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    January 18th, 2008

    Sixteen Ways to Tell the Weasley Twins Apart

    Sixteen Ways to Tell the Weasley Twins Apart by KaydeeFalls

    Summary: How do you tell Fred and George apart? Drabble Collection, 1,353 Words.

    Why You Should Care: A list-fic on the surface, but actually quite an excellent set of themed drabbles underneath.  They’re all on point, but each one could stand alone as a separate piece, and this list-fic doesn’t fall into the list-fic trap of mediocrity.  Each drabble is interesting, and the last one especially is an eye-opener — left purposely vague so we’re left with a very unsteady understanding about George’s future without his twin (leaving aside the canon details JKR has offered up since in interviews, of course).  Often entertaining and often thought-provoking.

    Why You Might Not Care: Well, list-fics of all sorts and shapes and sizes seem to be the meme style that’s out to consume Livejournal.  At some point, even the really, really good ones are going to seem stale because of format.  I’d like to think we’re not quite there yet.

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    January 17th, 2008

    Idol

    Idol by Merle

    Summary: “The next day, he’d secretly snatch her mama’s wand while she cooked and made a lightning bolt scar shaped on his own forehead with it just like his hero’s. He’d grab Percy’s eyeglasses and put them on, even though he would not see a thing, even though the glasses weren’t rounded but rather square, but he’d do it all the same”. Oneshot, 896 Words.

    Why You Should Care: Ron’s innocent naiveté might be his most charming flaw, and this fic totally captures that. It’s adorable without being sappy, youthful without being irritating and charming without being clichéd. This is Ron, just canon Ron, nothing added or taken away, but somehow you see him in a new light. What Merle does isn’t to create excitement or intrigue, she just shows us what we already know, but didn’t realise we knew. It’s sweet and simple and illuminating.

    Why You Might Not Care: I’m not totally certain about some of the phrasing in this fic, and there are the odd sentences that bug me, but the style and emotions evoked are heartwrenchingly real.

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    January 16th, 2008

    Chroma

    Chroma by Emiime

    Summary: It’s the brightness Percy can’t stand. Drabble, 623 Words.

    Why You Should Care: What might Christmas during OotP have been like for Percy Weasley, having cut himself off from his family? This is a brief and beautifully written drabble that is laced with simply delightful imagery, metaphor, and theme. Wonderful use of colour to punctuate Percy’s experience.

    Why You Might Not Care: It slips up, once or twice, into cliche. But only once or twice.

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    January 10th, 2008

    Two Conversations

    Two Conversations by YKuang

    Summary: Harry has a hypothetical toe fungus. Ginny thinks he’s odd. Hermione thinks he’s odd. Everything happens at four in the morning. And it’s all canon. Oneshot, 1,665 Words.

    Why You Should Care: The friendship between Harry and Hermione is a tricky one to write without straying into awkwardness, romance or the library and YKuang deserves a medal for this one. The interaction between Ginny and Harry is suitably sweet, and the author does a good job of connecting awkward!Ginny with grownup!Ginny. But it’s the characterisation of Hermione that really makes this fic stand out. I hate the character. I love this fic. Go figure.

    Why You Might Not Care: This isn’t one of those fics that makes you laugh out loud, or cry, but it’s beautiful in its own, quiet little way and sometimes that understatedness is the best kind of genius.

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    January 9th, 2008

    All Those Empty Spaces

    All Those Empty Spaces by JackieJLH

    Summary: She never noticed all the empty spaces in her life until they started to fill up with memories. Oneshot, 2,195 Words.

    Why You Should Care: There’s something about Petunia that is easily overlooked by the average writers, and it’s the same thing that immediately strikes the best writers. Who’d have thought that some of the best Harry Potter fanfiction out there would be about Petunia? This is not quite poetic; it is memory seeping into the cracks and spilling over. It is carefully and lovingly written by a talented author. Excellent.

    Why You Might Not Care: Something about this fic touched me, and I don’t quite know what it was; I only know I give it my highest recommendations.

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    January 7th, 2008

    A Problem of Scale

    A Problem of Scale by Halrloprillalar

    Summary: Snape’s bad day. 100 Word Drabble.

    Why You Should Care: It’s funny, and takes a well-meaning knock at the fandom.  Anything else I say would probably ruin it, seeing as it’s only 100 words.

    Why You Might Not Care: Some people don’t like 100 word drabbles because they’re too short.  I love them because they’re exactly the right length.

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    January 5th, 2008

    Snape’s Portrait

    Snape’s Portrait by JS1976

    Summary: Eight years post-Deathly Hallows, Harry Potter returns to Hogwarts for a conversation with an old adversary. Oneshot, 7,349 Words.

