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July Recs - Harry Potter [Jul. 25th, 2015|11:03 pm]
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Another round of HP fic recs! Very late this month because of my computer problems (long story).

As always, pairings are varied (mostly slash, femslash and gen in this batch), ratings are varied, please always check fic headers and tags for warnings. Etc.

Bistro Styx by thewhitebirds (Draco Malfoy, Pansy Parkinson)
There are a LOT of things to love about this fic. It's bittersweet. it's Pansy and Draco after the war. Years after. Their relationship is over but they still love each other and this dinner in Paris is like a last accord. The style in which this is written is beautiful and oddly musical. it's not quite the style you think of when you think of "lyrical prose" - it's too poignant, too sharp in some places, the descriptions very brief. But there's a rhythm and rhyme to it, and all the details flesh out the picture brilliantly. It's one of those fics in which everything and everyone is mostly alright, if nostalgic, but you come away with a feeling of gravity and maybe a bit of sadness, nonetheless.

Bequest by kelly_chambliss (Minerva McGonagall/Walburga Black, Minerva McGonagall/Rolanda Hooch, Sirius Black/Remus Lupin)
This fic does a nice job exploring how not only is beauty in the eye of the beholder but also how the way we see people is different from one person to the next and where one person might see a screaming hag another might find a principled, posed woman. And, really, who ever thought that McGonagall and Walburga could make a convincing couple? But they do! This is a remix of another fic, but it reads perfectly well both as it's own story and as an expansion of the original.

The Rotten Core by starfishstar (Albus Dumbledore/Gellert Grindelwald)
This manages to pack a punch in a relatively small number of words. Albus' sudden disillusionment with who Gellert is and how, for a moment, he hopes that he's wrong and that his lover will stay and offer comfort in a tragic situation is absolutely heartbreaking.

Recipes for the Lost and Lonely by phresine (Draco Malfoy/Ron Weasley)
This fic is lovely and mostly lighthearted. Watching Ron and Draco come together in a slow burn is wonderful, especially when skillfully portrayed. They're very different and still cautious with each other, even -- especially? -- after the war. Watching them fall in love here is fun and emotionally satisfying.

But if you close your eyes by nathalieweasley (Pansy Parkinson/Gabrielle Delacour)
I love all the little details in this fic, of Paris and of Gabrielle. The atmosphere is evocative and almost dream-like at times. I love Pansy's characterization as well and how she true she stays to who she is and what she believes in, even after the world has changed.

Poseidon's Prisoner by esteoflorien (Cassiopeia Black, Marius Black)
I love the worldbuilding in this fic and its descriptions of magic and how magic feels and how it feels to have it. I like how this story develops Cass's relationship with her brother and her family, the undertones of sadness and loss of something not quite defined. It's an interesting look at some characters who are mostly just names in the HP canon.

And so we live, for the future by abyss_valkyrie (Remus Lupin/Evan Rosier)
This fic brings out some of the things I love most about this unlikely ship: how it all starts as lust and some awkward mistake and then develops, how they play off each other, how being on different sides of the war affects them and their relationship. The way that little things start to develop between them, how the pure lust starts to give way to something else is incredible to watch. I also just really love Remus in this. I love how he is honestly the most-minded person there. He understands Evan's reasons for following the Dark Lord, some of them even resonate this him. But in the end he has his principles and he understands how wrong it all is. And the story ends on a happy note. Canon stays canon, but this this doesn't go into that and it's a good thing too, because after how emotionally packed this is, a happy ending is very much appreciate.

The Butterfly Effect by my_thestral (Draco Malfoy/Ron Weasley, others supporting)
This one can be hard to get through. Although, if you make it through Part 1, it mostly goes uphill from there. But, depending on what sort of things you find hard to handle, it could be rough. For sure heed the warnings in the header. Humiliation isn't one of them, but as some one for whom this is a hard squick/borderline trigger, I'll say that if I was writing this fic header I'd include it. Draco is in a very dark place and he has some major break downs in front of people.
NOW for all of you who are not bothered by this, the fic is GREAT! I love Ron/Draco and I love Ron and both of those are wonderful. It's from Ron's POV and it's very compelling to see how he goes from good samaritan to actually caring a lot about Draco. I also love how helping Draco is also letting Ron have a moment when HE is the hero, if not to the world than to someone who really-really needs a hero. It's actually amazing how much lightheartedness and humor Ron's POV can bring to a story as objectively dark as this.
Also, Harry, Hermione, Bill and all the supporting character in generally are wonderfully in-character.
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[User Picture]From: my_thestral
2015-07-26 11:56 am (UTC)
Thank you, that was unexpected and exceptionally kind of you! I'm happy you enjoyed it and sorry about the gloomy character of the fic in the first part - it fit well with the fest, but if one reads it outside of it, I imagine it's hard to digest. I'm glad you still gave it a shot, though! :) *would totally attempt to glomp you but I don't know you well enough and it might want to make you run away screaming* ;)
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[User Picture]From: alley_skywalker
2015-07-26 09:00 pm (UTC)
Aww no I totally think all that angst fit and it's not like I don't read a LOT of angst anyway. I think I was just a little unprepared for exactly how bad Draco's situation was and also for some of the other things (like the breakdown he has in front of Bill and stuff.)But otherwise the fic was wonderful :)

