Cinnamon, Mint, and Smoke by kaigou (R)

  • Jun. 8th, 2015 at 7:44 PM
Title: Cinnamon, Mint, and Smoke
Fandom: Gundam Wing
Pairing: Duo/Heero, Duo/Trowa, Quatre/OMC, Wufei/OMC
Genres: AU, Romance, Drama, Virgin, Supernatural
Length: Long (18,818 words)
Warnings: None

Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] kaigou
Author Website: Sol1056 @ FF.net

Author's Summary:
I was twenty years old, and I’d never been kissed. Well, that’s an exaggeration, I suppose. I’d never kissed someone that I actually -wanted- to be kissing. I was also a virgin. My life sucked.

Review:
This AU is a beautifully written exploration of lonely Duo's search for acceptance. As in canon he is an orphan, though this time in a modern AU. The newest member of a gay fraternity at his university, his struggle to fit in and his sense of being an outsider are poignantly written and very relatable. It takes a deal with the devil - who is, in this case, Heero - for him to finally see that his isolation was in fact all in his head and more a product of his own insecurity rather than anything tangible.

Duo's feelings are so well explored and explained that it's easy to see him taking these extreme measures for companionship. Being a lonely orphan for most of his life who has never had his romantic needs fulfilled, I didn't actually find it very far fetched that he would make a deal with Heero. Despite the potentially angsty subject matter this is a mostly gentle fic that's more of a character study, and I found the more subtle and ordinary issues Duo was dealing with very easy to empathise with. All in all this is a slow and thoughtful fic with a lovely payoff.

Cinnamon, Mint, and Smoke

Witness Protection by snowdragonct (NC-17)

  • Aug. 18th, 2014 at 6:43 PM
Title: Witness Protection
Fandom: Gundam Wing
Pairing: Heero/Duo (1x2)
Genres: AU, Action/Adventure, Romance, Hurt/Comfort, Friendship
Length: Super!Epic (392,439 words)
Warnings: Major character death

Author on LJ: N/A
Author Website: snowdragonct @ FF.net

Author's Summary:
When Zechs Merquise is found murdered, detectives Heero Yuy and Wufei Chang are tasked with the unenviable chore of keeping the only witness to the crime alive long enough to testify against the leader of the Oz syndicate, Treize Khushrenada.

Review:
It's super epic week, and for the occasion I'm reccing the longest fic in my collection. Fics this long can sometimes lose momentum, or only be long because the author doesn't know how to edit themselves. Happily, that is not the case with this fic. The crime novel plot keeps the momentum going despite the long word count. There's twists and red herrings and betrayals - pretty much what you would expect. That doesn't mean that those twists don't pack a punch though, and they certainly helped keep my attention. So did the story of Heero and Duo's developing relationship, which is also a very compelling reason to keep reading.

Heero and Wufei are a pair of detectives tasked with protecting Duo, the witness to the murder. Their friendship is a delight to read, a pair of stoic badasses who greatly respect and admire each other. Wufei is the consummate professional, and Heero is the guy who keeps getting reprimanded for using excessive force. Duo is an exotic dancer, annoying, full of attitude, definitely not the sort of person to sit quietly back and let the cops take care of him, and determined to needle Heero into showing emotion - he's completely in character. Everyone is, and their interactions are a delight to read. After a bit of a rollercoaster the ending of the fic is a satisfying and sweet payoff.

Witness Protection

How to be Dead by Kaitsurinu (R)

  • Jun. 1st, 2014 at 12:54 PM
Title: How to be Dead
Fandom: Gundam Wing
Pairing: Heero/Duo (1x2)
Genres: AU, Supernatural, Creature, Horror, Romance, Drama
Length: Long (37,498 words)
Warnings: Gore

Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] raquel_el_pillo
Author Website: Kaitsurinu @ FF.net

Author's Summary:
It's not Duo's average Friday night. Usually, he doesn't have anyone to talk to, and he shouldn't, seeing how he works at East Central City Morgue.

