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WIP Strangers at Drakeshaug by Northumbrian - T

Discussion in 'General Fics' started by Tasoli, Nov 18, 2012.

  1. BTT

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    I'll echo the sentiment in that thread: SoD is one of the most comfortable fics I've ever read. It's like something warm after a cold day, it's just so relaxing to read. Northumbrian's other fics all mostly aim for that same atmosphere, and she (presumably) is an expert at hitting just the right notes to accomplish that. Furthermore, while everything takes place in the same universe, it never feels like she's hitting you over the head with that fact or requires you to read everything else first to get everything.

    On the other hand, I feel like when she tries something else she loses something in the transition. I read most of the Muggle Interface Team series and it just doesn't work as well, IMO. It might be because of the heavier reliance on OCs, the fact they mostly revolve around Muggles, or because it sometimes feels like Northumbrian has to pull herself away from writing the more comfy style she's used to, but I feel like those are (while still very readable) more 3/5 to 3.5 material rather than the 4/5s her other fics are.
     
  2. throwaawy

    throwaawy Third Year

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    oh... must have been mistyping it when searching. it looks like the other thread is pretty comprehensive so uhh... someone can delete this then >.>;
     
  3. Socialist

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    Is this completely uninteresting to anyone else? I've read a few chapters of Strangers and a few of the oneshots and I realised I don't care - about any of the characters.

    It reminds me of the old quote by violentacres

     
  4. Snapdragon

    Snapdragon Seventh Year

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    I also consider it quite "uninteresting".
     
  5. Dark Minion

    Dark Minion Bright Henchman Moderator DLP Supporter

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    ... I merged @throaway's strange thread with the original 'Stranger' thread.
     
  6. Prowz

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    I've read the whole story out so far over a couple of days, and I must say I agree with the general stance in this thread that it is surprisingly enjoyable for what it is, due to the high quality of writing and the very cozy family setting.

    I must admit that I'm slightly partial to post-DH stories that expand on the universe in a way I find believeable in relation to the books. This story really hits home for me in that way, same as stories like "Perfectly normal, thank you very much" does, with a more mature Harry seen from an outside muggle perspective.

    I did start to miss magic at times during the read(a feeling that was mitigated slightly by the interlude chapters), and because of this as well as the slow pacing I doubt I would enjoy re-reading this story the way I might enjoy something more fast pace or shorter.

    4.5/5 as of right now for me but if it finishes without draging on for to much longer and keeps the same quality then I'd definitely bump it up to 5/5
     
  7. RDavidson

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    I discovered this fic the other day and powered through the whole thing in an afternoon. I agree with the others who say it's a very "comfortable" fic. The descriptions of the house and grounds at Drakeshaug make me want to go visit and spend a slow afternoon exploring. (I understand the author is writing about a landscape he knows very well; it shows.)
     
  8. Ched

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    I finally got around to reading this.

    It's... exactly what everyone else says it is, more or less. It's well written with good characterizations.

    But while James and Henry are interesting enough, the other children are too young to be much more than props. The main POV character spends a lot of (realistic) time dealing with her young daughter who is a normal small child... but that just wasn't compelling for me to read.

    On the other hand if James and Henry were older than five then the story wouldn't work as well, because James getting older would mean he'd be better at not saying things he shouldn't say.

    Harry and Ginny, and their relatives/friends, are about right at keeping things secret most of the time... but the sheer amount of things that the main character overhears is astounding. Sometimes I think events in the story are set up just to give her an excuse to hear something but it still feels a bit contrived.

    All that said... yeah, it's good. I wish we had a little bit less focus on the youngest children like Lily and Annie, but overall that's fairly minor.

    I don't love it, but it sets out to tell a specific type of story and it does a damned good job. It doesn't push the right buttons for me but it's still worth a 4/5.
    Ceebee - thanks for making me aware that the authors other stories tie-in. I just read James and Me and a handful of others as well.
     
  9. Peter North

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    I finally decided to give this story a read and I really like it. It definitely keeps you entertained and the idea seems fresh.

    I get a weird vibe though with the way the author has Harry and Ginny talking about the case with the Carltons. If you take the magic away and think of this as just a crime story it seems that Harry is giving a ridiculous amount of information away. Especially since his story to the muggles is that he's in a classified branch of the government. More realistically Mrs. Charlton would get a surprise 'obliviate' from Harry and she'd stop asking about the case entirely.

    Other than that you'd think that muggle raised Harry would be a lot better at keeping magical secrets to himself. All in all though I give 4/5 stars for the freshness of this fic.
     
  10. grheadrick

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    I really enjoyed the story! The plot has just started to speed up and get more exciting which is very good. I do think that Harry, Ginny and other wizards are being a little lax with security. I would expect that they would memory charm any muggle too curious. I really loved the descriptions of the landscapes. I would love to have a go on that swing and splash around in the stream with James and Henry.
     
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    Updated!

    And what an update. Spoilers, seriously.

    The cat may finally be out of the bag as regards magic and the Charltons.

    Although, it never said whether Mike saw Polly's ghost or not, so it's still possible the klaxon could get chalked up to a fancy security system, the flashing lights as some kind of law enforcement vehicles, and the ghost sighting could be passed off as the result of Jacqui having polished off an entire bottle of wine that evening (which the author made conspicuously clear).

    Barring that, one wonders whether the Charltons will be getting obliviated before the evening is out...
    unless this has all already come up in the author's other stories, which I have avoided reading so as not to spoil this little gem of a story.
     
  12. Genghiz Khan

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    Interesting as shit. After such a load of suspense and buildup, Northumbrian's finally getting the Charltons finding out about magic. I hope they get obliviated. Or maybe not. I don't know yet.
     
  13. Nazgus

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    I vote for obliviation. It'd be fascinating to see it from her side. Ginny would be acting uncomfortable around her, all the Potter's would, and she'd have absolutely no idea why.