Quick rec

Feb. 27th, 2014 06:17 pm
therealsnape: (Aberforth)
The only reason I went over to Daily Deviant to read a Millicent Bulstrode / Aberforth Dumbledore pairing was that [livejournal.com profile] kellychambliss had it as Editor's Pick in today's Quibbler. Such a recommendation from Kelly means a must-read.

Hop over now. [livejournal.com profile] pauraque has outdone themselfs. It's a 1500 word masterpiece of characterization and exquisitely-written lines. Beautifully done.
therealsnape: (OLSB Hooch)
Or rather, in the sudden shower of Old Lady Fic.

Within 24 hours no less that three OLS(B) fics have been posted.

Hope is a Four Letter Word over at [livejournal.com profile] darkwitches stars Amelia Bones and Charity Burbage. A dark story, of course, but one that makes excellent use of canon elements.

And the excellent [livejournal.com profile] writcraft did not only inspire the story above with her prompts, she also wrote a Daily Deviant story with Minerva and Wilhelmina, in which we learn that in their wild days Wilhelmina used to dress up as ... Unfortunately, the title is a bit of a give-away. You'll find Blue Suede Shoes here. Totally believable, beautiful descriptions of the two witches in old age, and opportunities for visualisations to die for.

And the Very Best News Of All: [livejournal.com profile] kellychambliss is back. I know you've all missed her. Probably climbed the walls waiting for a Chambliss Fix. I certainly did. And now we have it, a delightful Hooch/McGonagall story with Grubbly-Plank thrown in as well.

And ... drumrolls ... dancing Veelas ... it has pictures! Pictures of what happens When Hooch Gets Bored.

Hop over and check them out.
therealsnape: (snape default)
A quick rec post before the reveals go up at the fabulous [livejournal.com profile] minerva_fest.

As always there were many great stories, and the greatest delight is, of course, a month in which we get a Minerva story every day. If you haven't read everything yet, here's some things you shouldn't miss.

First two lovely pieces of art. One gen, Minerva at Madam Malkin's shop, asking Severus's opinion. Don't know about him, but I think she looks truly stunning and the dress is wonderful.
What do you think?.

And then a Minerva/Poppy! One of my favourite pairings, and the one that got me into the fandom. An exquisite drawing of two women who are not young nor pretty. They're beautiful. The setting, the expressions, the bodies ... go and have a look at Off-Season. It's NWS, though, so wait till you have some privacy.

Then there's the opening story. A great gen fic about the various battles in Minerva's life. Each section is beautifully written and especially Minerva's last battle is a scene of great beauty and insight. Connect the Stars.

And of course, one of the greatest highlights of the fest, the wonderfully-written and wonderfully-plotted Exotic Matter. It's a superb take on the Time-Turner and Hermione is a great supporting character.

To round off the October fun a story without Minerva. The lovely [livejournal.com profile] purplefluffycat wrote a Halloween story starring Horace Slughorn and Albus Dumbledore, and it's written with all of her usual expertise.

One can smell the Halloween Fair in Hogsmeade, and the description of the more adult pleasures during the evening is just enough to set your imagination at work. There's a cameo of Galatea, and the two brief scenes she gets make me wish for a full-length story with this character.

Filius Flitwick plays a very IC part as 'the diminutive thrill-seeker' who convinces Horace that rollercoasters are a good idea, and I've never identified so totally with a fictional character as I did with Horace in this story.

It is as if I have stood in Hogsmeade myself with a diminutive thrill-seeker by my side, convincing me that yes, I would enjoy the ride. Horace, my friend, I totally know how you felt.

Go and read Frolics of an All Hallow's Eve.
therealsnape: (OLSB Muriel)
On the plus side, there's a great story up at [livejournal.com profile] minerva_fest.

On the down side, it's the final entry.

But still. A fab story is a fab story. And ... [insert drum rolls] ... it's Minerva / Muriel.

I think I still hold the record for Muriel fics by one single author on FF net, so I can't tell you how happy I am to see another one join the ranks.

Go over and read Twenty-one Years. It's another take on the day Minerva spent at Privet Drive 4, and it's an excellent one.

The poetry in the language is great (despite one or two minor typos and errors; the author must have ignored Deputy Headmistress Chambliss, more's the pity). But never mind the errors, the overall effect is wonderful. Great language. Perfectly IC character. Canon-compliant, but with just the kind of twist the OLSB loves.

