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Fandom: Prince of Tennis
Characters: Seigaku regulars
Length/Type: One-shot (approx. 1000 words), Gen, Drama

Summary: Together the Seigaku tennis team lived over five hundred years.

Quite different from the usual Prince of Tennis fics out there, this one is a collection of short snippets on how each of the Seigaku regulars died. All of them are impacting in their own way - some quite sad, others play off of each other. What I love about it is also how a lot of these snippets actually tell a larger story without ever coming right out to say it clearly - but it leaves you thinking about it even after you're done reading. It's one of those stories that felt sadder in hindsight than while reading, I think. ;_;

Story: The Way They Died [Rating: PG] - by [archiveofourown.org profile] ghost_lingering ([personal profile] ghost_lingering)
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Fandom: Naruto
Characters: Hatake Kakashi, Sarutobi Asuma, Yuuhi Kurenai, Team 7, Team 10, Team 8
Length/Type: One-shot (approx. 2000 words), Humor/Crack

Summary: Kakashi takes a moment to wrap his mind around equating Ino's chest with enemy shinobi while Asuma begins beating his head against the table and groaning about how he didn't sign up for this. Rated for language and the general horror that is puberty

I generally don't come across many memorable Naruto funny-fics, but this one stuck. Aside from the sheer crack of various genin going through puberty and how their jounin-sensei are dealing with it (or not quite dealing in this case), what truly makes this so funny is the way the author describes the whole ordeal. Her choice of words and the metaphors she uses to get the point across is so vividly hilarious - it's a must read if only for some of the very priceless lines within.

Story: Troubling New Developments [Rating: PG-13] - by [fanfiction.net profile] SicTransitGloria 
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Fandom: Harry Potter, Prince of Tennis
Characters: Momoshiro/Kaidou, Harry/Draco, Harry/Kaidou
Length/Type: One-shot (approx. 1300 words), Crossover, Crack

Summary: In the event of finding fictional characters from popular children’s fantasy novels in your team locker room, Kaidoh decides, not knowing that you could speak a different language kinda sucks.

All I need to say is Kaidou goes "Fshuu" and Harry understands, because, well, it's kinda parseltongue, isn't it? Except Kaidou, poor guy, doesn't realize at all what he's been saying. Hilarity ensues. Best crossover crack in the world. XD

Story: Communicational Challenge [Rating: PG-13] - by [livejournal.com profile] moonythestrals 

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Fandom: Prince of Tennis
Characters: Ooishi/Kikumaru
Length/Type: One-shot (approx. 1200 words)

Summary: Eiji doesn't have Oishi's patience.

This particular fic uses a pretty common GP plot-device, but what makes it stand out for me is the way the author approaches the characterization. It isn't a long piece by any means, but it manages to touch upon some very essential aspect of GP and the roles Ooishi and Kikumaru have in each other's lives. I especially like their reactions to each other, as well as their interaction with each other.

Truth is - I love Golden Pair, but for various reasons, I don't often find myself being satisfied with a lot of GP fics I come across - which is likely due to the fact that I seem to be in the minority as to how I view GP, and by extension, Kikumaru and Ooishi as individuals. The author herself states "This is how I see Eiji - there is no weepy uke here." - and, well, I guess what I'm trying to say is, I quite like her Eiji (and her Ooishi too).

Story: Seein' Red [Rating: PG] - by [livejournal.com profile] pixxers 
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Fandom: Prince of Tennis
Characters: Shishido/Ootori, Atobe/Jirou, Hyoutei, plus a prominent OC
Length/Type: Multi-chapter (21 chapters, approx. 92,000 words)

Summary: Sometimes you don't appreciate the value of what you've got, until you don't have it any more.

I discovered Miko's fics rather late, which could be a good thing because it came at a time when I felt like I had burned through all the good Silver Pair fics in existence and needed MOAR. And boy did she provide it. To date, this particular fic may be the ultimate one that put me through some very major Silver Pair emotional wringer. It yanked me across pretty much the entire range of oh my gods, oh noes, and oh yesses. I can't even begin to describe the hurt and the squee I felt through various stages of the story. It was just one big intense reading fest for me, leading right up to the feeling of bliss and satisfaction at the ending.

