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[personal profile] ancientreader
Title: Scattered, Smothered, and Covered
Author: okapi
Length: 3867 words
'Verse: BBC
Pairing: John/Sherlock
Rating: R
Author's summary: Tourists Mike Stamford and John Watson literally blow into a Southern town where the only place not ravaged by tornadoes is a diner; behind the counter is a cook who deduces how customers like their hash browns before they order.

Reccer's remarks: People, this is the Waffle House AU you didn't know you needed. There are indeed tornadoes, John is a terrible driver, Sally the waitress calls the cook a freak, Molly the other waitress takes off her hairnet to no avail, and Mike Stamford needs to go to Georgia, but not the way you think. TW for atrocious puns and general lunacy.

Excerpt:

John stared, mouth open. “That was amazing!”

“Do you think so?” asked the man.

“Of course, it was. It was extraordinary. Quite extraordinary.”

“That’s not what people normally say.”

“What do they normally say?”

The man’s voice fell to an angry drawl, “Fuck you, Pretty Boy!”

John’s eyebrows rose. “Bit rude. But you are sort of, well, um, that is to say,” he looked at Stamford and then looked down at the menu, “never mind. ..."

Read on the AO3.



[identity profile] lijahlover.livejournal.com
Title:Watson's Folly
Author: Diana Williams
Pairing: Sherlock/John
Length:299313
Rating:Mature
Warnings: AU-Historical,Alpha/Omega
Verse: Sherlock BBC
Author's summary:John Watson, the new Earl of Saughton, is madly in love with the beautiful Mary Morstan. But he has returned from the Peninsular War to find his family on the brink of ruin and his ancestral home mortgaged to the hilt. He has little choice when he is introduced to Mycroft Holmes, a civil servant of apparently unlimited wealth and no social ambitions for himself - but with his eyes firmly fixed on a suitable match for his only brother, the unorthodox and irascible Omega Sherlock Holmes. Can John forget the woman he loved and find happiness with a man so very different from his lost love?
Reccer's comments:This story was amazing from start to finish. She did a lot of research into that time period and you could tell. I found her characters engaging just brilliant. She has such a way with words...This story was a delight and such a fun ride. I will want to come back and re read this gem over again. So many lines were perfect I loved this one of so many..... Sherlock had lifted his head and there was an amused look on his face as he stared at his husband. "John, I am quite aware that you are a good and moral man, and that your words and thoughts on that matter are genuine. You are my moral compass, a fixed point in a changing age."


Her Sherlock is amazing and a little bit reckless but her John's such a gentleman and caring doctor, until the need to deliver a brutal beat down arises. :))))))))) They make the best team together as always.

Here is a link to the entire series The Watsons of Saughton
[identity profile] solrosan.livejournal.com
Title: The Youth of the Heart
Author: [livejournal.com profile] persiflager
Pairing: John Watson/Mike Stamford
Length: 2852 words
Rating: Teen
Warnings: No warnings apply
Verse: Sherlock BBC
Author's summary: Written for a prompt on the kinkmeme: Sherlock "helps" John go through his boxes of stuff and comes across a photo album from his uni days. Mike's in a few of the photos.

"He was in love with you."

Reccer's comments: This one is just so precious and adorable. There are far too few fics about Mike Stamford, even fewer that shows him as anything other than Cupid(TM). In this short fic he gets substance, a past, and his own life, even though very little is set from his POV. It also gives background to Mike's smile when John comments "Who’d want me for a flatmate?" since we get to see small tidbits from John and Mike's relationship from their first meeting to after John has moved in with Sherlock.

On top of that, Sherlock shows great understanding and insight about both love and relationships, which is always refreshing to read!
swissmarg: Mrs Hudson (Molly)
[personal profile] swissmarg
Title: A Study in Scarlet
Author: tiger_in_the_flightdeck
Pairing: Sherlock Holmes/John Watson, John Watson/Stamford, Sherlock Holmes/Tobias Gregson
Length: 49,977 words
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: None
Verse: ACD Canon
Author's summary: An indiscreet photograph ends up online, forcing Watson to postpone his pursuit of a medical degree. Turning to the life of a soldier, he takes a bullet through the shoulder and is sent home to London a lost and broken man. Friendless and facing homelessness, he is introduced to an eager young man in the chemical labs at Bart's Hospital.
As a friendship begins to form between them, a murder investigation pulls Watson into Holmes' world. Between crime scenes, a killer with an eye on revenge, and frustrating police officers, their friendship grows into something neither of them had expected.

