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Title: The Magnificent Division
Author: gardnerhill
Pairing: Mycroft Holmes/Greg Lestrade
Length: 9,186
Rating: Teen
Verse: BBC + Elementary, also crossover with Cabin Pressure and a stealth Doctor Who nod
Author's summary:If you want something talked about, get a man. If you want something done, get a woman.

Reccer's comments: Lestrade doesn’t know where to turn when his partner Mycroft Holmes is kidnapped and Sherlock is under house arrest - until a very steely and competent Mrs. Hudson hooks him up with well, a monstrous regiment of women, all with terrifying personal skill sets (and who have a special and hilarious method of subduing male opponents). Well, females: not all the members of this brilliant strike team are human, technically. There’s an American doctor, a charter plane owner, a team leader who drives like James Bond, a tough police officer who works for a mysterious black-ops agency, a cadaver expert, a ruler among her own species (and her followers too),and a not-really-dead assassin and mom.

This is a cracking good adventure tale, fast-paced and thrilling and very funny, and with a lot of wise things to say about women, emotional labor, and ways of devaluing and underestimating women’s strengths both subtle and obvious.

Lestrade gets his Mycroft back alive and he also learns some valuable lessons from his experience as the secondary character in someone else’s action story.

The story focuses mostly on the rescue mission and the teamwork - but the little emotional sting between two women and a child at the end still burns a bit when the tale is done.

Excerpt: Martha Hudson hugged Greg as he got up to go. “He’s a reptile. But he’s your reptile. We’ll find him.”

Mycroft had once called him a goldfish. Goldfish, reptile – they were a proper menagerie weren’t they?

Greg realised that he was actually exhausted enough to sleep properly now. He pondered the whirl the night had been as he gave the cabbie the address and sat back. Six of them all together – seven if you counted the Queen. And his job in the team of commandos was to make the sandwiches and worry about his missing lover.

He smiled a little. So this is what it feels like to be The Girl in an action film.
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Music Title & Artist: Dixon's Girl - Dessa
Vidder: stardust_rain
Pairing or Character: Joan Watson, Sally Donovan, Soo Lin Yao, more
Verse: Elementary, Sherlock BBC
Warnings: fast cuts; canon-typical violence against women; blood, corpses, autopsy
Link: Dreamwidth announcement post
Author's summary: You gotta be big to treat pretty girls bad. A kinda-sorta crossover. (or: Breaking the fourth wall with Joan Watson and Sally Donovan.) A meta-vid.

Reccer's Comments: Joan Watson occupies a unique position in film-and-screen Holmesiana, being both a Watson and a woman of color. I've seen meta about how she fits into the long, long history of Watsons, but "Dixon's Girl" positions her as an heir to other female characters of color in Holmesiana: in this case, Sally Donovan, Soo Lin Yao, and General Shan, all from Sherlock BBC, one of the vanishingly few Holmesian adaptations with named women of color.

There are many layers of discussion in "Dixon's Girl": references to the backlash against Lucy Liu's casting; a takedown of the argument that Joan should not to be celebrated because she is 'just' a Watson; a critique of some elements common between the two shows...

...but it's also very much a vid about longing and hope. About rooting for Sally Donovan and Soo Lin while longing for a thing that you feel like you'll never have, and the hope that with Joan Watson, you might finally, maybe, get to have it.
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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.

sneak preview )
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Title: Sally Donovan in watercolour
Artist: naturalshocks on Tumblr
Pairing: None
Rating: G
Warnings: No warnings apply
Verse: Sherlock BBC
Artist's summary: Watercolour and white gel pen on Hahnemühle Britannia. 14 x 14 cm.

Reccer's comments: Oh my god, this painting of Sally is so beautiful. I love how the artist added constellations in her hair, the whole ethereal vibe this gives off.
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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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Title: Untitled Sally Donovan
Artist: sheeponmars
Pairing: Gen
Rating: G
Warnings: none
Verse: Sherlock BBC

Author's summary: Inktober 5. Inspired by Joe Whyte.

Reccer's comments: Lovely ink portrait of Sally taking a little breather at work. She's usually on the go, thinking, working, sprinting, but even she needs a bit of time for herself...
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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:State of Flux
Author: Atiki
Pairing: Johnlock
Warnings: None
Verse: Sherlock BBC,
Author's summary:John’s marriage is over and he is finally back home (i.e. at Baker Street, where he belongs).
Sherlock is awfully insecure and John is awfully hesitant, and they're both awkward idiots, of course, but they figure it out. Many First Times happen.

