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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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    June 8th, 2007

    Darkness and Light Trilogy

    Darkness and Light Trilogy by R.J. Anderson

    Summary: A young blind woman comes to Hogwarts on a secret mission, only to find herself allied with the one man she has been warned not to trust – Severus Snape. Trilogy, Novel Length, 113,525 Words, Complete.

    Why You Should Care: Anyone who claims to adore the character of Snape should have already read this, or is lying. There are only a couple of highly respected Snape/OC fics and this is one of them for a very good reason. In lesser hands, Maud Moody could have very easily become a Mary Sue, but under Anderson’s pen she never entirely falls that way but instead becomes one of the most memorable original characters in the fandom. This fiction was written between GoF and OotP and while it has since been adjusted to reflect OotP canon, the plot carries through to Voldemort’s defeat and thus it is now firmly AU. However, the plot of this piece is one of its very best features: brilliantly and thoughtfully constructed, back before OotP it was entirely plausible.

    Why You Might Not Care: Snape is not quite canon, here. Time and nods to canon give us at least a passable explanation why that is, and creates a sort of AU Snape that turns out to be as dynamic and dimensional – if less ambiguous – then his canon counterpart. The central romance does have a remarkable age gap that’s hard to believably overcome, since Maud comes to Hogwarts as a seventh year student from Durmstrang. I think what made it work for me is that the author isn’t afraid to admit the huge differential in age and sometimes puts it front and centre, admitting that yes, it is a problem, but sometimes other things matter more. Their relationship might be a tad rushed, but only just.

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    June 5th, 2007

    The Summer of the Phoenix

    The Summer of the Phoenix by JolieBlack

    Summary: “We’ve set up Headquarters somewhere undetectable. It’s taken a while…” Here’s the story of the rebuilding of the Order, bridging the gap between GoF and OotP from Sirius’s point of view – all canon. Novel Length, Complete, 69,369 Words.

    Why You Should Care: This is a simply fantastic story of the summer between Harry’s fourth and fifth year and everything that happened prior to Harry getting to Grimmauld Place. Focusing on Sirius, it fills in all the gaps. The characters are all spot-on, and Sirius especially rings true as we watch him fall into the resigned depression of being useless. This story intricately creates the relationships already established by the time we get to them in OotP, including Sirius and Molly, Sirius and Kreatcher, and Sirius and Remus. There’s even a few hints of Remus and Tonks. It’s also 100% canon and fits it like a glove. Except for the fact that it’s written from Sirius’ perspective, in places it’s almost like reading JKR. A splendid read.

    Why You Might Not Care: It’s long, though it doesn’t really feel that way reading it. It’s the kind of character development that runs through the plot and character interaction; there’s not a lot of deep delving into the character’s minds and thoughts. The plot may seem a little lackluster, but the action of the piece is secondary; the plot is Sirius’ failing usefulness and his realization of it. It’s primarily about taking Sirius from the man who leaves Harry in the hospital wing in GoF to the man Harry meets at the beginning of OotP.

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    June 2nd, 2007

    A Keen Observer

    A Keen Observer by DeepDownSlytherin

    Summary: Andromeda says little, but she sees everything. Through their years at Hogwarts, she watches her sisters as one falls in love and one falls into madness, and doesn’t see as a Muggleborn boy breaks into her sheltered life. Novel Length, 145,600 Words, Complete.

    Why You Should Care: A brilliantly told story of the Black sisters – and to some extent the Black brothers – from the summer before the first of them goes to Hogwarts until the very end of Andromeda’s seventh year. It is so difficult to trace these characters backward through time – most especially Bellatrix – but this is how it must have been. This fic just pulls you right in, and you quickly forget that nearly every major character in this piece turns into a villain. The growing respect and romance between Andromeda and Ted is paced perfectly, and never takes away from the main themes. This family is given real depth, and their journeys are compelling.

    Why You Might Not Care: If you really don’t like stories that focus on the villains, or on the Black family in particular, this story isn’t for you. Also, this was written prior to the release of the Black Family Tree, so the ages of the girls are no longer canon. In my opinion (and I worship canon, remember) it’s worth over-looking. A warning that this fiction is long; over 145,000 words. It is, however, complete, so there is no fear of the potential that you might never get the payoff. Expect this one to take you at least several days – if you can put it down, that is.

    Awards: 2007 Hourglass Award, Romance – Second Place.

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