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Dec. 7th, 2008

My [info]hd_holidays gift: Out From Under (Harry/Draco, Draco/Astoria, NC-17)

My [info]hd_holidays fic was posted a couple of days ago, and I finally finished it today. :D It's such a great fic, obviously custom-tailored for me, and I wouldn't be surprised if the author put great effort into doing so - it's just uncanny the amount of components fit for me. So, consider this a part-rec and a part-squee:

Title: Out from Under
Pairing(s): Harry/Draco, Draco/Astoria
Summary: When Draco catches Potter in a compromising position, he reacts in a way only a true Slytherin would.
Rating: NC-17
Warning(s): Infidelity, dub-con
Epilogue compliant? No
Word Count: ~17k

My Comments: I'll sum up what I liked about this (contrary to my long-ass comment left on the entry). This was written by an obviously skilled writer, someone with a distinctive voice and a knack for unique details. The voice is snide and perfect for Draco's point-of-view, and hilariously entertaining. This is not a fic of unadulterated fluff - there are doses of realism. Draco dates Astoria (who is awesome!) and the sex is not perfect or always nice. It's all a refreshing take on H/D, and it's borne of an office entanglement of sorts in which Draco is a secretary. :D I implore you - go read!

Out from Under
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Oct. 24th, 2008

[info]hp_cross_fest gets better and better.

I'll make a comprehensive list of [info]hp_cross_fest recs once it's done:

Art rec: A Merry Chase by Anon (Teddy/Charlie; G)

It's absolutely adorable! Check out Teddy's piercings and Charlie's manly chest.
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Fic rec: The Evil Devil Child and the Perfect Gift by The Love of my Life Anon (Albus Severus/Scorpius/Draco, Harry/Scorpius, Albus Severus/Scorpius, Harry/Draco and all four boys together; NC-17)
Warning(s): An excess of deliciously explicit sodomy; a thrilling lack of monogamy; vice between father and son (but only in company); boys who are not yet men by the rigorous standards of the USA (Al and Scorpius are 17); the shocking sight of a boy in a frilly skirt; taking the Lord’s name in vain and other language most foul; and – worst of all – four men showing a disturbing lack of shame about the filthy, filthy acts that they commit.

Scorpius is wonderful, wonderful, wonderful. He is unabashed and scheming and still, somehow, a total sweetheart. The sex is so hot. There's matchmaking. There's AS/S. There's H/D. There's Harry/Scorpius. There's Draco/Scorpius in a sense and I believe that might be my favorite part of it all. :D :D Wonderfully written and hot hot hot. I swear, next-gen cross-gen has taken over my brain.
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Oct. 23rd, 2008

More squeeing about my [info]hp_cross_fest gift!

I wrote a rec yesterday for my [info]hp_cross_fest gift: Almost Lover (Draco/James, NC-17)

Well, [info]snegurochka_lee has written a wonderful rec to the story. It is here, in all its squeeful glory.
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OMG FIC FOR ME and chatting

Oh, I love [info]hp_cross_fest. I've just been amazed at the quality of the fic in this fest. I still have quite a lot to read (which is by no means a negative!) so I can't make too many recs, but in case you are interested in reading more, you should check out [info]marguerite_26's crossfest recs.

I'm particularly in love with my gift that was just posted! Consider this a very squee-y rec of:

Almost Lover (Draco/James, NC-17, ~2,200 words)
Summary: James’ fantasy becomes reality, but for how long?
Warning: Adultery

The most remarkable thing is the writing. The writing is absolutely lovely. Everything about this piece is rich and complex--the emotions, the relationship and events surrounding it, and the sex itself. Very graphic sex and powerful. This is one of those rare cases when 2,200 words feels like 22,000. So much detail and imagery and emotion. Gah.

So, yes, go read and leave love.

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Next off, chatting! I'm changing my Y!M name to the ever-appropriate 'bewarethesmirk', so feel free to add me! I'm 'snarkyissexxy' on AIM. I need more chatting buddies, so c'mon.
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Oct. 20th, 2008

At long last, a fic accomplishment!

Who knew that the first real novella I've written, and of which I'd actually be proud is Snape/Draco? All 22,000 words of it. :D I've always known I work better in in novella-length or longer. I was writing a long-overdue email to [info]inkandfakefurs about this tonight. I usually think of a word count in terms of hurdles. I'm a procrastinator and I'm lazy, so the fact I want to write longer fics generally doesn't work out well at all. I become frustrated or get distracted by going on a fic-reading spree. This time, for some reason, I stuck with it. That's due in large part to [info]lavillanueva's helpful advice and keeping my characters in line. Who knows? The fic might suck. It's being betaed now, but either way, I really enjoyed it. What's worse? It very well might have a sequel.

