Accidentally in Love by sociofemme (NC-17)

  • Jan. 4th, 2011 at 8:51 PM
Title: Accidentally in Love.
Fandom: Gordon Korman's "I Want to go Home."
Pairing: Mike/Rudy.
Categories: Humor, Post-Canon.
Length: Long (~12,560 words).
Warnings: None.

Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] sociofemme
Author Website: n/a

Author's Summary:
Mike wants Rudy, but he doesn't think that Rudy's interested. So he decides to go ahead and date other people. Uh, Rudy's not on board with that plan.

Review:
An overheard and wrongly interpreted comment leads Mike to decide that since Rudy is definitely not interested, he's going to find someone who is. Rudy, as it turns out, is none too happy with that plan, leading Mike to have a series of increasingly bad dates that turn out hilariously wrong.

The combination of oblivious romantic lead secretly pining for each other sometimes feels way too forced, but sociofemme makes the misunderstandings and humorous mishaps of the story work very well. Her uber-adorable Mike and deviously crafty Rudy are a delight to read, making for a fun fic with the expected (but no less appreciated) happy ending.

Accidentally in Love
(pt. 1) (pt. 2)

Accidentally in Love by sociofemme (NC-17)

  • Jan. 4th, 2011 at 8:51 PM
Title: Accidentally in Love.
Fandom: Gordon Korman's "I Want to go Home."
Pairing: Mike/Rudy.
Categories: Humor, Post-Canon.
Length: Long (~12,560 words).
Warnings: None.

Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] sociofemme
Author Website: n/a

Author's Summary:
Mike wants Rudy, but he doesn't think that Rudy's interested. So he decides to go ahead and date other people. Uh, Rudy's not on board with that plan.

Review:
An overheard and wrongly interpreted comment leads Mike to decide that since Rudy is definitely not interested, he's going to find someone who is. Rudy, as it turns out, is none too happy with that plan, leading Mike to have a series of increasingly bad dates that turn out hilariously wrong.

The combination of oblivious romantic lead secretly pining for each other sometimes feels way too forced, but sociofemme makes the misunderstandings and humorous mishaps of the story work very well. Her uber-adorable Mike and deviously crafty Rudy are a delight to read, making for a fun fic with the expected (but no less appreciated) happy ending.

Accidentally in Love
(pt. 1) (pt. 2)

Accidentally in Love by sociofemme (NC-17)

  • Jan. 4th, 2011 at 8:51 PM
Title: Accidentally in Love.
Fandom: Gordon Korman's "I Want to go Home."
Pairing: Mike/Rudy.
Categories: Humor, Post-Canon.
Length: Long (~12,560 words).
Warnings: None.

Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] sociofemme
Author Website: n/a

Author's Summary:
Mike wants Rudy, but he doesn't think that Rudy's interested. So he decides to go ahead and date other people. Uh, Rudy's not on board with that plan.

Review:
An overheard and wrongly interpreted comment leads Mike to decide that since Rudy is definitely not interested, he's going to find someone who is. Rudy, as it turns out, is none too happy with that plan, leading Mike to have a series of increasingly bad dates that turn out hilariously wrong.

The combination of oblivious romantic lead secretly pining for each other sometimes feels way too forced, but sociofemme makes the misunderstandings and humorous mishaps of the story work very well. Her uber-adorable Mike and deviously crafty Rudy are a delight to read, making for a fun fic with the expected (but no less appreciated) happy ending.

Accidentally in Love
(pt. 1) (pt. 2)

Accidentally in Love by sociofemme (NC-17)

  • Jan. 4th, 2011 at 8:51 PM
Title: Accidentally in Love.
Fandom: Gordon Korman's "I Want to go Home."
Pairing: Mike/Rudy.
Categories: Humor, Post-Canon.
Length: Long (~12,560 words).
Warnings: None.

Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] sociofemme
Author Website: n/a

Author's Summary:
Mike wants Rudy, but he doesn't think that Rudy's interested. So he decides to go ahead and date other people. Uh, Rudy's not on board with that plan.

Review:
An overheard and wrongly interpreted comment leads Mike to decide that since Rudy is definitely not interested, he's going to find someone who is. Rudy, as it turns out, is none too happy with that plan, leading Mike to have a series of increasingly bad dates that turn out hilariously wrong.

