clo_again: (Maneki Neko - Year of the Cow)
Hello! I am still around and still reading! Unfortunately I'm cursed with the timesuck that is known as Having A Mindless Job to Earn Money So I Can Have A Life, which incidentally means I have no life. I'm not quite sure how humanity has worked out this equation, other than humanity is bloody stupid quite a lot of the time. I think we need to return this real life thing as faulty and get a refund.

Anyway, I would love to make this a proper LJ post - and planned to - but it's not 11:28pm and I have to be asleep in the next twenty or so minutes because I get up at 6:30am (seriously, faulty) so I can't talk about how much I loved Rush which I saw on Tuesday, or how excited I am that two of my favourite Propeller actors are in their tour of Midsummer Night's Dream/Comedy of Errors next year, or how I feel about the Agents of SHIELDpilot ('flawed but fun') or Tamora Pierce's new book Battle Magic ('fun but flawed'). Because I am here with glorious purpose! Namely, [livejournal.com profile] make_a_move asked for Harvey/Mike (Suits) recs.

We haven't had season 3 of Suits over here yet, but I've recently been rewatching my favourite episodes from season 2 and my god, this show is amazing when it really hits the right note. I'm not so fond of the second half of s2 but the first ten episodes were great. So, I have LOTS OF RECS.

The major ones are linked over on my AO3 account (no, there's no fic of mine there yet because I don't like any of my old fic enough to transfer it there; maybe someday there'll be new fic and then it'll be there) under Bookmarks. Of those I particularly recommend:

Here at the end of all things by tattooedsiren, post-apocalypse AU, rated: explicit, a really amazing look at Harvey and Mike's relationship dropped into the background of the world essentially ending, and their coping strategies and slow admittance of their mutual co-dependence on each other. A little bit depressing - there's non-explicit implied death of major characters, violence and everything you'd expect from humanity at the end of the world, but the handling of the Harvey/Mike is just beautiful.

5U175 by Closer, rated: explicit, the required fandom AU where everything is canon except Harvey is a major BNF and Mike stumbles into him in fandom with neither of them knowing their real identities, and frankly the entire thing is a succession of fandom in-jokes but they're fucking spectacular fandom in-jokes so the entire thing works brilliantly.

After reading that, you should go and read everything else Closer has written too, particularly Imprimateur (soulmates or 'imprints' exist and are recognised by law, Harvey and Mike imprint on each other without realising, fucking spectacular world-building) and the Pizza verse (Mike is Harvey's genius pizza delivery boy because he never became Harvey's associate, trust me this may be one of the best fic series I've ever read for the movie quotes alone and the way it handles giving the same events from Mike, Harvey's and Donna's POVs).


And a couple not linked on my AO3 because I'm too lazy to bookmark everything:

Trust Graded on a Curve by BlackEyedGirl, rated: T, Harvey fumbling awkwardly through the responsibilities of having an associate because he's a bit emotionally stunted sometimes and Mike trying not to disappoint him.

Excerpts From The Gospel of Harvey Specter, edited by Michael "Forever Awesome" Ross, 2011, 1st Ed. by RC_McLachlan, rated: t, and just all kinds of fabulous really.


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I thought I had more than that, huh. Think I've fallen behind on any new stuff given that we're half a season behind now, so any recs from s2 onwards are much appreciated! (I've already spoiled myself so have at it; the fun of Suits is watching the characters interact, not the plots) .

Then to top off all that slash, go listen to the commentary on one of the s1 episodes (I can't remember which one - maybe the finale or the pilot?) where Gabriel Macht and Patrick Adams discuss the slash. It's weird. It's kind of awesome.

I wanted to end this with the screencap of someone tweeting Patrick with "When are Harvey and Mike gonna sleep together?" and his reply of "According to the internet, they already are" but I've been through like forty pages of fucking tumblr and I can't find it, so you'll just have to believe me that it exists.

(It does. It's awesome. Even if the way this cast consistently break all fandom fourth walls and dance on them occasionally makes me feel vaguely uncomfortable because you just know that they are actually reading everything).
clo_again: (Propeller - Screweth Thou)
I've just noticed that [livejournal.com profile] scoobydumblonde has gifted me a pair of dragons and my face went :D , which is pretty amazing for a Sunday night. <3 Thank you! :D

Secondly, I am not dead. I've been meaning to make an LJ post for- er, yes, not actually going to count the days because that's depressing but some time!

In that time I have: bought a blu-ray player; played an awful lot (around 45 hours so far apparently) of Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, most of it spent flapping around Skyloft on my giant red bird BECAUSE I CAN; got a new job (but in the same hospital); left my old job (by walking across the road to a different building); spent far too much money; decided not to do Wimbledon this year as I can't afford it after spending all my money; bought a piano-sized keyboard; failed to play anything recognisable on piano-sized keyboard; watched a lot of Suits; read of a lot of fic (mostly Suits); saw a spectacular production of Henry V with [livejournal.com profile] jesse_kips; read at least two fairly average books; watched the entire first season of Sabrina the Teenage Witch for the first time in years; thought a lot about how I should make an LJ post with all my Suits fic recs; started making this post, which will include at least one Suits rec.

