For instance, Illya mentions his grandmother a few times, if I recall correctly, so it appears as if she had a hand in his raising, possibly after the death of his mother. He also mentions in the Double Affair he wouldn't want his sister to marry "an American", but I'm not sure psychology wise he seems like the type to be raised with a sister, not given his apparent mistrust of women.
Napoleon's double mentions his mother, in the Double affair and Illya doesn't say anything, though does give him a funny look, but you'd expect his double wouldn't have referred to a mother that had died (and so make Illya suspicious). We know he has a maiden aunt Amy, and I think we hear what Solo's grandparents did. I'm not sure if he ever mentions his father though or if he had any siblings.
Mr Waverly we know has a wife and a brother in law, as well as a niece Maude, I don't recall it being mentioned if he has any children. I wonder if he would as they could be used against him, what with him being head of Section 1.
I've never seen enough of either Mark Slate or April Dancer to know if they ever mention any family members.
I've just seen this post on my friends page which talks about various slash pairings. I was particularly amused by the Kirk and Spock references. There is one spoiler for the new Star Trek movie, so if you haven't seen it but plan to you might want to read the post after you've seen it.
Those of you who run communities might want to pass it on. I'm not sure how big the communities are that are being targeted. I mean that community has 947 members, which seems quite large to me.
I came across this article on msn:
It makes interesting reading. Apparently they've come up with the term bromance for 'A non-sexual relationship between two men that are unusually close'.
There's no mention made of Fraser and either of the Rays from Due South, however they do mention many of my other favourite friendships, Kirk and Spock, Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin, Bodie and Doyle, Starsky and Hutch and even House and Wilson. It does say as well that it isn't a new thing because it dates back to 1964 with the Man from U.N.C.L.E., I think it dates back longer than that though, since it surely has to include Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson from over a century ago.
I'm presently half way through the fourth book in the Noble Dead series, which is described as being a cross between Lord of the Rings and Buffy, and so far I'm enjoying the series very much. I'm a little worried about how the series will end but I refuse to read the last page of book six as I know if it's a depressing ending I won't read anymore it.
I should like the Lord of the Rings books as I enjoyed the Lord of the Rings films, however, I think one of the main things putting me off is the translation aspect. Tolkien wrote the books in Russian, so really your dependent on how good or bad the translator is and the only other book I read which was translated from Russian was Dr Zhivago which I found nightmare-ish when I tried to read it for an assignment at school. There were a great number of characters all of which seemed to have different names they were known by, I think there was even an index page with a list of the characters and their various names. So whilst I would like to read it I do have concerns about whether I'll actually be able to cope with the text.
ETA: Apparently, I was getting mixed up with Tolstoy. Having watched a couple of special features on my brand new LOTR box set, it turns out that Tolkien spent most of his life in the UK (so he wrote primarily in english perhaps with a bit of elvish thrown in? So I no longer have any excuse for not reading it, except of course that I need to finish reading the Noble Dead series first.