[identity profile] bowl-of-glow.livejournal.com
Title: Breakable
Author: MissDavis on AO3
Pairings: Sherlock/John (established)
Length: 117627 words
Rating: Explicit
Verse: BBC Sherlock
Author's summary: After John is seriously injured, Sherlock struggles to figure out how to help him, keep himself sane, and maybe, just maybe, get their life back to the way it's supposed to be.

Reccer's comments: John gets injured during a case, remaining paralyzed from the waist down. Both he and Sherlock have to come to terms with their new situation – as John learns how to live with his disability, Sherlock tries to cope with the guilt that is eating away at him.
I loved the way this fic portrayed Sherlock’s and John’s emotional journey, going through grief, anger, sadness, and ultimately acceptance. I also loved that there were moments of tension between Sherlock and John even when it was clear how much the two loved each other and how determined they were to stay together. I found the portrayal of emotions realistic, sometimes even raw, and definitely touching.

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[identity profile] bowl-of-glow.livejournal.com
Title: The Case of the Unexpected Guest
Author: codswallop (AO3)
Characters: Lestrade, Sherlock & John
Length: 5615 words
Rating: Gen
Verse: BBC Sherlock
Author's summary: Written for the kinkmeme prompt "Lestrade finds a pet bird at a crime scene, but he likes birds, so he delivers it to Sherlock and John rather than having it euthanized. Sherlock is fascinated."

Reccer's comments: As a favour to Lestrade, Sherlock agrees to take care of a peculiar piece of evidence – a little pet bird. Sherlock takes a liking to it, though he pretends otherwise.
If you’re looking for something amusing and sweet, this is the fic for you.

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[identity profile] scfrankles.livejournal.com
Title: Promises
Author: language_escapes
Pairing: Gen (background Watson/Mrs. Hudson)
Length: 21,770 words
Rating: Mature
Warnings: None
Verse: Шерлок Холмс | Sherlock Holmes (TV 2013) [AKA New Russian Holmes]
Author's summary: Just weeks after they foil Moriarty’s plot against the queen, another case comes to Holmes and Watson, this time in the form of a dead girl found along the banks of the Thames. Case fic.

Reccer's comments: This was one of the stand-out fics from the Winter ‘16 [livejournal.com profile] holmestice exchange for me, but it didn’t seem to get the attention it deserved. It’s understandable in a way—it’s a rare ‘verse, and the content warnings may have put some people off too. To begin with the warnings—the author states: nonexplicit, background dubcon; PTSD flashbacks; adaptation-typical gore. If it helps, the gore refers to descriptions of bodies after death, and the dub-con is talked about as having happened but there are no specifics and no descriptions.

Regarding the ‘verse itself: I think as long as you’re prepared to just go with it and accept the differences from the ACD original, you won’t find anything confusing. (I myself had only seen a clip of the series before reading the fic.) The concept of this ‘verse is that these are the real people and the real world behind Watson’s stories. So it may seem bizarre at first that Watson has married Mrs. Hudson, but she isn’t the elderly, motherly Mrs. Hudson we traditionally think of. And Holmes is not an idealised hero. People don’t automatically defer to him simply because he’s Sherlock Holmes; he isn’t in charge of justice the way the ACD Holmes is. We are used on the whole to seeing the ACD Holmes handing criminals over to the police, or giving them a second chance and choosing to let them go. But this Holmes doesn’t have control over either of these situations.

The plot concerns Holmes and Watson trying to bring to justice a man who has been sexually abusing women and then going on to murder some of them. The case isn’t a mystery: the name of the criminal is given to Holmes fairly early on by one of the victims, Kitty Winter. And if it weren’t for all the damage he’s done to so many people, I would describe the murderer as an incidental character—he takes no active part in this fic. This is the point of the story I suppose: it isn’t something that glamorises murder and its perpetrator—the focus is on the victims, both living and dead.

Admittedly this is a bleak story. However, that is balanced by the sheer quality of the writing, how well-drawn the characters are, and how engaging the story is. I always think the hardest thing for a writer is to remove themself entirely from their work and leave the reader alone with the characters. And this writing is so unobtrusive. There is no barrier between the reader and the story—you’re right there in the middle of it.

And even though there is no happy ending, I don’t think the story is entirely without hope. Watson is more pessimistic than Holmes, but we come away knowing both men will always carry on doing the best they can in a highly imperfect world.
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[identity profile] scfrankles.livejournal.com
Title: Deathfic 1899
Author: Haldane
Pairing: Various, but all one-sided.
Length: 1,493 words
Rating: Teen and Up
Warnings: Major character death
Verse: ACD, Granada
Author's summary: Death. Fic. 1899. What it says on the tin.

