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[personal profile] venusinthenight
Title: (untitled single line-art drawing of Sherlock Holmes and Joan Watson)
Artist: [ profile] ainosgarden
Pairing: Sherlock & Joan
Rating: Gen
Warnings: None
Verse: Elementary
Artist's summary: I know this is a bit late, but…

Happy Valentine’s Day to platonic life partners as well!

A single-line drawing of Joan and Sherlock from Elementary.

Reccer's comments: It's a very simple single-line art drawing. I like how Sherlock is sitting more "properly" with a single leg crossed in the loveseat, contrasting with Joan sitting with both legs crossed on the loveseat.
venusinthenight: joan from S1 promo image (elementary - joan's amazing hair)
[personal profile] venusinthenight
Title: Operant Conditioning
Author: [personal profile] gardnerhill
Pairing: None
Length: 637 words
Rating: Gen
Warnings: None apply
Verse: Elementary
Author's summary: Joan Watson teaches some people the concept of cause and effect.

Reccer's comments: Joan comes up with a plan so cunning to curb her neighbourhood of misogynist (including fat shaming and transmisogyny) behaviour, not even Blackadder would have thought of it. But then he isn't a woman who is subject to this stuff. ;) Anyway! Joan doing creative problem solving with a little help from her friends is a WIN!
venusinthenight: joan and kitty looking out into the distance (elementary - joan+kitty looking out)
[personal profile] venusinthenight
Title: Partner, Friend, Pillow
Author: [personal profile] gardnerhill
Pairing: Sherlock & Jon
Length: 551 words
Rating: Gen
Warnings: Author chose not to use warnings
Verse: Watson and Holmes comics
Author's summary: Jon Watson is sleep-deprived as a medical intern – and that’s not counting the extra hours he puts in.

Reccer's comments: A little slice of life featuring Jon Watson trying to sneak in a little sleep while on a case with Sherlock...who makes for a good human pillow.

(I saw nothing to warn for.)
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[personal profile] dogandmonkeyshow
Title: London Incarnate
Author: silverpard
Length: 3368 words
Rating: G
Author's summary: There is London the City, and there is London Incarnate. Sherlock Holmes is important to both.

Reccer's comments below the cut )
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[personal profile] dogandmonkeyshow
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)

Reccer's comments below the cut )
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[personal profile] ancientreader
Title: On the Shelf
Author: SCFrankles
Length: ~446 words (sic)
'Verse: . . . the author's own. ACD, if one must choose.
Pairing: none
Rating: C, for crackety-crack-crack-crack (G)
Author's summary: Getting shot out of the canon...

Reccer's remarks: Look, it takes more time to describe this delicious little item than to read it. ACD's works compare stats, get taken out, sit on the shelf. No, it's nothing like hoping you're going to get asked to the prom, FFS, why would you think that?

Absolutely do not omit to read the exchanges in the comments, which are hilarious. Your reccer left kudos and welcomes any and all suggestions for coming up to the commenting standard set by other readers.


“What about you, Vall? When were you last taken out?”
The Valley of Fear shrugged. “Don’t know. Can’t remember.”

On the AO3.
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[personal profile] discordantwords

Title: Aircraft Recognition
Author: mydogwatson
Pairing: Sherlock & John
Length: 1,215
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: None
Verse: Sherlock BBC
Author's summary: Two little boys meet during the second World War. A different time, a different place, but the same magic.

Reccer's comments: This author writes a charming series called Postcard Tales, where they base a one-shot Sherlock fic on a postcard out of a set of vintage replicas. Their note from the very first Postcard Tale:

I have a set of postcards that are replicas of vintage Penguin book covers. Just before my recent trip to London [Hamlet!], I blindly selected one card for each day of the trip. Every morning in London I [again blindly] chose one card from the pile and then I would write a johnlock vignette based on the title that came up. I mailed each card to myself, every one covered with tiny print.

With that explanation, I've chosen a story from their third series of Postcard Tales. In the grand tradition of alternate first meetings, here we have Sherlock as an adventurous, mischievous little boy, evacuated from London during World War II. He's bored, and lonely, and takes to watching planes in the sky. One day, he's joined by a new friend. 

This story has a lovely and bittersweet direct sequel, Keeping Poultry and Rabbits on Scraps, where the boys are a little older and facing a separation, and a final story Siren Land, where they encounter each other once more as adults. The first two are John/Sherlock friendship, and the final tale is Johnlock.

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[personal profile] discordantwords
Title: Kitty Kisses
Author: TheWhiteLily
Pairing: Sherlock Holmes & Molly Hooper (gen or more if you squint)
Length: 3,075
Rating: Teen
Warnings: None
Verse: Sherlock BBC
Author's summary: Molly Hooper has one bad day that gets worse, and one that gets better.

