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Watched The Walking Dead last night and time simply flew and before I knew it, the show was over when the credits rolled. It felt like only 15 minutes had passed, not 40, that's how good the show was. Don't you feel like that when you're watching a really good show?

The Amazing Race: Moscow - another fun episode. The funnest was when they had to do the synchronized swimming along with the Russia olympic team, the guys omg, esp the Nelson twins lookalikes ( or how I imagine the twins look like at the age of fifty, I haven't looked up their current pics as I want them to remain as they were in my head ). As good as the Bollywood dance during last season!

SPN 805: Blood Brothers - that was a good episode but then I don't expect anything less from Ben Edlund. Though it did feel like there were two stories, spinoffs!, going on - Sam's curtainfic and Dean hunting-with-other-people story. I'm warming up to Benny now. Didn't quite like him before because I wanted ( still do! ) him to be Castiel. Speaking of, I'm dreading the day Cas is killed off, for good this time. Not a spoiler, just me thinking the worst, so that I'd be prepared. Unlike that time when they chopped off Ned Stark's head which was a total shock. Not good for the system, that, not good at all.

Revenge - I'm dreading the end. I really do. But in a good way. And I went all fuzzy and squishy and melty-heart when Nolan said that Ems was his only friend and family. Awwwwwwwww ...

And also, Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy, MARTIN FREEMAN omg! That guy was so good that I didn't see any single hint of John Watson there. I can't wait for The Hobbit!

Fic rec.

Nov. 13th, 2012 05:10 pm
layne67: (spn fishing)
The Soul Piece by [livejournal.com profile] cloudyjenn. SPN, eventual Dean/Cas, currently at ~130000 words words, rating R, canon-compliant.
Summary: When a human child is born, their soul is shattered into bright gleaming pieces that scatter to the winds.

This is one *those*. The one that grip you tight and make you quite unable to concentrate on anything else, the one that make you feel that you're inside that story, living and breathing their lives. This is totally my head-canon now, the backstory to Cas and Dean's unique relationship, their profound bond, the story behind Mary's Angels are watching over you, the reason why Dean doesn't believe in angels and Sam does, Dean's resurrection from hell with nary a scar, that handprint, Jimmy Novak and his daughter Claire, oh I could go on and on and on!

While the whole story is still a WIP, the first two parts are complete on their own. Part One is from when Dean was a baby to Sam being born ( Sam's soul meeting Cas's grace and wee!Dean's reaction to that omg that was brilliant ) to that fateful night in November 1983 ( fluff and sweetness and angst in abundance ). Part Two is adult Dean, the time when Cas was ( seemingly ) absent from Dean's life to Cas's thrilling and dramatic rescue of Dean from hell and the sweet, sweet healing that took place after that. And Part Three is the events that took place in Lazarus Rising onwards.

Read it now if you hadn't already. It's awesome, it's brilliant, it's amazing.

Following the trail once more, Castiel flutters down in front of one box in particular. The child laying in it is similar to the others in the room, but Castiel instantly sees how this child will always be different to him. The soul piece in his arms shudders in proximity to its original master. To Castiel, it feels akin to the love he holds for his Father, but again, there is something different. Something he's never experienced before and therefore can't identify. But it is pleasant.
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James Patrick Stuart was in Bones 8x05! It was good to see Dick Roman sans sharp teeth, and I thought it funny when Booth said he was a monster and he kept repeating I'm not a monster! Fun episode, love it when Brennan danced.

I like SPN 5x04 Bitten. But then I like Cloverfield and Blairwitch, so no surprise there. Sam ate salad again. But he probably does have his protein and carb I guess? To maintain all those muscles?

Survivor - it just occured to me that Malcolm looked a lot like Orlando Bloom. Hey [livejournal.com profile] claudia603, you're still in it ;P, with Orlando Bloom as your closest ally!

