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    August 19th, 2007

    The Shoebox Project

    The Shoebox Project by Dorkorific and LadyJaida

    NOTE: The Shoebox Project LJ community has been hacked. The link that purportedly points to a “new” archive actually points to a keystroke-logging virus. Until the community has been restored, I’ve pointed the link to a place where you can download Shoebox chapters in PDF format.

    Summary: A multi-media Remus/Sirius extravaganze, with plenty of James, Lily and Peter thrown in to make things extra-fun. Novel Length, Probably over 100,000 Words.

    Why You Should Care: This is… this is the Remus/Sirius fanfic, people. There is no other better, no other more in depth, and no other that is more realistic. If it was canon, this is how it would have been. Dorkorific and LadyJaida never forget that these are teenagers in the 70s to whom the idea of homosexuality is not an entirely comfortable one, and the coming together of Remus and Sirius is achingly slow; at some places, they almost move backwards. But every section of this fic is so fantastically well written — like a huge collection of smaller stories that link together — that it probably wouldn’t matter if Remus and Sirius never figured it out, because there are plenty of other reasons to stay and read this. It is romantic, completely comical, but 100% real and I adore it. The characters are all fantastically written, and each has their own distinctive personality (which is often a difficult thing to find in Marauder fics) and I love it. Love, love, love it. There are notes between friends, diary entires, and dozens of fantastically drawn “photos” of the golden age of the Marauders. I love it.

    Why You Might Not Care: It’s addictive. When you start, it’s very difficult not to stop. It’s also still a work in progress, and sometimes there are significant lags in between updates. But it the end it is all worth it, because this is easily one of the top five Marauder fics I have ever read. If you are one of the very, very few people who hasn’t already found this, make some time and get over there and read it for God sakes, in case the internet collapses in on itself and The Shoebox Project disappears forever. Go. NOW.

    Awards: 2007 Hourglass Award, Best Overall — First Place.

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    August 16th, 2007

    Smoke and Mirrors

    Smoke and Mirrors by Andromeda311

    Summary: Twenty somewhat related facts about the Marauders. And Lily. Drabble Collection, 1,761 Words.

    Why You Should Care: It’s such a unique idea, so simple and graceful and straightforward, but these little tidbits and trifles manage to be more telling than a novel-length MWPP-era fic, and it deals with all five characters equally and by turns. Genius.

    Why You Might Not Care: Because you’re lazy and stupid. Otherwise, you’d obviously read it.

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    August 14th, 2007

    Redeeming Time

    Redeeming Time by Minx (Thanks to gomita23 for the new link!)

    Summary: In the year after Sirius plays his trick on Snape, James and his friends confront changes in themselves, in their relationships, and in those around them. Novel Length, Oneshot, 45,725 Words.

    Why You Should Care: Another author tackles the impossible task of the Marauders during their last couple of years at school. What she does not do is give us every excruciating detail, but rather writes four stories that connect into one larger one. This is most assuredly a Remus/Sirius and a James/Lily, but it’s all told from James’ POV, which is an unusual choice for a slash fic. It makes the slash much more palatable for those of us who don’t usually read it, and what’s really well done is that James has to do some mental adjustments as he finds out the truth about Sirius, and later Remus, which is what any young man would have to do when confronted about this by two of his best friends. James has trouble adjusting, and while it might not be as much as real life, it is there where usual slash just sort of bypasses the awkwardness of the situation without a word. Also, I adore James’ parents in this fic, and for the rest of my life I will always believe that his mother was a painter and had just such a room full of paintings of James, canon be damned.

    Why You Might Not Care: The slash is all above board, and while it only just scrapes the delicate chastity of a kiss, it’s most definitely there and dominates the story. The boys seem a little too young throughout, like fourteen or fifteen year-old versions of themselves instead of sixteen and seventeen, and Peter is conspicuously and often absent, but in the end I enjoyed it despite all that, so good on Minx. Me and slash don’t typically get along so well.

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    August 12th, 2007

    Christmas on the Dai Llewllyn Ward

    Christmas on the Dai Llewllyn Ward by Emily Anne

    Summary: “Lupin strolled away from the bed and over to the werewolf, who had no visitors and was looking rather wistfully at the crowd around Mr Weasley.” It’s the happiest day of the year, and the bleakest time of his life, until a complete stranger reaches out to him.  Oneshot, 3,911 Words.

    Why You Should Care: A missing scene from Order of the Phoenix.  Remus doesn’t mince words or sugar-coat the facts when he sits down next to a man so recently bitten he hasn’t even experienced the full moon yet, and perhaps a little brutal honesty is just what the doctor ordered.  Remus is quite close to canon here, and the author dares to dig a little deeper into what — exactly — being a werewolf entails.  Most authors tend to side-step the issue, but Emily Anne doesn’t shy away from it at all.

