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Incoherent with the wonderfulness of the fic I just finished reading which, if you like the fics I WRITE, you will love.

It has SO MANY of my favorite things:
-Powerful, prickly, demanding Snape
-Desperate, scheming, yet biddable Draco
-Year 7 canon compliant
-Fantastic writing, language, and style
-Sex, so much sex
-Magical sex! Ritual sex! Ritual D/s in fact!

The only warning I have is it's long (32,000 words) and I got five orgasms and three crying jags out of it. NOW THAT'S A GOOD FIC.

Link: http://hds-beltane.livejournal.com/154856.html

I suspect I know who wrote it, but reveals are not yet up, so I won't say anything. But seriously, just go read it, one of the best Snape/Draco I've ever read and YESSSS.
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In honor of what would have been Severus Snape's 50th birthday, I have a fic rec for you all which is especially appropriate for the occasion.

Title: A Time to Forget
By: [livejournal.com profile] gatewaygirl
Pairing: Snape/Harry
Summary: Harry had expected teaching at Hogwarts, even temporarily, would have complications -- his children, for instance. But when he goes exploring in the dungeons, the past moves inexorably into his present.
Rated: Explicit Sex/Violence
Word count: 24754

This was written by [livejournal.com profile] gatewaygirl for [livejournal.com profile] entrenous88 in Snarry Holidays 2008. I somehow read only the beginning of the story then and then lost my bookmark to it or something and only just got back to it today, and it is BRILLIANT.

It's up at Walking the Plank:

Or at Snarry Holidays on IJ:

Or at The Archive:

Spoilers under the cut as I gush about how wonderful the story is! )
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Fic Rec!

So [livejournal.com profile] gatewaygirl, the author of Blood Magic and many other well-known fics, has written a new something that I am absolutely loving.

It's a nine part piece, and 5 of the 9 parts have been posted. I don't consider it a WIP, since she's already written the other parts. It's entitled A Confusion of Will and Desire, and it's an EWE Year Eight scenario that has as its backstory a fic she wrote called "May I?" for a fest.

It has just some of the best Year 8 Harry/Draco I've seen yet.

The original story centers around a Year 5 Christmas scenario with Sirius, Harry, and Lupin, and some potioned mischief the twins have gotten up to with some prank biscuits. The thing is, after the effects of the potion wear off, Lupin charms Harry not to remember what happened. After his death during the battle of Hogwarts, though, the charm wears off.

Thus, Harry suddenly finds himself starting to have these very sexual dreams and wondering whether a) he has gone round the twist, b) he really thinks Sirius was f**king hot, c) he might be gay/bi, d) all of the above.

The story is quite emotionally intense, but is full of wry humour as Harry attempts to figure things out like sexuality and Draco Malfoy. The interplay between him and Draco is just lovely, and something I miss when I'm not reading much fic! GG has done a wonderful job of showing us clear glimpses of Draco's complex character that Harry can't fathom at all, but the reader certainly can. I can't wait to read the rest of this, but I'll have to!

It's flocked on LJ:

But if you aren't on her flist on LJ, it's open to the public on IJ:

Smoking hot, emotionally rich, tender and funny. What's not to like?
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So I just read my very first Snape/Hermione (recced by [livejournal.com profile] gatewaygirl) and really enjoyed it. It's in the [livejournal.com profile] smutty_claus holiday fest, so the author's name has not yet been revealed.

Title: Seven-Year Hitch
Author: ??
Pairing: Snape/Hermione
Summary: Severus damn near died in the Shrieking Shack, but Hermione found a way to save him. However, there was a price, and she's going to have to keep paying it.
Rating: NC17


It has many of my favorite things, including an awkward sexual arrangement/forced bonding, a gradual development of character, and of course a bitter, snarky Snape!
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You must must must see the slide show that is the final entry in the [livejournal.com profile] hp_darkfest.


It's absolutely stunning art and an even more stunning story, an incredible weaving of canon with a wholly unique characterization of Narcissa Black.

