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Espresso Recommendations

Innovative and stylish fanfiction, showcasing the very best across multiple sf, fantasy & literature fandoms. Good writing in all its forms can be found here, including gen, het, slash, OCs, AUs, crossovers, future fics, humour & pastiche

Contents: 912 recs in 209 fandoms; 64 links

Harry Potter

Remus Lupin

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After the Earth by Torch

'She'd already cleaned everything off the mantelpiece -- the photographs, the display case, the flowers.' This tiny vignette really makes you think -- to say any more would spoil it

[Added 18/03/2006; Drama; <1000; Harry Potter; Characters: Minor, Remus Lupin]

The Bloody Stare of Mars by Yahtzee

Voldemort's won, the heart of London's a concentration camp & muggle-born witches must take employment where they can... The Potter fandom isn't exactly short of 'Voldemort won' dystopias, but few combine Yahtzee's solid grasp of plot, keen eye for telling detail & light touch with the angst

[Added 01/12/2005; Drama; 20,000-50,000; Harry Potter; Characters: Hermione Granger, Severus Snape, Remus Lupin, Ron Weasley, Luna Lovegood, Firenze, Voldemort, Malfoys, OC]

The Death of a Soul, A Blowjob Beneath a Table, and the Rain of Toads That Followed by Phaballa

'As reported by the Southampton Soothsayer in March of 1879, the account of the kidnapping of one Alexandra Glass, age eight, daughter to the famous Astrologist Augustus Glass, who invented the Glass-Hayburn arithmantical equation used to calculate the aural patterns of stars.' A hilarious post-war happily-ever-after romp, with asides on coincidence and fate

[Added 12/12/2006; Humour; 6000-20,000; Harry Potter; Characters: Harry Potter, Draco Malfoy, Severus Snape, Remus Lupin]

For To Preserve This Day by Sinope

Snapshots of uneasy relationships during the first war. A delicate, precisely observed piece

[Added 13/02/2006; Drama; 2500-6000; Harry Potter; Characters: Remus Lupin, Severus Snape, Sirius Black]

Imperfect by Anne Line

'...it was easier to trust an enemy than a stranger, that's how turned around everything was.' An unusual setting, awkward dialogue & a gritty sense of place set this apart from the Snape/Lupin hordes

[Added 04/01/2006; Romance/Erotica; 6000-20,000; Harry Potter; Characters: Severus Snape, Remus Lupin; Adult]

Lies in the Rookery by Thamiris

'...it's entirely possible that, hidden beneath them, his body's no more than the bones of dead birds.' Dark, luscious, twisted picture of a convoluted relationship

[Added 04/01/2006; Romance/Erotica; 1000-2500; Harry Potter; Characters: Severus Snape, Remus Lupin; Adult]

Marginalia (A Story about Stories) by Magnetic Pole

'No one knows exactly how old the Library is, but legend has it that its oldest books once belonged to Rowena Ravenclaw herself. The Library’s gargoyles jeered at Nicholas Flamel when he first visited; its dragon genealogies are the lengthiest and most complete in the world.' Lovely clever story which works on multiple levels. The unusual narrator is a particular treat

[Added 15/12/2011; Drama; 2500-6000; Harry Potter; Characters: Original character, Sirius Black, Remus Lupin]

Orbital by Ineke

'Sirius ... walks with the consciousness of himself as an object of desire: slower than you'd expect, as though the lingering glances are catching him with soft hands, tugging and yearning against the direction of his motion.' Ineke achieves a delicate balance here, giving Sirius a much darker edge than is found in most R/S, without making Remus appear out of character. Wonderful sensual writing

[Added 06/08/2008; Romance/Erotica; 2500-6000; Harry Potter; Characters: Remus Lupin, Sirius Black, OC; Adult]

Reclamation by Copperbadge

'I was wondering what you knew about horcruxes...' From the initial premise to the plausible consequences, one of the most interesting AUs I've read in the Potterverse

[Added 04/01/2006; Drama; 2500-6000; Harry Potter; Characters: Tom Riddle, Remus Lupin, Sirius Black, Severus Snape]

The River Child by Ignipes

'It was, without a doubt, the ugliest creature Remus had ever seen.' A simple, moving short in which the parallels between the dark creature of the story and the werewolf are ever present, but never too obvious. A favourite from Ignipes' 'Remus Lupin's Lost Years' series (accessible via this page); all are worth reading

[Added 21/03/2007; Drama; 2500-6000; Harry Potter; Characters: Remus Lupin, OCs]

'Twas Brillig, and the Slithy Toves by Kaydee Falls

'Carroll was actually a wizard, you know. Taught at Hogwarts for a year or two, I think. Care of Magical Creatures.' Neat characterisations of all four Marauders as they pass on the torch, and the dialogue just bounces along

[Added 13/02/2006; Drama; 2500-6000; Harry Potter; Characters: Remus Lupin, Sirius Black, James Potter, Peter Pettigrew, Fred Weasley, George Weasley, Nymphadora Tonks, Ginny Weasley, Ron Weasley, Molly Weasley]