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Title: The Giant Rat of Sumatra, for Which the World Is Not Yet Prepared
Author:  tibididim
Length: ~2300 words
'Verse: BBC
Pairing: John/Sherlock
Rating: R (the author says T, but I say the brief sex scene is a bit more explicit than that)
Author's summary: "I don't think you should write about this one," said Sherlock.

Reccer's remarks: Oh, gosh. Remember the dear dead days when you could write comedy BBC John Watson/Sherlock Holmes without ignoring canon? *sighs wistfully*

This gem dates from the 2010 (inaugural!) Holmestice exchange, and I present it as an amuse-bouche for the beginning of this month's reccing stint. How shall I describe it? Once upon a time there was a coypu, that is to say an animal of the species otherwise known as a nutria. Never you mind how it got to Sumatra, or exactly by what means it then traveled to London; but, naturally, having arrived in London, it went on to a rendezvous with Sherlock and John. As fans of Arthur Conan Doyle will already suspect, the story is TOO HORRIBLE TO TELL, except to a certain select audience. Spoiler: the coypu has gone to join the choir invisible.
 

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"People like this sort of thing,” John said, studiously tapping out three more words. “Slight urban legend element, bit of disgustingness, happy ending - a man facing down a coypu -”

“They’re also known as nutria,” Sherlock said.

“Armed with nothing but a vastly superior intellect, man versus beast,” John continued.

“You’re starting to convince me, John,” said Sherlock, thoughtfully, “It seems much more dramatic now.”

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[personal profile] swissmarg
Title: The Lying Detective (alternative) 
Author: 221b_hound
Pairing: Sherlock Holmes/John Watson, past Sherlock Holmes/John Watson/Mary Morstan
Length: 20K
Rating: Mature
Warnings: None
Verse: BBC
Author's summary: Mary was the bridge between them. Without her, is there still an 'us'? Perhaps, if John and Sherlock can survive the guilt, the grief, the game.

Reccer's comments: This is part of an AU series 3 & 4 that takes the basic plot of the episodes, adds Johnlockary, and changes a few other things, some minor and some more major. I’ve found it surprisingly engaging despite not being a Johnlockary fan and generally disparaging fics that re-hash the aired episodes in much detail. I also admit I haven’t read all of the parts, but you can dive in at any point, really, if you are familiar with the episode in question.

This one is a terrific slog through the depths of grief and despair in the wake of Mary’s death, made more painful and eviscerating by the fact that the Mary in this was genuinely likable and the three of them were involved in a loving and happy polyamoric relationship. (We only see one brief and sketchy flashback scene of the three of them in bed together, which is easily skipped if you are only here for the Johnlock.) At the same time, the Culverton Smith plot is revamped to work more authentically, a far cry from the broadcast “go to hell/save John Watson” scenario that viewers were confronted with.

The characters are all treated with respect and depth, with a marvelous ensemble cast involving several secondary characters in meaty and important roles. Harry Watson in particular is a shining star of an OC with a potty mouth and a heart of tarnished gold.

I really encourage anyone who was unhappy with series 4 – and especially the whiplash treatment of Mary’s character and gutting of John and Sherlock’s friendship – to give this series a try. It’s gutsy and bold, drawing on real emotion rather than flash and showmanship, and truly allowing the characters and their stories to touch hearts.
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[personal profile] swissmarg
Title: On the Rack
Author: 7PercentSolution, J_Baillier
Pairing: Sherlock Holmes/John Watson
Length: 286,966 words
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: None
Verse: BBC
Author's summary: The sequel to The Breaking Wheel, in which Sherlock goes to rehab (of the other sort), starts scraping his life back together, attempts to solve a case, and tries to make sense of what it actually means to be in a relationship.

Reccer's comments: This is the second part of a series, and although I would recommend reading the first part for best understanding (and because it’s an awesome fic), all of the most important points are explained within this installment so it could also be read as a standalone.

This is quite simply an incredible journey into the mind and body of Sherlock Holmes, charting the physical and emotional journey of the aftermath of Sherlock being stricken by Guillain-Barré syndrome, an autoimmune disorder of the nervous system. We really get a vivid picture of Sherlock’s frustration and fear over the weeks and months, not just at his physical and mental condition but also at his fledgling romantic relationship with John. To add to the angst-mix, Sherlock is depicted as neurodivergent, bringing a lifetime’s worth of baggage and mishandling that needs to be dealt with before any of the hated “Progress” can be made.