It's the perfect end to a wonderful fest. Thank you, dear Mystery Author, and thank you, dear [livejournal.com profile] kellychambliss, for running the fest.
therealsnape: (snape default)
My [livejournal.com profile] hp_beholder gift has been posted, and I'm simply ecstatic. It's a brilliant story, written from Minerva's point of view - written by the Headmistress, rather; it's so perfectly her voice.

In her own, inimitable, dry way, she tells about her relationship with Amelia Bones, her life-long friendship with Myrtle, and she throws in both fascinating information of the Wizarding world and the most delicious gossip. (Rolanda and Griselda? In the Prefect's bath?)

It's a gem of a story and one of the highlights of the fest. This story will certainly come back to haunt me. Go read it now: Come Back to Haunt You.
therealsnape: (SS feed the fangirls)
This week the fabulous [livejournal.com profile] hp_beholder was good for another trio of winners.

In order of appearance:

The Vultures of Love. It has a top-notch Severus/Minerva pairing and a great Argus/Irma. And a most unusual twist. There's banter and snark galore, characters who are both beautifully IC and much more fleshed out than in canon, especially Argus, and it's a most satisfying read.

Then there's the beautiful Sunlight in the Garden. An unconventional love-story between Pomona and Alice Longbottom, with great characterization, great tenderness, and an interesting way of dealing with some of canon's crueler aspects - life at the Janus Thickney ward, for instance. A real treat.

And then the story that had me hesitating briefly when I read the pairing (Dudley/Firenze) and length (well over 10K). Which shows that one should never go by prejudice. It's a wonderfully-told and totally believable take on two unusual characters. The author does a great job of showing what these two have in common, how boxing shaped Dudley's life, and what Centaurs talk about other than the brightness of Mars. This story deserves a large audience. Hop over to Love is a Battlefield. You won't regret it. Beholder at its best.

Also, in case anyone has missed the news, [livejournal.com profile] hp_friendship is back. The Golden Trio (or Bad Knuts as Kelly, who knows us well, has called us) consists of [livejournal.com profile] tetleythesecond, [livejournal.com profile] lash_larue, and yours truly, and it looks as if it'll be a grand little fest once more.

Prompting will start on Wednesday 1st May.


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therealsnape: (snape default)
Even though my beloved Older Ladies have hardly graced Beholder with their presence yet, the fest has yielded a few treasures.

There's an excellent Millicent/Marietta story. Both characters are sadly one-dimensional in canon, and this story is why I love Beholder so much. Both girls become three-dimensional, and their budding relationship is beautifully and realistically depicted. A Cliff in July.

I also love good Filius-fic, and this one doesn't just have a great Filius, but an excellent Griphook, too. Hard, unflinching, hardly a character to warm to, yet one sees what Filius sees in him. And the way the Goblin language is used as a metaphor for Filius's ancestry - barely acknowledged, almost-forgotten, yet part of his blood - is brilliant. A Tryptich on the Sword of Ragnuk

And last but certainly not least the story that is my absolute favourite so far: The Muggles Have a Word for Them. But the witches have a better word, and the Fat Lady and her friend Violet will tell you all about it. Period characterization, femmeslash romance, delightful butches, a coven in full swing, and the full and official canon for two Hogwarts portraits. If you only read one Beholder story this year, read this one.
therealsnape: (OLSB McGonagall)
I'm slowly catching up with fic reading. Of course, I planned to do that in Orlando. But somehow, most of the time, we simply nattered the time away.

But here are a few recs for you. )
therealsnape: (Judi as Wilhelmina)
The fabulous [livejournal.com profile] kellychambliss has written a new Wilhelmina fic! And it's Wilhelmina / Aberforth (but with the Wilster as a dyke who makes occasional exceptions). Vintage Wilhelmina. Vintage Aberforth. Vintage Kelly.

Don't hang around here. Go read it here. Or here if you prefer to comment on LJ rather than Insane Journal. Find an excerpt below.

excerpt )
therealsnape: (SS feed the fangirls)
Still catching up on [livejournal.com profile] hp_friendship, and today I found another totally surprising and marvellous read. It's the Dudley / host of others story. You'll find it here, The Road to Roundabout. As it is 17K it made me extend my luncheon break by half an hour. I'm rushing back to the day-job, now, but do hop over and try it.

