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I've been drowning in all of the glorious things that have been posted over the last month. I've hardly had time to comment properly, let alone rec, but I was determined to get at least one rec post in before [ profile] hd_erised reveals. Are you going crazy waiting like me? WHO WROTE MY GIFT FFS? I thought I knew, but I was wrong, and it's driving me up the wall, LOL!

OK, first of all I had a brilliant surprise because a fabulous person, sperekmormordrarry007 on AO3 has recorded a podfic of my fic Be Prepared. This fic is so ridiculous, I don't know how she read it with a straight face, but she managed, AND she pulled off an indignant Draco who finds himself in the bath with a lapful of naked Harry, and made it very funny. The fic is meant 100% humorously, but has MAJOR consent issues, so please be warned before you listen. I'm so thrilled that sperekmormordrarry007 took the time to create this. Also secretly delighted that she reads my username as birds of whore :DD

Be Prepared on AO3

Then today started amazingly because I found such a total gem at [ profile] hd_owlpost.

Title: Dapper
Author: Anonymous
Summary: Draco starts wearing Muggle suits and Harry’s definitely losing his mind.
Word Count: ~4,400
Rating: NC-17
Contains: Muggle fashion, UST, Banter, Dirty Talk

God, it's fantastic. This is how it begins:

Draco Malfoy is a pale, pointy, obnoxious arse of a human being.

He’s all slender limbs and high cheekbones and his hair is a ridiculous shade of white blonde which probably isn’t even natural. He’s always perfectly coiffed and lounges around on various bits of Ministry furniture like he’s in the Slytherin common room again, holding court for anyone who’ll listen. At one point, Harry’s tempted to have a velvet fucking throne delivered to Malfoy’s pretentious, wanky office, full of posh old maps and marble ornaments.

“He’d probably like it,” Ron points out and that puts Harry right off.

It's a divine treat for anyone who likes any of the following: partly reformed Draco who's still a total git, feisty Harry who finds him an arse but just can't resist, Draco in a sharp suit, Draco being all Toppy, bickering during sex, Draco being irresistibly gorgeous and suave, brilliant dirty talk and super-hot smut. I thought I was dreaming when I found all this in the same fic, and beautifully written with scorchingly sensual descriptions. I *highly* recommend if you want a quick hot fix of antagonistic H/D.

As a complete contrast, I'd like to rec the gorgeously gentle advent fic from [ profile] saras_girl which posted in installments over December but is now complete.

Title: Stop and Stare
Author: saras_girl
Pairing: HPDM, RWHG
Rating: eventual NC17
Wordcount: 78,314
Warnings: description of (accidental) injury, impressively unwieldy metaphors, original characters
Summary: Harry’s life is full of care, he has no time to stop or stare; he has no time for anyone’s shit, until his friends aren’t having it. A story about the unravelly things.
Author’s Notes: this is not a story full of drama or conflict or clothes being ripped off in a frenzy. It is about peace and about that creeping sort of love that sneaks up on you while you think you are busy doing other things.

This was just pure pleasure to read in the run up to Christmas. I always adore [ profile] saras_girl's wonderfully immersive stories which usually feature an irresistible Draco, a smitten Harry, brilliant OCs, wonderfully canon supporting characters, and a host of furry or feathered or insecty creatures. This one is no exception. It left me feeling peaceful and cosy - and sometimes wistful and worried, too, when things weren't going well for the characters - but there was always a sense of being guided through this lovely emotional journey full of humour, insight, romance, UST and friendship. I wish it was December already so we could have ANOTHER advent fic from SG....

And next, some [ profile] hd_erised recs. Wow. I didn't get anywhere near reading everything (I'm still working on it!), but it was all SO GOOD, wasn't it? I really want to rec everything, but these are 3 of my bestest favourites of all.

Well, first, MY GIFT. Omg. If you'd told me I was going to get 59k of Knitting!Dom!Draco which included practically EVERYTHING on my likes list, I don't know what I would have said. Well, I would have flailed, I expect. AND I DID.

Title: The Destiny You Sold
Author: [ profile] tryslora
Pairing(s): Harry/Draco, background Luna/Dudley, Ron/Hermione, Millicent/Goyle, other minor mentions
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: ~59,000
Warnings: None
Content/Enticements: Top!Draco, Bottom!Harry, Dom!Draco, sub!Harry, light bondage, kink exploration, dubious consent, accidental bonding, knitting jokes, wand jokes, prick cozies, light angst, Harry coming to terms with sexuality, blow jobs, wand lore, wandmaker!Harry, shopkeeper!Draco, everybody ships Drarry, kissing, living together, bed sharing, shower sex, intergluteal sex, drunken confessions, outdoor sex, semi-public sex, masturbation, watching, unintended and untimely arousal, domesticity, hickeys, frotting, hand jobs, sleepy sex, kink negotiation, mutual pining
Summary: In which Draco knits, Harry makes wands, and things get very tangled up between them.