Reccer's comments: Well. You may be looking at that warning and that summary and thinking, ‘This really isn’t for me.’ But this is death played firmly for laughs. The story begins with what seems to be a retelling of The Blue Carbuncle. However, things quickly take a very different path…

This is so well-structured—the joke builds and builds. There are so many wonderful lines, and the story is laugh out loud funny. Just perfect.
[identity profile] pipmer1.livejournal.com
Title: Albion and the Woodsman
Author: Glenmore
Pairing: Sherlock/John
Length: 54,437 words
Rating: Not Rated (I would rate it Mature)
Warnings: None
Verse: Sherlock BBC

Author's summary: Post Series 3. Sherlock and John are devastated after Mary Morstan makes her final moves. Sherlock relapses at the crack house, John walks around the world ...and a lot happens in between. Parentlock, in the good way.

Reccer's comments: If you are the type of reader who, like me, generally avoids first-person storytelling, then do yourself a favor and make an exception for this one. It's one of those rare fics that successfully paints Sherlock Holmes as a devoted single parent. The story is in turns funny, heartbreaking, and heartwarming.

It is told from Sherlock's POV, and begins post-series 3. It starts out after Sherlock has been shot for a second time by Mary Watson, an event that leads to her arrest and to John needing to disappear for awhile in order to get his head together. He leaves for a year-long walkabout around the world, leaving Sherlock devastated and returning to drugs. Of course he cleans himself up, only to be confronted several months later by a pregnant stranger claiming that Sherlock is the father.

We get to watch Sherlock fall immediately in love with his son Albion, and then take to single fatherhood like a duck takes to water. As Sherlock grows into his new role, he continues to pine for John and wait for his eventual return. The way Sherlock refers to John in his absence by different epithets such as 'eleven jumpers Watson' and 'Three pairs of brogues Watson' kept me delighted and laughing throughout.

We are introduced to several OC’s, not the least of which is Albion himself. His nanny gives soldier!John a run for his money (once he returns), and even the mother who abandoned him manages to turn her life around and gain at least a smidgen of our respect.

There are struggles and lessons to be learned, not the least of which that 'happily ever after' does not mean what all the fairy-tales claim. Reality is much more complicated, but all the more rewarding because of it.


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[identity profile] pipmer1.livejournal.com
Title: I Need You To See Me
Author: Mssmithlove
Pairing: Sherlock/John
Length: 12,625 words
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: None
Verse: Sherlock BBC

Author's summary: After going back to war, John is yet again invalided home, this time with a broken ankle and a chunk of his memory missing, unable to recall the last five years he's spent being Sherlock Holmes' partner and husband.

Reccer's comments: Amnesia fic is one of my favorite tropes, and this one hit me right in the feels. So angsty and beautifully written, I felt Sherlock's pain so viscerally. It does have a happy ending, but *god* the journey towards it is so painful. Totally worth it, though.

From the beginning of John's diagnosis, Sherlock is convinced that the situation is hopeless, that John could never fall for him twice. Even when John starts to rejoin Sherlock on cases and expresses his happiness to do so, Sherlock cannot allow himself to hope that *his* John is not irretrievably lost.

And just when Sherlock has come to terms with the possibility that his John Watson is gone forever - then we get a beautiful resolution that both makes sense within the narrative and is emotionally satisfying.


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verdant_fire: (shr: I've just got one)
[personal profile] verdant_fire
Title: Out There
Author: DiscordantWords
Pairing: Sherlock/John
Length: 131695 words
Rating: Teen
Verse: BBC
Author's summary: FBI Special Agent John Watson, medical doctor and army veteran, is assigned to assist eccentric genius Sherlock Holmes with paranormal investigations on the X Files project.

Reccer's comments: This fantastic X-Files fusion made me giddy with fannish glee.  I was wary at first, since I love both fandoms and wasn't sure if a mashup would work, but it actually works incredibly well, not least because DiscordantWords is such a skillful writer.  Seeing the way the two universes were mapped onto each other with creativity and confidence was immensely fun, and Sherlock and John and their relationship are the stars here.  Watching their growing trust in and necessity to each other is just as compelling as Mulder/Scully was back in the day, and I was rooting for them every step of the way.  It's an immensely entertaining, engrossing, and well-executed fic.  Happy new year, and happy reading!
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[personal profile] verdant_fire
Title: Happy Christmas, You Arse
Author: 1electricpirate
Pairing: Sherlock/John
Length: 4766 words
Rating: Teen
Verse: BBC
Author's summary: “Ah yes. Christmas isn’t Christmas until you’ve called someone a — how does it go? Scumbag, you maggot, you cheap lousy faggot?”

