Photopost, pretty much all garden

Jul. 29th, 2015 12:39 pm
iamshadow: Five pointed star surrounded by shattered glass from the Cap 2 credits. (Glass star)
[personal profile] iamshadow
So it's the end of July, here, which for the Northern hemisphere means midsummer but for here means the opposite. We're over the hump but we've still got hard frosts and it's a long time before our average highs hit anything above about thirteen or fourteen celcius.

That said, it's good weather for prepping for spring.

Read more... )
liadtbunny: (Tardis bigger on the inside)
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FANDOM: Doctor Who
FIC LINK: Ship of Ghosts
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] lost_spook
RATING/WARNING(S): General audiences
WIP?/WORD COUNT: 1312 | Complete
MAIN CHARACTERS: Jackson, Herrick, Orfe, Tala, Fourth Doctor.

FIC SUMMARY: The quest is the quest. It’s all that’s left.

RECCER'S NOTES: An unusual tale which lingers in the mind after reading. The fic concerns characters in a DW serial, the unloved, Underworld the one with a lot of CSO. The fic starts from before the Doctor appears and finishes just after he leaves. The fic details how Jackson feels about regeneration and how it reduces him and his crew. The piece works on its own without any prior knowledge of Underworld.
sylvaine: Naruto looking serious. ([anime:Naruto] Naruto)
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Fandom: Naruto
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Zetsu
Content Notes/Warnings: none
Medium: digital art, I think?
Artist on DW/LJ: NA
Artist Website/Gallery: [tumblr.com profile] nataly-lanier
Why this piece is awesome: Zetsu portraits are super rare, and this one is a beautiful one, all in soft pastel greens. I particularly like the sharp definition of his single eye and eyebrow in contrast to the soft contours of the rest of the piece, and I find it an interesting design choice to only paint White Zetsu, rather than his whole black + white half.
Link: on tumblr (If that link breaks, I have also reblogged it here.)
ceares: (sens8)
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Fandom: Sense8
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Sun Bai
Content Notes/Warnings: none
Medium: digital
Artist on DW/LJ:n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: DA website
Why this piece is awesome:One more of Sun, even though chooosing feels like picking a favorite child. This is an amazing piece - the style is cartoony, a not quite chibi feel but the tone is something completely different. A scene in the prison yard that captures Sun's anger and sadness and control. The unusual angles give this a vibrant, jarring effect when combined with the bright colors.
Link: Jean Claude Korean Lady Spirit

Thoughts on Ant-Man

Jul. 26th, 2015 06:32 pm
owlmoose: (tea - it's good for you)
[personal profile] owlmoose
I went back and forth on whether I was going to see Ant-Man in theaters. I knew I wasn't making an effort to go opening weekend, but other than that, it was up in the air. Then S mentioned that she was interested, so I decided why not, and I got together a group. We watched it last night, at a local theater that has a bar. Just in case. (For the record, I ended up not getting a drink -- the line was too long before the movie, and the showing ran late enough that the bar was closed by the time we got out.)

Short verdict: it was fun. I was entertained and amused. I'm sure I laughed out loud more times than at any other Marvel movie, including Guardians of the Galaxy. Paul Rudd charmed me, as expected. Michael Douglas set my teeth on edge a little bit, also as expected. (Which perhaps makes him an appropriate choice to play Hank Pym.) Evangeline Lilly was great, and I hope we see Hope Van Dyne in future films. Yellowjacket was yet another cookie cutter "titan of industry looking for power and revenge" type, as seen in the Iron Man movies, without the excellent acting of Jeff Bridges or Sam Rockwell to bring a higher level of interest to the character. (I was a little more intrigued by the former SHIELD agent, and I wish we'd gotten more on him.) But I don't expect much from an MCU villain who isn't Loki, at least not in the movies. (The "Agents" shows, at least, are much stronger in that regard.) The visuals and effects were very well done, big screen-worthy if that kind of thing matters to you. I'm actually sort of curious about the 3D version, and I never watch movies in 3D. At its core, Ant-Man is a heist movie, and I do enjoy a good heist movie. It was worth seeing.

But of course I have quite a bit more to say. There have been three main problems dogging Ant-Man since it was announced and throughout the development process: Edgar Wright leaving the project, the absence of Janet Van Dyne, and Marvel's choice to make an Ant-Man movie at all. And all three of these issues also appeared on screen, to greater and lesser degrees.

