Рек имени manic_intent.

Меня этот автор очень подкупает громадным вниманием к матчасти и тщательной проработкой бэкграунда. Читать примечания к фикам почти так же интересно, как и сам текст.

The Gemini Affair by manic_intent
Illya Kuryakin/Napoleon Solo
Words: 46876 NC-17
That postcanon fic where everyone is now employed in New York and the world has one too many super secret independent spy organisations. Napoleon gets bored waiting for his next assignment, spoilers for the film. NOTE: Most of this fic will be T-Rated
In the first month of being co-opted into working with Illya Kuryakin full time at U.N.C.L.E., Napoleon stole Illya’s father’s watch four times, twice out of spite, once out of drunken curiosity, and once out of sheer boredom. After the fourth time, Gaby sprained one of Napoleon’s fingers and threatened to do worse if he did it again.
“You are not a spy,” she told him firmly, dangling the watch out of reach as Napoleon curled in a wincing, fetal position on his Le Corbusier couch in his upstate apartment. “You are a thief with the self-control of a child. Now give me back my ring.”
“What ring?” Napoleon asked innocently, even through the pain.
“How fond are you of your nose?” Gaby shot back blandly.
Здесь события происходят в Стамбуле и в целом на территории Турции. Фик максимально приближен к канону муви-верса. По сути это большой кейс-фик, отлично проработанный вплоть до самых мелких деталей. Автор копает всё: от названий дешевых отелей Стамбула того периода до типично применяемых антигистаминных препаратов. Шикарно выписано взаимодействие различных разведок и прочих политических сил. После этого фика вообще охота подробно почитать про разведку и контрразведку Израиля, очень уж необычная схема работы. Любовная линия есть, но она не на втором, а скорее на третьем плане.
Прекрасно прописаны характеры: и главные, и второстепенные, и "третий орк в пятом ряду". Если важна именно детективная составляющая фика, то вам сюда!

From Geneva With Love by manic_intent
Illya Kuryakin/Napoleon Solo
Words: 3919 NC-17
Illya had very reluctantly agreed to ‘take a break’ with Napoleon after a year spent working for U.N.C.L.E., and was now regretting it. Granted, given how secretive Napoleon had been about it all, Illya had become increasingly convinced as they stole away from New York that their ‘little holiday’ was going to perhaps involve felonies, deviant sexual behaviour and perhaps an international incident or two.
Продолжение фика The Laundromat Affair, но можно читать и отдельно. Пост-канон, ER. Суть - семейный отпуск.

The Trojan Affair by manic_intent
Illya Kuryakin/Napoleon Solo
Words: 43025 NC-17
That Mr & Mrs Smith AU where Napoleon and Illya are unknowingly using each other as a cover, but nothing stays secret forever, and Illya isn't very good at domesticity. Alternate Universe - Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Modern Setting, Secret Identity.
Ten minutes to go to ground zero and Artyom was still desperately trying to escape. “I have never attended little girl’s birthday party,” he pointed out repeatedly, and actually pouted, big blue eyes wide and pleading.
“Always a first time,” Napoleon said mercilessly, pulling on a charcoal Tom Ford blazer over his loose gray knit. “Mrs Siegfried invited us weeks ago, Artyom, don’t be a baby. You’ve had quite a while to gird your loins. We’re going to a party, not some sort of trench warfare. Smile.”
Artyom scowled, which was admittedly normally an adorable look even for a tall, blonde Russian giant of a man. “I do not like Mrs Siegfried,” Artyom declared, clearly intent on being as recalcitrant as possible.
По сути это ретеллинг "Мистер и миссис Смит", причем очень качественный, близкий к исходнику, но с вхарактерными персонажами. И опять же, любовная линия не затмевает все остальное, а дополняет. Цепануло ,как они вновь учились общаться и доверять друг другу.

The Tartarus Affair by manic_intent
Illya Kuryakin/Napoleon Solo
Words: 34084 NC-17
That AU where Napoleon chooses to go to prison instead of joining the CIA, and gets stuck with a certain tall blonde Russian cellmate. Alternate Universe - Modern Setting, Prison .
Other than Napoleon and the CIA watchdog assigned to him, the prison bus was empty. It was once a schoolbus, but had since been rudely repurposed, painted a dark charcoal gray with the words Virginia Department of Corrections printed in neat white paint under the murky windows. Outside, flat, baked farmland went past, acres of it, dotted sparsely with trees. There was no air conditioning in the bus, and the windows were open only in varying slivers; Napoleon felt like he was baking, himself, in clothes that were three days old. His shirt stuck to his back, and his jeans felt uncomfortably stiff on his legs.
Napoleon watched the trees go past in a daze. His hands were cuffed to the chrome ring attached to the seat in front of him, and his legs were hobbled. It was hard to believe that only four days ago he had wandered through MoMa with a gorgeous leggy blonde on his arm, then wined and dined her at a nice French bistro. Strange how quickly the worm turned, just on the back of a single mistake.
“Right side,” the watchdog said. “Get your first look at your new home for the next decade and a half, kid.”
Необычная динамика взаимоотношений: доверие-недоверие, взаимозависимость ситуационная и эмоциональная. Интрига держится до конца! И легкие отттенки дом/саб отношений.