    Why You Might Not Care: It’s a little exposition-y.  And Remus is perhaps a little too willing to talk about his own experiences, and I can never decide if he’s the kind of person who would be open about being a werewolf or if he’s generally closed-mouth about it.  Certainly Harry learns some things, but I wonder if the ease at which Harry puts Remus on those issues doesn’t have a lot to do with Harry looking so much like James.  I wonder at how open JKR’s Remus would actually be in this situation: clearly, he went over there in the first place, but what would the conversation actually have been like?  Emily Anne gives it a try and does quite a good job.

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    August 5th, 2007

    Cold Water

    Cold Water by R.J. Anderson

    Summary: Remus Lupin’s private interview with an old schoolmate results in some painful but necessary soul-searching, and some surprising discoveries for both parties. Set after the events of OotP.  3,231 Words.

    Why You Should Care: Somehow, this manages to deal with several things all in one conversation between Remus and Snape.  The prank is highlighted, but what’s interesting to see at work here is the dynamic between these two people.  Remus is the ever-forgiving, ever-regretful, last-standing Marauder looking to ease his guilt, and Snape would have him believe he takes none of it.  The development of these two characters is surprising for a fiction so short, but the sense that they manage to at least come to some sort of vague understanding is potent.  The storytelling and writing itself is, as always with R.J. Anderson, well worth the price of admission.  It’s nice to see her slice into Remus, and it give us a fantastically caustic yet telling second perspective of Severus Snape.  Snape is apt and observant — somewhat to Remus’s surprise — and he appears in this story as a man who has found his strength and left aside old insecurities.

    Why You Might Not Care: This piece almost — but not quite — stands alone from R.J. Anderson’s Darkness and Light Trilogy.  There is a call-back, though slight, and someone not versed in her world will not quite understand the last section entirely, but the sentiment does make it through unscathed.  Snape is a sort of interesting fanon version of himself that is in some ways so close to canon as to be indistinguishable, but here and there are the hints of the Snape Anderson has created on JKR’s base in Darkness and Light.  I loved it, but recognize it’s a very tiny piece of a much larger puzzle.

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    August 1st, 2007

    Misanthropy, Lycanthropy, And The Pursuit of Knowledge

    Misanthropy, Lycanthropy, And The Pursuit of Knowledge by Halrloprillalar

    Summary: Snape is making progress with the Wolfsbane potion, but to continue working on it he must have 24/7 access to Lupin to observe and record subtle changes. Slash, 6,437 Words.

    Why You Should Care: It’s all in the dialogue, this rec. There are precious few authors who can slip so easily into Snape’s voice, then slip just as easily out of it to find Remus’. The verbal exchanges between these two characters have just the right quality. Also?  Props for a fantastic title.  This is a Remus/Snape with some undertones of Remus/Sirius.

    Why You Might Not Care: I should not like this piece. Did you see that pairing up there– Remus/Snape? Everything in me rails at it: the slash tones that are unashamedly uncanon and completely, impossibly fantasy, the motivations of the characters, the strained, often awkward narration all make this fic slightly frustrating. If I were to be completely honest, this fic needs a good twice over from a couple of critical Betas. But, in the end, the dialogue is just that good and I can’t help myself from liking it anyway, despite all of the things that don’t work for me. I seriously debated whether or not to add it here, but the truth is other fic writers could learn something from this about how to write fantastic dialogue — which tends to be the area most people have trouble with — and so I’ve included it primarily for that reason. Sometimes I surprise myself.

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    July 24th, 2007

    Fall On Me

    Fall On Me by Marina Frants

    Summary: After fourteen years apart, how well does Remus still know Sirius? And how well does Sirius know himself? Oneshot, 5,293 Words.

    Why You Should Care: Marina Frants has only written a few pieces of Harry Potter fan fiction, but rest-assured all of it is well worth reading. At the end of GoF, Dumbledore sends Sirius to “lay low” at Remus’ for a while, and this picks up where that left off as these two people try and re-connect. What happens is sometimes light, sometimes easy, sometimes awkward, and sometimes terribly difficult. There are moments here that are so somber, so telling, that the author doesn’t need to go into extensive detail or conversation. Like most men, these two communicate in silent, quiet ways, but it proves just as effective. Both Remus and Sirius are well constructed. I particularly loved Remus’ hypothetical gardening.

