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    September 23rd, 2007

    Secrets

    Secrets by Salt-Rose

    Summary: Everyone has their own secrets. Remus and Tonks slowly share theirs. Drabble Collection, 3,262 Words.

    Why You Should Care: This is an absolutely lovely series of drabbles about the relationship between Remus and Tonks — the complications of it, the simplicities, and the things you try really hard to keep from happening that can’t be stopped and happen anyway. Glorious little scenes about the process of discovering someone else. Just enough angst to constantly remind you it’s a Remus/Tonks fic, which is what — I think — what makes the ship so enjoyable for most people….

    Why You Might Not Care: Had enough of Remus/Tonks yet? If so, this is probably not a good place to go to get away from it. This is exactly the opposite of that. This is 100% Remus/Tonks. Cranky Remus/Sirius shippers beware, though there is a little throwaway for the Remus/Sirius shippers that made me smile. This is apparently incomplete — the author assures us there will be more — but each drabble is self contained, so not being complete doesn’t really affect your enjoyment of it. You’ll probably finish and long for more, though.

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    September 20th, 2007

    Little Paper Stars

    Little Paper Stars by EntirelyToo

    Summary: The seventh had been the carefree action of opening the door to see who was knocking… Drabble, 782 words.

    Why You Should Care: Lots of people write Luna, and lots of people write Luna like this, winsome and angsty and odd, but no-one’s done it quite like EntirelyToo manages to do here. This fic, for me, is the absolute epitome of that old writing idiom ‘show, don’t tell’. The writer shies away from the temptation to just say what’s happening in Luna’s head, and instead leaves us to puzzle it out on our own. On top of all that, this fic has a wonderfully chilling touch about exactly what Tom Riddle does to people, which feels very in tune with canon.

    Why You Might Not Care: It’s very angsty, and quite wordy in places, and there’s a point a couple of paragraphs in when you might start thinking ‘enough already!’. And I suppose you might not like it if you’re not a Luna fan. Though, after the OotP film, who isn’t?

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    September 17th, 2007

    Getting Ready

    Getting Ready by Flora Hart

    Summary: Each Weasley brings something a little different to Fred’s funeral. Drabble Collection, 8 X 100 Word Drabbles.

    Why You Should Care: These killed me. I’m a sucker for 100 word traditional drabbles, and these are absolutely brilliant looks at each of the Weasleys in turn as they prepare to bury one of their own. Everything about this is right, and Arthur and Molly’s in particular broke my heart over again. There’s a little piece of me that feels so betrayed by Jo for having done something like this to this family — to Molly — to George. This piece says everything I would like to say about losing Fred without ever needing to actually say it. Grief, beautifully orchestrated. Cathartic.

    Why You Might Not Care: I’m not sure this is angst. It’s too terribly common and simple and normal and broad and true to fit properly into the angst genre of fic. I needed a fic like this — I needed the closure — but perhaps not everyone felt Fred’s loss as keenly as I did.

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    September 9th, 2007

    25 Stories Penknife Never Wrote About the Marauders

    25 Stories Penknife Never Wrote About the Marauders by Penknife

    Summary: In which Penknife successfully avoids signing up to write 100 stories about the Marauders, and merely sums up instead. All prompts taken from the fanfic100 table. Humor, Drabble Collection, 1,284 Words.

    Why You Should Care: Penknife not only pokes fun at the Marauder genre fiction in this one, but at her own fiction as well.  Remus/Sirius are most particularly highlighted in this little parody, and the concept of fanfic100 is also made canon fodder by in this good-natured comedy of cliches.

    Why You Might Not Care: If you’re not a parody person, or dislike slash so much you can’t even read about it when it’s being mocked.  This is like a little commentary on a Remu/Sirius fic you can’t remember the name of but are sure you read.

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    September 8th, 2007

    George And

    George And by Marginaliana

    Summary: George never quite recovers. Drabble, 484 Words.

    Why You Should Care: For me, Fred’s death was the hardest. Not because he died, but because George was left behind, alone, as only a twin can be. This is a quiet little piece about moving on with a piece of you missing, and how things are never the same.

    Why You Might Not Care: If it’s still too fresh, then wait a little.

