I forgot to mention one of the very beat parts of Gunnar’s last stand. (And also forgot to mention that his halberd sings to warn of danger.)

Gunnar caught sight of a red tunic at the window. He lunged out with his halberd and struck Thorgrim in the belly. Thorgrim dropped his shield, lost his footing, and toppled down from the roof. He strode over to where Gizur and the others were sitting.

Gizur looked up at him and asked, “Is Gunnar at home?”

“That’s for you to find out,” replied Thorgrim. “But I know that his halberd certainly is.”

And with that he fell dead.


After Gunnar’s death, Gunnar’s mom is so furious with Hallgerd that the latter takes one of their two sons and flees for her life. Skarp-Hedin then takes Gunnar’s other son, Hogni, for a stroll past Gunnar’s grave. Suddenly, they see Gunnar inside, happily singing about how he’d rather die than yield. Now I know the source of the scribbled note, “Gunnar enjoys death.”

Hogni takes up Gunnar’s halberd, which his mom had forbidden to be buried with him so it could be used to avenge his death, and he and Skarp-Hedin slaughter several of Gunnar’s killers. Mord weasels out and so lives to make more trouble later, but Hogni is now out of the saga.

In which there are accusations of bottoming for a troll )
I forgot to mention one of the very beat parts of Gunnar’s last stand. (And also forgot to mention that his halberd sings to warn of danger.)

Gunnar caught sight of a red tunic at the window. He lunged out with his halberd and struck Thorgrim in the belly. Thorgrim dropped his shield, lost his footing, and toppled down from the roof. He strode over to where Gizur and the others were sitting.

Gizur looked up at him and asked, “Is Gunnar at home?”

“That’s for you to find out,” replied Thorgrim. “But I know that his halberd certainly is.”

And with that he fell dead.


After Gunnar’s death, Gunnar’s mom is so furious with Hallgerd that the latter takes one of their two sons and flees for her life. Skarp-Hedin then takes Gunnar’s other son, Hogni, for a stroll past Gunnar’s grave. Suddenly, they see Gunnar inside, happily singing about how he’d rather die than yield. Now I know the source of the scribbled note, “Gunnar enjoys death.”

Hogni takes up Gunnar’s halberd, which his mom had forbidden to be buried with him so it could be used to avenge his death, and he and Skarp-Hedin slaughter several of Gunnar’s killers. Mord weasels out and so lives to make more trouble later, but Hogni is now out of the saga.

In which there are accusations of bottoming for a troll )
Sweet romance which upends several genre cliches, though it's hampered by others. The heroine is angsty, the hero is nice, and there's a teeny bit of mutual bondage, and so it's exactly what I requested. Thanks guys!

Set in a probably completely historically inaccurate Regency period, but darker than most Regency romances. Serena was sold off by her brothers to an evil old pervert when she was fifteen; now he's dead, and her brothers are planning to sell her again. She flees into the night, and meets up the virgin hero, Francis, who is engaged to a nice young woman whom he doesn't love. Serena thinks her entire worth is sexual, and she molests (seduces, she thinks) him while he's asleep, figuring that all men want sex all the time, under any circumstance. She's astonished when Francis wakes up and is not happy at all.

Amazingly, what develops from this gender-reversed "You raped me, I love you" scenario is psychologically plausible and sympathetic to both parties. It's basically a marriage of convenience/necessity story, in which two people who barely know each other try to build a real relationship. Serena is traumatized and Francis is confused, and the depiction of their bewildered attempts to understand each other is very well done. There's a dumb misunderstanding subplot, which I hate, but it gratifyingly concludes with everyone realizing that they ought to have just asked each other what was going on.

I liked this. Has anyone read anything else by Beverly?
Sweet romance which upends several genre cliches, though it's hampered by others. The heroine is angsty, the hero is nice, and there's a teeny bit of mutual bondage, and so it's exactly what I requested. Thanks guys!

Set in a probably completely historically inaccurate Regency period, but darker than most Regency romances. Serena was sold off by her brothers to an evil old pervert when she was fifteen; now he's dead, and her brothers are planning to sell her again. She flees into the night, and meets up the virgin hero, Francis, who is engaged to a nice young woman whom he doesn't love. Serena thinks her entire worth is sexual, and she molests (seduces, she thinks) him while he's asleep, figuring that all men want sex all the time, under any circumstance. She's astonished when Francis wakes up and is not happy at all.

Amazingly, what develops from this gender-reversed "You raped me, I love you" scenario is psychologically plausible and sympathetic to both parties. It's basically a marriage of convenience/necessity story, in which two people who barely know each other try to build a real relationship. Serena is traumatized and Francis is confused, and the depiction of their bewildered attempts to understand each other is very well done. There's a dumb misunderstanding subplot, which I hate, but it gratifyingly concludes with everyone realizing that they ought to have just asked each other what was going on.

I liked this. Has anyone read anything else by Beverly?

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rachelmanija: (Brigitte)
( Apr. 23rd, 2009 01:18 pm)
I want to submit something to Sword and Sorceress 24. "Stories should be the type generally referred to as "sword and sorcery" and must have a strong female protagonist whom the reader will care about." http://mzbworks.home.att.net/s24.htm

Give me a prompt! Prompts can be anything from a word to a mood to a title to "in the style of P. C. Hodgell" to whatever, just not a detailed plot description.
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rachelmanija: (Brigitte)
( Apr. 23rd, 2009 01:18 pm)
I want to submit something to Sword and Sorceress 24. "Stories should be the type generally referred to as "sword and sorcery" and must have a strong female protagonist whom the reader will care about." http://mzbworks.home.att.net/s24.htm

Give me a prompt! Prompts can be anything from a word to a mood to a title to "in the style of P. C. Hodgell" to whatever, just not a detailed plot description.
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