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- only one thing: Richard Matheson's I am Legend.

If you don't like vampires but are interested in existential issues, read it. If you couldn't care less about existentialism but are into vampires, read it. If you like both - take a wild guess. This book is good on so many levels. And the crazy thing is, it's not even a difficult read. It's just really well thought out, philosophical in a simple but very rewarding way, and full of dark humour.

Only one warning: The vampires aren't exactly sexy.
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I have been bitching in [livejournal.com profile] fanficrants about the general lack of Blood Diamond slash. I stand by that rant. In fact, to this day I haven't been able to find a single slash story involving Danny Archer. Which is disheartening.

I think maybe there is some kind of taboo about writing sexually oriented fic about a character in such a serious film. I agree that the market for diamonds/oil/ivory/luxury-goods-of-any-kind perpetuating civil wars in the name of uncritical supply and demand is an intolerable state of affairs, and that we as a society have a duty do something about that. Who wouldn't agree?

That, however, is not the issue here. Acknowledging the seriousness of the conflict diamond situation does not stop me admiring the shapely body of Danny Archer - if it was supposed to, they shouldn't have included the after-the-shower scene, should they.

Nor does if prevent me from enjoying his cynicism, his deliciously disillusioned dry humour, and his resourcefulness. He's just a good character, people! And not in the sense of 'kind' or 'pleasant' or 'moral'. In the sense of real and appealing.

So I need him to be slashed. Sue me, but I do.

But there's not a single slash fic out there, as far as I can determine. I resent that. There are very few Blood Diamond fics at all. I did find a few on ff.net, but only one of those was readable.

That, otoh, was quite enjoyable. Archer is in character, the language is good (if appropriately foul), and the plot looks like it might be going interesting places. Only the first (quite short) part of it is up as yet, but I'm told there is more to come.
It's This Is Africa (perfect title, btw, as anyone who's seen the film will agree) by [livejournal.com profile] final_acts - hereby recommended.

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