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STORY: Lovers and Madmen: Unravelment
MUSE OF FIRE RESPONSIBLE: M. Fae Glasgow
HAS POOR VILA BEEN DRAGOONED INTO THIS SHITSHOW? Vila
WHY ARE BLAKE AND AVON DOOMED THIS WEEK? Blake is conditioned to destroy anyone who shows him love, like the victim of a shite fairy tale curse
EDITOR’S NOTE: so amazingly awful I c/p a small portion of it here:

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what did I fucking say last time about what this one would probably do? no. lies.

PROSE: I have also provided a sample of purple prose, the unfun form of lavender menace:

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Also, ‘samesexers’ and ‘bisexers’. :/

Avon uses ‘crap’, which, unlikely.

‘Beautifully hollowed buttock’ the fuck?

In general, the prose is somewhat more than usually irksome this time aroung.

OVERALL: This is technically interesting, as it’s basically someone doing a remix of her own fic, which I don’t think would happen again in B7 fandom until last year (fandom in general didn’t really take up that remix form, as the concept solidified).

So Blake is conditioned, etc., and responds to seeing Vila and Avon together and hearing them talk about inviting him to bed with them with crazy rage and a desire to destroy them. He briefly is like ‘wait, this isn’t me’ and fights off the conditioning, but then it pops back. I don’t find conditioning terribly interesting as a plot device: here it means Blake isn’t responsible for any of this. This is like when a falling rock hits someone, knocking them dead, and then that body falls on and hits someone else. The character and agency of the corpse are totally removed from the story. Anyway, Conditioned!Blake then decided to give Avon the BDSM Avon’s secretly been craving, and in true 90s weird BDSM fascination/shaming tradition, this BDSM will be so fierce it will ruin Avon’s vanilla shag times with Vila forever: Blake’s evil dick will Turn Avon, making him crave only Bad Romance from now on. A mighty and resounding ‘k’ to all this.

Blake standing there ‘naked, monumental’ on page 8 unintentionally hilarious.

More Wagner. I loathe Wagner. Fucking fitting.

It’s kind of amazing that, having written so MUCH for this pairing, Glasgow’s work is not more varied or better. It feels, with few exceptions, like the same three stories over and over again. I’d be hard-pressed to identify the years these came from. But she CAN occasionally write something much better? Possibly she’s more competent in other fandoms.

The ‘twist’ of the ending doesn’t really work. They’re already en route to Star One, so this is no ‘development’ at all?

STORY: Mist
MUSE OF FIRE RESPONSIBLE: M. Fae Glasgow
HAS POOR VILA BEEN DRAGOONED INTO THIS SHITSHOW? Vila
WHY ARE BLAKE AND AVON DOOMED THIS WEEK? Because Avon is on drugs and also with Vila a bit
EDITOR’S NOTE: the reader will admit’ ho u don’t know me
PROSE:  ‘want to feel a man in you, making you even more of a man yourself?’ #CockrubWarriors
OVERALL:

The order of actions and flow of time are a bit weird in this. I often feel like Glasgow could use a beta on that score.

Kind of interesting story about drug use. I feel like it could do more, but it’s not bad.

Why does drugged!Avon always say the same stuff in his passion? There’s no real reason for that to be the case.

‘the undiluted masculinity redolent around them’

Blake is so absent from this is almost shouldn’t be tagged b/a, and what their fucking means is hardly dealt with (but then what fucking Vila means isn’t really explored either).

STORY: Motif
MUSE OF FIRE RESPONSIBLE: Leigh Graham
HAS POOR VILA BEEN DRAGOONED INTO THIS SHITSHOW? Vila (Vila’s married, Blake’s dead, Avon’s fucking a houseboy)
WHY ARE BLAKE AND AVON DOOMED THIS WEEK? I HONESTLY CAN’T FUCKING TELL YOU. RARELY HAVE I KNOWN SUCH ANNOYANCE.
EDITOR’S NOTE: informational, but delivered in an annoying way
PROSE: fine
OVERALL: A lot of characters to keep track of, introduced and dispensed with v quickly. The Sisterhood plot’s kind of insulting (going to just suggest actually that this writer… has a weird relationship to women, even if this writer is one). What HAS Avon been doing with himself for 7 years, and why would he necessarily still be technologically In Practice? His world seemed low-tech.

