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- Full Metal Alchemist - Dissolved Feelings by Lilas - I will admit that half of this fic didn't ring true for me, because the idea of Al hating Edward, even feeling like he should hate Edward, just seems inconceivable to me. Alphonse is one of the sweetest, most loving people, completely unable to hate anyone that never meant to cause harm. (I tend to think this actually makes it worse for Ed, because of what he pushed for, this darling person was seperated from his body and caused so much pain.) So why am I rec'ing this story? One, because it is beautifully written, and, two, because it capitalizes on the angst in the series the way I like to see it done. It's not cheap drama or angst for the sake of angst, these are genuine issues that plague the characters and... urgh. It's hard to explain. But you know how with some angsty fics you're left rolling your eyes and wanting to tell the characters to get over themselves? Yeah, I didn't get that with this story.

I liked how it was touched on that Al missed being able to touch things or feel things or eating things, but in a way that felt very Al-like, rather than OOC moping. And lines like And how could he come to hate him when everything he did, everything he endured, was to find a way to get his body back? How could he hate his brother for being human? How could he hate his brother for trying to do what he himself would have done if he was as smart and as ingenious as him? were nice and some of the imagery presented... especially the late at night one... those got to me. T___T In exactly the way they were supposed to. (No pairings/warnings.)


- Full Metal Alchemist - The Night Before Last by Lilas - I am immensely pleased at the quality of FMA fic so far and I hope to see more stories like this one. As much as I love the idea of these two (Roy and Edward) as a pairing, I liked that this wasn't really yaoi at all, it was a quiet moment in the middle of the night (in the library, mind ^_~) where Edward is feeling the weight of everything pressing down on him and Roy somehow seems to understand and know what to do/say to keep him from being crushed by all of it. The writing was lovely and Edward... oh, how I hurt for him and how much hurts because of the things he's done--and like Lilas' previous story, the angst felt... natural, rather than forced. Plus, I loved the little details with the alchemy and the way Roy would just look at Edward or wouldn't hesitate to reach out and ruffle his hair. And I really liked the whole way Roy handled the situation. I gush. I also need more from Lilas. Like, badly. +___+ (No real pairings/warnings.)


- Full Metal Alchemist - secret of the soul by Vikki - Mere words are not enough to describe my delight that more FMA fic is popping up, especially fic that's good. This story is a lovely little piece from Al's thoughts, which you'd think I'd twitch impatiently over and go, "No, no, no, you FMA authors, give me the Roy/Ed yaoi, dammit!" but I really, really liked this. The tone and speech patterns are lovely, I could practically hear Al narrating this and the questions/theorys/querries about the soul and feelings posed here were wonderful. One of the strongest themes of the series is the nature of alchemy and even a little bit about the nature of the soul/feelings and those were touched on nicely here. Al's sense of loss and hurt over that are nearly tangible, but so is his generally optimistic nature. The writing is also lovely and I demand more from Vikki. ^_~ (No warnings/pairings.)


- Full Metal Alchemist - One Step Closer by Meg - Oh, this was such a nice treat to find, a subtle, insightful story that was just a little bit hinty with the Roy/Ed, but could just as easily have been gen. (Not that I'm not screaming for waiting for the yaoi, too. *coughs* >_>) Edward's angst (*hugs the poor dear*) was touched on beautifully here, as was that he had an idea of what Roy was doing, but dismissed the idea as stupid anyway. And Roy, darling Roy, who's so flakey and fruity, but knows what people needs and actually cares under that flakey exterior, which came through very nicely here. Toss in some lovely writing and this was a wonderful addition to the FMA fic out there. (No real warnings/pairings.)


- Full Metal Alchemist - All That Is Not Forgotten by X-parrot - There're a few lines early on in the story that read: He doesn't eat, or breathe, not anymore. He knows that sugar is twelve parts carbon to eleven parts water, and he knows too that once he liked candy. But he can't remember now what 'sweet' was, how it spread over his tongue and made him smile. And this story... hurts so much and is a beautiful example of the kind of angst and hurt FMA offers. The imagery X-parrot uses are brilliant for their tangibleness, things that are so simple in so many ways, but so out of Al's reach now. And after reading this, once again, I'm so impressed by X-parrot's writing, the atmosphere she captures through Al's musings and dream-states and the random swirl of his thoughts... all of it is so reminiscent of the... natural hurt of the series. It doesn't feel forced or like the author is cackling over her writing and going, "CRY, readers, CRY! AHAHAHAHA!!" but a much more genuine process. ....that probably made sense to no one but me. ^_~ (No warnings/pairings.)


