The Yaxley Affair by Erynn/Mice (NC-17)

  • Aug. 23rd, 2011 at 10:47 PM
Title: The Yaxley Affair.
Fandom: Jeeves and Wooster / The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
Pairing: Jeeves/Bertie, Napoleon/Illya.
Categories: Action, Case fic, Crossover, Established Relationship (Jeeves/Bertie).
Length: Epic (~57,000 words).
Warnings: Minor OC deaths.

Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] erynn999
Author Website: The Preserving Shrine

Author's Summary:
"When Lord Yaxley -- also known as Bertie Wooster -- and his inimitable valet Jeeves stumble upon a THRUSH plot, Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin are sent in to pull them out of trouble. Things don't work out according to plan. They never really do, do they?"

Review:
Years after his exile from England due to the discovery of his sexual orientation, Bertie (now Lord Yaxley) goes to South Africa for a wedding and ends up stumbling across a plot from THRUSH. Napoleon and Illya are sent out to escort him and Jeeves safely to New York and along the way face some truths about themselves.

Though I had only vaguely heard of "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." before reading this fic, I was immediately captivated by its world and main characters. Though the world of MUNCLE is very different from Wodehouse's England frozen in time (where the worst that can happen is an unwanted engagement or stolen silverware) Mice manages to maintain a bit of the whimsical quality of Plum's stories, making Jeeves and Bertie (which have been faced with some very realistic consequences due to their relationship) fit right in. I thoroughly enjoyed the portrayal of all four main characters; while the main action plot was interesting enough to keep me captivated throughout the story, it was really the bonds between the characters (be they romantic or of friendship) which made the fic so memorable to me.

The Yaxley Affair.

Also @ LJ (Masterpost with links to six parts)

The Yaxley Affair by Erynn/Mice (NC-17)

  • Aug. 23rd, 2011 at 10:47 PM
Title: The Yaxley Affair.
Fandom: Jeeves and Wooster / The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
Pairing: Jeeves/Bertie, Napoleon/Illya.
Categories: Action, Case fic, Crossover, Established Relationship (Jeeves/Bertie).
Length: Epic (~57,000 words).
Warnings: Minor OC deaths.

Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] erynn999
Author Website: The Preserving Shrine

Author's Summary:
"When Lord Yaxley -- also known as Bertie Wooster -- and his inimitable valet Jeeves stumble upon a THRUSH plot, Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin are sent in to pull them out of trouble. Things don't work out according to plan. They never really do, do they?"

Review:
Years after his exile from England due to the discovery of his sexual orientation, Bertie (now Lord Yaxley) goes to South Africa for a wedding and ends up stumbling across a plot from THRUSH. Napoleon and Illya are sent out to escort him and Jeeves safely to New York and along the way face some truths about themselves.

Though I had only vaguely heard of "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." before reading this fic, I was immediately captivated by its world and main characters. Though the world of MUNCLE is very different from Wodehouse's England frozen in time (where the worst that can happen is an unwanted engagement or stolen silverware) Mice manages to maintain a bit of the whimsical quality of Plum's stories, making Jeeves and Bertie (which have been faced with some very realistic consequences due to their relationship) fit right in. I thoroughly enjoyed the portrayal of all four main characters; while the main action plot was interesting enough to keep me captivated throughout the story, it was really the bonds between the characters (be they romantic or of friendship) which made the fic so memorable to me.

The Yaxley Affair.

Also @ LJ (Masterpost with links to six parts)

The Yaxley Affair by Erynn/Mice (NC-17)

  • Aug. 23rd, 2011 at 10:47 PM
Title: The Yaxley Affair.
Fandom: Jeeves and Wooster / The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
Pairing: Jeeves/Bertie, Napoleon/Illya.
Categories: Action, Case fic, Crossover, Established Relationship (Jeeves/Bertie).
Length: Epic (~57,000 words).
Warnings: Minor OC deaths.

Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] erynn999
Author Website: The Preserving Shrine

Author's Summary:
"When Lord Yaxley -- also known as Bertie Wooster -- and his inimitable valet Jeeves stumble upon a THRUSH plot, Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin are sent in to pull them out of trouble. Things don't work out according to plan. They never really do, do they?"

