...because there is more to life than gundam wing ^_~
warning: my good god. most of these reviews are awful. you people put up with this drivel?? *shakes head* the fics rec-ed, however, are worth your while.
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focus on: Dan Kirk
If, like myself, you decided to look through the other fics on the site that is home to Dom Luka, you will have discovered that... how to put this... most of those authors SUCK. They're so bad that it's not even funny. Talk about disappointment. >_< The only other readable author on the site is Dan Kirk and Kirk's fiction is a bit of a mixed bag for me. Not in writing quality -- if that was the case, I wouldn't have bothered to rec him at all. His mind, however, tends to go off on tangents that I do not always appreciate. A few of his stories end so sadly that I'd rather have not read the fic in the 1st place (namely the Dreams stories and Rider's Pride). And others (the Do Over series, really) veer off sharply from relationship-based fics into para-military political thrillers which, while stemming from the fantastical plot quite logically, left me dead cold. Oddly enough, however, even after a few relatively minor plot disappointments, I found myself returning to see what else of his work I could stomach, since those of his stories I do like, I like quite a bit, and I would have enjoyed his others if they weren't do damnedably depressing. Mind you, I realize that most folks aren't quite as sensitive as myself *COUGH*, and for those people Dan Kirk is one not to miss.
focus on: Dom Luka
Just noticed that I only managed to update the site twice in November '05. That was a first, and it wasn't until that moment of recognition that I was a bit embarrassed. *blush* Dom Luka, however, takes sole responsibility for at least one of those missed updates---I read here non-stop until I had finished
every. single. word. Literally. This was all I did online. E-mail? *snort*
Lj? What's that? This page was my life for 1 1/2 weeks, in every
spare second I had. I got so caught up in gay teen angsting that the rest
of the world ceased to be of import. My only 2 complaints are  he isn't
published and  there isn't more. So, go. Read. Immerse yourself---I'll
see you whenever you might come up for air. ^_~
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apr / may / june 2005
focus on: consequence free
authors (by me, at any rate) are like... ambrosia, I swear. They transport
me and fill me with awe and I eventually end up professing my undying
love and adoration for them. Such is the case with Eleanor K. Heck, I
even stalk her lj. Why, you ask? Because I love to read, in general, and
I love to read fanfiction, in particular. So much of it is so very bad
that when you stumble across someone who isn't... well, you come to the
whole ambrosia effect aforementioned. Eleanor K breathes new life into
beloved fandoms. She tackles odd pairings, she fiddles with assumed dominant/submissive
roles, she is unique. And, damn, but I love that.
::. * .::
on: Perpetual Thoughts And Corresponding Actions
Sorcerer Hunters was my first intro to incest. Not that there's any incest in the actual series (although wouldn't that have been nummy). There are yaoi hints, as we all well know, but no brother love in sight. *sigh* Mind you, the relationship between Marron and Carrot is so close as to... lend itself overly well to the idea that there's *nudge nudge wink wink* something else going on there. Up 'til this point, the only Marron x Carrot fics I've read have been at bishonenink. Those fics are more along the lines of 'you want me?? Well, why didn't you say so!', with much boinking ensuing. This is a good thing. Boinking is almost always a good thing. But you know what else is good? Angsting. Angsting can be an even better thing, and what better thing to angst about than being sexually attracted to your brother? And Marron angsts aplenty. He goes on and on and on 'til you almost don't care anymore what the f*ck he does if only he shuts up. So why am I rec-ing this series? That's a very good question. Especially since by the end of it (to date, that is) I'm rooting for a pairing that is most definitely not incestuous. But maybe that's a reason in itself. Marron, yes, does wax himself a mountainous candle of guilt and lust, but... well, he never once ceases to be dead sexy. And, if you've seen Marron in action, you know that one thing he's not is dead sexy. But here, he is, and just like Gateau and Milphey, you find yourself being frigging enchanted by this troubled teen and following every single word that comes out of his mouth even as he drives you crazy...
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/ dec 2004
It's no secret
that I'm fond of YnM, but I haven't exactly made a big deal of the fact,
either. Why is that? Simply put, I really haven't been able to get into
the fan fiction. Sure, I've read my fair share of YnM fics and have rather
enjoyed them, but I've only been able to read alt pairing fics. Muraki
x Tsuzuki, Tatsumi x Tsuzuki and Tatsumi x Watari are all well and good,
but Tsuzuki x Hisoka? I don't think so. The standard plots of the
yaoi universe just don't cut it with those 2, in my eyes. Writing them
in bed having mad, passionate sex almost squicks me. Leaving them
platonic doesn't quite work for me, either, though, as the vibes (*grimace*
for lack of a better word) I get from them just scream 'more than
friends'. To date, I haven't come across a single Tsuzuki x Hisoka fic
that I could stomach until (natch) now. I originally started reading this
series of fics because they dealt so intimately with the shikigami, which
the anime and most fic writers studiously ignore. I did too, at first,
not knowing any better, but scans of the Japanese manga had me instantly
persuaded that at least half of what YnM could be had been totally disregarded.
(actually, what first crossed my mind was 'damn, the shikigami
are frickin' hot')(*rowr*) The first few fics, in fact, do not at all
deal with Tsuzuki in a romantic context, but treat of Tatsumi and Watari's
bond, as well as the deep and growing relationship Tsuzuki shares with
the 12 powerful beings who serve him. It is only later that the tentative
love between Tsuzuki and Hisoka, already based in a firm friendship, begins
to (heh... I had to say it... -->) blossom. I love that Hisoka
is somewhat wary of sex since, hello?, his only experience with it had
been rape at the hands of a psychopath. I love that Tsuzuki is
equally hesitant, although for him this is seen to stem from the fact
that, hello?, he led a miserable life wherein nobody wanted to touch him
in anything but anger or fear. 8 multi-part fics in, Tsuzuki and Hisoka
haven't progressed beyond kissing and a cuddle, and yet their pace never
seems slow or unrewarding. The fact that their relationship is not the
center of the universe is perfect, as well -- the fics dealing
with Tsuzuki and his shikigami or the count are just as engrossing and,
even more, telling. There's a whole YnM world out there, one that was
present all along but which I'm just now beginning to see.
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sept / oct 2004
focus on: teland
still with the dc universe. so sue me. ^_~ ]
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july / aug 2004
It's been a long
time coming, but the time has finally come. Mind you, I never would
have said this was inevitable. After all, when I first tried to read Nightwing
slash, it did literally nothing for me. And now.... whoa nelly!
My god, I'm in love! If I had put 2 and 2 together and gotten 5 before,
I would have realized that this mysterious 'Nightwing' person was,
in fact, a grown-up Robin (who, let's face it, I've always had a bit of
a thing for, at *cough* any age). Superheroes and I have never really...
gotten on well. Sure, I was a minor LoJ fan as a child, but that's really
as far as it went, not counting (of course) my more adult attraction to
Spiderman which disappears utterly and completely when he's *grimace*
Peter Parker. The whole idea of 'secret identities' always seemed so...
silly to me. How exactly would that work? You change your clothes and,
suddenly, you're a different person??? *snort* I wish. I didn't begin
to regain my flagging interest in superheroes until Teen Titans came on
CN. There's no one out there with working eyes who can tell me Robin ain't
as cute as a bug's ear. When he made his first appearance as Nightwing...
*le sigh* I was lost. Just one look at him in that blue and black suit,
his hair long (unlike the pic above >_<), athletic as a dream...
*gahbibble* But, as usual, good looks and *ahem* flexibility aren't
nearly enough to... get me 'gahbibble'-ing. It was the man behind
the mask that did it. Even in those few short moments, he was so... Dick.
Heh... So I turned my wandering yaoi eye towards trixie's
(aka nw's chick) bat
slash page, and through her found 'rith.
Not only am I contented beyond belief in my find of a man who could not
possibly exist (for reasons having all but nothing to do with his physical
prowess) and his equally mindblowing lover Garth (Tempest), but the whole
'superhero' concept is suddenly becoming much more intriguing.
::. * .::
may / June 2004
focus on: odds and ends
No direct links,
this time around. I'm not even gonna give you the names of the fics, since
I think you can figure that out for yourselves. Can't do everything for
ya, now can I. I'm starting to think I've been spoiling you folks... ^_~
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mar / apr 2004
I stumbled across the RandyMicheal series months ago, and I was not impressed. It is written in alternating POV, a style which usually causes me to all but race in an opposing direction in a most unseemly fashion. If I wanted to watch all that back and forth, I'd take in some tennis, and you just know I can't stand tennis. When I finally returned to the site, it was to re-read something else entirely, something which I then found I really did not need to reread The series, if it had not caught my interest, had at least been memorable, and so I thought I'd drop in on it and give it another go. And.. My... god... I could get all crude and personal about what the sex between Randy and Michael does to me, but I don't do crude, and seldom do personal in such a public forum, so I'll just settle for saying that it's hot. I'll even go you one better and say that it's damn hot. But that's merely the tip of the proverbial iceberg. It turns out the alternating POV, which so turned me off this series when I'd first stumbled across it, lends itself perfectly to portraying a budding relationship. Randy and Michael are not the young whippersnappers the gw guys are. They are men, both in their 30's, and both with a healthy amount of baggage that, while not involving terrorism and/or mayhem, is still something to make connecting with a potential mate somewhat of a challenge. Instead of seeing each action and scene through each man's POV *convulsive shuddering commences at the mere idea*, we are given reactions---thought processes are revealed, motivations are unveiled, words are given substance. And it all inevitably leads Randy and Michael together, although somehow the inevitability is fresh and new and never stilted. By the time you finish reading, the characters are much more than mere fictional creations. They have become people---real live flesh and blood, though, of course, they don't really exist. In the end, you have to remind yourself of the fact because, as sappy as it sounds, by then they feel like old friends (whom you've watched having lots and lots and lots of damn hot sex ^_~).
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Jan / feb 2004
focus on: on-line shounen ai comics, part 1
what to beware of in just about all on-line comics:
[ 1 ] nothing
much ever happens and, when it does, it happens at an incredibly slow
Holden is the
boy everyone loves. Quite literally. For some strange reason which remains
a mystery, everyone who comes in contact with him falls in love with
him in one way or another. He is surrounded by people who want to get
closer to him, in some instances against their own predilections. Thankfully,
most of theses people fall under the 'good guy' category. The possible
exception to this is Holden's ex-boyfriend, Vincent, a vampire who was
turned against his will by a sadistic beauty who ends up controlling
him to such an extent that he brutally rapes and beats the boy who has
stolen his heart. Add to this mixture the on-going war between Vampires
and Harpies and you're... just as confused as I am. *laugh* Still, the
pictures are very pretty, on the whole, and there actually is a plot,
though it's of necessity rather slow going.
What is this
"wannabe-manga" about? Oddly enough, I'm not really sure.
Even more oddly, I don't really care. What I do know --> The
main character is a boy with a girl's name. He lisps and is, therefore,
perfection. His relationship with his mother is somewhat... lacking
in parental overtones. Although he sleeps with the other main character,
whose name on his lips comes out as 'Dwooti' rather than the actual
'Drooti' because of said lisp and (hence) is perfection, I am not altogether
sure that he's gay. Together they are very, very pretty and do nothing
of consequence. They say shallow things very deeply, and generally live
life like overtly cynical, modern beatniks in Mr. Roger's anti-neighborhood.
note: it made much more sense, *tilts head* if that's possible, the
second time through, after a goodly amount of time had passed.
Most of these
comics are all about the art -- it's the main focus, for obvious
reasons. Comics are by definition a visual experience, after
all. Hurricane party, however, comes at it from the other way around
-- the humour comes before all. The art you see in the first
comics degrades to the point that the characters look more like stick
figures than anything else (at one point I do believe they are
stick figures), and yet it detracts nothings whatsoever from
my enjoyment of what is one of the most intelligently comic... comics
I have come across. The story follows Brian Terrell, a college student
who is hopelessly yet non-melodramatically in love with his roommate.
As the story opens, said roommate, known commonly as T-rock, is happily
in lust, if not in love, with his then boyfriend, Tony. Tragedy of normal
proportions ensues when they break up, prompting Brian to try to cheer
his friend up in any way he can. And it's just damned funny, in a refreshingly
non-situational or gag-gy way.
Micheal has been murdered, (presumably) by his jealous and more than
slightly possessive lover, Gabriel. It is left up to Kennen, a member
of the lowest choir of angels, to exact punishment from the transgressor,
so far above him in station. He does not feel up to the task, but Micheal
had entrusted him with his sword, and his heart (though not, as far
as I can tell, his body -- read 'they were not lovers'), so he
really has no choice. Chosen to accompany and help him on what he believes
to be a suicide mission are four outcast (as in 'not fitting in' not
'having been expelled from heaven') (heh...) angels. And then... well,
that's as far as it's gotten. Kennan reminds me, in a good way, of a
non-naive Raife (Demon Diary). And the art? Let's put it this way --
if this comic were sold, I would pay money for it.
love story in high school" that is just too damn cute for words.
