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Title: Curse of the Were-Tuna
Author: WhoGroovesOn
Pairing: Sherlock Holmes/John Watson
Length: 46,916
Rating: Explicit
Verse: Sherlock BBC
Author's summary: John couldn’t help but feel as though the large tuna beyond the glass was staring at him, which was weird because it’s not like fish had eyelids, they always seemed to be staring at things.

Reccer's comments: The author says this isn't crack, but I think it's a shining gem of the crackfic genre - a premise that seems ridiculous on the surface treated with absolute commitment, until it becomes vivid and real. Take the plunge into this splashy tale of piscine lycanthropy and you'll never see a fishtank quite the same way again.

When wounded army vet John Watson applies for a job as an aquarium security guard, he has no idea what’s about to happen after dark.

This underrated author has a spectacular sense of worldbuilding, and this fic is suspenseful, sexy, vivid, hilarious and surprisingly touching. The plot twists come fast and furious, and I especially love this very inventive version of Moriarty and Moran (who are both female in this story). Fishnappings! Sushi-related threats! Weird and eldritch magic!

Also, it’s set in the London Aquarium and was written long before any pivotal scenes occurred there on the show.

Excerpt: Mycroft was the one who became the killjoy for the tuna pair. A few days after the discovery of their morse code capabilities Mycroft appeared at the window of their tank. Dressed formally as usual, umbrella and all, he sat down facing the glass and proceeded to unfold the paper under his arm.

After floating by a few times trying to read the news, Sherlock darted to John, fin flicking a short message, S - T - O - P / C - O - D - E.

The urgent message made John want to see what Sherlock had read on the paper and managed to catch Mycroft before he folded it away. There on the offered page was a small article questioning “Are Sea Life’s Fish Intelligent?” Below was a little black and white picture of their tank and, sure enough, the black shapes of John and Sherlock within. The paper itself was one of those silly “Are aliens cavorting amongst my sheep?!” types, but still, the fact that someone had written in to say they’d seen the fish at the aquarium doing code and talking to each other in an intelligent manner was unsettling. And who knew who else would see it and start watching a little closer.

MODS: may I have tags for fem!moriarty and fem!sebastian moran, please?
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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.
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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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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.
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Title: Say You'll Stay With Me
Author: justacookieofacumberbatch/buffyholic
Pairing: Sherlock Holmes/John Watson
Length: 63,349 words
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: None
Verse: BBC
Author's summary: It was just supposed to be an ordinary business trip, but when John's car stalls out on Hollywood Boulevard, he meets someone who just might change his life.

Reccer's comments: This was an excellent Sherlock/Pretty Woman fusion, keeping quite close to the original movie but with absolutely no doubt about which characters these are, and with enough surprises and extras to keep the story fresh.

I especially liked seeing Sherlock and John's emotional connection grow over the course of the fic, from an initial gobsmacked fascination through a more global appreciation to something quite profound and very nearly overwhelming to both of them.

The casting choices were fun, the angst factor manageable, and the sex scenes extra steamy and delish. And the fic is just the right length for a good, self-indulgent afternoon or evening. Just don’t start reading right before bed, you won’t be able to put it down!
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Title:Watson's Folly
Author: Diana Williams
Pairing: Sherlock/John
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
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Title: We Were Young
Music Title & Artist: 岁月轻狂(Echoes Of The Rainbow) by 李治廷
Vidder: [ profile] kasuko1412
Pairing or Character: Sherlock Holmes/James Moriarty
Verse: Sherlock BBC
Link: Announcement post
Vidder's summary: Jim and Sherlock met each other at an early age. They were made for each other, but, they can only be together in the next life.

Reccer's Comments: A sweet and sad story of two boys meeting, growing up, and growing apart. Or do they really? The video is beautifully edited, with good picks for young Sherlock and young Jim, and splendid use of other material featuring Benedict Cumberbatch and Andrew Scott.

It's a really emotional watch.

