I spent New Year's Eve with friends (first time not with my family, they all had other plans.) We had good food, card games, at midnight we taught LK to waltz, and before that we wanted to watch something entertaining and I suggested "Man from U.N.C.L.E." Good choice, I enjoyed it a lot. I'd seen some Tumblr gifs with innuendo, but I didn't expect so much excellent h/c. Fortunately there is good fic on AO3.
Now I have time for recs again!, so have some of my favorites, all of them Napoleon/Illya:Waging World Peace
32k, additional tags: Queer 1950's, spies in love, Historical AccuracySummary:
"There is something you should know before making a final decision.”
“I’m already aware he’s Russian, sir,” Napoleon said. “And he’s still on good terms with them, so he must at least technically be a Communist.”
Waverly brushed that aside. “All of the Russian agents are. Kuryakin, however, is also an admitted homosexual.”
(An original-recipe Man from U.N.C.L.E. fic.)Why I liked it:
I haven't watched the series and I'm not planning to (maybe some selected episodes at one point), but that didn't hinder my enjoyment of this story. I really liked Napoleon trying to deal with first the revelation about his partner, learning about what it means for him, and eventually falling for him.
This line is one of my favorites:( quote )and suddenly i was a lilac sky
15k, additional tags: Angst, Pining, 5 Things, Canon-Typical Violence, Slow Build, Hurt/Comfort, the disgusting tropey garbage pile your mother warned you aboutSummary:
Five missions turn out all right, and one doesn't.Why I liked it:
The tags say "disgusting tropey garbage pile", which apparently means "great just-right-over-the-top h/c + pining idfic", exactly what I wanted after watching the movie.The Tartarus Affair
from tags: That AU where Napoleon chooses to go to prison instead of joining the CIA and gets stuck with a certain tall blonde Russian cellmate. Why I liked it:
All of my favorite prison fic tropes, including violence and sex, a mystery plot with FBI agent Gaby, and uncertain loyalties.
The author also wrote a great "Mr. & Mrs. Smith" AU, The Trojan Affair
, that I liked a lot.By the Throat
In which the KGB took some rather dubious measures to ensure Illya's loyalty to Russia, and Napoleon has more than a few problems with that.Why I liked it:
I really enjoyed Napoleon and Illya's slowly developing dom/sub relationship, the emphasis on collars (mm yes), and on their (painful) ties to their fucked up home country organizations. The End Where We Begin
Illya kills an American spy in Zurich. Three days later, he’s staring into the face of a dead man standing in his hotel room.Why I liked it:
The slow love affair between the KGB agent and the ghost of the CIA agent he killed, beautifully done.Two Men, Crossing the Street
“They are useless to their countries,” he says slowly. “Everyone knows their real names, their faces. A spy who cannot spy. Is like – like a car that cannot drive. Useless.”“Ah,” Napoleon says quietly, as if he finally understands what Illya is so angry about. But he doesn’t, Illya thinks, he can’t know, not really, and he isn’t sure if it’s sadness or relief he feels at the thought.Why I liked it:
Great Cold War atmosphere, very good Illya, and I enjoyed his and Napoleon's relationship.the compromise
by Val Mora
, 1k Summary:
"He doesn't talk politics with me," Napoleon said.
Sanders snorted. "And he hasn't turned you."
"Well, I haven't turned him either. Gentlemen's agreement."Why I liked it:
Short, but a nice and plausible post-movie "us being from different countries that are not quite at war can be awkward at times" fic.