Blackout!

May. 24th, 2012 08:06 pm
dira: Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (Default)
BLACKOUT! BY MIRA GRANT! THE CONCLUSION OF THE NEWSFLESH TRILOGY! IT CAME OUT ON TUESDAY HAVE YOU READ IT YET HAVE YOU HAVE YOU HAVE YOU.

COME MAKE SPOILERY EXPRESSIVE FACES AND CAPSLOCK UNDER THE CUT! )
dira: Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (Nate - Watchful)
[livejournal.com profile] keerawa asked for Generation Kill zombie apocalypse AU, so I decided to plunk the guys down in my favorite zombie apocalypse: Mira Grant's Newsflesh Trilogy.

Which means they're all bloggers. :D


Gen. 565 words.
Nate was the editor in charge of twenty-two Recon bloggers: Bravo's Channel Two (Observe Everything. Admire Nothing.).

The Moffatt Twp Bridge )

Presents!

Dec. 27th, 2011 11:24 pm
dira: Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (Brad - Inappropriately Festive)
1) I am so totally overwhelmed by Yuletide this year that I haven't read anything since Christmas Day. I mean, also there was hectic family-holiday-ing and driving long distances and so on but also OH GOD SO MANY STORIES, SO MANY RECS, SO MUCH EVERYTHING. O.O

That said: I got a present! Just for me! And it is lovely! Carrying the Banner is Newsflesh Trilogy gen, George and Shaun taking a rather important field trip at age twelve. ♥


2) YAGKYAS! I totally failed to even post about [livejournal.com profile] yagkyas because it fell right on the day I was driving to Michigan and then there was a lot of family and holiday and etc. as above. So now the reveal is revealed, and I can thank [livejournal.com profile] cubicality for my freaky and awesome (and totally Rudy/Pappy in my heart) werewolf apocalypse story, 60 Days!

And I can also say that I wrote One to Grow On, possibly the only Doc Bryan/Michael Brunmeier story on the internet. TBH I had no idea who Brunmeier was when I got my assignment, so there was a bit of frantic running about, and searching of transcripts and rewatching and yelling at the TV every time Brunmeier had a line. I thank [personal profile] templemarker for beta, and everyone else I know for putting up with me flailing a lot about how to write Brunmeier. *g* I am really rather pleased with the story I wound up writing, and more importantly my recipient (hilariously, [livejournal.com profile] cubicality and I wrote for each other) liked it! Happy Yagkyasmas, C!
dira: Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (Default)
...I really wasn't expecting the turnaround between these posts to be quite this short, but. Fic! Ready to go! So here it is.


Newsflesh. Post-Feed, MAJOR SPOILERS. Shaun/George. 3000 words. Explicit.
Warning: Incest, and did I mention MAJOR SPOILERS. But no zombies!

For two days every month when the crazy hormones kicked in, I could count on getting knocked flat and stripped naked anytime we were alone. You're damn right I counted the days.

Many thanks to [personal profile] iulia for beta, [personal profile] templemarker for kicking my ass into actually finishing, and [personal profile] petra for audiencing!


The Only Thing I Ever Want Anymore )
dira: Matt and Emily (from Standoff) spooning under white sheets. (Matt/Emily - Spoons!)
Firstly, for people who have already read Feed: Shaun & George fanart by [livejournal.com profile] quidly. MAJOR SPOILERS FOR FEED! But if you have read it, go look, it is lovely.


For people who maybe have never heard of the Newsflesh Trilogy (Feed, Deadline, and forthcoming in May 2012, Blackout) by Mira Grant (aka [livejournal.com profile] seanan_mcguire) or have heard of it and think that they are not really interested in more zombie horror whatever, here. I had it in my head a while ago that I wanted to write a pimping post, with lovingly selected bits of text, but when I went to look I found that the entire appeal of the books (especially for fangirls) can be found in a single excerpt, so this pimping post will actually be pretty short.