Last, I hope I got the title of the song and the name of the artist right. If I didn't, please tell me and I'll edit it.
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Title: The Case of the Green Gown
Author: [ profile] splix
Pairing: Sherlock/John, John/Mary
Length: about 209,000 words
Rating: explicit
Warnings: graphic depictions of violence, torture
Verse: Sherlock BBC
Author's summary: ...Watson had at that time deserted me for a wife, the only selfish action which I can recall in our association. I was alone.
---Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Adventure of the Blanched Soldier

Reccer's comments: Wow, [ profile] splix has done it again! Enriched the Sherlock fandom with a marvellously clever story, literally hefty in almost every sense of the word.

Make sure you’ll have nothing important on for the next few days when you start reading this for you’ll be hooked and oblivious to the demands of reality. You’ll find yourself laughing and cheering, and grappling with the most horrendous angst, swearing and recovering from punches that go straight for the solar plexus and sobbing. Oh, there’s so much delicious bittersweet sobbing in this fic.

Then there’s the great characterisation throughout. All the well-known players completely IC there’s a whole array of fascinating OC’s. As usual everything is written in that exquisite language that’s this author’s special trademark.

Apart from an incredibly tightly plotted casefic that contains more than enough intrigue to fill at least two seasons of Sherlock this is a wonderfully crafted psychological study of the human condition and all those feelings that shape us into what we are: love, friendship, grief, greed, jealousy. Greatness and despicable flaws, both are shown in every character. And throughout it all both Holmes brothers suffer so nobly. After all, no one is better aware than they are that caring isn’t an advantage.

After the havoc Moftiss wreaked with S3 this fic helped me to recover my love for Sherlock the series, even long before Moftiss made it all better again with TAB. Everyone who has got huge problems with Mary should read this fic just to admire the nuanced approach to her personage. In this fic I often loathed her, despised her and really, really didn’t like her but throughout [ profile] splix managed to make me sympathise with her plight. After all, Sherlock returning from the dead wasn’t exactly what she had bargained for.

But what’s the fic about? That I’m not going to tell for I don’t want to spoil your fun. Just start reading like I did and be mesmerised and enchanted like I was. You won’t be disappointed.

Highly, highly recommended!
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Title: i'm half-doomed, and you're semi-sweet (what a match)
Author: everybodylies
Pairing: Sherlock/Irene, Sherlock/Joan
Length: 6900
Rating: Gen
Warnings: N/A
Verse: Elementary
Author's summary:
The love story of Sherlock Holmes and Joan Watson.

It takes years.

Reccer's comments: Written halfway through season one, this fic is an inadvertent AU in its vision of the course of the relationship between Holmes and Watson, how Irene Adler fits in, and how Moriarty is defeated. There are a few unplanned delights for the reader familiar with all four seasons of the show (as of the time of this rec), from a client's stray comment at the start, "Jamie? Murder somebody?" to the repeated exploration of the ways Joan chooses time and again to stay and Sherlock's shaky efforts to have faith that she will continue to do just that.

mods: can we have a tag for character: holmes' father? [in this case it's not the same as character: Morland Holmes (Elementary), but that tag might be needed eventually too.]
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Title: Toplock Talent Search
Author: [ profile] anarfea
Pairing: Sherlock/John, Sherlock/Irene, Sherlock/Jim/Molly
Length: approx. 25,000 words
Rating: explicit
Warnings: top!Sherlock (the reason the fic exists)
Verse: BBC Sherlock
Author's summary: “It’s frankly alarming,” said the Sherlock in the fishnet top, “watching you simper and fawn and make puppy eyes over John like a … sad, gay baby.”
Sherlock’s mouth fell open. “I am not a sad gay baby!”
“Yes, you are,” said Irene.
“Well, what is he, then?” sputtered Sherlock. “Splaying his legs open so everyone can see his cock through those trousers. Sitting there leering at the rest of us like some sort of superior … Dark fuck prince.”

Currently a WIP. Last updated July 2015. There should be one more chapter according to the author. However, as chapter three to five are pretty much stand alone's you can really go ahead and read!

Reccer's comments: This fic is proof of the human mind’s remarkable talent to turn something vile into something hilarious. Written in response to the vagaries imposed upon last year’s 221B con by a this fic has the show’s characters discuss fanfic, gender politics, sexual roles, ship wars, and fandom, as they search for the perfect incarnation of Toplock.

