GENERATION KILL / TEMERAIREPairing:
Brad Colbert/Ray Person, Brad Colbert/OFC, Ray Person/John Granby, Ray Person/OMCLength:
~46000Author on LJ: novembersmithWhy this must be read:
It's the 15th - Crack Van Collision Day! From hereon in, we're going to be heading into AU territory. We're going to kick off with one of the best crossovers this fandom has - with Naomi Novik's Temeraire series.
A brief explanation of the Temeraire universe: the premise is that humanity has always co-existed with an intelligent species of dragons, who form strong bonds with individuals, their captains, and were an instrumental part of the British military during the Napoleonic Wars. There are some spoilers for Black Powder War
, the third book in the series, in this fic. You don't have to know the universe - the fic is remarkably self-explanatory - but I'd be very surprised if you don't come out wanting to read the series.
The premise of this fic is that Brad and Ray grew up together as young aviators, aboard a dragon called Laetificat (yes, Temeraire fans should recognise her). Naturally, there is also a dragon - but I'm not going to spoil the surprise there! The characterisation of both the Generation Kill and Temeraire characters is fantastic: the GK boys are quite noticably themselves - despite being shoved into 19th Century Britain.The language is that of the 19th Century, but sufficiently well-handled to be easily accessible (a trait from the Temeraire series), but the voices still sound like the guys we know from Generation Kill. The entire ensemble is there, too; Nate, Rudy, Pappy, Poke, Walt, and the whole gang all make appearances of varying importance; Lawrence, Temeraire, Granby, Roland, and a whole host of other characters (both human and dragon) from the Temeraire universe are there too. They're all fantastically well-characterised, and everything is seamlessly integrated.
Another thing: the porn is fantastic. You may have already guessed this from my earlier novembersmith
Also: I wanted a smaller excerpt, but further on would spoil things and this section really can't be broken up without taking away at least a little of its charm.( Excerpt... )Carrying Dangerous Goods