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    April 5th, 2008

    Curiousity

    Curiousity by Lady Bracknell

    Summary: Remus has always been curious about Lily Evans, but kept his distance. Now, he wants to do nothing of the sort. Oneshot, 2,183 Words.

    Why You Should Care: No one makes me love the Remus/Lily pairing as much as Lady Bracknell does. Even though the idea of Lily cheating on James makes me all sad inside, I love this despite that. Somehow Lady Bracknell manages to make this infidelity the right choice for the characters and the situation, like a necessary aside rather than a moral detour. Neither of them regret it, and somehow neither do I. It’s cathartic for them, I think; it wouldn’t have been worse to continue to let their feelings be unfelt forever.

    Why You Might Not Care: If James/Lily infidelity makes you weep, maybe steer clear. It’s rated R for sex, but it all seems fairly worksafe to me.

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    April 4th, 2008

    When September Comes Again

    When September Comes Again by AuntBijou

    Summary: Life comes full circle for everyone, even Muggles.  Oneshot, 1,222 Words.

    Why You Should Care: These sorts of genfics are always fantastic.  It includes exactly zero canon characters, yet is completely canon, and it just warms your heart right up.  Original characters and ideas written like this are why I love fanfiction as much as I do.  It’s lovely to see that someone else thinks about those Muggles that live their lives so close to the magical world that they must be at least a little aware of it, even though they’ll never be a part of it.

    Why You Might Not Care: I can’t think of a single reason.

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    April 3rd, 2008

    Cauterize

    Cauterize by Lady Altair

    Summary: “In truth, Harry’s photograph is the least interesting of all.” Drabble Collection, 1, 496 Words.

    Why You Should Care: This is post-DH stress syndrome written through pictures, and gives a really realistic sense of being a survivor, trying to pick up the pieces of the war. Dennis Creevey is, like every character he photographs, just trying to find a way to return to normal, and the struggles are beautifully and subtly portrayed. There’s almost no description of feeling, it’s all about the visual: show not tell to perfection. Lady Altair’s skill as a writer is clear in this well-crafted piece.

    Why You Might Not Care: I don’t really know. If you can stomach post-DH writing, and most people can, if they try hard, this is well worth reading.

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    April 2nd, 2008

    As Before

    As Before by Atrata

    Summary: “That’s the worst, I think.  When the secret stays locked within not for want of a teller, but for want of an understanding ear.” Drabble, 635 Words.

    Why You Should Care: Written sometime between the release of Half Blood Prince and Deathly Hallows, this piece reflects one of so many possible outcomes of the complex relationship between Snape and Harry, had the chips of plot fallen differently.  There’s a lot of room for interpretation in these six hundred words, which makes it all the more interesting — especially when we apply what we know from Deathly Hallows about what motivated Snape.

    Why You Might Not Care: In the words of the author, it could be Snape/Harry if you squint (you really have to want it, though).  Otherwise, it’s fairly clear-cut gen.

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    April 1st, 2008

    Box, Opened

    Box, Opened by Halrloprillalar

    Summary: Girls and politics. Drabble, 100 Words.

    Why You Should Care: It’s a Harry Potter/Adrian Mole crossover. It’s a 100 word drabble. It’s by that girl that did the Snape-counsels-gay-Hogwartians drabble (recced here 07.01.08). It’s funny, and rips the piss out of canon (in a good way) and Dumbledore features.

    Why You Might Not Care: No content, no meaning, no worthy messages. It’s, basically, a witty one-liner. But what’s wrong with that? Also, will make no sense if you haven’t read Adrian Mole. However, if you haven’t, do.

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    March 31st, 2008

    Nothing a Good Imperius Wouldn’t Solve

    Nothing a Good Imperius Wouldn’t Solve by Afterthree

    Summary: “Snape has nearly gotten used to dealing with the darkness creeping sullenly through the back of his head.” The tempting of Severus Snape. Oneshot, 1,562 Words.

    Why You Should Care: Anything I put here will look pretty arrogant, eh? Rec’d in a couple of other places and the winner of an Hourglass Award, so I think it’s above board to put it up here.

    Why You Might Not Care: Have shamelessly rec’d my own work, and you may all boo and hiss at your leisure.

