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    October 1st, 2007

    For Luck, For Laughs, For the Unknown

    For Luck, For Laughs, For the Unknown by ThistleRose

    Summary: If she tried, she might be able to keep him here just a little longer. Hands were more convincing than words, sometimes, and a tongue– Oneshot, 1,130 Words.

    Why You Should Care: I love the idea that Andromeda knew Ted was leaving, that he didn’t just slip away in the dead of the night leaving a note on the pillow or not come home one day from work. I feel as though that’s how it would have happened, because I’m certain Ted respects his wife enough that he wouldn’t have abandoned her and that Andromeda would understand that it would be his best chance at making it through the war. This piece is the moment they break away, and the difficulties of trying to be mature and do the right thing when all you really want is just one more minute.

    Why You Might Not Care: This has been rated NC17, and while I can see why I’m not sure it goes on long enough to entirely deserve this ranking. It’s brief but definitely there. Perhaps not quite work-safe, but it’s not the focus of the story and shouldn’t be the determining factor of whether or not you choose to read it.

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    September 30th, 2007

    Solace

    Solace by SecretLily

    Summary: Lily Evans remained shadowed and distant from the world she loved so dearly. Control was Michael’s weakness; temptation hers. Yet, when James Potter enters her life, without so much as a warning or brief hesitation, Lily finds truth. For James Potter refused to give up on her. Work In Progress, 23,613 words.

    Why You Should Care: This fic isn’t unique in its subject matter. There are dozens of fics where Lily’s dating a guy who totally doesn’t deserve her and treats her badly. But they don’t do this well. What I love about this fic is its subtlety. This fic doesn’t go straight in with domestic violence, but plays on the surface of emotional possession, meaning that (unusally, for this genre) Lily isn’t OOC: she’s soft and passionate and interesting, and SecretLily manages to show her as a supressed character, a masterstroke in my book. Not only that, but stylistically this fic is beautiful and captures moments with soft, unexpected imagery.

    Why You Might Not Care: It’s true. This is another fic where Lily’s dating a total arsehole. And it’s incredibly angsty; I reckon this fic could do with a bit of humour to lighten the tone, but the characterization alone should be enough of a draw to read it.

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    September 27th, 2007

    Two Men To Make One Brother

    Two Men To Make One Brother by Jamesly

    Summary: He, Sirius, he is the heir; he is the one to carry the name and the fortune and the status, not Regulus, with his runny nose, curling toes, and doughy cheeks. Oneshot, 3,120 Words.

    Why You Should Care: This is an excellent story about two brothers who both love and hate each other for reasons that only make sense to siblings. Mostly, though, it’s the story of the younger of the two; Sirius’ POV provides us with both prologue and epilogue like bookends, but Regulus is the one we get to know the best. They experience the range of emotions most siblings do — jealously, affection, fraternity — and Regulus struggles as he tries not to notice Sirius drift farther and farther away. In the end, though, no matter how much we’d like to hate our family, we still somehow love them anyway, because they are family; Jamesly nails the mix perfectly.

    Why You Might Not Care: There is some Remus/Sirius slash used to drive the wedge even further. Personally, I don’t think it was needed — I think the piece would have been more powerful without something so taboo and anvilicious to sink the nail, but if it could have been simply the drift of choice that sent Sirius and Regulus in two different directions. The slash is there, however, for better or worse, though it isn’t the focus by any stretch.

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    September 26th, 2007

    Need

    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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    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 19th, 2007

    The Elusive Snorkack

    The Elusive Snorkack by Kethlenda

    Summary: There’s something unsaid and unresolved, something suspended in the air between them, and though she’s rarely at a loss for words she’s not sure which ones to use now.  Oneshot, 2,200 Words.

    Why You Should Care: It was a ship nobody really saw coming — that no one could have seen coming, really — and it didn’t take long for the fic to start.  Chance and circumstance threw Luna and Dean together, and while Jo has suggested they might not be forever, there does seem to be a little something sparking there.  Kethlenda writes Luna in many of the same ways JKR does, and while this piece would technically be from Luna’s POV, it’s a limited POV that follows her instead of getting inside her head.  The “Luna-ness” comes from the dialogue and the details, and I have to say it’s one of the best Luna stories I’ve read in some time; she’s terribly difficult to write well, but Kethlenda seems to do so with ease.  This is a story about transition: of people out of war and of people into relationships.  Quite nice.