Tiger, Tiger by manic_intent
Illya Kuryakin/Napoleon Solo
Words: 7907 NC-17
Non-Traditional Alpha/Beta/Omega Dynamics
Napoleon was about to launch into his carefully scripted spiel of punctuated disdain when he hesitated, hands still cupped over the delicate little Soviet-made devices that he had found in his room. There was a faint but unmistakable sensation crawling under his skin, a prickling, restless buzz, like getting light-headed off good champagne, and Napoleon narrowed his eyes, sсript forgotten, studying an increasingly irritated-looking Illya with a new light.
Illya, on the other hand, had folded his arms. His bowtie looked ridiculous with his suit, highlighting the far too long expanse between his shirt collar and belly, and he was starting to scowl. “What?” he demanded again, a flat curl of annoyance making his tone harsh, and Napoleon nearly flinched instinctively back before all the enforced training kicked in.
Нестандартный взгляд на омегаверс по принципу topping from the bottom. Так шта нежной омежки-Илюши там нет. НЦа на уровне.

The Firebird's Tale by manic_intent
Illya Kuryakin/Napoleon Solo
Words: 7566 R
On Morenasaday the Tsesarevich famous in the ironlands for never smiling smiled, and caused an instant uproar. Later he would protest in vain that he had not, in fact smiled; smiling involved some degree of joy, or at least mirth, while what he had actually felt was a certain degree of schadenfreude. The Tsar had blithely ignored this opinion, since it had not suited him to like it.
The Smile had, or so a passing baker had later told his wife, been somewhat more of a faint smirk than a smile, but what could the Naslednik Tsesarevich do? The Heir was young, as forbiddingly handsome as the winter, and he really ought to have been married already. That was what Nasledniks were for. The only curious thing about it all, the baker had said, as his wife had rolled her eyes and wished that her husband was less free with his opinions, was that the Tsesarevich was going to marry a man.
Inspired by Russian folk tales, particularly Tsarevitch Ivan, the Firebird and the Gray Wolf, and The Princess Who Never Smiled… and… twitter enablers… as usual. I originally set out to make this a sort of satirical story, but then Adele released ‘Hello’, and I’ve been listening to it several times and it’s bled into the fic. Sorry.
Disclaimer: This will probably again feel like another Chapter One-esque story. DO NOT READ if you find this kind of thing upsetting. I’m just cleaning out some ficbunnies in the attic :)
Could not find unsmiling Mirror,Mirror Armie!uniform pic that was not crappy, so here is a tiny little pic. On the other hand, have Henry in all his glory.
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Всегда интересно читать иностранное фикло с отсылками к русскому фольклору. А здесь тема Жар-птицы и Царевны Несмеяны (Соло и Илья соответственно) обыграна очень интересно, плюс общая картина мира описана хоть и скупо, но захватывает, слегка перекликается с пуллмановскими мирами. Единственный минус, фик читается как первая глава от макси. Но автор проды не обещал.

The Black Compass Affair by manic_intent
Illya Kuryakin/Napoleon Solo
Words: 4556 NC-17
Alternate Universe - His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman, crossover
Illya opened the file, tilting it so that Morana could see it from where she sat beside him. Even on her haunches, the great white wolf’s head cleared the table; like Illya, Morana was outsized. Her pointed ears pricked up as Illya glanced at the photograph pinned to the documents: it was a polaroid, already fading and a little out of focus, showing the side profile of a handsome, broad-shouldered man, his hair impeccably slicked back, dressed in a elegantly tailored charcoal suit that tapered down to narrow hips. His daemon was perched over his shoulders, a red fox with a white throat and belly, black paws pressed wide for balance, the thick brush of its tail curled around its human’s neck.
“An art thief?” Morana asked, her voice husky, indifferent. "Interesting."
Illya turned a page. “He escaped from the Magisterium in New Denmark?”
“Apparently.” Oleg nodded. “Resurfaced in Tartary. That’s where that photograph was taken.”
Еще одна АУ, теперь по Пуллману. Интересно читать, много вкусных деталей. Деймон Соло - рыжий лис Автолик. )))
Опять же, как одна глава из большого романа.

