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    December 20th, 2007

    Seven Ways Words Can Hurt

    Seven Ways Words Can Hurt by LindseyGirl

    Summary: Seven moments in Sirius’ life. Drabbles, 442 Words.

    Why You Should Care: A set of seven fantastic drabbles that are quite a lot about Sirius and even more about the reckless use of words and the power they have to change lives. This author has nailed the drabble format with unusual precision: she knows with every one exactly what she needs to say and resists the temptation to say anything else that might distract from her theme. She is also mindful of the collection she has created, and each leads to the next smoothly and effortlessly. Very nice.

    Why You Might Not Care: Her use of “Sirius’s” to (wrongly) abbreviate “Sirius is” drives me to pulling out my own hair. I have rec’d it in spite of this, but it still annoys the hell out of me. Also, I can’t decided if there’s an allusion to Sirius/Remus or not. If there is, I’m likewise somewhat annoyed. If there isn’t, then good.

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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 15th, 2007

    The Birthday Boy

    The Birthday Boy by Lady Bracknell

    Summary: On his seventeenth birthday, Teddy Lupin is forced to face a message from beyond the grave, and a cake with his face on it. It was enough to make anyone hide at the bottom of the garden. Oneshot, 4,482 Words.

    Why You Should Care: Another Lady Bracknell fic. Really, I probably should stop reccing her at some point, but she just has this impossible plethora of fantastic stories and I can’t help myself. This is mostly about Teddy, and a little about Harry, and a lot about the similarities between the two, which is just as JKR intended. Harry knows more about what it’s like to be Teddy than perhaps Teddy realizes, and it’s easy to see why these two characters would connect without trying. Lovely.

    Why You Might Not Care: Another Lady Bracknell fic. So, while I can’t really think of a good reason, it’s possible y’all are just sick of being pointed at the same person. Ah well.

    Note: So late today do to chaos of the “my internet isn’t working” fashion. In the end, I walked to a friend’s house and used his internet for fear of missing a day (horrors!). Let’s just say, this is not a good day for this to have happened…. *sigh*

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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 13th, 2007

    Fraternity

    Fraternity by Lyras

    Summary: Aberforth Dumbledore is very different from his brother. Oneshot.

    Why You Should Care: I have nothing to say. It’s rich and deep, it’s multifaceted and poignant, it’s beautifully characterised. Words are not enough. Man, you have to read this fic.

    Why You Might Not Care: What did I just say? Unbelievably fantastic.

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    December 12th, 2007

    Nothing But Fighting

    Nothing But Fighting by Bratanimus

    Summary: “Merlin, why hadn’t James told him how much fun fighting Lily was?” Oneshot, 4,128 Words.

    Why You Should Care: It’s hard to write action. I mean, it’s really, really hard to write action. And while Bratanimus doesn’t go so far as to sweep you up blow-by-blow as perhaps I might secretly wish, she does make the attempt to deal with Wizard Dueling as a fighting style unique to the wizard, and — in tandem with her always spot-on character portraits — gives us a quick little commentary on our favorite Marauders under fire. Particularly featured are Sirius and Remus, and what a delightful contrast they are to each other too; we see in these quick exchanges and Remus’ inner dialogue how Remus might have lived so long and why Sirius might have died that night at the Ministry. As always, Bratanimus is a treat to read.

    Why You Might Not Care: There could have been a little more action and a little less inner dialogue from Remus, I think. More than anything else, I think Bratanimus meant this to be a bit of a Remus/Lily interlude (which it is) and so we spend a little too much time in Remus’ head. Internal dialogue and character work is the safe place for fanfiction authors, and who can blame us since writing action is (as previously mentioned) a son-of-a-bitch, but Bratanimus has the chops and I really think we could have had just as much character work done more subtly if she had featured the action sequence a little more strongly. She glozes over the meatiest part of the duel in a mere paragraph of past-tense description, right where I longed for a physical climax. I really wanted to be in Remus’ shoes in this one the whole way through, not just told about Remus’ shoes.

    Thanks To: Alice Lay (Tassee1) for this rec.

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    December 11th, 2007

    So You Want To Go To Hogwarts?

    So You Want To Go To Hogwarts? by Hijja

    Summary: So you want to go to Hogwarts? You’ve heard all about magic, the wizarding world, fantastic beasts, wondrous sports and adventure? Well, let me introduce you to the things that don’t make it into the advertisement brochure…. Oneshot, 2,962 Words.

    Why You Should Care: This is a very frank and cynical look at what it could realistically mean to be a Muggleborn at Hogwarts.  Hijja approaches to concept honestly, her nameless protagonist considering in retrospect what it was like to be taken from one world and thrown into another.  Brilliant characterisation and extrapolation, and the observations about Dumbledore at the end are particularly powerful and lend themselves very, very well with the Machiavellian Headmaster JKR constructed with the addition of Deathly Hallows.  A story about young people lured by magic and used as front-line cannon fodder.  Extremely clever.

