This Yuletide there was some debate over whether rec lists should be linked at the [community profile] yuletide com, or at a new com called [profile] yuletide_recs; perhaps due to the confusion, most people seem to be posting recs on their own LJs/DWs and not linking anywhere. You can post links at either com! Please post links! I enjoy reading rec lists (and then reading stories), and this year the only way I've found most rec lists is by laboriously trawling through the "friends of" [community profile] yuletide com.

My gift story was Vocation, from Vonda McIntyre's novel Dreamsnake, about a post-apocalyptic doctor who uses genetically engineered snakes to heal people. Not only was the story moving and filled with intriguing worldbuilding, but it was about the costs and rewards of being a healer. It was amazingly apropos to get right after I began as a trainee trauma therapist, and doubly so because I am pretty sure my writer doesn't know me personally. Note: contains detailed descriptions of dissecting a human cadaver - the heroine is in post-apocalyptic medical school.

Steal My Breath. Like clockwork, every year Yuletide produces at least one excellent story based on that most unlikely of canons, Tom Stoppard's Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead. This short story (under 1K words, in Madness) has all the wordplay and references and recursiveness and sorrow of the original

The Red-Hot Brawling Sun. Gorgeous, clever, poetic fantasy based on the legend of Stagger Lee.

Zack Don't Surf. From Max Brooks' novel World War Z, an oral history of the zombie apocalypse. The story doesn't require canon knowledge; absolutely in the style of the book, it's an interview with a woman who works a surf patrol hunting zombies. The author's note mentions that it's based on their own home town, and you can tell: the details and setting feel absolutely real, lending the more poignant zombie apocalypse tropes a certain gravitas which goes surprisingly well with a story about surfer zombie slayers.

Damask Roses. Code Name Verity, Julie/Maddie, post-novel and hugely spoilery for the novel. Love and compromises and friendship, things that are ambiguous and things that are not. Sensual and touching. It made me cry.

Khamsin. Ursula Le Guin's The Tombs of Atuan The teenage priestess Arha seeks solace with young fellow priestess Penthe. (I always did ship them.) Sensual and beautifully written.

To end on a subtle, elegant, classy note, The Not Entirely Accurate Chronicle of John Polidori, Genius Physician and Brilliant Writer, and His Rather Less Distinguished Companions. That infamous Geneva trip, retold a la "Secret Diaries," with extremely accurate character tags including "Lord Byron's Dog" and "Lord Byron's Penis." I laughed. A lot.

I wrote three stories this Yuletide, which under the circumstances was some sort of Yuletide miracle. Feel free to guess in comments if you think you spotted one.
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From: [personal profile] ambyr


[livejournal.com profile] yuletide_recs is LJ-side, not DW-side, btw. Though someone could make a DW mirror if there's demand, I guess!
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From: [personal profile] kore


Those sound AMAZING. But which one to read first!

I'm trying not to be really annoyed at the yuletide_recs thing, but damn, it's annoying. Oh well. Apparently astolat started a Yuletide Recs page http://archiveofourown.org/collections/yuletide_recs so things are diffused even more (that has only 44 bookmarks).
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From: [personal profile] ironed_orchid


Thank you for the Polidori rec. It's one of my favourites so far.
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From: [personal profile] luna


Thanks for reccing both the story I received and a treat I wrote!

From: [identity profile] sashenka-fic.livejournal.com


Psst, your HTML is borked for the Yuletide Recs comm. It's [livejournal.com profile] yuletide_recs. :)

As the person collating the consolidated recs post on [livejournal.com profile] yuletide, it's easier for me if people post to [livejournal.com profile] yuletide_recs, because 1) everything's in the same place, and 2) that way the consolidated recs post doesn't get pushed too far down the yuletide comm so nobody sees it. But obviously I'm not the comm police. ;)

Thanks for all the recs! I'll be sure and add your post to the roundup comment tonight.

From: [identity profile] rachelmanija.livejournal.com


I can delete my post from Yuletide and re-post on Yuletide Recs. Or would that be even more annoying?

From: [identity profile] sashenka-fic.livejournal.com


If you want to do that, that's fine! I personally like having all the recs in one handy place (the better to roll around and squee in, haha!) But I'm nobody official, just running the recs post because nobody had volunteered yet and it's one of my favourite parts of Yuletide. :D

Oooh, and did you see [livejournal.com profile] astolat's post about the recs collection on AO3 itself? I love LJ and its format, but I'm definitely going to check that out as well. :)
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