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'Riding Drag' by ladysisyphus - a Chinese snake-oil seller picks up an unlikely hitchhiker in this story set in the Wild West. M/M.
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'Bright Mouths' by ladysisyphus - As the whisky burned the back of his back of his throat, he could finally start to convince himself that it had been nothing more than his imagination that had spooked him in the boardroom. Mot was an unusual-looking man, to be sure, but Tenzjin had seen many unusual things since he'd come to the mainland, and none of them had turned out to be inexplicable. There were things that looked like the creatures the superstitious called demons, in the way children saw animals in summer clouds, but there were no demons; there were human vendettas and sworn vengeance, but there were no such things as curses. There was a rational explanation for everything in the world. M/M.
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'Are You Now Or Have You Ever Been' by ladysisyphus - dragged against his will into the ambit of the House UnAmerican Activities Committee, Les is asked to 'do some digging' where one of the McCarthy hearing's witnesses is concerned and finds himself in a world that is both utterly unfamiliar to him and also something like home. M/M
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'The Stone Fox and the Bloody Hands' by ladysisyphus - another great story from the Shousetsou Bang*Bang community, this time a young acolyte finds a strange boy underneath the monastery where he's lived his whole life, and soon finds himself thrust into a position he never expected. M/M.
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'The City of a Thousand Days' by Ogiwara Saki - In dreaming of home, he wondered if home dreamt of him. He imagined it might be so, for the coins and the Caliphs called it Madinat al-Salaam, the City of Peace, and the people called it by its old name, Baghdad — but the poets called it the City of Dreaming.

He rode in on camel through the Basra Gate on the southeast, from a road that led to the four quarters of the empire. The Basra Gate was well-defended from attack, with a bent entrance passage and an elevated chamber that a man could only reach by staircase or ramp. A domed structure topped the gate where the Caliph sometimes went to look over the walls and see what lay beyond the City of Dreaming, but Zamir knew well what lay beyond the city. He had known it well for seven years, and only now was he, the exiled traitor, returning home.
M/M.
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'The King of Bayan' by Shikkoku no Suzu - wanting to see the fabled king for himself, Ruari finds himself in over his head in more ways than one. M/M.
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'Prudence and the Dragon' by Zen Cho - Because Prudence Ong never read newspapers or watched British TV, she maintained a spotlessly pure ignorance of the dragon throughout. She encountered the dragon in a rather more traditional setting. She met him down the pub. Gen.
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'Master of Ravens' by [livejournal.com profile] ladyjaida - My father speaks to the birds. That is his gift. I’ve heard it said that he has come to resemble them, and that I am his raven son. When I was very young he put their feathers in my hair, which may account for the resemblance. Gen.
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'Clear as god's own tears' by mellish - Your mother, the master would often say, was a beautiful and deadly woman, and you are in every way like her. Another fantastic story from the [livejournal.com profile] ib_archive wuxia collection. Gen.
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'Serving Grace' by hazard_us - a story from the community's wu xia collection, where the serving maid Lanfen discovers she already has put her foot on the path towards becoming a warrior. Gen.
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'The Mountain Sleeps' by [livejournal.com profile] ruffwriter - another stunning story from the [livejournal.com profile] ib_archive community, this time around where our protagonists are mountain guides, one with a secret to keep. Gen.
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'Murder Ballad' by shukyou - another story from the excellent [livejournal.com profile] s2b2 community (with this particular edition focussing on the Wild West), Jake and Will are con artist-cum-exorcists who get called by the Government to the site of a prospective railway where something odd is going on and there are mysteries to solve, not least exactly what the relationship is between the two of them. Slash.
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'Thieving Jackdaw and other stories' by [personal profile] flamebyrd - a series of three stories, where you take one minor member of the nobility and one private detective and shake them in a 1930's style cocktail shaker. Slash.
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'Alby and the Manticore' by [livejournal.com profile] moonsheen - despite what his family might tell other people, the job Alby had landed at the Menagerie wasn't usually all that interesting. And then suddenly, that changed. Gen.
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'The Right-Hand Rule' by [livejournal.com profile] aefallen - Landon looks down on the quiet world beneath him. At times like this, he feels like the only person left alive on earth. He knows it isn't true, though, and it's the reason he's still here. Gen.
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'Final Exam' by Kaerutobi Ike - another excellent story from the [livejournal.com profile] s2b2 community, this time around a prince's struggles to complete his education by rescuing a princess and marrying her when he doesn't really like girls all that much. Slash.
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'a prince(ss) and a gentleman' by [livejournal.com profile] flamebyrd - of the two of them, it was his sister who was always interested in politics and running the kingdom, so why was she suddenly planning to marry a man with no interest in the subject and live in the middle of nowhere? Alaith finds out exactly what she is planning when it's too late to do anything but go with the flow... Slash (kind of, see warnings).
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'The Heart May be Tiny but the World's Enormous' by shukyou - Gong Ji is a thief, and not a very good one, but if it hadn't been for the baby then he was certain he would have got away with it... M/M.
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'My Man Godric' by R Cooper - Bertie is the king's younger illegitimate half-brother, with a penchant for fancy clothes and of no use to anyone, or so he thinks. Slash.
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'A Frequent Traveller's Guide to Jovan' by Ellipsis - the only downside here is that so far there are only a few stories in this universe, with our protagonists being Valentin and Cassius, uncles to the reigning Empress and diplomat and soldier respectively. Stories may contain both het and slash, though none of it particularly explicit to date.

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