/r/Fan Fiction Reviews

/r/Fanfiction HP Winter Fic Exchange Part 2 of 2

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The /r/Fanfiction Harry Potter Winter Fic Exchange was a delayed Christmas present for 7 Harry Potter fans. Each put their list of preferences in and received a random recipient to receive a drabble based on their preferences. We have split them up into two parts (since the reviewers did take part :P) and will be reviewing them in blocks!

Fandom blind friendly: All require some basic knowledge of Harry Potter.

Reviewed by: Ashes0909


 

A Muggle Life

433 words, complete, @ AO3 by SatuD2

Genre/What to expect: A lovely drabble exploring Ron and Hermione moving into the Muggle world.

Rating: Gen

Pairings: Ron/Hermione

The first drabble takes on the question of what Ron Weasley would be like in the muggle world. Trying to adjust, Hermione is there to lend a helping hand in this sweet and authentic story.  It perfectly captures how uncomfortable Ron would be in a muggle flat and Satu does a wonderful job showing a kind intimacy between the couple, that helps them through this magic-to-muggle transition. A lovely fic all around!


 

The Ball Game

552 words, complete, @AO3 by Robbin_Hoods

Genre/What to expect:  Post-War Hogwarts era. During a Quidditch match, Harry Potter and Oliver Wood go after the snitch in the Forbidden Forest. 

Rating: Gen

Pairings: Harry/Oliver

The second drabble is a tale of two boys struggling to find something to say to one another. Harry and Oliver walk through the forest and are confident with everything but one another. I really liked how Robin_Hoods chose to start this fic, and from the very beginning I was rooting for these two to find a way to bridge the gap from friends to flirting. Great job!


Snowflake Kisses

595 words, complete, @AO3 by 

Genre/What to expect:  Post-War Hogwarts era. Draco is trying to adjust to Hogwarts after Voldemort is defeated.

Rating: T

Pairings: Harry/Draco

The last fic of this set was a gift written for me by amaranthium. They’ve all changed after the war, none moreso than Draco. Harry starts to see it and with this observation, he becomes intrigued. A little dash of mischief from a friend, and Harry and Draco’s relationship transforms in a fitting and festive end. Lovely work!


In summation

These three drabbles are lovely little fics. Each show their couples coming together in different ways. Some, for the first time, while others are adjusting to a new world and having only one another to lean on. All in all, the fics were very well done and a great, quick read. Enjoy!

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[Star Wars] Lost Valor; Forgotten Stars

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105k words, complete @Ao3 by rinskiroo
Genre/What to expect: X-Wings! Romance! Cocky Poe! Mystery!
Rating: T
Pairings: M/F Poe Dameron/OC

Prior to “The Force Awakens,” Poe Dameron accidentally discovers a lost starship graveyard and an unknown woman entombed there. With questionable connections to the Galactic War, Poe and his comrades on D’Qar attempt to unravel hidden and forgotten secrets. Though cautioned otherwise, Poe finds companionship and the need to protect this strange, yet strangely familiar, woman.

Suitable for fandom blind readers? Maybe. Rudumentary Star Wars knowledge helps with background information, but if read with an open mind and a great deal of disbelief suspended, it would stand on its own.

Reviewed by: Tafferling


Star Wars and X-Wings. Oh boy.

It’s been years (and with that I mean more than a decade), but I’ve once nursed a crush on pretty much every pilot in Rogue Squadron, in particular after I got done reading X-Wing (The book series by Michael A. Stackpole and Aaron Allston).

So when I got done watching The Force Awakens, and failed to feel even just a tickle for Poe, I thought my days of flapping my arms around cocky pilots were over.

I was wrong. Or better yet, rinskiroo proved me wrong. She went and wrote Lost Valor; Forgotten Stars, and gave me so much more than just the thrill of X-Wing dogfights.

Poe smirked, “Just don’t want to be standing around answering questions when I’d rather be seeing lines.”

She gave us– wait. Hold up. No. This isn’t just about Poe. Quite the contrary. It also isn’t about X-Wings (except it sort of is), or about the Resistance (except again, it sort of is). It isn’t about great heroics (while very much being just about that) either.

Lost Valor is about two people. Euli Avedis and Poe Dameron. Individuals in the grand scheme of things, who find each other (in a quite literal sense, really) while the world ticks on around them.

Euli is introduced not only as a compelling and well layered orignal character, but also as a focal plot point to the the story. She brings mystery, and rinskiroo did an excellent job making the slow unravelling of her secrets interesting.

There’s life between those two characters, and through them we get to experience the Star Wars verse with all its nuances and flavours. Literally, at point, since rinskiroo has done her research and we even get to dine a little. Her writing clearly reminded me of how vast and detailed the lore is, and it’s done a great job at feeling like Star Wars, rather than a generic Science Fiction story.

