One last round before reveals: Chronicles of Chrestomanci - Diana Wynne Jones, American Gods - Neil Gaiman, Apple Bough - Noel Streatfeild, Damar Series - Robin McKinley, Dark Is Rising Sequence - Susan Cooper, Gake no Ue no Ponyo | Ponyo, Hainish Cycle - Ursula K. Le Guin / The Left Hand of Darkness - Ursula K. Le Guin.
Of Smiting and Sugar Mice
Chronicles of Chrestomanci - Diana Wynne Jones
Cat encounters Gwendolen again - Marianne Pinhoe is not impressed.
The Sun's Last Round Stretch
American Gods - Neil Gaiman
"The land I inhabited with an intention to share becomes developed by his elbow and arm." Bast makes her way in a new hemisphere.
A Sister's Duty
Apple Bough - Noel Streatfeild
"The Forum family comes home to Apple Bough for Christmas."
The Sola's Last Ride
Damar Series - Robin McKinley
"Afterwards, it always seemed as though she'd spent six months crying."
No Second Coming
Dark Is Rising Sequence - Susan Cooper
'"But there's only me," Will said in sudden panic. "I have no one --" He stopped abruptly. "I must correct mistakes."' Left me tearful.
I Have Been One With the Sea
Gake no Ue no Ponyo | Ponyo
"On the beach below the Institute of Algological Research, graduate student Fujimoto Hiroshi finds something more than the seaweed he's after." Could easily have been very awkward, but it's not.
A Piece of the Continent
Hainish Cycle - Ursula K. Le Guin / The Left Hand of Darkness - Ursula K. Le Guin
"Where Genly Ai went, after Winter." Reads like a previously unknown piece of Le Guin. Left me tearful.
Second set of recommendations, from the following fandoms: Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome, Swordspoint Series - Ellen Kushner, The Sandman, Watership Down - Richard Adams, West Side Story (1961), Wintle's Wonders - Noel Streatfeild, Nijusseiki Shounen | 20th Century Boys (Manga), Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian - Sherman Alexie, Goodnight Moon - Margaret Wise Brown, All-of-a-Kind Family - Sidney Taylor, Alice In Wonderland - Lewis Carroll, Alliance-Union - C. J. Cherryh.
On the Burning Deck
Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
"Nancy in the Blitz" (Excellent choice of title.)
We Climbed the Matterhorn
Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
Five things Molly Turner might have seen from the summit, if she'd been looking that way, and what she actually found there.
Swordspoint Series - Ellen Kushner
'"And what do I do for a living? I wait to inherit. Richard and I are both planning to profit from someone’s death; my way just takes longer."'
The True Size for Rational Happiness
Swordspoint Series - Ellen Kushner
'“I’m sure I’ll have very nice bees,” Richard said. “Are you going to be happy?”'
Every New Beginning
"Hob Gadling hears secrets man was never meant to know, and learns more about endings and beginnings."
The Story of Hrayatha and the Rabbit Who Left No Tracks
Watership Down - Richard Adams
"Pipkin listens to a story." And an ambitious young doe has a very interesting encounter.
West Side Story (1961)
"If you had all that here, why would you want to go back to Puerto Rico?" / "Oh, even if you didn't have all that here, why would you want to go back there?"
Postmarked (A Study in Contrasts)
Wintle's Wonders - Noel Streatfeild
Rachel and Hilary promise to write to each other faithfully.
21st Century Girls
Nijusseiki Shounen | 20th Century Boys (Manga)
"Because girl groups, childhood games, henshin pens, secret passwords, and shoujo manga can save the world."
How to Run Away from Your House and Find Your Home
Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian - Sherman Alexie
"I could go to college. Do what my mother never could; exceed my father’s expectations of me. Come back with a white woman’s accent, in first-hand clothes."
Goodnight Moon - Margaret Wise Brown
"Bunnies ... in ... SPAAAAAAAACE!" (Chilling. Poor bunny.)
Steps and Stairs
All-of-a-Kind Family - Sidney Taylor
Ella's having a beau means changes for all of them, but Sarah thinks that the situation seems to be weighing most heavily on Henny.
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (Abridged)
Alice In Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
"Like many of you, the Reduced Children's Classics Publishing group has recently heard a lot of stories in the news about how kids don't like reading the classics anymore. And that's just wrong ... ." The RCCPG believes it has a solution - in fact, several solutions.
Alliance-Union - C. J. Cherryh
"Ari hasn't thought of the right way to watch that tape. Yet."