Behind the cut, for length and spoilers. )

Mad Max: Fury Road by Tysall (SFW)

Jul. 27th, 2015 02:21 am
mific: (Default)
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Fandom: Mad Max: Fury Road
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Max
Content Notes/Warnings: none
Medium: digital painting
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: Tysall on DA
Why this piece is awesome: This is the base painting for a poster, and I like it for itself, even though it's structured this way so that text can be added. I like the bulk of the car in the foreground, and Max up top (great likeness) with his pursuers seen in the very top background, largely through Max's windows. It's dramatic and effective. I also like how the artist's conveyed the chaos of the chase with paint splashes and semi-random lines, giving the impression of things flying - dust, and maybe bullets. (Pays to enlarge it - I sometimes have to reload the page to get it to do that).
Link: Mad Max: Fury Road
And here's 
a link to the actual poster with the text

Reason by Hoppspindel (NSFW)

Jul. 26th, 2015 10:40 am
sylvaine: Naruto looking serious. ([anime:Naruto] Naruto)
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Fandom: Naruto
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Hidan/Kakuzu
Content Notes/Warnings: male nudity, explicit sexual situations, alcohol, violence, blood, gore, death, dark/horror elements
Medium: Pencil, ink, copic pens
Artist on DW/LJ: NA
Artist Website/Gallery: [deviantart.com profile] hoppspindel | [tumblr.com profile] hoppspindel | [tumblr.com profile] immortal-assholes (just KakuHida fanart)
Why this piece is awesome: I honestly have a hard time articulating reasons for reccing this piece, as it is one of my favourite doujinshis ever and I have overwhelming feels about it. Nevertheless, I shall attempt to formulate some sense-making rec! This is a comic about the slowly developing relationship of Kakuzu and Hidan from their canon platonic partnership into a sexual and romantic relationship. It starts after their canonic "death" and thus could technically fit seamlessly into canon. The first chapter, in black & white, is 72 pages, while the second chapter, in colour, is 64 pages. So really lots to sink your teeth in!

On the less artsy side of things, I really appreciate that the author/artist got their characters write - they bitch and moan at each other and fight a lot, but they also do actually clearly value and appreciate each other. And unlike a lot of authors of this pairing, they don't woobify the characters or really emphasize the (barely canonical) height and power difference. Plus, it's finished! A finished comic! IDK, I think that's super cool.

On the more artsy side, I really admire the way the artist consistently managed to keep the panels interesting and have lots of different expressions for the characters while still managing to make them look like themselves. Plus, character and background actually look like they're part of the same world rather than separate layers of picture pasted onto each other. While the characters very occasionally look a little wonky, the art is solid from the start and only improves over the course of the comic, which is something I always love seeing. The first chapter, in black-and-white pencil shading, is already super cool - the artist manages to convey a lot of depth and variation in colour just through that. The second chapter, in colour, is occasionally absolutely visually stunning (the autumn panels!), and always high quality.

If you can handle the warnings above, and if you know the characters or don't mind reading up on them or being a little lost at first (I don't think canon knowledge is strictly necessary to read and understand the comic, since it takes place pretty much entirely removed from canon events and the two main characters occasionally seem very much in their own little world of two), I highly recommend checking out this comic.
Link: [tumblr.com profile] reasonch1 (Chapter 1) & [tumblr.com profile] reasonch2 (Chapter 2). Both tumblr blogs have a link in the first or second post where you can read the comic chronologically, but I wanted to link to the tumblrs themselves as the first few posts also contain summaries and ratings and such.
owlmoose: Closeup of Melinda May (marvel - melinda may)
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This next batch of episodes takes me up to Age of Ultron, which is of course just now coming out of theaters -- it's playing in literally one theater near me, and it's not one I can easily get to. And it's not out on streaming until September. Boo.

Anyway, the show. The thing I love most about this stretch is the discovery that the first two seasons of Agents of SHIELD are Skye's origin story. Spoilers, length )

Still haven't decided what to do next. But for right now, it's time to go see Ant-Man.

Moomin and Snufkin by nokeek (SFW)

Jul. 25th, 2015 08:10 pm
turlough: line art of Little My bathing in a puddle, from 'Moominsummer Madness' ((moomin) reflections)
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Fandom: Moomin
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Mumintrollet & Snusmumriken (Moomin & Snufkin)
Content Notes/Warnings: n/a
Medium: coloured pencils and ink?
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: [deviantart.com profile] nokeek

Why this piece is awesome: I love pretty much everything this artist does. I first found them through Doctor Who but it's in the fairytale and fantasy inspired works they really shine. Their skillful use of coloured pencils gives a wonderfully luminous quality to the rich, jewel-like colours of their works, greatly helped by the coloured and textured paper they often use.

This particular work is probably my favourite of theirs. The warmth and cozyness between Mumintrollet & Snusmumriken at their camp fire, the blue depths of the forest, and the twinkling of the stars among the branches, it all adds up to a deeply lyrical work. Full of magic.

Link: Moomin and Snufkin
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FANDOM: Doctor Who
FIC LINK: Genius and Geniality
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] JohnAmendAll
RATING/WARNING(S): General Audiences/spikey plant injury
WIP?/WORD COUNT: 30,233 | Complete
MAIN CHARACTERS: Victoria Waterfield, Zoe Heriot

FIC SUMMARY: Kidnapped from their everyday lives, Victoria and Zoë have been sent to Regency England to seek out the Doctor. How will they cope with a world of genteel manners, balls, elopements, and the threat of imminent fiery destruction?

