Currently under construction as a recs list. I'll be adding fics and links as I have time.

Stories I want to keep track of )
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( Feb. 12th, 2014 04:05 pm)
I still owe responses to my last post, which got knocked out from under me by - well, long story short, I've decided that I'm really quite adept at functioning under stress in everyday life, but my brain saves it up and takes payment in insomnia. I've seen more than my share of 5 a.m.s recently, and not because I'm an early riser.

Anyway, have some rambling tidbits.

--First, have you been over to [livejournal.com profile] birdsofshore's HP Character Love Fest?



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Several of us Snape fans have already weighed in, but I notice that wonderful characters like Minerva and Albus aren't getting enough love. Pop over if you have something you'd like to add. The mini-fest runs through Valentine's Day.

--Next, an interesting possibility for some of the podficcers on my flist. Do with it what you will.

ETA for clarity: I have nothing to do with this personally. I'm just passing along a request I noticed in a fannish podfic comm, and I thought it might be relevant to some of the people I know.

"Hello amplificathon community members,

I'm assembling a feature on fan fiction and shipping for my programme, The Blackwood Review, on the Edinburgh student radio station, FreshAir.org.uk. I am hoping to use one or more short excerpts from podfics in order to illustrate the feature.

I am seeking podficcers who would be willing to grant me permission to use their work. I plan to talk about Harry Potter fandom and the Lord of the Rings fandom*, so I am interested in podfic from those fandoms in particular. It should be noted that the show is for a general audience, and thus the excerpt used would need to be PG (but not the entire piece its excerpted from, of course). M/m, f/f, and m/f pairings are all welcome.*

I will treat the topic, your fannish identity, and your work respectfully. If this sounds like something you would be willing to help me with, please contact me by emailing me directly at daniel@favand.net."

*(Emphasis added.)

--Thirdly, in news related to my current non-Potter reading fandom, the TV show Person of Interest:

Holy mother of fine writing! For those familiar with the show, I beg you to go take a look at the amazing WiP Armor by [livejournal.com profile] livenudebigfoot. The prevailing pairing in PoI is Finch/Reese, which if you've seen the series will not surprise you. This is Finch/Fusco, fastidious, physically damaged billionaire computer genius & stocky, bulldog-shaped bad cop on the rocky path to redemption, and it's full of suit porn and painful emotion and splendid writing and perfect voice. For fans of the conventionally unattractive, the sort of pairing that can't be taken on faith and needs a long, luxurious build-up, this is a lavish treat. Chapter 22 of 27 just posted, so I think you can depend upon it being finished.

--Lastly, two non-fannish recs for those interested in folk music. I had never heard of these musicians before, but I'll be waiting impatiently for future releases:

Fire & Fortune by Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker. The singer's voice is gorgeous, like cool, clear water.

Mynd by Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin. Another gorgeous voice, with a bit more dusk in it.
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( Feb. 12th, 2014 04:05 pm)
I still owe responses to my last post, which got knocked out from under me by - well, long story short, I've decided that I'm really quite adept at functioning under stress in everyday life, but my brain saves it up and takes payment in insomnia. I've seen more than my share of 5 a.m.s recently, and not because I'm an early riser.

Anyway, have some rambling tidbits.

--First, have you been over to [livejournal.com profile] birdsofshore's HP Character Love Fest?



banner by [personal profile] capitu


Several of us Snape fans have already weighed in, but I notice that wonderful characters like Minerva and Albus aren't getting enough love. Pop over if you have something you'd like to add. The mini-fest runs through Valentine's Day.

--Next, an interesting possibility for some of the podficcers on my flist. Do with it what you will. ETA for clarity: I have nothing to do with this personally. I'm just passing along a request I noticed in a fannish podfic comm, and I thought it might be relevant to some of the people I know.

"Hello amplificathon community members,

I'm assembling a feature on fan fiction and shipping for my programme, The Blackwood Review, on the Edinburgh student radio station, FreshAir.org.uk. I am hoping to use one or more short excerpts from podfics in order to illustrate the feature.
I am seeking podficcers who would be willing to grant me permission to use their work. I plan to talk about Harry Potter fandom and the Lord of the Rings fandom*, so I am interested in podfic from those fandoms in particular. It should be noted that the show is for a general audience, and thus the excerpt used would need to be PG (but not the entire piece its excerpted from, of course). M/m, f/f, and m/f pairings are all welcome.*

I will treat the topic, your fannish identity, and your work respectfully. If this sounds like something you would be willing to help me with, please contact me by emailing me directly at daniel@favand.net."