- Full Metal Alchemist - Therapy by Vikki - This is one of those stories that I desperately wanted ever since the idea started rolling around my head--what's Al's view of what goes on between the Colonel and his brother. Oh, nothing so cliche as if it's right or wrong, but how it affects his brother, does it worry him? Does it make him happy that Roy's able to piss him off so badly that Ed can't even think of how guilty he feels? And this fic is a wonderful, subtle story that lightly deals with the idea and has fabulous characterization. Vikki weaves little details in (like Al being able to stand there all day, since he is a suit of armor and all) and has such a fantastic bead on Al's character that I could HEAR him speaking. Al's observations are wonderful, he notes what he needs to and doesn't need to know more than that... and the way Roy treats Al is just beautiful and wonderful. I think this may be one of my favorites of hers yet. *sparkles* (Hints of slash, but not entirely the point of the story.)


- Full Metal Alchemist - Left Handed by Vikki - What I like so much about Vikki's writing is that it so often touches on a detail that you wouldn't necessarily think of on your own, but when you read about it, it becomes so obvious. This one is told in an interesting format that works for the story--Ed writes a letter to Winry and as she reads it, she thinks back a little. The examples used in the story are wonderful, I could just see Edward doing them--and if a fic lets me picture something in my head so easily, then I know I agree with the characterization. XD The other thing is that there was a moment in this story when it just... touched me, when it showed me all the pain Edward went through losing his arm like that... yet it wasn't hammered home and, thus, as all the more heart-tugging for it. (The author labels it Ed/Winry, but I would call it gen more than anything.)


- Full Metal Alchemist - Summertime by Vikki - *ufufufufufu* Another idea that I foisted off into Vikki after having it roll around my head for awhile, especially after the moment in the ending credits where Ed is watching the snow fall onto his hands... the one made of flesh and bone melts the snow from it's warmth and the metal one leaves the snowflakes intact. This deals with the opposite weather pattern--in other words, being attached to giant hunks of metal in the burning hot sun. Vikki takes this concept and makes it the lightly ouchy fic that it deserves to be. In a lot of ways, it hurts a bit more because it's not harped on, because it's just another part of their lives, because it's not really that big of a deal to them anymore. ;__; And, wow, I think the rec was as long as the fic. ^_~ (No warnings/pairings.)


- Full Metal Alchemist - [A portrait of the pyro as a young man...] by Moonsheen - (For lack of a better title to call it....) This was just a fun little story about Roy as a teenager, about how a... err... mishap when he was still young. It's short, but it's cute, it gives me happy images of teenaged!Roy being the manipulative/flakey/whatever person he is and light touches of a wonderful friendship between Roy and Hughes. Join me in bugging Moonsheen for more, ne~~? ^_~ (No warnings/pairings.)


- Full Metal Alchemist - Bathwater by Moonsheen - This is another short story by Moonsheen that's a short look into the series, more of a character piece than anything, this time focusing on Edward. It's a nice play on Edward's auto-mail, how it affects his daily life and the things he does and why some things have become so hard to bear. There's also a gorgeous line in the story that I loved: When the sign on the shaky door said cheap it meant cheap--and an alchemist of all people knew not to expect so much for so little. Very nice little fic. (No warnings/pairings.)


- Full Metal Alchemist - What Love Is by Vikki - This story is... well, bittersweet is a good way to describe it, but I like it for that, because it's just a little bit ouchy, even if I'm getting everything I want out of the fic. I can see the characters I recognize from the screen in these--Winry's feelings for Ed, Ed's inability to return them in exactly the way she needs... which is what I loved most about this fic, the explanation of just exactly how Ed works and why he can no longer be what she needs, because of who he is now, because of his personality now. Toss in some lovely turns of phrase and you've got a het fic that *gasp!* I actually liked. ^_~ (Mentions of Ed/Winry and Al/Winry.)


