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Aug. 29th, 2008

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who makes up these lists?

Recommendations will return.  I've amassed quite a few memories here and just need to get permissions and make sure I leave reviews and so forth. 

I was bumbling around tonight and came across this book list, which is in my opinion weirdly random, and thought I'd see how I measure up.  The results are pretty hilarious, considering I'm a dissertation defense away from a PhD in English literature.  More specifically, my broadest speciality is twentieth century American lit, and almost none of these books were on my reading list for that exam (the only one I remember offhand is Lolita).  Some of these books I've never even heard of.  So is that more telling of me, or the list? 

And then I thought I'd post to see if anyone on my friends list remembers adding me to begin with.


1) Look at the list and bold those you have read.
2) Italicize those you intend to read.
3) Underline the books you LOVE.
4) Reprint this list in your own LJ so we can try and track down these people who've read 6 and force books upon them


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Dec. 26th, 2007

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guess who's back

So. There are many reasons I haven't posted, the main one having to do with a certain PhD comp that didn't get taken and the proposal for which that had to be completely rewritten and accompanied by a manuscript of forty poems. That's half a book, people! So, not much time to really dig for the good fanfiction. And let's face it, sometimes you really have to dig. Plus, in the months following the release of Deathly Hallows there was a burst of excellent and really conscientious canon-compliant fanfiction, and unfortunately for my tastes, it's petered out a bit. People can't seem to get enough of pairing Snape up with his students, for some reason. And then there is the ever-pervasive Harry/Draco theme. We could get into a philosophical discussion about why people come up with this stuff, why it's perhaps even necessary in the fanfiction community, but it's just not what I want to read or point people toward.

But I have been lurking more. And reading. And checking up on my flist (first time I've ever used that word!), for the most part, although there were a few weeks that it didn't even cross my mind, sorry to say. As a gesture of goodwill, I'd like to reassert myself by posting some short recommendations for some stories that I've been following for some time that have really knocked my socks off lately. I'm going to start by recommending some stuff at Checkmated, but since I think probably everyone who reads this is pretty regular there, they may be old news to you. Onward anyway.

Title: Buried Treasure and Transmogrify
Author: RiennaHawkes

Pairing: James/Lily
Rating: NC-17
Warnings:
Sexual situations, language
Summary: Lily Evans has spent years despising James Potter. He has spent just as long pursuing her. When seventh year pairs them Head Boy and Girl, each comes to realize that their judgment isn’t quite what they thought it was.


Archive: Checkmated
Length: 6 chapters and slowly growing




I'll be back with more soon. For real, yo. Oh, and happy holidays.

Nov. 10th, 2007

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Didn't there used to be a LJ here with recommendations for great HP fanfiction?  I'm a terrible updater.  I'll be back in a bit with another rec.  In the meantime, many previously recommended stories have been updated with new chapters, so if you're looking for something to read, check out some of those multi-chap WIPs!!

Oct. 6th, 2007

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boo hoo

We just finished watching Last of the Mohicans, which is the saddest movie ever.  I only cried a little though since I saw it a couple of weeks ago on the History Channel and sobbed then.  It's one of my favorite movies, although I know it's overly romanticized.  I still think it has lots of redeeming qualities though.  I saw it in the theater originally, and it really profoundly affected me.  I had never really seen anything like it before, and it was one of the first times where I thought, wow, this is a really spectacular movie.  I was twelve.

Now my husband is ecstatic because the geoducks are on Dirty Jobs.

Title:  For Bitter or for Worse
Author:  Kerichi
Pairing: George/Alicia
Rating:  T/PG-13
Warnings: 
Some implied sexual situations.
Summary: All is not well. George uses work and Firewhisky to cope with Fred's death until a drink with a friend leads to something that dulls pain better than alcohol. Emotionally torn by grief, he struggles to allow Alicia into his life...and then comes baby....

Archive: FF.net or Checkmated
Length:  10 chapters and counting

The full ten chapters are archived at FF.net, but it is also being more slowly updated at Checkmated.  I haven't compared versions to see if the Checkmated version is any different (there are eight chapters there).

For Bitter or Worse at Fanfiction.net or at Checkmated.

Poor George.  He needs some love.  If you are, like me, curious about how George is going to cope with Fred's death, this story is a great filler for that gap between George at Fred's side in the Great Hall and the naming of his firstborn son.  Here's one version in which George isn't too crazy and doesn't go where you can't follow when it comes to the angst, if you know what I mean.  Kerichi's writing is intelligent and clear too, and I think her characterization are accurate while still being feeling.  Alicia is a pretty well-rounded character as well, considering how little acquainted we are with her in canon.  It's a WIP, so I'm definitely curious to see where it's going.  And the summary really is a summary and not just a premise--you won't get hit with all of it in the first chapter, if you know what I mean. 
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whoops...