Oh look it’s that ‘Avon was programmed to shoot Blake!!’ chestnut. Back again. In like, STRONG form, because every post-Terminal mistake Avon made is down to this.

Vila’s going to fuck Avon despite being married, with 0 thought for his wife? I’d expect like, a sentence explaining that. I have no idea why these people are fucking–they don’t seem particularly into one another? If you said Avon was going to fuck like any of these new original characters, in /this fic/ as it’s been developed, that would literally make more sense.

Blake’s alive. He and Avon fuck. And then they stop having sex FOREVER and there is not a WORD of explanation. Not. one.

A line lifted from Five Doctors.

Of course The Men are all fucking fine, while the women are dead/absent. Of. course.

The story ends with its vast mess of plot slobbing about the place and nothing will ever make sense again.

This is supposed to be p1 of a trilogy, but I think there is only an equally bemusing p2 (which I just skimmed). Cannot say am sad for loss of this kunstwerk. Avon’s cloneson got kidnapped and Avon suddenly cared: also, Tarrant was fucked.

STORY: The Night Watch
MUSE OF FIRE RESPONSIBLE: Erszebet Bathory
HAS POOR VILA BEEN DRAGOONED INTO THIS SHITSHOW? —
WHY ARE BLAKE AND AVON DOOMED THIS WEEK? Blake uses weird alien mind control to sleep with Avon and then thinks better of trying that again because it’s wrong.
EDITOR’S NOTE: somehow childlike
PROSE: fine
OVERALL: There’s not enough ‘why’ from Blake here, and the plot device means that Avon’s fairly absent–though you could revise this story so we’d know more about what Avon feels initially and then under the influence, and I think that’d be better. It’s essentially a vampire-thrall sort of ploy (per the wanky author name), but it’s not really doing it for me on that level, and I don’t know what this means for them.

STORY: Oh L’Amour
MUSE OF FIRE RESPONSIBLE: M. Fae Glasgow
HAS POOR VILA BEEN DRAGOONED INTO THIS SHITSHOW? Vila
WHY ARE BLAKE AND AVON DOOMED THIS WEEK? Okay, so Blake didn’t know about the Delta level shit, I guess, which makes… the whole moral weight of an earlier chapter kind of collapse… so… It’s unclear Who Avon Will Choose, but also there is only settling and misery along either path, yay, yaaaaaay
EDITOR’S NOTE: you wouldn’t think I have the ENERGY to hate these as much as I do, and yet somehow, I always seem to find it!!
PROSE: fine I guess
OVERALL: DOME CYCLE V: I like the end as a dichotomy–though I think you’d need to give Blake a bit more credit in order to make it a meaningful one. Avon is a class hero and his servants love him. And that says it all really, doesn’t it. Also, LOVE in Glasgow is like–a stupid thing that just happens to you, and I can buy a ‘you can’t control luuurve’ argument, but like, there’s no *causality* to it in this beyond a kind of physical infatuation? Which makes it less interesting/feel less real. Like, true, you can’t PERFECTLY ACCOUNT for love, but there are typically some fucking reasons it’s happening, idk. And like–this probably involves things you’re going to do with your life together (Avon enjoying hanging out at the pub all the time, for example, is a bit far-fetched). It’s like those weird scenes she’s written of Avon being bored in meetings where people talk about what to do in the wake of their successful revolution (Avon’s typically fairly interested in logistics and plans, in canon?). What does Avon like/think about in this? Who is he, considered apart from these relationships?

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