Yuletide 2020 recommendations

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Obligatory Recommendations Post, pendant of my brag post.

This is my gift and I’m SO HAPPY

Unforeseen Effects (5310 words) by astraev
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Young Wizards – Diane Duane
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Dairine Callahan, Nita Callahan, Kit Rodriguez, Darryl McAllister, Irina Mladen, Carmela Rodriguez
Additional Tags: Hurricane Sandy, Natural Disasters, Disaster Movie Tropes, Canon Compliant, Canon Autistic Character, Neurodivergent Dairine Callahan, Nita Pursues Becoming a Planetary, Kit Attempts to Impress Irina, New Millenium Timeline Compliant
Summary:

Time Fix: Monday, October 22 to Friday, November 2, 2012

“Disaster gives you two things: a moment to react and a decision to overcome.” — The Book of Night With Moon.

“Here’s a new ‘blessing’ for our time –‘May Anderson Cooper never be sent to report on your town!'” – Vera Nazarian

“It’s like when you make a move in chess and just as you take your finger off the piece, you see the mistake you’ve made, and there’s this panic because you don’t know yet the scale of disaster you’ve left yourself open to.” –Kazuo Ishiguro, Never Let Me Go

When I saw it was a disaster story I thought “oops, should have put that in my DNW” but I’m glad I didn’t because the story was perfect. It’s got everything I asked for! It’s well written! It’s Young Wizards, which I most hoped to get! Thank you astraev!

Lord Peter Wimsey

(I bookmarked more Lord Peter Wimsey stories this Yuletide than anything else, and I’m recommending most of them.)

The Transformative Affair of the Decaying Typescript (3225 words) by El Staplador
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Lord Peter Wimsey – Dorothy L. Sayers
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Harriet Vane/Peter Wimsey
Characters: Peter Wimsey, Harriet Vane, Original Characters
Additional Tags: Case Fic
Summary:

An unsatisfactory dinner early in Peter and Harriet’s relationship at least throws up an intriguing problem.

Peak Harriet. Wonderfully in character and the case is spot-on too.

Village Perspective (100 words) by DesertVixen
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Miss Marple – Agatha Christie, Lord Peter Wimsey – Dorothy L. Sayers
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Jane Marple, Lord Peter Wimsey
Additional Tags: Drabble, Yuletide Madness Drabble Invitational, Crossover
Summary:

Lord Peter Wimsey needs a new perspective…

In which Miss Climpson and Miss Marple are friends. Hmm, now I want to know if Miss Climpson is old enough to put her in the Old Ladies Crossover I’m writing, but the Lord Peter Wimsey Companion probably knows that.

A Wimsey Epiphany (9346 words) by SEF
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Lord Peter Wimsey – Dorothy L. Sayers
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Peter Wimsey, Harriet Vane, Mervyn Bunter, Miss Climpson (Lord Peter Wimsey), Honoria Lucasta Dowager Duchess of Denver, Lady Susan (Lord Peter Wimsey), Matthew Wimsey (Lord Peter Wimsey)
Additional Tags: Book: Busman’s Honeymoon, Yuletide, Ghosts, Family History, The Blitz, Libraries
Summary:

The Wimseys spend the turn of the year 1941 at Duke’s Denver with Miss Climpson, their family, and the family ghosts.

Eerie but non-scary ghost story. The author is someone I wrote a Madness treat for, and I’m so glad it turns out that I’d given them a timeshifted thank-you present!

Joy and Gladness (1338 words) by AlexElizabeth
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Lord Peter Wimsey – Dorothy L. Sayers
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Harriet Vane/Peter Wimsey
Characters: Peter Wimsey, Harriet Vane, Mervyn Bunter, Gerald Wimsey Viscount St George
Summary:

Fluff; Christmas at Denver.

Really nice married fluff.

In The Bleak Midwinter (1192 words) by tinx_r
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Lord Peter Wimsey – Dorothy L. Sayers
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Harriet Vane/Peter Wimsey
Characters: Mervyn Bunter, Peter Wimsey, Harriet Vane, Honoria Lucasta Dowager Duchess of Denver
Summary:

Some glimpses of Christmas across the years

Every Christmas described is better than the previous one.