Review:
Years after his exile from England due to the discovery of his sexual orientation, Bertie (now Lord Yaxley) goes to South Africa for a wedding and ends up stumbling across a plot from THRUSH. Napoleon and Illya are sent out to escort him and Jeeves safely to New York and along the way face some truths about themselves.

Though I had only vaguely heard of "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." before reading this fic, I was immediately captivated by its world and main characters. Though the world of MUNCLE is very different from Wodehouse's England frozen in time (where the worst that can happen is an unwanted engagement or stolen silverware) Mice manages to maintain a bit of the whimsical quality of Plum's stories, making Jeeves and Bertie (which have been faced with some very realistic consequences due to their relationship) fit right in. I thoroughly enjoyed the portrayal of all four main characters; while the main action plot was interesting enough to keep me captivated throughout the story, it was really the bonds between the characters (be they romantic or of friendship) which made the fic so memorable to me.

The Yaxley Affair.

Also @ LJ (Masterpost with links to six parts)

The Yaxley Affair by Erynn/Mice (NC-17)

  • Aug. 23rd, 2011 at 10:47 PM
Title: The Yaxley Affair.
Fandom: Jeeves and Wooster / The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
Pairing: Jeeves/Bertie, Napoleon/Illya.
Categories: Action, Case fic, Crossover, Established Relationship (Jeeves/Bertie).
Length: Epic (~57,000 words).
Warnings: Minor OC deaths.

Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] erynn999
Author Website: The Preserving Shrine

Author's Summary:
"When Lord Yaxley -- also known as Bertie Wooster -- and his inimitable valet Jeeves stumble upon a THRUSH plot, Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin are sent in to pull them out of trouble. Things don't work out according to plan. They never really do, do they?"

Review:
Years after his exile from England due to the discovery of his sexual orientation, Bertie (now Lord Yaxley) goes to South Africa for a wedding and ends up stumbling across a plot from THRUSH. Napoleon and Illya are sent out to escort him and Jeeves safely to New York and along the way face some truths about themselves.

Though I had only vaguely heard of "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." before reading this fic, I was immediately captivated by its world and main characters. Though the world of MUNCLE is very different from Wodehouse's England frozen in time (where the worst that can happen is an unwanted engagement or stolen silverware) Mice manages to maintain a bit of the whimsical quality of Plum's stories, making Jeeves and Bertie (which have been faced with some very realistic consequences due to their relationship) fit right in. I thoroughly enjoyed the portrayal of all four main characters; while the main action plot was interesting enough to keep me captivated throughout the story, it was really the bonds between the characters (be they romantic or of friendship) which made the fic so memorable to me.

The Yaxley Affair.

Also @ LJ (Masterpost with links to six parts)

The Yaxley Affair by Erynn/Mice (NC-17)

  • Aug. 23rd, 2011 at 10:47 PM
Title: The Yaxley Affair.
Fandom: Jeeves and Wooster / The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
Pairing: Jeeves/Bertie, Napoleon/Illya.
Categories: Action, Case fic, Crossover, Established Relationship (Jeeves/Bertie).
Length: Epic (~57,000 words).
Warnings: Minor OC deaths.

Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] erynn999
Author Website: The Preserving Shrine

Author's Summary:
"When Lord Yaxley -- also known as Bertie Wooster -- and his inimitable valet Jeeves stumble upon a THRUSH plot, Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin are sent in to pull them out of trouble. Things don't work out according to plan. They never really do, do they?"

Review:
Years after his exile from England due to the discovery of his sexual orientation, Bertie (now Lord Yaxley) goes to South Africa for a wedding and ends up stumbling across a plot from THRUSH. Napoleon and Illya are sent out to escort him and Jeeves safely to New York and along the way face some truths about themselves.

Though I had only vaguely heard of "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." before reading this fic, I was immediately captivated by its world and main characters. Though the world of MUNCLE is very different from Wodehouse's England frozen in time (where the worst that can happen is an unwanted engagement or stolen silverware) Mice manages to maintain a bit of the whimsical quality of Plum's stories, making Jeeves and Bertie (which have been faced with some very realistic consequences due to their relationship) fit right in. I thoroughly enjoyed the portrayal of all four main characters; while the main action plot was interesting enough to keep me captivated throughout the story, it was really the bonds between the characters (be they romantic or of friendship) which made the fic so memorable to me.

