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    August 18th, 2007

    Let the Times Roll

    Let The Times Roll by Shrk-Bait

    Summary: For most people, the middle of the night is not the best time to think. Albus Dumbledore is not most people. In the middle of a vicious war, the aged Headmaster reflects upon sacrifices made in the past and wonders who will be next in a seemingly endless struggle between good and evil. Oneshot, 2,200 Words.

    Why You Should Care: A peak into the restless thoughts of Albus Dumbledore, not terribly long before his death. The Dumbledore here is very close to canon — closer than most people manage — and fits his wise old man archetype well. The metaphor Shrk-Bait creates is not precisely subtle, but it’s not an anvil to the head either, and it’s the interaction between Dumbledore and the metaphor that are particularly telling: “It was all as simple and as complex as a roll of the dice.” There are several exquisite lines throughout this fic, ones that I wish I had come up with first.

    Why You Might Not Care: Sometime the execution is a little clunky, and there is some excess here that could have been trimmed. Shrk-Bait, at this time, resides somewhere in the land of transition; a place where good authors start to become great ones, and in places both sides are seen. The style of this piece doesn’t quite rub right with the subject matter, and at times I wished for the narrative to reflect the complexity of the metaphor as well as the simplicity. There is great promise here, but not quite all of it has been realized. Yet.

    Awards: Best Overall, July 2005 Scrivenshaft Challenge

    posted by afterthree

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