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    March 9th, 2008

    Breathe Me

    Breathe Me by Andromeda311

    Summary: “It’s like the sword of Damocles, nothing but a thin string between this and free fall. Nothing but a thread between safety and-” Romance, 15,307 Words.

    Why You Should Care: Andromeda/Ted has become more common, and many of this rec site’s readers have some incarnation of the story laid out in A Keen Observer set as their personal canon — I am one of those, but this incarnation fascinated me. It’s from Ted’s point of view, which I have not seen elsewhere and is such a great idea. Andromeda311’s longer writing is just as good as her lyrical one-shots, with a certain beauty to the storytelling and hilarity in Ted’s internal musings. It’s sweet at times, it’s angsty at times… I cannot describe how good I think this is.

    Why You Might Not Care: There is no reason. Breathe Me is an excellent story and you should start reading… now.

    Awards: 2008 Hourglass Award, Admins’ Choice — Het Romance

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    March 7th, 2008

    Charmbreaker

    Charmbreaker by Orange_Crushed

    Summary: They smile and tell him that he’s grown, as if this were a real reunion; which is funny because he feels that he’s been shrinking, and that he won’t stop until he has reduced himself to nothingness, like a star. Oneshot, 6,571 Words.

    Why You Should Care: Because everyone has said it at least once — “All Marauder stories are the same these days.” Well, not this one. Using the idea that Remus was made to leave Hogwarts after the Prank, Orange_Crushed spins a wonderful alternate reality. You really feel the wasted years slip by as Remus submerges himself into another life, not so much the Muggle world, but a strange balance as he carves his own niche. This story progresses wonderfully, and the events are such that I wouldn’t mind seeing them fleshing out into a chaptered fic. All of the supporting characters just feel right, and Remus himself is lovely. Lastly, and I hate to say it, things almost turn out better this way, for everyone involved; there is so much potential in the ending (and I love the phrasing in the final lines, so wonderful).

    Why You Might Not Care: AU is just simply not some people’s cup of tea, and I can respect that — however, I do recommend that you look past your preferences and give it a try. It really is a jewel of a piece. Also, I think Remus/Sirius is implied here, but anything that alludes to it can be taken as a close friendship. It’s very slight.

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

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    March 4th, 2008

    Five Reasons Why Lily Evans Does Not Like Sirius Black (And Five Reasons Why She Does)

    Five Reasons Why Lily Evans Does Not Like Sirius Black (And Five Reasons Why She Does) by Papered

    Summary: Sirius Black is infuriating in a way only he can be. And maybe that’s why Lily Evans comes to like him. Romance, 3,374 Words.

    Why You Should Care: Hey there, your resident Lily/Sirius shipper checks in with a rec. This fic tells the Lily/Sirius story in a original, almost funny, sweet and fitting way. You can see it happen: Papered is expert at giving just enough detail for us to envisage the scene. Denial!Lily is the best thing ever.

    Why You Might Not Care: List fics should die. Even ones where the form is actually used pretty well, like this one. But read on.

    Apology: This is late from yesterday. Laptop issues. Sorry for inconvenience!

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    February 29th, 2008

    This Is My Truth, Tell Me Yours

    This Is My Truth, Tell Me Yours by Hackthis

    Summary: “There’s only one story in the entire world and everything else is a variation thereof, so the idea that Sirius fell through the veil and died is just one potential ending out of hundreds of thousands. Remus doesn’t like that particular ending, so he’s going to choose another one.” Drabbles, 883 Words.

    Why You Should Care: For the Remus/Sirius lover, this is six little connected snippets of heartbreaking AU gold. It’s straightforward, presenting each alternate scenario honestly and without frills instead of breaking into developed stories. Each one left me wishing it had happened that way instead, and they’re just so perfect. I’m finding it quite difficult to be eloquent about these. Just read them, you won’t be sorry.

    Why You Might Not Care: There’s a brief moment of explicitness, and this is quite obviously slash. If you scoff at Remus/Sirius, this isn’t the story (or rather, stories) for you. Also, you might wish they had been longer: each one has the potential for a full-blown tale behind them. However, they work quite well as they are.

