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As usual, I dumped everything into my ereader pre-reveals, so this was all read anonymously. I'm organizing things a bit differently this year, because I found myself making these connections as I was rereading and taking notes, and this might make it easier for people to find things? So it's fandoms with multiple stories first, and then single-fandoms stories organized thematically. Remember, these are all last December's stories, so for open canons that means: Rivers of London, pre-Lies Sleeping; The Good Place, the middle of S2; and Murderbot, after only the first novella.

Aaronovitch, Rivers of London (3) )

Fraimow, 'Suradanna and the Sea' (2) )

Leckie, Imperial Radch & Provenance (2) )

Lee, Machineries of Empire (5) )

Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables (3) )

Pierce, Emelan (2) )

Pratchett, Monstrous Regiment (3) )

Rayyan, 'Lady in Furs' (painting) (2) )

Stevenson, Nimona (2) )

Wells, Books of the Raksura (2) )

Wells, Murderbot (5) )

The Good Place (8) )

And now, for the solo stories!

We start with basically original works: space exploration; Japanese folklore; Tiptree transposed to historical fiction; magical realism about lemons; travelogue & food writing; cat herders!; contemporary art feuds; historical fantasy in the form of a museum catalogue; and horror in the form ditto.

the basically original works )

And now for casefics, all of which are excellently meaty and canon-like! In the following fandoms: Sayers, Wimsey/Vane; Weir, The Martian; Wrede and Stevermer, Kate & Ceceila; Kagan, Mirabile; Padua, Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage.

casefics )

Next, cozy and/or lovely canon-ish moments: Addison, The Goblin Emperor; Lackey, Kethry & Tarma books; McKinley, Spindle's End; Turner, The Queen's Thief; King, IT; Helprin, Winter's Tale.

cozy stories )

Finally in this quasi-chronological tour of closely-canon-aligned stories, we have epilogues & other post-canon goodness, for: Cho, Sorceror to the Crown; Morgenstern, Princess Bride (and it's definitely the book, not the movie); Jemisin, Broken Earth; Novik, Temeraire; Novik, Uprooted; Vernon, Digger; Jupiter Ascending; Ocean's Eleven.

epilogues etc. )

Moving further away from canon, we have stories that are extrapolating, extending, or crossing-over canon in delightfully imaginative ways: Stout, Nero Wolfe in the present day; Calvin and Hobbes, as Calvin and Hobbes; and Byatt's Possession crossed with Abbott's Flatland.

getting further afield )

And to end, three stories that I mentally grouped as dark delights: A Dark Room (video game); King, Dark Tower series; Bronte, Jane Eyre.

dark delights )

And that's all for 2017! If you like, please comment, or at least hit the kudos button!
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As usual, form and spreadsheet for general offers; hit me up in screened comments even if it's not in my offering over there, if we know each other.
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Okay, normally I do Yuletide recs all organized by type of source material and then by fandom within that, with cut tags at reasonable intervals.

I can't do that this year. I don't have time. I have yielded to my own nature enough to dump the fandoms into a spreadsheet and sort them alphabetically, and I'll cut-tag each one (except I grouped fandoms of the same author together). Without further ado, 77 things to read while you're waiting for this year's reveals.

19th Century Paleontologist RPF, Palaeontologist RPF, 19th Century Palaeontologist RPF, 19th Century CE RPF )

A Ladies' Guide to Collecting Mermaid Love Songs - Aimee Picchi )

American Gods - Neil Gaiman, Greek and Roman Mythology, Native American/First Nations Mythology, African Diasporic Mythology )

Anne of Green Gables - L. M. Montgomery )

Ball of Fire (1941), Nero Wolfe - Rex Stout, The Middleman (TV) )

Blandings Castle - P. G. Wodehouse )

Books of the Raksura - Martha Wells )

Bujold, Lois McMaster: Chalion, Vorkosigan )

Cat Pictures Please - Naomi Kritzer )

Cthulhu Mythos - H. P. Lovecraft )

Dark Is Rising Sequence - Susan Cooper )

Digger (Comic) )

Dirty Dancing (1987) )

Doctrine of Labyrinths - Sarah Monette )

Dragonriders of Pern - Anne McCaffrey )

Ea-nasir Tablet RPF )

Emelan - Tamora Pierce )

Enchanted Forest Chronicles - Patricia Wrede )

Expert Judgment on Markers to Deter Inadvertent Human Intrusion... - Sandia Labs )

