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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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Title: Nostoi
Author: sanguinity
Length: 20,973 words
Rating: T and up
Author's summary: Holmes wants to see the last European pterodactyl safely home. Watson wants to see Holmes happy again.
Universe: New Russian Holmes (2013) / The Lost World (Doyle)

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Title: The Vampires of London
Author: consultingdetective
Pairing: Sherlock Holmes/John Watson
Length: 72K
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: Major character death
Verse: BBC
Author's summary: Over one hundred years after the first battle, a series of murders have caught the attention of London's police force and Sherlock Holmes. While most of the city has forgotten the vampire that once walked its streets, the descendants of the Van Helsing, Harker, and Seward families have not.

Reccer's comments: Perfectly timed to coincide with the recent announcement that Steven Moffat, Mark Gatiss, and Sue Vertue will be teaming up again to bring Dracula to the BBC, this unites Sherlock Holmes and Bram Stoker’s Dracula in a casefic full of classic Gothic horror, secrets, ancient magic, and the past coming back – sometimes quite literally – to bite. The fic delights with twist after earth-shattering twist, simmering Johnlock UST, and John Watson as the baddest BAMF to hit the streets of London since 1897. The OCs are deliciously wicked, and in true ensemble style, secondary characters such as Mycroft, Molly, Moran, Lestrade, and even Sally Donovan all have crucial and prominent parts to play. There is a modicum of gore and major character death, but it’s not a sad ending and I mean, without spoiling… vampires. ;)
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Title: He Was a Friend of Mine
Author: SinceWhenDoYouCallMe_John
Pairing: Sherlock Holmes/John Watson, John Watson/Alma Watson
Length: 38,387 words
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: Suicidal ideation, infidelity
Verse: BBC Sherlock/Brokeback Mountain crossover
Author's summary: Sherlock presses his nose into my hair and inhales. “Told myself the whole way here we wasn’t gonna get into this again,” he says low. His breath moves soft against my scalp, and his words rumble deep into my bones. It sounds like the open sky throwing wind against the boulders up on Baker, rattling the thin walls of the tent with the rushing force of the mountain. I hum. I don’t believe him for a second – steppin’ out of his gleaming white Ford back in Signal with his best shirt on and his curls all combed lookin’ up at me like he just took a breath after five years of holding it. I know because I did the same.

Reccer's comments: Stunned silence. What. This author. What. This author writes better than Annie Proulx. I just. ??

Okay. Trying to put together words coherently here. This is a fusion with Brokeback Mountain, and the author says at the beginning that they “borrowed heavily” from Proulx’s short story and the screenplay. So when I started reading the first paragraph I thought, yeah, okay, they’ve copied all this description stuff from Proulx to set the mood. I mean because look at this:

There’s a place up round near Bighorn where the little streams all crisscross each other like a handful of grass tossed down onto hot summer pavement. You can walk alongside the water in places where boots and hooves and moccasins and bare feet and whatever other goddamn footwear there is have been trampling for hundreds of years, and nobody pays you no congratulations for finding those paths. 

Poetry, right? This author has obviously won numerous writing awards, right? But. Then there’s a link to Proulx’s story at the end and I checked and this is all this fic author. 100%. I went so far as to google those phrases because good goddamn. This fic is the only hit in the entire internet. The only hit for the handful of grass on hot summer pavement and no congratulations for finding the paths. And it just goes on like that for 38K words. Yes, there are a few lines of dialogue that are cribbed but that’s really about it as far as I can tell. So. Maybe they have won writing awards. Worth reading just for that. But then there is the story.

The plot largely follows that of the movie but there are a lot of deviations, some minor and some major, as Sherlock and John’s characters and back stories meld with those of Ennis and Jack. It was a tricky line to walk, I think, to bring Sherlock and John as we know them to the rural American west of the 1970s and 80s, including the speech patterns. But they are definitely there, with John’s anger and struggle between wanting outward normalcy while craving adventure, and Sherlock’s paramount loneliness and underappreciated brilliance seeking an appropriate outlet but getting sidetracked in violence and illicit substances.