That's all I'll say. JUST GO SEE IT!!!

(For those leery of darkfest, I promise, there's no rape, incest, or necrophilia in this one.)

Fic Recs!

Nov. 28th, 2008 09:15 pm
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Some fic reading recs for your holiday weekend. In the midst of falling behind some of the fests I want to read (*sigh*) I've been reading other fic, too. You know how you stumble across things, surf around, see mentions, etc...

I'm going to rec here three really awesome fics I've read in the past 6 months. None of them are new. All of them are nothing short of wonderful. in very different ways. One one-shot, one novella, and one novel.

All the Things of the World, Regulus/Draco, NC-17 by [livejournal.com profile] melusinahp
Word Count: 7,190
Warnings: bloodplay, underage sex
Summary: Regulus/Draco. Pureblood, Seeker, Death Eater, Black. Draco's mirror shows him more than expected.

Recced to me after my recent post about Regulus/Draco. Mel is the mistress of Darkfest, and this one is Dark but not "too" dark. You already know how things turn out for one Regulus Black, after all, so not a cheery fic. It's a "first time" fic with a dark magical edge, romantic and erotic. A lovely interior POV for Draco, starting when he's 13 and still a self-possessed, immature git (very canonical). That POV matures with each passing scene, to a truly lovely culmination.

Give and It Shall Be Given Unto You, NC-17 by kai
Pairings: The main pairing is Snape/Harry, and the main action involves Snape/Harry/Lucius.
Word Count: 30,000

Posted in January 2005. It's a postwar scenario where Harry has set up his own sort of power-structure for himself, a wizarding research institute with the blessing of the Ministry, but those in the know also know that if Harry snapped his fingers, he could bring the Ministry down. This is a Snape-centric story, told from Snape's point of view (in the second person, but quite masterfully done), which is troubled, opinionated, bitter, incisive, and insightful as only Snape can be. Harry is quite benevolent, but he has a streak of the enfant terrible in him, and the story starts when Lucius is "delivered" to him by the Ministry. Severus fears what he or Harry might do in revenge for terrible things done during the war, the events of which are gradually revealed through flashbacks. It's gorgeous and wonderful, with some very dark elements, especially in the flashbacks.

Escribamens, Harry/Draco, by prettydean82
Word Count: around 100,000? (30 chapters, appx. 4K each)

Finally, the lightest of my three recs. It was published in 2007 at HP Fandom, but some of the author's notes make me think it was written earlier and only posted there in 2007? There are references to elements in DH (an accurate list of the Horcruxes is the only one, so maybe it was a retro-fit?), but in many ways it is a classic post-OotP H/D. There's much reliance on the events of Book 5, such as the Occlumency lessons and Lucius' arrest, and events such as the Sectumsempra scene never happened. (Although there are two wonderful echoes of the sectumsempra scene... one in the prefect's bath, totally yummy... can't say more without spoilers.)

Lucius has been sent to Azkaban after the attack on the Ministry and the Malfoy family magics no longer recognise him as Lord Malfoy.read more... )
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It's a good night for twisted Malfoys. I have two lovely twisted recs for you all, and both are very short, too...

Title: Obsession
Rating: hard R (Do not let the R rating fool you!)
Length: ~2,000 words
Pairings mentioned: Scorpius/Lily, Scorpius/Rose, Scorpius/Albus, Scorpius/James, Molly/Lucy, Hugo/Louis
WARNINGS: incest, minor dub-con, major mind-fuck
Summary: Scorpius has an obsession.


Title: Poison Dart
Author: Hijja [livejournal.com profile] kennahijja
Pairing: Lucius/Scorpius
Rating: NC-17
Warning(s): chan, incest, ambiguous consent of sorts
Length: ~ 2100 words
Summary: Scorpius Malfoy has been poisoned at Hogwarts. His father and grandfather come to take him home.

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Fic rec! Fic rec! Fic rec!