*(Emphasis added.)

--Thirdly, in news related to my current non-Potter reading fandom, the TV show Person of Interest:

Holy mother of fine writing! For those familiar with the show, I beg you to go take a look at the amazing WiP Armor by [livejournal.com profile] livenudebigfoot. The prevailing pairing in PoI is Finch/Reese, which if you've seen the series will not surprise you. This is Finch/Fusco, fastidious, physically damaged billionaire computer genius & stocky, bulldog-shaped bad cop on the rocky path to redemption, and it's full of suit porn and painful emotion and splendid writing and perfect voice. For fans of the conventionally unattractive, the sort of pairing that can't be taken on faith and needs a long, luxurious build-up, this is a lavish treat. Chapter 22 of 27 just posted, so I think you can depend upon it being finished.

--Lastly, two non-fannish recs for those interested in folk music. I had never heard of these musicians before, but I'll be waiting impatiently for future releases:

Fire & Fortune by Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker. The singer's voice is gorgeous, like cool, clear water.

Mynd by Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin. Another gorgeous voice, with a bit more dusk in it.
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We'll take it as read that I don't post much during periods of insomnia, but as I'm hoping to re-introduce the concept of sleep into my life this week…

In your own space, promote three communities, challenges, blogs, pages, Twitters, Tumblrs or platforms and explain why you love them.

Hmm, how to whittle down? I suppose I'll have to be satisfied with singling out one all-purpose shipping community, one fest, and one reccing com.

Let's begin with [livejournal.com profile] snape_potter, dedicated to the pairing that brought me into fandom and Potterdom in the first place, the OTP I'm most passionate about. The site is run by the tireless and devoted mods [livejournal.com profile] accioslash and [livejournal.com profile] torino10154; they help keep the enthusiasm for Snape/Harry alive and provide the structure and incentive for fans to write more stories and produce more art. The com hosts several fests per year (for example, it just wrapped up the Secret Snarry Swap, which showcased a fantastic total of 64 entries), encourages posting and linking of Snape/Harry-related work, and occasionally opens up discussions and friending memes. It has been a lifeline to me within the larger fandom, and I'd be lost without it.

There have been and continue to be so many wonderful fests that the competition for choice is fierce, but at this point the one I look forward to with the greatest excitement and affection is probably [insanejournal.com profile] hp_beholder, originally founded by [personal profile] bethbethbeth and currently under [personal profile] delphi's expert stewardship. It's a gift exchange that challenges participants to explore the unconventionally attractive, often-overlooked characters populating HP. From the most unpromising material, the fest has spun a reputation for artistry, subtlety, excellent character studies, surprisingly persuasive pairings, and entries that run the gamut from raunchy and hilarious to sharp-witted and heartbreaking. It doesn't hurt, of course, that Snape is a recurring guest on the premises. If you were looking to convert an unbeliever to the protean talents within fandom, you could do worse than to drop them off the deep end into the backlog of our wonderful Beholder.

Since I'm mourning the imminent closure of [livejournal.com profile] crack_van, I've decided to do a shout-out to its sister com, [livejournal.com profile] crack_broom, which specializes in monthly recs for a wide variety of HP fanworks. I say "fanworks," although the community skews heavily toward fic (but then, so do I). Regardless, I love reading the tributes paid to various authors and artists, vidders and (recently) podficcers. I also love writing recs, and I've taken several turns on the 'broom for the sheer pleasure of serenading readers with my opinions. Every month a volunteer crew of reccers spotlights stories and art to share with the larger fanbase, urging the curious to take a chance. There are regularly featured ships - such as Snape/Harry - and looser categories for femslash, next gen, and rarepairs. I always enjoy hearing people talk about what they love and why, and [livejournal.com profile] crack_broom is an ongoing forum created for the purpose of sharing that love. (Btw, they're in dire need of more reccers for the opening months of 2014!)

Day Three: Post a rec for at least three fanworks that you did not create )



In your own space, post a rec for at least three fanworks that you have created. It can be your favorite fanworks that you've created, or fanworks you feel no one ever saw, or fanworks you say would define you as a creator.

So I'm already behind! How is this possible? I say it's due to spending fourteen hours counting a store full of books and subsequently melting into the bathtub in a trance of post-tedium paralysis. Now I'm about to burrow into bed - I'd very much like to dig a hole and hibernate for the next 24 hours because dear God, there's yet more counting to do - but first I should start the year out right.

