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fifty frenchmen can't be wrong ([personal profile] some_stars) wrote2013-12-25 07:15 pm

yuletide recs, round one

I have now consumed everything in the Yuletide archive that it is possible for me to consume, except a few longer stories and all the Sleepy Hollow fics (all miiiillion of them) because I'm not quite caught up. This is sad because it means there's hundreds of stories I could be reading if only I'd kept up with my TV and media consumption over the last year, but good because omg I just spent an entire day Yuletiding and I am pretty tired. As the fruit of my labor, I bring you eight recs! First the one that has CHANGED MY LIFE, and then a cut. But they're all really excellent.

Get Up, and Go Forth (15344 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Kings
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Jack Benjamin/David Shepherd
Characters: Jack Benjamin, David Shepherd, Lucinda Wolfson
Summary:

Jack is well acquainted with failure.


So, a couple years ago I watched Kings, and I got really into it and then it HURT ME, like I seriously--there was damage. And I tried to fix it in a fic, but I couldn't, and I tried to fix it with a vid, but I couldn't, and it really upset me on a level way beyond "oh man, the ending really went off the rails, what a shame." That show fucking hurt me and I'm still really angry at it, and I still can't even deal. Like when there were some really great Kings vids for Festivids, I put off watching them for ages, then watched them, loved them, saved them, and have never been able to open them again. These are not the good feels we're talking about here, is what I'm saying. And this story healed me. It is exactly right and true, it's exactly what was needed, it's just really really good. The feedback I left was so embarrassingly effusive that it took up three AO3-size comments. This is the post-series Jack story of my heart forever, forever, forever, FOREVER. forever


1 Samuel 19 (6131 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Kings
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings, No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Jack Benjamin, Michelle Benjamin, David Shepherd
Additional Tags: Post-Canon
Summary:

post-canon character study.


This rec is a little bit qualified, because the writing is frequently so dense and allusive as to be just...confusing, and/or fail to convince, in the David section especially. BUT. BUT. The first two sections! THE WOMEN ARE PEOPLE. Lucinda is a person! Michelle is a person! Jack--well, see above re: I HAVE TOO MANY FEELINGS about Jack, but his section hit a good balance between "oh my god the narrative of this show just shit all OVER him" and "actually also an asshole monster child who needs to learn how to be a person." It felt fair. Which is perhaps my highest praise for anything involving Jack and this show. And the Michelle section is where the ultra-dense, floating-from-image-to-image narrative style really worked, jabbing the reader with all the trauma and dislocation, showing how it all burns away the aimless confusion and weakness that the show/her father saddled her with to reveal a steel core just as strong and terrible as everyone else in her family. I loved the twisted presence of Jack in her thoughts and memories, all that history and love and poison between them.

Okay, I have a lot less to say about the rest of these! They are no less great, though. I just...I have Kings-related issues. Apparently.

Fixing One’s Energy Influx Is a Euphemism for Sex (8242 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Almost Human
Rating: Mature
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Dorian/John Kennex
Characters: Dorian (Almost Human), John Kennex, Rudy Lom
Additional Tags: Robot Sex, Robot/Human Relationships
Summary:

Dorian looks up. “Your heart rate sped up and you're probably aware that blood flow to your genitals is increasing.”

“Jesus Christ, can you at least not talk about it that way?”

Dorian raises his eyebrows. “You're getting hard, man.”



West (9309 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Stand - Stephen King
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Dayna Jurgens, Sue Stern, Fran Goldsmith, Nadine Cross, Abagail Freemantle, Lucy Swann, Jenny Engstrom, Larry Underwood, Stu Redman, Glen Bateman, Randall Flagg
Additional Tags: Yuletide Treat, Alternate Universe - Canon Divergence, Misses Clause Challenge
Summary:

Four women walk into the wilderness to face Randall Flagg.


The first line of my feedback for this one: "Oh my god, you fixed The Stand."


a sudden little river (1858 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Dark Tower - Stephen King
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Eddie Dean/Roland Deschain
Additional Tags: Yuletide, Yuletide 2013
Summary:

There'll be water if God wills it.



Conductors of Light (2812 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: A Place of Greater Safety - Hilary Mantel
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Maximilien Robespierre, Camille Desmoulins, Georges Jacques Danton
Summary:

What is the position of magicians in France? As well ask, what is the position of one who practices the law? It varies.


And from the feedback for this one: "Hilary Mantel, it is not appropriate to offer Yuletide fic for your own books!"

Cowboy Blues (2389 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Cowboy Bebop
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Julia/Spike Spiegel, Julia/Vicious (Cowboy Bebop), Spike Spiegel/Vicious, Julia/Spike Spiegel/Vicious
Characters: Julia (Cowboy Bebop), Spike Spiegel, Vicious (Cowboy Bebop)
Summary:

Out of one eye, Spike sees Vicious, keen-eyed and ruthless. Out of the other eye, he sees Julia, golden-haired and captivating.

It's enough to give anyone the blues.



The Body's Memory (2198 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Cowboy Bebop
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Ed (Cowboy Bebop), Faye Valentine, Spike Spiegel, Jet Black
Summary:

There were two parts: the life before and the life after.


The beginning is a little weak but keep going, it gets GREAT. Faye-Faye ;___; all of them ;_________;

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