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    August 30th, 2007

    Movement

    Movement by MrsTater

    Summary: Things appear to have changed. Drabble, 958 Words.

    Why You Should Care: I just like it. It’s Remus and Tonks’ first kiss, and I feel as though Remus is done quite well. He isn’t prematurely noble and self-sacrificing right out of the gate, and is even unashamedly responsible for leading them to it. This is Remus before he’s had time to think too much, and it’s easy to see why Tonks fell for him. I’d fall for him, if it were me.

    Why You Might Not Care: Oh, well. Fluff, you know. Kissing. Melt-in-your mouth romance. A small, creamy, milk chocolate truffle that makes you go “mmm…”. If this were a movie scene, it would most certainly be in a Romantic Comedy.

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    August 24th, 2007

    Grasp

    Grasp by Laura Smith

    Summary: The dead don’t dream. Drabble, 509 Words.

    Why You Should Care: The thought that Sirius might be trapped forever in a purgatory such as this breaks my heart a little, because I feel he has earned his rest and not the pain of being this flimsy, half-formed ghost. It’s unclear whether or not the people Sirius spies upon are real or ghosts of souls themselves, but I think that is as Smith intended. The language is sweeping, like the wind-blown folds of the cloaks of Dementors, and there is the tang of restlessness throughout. The observation that “Arthur is not made for heroism, but he stands there as he always did” is just… wow. It made the hairs on the back of my neck tingle in that way only amazing prose can.

    Why You Might Not Care: This is touched (slightly more than only vaguely) with Remus/Sirius slash connotations, but it compliments the piece nicely rather than takes away from it. It is a softer angst, but angst never-the-less, and herein there are no happy endings.

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    August 17th, 2007

    True Gryffindor

    True Gryffindor by Merle

    Summary: “They were supposed to be Gryffindors, and one ended up hiding, running away; the other one was left alone, and believed that his other old friend was a murderer, while the latter made his best friends change Secret Keepers to save his own skin. How bold, how brave, how heroic they’d all been.” Drabble, 658 Words.

    Why You Should Care: Oh, Peter... This piece dares to do what someone like Peter usually does, daring to blame everyone but the one person on whom the blame truly rests. You can see how easy it is to allow himself to believe it, how he manages to make himself a victim of circumstance rather than its pawn. This answers the question of how Peter manages to live with himself after betraying the Potters and how he deals with the guilt. Unsurprisingly, the answer is that he doesn’t.

    Why You Might Not Care: Merle makes Peter a real person, trying to justify his own actions by blaming the actions of others. This sort of thing happens all the time in the real world, and some people with bristle at the implications of fault, hissing and snapping at Wormtail instead of feeling the deep, hanging sadness of this story of a good man who fell from grace and can’t fathom how to make his way back.

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    August 16th, 2007

    Smoke and Mirrors

    Smoke and Mirrors by Andromeda311

    Summary: Twenty somewhat related facts about the Marauders. And Lily. Drabble Collection, 1,761 Words.

    Why You Should Care: It’s such a unique idea, so simple and graceful and straightforward, but these little tidbits and trifles manage to be more telling than a novel-length MWPP-era fic, and it deals with all five characters equally and by turns. Genius.

    Why You Might Not Care: Because you’re lazy and stupid. Otherwise, you’d obviously read it.

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    August 15th, 2007

    From the Desk of James F. Potter

    From the Desk of James F. Potter by Xylodemon

    Summary: James writes his resume, and Sirius helps… or rather, doesn’t help at all. Oneshot, 650 Words.

    Why You Should Care: It’s funny as heck, that’s why. Everyone normal hates writing a resume, and it turns out wizards are no different. James and Sirius are in top-notch form, and the friendly insults and British slang runs rampant. Highly enjoyable. It brings the banter effectively.

    Why You Might Not Care: There is not point except the funny. If that’s not your cup of tea, wrong story.

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    August 3rd, 2007

    Learning Curve

    Learning Curve by Nomad1

    Summary:  “He needs an adversary, someone to pit his strengths against… because strengths, one way or another, must be pitted – and where no enemy is found, one must be made.”  Snape muses.  Drabble, 897 Words.