    Why You Might Not Care: This isn’t really about a character, specifically.  It’s more about a concept and a set of like experiences shared by Muggleborns.  It’s more commentary than plot, and while it seems this topic would naturally lean toward parody, Hijja keeps a firm hand on her subject matter and — while it occasional finds the humourous — it never once sidesteps into mockery.

    Thanks To: Lisa Hubbler, who sent me this rec quite a while ago.

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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 5th, 2007

    The Hidden Room

    The Hidden Room by Dilly

    Summary: Percy used to tell them stories about The Burrow. Oneshot, 1,495 Words.

    Why You Should Care: Because it’s lovely, sweet, and themeful, that’s why. Aside from brilliant characterisations of Percy (who is making the not-quite-so-easy transition back into his family) and Ron (who is still fresh from fighting a war), there’s also an acknowledgement of The Burrow itself as a character. Through Percy, Dilly weaves a rich and colourful mythology for The Burrow and the Weasleys, breathing a whole new life into the concept of home and family. Between the personification of The Burrow, the subtleties in Percy’s character, the unsensationalised dealing with Fred’s death, and the overall high standard of writing, this is a completely unique oneshot you shouldn’t miss.

    Why You Might Not Care: I just said you shouldn’t miss it. *points*

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    December 4th, 2007

    So Much Lighter Now I Have Met You

    So Much Lighter Now I Have Met You by EverBlue3

    Summary: “I guess, given the significance of all you represent, I expected you to be heavier.” Sirius’s initial thoughts following Harry’s birth. Oneshot, 1,657 Words.

    Why You Should Care: There’s such a truth, artless and open, about this fic. Harry’s birth, even before he Lived, was such a momentous occasion — the tortured passions of war projected in something innocent and fragile — and in Sirius’ mind here we see the thoughts and feelings of the time. It’s sweet and sad and all the fears and worries coming pouring out to this child: not in an exaggerated way, but with true depth of character. We see everything Sirius hides and we see everything Sirius can’t bring himself to think, let alone say. And yet behind it all is the echo, the shadow, the style with that arrogance and that teenage playfulness that we all know and love. There’s so much being said, and yet there’s still a real, definable character in there. EverBlue3 lets us truly understand how it must have felt to hold the child, to feel its pulse and know its importance.

    Why You Might Not Care: I’m not really sure. It’s sweet and sad and a little bit funny, and I reckon there’s something here for most people.

    Apologies: Again, this is late, I’m sorry. Let me explain: if I don’t have time to post the rec the night before I email myself the link and the story summary and write them at school. Occasionally I have an issue at school (such as, today, the computer rooms were all closed for software trials) and I have to do it when I get home. I don’t abandon you, I swear!

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    December 3rd, 2007

    The Boy Who Lived

    The Boy Who Lived by PigWithHair

    Summary: Set many years after Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Harry is asked to reflect. Oneshot, 4,962 Words.

    Why You Should Care: If it’s a difficult thing for a fanfiction writer to track back a character and write them significantly younger than they are in the source material, then it’s probably even more difficult to extrapolate them far forward in time into old age. Old people aren’t the easiest characters for fanfic writers to wrap their heads around (probably because most of us are under 30 and still quite young ourselves), and in a lot of cases we end up with a character that doesn’t feel old enough. This fic ages Harry and Ginny (and Ron as well) very nicely and very realistically: they are cranky, crotchety, temperamental and nostalgic. They move like seniors, they talk like seniors, and they sound like seniors. Their interaction with the younger generation captures that certain “when I was your age we walked to school in waist deep snow uphill both ways” without leaning too heavily on cliches or abandoning JKR’s original character. This is a character piece on Harry as he reflects on a life lived and the things and the people we take for granted. Superbly good.

    Why You Might Not Care: Ginny might be a touch too cranky for some people, but old age makes grumps of us all. Harry’s perfect.

    Awards: December 2007 Gold Star Award for Excellence in Harry Potter Fanfiction.

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    December 1st, 2007

    Two Lights Above the Sea

    Two Lights Above the Sea by V.M. Bell

    Summary: Narcissa Black’s wedding day is filled with doubt. Oneshot, 1,540 Words.

    Why You Should Care: Lucius Malfoy has picked his side in the war, and Narcissa Black calculates the risk of becoming a widow too soon after she becomes a wife.  She is tempted — and reasonably so — to abandon the life and love she has chosen with Lucius in favour of something safer, something not so precariously balanced on the edge of a knife.  Bell does fairly well getting into Narcissa’s head in this time and place, and of honouring her character and the relationship between Narcissa and Lucius, and when she does so with a poetic twist of phrase is where this fic really shines.

    Why You Might Not Care: The dialogue between Narcissa and Lucius is a little flat, to be honest.  I would have preferred a little more of the character we see in the narrative injected into the dialogue for a little more “show, don’t tell”, but what’s there does do the job.  There are also a couple of places where the sentence structure could have been made less awkward with the use of some higher level punctuation.  Over all, I get the sense that the author of this fic is pushing at her limits a little bit, but trying to be better at something you love should never be considered a bad thing.

