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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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    December 20th, 2007

    Seven Ways Words Can Hurt

    Seven Ways Words Can Hurt by LindseyGirl

    Summary: Seven moments in Sirius’ life. Drabbles, 442 Words.

    Why You Should Care: A set of seven fantastic drabbles that are quite a lot about Sirius and even more about the reckless use of words and the power they have to change lives. This author has nailed the drabble format with unusual precision: she knows with every one exactly what she needs to say and resists the temptation to say anything else that might distract from her theme. She is also mindful of the collection she has created, and each leads to the next smoothly and effortlessly. Very nice.

    Why You Might Not Care: Her use of “Sirius’s” to (wrongly) abbreviate “Sirius is” drives me to pulling out my own hair. I have rec’d it in spite of this, but it still annoys the hell out of me. Also, I can’t decided if there’s an allusion to Sirius/Remus or not. If there is, I’m likewise somewhat annoyed. If there isn’t, then good.

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    December 19th, 2007

    Lacuna

    Lacuna by Andromeda311

    Summary: After Azkaban, Sirius steals a puzzle and starts trying to put himself back together. It’s harder than he expected. Oneshot, 1,377 Words.

    Why You Should Care: Writing Sirius freshly out of Azkaban is no easy task, but trust Andromeda311 to get it right. The metaphor she draws to putting together a puzzle of a familiar picture is keenly affecting, and the immense feeling of personal desolation and emptiness is portrayed without purple prose or sentiment. The message that sometimes leaving behind torture is harder than being tortured is indeed a wise one. A sensitive and brilliant character study.

    Why You Might Not Care: Can’t think of a single reason. Don’t you hate it when I say that?

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    December 10th, 2007

    Faded Laughter

    Faded Laughter by Mary Borsellino

    Summary: Ginny finds a portrait in the attic. Oneshot, 1,386 Words.

    Why You Should Care: This fic almost brought tears to my eyes. The premise is that Ginny finds an old portrait of Sirius in the attic, and the way it’s told is so sweet and quintessential. Young!Sirius is so filled with energy and passion, and this is contrasted by the almost lethargic Ginny that we meet: so young and yet so old. And there are these fabulous moments, like when Ginny thinks that she could be infatuated by Sirius’ charm, or when Sirius refers to the Weasleys as ‘spawn’. Particular kudos for using Ginny and not Harry, the more obvious choice. It’s nice to see her with some true emotion and sensitivity.

    Why You Might Not Care: A little too short to give as much impact. Plus Mary Borsellino falls into the old trap of just having to include a moment of Remus/Sirius. But it’s nicely handled and actually adds somewhat to the fic.

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    December 4th, 2007

    So Much Lighter Now I Have Met You

    So Much Lighter Now I Have Met You by EverBlue3

    Summary: “I guess, given the significance of all you represent, I expected you to be heavier.” Sirius’s initial thoughts following Harry’s birth. Oneshot, 1,657 Words.

    Why You Should Care: There’s such a truth, artless and open, about this fic. Harry’s birth, even before he Lived, was such a momentous occasion — the tortured passions of war projected in something innocent and fragile — and in Sirius’ mind here we see the thoughts and feelings of the time. It’s sweet and sad and all the fears and worries coming pouring out to this child: not in an exaggerated way, but with true depth of character. We see everything Sirius hides and we see everything Sirius can’t bring himself to think, let alone say. And yet behind it all is the echo, the shadow, the style with that arrogance and that teenage playfulness that we all know and love. There’s so much being said, and yet there’s still a real, definable character in there. EverBlue3 lets us truly understand how it must have felt to hold the child, to feel its pulse and know its importance.

    Why You Might Not Care: I’m not really sure. It’s sweet and sad and a little bit funny, and I reckon there’s something here for most people.

    Apologies: Again, this is late, I’m sorry. Let me explain: if I don’t have time to post the rec the night before I email myself the link and the story summary and write them at school. Occasionally I have an issue at school (such as, today, the computer rooms were all closed for software trials) and I have to do it when I get home. I don’t abandon you, I swear!

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    December 2nd, 2007

    Thirteen

    Thirteen by Minnow

    Summary: Remus is with Sirius, but obsessed with young girls. AU, 9,135 Words.