A must-read for everyone who loves the English landscape, a feast of voices, from retired army officers to simple country folks, a host of canon-nudges and cameos.

And a narrator whose style beautifully matches their subject. It's rare one sees such a balance between form and content. Proulx's The Shipping News has it; P.D. James's The Murder Room has it, as well. And this author should write pro-fic, too.

Quick Rec

Jul. 20th, 2012 08:17 pm
therealsnape: (SS feed the fangirls)
I'm slowly catching up on the fabulous [livejournal.com profile] hp_friendship fest, and here's one story you've not all read yet, judging from the comments. Probably because it's 10K. But hop over now, my dears, for it's the jolliest 10K in the world.

I don't know what's more fun: the perfect period-feel of the piece, the play on boarding-school-story tropes, or the dazzling array of HP characters who make their appearance in this AU.

Not to forget the delectable descriptions of the Misses Hooch, Sprout, and, above all, McGonagall. The young heroine of the story isn't the only one with a Major Crush. And as to Grubbly-Plank, or GP, as she prefers to be called ... be still, my heart.

This is exactly what we've all wanted for years: a boarding school story that focusses on the staff room.

So don't linger here, go and read it. You'll love it. Raven's Honour.
therealsnape: (OLSB McGonagall)
First, the recs. The marvellous [livejournal.com profile] hp_friendship is doling out winner after winner. But two stories struck me especially.

A Bit o' Magic tells the friendship between Mrs Norris and Argus Filch. Filch is beautifully rounded, hogs and warts and all. Mrs Norris is all one expects of her. (It was Irma Pince who chose the name, btw.) And there's a Minerva/Wilhelmina in the background that's great, too.
Warning: do keep a box of Kleenex handy.

And then there's Mad Dogs and Scotsmen. Emmeline Vance is the only friend really suited (for a given definition of 'suited') to take in Moody after the Trunk Thing. The whole description of their friendship is a delight. This is canon Emmeline Vance from now on.
Warning: you might fancy a curry afterwards.

And then, once again, the Old Lady Smut Brigade won the day! Stories about old ladies having very full lives once again won awards at [livejournal.com profile] hpfanficfanpoll. Congratulations to [livejournal.com profile] kellychambliss, [livejournal.com profile] pale_moonlite, [livejournal.com profile] lash_larue, [livejournal.com profile] squibstress, and Dueltastic.

A few stats: Minerva won Best Heroine and managed to pull 5 times. Rolanda came second (3 stories), Narcissa and Amelia both managed a decent 2, and Molly, Petunia, and Millicent (youngish for a Crone, but one to watch) each once.

cut for shameless self-aggrandissement )
therealsnape: (Default)
There's a marvellous story up at [livejournal.com profile] hp_friendship, a peach of a fest that has already had some fabulous tales.

This one is Griselda. And Augusta. And about a million things more. Minerva. The Gerbil in the Handbag and its consequences. Playing for the Ashes. Augusta's tea parties. The dark times. Goblin extremism. Goblin sensibility. Why Griselda became Head of the WEA.

The story spans Griselda's lifetime, as told by Augusta, and shows not only their friendship, but also the work they did together.

Go and read And It Could Be Me, and It Could Be Thee.
therealsnape: (SS Harvard-job)
I've not exactly been posting a lot lately, but that's mostly because life is full of work. Good from a business point of view, but boring. I work, I read your posts, I comment, and that's it.

Currently I'm in the middle of a three-day cramming course. Day one is completed, and I can't wait for Sunday evening, when I wave the little dunderheads goodbye. They're a nice lot, though. They work hard, are extremely polite, and do whatever is in their power. Their very limited power, alas. Still, one must hope for the best.

A quick and appropriate drive-by rec: Watch Teaching!Snape. I found it an incredibly funny take on Snape, and with each hour I spend in my classroom, I find it a bit more appropriate.

And a great one for the OLSB: a marvellous take on Rolanda and Aurora, by the fabulous Musyc. Sunrise Promises. A short, beautifully-written slice-of-life tale with some great bodies and two wicked minds.

I hope to be back soon with something more interesting!
therealsnape: (Default)
My dears,

[livejournal.com profile] wizard_love has the most delightful story featuring Irma Pince and Argus Flich. It explains why Filch took that course in Spellwork that is described in canon and why he hates Fanged Frisbees so much. Mrs Norris has a small but not unimportant cameo, and she, too, seen through Argus's eyes, is a thing of beauty.

