emmagrant01: (Draco stare)
These were my ten eleven twelve, argh THIRTEEN favorites of the [livejournal.com profile] hd_holidays fest. I read (or started to read, anyway) every fic posted this year. There were several that were just not my cuppa, so I hit the back button -- y'all know how it goes. They weren't written for me, of course, and I'm sure their recipients loved them. :-)

But man, the vast majority of what I read was so, so amazing, and I enjoyed every minute of it! I haven't gone on a fanfic binge like that in a long time. It made me fall in love with my OTP all over again. \0/

So here are my favorites of the fest, in the order they were posted. All hit my favorite fic buttons in one way or another, through amazing plot, fantastic characterization, incredibly engaging storytelling, fantastically hot sex, and so on. If you haven't read these already and suspect that you and I share the same taste in H/D fic, you will love them!

1. I Await a Protector by [livejournal.com profile] megyal

2. Packing the Flat by [livejournal.com profile] marguerite_26

3. Excuses, Excuses by [livejournal.com profile] leela_cat

4. The Waters Know Their Own by [livejournal.com profile] musamihi

5. Love Is... by [livejournal.com profile] melusinahp

6. The Page Eleven Wars by [livejournal.com profile] fireflavored

7. Burns Out Another's Burning by [livejournal.com profile] lomonaaeren

8. The Unexpected Windfall by [livejournal.com profile] mindabbles

9. Harry Potter and the Case of the Befeathered Ninja by [livejournal.com profile] grey_hunter

10. When Hippogriffs and Pygmy Puffs Collide by [livejournal.com profile] oldenuf2nb

11. Conquering the Dark by [livejournal.com profile] noeon

12. On the Couch by [livejournal.com profile] frayach

13. The Decoy Dilemma by [livejournal.com profile] dysonrules

Edit: 14. As Souls From Bodies Steal by [livejournal.com profile] femmequixotic

And obviously, the one I wrote isn't on this list, though I completely adore it and am very proud of it. ;-) Any guesses as to which was mine? No one has yet guessed it on the poll...

I wrote Five Times Draco Malfoy Got Sacked (And One Time He Didn't). :-)
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Where the Naked Ladies Dance (Harry/Draco, plus others implied). This one was written for me for [livejournal.com profile] merry_smutmas, woo! It's a lovely post-Epilogue story in which both of the boys are restless and looking for something more. And interestingly enough, it takes a brothel to bring them together. This is actually one of the first H/D fics I've read this exchange season. For some reason I've been focusing on other pairings, but I think this one has gotten me in the mood to read up on my OTP again. :-D

Pickled Egg (Harry/Ron), by [livejournal.com profile] shocolate in [livejournal.com profile] bestmates_xmas. Okay, so this one has probably been recced to high heaven and already has a bazillion comments, but it deserves them all. I'm picky about my H/R fic, and this one hits my buttons beautifully. It's funny, genuine, and well-written, well worth a look even if H/R is usually not your thing. Oh, and with art by [livejournal.com profile] reallycorking -- what's not to love about that? ;-)
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I had an hour to myself this afternoon, and a brief chance to read some fics over at [livejournal.com profile] merry_smutmas. Two recs:

On the Proper Appreciation and Manipulation of Pricks, by Fleur Delacour, Tri-Wizard Champion (Snape/Lupin, Snape/Lupin/Bill/[Fleur]). Holy fucking hell. Hot, with fantastic intermittent narration by a perfectly-voiced Fleur. I love fics where Bill and Fleur have a kinky open relationship, and this is a lovely addition to that particular trope. Featuring Snupin! Yum. :-D

A Return to Three (Harry/Ron/Hermione). I have a soft spot for Trio!smut, and I especially enjoy Trio!smut set during the Great Camping Trip in DH. I really loved the set-up of this one. I wish the sex scene had been a bit longer and involved more Hermione, but it wasn't a gift for me, was it? ;-)
emmagrant01: (Harry/Ginny)
I've been taking a few minutes to log in every day and check the gift comms I'm participating in, just in case a gift was posted for me. This morning I looked at my flist and saw that the very first entry was a gift for me on [livejournal.com profile] smutty_claus!

It's no secret that I ship Harry/Ginny, I think. I cheered for the pairing in canon and though I'm not exactly happy with the direction JKR took Ginny's character in canon, one of the great things about fanfic is that little things like that can be touched up. It's hard for me to find H/G fic that really hits my buttons, though. I'm not a fan of romance or schmoop; I prefer angst and longing and frantic, desperate, awkward sex. That must not be what's popular in that segment of fandom, which is fine -- but sad for me.