Reccer's comments:This is so romantic every word perfect. Everyone deserves to be loved like Sherlock loves John. This story is so beautiful and gives me all the feels. If any two are soulmates and fated to be together it is Sherlock and John.

Sherlock has some insecurity and John has steadfastness both very ic. You feel like they both have respect and care for each other. The buildup is slow and satisfying I love all the little detail she weaves into the story.

I will share just this paragraph with you......."Sometimes moments of recognition just happen when you least expect them. And right now, with John completely safe and at ease in his arms, Sherlock understands. He understands that he and John cannot be apart, and they never will be. He understands that one day, he will have a cottage in Sussex and bee hives and his curls will be greying, and he will need reading glasses, and he understands that when that happens, John will still be here."

Awwwwwwwww so sweet so do yourself a favor and read this gem or re read it. :)
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Title:The Measure of a Gentlemen
Author: i_ship_an_armada
Warnings: AU...That may need a warning not sure.
Verse: Sherlock BBC,
Author's summary:Summary:
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a partner.
Less universally acknowledged is that a single man in possession of very little in the way of fortune may be in want of a partner as well, but John Watson had little time or energy to devote to his own wants or needs...
Enter one Mr Holmes...

Reccer's comments: I adored this story to pieces it is brilliant. She did an amazing job with the manner of speech and such a great writing style. John and Molly are so cute as friends and the story is just charming.

I do love all the retellings of Pride and Prejudice and in this verse it's wonderful. Her fic is original and delightful. I also love how there is no period who you want and live how you want.

Sherlock and John were perfection together so sexy. The sex was on fire and it was fluffy as well. It is worth reading or re reading. :)
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Title:The Case of the Engineer's Petard
Author: AJHall
Pairings: none
Length: approx. 7,800 words
Rating: teenage
Warnings: none
Verse: Sherlock BBC
Author's summary: Sherlock is called to a suspicious scene, but there are more things going on than he dreams of.

Reccer's comments: There’s something rotten in the Royal Borough of Kensington, smelling distinctly fishy and Sherlock is having the time of his life while unwittingly playing a huge part in uncanny background machinations.

Meanwhile John is kept busy with the fall out of interesting storylines in soap operas.

Fast, furious and packed with so many laughs your ribs will be hurting by the time you reach the end the punchline is bound to leave you gasping.

Anything more will spoil your fun. Just hurry over and have the time of your life reading yet another marvel from one of the best writers in this fandom.
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Title: The Very Unlikely Existence of a Flightless Bird in a Tuxedo
Author: cwb
Pairing: Sherlock Holmes/John Watson
Length: 8829
Rating: Explicit 
Warnings: none
Verse: Sherlock BBC
Author's Summary: none given

Reccer's Comments: Humor in the Sherlock fandom is always an interesting venture, depending on how cracky you like your fic. cwb always manages to balance the dry humor found in the show with the crack, which is really awesome. John and Sherlock find themselves at a zoo during the course of a case, which leads to some super-adorable moments between Sherlock and the pengwings. The ending, too, is super fluffy (and hot) and makes you want to smile.
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Title: That's not my name! - women of bbc sherlock
Music Title & Artist: "That's Not My Name" by The Ting Tings
Vidder: justacrosshair
Pairing or Character: gen; Irene Adler, Kate, Kitty Riley, Beryl Stapleton, Soo Lin Yao, Sally Donovan, General Chan, Sarah Sawyer, Jeanette, "Anthea," Molly Hooper, Mrs. Hudson, Ella Thompson
Verse: Sherlock BBC
Link: Note: I was not able to find the vidder on LJ, tumblr, or DW, so this link is to YouTube: That's not my name vid

Reccer's Comments: This vid offers a fun, punchy, sharp and somewhat angry commentary on the limited character development and screen time provided for the women of BBC Sherlock (note that this was made before S3, so it does not feature Mary or Janine). Entertaining, catchy, cleverly edited, and a fierce piece of meta to boot. It gave me fresh appreciation for the investment so many fine actresses have brought to the show and the ways that they used what opportunities they had to create moments in which their characters could live and breathe.
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Title:Our Division
Music Title & Artist: "Like A River Around A Rock" by Marco Beltrami
Vidder: [ profile] indrikhole
Pairing or Character: Lestrade, Sally, Anderson, Molly, Sherlock, Moriarty & Irene (gen)
Verse: Sherlock BBC
Vidder's Summary: Lestrade, Donovan, Anderson, Molly vs Evil

Reccer's Comments: Lestrade, Molly, Sally and Anderson are investigating a series of suicides but something very strange and frightening is going on... you are as safe as you want to be. The video combines clever editing, a fast pace and will make you wish there was a fic based along these lines. It's a lot of fun to see the Yarders, and notably Lestrade play a heroic role, and the adaptation of canon footage is very skillfully done. There are definitely some moments that will make you jump.