The author masterfully plays with tropes and head!canons as exploited in the series by Moffat and Gatiss, by fanfic writers (the author included) and readers and shows that the pen, especially when wielded with a humour that manages to cast everyone in a satirical light, truly is the strongest weapon ever invented.

The fic heads off with lots of clever banter flying around the living room. Anthea presides and has a hard time keeping the various characters in their respective incarnations in check. We get to meet DarkFuckPrince!Sherlock, GayBaby!Sherlock, JustTransport!Sherlock, Angry!John (well, he doesn’t get laid, obviously), Saint!John and BAMF!John, Virgin!Sherlock and all these incarnations, traipsing around 221B’s living room together, are totally IC. As are Irene, Mycroft, Anthea, Mrs Hudson, Jim and Molly and even Sebastian Moran. Because no fic featuring Jim is complete without a truly creepy Moran in the background. Fie Moftiss.

Once Anthea has waved her magic wand and decided upon the various pairings we follow those to the rooms allotted them for yet more talk, debate, argument, conference, exchange, review, conversation,consideration, dialogue, consultation, seminar, discourse, deliberation,symposium, colloquy, confabulation not to mention examination, investigation, analysis, scrutiny and dissection that will have you screaming with laughter and chuckling over so much cleverness. Then in each chapter the whole delicious concoction gets topped off with some scorchingly-hot sex, with Sherlock topping of course. Yes, even GayBaby!Virgin!Sherlock gets to do the topping.

What really blew me away in this fic however is the encounter in chapter four, between JustTranpost!Sherlock and a beautifully brave and tender Irene. Even if you don’t read the rest of the fic, read this chapter at least for the wonderful insight into their relationship. You won’t regret it.
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Title: Ashes - a graphic novel
Artist: A-Little-Night-Music
Pairing: Gen
Length: 8 pages
Rating: R (gore/violence)
Warnings: Lots of blood and various disturbing images.
Verse: Sherlock BBC crossover with Silent Hill
Author's summary:
ashes: a graphic novel (BBC Sherlock x silent hill crossover)

done with isograph pen. edited in ps.

Reccer's comments:
This dark and brooding, horror-filled graphic novel is unfinished as yet, but the artwork the artist has produced for it so far is spectacular. It's near-photographic in quality, at times, and the way the action is framed is incredibly cinematic and suspenseful. There are no words used in the available pages of this story, and this, combined with the fact that the book is unfinished, leaves a whole lot of room for the imagination of the reader to run wild. You'll be wondering what on earth is going on in this universe, and what is real and what isn't.

London, which appears to be half-demolished by a disaster, is largely deserted but for menacing animals roaming the foggy streets, and Sherlock is on his own to face the terrifying task at hand. Each page, each frame, of this book can be lingered over, as the artwork is consistently beautiful and detailed. This is definitely a fanbook I will buy instantly if it is ever finished.

I've attempted to put the pages in order, since the artist left them jumbled in a folder. There are additional pages on the artist's tumblr, but I don't know how they fit in with the other pages, since they are not labelled in any coherent way.

Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8
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Title: Working on the Edges
Author: earlgreytea68
Pairing: Sherlock/John
Length: 56089 words
Rating: Mature
Verse: BBC
Author's summary: No matter where you put Sherlock and John, they click. Including the Winter Olympics.

Reccer's comments: Happy International Fanworks Day!  Here is one of my favorites which, shockingly enough, no one has recced here yet, but I think it's one of egt68's best.  I adore this AU; it may be set on the ice, but the warmth and sweetness of this fic make it a pure pleasure to read, without ever tipping over too far into the saccharine.  Who doesn't love seeing Sherlock and John overcome the odds (and with the added bonus of figure skater!Sherlock)?  This is one of my go-to feel-good fics; reading it never fails to lift my mood, and that's no small thing.  It's a pure joyous leap of a story.

