Question: what kind of title is "With a Whirl and a Twirl"? Answer: A whimsical one. It also made a bit more sense back when the fic had a subplot about the darned goblin conference, and some Auror action adventure stuff, but that was all really getting in the way and it got cut. But the title stayed.
NEW STUFF. I read Brave New World, and overall: good. She's kinda Mary Sue-ish in some ways (she can cast two different Patroni?), but I love the fact that she's a Muggle. That hooked me from the start. The story also brought some theories to light about *why* I don't tend to like Snape/OFC fics, and more thinking is always good (will post after thinking more). And finally, BNW left a warm fuzzy feeling in my brain. So that means I liked it overall (though the second book was easily my favorite).
In other news, I'm also looking at some Ron/Draco stories. I have trouble reading Snupin when I'm supposed to be writing Snupin, in case you're wondering why I'm out looking at all these other pairings. And so, I will list them here:
- Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, by Mad Maudlin - I really love this Draco. This is a long story, filled to the brim with plot in a very satisfying sort of way. Highly recommended.
- If You Want, by Bec - Really excellent snarking between the two of them. Crack premise, maybe (hee, Seamus and Spin the Bottle), but well executed. I liked it. Fairly short, maybe 4k.
- Beg Me For It, by Icarus - Tells a great story: sort of a reversal for these two, with Ron working for the Death Eaters (there's a good reason for it). There's a sequel with some kink, but also continues the story.
Finally, is it strange that I'm anticipating the second part of Cambiare Podentes almost as much as book 7? Seriously. That story was good. Talk about long and satisfying - part one is over 300,000 words and I loved all of them. (I'd bet everyone in the world has already heard of that one, but in case you haven't, it's Snape/Harry, rated mature. Some warnings, but don't let them dissuade you unnecessarily.)