|Reviews for Diary of a Madman: Memoirs of a Nukenin|
| Guest chapter 1 . 2/19
So, Itachi mindrapes Sasuke and forces him to relive his family's deaths for three days straight, ripping away every last shred of happiness which he has ever gotten for himself and turns him into an insane avenger, then decides that "Hahaha! Fuck you Sasuke! I'm going to act like a patronizing shithead and tell you to randomly give up on your revenge because I got bored!"
I think this is the first time I've genuinely hoped that Itachi dies screaming in a fire, preferably after being castrated and repeatedly raped by a bunch of fat, smelly old men. Of course, considering how you seem to be in love with the character, this seems unlikely, but still, one can hope.
Also, seeing as you probably won't give the piece of shit the death he deserves, I'm going to stop reading now. Bye.
| kyuubi shadow chapter 32 . 11/3/2013
| GEDOMAZO10TAILS chapter 31 . 8/29/2013
Love it. Love the story. Love the politics. Love the subtext. I really hope you update soon, becuase I defintiely want to see where this leads.
| Herooftimes chapter 7 . 5/17/2013
Holy shiz bits, the kage killer ninja is IRUKA? Nice.
| TheQuasiZillionaire chapter 32 . 1/22/2013
Good day, Bloodreaver-san!
And I sincerely hope it is one. I am betting that this is going to be a considerably lengthy review - I do enjoy a good rant - so bear with me for a bit. I'm certainly not as intellectual as you obviously are (nor am I by any stretch of the imagination a genius), but I'm not exactly a mental slouch either, so this should be at least a bit interesting to read. :P
To begin, let me go right ahead and say that I am really, really (really) enjoying Memoirs of a Nukenin. Here are a few of my reasons, if you care to read them:
First: Memoirs is by far the most intellectual fanfiction I have ever read, and, consequently, is probably the most entertaining. When going into long, detailed expositions describing complex concepts or convoluted thought processes, most writers on ffnet quickly begin to "overwrite" things, resulting in me skipping paragraphs to get back to the actual story (note: I said writers, not necessarily authors. An author generally needs to be able to expertly manipulate the conventions of the language they are authoring in. Many of the "authors" on this site can hardly construct a coherent sentence to save their own lives). You, however, managed to keep me thoroughly interested through an in-depth description of the inner workings of all of the stages of the Sharingan, most of which I already knew anyways.
Second: I like Itachi, and I think he is not written enough in the universe of fanfiction. Plus, your portrayal of him is particularly, for lack of a better word, awesome. To be clear, when I say your Itachi is "awesome" I mean he is extremely well-developed and fills the role he plays in canon perfectly (barring his compassionately self-sacrificial death at the hands - or rather, near the hands - of his pompous ass-wipe of a brother) and then only gets better. The incredibly intelligent, cynically humorous, and passionately dispassionate personality is to Itachi as a key is to its lock: a perfect fit.
Third: There are only a few pairings I refuse to even look at (Neji x Hinata, Sasuke x most girls*, any yaoi, and any with overly large age-differences), and I am simply tired of Naruto x Hinata, as it is overused, often badly-written, and they aren't really compatible anyways. I thoroughly enjoy pretty much any other pairing, provided that it is well-done and does not seem forced, and Naruto x Sakura is one of my favorites, simply because I think Naruto deserves to get the goddamn girl he wants. I also believe that Sakura is really a nice person - even though pre-timeskip she was incredibly naive and unobservant - and she could easily love him if she gave herself the chance.** My very favorite pairing, as of now at least, is Naruto x Yugito. I'm not 100% sure why. Perhaps I like the idea that two people can have such different backgrounds, but also have so many similarities. Two people who stand outside normal society finding comfort and love with each other seems right to me. I am kind of a romantic; I like the lovey-dovey stuff, as long as it's not too overly saturated with mush and is generously interspersed with action and intrigue. I'm hoping there will be more of that to come. :D
So, that is more or less why I like Memoirs so far. You are a great storyteller, I like Itachi, and I like Naruto x Yugito. There are more reasons, but I'd rather keep this short (ha!). Now, let's see if I can find anything to complain about...
Nope, not at the moment. I, for one, have no problems with authors using their creative license to change canon events or other things like that, as long as it still is Naruto, and still is logical. I've read a couple of stories where Naruto goes away for a few years, then comes back as some crazy part-demon super-genius seal-master-slash-womanizer who has unlimited chakra, no problems controlling the Kyuubi's power, and can magically bring people back to life. So, yeah. That makes sense. As far as I can tell, your story follows the rules of the Naruto universe just fine, and is still wonderfully interesting. You are a phenomenal writer- no, author, and you share many sentiments concerning the Naruto universe with me. I await your updates to this story with bated breath.
