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    October 23rd, 2007

    Nicknames

    Nicknames by Helena McKennon

    Summary: Remus Lupin doesn’t like calling her Tonks. Oneshot, 1,978 Words.

    Why You Should Care: Oh, the things we let the people we have crushes on get away with! This little fanfic is a wonderfully nostalgic and delightfully flirtatious interlude between Remus and Tonks, and also a consideration of the meaning of the names we are given versus the names we adopt for ourselves. Sweet, and not so fluffy that you gag.

    Why You Might Not Care: Like many character pieces, this is a conversation between two people that has been lifted out and highlighted. It does not, perhaps, dig as deep as such character oneshots should, but I find fluffy things rarely do. I enjoyed it none-the-less, and any Remus/Tonks fan will too.

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    October 19th, 2007

    In Your Room

    In Your Room by Lady Bracknell

    Summary: Remus can’t say he anticipated this reaction to him being outed as a werewolf and splashed all over the front of the newspaper, but he can’t say he doesn’t like it. Drabble, 724 Words.

    Why You Should Care: It’s a brief, warm peak into Remus’ head; what one person often considers the end of the world, the other thinks of only as a passing and unremarkable aside. Sweet, passing anxiety.  There is sex, but it’s the work-safe sort (if you know what I mean).

    Why You Might Not Care: It’s very short, but it seems somehow exactly the right length.  In not elaborating and waxing on about the issue, Lady Bracknell actually helps make Tonks’ point.  I suppose if you’re underage then you shouldn’t read it, but the sex here is certainly no worse than you’d see on daytime TV or in movies — I wouldn’t worry about it.

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    October 17th, 2007

    Sin of Lycaos

    Sin of Lycaos by D.M.P.

    Summary: Often in life, situations occur that are entirely out of one’s control. During the Goblet of Fire, Remus Lupin commits a crime that leads to questions he had never encountered before. Was this incident fate or poor judgment? How can he live with the consequences of his actions? Is there a way can he escape the prejudiced wrath of the Ministry? He must struggle to discover an answer because, for the very first time he finds himself branded a criminal… and a father. Novel Length, 142,670 Words.

    Why You Should Care: This was written a very long time ago, back when GoF was the most recent canon and all we knew of Remus was what we’d been given in PoA. This is a masterful and very original look at what the life of a werewolf might have been like, and what Remus’ life in particular might have been like outside of teaching at Hogwarts. It’s filled with delightfully canon and original characters, including a sweet and endearing young girl named Mary. This has quite obviously been made AU by virtue of the release of the rest of the series and it’s been quite a long time since I’ve read it, but it still stands as one of my favorites. Sure to interest Remus fans and novel-length fic fans.

    Why You Might Not Care: Remus is almost the only canon character in this one folks, and a lot of people will be turned away by the large cast of main and supporting original characters, but I feel all of them have been expertly created by a very talented author, and those who stick it out will be rewarded with a worthwhile and very original story.

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    October 14th, 2007

    Secret Moon

    Secret Moon by Klynie

    Summary: Eleven-year-old Remus Lupin is determined to make it through Hogwarts one moon at a time. Tonight’s the first. Oneshot, 6,600 words.

    Why You Should Care: I should not be reccing this fic. It’s not even that good: it’s not got the mastery of many of the others that we put up here, it’s not always perfectly characterised, it’s filled with flaws and imperfections. But I still love it. Because it displays all of the young Remus’ fears and anxieties realistically – it’s not a soap-opera drama; it’s an honest, open acceptance that this really is how it might feel to be a lycanthrope here. And the little, First Year!Marauders that make cameos in here are completely adorable. Real and enjoy.

    Why You Might Not Care: Look, it’s not the best work of art written. It’s not a masterpiece of literature. This piece is all about honesty, about empathy, about the knowledge of Remus’ feelings that this writer has managed to ascertain. It’s a little slice of life for the boy for whom everything was just too hard.

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    October 13th, 2007

    The Adventures of Icarus, the Invisible Poltergeist

    The Adventures of Icarus, the Invisible Poltergeist by After The Rain

    Summary: In which Mr. Prongs takes Muggle Studies, Mr. Padfoot has a crush on Professor McGonagall, Miss Evans demonstrates where her son inherited his CAPS LOCK tendencies, Mr. Wormtail discovers that his Animagus form is useful for petty theft, and Mr. Moony explains why none of this can possibly be construed as his fault. Oneshot, Humour, 7,610 Words.

