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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/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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