The Yaxley Affair.

Also @ LJ (Masterpost with links to six parts)

The Yaxley Affair by Erynn/Mice (NC-17)

  • Aug. 23rd, 2011 at 10:47 PM
Title: The Yaxley Affair.
Fandom: Jeeves and Wooster / The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
Pairing: Jeeves/Bertie, Napoleon/Illya.
Categories: Action, Case fic, Crossover, Established Relationship (Jeeves/Bertie).
Length: Epic (~57,000 words).
Warnings: Minor OC deaths.

Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] erynn999
Author Website: The Preserving Shrine

Author's Summary:
"When Lord Yaxley -- also known as Bertie Wooster -- and his inimitable valet Jeeves stumble upon a THRUSH plot, Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin are sent in to pull them out of trouble. Things don't work out according to plan. They never really do, do they?"

Review:
Years after his exile from England due to the discovery of his sexual orientation, Bertie (now Lord Yaxley) goes to South Africa for a wedding and ends up stumbling across a plot from THRUSH. Napoleon and Illya are sent out to escort him and Jeeves safely to New York and along the way face some truths about themselves.

Though I had only vaguely heard of "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." before reading this fic, I was immediately captivated by its world and main characters. Though the world of MUNCLE is very different from Wodehouse's England frozen in time (where the worst that can happen is an unwanted engagement or stolen silverware) Mice manages to maintain a bit of the whimsical quality of Plum's stories, making Jeeves and Bertie (which have been faced with some very realistic consequences due to their relationship) fit right in. I thoroughly enjoyed the portrayal of all four main characters; while the main action plot was interesting enough to keep me captivated throughout the story, it was really the bonds between the characters (be they romantic or of friendship) which made the fic so memorable to me.

The Yaxley Affair.

Also @ LJ (Masterpost with links to six parts)

The Locust Affair by Lady Ra (NC-17)

  • Sep. 10th, 2009 at 8:30 PM
Title: The Locust Affair
Author: Lady Ra
Fandom: Man from U.N.C.L.E.
Pairing: Napoleon/Illya
Categories: romance, action, humor
Length: epic
Warnings: none
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] ladyra
Website: Visions of Pretty Boys Doing Naughty Things

Author's Summary: Thrush is trying to create a super bug.  A preposterous Thrush plot forces Napoleon to open his eyes.

Review:
Much as I love stories that try to be realistic about what being a spy for an organization like UNCLE, sometimes there's nothing better than preposterous THRUSH plot as the author's summary says. Lady Ra has managed to come up with a fun plot that reads as if it's straight from canon - trademark THRUSH ridiculousness balanced out by its earnest treatment and a good dose of action.

The romance part of the story is also a classic - the jealousy scenario. It's particularly well done here, however, with Napoleon's jealousy used for more than just forcing a revelation. It also becomes a key hurdle in reaching the happy ending, making the whole story that extra bit more complicated and interesting. Not to mention that Lady Ra gets definite kudos for using an canon character from the original show as the "other man" - a young cutie named William Shatner who made a guest appearance in the first season. ^_~

My only caution is that there are pictures scattered throughout the story and formatting went a bit screwy on one so that it covers text. It's easy to ignore the little bit obscured or you can fix it by setting page style to no page style or copy/pasting to a word doc.

The Locust Affair

The Locust Affair by Lady Ra (NC-17)

  • Sep. 10th, 2009 at 8:30 PM
Title: The Locust Affair
Author: Lady Ra
Fandom: Man from U.N.C.L.E.
Pairing: Napoleon/Illya
Categories: romance, action, humor
Length: epic
Warnings: none
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] ladyra
Website: Visions of Pretty Boys Doing Naughty Things

Author's Summary: Thrush is trying to create a super bug.  A preposterous Thrush plot forces Napoleon to open his eyes.