The combination of oblivious romantic lead secretly pining for each other sometimes feels way too forced, but sociofemme makes the misunderstandings and humorous mishaps of the story work very well. Her uber-adorable Mike and deviously crafty Rudy are a delight to read, making for a fun fic with the expected (but no less appreciated) happy ending.

Accidentally in Love
(pt. 1) (pt. 2)

Accidentally in Love by sociofemme (NC-17)

  • Jan. 4th, 2011 at 8:51 PM
Title: Accidentally in Love.
Fandom: Gordon Korman's "I Want to go Home."
Pairing: Mike/Rudy.
Categories: Humor, Post-Canon.
Length: Long (~12,560 words).
Warnings: None.

Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] sociofemme
Author Website: n/a

Author's Summary:
Mike wants Rudy, but he doesn't think that Rudy's interested. So he decides to go ahead and date other people. Uh, Rudy's not on board with that plan.

Review:
An overheard and wrongly interpreted comment leads Mike to decide that since Rudy is definitely not interested, he's going to find someone who is. Rudy, as it turns out, is none too happy with that plan, leading Mike to have a series of increasingly bad dates that turn out hilariously wrong.

The combination of oblivious romantic lead secretly pining for each other sometimes feels way too forced, but sociofemme makes the misunderstandings and humorous mishaps of the story work very well. Her uber-adorable Mike and deviously crafty Rudy are a delight to read, making for a fun fic with the expected (but no less appreciated) happy ending.

Accidentally in Love
(pt. 1) (pt. 2)

Accidentally in Love by sociofemme (NC-17)

  • Jan. 4th, 2011 at 8:51 PM
Title: Accidentally in Love.
Fandom: Gordon Korman's "I Want to go Home."
Pairing: Mike/Rudy.
Categories: Humor, Post-Canon.
Length: Long (~12,560 words).
Warnings: None.

Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] sociofemme
Author Website: n/a

Author's Summary:
Mike wants Rudy, but he doesn't think that Rudy's interested. So he decides to go ahead and date other people. Uh, Rudy's not on board with that plan.

Review:
An overheard and wrongly interpreted comment leads Mike to decide that since Rudy is definitely not interested, he's going to find someone who is. Rudy, as it turns out, is none too happy with that plan, leading Mike to have a series of increasingly bad dates that turn out hilariously wrong.

The combination of oblivious romantic lead secretly pining for each other sometimes feels way too forced, but sociofemme makes the misunderstandings and humorous mishaps of the story work very well. Her uber-adorable Mike and deviously crafty Rudy are a delight to read, making for a fun fic with the expected (but no less appreciated) happy ending.

Accidentally in Love
(pt. 1) (pt. 2)

My New Roommate, by Karma (PG-13)

  • Jul. 24th, 2009 at 1:53 PM
Title:  My New Roommate
Fandom:  Books by Gordon Korman: the MacDonald Hall series a.k.a. Bruno & Boots
Pairings:  Bruno/Boots, Boots/Raymond Jardine, Jardine/Sean Delancey
Categories:  crossover (J&D are from another Korman work, A Semester in the Life of a Garbage Bag), romance, humor, post-series
Length:  Medium  [11,000 words]  Bonus rec!
Warnings:  n/a


Author on LJ[livejournal.com profile] annnimeee 
Website:  n/a; it's old and defunct

Review:  Bruno and Boots are off to college... different colleges.  Boots ends up rooming with some maniac, this guy who refers to everyone by last name, who speaks in the third person, and who is convinced that he, Jardine, is doomed to bad luck forever unless he goes to Theamelpos again.  Luckily for Boots' sanity, the two end up getting along, especially once they confide in each other about their poor love lives - Boots has it bad for a straight Bruno, and Jardine just got dumped by Delancey.  Little do they know that Delancey and Bruno have met, at their college, and are planning to visit. 

Anyone who has read either the Macdonald Hall series or A Semester in the Life of a Garbage Bag: stop reading my review and go read this fic, right now.  You won't regret it!   For everyone else, some of the jokes will be lost on you, but that's okay.  Every single character is so clearly themselves, it's as if Karma was secretly Gordon Korman, circa 1985.  You could truly begin your experience with Korman's work by reading this fic. 