Review:
Duo, a mortician working the graveyard (hah) shift, comes across a dead body... that isn't quite dead. It's a cool premise for a deliciously creepy little Heero/Duo fic. The author has really done a great job creating a horror movie atmosphere; every scene takes place at night, or in a storm at night, or in dingy little apartments that never see the sunlight. This, the authors mastery of description, and the fact that it all happens over the same night, give this fic a dreamlike - or nightmarish - quality that really suits its creepy overtones.

Every character seems a little off, with Duo driven slightly insane by his work, and Heero the socially awkward character we know and love with an extra dose of supernatural creepiness. Their interactions are both cute and creepy, as a self-hating Heero fights his nature and Duo, exasperated and scared by turns, befriends him through pure brute force. There are also great moments of dark humour and even some sweetness, nicely offset by the horror movie style of the setting.

How to be Dead

Mission: Marriage by Calic0cat (R)

  • Feb. 13th, 2012 at 11:17 PM
Title : Mission : Marriage
Fandom : Gundam Wing
Pairings : Duo/Heero, Trowa/Quatre, Zechs/Noin
Categories : First time, Fluff, Harlequin, Humor, Romance
Length : Long (~ 30000 words)
Warnings : N/A

Author in LJ : [livejournal.com profile] calic0cat
Author on Raygun Gundam Wing : Here
Author website : Here

Summary:
"It's not nearly as bad as you think it is. This *is* Heero Yuy we're talking about, after all. Even if it doesn't work quite the way it does in the romance novels, at the very least it's going to make Duo take a second look and maybe realize that there's more to Heero than just his best friend."

Review :
In honor of Valentines' week here is one of my favorite fic based on a Harlequin plot line...
Calic0cat is a great author whose fic are fun to read. Here she definitely plays up the fun e,d her crack-astic humor is just devastating. Of course the characters go a little bit OOC (I mean, I can't really see Heero reading an Harlequin Anthology) but they are still recognizable. A bit of a warning still, Relena is not presented as an upstanding Lady here.
The banter between Heero, Duo and cie is just wonderful. And Heero's plotting is both sweet and fun.

Mission : Marriage

Mission: Marriage by Calic0cat (R)

  • Feb. 13th, 2012 at 11:17 PM
Title : Mission : Marriage
Fandom : Gundam Wing
Pairings : Duo/Heero, Trowa/Quatre, Zechs/Noin
Categories : First time, Fluff, Harlequin, Humor, Romance
Length : Long (~ 30000 words)
Warnings : N/A

Author in LJ : [livejournal.com profile] calic0cat
Author on Raygun Gundam Wing : Here
Author website : Here

Summary:
"It's not nearly as bad as you think it is. This *is* Heero Yuy we're talking about, after all. Even if it doesn't work quite the way it does in the romance novels, at the very least it's going to make Duo take a second look and maybe realize that there's more to Heero than just his best friend."

Review :
In honor of Valentines' week here is one of my favorite fic based on a Harlequin plot line...
Calic0cat is a great author whose fic are fun to read. Here she definitely plays up the fun e,d her crack-astic humor is just devastating. Of course the characters go a little bit OOC (I mean, I can't really see Heero reading an Harlequin Anthology) but they are still recognizable. A bit of a warning still, Relena is not presented as an upstanding Lady here.
The banter between Heero, Duo and cie is just wonderful. And Heero's plotting is both sweet and fun.

Mission : Marriage

Mission: Marriage by Calic0cat (R)

  • Feb. 13th, 2012 at 11:17 PM
Title : Mission : Marriage
Fandom : Gundam Wing
Pairings : Duo/Heero, Trowa/Quatre, Zechs/Noin
Categories : First time, Fluff, Harlequin, Humor, Romance
Length : Long (~ 30000 words)
Warnings : N/A

Author in LJ : [livejournal.com profile] calic0cat
Author on Raygun Gundam Wing : Here
Author website : Here

Summary:
"It's not nearly as bad as you think it is. This *is* Heero Yuy we're talking about, after all. Even if it doesn't work quite the way it does in the romance novels, at the very least it's going to make Duo take a second look and maybe realize that there's more to Heero than just his best friend."