That pretty much sums it up.

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The Henry V production we went to was by the fabulous Propeller who I've seen do The Taming of the Shrew and Twelfth Night, and who have pretty much ruined Shakespeare done by anyone else for me forever. You can see a nifty trailer for their Henry V here and for The Winter's Tale production they're touring with it here. Their Winter's Tale even comes recommended by Stephen Fry! They're in New Zealand right now but they're touring the UK until August; I'm going to see Winter's Tale in London in July and honestly, if you even remotely like Shakespeare or theatre, go. Propeller are so amazing. I still mourn that they don't do DVDs so I'll never see their beautiful Twelfth Night again (see post title: the way Simon Scardifield delivered it was heartbreaking. Him not being in Henry this time was the only thing wrong with it.)

Did have the weird realisation halfway through Henry V that Dugald Bruce-Lockhart who plays Henry has been in all three of the Propeller productions I've seen (Petruccio in Shrew, Olivia in Twelfth), making him the only stage actor I've seen on three separate occasions.

When I confessed this, [livejournal.com profile] jesse_kips accused me of stalking. Then I also confessed that I'd slashed him with Simon Scardifield after watching Shrew (they kissed on stage, the entire play is basically them having epic emotional battles since they were Petruccio and Katherine respectively, what was I supposed to do?)

And then I remembered I even had a LJ icon of Dugald (see: this post's icon) and gave up on anyone hope of arguing that I wasn't a stalker. In my defence it's been mostly incidental; he is in a rather fabulous Shakespeare company.

I'm in the front row when I go to see Winter's Tale. Er. Maybe I'll keep my head down.

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I started this an hour ago as an escape from tidying my wardrobe a brief update and there's still boxes all over my bed (woe), so wrapping it up with an incredible Suits/Avengers fic rec:

Sidekick by Closer, (who wrote the amazing Mike/Harvey Pizza verse.

Sidekick was written on the kinkmeme for the prompt 'Harvey Specter wasn't the rich renegade badass that plucked Mike from his potential life of crime. Tony Stark was.' It's well-thought out and hilarious and Mike's grandmother forces Tony to eat regular dinner and all the other Avengers show up (Mike teaches Thor yo mamma< jokes omg) and it's all so ridiculously in-character that it's almost unbelievable. Oh and if nothing else, SPIDER-MAN HAS A CAMEO. All of Closer's Suits fic is brilliant but I wouldn't be too sad to see her take time off to write more for Iron Man/The Avengers too because her Tony is amazing.

My one weird thing with it was that's Tony/Mike- and done awesomely - so even though Harvey shows up (as Tony's lawyer) it's obvs not going to have the same Mike/Harvey relationship. I felt a little sorry for Harvey missing out - Mike works for Iron Man; he's not missing out on anything - BUT I have just noticed that she's added a bunch of codas and there was the promise of a Harvey/Mike/Tony threesome so I'm just going to check that out.

Tidying? Pfft. Go read fic!
clo_again: (Pegg/Wright- Boy Kissage)
Yeah okay so I was kind of ambivalent towards the whole idea of Suits at first (despite /report insisting repeatedly that it was amazing and slashy and ridiculous and MUST BE WATCHED) but I caught the first episode on Dave the other night and, almost by accident, found myself on the right channel just in time for the second episode yesterday. And I've since spent two nights reading Suits fic and alright, I'm sitting here wondering how I'll wait six days for episode three. It really is kind of amazing and ridiculous and MUST BE WATCHED. Seriously, I bet Dave's repeating it a lot. Go catch up.

It's also super super slashy. I'm linking anything good I find on LJ under my 'Fic Recs: Suits' tag in my Memories but this one was on AO3 and I just had to:

Grande Soy Triple Dirty Chai by friskaz, Mike/Harvey AU along a believable-almost hypothesis of 'Mike became a barista instead of a fake!lawyer and he's the only one who makes Harvey's coffee exactly right', except there's baseball and pie and messages scribbled on coffee cups, and a whole lot of beautiful flirting over 38301 words. It's like sinking into your sofa under a fluffy blanket comfort-fic.

Plus it has 248 kudos which may actually be the most kudos I have ever seen a fic garner on AO3. If my word's not enough, trust the masses on this one.

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I actually have to go to bed now (should've been there an hour ago but hey, fic called). Stupidly stressful day today and tomorrow looks set to be similar, but it's looking like I pretty much have a agreed job offer there for the next year. Different department but that could be a good thing. Honestly, right now? I will take a guarantee for fulltime work for twelve months over a lot of things; suddenly a trip to Venice for my birthday in October doesn't seem like such a ridiculous notion.

Anyway, bed. Tomorrow should bring my shiny new copy of the Stargate: Atlantis fic anthology that I put together. Expect more pictures.

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