The plot is interesting, and carried off with the customary Korman humor.  The cameos by other Korman characters are just wonderful, as well.  The two Korman universes overlap so well together, it's as if they were already the same one.  Honestly, I believe that this fic works perfectly as a canonical depiction of what Bruno, Boots, Jardine and Delancey would do and act like when they grew up.

My New Roommate    Part 2    Part 3

My New Roommate, by Karma (PG-13)

  • Jul. 24th, 2009 at 1:53 PM
Title:  My New Roommate
Fandom:  Books by Gordon Korman: the MacDonald Hall series a.k.a. Bruno & Boots
Pairings:  Bruno/Boots, Boots/Raymond Jardine, Jardine/Sean Delancey
Categories:  crossover (J&D are from another Korman work, A Semester in the Life of a Garbage Bag), romance, humor, post-series
Length:  Medium  [11,000 words]  Bonus rec!
Warnings:  n/a


Author on LJ[livejournal.com profile] annnimeee 
Website:  n/a; it's old and defunct

Review:  Bruno and Boots are off to college... different colleges.  Boots ends up rooming with some maniac, this guy who refers to everyone by last name, who speaks in the third person, and who is convinced that he, Jardine, is doomed to bad luck forever unless he goes to Theamelpos again.  Luckily for Boots' sanity, the two end up getting along, especially once they confide in each other about their poor love lives - Boots has it bad for a straight Bruno, and Jardine just got dumped by Delancey.  Little do they know that Delancey and Bruno have met, at their college, and are planning to visit. 

Anyone who has read either the Macdonald Hall series or A Semester in the Life of a Garbage Bag: stop reading my review and go read this fic, right now.  You won't regret it!   For everyone else, some of the jokes will be lost on you, but that's okay.  Every single character is so clearly themselves, it's as if Karma was secretly Gordon Korman, circa 1985.  You could truly begin your experience with Korman's work by reading this fic. 

The plot is interesting, and carried off with the customary Korman humor.  The cameos by other Korman characters are just wonderful, as well.  The two Korman universes overlap so well together, it's as if they were already the same one.  Honestly, I believe that this fic works perfectly as a canonical depiction of what Bruno, Boots, Jardine and Delancey would do and act like when they grew up.

My New Roommate    Part 2    Part 3

My New Roommate, by Karma (PG-13)

  • Jul. 24th, 2009 at 1:53 PM
Title:  My New Roommate
Fandom:  Books by Gordon Korman: the MacDonald Hall series a.k.a. Bruno & Boots
Pairings:  Bruno/Boots, Boots/Raymond Jardine, Jardine/Sean Delancey
Categories:  crossover (J&D are from another Korman work, A Semester in the Life of a Garbage Bag), romance, humor, post-series
Length:  Medium  [11,000 words]  Bonus rec!
Warnings:  n/a


Author on LJ[livejournal.com profile] annnimeee 
Website:  n/a; it's old and defunct

Review:  Bruno and Boots are off to college... different colleges.  Boots ends up rooming with some maniac, this guy who refers to everyone by last name, who speaks in the third person, and who is convinced that he, Jardine, is doomed to bad luck forever unless he goes to Theamelpos again.  Luckily for Boots' sanity, the two end up getting along, especially once they confide in each other about their poor love lives - Boots has it bad for a straight Bruno, and Jardine just got dumped by Delancey.  Little do they know that Delancey and Bruno have met, at their college, and are planning to visit. 

Anyone who has read either the Macdonald Hall series or A Semester in the Life of a Garbage Bag: stop reading my review and go read this fic, right now.  You won't regret it!   For everyone else, some of the jokes will be lost on you, but that's okay.  Every single character is so clearly themselves, it's as if Karma was secretly Gordon Korman, circa 1985.  You could truly begin your experience with Korman's work by reading this fic. 

The plot is interesting, and carried off with the customary Korman humor.  The cameos by other Korman characters are just wonderful, as well.  The two Korman universes overlap so well together, it's as if they were already the same one.  Honestly, I believe that this fic works perfectly as a canonical depiction of what Bruno, Boots, Jardine and Delancey would do and act like when they grew up.