Review:
Much as I love stories that try to be realistic about what being a spy for an organization like UNCLE, sometimes there's nothing better than preposterous THRUSH plot as the author's summary says. Lady Ra has managed to come up with a fun plot that reads as if it's straight from canon - trademark THRUSH ridiculousness balanced out by its earnest treatment and a good dose of action.

The romance part of the story is also a classic - the jealousy scenario. It's particularly well done here, however, with Napoleon's jealousy used for more than just forcing a revelation. It also becomes a key hurdle in reaching the happy ending, making the whole story that extra bit more complicated and interesting. Not to mention that Lady Ra gets definite kudos for using an canon character from the original show as the "other man" - a young cutie named William Shatner who made a guest appearance in the first season. ^_~

My only caution is that there are pictures scattered throughout the story and formatting went a bit screwy on one so that it covers text. It's easy to ignore the little bit obscured or you can fix it by setting page style to no page style or copy/pasting to a word doc.

The Locust Affair

The Locust Affair by Lady Ra (NC-17)

  • Sep. 10th, 2009 at 8:30 PM
Title: The Locust Affair
Author: Lady Ra
Fandom: Man from U.N.C.L.E.
Pairing: Napoleon/Illya
Categories: romance, action, humor
Length: epic
Warnings: none
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] ladyra
Website: Visions of Pretty Boys Doing Naughty Things

Author's Summary: Thrush is trying to create a super bug.  A preposterous Thrush plot forces Napoleon to open his eyes.

Review:
Much as I love stories that try to be realistic about what being a spy for an organization like UNCLE, sometimes there's nothing better than preposterous THRUSH plot as the author's summary says. Lady Ra has managed to come up with a fun plot that reads as if it's straight from canon - trademark THRUSH ridiculousness balanced out by its earnest treatment and a good dose of action.

The romance part of the story is also a classic - the jealousy scenario. It's particularly well done here, however, with Napoleon's jealousy used for more than just forcing a revelation. It also becomes a key hurdle in reaching the happy ending, making the whole story that extra bit more complicated and interesting. Not to mention that Lady Ra gets definite kudos for using an canon character from the original show as the "other man" - a young cutie named William Shatner who made a guest appearance in the first season. ^_~

My only caution is that there are pictures scattered throughout the story and formatting went a bit screwy on one so that it covers text. It's easy to ignore the little bit obscured or you can fix it by setting page style to no page style or copy/pasting to a word doc.

The Locust Affair

The Locust Affair by Lady Ra (NC-17)

  • Sep. 10th, 2009 at 8:30 PM
Title: The Locust Affair
Author: Lady Ra
Fandom: Man from U.N.C.L.E.
Pairing: Napoleon/Illya
Categories: romance, action, humor
Length: epic
Warnings: none
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] ladyra
Website: Visions of Pretty Boys Doing Naughty Things

Author's Summary: Thrush is trying to create a super bug.  A preposterous Thrush plot forces Napoleon to open his eyes.

Review:
Much as I love stories that try to be realistic about what being a spy for an organization like UNCLE, sometimes there's nothing better than preposterous THRUSH plot as the author's summary says. Lady Ra has managed to come up with a fun plot that reads as if it's straight from canon - trademark THRUSH ridiculousness balanced out by its earnest treatment and a good dose of action.

The romance part of the story is also a classic - the jealousy scenario. It's particularly well done here, however, with Napoleon's jealousy used for more than just forcing a revelation. It also becomes a key hurdle in reaching the happy ending, making the whole story that extra bit more complicated and interesting. Not to mention that Lady Ra gets definite kudos for using an canon character from the original show as the "other man" - a young cutie named William Shatner who made a guest appearance in the first season. ^_~

My only caution is that there are pictures scattered throughout the story and formatting went a bit screwy on one so that it covers text. It's easy to ignore the little bit obscured or you can fix it by setting page style to no page style or copy/pasting to a word doc.

The Locust Affair

The Locust Affair by Lady Ra (NC-17)

  • Sep. 10th, 2009 at 8:30 PM
Title: The Locust Affair
Author: Lady Ra
Fandom: Man from U.N.C.L.E.
Pairing: Napoleon/Illya
Categories: romance, action, humor
Length: epic
Warnings: none
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] ladyra
Website: Visions of Pretty Boys Doing Naughty Things

Author's Summary: Thrush is trying to create a super bug.  A preposterous Thrush plot forces Napoleon to open his eyes.