“My thoughts precisely, John,” Sherlock says.


In which evidence is presented that disqualifies Sherlock from being the Grinch, and everyone's shoes fit them perfectly well, thank you.

Reccer's comments: I come back and re-read this charming Christmas fic every year, and it never disappoints.  It boasts a Scotland Yard Christmas party, overplayed Christmas music, mistletoe, and our heroes renegotiating their relationship.  It's also single-handedly responsible for convincing me to accept "Fairytale of New York" as a Christmas song.  It's a sweet and spicy dose of holiday cheer.
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[personal profile] verdant_fire
Title: All the Best and Brightest Creatures
Author: wordstrings
Pairing: Sherlock/John
Length: 188426 words
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: Graphic Depictions of Violence
Verse: BBC
Author's summary: Sherlock sent Jim Moriarty to prison for killing Carl Powers at age ten. This is the story of the consequences.

Reccer's comments: Quite simply, one of the most beautiful stories I've ever had the privilege of reading, in any medium. The prose is gorgeous, the emotions are heart-stopping, and the love is transcendent. Sherlock's character arc is stupendously well-written, as are his alternate history with a terrifying Moriarty and his growing relationship with John, and the OCs and secondary characters are vibrant and fully fleshed-out. It's a living, breathing world of its own, and a pretty astonishing feat of storytelling. It's hard to properly praise this story without sounding hyperbolic, but if you've never read it, or have been waiting for it to be completed, now's your chance. It deserves every bit of its fandom fame.
[identity profile] tripleransom.livejournal.com
Title: To Perceive is to Suffer
Author: [livejournal.com profile] wraithwitch
Pairing: Sherlock Holmes/John Watson
Length: 42,853
Rating: T
Warnings: none
Verse: Ritchie films
Author's summary: It has long been known, Watson is an unreliable narrator. What he wrote in The Strand about the adventure at Reichenbach however was an outright lie. The truth rests here.
Reccer's comments: Everybody has to tackle Reichenbach sooner or later. This is Wraithwitches take on it. She know Londons in and out and has a wonderful command of canting slang also, which lends an air of authenticity to the fic. She has written a series of works which can be found on FF dot net, of which this is the second or third. It stands alone, but the others are worth reading also. This one has an intricately woven story, well-constructed OCs, and a highly satisfactory ending. It's an unusual fic, but give it a try.
[identity profile] dioscureantwins.livejournal.com
Title: Some things we do are unforgivable (but must be done all the same)
Author: [livejournal.com profile] dognmonkeyshow
Pairing: none
Length: about 105,000 words
Rating: T
Warnings: none
Verse: Sherlock BBC
Author's summary: It is not sufficient to have power; one must be seen by the pack to have it. For power to be real, sufficient numbers must believe in it, just as they believe in the security of the pound and that London property prices only move in one direction.
For Mycroft, these facts were bred in the bone. And the moment the bullet from John Watson's pistol entered Magnussen's brain, Mycroft's power began to slip away, because others stopped believing in it. With Sherlock under threat, and his own position undermined, Mycroft schemes to protect them all against political rivals, unseen adversaries, and ghosts from his past.


Reccer's comments: The author’s summary pretty well sums up the contents of this fic. Perhaps England would fall if Mrs Hudson left Baker Street but only try to imagine what would happen if the British Government himself would topple and… Christ no, that would be unthinkable.

And yet, in this fic we can’t but watch breathlessly as Mycroft has to deal with the aftermath of Sherlock’s shenanigans, while fighting for his professional life at the same time.

Only imagine a fic where Mycroft actually has to engage in some legwork himself and resort to dirty backroom double-dealing, even to the point where he has to pretend an interest again in an old fling. *shudders*

And all the while Sherlock is doing his damnedest to get himself condemned to yet another deadly mission, thereby actively undermining Mycroft’s efforts to save him from himself.

A must read for all Mycroft-lovers for the wonderful portrayal of the man himself and the inside of the machinery he normally operates so smoothly.
[identity profile] dioscureantwins.livejournal.com
Title: How We Rescued My Daddy From His Bad Friends
Author: [livejournal.com profile] caffienekitty
Pairing: none
Length: uhm, I haven’t counted, but it’s very short
Rating: gen
Warnings: none
Verse: Sherlock BBC
Author's summary: This is Mr Sherlock. He's not a nice man but he's a good man because he found my daddy. He wasn't wearing his hat but I drawd it in anyway.

