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HD Holidays 2011 Recommendations

For the first time, I've been following the hd_holidays closely (at least in the past couple weeks), so I thought I'd give a few fic recommendations (there is amazing art in the fest, too, but I find art much more subjective and am much less comfortable recommending it). It was a tough thing, coming up with this list, since I've loved almost everything I've read, but I think I managed a passable list of ten eleven fics (plus a few bonus ones at the end). If I had to recommend just three four, they would probably be We Are Young (added 1/11/12), The Boy Who Only Lived Twice, At Your Service, and Burning Day, in that order.

There are a few I still have to read that I think I might love (e.g., The Moon Loves Her Shadows by frayach) but haven't yet read; I'll come back and add to this list if I find others.

Order in which posted (I'll add author names after reveals):

Posted: December 1st
Title: Humbug (A Christmas Tale)
Author: snegurochka_lee
Word count: 30k
Rating: NC-17
Author's summary: Draco has been taking his casual relationship with Harry for granted. Visits from four key ghosts the night before Christmas just might shake up his priorities in life.
My note: First post of the fest, and it set an exceptionally high bar. A retelling of A Christmas Carol with Draco as Scrooge. Perfection.
Link: http://hd-holidays.livejournal.com/200434.html

Posted: December 10th
Title: The Swaggering Plimpies (or, This One Time, At Quidditch Camp…)
Author: rurounihime
Word Count: 29k
Rating: NC-17
Author's summary: Draco has an idea, and Harry’s just the one to help him.
My note: Harry and Draco run a summer Quidditch camp for kids. The kids are in it.
Link: http://hd-holidays.livejournal.com/208328.html

Posted: December 11th
Title: The Business of Shagging Harry
Author: ginger_veela
Word Count: 15k
Rating: NC-17
Author's summary: Draco is an elite purveyor of adult wizarding entertainment. When a fake memory of Harry Potter in flagrante delicto becomes a sensation, Draco sees an opportunity to make a killing — if only he can get his hands on a real one. Problem is, no one is giving up the goods. What's a self-respecting pornographer to do?
My note: Yup, Draco is a pornographer. This one has a great Pansy. I love a strong Draco / Pansy friendship.
Link: http://hd-holidays.livejournal.com/209265.html

Posted: December 16th
Title: In Dreams
Author: moonflower_rose
Word Count: 37k
Rating: R-NC-17ish
Author's summary: When the simple act of opening the front door plunges you into the depths of a political conspiracy, you know you should have stayed in bed.
My note: Wicked good spy-type story. There's some Harry/Ginny in the beginning, in case that isn't your thing (it's not mine), but it wasn't toooo much. And it's worth it.
Link: http://hd-holidays.livejournal.com/212982.html

Posted: December 17th
Title: At Your Service
Word Count: 96k (yup)
Rating: NC-17
Author's summary: Hogwarts students are in danger; Harry is determined to save them all. There's only one thing he knows for certain: Draco Malfoy is somehow involved.
My note: This is one of the best HP/DMs I've ever read. It honestly could have been the 8th book. It had just the feel of the books and had a fantastic, plotty mystery that was very well thought out. Of course it has the bonus of sex, and, man... this was really amazing.
Link: http://hd-holidays.livejournal.com/213751.html

Posted: December 19th
Title: On License
Author: slytherincesss
Word Count: 57k
Rating: NC-17
Author's summary: Following a terrible crime and four-and-a-half years in Azkaban, Draco Malfoy is granted early release and is placed on license with an innovative new programme through the Auror Office of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement. Draco finds he doesn't know which is worse: Azkaban, or being under the legal supervision of Harry Potter. Even the most sacrosanct of boundaries can be breached.
My note: This is a tough read. The author has a million warnings on the story, and you should pay attention to them—or at least to their general tone. I'm honestly (still) not even sure that I liked this story, but it is moving and emotional and I enjoyed it and it was enthralling, for sure. But I also tend to like darker, stuff—and this was definitely dark. So read with caution, but read. (I wrote an honest review for it, and the author (anonymously) responded and didn't even mind that I said I wasn't sure that I liked it :) That makes me respect it even more.)
Link: http://hd-holidays.livejournal.com/215136.html

Posted: December 21st
Title: Luck of the Devil
Author: melusinahp
Word Count: 36k
Rating: NC-17
Author's summary: Draco never imagined he'd end up working in Rodolphus Lestrange's casino after the war, but fate has a twisted sense of humour. While the job has it perks, the downside is a bitch--especially when Roddy makes him an offer he can't refuse involving his old rival, Harry Potter.
My note: Draco works in a Casino for some baddies. They order him to kill Harry. Amazing story, amazing Draco ensue.
Link: http://hd-holidays.livejournal.com/216334.html

