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Read this story!

I've been making daily Yuletide rec posts, but I just read this incredible story and had to single it out. This is the best thing I've read all Yuletide. Actually, it might be the best thing I've read all year. And it is getting almost no attention. Scandalous!

Beside me singing in the Wilderness (15998 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: 80 Days (Video Game 2014)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: Graphic Depictions Of Violence
Characters: Behiye bint Kasim, Bulbul, Manussiha
Additional Tags: Steampunk, Robot Harm, Character of Color, Action/Adventure, Misses Clause Challenge, Pirates
Summary:

The adventures of Behiye bint Kasim, Captain of the pirate ship Canavar, and her engineer and companion Bulbul.

Bookmarker's Notes:

I an completely blown away by this story. It's set in a steam-punk world, but you don't need to know the source. There are thrilling action scenes, a compelling plot, and a tender femme-slash romance between the Pirate Queen and her engineer, who just so happens to be an automaton with a forbidden soul. The story has a non-Western setting, travelling between Persia and Asia - characters are Muslim, Buddhist, and even Christian.

It's been a fantastic Yuletide season, but this is the best thing I've read in the collection. If it were pro-fic, I would tell everyone I knew to go buy it, right now. Since it's not, go read it and leave the author some comments. What are still doing here? Go read it!

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luzula
Dec. 31st, 2014 09:18 am (UTC)
I had already put it on my ereader. : )

My Yuletide strategy is to start somewhere in the middle of the alphabet, read everything I'm interested in that's under 5000 words, and put the longer stuff on my ereader for later. Possibly not fair to the writers of longer work, but it's what works for me.

Also I had ambitions of making recs, but it has not happened yet.
keerawa
Dec. 31st, 2014 11:32 am (UTC)
It's a reasonable strategy! I just needed to throw any possible social currency I might have behind this story, because the fact it only has 4 comments is downright criminal.
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