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    February 28th, 2008

    Rush

    Rush by Infinitesimal

    Summary: He whispers, hot open mouthed kisses, and she tastes like cinnamon from her toast that morning and the butterbeer he had bought for her, ran all the way to Hogsmeade under his cloak and bought for her, just because she said she’d never tried one before. I want you to experience everything he’d told her, and she’d looked so innocent. Oneshot, 1,408 Words.

    Why You Should Care: I know I recced Infinitesimal just the other day, but this fic is so noteworthy that I hope you’ll let it pass. This short and simple Lily/James piece is so richly emotive and carnally passionate that something within you stirs as you read it. At first glance it just feels like a pointless, mussed-haired moment, but the details about the emotions and facets of the characters give this piece light, shade and depth as the characters stand gingerly on the edge of the precipice.

    Why You Might Not Care: Rated NC-17 and at times gets a little close to being a little PWP-ish, but mainly it’s character-driven, not porn-driven.

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    February 25th, 2008

    Valedictory

    Valedictory by Thirty2Flavors

    Summary: It is the night before the Fidelius Charm is performed, and Lily cannot shake the feeling that this will be the last time she ever sees Sirius Black. Oneshot, 2,091 Words.

    Why You Should Care: This piece broke my heart when I first read it. You might think, alright, the last time James and Lily will ever see Sirius — okay, not that original, moving on. But no, Thirty2Flavors dives right in and presents the scene with such raw emotion that I can guarantee that you have never seen it like this before. I rarely cry at fanfiction, but tears were streaming down my face by the end of this one. Lovely, and heartbreaking, and so real. Thirty2Flavors, once again, has set my personal canon.

    Why You Might Not Care: Sharp, piercing angst. Don’t say I didn’t warn you. Also, like I said, you might have already imagined or read about this scene — but really, it’s so worth reading, even if you think you’ve seen it all before. (Maybe you’re tired of reading Thirty2Flavor’s fics, too, but I have no sympathy for you there, because you’d have to be mad not to love her work.)

    Awards: 2007 Hourglass, Best Oneshot — Second Place.

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    February 24th, 2008

    Tea Time

    Tea Time by NovemberSnow

    Summary: “Never knew werewolves were such fiends for tea.” Drabble Collection, 10 x 100 Words.

    Why You Should Care: Ten beautifully interconnected 100 word drabbles about Remus, done just the way I like ’em: perfectly. The thread that strings these moments together is thin but strong, and while each of these drabbles could stand along perfectly well, together they are even better. Fine work from a fine fic author.

    Why You Might Not Care: Remus/Sirius ahoy, mates. All G-rated, mind, but definitely there nonetheless.

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    February 22nd, 2008

    Bar Maid

    Bar Maid by Snegurochka Lee

    Summary: Five conversations at a bar. Five women who didn’t take the bar maid’s advice. Five lives Rosmerta never changed. Oneshot, 7,195 Words.

    Why You Should Care: Because Snegurochka Lee wins at genfic. Rosmerta, a secondary character, is completely fleshed out as a strong and dimensional and edgy woman, weathered by time and the difficulties of her world. Some of the main characters from canon are shown waltzing in and out of the background for a change, which is interesting to see; it’s an excellent selection of cast, and you’ve got to love the way Rosmerta relates to each of them. This portrait of Rosmerta and her place in society comes across splendidly. My general reaction at the end was “Rosmerta kicks ass,” and I would consider that a job well done in a character piece. Additionally, as in Five Woman Who Hate Fleur Delacour, Snegurochka Lee’s genfic has another message lurking beneath, and this time, it’s about the people you might see all around you if you dared to take a second look. Absolutely wonderful.

    Why You Might Not Care: Perhaps you’re not into genfic or secondary characters — but really, this is brilliant, from one of the best authors of character pieces I’ve seen in this fandom. If you don’t read it, you’re missing out.

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    February 21st, 2008

    Myriad

    Myriad by Infinitesimal

    Summary: To fall, to fly, to sleep, to dream, to die. Drabble, 898 Words.

