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It’s Yuletide recommendations time!

Yuletide is one of my favorite holiday traditions, along with our family’s Christmas Eve gift exchange (which takes two hours, because we have many people and everyone has 10+ gifts to open), the family gift game (this year, some of the gifts we fought over included six bottles of wine, a Star Wars calendar & movie soundtrack, the Secret Garden/Enchanted Forest adult coloring book duo, a Tintin bag full of Tintin-themed things, the Firefly DVD plus popcorn, and many more), Mom’s Christmas Eve lasagna, and playing board & card games galore.

And after all the Christmas festivities, after coconut cake and homemade pizza and One Night Ultimate Werewolf and Coup and Ticket to Ride: Europe, I snuggled up with my TARDIS blanket and opened up the Yuletide and Yuletide Madness collections, happy as a clam. (Are clams happy? I wonder where we got that expression.)

Without further ado, I present my 2015 Yuletide & Yuletide Madness recs! I haven’t read anybody else’s rec lists yet, so I hope I’m not duplicating too much. I just opened and read all the fics in all the fandoms I know, and here are the cream of the crop.

Recs after the cut, in the following fandoms:
Historical RPF: 12th Century RPF/Badass Queens RPF, 14th Century RPF, 19th Century RPF, Tudor History/Twelve Dancing Princesses
Sports RPF: Baseball RPF, Basketball RPF, Tennis RPF
Fictional Fandoms: Brave (2012), Colleen (song) – Joanna Newsom, Damar Series – Robin McKinley, Emperor’s New Groove (2000), The Goblin Emperor – Katherine Addison, Jeeves & Wooster – P.G. Wodehouse, Lord Peter Wimsey – Dorothy Sayers, Matilda – Roald Dahl, Mulan (1998), Nero Wolfe – Rex Stout, Night at the Museum (Movies), Orange is the New Black (TV), The Queen’s Thief – Megan Whalen Turner, Sesame Street (TV), The Thick of It (TV), Twelve Dancing Princesses (Fairy Tale)

right this way! )


That's it from me! I hope you enjoyed all my recs, and I hope you enjoyed Yuletide 2015! Happy New Year. :)
abluestocking: (holding hands green birds)
Racing in before reveals, here's a second set of recs for you! Ten fics in ten fandoms, this time (for my first set of recs, 32 fics + 5 gifts, see here). Enjoy!

Ten recs in ten fandoms: Decoys (2004), Hockey RPF, Nero Wolfe (Rex Stout), Non je ne regrette rien (Edith Piaf - Song), Persuasion (Jane Austen), Princess Bride, Protector of the Small (Tamora Pierce), The Sound of Music, Top Chef RPF/Unusual Dragon Hoards, and Unusual Dragon Hoards.
Second Set of Recs )

I hope everyone had a fantastic Yuletide! :) On to 2015!
abluestocking: (woman striped stockings)
Yuletide is one of my favorite Christmas traditions. This year I was only able to go home for three days, so having Yuletide stories to read when I got back was really nice. (I wish it was still undergrad years and I could stay for two weeks!) I haven't finished reading yet, but my recs list was getting pretty long & unwieldy, so here it is for now. (If I have time, there may be a second installment later.)

32 recs in 24 fandoms, plus my 5 gifts (in 3 fandoms).

Contains recs for Anne of Green Gables, Badass Women in History, Benjamin January Mysteries (Barbara Hambly), Cadfael Chronicles, Chris Bucholz Advice Columns (Cracked.com), Cornetto “40-Love” Commercial, Enchanted Forest Chronicles (Patricia Wrede), Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe (Fannie Flagg), Game of Thrones RPF, Jeeves & Wooster (Wodehouse), Lord Peter Wimsey (Dorothy Sayers), Lynes and Mathey series (Amy Griswold & Melissa Scott), Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries, Monstrous Regiment, Oxford Time Travel Universe, Playthings (Gun Safety PSA), The Princess Bride, The Queen's Thief, Rosemary & Thyme, Scandal (TV), Scarborough Fair (song), Sleeping Beauty (1969), Snow White and the Huntsman (2012), Temeraire/Unusual Dragon Hoards, Tennis RPF, and Vienna Teng (Works).

Yuletide 2014 recs )
abluestocking: (blue bow eyes)
So, I've been having a perfectly lovely Yuletide! My assigned fic rather mushroomed into the Longest Fic Ever, because it decided to have a mind of its own, and then once it was finished I had a rather delicious time running about writing treats in a hodgepodge of disparate fandoms. It's been a wonderful second year participating. :)

Now that I'm done writing, I've been doing All the Reading. So many beautiful fics to devour! Finally, I'm ready to present to you my first rec list. (I say first, because if last year is anything to go by I'll probably end up with another eventually. But this one has grown enough to begin to be unwieldy, so up it goes.)

Without further ado, here are twelve recs in twelve fandoms, plus my three gifts in two fandoms.