Just to be aware there is some mild horror imagery including spiders, just for those who have problems with such things.
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Title: Art of the Reasoner: Lime Green (Moriarty), Gold (John), Pastel Violet (Molly), Purple (Lestrade), Maroon (Sally), & Sepia (Irene)
Artist: NPCbot
Pairing: gen series of individual portraits
Rating: not rated, I would say G
Warnings: none
Verse: Sherlock BBC
Author's summary: (there is no summary for the whole series, but each portrait has interesting notes. Here are some excerpts from the artist that summarize what they are doing): I read this nice piece of Sherlock fanfiction (yes, they exist among the crap) the other day, called Art of the Reasoner. It's AU where Sherlock Holmes directs his massive intellect and observation skills into creating visual art instead of solving crimes. Among other things, in the fic Sherlock lists people into his phone as colours...I don't usually use reference pics but here I did, because the whole point of Artist!Sherlock is that he OBSERVES and never draws from imagination.

Reccer's comments: I love it when one work of fan creation inspires others, and this is a wonderful illustration of that. Fanfic author Tellytubby101 wrote an AU story, "Art of the Reasoner," in which Sherlock channeled his observational genius into art as a way of organizing and purging the constant inflow of information he saw around him (the fanfic was recc'd on this comm back in 2011, the rec is here). Having read and enjoyed the story, fanartist NPCbot was inspired to create paintings of most of the characters mentioned in the story in the style ascribed to Sherlock. This style combines realistic portraits, often centering on the face, with scribbled observations scrawled so thickly as to be largely illegible. Another detail of the story is that Sherlock organized his caller ID on his phone by assigning people colors rather than names, and the artist uses each character's address-book color as the dominant palette of their portrait.

The results are very interesting, and I personally find both Maroon (Sally) and Sepia (Irene) to be jaw-droppingly beautiful. Sally's portrait captures her smile and surrounds her with deep, warm color, while Irene's striking face stands out against a background of musical notes rather than words, and somehow the translucence of her throat suggests to me that Sherlock sees her, like himself, in terms of pure intellect and esoteric artistry. The Lime Green (Moriarty) portrait, on the other hand, is delightfully creepy and looks almost noir-ish to me, and the artist took the time to hand write every line by or about Moriarty in The Reichenbach Fall and scrawled them -- largely illegibly -- around the image.

This is a really interesting portrait series, and a tribute to the collaborative creativity of fandom :)
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Title: SPQR
Author: [ profile] hoc_voluerunt
Pairing: Sherlock/John, or rather Celatus/Vannus
Length: approx. 118,500 words
Rating: explicit
Warnings: none
Verse: Sherlock BBC
Author's summary: Sollemnis Populusque Romanus
The year is AD 68. Emperor Nero is on the throne, the Jewish Revolt is nearing its end under the firm hands of Vespasian and his son Titus, and Marcus Caelius Piso Vannus, son of a British freedman and former surgeon to the Fifteenth Apollonian Legion, has just returned from the provinces with an injured shoulder and no veteran's benefits to rent a shabby room in the shadow of the city wall. Thrust into his life, however, comes Amulius Cornelius Celatus -- a noble man from an ancient family, with good hair, a better toga, and the biggest ego this side of the Tiber. You wouldn't think they'd end up living together, let alone fighting crime; but then, neither would you think that one shadowy criminal figure orchestrated the fire of 64...
(ancient Rome!AU of Sherlock)

Reccer's comments: An enormously fun and clever AU that transports the whole Sherlock BBC cast to ancient Rome, right around the time the Empire was shaking on its very foundations. The series consists of a retelling/recreation of the series’ episodes, with lots of little winks to the original ACD stories and a very ingenious use of both the setting of Rome and the materials provided at that time which are of course no match for the scientific equipment the Sherlock in the series gets to work with. But the setting gives the author the chance to have Vannus appear as a gladiator and recreate Irene Adler as a vestal virgin, which had me bouncing with glee in my chair.
Celatus is every way as brilliant and haughty as his twenty-first century counterpart and Vannus just as loyal, trustworthy and devoted to his friend as John Watson is.

