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21 June 2005 @ 05:29 pm
Rec #3 - Gundam Wing  
My first yaoi fandom. ^_^

The Ion Arc by sunhawk16
Fandom: Gundam Wing
Pairing: 1x2
Comments: Duo PoV. I don't think any fan of 1x2 can honestly call themselves a worthy fan if they hadn't read Sunhawk's fics, especially her Ions and Road Trip (recced below) Arcs. They are classics and rightly so. Gorgeously written, good characterisation and good plotting pace. The only complain I have is that she updates too slowly! ^^; The Ions arc is still currently ongoing, and though sometimes, you kind of feel that Duo really has a bit too much shit throw his way, and can life just let him up a bit on that point, he never really sinks into self-pity and wallowing. His pov is self-decepting and amusing (check out the hamsters!) and he tries the best he can no matter what. If you go through what he went through in Ions, and still manage to retain your sanity, I'll nominate you for sainthood. Honest. When you are really depressed, and read Sunhawk fics, you come to feel that what happened to you isn't really a big deal when you measure it up against what Duo went through. Sometimes you feel better, sometimes you feel very inadequate. ^^; The series is a bit skewed in perception though due to it all being from Duo's pov which is a pity but its just something we have to live with.
Summary: Duo's life during and after the war and hi relationships with the pilots.

The Road Trip Arc by sunhawk16
Fandom: Gundam Wing
Pairing: 1x2
Comments: This is Sunhawk's earlier work and it shows. Some parts are not as good as it could be but nonetheless, compared to many out there, it is still much better. Towards the newer fics, she does gets better and this arc doesn't suffer from the skewed perspective of Ions as the various chapters are from different people's pov. Heero and Duo's mainly but there is also one Wufei's pov. Strong Duo, non-robotic Heero, and a honorable Wufei with a sidedish of caring and unbastardized Trowa and Quatre. What else do you want? Duo sufferities.
Summary: Life during the war for the Gundam Boys and after.

Soldiers and Fools Arc by Lonewolf
Fandom: Gundam Wing
Pairing: 1x2
Comments: If Sunhawk is The Voice for Duo in the GW fandom, then Lonewolf is The Voice for Heero. His? Her? Heero's voice is gorgeously complex, letting us a glimpse of the person under the soldier, who is trying to overcome his training and upbringing to lead a normal life with the one he loves. His thoughts and feelings make him human, and reminds us that at the end of it all, it is what is inside that matters, not what you originally is. The Soldiers and Fools Arc is followed by the two sequels and then the The Rejects Arc followed by A Season of Peace Arc
Summary: Heero, Duo, Life during the War and after.

Time and Time Again by Barbie Boy
Fandom: Gundam Wing
Pairing: 1+2
Comments: This was one of the first fanfics I ever read in the GW fandom, and even after so many years, I still think of it fondly. It is more shonen-ai than yaoi, but the quality of writing is so smooth and flows so well, you just keep on reading, griped by the storytelling skills of the author.
Summary: Heero has to live one day over and over again until he manages to prevent Duo's death. But is that it?

Sunlight and Daydreams by D.C. Logan
Fandom: Gundam Wing
Pairing: 1x2, Sunlight is the prequel that tells how Trowa and Quatre got together
Comments: After reading so many war fics, sometimes you just want an AU where the boys are not soldiers, but ordinary people day to day. D.C.Logan writes softly understated fics that just leaves you with the feeling of a long lazy afternoon spent drinking hot tea and curled up in bed with a long good book.
Summary: Heero is a reclusive author while Duo runs a bookshop near his home. They take their own sweet time getting together.

