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    June 20th, 2007

    Whisper In My Ear

    Whisper In My Ear by Wingless Flight

    Summary: A person is a complex being. Torn, mended, covered. Memories, lovers, death. Explore what truly makes a human being human and see how the slightest thing can mould a person forever. Novel Length Drabble Collection, 53,583 Words.

    Why You Should Care: Yes, this is a drabble collection that is over 50,000 words long, though I use drabble in its “less than 1,000 words” sense rather than its “exactly 100 words” sense. Still, by no means an unremarkable feat. This fiction is a series of snapshots and moments in the life of Lily Evans, from the earliest point of her childhood right up to the moment of her death. They seem random and scattered at first, despite each chapter being linked by a central theme, but within a few chapters a picture begins to form through the pieces and therein lies its true brilliance. Wingless Flight manages to put together an amazingly cohesive story and builds an incredibly complex and real Lily. We get to see, not just the kindness and love in her, but also the colder, harsher tones that are inevitably present in all of us in one way or another. This fic doesn’t push her into sainthood or pure angst, but walks the balance; and it often does it with something approaching poetry.

    Why You Might Not Care: If you can only bear to read a version of Lily that is wholesome and pure of heart, this will be like having your eyelashes plucked out. Also, the structure of this piece may frustrate people who have never read something non-linear; you just have to trust that the author knows what she’s doing and let it happen, piece by piece at first. Believe me when I say, it will start to make sense; then, it’s all about filling the holes.

    Awards: 2007 Hourglass Award, Drabble or Drabble Collection – Second Place.

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    June 15th, 2007

    If Not For The Rain

    If Not For The Rain by Afterthree

    Summary: “Snape knew more curses when he arrived at school than half the kids in the seventh year…” At nine, Severus Snape has a chance encounter with a boy named Lucius Malfoy in the streets of London. Oneshot, 4,519 Words.

    Why You Should Care: A brief look at Snape as a young boy, before Hogwarts. A little window into his home life. A shameless plug.

    Why You Might Not Care: I have no real claim to bias here, as I wrote it. Uh… well, what’s the use of having a recs site of your very own if you can’t plug your own work? Seriously though, it’s been nominated for the Hourglass Awards, so I guess I must have done something right.

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    June 14th, 2007

    Sublimation and the Snitch, by Remus J. Lupin

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

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

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

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

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

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    June 13th, 2007

    The Metronome

    The Metronome by Icarus

    Summary: “Lord what?” Lucius laughed. At sixteen, it seemed Lucius had everything, but he knew what was out of reach. An unknown dark wizard offers him the impossible. Oneshot, 7,399 Words.

    Why You Should Care: An interesting and thought provoking look at Lucius during his first meeting with the man that would be Lord Voldemort. This author has a keen eye for character, and gives plausible explanation for what first tempts a young Lucius to throw his lot in with Tom Riddle. Unique, because it doesn’t paint Lucius with the broad brush of “Just Another Muggle Hater”, but gives him more personal motivation. Or perhaps it’s just that I really feel for Lucius in this story because I see a lot of myself in this character study…

    Why You Might Not Care: If you get bored reading about Lucius, obviously, or if you don’t give a damn what makes him tick. There is some – ahem – “language” in this fic, so be warned. The author gives it an ‘R’ rating, though I’m not sure it deserved it. You also might tear your hair out if you’re a hardcore Lucius/Narcissa shipper, as Lucius displays a clear personal preference for Bellatrix despite his destiny.

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    June 11th, 2007

    Twice As Bright

    Twice As Bright by Thirty2Flavors

    Summary: She introduced him as James Potter, he shook your hand, and you knew, instantly, that she’d outdone you again. // Petunia reflects on the differences between the Dursleys and the Potters. Oneshot, 1,243 Words.

    Why You Should Care: Character pieces on Petunia Dursley – especially ones that focus on her thoughts about the Potters – are few and far between, but this is a must read for everyone. It’s just as much about the Potters as it is the Dursleys, as seen through Petunia’s shrewd lens. Excellent!

    Why You Might Not Care: Even if Petunia isn’t your thing, read it anyway. Even if the Potters aren’t your thing, read it anyway. This is what quality writing is, people. I suppose if you’re one of those jaded readers that only reads fluff or slash or smut or something, but even then… read it anyway.

    Awards: 2007 Hourglass Award, Oneshot – First Place.

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    June 9th, 2007

    Hypothetical Suicides and Other Stories

    Hypothetical Suicides and Other Stories by BlueBottleButterfly

    Summary: Assorted notes passed between the Marauders when they were at Hogwarts. A short series of Drabbles. 3,903 Words.

    Why You Should Care: Who doesn’t like the idea of reading the notes passed between these four? Essentially, this boils down to expertly written and extremely amusing dialogue. It’s simple, it’s cute, it’s fluffy. It will take you fifteen minutes at most to read, and you will undoubtably feel the lighter for it. If you’re a writer struggling to find the carefree, teenage voices of these characters, a read through this might help you out.

    Why You Might Not Care: It’s Marauder heavy, obviously, and you might not be the sort of person who likes fluff. There is no real plot, and certainly no deep exploration of character or motivation. It’s surface, but it’s a delightful one.

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    June 2nd, 2007

    A Keen Observer

    A Keen Observer by DeepDownSlytherin

    Summary: Andromeda says little, but she sees everything. Through their years at Hogwarts, she watches her sisters as one falls in love and one falls into madness, and doesn’t see as a Muggleborn boy breaks into her sheltered life. Novel Length, 145,600 Words, Complete.

    Why You Should Care: A brilliantly told story of the Black sisters – and to some extent the Black brothers – from the summer before the first of them goes to Hogwarts until the very end of Andromeda’s seventh year. It is so difficult to trace these characters backward through time – most especially Bellatrix – but this is how it must have been. This fic just pulls you right in, and you quickly forget that nearly every major character in this piece turns into a villain. The growing respect and romance between Andromeda and Ted is paced perfectly, and never takes away from the main themes. This family is given real depth, and their journeys are compelling.

    Why You Might Not Care: If you really don’t like stories that focus on the villains, or on the Black family in particular, this story isn’t for you. Also, this was written prior to the release of the Black Family Tree, so the ages of the girls are no longer canon. In my opinion (and I worship canon, remember) it’s worth over-looking. A warning that this fiction is long; over 145,000 words. It is, however, complete, so there is no fear of the potential that you might never get the payoff. Expect this one to take you at least several days – if you can put it down, that is.

    Awards: 2007 Hourglass Award, Romance – Second Place.

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