An Unknown Factor (3082 words) by AlexElizabeth
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Lord Peter Wimsey – Dorothy L. Sayers
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Harriet Vane/Peter Wimsey
Characters: Peter Wimsey, Harriet Vane, Mervyn Bunter
Summary:

“…The lady was, to some extent, an unknown factor. What his lordship had had to put up with from her during the past five or six years, only his lordship knew, but Mr. Bunter could guess” (Busman’s Honeymoon, Chapter 1).

More letters from Bunter yay!

Those snake fight things

There are LOTS. I’ve included some I like best.

Re: Re: Re: About My Upcoming Defense (1386 words) by Rosencrantz
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: FAQ: The “Snake Fight” Portion Of Your Thesis Defense (McSweeney’s Post) – Luke Burns
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: original teacher & original student
Characters: Original Characters
Additional Tags: Snakes, Academia, a bit too close to reality, Epistolary, Emails
Summary:

University websites really like to bury the useful information, like the FAQs that admit you will be fighting a snake in the arena of knowledge.

Also: Snake + Thesis = Snesis

FAQ: The biggest snake in the history of academic snake fighting (401 words) by qkind
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: FAQ: The “Snake Fight” Portion Of Your Thesis Defense (McSweeney’s Post) – Luke Burns
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Interviewer, Student – Character
Additional Tags: Yuletide Treat, FAQ, Snakes
Summary:

Q: Did the snake win?
A: Yes.

Snakes and Snakes (1154 words) by RobberBaroness
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: FAQ: The “Snake Fight” Portion Of Your Thesis Defense (McSweeney’s Post) – Luke Burns
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Additional Tags: Worldbuilding, Behind the Scenes, No snakes are harmed in this story
Summary:

It was only her first day working the snake hall, and already it was the best campus job Natalie had ever had.

The spirit painting

This one. Now I know it’s not only possible but common to request a story about a painting I might want some of my own.

Ten Rules for Wooing a Living Human (1099 words) by Selden
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Spirit – George Roux (Painting 1885)
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Additional Tags: Character Death, implied pegging, Ghastly Apparitions, Mention of kippers, Ghosts
Summary:

Remember, ectoplasm is flexible! (Please note, the author takes no responsibility for any Peculiar Extensions or Unforeseen Transformations that may occur).

Paganini – Caprice No. 24 in A minor (arr. Liszt) (100 words) by republic
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Spirit – George Roux (Painting 1885)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Ghost (Roux Painting), Man (Roux Painting)
Additional Tags: Yuletide Madness Drabble Invitational, Crueltide
Series: Part 1 of Theme and Variations

This is the first of 13. Read the whole series! (My favourite is #9.)

And the rest

Possibly The Fundamental Problem Is That I Don’t Understand Ice Cream (281 words) by NaomiK
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Catfishing on CatNet
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: CheshireCat
Summary:

CheshireCat rambles about ice cream and helping people.

It’s SO COOL when published authors write fanfic. It’s COOLER STILL when they write starting-out-anonymous fanfic of their own work. Almost makes me want to request Catfishing on Catnet next time hoping that NaomiK will write for me, too.

Infortunatus and the Missing Pilum (7856 words) by Aibhilin
Chapters: 5/5
Fandom: Astérix le Gaulois | Asterix the Gaul & Related Fandoms
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Astérix | Asterix & Panoramix | Getafix, Astérix | Asterix & Obélix | Obelix, Astérix | Asterix & Idéfix | Dogmatix, Astérix | Asterix & Idéfix | Dogmatix & Obélix | Obelix, Astérix | Asterix & Original Character(s), Obélix | Obelix & Original Character(s), Idéfix | Dogmatix & Obélix | Obelix, Panoramix | Getafix & Original Character(s), Abraracourcix | Vitalstatistix/Bonnemine | Impedimenta, Astérix | Asterix & Abraracourcix | Vitalstatistix, Fae & Original Character(s)
Characters: Astérix | Asterix, Obélix | Obelix, Idéfix | Dogmatix, Panoramix | Getafix, Abraracourcix | Vitalstatistix, Bonnemine | Impedimenta, Original Characters, Original Male Character(s), Original Non-Human Character(s)
Additional Tags: Fae & Fairies, Alternate Universe – Fae, is it an alternate universe though?, could be canon after all magic carpets are canon too, better tagging it though just to be sure, This Is Not Going To Go The Way You Think, Happy Ending, Light-Hearted, Adventure, Roman Grievances with the Gauls go way back, Gift Fic, Puns & Word Play
Summary:

or: Asterix and the Mysterious Disappearance of Getafix’ Favourite Cauldron (but that was too long of a title, so Infortunatus and the Missing Pilum it is).