Reccer's comments: The note I made when I bookmarked this story was "absolutely perfect apology-to-Molly fic." This fills in the gap between the wrenching phone call sequence in TFP and the final scene where Molly is smiling and all seems forgiven, and it does so beautifully. Molly's voice shines here: awkward, sweet, and, yes, practical about death.

She realised he was frowning at the disturbed soil as he did so with a disturbingly familiar focus.

“You’re not to come back and dig him up to observe the decomposition process,” said Molly firmly.

“Never even crossed my mind,” Sherlock said, avoiding her eye.

She glared at him for a long moment, and then at the carefully smoothed-down dirt at the base of the hydrangeas.

“Once,” she conceded. “Twice maximum, and don’t let me notice you’ve been.”

This story does a wonderful job of getting to the emotional core of both of these characters, highlighting the strange and lovely ways that they truly do complement and understand one another. There is love there, yes, but whether it is romantic or just a deep friendship built on mutual understanding is up to the reader, I think.

Be advised that this story does deal with animal death, if that's a sensitive issue for you.
[personal profile] rachelindeed
Title: Orange Doesn't Suit Me
Author: jazzmilla
Pairing: gen; John Watson, Sherlock Holmes
Length: 1800 words
Rating: T
Warnings: none
Verse: Sherlock BBC
Author's summary: Where John has a plan and never meets a risk he doesn't take.

Reccer's comments: This was one of the first fics I remember reading in this fandom. Written in the hiatus between Series 1 and Series 2, this striking little vignette focuses on John's heroics and, more subtly, on his adrenaline addiction. It's interesting to see how this aspect of his character was handled based only on the first three episodes of the series. And in a post-Reichenbach fandom, this particular scenario takes on new resonance (in this story, Sherlock is forced to watch John jump).
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[personal profile] write_out
Title: Heirs and Assigns
Author: [ profile] splix
Pairing: Gen
Length: 2541
Rating: Teen
Warnings: Major Character Death
Verse: Sherlock BBC
Author's summary: Uncle Rudy sits Mycroft down for tea and a chat.

Reccer's comments:

Uncle Rudy reached out with one blunt finger and pressed it against Mycroft's chest. "About Eurus - guard your heart and soul. Do what you must to protect yourself and Sherlock."

This brilliant story not only gives us a quite plausible backstory on how the secret of Eurus comes to be Mycroft's responsibility, but it also gifts us with a deeply moving look at young Mycroft and his relationship with his beloved Uncle Rudy. Eurus might spend most of the story off screen, but her chilling presence is felt throughout and we learn just how frightening she truly is. Uncle Rudy is brought to magnificent life here as he prepares a young Mycroft for what lies ahead; the love and respect between them is both incredibly touching and ultimately heartbreaking in light of all that awaits them.

SPOILER: Just to reassure anyone who might need it before diving into this story, the character death is not Mycroft's.
[personal profile] rachelindeed
Title: No Strings Attached
Author: Elster
Pairing: Sherlock Holmes, John Watson
Length: 2700 words
Rating: G
Warnings: none
Verse: Sherlock BBC
Author's summary: To save John from being spirited away Under the Hill, Sherlock challenges the fairy queen to a fiddle contest.

Reccer's comments: This is an elegant, lovely little story - written back in 2012 - that impresses me with its emotional heart. As is typical with this author's work, there were many small turns of phrase that quietly surprised me. Sherlock is aware that he has no chance of beating the Fairy Queen in terms of the beauty or perfection of the music, and his solution is characteristically stubborn and true.
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[personal profile] sanguinity
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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[personal profile] sanguinity
Title: Hounded
Author: Random Phantom
Pairing: Gen
Length: 23K words
Rating: K (suitable for most ages)
Verse: The Hound of the Baskervilles (Roxburgh and Hart, 2002)
Author's summary: My entry into Challenge 010 at the Watson's Woes livejournal; an AU story featuring an alternative ending to the 2002 Hound of the Baskervilles. Watson has to face the hound by himself; and the consequences change him in a way he never expected.

Reccer's comments: Ian Hart's Watson was a paragon among Watsons—competent, skilled, active, noble, and valiant—and in "Hounded" he continues to show his stuff. In this AU of the film, Watson gets to Sir Henry in time to save him from being savaged by the Hound, but at the cost of being savaged himself.

But not just savaged, because that dog wasn't just an abnormally large hunting hound. ;-)

What follows is a solid adventure with an ample dose of hurt/comfort. Watson retains his pawky sense of humor (and all the other noble traits we love him for), and Holmes rises to the occasion, determined to be the most loyal friend a new werewolf could want.