Review:
Much as I love stories that try to be realistic about what being a spy for an organization like UNCLE, sometimes there's nothing better than preposterous THRUSH plot as the author's summary says. Lady Ra has managed to come up with a fun plot that reads as if it's straight from canon - trademark THRUSH ridiculousness balanced out by its earnest treatment and a good dose of action.

The romance part of the story is also a classic - the jealousy scenario. It's particularly well done here, however, with Napoleon's jealousy used for more than just forcing a revelation. It also becomes a key hurdle in reaching the happy ending, making the whole story that extra bit more complicated and interesting. Not to mention that Lady Ra gets definite kudos for using an canon character from the original show as the "other man" - a young cutie named William Shatner who made a guest appearance in the first season. ^_~

My only caution is that there are pictures scattered throughout the story and formatting went a bit screwy on one so that it covers text. It's easy to ignore the little bit obscured or you can fix it by setting page style to no page style or copy/pasting to a word doc.

The Locust Affair

The Locust Affair by Lady Ra (NC-17)

  • Sep. 10th, 2009 at 8:30 PM
Title: The Locust Affair
Author: Lady Ra
Fandom: Man from U.N.C.L.E.
Pairing: Napoleon/Illya
Categories: romance, action, humor
Length: epic
Warnings: none
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] ladyra
Website: Visions of Pretty Boys Doing Naughty Things

Author's Summary: Thrush is trying to create a super bug.  A preposterous Thrush plot forces Napoleon to open his eyes.

Review:
Much as I love stories that try to be realistic about what being a spy for an organization like UNCLE, sometimes there's nothing better than preposterous THRUSH plot as the author's summary says. Lady Ra has managed to come up with a fun plot that reads as if it's straight from canon - trademark THRUSH ridiculousness balanced out by its earnest treatment and a good dose of action.

The romance part of the story is also a classic - the jealousy scenario. It's particularly well done here, however, with Napoleon's jealousy used for more than just forcing a revelation. It also becomes a key hurdle in reaching the happy ending, making the whole story that extra bit more complicated and interesting. Not to mention that Lady Ra gets definite kudos for using an canon character from the original show as the "other man" - a young cutie named William Shatner who made a guest appearance in the first season. ^_~

My only caution is that there are pictures scattered throughout the story and formatting went a bit screwy on one so that it covers text. It's easy to ignore the little bit obscured or you can fix it by setting page style to no page style or copy/pasting to a word doc.

The Locust Affair

Title: Pictures at an Exhibition
Author: Kellie Matthews
Fandom: Man from U.N.C.L.E.
Pairing: Napoleon/Illya
Categories: Romance, Angst, Hurt/Comfort
Length: Long
Warnings: none
Author on LJ: n/a?
Website: Home Page for Kellie Matthews

Author’s Summary: Relationships evolve, people change, but love remains.

Review:
It seems that every fandom has some particularly thorny element that authors feel compelled to try to explain or to just AU out of existence. In the MFU fandom, I would have to say that, hands down, this would be the made-for-TV movie (“The Fifteen Years Later Affair”) made long after the end of the series and the referenced fifteen-year separation of Napoleon and Illya.

Kellie tackles this subject with Pictures at an Exhibition. She structures the story as a string of related scenes chronicling their relationship with a clever recurring device of comfort soup. The slow development of Napoleon and Illya’s relationship is lovely and genuine – and the two of them are utter boys in that they don’t exactly communicate. Kellie’s explanation for the fifteen-year separation is believable and heartbreaking in how preventable and downright pointless it is. But there is a happy ending of the smooshiest kind I promise!

Pictures at an Exhibition
Title: Pictures at an Exhibition
Author: Kellie Matthews
Fandom: Man from U.N.C.L.E.
Pairing: Napoleon/Illya
Categories: Romance, Angst, Hurt/Comfort
Length: Long
Warnings: none
Author on LJ: n/a?
Website: Home Page for Kellie Matthews

Author’s Summary: Relationships evolve, people change, but love remains.

