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So, I recently signed up at [livejournal.com profile] tolkien_weekly, which sends out weekly drabble prompts, thinking that I might want to try a few. (Even if I am very ambivalent regarding drabbles.) And what was the first prompt? PEG. So obviously my first association was pegging (NB: that's a wikipedia link, but a bit NSFW.) Now I cannot shake the association. And I don't think I want to enter a new community with THAT as my intro.

The second word is DRILL, btw. So there is a definite drabble series forming. In my head. Probably yours now, too.

More SFW-ishly, I have recently discovered a new book series. Through LJ, so most of you know them already: the Temeraire series by Naomi Novik. (Who is of Polish extraction, judging by on of her book dedications! Woo!) The premise can be summarized as "the Napoleonic wars, with dragons." It's very O'Brien-ish (though written in a slightly lower literary register, but that makes it more accessible), and perhaps a little Smaug-ish (the dragons have very distinct not-quite-human personalities, with a marked love of treasure.) Now, when I first saw this premise, I was a bit worried that there would be weird mystical mumbo-jumbo, but it is intelligently imagined, down to all the climbing gear that is needed to ride around on the back of a giant creature, and the logistic nightmares of feeding someone so large. And yes, there is a strong, special bond between dragons and their "captains", but this feels quite natural and emotional rather than frou-frou magical. Overall, the series features a lot of fun escapism: some strong female characters (the dragons have no gender-specific traits that I can see, but some of the deadliest accept only female captains -- who then proceed to ignore societal constraints, quite merrily) and some very satisfying rewrites of colonial history.

Date: 2013-09-17 10:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] furius.livejournal.com
TEMERAIRE! I was reading her fics for ages but it took me a long time to commit myself to "fantasy historical fiction", I finally just handwaved and gave in and found it a terrifically fun series to read. The era's a favorite and I love the rewrites of colonial history.

Date: 2013-09-17 02:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tehta.livejournal.com
I cannot believe that the more colonial books are generally considered worse than the Napoleon-centric ones! People are weird.

Date: 2013-09-17 01:39 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] moetushie
For me, I associate pegging with the Fingon/Mrs. Fingon fic I have not yet written. Imagine how well-constructed a Noldorin strap-on would be! What laws and customs?

If the next prompt is SCREW, I would think it's deliberate.

I've heard about Temeraire for years, but never picked the series up. I know the author is involved in fandom in some way though -- with OTW, I think? The organization behind AO3, anyway.

Date: 2013-09-17 02:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tehta.livejournal.com
Pah, there is nothing in LaCE about pegging. And the whole "the union of bodies in marriage is unique, and no other union resembles it" thing is rather intriguing, all round. Maybe it IS pegging.

The next prompt might simply be WOOD.

Date: 2013-09-17 03:45 pm (UTC)
moetushie: Beaton cartoon - a sexy revolution. (Default)
From: [personal profile] moetushie
I am in support of this. Here, here!

*knocks on wood*

Date: 2013-09-17 01:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wulfila.livejournal.com
I read the first "Temeraire" book, but was vaguely disappointed (yes, it is quite a nice book, but I suspect it is precisely because of Aubrey/Maturin that it did not work 100% for me - if one has that as a comparison, and the whole amount of historical knowledge O'Brian weaves into the narrative, "Temeraire" seems a bit ... simplified in the history department, I guess).

Date: 2013-09-17 02:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tehta.livejournal.com
I think I was helped by my low expectations... Also by the fact that all the Naval books people have recommended to me as "like O'Brian" were, in fact, much worse than this series.

Also your standards for dragon fiction are no doubt higher than mine!

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