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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: 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: 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: 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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