Reccer's comments: This is an independent modernization of the original canon that has nothing to do with the BBC version, recasting Conan Doyle's characters in a 21st-century setting and basically giving them free rein to live out their natural inclinations. It's an exciting, smart, raunchy adventure with lots of casual sex, dark humor, and questionable morals. The author has done a fantastic job with bringing things into the modern era, with enough tweaks and surprises that even a reader who knows STUD backwards and forwards will find plently to hold their interest. Not least of which, of course, is Holmes and Watson’s relationship, which is given a chance here to flourish naturally without any of the hangups and dancing about that is often seen in the BBC version.

The author has also continued the story as an RP on tumblr, although I admit I have not gone through those blogs thoroughly. If you're interested, though:
Holmes can be found here: http://bakerstreetbranch.tumblr.com/
While Watson is here: http://medschoolandmysteries.tumblr.com/
[identity profile] rachelindeed.livejournal.com
Title: Beneath These Skies
Author: bendingsignpost
Pairing: Sherlock Holmes, John Watson, Molly Hooper, Bill Murray, Mike Stamford; gen
Length: 37,000 words
Rating: M (for violence and themes)
Warnings: references to past rape, trafficking, and torture, depictions of attempted genocide
Verse: Sherlock BBC, fusion with Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance/Radiant Dawn
Author's summary: An ex-soldier-turned-healer, a priest, and an unhorsed knight flee for their lives after the invasion of their homeland. John didn't expect the road to safety to be easy, but the addition of a petite mage and a scowling former prisoner to their small band opens his eyes to horrors beyond imagining.

Reccer's comments: Bendingsignpost is one of my favorite BBC Sherlock authors. He excels at layered world-building, subtle characterization, well-paced reveals, and powerful prose. His John POV is among the best in the fandom, in my opinion, and I particularly appreciate the way he keeps the characters' emotional expressions trimmed down and indirect without reducing their profundity.

Though basically all his stories are widely read, in comparison to his other works this one has been relatively overlooked. I imagine there may be several reasons for this. It is gen. It is a fusion with a video game universe. And it has some serious warnings attached. But, although it is at times a grim story that deals with very dark subjects, pretty much all of the most disturbing themes are dealt with indirectly through implication and we only glimpse the aftermath. I found it much less harrowing to read than I had initially feared. The elements taken from the video game are a constellation of magical creatures and a political setup for war; to me it simply read like magical realism and my unfamiliarity with "Fire Emblem" was no obstacle at all to my immersion into the story, the political, natural, and supernatural contours of which Ben sketches with great skill.

A romance in the context of this story would have been inappropriate given the level of trauma Sherlock is dealing with, but the power of the relationship he forms with John is striking -- their mutual trust grows quickly, they work well improvising together in the midst of danger, and they wind up protecting each other and making sacrifices to save each other in ways that pay tribute to the depth of their connection. In addition to the lovely character work done on its two protagonists, this story reaches further to examine the ambiguities of warfare, where basically decent people can find themselves in the ranks of an army bent on atrocity, and where even justified battles for self-defense can descend into indiscriminate slaughter. A compelling, imaginative, well-grounded story that leavens its sadness with touches of humor and the healing that comes through friendship and loyalty.
ext_1620665: knight on horseback (knight)
[identity profile] scfrankles.livejournal.com
Title: Love Is A Much More Capricious Communicator
Author: guns_and_poses
Pairing: Sherlock Holmes/John Watson
Length: 1465
Rating: Teen and up
Warnings: N/A
Verse: Sherlock BBC
Author's summary: For a prompt: When Sherlock first lays eyes on John, it's love at first sight. Unfortunately, Sherlock is sort of a two-year-old about emotions, and gets clumsy, tongue-tied and stupid every time he tries to speak to John. As everyone goes on about how brilliant Sherlock is, John is left wondering if they're talking about the same Sherlock Holmes. Because the Sherlock he knows is barely capable of stringing together a coherent sentence.