RECCER'S NOTES: A fic which allows Victoria, one of the more overlooked and timid companions, to shine. It’s quite easy to make someone awesome if they’re a super-genius or a ninja fighter, but what about the less extraordinary? In this case manners maketh the women. Victoria steers the girl from the future, Zoe, through genteel Regency society and find she has some strength inside her.
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FANDOM: Sense8
FIC LINK: Accommodation
AUTHOR LINK: [archiveofourown.org profile] story_monger
RATING/WARNING(S): G | canon-typical violence, spoilers for S1
WIP?/WORD COUNT: complete | 2571
MAIN CHARACTERS: Capheus, Sun

FIC SUMMARY:

Capheus still sees the expressions a man makes when a machete rips through his chest. He knows what lungs sound like when they’re popped open. He knows that blood is hot when it sprays from a jugular and he knows that it tastes salty when it lands on his lips and tongue.

Capheus, after the battle.

RECCER'S NOTES:

This is amazing. It captures the connection of the cluster in a very real sort of way, and it's a wonderful exploration of the way Capheus seeks to find a balance between who he is and what he has done. The discussion he has with Sun, and the way they relate to one another and talk through what they've just shared, is like a missing scene from canon. This is a fic very true to the characters, and my favourite to come from the fandom so far.



Naruto: Daddy's gift by Umaken (SFW)

Jul. 24th, 2015 10:57 pm
sylvaine: Naruto looking serious. ([anime:Naruto] Naruto)
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Fandom: Naruto
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Uzumaki Naruto, Kyuubi/Kurama
Content Notes/Warnings: none
Medium: watercolour monotypia
Artist on DW/LJ: NA
Artist Website/Gallery: [deviantart.com profile] umaken
Why this piece is awesome: I am full of awe at the way the artist has made this technique work for them. There are a number of pieces in their gallery that utilize it (I'm not even sure how to describe it. Dragging paper over the paint while wet?), but I think this one is the best of the lot.
Link: Daddy's gift on deviantart
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FANDOM: Count Duckula
FIC LINK: Fiendish Father’s Day
AUTHOR LINK: [fanfiction.net profile] jarec
RATING/WARNING(S): General audiences
WIP?/WORD COUNT: 2994 | Complete
MAIN CHARACTERS: Count Duckula, Igor, Nanny.
FIC SUMMARY: Its Fathers Day, and Count Duckula wracks his brain for a suitable gift for the one who gave him life.

RECCER'S NOTES: A comfort food of a fic. Part of the warmth comes from nostalgia as Count Duckula was a favourite childhood cartoon of mine and the other comes from the fic itself. The characters are beautifully in character, almost like watching an actual episode. The writer is a fan of the show and it shows. There are a few typos here and there, but it would be churlish not to read because of them.

MCU Fic: "The Right Partner"

Jul. 23rd, 2015 06:39 pm
owlmoose: (marvel - peggy hat)
[personal profile] owlmoose
Done, done, finally done!

Title: The Right Partner
Fandom: MCU (specifically TFA and Agent Carter)
Rating: Explicit (NSFW)
Wordcount: 18,517 (!)
Characters: Peggy/Steve, Peggy/Angie, Howard Stark, Edwin Jarvis
Spoilers: Yes, for both (although if you don't know this Captain America spoiler by now I don't know where you've been)
Notes: I started this story rather awhile ago, probably at least in February. Originally, the AU premise was a simple excuse to write OTP porn. Then Agent Carter ended, Angie inserted herself into the story, and things got complicated. I got so stuck, in fact, that in order to finish it, I had to sign up for the [livejournal.com profile] wipbigbang, for the deadline and the artwork incentive. The lovely artwork, by [livejournal.com profile] icanbecreative, is embedded in the story as a cover image and also posted here.

On AO3
sixbeforelunch: iron man on a pink background, text reads "everyone needs a hobby" (mcu - iron man hobby)
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FANDOM: Marvel Cinematic Universe
FIC LINK: Сказка|Skazka
AUTHOR LINK: [personal profile] ranalore
RATING/WARNING(S): PG, implied child harm
WIP?/WORD COUNT: 200 words, complete
MAIN CHARACTERS: Natasha Romanova, Bucky Barnes

FIC SUMMARY: Folklore of the Red Room.

RECCER'S NOTES: This is a very short story that packs a huge punch. There's not a lot to say about a 200 word story, but if you're familiar with the backstories of Natasha and Bucky, I highly recommend taking a minute to go read this one.
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Fandom: Mad Max: Fury Road
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Nux 
Content Notes/Warnings: none
Medium: digital painting
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: maXKennedy on DA
Why this piece is awesome: The ambivalent figure of Nux the War Boy (even his feet are undecided). I love how he's limned in light, the colours and the hints of fire in the dark, the rusting machinery, the lines of golden light as per traditional artistic renderings of such scenes. Also, the use of differently focussed layers for depth, giving the impression of flying sparks. The details are great, enlarged.
Link: Mad Max Fury Road - Nux

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