I have no idea who wrote the fic for me at [livejournal.com profile] hp_summermut, but it feels rather like they totally stalked my journal and wrote the most wonderful piece of plotty, smutty Drapery!

The fic is long, but it doesn't feel long at all, it speeds by. I'm trying to think of what I can say that won't be too spoilery. The story feels a lot like if you took Deathly Hallows and all the things I really WISHED were in the book instead of what's there, that's what this is. The characters of Draco, Severus, and Harry are wonderful, and the writing is quite nice, and I don't say that lightly! Draco is so in character when he goes off onto worries about things and looking for plots and hidden meanings in everything, which of course when it's Severus he's usually right. Wonderful Slytherin/Slytherin/Gryffindor dynamics.

Oh, and did I mention the sex is lovely, too? Much brain-melting wonderfulness.

Oh, and you probably want a link to the fic. Here:

Title: Slytherin Love
Author: unknown!!
Pairing: Draco/Snape, Snape/Harry/Draco
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: ~27,900
Warnings: threesome (obviously), rimming; ignores most of DH
Disclaimer: All Harry Potter characters herein are the property of J.K. Rowling and Bloomsbury/Scholastic. No copyright infringement is intended.
Summary: There is a Potter-looking intruder in Draco's home, and Draco thinks that Severus is a bit too interested in the mystery of the captive's identity...

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Recced to me by [livejournal.com profile] miraba. A send-up of Snarry slavefics that made me sporfle!

The Old Ball and Chain by Evil Twin.

EDIT: Link fixed.
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Some recs from HD Worldcup!

I have not read everything in the fest, not by a long shot, but there have been a few stories I really enjoyed. Overall, there's not been enough sex for my taste in this fest overall, but I've really enjoyed several pieces anyway.

Also, more than half the art's really worth looking at, and not time consuming, so just go and look. Whereas the fics? OMG, they are all really long! It's like the Fest of Novellas and Novelettes! So many are 15K or longer, it's amazing.

I liked more than just these, but these are the ones I recommend the most wholeheartedly. I also notice comments have fallen WAY off the past few weeks now that Snarry Games and some other fests are going on, so I've listed these more recent stories first. Lots of them really deserve notice, but it's clear stuff in the first 2 weeks got read by like 3x as many people...

Click for the rec list )
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Brilliant Snarry story rec!

Title: The Cinnabar Sling, a story from Not Groom Lake
Author: dingochow (on IJ)
Rating: NC-17
Warnings: Let's see: AU. Masturbation. Dirty talk. Wall!sex, library!sex, pickup truck!sex, outdoor!sex. Voyeurism. Very mild bondage. Just rather pervy all around. (Also, some attempts at humor.)
Prompt/Summary: ravenna_c_tan wanted a story with a mature, confident Harry, angst along the road to a happy ending, intensity in the smut, and Snape's POV. She also thinks AUs are fun! (so do I …)

Wheee! The above is all verbatim from the header of the story at this year's Snarry Swap, known by its full name as the Snape Potter Daft Day Snarry Swap and now found on IJ.

I came late into the fest, as a pinch hitter, which explains why this isn't a contradiction from my earlier post about how I was burned out on doing fests and how after "Burning Day" how could I ever really top that writing experience? Well, then I saw the call for pinch hitters and...

But you'll have to wait to see the story I wrote, which isn't posted yet, but will be this week, and which is one of my best Snarries ever, I think.

But this post is about how totally fucking awesome the gift I received is. What's nifty is how really appropriate and fitting the story is for me.

I hate spoilers, so most of what I'll do here is gush. First, the writing style is excellent. It's 3rd person, Snape's POV, and is written with very nice narrative flair (read: snark). It's also an intriguing AU, yet not totally AU--you just have to read it to know what I mean by that. Very nice extensions of magical theory in it, too! Ah, I'm such a geek. The sex is wank-worthy, and ... yeah.