I know, I know. 22,000 words is absolutely nothing, but for me it's a bit incredible. ^_^

So, now, that's down (barring editing for spag errors and whatever else the betaing turns up), [info]hp_darkfest is next. I have a prompt but no ideas whatsoever. This one cannot go above 4,000K. Following that, I start my Incredibly Long and Complex [info]hd_holidays fic. Then around the bend is [info]smutty_claus. I've also got to do [info]rospberry's [info]livelongnmarry fic, in which I must delve into Buffy-verse for the first time--writing, at least.

This weekend was fabulous for the writing and relaxing. I hung out with [info]lesyeuxverts00 quite a lot. :D Tonight I had dinner with a bunch of marvelous people. :D It was a fabulous time. Hello to some of the new people on my flist. ♥

I'm reading [info]hp_cross_fest fics tonight and hopefully starting [info]hp_darkfest. Tomorrow I'm temping for the full day. Yay money.

On a squeeful note, here's beautiful H/D art from [info]hd_fanart:

Upon the Wings of Your Design (By Anon, H/D, G)

Oct. 14th, 2008

Another rec!

As sucky as I've been about reading [info]hd_inspired fics, especially considering my own [info]hd_inspired fic fell to the wayside and I'm going to finish it later and present it as a surprise, here's one fic I have read--kind've had to considering I helped beta it--and hugely enjoyed.

Title: Survival Instrict
Author: [info]lavillanueva
Rating: NC-17
Summary: Voldemort has issued a proposition: if Harry Potter will return to Hogwarts for his seventh year, no harm will come to the students’ families. Harry’s saving-people-thing won’t let him say no.
Warnings: Explicit torture, bad language, frottage, wanking, very, very slight dubious consent.
Total word count: 39,000

[info]lavillanueva is a still somewhat new writer on the scene, known for her darker H/D PWPs. The secret is out! She can also pull together a wonderful plot. This is essentially a seventh-year fic, and it's wonderfully paced, elaborately plotted, and the character development is fantastic. I need not say the sex is hot, because that is obvious. :) This is a delightfully written fic by a delightfully delightful person.
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Oct. 13th, 2008

Recs

Two recs!

An art rec:

The Letter by Anon at [info]hd_art (Harry/Draco, PG)
I just love the style. :) It's gorgeous

And a fic rec:

The Honey Trap by Anon at [info]hp_cross_fest (Harry/Scorpius, mentions of Scorpius/others, NC-17, warnings: Chan (Scorpius is 15), Jealousy, Teacher/Student, Rimming)
Oh, come on. Look at the kinks. Is there any surprise I'm reccing this? The writing is entertaining and wonderfully wry in places. The sex is hot. My only caveat is this Harry is a bit sweeter and more emotionally mature than I'd give him credit for, even in his older age, but it still works within the story. :D It's a mostly feel good piece with a nice dash of surprise, fucking hot sex, angst, and humor. This was my first foray into the pairing and I wasn't disappointed.
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Sep. 4th, 2008

Recs!

It's been a long time--it feels to me, anyway--since I've done proper recs. I'll make a post of [info]hd_inspired recs in a few days when I have enough to rec. :)

Art:

Sleek by [info]ghot (Snape/Lupin; NWS)
There's frottage! *dies*

Fic:

Grind by [info]snegurochka_lee (Harry/Draco; NC-17)
Come one, come all! Lee has written H/D, and it as marvelous as we would all expect. It's porn and there's frottage, which is delicious, but she has mastered the H/D dynamic.

Waiting by [info]lavillanueva (Harry/Draco; NC-17, non-con, bondage)
I loved the idea from its conception and it's even better now that it's written. Wonderfully hot and fits into canon so perfectly I've made it my own.

The Prime of Mister Percy Weasley by [info]nqdonne (Percy/Teddy, Percy/Harry; NC-17, underage, teacher/student, see post for more warnings)
The first part of this marvelous fic has been posted, and I'm sure there will be more posted if you beg prettily. There's a delightful plot and delightful writing and delightful porn and it's delightfully hot. [info]nqdonne makes me like Percy and I don't even like Percy, let alone think he's hot. But her Percy is hot and still in character! ♥
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Aug. 29th, 2008

Art Rec: Edge [Snape/Lupin, NC-17/NWS]

My [info]hp_summersmut gift has been posted, and it's art! I never get art in fests! ♥

The emotion captured in their shared gaze, the lines of their bodies, is just amazing.