The Amazing Race: Turkey - that was a very pretty episode. Love it when the first clue said Welcome to Europe, now go back to Asia. Such a lovely country, I want to go there someday.

Saw James Bond Skyfall and I enjoyed it very much - much more than the previous Craig!Bond movies. Maybe it's because then I kept comparing Bond to Bourne ( Bourne won of course ) and this year there was only that Bourne Legacy to compare it to and this time, Bond won, big time.

Anyone here have seen George Clooney's The Men Who Stare At Goats? That was HILARIOUS. What I like most about it is how serious everyone was that you could almost forget that it was actually a comedy.
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Anyone here watching CSI:NY? I thought 9x04 Unspoken was very cool. I didn't know about the episode beforehand so I was wondering why no one was talking. It turned out that there was no dialogue for the whole episode! Well, there was some at the end, but on the whole it was made up of songs ( Green Day's, which made my kid's day, he's such a fan ) - not a musical mind you, though I probably wouldn't mind seeing Mac and the gang singing and dancing through an episode, though I guess that has to be a dream-episode or something lol.

It was neatly done, Greenday's new songs that were featured in that episode were great, and everyone's acting was superb, all done through a myriad of body languages and facial expressions with some help from text messages and writings on the wall. Definitely a keeper, that episode.

I love it when my shows do "special" episodes ( there's probably a term for it? ), like the black-and-white Monster Movie episode from SPN, or when Sam and Dean were plunged into TV world in the brilliant Changing Channels ( that was one of my favourite episodes ever ), or when the Fringe folks were LSD'd and they appeared as animated characters, or when Olivia and the rest appeared as 1940s noir characters, that was a musical I think omg I LOVE that episode, having them singing was totally awesome.

Speaking of CSI, I got an email from a CS Team. A genuine email, not spam. Not the CS team though and not signed by Det Mac Taylor unfortunately. And speaking of Mac Taylor, I saw Forrest Gump again the other day and it tickled me that Gary Sinise's character was called Dan Taylor. I like to think that his name in CSI:NY is a shout-out to Second Lieutenant Dan Taylor. And also, Gary Sinise doesn't change all that much after all these years. Like Kristin Kreuk. Catherine Chandler looks exactly the same as Lana Lang and it has been, how many years? Ten?

On another note, heh, there's now a US version of Primeval? Caught the first few minutes of it this morning before I went to work and I was ridiculously pleased to see Andrew Le Potts as a guest star. Who would have thought that Connor ( and Abby of course ) would be the ones who survived until the end of the series? I have a soft spot for Connor, and googling him up, I was pleasantly suprised to find out that he and Abby have hooked up for real!

I miss those anomalies ... and the different haircuts the cast had with every new season.

Fic rec.

Oct. 30th, 2012 06:46 am
layne67: (spn memories)
A story that made me cry my heart out.

Mercy by [livejournal.com profile] bellatemple. SPN, gen, rating teen, 6000 words.

Summary: John takes care of Dean and Sam. Dean takes care of Sam and John. All Sam wants is something that he gets to take care of. A Winchester history, as told through pets.

This *has* to be canon. It has to.

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Oct. 17th, 2012 05:08 pm
layne67: (spn purgatory)
Want a really good laugh that is underlined by real angst with some fluff? Then read this.

Desolation In Greenish Eyes by [livejournal.com profile] sameuspegasus. SPN, Dean/Cas but gen ( as the author put it, no funny business on screen ), PG, 2085 words.

Summary: Cas vents his angst through poetry. Then so does everyone else.

Sam's POV, post purgatory. This is them writing about their feelings through poetry. Bad poetry. I laughed then I cried. For all of them.
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I was reading this fic which had Cate Blanchett in it, this fic, if you're curious, and I had trouble picturing her in my mind because Olivia Dunham's face kept replacing hers. They look very, very similar they could be sisters. Anna Torv could easily play young Galadriel in The Hobbit!