    Why You Might Not Care: There’s actually very little “shippyness” in here.  It’s there, and it’s sort of the main subject, but I found the subtext more compelling.  This is more Luna’s story than Dean’s, but Luna’s the sort of character who naturally dominates almost any scene she’s in, so I’m not terribly surprised.  Even in the canon, the presence of Luna has a tendency to shift the focus: we don’t lose Harry, but he doesn’t have our full and complete attention like he usually does.  It’s funny how there are some supporting characters that just always do that.

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    September 15th, 2007

    Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow

    Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow by Lilith Morgana

    Summary: Last time, things were different. Oneshot, 2,700 Words.

    Why You Should Care: Even Lord Voldemort’s highest ranking lieutenants experience the war, and this is a portrait of the Malfoy family and their fall from grace during the second war as told through Narcissa’s POV. It is too easy to forget sometimes that even the villains have something to lose, and sometimes are that much closer to losing it. There is still love amongst the lowest of us, and while the likes of Voldemort — and maybe even Bellatrix — are beyond it, the Malfoys are not. Dark moments in the life of a dark family as the Malfoys do what they do best — survive and escape.

    Why You Might Not Care: This will be best for people who like the darker characters, and who don’t eternally hate the Malfoys for weaseling their way out of trouble again. Let’s face it folks, if Lucius Malfoy tortured puppies in front of five-year-olds twirling an old-fashioned villain’s moustache, he’d somehow find a way to buy himself out of it. Again.

    Awards: 2008 Hourglass Award, Best Drama — Second Place

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    September 13th, 2007

    The Platform

    The Platform by Koonelli

    Summary: ‘You must have loved her very much, not many people remember enough to wait.’ Oneshot, 1,861 Words.

    Why You Should Care: What’s most amazing about this fic is that it was written prior to Deathly Hallows release (like, significantly prior), but uses some of the same imagery to set up the first phase of the afterlife — it’s actually become even more canon than it was before, which is highly unusual. The use of the little girl who assists the dead on their next great journey is wonderful, and I love the fuzziness of James’ memory. I’m not a very spiritual person, but I liked this.

    Why You Might Not Care: Um… ah… *shrugs*. I think most people can get behind this one. Certainly James/Lily shippers will get more out of it than anyone else.

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    September 12th, 2007

    Sitting in a Tree

    Sitting in a Tree by Wild Magelet

    Summary: Of the many perils associated with dating Nymphadora Tonks, Remus Lupin discovers that buying her an appropriate gift for Valentine’s Day may be the most daunting.  Oneshot, 5,109 Words.

    Why You Should Care: A little Remus/Tonks interlude.  The dialogue exchange between the two of them is fantastic — Remus is Very Remus and Tonks is Very Tonks.  The age difference here is noticeable — even in the conversation — but I like this fic all the more for it, because Wild Magelet finds the ways in which the two of the work despite the gap.  This fic has been made fundamentally A/U by virtue of Deathly Hallows, but not in any way that’s really important.  It is canon in all the ways that really matter.

    Why You Might Not Care: Remus might appear to some to be a little rougher around the edges than canon, but I think this is a fair version of him.  I think Tonks is dead accurate.  Not quite fluffy, this fic contains the sort of romance that only happens in real life — the boring, simple, basic kind that lives in off-the-cuff conversations and small gestures.  There is nothing grandiose or sweeping here, only a comfortable, familiar reality.

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    September 11th, 2007

    The Shortest Distance Between Two People

    The Shortest Distance Between Two People by Riko

    Summary: In which Sirius learns that growing up isn’t nearly as easy as it sounds. Oneshot, 8,054 Words.

    Why You Should Care: If The Shoebox Project was only text, told entirely from Sirius’ POV, and around 100,000 words shorter, this is probably what it would be. I love the way this has been structured as a series of brief moments, conversations, and events in Sirius’ life. The major things are there, but they fall into the background because when you’re a teenager the big things are less the point than the smaller, day-to-day things. This is a very believable story about a boy growing up and growing into himself, and the slash is done very well. Sirius and Remus are entirely boys to whom the concept is vaguely terrifying and wrong, but can’t quite help themselves. I like the lingering sense of unease this fic ends on, as if the author has left it up to us to decide whether or not Sirius and Remus ever do make a real go of it after The Prank, and I wonder if maybe it’s too far out of the realm of possibility to think maybe they didn’t — that maybe some things and some betrayals are too big to get over. The writing is fabulous, and though the framework is entirely Sirius, you get a feeling for each of the Marauders as Sirius sees them, and the language is brilliant. Fantastic all the way around.

    Why You Might Not Care: There’s a steamy little scene in an abandoned classroom people who don’t do slash won’t enjoy, but there’s more here than just the slash, and I heartily suggest all readers give it a read. It’s very, very good, and captures the transitional teenage years amazingly well.

