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Lord Peter Wimsey Series - Dorothy Sayers

The Affair of the Blanched Bibliomane (4176 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] pendrecarc

A completely fabulous bit of casefic with an outsider perspective on Peter. Also introduced me to a fabulous historical woman I'd never heard about before.

Particular Talents (1298 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] greywash

Oh, PETER. This made me cackle with glee. Bunter is an incredibly patient and tolerant man.

A Clean Fire (1359 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] harborshore - Harriet Vane/Peter Wimsey, Saint-George Wimsey/OMC

A great insight into Saint-George, with a much happier ending than Sayers had planned for him, while still feeling true to the characters and the time.


Discworld Series - Terry Pratchett

The Importance of Being Mostly Human (10434 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] gogollescent - Lobsang Ludd/Susan Sto Helit

In which Susan identifies "Where's My Cow" as a proto-talismanic anchor for Young Sam's continued health and existence, and tries very hard not to wonder what the Vimes' butler does on his day off. There may also be a lesson about the meaning of Hogswatch, but no one wants to talk about that.

Pitch-perfect Discworld fic that cleverly ties up some time-tossed loose ends from various books. Also, Susan Sto Helit meets the Vimes family! ♥ ♥ ♥

Opposable Forces (2109 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] CakeorDeath

A wonderful, melancholy look at the relationship between a father and grown son. I love how the grown up Young Sam is portrayed here, and especially how his relationship with his father is complicated and frustrating and loving and not at all sentimental or idealized.

Thyngs More Important Than Chocolates (1188 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] athenejen - Lobsang Ludd/Susan Sto Helit

Awwwwww. Completely delightful. I want to draw sparkly hearts around this fic, this pairing and this author.

Some Time Before (7080 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] neveralarch - Sybil Ramkin/Samuel Vimes, Adora Belle Dearheart/Moist von Lipwig

A glorious look at four complicated characters as their lives unfold and they choose who they want to be and find the one they want to be with. Very true to canon, while also expanding my understanding of especially Sybil and Adora in ways canon can't.

Going It Alone (1983 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] nomadicwriter - Mustrum Ridcully/Esmerelda "Granny" Weatherwax

A great look at the young Esme Weatherwax finding her place in life.

First and Foremost (2988 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] hollimichele - Carrot Ironfoundersson/Angua von Uberwald

What does it really mean to be a Watchmen first and a woman and a werewolf second? A great look at some of the women of Ankh-Morpork and the some of the unexpected costs of being a woman in a predominately-male career.



Chronicles of Chrestomanci - Diana Wynne Jones

Checklist (4303 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] allyndra

Millie's boarding school experience is everything she hoped for, but not necessarily what she expected.

The Young Chants (9455 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] ryfkah - Christopher Chant/Millie

Christopher and his growing family. Completely delightful! Worth reading especially for Christopher being summoned as Chrestomanci while trying to calm a crabby baby Julia.

Such Balsam Falls (2418 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] speakmefair - Mordecai Roberts/Flavian Temple, Mordecai Roberts/Miss Rosalie

A wonderful, complicated story about Mordecai and Flavian and the long-term consequences for Mordecai of his time as Tacroy. Absolutely beautifully evocative and lyrical writing.

A Place to Call Your Own (3388 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] hhertzof

Janet's got a brand new life in a magical castle, just like she always wanted, so why does she feel like she's not what they wanted?

A great story about Janet adapting to life at Chrestomanci Castle.


A Little Princess - Frances Hodgson Burnett/The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett

Prakriti (1954 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] recrudescence

Mary Lennox and Sarah Crewe meet and become friends as Land Girls during WWI. Lovely and achy.


Anne of Green Gables - L.M. Montgomery

What the water sprites saw (1708 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] ineptshieldmaid - Gilbert Blythe/Anne Shirley, John Selwyn/Persis Leigh

Lovely Anne/Gilbert. Sweet, sensual and very in-keeping with the characters.

Roll in the Burlington (2505 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] breathedout - Anne Shirley/Katherine Brooke, Katherine Brooke/OFC

Just wonderful and completely unexpected. In which Katherine Brooke's happiness looks very little like Anne Shirley's happiness. Great historical details about both turn of the century theatre and turn of the century queerness, with a bonus dash of Canadian religious/language politics.

The World in a Grain of Sand (1125 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] Nestra

I love Katherine, and it's wonderful to see fic for her and see her get to live her dreams.


Mirabile - Janet Kagan

Stumped (3860 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] Fabrisse - Leonev Denness/Annie Masmajean

MIRABILE FIC! A thing I'd never thought to find. And it's wonderful. A great little bio-mystery and a pleasing catch-up with all the characters.


Books of the Raskura - Martha Wells

Nesting Instincts (2777 words) by [archiveofourown.org profile] Measured_Words - Jade/Moon (Raksura), Chime/Moon (Raksura)

Moon, Chime and the importance of found family. Lovely and very in-keeping with the spirit of the books.
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It's Yuletide season!!

I couldn't let myself go to bed without getting my Yuletide recs out there. Part of the joy and challenge of Yuletide is getting recs out before the author reveal, thus the lack of authors on the recs. As such these recs are hasty and shorter than is my wont and, of course, no authors are listed. I'll edit and link back to this post after the reveal to reflect authoral attribution.

It's once again a fabulous season for the small fandoms, so fabulous that I've put my recs behind a cut for length.

ETA: Edited to include author names.