Title: Edge
Artist: Anonymous
Pairing: Snape/Lupin
Rating: NC-17/NWS
Summary: At the edge of climax they made eye contact.

See it <a href=http://asylums.insanej
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Jul. 12th, 2008

Rec

Oh, this one is fantastic. ♥

Title: Completely Inappropriate Things
Author: Anonymous in [info]weasley_fest
Pairing: Fred/George/Remus, mentions of Remus/Sirius
Rating: NC-17
Warnings: Double penetration, twincest, implied Weasleycest.
Summary: The holidays can be a depressing time of year, but Remus has Fred and George looking out for him.

Well-written and very well-characterized and fucking hot.
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Jun. 5th, 2008

Recs!

Title: Distraction
Author: [info]rospberry
Pairing: Remus/Harry
Rating: R
It's a ficlet--very short but adorable! :D

Title: His Own Sun
Author: Anonymous at hp_wankfest
Pairing: James/Sirius
Rating: R
Warning: Angst, wanking, adultery, voyeurism

Title: Sweet Halcyon Haze
Author: Anonymous for now :)
Pairing: Snape/Lily
Rating: NC-17
Warnings: See link.

Title: The Rules of Malfoy Manor
Author: Anonymous at [info]the_ass_fest
Pairing AS/S, implied H/D
Rating: R

Title: A Man's Greatest Treasure
Author: Anonymous at [info]less_for_you
Pairing Snape/Lily
Rating: NC-17
Warnings: Intercourse (both aged seventeen), fellatio, masturbation, fluff, severe lack of canon compliance.

Title: A Little D/s and its sequel, A Little More
Author: [info]lavillanueva
Pairing: Harry/Draco
Rating: NC-17
Warnings: Bondage, D/s, orgasm delay (kind of)
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May. 29th, 2008

Rec: Porn Night by [info]who_la_hoop (Harry/Ron; NC-17)

Title: Porn Night
Author: [info]who_la_hoop
Pairing: Harry/Ron; Seamus, Dean and Neville in attendance
Rating: NC-17
Warnings: Rimming, voyeurism, swearing
Word Count: ~5,000
Summary: There was an invisible line they didn't cross – they didn't touch each other while they did it, and they never – ever – treated it as anything more than a light-hearted competition. Hence the rulers and the Penis Games, and the fact that Seamus had constructed a Winner's Cup out of wadded (but clean) tissues and rubber bands.

Read it here!

This is [info]who_la_hoop's first [info]daily_deviant post. *eg* And it's wonderful, of course. The entire scenario is hilarious and fun, all the usual Gryffindor boys (Dean, Seamus, Neville, Ron, Harry) gathered together for a a spot of porn. Amusing though it is, the sexual tension is cut-with-a-knife. There's much hotness and a wonderful resolution. Harry's stuttering, panicked voice in the story is authorial genius.
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May. 21st, 2008

Rec: De Novo by Anon (Harry/Draco; NC-17)

My [info]hds_beltane fic was posted a few days ago, and I was finally able to give it its proper comment a few moments ago. And on that note, I shall rec:

Title: De Novo
Author: Anonymous for the moment (*scratches head*)
Pairing: Harry/Draco
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 26,685
Summary: Harry and Draco are given a crime to solve – and an opportunity to begin again.
My Comments: Hermione and Draco are both teaching at Hogwarts. It's obvious from the get-go Draco holds some sort of feelings for Harry, and you'll soon find out if any of the feelings are returned. :) Harry and Draco come together when a student is attacked (raped), and Harry the Auror investigates the goings-on. There is--as per my request--an awkward date, a bit of clubbing (which serves more as apart of the undercover investigation) and hot sex. And there is a cute and happy ending.

Read it here
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Apr. 9th, 2008

Recs

God, how long has it been since I've recommended things? I read fic all the time but most of the things I'm reading right now are older fics that everyone has read. Here are some newer recs, though.

Title: The Unicorn Incident
Author: [info]who_la_hoop
Rating: NC-17
Pairing(s): Albus Severus/Scorpius
Summary: Growing up is hard to do, especially in the shadow of your father’s reputation. Scorpius Malfoy has a tough time keeping his resolution to be the best Slytherin he can be when schoolboy games, unicorns, incompetent friends and a beloved enemy all conspire to teach him something different – and rather wonderful – about himself.
Warnings: swearing, explicit sex, underage (boys aged seventeen)
Word Count: 18,000
My Comments: The more I've read from this author, the more I've discovered you can't go wrong with her. She has a gift for storytelling, pacing and characterization which lends itself to a wonderfully complete story. When reading her fics I'm always engrossed from word one to the end. Her Al and her Scorpius are worth dying over. Their interactions at Hogwarts alone make this fic worth reading.