I've produced so few fan works that it makes me slightly uncomfortable to rec them; I'm better at reccing other people's stuff. I wish I had a somewhat wider field to choose from - why aren't I more prolific? - but in the spirit of breaking my writer's block, I pledge to finish a fic or two this year. In the meantime, here are my choices:

When the Rose and the Fire Are One, Snape/Harry, NC-17, ~81,600 words. It's not my best or my most popular, and it's probably more interesting to me than to most readers because it so clearly broadcasts what preoccupied me at the time. The fic is full of restless, infatuated energy poured into posing questions about loss and punishment and guilt in the context of the Potter world. I made Harry act out in anger, but I was frustrated with the role "love" had played in the series, so I mucked about with that as well. Plus, you know, imagery up the wazoo. And I was determined to figure out how to make Snape sexy if it killed me. Or, more likely, him. Anyway, this was my first attempt to get a handle on what fascinated me about this pairing. The summary, for once, really does tell you all you need to know.

In Infinite Remorse of Soul, Dumbledore/Snape, with a bit of Snape/Harry clouding the background, NC-17, ~10,700 words. I sometimes think I'm even more opinionated about Dumbledore than I am about Snape, and if you put the two together, I apparently enter a magnetic zone of moral ambiguity in which everyone behaves badly, and Dumbledore thinks floridly and in old-fashioned paradigms of sin and poetic justice. I had fun creating an interior landscape for him and even more fun stripping Snape back to his canon intensity and letting him destabilize everything in his orbit. Let's face it, any story where an author writes things like Albus spares a moment to note that Severus' fixation on Harry has acquired an element of dusty indecency, redolent of decomposing velvet, is clearly a story in which the author is wallowing in self-indulgence as happily as a pig in mud. I fumbled the ending, alas, but I still get a kick out of the surrealism of their afterlife showdown.

My third self-rec is a podfic, because I simply can't keep hawking the same old stories over and over, so instead here's something I enjoyed doing even though I'm not very good at it. It was a bit nervewracking to tackle voice recording on a completely amateur level and then offer it up for public consumption, but it reminded me of the benefits of trying new things purely for a lark. Actually, I'll rec both podfics I recorded, as I don't see myself ever repeating the experience, and this will suffice as a farewell wave. One is a reading of Covenant, a Snape/Harry wartime fic by [livejournal.com profile] auctasinistra, and the other is Truth Beyond, a story about Minerva McGonagall and Rita Skeeter and the power inherent in self-control, beautifully written by [livejournal.com profile] kellychambliss. Links to both lovely fics can be found in the header info.
Let me revise this post to say: the nominations for the HP Fanfic Fan Poll Awards aren't closed yet, and the Snarry categories could use more suggestions from the past year. All other pairings too, of course, but I'm not qualified to speak things I don't read. Go take a look - maybe a fic you enjoy and an author who deserves more attention could get a little love by showing up in the awards. While you're there, you might consider voting for Rapture, a beautiful fic entered in the "Legacy Story" category. *drops large hint* (If you don't care for awards and polls and suchlike, please ignore this little trumpet blast.)






THE HP FANFIC FAN POLL AWARDS - FALL-WINTER ROUND 2013
Rules, Timelines, and How to Nominate a Fic

To Make Nominations/Ask Questions: hpfanficfanpollmod@gmail.com
Nomination period: October 1st - October 28th, 2013
Voting period: November 1st - December 31st, 2013
Winners announced: by January 10th, 2014


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Oh my. I read a Snape/Harry story today that seized me in a way no fic has managed to do in a very long time. It's one of those character studies that takes liberties with canon while doing something so interesting and presenting it with such enormous style and heart and self-awareness, that I'm happy to leave familiar interpretations behind and let the point of view wash away my own entrenched prejudices. Also, the tone of the story is so strikingly sure and delicate that I trusted the author immediately. Part of the great pleasure of reading this fic stems from the clarity of the language, the emotional intelligence, the persuasive details. I bow to the writer (whose identity I suspect I know) for having achieved something wonderful and unexpected.

Standing on the Shoreline, an entry in [livejournal.com profile] snape_potter's "First Time for Everything" fest.