It's beautifully IC, so Filch, who, like the troups of Midian, prowls and prowls around, knows all sorts of things he has no business knowing. However, to court Irma properly, he starts calling in favours, and that means we get all the gossip, too. Filius, you dirty devil!

And there's realistic descriptions of bodies. But we see Irma through Filch's eyes, too, so she's beautiful with silver strands in her hair.

Hop over and read A Long-Awaited Wish Come True.
therealsnape: (OLSB Rita)
There, there, no need to spill the tea all over the keyboard. Here, have a kleenex to mop it up.

Now, back to the original topic. Yes, I want to rec a Draco story here, you read that one correctly. It starts when the Malfoys sit huddled together at a table after the Battle, it ends when Draco begins to feel that he may look at something resembling a future.

In the meantime, there is Rita - for this is a Draco/Rita story. Now it is over 15K, and normally I don't even read Draco drabbles, leave alone anything this size. The one reason to click the link the author had kindly sent me is exactly why each and every one of you should do the same: this is a story by [livejournal.com profile] featherxquill, people.

Brilliant, stunningly brilliant characterisation? Check.
Great descriptions? Check.
Red-hot sex? Check.
And then there's the way the language and images exactly fit Draco's character.
And there's Draco's future profession. I'm not going to give it away, but I totally loved it.
I haven't read anything this brilliant since ... erm ... that would be since Feather posted the Amelia/Moody.

So, do as I did, take a deep breath and click here.

And here's a little teaser. The LJ cut is one of my favourite lines, but not the start of this fragment.

The war has marked him as age has marked her and they're both flawed. )
therealsnape: (ZZZ HP Halloween)
The delightful [livejournal.com profile] hp_halloween is posting the drabbles as I write.

Here's a great bunch. And for once, since it's drabbles, I'll not waffle for hours. The nominees are:

for full characterisation with a semi-colon

for showing us how Neville really felt

for a Gred and Forge dialogue

because it's Kelly's so take brilliance as given.

because it's everything you want in MM/SS

Enjoy!
therealsnape: (SS feed the fangirls)
The to-do list continues to decrease merrily, and I think Professor Perry should have a Nobel prize as well as an Ignobel.
Peace suggests itself. If only great leaders would put 'start civil war' or 'start religious war' on top of their list, and followed it by 'improve infrastructure', 'set up health clinics', and 'find budget for independent research', this world would be a better place.

Well, I've the fic-writing to tackle today, so I'll procrastinate briefly here.

The very talented [livejournal.com profile] pyttan is working on a longish project: a series of seven Filius Flitwick stories. There will be a story for each of the seven books, and so far two of them are written. Well, comments are the breath of life for an author, as you all know, and here's your chance to procrastinate for the Greater Good: go and read these two wonderful stories and leave the author lots of love. That way we may get the other five.

The first two installments in The Filius Files are absolute delights.

Set during CS: Duelling Champion . Wonderful cameos of the whole staff, and a Latin saying that must find its way to an icon *updates to-do list*.

Set during OotP: A Theoretical Approach to Teaching. It contains a description of innovative, scholarly teaching that will gladden your heart. And a great description of Hogwarts staff room. And a Minerva cameo to die for - I've already tried to convince the author that this backstory must be written, but I was given to understand that there are technical difficulties.

Oh, and there's an interesting visualisation. By Professor Flitwick himself. That man's mind must command everyone's respect.
therealsnape: (Default)
There's a great fic up at [livejournal.com profile] hogwarts_houses

It's the best possible kind of Gen story. The one that makes you want to write lots of gen. (Therefore it's to be avoided when samhain smut must happen).

It's Pomona at her most Pommy-est.

It's a whole feast of other witches who are mentioned in the best possible way. It has Slyterin!Poppy, for instance.

So just hop over and have a lovely time in the Hufflepuff common room, the one and only House of Comfort
therealsnape: (SS feed the fangirls)
There's a Bathilda Bagshot artwork up - the first one I've seen.

You'll find it here. I love what the artist did with the green shadows on her face, and with the mouth. A good mix between the harmless old lady and the creep.

The artist, ravenclawradiance, also did an interesting Umbridge - check her gallery.

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