Happily, no familiarity with the Roxburgh film is needed, as "Hounded" goes AU from the film just before the film goes AU from the novel. If you already know the basic plot of HOUN, you're in great shape. Furthermore, the fraught Holmes-and-Watson relationship in the film is absent from this story, so again, no familiarity with the film is needed. (This Holmes reminds me more of Cushing or Brett than of Roxburgh; I personally do not consider this a fault, but ymmv.)

"Hounded" also has an incomplete sequel, "The Hour of the Wolf," which is a little angstier in tone than the original. It currently stands at 40K words, and was last updated in 2010. I found it a satisfying read, but I mostly just wanted more Holmes and Watson being good partners to each other — which it delivered, despite the incomplete plot arc.
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[personal profile] sanguinity
Music Title & Artist: "Love Game" by The Vitamin String Quartet (Lady Gaga cover)
Vidder: redscullyrevival | GeekyKristie
Pairing or Character: Sherlock Holmes & Joan Watson
Verse: Elementary
Warnings: blood, corpses, drug paraphenalia.
Link: tumblr announcement post (and on youtube, because tumblr URLs are exceptionally fragile)
Vidder's Summary: Different kinds of love, different kinds of games; the evolution of relationships.

Reccer's Comments: A beautiful study of the progression of the S1 partnership, from its origination in a paid sober companion and her resentful client, building through the tricky business of learning to work with each other instead of against each other, to the ultimate triumph of teamwork and trust against a manipulative mastermind. The music is by turns prickly and lyrical as the vid details the frustrations and rewards of the developing partnership, and the absence of vocals allow us to observe the dynamic on our own terms. Various events of the S1 arc are obliquely referenced, but the vid relentlessly returns to the painstaking slog of the work, to the hours upon hours, casefile after casefile, that these two spent building their partnership.

There's a cry you sometimes hear in the Elementary fandom that no one is here for the cases, that we care more about the partnership, the character development and backstories, and less about the whodunnit of the week. (Unsurprising! By the end of the current season, we'll have seen twice as many cases as were in the original canon, and even those original sixty cases had more than a few retreads and what-were-you-thinkings among them.) Even Holmes himself has commented this season that he's come to re-evaluate the relative importance of the work in his life. "Love Game" was made immediately after the S1 finale, but its casefile-centric perspective of the Holmes and Watson relationship makes it fascinating to rewatch as the first seeds of that long, long arc:

When you and I first started, I quickly recognized your merits both as a detective in your own right and that you facilitated in my own process. I’m better at the work I do because of you, but over the years the relative importance of those those two values has flipped. I now value the work that we do first and foremost because I do it with you.
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[personal profile] sanguinity
Title: The Professor's Daughter
Author: pocketbookangel
Pairing: Gen
Length: 4489 words
Rating: Teen
Warnings: Canon-typical Violence
Verse: Laurie R. King novels
Author's summary: Written for Holmestice Winter 2015
Inspired by the prompt: Patricia Donleavy, Spinster Mathematician, at any stage of her life -- her budding interest in mathematics, her own academic career, whether she took over her father's organization or built a new one to challenge it.
It should be noted that Mary herself does not appear in this story.

Reccer's comments:

Preliminary note for those who aren't fans of Laurie King's Mary Russell stories: "The Professor's Daughter" works excellently as a straight-up ACD-verse story; no knowledge of (or affection for) King's stories is required. However, its premise spoils the first of those novels, so it seems polite to put the particulars of the rec under the cut...

So! This is the story of Patricia Moriarty, aka Patricia Donleavy, the beloved daughter of Professor James Moriarty, talented in mathematics herself, who had to make her way in a world shaped by Dr. Watson's and William Gillette's wildly popular accounts of her father's death.

I started reading the King novels because I'd heard of the existence of Patricia Donleavy -- a lady mathematician! who could be read as Sapphic maybe! -- and when I got far enough in to learn that she wasn't just a side character, but Moriarty's daughter, I wanted all the things.

And pocketbookangel gave them to me! The author has done a beautiful job communicating a Moriarty-sympathetic pov without outright excusing murder, and they made the challenge and irritation of living in the shadow of Watson's and Gillette's stories feel organic and true. I love the duality in the imagery -- the spinning coin, the spider, the Huntress -- and its thematic emphasis that there is often a second way of viewing a thing. The story is beautifully executed, too: the period dialog among Patricia's school chums, for example, feels spot-on, and I laughed outright at several points. (Patricia's dismay at being mistaken for a Sherlockian!)

The story was written for me, to my own prompt, so I admit to being partial, but c'mon, it features a Sapphic mathematician! Who has snarky things to say about Sherlock Holmes! Surely that's enough appeal for anyone?
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Title: The Case of the Unexpected Guest
Author: codswallop (AO3)
Characters: Lestrade, Sherlock & John
Length: 5615 words
Rating: Gen
Verse: BBC Sherlock
Author's summary: Written for the kinkmeme prompt "Lestrade finds a pet bird at a crime scene, but he likes birds, so he delivers it to Sherlock and John rather than having it euthanized. Sherlock is fascinated."

