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11th-Apr-2010 11:20 pm - 1 REC: MINATO/KUSHINA
DOGS - Naoto
Fic: got a boy in the war, by Lisse.
Warnings: None. Isn't that a weird feeling? No warnings.
Pairings: Kushina/Minato
Rating: K+
Story Status: Complete.
Rant/Explanation: I don't usually read stories about anyone who isn't Team 7, because I have enough love for them without trying to broaden my horizons to the whole effing cast, which is pretty monstrous, especially if we include the dead people, of which there are a lot.

But, I saw this on someone's favorites, and I just finished a thing about Jiraiya and Naruto during the time that canon skipped, so I thought, what the hell, it's a side-character kind of day.

I also spent about half the week bitching about not seeing Minato in fic that wasn't Kakashi-centric (and I love Kakashi, but he is not really my favorite) and how I don't think I've seen Kushina anywhere, at all, besides the passing mention of her name, so this was a really, really nice thing to see.

I'm also usually pretty wary when it comes to fics about the dead characters, the Fourth, especially, since so much of what we knew in fanon (which was pretty much nothing except he looked like Naruto) got horribly, horribly jossed at Kushina's introduction, and at the same time, I'm almost afraid to click anything Kushina-related because I'm afraid she'll be too much like Naruto, or even worse, not enough like Naruto, and I'm still at a loss of what to think of Minato, but I think I'm totally accepting this whole fic as personal head canon, because it just feels so much like how they should be.

TL;DR This is the best fic about Minato pulling Kushina's hair, and Kushina having a fixation with names that you will ever read, and you should definitely read it. Canon gives all of approxiamately two pages to base the characterization of these two characters on, and Lisse nails it.
11th-Apr-2010 11:17 pm - 1 REC: SASUKE/NARUTO
DOGS - Naoto
Fic: A Kick In The Face, by lifeasacloud.
Warnings: Pure, wonderful comedic silliness. Also, lime at the end.
Pairings: Sasuke/Naruto
Rating: R
Story Status: Complete.
Rant/Explanation: I've been really wanting some crack. I'm still looking for my angst/humor/epic, but oh man was this one-shot totally worth stopping to read.

The warnings and summary are listed as

"warnings: Naruto getting kicked in the face numerous times, language, sexytime
summary: Naruto is absolutely sure of his sexuality. He can't say the same for Sasuke."

by the author, which, really, should be enough to get you to read.

TL;DR Let me just repeat myself:
warnings: Naruto getting kicked in the face numerous times, language, sexytime
summary: Naruto is absolutely sure of his sexuality. He can't say the same for Sasuke.
11th-Apr-2010 11:14 pm - 1 REC: SASUKE/NARUTO
DOGS - Naoto
Fic: All of them 1 2 of Gotta Catch 'Em All, by underhandycat0.
Warnings: Language. Crudity. Not much else
Pairings: Sasuke/Naruto
Rating: PG?
Story Status: Complete.
Rant/Explanation: Honestly, once you're done reading this, you need to click the anarutoficiwrote tag in her journal. This is not the only thing worth reading in underhandycat0's journal. It is probably not even the best; it is simply delicious crack. (She has, for example, 200k of AU, Sakura/Sai that not only isn't bad, but is wonderful, and some sort of ninja-verse AU involving extra Zabuza and Haku and Kyuubi-Naruto without getting bleargh. And that's not all.)

I rec'd it because a.) I like libraries. I also like forests, which underhandycat0 also writes well and frequently, but b.) I like pokémon. I have owned every single game in the main colors series at one point; I still have most of them. I can't help myself.

The characterization here is wonderful; Naruto is a spazz, while still maintaining his Narutoness. Sakura is slightly violent, and still inclined toward medical... stuff. Sai is socially retarded to an embarrassing degree. Sasuke is an asshole. How can you go wrong with this formula?

TL;DR The Uchiha clan symbol looks like a pokéball. Think about that.
11th-Apr-2010 11:01 pm - 1 REC: JIRAIYA/TSUNADE
DOGS - Naoto
First fic at the comm. >.> (A bit late. /fail.)

Fic: Some Odd Convictions, by shoutgraffiti.
Warnings: None.
Pairings: Tsunade/Jiraiya (onesided?), it's really more about Naruto, though.
Rating: G.
Story Status: Complete.
Rant/Explanation: This fic is really--pretty (no, pretty's not quite the right word, something a little sharper, pretty like broken glass while you have no shoes, or pretty like the little pieces of your favorite ceramic decoration shattered on the floor). It kind of hurts, and it's definite Naruto angst, but not in a way that seems misplaced with his usual cheer, or dramatized like so much fiction can so easily do.

It has this wonderful characterization of Naruto--fucking genius. The fic manages to convey that he was dead last in his class, and he's not the brightest cookie, but he's still Naruto, for what that's worth. It throws in these wonderful, weighty thoughts and all of this stuff that doesn't seem like Naruto; it seems like what a normal, non-invincible person who was not a shounen hero would think about. But the author weaves Naruto in there, and manages to make all of it come from him.

This is on top of the flawless characterization of Jiraiya--which is just Jiraiya smiles, a wry tug of his lips and brows, before it's all ruined by the pervy leer he gets when his brothel-senses start tingling. Take note of several things here: first, "brothel-senses." Yes. Second, describing a regular, human expression fitting onto Jiraiya's face in the middle of a more serious fic, followed by Jiraiya and his pervy leer. It covers everything he is, as well as painting him as a writer. Being an aspiring writer, I didn't really see writer!Jiraiya up until this fic. I saw porn-writing!Jiraiya, and I saw Sannin!Jiraiya, but I didn't really see writer!Jiraiya. And, like everything else, this fic draws it into light. It pulls thoughts that should pass through the characters' minds, and shows us that they do.