And I Have Touched The Sky by Lasha Lee
Fandom: Gundam Wing
Pairing: 1x2, others
Comments: Lasha Lee wrote this long fic set after the series, where Duo was married to Hilde and had a child. Hilde later died, and it is on this opening where Heero appears before Duo with a proposition that will change his life forever. Aliens, other planets, space travel! Everything but the kitchen sink! Though I think that one made it in as well somewhere. ^^ OCs galore and while in the first few arcs, they were an interesting adddition to the story, towards the end, they just got plain boring and I was just hoping that she would get back to the Duo and Heero that had attracted me to her story in the first place. But that came later since there are currently 4? 5? arcs to her story and still ongoing. So give it a try. Its a lovely read.
Summary: Many years after he disapperaed, Heero turns up in front of Duo with a proposition he never expected

Trial and Error by Maldoror
Fandom: Gundam Wing
Pairing: 1x2, 3x4, 5xR
Comments: After all the great epics and angst, time for some fun! Set after the war, the five pilots are staying together in Quatre's house while they try to navigate the big thing called Life. That is, until Heero decides to help Duo find someone to make him happy...Heero here is adorable. He is clueless and oblivious and totally misses all the social clues one ordinary would have but that's what makes him so amusing. He does has his heart in the right place though, and you forgive him for all the blundders he makes, just as you can't help snickering at the predictaments he lands himself and the other pilots into. Maldoror has a very amusing way of writing that has me laughing out more than once.
Summary: Heero decides that the other pilots need some love in their lives, and he starts with Duo

Two Halves by Maldoror
Fandom: Gundam Wing
Pairing: 1x2 5xS
Comments: Did I mention I love Maldoror's fics and her way of writing? Good pacing and characterisation, a Duo that sets things on fire when he gets excited and a Heero that just makes you want to hug him tight. Love. AU, fantasy, magic.
Summary: After a terrible War, King Zechs just wants to rear his only child in peace. But to do that, he has to accept the child of his enemy as well.

Leashes and Lovers Arc by Muffie
Fandom: Gundam Wing
Pairing: 1x2, repressed 5+6
Comments: I love Muffie's fics. She has a totally absurb Duo voice that just makes so much sense and a Heero that is just freaking amusing and won't take "NO" for an answer. Add Dorothy into the mix, a totally in-denia Trowa, a drunk Quatre and a not-so-in-denial Wufei...you go the makings of a really lovely story. *snickers* I still can't stop laughing.
Summary: Duo just wanted someone to wash his hair...

Blue Forest Banshee by lavendarlizard
Fandom: Gundam Wing (with tiny crossovers)
Pairing: 1x2
Comments: Heero is half banshee/dragon. Duo is a banshee. Trowa is a puma/mountain lion and Wufei is a dragon. Add in magical investigations and tons of minature crossovers from other series. Voila! You have Blue Forest Banshee. Writing is okay, not terribly bad, but not gorgeous too. Ongoing series
Summary: Duo just wanted some place to belong, he never expected to end up with a possessive weredragon!

Drums of Heaven by Sol 1056
Fandom: Gundam Wing
Pairing: 1x2, 3x4, 3xOC
Comments: This is what we call Adv/Ops/Politics in the gwyaoi.org site. It is hard to find GOOD adv/ops/politics fics in the fandom, considering the setting but nonetheless, Sol manages to weave a complicated and complex plotline that keeps you reading one chapter after another. A delicate hand in describing the various tangled up relationships between the pilots just adds to the story.
Summary: After the war, Heero meets up with the other pilots again

Magic Happens by Ebonydove
Fandom: Gundam Wing
Pairing: 1x2, 5xR
Comments: Another adv/ops/politics fic, more slightly more relationship-tilted than Sol's fic. I like Ebonydove's writings. They hit all the buttons I look for in a fic, even if it is not totally gorgeous like Sunhawk's fics but they are still really good. Magic Happens is still my favorite though. Sometimes, magic happens in the least likely of places you look at.
Summary: Duo arrives to help Heero in an operation that does not seem as simple as it first looks

Glory by casey valhalla
Fandom: Gundam Wing
Pairing: 1+2? 3x4
Comments: Lovely world building and history, gripping plot, great characterisation, only complain? NOT FINISHED! *wails*
Summary: AU. The gundam boys are heading another rebellion in another world, one very different from our own. Think Star Wars and the like. No light sabres though.
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