Reccer's comments: As a favour to Lestrade, Sherlock agrees to take care of a peculiar piece of evidence – a little pet bird. Sherlock takes a liking to it, though he pretends otherwise.
If you’re looking for something amusing and sweet, this is the fic for you.

Excerpt )
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[personal profile] sanguinity
Title: like a spider in the centre of its web (also on tumblr)
Author: sophistry (AO3) / still-sophistory (tumblr)
Pairing: Gen
Rating: G
Warnings: none
Verse: 221B Baker Towers
Author's summary: When the greatest enemy is not a man, but the machine.

Reccer's comments: 221B Baker Towers is an open universe in which Holmes and Watson are contemporary young black British men from a council estate. Sophistry, the originator of the universe, gives a nutshell description in another artwork for the 'verse, "You See, But Do Not Observe":

[...] Imagine fandom’s reaction if the next big Holmes adaptation to come along had Holmes and Watson as British, yeah - young black British men, living case to case on a council estate in a dodgy area of London. How fandom would react if Sherlock Holmes didn’t employ street kids and homeless people like trained animals to do his bidding, but instead was part of that invisible underclass; if instead of having his eccentricities ~tolerated~ by Scotland Yard on account of being the Great White Genius, Sherlock Holmes, BME, school dropout, and sometime addict, was regarded by the police as practically a criminal already, one more thug, one more junkie, one more dealer in the making...

"like a spider in the centre of its web" extends sophistry's original idea to "The Final Problem." It depicts a tiny, lone figure in a hoodie on Westminster Bridge, his shoulders hunched against the looming presence of the Houses of Parliament. It is captioned with the FINA speech about the "mighty organisation" that Holmes is pitting himself against, the organisation that will trod him underfoot.

The graphics-work is subtle and effective. I particularly like the blown-out whites, blacks, and red: we're presented with a moment where everything has been pushed to its limit and something must give. I also like the queasy, slippery, double-vision aura applied to both Westminster Palace and the storm clouds above it -- an aura which serves the additional purpose of quietly picking up Holmes' red, visually integrating his figure into the work even as that red sets him apart.

But as much as I like the graphic itself, considering it as a premise for a story... It raises the hair on my arms. Oh, but I would love to hear the story that sophistry suggests. I want to hear it very much.


More info about (and fanworks for) the 221B Baker Towers 'verse can be had at the fandom tumblr:
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[personal profile] sanguinity
Music Title & Artist: "Everybody Loves Me," One Republic
Vidder: Caesarevich
Character: Sherlock Holmes
Verse: шерлок холмс | Sherlock Holmes (TV 2013) (aka New Russian Holmes)
Link: tumblr announcement post

Reccer's Comments: A central premise of the 2013 Russian series is that the cool calculating machine we know from canon is a fiction: when Dr. Watson sat down to write about his brilliant, passionate, cocksure, hot mess of a flatmate, his editors refused to publish it until he knocked down Holmes' rough edges, revising him into an idealized hero that everyone could love.

The song choice here is obviously a play on that premise: this is a vid about that unrevised, passionate, cocksure, hot mess of a man, the one whom everyone doesn't love, but who operates in perfect confidence that surely everyone will love him any minute now. (LISTEN JOHN LISTEN TO MY DEDUCTIONS ABOUT YOUR FATHER'S WATCH) Of course, we-the-fans-of-the-series love him anyway, and this vid gives a taste of why.

It's also a lovely bit of editing, dynamic and energetic, with a strong sense of character and motion. At only 25 secs, it's a quick watch, and it never fails to make me laugh.
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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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[personal profile] amindamazed
Title: In the Lab
Author: fogisbeautiful
Pairing: Sherlock Holmes & Mary Russell, with nod to future Holmes/Russell
Length: 940
Rating: G
Warnings: N/A
Verse: Mary Russell - Laurie R. King
Author's summary: Sherlock's thoughts when Mary Russell visits the cottage while they are "fighting".

Reccer's comments: I love alternate POV in general, but I'm particularly fond of getting a bit of Holmes' voice in this verse, given the ubiquity of Russell in most of the books. I consider her to be a highly unreliable narrator, both intentionally and unintentionally, which is one of the things I enjoy the most in the series. Every now and then King gives the reader evidence for that from other characters, but not often enough for my greedy soul. In this short scene, we get Holmes' side of the short unhappy meeting in Sussex and find that he's as distraught and lost in their all-too-successful plan of estrangement as Russell has been.

Mods: can we have a Mary Russell tag, please?


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