In Which A New Child Comes to the Forest by [livejournal.com profile] loligo - A.A. Milne - Winnie the Pooh books -- In which a now grown Christopher Robin brings his own son to the forest where he used to play. A lovely little story about parents and children and how we all need our own little corner of the 100 Acre Woods.

Trousers by [livejournal.com profile] kadrin - Blackadder -- A silly baudy little story that reads like it could be a lost episode from the Elizabethan years. "Lord Edmund Blackadder was concerned about the state of his tights."

Four Yules for Jane Brailsford by [livejournal.com profile] ekaterinn - Caroline Stevermer - College of Magic Series -- A glimpse of four moments in the life of Jane Brailsford. This is the kind of character-centric fic I love, just these little slices of time that cut straight to the heart of the character. Also, I love this fic just for existing. This is one of the fandoms I was really hoping would spawn fic this year.

Grown Men Do Things Together by [livejournal.com profile] kattahj - Coupling (UK) -- Jeff expounds his theory on how straight men watching straight porn together is inherintly a little bit gay. Drop-dead hilarious and the author captures Steve's voice perfectly.

Too Young, Too Old by [livejournal.com profile] vongroovy - C.S. Lewis - The Chronicles of Narnia -- What's it like to go back to being a boy when you still can distantly remember being a grown man and king? A perceptive look at the awkward place Edmund finds himself in in The Vogage of the Dawn Treader.

Faith by [livejournal.com profile] fanaticalone - C.S. Lewis - The Chronicles of Narnia -- Uncle Andrew dreams of Narnia and finds his way home. More than any other piece of Narnia fic I've ever read this story captures the spiritual feel and the faith at the heart of the books.

A Donne Deal by [livejournal.com profile] bronze_ribbons - Dorothy Sayers - Lord Peter Wimsey Series -- Peter and Harriet go to dine with the Honourable Freddy Arbuthnot and his wife Rachel. There is banter and wordplay and Donne and a little bit of a mystery thrown in.

Whither Thou Goest by [livejournal.com profile] niahm_sama - Dorothy Sayers - Lord Peter Wimsey Series -- Peter and Harriet's first Christmas together, snowed in at Talboys. A lovely evocative story that wondefully captures the feel and voices of Sayer's universe and characters.

Dear Friends and Ruin by [livejournal.com profile] mctabby - Frances Hodgsen Burnett - A Little Princess -- This is the kind of gem I look forward to finding in Yuletide. The story of Sarah's father and his friend Tom, in India and before. It's about love and friendship and the road to ruin and it's absolutely perfect.

Theseus and Ariadne Try Again by Vanzetti - Indiana Jones -- Marion Ravenwood has always been my favorite of Indy's love interests; she complements his strengths and has absolutely no time for his weaknesses. Here, Marion and Indy meet again, on the island of Crete, just in time for a German invasion. A great adventure in classic Indy style.

Even Later by [livejournal.com profile] sanj - Into the Woods -- The Ever after of the ever after. A short, perfect coda to the play.

Bed by [livejournal.com profile] jjtaylor - Laurie R. King - Mary Russell Series -- Holmes and Russell's changing relationship as shown in a series of moments on the periphery of sleep. Understated and lovely, only slightly marred by a somewhat abrupt ending.

Foolproof by [livejournal.com profile] millefiori - Lois McMaster Bujold - Vorkosigan Series -- Despite his best efforts, Ivan just can't keep himself from worrying about By Vorrutyer. The premise is a little forced but the conflicted Ivan point of view is priceless.

The Talent of Imose by [livejournal.com profile] shusu - Lois McMaster Bujold - Vorkosigan Series -- I love this story more than words can say. An Ivan-centric story that takes some of the most compelling loose ends left dangling around the Nexus and runs with them. A complex, twisty and tightly-paced plot, coupled with a stellar Ivan characterization makes this story a true delight from start to finish.

From Mathematics Further Off by [livejournal.com profile] fox1013 - Madeleine L'Engle Novels -- The mathematics of Meg's life. A lovely piece of character-exploration.

The Murmuring of Bees Has Ceased by [livejournal.com profile] gritkitty - Patrick O'Brien - Aubrey/Maturin Series -- Stephen's bees and a run in with some rather misguided French privateers make for a perfect little glimpse into Jack and Stephen's relationship and the value they place on each other.

Every Good Girl Does Fine by [livejournal.com profile] kissmeagain - Peanuts -- Every year it seems like there's one story that stands out as the piece everyone's reccing. This seems to be the one this year, and it's totally worth every rec. Yes, this really is Peanuts fic; not only that but it's the Peanuts gang all grown up. It's the story of Patty and Marcie's senior year of high school, so perfectly told I can see it all happening. They may be older but they are still utterly and completely themselves, from Patty's overdramatic gestures to Marcie's unflappable "sir"s and everything in between.

Two Must Be Twain by [livejournal.com profile] lyra_sena - Historical RPF -- It's Shakespeare/Marlow in iambic pentameter. Really, do I need to say any more?? Utterly and completely brilliant.

Istanbul (Not Constantinople) by [livejournal.com profile] widget285 - Singin' in the Rain -- Don and Cosmo in the vaudeville days. A great look at their relationship and what keeps them together, with dialogue that simply sparkles.

In Bloom by [livejournal.com profile] ladyvyola - Stage Door -- A late night conversation between Jean and Terry that could have been written by Edna Ferber herself. The dialogue is razor sharp and I can almost see Ginger Rogers and Katherine Hepburn delivering the lines.

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