Posted: December 22nd
Title: Burning Day: A Tale of Rebirth
Author: tealeaf523
Word Count: 21k
Rating: NC-17
Author's summary: Looking for a bit of solitude over his winter holiday, Harry Potter rents a home in Scotland, only to end up in the middle of adventure, with ice cream in coffee, enchanted furniture, and more magical creatures than he’d ever imagined. Plus, there is a man who looks uncannily like his school rival from Hogwarts. But, he has no memory of meeting Harry in the past. Harry is determined to find out what happened to Draco Malfoy between his disappearance and finding his new identity as a charming unicorn trainer at the Scotland Unicorn Reservation for Lost Youths.
My note: This story involves unicorns. I almost didn't read it. But it's ended up being one of my very faves and involves perhaps my favorite way that Harry and Draco get together, of all the HPDMs I've ever read.
Link: http://hd-holidays.livejournal.com/217143.html

Posted: December 22nd
Title: Chrononauts
Author: annafugazzi
Word Count: 39k
Rating: R
Author's summary: Harry and Draco learn that Time is making fools of them again. And then they learn it... again.
My note: It took me a little while to understand anything that was going on. A complicated, very unique story dealing with time travel (one of my current favorite tropes). (Also, in the author's footnotes, she mentions the fic A Thousand Beautiful Things by geoviki, which I'd never read. It was like a bonus rec. And it's absolutely amazing. The sequel is, too.)
Link: http://hd-holidays.livejournal.com/217437.html

Posted: December 23rd
Title: The Boy Who Only Lived Twice
Author: lettered
Word Count: 56k
Rating: NC-17
Author's summary: Harry Potter is an Unspeakable. Draco Malfoy is the wizard who shagged him. Adventure! Intrigue! Secret identities, celebrities, spies! It's all right here, folks.
My note: Potter, Harry Potter. I was half-expecting some sort of Austin Powers sorta thing, but it really was much more James Bondy. I couldn't put it down. One of the best of the best. Harry's characterization was so good, and Draco's was equal parts heartbreaking and perfect, stoic Draco. And the plot... oh, the plot. Wonderfully complicated. Some parts I guessed (because we're supposed to), and some kept me on my toes. I'll definitely be rereading this. (P.S. The sex was blazingly good.)
Link: http://hd-holidays.livejournal.com/218431.html

Posted: December 31st
Title: We Are Young (I'll Carry You Home Tonight)
Author: femmequixotic
Word Count: 69k
Rating: NC17
Author's summary: Harry and Draco have been falling into bed on and off again since the last election five years ago, much to the amusement--and financial gain--of their circle of friends. But when Harry agrees to work with Draco to put Kingsley Shacklebolt into the Minister's office, they can't work side-by-side again every day and sleep together; that would be courting disaster. Wouldn't it?
My note: More than worth waiting 'til the end of the month for this one. Includes liberal inspiration from Adele's "Someone Like You," which should tell you something. And she included a playlist, as well. Awe-inspiring Blaise. Win-win-win-win-win-win.
Link: http://hd-holidays.livejournal.com/223895.html

Some bonus recs:

The Auror, the Toymaker, His Ego, and Their Courtship by themostepotente
The Cottage with the Purple Door, A Non-Linear Love Story by rillalicious
Every Fifteen Seconds by bsmog
Fire Before Us by mindabbles
Harry Potter and the Problematic Partnership by khasael
In Plain Sight by oldenuf2nb
Polar Night by hereticalvision
The Squad by valinorean
Take the Air by dysonrules
'Twixt the Sun and the Sward by novembersnow

Read and be merry! The final fic and art are posting tomorrow (12/31/11).

Happy New Year!
Tags: author: annafugazzi, author: bsmog, author: dysonrules, author: faithwood, author: femmequixotic, author: frayach, author: ginger_veela, author: hereticalvision, author: khasael, author: lettered, author: melusinahp, author: mindabbles, author: moonflower_rose, author: novembersnow, author: oldenuf2nb, author: rillalicious, author: rurounihime, author: slytherincesss, author: snegurochka_lee, author: tealeaf523, author: themostepotente, author: valinorean, fandom: harry potter, fanfiction, length: long-fic, length: novella, length: one-shot, m/m, pairing: harry/draco, rec, stuff to read
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