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Yuletide Recs I

We seem to have a pretty much all-Yuletide all-the-time thing going on ... I guess I'll join in the confetti throwing.

These are sort of scattershot ... I hit the first few things I recognized, and then got more systematic, starting with the letter T:

Blade of the Immortal | CJ Cherryh - Alliance Universe | CJ Cherryh - Chanur series | Terry Pratchett - Discworld | T.H. White - The Once and Future King | xxxHolic

Wasted Words (Blade of the Immortal a/k/a Mugen no Juunin): Five vignettes about Anotsu. Lovely, poetic, minimalist writing, like a brush painting.

Along a Nameless River (Blade of the Immortal a/k/a Mugen no Juunin): A what-if: Manji never shows up at the fight by the lake. Rin, along with Makie and Mugatsu, ends up caring for Anotsu in a small hovel. Very effective Rin-voice, showing us affecting little incidents in what becomes a sort of limbo for all of them.

Norway (CJ Cherryh - Alliance Universe): First off, it's the place, not the ship! But it's also a lovely, snarky Ben Pollard POV, about spending time with people you care about, but don't really like, and what late autumn looks like to someone who's never seen the sky.

Anify's Accord (CJ Cherryh - Chanur series): My gift from Yuletide ... what Geran did when Chur returned to the Pride of Chanur after taking some much deserved leave, and how Chur felt about it. Wonderful sister interaction.

Beginnings (Terry Pratchett - Discworld): Death faces one of the strongest arguments for life, and as usual, makes a good go of it on his own terms. Touching and funny.

Most Interesting Day (Terry Pratchett - Discworld): A cops-and-crooks romp with a Discworld twist - with several of them, actually, including those in the Watchwomen's pink drinks. I snickered and giggled my way through this one.

The Mantle and the Maid (T.H. White - The Once and Future King): A myth comes to young Arthur's court, with unhappy results for all but a few. Affecting and beautiful, written from an unusual POV.

Houses and Rain (xxxHolic): Several of Watanuki's supernatural acquaintances are planning a surprise for him. A lovely, delicate exploration of how they feel about him, and each other.

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tabaqui
Dec. 29th, 2007 05:07 am (UTC)
Oh.
My god.
CJCHERRYHFANFIC
I think i've died.
:)
Awesome.
*bookmarks*
chomiji
Dec. 30th, 2007 02:39 am (UTC)

Heh ... in that case, you might like to read Homeward as well ... . It's also CJC Alliance series fic for this year's Yuletide.

Enjoy!

(Oh, and if you haven't checked out the Shejidan message board, you probably should - you might enjoy it.)



Edited at 2007-12-30 02:40 am (UTC)
tabaqui
Dec. 30th, 2007 04:14 am (UTC)
Awesome, thank you.
:)
chomiji
Dec. 30th, 2007 04:19 am (UTC)

You're very welcome! It's always good to discover other Cherryh fans.

(Don't know where Cyteen fits in your scheme of things, but the sequel has gone to the publisher as of a few weeks ago - Shejidan is great for CJC news/gossip.)

tabaqui
Dec. 30th, 2007 06:13 am (UTC)
Oh, damn. More Cyteen? That's totally awesome.
That book made me just....well, it pissed me off, in some ways, 'cause what they *do* there makes me cringe and spit and just wanna hit people.
But then, the love of it all - the boys, and her little group of friends, and just...

Yeah, it rocks and makes me twitch and makes me snarl and makes me cry, so sequel? Awesome.
:)
chomiji
Jan. 2nd, 2008 08:30 pm (UTC)

Yeah, that's Cyteen, alright! The beginning can be rough - I've known some people who could never get through it - but afterwards, it's just what you said.

tabaqui
Jan. 2nd, 2008 09:12 pm (UTC)
Yes, i have had a hard time finding other Cherryh fans because some of her stuff really *is* a bit of a rough go at first. But always worth it.
sholio
Jan. 2nd, 2008 04:14 am (UTC)
Hello! Yours is one of the reviews that I didn't get an email notification for, so I just wanted to come over here and say thank you for reviewing "Norway" -- and for the wonderful rec, too! *blushes* And you were the one who left the comment about the reindeer -- I think you're absolutely right, I suspect Ben is going to find the *reality* of living, moving animals is a whole lot freakier than his mental idea of them.

Thank you so much!
chomiji
Jan. 2nd, 2008 08:13 pm (UTC)

Welcome! Doubly and triply welcome ... oh my recipient! (The other account is my fic account. I try not to get both account names on the same page anywhere.)

XD

I've seen even regular Earth-resident people freak out the first time they get close to, say, a horse or a cow ... so I think Ben is going to find reindeer a bit of a challenge.

I was surprised to find another story about the "Hellburner Four," but I guess I'm not too surprised to find that it was by you!

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