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7/11/2012 c25 1Bedlam Chaos
Really nice story.

For the moment I'm reading Kim from Rudyard Kipling. It's old but the story is cool. As an Englishman born in India, Kipling has an interesting perspective on that place and time. Give it a go?
7/10/2012 c25 3Vera Dicere
Yay! I love that they've finally started getting their acts together and Calentine has begun to move beyond the whole "but he's a man" thing. Sorry for the absence of commenting; I have no good excuse. But! I can never resist the opportunity to throw books at people, so I'm jumping on that bandwagon now. I tend mostly towards fantasy/paranormal books, just for reference, and here are some of my favorites.

The Parasol Protectorate by Gail Carriger (starts with Soulless): steampunk with vampires and werewolves in Victorian London. Love the author's take on the requirements to be a vampire/werewolf, and she has a lovely dry (and very snarky) sense of humor that I adore. Also, Professor Lyall reminds me in some ways of a slightly more prim version of Remus Lupin, who will always be a literary love of mine. Usually pretty quick reads, but very entertaining and they have enough substance to keep me satisfied.

The Nightrunner Series by Lynn Flewelling (starts with Luck in the Shadows): thieves and 'faie and impressionable young boys and a matrilineal monarchy set in a sort of regency era. I have a bit of a soft spot for thieves, and I really love the world Flewelling creates here, as well as the characters. There's a very slow-burning romance building through the first couple of books, which I also love. I've heard a number of people complain about the newer books (starting with 4) but I honestly still enjoy them.

The Tamir Triad by Lynn Flewelling (starts with The Bone Doll's Twin): a girl who grows up as a boy and all the resultant confusion/chaos when 'he' reverts back to 'she'. A little dark at times (although Nightrunner has its darker moments as well) but a really interesting bit of exploration of gender identity and expression. I like that Flewelling doesn't just gloss over the pitfalls and confusion that would be inevitable in this sort of situation, and again, she creates lovely characters. Set in the same world as Nightrunner.

Rose Daughter, Spindle's End, and Deerskin by Robin McKinley: fairytales, retold with more of a feminist perspective. I love love love fairytales, and McKinley does a good job of retelling some classics. She manages to make the female protagonists much more active agents in their own stories but without losing the whimsy and magic inherent to the tales. I also love that her Prince Charmings are usually a little out of the ordinary.

Howl's Moving Castle by Dianna Wynn Jones: speaking of fairytales...this one plays with some of the classic tropes with a really lighthearted touch. In my opinion, the book and the Miyazaki film are almost two separate stories, although they are clearly related. I love this book to pieces and it's a pretty quick and enjoyable read.

Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaimen: if you haven't read this yet, you absolutely should. It's a wonderfully irreverent and amusing look at the apocalypse. Somewhat British in humor, but really enjoyable if you understand it. And Aziraphale and Crowley are kind of ambiguously gay in the most wonderful, bantery sort of way.

So, there's a few recs from me. Honestly, I could keep going and would be happy to rec you more if you're interested. Reading is one of those things that is utterly essential to my sanity, so I have a pretty extensive list from which to draw. And I'm always happy to do something to help my favorite authors keep writing! ;)
7/10/2012 c25 2Yggdrasil Oak
Yay! Fantastic chapter! I can't wait for part three. This is becoming one of my favorite stories on fp and inspires me to continue writing. Can't wait for more.
About books to read … I just read "the phantom of the opera " and "the princess of Mars ".which were both great … my favorite book ever is "Jane Eyre " if you want to read a well written tear jerker. My second favorite book is the seamus heaney translation of "Beowulf "... so some random book roecomendations for you!
Have a great evening!
7/10/2012 c25 1Sundavar
Double update! So exciting! Hah, I feel like there is so much more to Alim than he let's on. I would really liketo see him more, I don't think he is as bad as we think. And we Finally get some real action! God, these to leave me feeling more frustrates than a... Than a ... A frustrated thing!
Anyway, thanks for updating! You are an amazing author, keep up the great work!

P.s. I have always been fond of the Desden Files by Jim Butcher, it's some fantasy mystery and much much more. The first book is called Storm Front.
7/10/2012 c25 Chibikodo
Oh Calentine, he means forever. The clash of cultures, while entertaining, also frustrates me.

I liked the exchange between Alim and Cal- I hope that, snarky as he may be, Alim will find happiness in the future.