(Not a fic rec, but related: [ profile] earlgreytea68 also wrote a great IFD guest post about the power of fanfic over here.)
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Title: Moriarty as Two-Faced God and Response
Author: sherlockedaspergirl (on hiatus) and mild-lunacy
Pairing: Gen
Length: 2,244
Rating: PG
Warnings: none
Verse: Sherlock BBC

Author's summary: So I recently posted this meta about how the things that Jim says can be taken as prophecies in the pattern of Greek tragedy wherein prophecies are inescapable once uttered. But I would like to now show how it actually goes much further than that, and Moriarty is not merely a messenger of the gods as prophets are, but is in fact a god himself. His prophecies are still infallible in this reading, but his own role in Sherlock’s story is explained much more fully by this understanding.

Reccer's comments: Not long after the airing of S3, Sherlockedaspergirl examined the character of James Moriarty through a Greco-Roman lens, building on their earlier meta on his role as a prophet in the tradition of Greek tragedy. Prophets' prophecies are both inescapable pronouncements and clues that are invariably misunderstood (leading to tragedy). James might be a prophet (he is certainly full of pronouncements), but certainly he acts like a god when he makes use of prophets himself in TGG. Through them he makes himself known to Sherlock and tries to seduce him; many a god and goddess has fallen for a mortal. Sherlockedaspergirl argues that he is most like Janus, the two-faced Roman god of beginnings and endings, of doors opening and closing, of birth and death. Janus seems a fitting identity for James, though he certainly plays more than two living characters during series 1-3: Jim from IT, James Moriarty, and Richard Brook. Even his dialogue tends to dualism, veering between playfulness and unhinged rage. After his death, he plays yet another role, representing the negative aspects of Sherlock’s id: doubt, fear, and self-loathing. He still appears at liminal moments as befits Janus, when Sherlock dies and then is reborn in HLV, and in TAB when Sherlock gets “too deep” into his Mind Palace, scenes that include James’s death and rebirth, his near destruction of Sherlock, and then his final(?) death. So perhaps we might argue his two main faces are his roles as a living being and then his incarnation as the negative emotions Sherlock tries to divorce from himself. If Moriarty always speaks as a true prophet, something which Sherlockedapsergirl notes is not yet certain (has Sherlock's heart truly been burnt out, with the rumblings of an even darker S4 ahead of us?) then he has achieved a kind of immortality as part of Sherlock’s inner world. Nevertheless, for the Falls scene in TAB to retain its symbolic power, James’s overwhelming influence over Sherlock should now be weakened. It suggests that an important turning point in Sherlock's character arc has been reached.

I think this is a fascinating way to imagine Moriarty, as a god and prophet, even as I wonder whether the show both supports and destablizes those roles. For example, I think TAB has done what the respondent mild-lunacy predicted: John Watson, not James Moriarty (“John or James?”) has become Sherlock's "other face”, the one whose name brings Sherlock back from the dead (a miracle worthy of a god) and who cheerfully kicks the seemingly indestructable Moriarty into the Reichenbach cauldron. “There’s always two of us,” Mind Palace!Victorian John says, negating James’s claim that "it's always" just Sherlock and himself. And yet afterwards in probably the only completely “real” or “waking world” scene in the episode, we are left wondering if "Moriarty" is now (or always was) a title, for it is heavily implied that "Moriarty" will return with a new face in the coming season. Janus returns?! If so, will this character have exactly the same kind of negative personal relationship James had with Sherlock? I suspect not, for there would be a risk of the newcomer becoming a pale imitation of their predecessor. However, unless a mischievous deity is choosing my words, I cannot be certain.
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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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Title: Everybody Knows
Author: Susan
Pairing: Sherlock/John
Length: 44488 words
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: None
Verse: Sherlock BBC

Author's summary: As if John and Sherlock don't have enough problems already (that whole Sherlock getting shot by Mary thing), now there's a cold case detective from Canada snooping around asking questions about Moriarty.

Kate took her time, wanting to give him time to get settled. When she returned, John had cleared away the tea and Sherlock was sitting in the leather chair wearing sweat pants and a faded white t-shirt under a blue silk bathrobe.

She didn’t know men still wore silk bathrobes.