For those who are afraid of how the movie ended, check out the “eventual happy ending” tag. ;) Eventual being the key word here because believe me, you will go through that box of tissues on the way. We are taken on a lifelong journey that hurts with every step as the two men drift between moments of happiness with each other. The characters may be fictional, but their emotions are made real through the telling, and that to me is the mark of a truly great story.

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Title: Everything is Watson
Author: gardnerhill
Pairing: Gen
Length: 2,897 words
Rating: G
Warnings: None
Verse: Sherlock Holmes and the Hound of the Baskervilles [AKA LEGO Hound of the Baskervilles (Tuzarfilms)] / The LEGO Movie (2014)
Author's summary: Watson is still recuperating from his last adventure – he’s not so sure he wants to be The Special.

Reccer's comments: I was introduced to Sherlock Holmes and the Hound of the Baskervilles, AKA LEGO Hound, last autumn and I loved it. (It’s a delightful little film on YouTube—only 42 minutes long. There’s a link in the author’s notes if you want to take a look.) And when I signed up for Holmestice the following month, more in hope than expectation I added it to my list of wants.

So I was thrilled when my assigned author chose to write something in this ‘verse. The film is deliberately cracky but the makers clearly love Holmes and Watson and their relationship, and have huge respect for their source material. In her fic [ profile] gardnerhill keeps that delicate balance so well. And her idea of doing a crossover with the official LEGO Movie was inspired. I must admit I still haven’t seen that but I found a quick look at the trailers and other info on IMDB got me caught up enough. And you really don’t need to have seen either film to enjoy this story.

The fic begins just after Holmes and Watson have returned back to London from Dartmoor. They are confronted by a strange young woman who—somewhat to Holmes’ chagrin—seems to think Watson is the special one. And so a very funny adventure begins, filled with wonderful characters and brilliant lines—and Watson remaining resolutely and amusingly unimpressed throughout by The Prophecy that says only he can bring down the villain...
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Title: heart like a blade
Author: thingswithwings
Pairing: Cookie Lyon/Joan Watson
Length: 6,020 words
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: N/A
Verse: Elementary, Empire crossover
Author's summary: If Joan had to summarize her observations of Cookie to Sherlock – and, who is she kidding, he's celebrity-obsessed and will probably wring it out of her one day – she'd say that she's a woman who strikes out first with her weaknesses and hides her strengths until they're needed. It's nearly enough to knock Joan off balance.
Reccer's comments:
This crossover fic is just so much fun. On first read, it's Cookie's characterization that shines -- she's so completely herself, larger-than-life, cunning and vulnerable and ridiculously charismatic; but a second read-through reveals that Joan is equally well-drawn. Even as the pov character she keeps much of her own counsel, but the tension between her and Cookie in every conversation is electric. I would read this fic expanded to 50,000 words, gladly; at 6,000 words it's the worst kind of tease, just enough hinted at and implied and glossed over that I want to demand "more, more, more!" of the universe.
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Title: Welcome to Bakerstown
Author: [ profile] gardnerhill
Pairing: Gen
Length: 3,903 words
Rating: G
Warnings: None
Verse: ACD canon
Author's summary: The 1880s: A self-appointed man of the law, and his doctor friend who's good with a gun, fight crime in their town. But enough about "Tombstone." (Western AU)
Reccer's comments:
This is an utterly delightful Western AU. Lock and Doc’s voices are pitch-perfect, Mayor Les Strade is exactly the right mix of grateful to and baffled by them both, and the nods to canon cases are woven throughout in intriguing ways. Currently three connected short fics, the series has wonderful scope for expansion; my favorite fic may be the second, with its wry philosophizing, but all three have their different charms, surprisingly domestic in and around all the shooting.