    Why You Should Care: I love Lily. I love happy!Lily and pregnant!Lily and James’!Lily. But most of all I love crazy!Lily. Half-minded, edge-of-a-precipice, somewhere between here and insanity Lily. This fic, with its so-tangible imagery and its so-relatable narrative, is the perfect example of this Lily I love. The depiction of grief and self-deception in this fic is heartbreaking and honest. You laugh and you cry reading this fic and damnit, it’s less than 900 words.

    Why You Might Not Care: Very brief and gratuitous angst/purple prose. But you love it really.

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    February 17th, 2008

    A Ribbon of Black

    A Ribbon of Black by _YourGoodbyes

    Summary:Silly girl, she thinks, an utterly incomplete thought.” Oneshot, 2,547 Words.

    Why You Should Care: This fic makes me sigh.  At its heart it’s a series of drabbles tied together as a series of memories in a time of profound loss for one, Andromeda Tonks, and by now we all know how much I love well-done drabbles, so this rec should come as no surprise.  This also gives a slightly different version of the Andromeda/Ted situation at the end of their final school year that I have not read before and had never thought of before, but now that I have I’m quite completely in love with the idea.

    Why You Might Not Care: Nitpickers should know that Dolohov’s age might not fit with canon, but that’s only for those hardcore nitpickers (you know who you are).  Other than that, if you like nearly-poetic stories, drabbles, or fics about Andromeda (you know who you are, too), then you’ll like this for sure.

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    February 16th, 2008

    Once Upon a Time, In Winter

    Once Upon a Time, In Winter by CatFoxBird

    Summary: He had to see her, just once more. Oneshot, 1,923 Words.

    Why You Should Care: I’m not really sure, actually, except that there’s something about it I quite like.  Maybe it’s the mixing of unrequited romance and creepiness that suits Snape’s character, and how — for a little while — his motives and plans for that night are seriously in question, and it feels like the story might move into darkfic territory in a hurry.  Wonderful tension that breaks on the lighter side.

    Why You Might Not Care: I probably would have liked this fic even more if it had moved into darkfic territory, because there is serious potential to dive head-first into some obviously dark themes.  It would have been a different story, though.  And probably a different character.

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    February 14th, 2008

    Seven Things That Didn’t Happen On Valentine’s Day At Hogwarts, Or Maybe They Did

    Seven Things That Didn’t Happen On Valentine’s Day At Hogwarts, Or Maybe They Did by Pru

    Summary: “At seven thirty-six AM on February fourteenth, the giant squid climbed out of the Hogwarts lake, dragged itself in front of a nondescript part of the castle, and began to sing “Daisy”. Before the encore performance and right after a glorious vibrato finale, the squid dedicated the song to Severus Snape, who had appeared at one of the nondescript windows at twenty minutes ’till eight.” Valentine’s Day over seven years at Hogwarts. Humour/Romance, 25,256 Words.

    Why You Should Care: This is so funny — and so Marauder. Of course they would have prank wars on Valentine’s Day. As ridiculous as it gets — trust me, the summary is only the start of things — you never stop believing that it could have happened. It’s equal parts romance and humour, with just a little bit of angst towards the end to keep the saccharine from becoming overwhelming. A perfect fic for today.

    Why You Might Not Care: Some of the formatting is a bit off, but that’s a minor irritation. One of the seven sections runs quite longer than the rest, but it never stops being amusing. Also, this is quite decidedly Remus/Sirius, and though about half of the fic focuses on the actions of all four Marauders, the ship does take over at the end. If you’re not interested, don’t read it, but I highly recommend that you do; I love this fic.

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    February 12th, 2008

    If I’m A Fool For You

    If I’m A Fool For You by Esinde Nayrall

    Summary: On New Year’s Eve, Remus Lupin makes a promise to Sirius Black. Five days later, Remus Lupin makes a promise to himself. If he keeps them both, it will be the hardest thing he’s ever done. Romance, 84, 000 Words.

