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Yuletide Recs

From my sporadic reading of the archive, I come bearing 17 recs in 14 fandoms. You've got your gen, your het, your slash, your femme-slash, and the odd OT3. Remember, boys and girls and others - queering mainstream media is good for the soul!

1984, Aliens, Captive Prince, Chalion Saga, Dexter, Kushiel's Legacy (2), Ladyhawke, Little Red Riding Hood (2), The Left Hand of Darkness, Rabbit Heart (song), Slings & Arrows/The Muppets, Suzanne (song), Temeraire, and Vorkosigan Saga (2).

The Examination (659 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: 1984 - George Orwell
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Original Female Character/Original Female Character
Characters: Original Characters
Summary: The Thought Police didn't take recruits, and they didn't take refusals.
Why You Should Read This: Because it's a claustrophobic echo of the original, and femme-slash to boot.

With One Eye Open (2775 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Aliens (1986)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Ellen Ripley, Rebecca 'Newt' Jorden, Bishop (Aliens), Dwayne Hicks
Summary: She's still waiting, but she'll be damned if that's all she's going to do.
Why You Should Read This: Growing up, I either wanted to BE Ripley, or possibly fuck her, and I was always deeply pissed off by the start of the 3rd movie. Obviously the writers were mistaken - here's what really happened to Ripley, Bishop, Newt and Hicks.

Kings (10240 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Captive Prince - Freece
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warning: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Damen/Laurent (Captive Prince)
Characters: Damen (Captive Prince), Laurent (Captive Prince), Jord (Captive Prince), Nicaise (Captive Prince)
Summary: Jord and Nicaise find themselves caught up in court intrigue and conspiracy. Survival, sacrifice and revelation.
Why You Should Read This: I was excited to see fan-fic based on Freece's original fiction WIP. I particularly loved the justice the suthor did to Nicaise's character and voice, and how it shows Laurent as simulateously loving, loyal, and terrifying.


A clear glass window, at a sea dawn (9997 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Chalion Saga - Lois McMaster Bujold
Rating: Mature
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Umegat, Ista dy Chalion, Bergon dy Ibra
Summary: Second sight is redundant to reason anyway.
Why You Should Read This: The Bastard's prayer is, in itself, worth the price of admission, and the author's language is as precise and lovely as the source text. But you should read this because how often do you have canonical gay boys growing up to be former saints, with all the problems that entails? Not often ... and then there's the demonic casefic!

What I Am (9237 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Dexter (TV)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Dexter Morgan, Debra Morgan, Vince Masuka, Maria LaGuerta, Angel Batista, Lumen Pierce, Harry Morgan
Summary: Miami's most prolific serial killer, Dexter Morgan, is arrested for murder. Ironically, this time he is not guilty.
Why You Should Read This: This story is truly respectful of all the characters, in a way I think sometimes canon isn't. I particularly love the way Deb is written - strong and smart and trying to do the right thing.


Impasse (1419 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Kushiel's Legacy - Jacqueline Carey
Rating: Not Rated
Warning: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Phedre no Delaunay/Melisande Shahrizai
Characters: Phedre no Delaunay, Melisande Shahrizai
Summary: It's poetic, the waste, like destroying a good dress in one's eagerness and watching it cascade to the floor, or trampling a flower underfoot.
Why You Should Read This: What, that summary isn't enough to make you read the story? Melisande Shahrizai is one of my favorite antagonists in modern literature. This is a scene Carey neatly avoided including in her novels, but that's fine - this anonymous author has done a beautiful job of showing just how far Melisande is williing to go with an anguisette at her mercy. (I think it pairs up especially nicely with the gift-fic written for me, A Pain That I'm Used To.)

Reparations (5795 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Kushiel's Legacy - Jacqueline Carey
Rating: General Audiences
Warning: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Joscelin Verreuil
Summary: I was feared for my keen eye and ruthless willingness to turn my fellow apprentices in when it suited me--which was mostly when I was angry, and that was often.</p>

Which is why it was not only a heavy blow, but a piece of cruel irony, when the events of that Longest Night befell me.
Why You Should Read This: I adore this glimpse of Joscelin as a boy, full of passion and rage and limitless loyalty.

A Veritable Menagerie (1768 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Ladyhawke (1985)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Isabeau d'Anjou/Philippe Gaston/Etienne Navarre
Characters: Philippe Gaston, Etienne Navarre, Isabeau d'Anjou
Summary: The Mouse comes home, or finds one, and rests.
Why You Should Read This: Because the author captured The Mouse's unique voice in a way that delights and entrances me. Because Isabeau and Etienne were both beautiful, and every Mouse deserves a home.


She-Wolves (1110 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Fairy Tales & Related Fandoms, Rotkäppchen | Little Red Riding Hood (Fairy Tale)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warning: Graphic Depictions Of Violence, Major Character Death
Characters: Little Red Riding Hood, Wolf (Fairy Tales), Mother (Little Red Riding Hood), Grandmother (Little Red Riding Hood)
Summary: They did not question that there had been a wolf. There were blood and bodies. Surely that was proof enough.
Why You Should Read This:Free-verse! And a re-telling of the story that makes you wonder just what all those old tales were based on, and why people believed them.


Different Than Good (246 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Rotkäppchen | Little Red Riding Hood (Fairy Tale), Fairy Tales & Related Fandoms
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Little Red Riding Hood, Big Bad Wolf
Summary: That path sucked anyway.
Why You Should Read This: On a lighter note, here's a delightful little femme-slash treat for Red Riding Hood. Sometimes sex does not equal death, and Red can make her own damn choices.


