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    January 22nd, 2008

    The Fourth

    The Fourth by Twinsuns

    Summary: They say that no spell can bring the dead back into the world of living, yet there is a loophole in that law… A look into a moment that spanned a lifetime. Oneshot, 1,082 Words.

    Why You Should Care: This is my favourite type of fic, one where someone’s found a line in canon and a thought sparked and a thread woven and suddenly a shadow becomes a character. Ghosts in Harry Potter are important in JKR’s depiction of the understanding of death, and this fic is beautifully subtle in its depiction of death as an unknown, but more, in man’s emotion towards it. Twinsuns shows death through Nearly Headless Nick’s last moments, and through the executioner who ‘beheads’ him (“you’re my fourth–this week”). Thoughtful and mature.

    Why You Might Not Care: This fic is surprisingly adult, not that there is anything more than G involved, but by the very delicate nature — nothing emotive or passionate — by which it is handled. Some might find it dull, I find it exquisite.

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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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    January 20th, 2008

    As We Destroy, So Do We Build

    As We Destroy, So Do We Build by Montlake

    Summary: She is sixteen when she falls in love with the wrong boy and she’s sixteen years too young to understand why it all feels so right. Oneshot, 1,266 Words.

    Guest Rec’d By: Tash (PirateSmile)

    Why You Should Care: The simplicity of not only Ted and Andromeda’s romance, but of Andy’s own evolution as an independent person, is really beautiful to see unfold. It’s not overly detailed, and the snapshots of her life over four years are very sparse, but, again, the simplicity of it allows it all to just flow naturally.

    Why You Might Not Care: Like I said, it’s not overly detailed, and it would be nice to have more moments.

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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 13th, 2008

    The Seduction of Sirius Black

    The Seduction of Sirius Black by Sciathan File

    Summary: “I hope to Merlin that everyone’s collective wisdom was very wrong and that neither Sirius Black nor James Potter has been the death of me – try though they may have to have been so.” Oneshot, 10,649 Words.

    Why You Should Care: Sciathan File has a very unique style of writing, and she’s got a good handle on character as well as what it takes to write a good fight scene.  She’s gone and done something unique with her plot, which is to say she’s engineered an Order of the Phoenix mission that seems like something that would have happened.  She’s done her research (which is always something that earns big, shiny bonus points from me, as I’m the queen of too-much-research) and the plot has been well thought out.

    Why You Might Not Care: Sciathan File has a … very unique style of writing.  A uniquely complex style of writing.  The ways in which she engineers a sentence are not to be taken lightly.  My best advice?  Read slowly, and don’t press on if you’re not sure you’ve understood what that last sentence just said.  Take the time with this one, and you’ll probably enjoy it.  Speed-read, and you’ll get to end not really knowing what just happened.

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    January 12th, 2008

    The More Things Change

    The More Things Change by Shimotsuki

    Summary: Sirius Black has been unnervingly polite ever since Lily found herself actually kissing James Potter. Oneshot, 1,344 Words.

    Why You Should Care: Because something of this sort probably would have happened.  James and Sirius’ friendship was so tight that Lily taking up a certain amount of James’ time must have upset the balance a bit, and it would have taken all the Marauders some time to adjust to this intrusion; Sirius taking it the hardest seems very accurate, considering his character.  The interaction on the tower between Lily and Sirius is well written, and Lily and Sirius’ characters are nicely portrayed; both of them are clearly defined without the author needing to explain to us in a long, dialogue heavy, angsty scene.  Well done.

    Why You Might Not Care: It’s very to-the-point.  Perhaps a little *too* to-the-point.  The scene on the tower and at the breakfast table the next day are excellent, but I think I would have appreciated a little longer build.  A few more interactions between the five.  This seems too short.

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    January 11th, 2008

    Thirteen Steps to the End of the World

    Thirteen Steps to the End of the World by Thirty2Flavors

    Summary: “The only thing more accurate than incoming enemy fire is incoming friendly fire.” Thirteen steps to the end of Moony, Wormtail, Padfoot and Prongs. Oneshot, 4,821 Words.