Reccer's comments: I’m not sure this needs a rec, but just in case you haven’t seen it yet…

The prompt gives you the basic idea—the author retells that initial meeting at Bart’s between Sherlock and John. However, this time, rather than suave and mysterious, poor Sherlock comes across as alternately tongue-tied and babbling. The joy of this piece is having the scene from ASiP running in your head while you see how the author plays on the original sequence. Mike Stamford’s reactions to Sherlock’s bizarre behaviour are particular delights.

The fic is sweet but the sweetness is tempered by the humour. The story flirts with crack, (and is tagged crack) but I wouldn’t personally call it that. As someone says in the comments: Sherlock is still pretty much in character; you can imagine him acting this way. There are some delicious lines and moments, and the whole thing is laugh out loud funny. (Trust me on this one.) The author talks about continuing the story but I have to say it’s absolutely perfect as it is.
swissmarg: Mrs Hudson (Molly)
[personal profile] swissmarg
Title: Fly Very High
Author: faviconyalublyutebya
Pairing: John/Sherlock
Length: 46,533 words
Rating: Explicit
Warnings:
Verse: Sherlock BBC
Author's summary: John Watson was born to be a racing driver, and even a crash isn't enough to keep him out of a car for long. But coming back is not that easy, especially when he meets his new teammate, Sherlock Holmes.

Reccer's comments: In the honored tradition of sports AU's, this one shines right up there with the best of them. In this incarnation, John and Sherlock are Formula 1 racers, competing both with and against each other in a high-powered season that takes them around the world.

Part of the fun of this story is the introduction to F1 racing, from the technology to the strategy to exotic venues including Melbourne, Malaysia, Monaco, Bahrain, Shanghai, Barcelona, and Sochi (where Putin is in for quite a shock!). The fic is also peppered with real people from the racing world like Kimi Raikkonen, Sebastian Vettel, and Lewis Hamilton, giving it an extra layer of authenticity.

The author is a self-proclaimed fan of Formula 1, and that enthusiasm comes through in the emotional investment of the characters as well as every exciting race commentary. Don't be put off, though, if you don't particularly like racing or cars; the technical stuff isn't overdone and never detracts from the insanely intense relationship between John and Sherlock as their on-track rivalry spills over into some of the hottest sex this side of Silverstone:

Excerpt... )

What starts out as just a bit of fun eventually turns into something much more complicated, as these things tend to, and the path to victory is fraught with more than a few pitfalls. Reading this fic is like watching a race, in fact, from the nervous anticipation at the start to the nail-biting moments when things get shaky in the middle to the fist-pumping celebration at the finish line, complete with champagne showers.
[identity profile] obscuriglobus.livejournal.com
Title: The Replacements
Author: takethesky87
Pairing: Gen
Length: 5000
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: NA
Verse: Sherlock BBC
Author's summary: After a day solving crimes with Molly, Sherlock tries out a few more candidates.
Reccer's comments: This is a great TEH missing scene that focuses on Sherlock's post hiatus relationships with some of the show's minor characters. Mrs Hudson, Angelo, Mike Stamford and Harry Watson each get a moment in the sun but Sherlock's loneliness and his broken friendship with John is always in the background.
[identity profile] solrosan.livejournal.com
Title: You do know you're completely mad, don't you?
Author: Anonymous
Pairing: Gen.
Length: 7 parts at [livejournal.com profile] sherlockbbc_fic
Rating: PG-13
Warnings: No warnings apply.
Verse: Sherlock BBC
Prompt: When John says to Mike "who would want me for a flatmate?" Mike doesn't ask "what do you mean by that?" He also doesn't say "oh, what'd be wrong with you as a flatmate?" He just accepts that John would be a difficult person to find a flat for and moves on to Sherlock. Given that Mike knows at least a little of how odd Sherlock is and yet suggests Watson as a good match, does this imply that John has some weird habits of his own, without regard to his experiences in Afghanistan?