    Awards: 2008 Hourglass Award, Admins’ Choice — Drama

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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 6th, 2007

    Social Niceties

    Social Niceties by ChristyCorr

    Summary: She may or may not blame the eggnog later on, of course. He cannot foresee whether she will, and cannot bring himself to care just yet. Oneshot, 2,250 Words.

    Why You Should Care: A bit of a different spin on the coming together of James and Lily that is not so far from likely as you might think. In my experience, when two people such as these decided to bring down a wall, it’s usually with a sledgehammer and a wreaking ball. I like this piece, which slides between Lily and James POVs with surprising smoothness and dares to use parenthesis to make this more than just a few steamy minutes on the stairway, but also a story in itself. Above all, they are both completely teenagers; awkward, all hands, discovering each other physically in that unrestrained way only teenagers can. I love — love — that we never hear Lily’s answer, because we really don’t need to.

    Why You Might Not Care: This is rated R, though I’m not sure it quite deserves it. There are certainly a few moments where you see why, but there’s nothing here you haven’t seen on a soap opera, so don’t let the rating scare you away. There’s just enough in it to put you in the moment with them, but it’s a stairway. How bad could it get?

    Awards: 2008 Hourglass Award, Best Het Romance — Second Place

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    September 4th, 2007

    Disaster: See Also, Remus J. Lupin, Lovelife Of

    Disaster: See Also, Remus J. Lupin, Lovelife Of by Lady Bracknell

    Summary: Remus claims that his lovelife has always been a disaster. He’s had vases thrown at him, made girls cry in public and done very reckless things in broom cupboards. Assorted Romance, Novel Length, 91,052 Words.

    Why You Should Care: HaHA! Anything that starts out with Remus getting dumped via a passed note in the library has got to be promising. This follows the ups, downs, tos, fros, and constant trending toward complete misadventure that is Remus Lupin’s interaction with women. From his very first girlfriend through to meeting Tonks with whom he will finally take the plunge, Remus almost never plays the maudlin, noble hero we’ve come to expect of his fanon counterpart. Rather, he’s right in there looking for love, but somehow managing to get swept up in all the wrong ways with all the wrong girls more often then not. It’s delightful, and very real. This is slanted toward humor, though in moments it is as much an apt character study of Remus as any shorter, introspective oneshot might have been. All of the original characters have been created with care, and none of them slip sideways into Mary Sueism, which is a phenomenal feat all on its own. Thoroughly, completely enjoyable.

    Why You Might Not Care: If you’re in this only for the eventual Remus/Tonks, then you might be a little disappointed at how little of their relationship this fic gets into. This is about the (very lengthy and often bumpy) road of one man looking for love, and how there is rarely just one person for any of us. This is the journey Remus takes to Tonks, and the fiction rightly ends when they have finally stumbled into each other.

    Awards: 2008 Hourglass Award, Best Het Romance — First Place; September 2007 Gold Star Award for Excellence in Harry Potter Fanfiction.

    Thanks To: Christina, for suggesting this most excellent author.

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    August 31st, 2007

    Lamentations of a Starry Eyed Twit

    Lamentations of a Starry Eyed Twit by She’s a Star

    Summary: Auriga Sinistra’s not so eventful diary filled with sarcasm, self pity, and assorted proclamations of loathing for a certain Potions professor. Novel Length, Humour, 96,620 Words.

    Why You Should Care: Because this author has created some pretty priceless situational comedy, and a wholly wonderful comedic character in Auriga Sinistra. As I’ve read through this, I have never ceased to be delighted by the hijinks and tomfoolery of the Hogwarts staff, both canon and original. Sinistra is the magical version of Bridget Jones, and while Snape might not be quite the equivalent of Mr. Darcy, the combination does make for some interesting and highly entertaining anecdotal material. Sinistra is well created and incurably ridiculous in that way most people are, and all females that have struggled with their own doomed love-lives will feel a certain kinship with her. Snape by and large remains canon, though the central conceit of this piece is that he might possibly harbor some hidden affection for Sinistra, though perhaps quite against his will. Their verbal sparring is worth the price of admission, and while Auriga occasionally comes out on top, by and large she fumbles in the face of Snape’s superior cutting wit and is reduced to something awkwardly akin to “…so’s your face!” I have stolen more quotes from this fic for my notebook collection than any other fanfiction, and that’s got to count for something.

