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10 May 2009 @ 11:53 pm
Reccity reccity! All H/D or at least H, D  
There are a small number of people from the internet that I have met, and, very fortunately, they have all been splendid. One of these ispushdragon , who is simply one of the best fandom writers there is. Or was, but I am living in hope. Because otherwise I will have to convince cocktail waiters to pour 'write more fic' on top of her drinks in syrup, and that's going to cost.

She left fandom, then made a brief detour back to write bushfire 'drabbles', which all turned out to be more along the short fics line, but no one was complaining. I come with recs for two of them.

Undiluted, ill-reputed, convoluted is the fic she wrote for calanthe_fics (and a bit for me!). Cal prompted 'give it to me straight and hard, no frills'. Push, being push, obliged very literally. Now, many of you know that I am not a girl for porn. So when I say that this made even me a little hot under the collar, those of you who do love the porn should take it as a sign to stop reading me and go read her. For those who are in my camp, this is one of the best short expressions I have seen as to why characters are sometimes best shown through sex. Reserves are lowered along with trousers here and the visceral connection with another person that can be found through sex is perfectly depicted. Oh, er, story-wise Harry avoids work in Brussels in favour of sex in Barcelona with Draco. Good choice.

The second of her stories, Here on the Shoulder of the Impossible is so lovely that you won't realise how much it has resonated with you until a day or two later. It is a world of giant birds and iridescent plants with gnashy teeth and tendrils, pulsating with magic, raw and wonderful. Into this world fit two broken wizards, looking for a place apart. In all the best ways, this is the perfect blend of two of my favourite books: Jane Eyre and Where the Wild Things Are. Take all the greatest beauty from your memories of both and mingle them gently for this lyrical poem of a story.

Another of the people I have met and loved is raitala  (and not just because she is a shameless enabler of comedic Brammers behaviour). I have long held that she is one of the finest artists in fandom, partially for her technical skill, but also for her intelligence in creating narratives within her work. While many of you have already her latest artwork, for those who haven't, please go straight away and be amazed at her take on The Sectumsempra Scene. In three panels, focussing on Draco, she brings the viewer into an inimate realisation of the gut-wrenching pain it takes to drive a Malfoy to sob at a basin, and then the shadow of Potter appears in the mirror, before an unseen exchange of shouts, then a slash of a wand and an arterial spurt of blood ... Her spare style is perfect here, and devastating.

Actually, I lied, I do have a rec that's not H/D, and it's from someone I have not met, snegurochka_lee . I was lucky enough to work with her on hp10k, and after reading a few of her pieces, she is now one of those writers whose links I will now click regardless of who she is writing about because she is simply good. Hero Worship is Charlie/Victor, with Charlie's two young Potternephews visiting him in Romania. When a familiar famous figure appears, young James nearly explodes with glee, but Albus, who notices things, sees what his uncle isn't saying. This isn't just a lovely story about the pain of being in a closet and the importance of family and support, it's a beautifully put-together story that judges every moment cleverly and honestly, and which makes every character's journey seem natural and necessary. Even if you don't care about Charlie Weasley's love life (don't tell me – I couldn't bear it), this is a story that should be read just because it is so well crafted and so emotionally satisfying that you will feel better in your day for having read it.

absdax: Abi Cokeabsdax on May 10th, 2009 03:14 pm (UTC)
oooooooh H/D recs!!!!
i keep going back to H/D even thou i tend to wander away to read J2 (spn) or J/I (TW)

will check em out :-)
blamebramptonblamebrampton on May 10th, 2009 03:15 pm (UTC)
I was just about to reply to your entry, but I'll do it here instead: GO JENS! (And Rubens and Mark ...)
absdaxabsdax on May 10th, 2009 03:31 pm (UTC)
he won again!!!!!! YEA!!!!!!

i feel a little sad for Rubens... as his stratagy SHOULD have worked... but yeah

GO GO JENSON and yea for Webber!!! YEA! awesome move for him overtaking Alonso after the safty car!!!
(the only bit of overtaking the whole race, not counting the start!!!)
blamebramptonblamebrampton on May 10th, 2009 03:32 pm (UTC)
Yes, when waiting to see if Massa'a fuel will run out is the highlight of the day, things are grim.
maggiemarguerite_26 on May 10th, 2009 03:21 pm (UTC)
I was just typing up a rec list that looked awfully similar to this. :D

Possibly with a few extra push fics though...
blamebramptonblamebrampton on May 10th, 2009 03:22 pm (UTC)
I was Being Restrained ;-)
maggiemarguerite_26 on May 10th, 2009 04:27 pm (UTC)
Can I be your Unrestrained sockpuppet?

*continues with embarrassing!fangirl rec post*
blamebramptonblamebrampton on May 10th, 2009 04:47 pm (UTC)
I don't think we can rec any of these three highly enough! *Goes to read*
Potteresque Irepotteresque_ire on May 10th, 2009 05:47 pm (UTC)
YAYYYYYYYYYYYY for all the recs!!!!

Let's see ... I've gushed about Here on the Shoulder of the Impossible, not that I have any clue what JE or WeWTA is like *blush*, haven't gone back to the rest of Push's bushfire drabbles yet but will (and I want to restart reading Reliquary). Raitala's art is AWESOME - beautiful and intense ... and Snegurochka ..she's my new find!!! I started reading her earlier in the year and whoa! Finally I friended her after reading the 10k fic :D

down the hills and round the bendsnorton_gale on May 10th, 2009 07:47 pm (UTC)
One of these is pushdragon , who is simply one of the best fandom writers there is.