    Why You Should Care: This has got to be one of the most interesting and unique takes on Snape I have ever read.  It’s fascinating, and I’ve read it several times over and found it more brilliant every time.  On a more general level, this fic makes some fantastically apt observations about Harry and James, and about the sad truth of what it ultimately takes to build strength and character.  I just… I love this.  Completely love it.

    Why You Might Not Care: There are no reasons not to experience this revelation, even if it turns out not to be canon.

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    August 2nd, 2007

    Untidy Black Hair

    Untidy Black Hair by RubyTuesday

    Summary: Because, really, that’s what it always comes down to, isn’t it? Falling in love in 13 steps. Romance, Drabble Collection, 1,881 Words.

    Why You Should Care: There are hundreds of thousands of millions of words collectively written by hundreds of fanfiction writers on James and Lily; who they were, how they came together, and what their short life was like. Most of them take the form of long, multi-chaptered stories that cover every excruciating detail, but RubyTuesday takes a gentler approach. We already know the story — it’s old hat by now — and she instead takes us into the small moments that highlight the journey, the easy, simple, sometimes random moments that couldn’t possibly be relevant, and yet are. This is a series of thirteen wonderful drabbles about the Jacob’s Ladder fall into love, and it’s splendid.

    Why You Might Not Care: This will not satisfy the reader who longs for Marauder adventures and the protracted, slow romantic tension of novel-length stories. It’s almost like a series of still-life portraits, like flipping back through a photo-album of James and Lily’s life. You see the pictures, and the rest you have to fill in for yourself.

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    July 31st, 2007

    Nothing But Vain Fantasy

    Nothing But Vain Fantasy by Bec

    Summary: Less than a week after she knew she was pregnant, knew with a bone-deep certainty that tolled and reverberated in her head like big brass-bellied church bells, Lily had the dream. Angst, Drabble, 915 Words.

    Why You Should Care: This is on the surface a story about Lily, but touches on the more general theme of the terror and uncertainty of impending motherhood and the dichotomy of emotions it brings with it. Lily flits between joy and fear, bouncing off her shameful thoughts and then back into them. The phrasing and rich language is poetic and intensely visual, and while some of the punctuation choices are a little odd, everything flows smoothly around the jagged edges. Where other characters appear (James and Remus) the observations made about them are particularly apt.

    Why You Might Not Care: This is full of imagery, and feels part real and part dream, which I expect was the intent going in. The metaphors are exquisite, but occasionally thick, and the subject matter is at times a little dark for people who have never considered pregnancy thusly. Fairly angsty… sort of.

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    July 30th, 2007

    Not

    Not by Elektra3

    Summary: If something’s just too horrible to contemplate, the mind will refuse to contemplate it. Angst. Drabble, 461 Words.

    Why You Should Care: This is heart-wrenching. I don’t know why I usually feel the need to chase a light-hearted fic with pure angst, but here I go again. This is morbid, and horrible, and terrible, but it’s supposed to be and so it’s done its job well if you fall apart a little inside. I found myself falling into step with Ron, refusing to see it or believe it, reaching for some other explanation; and while this fic makes my stomach roll, I appreciate that it was done so deliberately. I hate this fic, and love it because I hate it so much.

    Why You Might Not Care: This is hardcore, evocative angst, and even though it’s brief it’s almost too difficult to read. Ron/Hermione shippers will have their hearts shattered, and everyone else’s will surely crack and break in two.

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    July 18th, 2007

    Vocabulary Lesson

    Vocabulary Lesson by Elektra3

    Summary: Evil doesn’t always start out as cruelty. Sometimes it’s something simpler. Something as simple as aesthetic appreciation… A younger Tom Riddle reflects on the Unforgivable Curses. Oneshot, 718 Words.

    Why You Should Care: The English major and closet Linguist in me adores this fic to pieces. It’s wonderful to play with the words, and to see Tom Riddle’s personality portrayed through them and the aesthetic appreciation of them. Very original.

    Why You Might Not Care: People who do not love language as much as I do probably won’t understand why I love this piece so much. This is as much about the words as it the story or the character.

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    July 17th, 2007

    After the Earth

    After the Earth by Torch

    Summary: But shall we wear these honours for a day? Or shall they last, and we rejoice in them? Drabble, 471 Words.