What I really liked is that this fic tackled the problem from several angles, involving athletics, music, chemistry, and a new case. I thought at first that the title referenced a torture rack (which it might also do) but there is also a beautiful metaphor that’s developed through the course of the story which I didn’t pick up on until quite near the end, adding another layer of brilliance to an already masterful piece of writing. Sherlock’s past, especially relating to his brother, is also given a particularly good exploration. With obscure poisons, flashback nightmares, a twice-murdered corpse, drug dealing, and fresh medical drama to twist the knife just a little more.


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Title: The Illustrious Client
Author: Arabella Strange
Pairing: Sherlock/John
Length: 113,288
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: Violence, case-related references to human trafficking/sexual abuse
Verse: Sherlock BBC
Author's summary: ‘We’re a couple!' John burst out, bluntly. His face was nearly twitching with rage. He hadn’t even meant to say anything, to anybody, because he wanted what they had for himself just a bit longer, for a million reasons half-romantic and half-defensive, and yet here he was, gripping Chez Francine’s thick cream tablecloth with enough force to tear it in half, suddenly wanting nothing more than to tell everyone within earshot that Sherlock was absolutely infuriating, surprisingly good at blowjobs, and probably in love with him.

Reccer's comments:  Where do I start? This incredible case fic is the third in a series (Ode to Broken Things.) It's not strictly necessary to read the first two stories in order to appreciate this one, although doing so provides a richer context and background for the state of John and Sherlock's relationship. Also, they're excellent, and well worth the read!

The universe this story is set in diverges from canon prior to the start of Series 3, though it remains very much informed by canon events—picking and choosing from the established storyline to weave an entirely different tale. Essentially: John broke things off with Mary prior to Sherlock's return, and he and Sherlock have subsequently fallen into a sexual relationship. John is in love with Sherlock, Sherlock is in love with John—should be simple, right? Instead, our heroes struggle under the weight of their own insecurities and worries, navigating a relationship fraught with miscommunications and misinterpreted intentions, with neither one quite willing to show his hand. This alone would make for a compelling read, but there's also a case that needs solving and a truly heinous villain to be vanquished.

And yet John had marched unevenly into a lab in Bart’s Hospital and Sherlock had, within seconds, begun devising the plan to rid of him that abhorrent cane. Not only because it was unseemly (though it did nothing to flatter the too-young man who had no sound need for it), but because John — clearly — hated it. And John had loved the run from Angelo’s after the cab, even the wrong cab; had laughed against the wall until Angelo himself had appeared and delivered the punchline to the night’s best joke.

In spite of all subsequent efforts of Sherlock’s to undo this one shining act of generosity, John stood here, on two healthy feet, breathing like a bull facing off against a red flag (and the moron who was waving it), hating to the depths of his being the person who had relished, even for a moment, the opportunity to take the wind out of Sherlock’s insensitive, selfish ego.

‘Many would disagree with you,’ Sherlock muttered.

‘Yeah, well, sod them, all right, because —’

‘I love you,’ said Sherlock.

Had he said it purely to watch the incredibly plasticity of John’s face change arrangements at the speed of lightning, he would not have been in the least disappointed; equally, had he blurted it out in order to test the fortitude of his still-recovering bowels, it would have been a compelling experiment.

John was still standing there, watching him, stranded amidst a sea of tile and sterilised furniture, but some of the warmth in his expression seemed to be receding.

‘Is that meant to be a joke?’ John began, stiffly, eyes scanning Sherlock’s face. 

There was no clear grammatical way to refute what John said whilst reasserting Sherlock’s statement, but nor was there any plausibility to blaming the thudding in his chest on his recent cardiac history.


I could go on forever about how much I love this story. It's long, intricately plotted and well researched, sprinkled with loving references to canon events. The character voices are spot on, for John and Sherlock both. The dialogue is snappy, witty, and at times heartbreaking. And perhaps my favorite thing is that it has a wonderful happy ending that feels earned, true to the characters and their circumstances. I can't help but feel that it's tragically underappreciated (not even 200 kudos as of the time of this post!), and that it deserves mention right alongside many of the other beloved casefics in the fandom. 

