September 16th, 2013

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Invisible to See by FayJay (Pandarus) - (NC-17)


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Title: Invisible to See
Fandom: Harry Potter
Pairing: Draco/Harry (Draco/Justin Finch Fletchley, Harry/Cho Chang)
Categories: AU, sixth year, conceived prior to Order of the Phoenix, action/adventure, drama, romance, mystery, angst, some humor, growing up, war with Voldemort
Length: Epic (94,963 words)
Warnings: Minor character death. [Details...]Narcissa Malfoy

Author on LJ: invisibletosee
Author Website: favicon FayJay
Author's Summary:
Invisible to See is a novel set in JK Rowling's Harry Potter universe, exploring one possible future for some of the key characters. It was begun in November of 2002 and completed in December of 2003; as such the story was conceived without benefit of The Order of the Phoenix, and cleaves only to prior canon. It is a swashbuckling tale of love, friendship, romance, redemption and vengeance, and of the messy business of coming to terms with the differences between who you are and who other people want you to be. Or, in other word, growing up.

Review:
This year marks the tenth anniversary of this HP classic, and I have a definite soft spot for long, imaginative stories written before Deathly Hallows -- in this case, well before. FayJay does a terrific job of following on from Goblet of Fire, keeping everyone in character, while giving Draco a stark and convincing reason to escape his father and the Death Eaters.

Draco's too smart to miss the last chance to save his skin by fleeing to Hogwarts. Harry, Ron and Hermione are naturally suspicious of his sudden reappearance, and Dumbledore and Snape have to take precautions, since Draco may be a spy - even if it's unwillingly. What follows is action and mystery and self discovery, with Draco growing up, and both he and Harry discovering their sexuality while under the shadow of the war with Voldemort and the very real threat Lucius presents.

I loved that Draco remains perfectly Slytherin throughout, while Harry can't shake his habit of acting first and thinking later. The story's thoughtful and suspenseful, plotty and decidedly hot. Draco's point of view is my favorite, for the cracks we get to see in his (often funny) sharp facade, how rattled he is by death and betrayal and by finding himself alone. His new and startling (to him) friendships with Neville and Dobby are well done, and when Justin offers a lifeline of affection, Draco jumps on it, even though he knows it's just physical. The mystery of Hogwarts' spy is well plotted, and eventually the twists bring Draco together with Harry, who, as always, has been following him, arguing with him, attempting to save him, and generally being drawn to Draco throughout.


On LJ: Prologue - Chapter 2, Chapters 3 - 22, Chapters 23 - 40

(Not currently available on AO3 -- says part of an ongoing challenge as of 7/2019 - but the link was Invisible to See in case it goes back up.)
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Marching to the Beat of a Different Timeline by Fandomlver (R)

Title: Marching to the Beat of a Different Timeline (R) & Travelling in a Wibbly Wobbly Liney Whiney (PG-13)
Fandom: Dr Who/Sarah Jane Adventures/Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Pairing: Luke Smith/Dawn Summers
Categories: crossover, college years, time-travelling, Wolfram & Hart, unexpected history
Length: Epic (60,579 words) & Long (37,462 words) respectively
Warnings: None

Author on LJ: fandomlver (looks pretty moribund, though)
Author website: favicon fandomlver

Author's Summary:
Oxford was Luke's chance at normal. At least, until he met the pretty girl in his Ancient Languages class...and the girls who follow her around, and the strange boy who hangs around her flat, and those weird phone calls from her sister...

Review:
Luke Smith goes to college, reading Anthropology because Physics is still too easy. He meets Dawn Summers and ends up not entirely accidentally in a study group with her. The story revolves around the clashing and meshing of their worldviews over the subsequent months. It's not exactly a romance, because Luke is terrible at that sort of thing, but they do end up as more than friends. There are threats and backup from both sides of the crossover, and it all fits together very nicely. The sequel throws the Doctor, Amy and Rory into the mix, and ups the ante by filling in some Buffyverse Extremely Ancient History. I didn't see the ending coming, and I enjoyed it thoroughly.

Fandomlver has a very deft touch with the characters, making each of them distinct and recognisable without exaggerating them (often hard to do with Andrew, for instance). Luke in particular is adorable, being super-intelligent but utterly clueless when it comes to people, and comes out with some quotes that are absolutely perfect Dr Who. The storyline too is an interesting blend of the styles of both Buffy and Who: we are presented with what feels like a Who-style problem in a Buffyverse framework. Interestingly the sequel, Travelling in a Wibbly Wobbly Liney Whiney reverses this, presenting a Buffy-like problem in a Whovian framework. Both are well-handled and fit their respective styles; the threats feel appropriate, neither too hard nor too easy for either group's very different expertises. Even the humour is nicely balanced, and frequently understated. The irony of Luke insisting to Dawn and Connor that he and Sky are both human is just there for the reader to pick up on rather than hammered home, for instance.

In short, this is a well-written, gentle pair of epics that deserve a wider audience. If for absolutely nothing else I would love them for this quote from Luke: "Don't need weapons. I have physics." Perfect Who, just perfect.

On AO3:
Marching to the Beat of a Different Timeline
Travelling in a Wibbly Wobbly Liney Whiney

On ff.net:
Marching to the Beat of a Different Timeline
Travelling in a Wibbly Wobbly Liney Whiney

On Twisting the Hellmouth:
Marching to the Beat of a Different Timeline
Travelling in a Wibbly Wobbly Liney Whiney