    Why You Should Care: This piece is so true and so real and so perfectly sad. I love the awkwardness of Remus here, how he tries his hardest to be kind about it and how you can still tell how much he’s hurting anyway. We forget that almost every horrible thing is done by a person who has a mother that loves him even still. It’s so much easier to have a dead son that was a hero than a living son that is a traitor.

    Why You Might Not Care: There is no reason I can put here that is not contrived. Go and read it. It will only take a moment, and you will perhaps be a better person for it.

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    July 4th, 2007

    The Two-Step of Death

    The Two-Step of Death by Lady Game

    Summary: In the end, they all dance to the music of two words and a flash of green light. These are the stories of the last ten victims of Lord Voldemort. Drabbles, 1,348 Words.

    Why You Should Care: This is a great series of ten interconnected drabbles about the last people to stand in Voldemort’s way. Each is a slightly different tone, but all are pulled around a central theme and idea. A good drabble is like a good poem, and Lady Game hits the mark each time. The extra pleasure comes from the way she connects them, like stanzas.

    Why You Might Not Care: Here there be traditional 100 Word Drabbles, ladies and gentlemen. If you’d prefer to sink your teeth into a good long novel-length rec, then you’ll finish this wanting more. For those of you who appreciate the fine art of the Drabble, this is the icing on the cake, and they leave you satisfied, if also a little depressed. Here lies angst; abandon fluff, all ye who enter here.

    Awards: 2007 Hourglass Award, Drabble or Drabble Collection – First Place; 2007 Round One Quill To Parchment Award – Judge’s Favorite.

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    June 30th, 2007

    Small Things

    Small Things by NopeJr

    Summary: Peter Pettigrew, as a battle is fought. Drabble, 1,000 Words.

    Why You Should Care: This is a story about who Peter is if, in the end, he doesn’t turn out to be truly Gryffindor. Almost a story about cowardice. Yet I found I couldn’t be truly mad at a version of Peter than never did the right thing. Could you?

    Why You Might Not Care: This is unashamedly Peter, and this story dares to suggest that not all men who fall find their redemption. Some just… fall.

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    June 22nd, 2007

    More The Fool He

    More The Fool He by Strega Brava

    Summary: Severus’ thoughts before duelling Gilderoy Lockhart in COS. Drabble, 639 Words.

    Why You Should Care: Well, mostly because Strega gets Snape’s voice perfect in this quick little first person POV, and that’s something that takes some trying. And it’s just fun to listen to Snape get ready to smack Lockhart down.

    Why You Might Not Care: If you don’t care much about Snape or about learning to write his voice, then there’s nothing here for you, really. Unless you delight in Lockhart getting his just desserts, then give it a read. You’ll get a wicked sense of satisfaction.

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    June 20th, 2007

    Whisper In My Ear

    Whisper In My Ear by Wingless Flight

    Summary: A person is a complex being. Torn, mended, covered. Memories, lovers, death. Explore what truly makes a human being human and see how the slightest thing can mould a person forever. Novel Length Drabble Collection, 53,583 Words.

    Why You Should Care: Yes, this is a drabble collection that is over 50,000 words long, though I use drabble in its “less than 1,000 words” sense rather than its “exactly 100 words” sense. Still, by no means an unremarkable feat. This fiction is a series of snapshots and moments in the life of Lily Evans, from the earliest point of her childhood right up to the moment of her death. They seem random and scattered at first, despite each chapter being linked by a central theme, but within a few chapters a picture begins to form through the pieces and therein lies its true brilliance. Wingless Flight manages to put together an amazingly cohesive story and builds an incredibly complex and real Lily. We get to see, not just the kindness and love in her, but also the colder, harsher tones that are inevitably present in all of us in one way or another. This fic doesn’t push her into sainthood or pure angst, but walks the balance; and it often does it with something approaching poetry.

    Why You Might Not Care: If you can only bear to read a version of Lily that is wholesome and pure of heart, this will be like having your eyelashes plucked out. Also, the structure of this piece may frustrate people who have never read something non-linear; you just have to trust that the author knows what she’s doing and let it happen, piece by piece at first. Believe me when I say, it will start to make sense; then, it’s all about filling the holes.

    Awards: 2007 Hourglass Award, Drabble or Drabble Collection – Second Place.

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