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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 23rd, 2007

    Pause

    Pause by MagentaBear

    Summary: “This has been the strangest night of your life, a detached section of your mind realizes. You’ve never been so sick and frightened and confused and yet you’ve never hugged so many people.” The final battle, as experienced by Ginny Weasley. Oneshot, 5,106 Words.

    Why You Should Care: There are three things most fanfic writers avoid like the plague: second person point-of-view, stream of consciousness, and action. In this fic, MagentaBear takes on all three at the same time, to great effect. Over all, it’s very, very good. In some places, it closely approaches excellence. MagentaBear also somehow manages to give us a solid characterisation of Ginny on top of it all, and in spots it’s as much a character study as it is anything else. There is a great momentum in this fic, except where MagentaBear calls a full stop and purposefully brakes to a standstill, starting and stopping deftly in a way that further punctuates Ginny’s experience.

    Why You Might Not Care: There isn’t quite enough intensity behind the action, and occasionally Ginny appears to have more time to think than would have actually been afforded her. Having said that, also keep in mind that action sequences are far, far tougher to write than most people think; MagentaBear has tackled the biggest battle in Harry Potter canon, and come out with her head held high. This fic could also do with a little trimming and a little tightening here and there: it’s good, but cutting out five or six hundred words of excess would make it really good.

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    November 22nd, 2007

    Wallflower

    Wallflower by DrArchie

    Summary: It takes Ginny three weeks to speak to Harry again after the Battle of Hogwarts. Oneshot, 1,384 Words.

    Why You Should Care: After the war, Ginny and Harry’s reunion can’t have been easy – emotions flying everywhere like house-elves on Butterbeer, and this fic really captures that. It’s gently humourous, but there’s a lot of truth in here about what it must have been like for Ginny after the second war, how she might’ve coped, and it’s wonderfully human – showing the ridiculousness of desperation. Although it’s light-hearted, this fic moved something within me.

    Why You Might Not Care: It’s Harry/Ginny, it’s post-war and it’s both angsty and funny. If any of those put you off, maybe skip this one.

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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 18th, 2007

    Bouquets

    Bouquets by ShootingStar

    Summary: She still has the dried rose bouquets he sent her, you know. Back when he pursued her eagerly, happily, when he fed her corny pickup lines and tickled her at every opportunity. She never did throw the flowers out. She doesn’t know why. Oneshot, 1,258 Words.

    Why You Should Care: ShootingStar really strikes a nerve here. It wasn’t supposed to be like this, she says, and I found myself with unexpected tears in my eyes. It’s Lily/James as it probably did happen; it’s not cliched, it’s realistic. Cleverly structured, using moments and memories, this is Lily’s maturity as she realizes just what she missed. And by including a moment of sweetness at the end, the author avoids this being pure angst and gives a message of hope.

    Why You Might Not Care: Because you’re heartless. This is adorable in a tear-jerking kind of way.

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    November 15th, 2007

    Three

    Three by ChristyCorr

    Summary: “You ponder how you did this to yourself. There’s no one else to blame, but it’s just easier to take out your frustration on Death Eaters, garden gnomes and Alice Longbottom.” Oneshot, 4,568 Words.

    Why You Should Care:  I’ve got this secret little addiction to fanfic that fills in some of the particulars of the prophecy, and this is probably one of my favorites.  Second person point-of-view is not the easiest way to write, but Christy pulls it off with aplomb.  Combined with a thoughtful — and not altogether typical — character design of Lily and heavy internal dialogue, this fic is a wonderful study of normal people in crisis, and of the nine month transition a woman goes on to become a mother.  Chock full of little revealing moments and clever asides.

    Why You Might Not Care: Buggered if I know.

    Awards: 2007 Hourglass Award, Best Drama — First Place.

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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.

