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    August 27th, 2007

    August 2007 Award for Excellence in Harry Potter Fanfiction

    The August 2007 Award for Excellence in Harry Potter Fanficton goes to TangleofThorns for an amazing piece, titled The Abyss Gazes Also. Clocking in at just under 8,000 words, TangleofThorns tackles the impossible and creates the world of Azkaban Prison. Everything about this fic is done shockingly well, and it sucks you right in.

    august2007_award.jpgThis is primarily Sirius’ story, but it is divided into even portions by brief glimpses of other inmates. Rather than detracting from Sirius’ tale, TangleofThorns handles these foils with such skill that they instead serve as punctuation fo the central theme; a sentence in Azkaban isn’t about bars or cells, it’s about being trapped in the Dementor-twisted confines of one’s own miserable mind.

    Sirius holds desperately and, occasionally, unwillingly, to the sliver of sanity the concrete knowledge of his innocence provides. He despairs, rages… and retreats, finding just enough rest to keep him living, if such an existence can indeed be considered that.

    The language of this story is truly remarkable. It is almost entirely written in descriptive narrative, yet never once slides into purple prose. TangleofThorns uses a brilliant combination of simplicity, stream of consciousness, and triggers of all five senses that paints each experience with all encompassing precision. I have read it several times over, and each time I find a new twist of words to consider. This is meant to be read slowly, as one might savor the eating of a last meal on death row.

    This story treads on the very edge of reason and sanity, blurring the borders between the two until it is impossible to say which is more real. As I mentioned before in the original rec, it is by turns heartbreaking, staggering, thought-provoking, and chilling. A brilliant portrait of Azkaban, and those poor souls left in the pitiless care of the Dementors. This has been carefully crafted, with close attention to the smallest of details, by a master artist. I am indeed shocked to be the first to give it an award.

    posted by afterthree

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