Archive for February, 2008
February 29th, 2008
This Is My Truth, Tell Me Yours
This Is My Truth, Tell Me Yours by Hackthis
Summary: “There’s only one story in the entire world and everything else is a variation thereof, so the idea that Sirius fell through the veil and died is just one potential ending out of hundreds of thousands. Remus doesn’t like that particular ending, so he’s going to choose another one.” Drabbles, 883 Words.
Why You Should Care: For the Remus/Sirius lover, this is six little connected snippets of heartbreaking AU gold. It’s straightforward, presenting each alternate scenario honestly and without frills instead of breaking into developed stories. Each one left me wishing it had happened that way instead, and they’re just so perfect. I’m finding it quite difficult to be eloquent about these. Just read them, you won’t be sorry.
Why You Might Not Care: There’s a brief moment of explicitness, and this is quite obviously slash. If you scoff at Remus/Sirius, this isn’t the story (or rather, stories) for you. Also, you might wish they had been longer: each one has the potential for a full-blown tale behind them. However, they work quite well as they are.Comments Off on This Is My Truth, Tell Me Yours
February 28th, 2008
Rush by Infinitesimal
Summary: He whispers, hot open mouthed kisses, and she tastes like cinnamon from her toast that morning and the butterbeer he had bought for her, ran all the way to Hogsmeade under his cloak and bought for her, just because she said she’d never tried one before. I want you to experience everything he’d told her, and she’d looked so innocent. Oneshot, 1,408 Words.
Why You Should Care: I know I recced Infinitesimal just the other day, but this fic is so noteworthy that I hope you’ll let it pass. This short and simple Lily/James piece is so richly emotive and carnally passionate that something within you stirs as you read it. At first glance it just feels like a pointless, mussed-haired moment, but the details about the emotions and facets of the characters give this piece light, shade and depth as the characters stand gingerly on the edge of the precipice.
Why You Might Not Care: Rated NC-17 and at times gets a little close to being a little PWP-ish, but mainly it’s character-driven, not porn-driven.Comments Off on Rush
February 27th, 2008
Draco Malfoy, Ruler of the Universe
Draco Malfoy, Ruler of the Universe by Mistful
Summary: “Draco tilted his head. At this angle, you could almost see Dumbledore’s will to live draining away.” Draco Malfoy gets what’s coming to him. Parody, 8,865 Words.
Why You Should Care: Manically funny and delightfully backward. The characters are pushed far enough that it’s wonderful parody, but not too far that it’s absurd. Sure to delight readers of Trio-Era fiction the most, and Draco lovers and haters in equal parts. He’s the star in this one… and Mistful goes to great lengths to make fun of that, too.
Why You Might Not Care: I suppose there might be one or two people out there who don’t like parody, which is really quite a shame. Just think about all that wonderful laughter those people are missing out on!Comment (3) »
February 26th, 2008
HP Drabbles (Het)
HP Drabbles (Het) by Celandine
Summary: Drabbles (100-words-exactly ficlets) include a variety of het pairings in the HP-verse. Drabbles, 1,400 Words.
Why You Should Care: Sweetly romantic and at times bitterly chill, Celandine has a knack of creating the moment. The reader is given no more than a snapshot, no more than a glimpse, but the author knows exactly how much, but just enough, is required to allow the story to weave in one’s imagination.
Why You Might Not Care: This piece has the worst title in the history of Harry Potter fanfiction. Some of the pairings aren’t really my thing. But I like the style and so should you.Comment (1) »
February 25th, 2008
Valedictory by Thirty2Flavors
Summary: It is the night before the Fidelius Charm is performed, and Lily cannot shake the feeling that this will be the last time she ever sees Sirius Black. Oneshot, 2,091 Words.
Why You Should Care: This piece broke my heart when I first read it. You might think, alright, the last time James and Lily will ever see Sirius — okay, not that original, moving on. But no, Thirty2Flavors dives right in and presents the scene with such raw emotion that I can guarantee that you have never seen it like this before. I rarely cry at fanfiction, but tears were streaming down my face by the end of this one. Lovely, and heartbreaking, and so real. Thirty2Flavors, once again, has set my personal canon.
Why You Might Not Care: Sharp, piercing angst. Don’t say I didn’t warn you. Also, like I said, you might have already imagined or read about this scene — but really, it’s so worth reading, even if you think you’ve seen it all before. (Maybe you’re tired of reading Thirty2Flavor’s fics, too, but I have no sympathy for you there, because you’d have to be mad not to love her work.)