Emotional wringing aside, I especially like how human she made Shishido and Ootori in this - and how she covers the dynamics (and hardships) of their friendship/relationship in all aspects (from personal to tennis partners) and to discovering one's feelings (not a light thing). It also feels believable the way she told it, which is probably why it managed to throw me into fits of OMG - which are all marks of good storytelling, me thinks.

Story: Jealousy [Rating: NC-17] - by [archiveofourown.org profile] Miko ([livejournal.com profile] miko_no_da on LJ)
(note: rated for explicit sexual content)
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Fandom: Prince of Tennis
Characters: Shishido Ryou, Ootori Choutarou, Shishido/Ootori, Hyoutei
Length/Type: Multi-chapter (2 parts, approx. 12,780 words), may actually be considered as Gen

Summary: When Shishido Ryou loses his regular spot on the tennis team, he turns to Ohtori Choutarou for help. This is where they started, but not where they will end.

To quote the author, "This is the Silver Pair when they weren't the Silver Pair. This is them when they were Shishido Ryou and Ohtori Choutarou." And she does it so wonderfully. ;_; I love well-done "behind the scenes" type of fics, the ones that show all the missing scenes and thoughts that go into making something we mostly only see the result of in canon. Here, we get to watch Shishido's journey from his fall from the Hyoutei regulars to how he climbs back up. Not only does it cover how his friendship with Choutarou was built, but it also goes into other details that are often taken for granted, like how he ends up playing Taki in an attempt to win his spot back, etc.

This is Silver Pair at its best when they were still just teammates and how their friendship grew from Shishido's ordeal. A huge part of what makes the fic great is her Shishido - she writes him so very well. And, also, the way her Shishido sees Choutarou. *loves*

Story: The Distance Between Us [Rating: PG] - by [livejournal.com profile] everlind 
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Fandom: Prince of Tennis
Characters: Shishido/Ootori, Hyoutei regulars
Length/Type: Multi-chapter (3 parts, approx. 23,000 words)

Summary: First loves are notoriously difficult. For Shishido Ryou, it is the end of the world.

When I think of Shishido/Ootori, I automatically think of [livejournal.com profile] everlind first - because she, more than anyone else in my mind, was the author that established (and then defined) my Silver Pair love. Hers weren't the first Silver Pair fics I had read, but they were the ones that made me really really fall in love with the pair. To date, even after all the numerous Silver Pair fics I've read, this specific one still stands as one of my top favorites, especially in the "discovering love" or "get-together" genre.

It has everything I could possibly hope for - boy angst, friendship, awkwardness, first loves, boy hormones, good characterization, the right dose of fluff, and awesome Hyoutei regulars with more of a role than just background noise.

Story: Love is Noise [Rating: PG-13, skirting R in some areas] - by [livejournal.com profile] everlind 
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Fandom: Hikaru no Go
Characters: Akira/Hikaru
Length/Type: One-shot (approx. 1500 words), Humor, Romance

Summary: They say some people view the world from a stain-glassed window. Touya views it from the perspective of a goban. So when his territory is threatened, he attacks.

I love fics that leave me grinning and satisfied by the end of it, and this is one of them. :) Go puns with a hilarious use of Go terms to describe Akira's feelings towards Hikaru - a bit crack-ish and so very fitting in that geeky Akira way.

Do note that the author includes a list of Go terms with their definitions at the top of the fic, and unless you know the game well, you're likely going to need to refer to the list often. It could be annoying for some, but give it a try - I think it actually has its own charms, a bit like reading the fic in Akira-Hikaru code and I was privy to its tickling secrets because I had the answer sheet. :D

Story: Playing By the Rules [Rating: PG] - by Schnickledooger ([livejournal.com profile] schnickledoogr2 on LJ)

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Fandom: Prince of Tennis
Characters: Choutarou's father, Ootori Choutarou, Shishido/Ootori, Hyotei regulars
Length/Type: One-shot (approx. 4700 words), 2nd person POV

Summary: Ootori Choutarou, as seen through the eyes of his father.

Reccing a Hikago father's POV fic yesterday reminded me that this one needed to be added here ASAP. Bunseki is written from Choutarou's dad's point of view but uses the 2nd person narrative to do this (and the author uses it very well indeed). The narrative gives the story an intimate quality that I can't explain. The voice, the flow, the different things that happen - it's like you're right up there with them, with Choutarou's father, seeing everything he sees - and man, what a great eye he has.

