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Crumpets Aren't My Style (Stargate/Harry Potter)

Reviewed by Kathryn A on 21st May 2009 (21)
Tags: Novel

Summary: General O'Neil is sent on a nice relaxing dipolmatic mission in the U.K. Of course there's bound to be trouble when he runs into a murderous cult called the Death Eaters, who've some how gotten their hands on alien technology.

I really like this. It's a very well-balanced crossover, with multiple groups making assumptions, making deductions, having strengths and weaknesses. The action keeps on coming, and things keep on getting more complicated. Just when you think a crisis has been resolved... it turns into a worse crisis. There are a lot of characters to keep track of, so we don't get huge in-depth characterisation, but nobody is out of character, or if so, not by much.

There are so many nifty things here, even if they're just little things like an explanation for why Snape has greasy hair and yellow teeth, the most effective way to stop an animagus, some interesting explorations of how magic works, the similarities and differences between the methods of goa'ulds and Death Eaters; all this good stuff which shows the author has been thinking carefully about these universes.

    Pure, simple pain.
    O'Neil clenched his jaw and curled up in a ball, but that did nothing to relieve it. It felt like he was dying, but not in any specific manner. After a moment the pain disappeared. He sat up and worked his fingers a bit to get the circulation going again. _A little worse then electrocution, still not as bad as being burned to death with acid. Ah, the fun comparisons you can make after being captured by the Go'auld._
    "Ouch," he said, mildly.