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Fandom: Yu Yu Hakusho
Pairings/Characters: Yuusuke
Rating: PG-13
Wordcount: 1,629
Author: nightwalker3 on Ff.net
Website: Chaos Central
Summary: A dark room, a mysterious figure, a magic spell... Yuusuke wants to know why this sort of thing never happens to Kuwabara.
Why: This story never fails to make me snicker to myself. XD The concept isn't entirely original, but it's a fun one, and the author did a great job of making it work with Yuusuke's personality. She also has a great sense of comedic timing, and I enjoyed the passing references to other anime. And hey, who doesn't need a little more Mary Sue mockage in their life? ;)

The Summoning by nightwalker3
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Fandom: Yu Yu Hakusho
Pairings/Characters: Yuusuke, Genkai
Rating: G
Wordcount: 600
Author: nightwalker3 on Ff.net
Website: Chaos Central
Summary: It took a while for Yuusuke to learn how to speak Genkai's language.
Why: This is a really great look at the relationship between Genkai and Yuusuke. I like the way that the author used the repetition of the same question to show how Yuusuke (and his understanding of Genkai) have grown throughout the series. It also clears up a pesky question that you might have from early in the series: Would Genkai really have taught Rando?

Reading Between the Lines by nightwalker3
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Fandom: Yu Yu Hakusho
Pairings/Characters: Kurama/??
Rating: PG
Wordcount: 600
Author: nightwalker3 on Ff.net
Website: Chaos Central
Summary: Kurama wasn't expecting company. Obviously.
Why: This is a simple idea and short story, but nightwalker3 brings her usual sense of comedic timing to it in order to make it a very diverting way to occupy a few minutes.

Downtime by nightwalker3
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Fandom: Yu Yu Hakusho
Pairings/Characters: Kurama/Kuwabara
Rating: PG
Wordcount: 8,900
Spoilers for: Sensui arc to the end of the series
Author: nightwalker3
Website: Chaos Central
Summary: Sometimes being the normal one is the really exhausting job.
Why: I started rewatching the Yu Yu Hakusho anime recently, and it's given me a much greater appreciation for Kuwabara, so I'm always glad to find good fic centering on him. I'll admit, the Kurama/Kuwabara pairing is something I never thought I'd read, but the author fits it in so naturally that I actually really liked it a lot. I really liked the friendship that developed between Keiko and Kuwabara as well. They're two characters that don't seem to get a lot of interaction, but they worked really well here. Finally, there's just something about the mood in this story that appeals to me; it's laidback but there's also that confusion about what the future will bring that I can really sympathize with at the moment and that made me like the story even more. This definitely isn't your average Yu Yu Hakusho fic, but that's part of what makes it good.

Meanwhile, Back in the Ningenkai by nightwalker3
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Fandom: Yu Yu Hakusho
Pairings/Characters: Kuwabara, Yuusuke
Rating: PG
Wordcount: 3,200
Author: nightwalker3
Website: Chaos Central
Summary: For once they were in trouble and it wasn't Yuusuke's fault. Well, not exactly.
Why: nightwalker3 does an amazing job with the relationship between Kuwabara and Yuusuke, writing them with just the right combination of snark and unwilling friendship. You'll be seeing more recs from her in the future, but for now I'm starting with this one because it absolutely cracked me up. I could so see Yuusuke and Kuwabara not only acting like this, but also getting into this kind of situation in the first place. And the ending? Is just too perfect.

Yuusuke and the Yakuza by nightwalker3
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Fandom: Firefly/Yu Yu Hakusho Crossover
Pairings/Characters: Kurama, River
Rating: PG-13
Wordcount: 50,000
Author: AngelsFall
Website: Stories from AngelsFall
Summary: With his human life now centuries distant, Kurama finds a new home withthe one crew in the 'verse that attracts as much trouble as Yuusuke.
Why: I stumbled on this when I was in the midst of my Yu Yu Hakusho kick. Obviously it's a crossover that you would never expect to find, but it's one that the author really makes work well. I think that my favorite part of this story was the connection between Kurama and River. I didn't expect it, but AngelsFall makes it work beautifully. I also really enjoyed the ending to this story: a little bittersweet, but perfect nonetheless.

That Gorram Fox by AngelsFall
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Fandom: Yu Yu Hakusho
Pairings/Characters: Hiei/Kurama
Rating: M
Spoilers for: anime eps 1-25, manga vol 1-4
Author: [livejournal.com profile] tallihensia
Website: The Alatri Nebula
Summary: This story depicts what happened to Kurama and Hiei after Yusuke recovered the three Sacred Objects from them, to the point where they meet up with Yusuke again at the land of the Four Sacred Beasts.
Why: I went through a brief spurt of interest in Yu Yu Hakusho a short while back, and this is one of the stories that I read in that time. I've been subconsciously debating with myself how to phrase my rec ever since. I've also reread the story a couple times, which should tell you how much I like the story. Larissa does a great job of creating a story around the canon we are given in the early part of the series. I really enjoyed reading her explanations of
Kurama and Hiei's pasts and her account of the events that take place between their first encounter with Yusuke and their subsequent joining of the Spirit Detective group.

However, I do feel obligated to warn that some people may not enjoy Hiei's characterization in this story. I'll admit that I was a little thrown by it myself. As the story progressed, though, I found myself, if not entirely convinced, enjoying myself enough that I really didn't care. Honestly, I think that as long as you're willing to give it the benefit of the doubt, you'll find this story a very enjoyable experience.

The Beginning by Larissa
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Fandom: Yu Yu Hakusho
Pairings/Characters: Hiei/Kurama
Rating: T
Author: [livejournal.com profile] evilsimon
Website: [livejournal.com profile] curiopapercrane
Summary: ZOMBIES. Yes, that's correct. Zombies. Because there just weren't enough necromancers involved before now. But no, these aren't the standard, fairlyeasytokill zombies. There are Plot Twists. And Unexpected Visitors. And slashy demons.
Why: Some authors can take a silly idea and write it and make it brilliantly clever. Other authors can take that same silly idea and make it funny. As for which category this story falls into...Well, it's mostly the latter, but I think there's a little of the former. As you've probably guessed from the summary, this story is crack of the highest order. However, you will find only the finest of crack here. Zombies, fights, wisecracks, yaoi, enemies back from the dead, and even the occasional serious moment! I snickered my way through this entire story and the only complaint that springs to mind is that it ended. Of course, I wouldn't suggest reading this when you're in the mood to be entirely serious, but if you're looking for a little crazy, this is exactly where you want to be.

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