Looking forward to the next chapter. :)
7/10/2012 c25 Guest
Omg I am such an avid reader, there are so many- the xanth series by piers anthony is awesome full of ironic play on words very imaginative, game of throne series is epicness, I also read alot online- has tons in the original section have bunches more if u need it :)
7/10/2012 c25 1Yrvin Thornhart
(lol) Would telling you that this story is something worth to come home to early be a compensation for being lazy at reviewing? But really. We just had an organ transplant at work...(thank God it's successful) and my stress levels may have dwindled from sky-high, but now I'm just plain tired. You always write stories for these weary old bones of mine. (chuckle) Damn, you wouldn't even know just how many times I check every update day if you've updated already. But still, coming up with these wonderful chapters is so worth the wait.

-Ah, who are we kidding! Can't wait for Book III! You always make me forget how delicate the General is...with him being very aggressive and dominant...but do I like it! (grins)
7/10/2012 c25 3Sayure
I love detailed long sex scene and it's like a gift to be able to read a double update, thank you. I'm thinking how Paraz will wake up with the pain in his mouth the day after, after a BJ you feel normally pain or is it just what I think? I'd love to read about the moment of awkwardness that normally happen after something sexual, it's always fanny even in reality. Thank you so much again for a this fiction.

PS: it's not a book but it's my favorite fiction in gayauthors and it's complete,"the experiment", the idea of story, the style of writing, the description,... everything is just so great that made me addicted to this story waiting each day for the next update. I liked other stories from the same author but this one, in my opinion, was her best. I recommend it to you.
7/10/2012 c25 Arillian
Weeeei! Thanks for the double update. Me like lots. :3 But wow, how will Cal get out of this one. Good luck. They have such a complicated relationship, ha ha.

As for books you can read, here are my two cents :3

P. McKillip has written some wonderful books, the best in my opinion being the Riddle Master’s game. It's my favourite of all time. She has a very poetic way of writing an a truly unique mind. This particular book is very smart and mind-throwing. It got everything. Love, despair, loyalty, mystery and magic. It’s a world where the kings rule connected to the earth they govern. Then riddles started popping up those who knew all the answers had forgotten how to ask. I got roped into the book by looking at some fanart pictureing a young man with three glowing stars on his brow, a man with a harp and then with the text “Morgon, with the vesta scars on his hands and the stars on his forehead, and Deth, the mysterious harpist who haunted him, betrayed him, and gave him the world.” (if I can post a link this is the picture I’m talking about: ?qh§ion&qriddleofmaster#/d28m40 ) When I read this book and reach the end, I must start again from the beginning because it’s just too sad to let them go.

One of my favourite series of all time is the Myth-series written by Robert Asprin. This last week I’ve read through the first ten books just giggling until my heart bubbled over. It’s very tongue-in-cheek and a parody on all the normal fantasy genre. This is one of those simple reads. The flow is smooth, the characters lovable and the story hysterical. You’ve missed something in life if you haven’t read them.

Then there is also the series Game of Thrones everyone’s talking about nowadays. If you haven’t read them I really recommend it. It sucks you right in like a whirling typhoon of awesomeness.
7/10/2012 c24 tmelange1
Damn. I'm starting to like Alim. Sorta kinda. LOL I think Calentine should get over this going home crap. He's a grown up. He needs to stay with his general. His kin can survive without him. There's a reason why married people cleave to each other and leave the old family behind. LOL Anyway, great update. I thought it was a important development that the Queen recognized Calentine's contributions. He's the one who got hurt the worst in the war-thing. His plan, his call to the ships, his fault the ships were there to be destroyed, then he is the victim of a hate crime and get almost beaten to death. I think he deserves a medal. LOL And yay for a double update.
7/10/2012 c24 Sayure
Finally after so many days or was it just a few, well I don't care because my favorite story is updated :-) and it became more interesting, I don't know how I can wait until next Friday.
7/9/2012 c23 Guest
I love this . I just.. That's all I can say D: It is so lovely that I can only repeat the words, "I love this so much," to you over and over again. I eagerly away your updates.

P.S. I just found the single, deliciously good author that updates regularly. Heaven approaches
7/9/2012 c23 sern
I love this story! I generally avoid both fiction over 100k words and WIPs, but I've been sucked in since the first chapter. The plot is easy to follow but is still intricate and finely woven, and the characters are extremely believable. The romance is slow, but that makes it much more savorable, like letting chocolate melt in your mouth. I especially appreciate the fact that Cale is not immediately taken with the General, and the audience can watch through his eyes as he slowly discovers his feelings. I'm really glad that I took the time to read this despite the length. Great story!
7/9/2012 c1 Pygmy owl
Great story!
7/9/2012 c23 enblackink
engaging read!
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