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Almost everything by this author is written in quality that rivals published works. She has written both AU and canon-verse stories but in both cases characterization is always very well handled with the connection to canon perfectly maintained in the former case. Some of the stories feature complex plots that will require the reader's attention, but never leave them utterly confused. A variety of genres are contained within, but almost every story will contain some kind of romance between the girls.
With an amazing repitoire of fictions, she is an amazing writer, with "Winter Month," "Andante," and, her latest, "Masquerade." Each of them features strong characterization, fantastic writing, and simple, realistic plots.
Probably best known as the first author to combine Lucky Star and Fallout into a single fanfiction, Tastychainsaws has been writing for the section for around a year now, and in that time, has written quite a few fics which can range from witty and sarcastic humor with a few in-jokes (mostly to metal bands or 4chan memes) to spine-tingling and suspenseful horror. His interesting style of writing makes his stories a good read for either kind of audience. It's worthy to note that his lighthearted works are sprinkled with various references to many other anime, video games, and other media if one takes the time to search them out.
Stories focused on the Light Music Club and the friendly relationships of the cast. Plot-focused stories or light day-in-the-life stories. Pretty much anything that isn't focused on romance.Sweet So Sweet by rennah chen
Recommended by F1zzyp0p
Synopsis: The story explores the inner workings of Yui's mind as she tries to get over her sister's death.
Comment: One of the few dark K-ON! fics that is portrayed realistically as well as deconstructs Yui's behavior and lampshades theories while keeping up with its darker elements. Also the imagery is quite detailed, not meant to be visualized by Mio like people.
Synopsis: The shrewd and the ditz; captain and lieutenant respectively. An impossible duo in search for the truth, to weed out deceit and to act on behalf of justice. "It is a capital mistake to theorize before you have all the evidence. It biases the judgment."
Pairing(s): All/all, mainly Yui/Azusa, Ritsu/Mio and Sawako/Mugi. Some smut, so beware it may be Not Safe for Work.
Synopsis: An AU based on the Listen! ED. Houkago Tea Time is a massively popular band and Azusa, rule-abiding good girls since her youth, is a smitten. By chance of getting a front row seat to one of their concerts, she becomes sucked into their spiral of relationships and music and, most of all, the mystery that is Hirasawa Yui.
Comments: Ostensibly a shallow smut-fest with characters jumping each other with reckless abandon, if you hang on with it you soon find an intelligent and complex drama that has spawned massive walls of text in analysis on its review page. Azusa's voice comes through very well and Jun makes a great and sympathetic show as a recurring character. Fairly dark, with all members of HTT hinted to have some major trauma, but engaging all the same.
Synopsis: A brilliantly in-character collection of drabbles and slice-of-life examinations of Ritsu and Mio's relationship.
Comments: Quite light on the shipping at first, and present tense may grate on some people but Mio and Ritsu, especially as children, are so perfectly in character it's beautiful. The author notably incorporates actual discussion of music into the girls' lives.
Pairing(s): Azusa/Yui; Jun/OC; Mugi/Ui (implied as of Chapter 9). Warning: Not Safe for Work.
Synopsis: Continuation fic set one year after Azusa's graduation from college. Azusa, Houkago Tea Time's "forgotten member," forms a band with Jun, Sumire, Nao, and junior high friend Tori (OC) to pursue her dream of playing Budokan.
Comments: Has some problems with "info dump" in the early chapters, but the story is compelling, and characterization is one of the author's strengths. Azusa, Yui, and the others are all believable in their adult form. Tori, the OC, has some "Mary Sue" elements at the beginning, but these quickly become irrelevant as the story progresses. Jun is hysterical as the pervy, aggressive lesbian who falls for Tori. The frequent love scenes are erotic, yet fit seamlessly into the narrative and aren't present merely to titillate.