    Why You Should Care: Jesus, this fic is horrifying. Minnow doesn’t use euphemisms, Minnow doesn’t sugar-coat, she doesn’t try to justify or prettify — Remus in this fic is a paedophile, no more or less. It’s terrifying the amount of realism, the dark cruelties of the character. The writing, the psychological depth that the author went into… it’s chillingly fantastic. It’s cold, it’s impersonal, it’s character-driven, it’s tightly woven structurally …it’s incredible. Unbelievable. Read it.

    Why You Might Not Care: Thirteen is easily one of the best fics I have ever read, but it’s hard to escape the fact that it’s flagrantly anti-canon and yes, it’s about a paedophile. But if you can possibly, even partially, get over those facts, you will not regret reading this fic. It’s fabulous.

    Warnings: This fic is rated NC-17 and contains sexual situations between adults and minors, including non-con and dubious-con. There’s also slash. But it’s pretty inconsequential.

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    November 27th, 2007

    Kiss and Tell

    Kiss and Tell by Lady Bracknell

    Summary: For all his supposed genius, Sirius Black had always had rather a blind spot for the patently obvious. 6,658 Words.

    Why You Should Care: Mostly ’cause I haven’t rec’d Lady Bracknell in a while, though anyone who’s clever can see just about anything she writes is fantastic and won’t have waited for me to suggest it to devour everything she’s got. Once again, she brings us a great little story that both fits into her broader universe, but stands alone so well it’s practically a oneshot. She’s always on form with her favorite characters, and she’s better than most at the comic set up. Go, with my blessings.

    Why You Might Not Care: Lady Bracknell has rated this R for Adult Themes, but there’s nothing here you haven’t seen on daytime TV. It’s perfectly work safe, so far as I’m concerned.

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    November 26th, 2007

    Being An Historical Record of Events Surrounding the Unfortunate Truth-Or-Dare Game of February the Twenty-Second, and Consequences Thereof

    Being An Historical Record of Events Surrounding the Unfortunate Truth-Or-Dare Game of February the Twenty-Second, and Consequences Thereof by MoonPants

    Summary: “He was aware not only of James’s grin, but that Peter was smiling and sitting forward, too — and oh, God, so was Sirius. All of them grinning, laughing a little, waiting to hear the outcome of another good — if slightly cheap — joke of James’s. For a brief, terrifying moment, Remus found that he hated every last one of them. They were bastards and they had no idea and he hated them.” Mostly Humour, 26,905 Words.

    Why You Should Care: While I don’t particularly adore slash, every once in a while I come across one I thoroughly enjoy and — as per usual — it’s a Remus/Sirius fic.  This one in particular is a nice read, with nice characterisations of each of the Marauders (we-ell… for the two-point-four seconds Peter’s in the story, he seems well characterised, anyway) and a nice build up into the steamy bits.  It kept my attention throughout, made me laugh regularly, and it was interesting to follow Sirius on his journey through this one.  MoonPants also gives us a reason for James and Co. being so damn comfortable with homosexuality, and while it’s a bit plot devicey it is still there, which is more than I can say for a lot of slash fic.  Also?  Props for the guts to give this fic the longest title I’ve ever seen.

    Why You Might Not Care: Well, this is for the slash lovers here.  It’s also NC-17 slash, just so no one’s surprised, with a couple of Not-Work-Safe sections.  The author warns that a lot of the plot elements have been “stolen” from other stories — and there are a few cliches here, make no mistake — but she carries them off with good enough writing that you don’t really notice them so much. 

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    November 14th, 2007

    A Spirit of Brotherhood

    A Spirit of Brotherhood by Torch

    Summary: Tea, nightshirts, and blood. Cooperation isn’t all it’s cracked up to be for Sirius, Severus, and Remus. Oneshot, 19,878 Words.

    Why You Should Care: Delightful characterisation and dialogue, that’s why.  All three characters are exceedingly well written — if you are willing to suspend disbelief at the central conceit.  These three characters have been thrown into a highly unusual and unlikely situation, and if you can allow for that, then you will enjoy the rest of this fic enormously.  There is quite a lot happening under the surface, and it’s going in all directions.  The character interaction is quite masterfully — and often quite subtly — done, and the dialogue is first-rate.  Torch captures the individual and distinct voice and patterns of each Sirius, Remus and Snape, and the conversation only ever feels off when it goes the way of exposition.