Don't you agree? )

And also, watching J Lo's Q'Viva, I know now who it was that John Ross Ewing III reminded me. Mark Anthony! They should probably cast Mark Anthony as Sue Ellen's long lost younger brother as he'd be awesome as John Ross's uncle.

As for SPN 8x01, this is what I think is horribly wrong with it.

Read more... )

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Jul. 3rd, 2012 04:31 pm
layne67: (spn fishing)
I'm bookmarking the fics from the [livejournal.com profile] dc_summerlovin challenge like crazy because each summary had me quivering with happiness and anticipation but oh dear, how I wish that they don't have the 2000 word limit because 2000 words are just not enough.

Fics like this for instance, which need to be at least 20,000 word long. Longer!

Tomorrow by [livejournal.com profile] twoskeletons. SPN, Dean/Cas, End!verse, R, 2000 words ( only )
Summary: Dean and Cas take a break from searching for this Camp Chitaqua they've heard so much about.

Desperate and bleak ( this is the End!verse after all ) but oh, so very, very good. I read it slowly, savouring each line, wanting it to last longer. A wonderful read!

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Jun. 27th, 2012 06:54 pm
layne67: (spn fishing)
The Summer Holds A Song ( We Might Sing Forever ) and its sequel, Sand in Your Pockets and Nothing on Your Mind by [livejournal.com profile] annundriel. SPN, Dean/Cas AU, NC-17, 11000 and 4500 words.

Summary: When Castiel rents John Winchester's beach house for the summer, all he's looking for is a quiet place to write. From the moment he lays eyes on John's teenage son, he knows his chances of staying free from distraction are nil.

An absolutely delicious AU that's so sensual and so erotic that it completely blew me away. Castiel's summer of sweet, sweet love.

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Jun. 18th, 2012 05:08 pm
layne67: (spn thinking)
A couple of delightful fics which I've thoroughly enjoyed. Completely different from each other, like, well, ponies and movie stars, but both equally satisfying and happy-making.

Gone With The Wendigo by [livejournal.com profile] bellatemple. SPN, gen, crossover with My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, PG-13, 26000 words.

Summary: Sam and Dean go into the New Hampshire wilderness to investigate a new case: whole groups of hikers are getting trapped in freak blizzards and then encased in solid ice. When a blizzard hits them on the trail, they take shelter in a nearby cave for the night, only to awake to find themselves transformed into brightly colored ponies and trapped in a whole new world where zebras speak in rhyme, ponies run apple orchards, good times and positive thinking are encouraged, and friendship? Friendship is magic.

This is crack, but if you've read the author's epic Dimensions and Veticals, you'd know that [livejournal.com profile] bellatemple's cracks are not just cracks. They're cracks with substance and they make you feel and think just as much as they make you laugh. You don't need any prior knowledge of MLP to get this story. I didn't. Knew of MLP I mean. So go on, do read this. You know you want to!


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Moonshine Lullaby by [livejournal.com profile] akadougal and [livejournal.com profile] tiptoe39. SPN AU, Dean/Cas, NC17, 38788 words.

Summary: Dean Winchester sweeps up after the stars in 1920s Hollywood. He and the actors on the set are worlds apart -- and that includes his brother, the famous Samuel C. Winchester. But when an accident brings Dean face to face with a matinee idol going by the name of Jimmy Novak, he's caught up in a love story right out of a movie script... until his estranged brother comes back into the picture, bringing drama of his own.

Set in the golden era of Hollywood, this swept me off my feet, totally and completely. Written with parallels to canon cleverly and seamlessly woven into the story - I was enthralled right from the very first paragraph. And it felt like I was holding my breath the entire time I was reading it - for fear of missing a word or a thought - I know, totally silly, but it felt like it, that was how immersed I was in the story. A keeper, this story, one which I'm going to read over and over again.
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Close Your Eyes by [livejournal.com profile] sonofabiscuit77. SPN, Sam/Dean AU, NC-17, 52,000 words.

