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    Archive for January, 2008

    
    

    January 13th, 2008

    The Seduction of Sirius Black

    The Seduction of Sirius Black by Sciathan File

    Summary: “I hope to Merlin that everyone’s collective wisdom was very wrong and that neither Sirius Black nor James Potter has been the death of me – try though they may have to have been so.” Oneshot, 10,649 Words.

    Why You Should Care: Sciathan File has a very unique style of writing, and she’s got a good handle on character as well as what it takes to write a good fight scene.  She’s gone and done something unique with her plot, which is to say she’s engineered an Order of the Phoenix mission that seems like something that would have happened.  She’s done her research (which is always something that earns big, shiny bonus points from me, as I’m the queen of too-much-research) and the plot has been well thought out.

    Why You Might Not Care: Sciathan File has a … very unique style of writing.  A uniquely complex style of writing.  The ways in which she engineers a sentence are not to be taken lightly.  My best advice?  Read slowly, and don’t press on if you’re not sure you’ve understood what that last sentence just said.  Take the time with this one, and you’ll probably enjoy it.  Speed-read, and you’ll get to end not really knowing what just happened.

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    January 12th, 2008

    The More Things Change

    The More Things Change by Shimotsuki

    Summary: Sirius Black has been unnervingly polite ever since Lily found herself actually kissing James Potter. Oneshot, 1,344 Words.

    Why You Should Care: Because something of this sort probably would have happened.  James and Sirius’ friendship was so tight that Lily taking up a certain amount of James’ time must have upset the balance a bit, and it would have taken all the Marauders some time to adjust to this intrusion; Sirius taking it the hardest seems very accurate, considering his character.  The interaction on the tower between Lily and Sirius is well written, and Lily and Sirius’ characters are nicely portrayed; both of them are clearly defined without the author needing to explain to us in a long, dialogue heavy, angsty scene.  Well done.

    Why You Might Not Care: It’s very to-the-point.  Perhaps a little *too* to-the-point.  The scene on the tower and at the breakfast table the next day are excellent, but I think I would have appreciated a little longer build.  A few more interactions between the five.  This seems too short.

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    January 11th, 2008

    Thirteen Steps to the End of the World

    Thirteen Steps to the End of the World by Thirty2Flavors

    Summary: “The only thing more accurate than incoming enemy fire is incoming friendly fire.” Thirteen steps to the end of Moony, Wormtail, Padfoot and Prongs. Oneshot, 4,821 Words.

    Why You Should Care: Well, Thirty2Flavors for a start. And she’s doing what she does best, which is to say it’s a fic about the Marauders during those moments that make all the difference. There are some fabulous parallels drawn between characters in this fic, and it’s Thirty2Flavor’s ability to dig just a little deeper and find something to show you that you’ve never seen before that keeps us coming back for more every time.

    Why You Might Not Care: Perhaps not her strongest piece, by comparison. But well worth the time to read, especially for Marauder fans.

    Awards: 2008 Hourglass Award, Best Drama — First Place; 2008 Hourglass Award, Popular Choice — Best Oneshot.

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    January 10th, 2008

    Two Conversations

    Two Conversations by YKuang

    Summary: Harry has a hypothetical toe fungus. Ginny thinks he’s odd. Hermione thinks he’s odd. Everything happens at four in the morning. And it’s all canon. Oneshot, 1,665 Words.

    Why You Should Care: The friendship between Harry and Hermione is a tricky one to write without straying into awkwardness, romance or the library and YKuang deserves a medal for this one. The interaction between Ginny and Harry is suitably sweet, and the author does a good job of connecting awkward!Ginny with grownup!Ginny. But it’s the characterisation of Hermione that really makes this fic stand out. I hate the character. I love this fic. Go figure.

    Why You Might Not Care: This isn’t one of those fics that makes you laugh out loud, or cry, but it’s beautiful in its own, quiet little way and sometimes that understatedness is the best kind of genius.

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    January 9th, 2008

    All Those Empty Spaces

    All Those Empty Spaces by JackieJLH

    Summary: She never noticed all the empty spaces in her life until they started to fill up with memories. Oneshot, 2,195 Words.

    Why You Should Care: There’s something about Petunia that is easily overlooked by the average writers, and it’s the same thing that immediately strikes the best writers. Who’d have thought that some of the best Harry Potter fanfiction out there would be about Petunia? This is not quite poetic; it is memory seeping into the cracks and spilling over. It is carefully and lovingly written by a talented author. Excellent.

    Why You Might Not Care: Something about this fic touched me, and I don’t quite know what it was; I only know I give it my highest recommendations.

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    January 8th, 2008

    World Without End

    World Without End by Kitestringer

    Summary: Albus has no need for Legilimency to know this, to know what Remus and Sirius were to each other. He’d might as well be looking in a long-ago mirror. Drabble, 645 Words.

    Why You Should Care: It’s so patently obvious when she points it out, and yet you feel like she’s slapped you in the face. Ever word of this drips with dreadful, raw emotion. Every bit of Albus’ pain is laid bare, reflected in Remus’ loss, and you start to understand just what must happen when good people are deceived by their own hearts. This piece rips you to shreds. Beautiful, but terrible.