Do be sure to read the author's tags. The villain is, as I mentioned, heinous, and descriptions of his crimes could be potentially upsetting or triggering. Nothing is shown explicitly in the story itself.

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

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

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Title: Smitty [series]
Author: NairobiWonders
Pairing: Joan Watson/Sherlock Holmes
Length: 9440
Rating: T
Warnings: N/A
Verse: Elementary
Author's summary: "What Smitty Saw" - A just for fun fic, humor (hopefully), joanlock. "A Small Plus" - a sort of continuation...I swore I would never do a pregnancy story with these characters. It always seemed so OOC to imagine them as parents but cadencelili asked about it and started me thinking that perhaps with this lighter version of Sherlock and Joan it might work. It's just for fun so uhm ... Here goes.

Reccer's comments: The trials and entirely amusing tribulations of poor Officer Smitty, who has the consistent bad luck to inadvertently interrupt Sherlock and Watson - here in a previously-established, if secret, sexual relationship — in various compromising positions. That said, the author's teen rating is appropriate; sexual content is implied, not explicit. The second story is a pregnancy AU with both comic and serious elements (one of which neatly explains why Sherlock and Mycroft look nothing alike). It ends with the baby's birth; this is not kid!fic. There's a little bit of everything else though: some fluff, some case work, some curtain fic, some bickering, some hurt/comfort, some romance. The series is listed as incomplete, but both stories are finished, and nothing's been added in almost 2 years.

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[identity profile] dioscureantwins.livejournal.com
Title: mutatis mutandis
Author: SarahT
Pairing: Sherlock/Mycroft
Length: approx. 4,100 words
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: none
Verse: Sherlock BBC
Author's summary: No one ever gets to him.

Reccer's comments: With Mycroft playing for the other side it would be rather hard to imagine anyone ever getting to him. Except for his little brother, of course.

For even in a universe where the name of Holmes inspires terror for all the wrong reasons Mycroft still worries over him, constantly. Hence, he’s made sure Sherlock can only turn to him to find some relief for the perpetual boredom and Mycroft is willing to supply him with everything Sherlock needs… on his brotherly terms.

Exquisitely written, this fic will have you shivering with delight and make you feel glad in the series both brothers are on the side of the angels for this dark scenario might be all too likely.
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[personal profile] swissmarg
Title: The Doubtful Comforts of Human Love
Author: PoppyAlexander
Pairing: Sherlock Holmes/John Watson
Length: 61,500 words
Rating: Mature
Warnings: None
Verse: BBC
Author's summary: Or, The Adventure of the Red Shoes. UK Ballet principal dancer Sherlock Holmes and assistant rugby coach John Watson met and fell in love as ambitious, optimistic teenagers. Twenty years on, they are entering midlife, facing the break-down of their bodies and the ending of their careers, and contemplating what the future holds for two middle-aged men forced to start over. With a frightening crisis unfolding at the Ballet, Sherlock must balance the demands of his career, his friendships, and his marriage with his own struggle against bitterness and discontent, while John takes a long-overdue glance from the outside, in, and stutter-steps toward making a kind of peace. AU - ballet!lock/rugby!john

Reccer's comments: If the ballet!lock/rugby!john note makes you want to nope out, then you are precisely the audience for this fic. This takes all the tropes from the popular AU and blows them out of the water.

I thought this was an especially brave story to write because it doesn’t portray Sherlock and John as an ‘opposites attract’ odd couple who only find true happiness in each other, or star-crossed lovers who are destined to be together. This is a startlingly mature and stark story of two very flawed individuals who struggle with both themselves and each other, and the weight of their shared history. There are some very difficult scenes, emotionally speaking, and I don’t think I’m spoiling anything by saying that there is no fairytale ending. (But it’s hopeful! The author promises it in the tags… ;))

The dance scenes are some of the most powerful ones in the story, but it’s not a prettified, sugarplum version of ballet; it’s tough, gritty, and powerful in a very earthy way, full of sweat, anger, and blood. And speaking of blood…

On top of the frankly masterful study of Sherlock and John’s dual mid-life crises, the author has been bold enough to add a full-fledged casefic, loosely leaning on Hans Christian Andersen’s ‘The Red Shoes’. It’s beautifully (and creepily) done, and is definitely not for the faint of heart.

