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yuletide recs (Z-I)

The couldn't-get-home-before-reveals version >.<

First, my gift: let me fly, Matt Cruse series. It has an excerpt from an in-universe textbook! And it solves the rather pesky problem of the element which is lighter than hydrogen quite neatly. It's such a treat - I never expected anyone to tackle that problem! I love the little shout-outs (the authors of the textbook!) that reference our world. And there's a glimpse of what Kate thinks of next - what will she do in the future, with a zoobiology degree and the freedom to fly?


Other fics!

And the planet may go astray, In a million years I say (1482 words) by ardentaislinn
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: WTF Evolution (Tumblr)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Evolution - Character, HR - Character, God, Weather - Character
Additional Tags: The corporate side of heaven, Yuletide Treat
Summary:

All Evolution wanted was to be able to create cool creatures. It would be a lot more fun if HR wasn't such a killjoy.


A wry, funny take on a scenario where Evolution works in an office.

For the Best (1057 words) by DebetEsse
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Shades of Grey - Jasper Fforde
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Violet deMauve
Summary:

Violet always gets what she wants.

The story of that production of Hamlet.



Violet is amazingly and perfectly petulant here. Violet is so horrible it's fun to roll around in her awfulness. Mad props to getting the voice just right.

The Green Year (18000 words) by Selden
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
Rating: Mature
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Lady Bertilak/Gawain/Bertilak de Hautdesert, Background Arthur/Lancelot/Guinevere
Characters: Gawain (Arthurian), Bertilak de Hautdesert, Lady Bertilak, Morgan le Fay, Morgause (Arthurian), Gareth (Arthurian)
Additional Tags: Brief instance of parent-on-child violence, dubcon, Gore, (Mis)use of the backstory of a Catholic saint, Period-Typical Sexism, Period-Typical Homophobia, Gratuitous severed heads
Summary:


Learn to love, and leave all other.

Or: Lady Bertilak offers Gawain her body as well as her girdle. Here, he takes the first, but not the second.



A fascinating, rich story that takes on Gawain and the Green Knight. I've read a lot of stuff set in the medieval period and this is one of the few that really feels like it is set then. If you are interested in Arthurian mythology I strongly recommend you check it out too.

In the Shadow of the Baobabs (1370 words) by kattahj
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Le Petit Prince | The Little Prince - Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Le Petit Prince | The Little Prince, The Flower (Le Petit Prince), The Sheep (Le Petit Prince)
Additional Tags: Melancholy, Hopeful Ending
Summary:

The little prince returns home and finds that all is not well with his planet.



It's hard to capture the right tone and style of some really famous works, like Le Petit Prince, and this fic does a marvellous job of it. Just the right balance of sweet and dark.

Toil and Trouble
http://archiveofourown.org/works/5462120

(My apologies, it looks like the share button is disabled - I hope the author is OK with being recced; if not please contact me and I will remove it). This is Robin Hood in SPAAAAACE and I love all the little call-backs that have been incorporated into the fic.

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