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Fic Spotlight


Title: No Name Woman
Author: [livejournal.com profile] bk11
Length: 20,303
Rating: NC-17
Warnings: profanity, sexual content
Summary: It’s a strange new world in which Hermione runs from the law and Draco is the one to bring her back.

Editor’s Thoughts: Wrenching, evocative, philosophical -- each word in this too-brief, too-lovely story batters against you, at times with the force of hailstones and at others, with the feather-touch of a drizzle. Told mostly from Draco's perspective, it's a time-disjointed tale of how Hermione Granger became one of Wizarding England's most wanted fugitives. The beginning of this story is also the beginning of its end.

Draco is an Auror in an AU-HBP-compliant world where extremists run a militant British government and fugitives are hunted down by hit squads. He finds Hermione in Casablanca and brings her back to be locked up in St. Mungo's until her trial. As flawed as Hermione is, and we're privy to much introspection on her part, we get to live and experience the turbulent times in tension-fraught flashes from Draco's eyes. He is/was a racist, he believes/doesn't believe in genocide, and he's no hero, barely a decent man, full of self-justifications, but just vulnerable enough to let another person in, and when he does and she does, it all comes together in a kaleidoscope of graphic, unusual prose that'll leave you with a thoughtful feeling for hours afterwards.

No Name Woman is not merely romantic; it's human.
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Fic Spotlight


Title: The Universe is a Great and Beautiful Thing | FFN
Author: [livejournal.com profile] basicaquatics
Length: 17,938
Rating: R
Warnings: character death
Summary: “One of the greatest surprises in life is finding out how you’re going to die, and the fact that nobody can ever spoil it for you.”

Editor’s Thoughts: Some stories are universal; they transcend pairing, genre and fandom. This is such a story. Draco is dying, and he wishes he were dead. Fully paralyzed, he spends day in and day out locked in his own body, drowning in thoughts and fears and regrets for which he has no outlet. What a depressing premise, you might be thinking. But it's not. Attica drags you into Draco's skull so that you live every excruciating second with him and when he finally lets you go, you aren't sad. You're hopeful, hurting, wistful, glad. I don't have the words to describe the feeling, but I was moved. Utterly.

You owe it to yourself to read this fic. Some people find love and self-love early, some late, and some just in the nick of time.
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Fic Spotlight


Title: Of Daisies and Stars
Author: [livejournal.com profile] elektra30
Length: 2.5K
Rating: G
Warnings: EWE?
Summary: Sometimes, this boy reminded him too much of too many people.

[livejournal.com profile] silvia_elisa's Thoughts: If there is one thing that I think it's difficult to portray in fanfiction, realistically portray, is children. It takes a skilful writer and a good story, Of Daisies and Stars has both; the way it unassumingly starts in medias res, without trivial preambles, is the perfect kick-off for a terrific fic.

The point of view stays so close to Draco that I felt a connection with the child myself, and as his thoughts pass you by, you'll find yourself breathing in the diary of scents, sights and sounds – as the author puts it. The strong emotions that Draco is experiencing are cleverly juxtaposed with his son's babbling and Hermione, almost imperceptibly, is with them both the whole time.

I wish I could quote just a couple of lines, but I'd end up quoting the fic in its entirety. The vocabulary used is so interwoven with the narration and so rich in detail that you'll get the scope of their lives together, instead of being hindered by the fact that it is a one-shot story. And the final part, well, the final part will take your breath away.
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Fic Spotlight


Title: Ceiling Tiles
Author: [livejournal.com profile] inadaze22
Length: 1,055 words
Rating: T
Warnings: Mild Profanity
Summary: Seventy-seven tiles comprise the ceiling; perfect squares that stretch from all four walls.

