Title: Cheesecake and the Art of Political Warfare
Author: Sakana Sara
Genre: Political comedy/science fiction
URL: Shousetsu Bang*Bang
Other Information/warnings: explicit m/m, language
In a distant future, across hundreds of worlds, a very, very important election is taking place, with eerie similarities to, uh…well, you’ll figure it out.
My review: If the bastard daughter of Red Dwarf and Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy had a lovechild with Aaron Sorkin, its slash fandom would produce something like this. Part satire, part nail biting political plot, part truly weird love story, you will recognise more than a few echoes of real people and real events, though with an original and very funny spin.
The untold story of the election we might just have one day. Oh, yes we can 🙂 Highly recommended, not least for the wonderful lead characters, Adam and Danos.
Title: All These Things That I’ve Done
Genre: Modern, f/f, m/f/f (transgender)
URL: On Livejournal
Other Information/warnings: explicit f/f, angst
Natalie used to be with Andrea, until she decided she wanted to be Andy. Jenny used to be with Natalie, but she wanted more than they had. Looks like she found it with Andy….
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Author: Lydia Thorne
Other Information/warnings: violence, explicit m/m
A plague is destroying humanity and in the aftermath, two desperate men try to survive.
My review: This post-apocalyptic tale is very bleak, powerful stuff, genuinely creepy and sad. I can’t say too much about the plot, but the title means ‘Self fear’ or more accurately here, ‘Fear of self’, and like the best horror, the suspense comes not from the outside threat but within.
The author manages, incredibly, to make this a love story too, but don’t be looking for any warm and fluffy stuff here. If you like your stories dark and beautifully written, this will be perfect. Recommended, but not for all tastes.
Title: This side of Saturn
Author: Shinji Yuri
Genre: Sci-fi, romance
Other Information/warnings:possible underage squick (one is technically 17). Imbedded video (worksafe) may start to play when page loads, if you’re watching it where people might wonder what you’re up to.
A young man has his hopes and dreams turned upside down when his best friend contracts an incurable disease. What will he give up to save him? Part of issue No.10 of Bang*Bang ‘May and December’
My goodness. This is both excellent sci-fi and a bittersweet romance. Naoki dreamed of the stars and of Saturn, but his dreams became dust when his best friend and crush, Ken, develops the then incurable McClain’s Syndrome and must be put into deep sleep to save his life. Naoki then dedicates his life to find a cure – and then has to deal with the fallout when he succeeds.
So many good ideas here from this capable author, and deftly handled. The patient, waking from sleep into a brand new and scary world. Those who waited patiently, letting some hopes die, not daring to let others blossom for fear of disappointment. How to handle a love formed in the teenage years, when one of the partners has endured life and pain for fifteen years, when the other has been stuck on hold all that time. None of the problems are ignored or brushed away. The lovers can’t go back in time – the question is, can they go forward?
ETA: Because of my Firefox settings, I entirely missed the sweet little trailer at the top of the story. A nice bonus.
Title: Where to?
A chauffeur is asked for more than the usual service. Written for the picfor1000 2007 challenge:
Clarediva takes what could be a fairly boring cliched situation and turns it cleverly into something else, where we care about the characters, and yearn to know more of their story. Excellent use of her 1000 word limit.
Title: Your cover’s blown
Author: Shinju Yuri
Genre: Romance, vaguely historical
Other Information/warnings:mild m/m
Frederick Rochester is a cat burglar. Walter Jennings is an absent-minded inventor. Easy pickings…or maybe not.
Another sweet one from this author (and some darling illustrations to go with it). She manages to create beguiling and lively characters with economy and cleverness, and while the plot is on the slightly fantastical side (rather fairy tale like), I loved the descriptions of the devices and ideas, the fact that both characters surprised me at times with their reactions. It’s funny, and a jolly nice romance. Highly recommended.