Yes, yes, yes, and YES! And if it can't be fanfic, let it be original fic. :)

Loved Rai's art too - need to check out Lee's fic.
Pureblood Princessraitala on May 10th, 2009 09:30 pm (UTC)
I am utterly honoured to be recced in such great company. I am torn to between adoration of all Push's Bushfire ficlets and outrage at being heartbroken TWICE by her departure. I am totally ready to chip in to the fund to suborn the barristas and bar tenders of M. into inscribing all her drinks with the legend. "Write More Homoerotica - Or Indeed Anything". Maybe we can get a special icecube commissioned or something?

I really enjoyed Schn...Schzz...Lee's latest fic. Drunken fandom discussions in London frequently foundered upon the shoals of how to pronounce her user name ;D
lee: Clemence - Russiansnegurochka_lee on May 11th, 2009 12:03 am (UTC)
*sneaks in*

LOL. It's Russian! Not as hard as it looks, I swear! :)
Pureblood Princess: rai 2raitala on May 11th, 2009 07:44 am (UTC)
Yeah, I know it isn't really that difficult. It was more a case of having fandom discussions and realising that you had never tried to say most people's usernames actually outloud before. The pronouciations that one had absent-mindedly stored in one's head were often wildly different from other people's so there was lots of unexpected confusion with names that were otherwise very familiar :)
blamebramptonblamebrampton on May 11th, 2009 07:46 am (UTC)
I'm easy, but you knew that.
lee: Clemence - Russiansnegurochka_lee on May 12th, 2009 01:56 am (UTC)
Hee, oh yes, I do know about how that goes. :) I've only met a few fandom folk, but saying any fandom words out loud, never mind in a crowded diner, made me giggle. I couldn't even make myself say, "Snarry"! :)
lee: bound - f modelsnegurochka_lee on May 11th, 2009 12:00 am (UTC)
I am an H or a D! ;) Wow, this is the most generous thing ever. Thank you!
Admiral of Strange Shipsnoeon on May 11th, 2009 03:35 am (UTC)
I absolutely adore "Hero Worship." I think it's one of the smartest things I've read all year. Okay, it's only May, but still! I absolutely hands-down hero worship your Charlie. Just an excellent character study. The tension with the kids and Al's sexuality is so good, as is James not being as dumb or homophobic as he looks from the get-go. Krum's one line about how he grew up is just chillingly good. *swoons a bit more over Charlie* Oh, and I know it's been commented on a million times, but James telling Charlie that there are lost tribes out of all human contact that knows he sleeps with boys? Priceless and too, too funny.
lee: Charlie - tat man lovesnegurochka_lee on May 11th, 2009 09:02 pm (UTC)
Oh, thank you very much! What a lovely comment. I'm so glad you enjoyed it. :)
trichinopoly ashaldehyde on May 11th, 2009 12:51 am (UTC)
i will check out all of these recs starting tomorrow. thanks so much for sharing!
Admiral of Strange Shipsnoeon on May 11th, 2009 03:31 am (UTC)
Great recs!! I enjoyed all of these immensely. I had seen "Here on the Shoulder of the Impossible" and swooned over its Lost World ambiance thanks to the rec of potteresque_ire. The fic for Cal (and a wee bit for you) is just marvelous. It really is of a sort that's not being written anymore, not just because it's Push. I'm trying hard not to get "Elegies for an Era of H/D fandom" maudlin from these, but it's well-nigh impossible. I'd happily add my support to any drink-spiking, food-cooking, or other smut-inducing efforts aimed at the marvel that is pushdragon.

"Hero Worship" is a fantastic fic. I love her Charlie. I love James. I love Albus. I really am just in love with it. It's sly and tense and smart and unexpected. I need to comment on her LJ ( I hate not having an IJ but I'm not going to open one for commenting now that DreamWidth is also sucking journalling resources. *sigh*)
shadowclubshadowclub on May 11th, 2009 05:09 am (UTC)
Ooh, recs!

Sigh, I keep hoping that pushdragon will feel like coming back to fandom or even write a book or something. Her writing is something else:)
glass_violet on May 11th, 2009 08:35 am (UTC)
Lovely recs, thanks Brammers! 'Here on the Shoulder of the Impossible' was achingly beautiful (and made me feel vaguely nostalgic for something I coudn't put my finger on, until I realised it made me think of HP Lovecraft). 'Hero Worship' was gorgeous :)
Dedicated Escape Artist: Charlie at workjadzialove on May 11th, 2009 11:51 pm (UTC)

Complete rec of wonderfulness! Thank you!

I'm back, btw. Paige is officially graduated and so is now properly unemployed but certified....
blamebramptonblamebrampton on May 12th, 2009 12:55 am (UTC)
I am drive-bying at work, so this is v brief, but YIPPEE! to both!
george pushdragonpushdragon on May 12th, 2009 10:37 am (UTC)
I can think of no more touching testament than for Brammers to rec porn. So thank you!! It's not something I ever thought I'd see. And thanks for liking the non-porn too.

And this:

reserves are lowered along with trousers is a summary I want to write a fic specifically for!

Also - Rai and Snegurochka? Yes!!
uminohikariuminohikari on May 14th, 2009 01:34 am (UTC)
*goes to read*

...but what if I didn't like Jane Eyre? D: