miscellaneous fic recs
Card Captor Sakura
Pieces of Her Soul by Luriko-Ysabeth
An introspection on love and devotion from one of the most romantically-neglected
characters in the series. Bittersweet and poignant.
Set Up by miai haruka
This is the kind of Touya and Yukito story I like - playful
but subtle, with everything happening between the lines.
(Offline. Was at http://clampfix.fanworks.net/ccs-fix/setup.txt.)
Final Fantasy VIII
The infamous Final Fantasy VIII arc by llamajoy and Tenshi no Korin
This is one of this reasons I read fanfic - to discover stories
like these. One continuous storyline paralleling the game, but
picking out threads of the tangled cat's cradle of desires,
hatreds, and obsessions. Compelling reading.
Broken Mirror by Mess
Aptly described by the author as "the one where everyone goes
psycho". A dark reflection of the FF8 we know.
(Offline. Was at http://members.shaw.ca/cautionary/broken/.)
FloweR by Uncreativity
An FF8 post-game parody. I totally cracked up reading this.
Uncreativity has other equally entertaining fanfics on her site,
mostly centred on Seifer and his posse.
(Offline. Was at http://www.uncreativity.com/library/fics/flower.html.)
Call Your Fate by Eidolon Tree
Yuki and his demons. This is the kind of writing I like - spare
but intense, achieving emotional impact through restraint.
Here Is Greenwood
Spirits by !SuperCat
An alternate ending to one of the episodes, with some fascinating
interplay between Shinobu and Mitsuru. This is the Shinobu I
like most - bland, inscrutable, and just a little bit scary.
best policy by torch
Shinobu oblique as ever, with Mitsuru tentatively feeling his
way towards the answer to an enigma. This story unfolds between
the folds of the final episode, in torch's classic style.
of Junk by Team Bonet
Two of the Kenshin cast in modern day Tokyo, dealing with a
relationship that's falling apart. It made me cry.
Shoujo Kakumei Utena
Swords, Bloody Roses by Elisabeth Hegerat
This is an indepth look at Saionji and Touga's complex, intense,
ambiguous relationship. I wish there were more Utena stories
Prince and the Pauper by !SuperCat
Most Touga and Saionji fics are about manipulation and power.
This one takes a different perspective on their relationship
- and somehow, you can almost believe in friendship again.
by Team Bonet
A cleverly woven, surreal offering from Team Bonet, the masters
of experimental fanfic.
and Snow by Natalie Baan
What can I say about this that hasn't been said before? The
definitive Subaru and Seishirou epic.
Vision of Escaflowne
by Natalie Baan
This is a beautiful, haunting piece about Celena Schezar and
her troubled relationship with her brother - among other darker
On The Heart by Sarah Dove
One of the best Escaflowne stories I have ever read. Set in
the aftermath of the war, it follows the fate of several of
the characters and how they deal with the fallout - in all its
aspects. The thing that gets me is the emotional honesty of
the story - it doesn't flinch in its portrayal of humanity,
in all its beauty and ugliness and vulnerability. I wish I had
the guts to write like this.
but for a Season by !SuperCat
The perfect antidote to all the fluffy KxS stories out there.
Kamui seeks consolation from Subaru, but finds the answers are
not what he sought.