We get a decent amount of techno babble, if you’d like to even call it that. It’s consitent and it fits into the narrative. The supporting cast is excellent as well, easily standing on their own, without giving the impression that they’re just here to faciliate the main characters. Especially Leia. And I’ve just got to mention this, because it does sit close to my heart: Rinskiroo has done Leia Organa right.  There isn’t a sentence in there that wouldn’t have made me think of her, or reminded me of the amazing character that many of us had the honour to grow up with. Considering the recent loss we’ve had to suffer, what with Carry Fisher getting herself drowned in silver moonlight and strangled by her own brassiere, I’ll freely admit to almost. Almost, because this Taffer doesn’t cry easy. Shut up.

Anyway.

This piece is great. You should check it out. If not for the X-Wings, then at least for Poe. Because. Yeah.

“I’m a little stubborn, it’s a character flaw. I don’t have many, but there it is.”

I remember now how much fun it was to gush over characters like him.

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/r/Fanfiction HP Winter Fic Exchange Part 1 of 2

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The /r/Fanfiction Harry Potter Winter Fic Exchange was a delayed Christmas present for 7 Harry Potter fans. Each put their list of preferences in and received a random recipient to receive a drabble based on their preferences. We have split them up into two parts (since the reviewers did take part :P) and will be reviewing them in blocks!

Fandom blind friendly: The three drabbles reviewed here all require some basic knowledge of the characters of Harry Potter.

Reviewed by: SatuD2


Three Sheets to the Wind

554 words, complete, @ AO3 by blockedthewriter (lostlikeme)

Genre/What to expect: Humour, the twins giving Ron some much-needed romantic advice!
Rating: Teen and up
Pairings: Ron & Fred & George, Ron/Hermione

The first drabble I’m reviewing is the one that was gifted to me! This is a fic where the twins come across Ron drinking dejectedly in the bar after, what can only be assumed, was a disastrous session in the sack. Poor Ron is morose and drinking his sorrows away. blockedthewriter perfectly captures the twins as they swoop in to save the day, telling jokes to make their brother laugh, saving him from intoxication, and dispensing sage advice.

It’s wonderful, sweet and hilarious. If you want a dose of brotherly hijinks and a dash of good advice mixed in there somewhere, I will highly recommend you take a gander at this delightful oneshot!


A Day in the Life of Watching Ginny Weasley

602 words, complete, @ AO3 by ashes0909

Genre/What to expect: Romance, pining and realisation of denial in one lovely bundle.
Rating: Teen and up
Pairings: Hermione/Ginny

The second drabble is almost painfully sweet. It perfectly encapsulates that awkward teenage crushing, where you notice your amour everywhere you go but you’re totally not watching them, that would be ludicrous, they just happen to be at the edge of your vision at all times. And on the other side of that, the awareness of being watched and of revelling in that attention. And, of course, Luna being the most sensible one present as always.

It all comes together in the closing section. It’s sweet and delightful and warms the cockles of your heart.


Cologne

643 words, complete, @ AO3 by Hermit9

Genre/What to expect: Hurt/comfort, a lovely depiction of a poly relationship, gender fluidity and being trans
Rating: Teen and up
Pairings: Draco/Luna, Luna/Harry (mentioned)

The third drabble is a beautiful little self-contained glimpse into an established relationship. Everything is portrayed so sweetly and respectfully. Draco is the trans character, FTM, and as he sits in front of the mirror and surveys himself you can feel your heart breaking. Luna, nonbinary and wonderful as always, comes home from a date with Harry and gently puts their partner back together again. It’s incredibly sweet.


In summation

These three drabbles are very different, cover vastly different relationships and characters and scenes. They’re all delightful in different ways. I would highly recommend all three of them for your reading pleasure 😀

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The Servant of Time [Final Fantasy VI / Discworld]

 

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2.2k words, complete @Ao3  by Literary_Disaster 
Genre/What to expect: Kefka getting told off by DEATH. What’s not to love?
Rating: General Audiences
Pairings: None

An entry to the December Prompt Challenge on /r/FanFiction.

The god of Death finds Kefka in His realm after Kefka’s defeat at the hands of the Returners. Will Kefka’s crossing go smoothly? Or are there going to be a few hiccups along the way?

Suitable for fandom blind readers? Yes.

Reviewed by: Tafferling


Contrary to what the name might say, Literary_Disaster isn’t really that. There’s nothing disasterous about their writing, not from where I’m standing anyway.

Kefka might disagree though, because he’s getting the short end of the stick, and it’s a bony stick and served with the beautiful (and classy) snark of your DEATH truly. I’ll spare you my fangirling over that gent here, since I’ve done it already in the previous one.

Death merely continued to stand His ground and silently wondered if perhaps Mister Palazzo had not heard Him. Perhaps Mister Palazzo didn’t understand his current situation. Perhaps Mister Palazzo didn’t care. Death produced a gravelly sigh and leaned heavily upon his scythe. He really disliked dealing with the difficult ones. They’d give Him a headache if He had a head that could ache.

LD (can I call you that?) does the character justice, but does more than that. We get a nice, brief introduction to how DEATH works. A bit of a starter, really. The entré easing us into the main course: Kefka not getting it, and DEATH not really having any of it.