    Awards: 2008 Hourglass Award, Best Angst Fic — Second Place

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    March 30th, 2008

    Father and Son

    Father and Son by IsabelA113

    Summary: “He’s a man, a living breathing wizard. He has a family, a wife and a son. Who are you to take him away from them?” Ron learns what the difference between him and Malfoy really is. Onshot, 2,225 Words.

    Why You Should Care: Arthur is one of the quiet heroes of the Harry Potter series, I think, and this fic is a good example why. This is a keenly focused study of Arthur and his beliefs about the war, his family’s position in it, and the Malfoys. This piece is specific and tailored for the purpose of showing what kind of man Arthur Weasley is: a very, very good one.

    Why You Might Not Care: Very few reasons exist. The characterisations are accurate and the theme is resonant. You know the message already, but it’s good to have someone like Arthur remind us that it’s true, every once in a while, when we forget.

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    March 29th, 2008

    A 12-Step Program

    A 12-Step Program by FalseEyelashes

    Summary: 12 steps. 12 steps, and you can cure alcoholism, sex addiction, a love of coke, an uncontrollable rage or that hatred within yourself. 12 steps and you can dance in reverse, fall apart and watch the carefully constructed fabric of your life unravel. And in 12 steps, two people can foolishly fall in love.  Novel-Length (almost), 39,019 Words.

    Why You Should Care: This is a stirred and physicologically colourful look at love, lust, and the difference (or sometimes lack thereof) between the two.  The characterisations of Lily and Remus are multifaceted and startlingly (almost shockingly) real — even bordering on gritty — and what strikes me most is how appropriate for their age this emotional opera is.  The writing is stylized and almost exclusively narrative, slipping into and reaching most of Lily’s conscious and unconscious thoughts.  In some ways, this is an angsty fic about angst.

    Why You Might Not Care: This fic could be seen by some to be overindulgent, and in some ways I might agree, except I remember what it was like to be in my own head at 18 and think that maybe a little of that is part of the point, really.  It’s both fascinating and tedious; in some places it digs so deep it starts going in circles.

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    March 28th, 2008

    All The Pretty Horses

    All The Pretty Horses by RedShoesOn

    Summary: Perhaps she’s created this place in her mind, the way they used to say she made up Wrackspurts and Nargles. Angst/Oneshot, 2,284 Words.

    Why You Should Care: Darkly mad Luna works so much better than I want it to. This is not how the story ends, but yet nothing about it makes me wrinkle my nose in disbelief; instead, I hear ‘please, no’ echoing in my head. It’s just so well done; a little frightening, but a perfect example of skillfully executed angsty darkfic.

    Why You Might Not Care: Well, it’s clearly AU, as we know that Luna lives to marry Rolf Scamander and have lovely little babies with dreadful names. But if you can stomach alternate endings, and dark and twisted ones at that, this beautifully crafted piece is worth your time. It will tug at your heartstrings.

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    March 27th, 2008

    The Insecurity of the Wicked

    The Insecurity of the Wicked by Carondelet

    Summary: This argues what manner of life theirs have been: wicked and vile? Honest and just? Wasted, forlorn? With the final judgment, so their paths conclude. There are but fifteen turns to make with each of them, but can the truth be perceived from only one or but from all of their stations? Drabble Collection, 9, 637 Words.

    Why You Should Care: Every time I reread these it amazes me how much thought has gone into them. These are drabbles loosely tied to religion and self-sacrifice and the words are so tightly woven that they draw you straight in to the confused humanity of these character’s minds. I would personally particularly recommend that you read carefully the Peter, Ginny, Voldemort and Andromeda chapters. Beautiful, and truly haunting, this drabbles give you a real insight at times, and a revelation at others.

    Why You Might Not Care: Sometimes too many words don’t say enough here. Also, angst. Serious angst.

    Awards: 2007 Hourglass Awards Best Drabble or Drabble Collections — Third Place

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    March 26th, 2008

    The F Words

    The F Words by Antoshevu

    Summary: “Remus and Tonks’s was the worst.  Not that the others hadn’t been dreadful—Colin’s, which was just unreal, Dennis pale and unblinking by the grave with their Muggle parents; Mrs. Weasley wailing at Fred’s, gathering her remaining children to her expansive bosom so that all that Harry could see was a forest of red hair and blotchy faces. And one bright, brown eye, locked on his.” 20,900 Words.

