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    March 23rd, 2008

    A Life in a Box

    A Life in a Box by RedSioda

    Summary: “Daddy, this is the best story in the whole world.” Oneshot, 4,116 Words.

    Why You Should Care: This is really, really lovely.  It’s the story of the importance of family history and of knowing where you come from and being proud of it at the same time you create your own life and your own history.  This is a beautiful piece about the Longbottoms, and about the things we pass on that come to be so much more than just things.  It is about family tradition, and about hanging on to and letting go of the past, and about the importance of story-telling.  And, at the centre of all that, RedSioda has very thoughtfully created the middle-aged character of Neville and his growing family on the basis of JKR’s spoken canon.

    Why You Might Not Care: This is a Neville/Hannah (though the ship is by no means the centre of this fic) and might make some staunch Neville/Luna shippers unhappy for that reason.

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    March 22nd, 2008

    Sirius Black, Super Genius

    Sirius Black, Super Genius by Mistful

    Summary: “A few weeks later with Valentine’s Day drawing inexorably nearer, it began to dawn on Remus that this did not appear to be one of the daydreams Sirius toyed with and then forgot about, like the time he wanted Dumbledore and McGonagall to get married and have superchildren.”  Humour, 8,953 Words.

    Why You Should Care: I have no solid understanding of the precise agreed-upon meaning of the term “crackfic”, but if I had to describe what the word means to me, I would probably use this fic as Exhibit A.  And B.  Also C through Z.  This is one of those fics that zig-zags so violently across the line between comedy and parody that it becomes its own beast.  It’s completely over the top while still somehow managing to have a solid foundation under all that crack; this one doesn’t just bring the clichés, it practically invents new ones.  I can’t decide if Mistful is a genius or completely Sirius-Black insane.  Probably both.

    Why You Might Not Care: I suppose it all depends on what you define as crackfic and whether or not you like crackfic.  I put forth only that in reading this I managed on several occasions to force hot tea through my nose in an attempt not to choke on my own laughter.

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    March 21st, 2008

    The Rules of Being a Godson

    The Rules of Being a Godson by Copperbadge

    Summary: Teddy Lupin never gets too close or feels too much; his godfather’s son never does anything else. Drama/Romance, 12,329 Words.

    Why You Should Care: Whether you know him as Sam the Storyteller, SamVimes,or Copperbadge, there is no denying that this author is gold. Previously recced on Coffee and Chocolate for his humour masterpiece, Sublimation and the Snitch, he is perhaps better known for his excellent slash romances, and this piece does not disappoint. Action! Drama! Longing! All in Copperbadge’s wonderfully straightforward style. This is excellent, and the reason I ship Teddy/James about the same as Teddy/Victoire.

    Why You Might Not Care: Beware, there are kissing boys in this fic. Also, it was written approximately twenty-four hours after the release of Deathly Hallows, and as such, might not adhere to all interview canon, though nothing leapt out at me during my re-read.

    Awards: 2008 Hourglass Award, Best Slash Romance — First Place

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    March 20th, 2008

    Cleaning

    Cleaning by GM_Weasley

    Summary: Kreacher is cleaning. Cleaning, and following the Blood Traitor’s spawn, walking along poor Mistress’ hall with her unnatural hair as if she owns the place, a disgrace to the noble name of Black. Drabble, 750 Words.

    Why You Should Care: This fic has fluff and PG-rated sexuality and humour, and it’s all cute and light and I really do like it. But moreover, this fic is Kreacher-centric. And Kreacher is awesome. And this Kreacher is awesome, all the conflicting emotions and allegiances, and yet he’s just an elf. This author is a genius, I tells you, she’s a bloody genius. Wow. Just, just, wow.

    Why You Might Not Care: Shh, I’m wowing.

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    March 19th, 2008

    Twenty Random Facts About Lily and James

    Twenty Random Facts About Lily and James by Thistlerose

    Summary: Lily, James, and a popular LJ meme. Oneshot, 1,500 Words.

    Why You Should Care: This is made up of the pieces that make a two people, and especially the pieces that make them work so well together.  Wonderful, brief glimpses into two lives cut short, and beautifully poignant without being indulgent.

    Why You Might Not Care: Surprise!  It’s another list fic!  There’s also some non-essential but ridiculously blatant Remus/Sirius that definitely didn’t have to be there, but that’s Remus/Sirius for you.

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    March 18th, 2008

    Getting The Point

    Getting The Point by Arabella

    Summary: Hermione and Ron at the Yule Ball. Romance, 16,406 Words.

