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I decided to start at the end of the archive and go backwards, though I skipped over a lot of fandoms that had more than three fics each as I figured I'd make individual fandom review posts for those.

The Amazing Adventures of Hat Guy and the Girl Who Stole His Hat 5/5 Recommended
xkcd. 1000 words. It's not all fun and games, being an evil dude in an evil hat. Except, it kind of is.
Perfectly captures the feel of the comic. )

OMG Velociraptors! 4/5 Recommended
xkcd. 300 words. It started with velociraptors and ended with the LHC.
Totally feels like it could be a strip. )

I Could Never Be Your Woman 3/5
Ugly Betty. 2200 words. Christina catches Daniel trying on women's clothes, trying to figure out what made Alex want to be a woman.
Good idea turned out to be nothing but a vehicle for porn. )

Marc's Guide to Dating 1/5
Ugly Betty. 1000 words. Daniel decides he's "gay curious" and goes to Marc for advice.
This was so bad it could have been on babb_chronicles. )

Hunting High and Low 4/5 Recommended
A-ha's "Take on Me". 3100 words. Why is there always a pipe wrench when he needs one?
Yes, Take on Me. This is pretty damn awesome, actually. )

You're Too Blind to See 2/5
Penny Arcade. 1300 words. The thing was, it really had all started off not much different from Gabe's usual sort of insanity.
Trying to hard to be funny and thus ends up not funny at all. )

Loathing 1/5
Penny Arcade. 1200 words. Ever since he'd first played against Tycho Brahe, Johnathan Gabriel hated his guts.
Wow, this is so bad. D: )

The Meeting: or How Gabe Came to Fight the Devil 4/5 Recommended
Penny Arcade. 1200 words. "Everything was going great - That is, until he fought the devil."
Backstory for the PA video game, but totally enjoyable even without having played it. )

Tears Dry on Their Own 2/5
Paradise Kiss. 2800 words. Time keeps moving forward, and Yukari still feels like she's racing to catch up. But she's not behind, not anymore.
More a summary than a proper story. )

Fumbling Cartography 2/5
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay. 1200 words. A little vignette set the morning after a night with Tracy Bacon.
I feel like this would have worked better as a drabble. )
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Well, there are over a thousand fics in the Yuletide archives, but most of them are from books I've never read and TV shows I've never seen. I went through and bookmarked all the fics in all the fandoms I felt like I knew the canon well enough to read. There were some that I know I quite liked at the time, like Narnia and Coldfire Trilogy, and the Prydain stuff, but I just don't remember enough about the canon. I think I bookmarked a bit over a hundred fics. No way will I get through them all before the reveal, and I'm not trying to. But here are the first five I read. Pretty disappointing over all, though I do highly rec the I ♥ Huckabees one.

Coming Together by [livejournal.com profile] maczazzle 5/5 Recommended
I ♥ Huckabees. 2200 words. Brad, Albert, the world as it is, the world as it was, and existential orgasms.
Spot-on Albert voice and just altogether excellent. )

Wedding Balls by KelseyML 3/5
Penny Arcade. 1300 words. In which the watche exchanges hands once again, Div is briefly sober, the zombie makes a guest appearance, and Gabe and Tycho get married.
Felt like it was trying too hard to be funny. )

Happiness Is Fleeting by Kajikia 4/5 Recommended
Penny Arcade. 1300 words. "Please tell me you didn't trade Kara and Brenna for a monkey." "No! Of course not! It was a Playstation 3."
Had some really great lines and was overall pretty good. )

Five Times Sam Clay Finished the Great American Novel by sahiya 4/5 Recommended
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay. 2200 words. During the years of Joe's absence, Sammy struggles with "American Disillusionment" and Rosa struggles with her own.
Enjoyable. )

All Good Things Come to Sticky Ends by Am-Chau 2/5
Seinfeld. Kramer, Jerry/George/Elaine. 1200 words. Looking back on the end of it all, Kramer tried to explain how everything (and everyone) went down.
The writing's not quite up to tackling Seinfeld. )
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Still haven't been reading much fic lately, and the ones I did read were pretty short and I didn't have a terrible lot to say about them... Nevertheless, here they are.

Come Back Around by [livejournal.com profile] kissing_athelas 5/5 Recommended
LotRiPS. Dom/Lij. 3800 words. Angsty break-up fic with a twist.
Excellent. )

U Knows I Loves U! by [livejournal.com profile] kissing_athelas 3/5
LotRiPS. Dom/Lij. Chav!Dom.
Hilarious. )

Manifesto by [livejournal.com profile] kissing_athelas 3/5
LotRiPS. Dom/Lij. 1400 words. If there was one thing Elijah was used to, it was being the centre of attention.
Love Lij's characterisation. )

A Friendly Warning for Those Considering Playing Shadow Hearts: Bangkok Nights by [livejournal.com profile] littera_abactor 5/5 Recommended
Penny Arcade. 500 words. It goes without saying that we would never have done that thing of which we will not speak if it hadn't been for the secret bistro dungeon level of Shadow Hearts: Bangkok Nights.
So very, very awesome! )

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