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    December 30th, 2007

    Form 46A

    Form 46A by Alan McLeod

    Summary: How are things like household bills handled in the Harry Potter world? Are their beurocracies as incompetent as ours? Snape finds out. Drabble, Humour, 560 Words.

    Why You Should Care: Because I really think Jo would probably find it hilarious, and just right on form. And because I think it’s hilarious. Snape makes the best straight man for this little drabble, I think, and the fact that it’s him just makes me love it even more.

    Why You Might Not Care: It’s short and humourous. If one of those doesn’t tickle your fancy today, then skip it.

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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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    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 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 6th, 2007


    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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    November 29th, 2007


    Prophetic by Furiosity

    Summary: “Through exploding snarls of spell-light, she saw Dolohov and Remus, locked in combat.” 500 Words.

    Why You Should Care: There’s just something about this one that appeals to me, though I’m not entirely sure what, exactly, it is.  Here and there the largely straight-forward text is sprinkled with interesting visuals and phrasing.  I like that it’s almost too short; Furiosity resists the urge to hang too long on any one moment or allow Tonks’ thoughts to get too maudlin.  It’s actually a very physical piece for it’s short length, with smooth, uncluttered action that befits the final battle of Deathly Hallows, and the final moments of Remus and Tonks.

    Why You Might Not Care: I’m not sure.  I feel some people will think it unremarkable, and maybe it is at that, a little.  Something about the author’s style appeals to me, I think; all simple narrative mixed with clever and original description.

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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 13th, 2007


    Knights by Odyssea

    Summary: “This isn’t just a game.  The man who knows the chessboard could rule the world.”  The impact of chess on Ron Weasley’s life. Drabble, 925 Words.

    Why You Should Care: A very nice reflection on Ron, chess, and the role of the people who are not the heroes, but rather the people who defend the heroes.  Each section has a very 100 words drabble-esque feel to it (though all of them are more than 100 words), and in most places the author uses brevity to her great advantage, avoiding too-colourful prose and thoughtfully cutting right to the heart of the matter.

    Why You Might Not Care: This is a rare case where I wish it might have been just a little longer, and perhaps just a touch more disciplined.  But only just.

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    November 12th, 2007

    Love By Numbers

    Love By Numbers by Dulcinea

    Summary: Sometimes, one plus zero equals two. Drabble, 537 Words.

    Why You Should Care: Okay, a word of advice, ignore all the femmeslash in the fic. It’s Luna/Hermione. It’ll bemuse and befuddle you. But aside from that, this fic is a wonderful work of art. Dulcinea weaves words into tapestry patterns — her symbolism here of enigma, maths and numbers is spot on. Luna is an enigma, a complex pattern to absorb and learn and this is so how Hermione tries to rationalize her.

    Why You Might Not Care: Heed my advice about the femmeslash and there’s no reason not to care. Beautiful characterisation, marvelous symbolism, and a clever wordsmith. All in a day’s work.

    posted by winglessflight
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    November 9th, 2007

    Bad News

    Bad News by Penknife

    Summary: It’s one piece of bad news Harry hadn’t been expecting. Humour, 475 Words.

    Why You Should Care: This is short, sweet, and funny, and I can’t believe I never thought about this before because you know this is exactly what the Goblins would do. Exactly.  JKR would think it was brilliant.

    Why You Might Not Care: It’s pointless, really.  Just an amusing little drabble written to make you laugh.  But sometimes, that is the point.

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    October 31st, 2007

    Look Back In Anger

    Look Back In Anger by Magnetic Pole

    Summary: “Minerva McGonagall, naturally, said everything that the portraits in the headmaster’s office had left unspoken.” Drabble, 590 Words.

    Why You Should Care: What might the other professors’ reactions have been to learning that Snape would be their new Headmaster?  Magnetic Pole does a most excellent job crafting this difficult scene, and Snape’s internal monologue meshes with his dialogue and actions well.  Snape was a servant to two very accomplished and manipulative masters, two kings of Machiavellian principles, and he learned his art very well indeed.