Oh, but some amazing anonymous author has now written me a Harry/Ginny fic that was pretty much exactly what I wanted! Seriously, this may be one of the best H/G fics I've ever read. It had me smiling and crying and in awe at the sheer craft with which it was put together. It's angsty and beautiful, yet gloriously hopeful and somehow incredibly romantic -- and still not fluffy! And with exactly the sort of sex scene I like! The way the POV shifts works better than I think I would have guessed if someone had described it to me, so I'll let you see that for yourself. The language is just... gah. Perfect. I can't wait to find out who wrote it! (Though I have a feeling it's someone I already know.)

Please go read it and shower the author with comments! That Which is Wholly Unsayable.
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A couple more:

Between Friends (Harry/Ron/Seamus). Mmmm, threesome. I don't read a lot of Harry/Ron, but when I do I especially enjoy fics where both boys sort of stumble into an attraction for each other by accident and act on it spontaneously, without really thinking through the consequences. In this case, Seamus is the vehicle for making that happen, and the result is a lot of fun.

This Too Shall Pass (Harry/Ginny, set right after DH). I've avoided reading a lot of post-DH H/G hurt/comfort fic, mostly because I'm not really into schmoop and most fics I've seen along those lines are incredibly schmoopy. But this one deals with the characters' emotions very realistically. On top of that, the sex is awkward and fumbling, something I always like.

Better Left Unsaid (Harry/Luna). I should rec this one with a caveat: there were a couple of things in it that are back button triggers for me, and I found myself closing the window two separate times and going "Meh". But I found I was curious about how it turned it, so I went back to it twice -- and in the end, I liked it. (I don't mean that to be a criticism; it's more that I'm a really picky reader.) Luna is very much herself here, as are Ron and Hermione (they are canonically annoying and meddlesome in a way that really works for me), and Harry's repeated humiliation over his "predicament" is a genuine source of humor, even if it never quite gets resolved (or does it? That may just be a matter of opinion). The fic ends a bit abruptly for my taste, but overall I enjoyed the story.
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I'm really reading outside of my normal pattern here, aren't I? Ah, but that's what holiday exchanges are all about, IMO.

You Didn't Think They Just Sold It To Him, Did You? (Fred/George/Draco, set during HBP). This one is KINKY. I almost never read this sort of fic, as S&M is not really my thing, but the premise here intrigued me -- that Fred and George made Draco pay a little extra to get that Peruvian Instant Darkness Powder. Even if you aren't into the kink, read the set-up, because it's really well done. I was surprised how hot I found it, in the end... ;-)
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God, this is so much fun!

What Has Been Lost (Sirius/Ron, Sirius/Regulus). I love me a fucked-up Sirius, and this one is just glorious. Even better, it's written from Sirius's POV so that the degree to which he is fucked up (and why) are revealed to you slowly. Yum!

Coming Clean (Teddy/James). I haven't read a lot of next gen fic, mostly because it seemed pretty much like original fic to me (and I have to be in the right mood), but I really enjoyed this one. The combination of elicit-hiding-from-the-parents sex and the very real chance of getting caught along with OMG first-time rimming just seriously did me in.

Men in Robes (Draco/Charlie). This fic is hilarious, fun, sharp, fast-paced, and well-written. It's a fantastic send-up of Men in Black, only with wizards and slash! I mean, what more could you want? :-D
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I seriously can't remember the last time I sat down at my computer with the intention of just reading fic. I haven't had that much free time in months, heh. So though I should be grading, I gave myself a little break this morning and decided to get started reading some exchange fics. I started with December 1, but then ended up shifting forward when it became obvious that the comments dropped off pretty sharply after a week. Here's what I've especially enjoyed so far:

How Ron Weasley Learned to Tolerate Kimchi and Draco Malfoy. (Ron/Draco, set in Korea post-war) This is a pairing I usually don't read much of, but the premise sounded intriguing, and I'm really glad I read it. The writing and characterization are fantastic, and this author does a great job with the slow reveal. I enjoy fics that put the canon characters in foreign settings, and this one really captured the feeling of being a tourist in an Asian country, IMO. Oh, and hot. ;-)

Edit: The recipient, [livejournal.com profile] glockgal, created a gorgeous piece of art to go with this fic. (Totally worksafe.)

Suppliance of a Minute. (Dumbledore/Grindelwald, set long, long ago) I have been wanting to read more of this pairing, and I'll admit that the warnings gave me a moment of hesitation, but I was sucked in by the language of the fic. It's written in a 19th century style, and it really works. Gellert is so brazen and Albus so uncertain, and I even found the non-con hot! Yum.