Fairy Tales & Related Fandoms )

Fallen London | Echo Bazaar )

Gentleman Bastard Sequence - Scott Lynch )

Goblin Emperor - Katherine Addison )

Goblin Emperor - Katherine Addison, A Year and A Day in Old Theradane - Scott Lynch )

The Good Place (TV) )

His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman )

How the Grinch Stole Christmas! - Dr. Seuss )

Imperial Radch Series - Ann Leckie )

Jane Eyre - Charlotte Brontë )

King, Stephen - Dark Tower, The Stand, Firestarter (also We Are All Completely Fine - Daryl Gregory) )

Les Aventures Extraordinaires d'Adele Blanc-Sec (2010), Arts & Sciences RPF, Frankenstein - Mary Shelley )

Lord Peter Wimsey - Dorothy L. Sayers )

The Martian - Andy Weir  )

Matthew Swift Series - Kate Griffin )

Miss Marple - Agatha Christie )

Neko Atsume: Kitty Collector )

Official NASA 'Journey to Mars' Posters )

Omar Rayyan - Works )

Once and Future King Series - T. H. White )

Pratchett, Terry: Pyramids, Tiffany Aching )

Rivers of London - Ben Aaronovitch )

Robin Hood (Traditional)  )

Savage Love (Podcast) RPF, TINGLE Chuck - Works, Pounded in the Butt By My Own Butt Series - Chuck Tingle )

Steerswoman Series - Rosemary Kirstein )

Temeraire - Naomi Novik )

Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage )

TLF Travel Alerts (Twitter) )

Uplift Saga - David Brin )

Valdemar Series - Mercedes Lackey )

Winnie-the-Pooh - A. A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh (Disney), Winnie-the-Pooh - All Media Types, Star Wars - All Media Types )

I will leave comments on all these fics and bookmark them at a more reasonable hour! Please leave a comment or hit the "kudos" button on any story here you read and like.

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SteelyKid made teddy-bear-pipe-cleaner swaps [*] for her Girl Scouts bridging ceremony last night, which she was justly proud of because she'd figured out a better way to make them that didn't involve cutting up the pipe cleaners, and she distributed them by running up to people, sticking out her full hands, and saying, "Bears!"

Which made me laugh every time, thinking of friends writing Yuletide.

Anyway, her swaps were a big hit, and if you need a Yuletide beta and you think I might know your fandom, hit me up even if it's not on the spreadsheet. Comments are screened.

[*] Any kind of little craft on a safety pin that you can trade.
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And finally, music & musicals, webcomics, and games.

'Birdhouse in Your Soul'; Check, Please!; Fallen London/Sunless Sea; Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage )

And again I break alphabetical order to keep a great wodge of recs together.

Hamilton )

Look, it's not quite 1 a.m. yet! Go me. *falls over*

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I still have, uh, several dozen fics I meant to reread for possible recommendation (some of which, on looking at my list, almost certainly will be recommended, arrgh), but if these recs don't get done tonight they won't get done before this year's reveals. Still, 77 is a quite respectable number even if I didn't read as widely as I usually do!

As always, I dumped everything I might theoretically want to read into Evernote before reveals, so these were all read with "anonymous" still as the author. They are organized into multiple posts by type of source, with cut-tags and section headings, to reduce tl;dr. Also I have proofread this as carefully as I can but my eyes are literally crossing from fatigue, so apologies if I missed a coding error or typo.

Here are the books recs!

12 Dancing Princesses; Aaronvitch, Rivers of London )

Addison, The Goblin Emperor )

Bradbury, 'There Will Come Soft Rains'; Bujold, Vorkosigan )

Cho, Sorceror to the Crown; Oliphant, Miss Marjoribanks; Clarke, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell; Eliot, Murder in the Cathedral; Leckie, Imperial Radch )

Madame C- C-, The Comfortable Courtesan; McKinley, Damar; Novik, Uprooted )

O'Brian, Aubrey-Maturin; Sayers, Wimsey/Vane; Stevermer, When the King Comes Home; Virgil, The Aenid; Wells, The Element of Fire )

Okay, two more posts. Let's go.

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Form/spreadsheet over at LJ; ask in screened comments here if you think I might be familiar with something I didn't list, since I try to stick to rarer things (or things I really really want) for the general offer.
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65 "definitely recommend" fics out of last year's Yuletide is more than enough, right? (It's more than I've recommended in the last few years, anyway.) I don't have to reread the 93 stories tagged "maybe" in Evernote in case some of them have turned into gold since then? (Especially since I have a couple of this-year betas to deal with?)