My New Roommate    Part 2    Part 3

My New Roommate, by Karma (PG-13)

  • Jul. 24th, 2009 at 1:53 PM
Title:  My New Roommate
Fandom:  Books by Gordon Korman: the MacDonald Hall series a.k.a. Bruno & Boots
Pairings:  Bruno/Boots, Boots/Raymond Jardine, Jardine/Sean Delancey
Categories:  crossover (J&D are from another Korman work, A Semester in the Life of a Garbage Bag), romance, humor, post-series
Length:  Medium  [11,000 words]  Bonus rec!
Warnings:  n/a


Author on LJ[livejournal.com profile] annnimeee 
Website:  n/a; it's old and defunct

Review:  Bruno and Boots are off to college... different colleges.  Boots ends up rooming with some maniac, this guy who refers to everyone by last name, who speaks in the third person, and who is convinced that he, Jardine, is doomed to bad luck forever unless he goes to Theamelpos again.  Luckily for Boots' sanity, the two end up getting along, especially once they confide in each other about their poor love lives - Boots has it bad for a straight Bruno, and Jardine just got dumped by Delancey.  Little do they know that Delancey and Bruno have met, at their college, and are planning to visit. 

Anyone who has read either the Macdonald Hall series or A Semester in the Life of a Garbage Bag: stop reading my review and go read this fic, right now.  You won't regret it!   For everyone else, some of the jokes will be lost on you, but that's okay.  Every single character is so clearly themselves, it's as if Karma was secretly Gordon Korman, circa 1985.  You could truly begin your experience with Korman's work by reading this fic. 

The plot is interesting, and carried off with the customary Korman humor.  The cameos by other Korman characters are just wonderful, as well.  The two Korman universes overlap so well together, it's as if they were already the same one.  Honestly, I believe that this fic works perfectly as a canonical depiction of what Bruno, Boots, Jardine and Delancey would do and act like when they grew up.

My New Roommate    Part 2    Part 3

My New Roommate, by Karma (PG-13)

  • Jul. 24th, 2009 at 1:53 PM
Title:  My New Roommate
Fandom:  Books by Gordon Korman: the MacDonald Hall series a.k.a. Bruno & Boots
Pairings:  Bruno/Boots, Boots/Raymond Jardine, Jardine/Sean Delancey
Categories:  crossover (J&D are from another Korman work, A Semester in the Life of a Garbage Bag), romance, humor, post-series
Length:  Medium  [11,000 words]  Bonus rec!
Warnings:  n/a


Author on LJ[livejournal.com profile] annnimeee 
Website:  n/a; it's old and defunct

Review:  Bruno and Boots are off to college... different colleges.  Boots ends up rooming with some maniac, this guy who refers to everyone by last name, who speaks in the third person, and who is convinced that he, Jardine, is doomed to bad luck forever unless he goes to Theamelpos again.  Luckily for Boots' sanity, the two end up getting along, especially once they confide in each other about their poor love lives - Boots has it bad for a straight Bruno, and Jardine just got dumped by Delancey.  Little do they know that Delancey and Bruno have met, at their college, and are planning to visit. 

Anyone who has read either the Macdonald Hall series or A Semester in the Life of a Garbage Bag: stop reading my review and go read this fic, right now.  You won't regret it!   For everyone else, some of the jokes will be lost on you, but that's okay.  Every single character is so clearly themselves, it's as if Karma was secretly Gordon Korman, circa 1985.  You could truly begin your experience with Korman's work by reading this fic. 

The plot is interesting, and carried off with the customary Korman humor.  The cameos by other Korman characters are just wonderful, as well.  The two Korman universes overlap so well together, it's as if they were already the same one.  Honestly, I believe that this fic works perfectly as a canonical depiction of what Bruno, Boots, Jardine and Delancey would do and act like when they grew up.

My New Roommate    Part 2    Part 3

My New Roommate, by Karma (PG-13)

  • Jul. 24th, 2009 at 1:53 PM
Title:  My New Roommate
Fandom:  Books by Gordon Korman: the MacDonald Hall series a.k.a. Bruno & Boots
Pairings:  Bruno/Boots, Boots/Raymond Jardine, Jardine/Sean Delancey
Categories:  crossover (J&D are from another Korman work, A Semester in the Life of a Garbage Bag), romance, humor, post-series
Length:  Medium  [11,000 words]  Bonus rec!
Warnings:  n/a


Author on LJ[livejournal.com profile] annnimeee 
Website:  n/a; it's old and defunct

Review:  Bruno and Boots are off to college... different colleges.  Boots ends up rooming with some maniac, this guy who refers to everyone by last name, who speaks in the third person, and who is convinced that he, Jardine, is doomed to bad luck forever unless he goes to Theamelpos again.  Luckily for Boots' sanity, the two end up getting along, especially once they confide in each other about their poor love lives - Boots has it bad for a straight Bruno, and Jardine just got dumped by Delancey.  Little do they know that Delancey and Bruno have met, at their college, and are planning to visit. 

