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:reading: GRAPHIC NOVELS & WEBCOMICS :reading:

:thumbsup: Castle Waiting, by Linda Medley.  (review cross-posted to my book blog)
It's a medley (get it?) of "nouveau fairy tales" (Publisher's Weekly) threaded into one long story -- with Inception-like sub-levels of story-within-a-story -- that starts with a reworked "Sleeping Beauty" and wanders through bits of "Iron Henry," "The Musicians of Bremen," "Jack and the Beanstalk," and other tales and nursery rhymes.  Meet good and bad witches; protective and cleptomaniacal sprites; women fighting for faith and independence; nuns having fun; a brawny, flirtatious horse and other characters who join one big madcap family.   

:thumbsup: Hark! A Vagrant! by Kate Beaton.
Beaton spoofs history, literature, and other fun stuff!  My favorites:

80's business woman
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Elizabeth I  
French Revolution
The Great Gatsby   
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">King Lear
The Last Days of Georges Danton
Napoleon's Height
Queen Bess at Tilbury
Shelley and Byron and Dreams    
Wuthering Heights, part 2 and part 3

:thumbsup: Hyperbole and a Half, by Allie Brosh

Thank you, Facebook friend who linked to The Year Kenny Loggins Ruined Christmas!  Allie's drawings are purposefully preschool-esque, but don't underestimate the power of those googly-eyed stick figures.  They will stare into your soul and make you laugh at her most traumatic memories.  

The best:  

A Better Pain Scale (or, "Boyfriend Doesn't Have Ebola. Probably")
Adventures in Depression
The Scariest Story
This Is Why I'll Never Be An Adult     (I kind of want a "Clean ALL The Things!(?)" t-shirt now).
The Year Kenny Loggins Ruined Christmas

:thumbsup: No Rest for the Wicked, by Andrea L. Peterson.
Princess November has always suffered from insomnia, but it's been worse since the moon disappeared.  This webcomic twists a number of fairy tales, including "The Princess and the Pea," "Red Riding Hood," and "Puss in Boots."  It's comic and dark in turns, and the updates are worth the wait.


:thumbsup: Rapunzel's Revenge, by Shannon and Dean Hale, illustrated by Nathan Hale
(review cross-posted to my book blog)
On her twelfth birthday, Rapunzel discovers what her "mother" has been hiding behind the garden wall.  This Annie Oakley-style princess proceeds on a quest to right wrongs and save lives.  You know what they say–-hell hath no fury like a girl with abnormally long hair who's been locked in a tower too long.

:thumbsup: Shrub Monkeys, by Katie Shanahan :iconktshy:
An autobiographical comic following the antics of animator/freelance storyboard artist Katie Shanahan, her brother "Shagster," and sister Hess.  And no, they didn't know the Urban Dictionary definition of "shrub monkey" when they chose that title. =D  See FAQ#1

:reading: FANFICTION :reading:

Beauty and the Beast

:thumbsup: Picture This, by TrudiRose
Gaston/Belle.  Is that even possible?  

Harry Potter

:thumbsup: Fox Ears, by The Starhorse
Several days after the battle, something changed in George.  Or maybe Charlie just hadn't noticed it before, confusing his brother's silence for grief.  George was planning something.


:thumbsup: Frivolous Sentimentalities, by Tally Mark
I've never read Inuyasha, but :iconjaney-jane:'s fanart, and the fluff-tastic passage she included from the story, made me really curious.  Tally Mark's style--the innocent, incredulous voice she gives to Kagome--is sweet and funny and fluff-tacular without being cheesy.  


:thumbsup: Dark Hour of Night, by dansemacabre.
Eight years after its defeat, the Labyrinth is under new rule.  By day, the king is happily married; by night, the kingdom descends into nightmare.  Meanwhile, his young rival returns through the looking glass...  

:thumbsup: End of Days, also by dansemacabre
Home for Christmas, Sarah receives a call for help.  The Labyrinth is falling into ruin, and even her friends wonder if she is somehow to blame.

:thumbsup: The Goblin Market, by Viciously Witty
Weaving human and Goblin myth, the story begins with 24-year-old Sarah teaching literature in Dublin.  For nine years she has tried to move on.  But odd coincidences keep piling up, pulling her into a much older and less innocent story.

:thumbsup: Immortal Love, by KnifeEdge
Ten years after defeating the Labyrinth, Sarah sees goblins everywhere...

:thumbsup: Of Pineapples and Kings, by Lixxle

Sarah teaches Jareth about Halloween, fights him for a cinnamon cookie, and engages in a battle of spit-take-worthy snark.  And plenty of fluff to make a fangirl melt.

:thumbsup: "What You Wish For," by KnifeEdge
It is New Year's Eve, Sarah's birthday.  Lingering doubts prompt her to make another wish...  

Phantom of the Opera

:thumbsup: "Bury Me Standing," by morleigh13

Blood is black at night. Warm. Living. It makes her hands look so fragile as it coats her skin. It's a wonder anyone should think she killed with these pale hands.

She sinks to her knees by a body and wonders how it all came to this. She wonders if fate has a sick sense of humor, giving her everything, then taking it away with so much violence. But isn't destruction the story of her life?