Phew! I hope you don't mind reading all that. Thanks for spending so much time with this project for no tangible profit. I hope your life smooths out a bit; I've had a rough year so far myself, though likely not as drastically so as your past couple of years seem to have been. I have begun dabbling in fanfiction writing recently, and your writing is inspirational to say the least. If you wouldn't mind taking a moment to read what I've written up till now (it's not much, at least not yet), I would greatly appreciate any input or criticism you have to offer. See you next chapter!
* I say "most girls" because, who the hell would actually put up with his shit anyways? Even Karin doesn't like him anymore in canon, for Christ's sake. And I swear to God, if Sakura doesn't stop "loving" that self-righteous dickweed some time soon I will find Kishimoto and kill him slowly and painfully.
** The problem seems to be that she is so caught up in believing that Sasugay is redeemable that only a very severe experience (read: Naruto's or Sasuke's death, or the death of one of her friends by Sasuke's hand) will shock her enough to make her see reason.
| TheQuasiZillionaire chapter 23 . 1/21/2013
I usually only do a review after finishing the story, but I just have to say at this point that you are the best writer of Killer Bee's lines I've ever seen. :D
| SapphireOrchids chapter 32 . 12/23/2012
I just discovered this recently. And I must say, "WOW!" Looking forward to more chaps!
| yomanyo chapter 21 . 12/2/2012
Orochimaru Sith Lord, Sasuke needs a good pimp slap five across the eyes POW!
| SomebodyLost chapter 1 . 11/13/2012
Very interesting look into Itachi. Your Itachi is more expressive. With no qualms about killing instead of mind-raping to make his targets forget. And incredibly proud and selfish (when comparing him to canon by this time). Haha. Or just plain mad. Driven to madness due to boredom? Meh.
Seriously, your Itachi's thought processes are ingenious, and they have - so far, when comparing to other fics - the most number of exclamation points in the usually stoic genius. Speaking of which, he really employed that Naruto persona. Kudos on his empathic acting (is that the term?), but maybe he also employed a bit too much of Uzumaki's, uh, idiocy? I'm really stuck how you managed to make your Itachi idiotically genius, or vice versa. I get that he's human, but his mistakes seem to be... I dunno, petty?
On another note, I noticed that you published/started (February 8?) this before the big reveal about the Massacre, so I guess you were riding on the assumption that Itachi was evil/mad when you wrote the first chapter. Then afterwards you twisted him to somehow match canon...?
Interesting For Want Of A Nail fic, indeed. Keep this up!
Ah, I reread in the first chapter that he's the Godaime Hokage. Curious how he ended up as Hokage and how he reigned, but wasn't Tsunade Godaime? Please do explain. :)
| Magic Kirby chapter 32 . 11/3/2012
I thinks it's a real shame this story only has 300 reviews, it is very unusual to be able to combine a very complex story with accessibility that makes it perfectly readable. Naruto isn't suddenly a god, Itachi is written perfectly, heck you even have amazing romance going on. I can't really accurately describe how much I like this story but be assured it is quite a bit. I'm happy to see it's not abandoned as well.
| Magic Kirby chapter 23 . 11/3/2012
Oh wow that rhyming was amazing, just like this entire story. I'll wait till I finish reading it to give an actual review but the rhyming was too good to pass up a complement.
| templar627 chapter 32 . 11/3/2012
Great story, I hope everything settles down soon for you so that you can continue writing.
| HuangShenLong chapter 1 . 10/15/2012
| Guest chapter 32 . 8/16/2012
Hm...okay. Question? When can we expect an update? This is turning out interesting and I'm curios what direction things will go next.
| Guest chapter 28 . 8/16/2012
Hm...I don't care much for the Iruka you've made, but I understand you needed to create a credible threat to Itachi. I just think it could have been done in another manner...I like that Tayuya appears in Itachi's life...Sound techniques are indeed hard for a conventional nin to handle, regardless of strength...Hm. Itachi really can't catch a break can he? Everyone refuses to leave him alone to quit and retire, instead either pissed off like Konoha or trying to force him into so thing like Deidara's faction...Hm. Couldn't he have just dumped the ring so they (Akatsuki) don't focus on him anymore? Also, I do like the unique jutsus you have and the explanations for existing ones...if you write out a jutsu though, couldn't you make sure to have it's English translation with it? Naruto's Kumo misadventures are a little odd for the story's flow, but not bad. The explanation for Kirabi's apparent lack of marks is plausible as well. Anyway, I find myself enjoying this story. Your writing style has me hooked by itself and on I read. - Zhor (TheAwesomeAndMighty)