Reccer's comments: This is an oldie! It was written a month before I even watched my first episode and I have no clue anymore how I found it. It’s a very sweet description of how Mike Stamford’s relationship with John Watson started and how it blossomed during their uni years. It also beautifully explains why Mike didn’t skip a beat suggesting that Sherlock and John would be very good for each other. Mike Stamford just doesn’t get enough love for the wonderful thing he did here, but this is a small way to make it up to him!

It also comes with this wonderful comment that has me smiling every time I think about that happening.
[identity profile] dioscureantwins.livejournal.com
Title:The Frost is all Over
Author: Chryse
Pairing: Sherlock/John
Length: about 148,500 words
Rating: explicit
Warnings:implied/referenced child abuse, implied/referenced rape/non-con, period-typical homophobia, major illness, OC/minor character death
Verse: Sherlock BBC
Author's summary: John was brave and clever and loyal, a commoner who longed for an exciting life. Sherlock was dashing and brilliant and passionate, an Earl’s son who longed to solve crimes. Being a Tale of Glorious Adventures, Love Letters, Treachery, Longing, Secret Identities, Deathbed Confessions, First Kisses, Daring Escapes, and True Love.

Reccer's comments: So, one day I chanced upon this fic and downloaded it to my e-reader. Then I sat down and started reading and the world around me ceased to exist until I reached the end, which, unfortunately, came all too soon.
Sadly, I don’t occupy a minor position in the British government or else I would decree this fic to be entered into the curriculum of any aspiring Sherlock BBC fanfic reader. For take almost all the characters of the series, add a few pounds of Dickens, some pints of Wilkie Collins, a heavy dollop of the Bronte sisters, a tablespoon of Austen, and a pinch of ACD storylines, stir the whole concoction according to the instructions of Charles Palliser and Sarah Waters and you’ll end up with this great shaggy beast of a wonderfully precocious fic that combines massive scope with minute detail and serves it all up in a plot so thick the spoon stands up in it.
The story is set in the Victorian era and the period is both lovingly and convincingly drawn in beautiful, luxurious language reminiscent of the nineteenth century. We’re taken on a tour of Victorian society, from the hovels of the poor through the lush and unspoiled countryside around Sherrinford Hall, home of the Earl of Sherrinford and his children Mycroft and Sherlock, to the stables, where John, the new groom serves under the loving eye of Mr and Mrs Gregson, and on to the servant’s quarters to the grand chambers of the Hall itself.
Told from John’s POV Sherlock and he are but children when they first meet. John’s career as a jockey was nipped in the bud by an accident and he’s been sent by his former employer to Sherrinford Hall. There he strikes up a fast friendship with the youngest son of the Earl, the quick-witted and sharp-tempered Sherlock, against whose temperament he has been warned.
All seems well with the world while John and Sherlock enjoy their summer of friendship. But of course all good things must come to an end. The scene is laid for an elaboration of their friendship through correspondence until the next summer, the last before Sherlock will have to go to Eton.
At that moment the first angst starts to seep into the fic. Sherlock doesn’t write and John fears for their friendship, and worse, until Sherlock shows up unexpectedly one stormy night and John gets his first inkling the world outside even for an Earl’s son the world outside Sherrinford Hall might be a bit more fraught with peril than he had assumed.
Then the shocking developments start happening so fast and so relentlessly, their whole world torn asunder while they’re confronted with every atrocity mankind ever invented that the reader is left hanging in the ropes like an exhausted boxer, and yet thirsting for more. Truly, the phrase ‘unputdownable’ must have been coined with this fic in mind.
As we follow Sherlock and John on their journey we meet hundreds of characters. The characters from the series are of course designed to various positions in life in a totally different setting and yet they remain IC throughout, no mean feat. All of the OC’s, and we meet lots and lots of those, are well-rounded and lovingly drawn. As this is a Victorian novel there is a lot of sickness and death and outrageous treatment of innocents and the reader becomes invested in what happens to the OC’s almost as much as what happens to John and Sherlock and Mycroft and Irene and Mike Stamford and Molly and Angelo and… need I go on?
Honestly, I could go on and on and on about this fic, but in the end, to quote a certain consulting criminal, “I would try to convince you but… everything I have to say has already crossed your mind!”
For I do hope to have convinced you to go and read this right now. You truly won’t regret it that you did.
[identity profile] ficklepig.livejournal.com
Title: Have You Tried Turning It Off?
Author: Persiflager
Pairing: none
Length: 1814
Rating: General Audiences
Verse: Sherlock BBC
Author's summary: Written for this prompt on the kinkmeme - A day in the life of Jim from IT.