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    November 25th, 2007

    Highway Code

    Highway Code by Shewhoguards

    Summary: Why Hermione really wasn’t certain Ron could pass a Muggle driving test. Oneshot, 1,639 Words.

    Why You Should Care: Ron learns to drive a car, and it’s a positively delightful story of a pure blooded Wizard learning to do something that’s just about as Muggleish as you can get.  Inspired by a throw-away line from the last chapter of Deathly Hallows, it’s got great characterisation of an older Ron and Hermione.  It’s also very focused and tightly written; the author resists the distracting temptation to stray from the point into other shippy things, and what we get is a funny little piece about Ron doing his best in a world he doesn’t quite understand.

    Why You Might Not Care: It’s light and humourous, and doesn’t really say anything about Ron we didn’t know before.  It’s a funny little story that’s well written and well characterised about the efforts of being normal; it won’t change your world, but it’ll probably make you smile once or twice.

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    November 21st, 2007

    J’ai Demandé À Ma Mère

    J’ai Demandé À Ma Mère by Elektra3

    Summary: “It is not until you are older that you come to realize that they cannot, in fact, answer everything; and it is not until you are even older that you come to realize that you do not want to know the answer to every question you ask. But when you are eight, every curiosity has a simple solution…” Fleur Delacour speaks about the nature of being a veela. Oneshot, 1,473 Words.

    Why You Should Care: A telling reflection of an increasingly self-aware Fleur Delacour, and a remarkably realistic look at the nature of a creature both beautiful and deadly in the Harry Potter Universe. Elektra reminds us that, though they appear human, the veela’s motivation is anything but; the cold and brutal truth of it is as much a slap to the face for the reader as it is for Fleur. This clever author leaves off while the marks of it still linger on our cheek so that we — like Fleur — must decide for ourselves what being a quarter-veela is really going to mean for her and the people around her. Brilliantly thought out, and even more brilliantly executed.

    Why You Might Not Care: There are more interesting things about the character of Fleur Delacour than the average Harry Potter fan probably realizes. How will you ever find out what they are if you don’t read fic about her?

    Thanks To: Anna Karenina for a fabulous rec, though she didn’t rec it to me personally. It was just so damn good I felt like giving a kudos.

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    November 20th, 2007

    Puzzle Pieces

    Puzzle Pieces by Thirty2Flavors

    Summary: An anthology of unrelated drabbles. Drabble Collection, 12,222 Words.

    Why You Should Care: The most irritating thing a fic writer can label their fic as, according to me, is this ‘anthology of unrelated drabbles’. I have this unbending belief that drabble collections should be about common themes, linked by this shared lack of words. And yet I rate this collection so highly. We all know that Thirty2Flavors is a fantastic writer, and here are just a thousand snippets of her succinct, concise style — no excess, no purple prose. The best ones by far are when she delves into canon, shows a moment in a different light. Each drabble is perfect in its own right and each is incredibly thought-provoking. Wonderful.

    Why You Might Not Care: Thirty2Flavors writes drabbles! Really well! Why aren’t you caring!?

    Awards: 2008 Hourglass Award, Best Drabble/Drabble Collection — Third Place

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    November 19th, 2007

    Summer Holidays

    Summer Holidays by Penknife

    Summary: After saving the world, it’s time to figure out what to do next. Oneshot, 4,971 Words.

    Why You Should Care: Largely because, whenever Penknife takes the time to put pen to paper, it’s well worth the effort — most especially so when she tackles gen fic.  This is an excellent little coda for Hermione; in places just awkward enough, and filled with brief and brilliant moments from other canon characters as well.  Hermione floats through her own aftermath while at the same time bearing witness to the post-war experiences of others in her quiet Hermione way.  It’s almost a story about moving on and almost a story about getting swept by.  Either way, it’s quite good.

    Why You Might Not Care: When it’s Penknife and it’s gen, there aren’t really any very good reasons not to have a read.

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    November 17th, 2007

    The Best Laid Plans

    The Best Laid Plans by Alyra77

    Summary: “And after a dinner of Yorkshire pudding, or sausages, or whatever they could force down their throats – hoping that somewhere, Ron and Hermione and Harry had at least a little something in their bellies – the twins would retreat to their cluttered old space and begin to plan.” Oneshot, 1,007 Words.

    Why You Should Care: Because I’d like to think that — for all Fred and George’s preoccupation with the ridiculous — they are smart enough to have realized early on in the war that what did happen could happen. I can only hoped they would have talked about it when they still could, and that it helps them both find a measure of peace.

    Why You Might Not Care: It’s more of a hopeful reflection than a story, really. I’m not entirely sure the Weasley twins would have had this conversation — I hope they did, but I’m not sure their characters as written by JKR allow for it. I would have made sure to have this discussion, but the nature of most people is to avoid what is hard to think about.

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