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Old 03-04-2009, 06:55 PM   #1
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Dark and Light by Guardian65 - M

Title: Dark and Light
Author: Guardian65
Rating: M
Genre: Adventure/Suspense
DLP Category: Independent or Romance
Pairing: Harry/Tonks
Chapters: 3
Words: 8,269
Updated: August 10, 2008
Published: June 9, 2008
Status: Abandoned

Summary: Harry ran from the Dursley's and stumbled onto the world that was his birth right. He became cold and powerful, caring only for himself and one other. Now Voldemort must deal with an enemy who is not so different from himself.
Link: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4313130/1/Dark_and_Light

The plot is nearly identical to Acerbus Angelus by Dalyon. Harry away ran from the Dursleys, has grown up independently, and goes after the prophecy.

A decent story written from the 1st-person perspective. It has nice style, nice atmosphere and modest creativity.

The biggest problem is that I only knew Harry ran away from the Dursleys because of the summary. The backstory is completely absent, and the author shouldn't waste any time in fixing that. Writers of AU fics like these tend to get too gleeful in withholding information.


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Old 03-04-2009, 07:49 PM   #2
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Narration, spelling, grammar are good enough, I like Harry's character (though he is overpowered, but that's unavoidable, I guess). If the story continues like this I'd give it 3.5 or 4, but I won't rate story that short.

That's the main problem. The story has 3 chapters with 2.7k words per chapter average (8k words total). I don't think it should be placed in the library just now, and since last update was almost 9 months ago, I think it can be considered abandoned. So, I don't think such a teaser should be allowed here, but it definitely has the potential.

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Old 03-04-2009, 07:51 PM   #3
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Good, but too short. Also, not updated within six months, which annoys me to no end. Why can't people simply keep writing, if it's a decent story? I got all exited for Harry/Tonks and then it cuts off right when it started to get interesting

Actually, now I think I read it once already; when it was new. You got info that there's gonna be a new chapter or something, Andro?
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Old 03-04-2009, 07:59 PM   #4
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I feel gypped, because of where the story cut off. As noted above, this could all fit one decent sized chapter. The quality of the writing is excellent and I do kind of want to find out what Harry has been up to.

Unfortunately, judging by the fact that he's Australian, I'm afraid one of those brush fires consumed the author. Hopefully he'll update in the future.


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Old 03-04-2009, 08:55 PM   #5
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Excellent, though it's just an intro. I put it on Author's Alert. As it says in the reviews, I hope the author doesn't make his name into Cayden, as that would be fucking ridiculous. I hate stuff like that.

Also, I hope the author has not gone and died in a fire.
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Old 03-05-2009, 05:21 PM   #6
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The introduction reads like the narration of a film, which is a negative in my book. It's not bad, just I dislike the use of that particular device.

Scratch that the whole first chapter reads like the introductory first-person narration of a crime drama. Again that's not necessarily a bad thing, personally I just find it irritating after a while.

Alright just finished the surprisingly small fic. That's my first complaint, even if it does echo the comments of others at this length it rates as a decent introduction in my mind, nothing more.

The first person perspective and writing style as I have said irritate me, but that doesn't take away from the fact that the author has done it well.

Fighting is excellent and HP seems a rather cool bloke, he loses points for letting Tonks punch him though. In fact the whole fic loses half a point for him being so in lurv with Tonks, it detracts from the badass.

Two points for the good writing, one point for the decent idea, half a point for the lack of potentially ridiculous emo backstory, half a point again for the excellent fight scenes. Subtract half a point for the relationship with Tonks and overall it struggles to a 3.5/5 in its present form.
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Old 03-08-2009, 06:01 PM   #7
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The plot is nearly identical to Acerbus Angelus by Dalyon.
You had me there. Going to read now.

Edit: It's not very good in my opinion. The tenses are all over the place, the chapters too short, Harry's characterisation your cliche indy!Harry "enlightened dark but not evil hardarse", he beats Dumbledore far too easily (in fact, the fact that he even beat Dumbledore at all is WTF), the plot has no structure to it: it's just one event after another and tends to wind back and forwards, Harry trusts Dumbledore far too quickly after having him running from him, the author makes Harry know too much for the sake of convenience, and there's no originality to speak of.


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Old 03-08-2009, 09:38 PM   #8
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in fact, the fact that he even beat Dumbledore at all is WTF
Truth. I don't see any reason at all Harry should surpass Dumbledore in dueling skill anywhere before 30.

The story is short, too short to be in the library. It's decent enough, I suppose, but it's useless unless it gets somewhere.


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Old 03-08-2009, 09:54 PM   #9
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Too short, the writing is pretty rough around the edges and the characterisation is inconsistent. This could have been great, but that's all it has going for it in my opinion.

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Old 03-09-2009, 04:25 AM   #10
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3/5 and that is a pure entertaining level rating. As bored as I'm right now I'd have given it a 4/5 but 8k words don't deserve that mark in any shape or form(one shots excluded). The story has a good idea behind it but the author could've executed it better.

Although the story is short it was easy to read and it had a small hook to it. Checking the status of other stories the author has posted I have some doubts this will ever pass the 20k words marker, but if the author decides to work on it for a bit longer for a change, it might turn into a decent independent Harry fic that serves it purpose to keep you entertained for a few hours but hardly accomplishing more.
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