    Why You Should Care: Well, Thirty2Flavors for a start. And she’s doing what she does best, which is to say it’s a fic about the Marauders during those moments that make all the difference. There are some fabulous parallels drawn between characters in this fic, and it’s Thirty2Flavor’s ability to dig just a little deeper and find something to show you that you’ve never seen before that keeps us coming back for more every time.

    Why You Might Not Care: Perhaps not her strongest piece, by comparison. But well worth the time to read, especially for Marauder fans.

    Awards: 2008 Hourglass Award, Best Drama — First Place; 2008 Hourglass Award, Popular Choice — Best Oneshot.

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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 6th, 2008

    Atonement

    Atonement by ChristyCorr

    Summary: “Sometimes I think a curse should rest on me—because I love this war.” Oneshot, 3,437 Words.

    Why You Should Care: A fabulously revealing character piece about Albus Dumbledore and Grindlewald. It is, perhaps, not quite canon except for the slight chance that it just might be completely canon. Original, with masterfully written dialogue between two kings of manipulation who have their own tangled history to contend with. One of my new favorites.

    Why You Might Not Care: Slash pairing undertones, but they’re so under they almost don’t exist. This has more to do with each character as individuals than as any sort of couple. All conversation, but the wonderful kind that’s been carefully sculpted.

    Awards: 2008 Hourglass Award, Best Gen Fic — Second Place

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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 31st, 2007

    Dead Things

    Dead Things by AcidPop25

    Summary: Helena could always tell their spells apart. Drabble, 638 Words.

    Why You Should Care: This is a very interesting sliver in time during the Founders Era.  In only 600 words, AcidPop manages to give us a fairly complete character summary of Rowena Ravenclaw, Salazar Slytherin, and Helena Ravenclaw, as well as offering (in even less words) what probably amounts to a very accurate view of Helga and Godric as well.  The interplay between Helena and her mother is well done, and quite fascinating.  This piece drips with style from start to finish.

    Why You Might Not Care: Founders fic ahead!  Also, you might wish there was more.  It works very well short — don’t mistake — but at the same time, the author makes it work so well that you just want more.

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    December 29th, 2007

    Sheer Dumb Luck

    Sheer Dumb Luck by WinglessFlight

    Summary: “Cowards may die many times before their deaths; the valient never taste of death but one.” She laughs because she’s living on borrowed time. Oneshot, 1,175 Words.

    Why You Should Care: The repetition throughout this fic is used keenly and strategically, and I feel at long last that I might actually begin to understand Merope Gaunt. This fic is poetic, but it doesn’t run away with itself too far. It’s supremely focused, which has always been the way straight to my heart when we talk fanfiction.

    Why You Might Not Care: The focus is Merope Gaunt. But if y’all like character study fics about Petunia and Rita and Hagrid and Gilderoy, then this is precisely your cup of tea.

    Awards: 2008 Hourglass Award, Best Drama — Third Place

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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 21st, 2007

    A Good Way To Fall

    A Good Way To Fall by Lady Altair

    Summary: “It’s a good way to fall, he decides as the curse rushes up at him.” Drabbles, 726 Words.

    Why You Should Care: Lady Altair presents a series of moments from Alaster Moody’s life that go a long way to explaining how he ended up the way he did, and I admit I’ve fallen a little bit in love with the idea of Kitty Fenwick and this whole scenario. This author has a firm handle on what it takes to write a good drabble, and each is wonderfully simple. She finds the man behind the paranoia in Alaster Moody, and brings us a lovely and developed original character in Kitty Fenwick; the fact that she does it in so few words goes to show the depth of her skill. When Lady Altair gives us the bit about Moody’s leg, it was just perfect. This is one of those stories that I’ll probably absorb into my own version of canon, because I just like it that much.

    Why You Might Not Care: Well, you know… Moody’s the central character. I don’t suppose he’s got much of a fan club. There’s some weird indentation that I admit makes my eye twitch, but the content is just fabulous.

    Awards: 2008 Hourglass Award, Admins’ Choice — Drabble.

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