Reccer's comments: I could fill up a whole month reccing Persiflager. Clever starting points characterize this writer's hot, cute, funny, sometimes unnerving and heartbreaking little fics, packed with wryly observed detail.

Much is implied rather than stated in this quick interstitial character study, both about Jim and about action offstage. I have been back to it several times for a laugh and a shiver.


Jim’s desk phone rings shrilly. He flexes his fingers and picks up. “Hello, IT department.”

“Yeah, hi, I’ve got a problem with my computer…”

Jim rolls his shoulders, slackens his face muscles, and proceeds to be cheerfully, plausibly incompetent.


Be afraid.
[identity profile] dioscureantwins.livejournal.com
Title: A Silver Sixpence
Author: [livejournal.com profile] doodle_writes
Pairing: Sherlock/John
Length:approx. 16,400 words
Rating:NC17
Warnings: none
Verse: Sherlock BBC
Author's summary: John, we need to get married.

Reccer's comments: The idea of Sherlock and John has been the subject of many fics but the story has never been rendered better than in this wonderful piece. The case is actually very believable, which is a huge bonus. Even better is the fact that the author takes her time to inform us about the various reactions to the news of the engagement.

First there’s Sherlock’s less than impressive proposing technique. Once that obstacle is out of the way and John has – wearily – accepted, the rest of the cast has to be informed. The author pulls this off effortlessly. The reaction of each person to the news is entirely believable, and will have you grinning like mad all the while.

Of course the influence of the idea of being married slowly but certainly converts the affection of friendship into something stronger, as must happen in these fics. The author takes her time for this transition so it doesn’t feel forced at all. The frightening moments when Sherlock is proven right (of course he is) help to strengthen the mutual love that has sprung up between the former friends. Which calls for a celebration, of course.

Wonderfully done, very funny at times, warm and gracious and with a sexy ending to boot. What more could one want from a fic?
[identity profile] chapbook.livejournal.com
Title: The Mystery of Ill Opinions
Author: mundungus42
Pairing: Sherlock/John, Mycroft/Lestrade (background)
Length: 29,044
Rating: M
Warnings: none
Verse: Sherlock BBC, Hollow Crown RPF
Author's summary: Two Elizabethan actors dream of leaving women's roles behind, and Master Sherlock Holmes agrees to help them find them a playwright to write them roles to rival Marlowe's Tamburlaine. But strange things are afoot in the Holmes household, and Sherlock and John must accomplish this feat while discovering who wants to kill Sherlock and why.

Reccer's comments: Fans of Elizabethan drama and Shakespeare, rejoice! For here you shall find a most delightful concoction, one to rival the plays presented in the Curtain and the Rose. [livejournal.com profile] mundungus42 creates a tour de force: mixing the history and drama of Elizabethan England and skillfully bringing into it many of the characters we love so well. The dialogue is intelligible to 21st-century readers and shines with wit throughout (keep your eye out for many references to Shakespeare's plays). Sherlock, John, Shakespeare, and Sally especially stand out for me, not least because of the terrific banter that sparks between them.

The settings and the culture of the period are treated with equal care. I clearly felt that this was a world with rather different values and beliefs than our own; yet it was not so foreign that the motivations and emotions of the main characters were obscured. If you enjoy AUs, history, or the theatre, I strongly suspect you will be satisfied by the richness of the repast spread before you.

Excerpt: John followed Master Sherlock up a creaky wooden staircase to a store-room, which held all manner of props and pieces of scenery. To John's surprise, the gatherer who had given him a free ticket had positioned himself in the store-room beside the heavy curtain that separated the store-room from the theatre.