Review:
It seems that every fandom has some particularly thorny element that authors feel compelled to try to explain or to just AU out of existence. In the MFU fandom, I would have to say that, hands down, this would be the made-for-TV movie (“The Fifteen Years Later Affair”) made long after the end of the series and the referenced fifteen-year separation of Napoleon and Illya.

Kellie tackles this subject with Pictures at an Exhibition. She structures the story as a string of related scenes chronicling their relationship with a clever recurring device of comfort soup. The slow development of Napoleon and Illya’s relationship is lovely and genuine – and the two of them are utter boys in that they don’t exactly communicate. Kellie’s explanation for the fifteen-year separation is believable and heartbreaking in how preventable and downright pointless it is. But there is a happy ending of the smooshiest kind I promise!

Pictures at an Exhibition
Title: Pictures at an Exhibition
Author: Kellie Matthews
Fandom: Man from U.N.C.L.E.
Pairing: Napoleon/Illya
Categories: Romance, Angst, Hurt/Comfort
Length: Long
Warnings: none
Author on LJ: n/a?
Website: Home Page for Kellie Matthews

Author’s Summary: Relationships evolve, people change, but love remains.

Review:
It seems that every fandom has some particularly thorny element that authors feel compelled to try to explain or to just AU out of existence. In the MFU fandom, I would have to say that, hands down, this would be the made-for-TV movie (“The Fifteen Years Later Affair”) made long after the end of the series and the referenced fifteen-year separation of Napoleon and Illya.

Kellie tackles this subject with Pictures at an Exhibition. She structures the story as a string of related scenes chronicling their relationship with a clever recurring device of comfort soup. The slow development of Napoleon and Illya’s relationship is lovely and genuine – and the two of them are utter boys in that they don’t exactly communicate. Kellie’s explanation for the fifteen-year separation is believable and heartbreaking in how preventable and downright pointless it is. But there is a happy ending of the smooshiest kind I promise!

Pictures at an Exhibition
Title: Pictures at an Exhibition
Author: Kellie Matthews
Fandom: Man from U.N.C.L.E.
Pairing: Napoleon/Illya
Categories: Romance, Angst, Hurt/Comfort
Length: Long
Warnings: none
Author on LJ: n/a?
Website: Home Page for Kellie Matthews

Author’s Summary: Relationships evolve, people change, but love remains.

Review:
It seems that every fandom has some particularly thorny element that authors feel compelled to try to explain or to just AU out of existence. In the MFU fandom, I would have to say that, hands down, this would be the made-for-TV movie (“The Fifteen Years Later Affair”) made long after the end of the series and the referenced fifteen-year separation of Napoleon and Illya.

Kellie tackles this subject with Pictures at an Exhibition. She structures the story as a string of related scenes chronicling their relationship with a clever recurring device of comfort soup. The slow development of Napoleon and Illya’s relationship is lovely and genuine – and the two of them are utter boys in that they don’t exactly communicate. Kellie’s explanation for the fifteen-year separation is believable and heartbreaking in how preventable and downright pointless it is. But there is a happy ending of the smooshiest kind I promise!

Pictures at an Exhibition
Title: Pictures at an Exhibition
Author: Kellie Matthews
Fandom: Man from U.N.C.L.E.
Pairing: Napoleon/Illya
Categories: Romance, Angst, Hurt/Comfort
Length: Long
Warnings: none
Author on LJ: n/a?
Website: Home Page for Kellie Matthews

Author’s Summary: Relationships evolve, people change, but love remains.

Review:
It seems that every fandom has some particularly thorny element that authors feel compelled to try to explain or to just AU out of existence. In the MFU fandom, I would have to say that, hands down, this would be the made-for-TV movie (“The Fifteen Years Later Affair”) made long after the end of the series and the referenced fifteen-year separation of Napoleon and Illya.

Kellie tackles this subject with Pictures at an Exhibition. She structures the story as a string of related scenes chronicling their relationship with a clever recurring device of comfort soup. The slow development of Napoleon and Illya’s relationship is lovely and genuine – and the two of them are utter boys in that they don’t exactly communicate. Kellie’s explanation for the fifteen-year separation is believable and heartbreaking in how preventable and downright pointless it is. But there is a happy ending of the smooshiest kind I promise!

