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On the fourteenth day of Yuletide, some writers gave to me…

First up, stuff I was really into, either because I am enjoying the fandom right now or it just tickled my head in the right way.

The End and the Way
Left Hand of Darkness - Ursula K. Le Guin
Original characters

This seems to be the only Hainish Cycle fic this year, which is a shame because Hainish Cycle fic (like the source) is often amazing. I am bound and determined to get Four Ways to Forgiveness fic sometime dammit, but that isn't the fault of this fic. This solo representative is worthy! It's life on Winter, as a female pervert: friendship, hard work, slogging through the snow alone, and being the only person in most situations who can feel sexual all the time.

It pretty clearly relies on Coming of Age in Karhide for background as well, or probably more than, Left Hand of Darkness, but Beshem is a less happy narrator than Coming of Age's narrator, which in some ways makes it a more satisfying story.

Hanover's Seed
Edward and Mrs. Simpson (TV)
not!Wallis Simpson, not!David Windsor

You don't really need to know the TV series specifically: any basic knowledge of the abdication crisis will do. This is a crack version replaying it in the form of a succession crisis in a county gardening club.

Yeah I know, but it worked for me. And how!

Earthsea - Ursula K. Le Guin
Jasper, Vetch, Ged

I am not into the boys-at-Roke stage in general, but here's an exception! Jasper's anger and sadness and jealousy of Sparrowhawk, before and after Sparrowhawk summons the darkness.

Neither Have I Wings To Fly
Tillerman Cycle - Cynthia Voigt
Millie Tydings, Abigail Tillerman

This is outsider fic: storekeeper and butcher Millie's view of Abigail Tillerman since they were girls. The Tillermans are such an extraordinary family that Voight herself wrote them from an outsider's perspective no less than three times, and it's always worth it.

The Escapists
19th Century CE RPF
Charlotte Brontë, Emily Brontë, Anne Brontë

I'm pretty sure that this is the pinch-hit that tempted me. I'm glad I didn't take it because I wouldn't have done it nearly this well!

This is the day that Charlotte snoops among Emily's possessions and finds her poetry, and there's a bit of everything for the Brontë biography fan. Emily and Anne play at Gondal! Emily is brutally socially awkward! Charlotte pines for her Professor! Branwell is about to bring hell down on them all (bless him)!

I think, sadly, that you probably do need to be reasonably familiar with their lives to get much out of it. But if you are: super-recommended!

The Heirs of English Magic
Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell - Susanna Clarke
Arabella Strange, Lady Pole, Stephen Black, Sir Walter Pole, John Segundus, King George III

Written for me. And I really love it!

I've also been prowling around a bit and spied some other goodies:

Hen Party
Discworld - Terry Pratchett
Tiffany Aching, Esmerelda "Granny" Weatherwax, Magrat Garlick, Gytha "Nanny" Ogg, Nac Mac Feegle

Tiffany's hen's night, with the extended Discworld coven.

Discworld - Terry Pratchett
Havelock Vetinari, Cheery Littlebottom, Adora Belle Dearheart, Constable Dorfl

A little bit of Watch crime fighting with obvious influence from Isaac Asimov: not only a nod to the Three Laws but also I think a nod to All the Troubles of the World?

Dark Sands
Earthsea - Ursula K. Le Guin
Original characters

Earthsea mythology! I think the tone is a touch uneven, but the myth itself is great: I didn't at all predict where it was headed.

Less Substantial Than Fairy Tales
Nochnoy Dozor | Night Watch - Sergei Lukyanenko
Anton Gorodetsky, Olga, Yulia

Olga gets used to active life again, explores modern technology and plays video games with Yulia. Something of a vignette but some interesting ideas and I'm glad to see something happened in this fandom.

trust no one: a lesson not only learned, but earned
Casino Royale (2006)
M, James Bond

Alternative point-of-view fic: M's view of Casino Royale. Since I like CR and I love M, win. Also, while I do like Bond/M, I also like that this isn't Bond/M.

The Rest
Casino Royale (2006) and The Sandbaggers

More M, this time backstory. I don't actually know The Sandbaggers, but it still works for me.

Daughters Like This
Anne of Green Gables - L. M. Montgomery
Una Meredith, Faith Meredith, Diana Blythe, Rilla Blythe, Rosemary West, Anne Shirley, Aunt Martha

I like to have a bit of Una: poor Una, almost no Rilla of Ingleside point of view, doomed to forever mourn Walter so that Rilla can move on (structurally speaking). Thus, six conversations between Una and other women. And a hint of moving on.

Rilla of Toronto
Anne of Green Gables - L. M. Montgomery
Rilla Blythe, Una Meredith, Kenneth Ford

This is a great little piece. The summary does not do it justice. It's not chat-logs between 21st century!Rilla and 21st century!Una: it's funny chat-logs between 21st century!Rilla and 21st century!Una.

Date: 2011-12-28 02:59 pm (UTC)
ladyvyola: Snoopy on his doghouse, typing his masterpiece, "It Was a Dark and Stormy Night" (literary genius)
From: [personal profile] ladyvyola
Isn't Hanover's Seed amazing?

It was written for me and I am still clutching it to myself in utter glee. I'm so glad to see that others are discovering its awesomeness.


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