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Poll #1766200 Bloody Jack

Where does the series begin to decline?

1: Bloody Jack
1(33.3%)
2: Curse of the Blue Tattoo
0(0.0%)
3: Under the Jolly Roger
0(0.0%)
4: In the Belly of the Bloodhound
1(33.3%)
5: Mississippi Jack
0(0.0%)
6: My Bonny Light Horseman
1(33.3%)
7: Rapture of the Deep
0(0.0%)
8: The Wake of the Lorelei Lee
0(0.0%)


I finally read Under the Jolly Roger. I say finally because I've read 4-7. In this one Jacky is a midshipman and then captain of a privateer . . . pirate ship . . . well, it's a fine line. Jacky's manservant Higgins appears for the first time, and so do Mairead Delaney and sailors Robin Raeburn and Joseph Jared (one of my favorites). UtJR is just as good as the first two, though, as always, Needs More Amy.

Do you think Jaimy and Jacky are ever going to stay together or get married? My bet is that if they do get married, it won't be until the end of the last book, whenever that may be.

Also, next week I plan on posting a commentfic fest.

Shipping!

Since it's such a large part of fandom, what does everyone ship?

For Bloody Jack, I'm kind of indifferent to Jaimy. I like Jacky/Amy and Jacky/Clarissa.

For A Great and Terrible Beauty, Gemma/Felicity, Sarah/Mary, Felicity/Pippa, a little Tom/Simon and Gemma/Kartik. Though I would love it if there was more fic with other femslash (Ann/Gemma, Ann/Pippa, Ann/Felicity, Gemma/Pippa).

Maura and Nathaniel in Beyond the Western Sea are utterly adorable. And I ship Lord and Lady Kirkle too.

With Sally Lockhart, I like Sally/Fred and Sally/Daniel. I think most people don't like Daniel, right? Also Jim/Adelaide and Adelaide/Becky and Jim/Becky/Adelaide. Then there are all the femslash possibilities between Sally, Rosa, Cicely, Margaret, and Sarah-Jane in the third book

For The Eagle of the Ninth, Marcus/Esca and Marcua/Cottia/Esca.

John/Sary in The Traitors' Gate - it's only implied in the book but it's totally my headcanon.

And Sarah and Abel's romance in The Gift of Sarah Barker is beautiful.

2010 Yuletide requests

Do I need to explain what yuletide is? It's a fanfic challenge that happens every December for rare fandoms that have few fics, or sometimes none at all. You get matched with a person, and you write a story, and on December 25 the website opens and you can read the fics. Here's a link to the 2010 collection.

What I've done is copied from the list here all the requests I found for historical ya. The ones with an asterisk have been fulfilled once, but there's no rule about getting filled twice. If you want to fill one of the requests, you'll need an account at the Archive of Our Own - I have an invite.

E. Wein - Aksuma (The Winter Prince)Collapse )

American Girls: Felicity, Kit, SamanthaCollapse )

M. T. Anderson - The Astonishing Life of Octavian NothingCollapse )

Avi - Beyond the Western SeaCollapse )

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Let's talk!

But not about what a terrible mod I am for never updating. :D

Read anything good or bad lately?

The last community related book I was The Traitor's Gate by Avi, which was pretty good. My main reaction was that I ship John/Sary like crazy. He says, "I will not deny I was smitten." And they slept back to back! Unfortunately, they have massive Victorian class issues in their way, as well as geographic differences.

Any upcoming releases?

I'm looking forward to E. Wein's Code Name Verity, about a girl spy in WWII. And Libba Bray's next series, The Diviners, which is set in 1920s New York. Neither has a page on Amazon, but I think they both come out in 2012.

It looks like the ninth Bloody Jack book, The Mark of the Dragon Tattoo, comes out this October, so I have something else to look forward (except I still need to read the eighth and third).

The 1920s

Are rather in vogue now, aren't they? There's Bray, and then Anna Godberson's new series, and I know a third 1920s YA at a bookstore.

I also saw reprints of some of the Dear America books - they have different covers. And two of them were brand new. One was about the internment camps for Japanese-Americans in WWII, and one was set in Maine in 1918.

The community

It's almost March, and that means another round of f_march_madness. We could do the same thing but with our characters, or books or authors or ships. Anyone interested? f_march_madness inspired the Home Team matches which inspired chickfight, and chickfight was what made me cave in and create historicalya. Funny how that works.

At some point we should have a comment fic deal, and maybe once we get enough members we can have a fic exchange.

Lady Grace icons

I really like this set of covers. Unfortunately it looks like only the first six mysteries were published in America. Feel free to use as bases.
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Have you heard of this book?

I was reading book blogs and I stumbled upon this book, which I now desperately want to read. All the reviews I read are really positive but I'm pretty broke right now. Have you heard of it?

The Agency 1: The Spy in the House by Y.S. Lee (she's got a website). Here's the summary: Mary Quinn, a scrappy 12-year-old orphan and accomplished thief in Victorian London, is saved from the gallows by a stranger and taken to Miss Scrimshaw's Academy for Girls, an institution dedicated to turning out strong, independent, educated young women. Though reluctant at first, she accepts the challenge and eventually becomes a teacher herself. At 17, she is recruited by the mistresses of the school to join a covert group of female spies known as The Agency. Her first assignment involves posing as a lady's companion to the daughter of a man suspected of fraud and smuggling. She carries out her investigation at night and during stolen moments, but soon finds that she is not the only one on the case.


There's a sequel that just came out too (the cover is as gorgeous as the first). Have you heard of it? I just stumbled upon it by accident but it sounds really good!

What did you read in June?

I almost squee'd out loud when I found Trouble at Fort La Pointe, one of the American Girl History Mysteries, at a library book sale. This one is about a French and Ojibwe girl in 1732 who must find the thief who stole her father's furs.

On the 30th I started my yearly read of Beyond the Western Sea, which I hope will result in some fanfic.

Edit: This is off-topic, but I have 7 Dreamwidth codes if anyone wants them.

What did you read in May?

I read Ashes of Roses by Mary Jane Auch, about the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist fire. Enjoyable characters, good pacing, recommended.

I'm going to make a "What have you been reading?" post so that the community doesn't fade into nothing.

So what are your favorites?

My heart primarily belongs to Beyond the Western Sea, a Victorian adventure concerning emigration, a floating church, sibling devotion, a gallant actor named Horatio Drabble, and a weaselly redhead named Fred.

Then there's the Bloody Jack series, which is just begging for femslash fic. Jacky starts out as a midshipman in the British navy until she's discovered as a girl and sent to boarding school in Boston.

Philip Pullman has a series about Sally Lockhart, financial consultant and amateur detective. The third book is also begging for femslash, and The Tin Princess for F/F/M threesome. Plus the movies feature Doctor Who's Billie Piper and Matt Smith.

The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing is an absolute must-read.

I love Jennifer L. Holm's Boston Jane trilogy for the way it plays with Jane's character arc.

What about you?

Jim Taylor is a GQMF

Jim Taylor is a character in the Sally Lockhart series - The Ruby in the Smoke, The Shadow in the North, The Tiger in the Well, and The Tin Princess. He is awesome and deserved a macro.
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