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An Evening In by [livejournal.com profile] temaris - Georgette Heyer - Cotillian, Kitty Charing/Freddy Standen - Kitty and Freddy would so not be the hands-on parenting types. Funny and sweet.

One Sour, Two Sweet by [personal profile] jest - Georgette Heyer - The Foundling, Gen - A great slice of perfectly-characterized Gideon and Gilly friendship.

Life, Stripped of All Luxeries by [livejournal.com profile] keerawa - Lois McMaster Bujold - Chalion Series, Cazaril/Palli - Caz and Palli and the siege of Gotorget. Heartbreaking and perfect.

Last Words by [livejournal.com profile] philomytha - Lois McMaster Bujold - Vorkosigan Series, Gen - Duv Galeni burns a death offering for his aunt. Wonderful and intricate and true.

Giving Hostages to Fortune by [livejournal.com profile] desert_vixen - Lois McMaster Bujold - Vorkosigan Series, Gregor/Laisa - Gregor, Laisa and the people they consider family at the replicator-birth of their son. A quiet, lovely story.

Of Unfed Hope by [livejournal.com profile] sineala - Lois McMaster Bujold - Vorkosigan Series, Miles/Duv - Miles and Duv while imprisoned on earth by Ser Galen. I rarely read slash in this fandom, but this story worked really well for me. Just the right level of h/c.

The Rules of Barrayaran Sex by [livejournal.com profile] philomytha - Lois McMaster Bujold - Vorkosigan Series, Aral/Cordelia - A series of scenes from Aral and Cordelia's marriage. About a million types of awesome. Fabulously in character and complementary to canon.

Sworn in Silence by [archiveofourown.org profile] FloraStuart - Lois McMaster Bujold - Vorkosigan Series, Gen - A young Aral on the night of of Mad Yuri's massacre. Incredibly well done.

can't steal happiness by [personal profile] wintercreek - Laurie R. King - Mary Russell Series, Gen - Tensions between Holmes and Russell just prior to her leaving for Oxford. Lovely and well-characterized.

Where Is A Place With Which To Flee by [archiveofourown.org profile] Tami - Laurie R. King - Mary Russell Series, Gen - A fantastic take on how Alistaire and Maurice became Ali and Mahmoud.

Subverting the Dominant Paradigm by [personal profile] futuransky - Diana Wynne Jones - Chrestomanci Series, Gen - Queering the Chrestomanci-verse in subtle and really interesting ways.

Brush Contact by [archiveofourown.org profile] wild_iris - Diana Wynne Jones - Chrestomanci Series, Gen - Witch Week fic featuring Estelle and Nirupam. Wonderful characterization and great fleshing out of the world. Witch Week was always one of my favorite books in the series, and I feel like this story really illuminates what it was I always loved about this book and these characters.

Explosions by [livejournal.com profile] placebetween - Diana Wynne Jones - Chrestomanci Series, Gen - Clashes between Christopher and Gabriel = everyone else left to clean up the messes. Great premise, fabulously executed.

On Unicorns and Megalomania by [archiveofourown.org profile] kaeda - Tanya Huff - Blood and Smoke Series - Lee and Tony and Brianna Bane, fourteen year-old apprentice and complete troublemaker. Sweet and funny.

Running Out by [archiveofourown.org profile] kaeda - Tanya Huff - Blood and Smoke Series, Lee/Tony - Lee managing both denial and pining at the same time. Manages to stay just on the right side of the line between angsty and maudlin.

Smoke and Numbers by [livejournal.com profile] ruffwriter - Tanya Huff - Blood and Smoke Series - Lee/Tony - Henry is protective, Tony is insecure, and Lee gets to be the one to figure it out and save the day. *hearts*

The Outskirter's Quest by [livejournal.com profile] xylaria - Rosemary Kirstein - The Steerswoman Series, Gen - A wonderful missing scene. Well written and easily fits right into canon. More people should read these books, so that there can be even more fic about them!

(You Are) The Sky in Technicolor by [livejournal.com profile] fadeoutin - Neal Gaiman - Stardust, Tristran/Yvaine - Tristran and Yvaine post-book. Lovely and atmospheric, very much in the feel of the book.

As Their Wimsey Took Them by [livejournal.com profile] thassalia - Dorothy Sayers - Lord Peter Wimsey Series, Gen - Peter as a parent, both through his mother's eyes and his own. There needs to be more fic featuring the Dowager Duchess, I do love her so.

Five Stories the Reader Never Began by [livejournal.com profile] nextian - Calvino - If on a winter's night a traveler, Gen - I confess, I have never read this book, but it didn't hamper my enjoyment of this fic one bit. Weird and wonderful and layered and so, so meta.

If On a Winter's Night a Reader by [archiveofourown.org profile] Esteliel - Calvino - If on a winter's night a traveler, Gen - Another gleefully meta take on the book and on fandom.

Like Clockwork by [livejournal.com profile] halotolerant - Terry Pratchett - Discworld Series - Vetinari/Drumknott pre-slash - Vetinari and Drumknott pre-slashiness. Subtly complicated.
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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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