    Why You Might Not Care: Major angst. Major angst. Beware.

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    January 7th, 2008

    A Problem of Scale

    A Problem of Scale by Halrloprillalar

    Summary: Snape’s bad day. 100 Word Drabble.

    Why You Should Care: It’s funny, and takes a well-meaning knock at the fandom.  Anything else I say would probably ruin it, seeing as it’s only 100 words.

    Why You Might Not Care: Some people don’t like 100 word drabbles because they’re too short.  I love them because they’re exactly the right length.

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    January 6th, 2008

    Atonement

    Atonement by ChristyCorr

    Summary: “Sometimes I think a curse should rest on me—because I love this war.” Oneshot, 3,437 Words.

    Why You Should Care: A fabulously revealing character piece about Albus Dumbledore and Grindlewald. It is, perhaps, not quite canon except for the slight chance that it just might be completely canon. Original, with masterfully written dialogue between two kings of manipulation who have their own tangled history to contend with. One of my new favorites.

    Why You Might Not Care: Slash pairing undertones, but they’re so under they almost don’t exist. This has more to do with each character as individuals than as any sort of couple. All conversation, but the wonderful kind that’s been carefully sculpted.

    Awards: 2008 Hourglass Award, Best Gen Fic — Second Place

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    January 5th, 2008

    Snape’s Portrait

    Snape’s Portrait by JS1976

    Summary: Eight years post-Deathly Hallows, Harry Potter returns to Hogwarts for a conversation with an old adversary. Oneshot, 7,349 Words.

    Why You Should Care: Snape’s overall characterisation is good, and his dialogue is often spot-on and deliciously snarky.

    Why You Might Not Care: It never would have happened. I don’t think Harry’s characterisation is very accurate, and while I wouldn’t go so far as to say it’s necessarily OOC, the whole set up does feel quite contrived and strained, and the fic suffers quality-wise because of it.

    Note: Forgive the extreme lateness and the brevity…. the jet lag is killing me right now and my brain isn’t entirely working properly, but it’s a rec so yay team me!  I’ve been out of town on holiday for the last nine days, and intend to get to some housekeeping and broken links and such ASAP.  Cheers, all!

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    January 4th, 2008

    Terminal

    Terminal by Narcissa

    Summary: “It is a man’s own mind, not his enemy or foe, that lures him to evil ways.” Drabble, 751 Words.

    Why You Should Care: There’s so much amazing, beautiful imagery in this fic I’m not even sure where to begin. The author brings the senses alive without you even realize she’s doing it, and suddenly there’s this new character I’d never considered before in Rabastan Lestrange. It’s as much true as it is well-written, like a precisely sculpted piece of fine art. Read it at least twice, just so you can fully appreciate it. So wonderfully internal, yet almost entirely external. Haunting.

    Why You Might Not Care: Oh gosh, do I really have to put something here?

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    January 3rd, 2008

    Teacup and Saucer

    Teacup and Saucer by FalseEeyelashes

    Summary: She slips; he breathes. Drabble, 421 Words.

    Why You Should Care: This is the only way to write Bellatrix. Crazy and half-minded and beautiful. I love it. Best line in a fic ever: “Azkaban tasted like mothballs – how trivial.”

    Why You Might Not Care: No reason.

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    January 2nd, 2008

    Is This The Moment?

    Is This The Moment? by BelovedRanger

    Summary: “Hermione looked up at him quickly, and that was his undoing — or at least what he claimed, later, made him botch it all up. The look on her face, the trust in her eyes — he had no strength in the face of all that.” Oneshot, 2,883 Words.

    Why You Should Care: This seems like it might have happened. Ron and Hermione are well written, and the situation doesn’t seemed overly forced or contrived (even though it might actually be, but the best plot devices are the ones you never notice). Both characters are noticably older and more mature than they were when last we saw them as young adults in DH, but not yet as old as we saw in the epilogue, and it’s a very nice touch by an author that has a good sense of age and the transition, especially of people in their twenties. There’s a maturity in them both, but not as much as when we see them as parents. Nicely written.

    Why You Might Not Care: Won’t blow you away and make you say ‘OMG WOW’, but sometimes things aren’t meant to do that to you. After all, if we were always blown away, then we’d never be blown away.

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    January 1st, 2008

    Enter Stage Left

    Enter Stage Left by Thirty2Flavors

    Summary: “You’re a dreadful actor, Black.” // While waiting for their cue, two actors discuss their profession. Oneshot, 769 Words.

    Why You Should Care: It’s a brave writer who can find a metaphor and turn their entire fic over to it. Trust thirty2flavors, then, to do it awesomely. She’s seen the behind the masks of Death Eaters and seen the how masquerade continues to take place. What’s incredible here is that in a fic with a metaphor for acting, she doesn’t use a script form. That would be obvious. But she manipulates language so that her prose is scriptlike. Every time I read this fic I am in awe.

    Why You Might Not Care: You’re sick of thirty2flavors being recced here.

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