Madness recs: Abraham’s Daughter – Arcade Fire (Song), Calvin & Hobbes, Brave (2012), West Wing/Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012), The Giver – Lois Lowry, Only Connect RPF

Main collection recs: Tennis RPF, Damar Series – Robin McKinley, Le città invisibili | Invisible Cities - Italo Calvino, Despicable Me (2010), Princess Bride – William Goldman, Enchanted Forest Chronicles - Patricia Wrede

Gifts: Howl Series - Diana Wynne Jones (2 fics), The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom - Christopher Healy

Follow Me to the Fic )


I may be back with more recs later, but I imagine these are plenty for now. Enjoy, and have the loveliest of holiday seasons and the merriest of New Years!
abluestocking: (woman happy 2)
My Christmas and Boxing Day have been thoroughly lovely. What with the Tube strike and the chaos in Central London today, I elected to stay home and loll decadently around in my pyjamas. Last night I watched the Doctor Who and Downton Abbey Christmas specials, of course, and today I read, played the piano, ate some ice cream, texted with my sister, wrote two more Yuletide treats, and dipped my toes further into the lovely epicness that is this year's Yuletide collection.

So all in all I have had a fabulous extended Christmas weekend!


My newest Yuletide recs (again, READ MY GIFTS, which are linked in one of yesterday's posts, or under my username on AO3):

Please, please, please... (1721 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: John Lewis Christmas Adverts
Rating: General Audiences
Warning: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Summary: Lewis knows exactly what he wants for Christmas.

Read this if you've seen the advert and want to spend the next five minutes grinning up a storm. If you haven't seen the advert, go watch it on Youtube and then come back and read this. A lovely little ficlet in every way. <333

Christmas in the Cupboard (3444 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: QI RPF
Rating: Mature
Warning: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Jimmy Carr/David Mitchell, Stephen Fry/Hugh Laurie
Characters: Jimmy Carr, David Mitchell, Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie
Summary: David Mitchell absolutely hates Christmas parties. Will this one change his mind?

This is hilarious and awesome and smutty. If you are a fan of any of these comedians, definitely check this out. (Even if you aren't, and don't know any of them from Adam - although how could you not know Fry and Laurie?! - you won't regret giving this a try.)

The Tough Guide to Yuletide (3820 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Tough Guide to Fantasyland - Diana Wynne Jones
Rating: General Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Summary: What it says on the tin.

Hee. This one rings very true. It's doubly funny if you've read Tough Guide to Fantasyland, but it would still be wonderfully hilarious even if you hadn't.

Go and Catch a Falling Star (7085 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Lord Peter Wimsey - Dorothy L. Sayers, Doctor Who
Rating: General Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Harriet Vane/Peter Wimsey, Amy Pond/Rory Williams
Characters: Peter Wimsey, Harriet Vane, Mervyn Bunter, Amy Pond, Rory Williams, The Doctor
Summary: "No," Harriet Vane said, having given it some thought. "I don't suppose I do believe in spontaneous human combustion."

This one is AMAZING. It's Lord Peter Wimsey crossed with Doctor Who, how could it not be?! And it fully translates its epic premise into a wonderful, funny, interesting, plotty fic. Definitely well worth a read!


Finally, I wish we could have kept Yuletide Madness open longer! I was really enjoying celebrating my release from writer's block by turning out treats in new fandoms. Ah well, I suppose there's NYR. I do want to write two more fics, because that will bring me up to an even 100! I want to see those triple figures. :)

Final stats for my Yuletide output were 10 fics, 4 in the main collection and 6 in Madness. Both of my "main" fics (my assigned fic and my plotbunny-that-ate-my-brain fic) were so completely different than anything I'd written before...it's been such an amazing experience. I've enjoyed myself so completely.

And if you didn't already gather this from my previous posts, OMG MY GIFTS. Has any person ever been so blessed as I? Not one masterpiece that pulled my very dreams from my brain, but TWO.

READ THEM NOW. And leave comments that adequately express their awesomeness, because I have already ran around squeeing all over the comments sections, and I'm afraid if I do it again I may come off as slightly deranged. :)

Oh, why don't I provide the links again, just so it's easier for you to enjoy them? (I know I already linked them yesterday, shhh.)

Role Model (3104 words) by Anonymous (Lord Peter Wimsey - Dorothy Sayers)

The Rose and Crown (7331 words) by Anonymous (TTOI/Lolitics)


All right, that's enough for now! I hope everyone's Christmas and Boxing Day have been as wonderful as mine. <33

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More recs!

Dec. 25th, 2011 07:53 pm
abluestocking: (white flowers hair)
My first set of recs! :) [If you haven't already done so, READ READ READ the two Yuletide fics that were written for me. They are AMAZING. Links to those are in my last post.]

J'accuse (3308 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Clue (1985)
Rating: Not Rated
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Mrs. White/Wadsworth
Characters: Mrs. White, Wadsworth (Clue)

The game is afoot!