    Why You Should Care: Snape’s overall characterisation is good, and his dialogue is often spot-on and deliciously snarky.

    Why You Might Not Care: It never would have happened. I don’t think Harry’s characterisation is very accurate, and while I wouldn’t go so far as to say it’s necessarily OOC, the whole set up does feel quite contrived and strained, and the fic suffers quality-wise because of it.

    Note: Forgive the extreme lateness and the brevity…. the jet lag is killing me right now and my brain isn’t entirely working properly, but it’s a rec so yay team me!  I’ve been out of town on holiday for the last nine days, and intend to get to some housekeeping and broken links and such ASAP.  Cheers, all!

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    January 2nd, 2008

    Is This The Moment?

    Is This The Moment? by BelovedRanger

    Summary: “Hermione looked up at him quickly, and that was his undoing — or at least what he claimed, later, made him botch it all up. The look on her face, the trust in her eyes — he had no strength in the face of all that.” Oneshot, 2,883 Words.

    Why You Should Care: This seems like it might have happened. Ron and Hermione are well written, and the situation doesn’t seemed overly forced or contrived (even though it might actually be, but the best plot devices are the ones you never notice). Both characters are noticably older and more mature than they were when last we saw them as young adults in DH, but not yet as old as we saw in the epilogue, and it’s a very nice touch by an author that has a good sense of age and the transition, especially of people in their twenties. There’s a maturity in them both, but not as much as when we see them as parents. Nicely written.

    Why You Might Not Care: Won’t blow you away and make you say ‘OMG WOW’, but sometimes things aren’t meant to do that to you. After all, if we were always blown away, then we’d never be blown away.

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    December 28th, 2007

    The Sleeper Awakes

    The Sleeper Awakes by SnorkackCatcher

    Summary: “It’s been coming on for a while,” said Percy, “but I had to find a way out and it’s not so easy at the Ministry, they’re imprisoning traitors all the time.” The journey of Percy Weasley. Oneshot, 10,429 Words.

    Why You Should Care: Everyone has their breaking point: whether it’s the point at which we realize we’re wrong and turn back or the point we give up all pretense and make a grab at power is, in the end, up to the individual. There is a wonderfully sculpted set of contrasts in this fic in Percy Weasley and Doloris Umbridge. Where Umbridge throws herself heart and soul into the new Ministry line, Percy is more uncomfortable, and ultimate makes the same choice as the rest of his family. It’s delightful to see realization creep up on him slowly until a damn breaks and it all just makes sense, and then it’s just as lovely to see him fight the way Percy fights best– with a pen and a list of regulations. A very well written and carefully thought out telling of Percy’s missing story in Deathly Hallows.

    Why You Might Not Care: It may seem a little slow in parts, but I think it was meant to be, if that makes any sense. For Percy to have come to this realization suddenly and without the long, slow plod down to the feet of the devil himself, it wouldn’t have had the weight and the realism it ultimately did. Be patient with it, and be as frustrated as Percy is — you’ll find it satisfying, at the end.

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    December 26th, 2007

    A Certain Light

    A Certain Light by Mindabbles

    Summary: Alice and Frank treasured him, Augusta took a firm hand, Algie meant well, Enid understood, and somehow Neville becomes some part of the best of each of them. Oneshot, 4,728 Words.

    Why You Should Care: It’s a surprisingly wonderful way to watch Neville grow up. Eight Christmases over seventeen years, and we get to see the youngest Longbottom from baby to toddler to boy to young man. It’s delightful to see the transitions — not just of Neville, but of some of the other Longbottoms as well — and it’s done simply and gracefully; it’s oh-so-neat to see the parts of his personality that were shaped by the other people in his life. This is an excellent example of good dialogue and interaction put to good use, and it follows the rule “show, don’t tell” the whole way through. Lovely.

    Why You Might Not Care: Only if you’re tired of reading character oneshots about Neville.

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    December 23rd, 2007

    Ghosts

    Ghosts by Andromeda

    Summary: After he husband dies, Andromeda takes a last walk through the Nobel and Most Ancient House of Black, finding nothing but dust and nostalgia and a few unburied ghosts. Oneshot, 1,687 Words.

    Why You Should Care: No matter how much Andromeda does not regret abandoning the Black family name, there’s something about the connection of the family we are born into that can’t be forgotten. This is a sad piece about remembering where you came from just because you have to, and about the power our family has over us even after they’re gone. The structure of this piece drew me right in; the hand off of dialogue to narrative — from past to present — and back again is expertly handled, and it adds so much to an already excellent piece. The fragile connection between the last remaining Blacks at the end is especially lovely.