- Full Metal Alchemist - Self Doubt by Vikki - Roy angst, to my mind, is a precarious thing, because he's not someone who generally doubts himself or is putting up a facade when he smirks condescendingly at you before he kicks your ass. He is confident in his skills and where he is. But at the same time, he's still human and Vikki weaves that together beautifully with what does make him pause and doubt about himself. It makes me hurt for Roy, what he's gone through and done, all in a few beautifully worded phrases. And the ending still takes my breath away. (No warnings/pairings, spoilers for episode 15.)


- Full Metal Alchemist - Reflection by Leareth - I liked this story a lot--Leareth's writing has always had two strong things going for it. One, she writes wonderfully, her prose smooth and lovely, just sailing right along and pulling me into it. Two, her gift for details and situations that make the scene come alive. This was a story that slipped right into the pages of canon, one of those stories that I can't remember how much is based off canon, how much are details she's making up, that's how well they fit together and feel _right_ to me. Her characterization of Roy is lovely, the way she has him looking back on his life and what led him to his current place were very nice, very seamless in the flow of events. (No warnings/pairings.)


- Full Metal Alchemist - Change the World by Meg - ....all right, I admit, this fic confuses me a little because I'm not getting why what Roy's trying to accomplish is considered traitorous and he was executed for them, because I've been under the impression that Roy's working his way up to Fuhrer so he can change stuff from the top. That aside, AUGH, AUGH, AUGH, MAKE THE PAIN STOP, DAMMIT. *sniffles* There's a reason I usually won't read character death fics (and I think telling you that ahead of time isn't a spoiler, because it's quite literally the first line of the fic) is because they fucking HURT when done right like this, because Roy's letter to Edward was just... painfully perfect, the way he accepted things, the way he held Ed to certain promises, the way Edward read the letter and reacted... it leaves me with a tight feeling in my chest that I DEMAND FLUFFY FIC OR SMUTFIC TO FIX, GODDAMMIT. *cries* (No pairings, ANGSTPAINOWWIES.)


- Full Metal Alchemist - Sleepless Nights by Arugentine - This was... wow. This was one of those stories that doesn't say anything really, but speaks volumes between the lines of the fic. It doesn't draw you a map, doesn't even get around to mentioning the things it's hinting at... yet what it's trying to say is crystal clear. This is a beautiful example of showing rather than telling, showing us what's going on with Ed and Al, but not hitting that pause button to tell us everything. The characterization is marvellously sharp and clear, I could hear the characters, and the writing lovely. I did have one incredibly minor nit (Ed's auto-mail would get hot in the summer, since it is metal after all), but that was so incredibly insignifigant in an overall gorgeous work otherwise. Beautifully written. (No warnings/pairings.)


- Full Metal Alchemist - Under Cover by Branch - *sporfles* Oh, this was beautifully done--I liked that there was a rather believable reason for Ed to be in a dress, but it was the characterization that sparkled and won me over here. It was just... everything was hysterical. From Ed's reactions to Roy's reactions to Hawkeye's reactions (which were beautiful ♥) to Clara's role in the story. I was giggling my way through the entire fic, it was just one beautiful ride of amusement. And wonderfully written, too, the writing was just perfect for the concept, the jokes were genuinely funny and I totally, totally bought the characterizations. *goes to reread and giggle more* Plus, the ending. *dies* (Vague hints of Roy/Ed, but it's UST more than anything.)


- Full Metal Alchemist - Library Rules by Meg - I think what I liked most about this fic was the, well, rules of the library and how they somehow fit with the view I have of the FMA world, especially with the way Ed (who spends so much time in libraries) has such an understanding and accordance with them. (I especially liked the mention of how every has their favorite spot in the library... which, yes, I've been known to do myself quite often. >_>) Plus, the dialogue in this one was sparkling and clever, and the final scene with Roy and Ed was touchingly sweet and subtle. One of those little things that means so much but isn't a huge, giant display. I love those. ♥ (Blink-and-you'll-miss-it Roy/Ed hints?)


