Fic search: Hi, I’m looking for an online mm fiction story I read a couple of years ago. It was I guess sort of a zombie apocalypse (?), just, they weren’t zombies and instead really weird people. The story revolves around a guy (can’t remember his name) that holes up in a craft store (?) and is discovered by a wandering group that is looking to establish a new settlement of their group. I remember they mentioned that he was halfway gone, two girls in the group and I think two other guys.
Title: In the End
Length: 49 chapters
Warnings: Not provided
Summary: “We’re together because we can.” For those words alone, he would never understand how much I had given up.
Review: Kirin, a newly ascended kumicho finds himself attracted to the self-destructive host Shuusei. Their meeting at the host club/brothel was like the clashing of a tiger and a dragon. Kirin was bent on the idea he was to own and have this beautiful host, while Shuusei would never allow himself to be owned. Slowly Kirin knows that the affection he has for the host is love and so there is a lot to conquer, Shuusei’s trust to live and never leave him.
This is really one true Japanese yaoi fiction. It was like watching Japanese Godfather, just that it’s not about mafias instead about yakuza and the plot is of course different.
Not to mention that the author’s style is really something new and unique, I’ve never read anything like this. If you’re a person who likes romance and thrillers, then this is the right choice!
Title: Promises to Keep
Length: 8 Chaps + 1 Epilogue
Warnings: Cursing, brief handjob, somewhat depressing
Summary: Trip and Bran went to highschool together, both hiding “unrequited” feelings for one another and maintaining an aloof friendship over the years. Trip’s daddy dies; he inherits the family farm and the burdens that entails. Brandon impregnates his girlfriend; his life is set from then on. Later, the men meet each other again. Old flames are reignited. They acknowledge their feelings for one another, but responsibilities and the bleak truth of reality keep the men away from each other. Stuff happens and circumstances change; I like to think they lived HEA. Better than I make it sound, honestly.
Review: Read this when I was relatively new to m/m stuff. Almost all of Grasshopper’s writing is readable. His little author notes in each chapter are thought provoking. Deals with a lot of grown-up stuff, so turn around if you’re looking for teeny-bopper pseudo-romance. No actual sex either. I adore this story, and have read it 3 times… No major mistakes in the writing. Only complaint is that it isn’t long enough. 😛
Title: Moonlight Denial
Length: 85 chapters
Warnings: Not provided
Summary: Nicoli always looked down on those who believed in things like vampires, witches, and ghouls. But when he moves to the town of Whixton he’ll realize that the things that go bump in the night are more real than he ever imagined
Review: This fic’s plot goes to epic proportions to be…well epic. And it works. I really loved this fic. Almost all the characters are well rounded, even the villains are sometimes shown on a good light, or have certain reasons to drive them to do their evil deeds (aren’t evil for the heck of it). I really liked the MC and his outlook, and how he holds his own and doesn’t roll over even though he is obviously the weakest link in the entire group.
Title: A Boy and His Horse
Warnings: Het, violence
Summary: Life stranger than fiction and fiction more powerful than life. Two young actors bound together by a common crime struggling to build a relationship in and out of the theatre.
Review: This is one of the strangest stories I’ve read lately. A Boy and His Horse is the tale of Tom and Michael, who play the main horse and the boy in Equus respectively. It’s about Tom, who drifts from place to place, slightly disconnected and oh-so-good but too quick to be violent. And it’s also about Michael, who is cruel and promiscuous and too soft for his attitude. Shaitanah’s descriptions are powerful and evocative. Unlike my usual recs, this one is not happy. But it is felt.
Title: In Man’s Own Image
Author: Kouri and Karasu
Length: 33 chapters
Warnings: Not provided
Link: http://knkfics.livejournal.com/216148.html#cutid1 (link to their masterlist. You will need to have a LiveJournal account and leave a comment requesting to be added as a friend on that post to be able to access the story).
http://knkfics.livejournal.com/tag/in%20man%27s%20own%20image (Link to story. You have to go back through the tags to the first chapter)
Summary: Two hundred some-odd years after the Salvatore Incident, the people involved have moved on and settled into their own lives. When demons start disappearing, some familiar and unfamiliar people team up to try to find out what’s going on. They unearth something much larger than any of them expected.
Review: This is the beginning to another sequel trilogy based on the Fallen Into Grace universe. Most of our loved characters have passed on, but some still remain (Rylee, Mika, Penny, Benjamin!). The new characters are awesome as well though.
Author: Katicka Locke
Length: 196k so far
Warnings: Warnings not provided
Summary: In this sequel/alternate POV to the 2008 epic NaNovel Broken Wings, Moonlight follows Izeri, a weather fey with a dark secret as he fights for love, acceptance, and his very life.
Review: Moonlight is the sequel to Broken Wings and is told through the eyes of Izeri, Jakil’s fay friend. One got the sense that Jakil was just blundering along cluelessly, and way in over his head while reading ‘Broken Wings’, but its only when you read ‘Moonlight’ do you really see how true this is. There was so much going on behind the scenes, so many unanswered questions at the end of ‘Broken Wings’ that have been answered, or seem like they will be answered in ‘Moonlight’.
Being an alternative POV doesn’t get boring either. You get to read scenes that you have read before with a totally new fresh and interesting perspective. Not as much continuous sex as ‘Broken Wings’ apparently, given the MC, but since when has sex been the main draw for reading a story like this? It’s the plot that matters, and boy does it deliver 🙂
Title: Legend of Emeralds
Warnings: Child abuse, rape, suicide, cutting
Summary: Lord Philip was a Duke’s son, and David was the richest young man in Oxford. David’s got secrets he’s trying to hide, and Philip has a penchant for emeralds.
Review: The warnings make Legend of Emeralds sound dark, but it really isn’t. (Honestly, when I think about it, it is rather angsty, but I didn’t feel like I was drowning in angst while reading it. I am conflicted.) It’s a slash regency romance about David, who has a dark past, and Philip, who is ignoring the fact that he needs to provide his infertile brother with an heir. I’m not sure how historically accurate it is (my specialty is medieval, not regency), but Sporkess does not pretend that homosexuality would be accepted or flaunted.
To me, Legend of Emeralds dragged a bit in the middle. But aside from that, I loved seeing the buttoned-up David and flamboyant Philip realize their feelings for each other and reach a place where they could express those feelings. It’s a very loving story. There’s also a cute series of ficlets that show scenes of what happened after the main action ends.
Title: Happy Endings and All
Format: Short story
Warnings: Child abuse
Summary: Tristan’s life has always been about pleasing his mother and brother. He is alright with that, but things change when a fairy makes it so that every time he speaks fine gems and flowers come out of his mouth.
Review: Okay, here’s another fairytale retelling. This one is an excellent version of “Diamonds and Toads” and a touch darker than the last fairytale I rec’d. But it’s not a darker and edgier interpretation, by any means. Tristan is adorable and his happy ending is well deserved. (There are several nods to other fairytales, for fans of the genre.)
Title: Gold and Ebony
Format: Short story
Warnings: Frogs and humans kissing! The gay agenda is upon us!
Summary: Janus is a prince. Faulkner is a frog. Their love was never meant to be…or something like that.
Review: Let’s face it: I’m a sucker for a good retold fairy tale. This one has an ice prince, a gregarious frog, and a female character who isn’t a total bitch and is helpful to the leads. Short, simple, and cute.