Title: Scorpius Malfoy's Very Bad Week
Author: [info]snegurochka_lee
Pairings: Scorpius/James Jr./Teddy and permutations. Hints of background Harry/Draco
Rating: NC-17
Content: Consensual sex among people aged 16, 17 and 24. DH-compliant.
Word Count: ~25,000
Summary: The company of Gryffindors was bad enough. The company of naked Gryffindors – a Potter and a werewolf spawn, no less, and totally unasked for, thank you very much – was outrageous. The company of naked, muscled Gryffindors claiming a sodding Muggle prophecy device had foretold his seduction was just too much to take. All things considered, Scorpius Malfoy really was having a very, very bad week.
My Comments: I find it amusing that Lee wrote this fabulous story for the fabulous author ([info]who_la_hoop) above. This may be my favorite of Lee's yet. The plot is so clever, so well delivered, the characters perfect, and Scorpius' narration of the events is hilarious. Lee's Teddy? To die for.

Title: Something Borrowed
Author: [info]snegurochka_lee
Characters: Charlie/Teddy (past Charlie/Remus and Charlie/Tonks)
Rating: NC-17, and then some. o_O.
Warnings/General Content: Many incestuous insinuations, but no actual incest. Infidelity, but surprisingly little angst about that. DH-compliant. An appalling lack of general morality.
Disclaimer: This story does not mean to perpetuate the stereotype that bisexuals are promiscuous – only that Charlie is.
Word Count: ~7,200
Summary: "You can imagine it, can't you, Teddy?" Charlie slipped a hand up the other man's chest, fingers curling into the collar of his shirt. "I was about the age you are now, and your dad was about the age I am now, when we first got together. Your mum, though... that was a whole other story."
My Comments: God, Lee has won me over with her Charlie. Jesus. This is intoxicating.

I do need to explore some other [info]hp_springsmut recs, but until then...
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Feb. 11th, 2008

Feb Recs: Feb 10 and 11

Feb 10 Rec


The Dating Disasters of Sirius Black by [info]kabeyk
Remus/Sirius, R, Words: 84,268
Summary: For some reason unfathomable to Remus, Sirius always likes to tell him in excruciating detail about his various romantic problems. Not fluffy.
My Comments: I know, I know, most people who even like R/S have already read this. It's one of the classics among the puppy shippers -- but for the love of Merlin, if you haven't read it and you're interested in MWPP Remus/Sirius, so give it a try. It's very different from [info]kabeyk's one-shots, but so wonderful.

It's wildly entertaining, fluffy and humorous, but then intense and angsty by turns. If you want a fic that will hook you to a ship pronto, this is the one I'd choose, next to [info]shoebox_project.

This is a crappy recommendation, but I really don't know what to say. This is not a "Remus and Sirius fall into each other's laps" story. If you like your fic with a challenge or come in with hesitations...here you are.

Read 'The Dating Disasters of Sirius Black' here

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Feb 11 Rec


Wordplay by [info]anjenue
Snape/Draco, NC-17, Words: 5,710
Summary: None given
My Comments: This is porn, but it's also erotica. It is so fucking hot but also intense. It's Draco at his most petulant but also cunning, and Snape at his sexiest. This fic is a sensory delight, rich in description, teasing and so fucking hot. I'd say both characters get a bit of the power here, and neither of them really mind. The balance works so well. And it's really not just about the sex. Really. Anj is an amazing writer and her Snaco is my favorite.

Read 'Wordplay' here
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Feb Recs: Feb 9

Rec: February 9, 2008:


Cloak of Courage by [info]wendynat
Snape/Hermione, NC-17, Words: 190,911
Summary: Hermione suffers a terrible loss and has to choose between two paths. Very loosely based on WIKTT Marriage Law Challenge. An exploration of the Dark Arts and their "true" effects, including the Call of the Blood.
My comments: I'm recing het. :) When I read solely Snape/Hermione this was far and away my favorite fic. It's a classic in SS/HG fic -- apart of the ever-infamous Marriage Law Challenge fics (which reminds me in some ways of slashy slavefic.) This is Snape, romanticized as he often is in Snape/Hermione fics, but he's also subjected to the whims of Dark Magic. The exploration of Dark Magic and blood magic is fascinating in this fic and how it plays into Snape's character. Hermione is more aggressive and dark than her canon counterpart, but she's believably done and her characterization, while unique, is a wonderful complement to Snape.