Thinner than his pictures, paler too. All cheekbones and unruly dark hair. Blue eyes dulled by the pain meds. Needs to shave. Bare feet. Holds one arm against his chest. Like he’s literally trying to hold himself together. Is he aware that he’s doing that?

Reccer's comments: Apologies for my absence this month, time has gotten away from me! I offer up this story by the same author who gave us the brilliant Skip Code. It takes place during HLV and beyond, mostly during that missing gap between Sherlock being shot and Christmas at the Holmes's. It manages to be a Series 3 fix-it fic while also remaining completely canon compliant. It's a testament to the author's skill that they manage to do this in a believable and satisfying manner.

This story is set apart from other fix-it fics by the inclusion of a fascinating female OC, Kate, a character who has her own relationship issues that she's juggling as she gets caught up in a cold case that somehow has to do with Moriarty. We mostly see the Sherlock and John relationship through her eyes, when she shows up at 221B to interview Sherlock - who is still recovering from the gunshot wound that Mary gave him.

There are so many twists and turns in this story; every time clues seem to point in a certain direction, new evidence pops up that indicates something else entirely. How Moriarty and Mary are linked, if there even is a link... if Mary's baby is John's or someone else's... and Kate has her own personal mystery she's trying to solve at the same time. And through it all, John's love for Sherlock is obvious and yet he's still emotionally tied to the idea of wife/marriage/baby.

A brilliant read!
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Title: A River Without Banks
Author: Chryse
Pairing: Sherlock/John, John/Mary
Length: 203,286 words
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: Violence, rape/non-con, character death (Please keep in mind that this is a time travel story, and unfortunate occurrences are not necessarily permanent)

Verse: Sherlock BBC

Author's summary: "You love this, being Sherlock Holmes." He had once. When had it all gone so wrong?

Reccer's comments: First of all, I will directly quote the author from their beginning notes: "I assure you that there WILL be a happy ending, by which I mean John and Sherlock, together exclusively and forever, world without end, amen. (Just so we’re clear.)" So if the warnings scare you, know that EVERYTHING IS TEMPORARY AND IT WILL BE FINE. But the bad stuff still happens, so if it's triggery be aware that parts of this fic get very intense. The first half has a lot of angst, but never fear; there are also happy, romantic times as well.

This story is by the same writer who gave us "The Frost is All Over". The fic begins right where HLV left off, with Moriarty supposedly returning from the dead. In essence, it is a time-travel fic, with Sherlock going back in time in an attempt to put the universe back on its correct course after being shifted out of alignment by Moriarty's actions on the rooftop of Bart's. I am a *sucker* for time travel stories, with all of the paradoxes and twists and turns that that genre entails. And boy, does Chryse deliver in spades. Because not just one journey back in time is required; each failed attempt ends with Sherlock's death in that timeline kicking him back into his own (hence the character death warning). And every time Sherlock makes another attempt, his memory of all the previous timelines is erased, making each journey back its own self-contained story with its own adventure and ending, some happier than others. There's also a case that keeps showing up in subsequent timelines, just biding its time until the 'correct' version of Sherlock Holmes shows up to solve it.

My heart ached for Sherlock during a large portion of this fic, as I watched him struggle, literally time and time again, with the emotional fallout of each and every timeline. The storytelling is vivid and layered, with each timeline building on the previous ones and moving the story forward in Sherlock's search for the 'true' timeline that will set everything to rights. The perfect 'fix-it' fic for Series 3, in my opinion.

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Title: The Only Emperor
Author: coloredink
Pairing: gen; Sherlock Holmes, John Watson
Length: 12,000 words
Rating: G
Warnings: none
Verse: Sherlock BBC
Author's summary: It never occurred to Sherlock Holmes that an ice cream shop might attract children.

Reccer's comments: There must be hundreds of 'alternate profession' stories out there for Sherlock and John, but this one is special to me. I love coloredink's writing, and this story consistently charms my socks off.