    Why You Might Not Care: Heck if I know.

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    December 22nd, 2007

    Almost

    Almost by AuroraWest

    Summary: George returns to 93 Diagon Alley for the first time since the Battle of Hogwarts. Oneshot, 1,471 Words.

    Why You Should Care: Yes, yes: it’s another post DH George fic.  I’m reccing this specifically because I think the author does a very good job with George’s character in a way most other ‘George mourns the loss of Fred’ fics don’t, which is by way of saying that some of the twin’s delightful sense of humour manages to shine through his sadness.  At its core it’s quite sad, but there are moments where George is still George, despite having lost Fred, and that’s a hard thing to find in this kind of fic.  In retrospect, this is probably the most accurate portrayal of George I’ve read: life goes on, whether we want it to or not and whether we think it is or not, and sometimes the only way you can tell is the cracking of an inappropriate joke or the reality of dirty underwear.

    Why You Might Not Care: Sometimes it’s a little too much in George’s head, if you know what I mean.  Some of what we are told about what’s going on in George’s mind isn’t necessary, and I think those sections could have been cut, either to make a tighter story overall or to spend more time on the character study here that makes this fic unique.

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    December 19th, 2007

    Lacuna

    Lacuna by Andromeda311

    Summary: After Azkaban, Sirius steals a puzzle and starts trying to put himself back together. It’s harder than he expected. Oneshot, 1,377 Words.

    Why You Should Care: Writing Sirius freshly out of Azkaban is no easy task, but trust Andromeda311 to get it right. The metaphor she draws to putting together a puzzle of a familiar picture is keenly affecting, and the immense feeling of personal desolation and emptiness is portrayed without purple prose or sentiment. The message that sometimes leaving behind torture is harder than being tortured is indeed a wise one. A sensitive and brilliant character study.

    Why You Might Not Care: Can’t think of a single reason. Don’t you hate it when I say that?

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    December 18th, 2007

    Angels and Ministers of Grace

    Angels and Ministers of Grace by Lesyeuxverts

    Summary: “The angels come with Potter on his last visit, approaching the bed with due fear and skittish tremors. Granger and Weasley, yes – Lovegood, Longbottom, Finnegan, Weasley, Weasley, Weasley, it reads like the roll call of Snape’s nightmare classes.” Oneshot, 3,290 Words.

    Why You Should Care: After reading Deathly Hallows, I anticipated a great influx of AU fic wherein Snape either didn’t die or was somehow brought back to life, and was more than a little surprised when it never came. This is, in fact, the very first fic along these lines I have found, and I’m pleased to see it was well done. This author uses description and narrative to great effect, and the paragraphs fit together like stanzas though it never crosses the line from prose into poetry. Snape is remarkably well characterised and, though we see Harry through his lens, I would say Harry is also very well done. It’s AU through and through, but it’s the sort of AU that’s been so carefully crafted that it doesn’t offend. Beautiful, poignant, and circumspect, this fic will delight all five of your senses.

    Why You Might Not Care: It’s AU, obviously, and despite quality some people just don’t go for that sort of thing. I offer that the only leap of faith you must take is that Snape did not die, and everything after that is entirely within bounds.

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    December 16th, 2007

    The Yellow Road Lies Sleeping

    The Yellow Road Lies Sleeping by Elanne

    Summary: This is how the world ends. Drabble, 749 Words.

    Why You Should Care: This is gloriously poetic, without being ridiculous: almost like watching a life flash before someone’s eyes.  It’s beautiful and deceptively simple, and focuses on the good and the hope and the new beginnings that inevitably show up in one person’s life.  Really, really excellent!

    Why You Might Not Care: I’m not even going to dignify that with a response.

    Note: Day Number 2 without internet…. *rages*  At least I work tomorrow so I have access from there.  *grumbles*

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    December 14th, 2007

    To Dwell In Dreams

    To Dwell In Dreams by Snorkackcatcher

    Summary: There is a danger in dwelling on past mistakes. Drabble, 1,000 Words.

    Why You Should Care: These two men are not so different, really; both chased power and chose the wrong ally, and both paid in someone else’s blood. For all its redeeming qualities, love can be a hard, merciless master, and broken hearts often stay that way long after they should have healed. This is a melancholy piece where Albus Dumbledore struggles to heed his own advice, and it has been written without fanfare and with a mindful nod to subtlety. This is a prime example of the adege “show, don’t tell”.