Reccer's comments: This story has made it straight to Number One on my personal chart of cutest Sherlock stories ever.

Basically, it’s a school essay, complete with drawings and teacher corrections and encouragements, in which Penelope writes how her Daddy was taken hostage one day by his bad friends. Luckily Penelope was hiding in the cupboard and when the friends and Daddy were gone she got out and called 999 and that’s how she got to meet Mr Sherlock and Mr John and the nice Nspector Lestrade, as well as her Avocado.

Still, Penelope is a girl after Sherlock’s heart, ridiculously observant, and thus he hares off halfway through her story to find and save Penelope’s Daddy from his bad friends.

For all its shortness and the fact it’s so clearly told from a child’s POV, the fic contains all the elements of a friendshippy Sherlock fic, rude Sherlock, exasperated yet gentle John, a fatherly Lestrade. What more could one possibly want from such a story? I, for one, couldn’t stop smiling while reading this and hope Penelope and her Daddy will live long and happily ever after.
[identity profile] eddieblackmaru.livejournal.com
Title:Bromance Isn't Dead http://archiveofourown.org/works/406543/
Author: http://archiveofourown.org/users/cyerus/pseuds/cyerus/
Pairing: Gen JW/SH established
Length: 1406
Rating: General
Warnings: None
Verse: BBC Sherlock
Author's summary:
When people first see Lestrade and John together, they assume that they are a couple.

They're not, though. They're just really epic bros.

Reccer's comments: A little light read to brighten up your Thursday. I was delighted by the author's description of a Watson/Lestrade friendship. I also liked Donovan in this fic as well, she had a couple great lines. Good ninja's eat their veggies. ;) Enjoy!

Also Hello! This is my first time reccing, it's nice to meet you all!
[identity profile] phoenixfalls.livejournal.com
Title: Welcome to Bakerstown
Author: [livejournal.com profile] gardnerhill
Pairing: Gen
Length: 3,903 words
Rating: G
Warnings: None
Verse: ACD canon
Author's summary: The 1880s: A self-appointed man of the law, and his doctor friend who's good with a gun, fight crime in their town. But enough about "Tombstone." (Western AU)
Reccer's comments:
This is an utterly delightful Western AU. Lock and Doc’s voices are pitch-perfect, Mayor Les Strade is exactly the right mix of grateful to and baffled by them both, and the nods to canon cases are woven throughout in intriguing ways. Currently three connected short fics, the series has wonderful scope for expansion; my favorite fic may be the second, with its wry philosophizing, but all three have their different charms, surprisingly domestic in and around all the shooting.

Title: Desperate Men and Fools (prequel inspired by “Welcome to Bakerstown”)
Author: [livejournal.com profile] sanguinity
Pairing: Gen
Length: 11,074 words
Rating: Teen
Warnings: None
Verse: ACD canon; Strange Empire crossover
Author's summary: “It’s bringing justice to a murderer, Doc,” Lock assured me, “nothing more. Strip away the politics, and we’re hunting a common murderer like any other.”

July 1869, and a surveyor has been killed in Manitoba. Lock and Doc are called in to find the killer, but find themselves at odds about whether they're on the wrong side of justice.

Reccer's comments:
Inspired by the Bakerstown ‘verse, sanguinity wrote a truly impressive and immersive prequel. It’s a crossover with the television show Strange Empire, which I have not watched; from osmosis I gather that the show’s tone is fairly dark, and this fic matches that tone more than the tone of the Bakerstown fics. Lock and Doc, some nebulous time before they’re set up in Bakerstown, get drawn into a manhunt up in Canada; but of course, not all is as it seems. It’s a fic about making the least-bad choice, and their partnership is unexpectedly tested nigh unto breaking. The characterization of both Lock and Doc is so rich and nuanced, so subtle; I particularly love how convincingly Southern Doc is, and how fraught that identity can be given his Watsonian principles; and Lock’s willful blindness to certain aspects of the situation is just perfectly Holmesian. It’s an unsettling story, with no easy answers, but so very worthwhile to read. And there are hints even amidst the darkness of the delightful So-Married dynamic between the pair so evident in the future Bakerstown fics, just the right leavening for an otherwise gutting story.
[identity profile] dioscureantwins.livejournal.com
Title: Game Theory
Author: 7PercentSolution
Pairing: none
Length: approx. 246,800 words
Rating: Teenage
Warnings: attempted rape/non-con
Verse: Sherlock BBC
Author's summary: Set between The Great Game and The Scandal in Belgravia, both Sherlock and John have to deal with the collateral emotional damage that comes after Moriarty's pool-side revelation that their relationship was a weakness that could, and would, be exploited. Mycroft Holmes meddles, as usual, and it all goes to hell rather quickly.

