Squeaking in just in time with my Yuletide rec post!
I didn't read as nearly as wide as I wanted to be able to do this year, but there were standout fics everywhere! Here are a handful that made me laugh, cry, and/or gave me that heartsqueeze of recognition.
My gift!Birth Neverwhere
(Implied Hunter/Serpentine. Content notes: mentions of non-con)
The telling of Hunter's mortal growing up as a captive of the Roman Empire. This is realistically grim and brutal, and is a fiercely determined Hunter in every way possible. It's weird still, to me, to be thinking: 'someone wrote me grim, brutal fic! Yay!' But, YAY! :D
Other recs:Six Moments in the Life of a Shadow Digger
(Digger & Shadowchild)
This one made me delight in the philosophical conundrums Digger finds herself in when explaining things to Shadowchild. Then it made me laugh at fabulous carnivorous fruit. Then it made me cry, and made my heart swell, and generally left me overwhelmed with feelings. Highly recommended if you know the comics.Reunion Song Push (2009 movie)
(Nick/Cassie, Cassie is 19)
Cassie is so realistically, justifiably angry here, and all her relationships -- with Nick, with her mother, with the world, are so visceral and believable, it makes me ache. There's so much yearning and hope and humaness.we shoot the scene again and again Push (2009 movie)
(Nick/Cassie, Cassie is 18. Content notes: mentions of pregnancy)
This is a fantastic use of both second person POV, and a detailed, fantastically close look at what it would be like as a Watcher. Wonderful descriptions and vivid use of senses.This side of paradise The Losers (2010)
Moving out of the gritty realism into the really funny. 17000 words of Cougar and Jensen going undercover as gay, and I found myself rocking and weeping
with laughter. And sometimes shouting at Jensen through my laptop screen. *hearts*There's kinks in this yarn, but it still knits up fine Knitting (Anthropomorfic)
All the knitting fics were fantastic, frankly, but this one was the stand out for me. The diary of a circular needle who just cannot STAND the thought of knitting another *(@#ing scarf. Luckily, KnitLife.com exists.
Wildly inventive and remarkably sensual, this was delightfully funny, and charming.