“Master Sherlock!” he exclaimed, giving an exaggerated bow. “How delightful to see you again for the Lyly! Pray, was it Mister Burbage's Phao that enticed you to our Great O once more, or perhaps Mister Kempe as Cupid?”

“Neither,” said Master Sherlock shortly.

“Oh?” asked the gatherer, with badly feigned innocence. “Was it perhaps Mister Hoddleston as Venus or Mister Wishart as Sapho?”

John managed to turn a guffaw into a cough, but Master Sherlock stiffened.

“If you really wish to make a career of acting in order to support your wife and children and pay the debt you owe for your house in Stratford,” he said coldly, “you would do well not to practice your base humour on your betters, particularly those who patronise your troupe. And if you cannot control your idle tongue, perhaps you should return to the glove making trade your father tried to knock into your thick skull.”

If Master Sherlock's verbal assault struck anywhere near the truth, the gatherer made no sign of it as he bowed. “Base humour is, of course, in the eye of the beholder. Shall I send up an orange seller for your amusement?” he asked John.

John glanced at Sherlock's pursed lips and shook his head. “We would prefer to be left alone.”

The gatherer eyed John with new interest. “Oh, would we?”

“Hang you, you brazen-faced churl!” exclaimed Master Sherlock as he swept past the impertinent fellow.

The gatherer met John's eye challengingly. He had intelligent hazel eyes and sported a pointed beard that reminded John of Lord Holmes's, but John was in no mood for games. He seized the gatherer by the doublet and slammed him against the store-room's wall.

“You've had your fun,” said John in a low voice. “But it's over now. If I see you so much as raise an eyebrow in my master's direction, by God's bones, you're going to find it difficult to speak your lines through a broken jaw. Am I understood?”

“You're made of sterner stuff than his last minder,” he said approvingly. “Let us all hope that your fortitude will last the next three hours.”
[identity profile] persiflager.livejournal.com
Title: The Dhampir Cycle
Author: malacophilous
Pairing: Sherlock/John and John/Mike Stamford
Length: 20,248
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: None
Verse: Sherlock BBC

Author's summary: John's not human. All he can do is try his best.

Reccer's comments: This is a funny, understated vampire AU that features John finally coming to terms with himself after years of denial. Mike is the loveliest person ever and completely supportive in all of this, as is Sherlock (in his own utterly terrifying sort of way).

Also, MIKE STAMFORD.

‘How do you feel about role-playing?’ John asked Mike. They had been having drinks and sex with each other for about half the term, but not much else. Neither felt the need to uncork any hackneyed words of short-lived devotion; they were both too sensible for that.


‘Curious, since it’s coming from you,’ Mike laughed, ‘Mr John Missionary Position Look-Into-My-Eyes Watson.’

John threw a pillow at him. ‘I just wondered if you’d like me to...’ he hesitated, wondering if it would sound stupid, ‘to bite you, and things.’

Mike’s eyes lit up. ‘Louis-and-Lestat sort of biting and things?’

‘Yeah,’ said John, looking at his hands, slightly embarrassed.

But Mike’s response was yes, yes, of course, I’d like that, without a second thought, and John, despite himself, gave in to what he was.
[identity profile] chapbook.livejournal.com
Title: All We Ought to Ask
Author: [livejournal.com profile] achray
Pairing: Sherlock/John
Length: 56,027
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: None
Verse: Sherlock BBC

Author's summary:1860. Change is in the air. John is a clergyman and former army chaplain, attempting to settle down in a country parish and lead a quiet life. But with Sherlock Holmes, reputed to be England's most dangerous religious controversialist, as the local aristocrat, what are his prospects of success?