    Why You Should Care: This is a fantastically funny little Marauders adventure that doesn’t pretend to have any larger plot or point.  It’s something Remus and Sirius might have reminisced about one of those long nights at Grimmauld Place over glasses of gin and a comfortably crackling fire.  Molly would have padded downstairs at three in the morning looking harassed and demanded to know what could possibly have been so uproariously funny that they had to wake the entire house at such a ridiculous hour thankyouverymuch, and Sirius would have tossed back a fresh glass of liquor with a defiant smirk while Remus lowered his eyes and guiltily apologized while stifling an excess of chuckles.  I love Remus’ tone as the one telling the story, one of a slightly-too-pompous sounding sixteen-year-old, and each of the Marauders is nicely characterized.  The Muggle Studies class and the misconceptions about Muggles and Muggle technology by pureblood wizards is gold —  pure, JKR worthy gold.  Completely entertaining.

    Why You Might Not Care: I dare say there isn’t anything remotely worth putting in this section.  This fic is 100% delightful.  Have at it, with my blessing.  I’m going to go read it again.

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    October 11th, 2007

    Quiet

    Quiet by Te

    Summary: The house at Grimmauld Place is usually empty when he arrives these days, housing nothing more than its own carefully applied protective magics, and portraits shocked dumb with the fact that the Black name is no more. Oneshot, 2,549 Words.

    Why You Should Care: This is quite a fascinating — and I think largely accurate — character study on Remus just after OotP.  In places it almost verges in on stream-of-consciousness, though it never goes so far as to abandon format and sense.  At times his thoughts are colourful and vaguely poetic, while other moments are clearer and more analytically self-aware; the mix is revealing.  This piece is coated thinly with defeat, and with age.  Remus is weighty beyond his relatively young years, like something light and sweet spoiled by too long in the heat.

    Why You Might Not Care: Snape is almost entirely out of character, and his presence is forced and awkward.  I understand what Te was trying to do with the conversation at the end of this fic, but I think Moody or Tonks or even Dumbledore could have produced the same results without having to have sacrificed Snape at the alter of OOC.  This author has a very firm grip on Remus, but merely a passing understanding of Snape, and the last half of this story suffers for it.  Everything internal in this fic is excellent — everything external feels sadly contrived.

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    October 8th, 2007

    One Bowl of Kisses

    One Bowl of Kisses by Victoria P

    Summary: Remus kisses him, a tender thing, all soft breath and chapped lips. Oneshot, 1,134 words.

    Why You Should Care: It’s adorable! It’s Remus/Sirius and it’s fluffy with a little bit of angst and it’s so damned cute! I just want to gather this fic up in my arms and hug it, because it’s so damned lovely. The style’s nice too: Victoria P uses lots of different little twists of literary devices so that each mini-section feels fresh and individual, and yet it’s wonderfully cohesive. Ah. It’s just so wonderful.

    Why You Might Not Care: Look away now if you don’t like slash. This is a bit of Remus/Sirius slash and if you don’t like it then there’s really nothing here for you at all. But if you can bear slash, this fic is perfection.

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    October 4th, 2007

    The Moon-Cursers

    The Moon Cursers by Grace_has_Victory (Part I: Moons of Deceit, Part II: Crown of the North, Part III: The Werewolf’s Bride, Part IV: The Banesbrewer)

    Summary: Beginning just after the first fall of Voldemort, this follows the life of Remus Lupin and Ariadne MacDougal as they battle love, lycanthropy, abuse of human rights and living in the most prejudiced of societies. Four-part Series, over 330,000 words.

    Why You Should Care: Because if this woman weren’t a psychology teacher she could be an author. Very much like JKR herself, Grave_has_Victory is a master of storytelling. This four-part story (entirely fitting with canon) is brimful of twists and suspense; you never fail to be surprised. The characters, particularly Ariadne herself, are multifaceted and interesting, and the whole tale has a strong feeling of reality. There’s a little humour, and it keeps the story light, as does the hint of romance. The writing may not be flowery, but it’s substantial and at times bittersweet, and much of the dialogue is incredibly realistic. This fic is like reading a really, really good book. This series is probably my favourite piece of fanfiction ever. Incredible.

    Why You Might Not Care: If you don’t like stories about what-Remus-did-in-the-eighties, then this might be something to avoid. And if you like your emotions served up on a plate: pure angst, or pure fluff. But, honestly, I can’t believe that anyone could regret checking these out. If you like stories, if you like books, if you like reading, then these are for you. Go, my children. Read and enjoy.