    Why You Might Not Care: There might be slash connotations here, though I seriously doubt it.  Nothing about it other than a few of the situations seems very slashy, and — in my experience — slash writers do not tend toward subtlety.  As mentioned, the plot is… a little contrived.  It’s also decidedly un-canon, as of the release of OotP (it was most certainly written in that three year break between GoF and OotP), but for all that I strongly believe this would never have happened — that Snape would never have agreed to it — in the same moment I wholeheartedly believe that, if it did happen, this is likely how it might have gone.

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    October 22nd, 2007

    How To Write A Love Letter

    How To Write A Love Letter by BlueBottleButterfly

    Summary: James writes his first love letter. Well, he tries, anyway. One shot, 2,123 Words.

    Why You Should Care: I’m a total sucker for this type of fic: silly and a bit mad, and just a bit of fun. This fic is a nice antidote to anything deep, meaningful or philosophical. Sirius and James are just teenage boys, hanging out, having a laugh, thinking about girls and themselves. There’s nothing intellectual about this fic. There’s nothing heart-stopping, or moving, or eye-opening. It’s just fun.

    Why You Might Not Care: This characterisation of Sirius is a little cliched, and, as I mentioned, there’s nothing here for someone who wants a really meaty fic. Everything about this is light-hearted. Enjoy.

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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 10th, 2007

    Final Draft

    Final Draft by Koonelli

    Summary: Here, read this speech. I went through a lot of pains to get it. It belongs to a certain best man, who read it at a certain wedding. Oneshot, 1,958 Words.

    Why You Should Care: I love this. It’s the sweetest, funniest, most adorable Best Man speech I ever heard. It’s very light and gentle, and has a great deal of humour. On top of all this, Koonelli produces a few memorable dramatic moments that give the reader a bit of food for thought: a welcome addition to this otherwise lightweight piece.

    Why You Might Not Care: Okay, I tried to claim that it isn’t, but truly, this is just a little bit of fluff with Lily and James and Sirius being all adoring and having a laugh and being all Marauder-y because it’s their last chance, damnit! So read it and reflect that this is what JKR killed off.

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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 6th, 2007

    California

    California by Q

    Summary: She likes to smoke while she watches the sunset from the hill overlooking the Forbidden Forest. Oneshot, 717 words.

    Why You Should Care: I have something of a bias here, because Lily/Sirius is my OTP, but truly, you don’t even need to ship it to love the delicacies of this fic. It’s all about the dialogue, all about what isn’t said. What I find truly interesting is, what they are saying appears to be pretty open: a lot of fics have them saying very bland things that mean a great deal, while here they open up, but their true meanings are still hidden. It’s so clever, I call it a real find.

    Why You Might Not Care: Most people aren’t into Lily/Sirius, but unless you’re a virulent hater, this shouldn’t put you off. Although it’s a oneshot, I still reckon this fic could do with a little padding out; some of the beauty is lost merely by constrains of length. It’s not perfect, but it’s a diamond in the rough.

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    October 5th, 2007

    A Drift of Azaleas

    A Drift of Azaleas by FernWithy

    Summary: When Sirius returns to Grimmauld Place for the first time since leaving home, he comes face to face with the mistress of the house. Oneshot, 2,803 Words.

    Why You Should Care: It would be nice and easy to think that Sirius always hated his family, and that he continues to hate them single-mindedly to the end of his days, but the truth of all family politics is infinitely more complicated than that, and sons inevitably (and unwillingly) seek their mother’s approval.  The bond between a mother and a son — no matter how disparaging — is made of something more instinctual than hate.  This is a story of a mother waiting for her child to come home to her, and the duties of a son that even being disowned doesn’t excuse.  As with anything written by FernWithy, it’s done with precision and care.

    Why You Might Not Care: Again, this is one of those thematically universal fics by an established, well-rounded, popular Harry Potter fanfic writer.  What’s not to like?