Look at that content list. LOOK AT IT! *gape* I can't imagine anything more glorious than all of these things woven (knitted?) together into this fic of kinky amazingness. It's so fascinating, too, how the two of them deal with being accidentally bonded, how they explore consent and kink negotiation and their own sexuality and really just about every subject I have a major interest in.  And knitting! The creative magic regarding Draco's wool shop is bloody fantastic, so interesting and cool. And Draco himself is so TOPPY, nnnngh, but with a streak of delicious vulnerability, and knitting!Draco sounds like it might be a joke, but somehow it works.

And how is that even possible, that knitting is attractive? But the way Malfoy looks up at him, raises one eyebrow and just waits—it's fucking hot.

And there's Dudley and Luna. *swoons at new misfit pairing to ship*
I could go on and on, but... basically, the whole thing is romantic and daring and brilliant and hot and just, really, what a gift to get.

Title: Any Instrument
Author: [ profile] dicta_contrion
Pairing(s): Harry/Draco, brief Draco/OMC
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: ~130,000
Content/Enticements: Slow build, mystery, medicine, politics, angst (but not forever!), wandlore, wandless magic, awkward first times, long walks, kittens, happy endings
Summary: Draco Malfoy wouldn't go back to England for anything less than an exceptional case. Being asked to figure out why Harry Potter can't control his magic might be exceptional enough to qualify.

I know I gasped when I saw some of the word counts at erised this year. Did you see the stats post that said over a million words were written in total? My god! I'm not normally one for long!fic, and this one is LONG, but, my word, it's worth it. The writer creates such a satisfyingly immersive world here with a really original premise. If you like a creative take on magical lore you'll adore this. The writing is top notch and the supporting cast are bloody marvellous. I never knew I needed Greg Goyle doing press ups with Kneazle kittens on his back, but here he is.

Harry's mental state is quite distressing at the beginning of the fic, but it's worth it for the joy of seeing him slowly come back to himself and start to deal with things he's been hiding from, and there are some absolutely amazing scenes where Draco assesses Harry's magic with a series of exercises. Trust me, it's brilliant. The relationship between them is very slow build, but god, so worth it. I'm swooning just thinking about it. If you've been hesitating because of the length, please do yourself a favour and read it.

OK, and then for another contrast, I'd like to rec

Title: Defining Dickhead
Author: [ profile] who_la_hoop
Pairing(s): Harry/Draco
Rating: PG-13
Word Count: ~8,500
Warnings: None
Content/Enticements: terrible swearing, boys being idiots, friendship, bad presents, dubious romance
Summary: cockblock (vulgar, slang)
verb: to impede the romantic or sexual advances of a person (usually a man) towards another

cockblockhead (vulgar, slang)
noun: a person (usually a man) who unintentionally cockblocks themselves
see also entries for: self-sabotage, absolute idiocy, Harry James Potter

Oh, lordy. I don't know how one fic can bring so much joy in 8k. This one whooshed by like a hilarious, smart, effortless, genius, romantic, whooshing thing, which is what it is. Draco is the most divine git. He drives Harry to distraction and it's the funniest thing ever. And delightfully sweary. It's so perfect, I wish there were more, but we'll just have to worship the 8k that we have been blessed with. *clasps every word to my bosom*

I have a whole list of other things from erised which I want to rec. THE ART! Merlin! What did we do to deserve these riches! And loads more fic as well. I will try and come back and rec some more, but I hope if you try any of these that you'll enjoy them as much as I did.

Date: 2016-01-05 10:41 pm (UTC)
capitu: (default - christmas)
From: [personal profile] capitu
I listened to the podfic and is brilliant! :D Of course you're secretly delighted.

And these! Yummy recs are so yummy! <333

Date: 2016-01-05 11:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Great recs! I approve. ;)

Date: 2016-01-06 12:10 am (UTC)
gracerene: (HP: Glasses)
From: [personal profile] gracerene
Yay recs! Glad you've been enjoying Erised! :D

Date: 2016-01-08 01:58 pm (UTC)
reijamira: ([HP] Drarry glare)
From: [personal profile] reijamira
Thanks for all those recs! I read "Dapper" and it was exquisite! Will check out all the others, too.

Date: 2016-01-10 06:10 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] vaysh11
Dapper is still anonymous at [ profile] hd_owlpost

Date: 2016-01-10 08:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Birds!!! I don't know how I missed this, but I'm so glad I've seen it now!!! You're lovely beyond words. Thank you for taking a chance on this behemoth of a fic. I'm so, so glad that the slow build and world-building worked!! <3<3<3<3<3


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