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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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    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 24th, 2007


    Grasp by Laura Smith

    Summary: The dead don’t dream. Drabble, 509 Words.

    Why You Should Care: The thought that Sirius might be trapped forever in a purgatory such as this breaks my heart a little, because I feel he has earned his rest and not the pain of being this flimsy, half-formed ghost. It’s unclear whether or not the people Sirius spies upon are real or ghosts of souls themselves, but I think that is as Smith intended. The language is sweeping, like the wind-blown folds of the cloaks of Dementors, and there is the tang of restlessness throughout. The observation that “Arthur is not made for heroism, but he stands there as he always did” is just… wow. It made the hairs on the back of my neck tingle in that way only amazing prose can.

    Why You Might Not Care: This is touched (slightly more than only vaguely) with Remus/Sirius slash connotations, but it compliments the piece nicely rather than takes away from it. It is a softer angst, but angst never-the-less, and herein there are no happy endings.

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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 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 15th, 2007

    From the Desk of James F. Potter

    From the Desk of James F. Potter by Xylodemon

    Summary: James writes his resume, and Sirius helps… or rather, doesn’t help at all. Oneshot, 650 Words.

    Why You Should Care: It’s funny as heck, that’s why. Everyone normal hates writing a resume, and it turns out wizards are no different. James and Sirius are in top-notch form, and the friendly insults and British slang runs rampant. Highly enjoyable. It brings the banter effectively.

    Why You Might Not Care: There is not point except the funny. If that’s not your cup of tea, wrong story.

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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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    July 27th, 2007

    A Small Truce

    A Small Truce by Marina Frants

    Summary: Severus Snape threatens an owl, faces a moral quandary, and talks to a wall.  Oneshot, 6,833 Words.

    Why You Should Care: And here’s another exceptional fic written by Marina Frants.  The relationship between Snape and Sirius Black has never been friendly, and it shows as Snape becomes a very reluctant rescuer.  Told from Snape’s POV with his brand of trademark sarcastic commentary, the characterization here is dead on: Sirius is as colourful, quick-tempered, and restless as his canon counterpart, and Snape is a complete bastard through and through to the very core. Even when Sirius’s Gryffindor sensibilities make him offer a half-hearted, begrudging apology (which obviously Snape smacks down with appropriate Slytherin contempt) their interaction is delightfully hostile.   What is fascinating is the set-up, and how these two people are from start to finish clearly on the same side (which they both know) and yet never once back off the snark.  The moral quandary Snape faces is reprehensible, but entirely canon-accurate.

    Why You Might Not Care: This is another one of those times where I’m at a loss of what to put here.  I can’t find anything wrong with this fic: it’s potentially one of the most canon-like interactions between these two characters post-Azkaban that I’ve ever read.  The only people who won’t appreciate it are the people who don’t appreciate Snape and Sirius and what it means to hate someone with the fire of a thousand suns.

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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 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 5th, 2007


    Truce by Thirty2Flavors

    Summary: This, Sirius thought, was the sort of thing they ought to teach you in Care of Magical Creatures. It was far more likely than an encounter with a Hippogriff, and probably more dangerous. // In the face of Lily and James’ strengthening relationship, Sirius and Lily realize they have no choice but to make amends. 8,155 Words.

    Why You Should Care: This is one of my most favorite pieces by Thirty2Flavors because she’s a lip-smacking genius when it comes to these characters. Her Remus is exactly the way Remus should be, both prefect and marauder without being manic depressive. Most authors struggle with Remus as a boy and a teenager, opting to either make him a carbon copy of Sirius and James or a depressed, shy Hermione. The balance struck here is excellent. Sirius, too, is well written and compelling, and the interaction between him and Lily and him and Remus is brilliantly composed. The dialogue is snappy and feels right for both the era and the characters, and some of the lines are pure gold. I just really adore this fic and everything about it.

    Why You Might Not Care: I don’t even know what to say here. Because you’re an idiot, I suppose. Or if you completely hate MWPP era fiction. Or if you’re really lazy or something.

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    July 3rd, 2007


    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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    July 2nd, 2007

    The Abyss Gazes Also

    The Abyss Gazes Also by TangleofThorns

    Summary: You build your own Azkaban, and you let yourself out. Angst. Oneshot, 7,924 Words

    Why You Should Care: This is an amazing piece. There is a phenomenal use of language throughout this fiction, and an inspired approach to character that I can’t praise enough. These are people pushed to the very edge of their reach and reason. It is by turns heartbreaking, staggering, thought-provoking, and chilling. If you have ever had difficulty wrapping your head around the reality that Azkaban creates, this story is where you will find it. Truly brilliant.

    Why You Might Not Care: This is not a fluffy shiny happy story. This is angst in its purest, most revealing form. But it is brilliant, and you should read it. Right now.

    Awards: August 2007 Gold Star Award for Excellence in Harry Potter Fanfiction; 2008 Hourglass Award, Admins’ Choice — Angst (tied)

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    June 29th, 2007

    Just A Word

    Just A Word by DeepDownSlytherin

    Summary: A young Nymphadora learns a new word. Her mother is unusually disturbed by it. 1,908 Words.

    Why You Should Care: From the author that wrote ‘A Keen Observer’ comes an interesting little piece about what words mean and what we think they mean and how those two things can change as a person changes. This author writes these characters brilliantly, and the young Nymphadora is especially endearing. It’s also lovely to see an older Sirius with light in his eyes. This story exists in the same universe as ‘A Keen Observer’ but can be just as well read on its own.

    Why You Might Not Care: I’m not really sure. I suppose some people might be bored, depending on what they generally read. I suppose people with their feet firmly planted in Trio fiction might not give a damn, but there’s a message here for everyone.

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    June 5th, 2007

    The Summer of the Phoenix

    The Summer of the Phoenix by JolieBlack

    Summary: “We’ve set up Headquarters somewhere undetectable. It’s taken a while…” Here’s the story of the rebuilding of the Order, bridging the gap between GoF and OotP from Sirius’s point of view – all canon. Novel Length, Complete, 69,369 Words.

    Why You Should Care: This is a simply fantastic story of the summer between Harry’s fourth and fifth year and everything that happened prior to Harry getting to Grimmauld Place. Focusing on Sirius, it fills in all the gaps. The characters are all spot-on, and Sirius especially rings true as we watch him fall into the resigned depression of being useless. This story intricately creates the relationships already established by the time we get to them in OotP, including Sirius and Molly, Sirius and Kreatcher, and Sirius and Remus. There’s even a few hints of Remus and Tonks. It’s also 100% canon and fits it like a glove. Except for the fact that it’s written from Sirius’ perspective, in places it’s almost like reading JKR. A splendid read.

    Why You Might Not Care: It’s long, though it doesn’t really feel that way reading it. It’s the kind of character development that runs through the plot and character interaction; there’s not a lot of deep delving into the character’s minds and thoughts. The plot may seem a little lackluster, but the action of the piece is secondary; the plot is Sirius’ failing usefulness and his realization of it. It’s primarily about taking Sirius from the man who leaves Harry in the hospital wing in GoF to the man Harry meets at the beginning of OotP.

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