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    March 17th, 2008

    Chase This Light

    Chase This Light by Lady Altair

    Summary: “Draco Malfoy falls head over heels for Astoria Greengrass while he’s sneaking out of her engagement ball (in the most literal sense; he trips over her.)” Drama/Romance, 3,867 Words.

    Why You Should Care: Have you ever read something that leaves Draco Malfoy just as he is in canon, and yet makes him utterly delightful and sympathetic? Yeah, I hadn’t either, until I found this. It’s the most lovely way of weaving the name-only Astoria Greengrass into existence and into everyone’s least favourite snarky bastard’s life. I started grinning at the beginning, and just couldn’t stop; I hope you have the same reaction.

    Why You Might Not Care: Some people don’t like Draco, and you know what? I don’t blame them. However, it’s a good fic, and I enjoyed it. (What I didn’t enjoy was that it’s in three parts, and instead of links to the next chapter, you have to navigate to the journal’s main page to get to each one. Luckily, you don’t have to hunt far.)

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    March 16th, 2008

    Eighteen

    Eighteen by Seer_of_Spots

    Summary: Eighteen. The world is your library and you have all the time to read, yet it all seems so much dimmer – as if that library is filled completely with appliance manuals and endless Arithmancy equations.  Lying on a blanket with your unrequited love and a Salty Dog, you think. And sometimes your thoughts just don’t make you happy. Oneshot, 1,130 Words.

    Why You Should Care: A great example of how a well done second person POV combined with just the right subject matter can really give a certain type of character piece a little extra stylistic punch.  There is some really simple, excellent language in this one, and some great evocotive imagery.  Remus’ bitterness at his lot in life is just strong enough to tint the piece, but not so strong it drives this into heavy angst.

    Why You Might Not Care: Unrequited Remus/Lily, for those who roll their eyes at that pairing.

    posted by afterthree
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    March 15th, 2008

    Mentoring

    Mentoring by Juniperus

    Summary: A psychological study of Severus Snape in three acts. Oneshot, 3,046 Words.

    Why You Should Care: This is a fascinating and in-depth character study of Snape at three pivotal times in his life. The language is incredibly thick and nearly entirely a descriptive exercise that occasionally wanders and slips and digresses and distracts, as the mind is inevitably wont to do. In places it might have even been stream of consciousness (except not quite). It is both canon to the core and not, and dances on the edge of indulgence without ever really becoming so. It is a high-level psychological exploration dressed in prose.

    Why You Might Not Care: The language is so thick as to be sometimes confusing and even distracting, though in a way that never seems purple. Read this slowly, and read it twice.

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    March 14th, 2008

    September When It Comes

    September When It Comes by SundanceKid

    Summary: Seven years at King’s Cross for Teddy Lupin. Oneshot, 4,577 Words.

    Why You Should Care: It just feels so right. Teddy grows up just like any boy might, and my heart was full of love for him by the end. Appearances by others felt very well characterised and realistic, notably Andromeda and Harry, and… it’s just such a good read. You know that full feeling in your chest that’s equal parts triumph and ache? Yeah. SundanceKid’s got that down to a tee.

    Why You Might Not Care: If you don’t really care about the Next Generation, you won’t read this fic, and that’s fine. (Otherwise… go.)

    posted by insanguinare
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    March 13th, 2008

    Over Time, Hope Dies

    Over Time, Hope Dies by AuReviorSanity

    Summary: There’s that absolute determination to fill emptiness. Drabble, 195 Words.

    Why You Should Care: This isn’t my kind of fic at all: it’s angsty and it’s Hermione. But it’s honest, in a way that few Hermione fics are. It gets right to the root of the character we know, and shows us just how Hermione would react to the situation she is placed in. Every single word is utilised. Perfect drabble. Maybe it is my kind of fic.

    Why You Might Not Care: Hermione-centric and most people aren’t keen. Also, angsty. But well thought through.

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    March 12th, 2008

    Spark

    Spark by Jane St. Clair

    Summary: “It’s London, miles from home and dripping down rain through this sticky bit of a night.” Molly Weasley, on a mission for the Order. Drabble, 860 Words.

    Why You Should Care: Wow. This is just incredibly chilling, partly because it’s Molly for heaven-sake, and partly because it’s war and that’s just the way war works sometimes.  Jane writes this so perfectly, and the notion that Molly’s done this many, many times before is thick.  Gutsy.