Reccer's comments: You’ll need to accept the author’s clever arguments for her explanation for Sherlock’s often appalling behaviour but if you’re willing to accept that this series will have you in for hours of glorious reading.

The author’s take on the characters is flawless, her exploit of and explanations for the constant sibling warfare very convincing and the often gripping angst is relieved by bouts of welcome humour and wonderfully warm friendshippy feels. The dialogue is spot on.

Told from John’s POV the author manages to convey that constant sense of wonder and admiration that pervaded ASiP, TBB and TGG so gloriously. Meet Sherlock Holmes, marvel extraordinaire and weep for him. Even though he’ll scorn you for it.

Revealing anything of the plot would be a huge spoiler that would take away all your fun. You’ll just have to read this wonderful fic yourself to find out how clever it is. Really, the author could give Moftiss a run for their money.
[identity profile] theanglophile.livejournal.com
Title: The Silent Girl
Artist/Author: Devilry
Pairing: Watson/Lestrade
Length: 60 pages
Rating: R (mature subject matter, sex)
Warnings: Contains spoilers, highlight to view Implied non-con/incest/underage
Verse: Canon
Author's summary:
During Holmes' absence Watson and Lestrade travel to a village on a case.

Reccer's comments:
This is one of my favourite fanworks in Sherlock Holmes fandom, and it is a standout piece among all the fandoms I've participated in, as well as being one of the most sophisticated and successful graphic novels I've had the pleasure to get my hands on. This is a complete graphic novel pastiche that pairs Watson and Lestrade during the Great Hiatus to investigate the disappearance of a young girl from a prominent family. As well as providing us with an intriguing (and tragic) case to follow, the author also weaves in several other story elements, including Mycroft's correspondence with Sherlock, a plotline featuring Sebastian Moran, Watson's continuing grief over the loss of Holmes, and some very satisfying character and relationship development involving Lestrade.

The supporting characters are lively and believable as individuals, each with their own inner lives and motivations. While there aren't many significant female characters in canon to work with, the artist does an admirable job adding in the women in this story, and even creates an original character who I would love to know more about. Exterior and interior shots are meticulously detailed and create a living, atmospheric world for the characters to inhabit, with weather, architecture, period clothing, animal and plant life all given the time and attention needed to paint a portrait of the era and location in the reader's mind. Gentle touches of humour are incorporated into the artwork, and I particularly enjoyed a certain canine character who appears briefly.

I find myself thinking back over this story often, particularly when I'm considering how to improve my own writing skills, and the book stands up very well to re-readings. The artist has generously shared the whole tale online, and it can be enjoyed here: The Silent Girl
[identity profile] write-out.livejournal.com
Author: hyacinth_sky747
Pairing: Sherlock/John
Length: 3,155
Rating: Teen
Warnings: None
Verse: Sherlock BBC
Author's summary: Lestrade deals with the aftermath of the fall.

Reccer's comments: Told from Lestrade's POV, this is his story of how he had his own fall after Sherlock's. It was written well before S3 aired, so it's not remotely canon, but the opening scene with Sherlock's return is one of the most moving I've read. We see Lestrade struggle with guilt and forgiveness over his role in the fall and we learn how he perceives his friendships with both Sherlock and John. This is Lestrade's story, but he is incredibly insightful when it comes to Sherlock and John's evolving relationship and we are witness to that through his eyes. Mary has a slight presence here; her departure falls more in line with ACD canon. I love everything this author has written and this is no exception. It's intense, sad, maybe even a little grim in spots when we see Lestrade at his lowest, but there is a thread of hope and optimism throughout. When Lestrade bursts into tears at the end, after John asks him an important question, I want to as well. Just a very lovely, moving story.
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[personal profile] verdant_fire
Title: The Guarded Secret
Author: mycapeisplaid
Pairing: Sherlock/John
Length: 95184 words
Rating: Explicit
Verse: BBC
Author's summary: After his war injury, John feels broken, small, and useless. On a whim, he takes a position as a security guard of sorts at the gorgeous Holmes Hall in Yorkshire. As it turns out, he is not as broken, small, or useless as he thinks. A story of beauty and blossom, murder and mystery, loss and love.

