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Subject:Methods of rationality
Time:02:20 pm
Last couple weeks I ended up seeing one particular piece of fanfiction mentioned in three different places (LJ friendslist, tv tropes, hatrack.com forums), so I'm guessing it's the new sensation that's taking Internet by storm.

Thankfully it's a really really good one, so let me add my own recommendation to the bunch: "Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality" by Less Wrong (Eliezer Yudkowsky)

The only known AU fic in which Harry systematically tries to figure out the logic behind magic.
The only known AU in which Voldemort was intelligent enough to make the Pioneer Plaque into a Horcrux.
Also the only known fic in existence in which Voldemort ends up saving Harry Potter's life from a horde of yaoi-loving fangirls, without it being a crackfic!

A warning though: Harry Potter is a horrible and arrogant little jerk in this fic, not the sweet and humble kid of canon -- to me it only makes those few moments of sweetness that remain (e.g. his annoyance at having Hermione's genius not recognized by her parents) all the more potent. But even so: if you can't tolerate jerk protagonists, the fic may not be to your liking at all.
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evilstorm
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Time:2010-09-16 12:15 pm (UTC)
You don't like that Harry? I kinda like that Harry. But then again, I am of House Feanor by nature albeit not by choice, so...yeah.
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katsaris
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Time:2010-09-16 01:12 pm (UTC)
I like him as a character, but he'd be a horrid jerk to be around -- quick to judge, condemn, and dismiss; quick to rationalize his deceits and bullyings; and very very pompous and theatrical - even to the people he likes (e.g. McGonaggal) he rarely shows an unguarged or sincere moment. E.g. in the last chapter where he calls her "a good woman and true" -- or even early on when Hermione notices that Harry's way of talking is as if from out of some book.

This isn't a condemnation of the fanfic mind you: after all even Harry, seeing himself via Time-Turner, realized that there's something wrong with him and the way he behaves. So these flaws of the character are well known to the author.
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jordangray
Subject:Thanks for the recommendation!
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Time:2011-03-08 11:55 pm (UTC)
Your comment elsewhere about good books reminded me to thank you for recommending this, which I've downloaded to my iPhone (in the beautifully typeset PDF format) and has been filling my lunchtimes at work admirably. I just now put my finger on it, it's like Greg Egan rewrote Harry Potter. If you ever get the chance to read Teranesia, I think you'll agree that the young Prabir is very similar to Eliezer's Harry.
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katsaris
Subject:Re: Thanks for the recommendation!
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Time:2011-03-09 04:04 pm (UTC)
You're very welcome.

I came to Greg Egan from the opposite direction -- I chanced upon Methods of Rationality, loved it, and then I decided to check out some of the author's favourite book recommendations at http://yudkowsky.net/obsolete/bookshelf.html

I'm glad I did.

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