There's more than just Choutarou here though - there's also Hyotei, the regulars, and Shishido... and Choutarou and Shishido, together. It seems like such a simple, quiet observational piece, but there's also something about it that resonates with my inner fangirl, the kind that reminds me, "This is why you ship them."

Story: Bunseki (Analysis) [Rating: G] - by [livejournal.com profile] sinsofwill ([livejournal.com profile] tiamatv's writing journal)

As much as you love him, your son has always been a little bit of a puzzle to you.
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Fandom: Hikaru no Go
Characters: Shindou Hikaru, Shindou Masao
Length/Type: One-shot (approx. 2000 words), Gen

Author's Summary: Hikaru's father, on the subject of his son.

Throughout watching/reading Hikago, I had always wondered what Hikaru's parents thought about what their son was doing, so discovering this fic was a bit of a "OMG so glad I found this!!" feeling. I pounced on it, and it didn't disappoint. It's a quiet piece that takes place some time after the series ended (I think). Quite lovely, and a great look into Hikaru's person from his father's (and through him, his mother's) point of view.

Story: My Stranger, My Son [Rating: G] - by [livejournal.com profile] betulaleafminer 

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Fandom: Naruto
Characters: Konoha 12, OC future genin, Neji/Sakura, Naruto/Hinata, Shikamaru/Temari, Kiba/Ino
Length/Type: Multi-chapter (7 chapters, approx. 78,000 words), Future fic, slight AU

Author's Summary: Rite of passage. Mark of progress. Things change; adapt or die.

I've always enjoyed future fics that are more than just a couple years down the line, where there's some distance from the canon storyline. This one portrays a lot of what I like about this genre. The characters have matured in a very believable way, almost like it's a natural progression of their canon selves - and I mean this in both their personalities/characteristics and where they are in life, what they've been doing.

But that's only one part of it. Did I just make the story sound a little slice-of-life and mundane? Because it most definitely is not. This is a good example of a story that successfully combines multiple elements: drama, mystery and suspense, action, romance, friendship, family, and even a bit of adventure and politics thrown in. Of course, it definitely helps that it's fabulously written, has an interesting well-conceived plot that just comes together, and then combined with good storytelling.

Story: Examination [Rating: R] - by DrerrRedclaw
(note: rated for violence and gore-ish details, as opposed to smut or anything of the sort)
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Fandom: Naruto
Characters: Uchiha Sasuke, plus Team 7 and a few others. Hints of a possible future Sasuke/Sakura.
Length/Type: One-shot (about 10,000 words), Gen

Author's Summary: Ten visitors to the same hospital room.

Oh, the dynamics. The characters, the interaction, Sasuke's thought process -  it's bristling, touching, heartbreaking, and hopeful in the only way that a well-done Sasuke-returns fic can be. I love how the impact of Sasuke's return is expressed in different ways via different characters, revealing through them all the complicated layers of how his return would affect things/people. And Team Taka wasn't conveniently left out either.

Story: Evidence of What You Cannot See (Repeated Ten Times) [Rating: PG] - by [livejournal.com profile] hungrytiger11

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Fandom: Naruto
Characters: Various, mostly the Rookie 12 with a couple others
Length/Type: One-shot (approx. 600 words), Gen

Author's Summary: Missing moments from the time skip.

15 brief glimpses into various characters during the time skip - I love how these little snippets made me pause every so often, imagining all the bits that weren't said. Not all of them are equally thought-provoking (rightly so for some characters), but as a whole, it's like a mini-fic that feels much larger.

Story: 2.5 Years [Rating: PG] - by [personal profile] rilina_fic

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Fandom: Prince of Tennis
Characters: Fuji Shuusuke
Length/Type: One-shot (approx. 870 words), Gen

Author's Summary: In his third year of high school, they stopped calling him a genius.

Simple, poignant. Fuji, here, is oh so painful to read. I especially like the way the author manages to evoke this feeling without ever shoving it in your face - you know, the kind where the author doesn't have to tell you how to feel because the story itself does it so well. Part of it, I think, is also because I can totally imagine the possibilities of things turning out this way... and it just makes me go, Oh, Fuji.

Story: Genius [Rating: G] - by [archiveofourown.org profile] troisroyaumes

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