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Title: The Starving Faithful
Author: nothingislittle
Pairing: Johnlock
Length:4438
Rating:Explicit
Warnings: Blood play, Knife play and sex in a church
Verse: Sherlock BBC,
Author's summary:"Hungry. He’s hungry for Sherlock. There’s no other word for it. He wants to devour, be devoured, kneel and be kneeled for, pray and be prayed to. He goes to church and takes communion and crosses himself and recites the liturgy but he doesn’t believe in any of it. He believes in Sherlock. He’d sacrifice everything for him, to him — he wants to see everything that has kept them apart burning on an altar before him, Sherlock just visible through the flames, holding the matches. This is what he thinks about on his walk, during Mass, at meals, in the night when he should be sleeping. He is consumed."

Reccer's comments:This was such a *delicious* and naughty fic. It hit my kinky sex at a church perfectly. I have such a thing for that plus a hungry John never getting enough of Sherlock...wanting to devour him *swoons*

More than a pwp she created a gorgeous relationship between them and it's filled with obsession, passion and love. They have a dark twisted relationship. The images she conjured up - of Sherlock reciting prayers and psalms by heart, John whispering amen into his mouth, Sherlock on the altar - were so vivid and raw that they were at once visceral as well as gut-wrenchingly erotic. I've always felt that there is something darkly sensual about religious worshipping and I loved Hozier's "Take Me To Church" quote at the beginning and Margaret Atwood's at end.

This is a must read if you are after some kinky super hot sex that makes you forget to breath. :)
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Title:Standstill
Author: pandoras_chaos
Pairing:Sherlock/John
Length:13413
Rating:Explicit
Warnings: None
Verse: Sherlock BBC,
Author's summary:“You can boss me around all you want out there,” John said, tipping his head towards the open window, “But in here, like this, you belong to me. Is that understood?” Sherlock shivered in spite of himself and nodded, John’s simple words finally giving him the permission to be what he needed. It was uncomplicated perfection, and Sherlock felt something warm and unexpectedly pleasant expanding beneath his ribs.

Reccer's comments:This was gorgeous one of the sexiest and hottest fics I have ever read. It made me forget things like oxygen I adored each word of this yummy story. John was at his dominant best so perfect in all ways. Sherlock was reckless and needy he has a ( size kink) *rawr*. So much is right with this story...steamy dialogue, sweet emotion and lots of exquisite detail. She has hit so many of my go to kinks. This fic is gorgeous and so beautiful it makes you feel all kind of feels.

I swear you will need a cold shower after this story and you will want to save it to read it over and over again.
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Title: Egg Hunt (series)
Author: [livejournal.com profile] gardnerhill
Pairing: Basil of Baker Street / Dr. Dawson
Length: 11,800 words across all four stories
Rating: G for the first three stories; T for the last
Warnings: No standard warnings apply (but see notes below)
Verse: Great Mouse Detective
Author's summary: Basil of Baker Street is a friend to all animals in Great Britain, not just the mice.

Reccer's comments: Basil may have learned deduction at the feet of the Great Detective, but no one knows more about courage and heroism than Basil of Baker Street and his dearest companion, Dr. Dawson. After all, while Holmes and Watson enjoy the considerable advantage of being apex predators in the great cityscape of London, Basil and Dawson are merely mice, tasty bite-sized morsels for nearly any comer. And yet, god love his valiant heart, Basil will take as his client any creature in Great Britain that has need of him:

“I will not ask you to aid me in this venture, Doctor.” His ‘business’ voice – the one he always used when he tried to dissuade me from coming along. “Not only is this case an extremely dangerous one, but I have a strong suspicion that my failure will result in my clients attempting to eat me.”
(*snerk* Yeah, right, Basil. Has a Watson — or a Dawson! — ever opted to stay home were it was safe??)

The first three stories are a serialized adventure of ingenuity and raw physical courage, as enjoyable for its quirkiness as our protagonists' devotion to each other. (No criminal masterminds here, just an unusual and challenging problem, accepted out of compassion for the clients.) The last story in the series, “The Cage,” is a years-later epilogue, featuring a brave and clever Dawson, inadvertently on his own and fiercely determined to prevent any harm to Basil.