Story extract:

“The cauldron… for my pilum?” he asks and gets a smirk in return.

“How far are you willing to go, soldier, for that pilum?” they ask, tantalizingly holding the mental image of the pilum in Infortunatus’ hands in front of him like one does a carrot on a stick.

I saw this in my mind as drawn by whoever currently draws Asterix.

The Pizza Challenge

No share button, so it may turn out to be members-only. From the Dr. Oetker Feliciana Pizza “Felicia i Ana” Commercial, which I’ve never seen, but it doesn’t need canon knowledge and it’s very cute.

Hilda Shelters in Place (2947 words) by ellen_fremedon
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Hilda the Plus-Size Pin-up Series – Duane Bryers
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Hilda (Hilda the Plus-Sized Pin-Up)
Additional Tags: Epistolary, Pandemics, Recipes
Summary:

Welcome to Off the Grid at Chez Hilda, updated every Friday or whenever I feel like it. My artwork is at the Patreon link, and I don’t need to remind lovely folks like you to like and subscribe, now do I?

I’ve seen some of these but didn’t know there was any fiction at all about them! Now I’m a fan. I was trying to avoid pandemic stories but this one got recommended all over and it’s non-threatening and joyful.

The Chinese Silk Murders (5879 words) by Claire_cz
Chapters: 3/3
Fandom: Judge Dee Mysteries – Robert van Gulik
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Dee Jen-djieh, Tao Gan, Ma Joong, Chiao Tai, Hoong Liang, Original Characters
Additional Tags: Case Fic, crime investigation
Summary:

Judge Dee has to solve the murder of a rich silk merchant, find out if the merchant’s niece is just a clueless member of the family or much more than she seems and also solve a riddle in form of strange letters and bills. There are many suspects and just one murderer. Or more?

So true to canon and the nice people are innocent.

The Shoe Situation (8982 words) by Laurea
Chapters: 3/3
Fandom: Enchanted Forest Chronicles – Patricia Wrede
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Morwen (Enchanted Forest), Fiddlesticks (Enchanted Forest), Miss Eliza Tudor (Enchanted Forest)
Summary:

In which Morwen takes a day out of her travels to buy shoes, solve mysteries, and sort out an economic crisis.

Cats! Badass princesses! Bad guys getting their comeuppance!

Waiting and Watching (1093 words) by illudio
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Ancient British Stones (Anthropomorphic Stones)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: The Merry Maidens (Boleigh)
Additional Tags: Yuletide Treat
Summary:

Time moves on, but she does not.

Things like this really give me a taste for anthropomorphic [whatever].

terms such as would enter at a lady’s ear (6179 words) by damnedscribblingwoman
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: 14th Century CE RPF, Historical RPF
Rating: Mature
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Edward the Black Prince/Joan of Kent
Characters: Joan of Kent, Edward the Black Prince
Additional Tags: Pining, Mutual Pining, Angst with a Happy Ending, Getting Together, Love Confessions, Marriage Proposal, Romance, Mild Sexual Content, Tide of History Challenge
Summary:

Joan was no longer a married woman, but she might as well be, for all the difference it made. She couldn’t be Edward’s, and he could never be hers. Husband or no husband, it made no difference. Joan knew it, and Edward knew it too, for all that he liked to ignore such pesky and inconvenient things as husbands — dead or alive — and royal parents and their royal expectations, and the very real demands of his royal responsibilities.

And yet, despite knowing it, here he was, on her doorstep, asking again for impossible things.

I betaed this, and I’m glad of that or I might have missed it. Touching.

Ad Astra (1122 words) by Akallabeth
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Goblin Emperor – Katherine Addison
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Vedero Drazhin, Aizheän Tativin
Additional Tags: Friendship, Pre-Canon, Yuletide Treat
Summary:

Dach’osmin Tativin returns to court for the summer, and catches up with her best friend.

