Archive for April, 2008
April 30th, 2008
The Final Stage
The Final Stage by Another Dreamer
Summary: 12 Grimmauld Place is nobody’s idea of the perfect place for a party. Yet that is where Sirius Black, Remus Lupin, and Nymphadora Tonks find themselves spending the fourteenth anniversary of Voldemort’s defeat. Overwhelmed by memories of that Halloween night, the three just want to drink brandy and forget. Oneshot, 4,727 Words.
Why You Should Care: This is one of those lovely little plotless character genfics that I always gravitate toward, the value of which lies in what is said (and sometimes what is not said) rather than what is done. Just as Sirius and Remus are trying very hard not to think about it, this story dances around the edges of what it’s trying to say, and also just like Remus and Sirius sometimes can’t help but think about it, so this story sinks just deep enough into its subject matter to make it seriously worthwhile.
Why You Might Not Care: Low on the action-packed, high on the subtle character sketch.Comments Off on The Final Stage
April 29th, 2008
Seven Photographs by Casira
Summary: Glimpses of our heroes at the end of the battles and beyond, as they face what’s lost and what’s to come. Oneshot, 8,300 Words.
Guest Rec’d By: Kira
Why You Should Care: Written shortly after the release of DH, casira writes seven separate scenes that, frankly, JKR should have written, and succeeds just as if Jo had written it herself. There’s Remus and Tonks’ death; Minerva and Hogwarts directly after the battle; Hermione’s parents in Australia; George returning to WWW’s alone for the first time; Kingsley and the rebuilding of the MoM via Potterwatch; Ginny, Neville, Luna, and Andromeda discussing post-war plans; and finally, Harry visiting Snape’s grave. In a style very reminiscent of Jo’s, casira really wraps the HP series up well with a touch of everything that made it successful in the first place: brilliant character interaction, gripping action, laughter, family, and sacrifice. A brilliant pre-epilogue.
Why You Might Not Care: If you didn’t like the way DH ended at all, then this may not be your cup of tea.Comment (8) »
April 28th, 2008
An Undying Passion for Cupcakes
An Undying Passion for Cupcakes by Ignipes
Summary: “That morning, when they were finishing breakfast, she had been very insistent: ‘I’m going to make them the Muggle way… That’s the proper way to make these cupcakes.’ ” Oneshot, 4,622.
Why You Should Care: In places it’s quite funny, and in others it’s just so well written I can’t help but rec it. It’s AU, taking place in a post-Voldemort world where Sirius didn’t die (or at least, didn’t stay dead), and there’s been some attempt to create an after the war that reflects some of the same price as the one JKR created. Hermione’s story, particularly, is rather touching despite being “frosted” with humour. In the end, though, I rather think this is mostly fluffy.
Why You Might Not Care: I think it suffers from trying to do too much with too few words. Either it’s a moderately fluffy piece of AU post-war or it’s an in depth AU treatment of another version of events. In the end, this fic tries to be both, and ends up not really being either. The AU world hinted here is fascinating and would fill several chapters of several novel-length fics well, but the gaps that inform the characters written are too big to get much out of this story (aside from a moderate understanding of Hermione’s journey) but fluff. There hasn’t been a clear enough picture painted of the path taken that resulted in this AU endpoint.Comment (1) »
April 28th, 2008
Silence on the Homefront, and an Error
Due to the collision of several entirely separate circumstances, C&C has been quiet the last couple of days. Apologies to all for the spotty reccing of late, which is due to a combination of MIA staff, RL weekends being chaotic, and most recently a lack of reliable internet connection. Rest assured I’m doing my best to steer things back on the track of predictable and reliable once again.
I’d also like to apologize for having rec’d The Willingness to be Duplicitous a few days ago without realizing the link was pointing to a locked community. I found it from another recs list, and because I’m in that particular community and was logged in at the time, I didn’t even realize I was reading a locked entry. I have tried to find an unlocked version of this story and had zero luck (if anyone else does, please let me know) and want to let everyone know that it is my general policy not to link to locked stories, and if I had realized I wouldn’t have rec’d it. In the future, I will be more careful.
Catch-up recs will be posted throughout the day today, and hopefully there won’t be any need for a catch-up day as large as this in the future. Thanks for staying tuned…!Comments Off on Silence on the Homefront, and an Error
April 27th, 2008
Home Invader by Ichthyosaur
Summary: Ron is home alone with Rosie and Hugo when a spider attacks! Humour, Oneshot, 1,856.