[livejournal.com profile] elektra30's Thoughts: It is an art to express complex emotions and intricate characterisation within just a thousand words. It is even more difficult to do it in second-person POV and pull it off well. This fic is a carefully crafted snapshot of how sometimes we are so caught up in our own perception of a person, that we never realise who they really are and what they truly mean to us all this while. Despite being together physically for such a long time, it is only till this moment that both Hermione and Draco see each other in a raw and emotionally vulnerable light.
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Fic Spotlight


Title: All I Want
Author: blue movies
Length: 1,600 words
Rating: K+
Warnings: Character death
Summary: Please excuse the lack of summary - I strongly suggest to read this one before knowing anything about the plot.

[livejournal.com profile] dianoram's Thoughts: I have read this one some time ago, and for some reason, out of the sea of oneshots that are consumed in one breath, this one stayed with me.

The entire story is told from Narcissa Malfoy's point of view while she tries to understand what is possibly troubling her young son. It is short and angsty, it is filled with raw emotions and it offers us a rare glimpse into the Malfoy family life on the brink of a new life ahead of them. Whatever else can be said about them, whatever the past mistakes and prejudice that came from their upbringing - they have always loved their son.

In case you are wondering, I am being deliberately vague here. The final revelation and the cause for the story came out of the blue for me - and it could be the reason why I simply couldn't forget this one. I do hope you'll like it.
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June Fests in Review


[profile] dmficexchange
2010 Master List and Reveals!

[profile] dracoawards
Quid pro quo [NC-17] by [personal profile] ningloreth

[personal profile] hp_porninthesun
On the Beach [R] drawn by [personal profile] inspired_ideas
Ardent Bonds [NC-17] by [personal profile] ldymusyc
The Path of the Cold and Heartless [NC-17] by [personal profile] scarletladyy
The Perfect Last Memory [NC-17] by [profile] luciannamalfoy

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You're My Midnight (art) by [profile] lolasangel
A Kingdom Beside the Sea [NC-17] by [profile] everythursday | art by [personal profile] inspired_ideas
A Bottle of Luck [G] by [profile] pips_n_chiaw | art by [personal profile] inspired_ideas
Draco Malfoy and the Face of Death [NC-17] by [personal profile] ningloreth | art by [profile] zohra1
Guilt Counseling [G] by [profile] cyyt | art by [personal profile] inspired_ideas
Hostage of War [NC-17] by [personal profile] lady_of_clunn | art by Lhys
Murder at Hogwarts Castle [T] by [profile] wickedswanz | art by [personal profile] inspired_ideas
Seven For a Secret [NC-17] by [personal profile] ldymusyc | art by [profile] zohra1
They Are as Legion [R] by [profile] rivertempest | art by [personal profile] mayfly_78
Worth Fighting For [R] by [profile] alexajohnson | art by [profile] jezzifishie
A Marked Man [R] by [profile] little_dollface | art by [profile] farfadine
Friday Night is a Game [NC-17] by [personal profile] scarletladyy | art by [personal profile] inspired_ideas
Of Daisies and Stars [K] by [profile] elektra30 | art by [personal profile] leochi
Playing the Cad [R] by [profile] grander_fanfics | art by [personal profile] deathjunke

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Art: D/Hr Potions Room Romance [T] drawn by itsbeenvery
Two Wrongs Don’t Make a Right [K] by dracodew17
100-99 Ways to Drive Draco Malfoy Insane [T] by ellielove
Art: D/Hr and Spider [K] drawn by itsbeenvery
A Tangled Web [M] by dynonugget

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The Beginning [T] by lorcalon
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A Piggy-Back Proposal [K] by twist_myreality

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The Hours [K] by silviaelisa
Art: Wand Symmetry [K] drawn by sitrusky
The Outlier [T] by elektra30
Extracurricular [T] by dbshaw

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The Black Lake [K] by fourth_drink
The Magic of Ignorance [K] by imane nikko
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The Timekeeper’s Watch [K] by pennilyn novus

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Art: Plump Unpecked Cherries [T] drawn by riptey
Undisclosed Desires [M] by pearlescent

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Et in Arcadia Ego [T] by luciannamalfoy
Where Did It All Go? [K] by suprockstar


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