    Why You Might Not Care: We don’t garner much from this we didn’t already know, I suppose, but sometimes it’s worthwhile just to walk the path and take note of it. This is a brief and quiet walk through familiar territory. Not really remarkable, except in its execution.

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    December 10th, 2007

    Faded Laughter

    Faded Laughter by Mary Borsellino

    Summary: Ginny finds a portrait in the attic. Oneshot, 1,386 Words.

    Why You Should Care: This fic almost brought tears to my eyes. The premise is that Ginny finds an old portrait of Sirius in the attic, and the way it’s told is so sweet and quintessential. Young!Sirius is so filled with energy and passion, and this is contrasted by the almost lethargic Ginny that we meet: so young and yet so old. And there are these fabulous moments, like when Ginny thinks that she could be infatuated by Sirius’ charm, or when Sirius refers to the Weasleys as ‘spawn’. Particular kudos for using Ginny and not Harry, the more obvious choice. It’s nice to see her with some true emotion and sensitivity.

    Why You Might Not Care: A little too short to give as much impact. Plus Mary Borsellino falls into the old trap of just having to include a moment of Remus/Sirius. But it’s nicely handled and actually adds somewhat to the fic.

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    December 8th, 2007

    A Correspondence Between Albus Dumbledore and Gellert Grindelwald

    A Correspondence Between Albus Dumbledore and Gellert Grindelwald by M’lah Sihfay

    Summary: As two men try to rebuild we read the letters between 1951 and 1997. Approx. 9,500 Words.

    Guest Rec’d By: Christy (ChristyCorr – insofar that it was on her Livejournal and I jacked it and put it here.)

    Why You Should Care: I’m not a huge slasher and I’m not a big Albus/Gellert fan at all, but I really like this fic. It’s got these fabulous nuances – epistolary styles in general are tricky because you’ve got to show the character, but it’s not like speech where things are blurted out – in letters everything is weighted and thought through. There are clear characters here and I really like that. The way the two rationalise themselves through the first war, the second war – every moment of weakness and strength and the way that neither can ever stop writing, can ever break away. There’s a theme throughout the fic of being ‘broken’ by events and it’s eloquently and interestingly expressed.

    Why You Might Not Care: I want to go through this fic and cut out every slightly graphic moment. They’re few and far between, but they’re there and they’re pointless. But it’s a slash fic, and the slashers need their kicks from somewhere, I guess. Probably rated R for the occasional mention of boysex.

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

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    December 7th, 2007

    Lonely Let the Flowers Grow

    Lonely Let the Flowers Grow by PumpkinPasty

    Summary: “Longbottom,” Professor Sprout says wearily, “there is a time for fighting, and there is a time for waiting to fight. Right now is not the former.” Oneshot, 2,408 Words.

    Why You Should Care: It’s the calm before the storm, and sometimes waiting on the edge of disaster is more difficult a thing than being right in the thick of it. There’s an anxious, helpless suspense in waiting for the wave to break: you can see it coming, in the distance, closer now than it was before, but still far enough off that to brace yourself for it is a waste of energy. This fic captures some of that sentiment well, focusing on the three other major characters involved in the war who are waiting to be called upon and probably all wish they could be out helping Harry along with Ron and Hermione just so they don’t feel so helpless. The characterisation of Neville and Luna are particularly well done, and this author manages to capture Luna’s voice without making it feel forced or overly prophetic. I think this is meant to be a Neville/Luna, and there’s a little ship service right at the end, but I think the fic holds up very well as a general piece.

    Why You Might Not Care: I wish the thematic elements of this fic were a little tighter and a little more focused. I think the author meant it to be a simple story about how Neville, Luna and Ginny decided to start up the DA again, but the strongest sections are the ones that focus more on the helpless attempt to find something — anything — to do while they wait. This author has real talent, and I think she would have done a more thematic piece very well.

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    December 6th, 2007

    Sometimes

    Sometimes by MidnightBlue88

    Summary: “Sometimes he reaches for two plates at dinner.” Drabble, 137 Words.

    Why You Should Care: It’s the sad, sweet reality of this fic that makes it beautiful — the little honesties of life after war. The author pays a great attention to detail, so that in very few words a whole world is built for George, a world without Fred, and we see him struggling to face what no one else will mention. It’s the rebuilding of a character and it’s heartbreaking.

    Why You Might Not Care: This fic is too short and too unoriginal. I think it’s beautiful and of all the Fredless!George fics it’s the best I’ve read, but there’s no new idea here — it’s just the recycled one really well done. And it needs another hundred words or so, just to come to a conclusion. Even so, it’s adorable — George is like a baby deer finding his feet again.

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