    Why You Might Not Care: This is actually the third part of a serial intending to have ten pieces.  I believe there are currently six finished, but reading through them I found they are of varying quality.  Read them all if you like, but I find Snape’s character a little unsteady through the six parts, and a couple of the pieces in comparison seem as though they were written by an entirely different — and somewhat less talented — author.  Each section stands alone quite well, however, so I’ve opted to rec only the ones I felt are of the highest quality.

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    October 29th, 2007

    Seven Looks at Luck, Life and Love

    Seven Looks at Luck, Life and Love by Thirty2Flavors

    Summary: Seven different looks at luck, life & love with Teddy Lupin. Drabble Collection, 1,262 Words.

    Why You Should Care: A brief but effective set of seven drabbles centred around Teddy Lupin as a boy. Thirty2Flavors gives us a very real, honest telling of what it might be like to be a young orphaned boy who is both like Harry and not like Harry, and what it might be like for him to grow up as an ordinary boy raised by heroes. As the old cliche goes, the grass is always greener, and I don’t hesitate to say that Thirty2Flavors has a particular talent for brevity that makes me sigh pleasantly — when you choose to use few words, every single one suddenly seams like it should matter. Here, they all do.

    Why You Might Not Care: The first fic I’ve rec’d here centred around a New Generation character. If that’s not your cup of tea and you prefer to stay with the characters we know, this might not seem very interesting to you. You should read it, though. Because I said so, obviously.

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    October 28th, 2007


    Protean by The Wailing Owl

    Summary: Snape had, like water, shaped himself to fit what surrounded him. Drabble, 100 Words.

    Why You Should Care: I’m not always a huge Snape fan: I often find him seriously OOC in fics, but this one is perfect. In exactly 100 words this author alludes to every event that’s shaped Severus’ character, everything that’s tossed and turned him, everything that’s affected him. The author uses half-quotes, and short sentences, and manages to include so much without feeling rushed. There’s more than a novel’s worth of emotion within those 100 words. Genius.

    Why You Might Not Care: If you can’t stand canon or fanon Snape, you’d best stay away, there’s a lot of the former and a little of the latter in this fic. Additionally, if you don’t believe in the power of drabbles and reckon that 100 well-organised words aren’t a patch on a novel-length fic, closely depicting each feeling, then this one certainly isn’t for you. But really, this is a pretty incredible achievement, and checking it out’s hardly going to take much time.

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    October 26th, 2007

    Ships Without Sails

    Ships Without Sails by Insanguinare and WinglessFlight

    Summary: Everyone knows how Severus loved Lily, how Lily loved James, how Harry kissed Ginny, how Ron and Hermione danced into the sunset. A collaborative drabble collection of the most unlikely romances. Drabble Collection, 6,563 words.

    Why You Should Care: I do hope that Chelle doesn’t murder me for pimping my own story on her site, but I honestly do think this one is of note, and not because I wrote half of it. The story is that a friend of mine and Insanguinare’s set us a task on her Harry Potter Wiki involving the SCUSA ship list and we discovered reams and reams of ships that have just never been written: Harry/Lisa Turpin, Sirius/Draco, Ron/Madame Rosmerta to name but a few. And the idea stuck in our heads and, a few weeks later, here we are. This fic is a alternative-shippers dream: we’re trying to give sails to the ships that never leave the metaphorical harbour, and if you like anything romantic, drabble-based or just a little out of the ordinary, it’s worth taking a look.

    Why You Might Not Care: This fic fits with canon insofar that none of the occurences affect canon in the slightest. But if you love canon ships, beware! The only canon ship so far is Tom Riddle Sr./Cecelia, and we don’t plan many, if any, more: most canon ships are very popular. Also, if you want long stories with plot twists and philosophical dialogue these drabbles may well be too short for you.

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    October 19th, 2007

    In Your Room

    In Your Room by Lady Bracknell

    Summary: Remus can’t say he anticipated this reaction to him being outed as a werewolf and splashed all over the front of the newspaper, but he can’t say he doesn’t like it. Drabble, 724 Words.