Reccer's comments: Below is my history!fan squee, but I should let fans of English literature know that this AU was inspired by and plays with the conventions of the Victorian religious novel. Yep, it does that and earns its rating! :)

History AUs, particularly those that aspire to at least some historical authenticity, are an especial challenge for the writer. Cultural differences can have an enormous impact on a character, making it difficult to balance the core aspects of the personality with the inevitable changes that arise when a person is raised in a different time. For example, how do you make Sherlock and John come alive in the 1860s, rather than having Holmes and Watson grow up a few decades earlier? To do so well requires a strong grasp of the BBC versions of Doyle's characters as well as the period in question. Achray achieves this particularly well with her John Watson, who from the first is clearly not content with his new position as a rural parson in a quiet English parish:

Birds called in the trees outside, and there was the distant lowing of some cows, but otherwise all was silent. To John, used to the noise of London and before that, the cheerful and frantic bustle of a garrison full of soldiers, the quiet was oppressive. He laid his hands on his books and thought about how far they’d come, by land and sea and rail. He’d spent most of his life running away from precisely this scenario, and now here he was.

Achray's representation of contemporary bigotry is particularly skillful, for she allows even her main protagonists to say and do things that today many of us find unpleasantly reactionary, yet avoids making these characters unsympathetic. Assigning such prejudices to villains would be too easy and shortchange the complexity of the past, where you can find legions of thoughtful, engaging people writing of their love for their family or relatives in one sentence and expressing racist/sexist/classist sentiments in the next. John in this story is kind to women (he clearly enjoys working with Molly and asks her opinion on matters where she is the expert), but he is no supporter of equal rights or suffrage for the fairer sex (though by the end of the story one can envision him eventually thawing under the influence of the right company). Moreover, his letters to Mary show contempt towards what he considers "less interesting" work, the very work she would be handling if she became his wife:

I had expected to spend much of my time engaged in sermon-writing and in reading – as you told me, I am sadly behind after my years away – but my parishioners are determined to entertain me and tell me of their troubles. An astonishing number of them wish to be married, or have their children christened, or take communion classes. I see more than ever how invaluable your assistance could be, as I am unaccustomed to dealing with ladies’ charitable committees and the other smaller concerns of the parish.

For his part, clever, sharp-tongued, iconoclastic Sherlock forgets the realities of everyday life for the middle class and poor, not foreseeing that altering an individual's worldview may cause them not just spiritual anguish, but also destroy their economic stability. And Mary Morstan is an earnest, patient, talented, and faithful woman, but she shares the deep religious prejudices towards unbelievers expressed by many European Christians. It's these imperfections that make the characters more human, as well as situating them realistically in England of the mid-nineteenth century.

In short: come for the Victorian worldbuilding and dialogue, stay for the characters and a certain passionate, heady romance.
[identity profile] mirabile-dictu.livejournal.com
Title: O Still Small Voice of Calm
Author: Persiflager
Pairing: Sherlock Holmes/John Watson
Length: 5,829 words
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: None
Verse: BBC Sherlock
Author's summary: Written for this prompt on the kinkmeme that asked for a choir AU.

Reccer's comments: I find myself returning to this story every few months. I love how cleverly the author has used all the BBC Sherlock characters, and how in character they remain even though this is such an AU -- they're in university, much younger, and of course, in a choir. I thought Greg Lestrade in particular was a skillful re-imagining of the BBC's Lestrade.

Most of the story is told from John's POV, so we meet the others and come to understand what's going on, and their relationships with Sherlock, as John does. We occasionally see through Sherlock's eyes, and his delight with John is a delight to read. The sequence of events in this story follows that in A Study in Pink to a remarkable extent, and makes me giggle every time. For such a brief piece, it makes me as happy as the music makes John happy.

A note about the music: )

This is short, sweet, and charming as hell.
[identity profile] chapbook.livejournal.com
Title: Safe Distance
Author: merripestin
Pairing: Sherlock/John
Length: 114,805
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: none
Verse: Sherlock BBC
Author's summary: The mother was apparently poisoned, the son seems to have killed himself playing Russian roulette. It's a murder and a suicide. Or is it a suicide and a murder?

At least the case is distracting John from the fact that sex with Sherlock was probably a mistake right from the start.

John will learn to cope, one way or another.


Reccer's comments: A riveting* work by an author new to the fandom. Merripestin's masterful use of alternating POVs reveals a faithful, psychologically believable characterization of Sherlock and John. John's unease over his decision to initiate a relationship with Sherlock feels painfully realistic, with awkward, compelling sex, and yes, even a sexual encounter that will make you profoundly sad. Add to this terrific dialogue, sharply realized depictions of Sherlock's Mind Palace, a clever case, and a believably (im)perfect denouement.
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* = should I warn for the tension? for the time you will spend talking to the characters/facepalming/banging your head against the wall?