    Why You Might Not Care: You might not agree that this fits with canon — it might offend your moral sensibilities.  I think it’s about right.

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    March 11th, 2008

    Group Therapy

    Group Therapy by Calliope08

    Summary: An unlikely pair finds consolation at the funeral for James and Lily Potter. Oneshot, 1,140 Words.

    Why You Should Care: It’s hard to find a good Potter’s funeral fic, but Calliope’s spare, fond style fits the bill perfectly. It’s the combination of the profound and the just plain mundane – this fic is very honest; the conflicting thoughts of the characters perfectly in keeping with the tone of the whole piece. Both Remus and Petunia are very humanly characterised – enjoyable and thoughtful.

    Why You Might Not Care: It’s another Potter’s funeral fic, albeit a very good one. Also, too short, in my opinion: I’d’ve liked to have seen a little more from Petunia. But you can’t have everything.

    posted by winglessflight
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    March 10th, 2008

    Rhapsody in Blue

    Rhapsody in Blue by Copperbadge

    Summary: Remus has decided it’s time to cure Tonks of her awkwardness, the only way he knows how. Oneshot, 6,001 Words.

    Why You Should Care: This has got everything a Remus/Tonks shipper wants, including friendship, clumsy Tonks, intellectual Remus, romance, sex, and dancing. It also has a brilliant and frank exchange about half-way through about the land-mines of being a werewolf, and the quiet, polite prejudice Remus has grown accustomed to from his friends. But mostly because it’s written by Copperbadge, and you mostly can’t go wrong with things written by Copperbadge.

    Why You Might Not Care: Remus/Tonks in this one, and there’s a section of NC17-ish material which is not overly explicit, but probably not something you should read at work.

    Note: Due to a complete lack of internet connection this weekend, I ended up not being able to rec until I got to work. These have been backdated for the sake of my own brain.

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    March 9th, 2008

    Breathe Me

    Breathe Me by Andromeda311

    Summary: “It’s like the sword of Damocles, nothing but a thin string between this and free fall. Nothing but a thread between safety and-” Romance, 15,307 Words.

    Why You Should Care: Andromeda/Ted has become more common, and many of this rec site’s readers have some incarnation of the story laid out in A Keen Observer set as their personal canon — I am one of those, but this incarnation fascinated me. It’s from Ted’s point of view, which I have not seen elsewhere and is such a great idea. Andromeda311’s longer writing is just as good as her lyrical one-shots, with a certain beauty to the storytelling and hilarity in Ted’s internal musings. It’s sweet at times, it’s angsty at times… I cannot describe how good I think this is.

    Why You Might Not Care: There is no reason. Breathe Me is an excellent story and you should start reading… now.

    Awards: 2008 Hourglass Award, Admins’ Choice — Het Romance

    posted by insanguinare
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    March 8th, 2008

    Bound

    Bound by Alchemine

    Summary: Young Alastor’s temper leads to trouble on his first night at Hogwarts. Oneshot, 2,300 Words.

    Why You Should Care: For its interesting take on a young Alastor Moody, mostly, and because Alchemine does such an excellent job showing us an awful lot about young Moody while resisting the temptation to tell us too much.  She paints a portrait, and we make the transformation from her young Moody to the older Moody JKR gives us.  It’s also interesting to see the ways wizards handled Muggle-borns in earlier decades, and the idea that there were perhaps a few who were taken to the school against their will is intriguing.

    Why You Might Not Care: The only reason I can think of is that it’s focused on Alastor Moody, which isn’t much of reason.

    posted by afterthree
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    March 7th, 2008

    Charmbreaker

    Charmbreaker by Orange_Crushed

    Summary: They smile and tell him that he’s grown, as if this were a real reunion; which is funny because he feels that he’s been shrinking, and that he won’t stop until he has reduced himself to nothingness, like a star. Oneshot, 6,571 Words.

    Why You Should Care: Because everyone has said it at least once — “All Marauder stories are the same these days.” Well, not this one. Using the idea that Remus was made to leave Hogwarts after the Prank, Orange_Crushed spins a wonderful alternate reality. You really feel the wasted years slip by as Remus submerges himself into another life, not so much the Muggle world, but a strange balance as he carves his own niche. This story progresses wonderfully, and the events are such that I wouldn’t mind seeing them fleshing out into a chaptered fic. All of the supporting characters just feel right, and Remus himself is lovely. Lastly, and I hate to say it, things almost turn out better this way, for everyone involved; there is so much potential in the ending (and I love the phrasing in the final lines, so wonderful).

