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Old 07-28-2010, 08:47 PM   #1
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Black Widow by Marks - PG-13

Title: Black Widow (The Blaise's Mum Has Got It Going On Tango)
Author: Marks
Genre: oneshot
DLP Library Category: General
Summary: "From what Harry could make out, she had been married seven times, each of her husbands dying mysteriously and leaving her mounds of gold."
Pairing: Mrs. Zabini/Various Husbands
Status: Complete (oneshot)
Rating: PG-13
Words: 1,900
Published: April 3, 2006
Link: http://www.aparecium.com/fics/blackwidow.html
Link: http://marks.dreamwidth.org/182904.html

It was in Almost-Recommended, but I'm thinking this is definitely better than most and Library-worthy.

It's a series of scenes pulled from the life of Blaise Zabini's mother, recounting all of her husbands and their deaths. Written from an interesting tense choice, the fic is a series of well-written snippets wrapped together into something startlingly good, with some surprisingly hilarious moments and a few lines of dialogue at the end that I thought were great.

First 5/5 I've given in a long time.


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Old 07-28-2010, 09:49 PM   #2
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Interresting and informative, but that's about it, it's a good quick read but it is pretty forgettable.
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Old 07-28-2010, 09:57 PM   #3
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I read it earlier after seeing it in the Almost Rec'd thread--I liked it. A lot. It's not perfect, and it isn't Harry-centric, but it's a funny little one-shot that should be checked out. Silens gave the highlights already, so I won't waste time doing that.

I will point out, though, that I was grinning during most of it. 4/5 from me.
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Old 07-28-2010, 09:58 PM   #4
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That was a surprisingly good read. Would have been fun to see her try to seduce Voldemort though.

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Old 07-28-2010, 10:15 PM   #5
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Well written and amusing. Not an essential read, but good fun. 5/5
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Old 07-28-2010, 10:34 PM   #6
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5/5 in entertainment value, and when it comes down to it, that is all that really matters.
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Old 07-28-2010, 11:41 PM   #7
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Pretty nice, concise idea here. I don't even have the faintest how idea how this idea of Zabini's mother being a Black Widow, but hey. Here it worked.

Well written, enjoyable, entertaining.

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Old 07-29-2010, 12:08 AM   #8
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I didn't put in the library myself because I was worried since it wasn't Harry-Centric. I really enjoyed it.

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Pretty nice, concise idea here. I don't even have the faintest how idea how this idea of Zabini's mother being a Black Widow, but hey. Here it worked.
Do you mean you don't know how this idea of Zabini's mom being a black widow happened? She's a confirmed one in HBP. The quote is in the summary.
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Old 07-29-2010, 01:31 AM   #9
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I enjoyed the fact it doesnt turn her into a gold digger out for all the money she can get. It was way better with her doing what she did for her son.
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Old 07-29-2010, 04:21 AM   #10
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Do you mean you don't know how this idea of Zabini's mom being a black widow happened? She's a confirmed one in HBP. The quote is in the summary.
I... really don't remember that. My bad. Is it in HBP? *goes to find the books*
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Old 07-29-2010, 05:00 AM   #11
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Here is the quote.

"Zabini, who was interrogated after McLaggen, turned out to have a famously beautiful
witch for a mother (from what Harry could make out, she
had been married seven times, each of her husbands dying mysteriously
and leaving her mounds of gold)." <-- Slug Club, Half Blood Prince.

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Old 07-29-2010, 08:00 AM   #12
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Writing itself is good and the author manages to say a lot within a very short space.

The first thing I notice was that throughout the story the author did not mention the first name of Mrs. Zabini or even what her maiden name was. And it was done in such a manner that it didn't feel awkward while reading the story. I thought it was a good touch.

Secondly, I liked that Mrs. Zabini was not characterised to be just a gold digger and that the death of each of her husband were unique and under different circumstances.

Thirdly, the meaning of the terms, which was used to commit each murder, inserted in between the scenes was a nice touch and I liked that very much.

Overall, I give it a 4/5.
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Old 07-30-2010, 03:16 PM   #13
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Short, but amusing. Not THAT awesome, though.

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Old 07-30-2010, 03:24 PM   #14
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Lol, that was pretty amusing. Only thing it has going for it is that it gives the definitions instead of explicit death scenes, fun gimmick.

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Old 07-30-2010, 03:32 PM   #15
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I like this one.
5/5 from me.
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Old 08-01-2010, 05:19 AM   #16
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Really interesting, gives that character a lot more depth than the more common and stereotypical "does it only because she is evil/wants the money" stuff. This is here of course but learning the thoughts behind it makes this a really interesting read.

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Old 08-05-2010, 11:46 AM   #17
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Interesting. I laughed at the
 
"Oh, no reason," the Black Widow says airily. "I was just wondering if he was available."


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Old 10-03-2010, 03:26 PM   #18
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Ah. Just a question is there anyway to save this fic on the DLP archive? Because either the site is down or the author removed it because I can only find an old google cache of it.

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