Though even most of it made me smile, there’s still a good deal of finality to it, and a lot of introspection from the narrator’s end that shows the finality of things by the time the end rolls in.

But go on and take a look yourself. It’ll be worth it.

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RARE [Criminal Minds / Discworld]

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3.3k words, complete @Ao3 by Deejaymil
Genre/What to expect: Grim humour. Cruel reality. An adorable reaper of souls. And tenacious, fate defying BAU agents.
Rating: T
Pairings: None, Gen

An entry to the December Prompt Challenge on /r/FanFiction.

Humans, as a whole, are always interesting. Sometimes, the wrong kind of interesting. Death is pretty fond of them all.

But then, there are the heroes…

Suitable for fandom blind readers? No. It might start off as such, but to be able to fully grasp the rest, Criminal Minds knowledge is a must.

Reviewed by: Tafferling


Before we get started, I’d like to introduce you to DEATHHe’s been one of my favorite deathcharacters throughout my history of favourite characters, and ever since I’ve first met him in Terry Pratchett’s Discworld, I’ve known I’d want to be able to write a character as compelling and funny as him.

I’ve collected a few of his likenesses and scattered them around my place (see exhibit a), but aside of that I haven’t gotten anywhere with cozying up to his likeness.

But Deejay has gone and shown me that it can be done.

It hadn’t happened yet; however, he had met some humans who were rather… well, interesting, yes, but not in a good way. Not like kittens or astrophysics were interesting. More in the interesting way of slimy bugs or many-legged spiders or even a dark hole in a wall leading to gods knows where. The kind of interesting that came with a big neon sign declaring DANGEROUS, DO NOT TOUCH that you felt oddly compelled to touch and yet also strangely betrayed when it touched back.

So. Yeah. I adore her DEATH. And I hope that during the first section of RAREyou’ll learn to do the same, and that even if you aren’t familiar with Discworld, Dee does a splendid job building DEATH and who, or what, he is before delving into Criminal Minds.

From there on out this fic shines with how DEATH interacts with the familiar characters from the procedural crime show, and we’re getting to see past the veil and get to be intimately familiar with all those moments in which one of the BAU should have died. But they’re just too damn stubborn to let go– and after they’ve come face to face with him one too many times, I think DEATH ends up a little smitten with them.

Find out for yourself though. If you know Criminal Minds, go read! If you don’t– go read anyway, it’s still good!

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Seriously, this isn’t exactly Ghostbusters… [Mediator Series]

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1.700 words, complete @Ao3 by Somecallmemichelle
Genre/What to expect: A young woman introspecting about a questionable curse in her life.
Rating: T
Pairings: None, Gen

An entry to the December Prompt Challenge on /r/FanFiction.

Suzannah Simon (or just “Suze”, to everyone but a few of her closest aqquaintances) has a secret…she can see ghosts, now she reveals that truth to the world.

Suitable for fandom blind readers? Somewhat, though it is likely easier enjoyed with knowledge of the source material.

Reviewed by: Tafferling


I’ve had no idea what fandom the Mediator Series belonged to, not until I started writing the review and had to go hunting for a header image. And yet I’m left feeling sympathetic to Suzannah as she rambles on about her life– and what’s beyond. Because damn, her job can’t be an easy one, what with her daily dealing with unruly ghosts.

By the time I got done reading, I had a fairly decent grip on Suzannah’s personality, and I wouldn’t be adversed to reading the series she’s from.

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Raindrop and Puddles [Supernatural]

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3.300 words, complete  @Ao3  by Hermit9
Genre/What to expect: A Supernatural case fic that might as well have aired with a true to the character Dean POV
Rating: T
Pairings: None, Gen

An entry to the December Prompt Challenge on /r/FanFiction.

Day of rain: ?
“Craigslist? Or you know, I’m sure Lebanon has one of those quaint lists of local businesses.”

“For the last time Sam, no!”

Dean swore. There was a gurgling sound coming from the drains that promised nothing good.

Suitable for fandom blind readers? Yes, because you don’t need to know Supernatural to adore Dean’s snarky POV

Reviewed by: Tafferling


Hermit makes magic happen with her words. She’s lived up to the challenge and turned her three challenge words (Crude, flush and cleanup) into a humorous and true to canon Supernatural case fic.

Despite the random word generator having itself a raunchy day and coughing up one suggestive sets of words after the other, Hermit went and made me laugh, launching the story off with Dean lamenting backed up sewers and DIY woes. Because hunters might be ace at frying demons, but plumbing is an entirely different beast.

It wasn’t Hell (not enough sulfur) or Purgatory (not enough blood), but it had a presence and body all of its own.

She doesn’t stop there though. What could have been a simple crack fic, quickly turns into an actual hunt for the Winchester brothers, because when it rains it pours. Something to be taken quite literal if we are to believe Castiel.

I refuse to spoil the enjoyment of this read for anyone though. Go on and have a read. You’re in for a true treat.