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review 2015-01-04 07:47
I've Got Nothing To Do Today But Smile
I've Got Nothing To Do Today But Smile -... I've Got Nothing To Do Today But Smile - gyzym

"Today is the day that Arthur grins like an idiot and laughs and blushes and advises people on the amount of vanilla in their scones," Yusuf says. "May 22, everyone. Mark your calendars."

Eames, because he's a bastard, actually marks the calendar.


Sweet, adorable, a bit sad. Perfect.

I'm not feeling very coherent right now because chronic insomnia makes this another late night in a long list of late nights, but any eloquent words I could say about this fic would fall short on how I feel about it. This is the second story by gyzym I've read (The Love Song of the North American Douchebag is also pretty great) and I'm always going to look back on it with fondness. gyzym does a combination of comedy and slight angst so well and it's impossible for me not to swoon over her stories. I highly recommend this one! Also there's a pretty great soundtrack to read this to.

Note: for anyone who cares there are a few editing errors in this, but the number is very low.

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review 2015-01-02 20:08
Nothing Special
Nothing Special - Jay Northcote


The writing is...good, but there is so much stop and go between scenes that it's almost as if the author is asking you to take multiple breaks from the story. A single chapter can have anywhere from 2-7, with an average of approximately 5 scene changes per chapter. Sometimes it worked, and sometimes I felt there were breaks that easily could have had a simple transitioning paragraph instead, or some short scenes only a few paragraphs long that could have been excluded entirely without taking anything away from the story. And that...leads to the other issue I have.

I already knew prior to reading this story that "nothing special" would really happen throughout, but I don't think I was quite prepared for how little this story would make me feel. It's an extremely easy read with very little excitement of any kind. I didn't even feel very interested in the sex, which is a bit of a letdown. At first I felt connected to Noah (he likes books, cats, and is a bit shy in the beginning, all of which can describe me) but after a while I just stopped caring. About Noah, about Noah and Sol, about the book.

Some pluses:

-bookshops and cat love (best animal ever!)
-accepting parents is always a good thing
-simple, sweet romance with little complications
-very easy read

It's a perfect read when all you want is something light and full of romance. Unfortunately, it turns out I was in the mood for more action than this provided. I'm no less interested in reading more by this author, however I'm also not more interested and I think it will be a while before I pick something up by Northcote again.

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2015-01-02 09:05
Facta non Verba
Facta non Verba - dimeliora Facta non Verba - dimeliora

4.25 stars

Well done and quite enjoyable but I would have liked for

the reason for Sam's muteness to be revealed and what the nightmare that caused it was,  although that is a pretty minor "complaint" since the reason doesn't much matter.

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