In my comment to the story I wrote I thought it should be considered a Snarry classic. So go find it here:

The Cinnabar Sling
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Yikes, people, I asked for Snaco recs last post, didn't get any, and yet there is a SNACO Exchange going on right now!! Geez, I know I've been living under a rock but why doesn't someone tell me these things??

Heh, OK, my own fault for living under a rock.

Anyway, I just read the story that's the most recent in the [livejournal.com profile] snaco_exchange, "Twilight Rain," and... oh, god it's beautiful. DH-mostly-compliant Snaco, gorgeously written. I have a guess as to who the author is but as this is the one fest/exchange where I have a fighting chance to get the authors right, I'll not say anything just yet.

Read it here: http://community.livejournal.com/snaco_exchange/5798.html

Added: "Bokor", the story before it is excellent, too. Well written with a nice tight plot. Nothing like two Slytherins who don't/won't say what they feel... Lovely and hot.

Here: http://community.livejournal.com/snaco_exchange/5521.html
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It's fitting that one of the true leading lights of the Snaco ship has gifted us with this new fic, which is Snape/Draco and also H/D. [livejournal.com profile] femmequixotic gets everything absolutely right in this one, which made me cry all the tears of grief for Severus that I've been holding in for the past few weeks...

Just go read: http://femmequixotic.livejournal.com/312047.html
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HD Holidays recs:

The Business of Saving Souls, by Rurounihime
This is the one I was guessing was written by Furiosity, because it was clearly by one of the more accomplished and polished writers in the H/D crowd. Wonderfully plotty and vivid, it's one of my faves from the fest. It's from Draco's POV, and really captures the nuance of how broken he can be, even as he struggles to regain his dignity. Just beautifully, beautifully done.

Bad Company, by Furiosity
A terrific one if you love fighty, snarky, 'we're still enemies' H/D fucking. The set up with the 'mind-link' device Snape uses to communicate with Harry is a little weak, but one hardly cares since it's clearly just a plot device to get things going and it disappears quickly from the story. Hot and not at all sappy.

Once Burned, by Lillithium
A comic in 3 parts, gorgeous and sad. As beautiful and enchanting as Lillithium's H/D art always is.

Previously recced:
Of Owls, Horcruxes, and Snakes, by kabal42
This is the gift for me, and what I previously wrote: "It's a wartime scenario, very plotty and nice. The sex is a little scant but v. hot. It's very well written, too..." and in comments I called it "Classic H/D."

There is soooooo much of the fest I haven't read yet, I will probably make more recs later. After I am done hiding from the Internet which I am mostly doing until I finish reading Book Seven.
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Just thought I'd point you guys over to [livejournal.com profile] hd_holidays to the fic that was written for me! It's a wartime scenario, very plotty and nice. The sex is a little scant but v. hot. "Of Owls, Horcurxes, and Snakes."

It's very well written, too, which makes me wonder who it is? It isn't obviously anyone on my flist, in that I didn't detect any in-jokes or 'signature' spells in it. (Nice tandem broom ride, though!) The fest ends soon so I suppose I'll find out!
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So, [livejournal.com profile] sakaim, author of Ambivalent Lucidity, read my H/D AU novel "Tempus" and liked it so much, offered to write a gift fic for me!

The fic "Enemy of My Enemy" is a short story, 8000 words, classic wartime H/D scenario. I asked for "wartime!harry and fugitive!draco" and so what we have is Draco holed up at Grimmauld Place with sundry members of the Order, Harry off hunting Horcuxes... it's a classic post-HPB H/D and the one warning I'll give you is I cried like crazy reading it. Yes, it's true, I think I have raging PMS right now as it wasn't my first fit of tears today. (Weird for me, I know.) But, consider yourselves warned.
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For those of you who have not been following the Hp DeathEater Smutathon ([livejournal.com profile] hpde_smutathon), there have been two Snape/Draco stories I should bring to your attention.

