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I am being completely undisciplined this year, and instead of reading alphabetically I skipped immediately to my favorite Yuletide fandoms, and I've been bookmarking my favorite stories on my pinboard, but I simply had to stop and recommend what may currently be my favorite Peter Wimsey fanfic of all time: Gentle Antidote. It's from Harriet's POV, set in a soulmate universe, in which 21-year-old Harriet discovers her soulmate is Peter Wimsey. I would never have thought that my favorite Peter Wimsey story would be a soulmate AU, but it is utterly fabulous: best Harriet voice, best Peter voice, best Honoria (aka the Dowager Duchess) voice, utterly fantastic worldbuilding, really interesting Mary, and just an utterly charming story. Meeting through a soulmate bond rather than a murder trial changes many things for Peter and Harriet, but they remain utterly themselves. I want about 100,000 words in this universe.
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I'm slowly working my way through Yuletide, though I'm only up to "S." Still, have some recs (and note I'm omitting Arrow and Sleepy Hollow from these, because I think you should just read ALL the stories in those fandoms--they were all excellent, as far as I'm concerned).

A-Babies v. X-babies, I always need to be sure of you. Completely adorable baby Avengers: 5 times Bucky Bear knew he was Steve’s favorite.

Appalachian Murder Ballads, Rose in June . "Nobody in all of God’s earth was going to take us out of our home. We got bit and died, or we got buried and rose back up, and well, that was the Lord’s business. But no way were we walking out of there of our own accord. If they wanted us gone they’d have to drag us out." A zombie twist to a traditional story, with a great narrative voice.

Biblefic, Flowers of Perhaps. I didn’t even remember Michal (David’s first wife), but I generally like Biblefic and decided to give this a try, and it is a gorgeous and heartbreaking look at what it means to be a daughter and wife of royalty in ancient Israel. 30,000 words.

Calvin and Hobbes, Hello Operator, Please Give Me Number Nine. Susie Derkins, now a college senior, plays Calvinball with Death.

Cinderella, The glass slippers. The femslash version of Cinderella.

Fast and the Furious, It's hard to do these things alone. Brian can talk to cars. Seriously awesome.

Fast and the Furious, Dominic and Submission (Dom/Brian). I hadn't realized how much this fandom needed a BDSM AU until I read this.

Galaxy Quest, SMOF. You just don't talk about GalaxyQuestCon 99. One fan finds out exactly why. Awesome story with great fannish meta.

Greek mythology crossover with Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, A New Point of View. Persephone visits the Island of Misfit toys and learns something about herself. This crossover sounded like total crack, but it's actually quite lovely.

Jolene (the Dolly Parton Song) Summer Rain. Very little to do with the actual song, but a really fantastic fantasy AU where Jolene is a mercenary hired by an heir to the throne to help recapture her throne. Excellent world-building.

Legally Blonde, Serious. "Yes," Elle said seriously. "If that is how you identify, I am one hundred percent committed to supporting your self-expression as a queer princess lawyer." Very sweet Elle/Vivan.

Norse Mythology, Parades’ Beginning, Middle and End. Crackalicious Fun. "This is the story of how the Bifrost, also known as the Rainbow Bridge, and the biannual Bifrost Trans Pride parade came to be."

Northern Exposure, It Came From Outer Space. An apocalypse is coming to Cicely, and everyone reacts very much in character. "I've always been an appreciate-the-sunrise kind of guy, but there's something a little bit special about what might be the last one I see from where I sit. This is 'Chris in the Morning' on KBHR, and I wish you a happy apocalypse." Awesome.

Practical Magic, A Pool in a Peaceful Place. A great look at the older Owens sisters--their loves and losses before Sally and Gillian come into their lives.(Includes canonical character deaths)

Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing . No More than Reason Beatrice and Benedick adjusting to married life. The dialogue is truly fantastic.
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I had insomnia last night, and so was up at 4:30 a.m. reading Yuletide stories--which seems to have been a fortuitous time in terms of server load; by 8 a.m. my time I couldn't get anything to load anymore, and then family Christmas craziness took over, and now I'm going to be netless for three days for more family travel. SO just a few recs of the stories I did manage to get through; I'm not sure I'll have time to do any more this year before the reveal.