Veritas (Sirius/James/Lily) I love threesomes! This one struck me as being very real for a first time, with Lily being curious but nervous, Sirius being all bravado (but really more of a voyeur than anything else), and James being completely confident in his relationship with Lily and in his friendship with Sirius. A lovely, sexy read.
emmagrant01: (Draco - in ur fic)
I'm horribly behind in reading [livejournal.com profile] hd_holidays fics, but here are three I have read and enjoyed:

Counting the Stars.
This one was written in second person voice, which is something I usually avoid, but it really works here. It's short, terse without being pretentiously so, and ambiguously dark. Yum!

The World of the Living.
Present tense must be the new black. ;-) This was a great fic, and was especially interesting because it was told from Luna's perspective. The story unfolded slowly and very realistically, and started with a premise that is both believable from canon and very original. It was just a joy to read, pure and simple.

Room with a View. This one was written for me, and I loved it! It's written from the perspective of a portrait hanging in Grimmauld Place, and it tells the story of the search for Slytherin's locket. It's such a unique approach, and it's really a fantastic read.

Those of you who've read more of these fics than I have, which would you recommend? Rec me more [livejournal.com profile] hd_holidays fics please!

H/D rec!

Jun. 27th, 2007 09:56 pm
emmagrant01: (Draco - in ur fic)
A gift fic was posted for me in [livejournal.com profile] hd_holidays tonight, and I have to say I'm thrilled by it! It's written from the perspective of a portrait hanging in Grimmauld Place, and it tells the story of the search for Slytherin's locket. It's such a unique approach, and it's really a fantastic read. I especially love the fact that this particular Black ancestor was a bit of a voyeur, heh. ;-)

Check it out: Room With a View, by Anonymous.

H/D Rec!

Jun. 19th, 2007 10:19 am
emmagrant01: (Draco - in ur fic)
When [livejournal.com profile] furiosity chose my request to write for [livejournal.com profile] serpentinelion's Secrets & Wishes fest, I seriously squeed, because f is one of my favorite writers and I knew it would be a fantastic fic. And my god, it's amazing!

I really can't recommend this highly enough. I asked for a redux of Queer as Folk with the HP characters, and what she did with it was far beyond my expectations. In her warnings she says canon is flagrantly disregarded, but it's far more compatible with canon than you would expect. It's funny, and touching, and a fantastically enjoyable read!

Heavy Scene, by [livejournal.com profile] furiosity.
Summary: At Babylon, Thursday means Muggle night, but one of those nights is not like all the others. It all sort of goes pear-shaped from there.
Rating: NC-17

And on another note, I still owe [livejournal.com profile] legomymalfoy her request for that fest. After my betas rightfully pointed out all of the flaws in the first draft, I set that fic aside to finish my [livejournal.com profile] hd_holidays fic (which was turned in very late). I'm hoping to get back to work on it soon. I think I'll go read some of the [livejournal.com profile] hd_holidays fics for inspiration!
emmagrant01: (Dark heart)
I have an admission to make: I have a secret love of darkfic. It's a sort of guilty pleasure, saved for days when I just bizarrely want/need to read about characters in pain and angst, with no happy ending. It's hard to explain the appeal, but a lot of darkfics show characters struggling with pain I hope I'll never know -- and doing so with determination and dignity. Their strength of character shines through, along with their love. Darkfic stories can be stunningly romantic, in a tragic, heartwrenching sort of way.

So here are two recs. Please heed warnings, comment to the authors if you read, and please share your recs with me. :-)

A Bright Cold Day in April, by [livejournal.com profile] amanuensis1
Rating: NC-17
Pairing: Hermione/Ginny
Summary: It's a bad time to be in love.
Warnings: Unbalanced relationship (potential D/s vs. potential abuse), non-con, girlbits.

Review: Amy's fics always slay me, but this one had me reeling. It redefined femmeslash for me. I love Hermione and Ginny in this. And I can't say more, because I don't want to spoil it -- but read my comment there, if you want to know more about what I thought.

Immoderation, by [livejournal.com profile] florahart
Rating: NC17
Pairing: Remus/Severus, Remus/Greyback, Remus/Voldemort
Kink(s): mindfuckery and injury leading to not-possible consent or rape, depending where (or whether) you draw that line; threesome; uh, exhibitionism of a sort?