Anyone who has read either the Macdonald Hall series or A Semester in the Life of a Garbage Bag: stop reading my review and go read this fic, right now.  You won't regret it!   For everyone else, some of the jokes will be lost on you, but that's okay.  Every single character is so clearly themselves, it's as if Karma was secretly Gordon Korman, circa 1985.  You could truly begin your experience with Korman's work by reading this fic. 

The plot is interesting, and carried off with the customary Korman humor.  The cameos by other Korman characters are just wonderful, as well.  The two Korman universes overlap so well together, it's as if they were already the same one.  Honestly, I believe that this fic works perfectly as a canonical depiction of what Bruno, Boots, Jardine and Delancey would do and act like when they grew up.

My New Roommate    Part 2    Part 3

On the Road, by Rageprufrock (NC-17)

  • May. 1st, 2009 at 11:04 AM
Title:  On the Road
Fandom:  Books by Gordon Korman: the MacDonald Hall series a.k.a. Bruno & Boots
Pairing:  Bruno/Boots, some Bruno/OMC and Bruno/surprise, Commando/Doug
Categories:  post-series, angst, drama
Length:  Long [20,000 words]
Warnings:  n/a - wait; explicit politics


Author on LJ[livejournal.com profile] rageprufrock 
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Review "Bruno ran out of underwear in Missouri."  Bruno is a campaign manager for the 2004 Presidential campaign of Senator Fairchild.  He's been on the trail for longer than he can remember, and he hasn't spoken to Boots in months.

This story is an unusual mix of Gordon Korman books; the Bruno & Boots "MacDonald Hall series" universe coexists with the universe of "The Twinkie Squad".  That's not a terrible stretch - both series are nominally in "the real world", and it's only the antics of the characters that make it seem otherwise.  The characters that appear in this story are all grown up (considering that the books are from the 80s, that was a nice touch) and working to achieve their goals.  Well, their political goals - Bruno and Commando are both estranged from their best friends/lovers, and so romance is on hold until they can get their heads together again.  Bruno's loss of Boots has made him cynical, bitter and sometimes depressive, but his character's fundamental optimism is still there... and the story's ending gives him back his heart's desire.

If you're a political junkie, you'll definitely like this story.  The frantic pace of the campaign and the weariness and gradual descent into sleep-deprived madness of the campaigners are right on point.  Even if you aren't a fan of U.S.-style elections, the story serves up a delicious portion of angst, topped off with broken-heartedness, and thankfully softened by the eventual reconciliation of our heroes.  Poor Bruno and Boots... neither man is capable of communicating with the other until the very end, and while it's all from Bruno's POV, the reader can see that both men have been in pain for a long time.  [Another reader compared the story to the then-strained relationship between the U.S. and Canada, embodied by Bruno and Boots respectively, and they were completely right - and not just because of the setting or the character's nationalities.  Hooray for a well-used metaphor!]

On the Road

On the Road, by Rageprufrock (NC-17)

  • May. 1st, 2009 at 11:04 AM
Title:  On the Road
Fandom:  Books by Gordon Korman: the MacDonald Hall series a.k.a. Bruno & Boots
Pairing:  Bruno/Boots, some Bruno/OMC and Bruno/surprise, Commando/Doug
Categories:  post-series, angst, drama
Length:  Long [20,000 words]
Warnings:  n/a - wait; explicit politics


Author on LJ[livejournal.com profile] rageprufrock 
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Review "Bruno ran out of underwear in Missouri."  Bruno is a campaign manager for the 2004 Presidential campaign of Senator Fairchild.  He's been on the trail for longer than he can remember, and he hasn't spoken to Boots in months.

