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should with his lion gait walk the whole world.. 
12th-Jan-2016 04:41 pm
lion, pride of baghdad, fic
Or, Stuff I liked this year.
I'ts worth mentioning that as I'm hopelessly behind, the stuff I liked this year isn't particularly current, but it's still good. It's still good!

My favourite fic I read this year has to be Samarkand Nights, by Hyarrowen. It's an old fic (2011) for an old fandom (Shakespeare's Henry V, believe it or not) but anyone who has ever read any of my stuff knows that I'm a real sucker for travelogues, and this story doesn't disappoint. This is part of a series -the second story in Henry's Journey-and I'm not familiar with the characters-but my God, it works. It works well. The descriptions of the landscape and period details are spot on and very beautiful. Plus, she has another series called Jumping o'er Times where the same characters time travel and fight dinosaurs. Warning for very mild slash.

The fic that made me laugh most this year is Steve Rogers at 100: Celebrating Captain America on Film by eleveninches, Febricant, hellotailor, M_Leigh, neenya and tigrrmilk. This is a spot-on and very funny fic about Captain America and Bucky Barnes reviewing all the movies about Captain America and Bucky Barnes that have been made since Steve Rogers went away.The beginning is dry, but it warms up.Contains movie posters. It's not a new fic, so you might have read this one. Regardless, it's still ten thousand words of pure comedy gold.

The smartest fic I read this year is Wasp Harvest by Overlithe. You know how you read books by authors and realize pretty instantaneously that they're much smarter than you? This is one of the few times I've felt this in a fic. Contains historical footnotes-and you know how I love historical footnotes. Bucky Barnes's transformation under the hands-and syringes-of Armin Zola and Alexander Pierce. Warning for being extremely long and also extremely dark. I'm not kidding about the darkness, so read with the light on.


As a unicorn chaser for that last one, here's a funny piece of fluff. From A Seed by theorytale, in which Loki convinces Tony Stark he gave birth to a pot plant-mild warnings for mpreg but you know, Loki, and for a more recent fandom, You're Awful by zamwessel, in which the ginger mook from Star Wars; The Force Awakens gives Kylo Ren a piece of his mind. Or several pieces. Funny crackfic.
13th-Jan-2016 08:33 am (UTC)
Gosh, this was a nice surprise! Thank-you, so much, for the rec - and once again, I'm glad you enjoyed that story.

Also, your icon! That's lovely.
13th-Jan-2016 08:51 pm (UTC)
Loved it! Thank you so much for an amazing story. I'm a permanently peripatetic sort of person -met my fella on an overland trip, and the sentence- "And one day, the road crested another high snowy ridge, with prayer-flags snapping in the wind on either side, and instead of yet another ridge up ahead, they saw that at last the land sloped away before them, the thread of the road descending in sharp angles between the vast white ranges, into a land they could only guess at?" It's amazing. I've been there, and let me tell you, you nailed it. Absolutely.
PS: I'm coming to this fandom from the Hollow Crown series, rather than the Branagh movie. Have to watch it at some point! Thanks again!
13th-Jan-2016 10:05 pm (UTC)
I've been there, and let me tell you, you nailed it.

Goshwow. Thank-you! I envy you so much - I've never been to the big mountains (though I've climbed plenty in Scotland) and would love to see the mountains of Central Asia. But I have a friend who goes solo trekking in the Himalayas, and she gave me lots of ideas - she's responsible for the curds they drink, for instance. And the character of Jehan is partly based on her.

"We are the pilgrims, master: we shall go
Always a little further: it may be
Beyond that last blue mountain barred with snow,
Across that angry or that glimmering sea,

White on a throne or guarded in a cave
There lives a prophet who can understand
Why men are born: but surely we are brave,
Who make the Golden Journey to Samarkand."
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