Awards: 2007 Hourglass, Best Oneshot — Second Place.Comment (1) »
February 24th, 2008
A Long Weekend….
Just a quick note to apologize to any disgruntled C&Cers about the appalling lack of rec yesterday. I’ve since rec’d two fics today and backdated one. I have no other excuse except the one we’re all familiar with: sometimes, real life gets in the way of our online ones.
I think I’ve got things sorted now, and C&C should proceed as normal. Cheers.Comment (2) »
February 24th, 2008
Tea Time by NovemberSnow
Summary: “Never knew werewolves were such fiends for tea.” Drabble Collection, 10 x 100 Words.
Why You Should Care: Ten beautifully interconnected 100 word drabbles about Remus, done just the way I like ’em: perfectly. The thread that strings these moments together is thin but strong, and while each of these drabbles could stand along perfectly well, together they are even better. Fine work from a fine fic author.
Why You Might Not Care: Remus/Sirius ahoy, mates. All G-rated, mind, but definitely there nonetheless.Comments Off on Tea Time
February 23rd, 2008
Reflections by Quizzical
Summary: “She looked back to the mirror. Arthur’s long limbs entwined around her soft round body. It wasn’t the image that people would think of as ‘sexy’ but she thought they were beautiful.” Oneshot, 3,041 Words.
Why You Should Care: This is a delicious peek into the quiet, middle-aged love of Arthur and Molly Weasley, as well as an encouraging story about the softer, forever sort of love the right marriage can create. It’s touching and sweet and reflective and well-aged, just like Arthur and Molly.
Why You Might Not Care: I suppose this is rated NC-17, and for anyone who squicks at the notion of Trio-Era Arthur/Molly sex, this probably won’t work for you. The sex is in the same vein as the subtext of the story, and it is a touch romanticised, which usually makes me laugh and roll my eyes, but in this story with this couple from Molly’s point-of-view, it works pretty well.Comment (1) »
February 22nd, 2008
Bar Maid by Snegurochka Lee
Summary: Five conversations at a bar. Five women who didn’t take the bar maid’s advice. Five lives Rosmerta never changed. Oneshot, 7,195 Words.
Why You Should Care: Because Snegurochka Lee wins at genfic. Rosmerta, a secondary character, is completely fleshed out as a strong and dimensional and edgy woman, weathered by time and the difficulties of her world. Some of the main characters from canon are shown waltzing in and out of the background for a change, which is interesting to see; it’s an excellent selection of cast, and you’ve got to love the way Rosmerta relates to each of them. This portrait of Rosmerta and her place in society comes across splendidly. My general reaction at the end was “Rosmerta kicks ass,” and I would consider that a job well done in a character piece. Additionally, as in Five Woman Who Hate Fleur Delacour, Snegurochka Lee’s genfic has another message lurking beneath, and this time, it’s about the people you might see all around you if you dared to take a second look. Absolutely wonderful.
Why You Might Not Care: Perhaps you’re not into genfic or secondary characters — but really, this is brilliant, from one of the best authors of character pieces I’ve seen in this fandom. If you don’t read it, you’re missing out.Comment (6) »
February 21st, 2008
Myriad by Infinitesimal
Summary: To fall, to fly, to sleep, to dream, to die. Drabble, 898 Words.
Why You Should Care: I love Lily. I love happy!Lily and pregnant!Lily and James’!Lily. But most of all I love crazy!Lily. Half-minded, edge-of-a-precipice, somewhere between here and insanity Lily. This fic, with its so-tangible imagery and its so-relatable narrative, is the perfect example of this Lily I love. The depiction of grief and self-deception in this fic is heartbreaking and honest. You laugh and you cry reading this fic and damnit, it’s less than 900 words.
Why You Might Not Care: Very brief and gratuitous angst/purple prose. But you love it really.Comment (2) »
February 20th, 2008
That Other Fellow
That Other Fellow by Sciathan_File
Summary: “Moreover, now every time he so much as saw that portrait move an eyebrow, he thought it only presaged some new doom.” Oneshot, 3,532 Words.
Why You Should Care: Not that anyone really needs a reason to read something by Sciathan File except that it was written by Sciathan File, but if you insist…. It’s a stunningly good fic on the minor-est of minor characters, the nameless Other Minister, highlighting his, and by extension the rest of the Muggle world’s, experience in the war they know nothing about. This is one of those stories where I feel JKR’s intent seeping in through every word, and in places Sciathan File echos her style perfectly, too.
Why You Might Not Care: This tune is played through the eyes of the Muggle Prime Minister, whose HP fan club consists of a motley-looking elderly gentleman eating crisps and wearing a lapel pin. But take heart– gen-ficcers will love this, too.
