So yeah, a short naruto fic today. Not quite crack I’d say.
"Accounting no Jutsu" is the name, and more details will be added once I get my laptop back online (it isn’t working now…). But this is a good read. It take the absurd luck that Naruto could be said to have an runs with the idea. This trope shows up elsewhere in the fandom too. Worth your time.
Ok, so yeah. This “of the day” thing? Not happening. (EDIT: They’re on different days here for me, so ha!) I have so many that I like, that this might happen more than I’d like. Anyway… on to what we have here then, why not.
Over here we have “Only Right" (I’m sending you to chapter two, as chapter 1 is a large author’s note (AN)) by Adahn. It’s a Star Wars EU (Expanded Universe, ie the books/games/anything not the movies) set during the Legacy of the Force books, so you might want to have read through the New Jedi Order series first, or you will be lost.
Still, if you have the background, it’s a very interesting look at (No, I will not post spoilers… No I will not—) what would happen if a certain character really did become a full evil villain. Check out chapter 1 for the authorial lowdown. By definition, it’s exploring how the Star Wars galaxy would change if someone important went evil, so expect a very dark setting here. But it is a terrifying look at what the Dark Side should do to people. I did think the ending was a trifle weak though, but that’s just me.
Go take a gander! This one’s shorter!
Jacen Solo teaches Ben Skywalker how to tend a garden. Post-Inferno AU.
Star Wars - Rated: T - English - Drama/Tragedy - Chapters: 20 - Words: 81,868 - Reviews: 30 - Updated: 3-13-10 - Published: 12-28-07 - Jacen S. & Ben S. - Complete
It sticked, and it still does. As I saw my friends around me abandon their high score craving, time-and-money-eating gamemachines which they are- I am still as enjoyed and intrigued by the medium as I was 20 years ago.
In a world where we are used to screens, buttons and digital…
So yeah, in much the same vein as my Remix of the Day links from before, I’ll be running a brief set of some of my favorite fanfictions. Be warned though, some are very, very, very, very, very, ver~ ok, fine. They’re quite long, longer than the source material in some cases (where physically possible). But yeah, these are some of the better fanfiction I’ve come across while stumbling about (at first) and then later out seeking good ones.
I’ll make the attempt to pull from a variety of fandoms (source materials) but you never know. There might be a set of three, all in a row from Harry Potter, or Star Trek, or whatever (most likely Naruto/Ranma 1/2). Some will be time travel fics, others continuations (what happens after the show/story), and many others AUs (Alternate Universes) or cross overs (take parts from at least two series, and combine them in some way). We’ll see just what I nab. Also, not everything I’ll be posting here will be suitable for all ages, so keep that in mind as you read what I’m linking. Not that I have anything in mind that’s that bad, but there might be some elements of a couple stories that I tolerated because the story (or the crack) was so good.
To start things off, and as the new Harry Potter movie is coming out (can you see three HP links in a row? ’Cause I can), I’ll start off with one of the better written ones I’ve found ever. It’s called “A Stranger in a Strange Land" and it’s by Serpant-Sorcerer. Here’s the ff.net (fanfiction.net’s abbreviation) summary:
PART I: Days before his 6th year, Harry Potter is sucked into another universe by forces not of this world. Dazed and confused, Harry finds himself in a world where his parents are alive, where Voldemort has never fallen and he is Voldemort’s key enforcer
Harry Potter - Rated: M - English - Adventure/Mystery - Chapters: 17 - Words: 447,459 - Reviews: 1434 - Updated: 4-25-07 - Published: 7-14-04 - Harry P. & Voldemort - Complete
As you can see, it’s the first in a trilogy, of which only the first one is complete. It works as a stand alone …novel, and is very well written. More than a bit dark, but it’s a nice dystopian future, also dealing with the idea of who is Harry Potter, really. Since it was done so early, it completely ignores canon (as it was started 6 years! ago) but that’s more than ok, as he pulls it off so well. What are you waiting for? Go read this! It totally counts as prep for HP 7!
This is something that I’ve been coming to realize does indeed dominate US politics. But the BBC lays it out clearly:
The talk about “red states” versus “blue states” boils down to the fact that, as a general rule, states whose cities can out-vote their hinterlands are blue, and those whose hinterlands can out-vote their biggest cities are red.
For better and for worse, that’s what we’re dealing with these days.
So I grabbed the idea for this from a post from a friend on facebook. So I got to thinking, who are some of the authors that have influenced me*? Now, this isn’t a definitive listing, but I did try and come up with the authors that I read a lot of as a kid, or who have stood out to me looking back on things.
Jack L Chalker - The Spirits of Flux and Anchor series and really got me interested and aware of the power of stories to shape the way people think
L.E. Modesitt Jr. - Starting with the Saga of Recluse for letting me see how morals can be worked into the most basic level of a story and an entire world
C.S. Lewis - Everything
J.R.R Tolkien - LOTR, enough said.
St. Augustine - I’m just glad I read him when I did.
Harry Turtledove - Opening my eyes up to alternate history
Skeet and Zecinix - for the power of fanfiction as a mode of expression
Akira Toriyama - Dragon Ball and showing me the way to anime/manga
Isaac Asimov - Duh
Josh McDowell - for the Evidence That Demands a Verdict series of books
Richard Garfinkle - All of an Instant author, the imagery really struck a chord with me, also helping with dimensional visualizations and the difficulties of comprehending a notion of eternity from outside of time
Max Weber - Sociologist, author of the Protestant Ethic
Terry Pratchett - Humor that does social analysis
Joy Hakim - Author of the history textbook series, “A History of US”
Brian Jacques - For the Redwall Series
H Beam Piper - For his notions on civilization’s developments and collapses
There’s been a predictable to-do in the tech world about the forthcoming “Mac App Store,” with which Apple aims to make buying, installing, and even launching applications on the Mac work the way it does on the iPhone and iPad. Draconian Control! Steve Jobs is Big Brother! Apple’s future is a Teva…
So I have a couple of random thoughts on the To aru Majutsu no Index and To aru Kagaku no Railgun universe.
Magic in this universe was developed as a response to the innate abilities that the show places in Academy City, a haven for science and rationality. This strikes me as amusing since magic is usually considered (in fantasy) as the innate power, and science and its related powers are generally juxtaposed to this innate-ness.
On a related note, the relationship between Touma, Index, and Misaka can be seen as a competition between mysticism and empiricism (esper abilities and magic, respectively) for the heart of reality, or at least the illusion-breaking clarity that he brings to things. It appears to me that this makes Touma (in some ways) the representative for what tool works best for uncovering the real basis of reality.
I actually (and this is the only show where I do) ship Misaka x Touma, and wherever the show leads with the final relationship could give insight into what the creators of the show think works best in the world.