The art is kawaii, rather than bishounen-esque, but considering that this
is a humour comic, that's all for the better. The main character is Daisuki
(why, yes, this is a bit of a parody comic. why do you ask? ^_~)
who is passionately in boy love love with Koinosuke. 'Tis very sweet and,
more importantly, funny enough to make me snicker aloud. My only problem
with this comic is it's layout at times -- maybe it's just me being
my old, dim self *cough*, but I sometimes lost track of how to read the
comics so that the 'panels' were in successive order. That aside, this
one is well worth all that 'click'ing.
In this era of
bloody and conflict, pain and homelessness, there are few, if any, who
remember that there is more to life than death and despair, that peace
was once the law of the land. Two remarkable similar winged races are
locked in an 'eternal' war, dragging in to their vain struggle the four
other races who also inhabit this nameless (heh...) world. Enter out hero,
Hanayaka, a jaded and crude female mercenary who has in her possession
an object that just might be the answer Nesshin (a powerful elemental
mage) and his lover Shinwa (a bard) are looking for. To this end, they
hire Hanayaka to accompany them into the wilds and, with any luck, go
to change the face of their future. *cough* Yah, I know. But these summaries
are hard to write, ok? Falling back on melodramaticism seems to be my
best bet... ^__^* Oh, and on a sidenote, this is one of the most wordy
comics I have ever come across. These guys can sure gab, and the good
part is that not only does this allow you a deeper insight into what's
going on, but it doesn't take forever to happen.
If you've somehow
missed my love for this comic (which has been on my site
rec page for... ever), then there's no help for you. It really is
focus on: Dragonball Z smut
I know there are
those of you who simply cannot comprehend my *cough* slight obsession
with DBZ yaoi. I also know that many of you who weren't aware of this
slight obsession are now either heartily chuckling or gasping in shock
to learn of it. DBZ is, after all, dumb boy anime. No doubt about it.
I will not go so far as to deny it. For a very long time, that's all it
was to me, as well. It confounded and aggravated me. Why was it that 30
minutes real time somehow translated to only 5 minutes DBZ time? What
was with the only-one-fighter-can-fight-at-a-time-no-matter-if-the-fate-of-all-creation-is-at-stake
rule? And where the hell is Krillin's nose??? The longer I watched, trying
to work my head around it all, the more I began to enjoy the heck out
of it. And the more I realized that Goku and Vejiita, not to mention their
respective offspring (when full grown), were just damn hot (as
episodes progress). *rowr* That, in itself, is really not enough to cause
even a slight obsession, however. Cute guys are a good thing and
all, but I am not so indiscriminate that the thought of any 2 beiseinen
boinking (heh...) will get my motor running. Do you want to know what
really gets me about Goku and Vejiita (besides the all but too obvious
oil & water chemistry)? They're Saiyajins. That's it in a nutsehll.
They're not human, and my very favourite fics work off this fact
with an astounding degree of success. Sex between Saiyajins isn't sweet
or nice. It's violent. Fierce. Passionate. It's hormones and lust,
pain and pleasure. It's... raw. There are no 2-D idiotic, drippy
Goku's or ridiculously and unthinkingly cruel Vegiita's rampaging through
these fics and, as such, the relationships portrayed between the last
2 Saiyajins stretch beyond such concepts as love and need, as we know
them. They are deep and complex... and wonderfully inhuman.
::. * .::
focus on: 'The Lost Boys' smut *purrrr*
'The Lost Boys' has been a favourite movie of mine since it came out. IMHO, it's the quintessential vampire flick... or at least it's the one I enjoy most. ^_~ It's only the perverted part of my mind that, the last time I watched 'The Lost Boys', thought to itself ' gosh, these boys are so pretty together...'. And it's the still more perverted part that decided the boys who looked most pretty together were Michael and Sam... Incest -- it's not just for breakfast anymore! *ahem*
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march / april 2003
focus on: Title Pending - Fictions by Sukunami
A series of games that I have never played, and never plan on playing
(gomen -- as much as I'd like to be, I'm just not the gaming type...