(Edit: oh, damn it, I said to myself "wait, where is that thing that I remember very vividly," and it turned out to be in the "maybe" tag, and when I was scrolling I saw a bunch of things that made me say "wait, what?" so I think I will be doing a slash-and-burn pass through that tag after all. But after this-year beta'ing, as much as I can now. Ugh, my brain.)
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Here's the LJ announcement post, and here's direct links to the unofficial Google docs form to offer to beta for Yuletide, and the resulting spreadsheet. As usual, I limited my general beta offer to stuff that seemed rarer; if you think I might know it, feel free to ask here. Comments are screened.
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I'm getting my Yuletide recs up early this year! . . . by which I mean earlier than last year, by a whole two days. (Well, it was the 21st before I started reworking my organization scheme on the fly and His Pipliness needed soothing back to sleep, twice. Close enough.) But these are still recs for last year's Yuletide.

Despite the timing, these are all pre-reveal recs: I clipped everything that looked vaguely interesting into Evernote and read it that way, with "anonymous" listed as every author. (In fact I am cutting and pasting so fast now that I am not even registering the author half the time . . . ) There are 59 of these, if my tag count in Evernote is correct, so they are broken down into cut-tagged categories for your convenience; there are headers inside that match the cut-tags for skimming purposes. I am sorry for the lack of detailed discussion, but I hope the headers and my comments give you an idea of whether you want to read the story anyway. Feel free to comment if you'd like more information.

Anime & Movies: Brave, Disney Princesses, E.T., Galaxy Quest, Out of Sight, The Princess Bride, Princess Tutu (2) )

TV: Endeavour, Elementary (4), Fraggle Rock, The Middleman (4), Twin Peaks )

Books: Code Name Verity, Cotillion, Doctrine of Labyrinths, Emelan (Circle series) (2), Five Hundred Kingdoms, Gentleman Bastards (2) )

Books: Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell (2), Lady's Not for Burning, Lymond Chronicles (2), Mageworlds, Mary Russell )

Books: Miss Marple, Nero Wolfe, The Outsiders, Pern, Queen's Thief, Rivers of London (3), Robot (Asimov) )

Books: Temeraire, Time Traveller's Guide to Medieval England, Tortall (Immortals), The Westing Game (3), The Wheel of Time, Young Wizards )

Comics: A-Babies v. X-Babies, Batwoman, Calvin & Hobbes (2), Gunnerkrigg Court )

Miscellaneous: A Dark Room (game), 'Jolene' (song), Minesweeper, Space Vehicles anthropomorphic )

Multi-crossover: Gravity + various )

Remember, if you like a story, please at least hit "kudos," or leave a comment if you can! No need for an AO3 account.

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Over at [livejournal.com profile] yuletide, I went and set up a post for beta readers—using a Google Docs form and spreadsheet—so if you'd like to beta the rare fandom of your heart, check it out.

I've offered a short-ish list of fandoms to the general comm, which is below, but would be willing to beta a wider range of stuff for people I know, as always; please ask (comments are screened).

my general beta offers )
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It's true, I'd never get anything done without an external deadline. Below, 51 recommendations from last year's Yuletide rare-fandom fanfic exchange . . . a mere two days before this year's stories go live, le sigh. I didn't even read as widely as I usually do—there's a boatload of mythology and fairy-tale stories I skipped—so this is not comprehensive, but I hope it's useful all the same. Alas, my accompanying notes are all very short because they were mostly done on a tablet while small children played around me.

This year's standout stories are:

Though I Sang in My Chains Like the Sea (10732 words) by lightgetsin
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Rivers of London - Ben Aaronovitch
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Thomas Nightingale, Peter Grant, Miriam Stephanopoulos, Lesley May
Additional Tags: Mystery, Case Fic, Queer Characters, Characters of color, Character Study, Families of Choice
Summary: “The world has changed. Yes. I receive undeniable proof of that every day when that electronic coffee pot of yours starts up on its own.”

Amazing Nightingale characterization and voice. (Not Jossed by Broken Homes.)

The Light Always Burning (6749 words) by Raven
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Nation - Terry Pratchett
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Daphne, Mau (Nation)
Additional Tags: Epistolary
Summary: We, the People: a thirty-year retrospective and an examination of the role of the Nation in world history, for Earth Atlantic, 7 December 2035, excerpt.

