I've just gotten back from my parents' place, at which S. and I spent the holidays. (I will endeavor to post an LJ post about this, but to be frank, I am unlikely to get around to it.) As such, I've been fairly busy the past few days, but I did want to make sure to officially post my thanks and recs for my Yuletide gift fics this year.
I received three gifts this Yuletide, one full-length fic and two short treats, and they're all great. To the authors, if you're reading this: thank you so much! To those who aren't the authors, here are the links, which I strongly advise you to read:
My full-length gift is Awake,
a Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey story (spoilers through Fornax or so). It's Jimenez-centric and captures his character pretty much perfectly. My only reservation about recommending it is that it's very dependent on in-game events and isn't likely to make much sense if you haven't played to that point; that said, if you've played SMT:SJ, you should read this.
My other two fics are both vignettes in the style of Italo Calvino's Invisible Cities
and should be accessible to anyone: Niobe,
about a city of ice, and Cities & Sleep
, about the architecturally-unique city of Musafir. Both are beautiful and evocative, creating settings that are unique and exotic while remaining accessible to the imagination.
Go read stuff!