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    September 25th, 2007

    Lost and Found

    Lost and Found by Thirty2Flavors

    Summary:They’re scared of us, he thought. They were scared of grief. Perhaps they thought it contagious.”  At Peter’s funeral, Remus finds comfort from the strangest of places. Oneshot, 3,082 Words.

    Why You Should Care: I secretly adore fics where Remus and Tonks interact when Tonks is a young girl — perhaps mostly because I get a little bit of a wicked grin thinking about how Remus must feel thinking back on times like this once he put a bun in her oven —  and, obviously, because I not-so-secretly adore fics by Thirty2Flavors.  I really love little Nymphadora here, and her spunky, innocent take on Remus’ situation.  There are some incredibly accurate remarks about funerals in general in this piece, and how people never know what to say to real grief.  Lighter than you think.  Uplifting, even.

    Why You Might Not Care: If you’ve read a lot of Thirty2Flavors’ fic, you’ll no doubt notice this is one of her older pieces, and in places the word play and language is not as cunningly created as we have come to expect of her later fics.  The story does not suffer from it, however, and the central theme is as solid as ever.

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    September 23rd, 2007

    Secrets

    Secrets by Salt-Rose

    Summary: Everyone has their own secrets. Remus and Tonks slowly share theirs. Drabble Collection, 3,262 Words.

    Why You Should Care: This is an absolutely lovely series of drabbles about the relationship between Remus and Tonks — the complications of it, the simplicities, and the things you try really hard to keep from happening that can’t be stopped and happen anyway. Glorious little scenes about the process of discovering someone else. Just enough angst to constantly remind you it’s a Remus/Tonks fic, which is what — I think — what makes the ship so enjoyable for most people….

    Why You Might Not Care: Had enough of Remus/Tonks yet? If so, this is probably not a good place to go to get away from it. This is exactly the opposite of that. This is 100% Remus/Tonks. Cranky Remus/Sirius shippers beware, though there is a little throwaway for the Remus/Sirius shippers that made me smile. This is apparently incomplete — the author assures us there will be more — but each drabble is self contained, so not being complete doesn’t really affect your enjoyment of it. You’ll probably finish and long for more, though.

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    September 12th, 2007

    Sitting in a Tree

    Sitting in a Tree by Wild Magelet

    Summary: Of the many perils associated with dating Nymphadora Tonks, Remus Lupin discovers that buying her an appropriate gift for Valentine’s Day may be the most daunting.  Oneshot, 5,109 Words.

    Why You Should Care: A little Remus/Tonks interlude.  The dialogue exchange between the two of them is fantastic — Remus is Very Remus and Tonks is Very Tonks.  The age difference here is noticeable — even in the conversation — but I like this fic all the more for it, because Wild Magelet finds the ways in which the two of the work despite the gap.  This fic has been made fundamentally A/U by virtue of Deathly Hallows, but not in any way that’s really important.  It is canon in all the ways that really matter.

    Why You Might Not Care: Remus might appear to some to be a little rougher around the edges than canon, but I think this is a fair version of him.  I think Tonks is dead accurate.  Not quite fluffy, this fic contains the sort of romance that only happens in real life — the boring, simple, basic kind that lives in off-the-cuff conversations and small gestures.  There is nothing grandiose or sweeping here, only a comfortable, familiar reality.

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    September 11th, 2007

    The Shortest Distance Between Two People

    The Shortest Distance Between Two People by Riko

    Summary: In which Sirius learns that growing up isn’t nearly as easy as it sounds. Oneshot, 8,054 Words.

    Why You Should Care: If The Shoebox Project was only text, told entirely from Sirius’ POV, and around 100,000 words shorter, this is probably what it would be. I love the way this has been structured as a series of brief moments, conversations, and events in Sirius’ life. The major things are there, but they fall into the background because when you’re a teenager the big things are less the point than the smaller, day-to-day things. This is a very believable story about a boy growing up and growing into himself, and the slash is done very well. Sirius and Remus are entirely boys to whom the concept is vaguely terrifying and wrong, but can’t quite help themselves. I like the lingering sense of unease this fic ends on, as if the author has left it up to us to decide whether or not Sirius and Remus ever do make a real go of it after The Prank, and I wonder if maybe it’s too far out of the realm of possibility to think maybe they didn’t — that maybe some things and some betrayals are too big to get over. The writing is fabulous, and though the framework is entirely Sirius, you get a feeling for each of the Marauders as Sirius sees them, and the language is brilliant. Fantastic all the way around.