The first, "Sweet Coin," has snarky, bitter postwar Snape as the point of view character, and just gets better from there, very smutty with power games, and features a pairings list that made me chuckle: "Snape/various, including but not limited to flashbacks and fantasies of Snape/Lucius, Snape/Draco, Snape/Karkaroff, Snape/Voldemort." Karkaroff and Voldemort are just passing mentions for the sake of getting them in there. This Lucius is the way I really like him, too, powermad and sadistic. It was just posted a few days ago.

From a bit further back in the fest, we have the gift fic written for me! "Who's Traitor." The idea I put forth was "Severus Snape is running from the Dark Lord, and Draco is with him. The only way to save the boy’s life is to make it look like he was being held by force. Snape has no problem doing that." The story is short, but very filthy. There are things I would never do to Draco in my own fics, but which I get perverse pleasure out of reading in others, which makes this a treat. The story really needed to be beta-read before submission--it has many typos in it (like the word "songs" where "son's" should be, bad ones like that) which mar its potential, but you know what? It's still hot.

Always on the lookout for other Snape/Draco, of course. I hope we'll see more in that fest.
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So I went to check my f-list a little while ago and the first thing that came up was the [livejournal.com profile] quibbler_report, which lists rarepairs fic and news and such. And the first listing that caught my eye read:

• Anon wrote The Trick is to Keep Breathing. Draco finds strength through submission, but something more besides. (Fenrir/Draco, implied Snape/Draco, NC-17, implied child abuse, possible ambiguities of consent, slight bondage)

The summary alone made me say, bookmark that for later! So I went to the page and -- tadaa!! It's actually a gif t fic for ME!!!

I left long comments at the story itself. My rec here consists of, I read it twice in an hour and had to wank both times.

It's here. http://community.livejournal.com/hp_springsmut/60813.html

That is all.
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I'm still a bit stunned from reading [livejournal.com profile] synn's fic, freshly posted at [livejournal.com profile] hp_tarot, "The Hierophant. It's young Severus, with Lucius and the Dark Lord, and just gorgeously written, terrific language, seductiveness, and so f*cking hot.

Here: http://community.livejournal.com/hp_tarot/6832.html

Just go read it. It's not super-long, just super-good.
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A brilliant postwar story appeared at [livejournal.com profile] hp_tarot today. [livejournal.com profile] klynie1 has written a nice, meaty tale told from Remus' point of view, in which Scrimgeour still thinks of Harry as a threat, Harry still thinks of Snape as a threat, Remus has more secrets than Harry knows, and Snape is as bitter and difficult as Snape ought to be. It's six chapters, plotty and full of terrific characterization, and you can find it here: http://community.livejournal.com/hp_tarot/5790.html

Overall I've been thrilled at what has come through the Potterverse Tarot Fest so far. Six stories and six pieces of art, with one more story and two more art to finish out Week One still to come. Hooray!

Meanwhile, I turned in a really, really dark piece of fic for HP Springsmut. Hmm, but I can't say more about it without giving myself away. Well, when it's revealed, I'll talk about it then. But yeah, it's dark on close to the level of Draco's Folly dark.

Oh, and the gift fic for me finally appeared at HP Valensmut! It's a Snape/Harry/Draco threesome story, and it's quite tasty but -- at the risk of offending the author, which is *not* my intent -- the piece really, really needed a beta-reader and apparently didn't have one. Which doesn't mean the smut isn't fun! But it's full of homophone errors like "naval" for "navel," "to" for "too," etc. plus typos, missing "s" on many words, misuse of "lay" for "lie" and repeated use of "blonde" and "brunette" for male characters (y'all know that the "e" on the end is for females only, right?). It points up how important beta-readers are, as these things are completely fixable and don't affect the *story* at all, but the errors do get in the way of reader enjoyment. It's here: A Suitable Punishment for y'all to read. It's hard to call this a rec, since usually I wouldn't rec anything that wasn't given a half-decent beta. You have been warned.


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