This story is an unusual mix of Gordon Korman books; the Bruno & Boots "MacDonald Hall series" universe coexists with the universe of "The Twinkie Squad".  That's not a terrible stretch - both series are nominally in "the real world", and it's only the antics of the characters that make it seem otherwise.  The characters that appear in this story are all grown up (considering that the books are from the 80s, that was a nice touch) and working to achieve their goals.  Well, their political goals - Bruno and Commando are both estranged from their best friends/lovers, and so romance is on hold until they can get their heads together again.  Bruno's loss of Boots has made him cynical, bitter and sometimes depressive, but his character's fundamental optimism is still there... and the story's ending gives him back his heart's desire.

If you're a political junkie, you'll definitely like this story.  The frantic pace of the campaign and the weariness and gradual descent into sleep-deprived madness of the campaigners are right on point.  Even if you aren't a fan of U.S.-style elections, the story serves up a delicious portion of angst, topped off with broken-heartedness, and thankfully softened by the eventual reconciliation of our heroes.  Poor Bruno and Boots... neither man is capable of communicating with the other until the very end, and while it's all from Bruno's POV, the reader can see that both men have been in pain for a long time.  [Another reader compared the story to the then-strained relationship between the U.S. and Canada, embodied by Bruno and Boots respectively, and they were completely right - and not just because of the setting or the character's nationalities.  Hooray for a well-used metaphor!]

On the Road

On the Road, by Rageprufrock (NC-17)

  • May. 1st, 2009 at 11:04 AM
Title:  On the Road
Fandom:  Books by Gordon Korman: the MacDonald Hall series a.k.a. Bruno & Boots
Pairing:  Bruno/Boots, some Bruno/OMC and Bruno/surprise, Commando/Doug
Categories:  post-series, angst, drama
Length:  Long [20,000 words]
Warnings:  n/a - wait; explicit politics


Author on LJ[livejournal.com profile] rageprufrock 
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Review "Bruno ran out of underwear in Missouri."  Bruno is a campaign manager for the 2004 Presidential campaign of Senator Fairchild.  He's been on the trail for longer than he can remember, and he hasn't spoken to Boots in months.

This story is an unusual mix of Gordon Korman books; the Bruno & Boots "MacDonald Hall series" universe coexists with the universe of "The Twinkie Squad".  That's not a terrible stretch - both series are nominally in "the real world", and it's only the antics of the characters that make it seem otherwise.  The characters that appear in this story are all grown up (considering that the books are from the 80s, that was a nice touch) and working to achieve their goals.  Well, their political goals - Bruno and Commando are both estranged from their best friends/lovers, and so romance is on hold until they can get their heads together again.  Bruno's loss of Boots has made him cynical, bitter and sometimes depressive, but his character's fundamental optimism is still there... and the story's ending gives him back his heart's desire.

If you're a political junkie, you'll definitely like this story.  The frantic pace of the campaign and the weariness and gradual descent into sleep-deprived madness of the campaigners are right on point.  Even if you aren't a fan of U.S.-style elections, the story serves up a delicious portion of angst, topped off with broken-heartedness, and thankfully softened by the eventual reconciliation of our heroes.  Poor Bruno and Boots... neither man is capable of communicating with the other until the very end, and while it's all from Bruno's POV, the reader can see that both men have been in pain for a long time.  [Another reader compared the story to the then-strained relationship between the U.S. and Canada, embodied by Bruno and Boots respectively, and they were completely right - and not just because of the setting or the character's nationalities.  Hooray for a well-used metaphor!]

On the Road

On the Road, by Rageprufrock (NC-17)

  • May. 1st, 2009 at 11:04 AM
Title:  On the Road
Fandom:  Books by Gordon Korman: the MacDonald Hall series a.k.a. Bruno & Boots
Pairing:  Bruno/Boots, some Bruno/OMC and Bruno/surprise, Commando/Doug
Categories:  post-series, angst, drama
Length:  Long [20,000 words]
Warnings:  n/a - wait; explicit politics


Author on LJ[livejournal.com profile] rageprufrock 
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Review "Bruno ran out of underwear in Missouri."  Bruno is a campaign manager for the 2004 Presidential campaign of Senator Fairchild.  He's been on the trail for longer than he can remember, and he hasn't spoken to Boots in months.