    Why You Might Not Care: There’s a steamy little scene in an abandoned classroom people who don’t do slash won’t enjoy, but there’s more here than just the slash, and I heartily suggest all readers give it a read. It’s very, very good, and captures the transitional teenage years amazingly well.

    Awards: 2008 Hourglass Award, Admins’ Choice — Drama

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    September 9th, 2007

    25 Stories Penknife Never Wrote About the Marauders

    25 Stories Penknife Never Wrote About the Marauders by Penknife

    Summary: In which Penknife successfully avoids signing up to write 100 stories about the Marauders, and merely sums up instead. All prompts taken from the fanfic100 table. Humor, Drabble Collection, 1,284 Words.

    Why You Should Care: Penknife not only pokes fun at the Marauder genre fiction in this one, but at her own fiction as well.  Remus/Sirius are most particularly highlighted in this little parody, and the concept of fanfic100 is also made canon fodder by in this good-natured comedy of cliches.

    Why You Might Not Care: If you’re not a parody person, or dislike slash so much you can’t even read about it when it’s being mocked.  This is like a little commentary on a Remu/Sirius fic you can’t remember the name of but are sure you read.

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    September 4th, 2007

    Disaster: See Also, Remus J. Lupin, Lovelife Of

    Disaster: See Also, Remus J. Lupin, Lovelife Of by Lady Bracknell

    Summary: Remus claims that his lovelife has always been a disaster. He’s had vases thrown at him, made girls cry in public and done very reckless things in broom cupboards. Assorted Romance, Novel Length, 91,052 Words.

    Why You Should Care: HaHA! Anything that starts out with Remus getting dumped via a passed note in the library has got to be promising. This follows the ups, downs, tos, fros, and constant trending toward complete misadventure that is Remus Lupin’s interaction with women. From his very first girlfriend through to meeting Tonks with whom he will finally take the plunge, Remus almost never plays the maudlin, noble hero we’ve come to expect of his fanon counterpart. Rather, he’s right in there looking for love, but somehow managing to get swept up in all the wrong ways with all the wrong girls more often then not. It’s delightful, and very real. This is slanted toward humor, though in moments it is as much an apt character study of Remus as any shorter, introspective oneshot might have been. All of the original characters have been created with care, and none of them slip sideways into Mary Sueism, which is a phenomenal feat all on its own. Thoroughly, completely enjoyable.

    Why You Might Not Care: If you’re in this only for the eventual Remus/Tonks, then you might be a little disappointed at how little of their relationship this fic gets into. This is about the (very lengthy and often bumpy) road of one man looking for love, and how there is rarely just one person for any of us. This is the journey Remus takes to Tonks, and the fiction rightly ends when they have finally stumbled into each other.

    Awards: 2008 Hourglass Award, Best Het Romance — First Place; September 2007 Gold Star Award for Excellence in Harry Potter Fanfiction.

    Thanks To: Christina, for suggesting this most excellent author.

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    September 3rd, 2007

    Five Years

    Five Years by Tala

    Summary: In 1983 the Wizarding World was just begining to recover in the aftermath of the first war against Voldemort. It was also the five year reunion for the Hogwarts class of 1978. Oneshot, 1,078 Words.

    Why You Should Care: Remus lost nearly everything on Halloween in 1981, but he is the most important kind of brave when he shows up at his five-year reunion and the only one sitting at the Gryffindor table. The way he commemorates the fallen Marauders is perfect; there is no better memorial for these four carefree boys, and to see Remus go about it so quietly makes me all teary. Telling this story from the unnamed point of view of the other lone remaining Gryffindor who finds her own comfort with her Hufflepuff friends is a fair and complimentary telling, and we experience Remus’ grief second-hand. Bittersweet.

    Why You Might Not Care: This is not really angst, however much it may appear so on the surface. It’s actually quite uplifting, because Remus choses to remember the lives of the Marauders and not their deaths. It’s not fluffy, either, for obvious reasons. This fic lives in that very solemn, general space in between, but all canon-Nazis will tell you that most really good fics do.

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    September 2nd, 2007

    Scary Monsters

    Scary Monsters by Penknife

    Summary: It’s not easy having monsters in the family. Oneshot, 4,716 Words.

    Why You Should Care: Penknife has a way with words and an ability to slip in and out of more canon characters than possibly any other fanfiction author.  Many fic writers have trouble writing convincing stories about young children, but Penknife takes on Remus when he couldn’t have been more than five or six, and takes him from moon to moon as he and his parents try and deal with the realities of lycanthropy.  Remus is forced at a young age to come to terms with a definition of the word “monster” that most do not have to until they are much older, and it is easy to see how he grew up so fast.