Sherlock is determined to revolutionize the field of ice cream, largely by creating the strangest flavours imaginable and making them work, and John takes charge of paying the bills and keeping a firm separation between Sherlock and the customers. In some respects this is a fairly faithful alternate version of series 1, and I love the creative way the author translates the dramatic conflicts into the world of ice cream. Sherlock makes quite a wonderful Willy Wonka-esque figure, so deadpan and so bizarrely committed to creating something new in the world of food. I love the easy camaraderie between Sherlock and John, the charming whirlwind of their shop where most of the series regulars eventually pass through, and the imaginative appearance of The Blind Banker and other motifs from the earliest days of the show. Quietly funny, off-beat and warm, it's a strange and lovely (and tasty!) AU.
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Title: Love Or What You Will
Author: miss_frankenstein
Pairing: Sherlock Holmes/John Watson
Length: 32057
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: none
Verse:Sherlock BBC (AU)
Author's summary: John is an English professor who specializes in War and Post-War Literature and Sherlock is the brilliant yet impossible Ph.D. student assigned to be his TA because no one in the Chemistry Department is willing to put up with him. And - somewhere between Waugh and Plath, e-mails and takeaway, novels and villanelles - they fall in love.
Reccer's comments: After subscribing to this fic in its infancy and watching the chapter count go up, I finally got a chance to sit down and read it through yesterday, and found it really quite brilliant. Sherlock and John are wonderfully in character, despite a major change of profession for both of them, and I think that the feeling of familiarity came from the dialogue and kindness, on John's part, and the wit, mental acuity, and crime solving on Sherlock's. Other characters including Molly, Lestrade, and Mycroft make short appearances that really add to the story. In my opinion, John and Molly's friendship is perfectly done, and in addition to that small mentions of Donovan and Anderson were written perfectly. Even Moriarty - who can feel very out of place in some AUs - was well done and fit in with the story. Besides that, I especially loved the way poetry was integrated into the story, the tension that was built between Sherlock and John, and the final resolution of that tension; by the end, I felt entirely satisfied.
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Title: Sparks Fly Upward
Author: VizardMask
Pairing: Sherlock Holmes/John Watson
Length: 6,344
Rating: G
Warnings: N/A
Verse: Sherlock BBC
Author's summary: “I play the violin, sometimes I don’t for talk for days. Oh, and occasionally I spontaneously combust.” Sherlock has an inconvenient habit of bursting into flames. Fortunately, John has a theory to explain it.

Reccer's comments: This fic first stuck in my head because of the beautiful descriptions of the flames—they appear in different colours and different forms depending on the circumstances. I’m not a terribly visually minded person but I can absolutely see them as I read. But there’s more to this story than Sherlock having this strange involuntary ability. The flames are also a subtle metaphor for the way the canon Sherlock views feelings.

The fic deals with Sherlock and John’s developing relationship, and Sherlock’s fear of John coming to harm because of him. It’s an elegant example of the magical realism genre—apart from Sherlock bursting into flames, this world is matter of fact and recognisable, which just goes to make the magical aspects feel even more so. And after a very sweet ending, the writer tops things off by giving us a wonderfully disarming author’s note.
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Title: Arcana
Author: rosa_acicularis
Pairing: Sherlock/John, Sherlock/fem!John
Length: 46159 words
Rating: Mature
Verse: BBC
Author's summary: Sometimes, her grandmother has said, in the simplest, strongest of magics that’s all that’s required – a sacrifice and an intent. Her blood, and his words: I want to forget.

In which Joanna Watson is a witch, Sherlock Holmes is himself, and every spell has its price.

Reccer's comments: I really have never read another fic like this one.  The descriptions of magic and the feel of it in this fic are truly astonishing; it's one of the best magical stories I've read anywhere, published or not.  The language is frequently so beautiful that it stole my breath (as did the UST!), the razored loveliness of the emotions and relationships cuts like mirror-glass, and the worldbuilding is indelible.  It makes my mouth fall open in wonder every time.  It's a stunningly beautiful piece of storytelling, and I remain a bit gratefully in awe of it.

Warning: this is a WIP and hasn't been updated since June 2013.  [ profile] rosa_acicularis hasn't forgotten about it, but please don't let its status put you off; the current chapters stop at a natural pausing point, and while there's no true resolution yet, there's no cliffhanger either.


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