Review :
In honor of Valentines' week here is one of my favorite fic based on a Harlequin plot line...
Calic0cat is a great author whose fic are fun to read. Here she definitely plays up the fun e,d her crack-astic humor is just devastating. Of course the characters go a little bit OOC (I mean, I can't really see Heero reading an Harlequin Anthology) but they are still recognizable. A bit of a warning still, Relena is not presented as an upstanding Lady here.
The banter between Heero, Duo and cie is just wonderful. And Heero's plotting is both sweet and fun.

Mission : Marriage

Mission: Marriage by Calic0cat (R)

  • Feb. 13th, 2012 at 11:17 PM
Title : Mission : Marriage
Fandom : Gundam Wing
Pairings : Duo/Heero, Trowa/Quatre, Zechs/Noin
Categories : First time, Fluff, Harlequin, Humor, Romance
Length : Long (~ 30000 words)
Warnings : N/A

Author in LJ : [livejournal.com profile] calic0cat
Author on Raygun Gundam Wing : Here
Author website : Here

Summary:
"It's not nearly as bad as you think it is. This *is* Heero Yuy we're talking about, after all. Even if it doesn't work quite the way it does in the romance novels, at the very least it's going to make Duo take a second look and maybe realize that there's more to Heero than just his best friend."

Review :
In honor of Valentines' week here is one of my favorite fic based on a Harlequin plot line...
Calic0cat is a great author whose fic are fun to read. Here she definitely plays up the fun e,d her crack-astic humor is just devastating. Of course the characters go a little bit OOC (I mean, I can't really see Heero reading an Harlequin Anthology) but they are still recognizable. A bit of a warning still, Relena is not presented as an upstanding Lady here.
The banter between Heero, Duo and cie is just wonderful. And Heero's plotting is both sweet and fun.

Mission : Marriage

Mission: Marriage by Calic0cat (R)

  • Feb. 13th, 2012 at 11:17 PM
Title : Mission : Marriage
Fandom : Gundam Wing
Pairings : Duo/Heero, Trowa/Quatre, Zechs/Noin
Categories : First time, Fluff, Harlequin, Humor, Romance
Length : Long (~ 30000 words)
Warnings : N/A

Author in LJ : [livejournal.com profile] calic0cat
Author on Raygun Gundam Wing : Here
Author website : Here

Summary:
"It's not nearly as bad as you think it is. This *is* Heero Yuy we're talking about, after all. Even if it doesn't work quite the way it does in the romance novels, at the very least it's going to make Duo take a second look and maybe realize that there's more to Heero than just his best friend."

Review :
In honor of Valentines' week here is one of my favorite fic based on a Harlequin plot line...
Calic0cat is a great author whose fic are fun to read. Here she definitely plays up the fun e,d her crack-astic humor is just devastating. Of course the characters go a little bit OOC (I mean, I can't really see Heero reading an Harlequin Anthology) but they are still recognizable. A bit of a warning still, Relena is not presented as an upstanding Lady here.
The banter between Heero, Duo and cie is just wonderful. And Heero's plotting is both sweet and fun.

Mission : Marriage

Mission: Marriage by Calic0cat (R)

  • Feb. 13th, 2012 at 11:17 PM
Title : Mission : Marriage
Fandom : Gundam Wing
Pairings : Duo/Heero, Trowa/Quatre, Zechs/Noin
Categories : First time, Fluff, Harlequin, Humor, Romance
Length : Long (~ 30000 words)
Warnings : N/A

Author in LJ : [livejournal.com profile] calic0cat
Author on Raygun Gundam Wing : Here
Author website : Here

Summary:
"It's not nearly as bad as you think it is. This *is* Heero Yuy we're talking about, after all. Even if it doesn't work quite the way it does in the romance novels, at the very least it's going to make Duo take a second look and maybe realize that there's more to Heero than just his best friend."