    Why You Might Not Care: AU is just simply not some people’s cup of tea, and I can respect that — however, I do recommend that you look past your preferences and give it a try. It really is a jewel of a piece. Also, I think Remus/Sirius is implied here, but anything that alludes to it can be taken as a close friendship. It’s very slight.

    Awards: 2008 Hourglass Award, Best AU Fic — First Place

    posted by insanguinare
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    March 6th, 2008

    Marigolds

    Marigolds by Lady Bracknell

    Summary: Her mother used to tell her stories of love and life, only in the stories, the two didn’t seem all that different. Romance, 2237 Words.

    Why You Should Care: The ever-brilliant Lady Bracknell strikes again with her unrivalled ability to see through a character’s eyes and make their world seem so real we forget our own. The Luna she sets loose in this gem of a story is so full of life and hope and vivacity that her optimism pulls the reader along for the ride. With the utilisation of not-quite drabbles, the author allows us the sense of Luna’s curiosity and whim. You love this character from the word go: she has everything you could ever want, or need.

    Why You Might Not Care: I don’t care if we rec Lady Bracknell here too much. I don’t care that there was a Neville/Luna piece here yesterday. Read on, please.

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    March 5th, 2008

    The Age of Not Believing

    The Age of Not Believing by Laura Smith

    Summary: Worst of all you doubt yourself. Drabble, 974 Words.

    Why You Should Care: What’s really interesting about this fic is not necessarily the story or the characters, but the echoing of sentiment after the release of Deathly Hollows on one particular set of events that really surprised the fanbase by not turning out the way we thought it would.  And — while the characters are written well enough and it plays as appropriately as any valid “missing moment” — I think the real value of this fic is how it addresses our presumptions about the poetic license of life and how we come to expect that certain things should come of certain things, then are surprised by real life when events don’t always turn out the way they do in books.  I’m not sure this sort of depth was the author’s chosen intent, but some things resonate whether you plan on it or not.

    Why You Might Not Care: Some undertones of Neville/Luna.  Some of Luna’s lines are clunkier than they should be, though they all come from the right place.

    posted by afterthree
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    March 4th, 2008

    Five Reasons Why Lily Evans Does Not Like Sirius Black (And Five Reasons Why She Does)

    Five Reasons Why Lily Evans Does Not Like Sirius Black (And Five Reasons Why She Does) by Papered

    Summary: Sirius Black is infuriating in a way only he can be. And maybe that’s why Lily Evans comes to like him. Romance, 3,374 Words.

    Why You Should Care: Hey there, your resident Lily/Sirius shipper checks in with a rec. This fic tells the Lily/Sirius story in a original, almost funny, sweet and fitting way. You can see it happen: Papered is expert at giving just enough detail for us to envisage the scene. Denial!Lily is the best thing ever.

    Why You Might Not Care: List fics should die. Even ones where the form is actually used pretty well, like this one. But read on.

    Apology: This is late from yesterday. Laptop issues. Sorry for inconvenience!

    posted by winglessflight
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    March 3rd, 2008

    Fighting To Explain From In-Between

    Fighting To Explain From In-Between by Inkvoices

    Summary: Dennis wishes he was more like Colin, then maybe he wouldn’t be in this in-between place. Oneshot, 1,766 Words.

    Why You Should Care: Colin and Dennis Creevey are rarely written about in this fandom, and it’s lovely to see a piece that considers their situation during the Second War. Dennis, in particular, is very interesting in this piece, and the limbo between the Muggle and wizarding worlds in which he finds himself is especially intriguing. This piece is sad, but ultimately has an ending which, while not exactly happy, is definitely hopeful. Great characterisation for two fairly obscure characters, excellent flow, and an all-over worthwhile read (as most of Inkvoices’ fic tends to be).