    Why You Might Not Care: This is not in any way a slash fiction, for those who think it might go that way. This is a story about friendship and time, and occasionally a story about guilt and shame. So if it’s slash action you’re hoping for, this is likely to disappoint. Also, once again my penchant for character pieces has made me select a fiction that is low on the action-packed adventure and high on the quiet moments of introspect. Go figure.

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    July 20th, 2007

    Wolfsbane

    Wolfsbane by Pirate Perian

    Summary: During their school days, Sirius became an Animagus for Remus’ sake. But now years have passed and Remus has started taking the Wolfsbane Potion, which helps him keep his own mind (if not his own body) at the full moon. Over the summer of 1995, Padfoot sees Moony under the influence of the Potion for the first time, and Sirius realizes how much Remus has changed over the last fourteen years. Oneshot, 2,834 Words.

    Why You Should Care: This touches on the inevitable question of Sirius’ worth during OotP, and what is left of him and for him after fifteen years in prison. Things have changed, and Sirius is having trouble adjusting as people often do. A realistic look at the beginning decent of one man into depression.

    Why You Might Not Care: The characters are some version of canon in this fiction, both right and not right by turns, but the sentiment is accurate, and the motivation behind it. Remus especially seems less sensitive to Sirius’ increasing frustration that he should be.

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    July 3rd, 2007

    Splinters

    Splinters by InFabula

    Summary: A conversation between Remus and Sirius following their chat with Harry about the scene in the Pensieve. Oneshot, 2,134 Words.

    Why You Should Care: This is a missing scene from OotP, and a difficult conversation between friends. InFabula finds the adult voices of Sirius and Remus quite well, and this feels as though it could have been effortlessly inserted into JKR’s work. This is not so much a character study as a conversation twitched with more meaningful subtext, and we gather a little more insight on the event and the people Harry saw in the pensieve. Neither ground-breaking nor staggeringly potent, but a quiet little piece about retrospect.

    Why You Might Not Care: There is nothing particularly earth-shatteringly good about this fic, but I like it non-the-less. Something about a conversation between two people gets me every time, and so I feel I should share this with everyone. Anyone with zero interest in the Marauders (as teenagers or as adults) might not enjoy this as much as I did.

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    June 26th, 2007

    Civilised

    Civilised by Copperbadge

    Summary: Lupin gives up his bed freely enough, because sometimes you have to make sacrifices to be human… Oneshot, 2,151 Words.

    Why You Should Care: It’s a neat little character sketch about Remus and why he is the way he is, and how being a werewolf has affected other areas of his life including his personality. The dialogue is well written and the characters are canon-accurate.

    Why You Might Not Care: While thoughtful and with canon characters, the situations somehow don’t ring true and make the whole concept just a little… awkward. However, even though the setup is contrived, I’ve rec’d this anyway mostly because I feel it makes some accurate points about Remus — specifically how who he is and how he deals with people is always influenced by the fact that he is a werewolf. I’m sure there could have been a better way to set this up, but I feel it’s worthy anyway.

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    June 14th, 2007

    Sublimation and the Snitch, by Remus J. Lupin

    Sublimation and the Snitch, by Remus J. Lupin by SamVimes

    Summary: Remus Lupin wrote an essay about Quidditch and sex in his seventh year. Are you brave enough to read it? You’ll never see the Snitch the same way again… Humor, 4,726 Words.

    Why You Should Care: An essay, as written on the above topic by Remus. It’s a wonderfully amusing little exercise.

    Why You Might Not Care: Well… to be honest, if you start to fall asleep reading an essay, you might not find the funny here. It’s a little geared towards an audience that knows the process and format of writing papers – not high school essays, but collage-style papers. The brilliance in this lies in that somewhere, someone has written an actual academic paper on this very topic – I guarantee it.

    Awards: 2008 Hourglass Award, Best Comedy Fic — First Place

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    June 4th, 2007

    The Taste of Apples

    The Taste of Apples by Setissma

    Summary: Remus is in love with someone she isn’t, Tonks has the wrong eyes, and Harry Potter smiles. Implied Slash, 3,750 Words.

    Why You Should Care: It’s just… an interesting idea that doesn’t make any sense at all, yet makes a lot of sense at the same time. I don’t know how this fic does it, but it manages to be Remus/Sirius and Remus/Tonks almost in the exact same moments. It’s just very original, and while I’m not typically a huge slash fan, this fic just drew me right in. The author does a great job making you sympathetic to Remus while at the same time hating him just a little bit for using Tonks.

    Why You Might Not Care: Those who don’t like slash, probably not your best bet. It’s transitional, and there is no actual slash shown, but it’s not under the radar either. The style of this may not appeal to everyone: it feels almost poetic in places, and the author likes to play with language. It’s also just a little bit… strange.

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