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

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

Reccer's comments:
Inspired by the Bakerstown ‘verse, sanguinity wrote a truly impressive and immersive prequel. It’s a crossover with the television show Strange Empire, which I have not watched; from osmosis I gather that the show’s tone is fairly dark, and this fic matches that tone more than the tone of the Bakerstown fics. Lock and Doc, some nebulous time before they’re set up in Bakerstown, get drawn into a manhunt up in Canada; but of course, not all is as it seems. It’s a fic about making the least-bad choice, and their partnership is unexpectedly tested nigh unto breaking. The characterization of both Lock and Doc is so rich and nuanced, so subtle; I particularly love how convincingly Southern Doc is, and how fraught that identity can be given his Watsonian principles; and Lock’s willful blindness to certain aspects of the situation is just perfectly Holmesian. It’s an unsettling story, with no easy answers, but so very worthwhile to read. And there are hints even amidst the darkness of the delightful So-Married dynamic between the pair so evident in the future Bakerstown fics, just the right leavening for an otherwise gutting story.
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Title: The Case of the Fleeing Frenchman
Author: PenelopeWaits
Pairing: Sherlock Holmes/John Watson, past Sherlock Holmes/OMC
Length: 26,000 words
Rating: E
Warnings: period-typical homophobia and anti-Semitism (the story begins in 19th century France)
Verse: Sherlock BBC, crossover with the myth of the Flying Dutchman and specifically Wagner's opera on the subject
Author's summary: Captain James Watson and his son John have been protecting each other and their beloved Harriet for years. Where will true safety reside when a handsome sailing ship and her haunted captain arrive and he makes a shadowy proposal? This is a crossover with the myth of the Flying Dutchman. John is Senta.

Reccer's comments: I have no familiarity with the Flying Dutchman myth or opera, but it turned out to be a perfect fit with the Sherlock characters. Reminiscent of both Beauty and the Beast & Brigadoon, with ghostly, century-spanning piracy and self-sabotaging love thrown in, this tale is a delight! The author has done a marvelous job of capturing the feel of a small seaside town and the risky lives of fishermen, and they have drawn each of the characters with depth, mixed motives, and originality. Particularly complex is Harry, whose secrets we gradually uncover but who keeps managing to surprise. The John of this story never went to war, but he and Sherlock help each other to win their oldest battles nonetheless.

Sexy, exciting, with heart-felt pining and beautiful action sequences that capture the wonder and danger of sail, this is a gem that I hope you will enjoy as much as I did!

(Editing to add: for those worried about the warnings, or about Wagner, I should add that the author wrote this fic in critique of Wagner's racist attitudes and changed the original story in order to make the injustice of those views a central theme).
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Title: Dream #11
Artist: MarionPoinsot34
Pairing: Gen (mostly)
Length: 1 page
Rating: PG
Warnings: None
Verse: Sherlock BBC / Star Wars / Harry Potter crossover
Author's summary:
French video version :
With : Sherlock, Watson, Darth Vader, Admiral Thrawn, Dumbledore, Voldemort, Gellert Grindelwald
Location : London

Reccer's comments:
Here is a wonderfully cracky crossover comic-fic, to lighten things up after my last rec. This little tale is based on a dream the artist had, and is accordingly fairly bizarre (in a good way). If you ever wondered what might happen in a universe where Sherlock, Dumbledore, and Darth Vader are all real people, you can find out here!

Make sure to click the 'download' button on the right side of the page to be able to read the text.

Dream #11
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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: Clotho, Lachesis, Atropos
Author: unknown (fic has been orphaned on the AO3)
Pairing: Sherlock/John (preslash)
Length: 5,985
Rating: G
Verse: BBC Sherlock
Author's summary: The Death’s-Head Hawkmoth was not the most subtle of forms, but it was at the same time decidedly inconspicuous. The paradox was attractive to Sherlock, and he sat with his hand curled beneath the round worklamp on his desk, watching Lethe work her way across the pads of his fingers.
Reccer's comments: I wish I knew why on earth the author orphaned this beautiful fic. It's set in the world of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials series; what you need to know about that is that everyone has a "daemon," an intimate companion soul in animal form, with human intelligence and the power of speech. Your daemon shifts forms throughout your childhood and settles into a permanent form when you reach maturity in some way -- usually sexual maturity. To be "severed" from your daemon is agony, and it's an act of great discourtesy to impinge in any way on another person's daemon.