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[User Picture]From: my_thestral
2015-07-26 09:13 pm (UTC)
Thanks, you're my champ! :) You know, I often wonder on how many wonderful stories am I actually missing out, because I don't fancy the pairing or I don't like something in the warnings or the introduction - so I make it a point of going out there every once in a while and read something I wouldn't normally do (like a Drarry, LOL, I know, sometimes I feel like I'm the only person who's not into Drarry on the planet!) - and I often find myself very pleasantly surprised. I'm glad you were able to make it through the mental imagery - I tried not to make it too explicit, but on the other hand, it had to be persuasive as well - and I'm very happy that Ron's humour managed to level the story out, that was the intention. :) So you get buckets of House points for pointing that out! *blushes and shares her last chocolate frog with you*
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[User Picture]From: alley_skywalker
2015-07-26 10:08 pm (UTC)
Aww chocolate frog! Thanks, you're sweet :)

But, yea, I totally get the feeling of wondering what I could be missing out on. For me it's that I'm a very slow reader with a limited amount of time to read fic so I'm super picky about what I start reading and I'm sure I've passed things up which I would have enjoyed.
And lol, I don't ship Drarry at all either, so you're definitely not alone there :)
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[User Picture]From: my_thestral
2015-07-26 10:29 pm (UTC)
Oh, don't even mention the limited time for reading to me! :P With raising two clinically insane kids (I'm sure a least the neighbours agree with this assessment!) and driving 160 km every day (to my job and back), I mostly use my nights to get any reading done and I've been down to 4-5 hours of sleep for the last 2 years or so, so I can at least breathe in some fandom air.:) So I'm kind of happy that I'm shipping those odd pairings, which don't come with a very prolific writing, otherwise I'd eat myself alive thinking, what I could be missing out! :) Here's to us, who are about quality and not quantity! *raises Butterbeer*
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[User Picture]From: alley_skywalker
2015-07-27 02:46 am (UTC)
*Cheers*

Agh that sounds awful/exhausting. I can't sleep less than 6 hours without becoming a zombie. Your dedication to fandom is admirable, seriously.
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[User Picture]From: my_thestral
2015-07-27 04:47 pm (UTC)
Ha, mind over body! ;) Nah, seriously, with all the daily stress I sometimes think my involvement with the fandom is the only thing that actually keeps me sane. And then a lovely thing happens like your rec and I can totally run on that for days. What can I say, I'm a cheap date! :D
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[User Picture]From: alley_skywalker
2015-07-30 05:25 am (UTC)
I just realized, you've kudosed a couple of my fics on AO3. Which - thank you :) (And ooooh so much Ron/Draco on your masterlist. Good!)
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[User Picture]From: my_thestral
2015-07-30 06:10 am (UTC)
Well, if I gave it a kudos, I must have liked it! :) Yeah, I've got lots of Ron/Draco, but it's mostly older stuff and all very mushy and awkward (especially the longer ones, you might want to stay away from those, LOL!) - I guess I have/had a writing style that appeals to teenagers with not yet quite refined taste, sorry about that. :) The closest one to The Butterfly effect is actually my Scorpius/Hugo fic, that one is recent.
I have to recheck your work, see if you've done anything new! :)
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[User Picture]From: alley_skywalker
2015-07-30 06:37 am (UTC)
Haha I actually quite often enjoy fluff and mush. Do you have any hurt/comfort specifically by chance? (My taste in fanfic isn't always very refined.)
I saw the Scorpius/Hugo fic. I'll have to check it out when I have some reading time :)

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[User Picture]From: my_thestral
2015-07-30 06:44 am (UTC)
I don't think I have anything specifically written with this purpose, but there's plenty of it in between the text, I guess, but mostly in the longer ones (e.g. the dreadful ones, heh). :)
Good luck trying to find something you like! :)
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[User Picture]From: starfishstar
2015-07-27 03:03 am (UTC)
Oh, wow, thank you for this rec! How lovely!
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[User Picture]From: alley_skywalker
2015-07-30 05:26 am (UTC)
Thank you for writing some lovely Albus/Gellert :)
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[User Picture]From: starfishstar
2015-07-30 08:37 pm (UTC)
:-)
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