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    November 11th, 2007

    Interlude

    Interlude by Biggrstaff Bunch

    Summary: “Still, if he could lock her up in a tower, he would. Even now. Though she’d probably die from some sort of tower-inflicted catastrophe, and it’d be all his fault just the same, and possibly there’d even be a prophecy…” Oneshot, 1,597 Words.

    Why You Should Care: It’s the first time Harry and Ginny speak to each other since the battle at Hogwarts, and the inner monologue is just so very Harry.  Ginny is also written well, which is something that is difficult to find.  In too many fics I find Ginny pushed into teetering over the edge of the Mary Sue-ism that JKR has left her perched next to, and it takes an author of some considerable discipline not to send her down that way but keep her walking that thin and often blurry line; Biggrstaff Bunch does an excellent job of keeping her real.  Harry, too, feels right.  I’ve read fics where Harry is still avoiding her, and those somehow don’t make sense after Harry’s duty has been done.  Here there is mutual respect for the role the other played, and Harry doesn’t cling to heroics after the time for them is passed.  Very nice.  A sense that these two people have grown up.

    Why You Might Not Care: All those folk that feel Harry/Ginny is a crock should probably go find a nice Ginny/Draco to read on some other site, least you pull out your hair.  Everyone else, have at it.

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    November 5th, 2007

    And When I Have Lost Everything I Will Remember This

    And When I Have Lost Everything I Will Remember This by Paperclip Bitch

    Summary: “And Dumbledore, empathetic bastard, came up with a way that means Remus can attend, and now he is here, with a trunk full of books and robes and things, and everyone else is busy making friends while he attempts to sink into the upholstery and simply not exist.” Oneshot, 7,680 Words.

    Why You Should Care: There are so many things about this I love. The characterisation is front and centre, and Remus has been constructed with love and care from his five-year-old self to the very moment of his death. The use of language is lovely, all brilliant descriptions and thick narrative without ever once turning purple. Told as a set of eight scenes pulled from one man’s life, each tied to and drawn from a quote or line from the series, this story combines prose and poetry effortlessly. The three boys’ reaction to Remus’ furry little problem is especially well crafted, being both endearing and typical of teenage boys. The strength of this piece is the author’s unyielding commitment to the quietly tragic nature of Remus’ life, bookended on one side by chance and the other by choice. The last section is a touching and heartbreaking summation, and where most fiction writers couldn’t stand to end this man’s story like this, Paperclip Bitch shows her chops by choosing to honour Remus’ tragedy to the very last.

    Why You Might Not Care: There are some straight-up grammar and minor sentence composition problems, and the author has an excessive use of commas that could be reigned in by the use of a smart beta with a red pen. There are also very occasionally mild tense problems. However, all of these mechanical things are very minor and the quality of the storytelling is so far above par that you shouldn’t let a few extra commas stop you from experiencing it. The emotional weight of this fic makes such small errors mere annoyances that are forgotten as soon as they have passed.

    Awards: 2008 Hourglass Award, Best Angst Fic — First Place; November 2007 Gold Star Award for Excellence in Harry Potter Fanfiction.

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    November 4th, 2007

    Newton Knows Best

    Newton Knows Best by EntirelyToo

    Summary: Lily and James learn Newton’s Laws of Motion first hand. One Book in Motion tends to prevent two Objects Not in Motion from snogging in the stairwell… Humour, 16,628 Words.

    Why You Should Care: Anyone who’s been to a Physics lesson will find themselves howling with laughter at this fic: it’s monumentally brilliant. This is the kind of plot bunny that appears at two in the morning in conversations with friends, and it takes a writer like EntirelyToo to pull it off with this much humour. It’s fluffy, funny, random in a good way (as opposed to a ‘why the hell?!’ way) and original. With huffy!Lily and teasing!James, you’ll never see Physics the same way again.

    Why You Might Not Care: Pure fluff lies here. Nothing angsty. Nothing tear-jerking. If you don’t like to laugh, don’t look this way. (But do reconsider. Laughter is the best medicine, after all.)