The Turing Affair by manic_intent
Illya Kuryakin/Napoleon Solo
Words: 5316 PG-13
That sci-fi AU where Illya is a naval captain and Solo is a corsair. Alternate Universe - Science Fiction. Space Opera
The Kashin-class destroyer Song of Gabriel Descending Gated out of tiān into normal space in what would have looked to a casual observer as a magic trick: one moment it wasn’t there, one moment it was, a monstrous, orbital spear, ringed with centrifugal decks and slung with pulsar teeth. As it synched back to the network, broadcasting its location on general and VMF channels, it began to wake some of its crew from their pods, powering down its stardrive and warming up its normal engines. Then it settled down gleefully to wait.
To Commander Illya Kuryakin’s profound irritation, he woke up from podsleep to the deep bass caterwauling of some pre-Ascent Sol song, booming from the seeded speakers along the hull, a brassy, trumpeted military reveille.
И еще одна тренировка в написании АУшек. Качественная космоопера, но опять - мало!

@темы: изба-читальня, U.N.C.L.E.

2015-12-06 в 13:55 

- Кусачки, заточенные углекислотным лазером. - Углекислотный лазер. (c)
Судя по комментам, это вообще что-то невообразимое. С этого и начну. Жаль, времени читать мало.

2015-12-06 в 19:48 

Shiko_, прямо с первого и советую начать!

2015-12-23 в 18:20 

- Кусачки, заточенные углекислотным лазером. - Углекислотный лазер. (c)
Я читаю быстро, но время есть редко, поэтому все равно Тор-моз. ))) Автор очень сильно пишет и обладает поразительным кругозором. И скромностью. И недостатком - сворачивать классные истории на первой главе. )))

Что касается The Gemini Affair, на мой взгляд автор усложнил второстепенные линии и слишком упростил главную. Я с удовольствием пополнила свои знания названием турецкой спецслужбы и подразделений Моссад, подробностями об оружии, отелях, и т.д., но совершенно не поверила. что Олег может быть главой КГБ. Неа. И Моссад... там работают фанатики, перевербовать киллера только потому, что он чуть не умер на задании? Опять неа. То же я вижу в The Firebird's Tale . Прекрасная история, но тоже перегружена второстепенными деталями. Даже мне было тяжеловато продираться сквозь родной фольклор, а уж англоязычным читателям...

А вот там, где автору удалось соблюсти баланс, получаются потрясающие истории. From Geneva With Love. Прелесть! Соло приводит Илюшу домой знакомить с родителями картинами. Или The Turing Affair - шикарная космоопера бы получилась, если бы автор продолжил. Или Tiger, Tiger - я уже видела топистую омегу в фандоме SPN, и там мне категорически не зашло, а вот эта история реально хороша.

Остальное еще не осилила.

2015-12-23 в 19:19 

совершенно не поверила. что Олег может быть главой КГБ. Неа. И Моссад... там работают фанатики, перевербовать киллера только потому, что он чуть не умер на задании? Опять неа.
Про Олега полностью согласна. Про Моссад - ощущение, что не все рассказали.
А теперь новость дня!
Автор наваял кроссовер со Звездными войнами, вдохновившись фоткой Кавилла в плащике. Вот The Kosarr Affair. Тоже есть недосказанность, но интересно читать.

2016-01-02 в 15:35 

- Кусачки, заточенные углекислотным лазером. - Углекислотный лазер. (c)
Осилила The Tartarus Affair. Понравилось, ну, просто очень. Сильно, интересно. подробности не застят главного. Пожалуй, на текущий момент это мое самое у нее любимое.
Готовый сценарий фильма. Жаль, что его никто никогда не снимет. Они - потому, что наши побеждают, мы - потому, что не сможем правдиво сделать антураж.

The Kosarr Affair тоже понравилась. Да, история свернута, но все принципиально важное случилось, так что все ок.

2016-01-02 в 15:48 

Shiko_, в The Tartarus Affair мне зашло всё, кроме фиксированной раскладки. мне все же больше по душе "они меняются". Но написано очень.
И я щас еще заскочила в профиль автора, у нее в процессе макси по Звездным войнам Финн/По, буду читать!

2016-01-18 в 17:39 

If you read this line remember not the hand that writ it
Прочитала Жар-птицу. Ох как зацепило! Спасибо за рек. 65К слов одним залпом, и не хватило, хочется продолжения

2016-01-18 в 21:25 

NikaDimm, рада, что рек пригодился! :goodgirl:


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