Review: The thing that really stuns me about this fic is that Flora was given Remus/Voldemort to write for a Valentine's Day fest (!) and this was what she did with it. She has my eternal admiration. It's an incredible, beautiful, gorgeous, tragic, perfect mindfuck. Oh, so much love for this fic. Remus takes abuse so beautifully, doesn't he?

If you're also a fan of the dark stuff, what about it appeals to you?

Feel free to add recs, of course. :-D

My Valentinr - emmagrant01
emmagrant01: (Harry/Draco in bed)
[livejournal.com profile] hd_holidays will be coming to a close in the next week (I think), and in my efforts to catch up on reading fics from other exchanges, I've been neglecting that one.

So rec me stuff, please? Which fics in that fest have you read and loved (so far)?

Edit: Lots of recs in comments, plus:
[livejournal.com profile] shaggirl's recs here.
[livejournal.com profile] sulky_rhino's recs here.
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The reveal is coming soon, but I thought I'd slip these recs in under the wire. Mostly H/D, and I haven't had a chance to read nearly as many fics as I'd like.

Smutmas recs, with some author guesses )


Dec. 12th, 2006 10:53 am
emmagrant01: (Buffy laughing)
This fic has been around for a while, but it's getting recced around on my flist today, so I went to take a look.

FUNNIEST. FIC. EVER. Steven Colbert as the new DADA professor??? I'm laughing so hard I'm crying!

Harry Potter and the Eagle of Truthiness, by Christine Morgan. If you haven't read it yet, go! *wipes eyes*
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This has to be one of the best pieces of het smut I've read in a long time:

Fantasies About Lily, by Anonymous.
Summary: What do teenage boys in the Wizarding world like to talk about even more than Quidditch? Their sexual conquests, of course. And when the object of their desire is Lily Evans, you know there will be a lot to say...
Posted on [livejournal.com profile] smutty_claus.

And the slashy Sirius/James subtext is perfect.


Dec. 10th, 2006 11:31 pm
emmagrant01: (snow globe)
Oh, man... I don't know how I got so amazingly lucky, but someone wrote more than 22k words of Harry/Draco yumminess for me for [livejournal.com profile] hd_holidays! It's called A Test of Character, and wow -- it's just beautiful! I gush quite a lot about it over there, but seriously, don't miss it! :-D

I think I know what I'm dreaming about tonight...
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Okay, I promised myself I wouldn't read any fic until I finished all the ones I owe.

But then my [livejournal.com profile] smutty_claus fic got posted! Look! Neville/Susan fic, all for me! :-D


Aug. 26th, 2006 12:00 pm
emmagrant01: (Hermione)
I commissioned [livejournal.com profile] inell to write a Remus/Hermione fic for the Demelza House fundraiser at The Quidditch Pitch, and she just posted it this morning! It's beautiful and sweet and awkward, and even better than I was hoping for. :-)

Just a Number, by [livejournal.com profile] inell.

Oh, and the new episode of [livejournal.com profile] slashcast is up here, yay!


Jun. 21st, 2006 11:10 am
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This one has been on my to-read list for a while, and I just now got around to it. Everyone else has probably read it already, but I just need to express my complete love for this fic. It's seriously one of the best fics I think I've read this year.

I love [livejournal.com profile] furiosity's writing in general, but this is IMO probably the best fic of hers I've ever read. It's rare that I find a fic so utterly flawless, but this one -- gah, there's nothing I would change. Nothing. There wasn't a single moment where I stopped to think about the writing, or the choice of a word, or the direction the story was going, or the characterizations. I spent the entire time reading it completely enthralled by it, and that is really, really rare for me.

The premise of this fic is just amazing. It felt like an epic from the beginning, and I love epics, so I knew I was in for a treat. But what really blew me away was the intricacy of it all, the fact that she clearly built this world in her mind and then gave the reader only as much information as they needed at any moment. World-building is part of the fun of writing an epic, but it's something that many writers don't do, especially not for a novella-length fic. Even if she never continues this (and I really hope she intends to), this fic feels like a glimpse into an entire HP universe, and that's just fucking great writing.

I have a long and spoilery review on [livejournal.com profile] emma_recs if you're interested.

Sin For Me, by [livejournal.com profile] furiosity
Rating: R
Pairing: Harry/Draco
Summary: Harry never expected the peace to last forever. Dumbledore taught him better than that. He just didn't expect the next war to begin less than a month after Voldemort died. Never would he have dreamed that it would be a man's personal war against a system. The wizarding world was that system, and Harry was that man.

ETA: And she just posted more (unrelated to this series) fic! This really must be my lucky day!

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