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  1. Rec 9

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    Boris takes one look at Ulana's ugly clothes and declares she can't attend a meeting at the Kremlin dressed like that. Oh, she can protest all she wants, but he WILL make sure she's presentable. Both end up with a little more than they bargained for.

    Ch1: How Ulana came to wear that nice blue dress in the Cabinet meeting of episode 2.
    (...)
    Ch8: Happy ever after, or the next best thing.

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    29 Aug 2019

  2. Rec 2

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    Missing scenes throughout episode 4: an unplanned visit to Pripyat, a phone call, and academic disagreements.

    Ulana comes to terms with her rather inconvenient feelings for Valery, while still trying to investigate how the explosion came to be.

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    23 Jul 2019

    Bookmarker's Notes

    I love bristly & awkward characters being opened up by uncomfortable, ill-timed, ill-judged love, so this hits all my narrative kinks. & I love this version of Ulana, cautious & painfully aware of power hierarchies.

  3. Rec 12

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    The events of Vienna conference in August 1986, seen through the eyes of Boris Shcherbina, with a coda a few years later. Mostly canon compliant, or at least canon adjacent. Apologies to history, Craig Mazin and John Le Carré.

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    05 Jul 2019

    Bookmarker's Notes

    The Cold War era spy shenanigans #aesthetics we all needed in this fandom. Imperfect fix-its, imperfect tough choices, Boris being Done With Everything fulltime, and so much love <3

  4. Rec 8

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    It's December of 1988, and they are being sent to Spitak, to deal with another unspeakable disaster, like they haven't seen enough of this shit already in Chernobyl. And sometimes it feels like Legasov is here with them too.

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    05 Jul 2019

    Bookmarker's Notes

    An ode to everybody's favourite stubborn impossible Ukrainian.

    He's old, he's sick, he's tired.
    But more than that, he's stubborn.

  5. Rec 31

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    He is in the Kremlin waiting hall, surrounded by white Neoclassical columns, sitting on the pseudo-Rococo silk couch, with Ivan killing his son to his left. He holds Deputy Chairman Shcherbina's report the aide just gave him.

    He doesn't know what he's doing here, even if his hands know the motions. But the motions are odd, like his first, awkward drags on a cigarette at twelve. Why does he feel out of step with himself? A vague curiosity for the report of an apparatchik is there at the back of his mind, as well as the throat-tying apprehension of sitting in a room with members of the Council of Ministers and General Secretary Gorbachev.

    Well, his throat should be tied. He hanged himself a few seconds ago.

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    04 Jul 2019

    Bookmarker's Notes

    Magical realism & supernatural bureaucracies & Chernobyl & Schroedinger's Legasov & so much love: so many great tastes that taste great together. A must-read.

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