    Why You Should Care: It’s hard to write Remus/Sirius originally: it’s all been done before, but this fic feels fresh. The author has very clear characterisations of Remus and Sirius and they’re quite out of the norm, and yet they fit perfectly with the adults we know they will grow into. But this fic is more than heartbreaking (which it is, by the way. There’s a whole load of angst. I cried. I never cry at fic.). James and Peter are also really well characterised; these feel like real people and the way they react to different situations is also very real. Not to be missed.

    Why You Might Not Care: There’s slash. Lots of slash. Some NC-17 slash. Quite a bit of NC-17 slash, actually. And also, angst that makes you want to die, just to stop it. And a rubbish attempt at using the Black Family Tree. As in, Sirius’ mother is Cassiopeia and his uncle Alphard is dating a guy called Marius. But yes. Read this fic, it’s fabulous.

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    February 9th, 2008

    41 Random Facts About James Potter

    41 Random Facts About James Potter by Xylodemon

    Summary: A few things James thinks you ought to know.  41 is an odd number, but that’s precisely the number of things James was willing to talk about. Oneshot, 2,200 Words.

    Why You Should Care: It says 41 Random Facts and the setup is a listfic, but in actuality, this is more fic than list, and each point segways easily into the next.  This, I feel, is how listfics should really be done: with more emphasis on the word fic than list.  Xylodemon’s take on James is really quite excellent, and the portrait she paints of him is all-ecompassing in only 41 verses.  Very well done, and better than your average listfic.

    Why You Might Not Care: There might be slash connotations dropped in here or there, but by and large they’re either not there at all or almost missable.  Scratching this fic off the list because of that would be an error, in my opinion.

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    February 8th, 2008

    Slaughter Dew

    Slaughter Dew by Andromeda311

    Summary: “The first time it happens, he is fourteen. Sitting at the Gryffindor table, Peter thinks of murder.” Peter and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. Oneshot, 1,507 Words.

    Why You Should Care: When I read this fic, it gave me chills. While I’m nearly certain it’s not the canon reason for Peter’s betrayal, it’s so well done that I was left with shivers and the question what if? It’s a realistic portrayal of the disorder, and Peter’s gradual shift in loyalty, with his constant justification, is both sad and haunting.

    Why You Might Not Care: This is dark, and more than a little creepy; it’s even harder to take when you think of the people who really deal with this in their everyday lives. Don’t read it if you can’t handle it.

    Awards: 2008 Hourglass Award, Best Angst Fic — Third Place

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    February 7th, 2008

    Severance

    Severance by Anna Fugazzi

    Summary: George is left behind. Oneshot, 2,654 Words.

    Why You Should Care: There’s fantastic use of repetition here that’s used to bind the subject matter, linking from section to section unobtrusively. It touches on the oft missed, mundane day-to-day of having lost someone that lingers long after the initial grieving is finished. George wants to move on, but can’t — partly because he is himself unable to let go, and partially because his family is having just as much difficulty letting go. They feed each others hurt, and it reflects back and forth to be a constant reminder of what they’ve lost, making it very difficult for anyone to really move on. Beautifully, simply written; it has an almost drabble quality.

    Why You Might Not Care: Perhaps you’ve had your fill of stories that deal with Weasleys Dealing With the Loss of Fred. Or perhaps not. I tend to think not.

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    February 2nd, 2008

    Map of the Problematique

    Map of the Problematique by SullenSiren

    Summary: “He’s going to make it a RULE.” Before they went their separate ways, Moony, Padfoot, Prongs, and Wormtail shared a flat. The flat had rules. This is how it went. Drama, 15,406 Words.

    Why You Should Care: I feel like I haven’t rec’d a good, general Marauder fic for ages, so here we go: this is an absolutely smashing fic about the Marauders in their few years between Hogwarts and the fall of Voldemort, as accompanied and illuminated by a list of rules on taped-together pieces of parchment. It’s quite an underhanded tragedy, how the war and their work for the Order and Dumbledore slowly tears these four boys apart. We see them when times are still good and when they are as tightly bound together as brothers; then we see them slip away from each other and watch each of them fall by the wayside. The huge gaps of time missed near the end of this fic and the silence it brings with it is just as poignant as the moments SullenSiren does show.