    Why You Should Care: There are a lot of stories about what happens after the battle in Deathly Hallows, from lots of different perspectives and angles.  This is another, one that follows Harry through the days after, then the weeks after, then even the months after.  It’s actually a series of six fics, though for me they are more chapters of the same than they are stand-alone stories.  Well written, with much thought given to the loose ends left to tie.

    Why You Might Not Care: The Dursley’s chapter is a bit far reaching, I think, but overall it’s quite well characterised.  I think people who try to write Harry are at a supreme disadvantage, because he’s the character we know the best from the series.  Out of JKR’s hands, he never seems quite right to me; this does come as close as anything, though.  There’s lots of Harry/Ginny, some Ron/Hermione, and some Luna/Dean for those with ship preferences.

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    March 25th, 2008

    Our Private Universe

    Our Private Universe by Busaikko

    Summary: Watch Remus, Peter said, look for evidence; but what Sirius found was something different. Christmas 1979. Romance/Angst, 12,000 Words.

    Why You Should Care: This is so much more than slash. This is the most beautiful story I think I have ever read: it gives Remus a history and a humanity, and it gives Sirius a beautiful naiveté which is so fitting. The search for the spy is such an intriguing part of the Marauder story and the author’s gentle handling of it makes the final inevitability of it all the sadder. Unlike so many fics about this particular era, Busaikko uses our prior knowledge to make this beautiful tragedy, rather than powering through as if it were new. The characterisation is lovely, as is the raw emotion carried through it, complimented by the sweetness of falling in love and some unexpected humour. Perfect.

    Why You Might Not Care: Slash, yes, yes, and rated for one short section towards the end. Which may or may not be required, depends on your perspective. Enjoy, m’loves.

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    March 24th, 2008

    Minding the Baby

    Minding the Baby by Rhetor

    Summary: Andromeda is left alone with Teddy, or so she thinks. Oneshot, 3,437 Words.

    Why You Should Care: This is a heartfelt fic that follows the cycle of grief of Andromeda Tonks, from almost the moment she learns of the death of her daughter. This touches on several faucets of the after, including Andromeda’s interaction with Teddy, with Harry, and with Narcissa and her family. Andromeda is thoughtfully characterised, and this piece’s strongest moments are mostly in the first section — there is a very real, very life-like portrayal of fresh grief.

    Why You Might Not Care: This isn’t the best characterisation I’ve ever seen of Narcissa, not by a long shot. It’s tolerable, and I understand the author’s desire to give Andromeda the chance to turn away from the people who turned away from her. Having said that, the interaction with the Malfoy’s at the funeral reads, for me, as fairly contrived and is the weak link in an otherwise very strong chain.

    Thanks To: Rebecca, who sent this rec in to me.

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    March 23rd, 2008

    A Life in a Box

    A Life in a Box by RedSioda

    Summary: “Daddy, this is the best story in the whole world.” Oneshot, 4,116 Words.

    Why You Should Care: This is really, really lovely.  It’s the story of the importance of family history and of knowing where you come from and being proud of it at the same time you create your own life and your own history.  This is a beautiful piece about the Longbottoms, and about the things we pass on that come to be so much more than just things.  It is about family tradition, and about hanging on to and letting go of the past, and about the importance of story-telling.  And, at the centre of all that, RedSioda has very thoughtfully created the middle-aged character of Neville and his growing family on the basis of JKR’s spoken canon.

    Why You Might Not Care: This is a Neville/Hannah (though the ship is by no means the centre of this fic) and might make some staunch Neville/Luna shippers unhappy for that reason.

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    March 22nd, 2008

    Sirius Black, Super Genius

    Sirius Black, Super Genius by Mistful

    Summary: “A few weeks later with Valentine’s Day drawing inexorably nearer, it began to dawn on Remus that this did not appear to be one of the daydreams Sirius toyed with and then forgot about, like the time he wanted Dumbledore and McGonagall to get married and have superchildren.”  Humour, 8,953 Words.