    Why You Might Not Care: I wish I’d seen Dogma, because this was written for an Omniocular challenge in which a TV show or film is incorporated into a fic (Inkvoices chose Dogma), and I can’t really fully understand how this ties in with a film I haven’t seen. Those of you who have seen it are better equipped to judge what sort of job she did at the challenge; as Harry Potter fic alone, though, this is wonderful. No criticism.

    posted by insanguinare
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    March 2nd, 2008

    One For Sorrow

    One For Sorrow by Lilith Morgana

    Summary: Eileen sings to her baby in Azkaban. Oneshot, 5,504 Words.

    Why You Should Care: This is my favorite sort of fic, you know; the kind that takes the mere mention of a character or a fact of someone’s past and uses it as the smallest keystone to create something new and incredibly rich that slides right up against canon. The writing is top-notch, and the character work herein is just phenomenal. Lilith Morgana creates a very thoughtful character study in Eileen Prince, and a likewise thoughtful family history for Snape.

    Why You Might Not Care: Snape’s here, but only just. This is Eileen’s story, so if stories about bit characters make you yawn this probably isn’t for you. But it’s really very wonderful, and I wish you’d read it anyway.

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    March 1st, 2008

    Eight Little Deaths

    Eight Little Deaths by Ms Spell

    Summary: “La petite Mort, the French say.” Drabbles, 521 Words.

    Why You Should Care: Drabbles done the way drabbles are best; precisely short and wrapped from top to bottom in theme.  Ms Spell knows very well how to wield this weapon and she tells the story of Remus and Tonks from start to finish.

    Why You Might Not Care: Very short drabbles ahead.  Also Remus/Tonks as a heads up for all you rabid Remus/Sirius shippers out there.

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    February 29th, 2008

    This Is My Truth, Tell Me Yours

    This Is My Truth, Tell Me Yours by Hackthis

    Summary: “There’s only one story in the entire world and everything else is a variation thereof, so the idea that Sirius fell through the veil and died is just one potential ending out of hundreds of thousands. Remus doesn’t like that particular ending, so he’s going to choose another one.” Drabbles, 883 Words.

    Why You Should Care: For the Remus/Sirius lover, this is six little connected snippets of heartbreaking AU gold. It’s straightforward, presenting each alternate scenario honestly and without frills instead of breaking into developed stories. Each one left me wishing it had happened that way instead, and they’re just so perfect. I’m finding it quite difficult to be eloquent about these. Just read them, you won’t be sorry.

    Why You Might Not Care: There’s a brief moment of explicitness, and this is quite obviously slash. If you scoff at Remus/Sirius, this isn’t the story (or rather, stories) for you. Also, you might wish they had been longer: each one has the potential for a full-blown tale behind them. However, they work quite well as they are.

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    February 28th, 2008

    Rush

    Rush by Infinitesimal

    Summary: He whispers, hot open mouthed kisses, and she tastes like cinnamon from her toast that morning and the butterbeer he had bought for her, ran all the way to Hogsmeade under his cloak and bought for her, just because she said she’d never tried one before. I want you to experience everything he’d told her, and she’d looked so innocent. Oneshot, 1,408 Words.

    Why You Should Care: I know I recced Infinitesimal just the other day, but this fic is so noteworthy that I hope you’ll let it pass. This short and simple Lily/James piece is so richly emotive and carnally passionate that something within you stirs as you read it. At first glance it just feels like a pointless, mussed-haired moment, but the details about the emotions and facets of the characters give this piece light, shade and depth as the characters stand gingerly on the edge of the precipice.

    Why You Might Not Care: Rated NC-17 and at times gets a little close to being a little PWP-ish, but mainly it’s character-driven, not porn-driven.

    posted by winglessflight
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    February 27th, 2008

    Draco Malfoy, Ruler of the Universe

    Draco Malfoy, Ruler of the Universe by Mistful

    Summary: “Draco tilted his head. At this angle, you could almost see Dumbledore’s will to live draining away.”  Draco Malfoy gets what’s coming to him. Parody, 8,865 Words.

    Why You Should Care: Manically funny and delightfully backward.  The characters are pushed far enough that it’s wonderful parody, but not too far that it’s absurd.  Sure to delight readers of Trio-Era fiction the most, and Draco lovers and haters in equal parts.  He’s the star in this one… and Mistful goes to great lengths to make fun of that, too.

    Why You Might Not Care: I suppose there might be one or two people out there who don’t like parody, which is really quite a shame.  Just think about all that wonderful laughter those people are missing out on!

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