Snarry as queer literature )

(NB: I got knocked off my posting schedule by some bad news last week, so I'm proceeding slowly and with caution. I haven't forgotten that I owe answers to prior comments, so please bear with me and don't be surprised if you get a comment notification two weeks after the relevant post has slipped your mind.)
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( Jul. 19th, 2013 11:13 am)
My entry for [livejournal.com profile] hp_podfic_fest posted today! I chose a fic by [livejournal.com profile] auctasinistra, a favorite author of mine. The pairing is Snape/Harry, still the love of my fannish life and the hook that yanked me into fandom in the first place. The story is set during the last days of the second Voldemort war, and it's spare and slightly dark and beautiful and ambiguously hopeful. It's an hour long (ask me how many hours of recording and editing and re-recording went into this after the program did a wipe-out - no, on second thought, don't), and I loved getting to the heart of it by learning and feeling my way through the words.

The post is here.

Audiofic may not appeal, but regardless I urge anyone even mildly interested in the pairing to go take a look at Aucta's fic, because no performance can quite capture the intimate pact between a reader and the words on a page: Covenant

I also have recs from my listening so far. I haven't caught up with them all (and as I'm not a fan of Draco Malfoy, I'm afraid there are quite a few I'll end up skipping), but there have been some stand-outs for me in the fest, all of them fairly short:

Ambergris by [livejournal.com profile] cerberusia read by [livejournal.com profile] sisi_rambles, one-sided James/Remus. This one surprised me. It's written in second-person, which is always tricky to pull off, but it works here. The author manages to make me sympathetic to James Potter, which isn't a common occurrence in my universe, either, and the reader starts with an amiable, laddish, laid-back tone and builds in time with the fic to a poignant, beautifully voiced epiphany.

Fists by [livejournal.com profile] featherxquill, read by [livejournal.com profile] margi_lynn, gen. Amelia Bones knows the Death Eaters are coming for her. This is a short, fierce fic about how she meets her fate, in a style that reaches out and holds you riveted. I love Feather's work, and [livejournal.com profile] margi_lynn delivers this one with a delicious combination of fire and pride.

A Passion for Quidditch by [livejournal.com profile] shadowycat, read by [livejournal.com profile] the_winterwitch, Minerva/Severus. There's an erotic simmer to this fic, laced with droll humor, and [livejournal.com profile] the_winterwitch's clear, delicate voice slides easily between Minerva and Severus as their verbal contest grows in intensity. She also invests the ending with a touch of almost innocent amusement.

There are others I enjoyed, but I can't rec them all, alas. I still haven't eaten breakfast and must go remedy that. Also, I can tell I need to start posting more - I'm so out of the habit that it feels odd to drop a post out of the blue. Even in my own journal!
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Following on the esteemed heels of [personal profile] therealsnape and [profile] kellychambliss, I've put together a list of the works I've loved the most since [community profile] hp_beholder began five years ago. Beholder 2013 is due to start posting tomorrow (hurrah!), and I'd intended to throw these recs up on my journal this morning as a joint tribute and enticement, but good heavens, what a project it became. I have a terrible time leaving out favorite works of any stripe, so I probably agonized over this more than I needed to.

[personal profile] therealsnape confined herself to one story per author and one story per (rare) character (quoting Kelly here). I can't hold myself to that standard; if I tried, my circuits would fry and this post would never see the light of day.

So better late than never. Below are the *cough* 27 entries that captivated, surprised, and seduced me, or in several cases, blew my socks off.

Much rhapsodizing follows )
I expect I'm the last person to have seen or heard of this, since I'm impervious to the Oscars and often miss word-of-mouth recommendations. But last night, in the spirit of conspiring to open our own bookstore, two friends of mine sat me down and showed me this film. It won Best Animated Short of 2011, and it moved me almost to tears of delight. Not least because it combines two things I adore, books and Buster Keaton (although the latter is more an inspiration than an actual presence). If you haven't watched this yet, let me tempt you to set aside fifteen minutes and spend it in a magical otherworld where books are a calling and a source of enchantment.



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I expect I'm the last person to have seen or heard of this, since I'm impervious to the Oscars and often miss word-of-mouth recommendations. But last night, in the spirit of conspiring to open our own bookstore, two friends of mine sat me down and showed me this film. It won Best Animated Short of 2011, and it moved me almost to tears of delight. Not least because it combines two things I adore, books and Buster Keaton (although the latter is more an inspiration than an actual presence). If you haven't watched this yet, let me tempt you to set aside fifteen minutes and spend it in a magical otherworld where books are a calling and a source of enchantment.



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You know, the initial thrill of finding fandom becomes old hat after a few years; it's easy to start taking things for granted once the first burst of pleasure dies down. Then there's the wank, which always seems to be happening in some corner or other.