First set of recommendations, from the following fandoms: FoxTrot / Calvin & Hobbes (crossover), Earthsea - Ursula K. Le Guin, Fledgling - Octavia E. Butler, From The Mixed-Up Files Of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler - E. L. Konigsburg, Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser - Fritz Leiber, FAKE (manga), Gentlemen of the Road - Michael Chabon, Howl's Moving Castle / Chronicles of Chrestomanci (crossover), Lilo & Stitch (2002), Lymond Chronicles - Dorothy Dunnett, Mirrormask (2005), Mushishi, Pet Shop of Horrors.
The Roommate of +10 Confusion
FoxTrot, Calvin & Hobbes
"There must be some scientifically sound way for Jason Fox to be able to quantify his new college roommate, but he hasn't found one yet that fits. Especially when he factors in the stuffed tiger."
The Ghost of Orrimy
Earthsea - Ursula K. Le Guin
"Once, in the days when there was still an Archmage on Roke, the men of Orrimy sought his help to lay a ghost."
Someday Coming Down
Fledgling - Octavia E. Butler
"Choose, and don't look back."
From The Mixed-Up Files Of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler - E. L. Konigsburg
"Bruce wasn't allowed to play War with him anymore .... "
Two of Swords
Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser - Fritz Leiber
"In which idols are stolen, monsters are slain, and the more things change, they more they stay the same."
If You Don't Ask, You Don't Get
"Ryo would give Dee anything. If only he would make a list."
The Heart of the Heart of the World
Gentlemen of the Road - Michael Chabon
"Today she is being Alp, the bek of Khazaria."
Millions of Cats
Howl's Moving Castle / Chronicles of Chrestomanci
"Two families of powerful magic users go on holiday together. This will end well."
Lilo & Stitch (2002)
'Technically, David doesn't live here, but that "technically" is starting to get real thin, and he knows it. Which is why he chokes a bit when Lilo puts her elbows on the table, her chin in her hands, and says, "Are you going to ask my sister to marry you, or what?"'
The Cuckoo in the Nest
Lymond Chronicles - Dorothy Dunnett
"All their lives, Sybilla loved one of her sons-- one of her children-- more than the other, and set the two of them at each others' throats when it suited her. And now they are grown old, and wise, and almost friends. Richard has sons, and Francis, daughters, and though she loves them all the grandchild Sybilla loves best is not hers at all."
The Faces of Eve
"Life has a tendency to continue, even after the remarkable. Helena finally faces real life."
Stories Told to a Travelling Mushishi
"Most of them begin the same way: There's a village where... "
The Lonely Traveler
"After becoming snowbound in Adashino's village, Ginko realizes it's no natural storm keeping him there."
Pet Shop of Horrors
"Leon is searching for D, but some things can only be found when you stop seeking."
Three years. It seems unbelievable, somehow.
I've just finished the chapter that ends with Robin telling Angel to trust him and jump off the cliff, in Faerie.
But I'm tired and feel like crud - had my flu shot today, among other things - so I'll have to continue tomorrow.
If there are any Saiyuki fans reading this who haven't read this epic - you should remedy that.
She has written a wonderful, slightly spooky tale - just right for this time of year - about Gojyo and Hakkai in that in-between period of their lives when the Banri incident is behind them, they're first starting to work for Sanzo regularly, and their relationship is deepening. Although stories that have Hakkai involved with ghosts are not uncommon, this one has a special twist to it, as well as a very charming, nuanced look at Gojyo and Hakkai's relationship at this point.
Please go read Hungry Ghosts!
It's rated PG-13 and is worksafe except for some swearing and violence.
Last-minute recs for: The Homeward Bounders - Jones, The Jungle Book - Kipling, Juuni Kokki (Twelve Kingdoms), Riddle-Master Trilogy - McKillip (3), Secret Garden - Burnett (2), Swordspoint - Kushner, Chronicles of the Kencyrath - Hodgell, Discworld - Pratchett (2), and Samurai Champloo.( Cut for details and links )
Recommendations for: Black Lagoon, Earthsea - Le Guin (2), Magids Series - Jones, Master Li and Number Ten Ox - Hughart, Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi (Spirited Away) (2), Wild Adapter, American Gods - Gaiman, Antique Bakery, Susan Cooper - Dark Is Rising series, FAKE (manga), Gentlemen of the Road - Chabon (2), and Gouhou Drug (Legal Drug).( Cut for details )
It was funny how this fell out! Recs for:
Arthur Ransome - Swallows and Amazons | Arthurian Legend | Bible - Hebrew Bible or Old Testament | CS Lewis - Chronicles of Narnia
I have to say I was mildly freaked out by the amount of Biblical fic, but some of it was quite good.( Read on ... )