September 4th, 2009

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Victory, Later by Jeannie McTavish (PG13)

Fandom Category: Star Wars
Pairing: Han Solo/Leia Organa
Fic Title: Victory, Later
Author: jeanniemctavish
Link: Victory, Later
Rating/Warning(s): PG-13
Genre: Missing Scene
WIP?: No

Why This Must Be Read: Aside from the spot-on voices and characterization, this two-part fic is an excellent missing scene ficlet that fills in the blank of an oft theorized moment/conversation between Han and Leia regarding her parentage and her feelings about it. Leia is a strong woman, but how would she really feel about it? And how would Han react to such news? Well-written and well-thought. Two thumbs up! :D
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"Shifts" by fernwithy (pg)

Fandom Category: Harry Potter
Pairing: Nymphadora Tonks/Remus Lupin
Fic Title: Shifts
Author: fernwithy
Rating/Warning(s): PG
Genre: General, Drama
WIP?: No

Why This Must Be Read:
Summary: What if Remus's mysterious work for the Order was protecting someone Harry didn't think to worry about? And what if he did it in his capacity as a teacher... at Smeltings?

This is, without a doubt, the most original take on Remus's life during OotP that I've ever read. He's not just sitting around Grimmauld Place, watching Sirius mope. fernwithy's Remus isn't crippled by his lycanthopy, like some versions of Remus are, and Tonks is more than her abilities as a Metamorphagus. The romance is built from a very strong foundation of deep friendship (Remus is an old friend of Tonks's parents and they've known each other and been friends for most of Tonks's life) and while it doesn't dominate the story (and isn't even really present until the last third of the story), it's one of the best I've ever read. Like the book that inspired this fic, I found this extremely hard to put down, so to speak. It's captivating and beautiful and evocative and utterly original.

Don't forget to check out the sequel, "Shades," which takes place during HBP.