Content Warnings: While no standard warnings apply, the first case centers on infertility, and the series is unsentimental about predator/prey relationships. I feel it would be disingenuous to tag this “animal harm” or “harm to children,” and yet there are parts that might be difficult for some readers.

(Mods: do we need a Basil/Dawson tag, or do you want the sh/jw tag on this?)
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Title: Now it is September, and Change is on the Wind
Author: [livejournal.com profile] beesandbrews
Pairing: Sherlock/Irene
Length: approx. 2,500 words
Rating: teen and up
Warnings: none
Verse: Sherlock BBC
Author's summary: It's the end of an era as Sherlock's life at Baker Street, and his days as a detective draw to a close. Summoned to Paris by Irene Adler, he can't resist one final stroll down the road not taken.

Reccer's comments: A retirement fic with a twist and a lovingly crafted outlook on a relationship between Sherlock and Irene that is actually conceivable. Both are sadder and wiser and yet they’ve remained themselves. Irene is as playful and sly as when we first met her and Sherlock just as weary of her, but also, as much in love with her wit.

The tone is mellow, the language beautiful.

This story is a perfect little gem told by a talented author at the top of her form. A gift to enjoy… and cherish many times.
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[personal profile] verdant_fire
Title: The Good Old Days
Author: cathedral_carver
Pairing: Sherlock/John
Length: 6254 words
Rating: Teen
Verse: BBC
Author's summary: How did it get so late so soon?

Reccer's comments: This really captures both the beauty of long-standing love and the pathos of being near the end of life. The emotions and imagery are immediate and visceral, and the structure is great as well; the way this flips back and forth between their youth and old age only makes it more affecting.  It's lovely and heartbreaking work, and one of my favorite Retirementlock fics.
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Title: The Waiting Isn't the Hardest Part (locked on AO3, message the author on tumblr if you need an invite)
Author: starrysummernights
Pairing: John/Sherlock
Length: 56,723 words
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: None
Verse: Sherlock (BBC)
Author's summary: Expecting a baby should be a joyous event in an Omega’s life. It’s what all the books, websites, and talk shows bleat about. It’s the crowning moment of glory in any Omega’s life. John’s just ready for it to be fucking over.

Reccer's comments: At first glance, this looks like a pretty standard Omegaverse mpreg fic, but it's much more complex and thought-provoking than that, and manages to put itself a cut above in several ways.

First off is the exploration of gender roles and something approaching genderqueerness in the Alpha-Omega-Beta 'secondary gender'. There are plenty of fics that depict Sherlock (or John) as a strong, independent-minded Omega unwilling to submit to Alpha rule, or one of them as a restrained, enlightened Alpha who sees their partner as a person and an individual first and foremost, rather than a fucktoy. But this fic goes a step beyond that, I think, in depicting John as truly conflicted over his gender and not just trying to assert himself or redefine his role in society. He is deeply unhappy with being an Omega, to the point of self-hatred. Through the course of the story, he discovers that he is much more comfortable when he acts as an Alpha, which I found to be a fresh and intriguing perspective.

Of course, trying to deal with Omega biology is doubly hard when his body is undergoing all the changes wrought by pregnancy, and that's the second thing that I thought set this fic apart: John's attitude toward his pregnancy. He is deeply ambivalent, not necessarily to the point of seriously considering an abortion, but he basically throws up a mental block toward the pregnancy, ignoring it as much as possible. I thought that was an interesting choice, as John is usually depicted as the caring, nurturing one. It was so hard seeing Sherlock want to support John and participate in the pregnancy, and for John to completely shut him out.

Which brings me to what really drew me in, and that was the completely messed up, dysfunctional, codependent relationship between John and Sherlock. They both struggle so hard against their respective instincts - both physical and emotional - thinking they are doing what's right, but they only end up hurting each other more and more. It's one of those where you just want to grab them both by the collar and mash their heads together and say, “Now kiss!” For example, the scenes where John has to force himself to do things in order to act like he thinks a good partner should for Sherlock are masterful, striking a delicate balance between pain and hope.