The End and the Way (12225 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Left Hand of Darkness - Ursula K. Le Guin
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Original Characters
Summary: On Posthe Tuwa of the Year One in the reign of Argaven XII, Harny Sord of Gernahan gave birth to a pervert.
Why You Should Read This: LeGuin once told a story set in a world where gender, and sex, are both something that happen to people a few days a month. This author offers the poetic coming of age tale of a pervert, someone who is female all the time. Her search for identity and purpose in a world where she doesn't fit in touched me.


Three Sisters (1442 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up) (Song)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warning: Major Character Death
Summary: A small fable of love and sacrifice and what comes after. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7nxO-yPQesA)
Why You Should Read This: This is a classic tale of love and sacrifice. Some of the images in it settled into my mind and made themselves at home there, and have popped up at odd moments ever since.


Scenes from a Cultural Exchange, or The Muppets Take New Burbage (2300 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Slings & Arrows, Muppet Show
Rating: General Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Geoffrey Tennant, Anna Conroy, Ellen Fanshaw, Maria (Slings & Arrows), Darren Nichols, Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Gonzo the Great, Statler, Waldorf, Basil, Scooter
Summary: Five moments from a strange season.
Why You Should Read This: The whole thing is brilliant, brilliant crack. The interactions between Darren and Gonzo the Great, in particular, made me laugh so hard it hurt. It was also strangely moving - and after all, both shows are dedicated to showing us what shows go one behind the Show.


those are pearls (1362 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Suzanne - Leonard Cohen (Song)
Rating: Mature
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Suzanne, Narrator
Summary: You’d like to say she was your one true love and you hers, but this is not true.
Why You Should Read This: There's a twilight, dangerous place where reality and old wives' tales meet. This story, evocative and nerve-wracking and startlingly erotic, takes place in a little fishing village at that cross-roads.


Noble Experiments (2089 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Temeraire - Naomi Novik
Rating: General Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Temeraire, Perscitia, Iskierka
Summary: Dragons' rights and all that jazz. Or - scenes from the National Dragon's Suffrage Society visit to Chicago.
Why You Should Read This:I loved how the source text integrated dragons into the events of the Napoleonic War. This author does the same with Prohibition-era. Excellent, in-character portrayal of the dragons a hundred years post-series. Also - Iskierka as a rum-runner? How could you resist?


Entreat me with your loveliest lie (1669 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Vorkosigan Saga - Lois McMaster Bujold
Rating: General Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Gregor Vorbarra & Miles Vorkosigan
Characters: Gregor Vorbarra, Miles Naismith Vorkosigan, Aral Vorkosigan, Simon Illyan, Count Vordrozda, Ivan Vorpatril
Summary: Count Vordroza never says the word “mutant” when he talks about Miles.
Why You Should Read This: Gregor's hopeless longing here, and the way it gets twisted around into a fear of betrayal, hurts. His descriptions of Miles will take your breath away.

Burn the Topless Towers (2179 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Vorkosigan Saga - Lois McMaster Bujold
Rating: Mature
Warning: Major Character Death
Relationships: Aral Vorkosigan/Lady Vorrutyer Vorkosigan, Lady Vorrutyer Vorkosigan/OMC
Characters: Lady Vorrutyer Vorkosigan, Piotr Pierre Vorkosigan, Alys Vorpatril, Ges Vorrutyer, Aral Vorkosigan, Aral Vorkosigan's First Wife
Summary: "She'd had the most beautiful imaginable face..."
Why You Should Read This: This shows us the first Lady Vorkosigan, in all her glory. Read it because sometimes narrators are unreliable, and it wasn't until the end that I realized the true horror of the fact that this woman never, in canon or even in this story, EVER was granted the dignity of her own name.

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( 7 comments — Leave a comment )
springwoof
Dec. 31st, 2011 11:03 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Fabulous recs!
I don't typically read any Yuletide stories that aren't recced, so good recs are very important to me.
keerawa
Jan. 1st, 2012 12:00 am (UTC)
Enjoy, springwolf!
lannamichaels
Jan. 1st, 2012 02:21 am (UTC)
Burn the Topless Towers! :D It was written for me and it is *amazing*. The language and the way its written is just terrific. The use of second person is great and also, yeah, ouch, it doesn't need the name, which can be used to really amazing effect.
keerawa
Jan. 1st, 2012 10:26 pm (UTC)
It really is amazing! Hey - do you happen to know what was up with Vorkosigan Saga being included in Yuletide this year? It was out, there was some kind of 'garden' reference, and then it was back in. I'm intrigued.
lannamichaels
Jan. 1st, 2012 10:56 pm (UTC)
I have no idea. I'd thought it was out, but then it was in.
(Anonymous)
Jan. 2nd, 2012 05:16 am (UTC)
Vorkosigan Saga was taken out as "too big for Yuletide" last year, which I understand resulted in the Winterfair exchange. Then it got reinstated for Yuletide. That happened again this year, (http://yuletide-admin.livejournal.com/120181.html) which... I can certainly see why The Tough Guide to Yuletide (http://archiveofourown.org/collections/yuletide2011/works/300499) snarked about it. I tend to be of the "too big for Yuletide" mind, though obviously that didn't stop me from writing in it. Um, I hope this is helpful, and not the part you already knew.

Thank you very much for the rec! One of my goals was to lampshade the whole thing where she didn't even get a name, so I'm glad that worked.

-miss_lanyon
keerawa
Jan. 2nd, 2012 06:02 am (UTC)
Deeplu mysterious! Perhaps there are incriminating phtos involved! Or aliens!
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