Pictures at an Exhibition
Title: Pictures at an Exhibition
Author: Kellie Matthews
Fandom: Man from U.N.C.L.E.
Pairing: Napoleon/Illya
Categories: Romance, Angst, Hurt/Comfort
Length: Long
Warnings: none
Author on LJ: n/a?
Website: Home Page for Kellie Matthews

Author’s Summary: Relationships evolve, people change, but love remains.

Review:
It seems that every fandom has some particularly thorny element that authors feel compelled to try to explain or to just AU out of existence. In the MFU fandom, I would have to say that, hands down, this would be the made-for-TV movie (“The Fifteen Years Later Affair”) made long after the end of the series and the referenced fifteen-year separation of Napoleon and Illya.

Kellie tackles this subject with Pictures at an Exhibition. She structures the story as a string of related scenes chronicling their relationship with a clever recurring device of comfort soup. The slow development of Napoleon and Illya’s relationship is lovely and genuine – and the two of them are utter boys in that they don’t exactly communicate. Kellie’s explanation for the fifteen-year separation is believable and heartbreaking in how preventable and downright pointless it is. But there is a happy ending of the smooshiest kind I promise!

Pictures at an Exhibition

The Ties That Bind by Taliesin (NC-17)

  • Jun. 4th, 2009 at 9:08 AM
Posting for [livejournal.com profile] caduceus03 :

Title: The Ties That Bind
Author: Taliesin
Fandom: Man from U.N.C.L.E.
Pairing: Napoleon/Illya
Categories: Action, Drama, Cliché!fic
Length: Long
Warnings: none

Author on LJ: n/a?
Website: Taliesin’s Reach

Author’s Summary: Thrush is after them, their U.N.C.L.E. contacts can't be trusted, and they must somehow get across the better part of the United States without attracting too much attention. It would be much easier if they weren't handcuffed together....

Review:
It’s handcuff!fic, need I say more?

It’s actually not as humorous as the premise implies – the handcuffs aren’t played for laughs but as a genuine obstacle to Napoleon and Illya’s survival. What the story really does is exemplify Napoleon and Illya’s partnership and just how well the work together. The two of them work together and play off each other flawlessly, and as a fan of earlier MFU before it became quite so farcical, I always appreciate seeing this sort of competence. Their friendship and working relationship is rock-solid; the slash component plays only a small part in the narrative, but even though it gets very little screentime, their relationship is strong enough that they can ease right into it and leave the reader with no doubt that all goes well for them.

A nice treat if you want a break from relationship angst and simply want to see the characters working together and clicking perfectly.

The Ties that Bind

The Ties That Bind by Taliesin (NC-17)

  • Jun. 4th, 2009 at 9:08 AM
Posting for [livejournal.com profile] caduceus03 :

Title: The Ties That Bind
Author: Taliesin
Fandom: Man from U.N.C.L.E.
Pairing: Napoleon/Illya
Categories: Action, Drama, Cliché!fic
Length: Long
Warnings: none

Author on LJ: n/a?
Website: Taliesin’s Reach

Author’s Summary: Thrush is after them, their U.N.C.L.E. contacts can't be trusted, and they must somehow get across the better part of the United States without attracting too much attention. It would be much easier if they weren't handcuffed together....

Review:
It’s handcuff!fic, need I say more?

It’s actually not as humorous as the premise implies – the handcuffs aren’t played for laughs but as a genuine obstacle to Napoleon and Illya’s survival. What the story really does is exemplify Napoleon and Illya’s partnership and just how well the work together. The two of them work together and play off each other flawlessly, and as a fan of earlier MFU before it became quite so farcical, I always appreciate seeing this sort of competence. Their friendship and working relationship is rock-solid; the slash component plays only a small part in the narrative, but even though it gets very little screentime, their relationship is strong enough that they can ease right into it and leave the reader with no doubt that all goes well for them.

A nice treat if you want a break from relationship angst and simply want to see the characters working together and clicking perfectly.

The Ties that Bind

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