"Clotho, Lachesis, Atropos" follows Sherlock from the moment when his daemon settles, till a point when his relationship with John, and with John's daemon, takes a drastic turn in the face of crisis. It's about the boundaries people draw around themselves, and the impact of letting those boundaries fall.

The story is set in a S1 space, but even if you're good and tired of revisiting old episodes, I promise it won't seem stale.

John’s daemon interested Sherlock immediately. She was a distinguished-looking Labrador-Australian shepherd mix, mottled white and black and brown. She kept at his side with a precision which could only come from military training. Her eyes were quiet and serene as she took in the world moving around them, following the people walking out on the pavement through the window of the restaurant.

“I can find out myself,” Lethe told him quietly from his shoulder.

Yes, Sherlock thought. But where’s the fun in that?

“Your daemon,” Sherlock said. “What is her name?”

John looked up from his black bean beef in shock, eyes wide and eyebrows raised.

On the AO3.
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Title: Sherlock, P.I.
Author: Callie4180
Pairing: Sherlock Holmes/John Watson, Mary Morstan/John Watson
Length: 83,266 words
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: None
Verse: BBC
Author's summary: For the Fall TV Sherlock fusion project. Sherlock, P.I. is an American television show that follows the exciting adventures of genius private investigator Sherlock Homes and his friends as they live their lives on the beautiful island of Oahu in Hawaii. Sherlock is a British expatriate, US citizen, and former agent for the US Naval Investigative Agency. His friends include Greg Lestrade, an ex-Navy Investigator and helicopter pilot; Molly Hooper, a former Navy Medical Examiner turned private beach club manager; and Sherlock's brother Mycroft Holmes, majordomo of the Masters Estate and well connected political and social figure. Sherlock solves crimes as he wrestles with the ghosts and demons of his past.

Reccer's comments: Don’t be fooled by the rather soft start: this is a full-on angstfest with a huge plot that takes you from the lush tropical beaches of Hawaii in the 1980s to the treacherous jungles of Viet Nam in the mid-70s and even further into the troubled mind of one Sherlock Holmes. The plot takes nail-biting twists and turns as the past comes back to haunt the present, and everyone has more secrets than they know what to do with. The characters all transfer beautifully to the setting and I was particularly impressed with the interpretations of Molly and Mary. I’m only vaguely familiar with the TV series this is based on, but I had great fun with it anyway. As of this writing, this fic doesn’t have nearly the number of kudos or hits that it’s worth, in my opinion, so whatever it is that’s putting you off from giving this a try, set it aside, grab a pina colada, and settle in on the beach for a great read.
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Title: The Appleby File
Author: caulkhead
Pairing: Gen
Length: 1500 words
Rating: G
Verse: Sherlock BBC, crossover with Yes, Minister
Author's summary: A Civil Service highflyer may need his wings clipped.

Reccer's comments: Mycroft is very much on my mind these days, so as my last rec this month I bring a tiny jewel of a Mycroft fic. A short, very funny view on the early days of Mycroft's career in the civil service, partly told from the point-of-view of the one person in the administration more devious than him. And any author who can cite the Thirty Year Rule is a writer after my own heart.
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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.
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Title: Sherlock Holmes and the Ravenclaw Codex
Author: dolorous-ett / pavonis
Pairing: Gen
Length: ca. 30,000 words
Rating: G
Verse: ACD, cross-over with Harry Potter 'verse (but not in book time)
Author's summary: A Sherlock Holmes mystery set in Victorian Hogwarts and London. A valuable artefact has been stolen from Hogwarts, and the only suspect - a Muggleborn pupil - has disappeared. Headmaster Phineas Nigellus Black summons Holmes to Hogwarts to retrieve the Ravenclaw Codex, but things are not as simple as they seem, and Holmes and Watson soon find themselves in the middle of a most perplexing case.
Reccer's comments: This is a 2007 cross-over of Doyle canon Sherlock Holmes in a speculated Harry Potter universe in Doyle's time, so not exactly a cross-over. Ett has produced a wonderful Doyle-era fic, chock full of great OCs and featuring a veritable moustache-twirling Phineas Nigellus Black, the most hated Headmaster in the history of Hogwarts. The story has all the features of a satisfying Doyle-era story: an intriguing case, travel to distant parts, a dastardly client, as well as a new cadre of eager assistants for Holmes, who dub themselves his "Hogwarts Irregulars". Ett pulls off some of the best Doyle-evoking prose I've come across in fandom, that lets you slide without a hitch into Holmes' world. A satisfying read all 'round.
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Title The King is in His Counting House
Author: Rhuia
Pairing: Lady Amalthea (Unicorn)/Molly Grue, Sherlock/John
Length: 2500 words
Rating: Teen
Warnings: None
Verse: unspecified; author has tagged it "Sherlock Holmes and Related Fandoms." It is both a crossover and fusion with Peter S Beagle's The Last Unicorn.
Author's summary: Quests may not simply be abandoned; prophecies may not be left to rot like unpicked fruit; unicorns may go unrescued for a very long time, but not forever.

