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    November 4th, 2007

    Newton Knows Best

    Newton Knows Best by EntirelyToo

    Summary: Lily and James learn Newton’s Laws of Motion first hand. One Book in Motion tends to prevent two Objects Not in Motion from snogging in the stairwell… Humour, 16,628 Words.

    Why You Should Care: Anyone who’s been to a Physics lesson will find themselves howling with laughter at this fic: it’s monumentally brilliant. This is the kind of plot bunny that appears at two in the morning in conversations with friends, and it takes a writer like EntirelyToo to pull it off with this much humour. It’s fluffy, funny, random in a good way (as opposed to a ‘why the hell?!’ way) and original. With huffy!Lily and teasing!James, you’ll never see Physics the same way again.

    Why You Might Not Care: Pure fluff lies here. Nothing angsty. Nothing tear-jerking. If you don’t like to laugh, don’t look this way. (But do reconsider. Laughter is the best medicine, after all.)

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    November 2nd, 2007

    The Firewhiskey Incident

    The Firewhiskey Incident by Lady Bracknell

    Summary: In a lot of ways, it was Joni Mitchell’s fault. In some ways, it was Sirius’. The Firewhiskey had a bit to do with it, Remus admitted, but when it came down to it, really, he had no-one to blame but himself. Humour, 6,738 Words.

    Why You Should Care: Another classic Lady Bracknell fic.  This one is fantastically funny, and the set up is gold.  It’s adult Marauders at their highest (or lowest, depending on your point of view) and, while plot-wise it perhaps lacks a certain — shall we say — thematic punch, in the end the goal is to amuse and Lady Bracknell delivers.  This slides seamlessly along side the other works in her universe quite well, but this talented author never makes her previous stories required reading, and this stands alone quite splendidly.  Fans of Lady Bracknell will delight in the throw-away references, and those just jumping in will hardly realize they’re missing anything.

    Why You Might Not Care: Oh, for goodness sake why wouldn’t you read it?  There’s drunken hijinks and even hints of Remus/Sirius depending on how you take the wink at the end for those who like that kind of thing.  It’s Lady Bracknell, doing what she does best.  What’s not to like?

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    November 1st, 2007

    Much As She Had Lived

    Much As She Had Lived by Ignipes

    Summary:…That’s Dorcas Meadowes, Voldemort killed her personally…” Oneshot, 4,900 Words.

    Why You Should Care: There are a few takes on the last moments of Dorcas Meadowes, whose major claim to fame is that, for some reason, Voldemort took the time to go after her personally. Now, a Dark Lord is a busy man, and can’t be expected to make house calls (especially when he’s got a full staff of excitable and murderous Death Eaters at his disposal), but something about Dorcas made him want to see to her himself, and this is not the first time this situation has caught an author’s imagination. I have rec’d fics about the death of Dorcas Meadowes before, but I think this is my favorite. It’s a departure from the standard, and the author ties theme into a tone that is both uplifting yet melancholy, dignified yet undignified. Beautifully structured, the author is well disciplined and this is perhaps one of the best examples of that much uttered matra, show, don’t tell. The characters — both those we know and those we don’t — are all created thoughtfully and with surprising originality; each presence is felt strategically, even if they only appear for a stanza.

    Why You Might Not Care: This is another one of those wonderful pieces you should just read, regardless of character, ship, or genre preferences. Lovely.

    Thanks To: Ellie K for this wonderful rec and the insightful review of it she sent to me.

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    October 27th, 2007

    Wild Things

    Wild Things by Lady Balin

    Summary: Lily encounters Padfoot, Wormtail, Moony, and Prongs in their animal forms. Hilarity, romance, and possibly some illicit groping ensue. Humour, 8,329 Words.

    Why You Should Care: This is another one of those ideas that had never before occurred to me, but now seems so bloody obvious.  As the summary indicates, there is a twitch of romance, definitely some groping, and a heaping spoonful of hilarity.  I chuckled — I chuckled particularly hard at Peter’s chapter.  Very enjoyable situational comedy.

    Why You Might Not Care: When you stop and really think about it, the plot is a little contrived, but such is all stuff worthy of situational comedy — it relies on one-in-a-million chances, strange coincidences, and having the absolute worst possible thing happen at exactly the moment you wouldn’t want it to happen.  The predictable nature is part of what makes it funny — don’t look too deep, that will just ruin it.

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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 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 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.

    posted by winglessflight
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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.

    posted by winglessflight
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    October 6th, 2007


    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 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 30th, 2007


    Solace by SecretLily

    Summary: Lily Evans remained shadowed and distant from the world she loved so dearly. Control was Michael’s weakness; temptation hers. Yet, when James Potter enters her life, without so much as a warning or brief hesitation, Lily finds truth. For James Potter refused to give up on her. Work In Progress, 23,613 words.

    Why You Should Care: This fic isn’t unique in its subject matter. There are dozens of fics where Lily’s dating a guy who totally doesn’t deserve her and treats her badly. But they don’t do this well. What I love about this fic is its subtlety. This fic doesn’t go straight in with domestic violence, but plays on the surface of emotional possession, meaning that (unusally, for this genre) Lily isn’t OOC: she’s soft and passionate and interesting, and SecretLily manages to show her as a supressed character, a masterstroke in my book. Not only that, but stylistically this fic is beautiful and captures moments with soft, unexpected imagery.

    Why You Might Not Care: It’s true. This is another fic where Lily’s dating a total arsehole. And it’s incredibly angsty; I reckon this fic could do with a bit of humour to lighten the tone, but the characterization alone should be enough of a draw to read it.

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    September 28th, 2007

    Thyself in Me

    Thyself in Me by Branwyn

    Summary: Whenever Narcissa is alone, she spends long minutes gazing at herself in mirrors. Oneshot, 2,244 Words.

    Why You Should Care: This is one of these fabulous character pieces that you sit back from reading and start to see canon differently. It’s a somewhat original view on the Black sisters, particularly Narcissa, and it gives real insight into her motivations. The romance between Narcissa and Lucius is suitably formal, and wonderfully contrasted with the sheer instincts that she discovers at becoming a mother. It’s quite sparely written: unlike many one-shots of its kind it doesn’t overdose on beautiful words, and the emotions, the actions, the decisions: they’re all very real. Beautifully constructed and excellently executed.

    Why You Might Not Care: Sometimes this is a little too sparely written and a little of the depth is lost, and Branwyn’s phrasing can occasionally be a little clunky and awkward, but the psychology of the character, even with this awkwardness, is always handled sensitively and delicately.

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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 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 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 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 13th, 2007

    The Platform

    The Platform by Koonelli

    Summary: ‘You must have loved her very much, not many people remember enough to wait.’ Oneshot, 1,861 Words.

    Why You Should Care: What’s most amazing about this fic is that it was written prior to Deathly Hallows release (like, significantly prior), but uses some of the same imagery to set up the first phase of the afterlife — it’s actually become even more canon than it was before, which is highly unusual. The use of the little girl who assists the dead on their next great journey is wonderful, and I love the fuzziness of James’ memory. I’m not a very spiritual person, but I liked this.

    Why You Might Not Care: Um… ah… *shrugs*. I think most people can get behind this one. Certainly James/Lily shippers will get more out of it than anyone else.

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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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