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08 October 2007 @ 09:15 pm
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Time out again. Because I need to think of a good name for an ex- Snatcher and all I keep coming up with is ex-boyfriend names. Which is not to say that it wouldn't fit for some of them ... But, on a happier note --

West of Never Again
by furiosity , H/D, NC17, 5000 words
I am so jealous of furiosity 's ability to capture a whole portrait of two lives in these apparently lightly sketched scenes. Her story begins in the first years after the war, with Harry focussing on his career until a chance encounter at a party turns his world upside down. While the premise may be straight out of everybody's life at some point between the ages of 15 and 30, her treatment of it captures perfectly that strange moment of calm when you realise that you are not afraid, that the arms you are in are the right arms -- and then the waves of self-inflicted doubt and horror that can come crashing in upon that moment the minute we listen to our demons. Her Harry and Draco grow up to be epilogue compliant, and yet still achieve a point of grace in their relationship, with an ending that is poignant, beautiful and hopeful. If you've ever seen one of Leonardo's cartoons, where hastily sketched lines and smudges of white chalk create a whole bloody world: this is the textual equivalent.

Implausible, Irrational, Preposterous, Peculiar and Just Plain Luna by thetreacletart was recced by someone on a friend's friends list, and I idiotically forgot to bookmark that rec, because I keep trying and failing to function on about four hours sleep a night, despite knowing it doesn't work, so please feel free to let me know who it was! Now, a listing of Snape/Luna would normally have me looking very askance, although I was reassured by the PG13, but the glowing praise from the original reccer sold me. And that person was right! Luna Lovegood decides that Severus Snape needs rescuing, and since she is now a young woman of immense brightness in every way, she sets about doing it as no one else could or would. Under her guidance he confronts the horrors of his life, and finds forgiveness from outside and inside. It's whimsical, it's fey, it's hilarious in parts and it's a delight, a true fairystory of the Potterverse, that ends, as all good fairystories should with both characters changed and stronger.

Finally, Persistence of Memory, Hermione Granger and her Mum by rose_whispers fills in the missing story of the Granger women. I recognise that this is two non H/D recs in a row, and point those who need their dose of boy on boy action to the first in this list, which is cheerfully delightful. However, for good writing, for clever interpretations of clues from canon and for insight into the characters that are left behind by JKR's tight focus, this is one hell of a good read. Beginning with Monica Wilkins walking in Queensland, it flashes back through the life she had with her daughter when she was Susan Granger, and the ways in which they have both worked to keep each other whole. The two stories run in balanced parallel until a well-wrought ending brings a satisfying close. Because a family can be a love story, too.

OK, that's enough procrastinating ...
Current Location: desk
Current Mood: workingworking
Current Music: the tick tick tock of the stately clock
dumbys_baby: HP social lifedumbys_baby on October 8th, 2007 01:43 pm (UTC)
I have to ask - do you sleep? I know how many pies you have your fingers in and yet you have all this time to read (and rec) fics. No wonder you 'blame Brampton'!

But your having fun, right? Aren't you? Please tell me you are! :D

We need to get together soon and discuss this stuff face-to-face. Get both of us away from the interwebz ...
blamebramptonblamebrampton on October 8th, 2007 01:53 pm (UTC)
I think the last time I slept regularly was about 1981 ... And the reading and reccing is the fun part. The writing is also fun but the exhausting brain filling kind of fun. I have a Potterverse notebook now, dammit!

But yes, I am having a great deal of fun. And despite having not expended all this creative energy on my actual novel, it's sharpened up the skills that I'm using there, so it's a good thing! I just need a laptop so that I can type while the fella is watching downloaded motorsport ;-)

Yes! We should get together because we are actually in the same city at the same time!
rossurusrossurus on October 11th, 2007 01:16 pm (UTC)
Wanted to tell you that i'm enjoying your blog and really enjoying what you are doing with the 20 Scorpius thingy. It's nice to see new people coming into fandom with fresh ideas and perspectives. And I totally get the english person in australia thing...were it to be back there...*sigh*
Anyway...keep reccing and writing and if you don't mind, i'll keep reading.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on October 11th, 2007 01:34 pm (UTC)
Hello! Thank you, it's lovely to hear from you. I can't believe how long it took me to find fandom ... it's like when I discovered craft about 10 years ago and realised that there was more to life than clubbing and academia. Except fandom is funnier, smarter, and requires fewer pieces of equipment.