Sherlock (BBC)

:thumbsup: Two Coffees One Black One With Sugar Please, by Linpatootie.  It started as an experiment...  
This is a four-part series, with some explicit/mature content in parts 3 and 4.

The second night John learns Sherlock talks in his sleep. He is teased out his slumber by a few slurred syllables which soon grow into what turns out to be a vaguely incoherent monologue about tea. John listens, fascinated, if vaguely annoyed that apparently Sherlock doesn't even shut the hell up when asleep.

I know it's not in alphabetical order, but I put this first because it's one of my top favorite Johnlock stories ever.  I could read the snuggling scene in Part 3 over and over and it's still the most adorable thing ever.

:thumbsup: Bedtime Stories, by Liketheriver.  Season 2 (and beyond) from John's p.o.v., threaded together by nights when Sherlock feels compelled to stay in John's room, just to be sure...

Some explicit moments.

:thumbsup: Contingency Planning  Reichenbach spoilers below

17 steps. And a door.

Only 17 steps, but somehow they're insurmountable, worse than stepping off a building and out of his own life.

The staircase isn't the problem, after all.

:thumbsup: Five Times John Woke Up Next to Sherlock ("and One Time He Did Something About It"), by TheShoelessOne. The final scene is one of my favorite Johnlock moments, next to The Epic Snuggling of Awwww-someness from "Two Coffees" (see above).

:thumbsup: The Important Bit, by Rayndrop.  
Platonic marriage.  Because John and Sherlock transcend the common definitions of love and soulmates and whatnot.  Incidentally, it all started out because of a case.

:thumbsup:  It's Complicated, by Mistress Scribbles.  While on a case involving old family friends, Sherlock is forced to revisit a painful event from his adolescence.

:thumbsup: It's Not the Violin, by sam_storyteller

When John Watson opened his eyes for the first time after being stabbed, he heard music.

For a minute he thought maybe he'd finally tipped over into the real hardcore crazy, but then he turned his head and saw Sherlock standing at the window to the hospital room, playing Bad Romance on the violin.

:thumbsup: Lead Me to the Truth, by Lavellington

Living with Sherlock (John changed his mind about what living with Sherlock was like at least once a month) was sort of like travelling through space. People thought it was all excitement, but between cases and events alien as a science fiction film, there were expanses of vast silence. John never wrote about the in-between times in his blog, though they seemed vital sometimes, moments for John to breathe- to assess how the everyday madness had changed him.

:thumbsup:  Melt, by nmmi-nut, inspired by this drawing by :iconlily-fox:

"John, I will pay four percent of your rent for every day you do this," Sherlock said as he rearranged his head on the pillow a little.

:thumbsup: Needing Is One Thing (Getting Is Another), by ladyflowdi and mirrorskippy.

They spend a minute and six seconds submerged in the pool, and Sherlock is forced to ignore the minor game of semantics so he can reevaluate his entire argument. John holds him down, stares at him, calm, so strangely calm, like he knows what will happen next when that's patently impossible.

Tell me why you're like this, Sherlock thinks. What do you know that I don't?

:thumbsup: Other People, by proxydialogue  Reichenbach spoilers below

By the time Sherlock returned to London he'd nearly forgotten how to be Sherlock Holmes. He was just sick of being dead while John was alive and tired of walking the world while John was in England. It had been two years and nine months since they'd buried him. And it was still not safe for him to return.

Some explicit content.

:thumbsup: The Road Trip Series, by stupid_drawings.  Exactly what it sounds like.  
Parts 1 - 3 were hilarious; part 4 was a bit too angsty/anticlimactic for me.

Some memorable moments:    

Greg wakes up when Sherlock's door slams. Greg tells John off for being a push-over and then gets out to try to get Sherlock back in the car without a farm animal.
. . . .
Sherlock is looking at the pitiful selection of road flares with distaste. Anderson is looking at Sherlock with distaste. John is looking at Anderson with distaste. Greg is buying a coffee.
. . . .
A Queen song comes on and they continue; Sherlock humming, John tapping the beat, and Greg singing along. All three men have the strong urge to confess they went to the Freddie Mercury tribute concert in 1992, but none of them actually say it.  Due to their shyness, they will never know that all three of them were there in the audience that night.

Oh, and apparently Sherlock listens to Bowie.  The world is full of rainbows and dancing and two fandoms living happily ever after.

:thumbsup: Staircase Wit, by splix.

Five times, Sherlock is overpowered.  The sixth could be his last.      
Some explicit content.


:thumbsup: Jus Ad Bellum, by seperis
Rogue enters an alternate universe--how would the world be different if she had died that night on the Statue of Liberty?  An intense, dark story about the limits of just war and the cycle of persecutor/victim.

:reading: REVIEWS :reading:

:thumbsup: Insatiable Booksluts
Three bloggers rave, rant, and/or raise their eyebrows at various book-related happenings.  They also host reading challenges -- with prizes!  

:thumbsup: The Nostalgia Chick
Lindsay Ellis reviews movies and other pop culture phenomena from back in the day.

:thumbsup: The Nostalgia Critic
Doug Walker reviews movies and other pop culture phenomena from back in the day.


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Quoth-the-Raven15's avatar
AHH Kate Beaton rocks my socks. She is the freaking BEST. I have her books, and I can read them over and over and still find them funny each time xD