    Why You Might Not Care: There’s blatant Remus/Sirius, and it deserves at least an R rating, and maybe an NC-17, for it, so be warned: those who do not like slash will wrinkle their nose. That’s really about it, though.

    Awards: 2008 Hourglass Award, Popular Choice — Best Multi-Chaptered Fic; 2008 Hourglass Award, Admins’ Choice — Angst (tied)

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    January 28th, 2008

    On Becoming A Woman

    On Becoming a Woman by Anne-Cara Apple

    Summary: “Everything suddenly seemed much clearer now.” Oneshot, 6,198 Words.

    Why You Should Care: Narcissa Malfoy is not Bellatrix, the headstrong and daring one, or Andromeda, the rebel — she is the sister who grew up into a very specific role, and the four spotlighted moments that Anne-Cara Apple shows us illustrate this perfectly. Everything about this rings just right — it’s not overstated, her interactions with Sirius and Andromeda are particularly spot on, and you truly feel as though you’re watching her grow up and accept her place in life. When you read this, you’re not only reading about Narcissa, but the tradition and pretension of pureblood society, and it’s the way the two are interwoven that makes this wonderful.

    Why You Might Not Care: If it bothers you when names don’t match up with the Black Family Tree, you might not like the first section very much, but there was a time when authors had to make up the names of various parents, and I suppose she could have done a lot worse than “Flavia.” Other than that, no complaints. This is beautiful.

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    January 23rd, 2008

    Scion

    Scion by Phoenix Serapha

    Summary: At sixteen, Sirius is confronted with the true nature of his family on his last night in Grimmauld Place. Oneshot, 4,404 Words.

    Why You Should Care: There’s quite a lot of fic out there about Sirius running away from home at sixteen, exploring the when and the why. We know he had a miserable home life, though aside from the fact that his family supported Voldemort we don’t really know what kind of miserable it was. Phoenix Serapha writes us a much darker, harsher piece than we’re used to seeing on this subject, and — most unusually — she highlights Sirius’ father Orion as the premier adversary instead of Walburga. We’re used to reading about the formidable Black matriarch, and because of the madcap wailing of her portrait a lot of us have rather assumed she was the master of her house; Orion gets shunted aside, either glozed over completely, or characterised as the weaker half of the Black parental unit. Not here, though, and it’s utterly glorious to read this new twist on an old story as Orion and Sirius face off. It is Sirius’ character that is the most fascinating in this exchange, as much a bullied boy as a mouth-off, and he is driven to leave out of desperation rather than willingly by choice, which makes him feel much more a real person and less an impudent teenager. It’s a sharp contrast to the Sirius we see at school, and to most writers’ versions of him over all. Unique, and probably the most canon telling of this event yet.

    Why You Might Not Care: A few typos that might irk you. A few missing words or mixed up tenses. An author that could really benefit from the use of a few well-placed semi-colons. But none of these should stop you from reading on.

    Thanks To: Amy, who sent me some very lovely recs. Cheers!

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    January 21st, 2008

    Descent

    Descent by Insanguinare

    Summary: “She found herself flexing her fingers around her wand, willing herself to keep the promise she’d just made and trying to remember when she’d decided to break her most important one.” It takes Bellatrix eight years to go mad. Oneshot, 6,527 Words.

    Why You Should Care: The backstory of Bellatrix intrigues me, quite frankly, and while my own personal canon will probably always include at its core the depth and twists of DeepDownSlytherin’s A Keen Observer, there is something here that delights me also. This Bellatrix has an inherent and unbridled lust for dark magic, much the same as Tom Riddle did when he was growing up. The two are not so much foils as parallels in this piece, and the interesting twist on the Cruciatus curse — while most probably not at all canon — makes for quite a lovely bit of final punctuation.

    Why You Might Not Care: The ages of the Blacks have been muddled for those whose canon must include the ages on the Black Family Tree, but I tend not to care too much about that. The scene in which Sirius makes his grand exit is perhaps a touch too long; the focus begins to shift from Bellatrix to Sirius, and parts of what is supposed to be an intense conversation sounds a little too much like exposition. It is still quite strong overall, however.

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