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I've got this week off so I'm making a bit of an effort to catch up on a few fandom bits and pieces. First off, given what has been happening to the LJ servers, I'll no longer be cross-posting there. I'll also be taking down more sensitive posts, including photos etc. I won't delete my LJ because I use it to read communities, but if you follow me on both, please be aware that I'll only be (sporadically) updating my DW.

Secondly, although I was signed up for Yuletide this year, I sadly had to default fairly early on due to health issues. However, I received some amazing gifts just to same. These are so wonderfully in character, and I am absolutely thrilled with them. Please do give them some love!

Something Smells Fishy, Tyler (1894 words) by Small_Hobbit
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Life on Mars (UK)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Gene Hunt, Sam Tyler
Summary: When Gene Hunt has suspicions there may be more to a case than initially meets the eye, neither he nor Sam Tyler realise quite how much is involved.

Needs Must (1296 words) by lah_mrh
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Red Dwarf
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Arnold Rimmer, Dave Lister, Kryten (Red Dwarf), The Cat (Red Dwarf)
Additional Tags: Season/Series 06, Injury, Friendship
Summary: Sometimes it takes an emergency to show what you're truly capable of.

I also received a fantastic Top Gear fic for the TGS Secret Santa, but as it's in a locked comm I won't link to it directly unless/until it's posted publicly. Suffice to say, it's fantastic and I am a very happy reader!

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And I suppose I should do a year in fic retrospective?

First up is the Secret Santa fic I *did* manage to complete, for the TGS Secret Santa.

The Honorable Schoolboy (5215 words) by kangeiko
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Top Gear (UK) RPF
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Jeremy Clarkson/James May
Characters: Jeremy Clarkson, James May, Richard Hammond, Andy Wilman
Additional Tags: Community: topgearslash, Secret Santa, Episode: Top Gear Middle East Special, Episode: Top Gear Africa Special, Episode: Top Gear Ukraine
Summary: Jeremy's suspicions get out of hand.

Earlier in the year I participated in the history exchange:

i have cut a ribbon of skin from another man's body (4333 words) by kangeiko
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Ancient History RPF, Greek and Roman Mythology
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Olympias/Zeus, Olympias/Philip II of Macedon
Characters: Olympias, Zeus, Philip II of Macedon
Summary: She meets the god four times in her life, in four different guises.

And I also wrote a couple of snippets of F1 fics - one write-up of an (older) tumblr headcanon, and a new chapter in a WIP:

the coward does it with a kiss (1919 words) by kangeiko
Chapters: 1/1
>Fandom: Formula 1 RPF
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Major Character Death
Relationships: Alain Prost/Ayrton Senna, Nelson Piquet/Alain Prost
Characters: Alain Prost, Nelson Piquet, Nelson Piquet Jr, Nicolas Prost, Niki Lauda
Additional Tags: Headcanon
Summary: Nelson has many character flaws. This isn't even a complete list.

The Fire Sermon on Mount Cyllene (8979 words) by kangeiko
Chapters: 3/?
Fandom: Formula 1 RPF
Rating: Mature
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Alain Prost/Ayrton Senna, Alain Prost/Anne Marie Prost, Nelson Piquet/Alain Prost
Characters: Alain Prost, Ayrton Senna, Nelson Piquet, Nigel Mansell, Anne Marie Prost, Niki Lauda, Cesare Fiorio
Additional Tags: suddenly a girl, Fem!Alain, Alternate Universe - Gender Changes, Gender Issues
Summary: The race over, the trophies presented and the champagne spilled, the crowd thought the lights above the circuit were part of the show.
"What’s that?" Gerhard asked, pointing.
Alain squinted up into the bright flicker, the ground beneath him feeling uncertain, as if he was a little boy drunk on a thimbleful of sherry. "A comet," he said, sounding a bit doubtful, and then everything went dark.

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I also watched the new Sherlock, which was... well, it had some plot issues. The first few that occurred to me, in no particular order:
1) If Sherlock was following Mary via a tracking device, how did he end up at the room before her?
2) There was literally no time for John and Sherlock to have the conversation about the tracking device based on the timeline.
3) Literally no terrorists will hold someone "for years" to torture them "for fun". Holding people alive and torturing them slowly is a messy, expensive business. You have your guards, your facilities, your torturers, your (limited) medical care if you intend to keep them alive, your food, your sanitation facilities, etc etc. No one will do this "for fun" because it's a boring hobby.
4) How did AJ escape because it was never explained.
5) Why are Georgian torturers speaking in Russian and not in, say, Georgian?
6) "We will rescue these hostages" ... "oh now our only option is death!" This was poorly thought-out. Also, "they were betrayed!" Betrayed to whom? Why were the hostages taken? What did the kidnappers want? Why didn't they just open up negotiations again? Or was it more "torture for fun"?
7) For a secret government bunker with no windows, Sherlock sure does have the run of Mycroft's office.
8) Why and how does a secretary have access to direct communication channels to terrorists and hostage takers, which are not monitored by Mycroft et al? Because they knew they were speaking to an English woman, so they must have had at least voice contact.
9) For a former secret agent, Mary sure is oblivious to her husband having an (almost) affair through secret text messages that she fails to notice entirely.
10) It is physically impossible to move quickly enough to jump in front of a bullet for someone. Sorry, Mary, you're not Superman & faster than a speeding bullet, that's not how it works.

Sorry for bringing logic to a nonsense party. I had to phone my mother and rant at her down the phone while she laughed helplessly at my rage.

Do better, show. Do better.

Date: 2017-01-04 03:09 am (UTC)
vilakins: (sherlock and john)
From: [personal profile] vilakins
10 is a huge problem!

Also: 11) if all the AGRA team had drives, why wouldn't the Georgians just remove them from the two bodies? And why carry them on raids as the capture of one would compromise all of them?

1): Maybe Sherlock deduced where she'd go in that city.

Those problems apart, I did like seeing Sherlock back in action. I was expecting Mary to die given that she did in the books, but at least it was doing something, not in childbirth, a personal squick. As John had at least one unnamed wife after her, I'm assuming the redhead E is next up, though I did think she was another AGRA person stalking him.

Date: 2017-01-07 09:55 pm (UTC)
vilakins: (sherlock and john)
From: [personal profile] vilakins
I kept thinking John's redhead was the other woman in AGRA but was wrong (I assume).

I know; I'd rather have had a good crime or two solved. I wanted to know a lot more about the tiny snippets they showed. They don't make many Sherlock eps and I feel they wasted this one when they could have had Mary's death as a subplot.

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