But then something comes along that surprises me into realizing, yet again, what an incredibly generous place fandom is. This morning I received a message from [livejournal.com profile] vintu1 informing me that they've translated my fic No Room for the Weak into Russian! I'm seriously flattered and filled with inexpressible delight. I can't imagine how much work must go into translating idiomatic fics from one language into another. The dedication, unpaid and given purely out of love, is mind-boggling.

Thank you so much, [livejournal.com profile] vintu1! It's bewildering, in a buoyant way, to know that something I wrote now exists in a language I can't even read. It's like magic. :D

No Room for the Weak in Russian translation.

A couple of HP_Beholder recs )
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( Oct. 5th, 2010 09:41 pm)
I know I've been failing badly at fandom lately, not by choice but because RL has been a bit gnarly. I have a backlog of recs I've never gotten around to posting. Now in the past two days I've read yet another handful of wonderful works, and I don't want to postpone my excitement because chances are I'll never get back to squee over them. So instead of giving them their proper due I'm just going to link the fics. (I haven't even left comments yet. On any of them. Oh, the shame.)

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Hello, flist! Goodbye, flist! I hope everyone's doing well!
I just finished reading this, and it's such a combination of wistful, regretful, sweetly rueful, and gravely sad that I - well, I fell totally in love with it. It's a kind of homage to Snape, to the other lives he might have lived, other ways his story might have ended. It's a game throughout, all the hands dealt by destiny. The winning, the losing. These glimpses are brought to life with few words, but these words are like wish fulfillment, slightly magical, sometimes teasing, gradually shading off into darkness as the story approaches our final glimpse. Each scene is as brief and bright as a candle burning down. We know Snape's true fate and so does this fic; the games of chance give way to the harsh clarity of canon's judgment. But at the end the author has more compassion than canon does and goes beyond it to give Snape the peace he deserves.

(Also, I find it amusing that several fics lately have rekindled my desire to really smack Dumbledore, argh.)

Give this one a chance; it's beautiful and haunting and very much worth reading several times over.

The Winning Move
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( Jan. 18th, 2010 11:48 pm)
I haven't even managed to leave comments in every instance (bad me!), but the recs are building up and I need to jot them down before my brain disintegrates.

1. First, a fic I've read twice now. I haven't yet found a way to articulate my response. I'm not speechless, exactly; it's just, how do I put my feelings into words when they're all contained in the fic, far more urgently than I could ever say them?

It's an epilogue, or continuation, to the extraordinarily beautiful, breathtaking fic in the final Snarry Games, [personal profile] mia_ugly's Rapture. I praise this fic at every opportunity because it affected me so profoundly. Now Mia gives us the aftermath of Severus' reunion with Harry, and it's autumnal, tightly-wound, blood-tinged poetry from start to finish, almost impressionistic in its language, each word given the maximum emotional shading. The ache builds throughout the story, one long drawn-out exquisite relentless cresting wave of want as Severus finds that his survival technique of self-denial makes it harder to hope, makes it hurt more to reach out and take back what he'd renounced, what he'd given up for lost, than to hold back, to deprive himself. The fic charts his passage toward release, making no promises along the way, and the air of suppressed passion throughout is unbelievably breathless. This fic has a heartbeat, strong, seductive, strained almost beyond endurance. And faithful unto death.

But the ultimate glory of it lies in the language, which is spellbinding and as beautiful as a knife made of bone. The hypnotic mutual awareness between Severus and Harry draws the reader helplessly in, witness to the way this self-exiled, emotionally flayed and bereft loner is wooed home by the one person he cannot stay away from.

Blood (but also roses)

Here follow several recs for the ongoing fest severus_shorts.

More below )

I hope you have time to enjoy some of these. So much to read and ogle, so little time! Remember to leave feedback (says the pot to the kettle) if something gives you joy.
Yes, I know, this is lame. One stale meme and links to old recs. But considering I haven't visited my own journal for weeks, it's better than nothing, right?

I did the movie meme in an idle moment, even though fandom at large used it up and tossed it away two months ago. I am forever belated, and my brain drags its good intentions around for ridiculous lengths of time before finally letting go.

Rules: Don't take too long to think about it. Fifteen movies you've seen that will always stick with you. First fifteen you can recall in no more than fifteen minutes.

…three, two, one. Go! )

Well, that was less than cathartic. ;) And yes, I realize that I could probably come up with an entirely different list on an entirely different day in an entirely different mood. But once is enough.