Reccer's comments: Hi everyone -- I'm on vacation with family this week, but I'll try to sneak in a few recs even though my phone typing resembles that of a drunken crab :)

I love Rhuia's writing, and this is a particularly lyrical, whimsical, surreal, faintly melancholy, gently romantic fairytale which fundamentally alters the story of The Last Unicorn while remaining completely true to its original characters and literary style. It delights with its turns of phrase and juxtaposes the ridiculous and the tragic with the same boldness as the novel, while ultimately fashioning, to my mind, a happier and more deeply human resolution. It's strange and beautiful.

For anyone worried that first billing is given to a non-Holmesian couple, don't be. Sherlock and John are equal protagonists. John plays the part of Prince Lir, while Sherlock is Schmendrick the terrible (and great) magician. The writing touches me, which is the best recommendation I can give any story.
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Title: No Place Like Home (or, Return to Royston Vasey)
Author: daasgirl
Pairing: Mycroft/Sherlock/John, past Mycroft/Sherlock
Length: ca. 15,000
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: The author's warning's are pretty much spot on, so I'll just C&P them here: May be offensive/squicky/disturbing on a multitude of fronts. I was going to try to warn individually, but I felt I would only overlook something. While notionally a comedy, The League of Gentlemen is dark, twisted, and frequently tasteless, so while I don't think there's anything worse than already found in the show, kindly read at your own risk. Fic-wise, none of the characters suffer any permanent damage, although John may beg to differ.
Verse: Sherlock BBC, cross-over with League of Gentlemen
Author's summary: In which John accompanies Mycroft and Sherlock on a trip North, and encounters more than he ever bargained for.

Cut because Reccer's comments are long: )
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Title: The Curious Adventure of the Drs Watson
Author: ShinySherlock
Pairing: Sherlock Holmes/John Watson (BBC and ACD)
Length: 40,883 words
Rating: Mature
Warnings: None
Verse: Sherlock BBC, ACD Canon
Author's summary: What if ACD Watson and BBC Watson switched places . . .
“Imposter!” Hands clenching the lapels of John’s coat, Holmes shoved him anew.
“Yes!” John agreed, nodding, and then grimacing. “Sort of!”

Reccer's comments: I love casefics that use the case to advance the relationship, and this one does it for two couples: John/Sherlock and Holmes/Watson, all whilst solving both the original ACD case “The Hound of the Baskervilles“ and the mystery of how to return John and Watson to their respective centuries... or perhaps dimensions.

The treatment of the ACD case is fairly straightforward, although the characters are fleshed out and there are a couple of small twists that make it worth paying attention even if you know the original plot. The most important part of the story is really the human interactions, both between John and Sherlock and between John and Holmes (Watson is “stuck” with Sherlock, but we never get to see him directly), as the reality of their situation sinks in, causing each man to gain a new view on his own relationship.

The most charming part of the story for me was the use of ‘texting’, which in this case involves a magical (or perhaps highly technologically advanced) journal. There’s a bit of angst and a tiny smidgen of infidelity, but there’s a generous helping of fluff and swoon-inducing declarations to balance it all out in the end.