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This is part of a longer series, The Illusion of Control, although I don't think it's absolutely necessary to read the earlier parts. The salient points are reiterated in this story so you shouldn't feel lost.
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[personal profile] swissmarg
Title: Prior Engagements
Author: PlaidAdder
Pairing: Sherlock Holmes/John Watson
Length: 125,527 words
Rating: Mature
Warnings: Character death (offscreen)
Verse: Sherlock (BBC)
Author's summary:

Years after Mary melted into the darkness, John and Sherlock are at their wits' end. Rachel Watson, aged nine, is proving harder to handle than Irene Adler and Jim Moriarty combined. John hopes that the right boarding school might give her the structure she seems to need. Not until after Rachel disappears do they discover that someone else appears to have had the same idea.

*****
It's really difficult to give a synopsis of this story that doesn't spoil things about it. So let me just list a few of the things it contains, in no particular order: secrets, lies, double-crossing, action, adventure, explosions, fistfights, danger, intrigue, plot twists, underground lairs, sheep, character development, John and Sherlock being the most bamf! dads ever, and nearly all of Sherlock's underutilized female characters kicking a lot of ass in many different ways.

This is a sequel to "Law Like Love," but works well enough as a stand-alone story. For truly full appreciation you may want to read the earlier stories in the "Wild About Harry" series, but that's not necessary.


Reccer's comments:

This is such an amazing fic and doesn't have nearly the number of hits and kudos it deserves. It has plot out the wazoo, breathtaking twists and turns, wonderful original characters, and an incredible way of incorporating canon and making it ten times more brilliant than in the series. There are creepy psychopaths, political plots, secret societies, skeletons in closets, and a sexy visit to my hometown Chicago. What more could you want?

I mentioned the original characters, first and foremost of which is Harry. Although she’s technically canon, it’s by name-drop and a couple of bare facts only. The author has taken those bare facts and run with them, creating a fantastically three-dimensional, complex, engaging personality who would have no problem carrying off the lead role. Then there is Rachel, John and Mary’s daughter, who is nine years old in the story and comes with her own set of baggage, the fact that her mother is a professional assassin only being the start. There are even more OCs I could rave about, but it would be spoiling to tell. ;) In addition to them, there is a full supporting cast of secondary canon characters, especially Molly, Janine, Anthea, and Lady Smallwood, who are brought to full, rich life in a deeply satisfying way. But don’t worry, even with all of the OC goodness, John and Sherlock are at the center of the story in all their complicated, devastatingly gorgeous glory.

This story starts out very much in media res, which at first had me wondering whether I needed to go back and re-read “Law Like Love” (the previous story in the series, and if you haven’t read it yet, do, because it is simply excellent) but it turns out it was all done on purpose. Everything will be revealed in due course, so be patient. :) And what a reveal it is! I didn’t see any of it coming, although in retrospect it was all perfectly obvious and logical, which just makes me admire the skill of the author even more.

As a side note, the story deals with the very personal, very sensitive issue of parenting a child who has an extremely difficult time conforming to mainstream schooling. As a teacher of primary school aged children myself and seeing the difficulties and helplessless on both sides, this hit me really close to my heart. I thought the author did a very good job of representing the situation, and I found it to be a very brave depiction.

There is one sex scene that would fall under the provenance of BDSM (specifically the bondage and Dom/sub aspects), but it’s not very extensive so I’m not tagging it explicitly.

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[identity profile] chapbook.livejournal.com
Title: Untitled Watson and Holmes
Artist: Fyodor Pavlov
Pairing: Holmes/Watson
Rating: PG
Warnings: none
Verse: Books

Author's summary: These old marrieds commissioned by zforzelma just in time for our Queer Reading of the Sherlock Holmes Canon panel at FlameCon! I’ll also have prints of this piece, so swing by my table before or after the panel!

Reccer's comments: Holmes and Watson, aristocratically beautiful, share a handsome loveseat in 221B. Holmes smokes while Watson reads, cozy on a long night, the bare trees contrasting with the warmth and affection inside the flat. Holmes's carmine dressing gown and cravat are a striking contrast to his Beloved's gown and honey-blonde hair. In fact, the dominant colors associated with Watson harmonize with the background (apart from the window), suggesting that he is home and hearth for Sherlock Holmes.
[identity profile] chapbook.livejournal.com
Title: Chanson Triste
Author: [livejournal.com profile] fengirl88 On Ao3
Pairing: Ella/Anthea
Length: 603
Rating: G
Warnings: none
Verse: Sherlock BBC

Author's summary: Anthea's love of French is one of the things Ella can't share.