Guest Rec’d By: Kira
Why You Should Care: Fangirls, rejoice! Daddy!Ron is the sex. The over-the-top reaction that Ron and little Rosie have to the intrusive spider is hilarious and their interaction whilst facing off the spider with their brave Gryffindor courage is adorable. Ichthyosaur does a delightful job of placing our favourite characteristics each from Ron and Hermione and reflecting what home life would be like in the Granger-Weasley family, post-Epilogue – filled with Gryffindor courage and makeshift kitchen armour!
Why You Might Not Care: Epilogue fics aren’t suited for everyone, particularly those about the next generation. However, the fic stands strong on its own without the Epilogue (read: without the names Rose and Hugo pulled from those pages.) It’s just a splendid read to see Ron in a father/daughter situation; guaranteed to resonate with anyone who has an arachnophobic significant other or offspring.Comment (2) »
April 26th, 2008
Smoke Gets In Your Eyes
Smoke Gets In Your Eyes by Nellie Darlin
Summary: The real reason Lily Evans keeps turning James Potter down? She’s already sleeping with his best friend…. Romance/Drama, 18,890. (NC17)
Guest Rec’d By: Kira
Why You Should Care: A canon-compliant Lily/Sirius fic that manages to (fantastically!) document how Lily migrates from one Marauder to another without being dreadfully angsty or making her seem like a fickle shrew. Nellie writes with an entrancing voice that creates perfect imagery and captivating characters. What really wins me over is the excellent dynamics that she writes between the characters – Lily and her conundrum between James and Sirius – and how, despite it being a Lily/Sirius fic, she manages to fill in the transformational gaps for James from “arrogant, bullying toe-rag” to love of Lily’s life and the Lily/James moments are precious. The final scene is possibly one of the best fanfiction end-offs I’ve ever read; it takes my breath away every time.
Why You Might Not Care: There’s not much here for people who can’t stand Lily/Sirius, but if you’re even mildly neutral towards the pairing, you’ll find this fic endearing. There’s an OFC best friend for Lily, which is common enough in Marauder-era fics, and while this one’s a little bubbly, she doesn’t annoy and serves as an important plot device as opposed to others who are window-dressing Mary Sues. Personally, I was initially a bit off-put by under-aged sex (16 y.o’s – but I frankly prefer to think that no one at Hogwarts is tapping any ass until they permanently leave the gates), but apparently that’s all the rage these days with young whippersnappers.Comment (1) »
April 25th, 2008
Stacked Against by Lady Bracknell
Summary: At Bill and Fleur’s wedding, Ron seeks advice from the two people he knows who have faced the obstacles he thinks are in front of him, and finds that Gryffindors are nothing if not lucky in love. Oneshot, 3,889.
Why You Should Care: Lady Bracknell takes her well-used pen — so deft at spinning Remus/Tonks — and creates a Ron/Hermione fic that is just as wonderful. Charmingly canon characterisations paired with canny heart-to-heart discussion, plus just enough of the Remus/Tonks interaction we expect from Lady Bracknell to be the icing on the cake. Should prove sigh-worthy for Ron/Hermione shippers and Remus/Tonks shippers alike.
Why You Might Not Care: Written the spring before Deathly Hallows was released, and takes place at Bill and Fleur’s wedding, which in this incarnation is not crashed by Death Eaters. Not that that’s anything close to a good enough reason.Comment (2) »
April 24th, 2008
Variations on a Happily Ever After
Variations on a Happily Ever After by GM Weasley
Summary: All was eventually well, but it took nineteen years to get there. Drabble Collection, 7,400.
Why You Should Care: This is a wonderful series of drabbles centered around the women of the Harry Potter universe and life beyond the epilogue. Insightful, thoughtful, and occasionally even mundane, these little snatches of the painfully ordinary process of moving on after the end of the story are well worth your time. Angelina’s thoughts on her wedding are particularly well done.
Why You Might Not Care: These drabbles could have been tighter, and occasionally they suffer from awkward syntax. A couple of passes from a sharp-eyed beta would have alleviated this problem.Comments Off on Variations on a Happily Ever After
April 23rd, 2008
The Willingness to Be Duplicitous
The Willingness to Be Duplicitous by R Grayjoy
Note: This link currently points to a locked post in the Friends Only community Erotic Elves. If anyone knows of an unlocked copy of this fic, please let me know so I can change the link. It is against C&C policy to link to locked posts, and this was done so in error.
Summary: Those who practice duplicity always suspect it in others. Oneshot, 1,200.
Why You Should Care: This is a spin on the Founders and their breaking that I have never read before — one that intrigues me and starts to poke into my own personal canon and seed. This Rowena is as interesting a character as Salazar, if not more so, and I long to know more about the how and the why of this story.