Summary: There are some relationships so taboo they’re irresistible...

So, okay, this fic came with a lot of warnings, but the one thing that jumped out at me was this - the OMC in question is basically Alan Rickman, and I was like omg, Dean and an OMC who's Alan Rickman. That, together with all the other warnings, and I knew right away that this was going to be a train-wreck. And it is, in an emotionally-gripping, heart-breaking, totally GOOD and satisfying way. In other words, fasten your seat-belt. Tight.

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May. 31st, 2012 05:12 pm
layne67: (dean collapse)
Genderswap isn't really my thing and I usually give them a miss ( though I have to say that [livejournal.com profile] dreamlittleyo's Res Gestae is one of my favourite stories ever ).

But this was written by [livejournal.com profile] cloudyjenn, and you *don't* give her stories a miss. So I read, and I LOVE!

Walk a mile by [livejournal.com profile] cloudy_fic. SPN, Dean/Cas, genderswap, 13400 words, NC-17.
Summary: Gabriel's deal is worth saving Bobby's life. Still, being stuck as a woman for three weeks is not Dean's idea of a good time.

This goes from extremely funny to extremely heartbreaking, extremely hot somewhere in between, and ultimately, a very satisfying ending.

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May. 23rd, 2012 05:06 pm
layne67: (dean research 2)
The Flames Of The Sun by [livejournal.com profile] peroxide_fic. SPN, Sam with some Dean/Cas though that's not really the point, PG-13, 5530 words. Part of the "where Dean-doesn't-have-to-Sam-does-it-for-him" series.

Summary: The one where Dean doesn’t have to defend his honor because Sam does it for him.

I giggled helplessly throughout this story. Told from Sam's POV, it's about how he perceived Dean, his badass big brother who could totally beat the crap out of 99% of the general population of humans, except perhaps the Shaolin monks. Or Jackie Chan. Or when Dean's big gay angel love is accidentally outed in public right down the middle of Main Street in a town in the middle of bumfuck Nebraska.

They look like they’re working on mustering up enough burning bigotry to storm over to the Winchesters’ table and try to run the three of them out of town in the name of God and decency and the sanctity of marriage or something.

Sam almost feels sorry for them. It’s not like any of them know that the wimpy looking guy in the trench coat probably gets to judge whether or not their eternal souls get into heaven or not from here on out. They probably also have no idea that Cas can explode their heads with a thought if he wants to either.

When the posse starts getting into what Sam recognizes as some sort of hick marching formation, he hastily excuses himself from the table—not like Cas and Dean notice or anything—and goes to intercept.


A fun read!
layne67: (dean reads)
While everyone else is already squeeing ( or ranting, as the case may be ) over the finale, I've only just watched 7x21. I like loopy!Cas. He could be a nice prelude to stoned!Cas from the End!verse. And thank you Ben Edlund for some very nice shots of Dean and Cas together!

I don't get why Meg needed to babysit Cas at the asylum. I guess I could go rewatch the earlier episodes and find out but if someone could just please tell me ( without any finale-spoiler that is )?

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May. 17th, 2012 05:03 pm
layne67: (dean cas everything)
Ever have that story which you put off reading not because you don't want to read it, but because you want to very, very much? The story that you just know is going to be good and you don't want to read it just yet because you don't want the happy anticipation to end. This is one of those.

The Overflow by [livejournal.com profile] murron. SPN, Dean/Cas, NC-17, 16600 words. 7x16 AU, you know, the one where Dean meets Emmanuel. Only Jonah is so much better than Emmanuel. So much.
Summary: Café owner Tamàs walks his dog near Bockboot reservoir when he stumbles upon a man with no memory. Welcoming the stranger to his home, Tamàs has no idea who he’s dealing with until two FBI agents blow into town.