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What It Seems , Dead Zone, Johnny/Walt. A fantastic and interesting AU in which Sarah, not Johnny, is the one in the coma.


By Design , Devil Wears Prada. Andy's life is still being shaped by Miranda, even after she leaves Runway. A great character piece.

Ivy Covered Professors in Ivy-covered Halls Four Weddings and a Funeral, Matthew/Gareth. How Matthew met Gareth. A wonderful and funny backstory for the two of them.

Martin Q Blank, Session Six . Gross Pointe Blank, Martin/Debi. An absolutely hilarious conversation between Martin and his psychiatrist.
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A few more Yuletide recs:

Jane Narf . Pinky and the Brain meets Jane Eyre. It sounds insane, but it works unbelievably well--a brilliant send-up of Jane Eyre, and extremely funny as well, with cameos from various Animaniacs.

The WORD . The Colbert Report. This really could *be* a segment from the Colbert Report, it's so well done and hilarious.

The Conscience of the Queen , Dorothy Sayers. I love stories about Peter and Harriet, but they are so hard to do well. This one is long and lovely, with an excellent Harriet voice, and appearances from some of my favorite supporting characters like the Dowager Duchess, Miss Climpson, and several of the supporting players from Murder Must Advertise . Harriet investigates another poison pen mystery.
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Everyone in my family decided to nap this afternoon, so I got to get in some Yuletide reading. I'm working my way up from the bottom of the list, as you can probably tell from these recs:

All for One and One For All Tanya Huff, the Fires Stone universe, Dar/Aaron, sort of Dar/Aaron/Chandra. Pitch perfect character voices, even for minor characters like Chandra's nanny, but I think what I love best about this story is how it captures the complicated relationship between Darvish, Aaron and Chandra which was my favorite part of the book.

Smoke and Frost , Tanya Huff Blood and Smoke series, Tony/Lee. I love the development of Tony and Lee's relationship in this story, but it is also a fun demon-hunting tale, which is one of the things I love about the series.

Three Things Superman Returns, Clark/Lois/Richard. My favorite pairing for this fandom, and done really believably, with a nice slow buildup, and Richard doing most of the seducing, which I love.

Five Things Maggie Simpson Never Said. Simpsons, Maggie-centered character piece. A hilarious and occasionally poignant "Five Things" AU, with some lines that are worthy of the Simpsons, such as "Dad had been so sweet about Maggie getting her license; he'd declared that a teenaged girl needed a convertible, and had taken a hacksaw to the old car" and "Ammo, though! Cases and cases of it! She could probably hold off the zombies long enough for Ralph to fill her bike's tank. He really liked siphoning; what had he said? "Tastes like road trip."

The Madness of Love . Romeo and Juliet (Mercutio/Romeo). There never was a tale of more woe, than that of Mercutio, and his Romeo. Lovely and bittersweet, with a great backstory for Mercutio, who has always been my favorite character from that play.
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Because whatever holiday you celebrate (or don't celebrate) this season, everyone cheers when yuletide opens, right? My only complaint is that with my limited internet time in the next week, I have a hard time deciding what to read first. And do I save my favorite rare fandoms (like Peter Wimsey and the Chronicles of Narnia and Temeraire and Harold and Kumar) for last, or do I dive in and read them first? Such challenging decisions! It's like having hundreds of presents delivered to my door--and thank you so much, all you organizers and writers, for all of these wonderful goodies!

So tonight I decided to start with all of the Diane Duane fandoms, because I hadn't read a lot in them yet I love them LOTS, and all six of the stories there are worth reading, but my favorite of that group has to be An Unwilling Heart , from Duane's Young Wizards series. The series follows the exploits of two young wizards, Kit and Nita, on various transdimensional adventures, and I really love it, but this particular story focuses on their wizardly mentors, Carl and Tom, giving both characters really interesting backstories (especially Carl) and explaining exactly how they met. The romance isn't tremendously foregrounded--the story is PG, and definitely follows the overall tone of the series--but it's a long plotty tale that really read, to me, like a missing story from the series.


In other news of holiday loveliness: THANK YOU VERY MUCH, anonymous person who gave me paid time! That was very sweet of you!

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