    Why You Should Care: It’s a brief, warm peak into Remus’ head; what one person often considers the end of the world, the other thinks of only as a passing and unremarkable aside. Sweet, passing anxiety.  There is sex, but it’s the work-safe sort (if you know what I mean).

    Why You Might Not Care: It’s very short, but it seems somehow exactly the right length.  In not elaborating and waxing on about the issue, Lady Bracknell actually helps make Tonks’ point.  I suppose if you’re underage then you shouldn’t read it, but the sex here is certainly no worse than you’d see on daytime TV or in movies — I wouldn’t worry about it.

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    October 7th, 2007


    Afterwards by Pyreneeees

    Summary: Life doesn’t end after the war. Drabble Collection, 1,670 Words.

    Why You Should Care: Six people, all affected or unaffected by the war in different ways, living their lives. Because after a war has been waged and lost and won, that’s one thing every survivor has in common: moving forward. These are snapshots of lives and half-lives of the ordinary people, not the heroes. Sensitive and honest.

    Why You Might Not Care: This is one of those short little pieces that seems almost pointless at first because it’s tied together with a very thin thread. And, just maybe, that’s the point.

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    October 3rd, 2007

    Behind Closed, Locked and Soundproofed Doors

    Behind Closed, Locked and Soundproofed Doors by Anguis

    Summary: “Arthur Weasley was rarely seen kissing his wife.” Not all romances are conducted in front of the camera. Drabble, 528 Words.

    Why You Should Care: This is the perfect little Arthur/Molly fic. It’s sweet, and gives me hope that even years of marriage and oodles of children are not enough to dull passion with just the right person. The language is eloquent yet precise, and every once in a while I just go back and read this fic over again a couple of times because it makes me smile and sigh.

    Why You Might Not Care: I can’t think of a convincing reason, because this is one of those short little ficlets that I’d like to handwrite out in a notebook and carry around with me to show people.

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    October 2nd, 2007

    Within These Walls

    Within These Walls by Sionann

    Summary: A series of twenty drabbles about the members of the Hogwarts faculty. Drabble Collection, 2,000 Words.

    Why You Should Care: I have a soft spot for these kinds of drabbles: the ones that are truly just snippets of nothing, are moments that seem to have been merely plucked from the air, and yet they each say something incredibly unique. This particular collection forces us to consider characters we rarely do: Sinistra, Hooch, Vector. The characters so often used to flesh out other stories are pushed into the limelight, but with subtlety and grace.

    Why You Might Not Care: They’re not universally great. Some are ungainly, even pointless. But they are few: there are probably only two that I wouldn’t rate as highly. The concept of this fic, and the almost casual style used give it a very engaging feel: sometimes, unfortunately, to the point of triviality. But I think most people would really enjoy these: they’re something very different.

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    September 29th, 2007

    Great Man

    Great Man by LightGetsIn

    Summary: Harry Potter is dead. Drabble, 605 Words.

    Why You Should Care: Wow. This is good. This is so simple and so in character and so keenly written that ‘wow’ is the only word I can come up with to accurately summarize how I feel about this little fic. Wow. This little peak into Hagrid’s head and memory as he carries Harry out of the forbidden forest is excellent.

    Why You Might Not Care: Did you read the word ‘wow’ up there? Twice? I know it’s Hagrid, but trust me — I wouldn’t lead you wrong.

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    September 26th, 2007


    Need by CherryChalk

    Summary: He hates it. He wants it. And maybe, deep down, he’s accepted that he needs her too. Drabble, 326 words.

    Why You Should Care: Okay, I’m going to admit, this is an incest fic. But it’s a damned good incest fic which, within less than five hundred words, perfectly depicts the characters of Sirius and Bellatrix, as well as beautifully probing at the sin, the lust, the danger that incest is. It’s tense, it’s frightening — it’s intensely passionate, terrifyingly so. Trust me, this fic will turn your views on incest upside down.

    Why You Might Not Care: If you don’t like incest. Basically. But read it anyway — everyone should. It’s fabulous.

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