Awards: 2008 Hourglass Award, Admins’ Choice — Gen (tied)Comment (4) »
February 19th, 2008
Letters from the Exile
Letters from the Exile by MsSpell
Summary: The correspondence surreptitiously exchanged between Tonks and Lupin with the help of the Order members, during the year he worked as a spy among the werewolves. Oneshot, 3,017 Words.
Why You Should Care: I hate Remus/Tonks. For no real reason. But I love this fic. It’s perfect; romantic, honest and fresh. The characterisation is startlingly good: none of the letters in this epistolary fic are signed, and yet there is no difficulty in distiguishing character — both Remus and Tonks have such strong styles and characters. Remus’ cutting nature makes this a little sad, while Tonks’ bluntness makes it a little bit funny and, frankly, it feels like how Remus/Tonks may have actually happened, as opposed to the disjointedness that is canon. The awkward end scene is suitably cute and then entire sense is far less forced than canon. A rare gem.
Why You Might Not Care: Sometimes Tonks is irritating. Like, very. And this fic feels a litte rambling in places. But nothing so bad as to deter one from reading.Comment (1) »
February 18th, 2008
Along The Way
Along The Way by Elizabeth Culmer
Summary: Idealism is hard to balance against the rest of life. Oneshot, 6,000 Words.
Why You Should Care: Many times, it is difficult to write the Trio as adults; in this piece, I felt Hermione growing up, and it was beautifully done. This is a realistic story that follows her on her journey, not only to adulthood, but through it. I’m not personally the most interested person in the Trio as opposed to other characters, but this captivated me; I felt that the characters in this piece, most of all Hermione, were kept true to themselves while aging just right. The story felt honest (which is an achievement, considering the universe we’re playing in), and the end gives the most excellent feeling.
Why You Might Not Care: As the author warns, post-DH interviews are disregarded, and this may bother the greatest of canon-sticklers. Also, you may not really care about the trio, at all. Otherwise, this is wonderful, and you should definitely give it a read.Comment (3) »
February 17th, 2008
A Ribbon of Black
A Ribbon of Black by _YourGoodbyes
Summary: “Silly girl, she thinks, an utterly incomplete thought.” Oneshot, 2,547 Words.
Why You Should Care: This fic makes me sigh. At its heart it’s a series of drabbles tied together as a series of memories in a time of profound loss for one, Andromeda Tonks, and by now we all know how much I love well-done drabbles, so this rec should come as no surprise. This also gives a slightly different version of the Andromeda/Ted situation at the end of their final school year that I have not read before and had never thought of before, but now that I have I’m quite completely in love with the idea.
Why You Might Not Care: Nitpickers should know that Dolohov’s age might not fit with canon, but that’s only for those hardcore nitpickers (you know who you are). Other than that, if you like nearly-poetic stories, drabbles, or fics about Andromeda (you know who you are, too), then you’ll like this for sure.Comment (1) »
February 16th, 2008
Once Upon a Time, In Winter
Once Upon a Time, In Winter by CatFoxBird
Summary: He had to see her, just once more. Oneshot, 1,923 Words.
Why You Should Care: I’m not really sure, actually, except that there’s something about it I quite like. Maybe it’s the mixing of unrequited romance and creepiness that suits Snape’s character, and how — for a little while — his motives and plans for that night are seriously in question, and it feels like the story might move into darkfic territory in a hurry. Wonderful tension that breaks on the lighter side.
Why You Might Not Care: I probably would have liked this fic even more if it had moved into darkfic territory, because there is serious potential to dive head-first into some obviously dark themes. It would have been a different story, though. And probably a different character.Comments Off on Once Upon a Time, In Winter
February 15th, 2008
The Hours by Virginia_Bell
Summary: It all weighs upon her like the gold of her locket upon her neck and the gold is like twisted iron. She has tried before but she cannot take it off. Oneshot, 1,078 Words.
Why You Should Care: When I read this, first time, I believe that my mouth was hanging open. This is so good. It’s beautiful, almost like poetry, and yet hints at such darkness and pain. It’s frightening and morbid and I can’t stop re-reading it. The formatting only makes me love it more — in the words of a reviewer, ‘the fractured style reflects her fractured thoughts’. So worth your read.