>_<). Mind you, unless you've been living under a rock for the past
5 or so years, or possibly holed up in backwoods of the the Appalachian
Mountains, I say the words 'Final Fantasy' and something is conjured
up in your mind. Final Fantasy is fun. Just the idea of it, I mean. So
many contrasting worlds to be discovered, so many different battles to
be won, so many lovely bishounen to screw with... *laugh* Well, we all
knew that this is where I was heading. My past obsession was FF 7, due
almost entirely to tenshi and llama joy of bishonenink. Of late, however,
I find that I have been Turk-ed, Tseng-ed and Rufus-ed out. Heh... FF8
and I have had a somewhat... spotted history. On the one hand,
the perv *ahem* in me loves a bit of Laguna x Squall, but other than that...
*sigh* let's face it -- I just didn't take to Seifer. Bad guy doing
bad things in a bad way. I don't know about you, but after a few admittedly
touching angst-filled fics, I need more than that. Seifer wasn't
always out to destroy the world, ya know. And did you ever stop
to think that the reason he bullied and picked on Squall so much in their
childhood was for a totally unmalicious reason? Sukunami, bless
her little hentai heart, has. Finally, a Seifer who isn't a total
bastard. Sure, there's still that attempting to take over the world thing,
not to mention that torturing (literally) Squall thing, but Seifer isn't
entirely to blame. That is, at least, my new belief. That plus the fact
that a (subjectively) happy Seifer x Squall rocks. *victory sign*
::. * .::
focus on: bishounen ink
the staff of life. What I'd do without it, I really don't care to guess.
And this site has some of the best I've read. It's not just fiction..
it's goddamned poetry...
fantasy 4, 6 (just
a bit of these two.... );
7, 8, 9 & 10: everything
you ever wanted to know about ff... and yet somehow not quite enough.
*smile* Not knowing much about the games, I can't get into the in-depth
fics found here as much as I would like to, though judging by the ones
I can get into, they must be incredibly well written. Tenshii
and llamajoy are gods, I swear... [ warning: these are a few more
of those authors that might make you, as a writer, wonder why the hell
you even bother... >_< heh... ]
troopers (ronin warriors):
5 cute guys... in armor.... battling to save the world... Sound familiar?
I suppose it really isn't, but you have to admit that it's cool to think
of the possibilities. *grin* Certainly makes it easy to sink into this
::. * .::
focus on: Weiss Kreuz
Yaoi is a good thing. A very good thing. GW yaoi, yes -- that goes without saying, especially considering what site it is you're at. *grin* But just stopping there would be an absolute crime. So many bishounen, so little time (somebody should make a bumper sticker of that. I'd by one...). So, in celebration of yaoi based on anime other than GW, I've picked my favourite out of the bunch to start with -- WK. Have you seen these guys? Sure, there's no Duo in the bunch *growl*, but these are eight gorgeous specimens of 2D manhood if ever I've seen them. I'm not quite sure whether people who come to my site have read other yaoi. It certainly is within the realm of possibility, although I've come across folks who are so fanatically into GW that it's really kind of frightening.
There are more than few worthy WK fics out there. Listing them all would just be kind of silly -- I might as well start up a WK archive, in that case. ^_^ Better instead to take a few, just a handful, that I think best characterize each of the members of Weiss and Schwarz, respectively. I must admit that these are very biased choices -- although I've read a lot of WK fics I certainly haven't read them all, especially the overwhelming amount that are so tortuous and angsty that they make you feel kind of like Farfello on a good day (which, as far as I can tell, is about the same as feeling like Farfello on a bad day ^_^ ). If you know nothing about the characters or the series, these fics will, I hope, shed some light on just what makes these boys tick and what makes so many of us want to tick right along with them. And if you're already a fan... well, they're just darn good -- you'll get something out of them, too. ^_~
Dance by Natalie Baan @ Firecat
Date-o! by Kuwabara no Miko @ the Bunny
Doll Anime Fandom Page
Tears by Talya Firedancer @ Firedancer's
Universe of Chaos
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focus on: misc. fics
Dynasty of Ghosts
by PL Nunn (45 parts
-- I swear, this story is it's own book...) @ Bishounen
• Jaded Honor by Roo (who knows how long... she says '101 pages', but I don't know what constitutes a 'page'...) @ Bastmoon
• The Tiger Prince (ummm.... I've forgotten how many parts this has, and it doesn't say anywhere. *shrug* Suffice it to say that it's long, though not as long as Dynasty of Ghosts) by Sahari @ Court
of Eternity LJ
• The Willow Key by Talya Firedancer (7 parts) @ Firedancer's
Universe of Chaos... and Fanfiction
one man's kink
is another man's squick.
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