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    September 27th, 2007

    Two Men To Make One Brother

    Two Men To Make One Brother by Jamesly

    Summary: He, Sirius, he is the heir; he is the one to carry the name and the fortune and the status, not Regulus, with his runny nose, curling toes, and doughy cheeks. Oneshot, 3,120 Words.

    Why You Should Care: This is an excellent story about two brothers who both love and hate each other for reasons that only make sense to siblings. Mostly, though, it’s the story of the younger of the two; Sirius’ POV provides us with both prologue and epilogue like bookends, but Regulus is the one we get to know the best. They experience the range of emotions most siblings do — jealously, affection, fraternity — and Regulus struggles as he tries not to notice Sirius drift farther and farther away. In the end, though, no matter how much we’d like to hate our family, we still somehow love them anyway, because they are family; Jamesly nails the mix perfectly.

    Why You Might Not Care: There is some Remus/Sirius slash used to drive the wedge even further. Personally, I don’t think it was needed — I think the piece would have been more powerful without something so taboo and anvilicious to sink the nail, but if it could have been simply the drift of choice that sent Sirius and Regulus in two different directions. The slash is there, however, for better or worse, though it isn’t the focus by any stretch.

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    September 26th, 2007

    Need

    Need by CherryChalk

    Summary: He hates it. He wants it. And maybe, deep down, he’s accepted that he needs her too. Drabble, 326 words.

    Why You Should Care: Okay, I’m going to admit, this is an incest fic. But it’s a damned good incest fic which, within less than five hundred words, perfectly depicts the characters of Sirius and Bellatrix, as well as beautifully probing at the sin, the lust, the danger that incest is. It’s tense, it’s frightening — it’s intensely passionate, terrifyingly so. Trust me, this fic will turn your views on incest upside down.

    Why You Might Not Care: If you don’t like incest. Basically. But read it anyway — everyone should. It’s fabulous.

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    September 22nd, 2007

    At the First Turning of the Second Stair

    At the First Turning of the Second Stair by Lirazal

    Summary: ‘Together they are too much knowledge, all the same memories, almost completely Black as they never are when with anyone else.’ Sirius and Andromeda, the night before he runs away. Oneshot, 1,763 words.

    Why You Should Care: What I love about this fic is that Sirius and Andromeda are truly Blacks in it. You read so many fics where they use Muggle slang, and swear, and act up to escape their roots. But here they are just Black children, who’re choosing to take another path. Much of the dialogue is refreshingly natural, and there’s a delicate feel to what’s said, as if it’s only held up by what’s unsaid.

    Why You Might Not Care: If you don’t like the Blacks, there’s nothing for you here. And maybe this fic could do with a little touching up here and there, to make the writing less awkward in places. On the other hand, I like the way it’s a little rough and raw. Maybe you disagree. But I still reckon you should read it.

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    September 14th, 2007

    Clouds In My Coffee

    Clouds In My Coffee by Lady Bracknell

    Summary: Parties like this are for nameless drinks and faceless people, Sirius thinks, and drowning out the world for a while so they can pretend it doesn’t exist. Oneshot, 3,327 Words.

    Why You Should Care: This is a little interlude in Lady Bracknell’s “Disaster: See Also, Remus J. Lupin, Lovelife Of” told from Sirius’ POV, and it’s hot. This is perfect pre-Azkaban Sirius, and his impressive ego is in full form. This is great little riff, with pretty girls, body language, pop lyrics, and liquor. This is exactly why Sirius obviously had no trouble getting girls. Great characterization of Sirius, and — as always — Lady Bracknell delivers us an OC that could never be called a Mary Sue. I love that this manages to be completely sexy without ever once straying past PG13 territory. MMMmmm, good.

    Why You Might Not Care: If you think Sirius has a warm, gooey centre where he’s not arrogant, then you’re wrong. There’s a little Want-Take-Have in Sirius Black, and I for one love it. He’s not a player so much as he’s a difficult person to captivate for a long period of time, and he fills the boredom any way he can. Susan goes in with her eyes open, and that makes her worthy of the attention. This is a “missing scene” from “Disaster: See Also, Remus J Lupin, Lovelife Of”, but it does stand alone very well, so I wouldn’t consider it required reading.

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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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