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“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, and that enables you to laugh at life’s realities.” - Dr. Seuss

Yuletide Recs

I want to recommend Chrissie's yuletide story but I'm not sure she's prepared to have her name associated with it. XD Here are a few others instead:

Everything Changes (Except Oz). L Frank Baum's Oz series. The other one written this year is actually probably objectively better, but shippiness is beating backstory tonight.

The World's Fair. The Amzing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay. Post-book, resolves some things without actually resolving them.

Equilibrium. Mirage of Blaze. Snapshots of Naoe and Kagetora's relationship at various points. If I have any complaint it's that the author reaches “obsessed” too quickly, and that's hardly a complaint, is it. XD Very creative interpretation of the prompt “romance”.

A-Typical. Nobuta wo Produce. Finished this series, btw. All of the episodes in the middle felt like penultimate episodes — like a major break from the status quo was just around the corner. It never happens, of course. ^^; The actual final episode was ridiculous, I laughed. Also: had high hopes for Nobuta, but was ultimately disappointed — she never changes, just gets made into a commercial product. Overall, very sharp and observant, but nothing revolutionary. (And yet I am reading for it. XD)

Several Competent Wizards. Mairelon/Enchanted Forest/Sorcery and Cecelia crossover. NOW I CAN DIE HAPPY.

Duplicity. The Prestige. Absolutely brilliant, if you've seen the movie you should drop what you're doing and go read it right now.

Christingle. His Dark Materials. Will at Oxford, dealing. Very quiet and domestic and happy, it reminded me of another children's fantasy series starring another Will. (Susan Cooper's Dark is Rising.)