If you enjoy these stories or others, please do comment if you have anything to say. Perhaps because of reading on smartphones, commenting on stories is way, way down this year.

Reccing also seems way down, not to mention hard to find since it was taken off the yuletide com and moved to yuletide-recs. I am still seeing way, way more rec lists on individual LJs that are not crossposted anywhere, which is frustrating because the only way I can then find rec lists is by endlessly trawling through the friends list of the yuletide com. If you feel so moved, rec lists are nice and cross-posting them to yuletide-recs would make me happy.

Here's some more stories I liked a lot:

No Unworthy Aim. J. M. Barrie's Peter Pan. Hook should, perhaps, have died in England and awoken in Hell. Instead, he died in Neverland and awoke in the trenches of 1916 France.

A grown-up Wendy turns her maternal instincts to nursing, and meets Hook in Craiglockhart. Not actually grimdark, despite the premise. Unlike a lot of revisionist stories, it doesn't trash or eliminate the sweet (or, in this case, twee) elements of the original, but fuses them to the darker aspects imported from reality. It's a great concept, beautifully executed. I was wondering for a while if Peter Pan would make an appearance, but then I realized that he was there already: an entire generation of boys who will never grow up.

Fragile. Onmyouji (the movie.) I think all you need to know about the canon is that it's a fantasy Heian Japan, Abe no Seimei is a magician and the son of a kitsune, and Hiromasa is his perpetually befuddled sidekick with whom he has an extremely slashy relationship. Using a highly appropriate seasonal structure, this story runs them through an entire sequence of hurt-comfort tropes. It's id-tastic, sweet, funny, and generally delicious.

Folly to be Wise. Ben Aaronovitch's "Rivers of London" series. You probably need to know the books to appreciate this story, but it's a perfect little casefic of Peter, Lesley, and Nightingale investigating a haunting.

Carrefour. A novellette-length sequel to Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere, featuring the return of Anaesthesia, the rat-speaker girl. It's very funny, in the style of the book, and has great pace, lots of good character moments, and some cool worldbuilding.

Their Tragedy. Revolutionary Girl Utena. A strange, funny yet dark, metafictional story for a strange, funny yet dark, metafictional anime. It's the story of the shadow girls who function as the chorus. Requires canon knowledge.

Carry Your Men, and Their Dead Too. Justified. Three cops, one of them wounded, have been kidnapped and locked up with nearly nothing but a deck of cards; they start playing poker for very unusual stakes. I feel a little strange reccing this, since I'm not familiar with the canon and I'm sure half of it went over my head, but I started reading this and loved it despite being only vaguely familiar with the TV show via osmosis. If the show is anything like the story, it just jumped to the top of my to-watch list.
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From: [personal profile] ambyr

Re: Carry Your Men, the show is exactly like the story (except for being less focused on Rachel and more focused on Raylan's Issues, because mainstream media is like that). I highly recommend it.

From: [identity profile] asakiyume.livejournal.com

Onmyôji was such an excellent film. If you're recommending the fic, I'll pass it along to my daughters, who are both big Onmyôji fans, and to Wakanomori (and read it myself for seasonal progression and id-tastic hurt-comfort!)
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From: [personal profile] sovay

It's a great concept, beautifully executed.

I almost linked that one! It was definitely my favorite of the Peter Pan fics this year, although I wasn't sure if I was just projecting my fondness of Pat Barker onto the setting.

Abe no Seimei is a magician and the son of a kitsune, and Hiromasa is his perpetually befuddled sidekick with whom he has an extremely slashy relationship.

Thank you, reading that. (I do not know why I have not already seen a movie about a half-kitsune magician, really.)

From: [identity profile] rachelmanija.livejournal.com

See the movie. You will love it. The actor playing Seimei embodies foxiness.
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From: [personal profile] sovay

The actor playing Seimei embodies foxiness.

On my list.

From: [identity profile] katie-m.livejournal.com

If the show is anything like the story, it just jumped to the top of my to-watch list.

The show is considerably more Raylan-centric than that story, but the vibe and the voice are right. I recommend it wholeheartedly, with the warning that I bounced off the first season thinking that Raylan was being set up as much more of a traditional TV anti-hero/Maverick Cop than he actually is.

From: [identity profile] nestra.livejournal.com

I also wholeheartedly recommend the show. It takes several episodes to really click in the first season, but the second season in particular is extraordinary.

From: [identity profile] sienamystic.livejournal.com

That story is so good, and so is the show. I think I need a rewatch, because I'm fairly sure I haven't seen all of the first season.

From: [identity profile] naomikritzer.livejournal.com

Oooh, I liked "No Unworthy Aim."

One of my favorites this year so far:

Wizards In Winter: http://archiveofourown.org/works/1095415

Calvin & Hobbes / Young Wizards crossover. I ADORED THIS, in part because it abruptly made me imagine that ALL the stuff that is portrayed in the strip as Calvin's imagination....is actually totally real.

I also adored my present.

College First: http://archiveofourown.org/works/1083215/chapters/2177849

Wednesday Addams and her daughters, Scylla and Charybdis. Filled with fantastic deadpan lines, like, "Sometimes, arsenic isn't the only answer to a problem. In this case, the answer is aspirated steroids."

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