This is exactly the kind of Goblin Emperor fic I requested, so I’m very glad someone else got it so I can read it.

A New Apprentice (2024 words) by ChokolatteJedi
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Dragonriders of Pern – Anne McCaffrey
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Menolly/Sebell (Dragonriders of Pern)
Characters: Menolly (Dragonriders of Pern), Sebell (Dragonriders of Pern), Elgion (Dragonriders of Pern)
Additional Tags: Music, Musicians, Implied/Referenced Child Abuse, Dysfunctional Family, Mid-Pass, Harpers, Yuletide Treat, Children, Yanus’s A+ Parenting
Summary:

Menolly and Sebell receive a visitor late one evening

I tend to read Pern fanfic instead of canon (rather than in addition) because it’s usually better than canon, and this one is no exception.

If Grace Is Too Much (3997 words) by resolute
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Paladin’s Grace – T. Kingfisher, Temple of the White Rat Universe – T. Kingfisher
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Zale, Bishop Beartongue (Paladin’s Grace), Original Female Character(s)
Additional Tags: Past Character Death, Past Child Death
Summary:

Zale is given a case by Bishop Beartongue which turns out to be more complicated and personal than a holy advocate-priest would prefer.

Breaking Through the Checkpoints (1033 words) by florahart
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Chinese Duolingo Course For English Speakers
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Li Hua/Zhang Ming
Characters: Li Hua, Zhang Ming, Doctor Wang (peripherally)
Additional Tags: I mean this is crack and we know it right?, characters in an app getting busy, this is a different kind of cybersex but, No actual porn
Summary:

Li Hua wants her world to expand beyond checkpoint two, and Zhang Ming might be able to make it happen. And even if he can’t, he’s easy on the eyes.

knew Duolingo was full of stories. I only got glimpses (“my uncles are clowns”, “I am not the captain, I am the king”) when doing Italian and Spanish.

Phonium (4014 words) by allyndra
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Kate and Cecelia – Caroline Stevermer & Patricia Wrede
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Kate Schofield/Thomas Schofield
Characters: Kate Schofield, Thomas Schofield (Kate and Cecelia), Cecelia Tarleton
Additional Tags: Epistolary, Slice of Life
Summary:

Being a brief look at the of Education and Expectations upon Young Ladies of Quality, including extracts from the intimate diary and correspondence of a Noblewoman

How Kate learns the few spells she actually manages to learn.

To Hollywood and Beyond (8425 words) by thestarsapart
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Galaxy Quest (1999)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Jason Nesmith, Gwen DeMarco, Tommy Webber, Alexander Dane, Fred Kwan, Laliari (Galaxy Quest), Guy Fleegman, Mathesar (Galaxy Quest)
Additional Tags: Metafiction
Summary:

A fan wins a walk-on role for the latest Galaxy Quest film.

Everybody is recommending the other Galaxy Quest fic but this is my favourite.

This week on the Repair Shop: a Time Turner, a Victorian Portrait, and an antique wardrobe (3546 words) by hangingfire
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Repair Shop (UK TV), Harry Potter – J. K. Rowling, The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde, Chronicles of Narnia – C. S. Lewis
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Steve Fletcher (The Repair Shop), Will Kirk (The Repair Shop), Lucia Scalisi, Jay Blades, Hermione Granger, Original Female Character(s), Original Male Character(s)
Additional Tags: Crossover, I Wrote This Instead of Sleeping, Never thought I’d be interested in writing RPF and yet here we are, Yuletide Treat, Screenplay/Script Format, If you can’t write ridiculous crossovers for Yuletide then when can you?
Summary:

Lucia turns her talents to a lost Victorian masterpiece. Will’s abilities will be tested by a special wardrobe, and Steve has an extremely unusual timepiece.

Gets better still on rereading. No knowledge of The Repair Shop required, though knowledge of the other fandoms is useful.

melody, counterpoint, and the song of silence (4713 words) by categranger
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: 4’33” – John Cage (Song)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Additional Tags: Aliens
Summary:

When an elderly violinist, a young Cage fan, and an alien music lover meet at a performance of John Cage’s 4’33”, nothing will ever be quite the same again.

From New Year’s resolutions, not from Yuletide proper. It’s wonderful.

 

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