    Why You Might Not Care: I admit I had hoped for a little more clarity on what it was that Remus’ father had done to Fenrir Greyback that set him on his son, but in the end that’s not what this fic is about, and so I don’t mind too much that all we get of that is in passing.  This is about Remus, about unfortunate things that happen to children, and about people being the worst kinds of monsters.

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    August 30th, 2007

    Movement

    Movement by MrsTater

    Summary: Things appear to have changed. Drabble, 958 Words.

    Why You Should Care: I just like it. It’s Remus and Tonks’ first kiss, and I feel as though Remus is done quite well. He isn’t prematurely noble and self-sacrificing right out of the gate, and is even unashamedly responsible for leading them to it. This is Remus before he’s had time to think too much, and it’s easy to see why Tonks fell for him. I’d fall for him, if it were me.

    Why You Might Not Care: Oh, well. Fluff, you know. Kissing. Melt-in-your mouth romance. A small, creamy, milk chocolate truffle that makes you go “mmm…”. If this were a movie scene, it would most certainly be in a Romantic Comedy.

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    August 29th, 2007

    Here at the End of All Things

    Here at the End of All Things by NotSoSoft

    Summary: Here at the end of all things, she thinks absently, immediately confused at what brought about this fleeting, unprovoked musing. Oneshot, 7,999 Words.

    Why You Should Care: Every time a class graduates, it is the end of an era, and the graduation of the Marauders is no different. NotSoSoft pens us a lovely introspective piece that takes each Marauder by turn and unfolds them at this pivotal moment. They each stand side-by-side on the edges of their own deep chasms, staring off into that terrifying thing called adulthood, and wonder where the will go and what they will do now. Peter, especially, is a remarkable version of himself here; surprisingly discerning and self-aware. He is truly a Marauder, but it is possible to see in him the things that make him lose his way, and his character study is especially revealing.

    Why You Might Not Care: People who have not yet experienced the pang and nostalgia of graduation won’t feel this in quite the same ways those who have will, but it’s good regardless. Simple, quiet, and reflective.

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    August 23rd, 2007

    Of A Sort

    Of A Sort by FernWithy

    Summary: A series of stories about the experience all Hogwarts students share: being Sorted into their houses on their first day at school. Novel Length (abandoned), 49,388 Words.

    Why You Should Care: FernWithy says in her notes that she considers this idea of hers woefully overused, but I confess I have never read a compilation like this, so for me it’s quite original. It deals a little with sorting and a lot with how the first day of school can very much affect the rest of your educational life. The seemingly benign choices made on the Hogwarts Express have lasting repercussions, some of which we’ve seen even in canon.

    Why You Might Not Care: This appears to have been abandoned as she began to attempt the sorting of the Trio Era characters, but I have rec’d it for the strength of the things I think are more valuable — that is to say, the fact that she’s already tackled the characters we haven’t seen being sorted. It’s been about a year and a half since an update, and I sort of wish she’d just ended it with the sorting of Tonks instead of trying to slog onwards. We’ve already seen Harry’s generation and their sorting, so I feel it’s unnecessary. Parts have since been made AU by new canon factoids offered by JKR, but it still stands quite well.

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    August 20th, 2007

    Last Brother’s Valediction

    Last Brother’s Valediction by DMP

    Summary: Lupin contemplates death and tries to rationalise it the only way he can. Oneshot, 1,551 Words.

    Why You Should Care: There are lots and lots and lots of “Remus reflects after Sirius dies” fics out there.  Quite a few of them are bad — terribly cliche, carbon copies of each other — and lots are all right.  There are a few that are outstanding, and DMP gives the issue a slightly different slant which, I think, has made all the difference.  Here she highlights a fundamental distinction between Remus and Sirius and the way they deal (or do not deal) with their own emotional weight, and Remus’ reflections circle this theme.  The letter exchange between he and Harry is appropriately strained — both of them are floundering in an unwelcome storm of criss-crossing emotions, and neither of them is capable of sharing the weight with someone else.  This fic has one of my most favorite closing lines ever, by the way, and it will hold a high place in my heart for that feat alone.

    Why You Might Not Care: This is not slash.  I feel it’s important to point this out, because I would wager that a good 75% of the fics that fall into the “Remus reflects after Sirius dies” category do end up being slash in some form or another.  The fact that this one is decidedly not is probably one of the reasons I love it so much.  It’s not quite angst, either; it’s almost Remus reflecting on angst.  Sort of.

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