    Why You Should Care: I have no solid understanding of the precise agreed-upon meaning of the term “crackfic”, but if I had to describe what the word means to me, I would probably use this fic as Exhibit A.  And B.  Also C through Z.  This is one of those fics that zig-zags so violently across the line between comedy and parody that it becomes its own beast.  It’s completely over the top while still somehow managing to have a solid foundation under all that crack; this one doesn’t just bring the clichés, it practically invents new ones.  I can’t decide if Mistful is a genius or completely Sirius-Black insane.  Probably both.

    Why You Might Not Care: I suppose it all depends on what you define as crackfic and whether or not you like crackfic.  I put forth only that in reading this I managed on several occasions to force hot tea through my nose in an attempt not to choke on my own laughter.

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    March 21st, 2008

    The Rules of Being a Godson

    The Rules of Being a Godson by Copperbadge

    Summary: Teddy Lupin never gets too close or feels too much; his godfather’s son never does anything else. Drama/Romance, 12,329 Words.

    Why You Should Care: Whether you know him as Sam the Storyteller, SamVimes,or Copperbadge, there is no denying that this author is gold. Previously recced on Coffee and Chocolate for his humour masterpiece, Sublimation and the Snitch, he is perhaps better known for his excellent slash romances, and this piece does not disappoint. Action! Drama! Longing! All in Copperbadge’s wonderfully straightforward style. This is excellent, and the reason I ship Teddy/James about the same as Teddy/Victoire.

    Why You Might Not Care: Beware, there are kissing boys in this fic. Also, it was written approximately twenty-four hours after the release of Deathly Hallows, and as such, might not adhere to all interview canon, though nothing leapt out at me during my re-read.

    Awards: 2008 Hourglass Award, Best Slash Romance — First Place

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    March 20th, 2008

    Cleaning

    Cleaning by GM_Weasley

    Summary: Kreacher is cleaning. Cleaning, and following the Blood Traitor’s spawn, walking along poor Mistress’ hall with her unnatural hair as if she owns the place, a disgrace to the noble name of Black. Drabble, 750 Words.

    Why You Should Care: This fic has fluff and PG-rated sexuality and humour, and it’s all cute and light and I really do like it. But moreover, this fic is Kreacher-centric. And Kreacher is awesome. And this Kreacher is awesome, all the conflicting emotions and allegiances, and yet he’s just an elf. This author is a genius, I tells you, she’s a bloody genius. Wow. Just, just, wow.

    Why You Might Not Care: Shh, I’m wowing.

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    March 19th, 2008

    Twenty Random Facts About Lily and James

    Twenty Random Facts About Lily and James by Thistlerose

    Summary: Lily, James, and a popular LJ meme. Oneshot, 1,500 Words.

    Why You Should Care: This is made up of the pieces that make a two people, and especially the pieces that make them work so well together.  Wonderful, brief glimpses into two lives cut short, and beautifully poignant without being indulgent.

    Why You Might Not Care: Surprise!  It’s another list fic!  There’s also some non-essential but ridiculously blatant Remus/Sirius that definitely didn’t have to be there, but that’s Remus/Sirius for you.

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    March 18th, 2008

    Hourglass Awards, 2008 Cycle

    I’d like to give a nod to my favorite Harry Potter fanfiction archive site, The Unknowable Room, with whom this site is closely affiliated.  For those who don’t know, the 2008 Cycle of the Hourglass Fanfiction Awards has officially started and nominations are open.

    The current list of nominees is a strong bunch, including several fics that have previously been featured on C&C.  Fic nominations are open until March 31, and anyone who is interested in volunteering to judge a category is encouraged to sign up here.  Nominations are not restricted to fics archived at UR.org — any fic from any archive or journal can be nominated, and participation from all over the fandom is highly encouraged.

    To see a list of the fics (with links) that are currently nominated, click here and scroll down past the nomination form.  There are categories for Het and Slash Romance, Drama, Angst, Comedy, Drabbles, Gen, AU, and NC17 fic.

    Best of luck to all the nominees!

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    March 18th, 2008

    Getting The Point

    Getting The Point by Arabella

    Summary: Hermione and Ron at the Yule Ball. Romance, 16,406 Words.

    Why You Should Care: Arabella is one of the few authors who I trust with Trio-era fics. She’s got JKR’s knack for storytelling: her fic is action packed, but heartfelt, and the characters are human and flawed and lovely. Her Ron and Hermione are so meant to be. Ah. Le Fluff.

    Why You Might Not Care: Le Fluff. Cough.

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