Reccer's comments: I admire Ella and Anthea's relationship in the series Sleeping Beauty, but have highlighted this particular ficlet because of the musical references. Clearly fengirl88 is quite knowledgeable about classical music, including the vocal repertoire! She's selected a chanson [French art song] that fits one aspect of Ella and Anthea's relationship: both women work long hours in highly stressful, important jobs. To have a someone in whom, according to that chanson, "moonlight lies dormant,/A gentle moonlight of summer", someone full of "brightness" who can soothe and support their lover through sorrow and pain is priceless. There's also a little meditation on perfection vs. "good enough" in life and work that illuminates the nature of their love.

I heartily recommend listening to the recording linked at the bottom of the page. If you do not speak French, I'd also use the lyrics and their translation listed here.
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[personal profile] verdant_fire
Title: The Last of the Honey Bees
Author: what_alchemy
Pairing: John/Sherlock
Length: 2000 words
Rating: Teen
Warnings: N/A
Verse: BBC
Author's summary: "When we’re all space dust… when all of this is gone? My molecules will find yours.”

Reccer's comments: This fic combines retirement and the end of the world into one cohesive, gorgeous whole.  It does a great deal with very few words.  what_alchemy's use of imagery and metaphor is stunning, and the story really captures the love and transcendence in the midst of the tragedy.  It's arresting, indelible work.  (Full disclosure: this fic was technically my gift for Holmestice, but I would have loved it regardless.)
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[personal profile] venusinthenight
Title: So Keen a Sympathy (also on LJ)
Author: [livejournal.com profile] sanguinity
Pairings: Mary Morstan/Kate Whitney, John Watson/Mary Morstan, implied Holmes/Watson
Length: 5059
Rating: Mature
Warnings: No standard warnings apply
Verse: ACD Canon

Author's Summary: “I should have gone with you,” Kate said, and I looked up to find her watching me. “We should have gone away and gotten that little house together.”

Reccer's Comments: This was the present I received for the most recent Holmestice.

Some time ago I'd read "The Man with the Twisted Lip", in which Kate Whitney appears. Since then I'd wondered about her past relationship with Mary (or at least I have always assumed that Mary is Watson's wife in the story), if it'd possibly gone further than a friendship. I'd prompted for something in this regard for this past Holmestice, and [livejournal.com profile] sanguinity delivered with a beautiful story.

I adore this little slice of domesticity, here. And there is SO. MUCH. LOVE. AND UNDERSTANDING. And there's a happy ending for all concerned.

Author has added the following tags to AO3, which I'm attaching here as content notes: Period-typical heteropatriarchy, period-typical classism, drug use, infidelity

[Mods, may I have a character tag for Kate Whitney? And a pairing tag for her and Mary Morstan?]
swissmarg: Mrs Hudson (Molly)
[personal profile] swissmarg
Title: Perdition's Flames
Author: faviconi_ship_an_armada
Pairing: John/Sherlock
Length: 63,435 words
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: None
Verse: Sherlock BBC
Author's summary: Sherlock would do anything to save him. Risk anything. Give anything. His money, his life. His soul. What he does, though, is change both of their destinies forever. Genetic re-engineering is the only option left. It turns out researchers underestimated the life expectancy and potential abilities of genetically re-engineered subjects. The British government and what would eventually become the United Federation of Planets, however, had not.

Reccer's comments: The ultimate STID (Star Trek: Into Darkness) Treklock fusion. Sherlock Holmes *is* Khan, and he owns it hard. Action, mystery, science, badassery, and the power of love combine to reunite Sherlock and John after two centuries of each thinking the other dead. Knowledge of the movie is not necessary, nor will you be spoiled if you've seen the movie.

Excerpt... )

It's a blast seeing Sherlock outmaneuver the Klingons, Starfleet, and the entire Federation, only to be thrown completely off by a single look from John. The rest of the characters are given excellent development as well, with great banter from Bones, Scotty, and the rest of the Enterprise's crew. Rounded out by a superb performance from Lt. Moira Hargreaves, who just may be channeling one of our favourite pathologists.

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