Why You Might Not Care: This is about the life of Merope Gaunt, before she reached out and tried to take her fate into her own hands; some might not care. It’s dark and hints at incest; some might not like. Also, it’s quite stylistic, which irks some people but only makes me like the piece more.Comments Off on The Hours
February 14th, 2008
Seven Things That Didn’t Happen On Valentine’s Day At Hogwarts, Or Maybe They Did
Summary: “At seven thirty-six AM on February fourteenth, the giant squid climbed out of the Hogwarts lake, dragged itself in front of a nondescript part of the castle, and began to sing “Daisy”. Before the encore performance and right after a glorious vibrato finale, the squid dedicated the song to Severus Snape, who had appeared at one of the nondescript windows at twenty minutes ’till eight.” Valentine’s Day over seven years at Hogwarts. Humour/Romance, 25,256 Words.
Why You Should Care: This is so funny — and so Marauder. Of course they would have prank wars on Valentine’s Day. As ridiculous as it gets — trust me, the summary is only the start of things — you never stop believing that it could have happened. It’s equal parts romance and humour, with just a little bit of angst towards the end to keep the saccharine from becoming overwhelming. A perfect fic for today.
Why You Might Not Care: Some of the formatting is a bit off, but that’s a minor irritation. One of the seven sections runs quite longer than the rest, but it never stops being amusing. Also, this is quite decidedly Remus/Sirius, and though about half of the fic focuses on the actions of all four Marauders, the ship does take over at the end. If you’re not interested, don’t read it, but I highly recommend that you do; I love this fic.Comment (6) »
February 13th, 2008
99 Problems by Penny-In-The-Sky
Summary: Ron’s on the couch as Dr Bill dissects his lovelife. Or something like that. Oneshot, 2,624 Words.
Why You Should Care: Because it’s a neat little piece about the advice our older siblings give us, and quite a nice introspective piece for Ron about Hermione right when things are really getting ridiculous in HBP, which is always worth a laugh. I like the interaction between Ron and Bill in this fic — an interaction we don’t really ever get to see in canon or in fanfic, especially considering Bill is so much older than Ron is. I also think Ron seems about the right age in this piece, and the Penny-in-the-Sky has a pretty good handle on his character; he’s becoming aware of the situation he’s put himself in, but continues to be a boy about it, which many female fic writers struggle with.
Why You Might Not Care: Ron-fic, and definitely Ron/Hermione motivated. If your ship is a different ship, this’ll probably annoy you.Comment (4) »
February 12th, 2008
If I’m A Fool For You
If I’m A Fool For You by Esinde Nayrall
Summary: On New Year’s Eve, Remus Lupin makes a promise to Sirius Black. Five days later, Remus Lupin makes a promise to himself. If he keeps them both, it will be the hardest thing he’s ever done. Romance, 84, 000 Words.
Why You Should Care: It’s hard to write Remus/Sirius originally: it’s all been done before, but this fic feels fresh. The author has very clear characterisations of Remus and Sirius and they’re quite out of the norm, and yet they fit perfectly with the adults we know they will grow into. But this fic is more than heartbreaking (which it is, by the way. There’s a whole load of angst. I cried. I never cry at fic.). James and Peter are also really well characterised; these feel like real people and the way they react to different situations is also very real. Not to be missed.
Why You Might Not Care: There’s slash. Lots of slash. Some NC-17 slash. Quite a bit of NC-17 slash, actually. And also, angst that makes you want to die, just to stop it. And a rubbish attempt at using the Black Family Tree. As in, Sirius’ mother is Cassiopeia and his uncle Alphard is dating a guy called Marius. But yes. Read this fic, it’s fabulous.Comments Off on If I’m A Fool For You
February 11th, 2008
A Brief History of a Beautiful Friendship
A Brief History of a Beautiful Friendship by Gingeraled
Summary: “That’s when you decided you had to keep her close by. She was a Weasley and a Gryffindor, and a half-blood at that (which only really mattered when you were speaking to Grandfather) but she had managed to beat a Malfoy.” Oneshot, 2,489 Words.
Why You Should Care: A lot of authors have jumped into giving the next generation whatever personality they see fit, but I love Gingeraled’s Scorpius Malfoy. He’s breaking away from his family’s legacy, but is still so… Malfoy. Rose Weasley is good as well. This isn’t a long and well-developed romance, but it does lead up to the point without throwing it at you incongruously. One of the best versions of this pairing that I’ve seen.
Why You Might Not Care: It’s next gen, it’s Scorpius/Rose; you might not be into that kind of thing. It’s fluffy; you might not be into that kind of thing. Also, there’s a little bit of PG-13 talk for about four lines which just… doesn’t seem to fit with the fairly innocent tone of the rest of the piece. However, that’s brief, and not nearly enough to offset the entire fic.Comment (5) »