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Consider the multiple shippable friendships found in Yoko Tsuno graphic novels!

The protagonist, Yoko Tsuno herself, is a Japanese electrical engineer living in Belgium, who has a knack for getting into adventures and befriending every woman she comes across. She is also extremely competent in a lot of things, and thus well suited for competence porn.

Khâny is a blue-skinned space alien from the Andromeda Galaxy whom Yoko befriends in Issue #1! She is cautious while Yoko is more impulsive, and the fact that she is an alien should allow for many, many intriguing fic opportunities.

Ingrid Hallberg is a German organist whose life Yoko saves in Issue #2. She is a bit reserved and also more cautious than Yoko.

Comtesse Olga is an older (40s-50s?), aristocratic Russian lady. She is cool and aloof, though Yoko’s power of friendship makes her less chilly towards Yoko in the end. Perfect for some age-difference femslash!

And, should one desire some teenage shipping, good news: we have Monya, a 14-year-old (most likely desi) time traveler from the future – who owns her own time machine! – and Emilia, a 14-year-old Scottish-Russian girl who is very temperamental and has a natural aptitude towards piloting!
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Sharing Knife quartet, Lois McMaster Bujold
meh )

Long Earth series, Terry Pratchett & Stephen Baxter
nice except ISSUES )
(discussion with [tumblr.com profile] sixth-light )

Nexus, Ramez Naam
enjoyable )

The Goblin Emperor
, Katherine Addison
okay )

Confederation/Valor series, Tanya Huff
nice aliens and nice BOOMs )

Heris Serrano
, Elizabeth Moon

lacking in exposition and/or BOOM )

Spin State, Chris Moriarty
gripping )

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I went with a Paragon Adept FemShep. I really like that FemShep looks like a viable human being in this one; ME2 and ME3 really pushed her into Barbie territory. I disliked the fact that the armor was cut in a “look at my boobs” way.

The game was rather buggier re: shooting from cover than I remembered, and it definitely didn’t have too many save points. (My favorite key was F5.) The textures weren’t blessed with high resolution, either. I very much liked the fact that there was a plethora of keys, all mapped to different functions (*cough* ME3 space does everything *cough*). I found this a more difficult game than ME2 or ME3 (haven’t replayed them yet thought) mostly due to rockets (Geth Rocket Turret, Geth Armature etc) oneshotting you always and the hacking bits being much harder than the ones in ME2. I liked the MIRA core and the Presidium Rogue Computer puzzles, though.

Plotwise, this is my favorite game, since the plot makes sense (ME3 was ridiculous, and then there was the ending) and had something to do with the trilogy’s plot (ME2 was pretty useless in that regard). I very much liked the fact that it wasn’t just an on-rails shooter and I had to actually figure out where I should run to. The fact that I got Paragon/Renegade points from my actions as opposed to saying appropriate things was nice. I don’t believe they did anything similar to the getting the Noverian garage pass thing in ME2 or ME3. The voice acting was okay, though all the characters had stiff faces. (Comparing to DAI, we’ve come a long way.)

Of the characters, Kaidan was still annoying, Ashely was still kinda ehh (but useful as the group’s tank) and Garrus was kinda naïve (he gets a lot of character development after ME1). Wrex and Tali were their adorable selves. I didn’t like Liara, since so much time was spent on the whole ~*~barely legal~*~ aspect of her and she crushed a bit too hard on Shep. (I did end up romancing her though.) I ran around with Ash and Tali almost exclusively. (My entire ME career has been me desperately wishing I could play FemShep and romance Tali, since no way am I playing BroShep.)

Anything I left out?
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I have just discovered Adventures in Effulgence (index). It's a roleplay-type fork-in-the-road-AU story. The Vorkosigan part is 65 (starts with funerary proceedings) and it starts as a re-telling of Cetaganda.
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Simon, Aral, Cordelia etc
Warrant for a Day's Leave by [archiveofourown.org profile] jetta_e_rus – "After 'The Warrior's Apprentice', Aral and Simon need to reconnect. A translation by Philomytha of a Russian fic that was written for the Winterfair Open Exchange."
The Earring by [archiveofourown.org profile] Philomytha – "Aral and Cordelia on a state visit to Beta Colony."
the winter here is cold, and bitter by [archiveofourown.org profile] Raven – "Simon Illyan is loyal, loved and a perfect spy. One of these things is a lie."

Kareen, Serg, Ezar, Piotr etc
Second Son by [archiveofourown.org profile] jmtorres – "The birth of Kareen Vorbarra's second child was was well-attended, as befit that of an Imperial Heir."
In This Stranger World by [archiveofourown.org profile] lannamichaels –"Take this oath and press it between your palms." Piotr Vorkosigan -centric

Miles' generation
The Pivot by [archiveofourown.org profile] salable_mystic – "Gregor Vorbarra is 26 when he decides that jumping off a balcony is how he will best serve Barrayar."
We're All Mad Here by [archiveofourown.org profile] a_t_rain – "In which Dono Vorrutyer flirts very briefly with convention, and breaks up with convention to flirt with Olivia."
From the Old to the New by [archiveofourown.org profile] avanti_90 – "One man can alter the course of history. A random encounter leads Duv Galeni to change his mind and return to Komarr."
The Nature of Kings by [archiveofourown.org profile] Philomytha – "The Prime Minister makes a visit to Komarr while Galeni is posted there, and the political becomes personal for them both."

Others
Finding Absolution by [archiveofourown.org profile] Lia – "Dag Benin, the day before his graduation into the ranks of the Cetagandan Imperial Service, reflects upon the events that led him on this path for the retrieval of the honor of his line."
Kama Sutra for Kamikaze by [archiveofourown.org profile] jetta_e_rus,[archiveofourown.org profile] Tel  – "A Cetagandan ghem-officer is captured by one of the dreadful barbarians of the Dendarii hills... and turns the tables on him."
Public Enemy Number One by [archiveofourown.org profile] jetta_e_rus – "Captain Duv Galeni issues visa to some aged Cetagandan tourist. A translation by belana of a Russian fic that was written for ilanal for the Winterfair Open Exchange." Sequel to Kama Sutra for Kamikaze
Notes from the Desk of a Barrayaran Cultural Liaison Officer by [archiveofourown.org profile] Ankaret – "The job of Barrayaran Cultural Liaison Officer is one that often makes its holder wish for a transfer, perhaps even to a weather station."

Poetry
Texts Presented To The Emperor The Haut Fletchir Giaja, May He Reign Forever, On The Occasion Of His Visit To Sergyar by [archiveofourown.org profile] Ankaret – "A Cetagandan haut-poet writes RPF about Cordelia and Aral's relationship."


My bookmarks, for those interested. Any comments on the format? Any recs you'd like to share? (I concentrated on what I'd not found already recced elsewhere, and those which I didn't have to hunt down.)

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