The author makes frequent use of Latin. This might put people off from reading, but I think it actually heightens the atmosphere the author creates and thus adds to the stories. She’s very thoughtfully provided a translation so this really shouldn’t be a reason not to read.
Anyone who is at least a little bit familiar with the history of Rome and the lay-out of the city around the time will be delighted with the use the author has made of these in the stories. Anyone who isn’t will still get to enjoy herself and learn a lot besides.
The motto of the series for instance had me giggling like mad once I encountered the personage it refers to, Sollemnis Populusque Romanus, such a clever variation - totally befitting of the Sherlock BBC series - on Senatus Populusque Romanus, or was it Sono Pazzi Questi Romani?
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Title: The Queen of Gondal Series
Author: AJHall
Pairings: SH/JW, SH/OFC, JW/OFC, Mycroft/OFC, Lestrade/Donovan, Lestrade/OFC
Length: approx. 204,000 words
Rating: from teenage to explicit
Warnings: see below
Verse: Sherlock BBC
Author's summary: The dying King of Gondal lays a solemn trust on John Watson, court physician; at all costs to keep the fourteen year-old Crown Princess Charis out of the clutches of the corrupt Heir of Gondal. Which means arranging her marriage to Sherlock, heir to the neighbouring throne of Gaaldine, Gondal's traditional enemy. John escorts the Crown Princess to her wedding, acutely aware of the pressure of history and unspoken - unspeakable - secrets which he had thought buried forever.

AJHall’s introduction to the series: This is a quasi-historical AU of the BBC Sherlock series set (more or less) in three fantasy kingdoms devised by the Bronte children.
The time period is roughly the late seventeenth century and readers should bear in mind that this saga contains the doings of a set of supremely dysfunctional more-or-less European Royal families steeped in the "divine right of kings" ideology of monarchy, filtered through an early nineteenth century Romantic/Gothick sensibility and then depicted using the freedom of expression afforded by the early twenty-first century internet.
Furthermore, if the Greek myths contemplated it, some member of the Royal houses of Gondal, Angria or Gaaldine has probably put it into practice somewhere.

Reccer's comments: One of the perpetual mysteries of the Sherlock fandom, and one I fear even the world’s only consulting detective will never be able to solve, is this series lack of recognition and applause. For this series contains everything to lift a girl’s heart and have her enthralled for days on end.

Imagine a swashbuckling, dashingly attractive Crown Prince who’s too clever for his own good and eternally testing the patience of his brother, the brooding crafty King who has to slalom between his Council and the eternal threat for war. Add an ever patient, loving battle-hardened doctor who has sworn to obey his liege lord even though doing so nearly breaks his heart.

Is that enough romance for you? Then take treason, double-dealing, life at court, grandiosity, magnificent balls, conspiring abbesses, golden-hearted whores, gossipy and cunning landladies, murder and mayhem, loyalty to the death and every trick the human heart is capable of and you’ll have an inkling of the contents of the fic for starters.

And the language! Oh my god, the wildly imaginative language that soars like the wild peaks of the mountains that separate the rival Kingdoms, speaks the flattering language of court officials, and is so wholly IC when dealing with the series' main protagonists. There’s humour as well, lots of it, both in the situations depicted and in the telling.

To round it all off all the OCs are just perfect, from the Crown Princess Charis herself to her mother Felicia (my favourite OC by far) and the lovely woman on whose breast King Mycroft can lay his weary head at night. The story is told from various POVs throughout, both Sherlock’s and John’s, as well as from that whole host of OCs who serve to shed new light on the characters we know so well.

What more can I say to make you sit down and start reading this? Perhaps you should just do so. You won’t regret it, I’m sure. Not one little bit.
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Title: The Montague Street Doctor
Author: The_Circus
Pairing: Gen
Length: 61,488
Rating: Teen and Up
Warnings: None
Verse: Sherlock BBC
Author's summary: Just because Sherlock stopped, doesn't mean the Work has to. London is John's city now and he will keep it together with stitching, string, his healing, the food off his table, and sometimes the clothes off his back. John Watson keeps going. He's good at that.
Reccer's comments: This story is magnificent. John is crushed by Sherlock’s death, of course he is. But this John Watson scrapes himself together to continue what he can of the Work, interpreted through his own skills set, rather than Sherlock’s. He finds a run-down surgery in need of a GP near Montague Street (yes, that Montague Street -- as John says scorch marks never really do come off a ceiling). It’s the sort of surgery that you can imagine John “I also play the clarinet” Watson thriving in, rather than withering from boredom.