- Full Metal Alchemist - Temper by Shi Lin - There were a lot of things I adored about this piece--the usage of colors to enhance the atmosphere of the piece, the dull, aching mood Shi Lin set here, the descriptions of Ed, the subtle way Roy looked at Ed, the way this brought to mind and re-brought up the feelings of hurt I had for both Ed and Al after episode 15--but what really got me is the overall picture and way things combined, even in such a short piece. Roy's view of Edward (both in how much Roy cares, in his own way, and how he sees how brittle Ed is at this moment) was wonderfully done and I just... I wanted to hug both of them so badly afterwards, even if this wasn't really a sad piece, per say. (As the author says, blink-and-you'll-miss-it Roy/Ed.)


- Full Metal Alchemist - Shorn by Vikki - This is one of those ideas that I think I could get mixed up with canon, that's how well it vibes with my view of the characters--why Ed grew his hair out, what that means to both him and Al, etc. It just... fit with how I see them and made me sniffle all over again for the characters. There were also a lot of other little things that I adored about this fic, including Pinako-baachan's quiet presence for part of the fic; for some reason she stood out to me here, her (very small) role in the story quietly touching. But this was really about Ed and Al and it's just... quietly bittersweet. *sniffles* (No warnings/pairings.)


- Full Metal Alchemist - Leaving Yesterday by Peripheral Vision - This was... *wince* ouchy, because... it's hard to explain it without giving it away (there's no great surprise, but neither do I want to detail everything in the fic), but it does a fantastic job of showing the harsher sides of FMA, of what these characters (especially Roy and Ed) are going through. The story weaves this tense air to it, you can't really put your finger on exactly what the specific problem is, but things are tough in this world and this fic does a wonderful job of illustrating that. I'm explaining it badly, but go read. It's ouchy, but not horribly depressing or *cries!*-worthy, instead more in the lines of the series itself. (No warnings/pairings.)


- Full Metal Alchemist - Child's Play by Icka M. Chif - I admit, normally, I try to stay away from stories that are under about 700-800 words and this one was just barely past 300 words. But I wanted to read it for myself and by the time I was done... I was giggling so uncontrollably that I knew I had to rec it. It's one of those little gems of an idea that's so simple, but carried off/written so brilliantly that it's just absolutely perfect the way it is. Plus, it shows so much of the characters through such little actions and the author's notes at the end make me giggle like the immature fangirl that I am. ♥ (No warnings/pairings.)


- Full Metal Alchemist - Trade Off by RubyD - This was just... lovely and the reason I fawn over Di-chan's fanfics in general, because she weaves in these little things, these little touches to her writing, that just... strike me to the heart. And if Alphonse, his little brother and his only family, could not feel anything, then Edward was determined to take on twice the hurt the world threw in their path. The Ed characterization here is so painfully, achingly on target and it captures what makes me hurt for the character, but without shoving unnecessary angst down our throats--it hurts because I can see and believe exactly this. ;___; (No pairings/warnings.)


- Full Metal Alchemist - Make Gold of This by K - This is one of those stories that's so perfectly in tune with the series, so beautifully written, and so tightly characterized that I can't help but see it slipping into the pages of canon. The angst is soft and almost a sort of sleeper angst, it comes up at you out of nowhere, much like the series itself. And the level of details woven into the fic were wonderful, you barely even noticed that the author was filling them in for you, because they were a part of the entire tapestry of the fic--and that's the kind of thing that gives me happy fangasms. (As you can see by how I mention that kind of thing a lot. ^_^;; ) Plus, the ending was just... just gorgeously written, the whole thing. I'm incoherent now, so excuse the crappy rec. ^_~ (No warnings/pairings.)


- Full Metal Alchemist - A Day at the Office by Crysi - I admit that I debated on this one for a bit because it was very short... but, hell, I've rec'd shorter. XD Anyway, it was a cutely written fic that made me smile, especially because Havoc was amusing it, because Hawkeye got to be really cool, and because I *heart* Roy a disgusting amount, even though he's nowhere near the focus of this fic. But, mostly, I had to rec it for the very end, because that made me laugh. Quite a bit. XD (No warnings/pairings.)


