Fic recs

This is a very select list of my favourite Gundam Wing fanfiction, together with attempted explanations. For non-GW fic recs, please visit EOTS.

At Casey's Quiet Space:

Glory by Casey Valhalla

I worship this fic. That's really all I can say without breaking down into a gibbering heap. I adore this fic, and I adore Demon!Duo and his tangled relationship with Heero, and I adore the whole dark atmosphere despite the fact that a happy ending is getting increasingly less likely. There will never be enough of this fic. 3x4, eventual 1x2... in theory...

Great America by Casey Valhalla

Innovative spin on the 'road-trip' fic cliche that throws a number of disparate characters together and forces them to develop relationships. 1+2, 4xOC

The Love & Drag Arc by Casey Valhalla

'Fluffy Gen-X romance' just doesn't do it justice. It's the little touches that make this so perfect, really - Wufei's driving, Heero's cave, Duo's nerves. Also, I have something of a thing for a Heero-in-a-dress who is not camp and femmy. 1+2, 3+4, 5+M

At GWA under Fanfiction:

Two Halves by Maldoror

Whee, non-classical fantasy! With some sweet romance thrown in, too! A nice concept, and some good AU characterisation. The circular themes are both a motif and an extension of the story arc itself. 1+2, 3x4, 5+S

Whispers arc by Maldoror

One of the best 1x2 in-canon arcs out there. Really. Definitely a must-read, if only for the hilarity of Indiscretions. 1x2, 3x4

The Source of All Things by Maldoror

I would like to point out that I am reading this despite the listed pairing, it's that good. I'm really, really not a 2x5 fan, but this is so damn dark and gritty and aching in its portrayal of Duo. And then there's Heero... The perfect sf/f combination. 3x4, moving towards 2x5 and then 1x2x5.

The Drums of Heaven by Sol 1056

Whee, corruption! Also Sol's writing, which is enough of a recommendation in itself, really. A post-war mission fic with no easy answers, and the most wonderfully IC and confused Heero. 1x2, 3+4

Requiem For The Sinners by cleverYoungThief

Yikes. I almost don't dare read this sometimes. The most realistic and gritty war story around, not to mention the most heartbreaking. The characters are a marvel of dysfunction and venal humanity, and the whole thing has an air of inevitability about it that's the perfect foil for the optimistic ending of the series. 1+/x2, 3x4

DiD v. tKiSA by Muffie

Fics this funny ought to be illegal. Hilarious parody of every GW cliche ever, while still managing to tell a coherent story. Best lines in fandom, ever. 1x2, 3x4, 5x6x13

The Awful Daring by Draco

Excuse me while I bawl. Very definitely not a happy fic, but amazingly well thought out and sensitively written. It ends up being beautiful despite the sadness and inevitability of it. 1x2.

At Aenai-Ai:

Ion series by Sunhawk

Some of the best characterisation I've ever read. That's not to say it's completely IC all the time, but rather that the characters are so unquestionably real and human that it almost hurts. 1+/x2, 3x4, 5xS

Blurry Moon by Blue Soaring

Vampire AU with some of the best descriptive writing I've ever read. Centred primarily around Heero and Duo, with only brief cameos from the others, but my gods you can breathe the atmosphere here. 1x2, blood.

At Sweetly Sour:

Garou by Asuka Kureru

Unquestionably the best of the GW Werewolf genre. I adore the way Heero acts as pack leader, and his interactions with Duo. 1+2, 3+4, one-off 1x3 and 1x5. I've been promised eventual 1x2...

At Under The Bridge:

Smells Like Teen Spirit by Link Worshiper

High-school AU with an X-men twist. Duo's the mutant outsider, and Heero's the perfect sports star. At least, that's what you'd think, but there are so many twists and it's not even done yet. Moving towards 1x2, 3x4 and 5xM

At Leth's place:

Nevergreen by Lethanon

One of those unique fics that have a character all their own. The sense of place in Nevergreen is so thick you could cut it, and the characters are well-rounded and have personalities. AU, modern-day Australia, 1+2, 3x4