate that he really didn't want to know.

Apparently I also had one more Sherlock fic bookmarked to read! Anyway, the plot here is that John finds out Sherlock is gay and has a rather homophobic overreaction. I like the premise and found it quite plausible thanks to the way the show is always reinforcing how totally not gay John is. The writing left me underwhelmed, though. I didn't like the style (too many pretentious sentence fragments) and found it overall to be rather heavy-handed, so although there are a couple sequels, I don't think I'll be bothering with them. I was really glad that neither this fic nor the sequels have John and Sherlock getting together, though.

Stargate: Atlantis

Watch and See by [personal profile] secondsilk Rec
1200 words. Explicit. John asks, so Ronon acquiesces, but he hadn't been expecting this.

Ooh, I really liked this! I love that John is trans, too, and that they've found each other. I also really like the hints we get at Satedan culture. I'm definitely interested in seeing more of these two.

If We Were a Movie by [personal profile] busaikko Rec
2600 words. Teen. Jennifer and Rodney don't want to take the next step in their relationship without John, which is perhaps not the best conversation to have while babysitting Madison.

Awww! This is cute and funny and awkward (negotiating a relationship with these three should never be other than awkward). ♥
torachan: maru the cat sitting in a bucket (maru)
Haven't posted any reviews in a while because mostly all I've been reading is [livejournal.com profile] mcshep_match and I'm not posting those reviews until after the fest is over. But I did read one SGA fic and one Sherlock, and already had another SGA review on my hard drive, so I figured I'd go back and finally review the rest of the fics I read during the Transfic Mini Fest and then I'd have enough for a post. And so I have!

Batman

Might Spit Like a Girl But I Hit Like a Guy by [personal profile] gloss Rec+
800 words. The best thing about being Robin is that he gets to fight (back). A bunch of thugs put their thick skulls together and decide to whale on a few of the kids working the stroll, waiting for johns? Robin can swoop down and take those motherfuckers to *school*.

I don't really know much about Batman, certainly not this incarnation or this Robin, but I really liked this a lot.

Glee

What if I'm a Mermaid? by [personal profile] starlurker
1400 words. Teen. Kurt is changing.

This is sweet and cute. I had misread the prompt as asking for ftm!Kurt, rather than mtf, and I actually really want to see that, but I liked this a lot, too.

Katekyou Hitman Reborn!

This Heart's Still Solid Like a Knife by [personal profile] eisen Rec
500 words. It is noise, but it is her name.

This was in answer to one of my prompts, "this has nothing to do with Mukuro; this is about me". I had in mind Chrome being ftm, but I really like this take on it! There is all sorts of interesting stuff that can be done with Chrome and Mukuro.

Leverage

It's Not a Question (But a Lesson Learned In Time) by [personal profile] pixel Rec+
800 words. PG. He's just tired of waiting to be ready to do it.

I have wanted trans!Hardison for a long time and this was just perfect. It's gen with Eliot and Parker helping Hardison find some closure. I really loved this bit especially: " He thinks for a brief moment of keeping them, something tangible, he was here. The idea dies as soon as he flips open the top folder, wrong name, wrong person, wrong life scribbled all over the neat little lines and boxes."

Pokemon

'Cause You're Always Burning Up So Bright by [personal profile] agent_squeaks
100 words. He wasn't born right, he realized, right after he had evolved into a pikachu.

Aww, this is cute! I never would have thought about Pokemon transfic about the actual Pokemon, but this works.

Powerpuff Girls

From the Desk of Bubbles: Things I Will Keep on Doing as a Boy by [personal profile] dagas_isa Rec
500 words. General Audiences. Bubbles is a boy now, but he's still going to be himself.

I had asked for fic about Bubbles being ftm, but still being sparkly as a boy and this is just exactly what I wanted. I would love to see more of this Bubbles!

Sherlock

A Facade Faded by [livejournal.com profile] starjenni Rec
2200 words. T. Alternate Ending. You know that person who we thought for a split second might be Moriarty? Well, he is.

Ooh! I really liked this. spoilers for the show ) But I really like the idea! And I think this did a really good job with it.

Stargate: Atlantis

A Mark in Time by [personal profile] busaikko Rec
2700 words. PG-13. It turns Rodney on; John gets something else out of it.

This is a very sweet and adorable fic about Rodney being a plushophile and owning a Hello Kitty costume. XD

Backdoor Baby by anonymous Rec+
12,300 words. "I'm sorry," she says again. "I'm afraid I have to tell you, um..." She pauses, her eyes on his. "You're pregnant."

Wow, I really don't know what to say. This is 12K of Jennifer/John mpreg crack and I started reading it for the lulz, fully expecting it to be badfic, but it's actually really good! Like, in every way. The writing is great. The characterisation is spot-on. It's hot. It's funny. It explains how the pregnancy works in a way that satisfies me (it's an Ancient machine, natch, but even then, a lot of stories don't bother trying to explain the mechanics and it frustrates me to have it be so handwavey). I was unable to see this pairing at all before, but it totally made me buy it (they weren't together at first). I am really kind of floored at how much I enjoyed it. XD

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