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I keep postponing links to the recs I made during my respective driving/flying months at [community profile] crack_van and [profile] crack_broom. Since I like to have a convenient record and tally of favorite fics and my thoughts on them, I'm going to use this as a bookmark post. These are several months old, but if there's anything here you've never read before, I urge you to give it a chance. And if the spirit moves you, leave the writers some love in the form of feedback.

Crack Van HP recs. Snape-centric but not particularly Snarryish.

Fallen Far from the Tree by [personal profile] joanwilder

We Should Have Loved More and Feared Less by [personal profile] maelipstick

The Soul Adores by [profile] maeglinyedi

Slow Convergence by Iteration by [personal profile] dracofiend

Mustard Seed by [personal profile] rinsbane (excerpt NSFW) (you need to have Rinsbane friend you to have access to her HP fics)

Match Point (Unforgiven) by [personal profile] snegurochka_lee

Jigsaw Pieces by [personal profile] florahart

All the Dreaded Cards Foretell by [personal profile] lilith_morgana

Silver and Green: A Quartet by [profile] alena_hu

Playing for Keeps by [personal profile] vissy

The Courtship of Benjamin Jink by [profile] atdelphi

Hard Bargain & A Valediction Forbidding Mourning by [personal profile] magnetic_pole

Also, two vid recs, one Snape-centric and one not:

High School Never Ends by Samus McAslan

Beautiful Struggle by [profile] nightchik

Well, that got long. Perhaps it would be wise to save the Crack_Broom recs for a follow-up post.
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( Sep. 20th, 2009 04:40 pm)
I think I may have just written the longest comment in the history of fanfic, or if not, then a strong contender for the title. My blood sugar crashed the instant I finished, so I won't try to talk up the fic here. But dear God, for sheer joy and pleasure in the brilliance of Snarry, go read it. Expect an emotional rollercoaster and revel in it. This is the way a romance between these two should be written.

*shivers* I'm still delirious with excitement. I have more recs, but they will have to wait.

Rapture by [personal profile] mia_ugly.
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( Jun. 1st, 2009 07:05 pm)
As most people who catch my erratic journal entries know, I'm very opinionated about fic; nothing revs my mental engine like a brilliant writer. So if you're curious or in need of a reading fix, I'm this month's driver of the Harry Potter crack_van. In every story (to no one's surprise, I'm sure) Snape plays a role. Although he doesn't always star, he's an indelible presence. What may be unexpected is the fact that I roam rather far afield from Snarry - I hope to mix it up quite a bit in terms of pairings and genres.

My only regret is that HP isn't one of the featured fandoms this month, because I could have recc'd many more than the required twelve stories…
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So, after long silence, I feel like sharing my pleasure in some of the fics I've read over the last few weeks. It never fails to thrill me how much talent there is in our fannish corner of the world. I've read all of these more than once; some, more than twice. Here follows a smattering of beauty, humor, and melancholy:

Snarry-a-thon (hosted by [livejournal.com profile] snape_potter, so for access on LJ you'll need to be a member. Otherwise hop on over to InsaneJournal):

Read more... )

HP Beholder:

Read more... )

And one bonus illustrated fic that everyone in need a bawdy laugh should go read:

Fruiting Bodies Don't bother your head about pairings. This is pure, unapologetic, ribald fun, and it kicks ass.
. . . but I just cried all over this story, [livejournal.com profile] alena__hu's Silver and Green: a Quartet. It's posted as part of the [livejournal.com profile] snape_after_dh fest, and it satisfies a hunger I've carried around ever since finishing Deathly Hallows. I have, of course, many aches and many bones to pick. This is a salve for the emptiness, and it left me aching even more. Only, in a good way. The fic is a chamber piece for four voices, four students from Snape's house addressing him after the end of the war. I'm not going to say much about it here, because I've just unloaded all over the writer's journal and am feeling a little red-faced (it was only half a glass of wine, I swear). But I urge you to read it if you love(d) Snape. It's sad, yes, but the tone of the fic holds its head high and never falters, and it says some of the things that need to be said - to Snape, about Snape, about Slytherins - in the voices of those who should know. Who do know: these are the truths hidden from the winning side. Or by them. It's a fine line, you know, and sometimes it's hard to tell.

There are SPAG errors, but they don't detract from the story's power. At least, not for me. Every single section has something in it that reduced me to tears. Maybe it just hit all my sensitive spots. (I have a lot of them where Snape's concerned.) But I suspect the responsibility for this - and the beauty - lies in the fic and not in myself.
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