TL;DR: If you liked Jiraiya, you'll like this. If you didn't, you will like him. If you like Naruto, you'll love this even more. If you don't, this is one of those things that will convert you.
13th-Mar-2010 08:19 pm - 1 Rec: Naruto/Sasuke
You Saved Me (SasuNaru)
Of Cats and Uchihas
Author: XoHikarix
Fandom: Naruto
Pairing: Naruto/Sasuke
Rating: PG-13
Warnings: Humor, Romance
Story Status: Complete
Summary: So he was a frog with a snake-cat boyfriend that could devour him at any moment. Oh well, at least he had this cat behaviors book to help him out.

My Notes: Really cute, and really funny. I love the idea of Naruto following Sasuke around relating everything that Sasuke does to cat behaviors. =)
14th-Feb-2010 08:19 pm - 1 Rec: Naruto/Sasuke
Fighting (SasuNaru)
Just Ask
Author: Michelerene
Fandom: Naruto
Pairing: Naruto/Sasuke
Rating: NC-17
Warnings: Romance, Humor
Story Status: Complete
Summary: Naruto insists that Valentine’s Day isn’t that big of a deal. His advice? Just ask. He did and he has the chidori burn to prove it.

Excerpt:
“Look, guys. Valentine’s Day is not that big of a deal. Next year, just ask. That’s all you have to do. Just ask what they want.”

Once again only Kiba was man enough, or stupid enough, to scoff and say what they were all thinking. “Right, just ask? And I suppose you asked Uchiha?”

Naruto’s lips tipped up slowly into a full blown grin and his blue eyes nearly sparkled in memory. “Actually, that’s exactly what I did. We were out sparring on training field 13 and I said, ‘Hey, sugarplum bear, what do you want for Valentine’s Day?” If possible, Naruto’s smile grew and his eyes swirled with amusement.
13th-Feb-2010 01:25 pm - 1 Rec: Akatsuki Crack-fic
Royalty (Queen Serenity)
Inamorato
Author: Firefly
Fandom: Naruto
Pairing: None
Rating: PG-13
Warnings: Humor
Story Status: Complete
Summary: Nobody told Tobi that out of all the calendar holidays, Valentine’s Day was the last one to be passionately celebrated in the company of seven homicidal men.


That's the valentine's fic for today, tomorrow's is a SasuNaruSasu. <3
Happy Early Valentine's Day. <3
12th-Feb-2010 09:26 pm - 1 Rec: Naruto/Sasuke
Royalty (Queen Serenity)
Baby Animals, Weddings, And Other Things Not Normally Associated With Uchiha Sasuke
Author: Prettypriestess (prettypriestess)
Fandom: Naruto
Pairing: Naruto/Sasuke
Rating: PG
Warnings: Humor, Adventure, Crack, Romance
Story Status: Complete
Summary: Assume that Sasuke and Taka live peacefully in Leaf.

My Notes: I spend a lot of time looking for well written fics where any of the Team 7 members have a genin team, especially ones where that's the focus of the story. (One day I will find the brave soul who went as far as to give Sakura and Sai genin teams, and incorporated Team Taka into Konoha as well but sadly that's not today.) This is now tied with Take Two for my favorite Sasuke-and-Naruto-with-genin-teams fics. Very cute with duckling goodness, and very well done characterizations. Linked at the top of the fic in her notes is a link to a mini-guide to her 6 genin (trust me I mixed up the boys a couple times so it was handy!), as well as the entire fic with her comments on parts of the fic. Well worth reading for the ducky references. ^-^


Side-Note for Ninmu: I'm sorry, I can't have a fic rec to post everyday (Kinda sad it took a month for me to not be able to follow through on that). I've been sick the last two weeks and that killed me when combined with my schoolwork. I have 2 saved for tomorrow and sunday that are both Valentine's related so at least I'm covered for the weekend. <3
26th-Jan-2010 03:38 pm - 1 Rec: General
Royalty (Queen Serenity)
Joy of Children
Author: Ladelle (jotsalot)
Fandom: Naruto
Pairing: None
Rating: PG
Warnings: Humor, Fluff
Story Status: Complete
Summary: Minato debates making cupcakes for the PTA.

My Notes: I love all of Ladelle's stories. I've yet to find one that I really didn't like. She's a wonderful storyteller and her fics have an amazing page-turning flow. Before you realize it you're sucked up into the world she's created and you're left begging for more once you realize (usually hours later) that you're in love with what she's written.

This is really just a cute, funny, short one-shot that she wrote. I'm still working my way through her fics and a lot of them are unfinished and I'm trying to post less incomplete stories here unless they've been abandoned and I think they're amazing and worth reading even knowing that it'll never be complete.
25th-Jan-2010 03:07 pm - 1 Rec: Akatsuki
Royalty (Queen Serenity)
Camping With Akatsuki
Author: Nanaki Lioness
Fandom: Naruto
Pairing: None
Rating: PG-13
Warnings: Humor
Story Status: Complete
Summary: Akatsuki, a campfire, toasted marshmallows and ghost stories. It was such an idyllic thought in theory. In practise, Pain wonders if he suffered from a moment of idiocy when he suggested it.

Excerpt:
“Why not what, Tobi?” Pain asked, employing the same patience a parent might with a slow child.

“Why can’t we be Akatsuki and the Fluffy Puppy Dogs and Rainbows organisation?”

“Is this idiot for real?” Kisame finally murmured when a stunned silence rendered the rest of Akatsuki speechless.

“Tobi, it’s bad practise to go around murdering people on one hand and saving them on the other,” Pain explained carefully. “It makes us look bad.”

“Surely it would make us look good?”

“Criminals being nice never looks good, Tobi.”
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