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cass, can you not

My Yuletide gift

They'd have to be a very impolite person, or there would have to be a very specific reason, for a gift recipient not to rec it, but, upon my soul, I'd be writing this rec post even if it hadn't been written for me: it's a pitch-perfect sequel to A Study in Emerald that manages to continue and deepen the world- and relationship-building beyond the first one. I'm slightly jealous, extremely pleased, and unambiguously recommending it.

R'lyeh Is Not an Empty House (6343 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: A Study in Emerald - Neil Gaiman
Rating: Mature
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Sebastian Moran & James Moriarty, James Moriarty & Sherlock Holmes
Characters: Sebastian Moran, James Moriarty, Irene Adler, Sherlock Holmes, John Watson
Additional Tags: Story: A Scandal in Bohemia

It all began because of the woman.

cass, can you not

Three years late, and a million dollars short

Just (?) saw for the first time this 2013 Person of Interest vid from [personal profile] astolat, God's Gonna Cut You Down. It's, well, it's perfect. The scene-by-scene matching works excellently (I squeed aloud during the segment that ends with When he said, "John go do My will!"), but it's also of course the philosophical armature of the show, or at least the first part of it.

Now I have Person of Interest feelings again, dammit. Gods battling, and the Hand of God, and payphones, and John just staring down the Machine... It had bad episodes, bad arcs, it wasn't perfect, it wasn't always good, but god, what a well-conceptualized show. A first draft of the present-time Ghost in the Shell series we obviously don't deserve, including Root as one of science-fiction most interesting cyborgs. The Machine whispering on your ear is more powerful than any number of physical enhancements, and the fact that the Machine actually guided Root... that's what a cybernetic organism can look like.
cass, can you not

Instant rec!

If you read Kim Newman's Anno Dracula (which was excellent), and even if you haven't, do, do read Moriarty --- The Hound of the D'Urbervilles. At first it's fun, then it's clever, and then you realize it's good.
cass, can you not

Going back to comics...

If you ever wanted to see Tim taking over Lexcorp and using their resources to bring Kon back to life (and there was a time when all of us wanted to see that), then Marvel is providing a very nice cross-universe analogue with Prince of Power #1, where an angsty teenage genius mythslaying billionaire (their words, not mine) is using the vast intellectual and material resources at his disposal to accomplish the most important thing in the world: bringing back his best friend.

Needless to say, highly recommended.
cass, can you not

Quick mostly rec

Titanium Rain: So far, it's Top Gun meets an early Ghost in the Shell, as told by Tom Clancy. Aside from the Tom Clancy and Top Gun factors, pretty cool.
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cass, can you not

Holy Shit

If you haven't yet, go read Fleep. It's a short comic strip, you'll finish it in no time, and it's a fantastic self-contained story. If you like smarts in your characters and your plots, if you are up for a good punch in the gut, if you like xkcd and/or A Softer World, if you like nontrivial mysteries, if science, love, fear, and courage are your thing, then go read Fleep.

And if you have read it, do you have anything else along those lines to rec? *g*