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Not something I'd normally do, but have a Harry Potter fanfic recommendation, in which standard-issue whiny entitled Harry is replaced by a hyper-rational[1] child genius.

Warning: Chapter 7 contains something that looks like a character making a rape joke. Reading on, thank goodness, it's a highly serious plot moment and his interlocuter is disgusted with him. The entire section is, however, both potentially very triggering, and generally a bit upsetting. [Edit: Also an actual rape joke in Chapter 11, which consists of eminently skippable random non-canon bits for some inexplicable reason. Not plot justified. F, see me after class, &c.]

As a whole, the story is extremely funny in places, genuinely moving in others, and quite interesting throughout. Bear in mind that I am only on chapter 17, so cannot either guarantee the quality or issue warnings beyond that.

NB: This story is not for fans of Ron Weasley.

"I only want power so I can get books." (I feel a T-shirt coming on...)

[1] For "Less Wrong" values of hyper-rational. "Less Wrong" is a somewhat pretentious and very self-regarding website all about being cleverer than everyone else. Nevertheless, this Harry is an engaging character who may be somewhat familiar to Bujold fans.

Date: 2010-06-06 10:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mirabehn.livejournal.com
This recommendation is seconded by me. :-)

(Though am a little wary as of chapter 8 that a certain character may appear too much and there not be sufficient consequences for Stuff.)

Date: 2010-06-07 02:06 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] sunlightdances.livejournal.com
Ooooh, I am enjoying this a lot! Thanks. :)

Date: 2010-06-07 02:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] otterylexa.livejournal.com
I enjoyed it when I read it recently (I think I got there via Charles Stross). I hadn't made any connection with Bujold. Were you thinking Rational!HarryP ~= MilesVK?

Date: 2010-06-07 09:40 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mirrorshard.livejournal.com
Vaguely, yes. I'm probably biased by the comment the person who recommended it to me made, which was more or less that.

Date: 2010-06-07 02:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] abigailb.livejournal.com
The 26 hour sleep cycle thing appears to be a bit of a hint in that regard.

Date: 2010-06-07 02:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ashfae.livejournal.com
"I only want power so I can get books." (I feel a T-shirt coming on...)

Years ago I saw a t-shirt I've regretted not buying ever since. Ahem:

Knowledge is power.
Power corrupts.
Study hard.
Be evil.

Date: 2010-06-09 05:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] strangederby2.livejournal.com
I am loveing this. Thank you very much for linking.

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