Stunning future fic that takes the epilogue and runs with it. I cried.

And now, the rest:

Movies: Brave, Dogma, Skyfall, Grosse Point Blank, Tangled, Terminator (6) )

TV, theater, anime/manga: Middleman, Glass Menagerie, Macbeth, Princess Tutu/King Lear, PlanetES (5) )

Poetry: Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock (2) )

Books: Aubrey-Maturin, Belgariad/Malloreon, Black Jewels, Circle of Magic (Pierce) (5) )

Books: Cyteen, Code Name Verity, the Culture (5) )

Books: Discworld, Eagle of the Ninth/Tale of the Five, In Death, Kushiel's Legacy (5) )

Books: Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, Lymond, Mirabile, Narnia, Paper Bag Princess (5) )

Books: Raksura, Rivers of London, Robots (Asimov), To Kill A Mockingbird (4) )

Books: Smith of Wootton Major, War for the Oaks, Wheel of Time, Wimsey, Young Wizards (5) )

Miscellaneous: Greek and Roman Mythology, Classical RPF, 15th c. RPF/Hunger Games, Fairy Tales, Music Videos, Webcomic (7) )

Please leave feedback for the author if you like a story (you can just click "kudos" if you don't have a comment).

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Offer comment at the comm, willing to do other things for people I know, especially if we talk about it beforehand (Elementary? Princess Tutu? Many book series I'm not caught up on yet but could be, or books I could reread?).

All comments screened (remember, on DW we can reply to each other without unscreening); say if it's okay to unscreen.
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Just under the wire, the last of my recs for 2011 (I cheated and did not re-read two long stories, I admit). Twenty recs in 19 fandoms. Something to read while waiting for this year's stories to go live!

Books: Aaronovitch, Banks, Beukes, Caudwell )

Books: Duane, Heyer, Jones, Le Guin )

Books: McKinley, Pratchett, Tey, Wrede, Wu )

Other: The Middleman; Aliens (movie); Oregon Trail / Pioneer Trail (games); Badass Women in History RPF / The Women of Amphissa by Lawrence Alma-Tadema (painting) )

(Please leave feedback if you liked a story! All you have to do is click the "kudos" button, if you can't think of/don't want to leave a comment.)

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Yes, it's time for my almost one-year-late recommendations from Yuletide, the rare fandom fanfic exchange. Unfortunately this time I only have partial recs—I know, 11+ months and I'm still not done, ridiculous, right? But I do have a bunch of stories I downloaded for possible recommendations back in the day that I haven't had time yet to re-read, and the way work's shaping up I can't guarantee I will before this year's stories are revealed. So I thought I should just put together the recs I had so far and get those at least out there. I am pretty sure that these are at least complete as to their individual fandom, that is, I got through all the Vorkosigan stories and all the Pern stories and so forth. And there are thirty-eight of them in twenty-eight fandoms, if I'm counting right, so it's a substantial set regardless.

I think the standout story of this batch is the post-Chalion Umegat story A clear glass window, at a sea dawn by faviconlionpyh (mature, no archive warnings).

Anime and TV: Community, Princess Tutu, Twin Peaks )

Books: Steven Brust, Lois McMaster Bujold (Chalion, Vorkosigan) )

Books: Michael Chabon, C.S. Friedman, Neil Gaiman, Randall Garrett )

Books: Diana Wynne Jones, E.L. Konigsburg, Mercedes Lackey )

Books: Anne McCaffrey, L. M. Montgomery, Tamora Pierce )

Misc. (part-) print fandoms: Fairy tales, Sandman, Saiyuki Gaiden, Wimsey/Vane - Doctor Who crossover )

Movies: Avengers, Chicken Run, The Matrix )

Misc. non-print fandoms: '1952 Vincent Black Lightning', Echo Bazaar, Octopus Steals My Video Camera and Swims off with It While It's Recording (Youtube), 'Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up)' )

Looking at the stories I haven't re-read yet, I see some ones I enjoyed a lot, so I will try to put up another set, but my track record isn't great this year, so as always feel free to add your own recs in comments.

(Please leave feedback if you liked a story! All you have to do is click the "kudos" button, if you can't think of/don't want to leave a comment.)

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As usual, I have put up an offer in the comm, and as usual, I'm willing to beta a larger selection of stuff for people I know. (I limited my general offer to fandoms with under 10 offers as a proxity for rarity/likely need, so that left off, e.g., Code Name Verity, which I would LOVE to beta for one of you. Or more than one!)

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