FFF: Story Recommendations (2)

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Welcome back to Fanfic Feature Friday! I’m bringing you more recommendations this week, both short and long.

The Hobbit: Child of Earth and Sky by ? (AU, Novel Length)

Certain events in Bilbo’s life were always destined to come to pass, but the will of Belladonna Took is not to be trifled with, and her choice may yet change the lives of many.

This is the story of how Bilbo became the kin of the Eagles of Manwë, and all that happened after.

A story in which Bilbo is tough, the Eagles are funny and fierce, and canon is twisted just enough to be seen with new eyes. Bilbo/Thorin

An Eye For Quality by Linelen (AU, Novel Length)

Fíli lived his life by an old dwarven proverb: when a fool drops a treasure, a wise man picks it up (it sounded better in the original khuzdul).

Bella Baggins never quite fit in the Shire. Perhaps she was made for the mountains, instead.

Features female!Bilbo, good characterizations, and happy endings for all.

Star Wars: Tomorrow (there’ll be more of us) by dimircharmer

“FN-2187 was real, right?” She sounds very young again. “Please tell me he was real.”

“I’m real,” said Finn, who was on his first patrol since his back healed. “And my name’s Finn now.”

Her eyes widened. “You have a name?

Or: The resistance is starting to get stormtrooper defectors. Finn helps them out.

This is the fic that made me look for Force Awakens fics.

Defiance: These things without names by CherryIce (AU, Short)

The air on Earth tastes strange, sits lightly upon Stahma’s tongue but heavily upon her skin, atmospheric pressure and gravity greater than her home. Alak’s feet are pressed so much more firmly to the ground than were hers, as a child.

I adore this story. I wish it was so much longer than it is – or that the author wrote more about the alien cultures from Defiance.

Harry Potter: Harriet Potter Is by setepenre_set (AU, Short)

There are stories with snakes that bite and say {you knew what I was when you picked me up} but this isn’t one of them. This is the kind of story where the abandoned child walks in the jungle beneath the branches full of hissing things and tells them {we be of one blood ye and I}.

 A female!Harry story, in which she chooses Slytherin instead of Gryffindor. Beautifully written.

That’s all for this week. Take a gander and let me (and the authors) know what you think!

Do you have any fic recommendations? Any fandom requests? Any questions about fanfic? Let me know in the comments below.

T5W: Books It Took Me Longest to Read

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Top 5 Wednesday is a book meme created by Gingerreadslainey, and hosted here if you’re interested in participating! This week’s theme was a little difficult. I couldn’t decide if I should include both books I liked and didn’t like on the list. Eventually I decided I would.

I usually finish a book within two days to a week of starting it. Sometimes, circumstance prevents me from finishing a book in that time span. I haven’t included those.

The books on this list were the ones that just couldn’t hold my attention. Some I enjoyed despite that, and some I really did not.

snow-child-coverThe Snow Child (Eowyn Ivey)

I read this book at the wrong time. It’s definitely a character-driven book, with little plot. The story is interesting and the writing absolutely beautiful. I don’t know why it took me ages to read it. It literally took me more than four months to finish. I just kept putting it aside for other things. When I finally managed to finish it, I decided that I may try to re-read it during the winter. Despite the long read time, I did enjoy the story.

Monsters of Men (Patrick Ness)

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I enjoyed the first book of this series enormously, and powered through it very quickly. The world building was really interesting as were the two main characters. The second book had more shortcomings but I was still invested in the series. And then I got to this book. Wow. Such disappointment. It took me weeks to get even halfway through… and I didn’t even read the whole thing. I gave up on it.

witchs-daughterThe Witch’s Daughter (Paula Brackston)

I’m a big fan of witches, so when I got a Kobo gift card shortly after receiving an e-reader I snapped this up. It took me a while. I wasn’t a fan of how witches were portrayed in this book (especially as I was dabbling in the Pagan community at the time). The characters were either good or evil, with no ambiguity at all – and so they were pretty dull. A slow read because I just didn’t like the content of the book.

The Hobbit (J.R.R Tolkien)the-hobbit-cover

As a kid, I picked up a copy of The Hobbit at a book jumble sale. When I tried to read it I just wasn’t into it. The writing style didn’t appeal to 14 year old me, and even as an adult it took me two weeks to get through. I admire Tolkien greatly, and have enjoyed some of his other works, but though I can see the value in The Hobbit it isn’t one of my favourites.

girl-on-the-train-coverThe Girl on the Train (Paula Hawkins)

I picked this up when I was lost in the PATH (story of my life), and it had just come out. I had asked the friendly woman behind the counter what she would recommend for a great read – and this was her choice. I jumped into it eagerly, and stalled pretty quickly. It was just too slow paced to hold my attention at the time, and I stopped after about three chapters. Now that its being made into a movie I’ll have to give it another shot.

What books took you the longest to read? Care to defend any of my DNF’s or slow reads? Do we have any slow reads in common?