Excerpt: To balance the dark impression I may be giving you, have some light-hearted dialogue: Read more... )
[identity profile] ningen-demonai.livejournal.com
Title: The Theory Of Narrative Causality
Author: [livejournal.com profile] falling_voices
Pairing: Sherlock x John
Length: ??? VERY LONG
Rating: NC-17 / M
Warnings: None applicable
Verse: Sherlock BBC, with cameos from different Sherlock Holmes canons
Author's summary: Sherlock and John are BNFs in Sherlock Holmes fandom. Together, they fight crime. (Always.) And write porn, incidentally.

Reccer's comments: Newcomers may not know of this (amazingly meta) AU fic that was written in the kink meme back before season 2 had aired. The fic spawned a huge fangroup, a roleplay community, and fanworks for the fanfic (we must go deeper). Note: Don't go into it expecting a straight adaptation. The people in this fic are a little different from who we're used to watching on the telly, but they still have the intrinsic values that make them the characters we know and love. John and Sherlock are, as usual, the stars of this fic, but that doesn't mean the other characters aren't delightful as heck. I've personally got a soft spot for Bill.

One of the most intriguing things about this fic is how it's written out as a series of Livejournal (personal, community, and rec) posts and comments, instant messages, and even a freakin' trope page. You're not so much reading the story as you are living it through these glimpses from the internet, if that makes any sense. Also, you get like 5 (steamy) snippets of fanfics (from different canons) in the process of reading one fic, how cool is that?

TL;DR This fic is so meta that it'll make your head spin even as you fall in love with its interpretation of the characters we love faffing around the net like we do.

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Check out all the clickable/scrollable bits, it's one of my (many) favorite parts of this fic.

PS Due to the nature/formatting of the fic, it is near impossible for me to give an accurate word count other than "really long but worth it." Also, don't be fooled by the line that signals the end of a post in the fic, because it'll frequently be a lie.
[identity profile] pipmer1.livejournal.com
Title: Left
Author: lifeonmars
Pairing: Sherlock/John
Length: 45153
Rating: Mature
Warnings: None
Verse: Sherlock BBC

Author's summary: John Watson is left-handed. He’s tried not to let it affect his life, but as any Lefty knows, that’s almost impossible.


Reccer's comments: This fic has already received lots of attention and been recced elsewhere, but I couldn't resist mentioning it here. For one thing, lifeonmars is one of my favourite Sherlock authors; you should check out their other stories as well. For another, it's just a brilliant piece of work.

This is a magical realism AU where everyone has a knack - some kind of special skill - except for left-handed people. Lefties have no knack, and as a result tend to be patronised and pitied, although they have for the most part found at least nominal acceptance and integration into society. Some characters' knacks will be what you would expect them to be; others will be surprising and perhaps humorous. All of them, though, will suit the person to a tee. The story is mostly a retelling of the Great Game, altered of course to fit this 'verse. There are clues scattered throughout leading to a certain conclusion about John; I'll bet you won't come to the right one, though. Very clever and skilful storytelling from a master of the craft.


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[identity profile] thehighwaywoman.livejournal.com
Title: Beautiful Ideas
Author: [livejournal.com profile] metisket
Pairing: Gen
Length: 2348 words
Rating: Gen
Verse: Sherlock BBC
Author's summary: Mike knew what would happen if he introduced John Watson to Sherlock Holmes. He knew exactly what would happen, and he did it anyway.
Reccer's comments: We only get to see a bit of Stamford on screen, but his character is fleshed out wonderfully here as a quietly but gleefully mischievous instigator who loves to watch sparks fly and has a soft spot for "the mad ones". Mike knows Sherlock, remembers John, and can't resist the urge to put them together and enjoy the best show in London. Seeing both Holmes and Watson through Stamford's eyes is especially fun. I've read this a good half-dozen times and it never fails to make me smile.

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