June 26th, 2005

Sexy Dark

A post about The Administration, period!

Though when I made the rec post (for The Administration) on Friday I had read only part of the first of the thirty stories, I still stand by it. I read for 13? 14? hours yesterday, and if anything I'm loving this series even more.

Toreth is the more interesting of the two main characters (IMO), but that doesn't make Warrick boring! Toreth is a sociopath (or pretty darned close to one), a sadist, and a professional torturer (and that world's version of a cop or detective). Warrick runs a successful "start up company" making VR tech. The two are nothing alike, and Toreth is so darned bad for Warrick, but the two hook up once, then continue that trend.

There is tons and tons of plot, background, and story in the series. (Other than sleep, I've been doing little but reading the series since 9 AM on Friday and I'm still not even halfway done.) But for me, the real interest is in how these two characters interact. Toreth is just so fascinating! Manna (manna) must have done some serious work into what makes sociopaths tick.

I'm going to quote from isiscolo's rec, because she says it so much better than I can: "What makes this series so compelling to me is that both characters are incredibly messed-up in their own ways. Toreth is the more obviously emotionally handicapped, but Warrick has his problems as well, and they're always on the verge of fight or flight - or fuck. It's like a mating dance of porcupines, they're so prickly, and it's fascinating to see how each one comes to terms with what he can, both within himself and with the other."

The characters are just so human, so real. And real men too, not the "men" so often featured in slash fic.

I know I've hooked some people from my flist already, but if you're not one of them then please do yourself a favor! Check out The Administration! Just start the first story and give it a chance. You'll thank me... or curse me for hooking you. :)

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Hm. I had intended to make the second half about period foo, but having written all that about The Administration I find I'm tired of writing and just want to go back to reading. :) I'll add just one more bit before I end this:

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