Review :
In honor of Valentines' week here is one of my favorite fic based on a Harlequin plot line...
Calic0cat is a great author whose fic are fun to read. Here she definitely plays up the fun e,d her crack-astic humor is just devastating. Of course the characters go a little bit OOC (I mean, I can't really see Heero reading an Harlequin Anthology) but they are still recognizable. A bit of a warning still, Relena is not presented as an upstanding Lady here.
The banter between Heero, Duo and cie is just wonderful. And Heero's plotting is both sweet and fun.

Mission : Marriage
Title : It must have been the mistletoe
Author : Cali0cat
Fandom : Gundam Wing
Pairings : Eventual 1x2x1, 3x4x3, 5+6+5, DxR
Categories : Romance, Fluff, First time, Holiday, Future fic
Length : Long (~ 15500 words)

Author in LJ : [livejournal.com profile] calic0cat
Author on Raygun Gundam Wing : Here
Author website : Here

Summary:
Set in December A.C. 202. Overworked and exhausted, the gundam pilots, Zechs, Relena and Dorothy are forced to take a month long vacation.

Review :
To celebrate the soon to be Yule season, here comes one of the fluffiest holiday fic I've ever read.
In this completely improbable story, the pilots and cie are forced to take a month long vacation and to act as the teenagers/young adults they are.
The characterization might not be always spot on. But the relationships between all the characters are well-done. There are some really fun scenes which balance quite well the sweet parts.
Overall, it's a nice read, curled under a blanket with some chocolate.

It must have been the mistletoe:
Part 1
Part 2A and Part 2B
Part 3
Title : It must have been the mistletoe
Author : Cali0cat
Fandom : Gundam Wing
Pairings : Eventual 1x2x1, 3x4x3, 5+6+5, DxR
Categories : Romance, Fluff, First time, Holiday, Future fic
Length : Long (~ 15500 words)

Author in LJ : [livejournal.com profile] calic0cat
Author on Raygun Gundam Wing : Here
Author website : Here

Summary:
Set in December A.C. 202. Overworked and exhausted, the gundam pilots, Zechs, Relena and Dorothy are forced to take a month long vacation.

Review :
To celebrate the soon to be Yule season, here comes one of the fluffiest holiday fic I've ever read.
In this completely improbable story, the pilots and cie are forced to take a month long vacation and to act as the teenagers/young adults they are.
The characterization might not be always spot on. But the relationships between all the characters are well-done. There are some really fun scenes which balance quite well the sweet parts.
Overall, it's a nice read, curled under a blanket with some chocolate.

It must have been the mistletoe:
Part 1
Part 2A and Part 2B
Part 3
Title : It must have been the mistletoe
Author : Cali0cat
Fandom : Gundam Wing
Pairings : Eventual 1x2x1, 3x4x3, 5+6+5, DxR
Categories : Romance, Fluff, First time, Holiday, Future fic
Length : Long (~ 15500 words)

Author in LJ : [livejournal.com profile] calic0cat
Author on Raygun Gundam Wing : Here
Author website : Here

Summary:
Set in December A.C. 202. Overworked and exhausted, the gundam pilots, Zechs, Relena and Dorothy are forced to take a month long vacation.

Review :
To celebrate the soon to be Yule season, here comes one of the fluffiest holiday fic I've ever read.
In this completely improbable story, the pilots and cie are forced to take a month long vacation and to act as the teenagers/young adults they are.
The characterization might not be always spot on. But the relationships between all the characters are well-done. There are some really fun scenes which balance quite well the sweet parts.
Overall, it's a nice read, curled under a blanket with some chocolate.