Why You Might Not Care: The reveal has been shrouded by a flash het sex fic that is somewhat explicit and probably NWS, but it’s all over pretty quickly, and my monitor didn’t steam over once. Not the best NC17 scene ever written by any stretch of the imagination, but since it’s not really the point (and indeed might have even distracted) it can be excused.Comment (3) »
April 22nd, 2008
Only In Ravenclaw
Only in Ravenclaw by Apostrophet
Summary: Friendships and fun in the Ravenclaw common room. Oneshot, 1,381.
Why You Should Care: A fluffy little gen feature on what it might be like in the Ravenclaw common room. Practically purposeless, but kind of neat nonetheless. I especially love the idea of Luna deep in conversation about sex with a portrait of Yoda. These Ravenclaws seem both similar and different than the other houses we’ve seen, which — I think — is exactly right.
Why You Might Not Care: Pointless, other than to shed some light on the general common room feel of being a Ravenclaw. Technically also Cho/Roger, but it’s by no means the centre of the fic.Comment (1) »
April 21st, 2008
Tumble by FireworkFiasco
Summary: “There isn’t time to dream, to pretend, so she busies herself with plotting and planning and doesn’t think about caresses by the lake or how green his eyes really were.” Oneshot, 1,340.
Why You Should Care: I’m not generally fond of Ginny-centric fics, and I think it’s because I find her character as created by Jo somewhat elusive — you think you’ve got her nailed, only to read it over and find out no, no that’s not quite right. I can’t say that this fic will suit everyone’s vision of Ginny, but it suits mine quite nicely; what’s more, it’s been carefully and deliberately designed in four verses, each with its own theme, and the entire four part oneshot stretches itself across the expanse of Ginny’s character in Deathly Hallows. Her transformation from child to adult is as borderless as the changing of the seasons.
Why You Might Not Care: For whatever reason, there are some people who so detest Ginny as a character overall that they probably wouldn’t enjoy anything that featured her.Comment (1) »
April 20th, 2008
Weasleys Wizard Wheezes: The Ministry Disapproved Edition (The Liability Remix)
Weasleys Wizard Wheezes: The Ministry Disapproved Edition (The Liability Remix) by SullenSiren (Original by Xylodemon)
Summary: From the desk of Percival Ignatius Weasley, concerning the twins’ latest product line. Oneshot, 3,000.
Why You Should Care: Originally written in 2006 for the Omniocular Non-Fiction Challenge, and recently remixed for Remix Redux 2006. The original was absolute fun, and the new additions in the voice of Percy compliment the original content wonderfully. Catalogue comes complete with images, pricing, order form, and sparling text! Really fantastic multi-media comedic exercise that fits well in JKR’s universe.
Why You Might Not Care: The original was written before DH, and the remix — even though it was written post DH — has complied with that original, so suspend your canon complaints.Comment (4) »
April 19th, 2008
The Measure of a Man
The Measure of a Man by Gilpin25
Summary: “I’m sixteen years old and I’m in love with a girl who thinks I’m an arrogant, bullying toerag, and I don’t know how to change her mind as everything I do just makes it worse.” James Potter, who usually has all the answers, has none for this… Oneshot, 7,690.
Why You Should Care: One of the most frustrating parts of DH for MWPP era writers was the order in which JKR presented the memories in Snape’s pensieve, suggesting in her cannon that Snape’s Worst Memory happened sometime after the Prank, which has made it difficult to track James’ character from childish, bullying tormentor to Head Boy material. This is the first fic I’ve read that addresses these events as in the order suggested by JKR and doesn’t use the Prank as the linchpin pulled in the growing up of James Potter, and it does an admiral job of tying those loose ends together into one cohesive whole. Creative, original, and very well characterised and executed on all fronts.
Why You Might Not Care: Tired of Marauder fic yet? Boy are you at the wrong recs site…. 😉Comment (2) »
April 18th, 2008
Patron to the Stars
Patron to the Stars by AtDelphi
Summary: The talent of Horace Slughorn. 100 Word Drabble.
Why You Should Care: It’s a neat little 100 word drabble, which always make me giddy, and it’s about a minor character largely ignored by fandom. It really says quite a lot about Slughorn in so very few words.
Why You Might Not Care: Drabbles aren’t everyone’s cup of tea, I suppose.Comments Off on Patron to the Stars
April 17th, 2008
Minutes of Order of the Phoenix Meeting, 28th June 1997
Minutes of Order of the Phoenix Meeting, 28th June 1997 by GoogleBrat
Summary: Even in a war, it’s important to follow procedure. Humour, 1,455 Words.
Why You Should Care: Almost a parody and certainly a comedy, this fic will be especially wonderful to anyone who’s ever taken or read minutes in a professional setting. If you’ve ever wanted to know what goes on behind that closed door during top secret Order of the Phoenix meeting, now’s your chance!