This story is an unusual mix of Gordon Korman books; the Bruno & Boots "MacDonald Hall series" universe coexists with the universe of "The Twinkie Squad".  That's not a terrible stretch - both series are nominally in "the real world", and it's only the antics of the characters that make it seem otherwise.  The characters that appear in this story are all grown up (considering that the books are from the 80s, that was a nice touch) and working to achieve their goals.  Well, their political goals - Bruno and Commando are both estranged from their best friends/lovers, and so romance is on hold until they can get their heads together again.  Bruno's loss of Boots has made him cynical, bitter and sometimes depressive, but his character's fundamental optimism is still there... and the story's ending gives him back his heart's desire.

If you're a political junkie, you'll definitely like this story.  The frantic pace of the campaign and the weariness and gradual descent into sleep-deprived madness of the campaigners are right on point.  Even if you aren't a fan of U.S.-style elections, the story serves up a delicious portion of angst, topped off with broken-heartedness, and thankfully softened by the eventual reconciliation of our heroes.  Poor Bruno and Boots... neither man is capable of communicating with the other until the very end, and while it's all from Bruno's POV, the reader can see that both men have been in pain for a long time.  [Another reader compared the story to the then-strained relationship between the U.S. and Canada, embodied by Bruno and Boots respectively, and they were completely right - and not just because of the setting or the character's nationalities.  Hooray for a well-used metaphor!]

On the Road

On the Road, by Rageprufrock (NC-17)

  • May. 1st, 2009 at 11:04 AM
Title:  On the Road
Fandom:  Books by Gordon Korman: the MacDonald Hall series a.k.a. Bruno & Boots
Pairing:  Bruno/Boots, some Bruno/OMC and Bruno/surprise, Commando/Doug
Categories:  post-series, angst, drama
Length:  Long [20,000 words]
Warnings:  n/a - wait; explicit politics


Author on LJ[livejournal.com profile] rageprufrock 
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Review "Bruno ran out of underwear in Missouri."  Bruno is a campaign manager for the 2004 Presidential campaign of Senator Fairchild.  He's been on the trail for longer than he can remember, and he hasn't spoken to Boots in months.

This story is an unusual mix of Gordon Korman books; the Bruno & Boots "MacDonald Hall series" universe coexists with the universe of "The Twinkie Squad".  That's not a terrible stretch - both series are nominally in "the real world", and it's only the antics of the characters that make it seem otherwise.  The characters that appear in this story are all grown up (considering that the books are from the 80s, that was a nice touch) and working to achieve their goals.  Well, their political goals - Bruno and Commando are both estranged from their best friends/lovers, and so romance is on hold until they can get their heads together again.  Bruno's loss of Boots has made him cynical, bitter and sometimes depressive, but his character's fundamental optimism is still there... and the story's ending gives him back his heart's desire.

If you're a political junkie, you'll definitely like this story.  The frantic pace of the campaign and the weariness and gradual descent into sleep-deprived madness of the campaigners are right on point.  Even if you aren't a fan of U.S.-style elections, the story serves up a delicious portion of angst, topped off with broken-heartedness, and thankfully softened by the eventual reconciliation of our heroes.  Poor Bruno and Boots... neither man is capable of communicating with the other until the very end, and while it's all from Bruno's POV, the reader can see that both men have been in pain for a long time.  [Another reader compared the story to the then-strained relationship between the U.S. and Canada, embodied by Bruno and Boots respectively, and they were completely right - and not just because of the setting or the character's nationalities.  Hooray for a well-used metaphor!]

On the Road

On the Road, by Rageprufrock (NC-17)

  • May. 1st, 2009 at 11:04 AM
Title:  On the Road
Fandom:  Books by Gordon Korman: the MacDonald Hall series a.k.a. Bruno & Boots
Pairing:  Bruno/Boots, some Bruno/OMC and Bruno/surprise, Commando/Doug
Categories:  post-series, angst, drama
Length:  Long [20,000 words]
Warnings:  n/a - wait; explicit politics


Author on LJ[livejournal.com profile] rageprufrock 
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Review "Bruno ran out of underwear in Missouri."  Bruno is a campaign manager for the 2004 Presidential campaign of Senator Fairchild.  He's been on the trail for longer than he can remember, and he hasn't spoken to Boots in months.