    Why You Should Care: Arabella is one of the few authors who I trust with Trio-era fics. She’s got JKR’s knack for storytelling: her fic is action packed, but heartfelt, and the characters are human and flawed and lovely. Her Ron and Hermione are so meant to be. Ah. Le Fluff.

    Why You Might Not Care: Le Fluff. Cough.

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    March 17th, 2008

    Chase This Light

    Chase This Light by Lady Altair

    Summary: “Draco Malfoy falls head over heels for Astoria Greengrass while he’s sneaking out of her engagement ball (in the most literal sense; he trips over her.)” Drama/Romance, 3,867 Words.

    Why You Should Care: Have you ever read something that leaves Draco Malfoy just as he is in canon, and yet makes him utterly delightful and sympathetic? Yeah, I hadn’t either, until I found this. It’s the most lovely way of weaving the name-only Astoria Greengrass into existence and into everyone’s least favourite snarky bastard’s life. I started grinning at the beginning, and just couldn’t stop; I hope you have the same reaction.

    Why You Might Not Care: Some people don’t like Draco, and you know what? I don’t blame them. However, it’s a good fic, and I enjoyed it. (What I didn’t enjoy was that it’s in three parts, and instead of links to the next chapter, you have to navigate to the journal’s main page to get to each one. Luckily, you don’t have to hunt far.)

    posted by insanguinare
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    March 16th, 2008

    Eighteen

    Eighteen by Seer_of_Spots

    Summary: Eighteen. The world is your library and you have all the time to read, yet it all seems so much dimmer – as if that library is filled completely with appliance manuals and endless Arithmancy equations.  Lying on a blanket with your unrequited love and a Salty Dog, you think. And sometimes your thoughts just don’t make you happy. Oneshot, 1,130 Words.

    Why You Should Care: A great example of how a well done second person POV combined with just the right subject matter can really give a certain type of character piece a little extra stylistic punch.  There is some really simple, excellent language in this one, and some great evocotive imagery.  Remus’ bitterness at his lot in life is just strong enough to tint the piece, but not so strong it drives this into heavy angst.

    Why You Might Not Care: Unrequited Remus/Lily, for those who roll their eyes at that pairing.

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    March 14th, 2008

    September When It Comes

    September When It Comes by SundanceKid

    Summary: Seven years at King’s Cross for Teddy Lupin. Oneshot, 4,577 Words.

    Why You Should Care: It just feels so right. Teddy grows up just like any boy might, and my heart was full of love for him by the end. Appearances by others felt very well characterised and realistic, notably Andromeda and Harry, and… it’s just such a good read. You know that full feeling in your chest that’s equal parts triumph and ache? Yeah. SundanceKid’s got that down to a tee.

    Why You Might Not Care: If you don’t really care about the Next Generation, you won’t read this fic, and that’s fine. (Otherwise… go.)

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    March 13th, 2008

    Over Time, Hope Dies

    Over Time, Hope Dies by AuReviorSanity

    Summary: There’s that absolute determination to fill emptiness. Drabble, 195 Words.

    Why You Should Care: This isn’t my kind of fic at all: it’s angsty and it’s Hermione. But it’s honest, in a way that few Hermione fics are. It gets right to the root of the character we know, and shows us just how Hermione would react to the situation she is placed in. Every single word is utilised. Perfect drabble. Maybe it is my kind of fic.

    Why You Might Not Care: Hermione-centric and most people aren’t keen. Also, angsty. But well thought through.

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    March 12th, 2008

    Spark

    Spark by Jane St. Clair

    Summary: “It’s London, miles from home and dripping down rain through this sticky bit of a night.” Molly Weasley, on a mission for the Order. Drabble, 860 Words.

    Why You Should Care: Wow. This is just incredibly chilling, partly because it’s Molly for heaven-sake, and partly because it’s war and that’s just the way war works sometimes.  Jane writes this so perfectly, and the notion that Molly’s done this many, many times before is thick.  Gutsy.

    Why You Might Not Care: You might not agree that this fits with canon — it might offend your moral sensibilities.  I think it’s about right.

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    March 11th, 2008

    Group Therapy

    Group Therapy by Calliope08

    Summary: An unlikely pair finds consolation at the funeral for James and Lily Potter. Oneshot, 1,140 Words.

    Why You Should Care: It’s hard to find a good Potter’s funeral fic, but Calliope’s spare, fond style fits the bill perfectly. It’s the combination of the profound and the just plain mundane – this fic is very honest; the conflicting thoughts of the characters perfectly in keeping with the tone of the whole piece. Both Remus and Petunia are very humanly characterised – enjoyable and thoughtful.