    Why You Might Not Care:  It’s still a work in progress, and until quite recently I thought it to be abandoned, though Deathly Hallows seems to have spurned the author to write a new chapter or two.  This fic occasionally tries to be something more meaningful than a humourous escapade, and those tend to be its weakest moments; this fic is at its best when Sinistra is throwing coffee mugs at Snape and purchasing Quirrell’s iguana collars for the staff Christmas gift exchange.  Snape is both completely Snape and… completely  not.  Sometimes the switches are a little too jarring, but if you’re not there for the comedy, then you’re not there for the right reasons.  This author’s strength is very clearly the setting up and writing of the funny.

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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 29th, 2007

    Here at the End of All Things

    Here at the End of All Things by NotSoSoft

    Summary: Here at the end of all things, she thinks absently, immediately confused at what brought about this fleeting, unprovoked musing. Oneshot, 7,999 Words.

    Why You Should Care: Every time a class graduates, it is the end of an era, and the graduation of the Marauders is no different. NotSoSoft pens us a lovely introspective piece that takes each Marauder by turn and unfolds them at this pivotal moment. They each stand side-by-side on the edges of their own deep chasms, staring off into that terrifying thing called adulthood, and wonder where the will go and what they will do now. Peter, especially, is a remarkable version of himself here; surprisingly discerning and self-aware. He is truly a Marauder, but it is possible to see in him the things that make him lose his way, and his character study is especially revealing.

    Why You Might Not Care: People who have not yet experienced the pang and nostalgia of graduation won’t feel this in quite the same ways those who have will, but it’s good regardless. Simple, quiet, and reflective.

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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 19th, 2007

    The Shoebox Project

    The Shoebox Project by Dorkorific and LadyJaida

    NOTE: The Shoebox Project LJ community has been hacked. The link that purportedly points to a “new” archive actually points to a keystroke-logging virus. Until the community has been restored, I’ve pointed the link to a place where you can download Shoebox chapters in PDF format.

    Summary: A multi-media Remus/Sirius extravaganze, with plenty of James, Lily and Peter thrown in to make things extra-fun. Novel Length, Probably over 100,000 Words.

    Why You Should Care: This is… this is the Remus/Sirius fanfic, people. There is no other better, no other more in depth, and no other that is more realistic. If it was canon, this is how it would have been. Dorkorific and LadyJaida never forget that these are teenagers in the 70s to whom the idea of homosexuality is not an entirely comfortable one, and the coming together of Remus and Sirius is achingly slow; at some places, they almost move backwards. But every section of this fic is so fantastically well written — like a huge collection of smaller stories that link together — that it probably wouldn’t matter if Remus and Sirius never figured it out, because there are plenty of other reasons to stay and read this. It is romantic, completely comical, but 100% real and I adore it. The characters are all fantastically written, and each has their own distinctive personality (which is often a difficult thing to find in Marauder fics) and I love it. Love, love, love it. There are notes between friends, diary entires, and dozens of fantastically drawn “photos” of the golden age of the Marauders. I love it.

    Why You Might Not Care: It’s addictive. When you start, it’s very difficult not to stop. It’s also still a work in progress, and sometimes there are significant lags in between updates. But it the end it is all worth it, because this is easily one of the top five Marauder fics I have ever read. If you are one of the very, very few people who hasn’t already found this, make some time and get over there and read it for God sakes, in case the internet collapses in on itself and The Shoebox Project disappears forever. Go. NOW.

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

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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 14th, 2007

    Redeeming Time

    Redeeming Time by Minx (Thanks to gomita23 for the new link!)

    Summary: In the year after Sirius plays his trick on Snape, James and his friends confront changes in themselves, in their relationships, and in those around them. Novel Length, Oneshot, 45,725 Words.

    Why You Should Care: Another author tackles the impossible task of the Marauders during their last couple of years at school. What she does not do is give us every excruciating detail, but rather writes four stories that connect into one larger one. This is most assuredly a Remus/Sirius and a James/Lily, but it’s all told from James’ POV, which is an unusual choice for a slash fic. It makes the slash much more palatable for those of us who don’t usually read it, and what’s really well done is that James has to do some mental adjustments as he finds out the truth about Sirius, and later Remus, which is what any young man would have to do when confronted about this by two of his best friends. James has trouble adjusting, and while it might not be as much as real life, it is there where usual slash just sort of bypasses the awkwardness of the situation without a word. Also, I adore James’ parents in this fic, and for the rest of my life I will always believe that his mother was a painter and had just such a room full of paintings of James, canon be damned.

    Why You Might Not Care: The slash is all above board, and while it only just scrapes the delicate chastity of a kiss, it’s most definitely there and dominates the story. The boys seem a little too young throughout, like fourteen or fifteen year-old versions of themselves instead of sixteen and seventeen, and Peter is conspicuously and often absent, but in the end I enjoyed it despite all that, so good on Minx. Me and slash don’t typically get along so well.

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