This story is an unusual mix of Gordon Korman books; the Bruno & Boots "MacDonald Hall series" universe coexists with the universe of "The Twinkie Squad".  That's not a terrible stretch - both series are nominally in "the real world", and it's only the antics of the characters that make it seem otherwise.  The characters that appear in this story are all grown up (considering that the books are from the 80s, that was a nice touch) and working to achieve their goals.  Well, their political goals - Bruno and Commando are both estranged from their best friends/lovers, and so romance is on hold until they can get their heads together again.  Bruno's loss of Boots has made him cynical, bitter and sometimes depressive, but his character's fundamental optimism is still there... and the story's ending gives him back his heart's desire.

If you're a political junkie, you'll definitely like this story.  The frantic pace of the campaign and the weariness and gradual descent into sleep-deprived madness of the campaigners are right on point.  Even if you aren't a fan of U.S.-style elections, the story serves up a delicious portion of angst, topped off with broken-heartedness, and thankfully softened by the eventual reconciliation of our heroes.  Poor Bruno and Boots... neither man is capable of communicating with the other until the very end, and while it's all from Bruno's POV, the reader can see that both men have been in pain for a long time.  [Another reader compared the story to the then-strained relationship between the U.S. and Canada, embodied by Bruno and Boots respectively, and they were completely right - and not just because of the setting or the character's nationalities.  Hooray for a well-used metaphor!]

On the Road
Title: A Very Long Summer [and sequels]
Fandom: Books by Gordon Korman: I Want to Go Home!
Pairing: Rudy Miller/Mike Webster, many OC/OC
Categories: Humor, ranges from gen to pre-slash to slash, romance (up to about R-rating), kid-fic in sequel ficlets
Length: Epic  [the first story is ~37,000 words. The official sequel is 11,500 words, and the ficlet series totals ~25,000 words... for a grand total of almost 75,000 words!]
Warnings: Implied child abuse/trauma of an OC in sequel ficlets, implied sudden deaths of parents of OCs

Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] calathea 
Website: Calathea's Bruno and Boots Fic

Review: One of Gordon Korman's one-shot books, I Want to Go Home! was a story about boys at camp - which would have been a big yawn, if the main characters weren't so profoundly unhappy to be there. Hilarity Ensues.

Calathea picks up the story a few years later. Now Mike and Rudy are older, and forced to be counselors at the camp. Attention is paid to the little details of the canon, and Calathea gives fans what they wanted all along by hooking Mike & Rudy up (not that it happens all that fast - Mike doesn't know Rudy likes him, etc.). Even better, little details from the first fic carry over to the sequel (an OC romance that only peripherally connects to the prequel & following ficlets, and then only if you look hard) and then the ficlets, where Rudy and Mike adopt a family of boys. As Calathea writes them, the OCs are all great, and fit in with the regulars. Best of all, Calathea successfully mimicked GK's writing style.

A Very Long Summer 
Title: A Very Long Summer [and sequels]
Fandom: Books by Gordon Korman: I Want to Go Home!
Pairing: Rudy Miller/Mike Webster, many OC/OC
Categories: Humor, ranges from gen to pre-slash to slash, romance (up to about R-rating), kid-fic in sequel ficlets
Length: Epic  [the first story is ~37,000 words. The official sequel is 11,500 words, and the ficlet series totals ~25,000 words... for a grand total of almost 75,000 words!]
Warnings: Implied child abuse/trauma of an OC in sequel ficlets, implied sudden deaths of parents of OCs

Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] calathea 
Website: Calathea's Bruno and Boots Fic

Review: One of Gordon Korman's one-shot books, I Want to Go Home! was a story about boys at camp - which would have been a big yawn, if the main characters weren't so profoundly unhappy to be there. Hilarity Ensues.

Calathea picks up the story a few years later. Now Mike and Rudy are older, and forced to be counselors at the camp. Attention is paid to the little details of the canon, and Calathea gives fans what they wanted all along by hooking Mike & Rudy up (not that it happens all that fast - Mike doesn't know Rudy likes him, etc.). Even better, little details from the first fic carry over to the sequel (an OC romance that only peripherally connects to the prequel & following ficlets, and then only if you look hard) and then the ficlets, where Rudy and Mike adopt a family of boys. As Calathea writes them, the OCs are all great, and fit in with the regulars. Best of all, Calathea successfully mimicked GK's writing style.

A Very Long Summer 

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