- Full Metal Alchemist - Shorn by Vikki - (For lack of anything else to call the fic....) This is one of those ideas that I think I could get mixed up with canon, that's how well it vibes with my view of the characters--why Ed grew his hair out, what that means to both him and Al, etc. It just... fit with how I see them and made me sniffle all over again for the characters. There were also a lot of other little things that I adored about this fic, including Pinako-baachan's quiet presence for part of the fic; for some reason she stood out to me here, her (very small) role in the story quietly touching. But this was really about Ed and Al and it's just... quietly bittersweet. *sniffles* (No warnings/pairings.)


- Full Metal Alchemist - Leaving Yesterday by Peripheral Vision - This was... *wince* ouchy, because... it's hard to explain it without giving it away (there's no great surprise, but neither do I want to detail everything in the fic), but it does a fantastic job of showing the harsher sides of FMA, of what these characters (especially Roy and Ed) are going through. The story weaves this tense air to it, you can't really put your finger on exactly what the specific problem is, but things are tough in this world and this fic does a wonderful job of illustrating that. I'm explaining it badly, but go read. It's ouchy, but not horribly depressing or *cries!*-worthy, instead more in the lines of the series itself. (No warnings/pairings.)


- Full Metal Alchemist - Child's Play by Icka M. Chif - I admit, normally, I try to stay away from stories that are under about 700-800 words and this one was just barely past 300 words. But I wanted to read it for myself and by the time I was done... I was giggling so uncontrollably that I knew I had to rec it. It's one of those little gems of an idea that's so simple, but carried off/written so brilliantly that it's just absolutely perfect the way it is. Plus, it shows so much of the characters through such little actions and the author's notes at the end make me giggle like the immature fangirl that I am. ♥ (No warnings/pairings.)


- Full Metal Alchemist - And by Vikki - Perhaps, someday, he will wake up, he thinks, but more likely, he will discover that he is merely smoke given a breath of life for a moment, and this entire world is just something he made up. Have I sung the praises of Vikki enough yet lately? I have? Oh. Well. Here's some more. ^_~ I *heart* Vikki because she does a lot of things in this fandom for me--she gets me thinking, she writes Roy/Ed, she writes Roy/Ed smut, and she also writes these gentle, soft pieces with the characters and can bring out the hurt of the characters in a way that really fits with the series--as oppposed to ANGSTANGSTWHEEEEEANGST!! type of ouchies. I'm sure I've gone on about my dislike of that, too. ^_~ (No warnings/pairings.)


- Full Metal Alchemist - Candle Light by Keruri - This was just.... Every so often there's a fic that makes me tense up as I'm reading it, that pulls at me until some not-quite-physical part of me feels vaguely tight and stretched thin, just a sort of uncomfortable-in-my-own-skin feeling that I can't put into words. This story achieved that for me with its sheer atmosphere--it's very much like what watching the series itself does to me. The writing was gorgeous, the details/plot fantastic, and Ed's characterization was so perfect that it had my teeth hurting. (Along with my heart because AUGH SOMEONE GIVE THE CHIBI ANOTHER HUG!) The light hints of philosophy (Ed's reasons for being an athiest were beautifully worked into the conversation *__*) were woven into the fic beautifully, the human dramatic elements were worked in beautifully, and just... god, this fic was done so right. *goes to wibble in the corner* (No warnings/pairings.)


- Full Metal Alchemist - Phoenix by Keruri - ....there are a fair amount of stories that can make me sad or make me hurt for the characters, but it takes a particularily nasty (and by that, I mean it in the good way) story to make me literally hurt or feel like I might actually cry. Maybe it's the late hour as I read/rec this story, but... the gentleness of the story, the simple style (that I get with the series itself, actually), the way the story captured the feel of the anime... it made me see this story and, by god, it hurt. It's just... it's hard to explain why without giving away the ending of the story, but I was left with the feeling like I'd had the wind knocked from my lungs because it made a horrifying sort of sense. Beautifully written, beautiful Al characterization, and heart-breaking. I'm in awe and going to go attempt to drown my sorrows in J-fanart smut now kthx. *cries* (A little Al/Winry, not really the point of the fic.)