The John Watson in this story is a standout against many post-TRF fics. Don’t get me wrong, I love all varieties of post-TRF fic, but it’s refreshing to read a John Watson who still maintains his steely resolve and who cobbles together what pieces he can and takes care of what Sherlock’s left behind. The cast of original characters in this is also fantastic. The story's primarily through John's point of view, but occasionally we get a glimpse through someone else's eyes, through the network of people he surrounds himself with in this new life.
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Title: The Slash Man
Author: Engazed
Pairing: Sherlock&John friendship, Molly/Lestrade
Length: 281455 words
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: Graphic depictions of violence, rape/non-con
Verse: Sherlock BBC

Author's summary: Sequel to Ten Days. After ten days of unspeakable torture at the hands of Sherlock's worst enemies, John Watson has returned to Baker Street to live with a man whose death, no matter how fake, still haunts him. But his recovery is not easy, his friendship with Sherlock is strained, and a dangerous but hidden menace continues to threaten them both.

Reccer's comments: This is an intense, gripping case fic that had me at the edge of my seat throughout. Seeing how it's an epic novel length, that's truly saying something. It's the sequel to another fic that I recced almost two years ago, Ten Days. If you haven't yet read Ten Days and don't want any spoilers for that fic, then stop reading NOW.

This story isn't quite as disturbing as its prequel, since it isn't our favourite doctor being put through the ringer this time. The Slash Man contains more lighthearted, even some humorous, moments to break up the overall dark tone of the story, but it's still gut-wrenchingly powerful.

This story takes place Post-Reichenbach, after Sherlock's return, and goes AU after Series 2. It begins two weeks after the end of Ten Days. You'll most likely need to read that one first to understand what's going on. John is recovering from his traumatic ordeal, residing once again at Baker Street and reunited with the once-dead detective. What sets this fic apart from others of its ilk are two things. One is how the author portrays the consequences of Sherlock's decisions on the supporting characters. It's a perfect example of how the actions of one man can send a ripple effect through numerous lives. John is not the only one with scars. The second is the author's skillful weaving of a tale that is equally plot-driven and character-driven. There are plenty of heartwrenching, emotional scenes, but never at the cost of a well-written, exciting mystery.

Before starting this story, the reader should be aware that it ends with quite the cliffhanger. The third and final part of what is to be a trilogy is in the works, but has not been posted yet. So it all depends on how patient you are for a resolution as to whether you decide to read this now or not.

Again, I can't recommend this one enough. Please do give it a try; I think you'll be glad you did.
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Title: Saccharomyces cerevisiae (Baker's Yeast)
Author: faviconyaycoffee
Pairing: John/Sherlock, Sherlock/Sally
Length: 60,893 words
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: None
Verse: Sherlock BBC
Author's summary: Sometimes, one makes an imprudent decision born of a devastating combination of drink and sentiment. Sometimes, the consequences of that decision take on a life of their own. And sometimes, the facing of those consequences shapes every aspect of one's life--from the hugely meaningful down to the seemingly insignificant.

Reccer's comments: The first thing that hooked me in this fic was the premise: Sally and Sherlock seek (ill-advised, alcohol-fueled) comfort in each other for their wounded hearts, and Sally ends up pregnant. I've seen a couple of Parentlock fics before with Sally as the mother, but they started much later, after the child was born. Here, the main story deals with everything that came before. And all of that - the way Sherlock, Sally, and John handle the situation - is what really moved this fic up to the top of the pile for me. I think the author has done a great job showing how each of the characters tries to do the right thing, straddling lines as they try to protect themselves and allow for the feelings and rights of everyone else. Sherlock and John aren't an acknowledged couple at the start of the story, but as these things tend to happen, the situation forces them both to take a closer look at how they relate to each other and how they want the rest of their lives to go.

Excerpt in which Sally tells Sherlock she's pregnant... )

In addition to exploring the John/Sherlock side of things, the story features an extensive and in-depth portrayal of Sally, including insights into her family, career, and personal life. I came away from this feeling that the author didn't simply use the pregnancy as a plot device in the service of getting John and Sherlock together, but treated the situation with a great deal of thought and respect. Add a couple of very piquant cases to the mix, and this was a superbly done, well-rounded piece of work.


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