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Title: Coventry (locked on AO3)
Author: standbygo (blogstandbygo on tumblr)
Pairing: John/Sherlock
Length: 52,020 words
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: Major character death, attempted noncon
Verse: Sherlock (BBC)
Author's summary: A Sherlock/Dollhouse crossover AU. Previous knowledge of Dollhouse not necessary; no spoilers either.

Reccer's comments: This fic is absolutely incredible. Don’t be put off by the crossover aspect. As the summary says, it’s not necessary to know anything about Dollhouse; everything is explained in the fic… eventually. I was on the edge of my seat throughout the entire story. The twists and surprises are breathtaking, shocking, and absolutely scrumptious. There is a cunningly planned and executed case. There are minor characters who break their molds. There’s family and backstory and psychological exploration. And there is a beautiful, slow-burn romance that took my breath away, made me chuckle, and just made me feel like the universe was in alignment. The one thing I will warn for is that there is major character death… but it’s not the endgame, as such. ;)

Excerpt... )

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Title: Bel Canto Opera (The Opera of Sherlock Holmes) -- see links below
Author: belcantoopera on tumblr (this is an umbrella tumblr name covering the contributions of a number of individual artists)
Pairing: no pairing in the current music, though the fic which inspired it is Sherlock/John
Rating: not rated, but I would say G
Warnings: none
Verse: Sherlock BBC, based on bendingsignpost's fic Bel Canto, which was a fusion with Phantom of the Opera
Author's summary: A blog dedicated to writing the opera from bendingsignpost's fanfic Bel Canto.

Reccer's comments: So, a number of musicians read and enjoyed bendingsignpost's wonderful Phantom of the Opera AU Bel Canto (which was recc'd on this comm here). In the story, Sherlock composes the libretto and score of an opera set in ancient Rome which presents the story of Antony and Cleopatra, but instead of focusing on the famous lovers, his opera focused on the ordinary Roman soldiers who found themselves betrayed and ruined when their loyalty to Antony led them to support him even against Rome itself. In the fic, Sherlock drew upon John's military experiences to write a brutally honest, tragically beautiful opera focused on the common man's disillusionment with war, and in the process he accidentally fell in love with his subject. A number of musicians found the fic so inspiring that they set out to...Write. The. Opera.

That's right. They wrote the libretto for key scenes described in the fic (in some cases incorporating lyrics that bendingsignpost had originated), translated it into Italian, composed the music, orchestrated it, and sung it. This is still very much a work in progress, and it has been on hiatus now for more than a year (it's very time-consuming and the artists are focusing on real life at the moment), but they have already created a number of really impressive musical pieces, and the whole project strikes me as something really special that deserves more applause. What an amazing thing to do! I love this fandom.

Here are two of my personal favorite musical pieces from this project:

The Mutiny Theme, originally composed on piano by logicaldisaster, then orchestrated by praeclaruswands with piccolo, flute, oboe, 2 bassoons, 2 horns, timpani, and strings.

Siamo Una Stessa Schiata, an aria/duet (sung in the fic between Sherlock's baritone and Irene's mezzo-soprano), portraying the fatal moment in which the captain persuades the young soldier to give up his dreams of returning home to Rome and accept the call to sacrifice himself for the sake of loyalty to Antony. At this stage the recording is a capella and there are empty spaces which will ultimately be filled by orchestration, but the two singers do a lovely job on their own of conveying the passion and beauty of the music. The baritone part is sung by ijvevhm, the mezzo-soprano by Seteskh. And here is a translation of the Italian lyrics: "“We are of a kind, and so I know you. We are of a kind, our hearts are one. I have dreamt your dreams and lived your life, and I know they both lead to Antony. I know you, we are the same. The loving touch of Lady Rome is a touch you never shall know. Take Duty as your wife, (My heart does not belong to Ceasar) for you are Loyalty (I serve Antonio). And Glory shall be your (my) daughter, Honour your (my) son, and Antony grandfather of both Glory and Honour.”

Anyway, I am really impressed by this project, and if you'd like to explore more of what they've done, you can scroll through their blog at belcantoopera on tumblr.


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