    Why You Might Not Care: It’s another Potter’s funeral fic, albeit a very good one. Also, too short, in my opinion: I’d’ve liked to have seen a little more from Petunia. But you can’t have everything.

    posted by winglessflight
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    March 10th, 2008

    Rhapsody in Blue

    Rhapsody in Blue by Copperbadge

    Summary: Remus has decided it’s time to cure Tonks of her awkwardness, the only way he knows how. Oneshot, 6,001 Words.

    Why You Should Care: This has got everything a Remus/Tonks shipper wants, including friendship, clumsy Tonks, intellectual Remus, romance, sex, and dancing. It also has a brilliant and frank exchange about half-way through about the land-mines of being a werewolf, and the quiet, polite prejudice Remus has grown accustomed to from his friends. But mostly because it’s written by Copperbadge, and you mostly can’t go wrong with things written by Copperbadge.

    Why You Might Not Care: Remus/Tonks in this one, and there’s a section of NC17-ish material which is not overly explicit, but probably not something you should read at work.

    Note: Due to a complete lack of internet connection this weekend, I ended up not being able to rec until I got to work. These have been backdated for the sake of my own brain.

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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 6th, 2008

    Marigolds

    Marigolds by Lady Bracknell

    Summary: Her mother used to tell her stories of love and life, only in the stories, the two didn’t seem all that different. Romance, 2237 Words.

    Why You Should Care: The ever-brilliant Lady Bracknell strikes again with her unrivalled ability to see through a character’s eyes and make their world seem so real we forget our own. The Luna she sets loose in this gem of a story is so full of life and hope and vivacity that her optimism pulls the reader along for the ride. With the utilisation of not-quite drabbles, the author allows us the sense of Luna’s curiosity and whim. You love this character from the word go: she has everything you could ever want, or need.

    Why You Might Not Care: I don’t care if we rec Lady Bracknell here too much. I don’t care that there was a Neville/Luna piece here yesterday. Read on, please.

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    March 5th, 2008

    The Age of Not Believing

    The Age of Not Believing by Laura Smith

    Summary: Worst of all you doubt yourself. Drabble, 974 Words.

    Why You Should Care: What’s really interesting about this fic is not necessarily the story or the characters, but the echoing of sentiment after the release of Deathly Hollows on one particular set of events that really surprised the fanbase by not turning out the way we thought it would.  And — while the characters are written well enough and it plays as appropriately as any valid “missing moment” — I think the real value of this fic is how it addresses our presumptions about the poetic license of life and how we come to expect that certain things should come of certain things, then are surprised by real life when events don’t always turn out the way they do in books.  I’m not sure this sort of depth was the author’s chosen intent, but some things resonate whether you plan on it or not.

    Why You Might Not Care: Some undertones of Neville/Luna.  Some of Luna’s lines are clunkier than they should be, though they all come from the right 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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    March 3rd, 2008

    Fighting To Explain From In-Between

    Fighting To Explain From In-Between by Inkvoices

    Summary: Dennis wishes he was more like Colin, then maybe he wouldn’t be in this in-between place. Oneshot, 1,766 Words.

    Why You Should Care: Colin and Dennis Creevey are rarely written about in this fandom, and it’s lovely to see a piece that considers their situation during the Second War. Dennis, in particular, is very interesting in this piece, and the limbo between the Muggle and wizarding worlds in which he finds himself is especially intriguing. This piece is sad, but ultimately has an ending which, while not exactly happy, is definitely hopeful. Great characterisation for two fairly obscure characters, excellent flow, and an all-over worthwhile read (as most of Inkvoices’ fic tends to be).

    Why You Might Not Care: I wish I’d seen Dogma, because this was written for an Omniocular challenge in which a TV show or film is incorporated into a fic (Inkvoices chose Dogma), and I can’t really fully understand how this ties in with a film I haven’t seen. Those of you who have seen it are better equipped to judge what sort of job she did at the challenge; as Harry Potter fic alone, though, this is wonderful. No criticism.

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    March 1st, 2008

    Eight Little Deaths

    Eight Little Deaths by Ms Spell

    Summary: “La petite Mort, the French say.” Drabbles, 521 Words.

    Why You Should Care: Drabbles done the way drabbles are best; precisely short and wrapped from top to bottom in theme.  Ms Spell knows very well how to wield this weapon and she tells the story of Remus and Tonks from start to finish.

    Why You Might Not Care: Very short drabbles ahead.  Also Remus/Tonks as a heads up for all you rabid Remus/Sirius shippers out there.

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