It must have been the mistletoe:
Part 1
Part 2A and Part 2B
Part 3
Title : It must have been the mistletoe
Author : Cali0cat
Fandom : Gundam Wing
Pairings : Eventual 1x2x1, 3x4x3, 5+6+5, DxR
Categories : Romance, Fluff, First time, Holiday, Future fic
Length : Long (~ 15500 words)

Author in LJ : [livejournal.com profile] calic0cat
Author on Raygun Gundam Wing : Here
Author website : Here

Summary:
Set in December A.C. 202. Overworked and exhausted, the gundam pilots, Zechs, Relena and Dorothy are forced to take a month long vacation.

Review :
To celebrate the soon to be Yule season, here comes one of the fluffiest holiday fic I've ever read.
In this completely improbable story, the pilots and cie are forced to take a month long vacation and to act as the teenagers/young adults they are.
The characterization might not be always spot on. But the relationships between all the characters are well-done. There are some really fun scenes which balance quite well the sweet parts.
Overall, it's a nice read, curled under a blanket with some chocolate.

It must have been the mistletoe:
Part 1
Part 2A and Part 2B
Part 3
Title : It must have been the mistletoe
Author : Cali0cat
Fandom : Gundam Wing
Pairings : Eventual 1x2x1, 3x4x3, 5+6+5, DxR
Categories : Romance, Fluff, First time, Holiday, Future fic
Length : Long (~ 15500 words)

Author in LJ : [livejournal.com profile] calic0cat
Author on Raygun Gundam Wing : Here
Author website : Here

Summary:
Set in December A.C. 202. Overworked and exhausted, the gundam pilots, Zechs, Relena and Dorothy are forced to take a month long vacation.

Review :
To celebrate the soon to be Yule season, here comes one of the fluffiest holiday fic I've ever read.
In this completely improbable story, the pilots and cie are forced to take a month long vacation and to act as the teenagers/young adults they are.
The characterization might not be always spot on. But the relationships between all the characters are well-done. There are some really fun scenes which balance quite well the sweet parts.
Overall, it's a nice read, curled under a blanket with some chocolate.

It must have been the mistletoe:
Part 1
Part 2A and Part 2B
Part 3
Title : It must have been the mistletoe
Author : Cali0cat
Fandom : Gundam Wing
Pairings : Eventual 1x2x1, 3x4x3, 5+6+5, DxR
Categories : Romance, Fluff, First time, Holiday, Future fic
Length : Long (~ 15500 words)

Author in LJ : [livejournal.com profile] calic0cat
Author on Raygun Gundam Wing : Here
Author website : Here

Summary:
Set in December A.C. 202. Overworked and exhausted, the gundam pilots, Zechs, Relena and Dorothy are forced to take a month long vacation.

Review :
To celebrate the soon to be Yule season, here comes one of the fluffiest holiday fic I've ever read.
In this completely improbable story, the pilots and cie are forced to take a month long vacation and to act as the teenagers/young adults they are.
The characterization might not be always spot on. But the relationships between all the characters are well-done. There are some really fun scenes which balance quite well the sweet parts.
Overall, it's a nice read, curled under a blanket with some chocolate.

It must have been the mistletoe:
Part 1
Part 2A and Part 2B
Part 3
Title: Grief and a Headhunter's rage
Fandom: Gundam Wing
Pairing: Duo/Heero
Categories: AU, Angst, Drama, Pre-slash
Length: Long (37,800)
Warnings: death of children

Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] turnippatch
Website: n/a

Review: This story starts when anthropologist Heero Yuy sets out to discover the meaning of grief. His final stop on the way to discovering the meaning of grief is the Peacecraft Memorial Hospital, where he meets Dr. Duo Maxwell who works in the children's ward with many terminally ill patients.

This is more of a character study piece than a plot driven story. Heero is the POV character but Duo is the one who's being studied. His interaction with his patients as well as his reaction to loss helps Heero to come to terms with his own inability to grieve and to find a use for the study he's spent most of his adult life.

The OC's are well rendered and heartbreakingly memorable, and while the prose style is a little clunkier than I usually prefer it fits well with the person Heero is portrayed to be in this thought provoking and memorable story.