Letter of Avowal (7551 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: 19th Century CE RPF
Rating: General Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Oscar Wilde/Lord Alfred Douglas, Lord Alfred Douglas/Lionel Johnson
Characters: Oscar Wilde, Lord Alfred "Bosie" Douglas - Character, Robbie Ross, Lionel Johnson, Constance Wilde

Oscar had met a lot of boys in his life, but there would only ever be one Bosie Douglas.

The Return (1007 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Damar Series - Robin McKinley
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Richard Crewe, Tom Lloyd

"Dick, the Colonel's gone," Tom Lloyd said urgently. "He rode off into the desert two days ago with your sister and two dozen men."

Happily Ever After (1355 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Howl Series - Diana Wynne Jones
Rating: General Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Sophie Hatter/Howl Pendragon
Characters: Howl Pendragon, Sophie Hatter, Calcifer (Howl Series), Morgan Pendragon, Martha Hatter

When she reaches the age of seventy-five (by natural means!) Sophie reflects upon her life, the Witch of the Waste, and the things which are truly important. Includes liberal use of Calcifer's 'saucepan song'.

Nec pluribus impar (2441 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Political RPF - UK 20th-21st c.
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Peter Mandelson/Gordon Brown, Tony Blair/Gordon Brown
Characters: Peter Mandelson, Gordon Brown, Tony Blair

Everything belongs to Tony now, apart from Gordon's own loyalty. (The three men behind New Labour, 1984-2010.)

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Oh goodness, there are no words for how amazing my two Yuletide stories are. You have no idea how widely I am grinning right now. I can't get the smile off my face, and I don't want to.

The two fics that were written for me are just so amazing, and so brilliant, and so perfect. I had told myself sternly not to raise my hopes too high, but I needn't have bothered, because these fics soar so much higher than I ever could have imagined!

That sounds over-dramatic, I know. But consider this - two of the fandoms I requested are NOTORIOUSLY difficult to write, and of course some of the characters I wanted were the trickiest ones. I know I quail at the very thought of trying to capture Lord Peter and Malcolm Tucker's voices! They are so instantly recognisable, and so iconic, and so bloody difficult to get right. But my two stories took those challenges, and they succeeded so beautifully and wonderfully.

AGH I TOLD YOU THERE WERE NO WORDS. At least no coherent ones. I think I may not be coherent until Boxing Day.

BUT READ MY STORIES. I guarantee you that you will NOT be disappointed.

(Note: Authors, these are NOT the only comments you will get from me, do NOT worry. I am known for leaving rather ridiculously long comments, so you must give me time to compose myself and write you proper odes to your genius. But this will happen soon, I promise! In the meantime, I wanted to immediately rec these to all and sundry, because they are THAT WONDERFUL.)


Role Model (Lord Peter Wimsey - Dorothy Sayers) - "Viscount Saint-George never meant to make a role model out of his uncle, but somehow Peter wormed himself into Saint-George's conscience."

My notes: I've always loved Saint-George. Gaudy Night may just be my favourite book of all time, and Saint-George is so wonderful in that. This is the Saint-George story I have always wanted - somehow my author wrote it with absolute perfection.

And my author captures their voices so well! Saint-George's narrative voice, Lord Peter, Harriet - I swear I could believe it was Sayers. I don't know how my author did it, I just don't - I bow in admiration.

And oh, it's beautiful, and it's funny, and it's deep, and I've read it three times already and loved it more each time, even though I wasn't sure that'd be possible. This is my head-canon now, in an immediate and unshakeable way. Do read this. You won't regret it, I swear.


The Rose And Crown (crossover between The Thick of It and UK Political RPF) - "Every year on December 9th, Malcolm Tucker goes for a drink with his alternate universe counterparts."

My notes: In my request, I mentioned that it might be interesting to see Malcolm Tucker interact with Alastair Campbell and Peter Mandelson. My author ran with that and gave me over seven thousand words of TTOI/Lolitics RPF. Over seven thousand words of Malcolm Tucker POV, all perfectly pitched and perfectly Malcolm, to the point where I was laughing with joy the entire first time I read it, because I could hear his voice in my head and it was just perfect, so so perfect.

And beyond the joy that is a well-written Malcolm - and I seriously cannot even begin to comprehend the amount of work this tour de force must have taken - this fic is perhaps the best crossover I've ever read. It combines a deep and thoughtful understanding of both fandoms with an unerring accuracy of characterisation and tone, and delivers a beautiful analysis of political life in both fandoms, as seen through the gaze of the characters involved.

I couldn't even have begun to imagine this much awesomeness from that one little seed of an idea in my request. It's simply beyond words. If you love either TTOI or UK politics, you have to read it, no excuses. I've read it three times and I want to read it again now.


This was my first Christmas away from home - on an entirely different continent, no less - and oh, Yuletide authors, you have made it such a lovely one. I was feeling lonely this morning, but you have cheered me up and brightened my Christmas to such an extent that I can't even explain. Thank you so, so, so much for all your hard work and for your wonderful fic and for writing for me. I am honoured and blown away and completely incoherent at this point. You have my everlasting love and gratitude. <3

*goes off to read her stories again*




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