elsane: clouds, brilliance, and the illusion of wings. (Default)
Hi flist!

Am not dead! (only insanely head-twistingly busy offline, I'm sure you all know the drill)

Anyway I have been drifting in and out of Yuletide, and I have found three beautiful things:

A clear glass window, at a sea dawn, for Bujold's Chalion universe. This is about Umegat, and about history still trying to go right, and it is beautiful and surehanded; I cannot recommend it enough. This is a story about being middle-aged, gay, and Roknari, in a court dominated by young, straight Chalionese, and at the same time it isn't anywhere near that simple; it is about doing what is right, and it is about joy, and about faith in people as well as gods. The writing is beautiful and the characterization fantastic. Strongly recommended.

Reemergence, about Mary Innes (of Miss Pym Disposes, by Josephine Tey), dealing with her career, her knowledge, and her second-hand guilt, afterward. It's complex and painful and many-layered, and the author's portrait of both Innes and Nash is surehanded and subtle.

Five Nail Polishes. The fandom is: nail polishes. No, I don't know either, but it's well worth the click to read this set of drabbles. There's one apiece for five different colors of nail polish, and they are sharp-edged, dense, and sparkling, like tiny gems.

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