Grief and A Headhunter’s Rage
Title: Grief and a Headhunter's rage
Fandom: Gundam Wing
Pairing: Duo/Heero
Categories: AU, Angst, Drama, Pre-slash
Length: Long (37,800)
Warnings: death of children

Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] turnippatch
Website: n/a

Review: This story starts when anthropologist Heero Yuy sets out to discover the meaning of grief. His final stop on the way to discovering the meaning of grief is the Peacecraft Memorial Hospital, where he meets Dr. Duo Maxwell who works in the children's ward with many terminally ill patients.

This is more of a character study piece than a plot driven story. Heero is the POV character but Duo is the one who's being studied. His interaction with his patients as well as his reaction to loss helps Heero to come to terms with his own inability to grieve and to find a use for the study he's spent most of his adult life.

The OC's are well rendered and heartbreakingly memorable, and while the prose style is a little clunkier than I usually prefer it fits well with the person Heero is portrayed to be in this thought provoking and memorable story.

Grief and A Headhunter’s Rage
Title: Grief and a Headhunter's rage
Fandom: Gundam Wing
Pairing: Duo/Heero
Categories: AU, Angst, Drama, Pre-slash
Length: Long (37,800)
Warnings: death of children

Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] turnippatch
Website: n/a

Review: This story starts when anthropologist Heero Yuy sets out to discover the meaning of grief. His final stop on the way to discovering the meaning of grief is the Peacecraft Memorial Hospital, where he meets Dr. Duo Maxwell who works in the children's ward with many terminally ill patients.

This is more of a character study piece than a plot driven story. Heero is the POV character but Duo is the one who's being studied. His interaction with his patients as well as his reaction to loss helps Heero to come to terms with his own inability to grieve and to find a use for the study he's spent most of his adult life.

The OC's are well rendered and heartbreakingly memorable, and while the prose style is a little clunkier than I usually prefer it fits well with the person Heero is portrayed to be in this thought provoking and memorable story.

Grief and A Headhunter’s Rage
Title: Grief and a Headhunter's rage
Fandom: Gundam Wing
Pairing: Duo/Heero
Categories: AU, Angst, Drama, Pre-slash
Length: Long (37,800)
Warnings: death of children

Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] turnippatch
Website: n/a

Review: This story starts when anthropologist Heero Yuy sets out to discover the meaning of grief. His final stop on the way to discovering the meaning of grief is the Peacecraft Memorial Hospital, where he meets Dr. Duo Maxwell who works in the children's ward with many terminally ill patients.

This is more of a character study piece than a plot driven story. Heero is the POV character but Duo is the one who's being studied. His interaction with his patients as well as his reaction to loss helps Heero to come to terms with his own inability to grieve and to find a use for the study he's spent most of his adult life.

The OC's are well rendered and heartbreakingly memorable, and while the prose style is a little clunkier than I usually prefer it fits well with the person Heero is portrayed to be in this thought provoking and memorable story.

Grief and A Headhunter’s Rage
Title: Grief and a Headhunter's rage
Fandom: Gundam Wing
Pairing: Duo/Heero
Categories: AU, Angst, Drama, Pre-slash
Length: Long (37,800)
Warnings: death of children

Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] turnippatch
Website: n/a

Review: This story starts when anthropologist Heero Yuy sets out to discover the meaning of grief. His final stop on the way to discovering the meaning of grief is the Peacecraft Memorial Hospital, where he meets Dr. Duo Maxwell who works in the children's ward with many terminally ill patients.

This is more of a character study piece than a plot driven story. Heero is the POV character but Duo is the one who's being studied. His interaction with his patients as well as his reaction to loss helps Heero to come to terms with his own inability to grieve and to find a use for the study he's spent most of his adult life.

The OC's are well rendered and heartbreakingly memorable, and while the prose style is a little clunkier than I usually prefer it fits well with the person Heero is portrayed to be in this thought provoking and memorable story.

Grief and A Headhunter’s Rage

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