Off to re-read. And *that* I can't put off.
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Survivor: That has GOT to be one of the most delicious moments in Survivor, right up there with JT passing that note to Russell. Read more... )

SPN: The Girl with the tattoos and whatnots. That was fun. I really enjoyed Charlie and the story as a whole. Read more... )

The Amazing Race: Finale coming up soooon and I do hope my team will win!
layne67: (spn family)
I got a sweet, sweet surprise in the mail yesterday. It was Benedict Cumberbatch's To The End Of The Earth DVD, from Amazon, and I have no idea who it's from. Okay, I think I know who the kind and generous person is, but I'm thinking it'd be a bit awkward to thank that person and it turns out that I'm wrong. So can the lovely, wonderful person fess up pretty, pretty please so I can thank you properly and snog you senseless because it's BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH OMG. I've watched a few minutes of the DVD and Benedict looked mighty fine in it :)) *dances*

Someone posted this pic over at [livejournal.com profile] dean_sam and my heart ached at the pure happiness on their faces.

*wants* )
layne67: (spn dean researching)
The Way Back by [livejournal.com profile] rainylemons, SPN, gen rating R, 35971 words, post apocalyspe-that-never-happens, AU after season five.
Summary: Sam and Dean and Cas settling down together. Dean is injured and Sam is not all there after his time in the cage and Cas is no longer an angel. They make it work.

I don't have the words to adequately describe this story. Suffice to say that it has more Moments in it than all of season 6 put together and that I had to pull myself together several times while reading it.

Read omg read!

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The Natalie verse by [livejournal.com profile] longsufferingly, J2, AU, a collection of stories, rating ranging from PG-13 to NC-17.
Summary: After their mother dies, Kyle and Natalie move in with their father, whom they haven't seen since their parents divorced six years ago, and his boyfriend, whom they've never seen.

This is such a sweet story, one I enjoyed reading very much. It reminded me a bit of [livejournal.com profile] phaballa's Last Stop: Chicagoland, a story which even after all these years, I still consider one of the best J2s around. And like Chicagoland, Natalie is realistic and down-to-earth, the story of Jensen and Jared, mostly told from the POV of Jensen's daughter from a previous marriage. It was written 3 years ago and I'm guessing that it has been read by most but do go read if you haven't!

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Mar. 30th, 2012 05:39 pm
layne67: (spn dean collapses)
Stupid People by [livejournal.com profile] maychorian. SPN, gen, PG-13, humour, 7000 words.

Summary: Some people are cat people. Some people are dog people. And then there are people like Dean ...

Omg you've just got to read this, if you hadn't already that is. It's clever and it's hilarious and it's absolutely sweet and adorable. You know those stories where Dean has to choose between Cas and Sam? Well, I haven't read any because because that's not my cup of tea, but this? This is that ( well, sort of ) but with absolutely no angst and very, very happy-making and I just want to smoosh all three of them. Go read!

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Mar. 27th, 2012 05:13 pm
layne67: (spn thinking)
I cried when I read this.

There's a hole in the fabric of my reality by [livejournal.com profile] etrix. SPN, gen, rating PG-13, word count 27000.

It reminded me a little of Fringe and its alternate universes. Sam, at the point of being taken by Lucifer, begged Castiel to save Dean, and Cas did. He brought Dean to an alternate universe where Dean is a high school loser, Sam is his brainiac, nerdy little brother, and Mom and Dad are still alive. Cas thought Dean would be safe there but he thought wrong. The apocalyspe is still on its way and the yellow-eyed demon is still after Sam.

The story is told from Sam's POV and it begins when he opens the front door to a storm-wrecked Dean after Dean has gone missing for a week. Only this Dean is not his Dean, and this Dean is determined to save this Sam when he thought he has failed the other Sam.

My favourite part is the beginning of the story when John and Mary and Sam still do not know that this Dean is not their Dean ( that was a good read! ), and the heartbreaking part when Sam from this universe finally realizes that this Dean wants, needs to go back to his own universe to save his Sam.

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