This has some of the most delicious sex scenes ever, and Snape here is to die for. It's dark but not so much so -- the intensity is gorgeous. And there's a particular scene in this fic which stands out in my mind as the best SS/HG evar.

What're its overarching qualities: almost 200,000 words, dark, possessive!Snape, and creative plot devices.

Read 'Cloak of Courage' here

An alternate link is: here, at Obscurus Books.
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Feb. 8th, 2008

February Recs Month, Feb 8th

Yes, yes, February is apparently recs month, and I have known this for a few days now...but I'm just behind, k?

Well, for the rest of Feb., I'd like to start doing it. I've never done the Feb month of rec'ing before, so someone correct me if there's solidified tenants in fandom for how this should work. I'm going to rec a lot of stuff I've been reading lately, but most of it is older. I'm going to rec fics that fulfill something very important for me as a reader, and what I feel fandom needs more of -- as in, I have a penchant for these fics because they fit a certain in-my-own-preferences underrepresented niche.

Rec: February 8, 2008:


Whiskey and Vodka by [info]setissma
Remus/Harry, NC-17, Words: 9,185
Summary:
Harry can't sleep. Remus makes tea, potions are given, blankets are moved, alcohol is consumed- but what if the simplest solution is the one that's right in front of him?
My comments: There are not enough Remus/Harry fics, period. The ones I've found are PWP chan fics or longer length beasility dark fics. It's hard to find a median, but here...this is a sizable one-shot which explores a realistic relationship between Remus and Harry. [info]setissma is a gorgeous, gorgeous writer and plays on emotions in such a way that the readers feel the urgency the characters do in much the same depth.

Harry and Remus are living together because Harry's having nightmares. Their potential feelings for each other are nuanced and lively and come together in a moving, satisfying way. I love the peace and sense of belonging found in their domestic space. There is true comfort of just being represented here -- something from which most of us can learn.

Oh, and this fic should make you adore Remus.

Read 'Whiskey and Vodka' here
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Jan. 27th, 2008

Rec: Reconciling Lily's Eyes

It feels wonderful to be rec'ing a Snarry fic that is so very quintessentially Snarry and incorporates DH canon.

Title: Reconciling Lily's Eyes
Author: [info]persepolis130
Pairing: Snape/Harry, Harry/Ginny
Warning: DH Spoilers
Rating: NC-17/Adult
Summary: Had Harry known bonding with his former professor would lead him to three different countries, a hastily-planned wedding and his pants around his ankles in Snape's sitting room, he wouldn't have quit his day job. Or... maybe he would've... What it's really like to fall in love with someone you absolutely cannot stand.
My Comments: Starts off leaving you thinking, "This is just another Snarry fic," or, "Harry is fucking insane," or something of the sort. If you get in five or six chapters, you'll be grinning and realizing you've found a gem. This is not Snarry for everyone. Snape is ugly--both physically, and emotionally. Harry is in a fit of depression. And Snape and Harry confront dead-on and in complex ways Snape's feelings for Harry's parents. The sex, like Snape, is ugly and fascinating and perverse. There is angst, and there are emotional subtleties. There is an amazing ending. [info]persepolis130 is one to keep your eye on.
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Jan. 4th, 2008

Recs, and odds and ends

In Search Of:
[info]meri_oddities needs information on any US and European cons going on in the next year to promote [info]otw_news. Information is at this post, where you can comment or find her email address.

Poll:
[info]snarry_games posted a poll on The Future of the Snarry Games

Recs:
(Please give these a try and leave feedback!)
[info]fleshdress wrote Bruised Like a Cherry (Ripe as a Peach) (Teddy/James Jr.; NC-17/Adult; chan (Teddy is 22, James is 15))
Summary: James is ready to move his relationship with Teddy on a step but Teddy's not so sure.

[info]snegurochka_lee wrote A Soliloquy in Eight Words (Snape/James; NC-17)
Summary: The Prince's Tale chapter from DH, retold with a twist: "Look at me," Snape begged, trying with all his strength to block out the sight of those awful green eyes, to focus only on the boy's messy black hair and the glasses slipping down his nose. In the haze of blood loss, he could almost ignore the scar that marred this boy's forehead, and the searing eyes that would always remind Snape that he was looking at the wrong face, the wrong boy.
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Nov. 3rd, 2007

Fic for me!

The [info]snaco_exchange has started, and I got a fic! :-)

The author included so many elements I enjoy. Possessive!Snape makes me happy.

Title: Jealous Whispers
Author: Anonymous
Rating: R
Pairing: Snape/Draco
Word Count: ~1620
Warnings: Go there if you want to read them.
Summary: How does Snape react when the green eyed monster rears its ugly head?
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