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    October 27th, 2007

    Wild Things

    Wild Things by Lady Balin

    Summary: Lily encounters Padfoot, Wormtail, Moony, and Prongs in their animal forms. Hilarity, romance, and possibly some illicit groping ensue. Humour, 8,329 Words.

    Why You Should Care: This is another one of those ideas that had never before occurred to me, but now seems so bloody obvious.  As the summary indicates, there is a twitch of romance, definitely some groping, and a heaping spoonful of hilarity.  I chuckled — I chuckled particularly hard at Peter’s chapter.  Very enjoyable situational comedy.

    Why You Might Not Care: When you stop and really think about it, the plot is a little contrived, but such is all stuff worthy of situational comedy — it relies on one-in-a-million chances, strange coincidences, and having the absolute worst possible thing happen at exactly the moment you wouldn’t want it to happen.  The predictable nature is part of what makes it funny — don’t look too deep, that will just ruin it.

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    October 25th, 2007

    And This, My Lovely Child, Is Your Garden

    And This, My Lovely Child, Is Your Garden by Honey Wheeler

    Summary: Bill and Fleur and the evolution of a family. Oneshot, 2,400 Words.

    Why You Should Care: There is something so marvelously soft and real about this fic — nothing is exaggerated, but nothing is under-whelming either. Fleur, for all her veela mystic, is as much a normal woman, wife and mother as anyone else, and what permeates this fic more than anything is an expanding feeling of peace and love surrounding a growing family. Touched with equal parts trepidation and joy, something about the language of this fic delights me though I’m not sure exactly why. There is a moment of reflection about George that made me sigh and say ‘yes, that’s exactly right’.

    Why You Might Not Care: I’m not sure how crazy you are about Fleur. I mean, I’m not. I don’t dislike her per se, but she’s not up at the top of my list. Yet I think the idea of Fleur fascinates me more than anything, and something about the delicate, aristocratic, superficial-seeming Fleur coupled with the earthen, hands-on, down-on-their-luck Weasleys makes for a usually delightful read.

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    October 23rd, 2007

    Nicknames

    Nicknames by Helena McKennon

    Summary: Remus Lupin doesn’t like calling her Tonks. Oneshot, 1,978 Words.

    Why You Should Care: Oh, the things we let the people we have crushes on get away with! This little fanfic is a wonderfully nostalgic and delightfully flirtatious interlude between Remus and Tonks, and also a consideration of the meaning of the names we are given versus the names we adopt for ourselves. Sweet, and not so fluffy that you gag.

    Why You Might Not Care: Like many character pieces, this is a conversation between two people that has been lifted out and highlighted. It does not, perhaps, dig as deep as such character oneshots should, but I find fluffy things rarely do. I enjoyed it none-the-less, and any Remus/Tonks fan will too.

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    October 22nd, 2007

    How To Write A Love Letter

    How To Write A Love Letter by BlueBottleButterfly

    Summary: James writes his first love letter. Well, he tries, anyway. One shot, 2,123 Words.

    Why You Should Care: I’m a total sucker for this type of fic: silly and a bit mad, and just a bit of fun. This fic is a nice antidote to anything deep, meaningful or philosophical. Sirius and James are just teenage boys, hanging out, having a laugh, thinking about girls and themselves. There’s nothing intellectual about this fic. There’s nothing heart-stopping, or moving, or eye-opening. It’s just fun.

    Why You Might Not Care: This characterisation of Sirius is a little cliched, and, as I mentioned, there’s nothing here for someone who wants a really meaty fic. Everything about this is light-hearted. Enjoy.

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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 18th, 2007

    Rubbish

    Rubbish by She’s A Star

    Summary: Rita Skeeter’s first article on the Triwizard Tournament leaves Ron distressed, Hermione bewildered, and both of them particularly inclined to bicker. Oneshot, 3,073 Words.