Australia's hilarious! I've been here for ages it seems but I keep finding new things to be charmed by. Except for Sydney humidity in summer, that's just not right. But the fella (who hails from Kingaroy, Newcastle and Wagga Wagga) is an endless source of reasons I'll cope for a bit longer. Some rain would be nice, though.

Where are you now? Feel free to let me know if you ever need an Aussie sweets care package! And thanks again, I'm having a big crisis of confidence this evening and you've cheered me right up.
rossurusrossurus on October 12th, 2007 08:03 am (UTC)
More to life than clubbing and academia?!....tsk

I studied in Brisbane for a year on an exchange thingy and it was the best year of my life...i have a friend from the 'roy and all i can say is peanuts...

They made me go back the bastards...now living in london (which is new and exciting for me) being busy (last year i can get away with being in academia)...trying to avoid the clubs

My aussie-college days gave me an all-consuming love of goon...it's truly tragic...and white chocolate freddos! I had friends who used to work in the student union lolly shop and you'd get your note back in change...i was kinda like stealing from yourself!

I'll do you a weather exchange if you want! And (this might mean something to you) they've brought back the Wispa! Sometimes i never noticed it had gone!

Avert crisis svp...i need me some next-gen h/d, as/s action!
blamebramptonblamebrampton on October 12th, 2007 02:09 pm (UTC)
More to life than clubbing and academia?!....tsk

Oh hush, I'm old now and it's just embarrassing when I start raving about a brilliant gig I went to in 1986 and my young friends say "Wow, that's the year I was born ..." And they wonder why they get poked in the arms so often ...

London is a great city to live in, though it's where I finally snapped and started leaving the country regularly of my own volition (I'm old, I tell you, I had to deal with the Thatcher years, Major just destroyed me.) But you should not avoid the clubs all the time. Just when you have essays due and at exam time.

Heh, peanuts, it's all too true. As for Goon, sigh. What's wrong with good old-fashioned Scrumpy I ask you? But I can see the white chocolate freddo thing. Did you ever try Bertie Beetles? They are so hard to find, but I am addicted. I once spent $50 on Bertie showbags from the Royal Sydney show. Lasted for months ... Good news on the Wispa; is that all the flavours or just the original? Er, I do have a life away from chocolate (just a smaller, sadder one).

It has actually rained in the last day, wonderful stuff. But if the searing dryness alternating with soup like humidity comes back, I'll cheerfully trade it for a crisp autumn day, even with drzzle. Hell, even with torrential rain ...

Crisis is averted thanks to the fact that people on my flist are the best. Off to finish the last point now, the penultimate one is back from beta! (Tempted to post it alone, but I think it might be stretching a friendship ...)
This brilliant Tuesday in this lonely placeno_mad_skillz on October 13th, 2007 04:13 am (UTC)
I am emerging from lurkerdom to say that

I do have a life away from chocolate (just a smaller, sadder one).

is a brilliant sentiment, and also, I am enjoying Sins of the Fathers greatly and awaiting Part 4 all bated-like.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on October 13th, 2007 04:46 am (UTC)
Hee hee! Well, kindred spirit, I am happy to say that you need only look to the screen, for I have just posted it even though I am being evil and not waiting for my wonderful beta on the last bit (I can't live with it any longer, it has to go!)
This brilliant Tuesday in this lonely placeno_mad_skillz on October 13th, 2007 02:04 pm (UTC)
Woo-hoo! *scurries away to read*