Why You Might Not Care: Mostly pointless fluff, but the funny kind. Mocking minutes more than Harry Potter.Comment (2) »
April 16th, 2008
Paper Love by Lady Altair
Summary: Gideon Prewett learns to let go. Drabble, 962 Words.
Why You Should Care: Beautiful and deceptively simplistic, Lady Altair sets us up with sweet, hopeful innocence, then sweeps it away under the harsh reality of war and what it does to people. The use of the letter in metaphor is wonderfully used.
Why You Might Not Care: Sad ending…? Somehow I doubt that’s reason enough to stop anyone, though if you’re in the mood for fluff you should probably save this for another time.Comments Off on Paper Love
April 15th, 2008
The Thestral Nursery Rhyme
The Thestral Nursery Rhyme by MelusinaHP
Summary: Uh. I think the title is pretty self explanatory. Poetry, 270 Words.
Why You Should Care: It’s awesome: it captures the flippant tone of a nursery rhyme perfectly while remaining just as slightly unsettling as classic fairy-tales and nursery rhymes. I always think it’s neat to see this sort of thing, something that fits wholly into Rowling’s world without needing to be tied to any particular character.
Why You Might Not Care: It is mostly disconnected from any particular character, and it is rather dark humour.Comment (2) »
April 14th, 2008
Autumn into Spring
Autumn into Spring by Crookshanks22
Summary: In this sequel to ‘A Romance, with Dragons,’ Viktor finds love at last… and long shadows of the past. Set in Romania, Bulgaria, and Budapest in the aftermath of the second war. Drama/Romance, 19,292 Words.
Guest Rec’d By: Allie Meril (allie_andromeda)
Why You Should Care: You don’t get a lot of fics that are (a) not set in Britain/Hogwarts/etc., and have (b) really fantastic original characters. “Autumn Into Spring” is one of those rare stories that paints a wholly new picture of a wizarding culture outside of Britain, and a totally believable one at that. Crookshanks’ picture of wizarding Romania and the rest of Eastern Europe is appropriately bleak and harsh, and this reflects beautifully on the development of the OCs: Marina Vasik is the way she is because her life molded her that way. Even more than in “A Romance, With Dragons,” Crookshanks22’s writing is stunning.
Why You Might Not Care: An OC-centric story, paired with a very minor character who only appeared in two books… And to boot, Marina has a tragic past! This sounds like a recipe of bad cliches, but it surpasses all of them to form a beautiful and touching story. I’d say that Marina is one of the very best OCs that I’ve ever seen, and her tragic past has very real effects on her character; it isn’t used as a way to get pity from others.Comment (1) »
April 13th, 2008
A Little More Time
A Little More Time by Jess Pallas
Summary: Was it possible to save two lives without altering history? Was it possible to give them a future twenty years after they had supposedly died? Teddy Lupin thought so…. Novel Length, 120,029 Words.
Why You Should Care: This, I suppose, technically classifies itself as AU, though to be fair there’s actually nothing in it that contradicts the canon of the books — that is, after all, rather the whole point. This is one of the only Remus-and-Tonks-didn’t-die fictions I’ve ever read, and it is by far my favorite. The characters are well realized and the plot is engaging — the young man Teddy Lupin has been especially lovingly crafted to inherit pieces of both his father and his mother. Remus and Tonk’s relationship has received the same kind of attention, and in a lot of places I forgot that it wasn’t JKR I was reading.
Why You Might Not Care: NoblePrat!Remus ahoy! I love him and feel canon justifies him, but some people might not agree. And if NoblePrat!Remus bothers you, there’s a good chance NoblePrat!Teddy will too….
Awards: 2008 Hourglass Award, Best AU Fic — Second PlaceComment (4) »
April 12th, 2008
Weakness by Alyx Bradford
Summary: “This cannot possibly end well.” Oneshot, 6,761 Words.
Why You Should Care: This is a great little oneshot fiction about the coming together of the Founders that also lays the breadcrumbs of the inevitable clash between Godric and Salazar. The characters are wonderfully three-dimensional (well… you don’t really get much out of Helga’s cameo to be fair) and the thematic elements of this fic are tied right into the centre of it. In addition, the writing is mindful of the era this is set in, and the dialogue fits this period piece quite nicely.
Why You Might Not Care: It doesn’t win a million points for having an original premis (the Salazar/Rowena/Godric triangle has been done plenty of times before, and I can’t help but wonder why it’s always Rowena in the centre of it — anyone got a Salazar/Helga/Godric fic laying around somewhere?) but the execution is nearly flawless. Also, warnings for NC17 and NWS material, folks.