Title: Lily and the Art of Being Sisyphus Author: The Carnivorous Muffin Rating: T Genre: Humor/Fantasy Chapters: 21 Words: 122,102 Updated: January 16, 2015 Published: December 9, 2013 Status: Work in Progress Library Category: Humor / AU Pairings: None Summary: Lily is not quite a normal little girl. The Dursleys always say she's a freak just like her freakish parents, her uncle Death seems to be convinced she's the grim reaper, and her ever political and invisible best friend Wizard Lenin just thinks she should take over the world. On top of all that the secret society of wizards think she's Jesus. AU female!Harry among other things. Link: Lily and the Art of Being Sisyphus This was recommended a couple of times in the Almost Recommended thread, but to my knowledge, hasn't been put for review. The story is a surrealist fic, written through the eyes of Elanor Potter, daughter of Lily and James Potter and indentured servant of the Dursleys. The story follows Ellie as she befriends her 'uncle' Death, plots with Wizard Lenin (who is the horcrux of Voldemort in her head) to bring him back to life, visits Knockturn Alley and discovers the infamous Drug Lord known to the world as Lily Riddle and attends Hogwarts where she finds herself in a bitter rivalry with Snape. Ellie's antics are always amusing and her interactions with the other characters is the main part of the story. Add Muggle psychiatrists, mysterious rabbits, missing ghosts, bloodthirsty vampires and cheerfully manipulative headmasters to Lily's unique personality and it makes a fun story to read. The story would probably be hit-or-miss for many people, but I like it. There are a few problems - I didn't like the portrayal of Slytherin house, for one. The story could probably use a bit more conflict too, but it is a humor fic, so inflicting unspeakable horrors upon the protagonist is not essential. There are a couple of times the humor didn't click, like in the sorting ceremony, but it mostly works and I found myself giggling at times. The author writes a fan requested one-shot for every 100 reviews she gets, so there are quite a few side fics to the main story. It is best to read those as you go along, but most can be read at any time. These stories are prompted by readers, so many of them are just as entertaining (or more so) as the the main story. These are the best ones: 1. Lily Riddle and the Narcotics Emporium : Or how the vampire Frank, previously named Constantine, learned to stop worrying and love the anarchy produced by a rather insane little girl. 2. Dust Of Snow : Wizard Lenin and Lily briefly address the future in which Wizard Lenin returns to the material plane leaving Lily behind. The future, it seems, is more uncertain than either of them expected. 3. The Pettigrew Incident : In which there is mystery, mayhem, maps and of course murder. 4. Pygmalion : In which Hermione Granger tries and fails to shape Eleanor Lily Potter into a normal human being in the course of one morning. Overall I would give the Lily Riddle universe a 4/5. You may or may not come to love this story, but do make sure to at least give it a try.