    Why You Should Care: It’s a very rare thing to find a writer who can write a decent Ron, and an even rarer thing to find one whose Trio counterparts are also decent. Ron in this fic is adorable: all his insecurities laid bare, his nuances, his mannerisms. This author really knows her character, she’s really gotten to grips with what makes him tick and it makes for a very satisfying read. Particularly impressive for having been pre-DH.

    Why You Might Not Care: There’s a lot of Ron in this fic, and I know he annoys many. On top of that, it’s a little short for how much it has to say, and I would’ve liked a little more development of Harry and Hermione. But wonderfilly canon-friendly and…just wonderful, really.

    Thanks to: Sara (insanguinare), for pointing this one out to me. *waves*!

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    October 8th, 2007

    One Bowl of Kisses

    One Bowl of Kisses by Victoria P

    Summary: Remus kisses him, a tender thing, all soft breath and chapped lips. Oneshot, 1,134 words.

    Why You Should Care: It’s adorable! It’s Remus/Sirius and it’s fluffy with a little bit of angst and it’s so damned cute! I just want to gather this fic up in my arms and hug it, because it’s so damned lovely. The style’s nice too: Victoria P uses lots of different little twists of literary devices so that each mini-section feels fresh and individual, and yet it’s wonderfully cohesive. Ah. It’s just so wonderful.

    Why You Might Not Care: Look away now if you don’t like slash. This is a bit of Remus/Sirius slash and if you don’t like it then there’s really nothing here for you at all. But if you can bear slash, this fic is perfection.

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    October 6th, 2007

    California

    California by Q

    Summary: She likes to smoke while she watches the sunset from the hill overlooking the Forbidden Forest. Oneshot, 717 words.

    Why You Should Care: I have something of a bias here, because Lily/Sirius is my OTP, but truly, you don’t even need to ship it to love the delicacies of this fic. It’s all about the dialogue, all about what isn’t said. What I find truly interesting is, what they are saying appears to be pretty open: a lot of fics have them saying very bland things that mean a great deal, while here they open up, but their true meanings are still hidden. It’s so clever, I call it a real find.

    Why You Might Not Care: Most people aren’t into Lily/Sirius, but unless you’re a virulent hater, this shouldn’t put you off. Although it’s a oneshot, I still reckon this fic could do with a little padding out; some of the beauty is lost merely by constrains of length. It’s not perfect, but it’s a diamond in the rough.

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    October 4th, 2007

    The Moon-Cursers

    The Moon Cursers by Grace_has_Victory (Part I: Moons of Deceit, Part II: Crown of the North, Part III: The Werewolf’s Bride, Part IV: The Banesbrewer)

    Summary: Beginning just after the first fall of Voldemort, this follows the life of Remus Lupin and Ariadne MacDougal as they battle love, lycanthropy, abuse of human rights and living in the most prejudiced of societies. Four-part Series, over 330,000 words.

    Why You Should Care: Because if this woman weren’t a psychology teacher she could be an author. Very much like JKR herself, Grave_has_Victory is a master of storytelling. This four-part story (entirely fitting with canon) is brimful of twists and suspense; you never fail to be surprised. The characters, particularly Ariadne herself, are multifaceted and interesting, and the whole tale has a strong feeling of reality. There’s a little humour, and it keeps the story light, as does the hint of romance. The writing may not be flowery, but it’s substantial and at times bittersweet, and much of the dialogue is incredibly realistic. This fic is like reading a really, really good book. This series is probably my favourite piece of fanfiction ever. Incredible.

    Why You Might Not Care: If you don’t like stories about what-Remus-did-in-the-eighties, then this might be something to avoid. And if you like your emotions served up on a plate: pure angst, or pure fluff. But, honestly, I can’t believe that anyone could regret checking these out. If you like stories, if you like books, if you like reading, then these are for you. Go, my children. Read and enjoy.

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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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