I realized I went a week without posting a recommendation!  Part of the reason was that I was trying to decide on something that wasn't Remus/Tonks because I have several of those I want to rec but don't want this to focus only on that pairing.

And probably the rest of the reason can be explained by this:

I am Sad Cookie Cat

64% Affectionate, 37% Excitable, 53% Hungry



You are the classic Shakespearian tragedy of the lolcat universe. The sad story of a baking a cookie, succumbing to gluttony, and in turn consuming the very cookie that was to be offered. Bad grammar ensues.

To see all possible results, checka dis.

Link: The Which Lolcat Are You? Test written by GumOtaku on OkCupid Free Online Dating,

So true.  I've been so busy reading fanfiction that I haven't stopped to do any reviews. I'll post another recommendation later today, after I go to bed and the wake up.

Oct. 5th, 2007

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without further ado...

After gently explaining to my husband that tonight's recommendation wouldn't be smut within the context of a larger story but smut for the sake of smut, here it is:

Title: Bare Feat
Author: mapleandmahogany

maple_mahogany or fics_by_maple

Pairing: Dean/Luna
Rating: RT (Restricted Themes)
Warnings: Contains Spoilers for DH, Het, Minor Character Death, Minor Fluff, Strong Sexual Content
Summary: Dean and Luna comfort each other at Shell Cottage.

Archive: The Quidditch Pitch
Length: One-shot

NOTE: Because of the rating on this story, there is a warning message whereby you must verify that you are of legal age to read it at the Quidditch Pitch.

Read Bare Feat at the Quidditch Pitch or on LJ.

Of course, it isn't really just smut for the sake of smut. It's actually a nice, plausible behind-the-scenes explanation of the interaction between Dean and Luna in the Room of Requirement in DH (which made me go squee!). We don't really know Dean all that well, but I think this version of him is pretty good, and this version of Luna is very in-character. Mapleandmahogany makes what some might consider a far-fetched situation seem not only plausible but likely because it fits so snugly within the boundaries and characterizations of canon. This is, in my opinion, the definitive Dean/Luna story.

Sep. 29th, 2007

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Tonight I am basking in the afterglow of my LUSH Volcano foot mask, which makes your feet all tingly and cool.  So I am happy.  Earlier I had the laptop out reading some fanfiction and my husband asked me if I was reading more fiction about Lupin and Tonks getting together.  I stuck my tongue out at him.  Ok, maybe I didn't, but I know I did in my mind.

I won't lie and say I haven't been leaning toward that pairing in my personal reading, but I have tried to shy away from overloading my recommendations with it.  So tonight, prepare yourself for some Sirius/Dorcas, compliments of dark_adrenalynn.

Title: Carry On, Wayward Son
Author:
dark_adrenalynn
Pairing: Sirius Black/Dorcas Meadowes, Lily Evans/James Potter, Alice/Frank Longbottom
Rating: R
Warnings: Implied sex, implied torture, overuse of Latin and seventies lyrics, angst...
Summary: Twenty-three drabbles about Dorcas and Sirius and their fates.


Archive: LiveJournal
Length:  23 drabbles

Carry On, Wayward Son

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Sep. 28th, 2007

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Title: Finite Incantatem
Author:
pandorajones
Genre: Angst/Tragedy
Pairing: Tonks/Remus

Rating: PG
Warnings:
None
(but it's really sad!)
Summary:  Deathly Hallows. The final battle and beyond. Tonks's POV.  Characters: Tonks, Ginny, Charlie, Fred, Remus.


Archive: Checkmated
Length:  One-shot
Status:  Complete

Finite Incantatem

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Sep. 24th, 2007

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not a fic, but...

Let me direct you to the Harry Potter Random Facts Fest going on over at InsaneJournal.  Writers choose a HP character and write twenty facts about them (some of them are not so random and can stand as one-shots on their own).  The goal of these lists of facts is to inspire fanfiction and art.  Entries for the "random facts" are accepted through October 31, and then entries for fiction and art are accepted from November 1 to December 31.

I've already read quite a few of the fact sets that are posted, and they range from brilliant and touching to outrageously AU to a little out of touch with canon.  I encourage you to check them out too.

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