Reccer's comments: This Secret Garden AU was one of my favorite fics of last year.  Sherlock and John's growing friendship and love for each other is beautifully done, and the garden as metaphor is just as gorgeous as it was in the original book.  This has family secrets, a case very close to Sherlock, well-drawn supporting characters, and Sherlock on a motorcycle, all wrapped up in a Johnlock bow as he and John help each other heal.  The slow unfurling of their emotions is lovely to watch, and a pleasure to read.
[identity profile] rachelindeed.livejournal.com
Title: Homo Faber
Author: saki101
Pairing: pre-slash Sherlock Holmes/John Watson
Length: 13,000 words
Rating: Teen (but there is a small NSFW image at the beginning of the story, a production still from the stage production of Frankenstein which includes nudity)
Warnings: descriptions of wartime injuries and surgeries
Verse: Sherlock BBC, fusion with Frankenstein
Author's summary: In which Sherlock's mother's maiden name is Frankenstein and Dr Watson has been invalided home towards the end of the Napoleonic Wars... What if Dr Frankenstein had had Dr Watson to keep him right? Excerpt: “We are all egoists,” he said. “Every child likes to hear the story of his beginnings, the tale of his parents’ courtship, the events surrounding his birth, the parts of his story he cannot know himself.”

Reccer's comments: It's hard to pick just one of saki101's works to recommend this month, but here we go. This is a lovely variation on the Frankenstein tale which turns the novel's original themes on their head by dwelling on the wonder and beauty of Dr. Frankenstein's victory over death rather than on its unnaturalness or horror. Saki101 sets the scene on the beautiful grounds of a hospital and sanitorium where Dr. Watson joins forces with Sherlock Holmes to heal the wounded minds and bodies of traumatized veterans returning from the Napoleonic Wars. Having seen so much terrible mortality, Watson welcomes Holmes's reanimated man as a precious and worthy patient, while Holmes himself recoils in guilt from the mauled, imperfect life he created.

The story ultimately celebrates the compassion that motivates pioneers in medicine to push back against death itself, and sometimes - miraculously - win. It also shows the quiet but consuming ways that Holmes reanimates Watson himself, and is guided to greatness, acceptance and love in return. A beautiful story.
[identity profile] rachelindeed.livejournal.com
Title: A 2015 Sherlock Advent Calendar
Author: Odamaki
Pairing: Sherlock Holmes/John Watson; Mycroft Holmes/Greg Lestrade; Sally Donovan/Molly Hooper (implied); Sally Donovan/Philip Anderson; James Sholto/John Watson; Mycroft Holmes/Molly Hooper
Length: 35,000 words
Rating: G
Warnings: none
Verse: Sherlock BBC
Author's summary: Posted on Tumblr for the 25 Days of Fic-mas challenge. As many Christmassy Sherlock ficlets as I can manage between now and Christmas, based on the tags as follows: Shopping for gifts, Hot cocoa, Winter wonderland, Christmas cards, Ghost of Christmas past, Naughty and nice, The Nutcracker, Baking, Making a Christmas list, Scrooge, Mulled wine, Ugly Christmas jumpers, Warming up by the fire, Trimming the tree, Christmas party, Family traditions, Christmas without you, Mistletoe, Christmas songs, All wrapped up, Christmas movies/specials, Snowed in, All I want for Christmas is you, St. Nicholas, Christmas morning. Completed.

Reccer's comments: I feel very lucky to get the chance to rec this month, as I have been reading so much wonderful fic thanks to all the holiday fests and challenges recently. This anthology by Odamaki was one of my favorite stories to follow this December -- I was stunned by the richness, poignancy, and variety of these vignettes.

Every chapter was rewarding, and I was especially touched to read about Lestrade struggling to find a way to reconnect with his adolescent daughter; James Sholto approaching Christmas with a determination to surpass the limits placed on him by physical disability and emotional isolation; and an absolutely breath-taking magical realism AU, running across multiple chapters, which followed Sherlock and John through an intricate, absorbing and unique rendition of the Nutcracker fairytale.

I hope you enjoy this lovely collection as much as I did, and if you like, the author has devoted the final chapter to providing easy navigation links identifying the pairing and main characters of each chapter and also marking the magical realism chapters so that you can easily seek out or avoid whichever vignettes suit your taste. A beautiful wintery gift to the fandom from a very talented author.

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