Not a Total Waste of Time
, Hon Suyeong, Ko Yeongha, by troisroyaumes
. And she wrote it for me. THANK YOU. MUCH <3 It's great.
***Round 7 Blind Go fics!
Have finished reading them, and wow, there're excellent, beautiful fics this round. Top recs:All the Pieces
, by [jagi]. Waya's POV, Hikaru. Entertainingly written, excellent characterisation of Waya, full of good lines, and with surprisingly insightful parts--I could really see how well Waya understood Hikaru, and it really made me understand Waya himself better.The Year Between
, by [baroaba]. Oka, Hikaru, Akira. Sweet, nicely fleshed out, cute without being cloying, serious at times, and it's pure enjoyment to look at Hikaru and Akira's rivalry through a 3rd person POV. Plus, it works so well into canon.An Approach to Tsumego, part 1
and part 2
, by [lotto]. Sai, Heian, AU version of how things turned out, tho' ending is the same. Layered, beautiful conception and execution, great details about the Heian court, sleek (but not slick) drawing-in of the themes of Sai's love-obsession with Go, finding a true rival to play with, honour and dishonour. It's the longest fic in this round, but you don't really feel it, because the pacing and plot works well.
Also by the same author [lotto] is Ten, Chi, Jin
, a series of drabbles on Mitsuko and how she finds herself. Lovely and subtle without being oblique.A Series of Less-than-fortunate Events
by [jinta] and [tashigi]. Hikaru and Akira, finding themselves in the wrong city. Hilarious for Hikaru's fits of hysteria (hey, alliteration!).
I love blind_go