The protagonists of Feed and Deadline are Georgia Mason and her twin-ish brother, Shaun. (Ish, because they are actually about six weeks apart in age and not biologically related; their parents are essentially reality TV stars of the zombie apocalypse, and they adopted Shaun and Georgia as infants to serve as a neverending well of ratings boosts.) George and Shaun are twenty-something reporters just about to get the story that will make their joint career--George does straight news, Shaun is an "Irwin" who specializes in risking life and limb by going out and poking wildlife with sticks to get exciting footage. And, yes, in their world the wildlife in question is zombies. But this is not a story about zombies. It's a story of a world so filled with endless threats--from fame-whoring parents to the endless danger that the person standing next to you could turn into a zombie at virtually any moment--that it only contains one other person you can really trust.

So here, a bit of private musing from George that tells you all you really need to know about whether you want to read these books:

Sometimes we leave the connecting door between our rooms open all night. We'd still share a room if they'd let us, turn the other room into an office and have done with it. Because both of us hate to be alone, and both of us hate to have other people--people outside the country we've made together--around when we're defenseless. We're always defenseless when we're asleep.

We leave the connecting door open, and I wake up in the night to the sound of him snoring, and I wonder how the hell I'm going to stay alive after he finally slips up. He'll die first, we both know it, but I don't know . . . I really don't know how long I'll stay alive without him. That's the part Shaun doesn't know. I don't intend to be an only child for long.
dira: Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (Sam Carter - Rocket Launcher)
Go look at your blog/journal. Find the last Fandom-related thing you posted. The characters in that post are now your team-mates in the Zombie Apocalypse. How fucked are you?

My last fandom-related post was the story-announcing post for Jigsaw, SG-1 teamfic, so ... I'm pretty sure I'm going to be just fine. Juuuuuust fine. And so is the entire planet. This team does not fuck around.

(Amusingly, the last different-fandom-related post before that was the one where I was all excited about Mira Grant's DEADLINE, whose protagonists have all grown up in the aftermath of the Zombie Apocalypse. So I would have to say, if they're on my team--or rather, if I am on theirs, a Fictional hunkering down in safety while the Newsies run around dealing with the actual zombies--then I am also going to be fine. Although in that case I am kind of worried about the rest of the planet.)
dira: Matt and Emily (from Standoff) spooning under white sheets. (Matt/Emily - Spoons!)
I'm not actually finished with DEADLINE but I have, crucially, read past page 338 and I need to squee NOW oh my GOD.

(That is DEADLINE, by Mira Grant (aka Campbell-award winner [livejournal.com profile] seanan_mcguire), sequel to the Hugo-nominated FEED--if you haven't read them I will soon be doing a pimping post because oh my god this is so on my Yuletide list! There's a pretty nifty book trailer for the books, although a) I don't think Shaun's voice really sounds like that and b) pfft, like the zombies are actually the point.)

HAVE YOU READ PAST PAGE 338 OF DEADLINE? WOULD YOU LIKE TO SQUEE WITH ME FOREVER AND POSSIBLY ALSO WRITE YULETIDE FIC? OR REQUEST SOME SO I CAN WRITE IT FOR YOU? GINORMOUS SPOILERS FOR THE FIRST 1.5 BOOKS OF THE NEWSFLESH TRILOGY BEHIND THE CUT. ALSO ALL THE SQUEE. )
dira: Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (Default)
I am currently reading Rebecca Solnit's A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities That Arise in Disaster, and it is as awe-inspiring and triumph-of-the-human-spirit-full as you might imagine from the title. But I am reading it within a couple of weeks of finishing reading Mira Grant's Feed, about life two decades after the zombie apocalypse, and yesterday I also read this blog post by a woman who took her infant to the G20 protests in Toronto.

All of which is probably why I woke up this morning from a dream of finding a gray-and-black kitten in a house where I was squatting, thinking it was a nice, live, fluffy distraction from life as we knew it, and wanting to show it to the little kids of the house, then turning to find that a SWAT team toting assault rifles had burst in in pursuit of the (unregistered, potential disease vector) kitten, and so I stood there with my arms over my head before the men with the big guns, explaining that I didn't know where the kitten was and I wasn't resisting but please, please just be careful searching upstairs, there are little kids up there with their mom.

(Then I woke up and remembered that kittens, and even full-grown cats, are too small to amplify, so no one would need to hunt them. So that's all right.)

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