- Full Metal Alchemist - three FMA drabbles by White Cat - I'm going to put these three together, becuase they were posted in the same post. These were... just... I lovelovelove the J-fans for the creative little things they do like this, so when I get to see English authors writing these creative little ideas as well, it makes me terribly happy. Not to mention that they're good drabbles, each one like a little gem of a ficlet that's perfectly fleshed out as far as it needs to be. The characterizations are spot-on, I can see these characters, and if I had to pick a favorite one of these three... I don't know what I'd do 'cause I adore them all. The Roy/Ed one was gorgeously written--all that snark between them, yet more because there's a genuine connection there and the way the anger gave way to somethingotherthananger was beautifully done. Plus? The little hint of lime? Lovelovelovelovelove. So beautifully written. *___*

The Elric-mama - Ed one was wonderfully done, once again, Ed's anger giving way to somethingotherthananger was beautifully handled and it made me wibble to see Ed's interaction with his mother. Because she seemed like such a wonderful person and must have been to inspire such love in both her sons. *fawns* And, once again, the third drabble has that quality of Ed's anger and frustration being tempered by the person he's with, that they know just how to react to him to bring him back down, each important in their own way. Al's concern for Ed was wonderfully done, as was Ed's train of thought/feeling at the end. These were a wonderful trio of stories to read together like this. *hearts* (Some Roy/Ed with slight lime in the first one, the other two are gen.)


- Full Metal Alchemist - I Saw Them In Her Eyes by Sholio - I was... absolutely entranced by this story, it was just incredibly written. The writing itself was gorgeous, perfect for a Fullmetal Alchemist story, the characterization was so perfect that it made my teeth hurt, and it was centered on one Roy Mustang. There were a lot of things I loved about this story, but above all of them were the things and parallels and insights it illustrated on what Roy went through That Night he went to Riezenbul (Man, I have to pick a spelling and stick with it. >_o). It tied together everything--his history with the Rockbells, his dual reasons for being there, his own troubled past, his solider nature, yet his compassion for people.

I loved this story because it showed why Roy had done the things he'd done, yet he was far, far, far from an inhuman monster. I loved this story because Roy took the burdens of so much onto his own shoulders and wasn't a martyr about it, I loved that he just accepted the ghosts he had and I loved that he didn't try to "fix" things because he damned well knew that nothing could be fixed. And the details of this story, the gloves in one pocket, the letter in the other, the fate that's entwined with alchemy... gahhhh, I could go on forever about this lovely, seamless fic that was just... breath-taking. I fawn. *___* (No warnings/pairings.)


- Full Metal Alchemist - Sandwich Talk by Gerald Tarrant - This was a very nice Hawkeye piece and I found that I liked two things--one is that there was a definite feel for military coming off Hawkeye here (which strikes me as ironic, since she has little interest in the military, yet she's one of the ones who sticks most rigidly to the rules of it) and determination to her that I really liked. The scene where Hughes was actually eating his lunch was great and I *heart* Hughes in this story--he knows so much, yet you can see how it's easy to dismiss him. He's silly sometimes, but he's serious and cares about people as well. Their views of Roy were nicely written as well and it was nice to see interaction between two characters who don't interact much, more people should write Hawkeye and Hughes having a conversation. ♥ (No warnings/pairings.)


- Full Metal Alchemist - In Marginalia by Shi Lin - There are so many things I could comment about this fic (many of which I say in the comments on the page itself), probably enough that I could ramble for nearly as long as the story itself. ^_~ To make a long story short, one of the things I love most about a fic is when it can get me going and immediately after I read this fic, it got me into a fairly long discussion of the characters that had me purring like the happy little fangirl that I am. ^_~ Oh, sure, sure, wonderful writing, fantastic characterization, blah, blah, blah, all that, too. XD And I loved that it strode that line between gen and shounen ai, because as much as I love the resolution in FMA fic (and I'll hurt people if they stop writing it +__+), sometimes I just want to read about the initial fascination--what captures the attention of one person about the other. And that was beautifully written here, the way Ed slowly caught on to all the things he didn't know about Roy, realizing how brilliant the man really is and showing us, the readers, how fucking brilliant Ed himself is as well. And using books as a way to draw a connection between the two was just beautifully done. I looooooooooove Shi-chan, have I mentioned that lately? ......I'm just going to slink off before you all look at me and start muttering, "Get a room, jeez." XD (Roy/Ed that could totally pass for gen, really.)


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