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Yuletide 2010 Recs, Installment #1

First set of recommendations, from the following fandoms: FoxTrot / Calvin & Hobbes (crossover), Earthsea - Ursula K. Le Guin, Fledgling - Octavia E. Butler, From The Mixed-Up Files Of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler - E. L. Konigsburg, Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser - Fritz Leiber, FAKE (manga), Gentlemen of the Road - Michael Chabon, Howl's Moving Castle / Chronicles of Chrestomanci (crossover), Lilo & Stitch (2002), Lymond Chronicles - Dorothy Dunnett, Mirrormask (2005), Mushishi, Pet Shop of Horrors.

The Roommate of +10 Confusion
FoxTrot, Calvin & Hobbes
"There must be some scientifically sound way for Jason Fox to be able to quantify his new college roommate, but he hasn't found one yet that fits. Especially when he factors in the stuffed tiger."

The Ghost of Orrimy
Earthsea - Ursula K. Le Guin
"Once, in the days when there was still an Archmage on Roke, the men of Orrimy sought his help to lay a ghost."

Someday Coming Down
Fledgling - Octavia E. Butler
"Choose, and don't look back."

Counting Cards
From The Mixed-Up Files Of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler - E. L. Konigsburg
"Bruce wasn't allowed to play War with him anymore .... "

Two of Swords
Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser - Fritz Leiber
"In which idols are stolen, monsters are slain, and the more things change, they more they stay the same."

If You Don't Ask, You Don't Get
FAKE (manga)
"Ryo would give Dee anything. If only he would make a list."

The Heart of the Heart of the World
Gentlemen of the Road - Michael Chabon
"Today she is being Alp, the bek of Khazaria."

Millions of Cats
Howl's Moving Castle / Chronicles of Chrestomanci
"Two families of powerful magic users go on holiday together. This will end well."

Mountains, Molehills
Lilo & Stitch (2002)
'Technically, David doesn't live here, but that "technically" is starting to get real thin, and he knows it. Which is why he chokes a bit when Lilo puts her elbows on the table, her chin in her hands, and says, "Are you going to ask my sister to marry you, or what?"'

The Cuckoo in the Nest
Lymond Chronicles - Dorothy Dunnett
"All their lives, Sybilla loved one of her sons-- one of her children-- more than the other, and set the two of them at each others' throats when it suited her. And now they are grown old, and wise, and almost friends. Richard has sons, and Francis, daughters, and though she loves them all the grandchild Sybilla loves best is not hers at all."

The Faces of Eve
Mirrormask (2005)
"Life has a tendency to continue, even after the remarkable. Helena finally faces real life."

Stories Told to a Travelling Mushishi
"Most of them begin the same way: There's a village where... "

The Lonely Traveler
"After becoming snowbound in Adashino's village, Ginko realizes it's no natural storm keeping him there."

Pet Shop of Horrors
"Leon is searching for D, but some things can only be found when you stop seeking."


( 7 comments — Leave a comment )
Dec. 28th, 2010 03:45 am (UTC)
Thank you! I've had trouble getting onto the site, but having direct links to recs is very nice. (And you've chosen some great fandoms, too!) :)
Dec. 28th, 2010 06:14 pm (UTC)

So which of those have you read? (I keep thinking that most of the Saiyuki fangirls would like - for example - Lymond, but relatively few of them have actually read it, from what I can tell.)

One thing I'm discovering: Yuletide is for things that you really love. I'm being underwhelmed by most of the stories I've read in works that I know, but only just like. And I don't think it's because the stories are bad - just that I'm not really engaged enough in the fandom.

Dec. 28th, 2010 06:28 pm (UTC)
Er, I've never even heard of the Lymond thingums! I'll have to see what it's about. I've read all the Fafhrd and Grey Mouser books, Pet Shop of Horrors, and I've see Lilo and Stitch and am familiar with the comic strips (Foxtrot, Calvin & Hobbes).

The Lieber fic you rec'ced was really, really excellent with great voices and a fun story... until the kiss at the end! It sort of came out of nowhere for me. Huh. Love the story otherwise, though. (Sorry, I just had to tell someone, hee!)

Dec. 28th, 2010 06:42 pm (UTC)

That kiss really did just show up. But you know, if they were going to do something like that, it would just happen! Don't know if you've read all the "4th and Austin" Saiyuki AU stories, but the one in which young Joe (Gojyo) first gets together with Buzz (Banri, but he's much nicer than Banri), they're both just totally drunk and talking about finding some girls, or even a girl, and eventually end up kissing, and Buzz is thinking "Maybe they didn't need that girl after all." That's the sort of thing that I could see as possible.

The Lymond Chronicles is six 600-page volumes of historical derring-do, intrigue, snark, scholarly erudition, multiple incidents of UST, and masses and masses of angst about a ne'er-do-well younger son of a noble Scots family. They're marvelous but not to be undertaken lightly!

Edited at 2010-12-28 06:42 pm (UTC)
Dec. 28th, 2010 07:08 pm (UTC)
Well, that probably holds true in works outside of Yuletide too, eh? I mean, just in my own reading life there have been several cases where I've gotten into fic for a series/fandom/etc. before really getting into the source material, or even without really getting into the source material at all, and I don't think it's that uncommon a reaction to have -- look at all the WK fangirls who cheerfully say that the original canon is really rather ludicrous but that it managed to spawn a wealth of fanworks that are better than the source, for instance, or the times you've had someone who didn't know the source material at all read some story of yours and find it quite affecting. It *can* happen, depending on how a story is written! But at the same time, a lot of fanfiction is written presupposing that the readers will have some degree of familiarity and preexisting emotional stake in the characters, setting, pairings, etc.; and if you come to those stories from a different point, you may not find them as effective.

That Goodnight Moon story everyone seems to be raving about was a prime case for me -- I really don't remember reading or having that particular story book read to me as a child, and I have pretty vivid memories of a lot of early childhood books so I'm fairly sure that either I never encountered it at the right age, or just came across it briefly and didn't like it enough to particularly want to revisit it. Either way, there's no real sentimental/nostalgic "MY CHILDHOOD!!1!" connection there for me at all, and reading the story left me just sort of feeling a sort of anticlimactic disappointment: it seemed well-enough crafted, but just didn't give me any of the deep emotional punch I'd been expecting from all of the recs. OTOH, there have been a few things like some of the Old Spice Guy crossovers where the original source material -- commercials, Beowulf, Mo Willem's "Pigeon" books, smutty webcomic "Oglaf" -- were familiar and liked, but not deeply loved or fannishly invested in; and those stories were all quite entertaining to me! But in those cases, it perhaps helped that the recs weren't leading me to expect anything much beyond cracky, well-crafted amusement.

Edited at 2010-12-28 07:24 pm (UTC)
Dec. 29th, 2010 02:22 am (UTC)

I get this geek-duty thing - I feel like I need to read anything on Yuletide that I might appreciate. But then the INFP "be true to one's self" kicks in, and I can't rec, comment on, or even kudo anything I don't genuinely like. I can't give the A just for effort. So I'm starting an awful lot of things that I don't finish.

Jan. 1st, 2011 07:47 am (UTC)
Thank you for reccing me.
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