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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.

Excerpt:

“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] tripleransom
Title: Totus Mundus Agit Histrionem
Author: Mistyzeo
Pairing: Sherlock Holmes/John Watson
Length: 42715
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: None
Verse: ACD books
Author's summary:
The stage lost a fine actor, even as science lost an acute reasoner, when he became a specialist in crime.

January, 1881: a despondent army doctor is offered a ticket to a Shakespeare play, and is instantly captivated by the fellow playing the Danish prince himself. Then there is a murder. Then they fall in love.

Reccer's Comments: As of now, this fic has something over 300 comments on it on the AO3. I don't know why it hasn't been recc'd before, but I aim to remedy that now.

Yet another take on that fateful first meeting. This one from the inestimable Mistyzeo. She hurls us right into the middle of the action as we see Watson attending a performance of Hamlet, where the Prince is played by one S. Scott Holmes. Their attraction for one another is immediate, a murder soon follows, and the game is well and truly afoot.
There is femslash, a compelling mystery for Holmes to solve, a nod to The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes, and not a word of the entire thing reads false. The period details are perfect as always, the characters are, well, perfectly in character. There are disguises, and picklocks, and even 221B complete with an aspidistra and a very knowing Mrs Hudson. And let's not neglect to mention some of the best written love scenes in the fandom.
There is a large cast of supporting characters, but they are all well-drawn enough that it's not confusing. A competent Lestrade makes his appearance as well, as in the end, the mystery is solved, the killer is caught and Holmes is launched on his true career.
Of course, like all detective fiction, it's a formula, but the genius of the thing is in its execution - and the execution is very, very well done.
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[personal profile] tripleransom
Title: The Emerald Band
Author: Firerose
Pairing: Sherlock Holmes/John Watson (as Rache/The Limping Doctor)
Length: 27882
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: None
Verse: ACD books/A Study in Emerald - Neil Gaiman/HP Lovecraft Cthulu Mythos
Author's summary:
How can I describe the sight that so unmanned my imperturbable friend? That caused the giant of a baronet to faint dead away? I could say Drago’s green-soaked body would no longer haunt my dreams—or if it did, it would be but a pleasant respite from the horror of that thing.

Rache & his faithful doctor investigate the murder of Julia Stoner in the 'Study in Emerald' universe, but the deeper they delve into the Roylott family history, the darker things become


Reccer's comments:
This is a fic set in the Emerald-verse, which is itself an inspired fusion of the Doyle Canon and HP Lovecraft's Cthulu Mythos, which is then crossed back over with The Speckled Band. You don't really need to have read any of them to get the gist of what's going on in this suspenseful story, but you should anyway. (ahem)
Rache and his loyal sidekick, the Limping Doctor, set out to solve the murder of Miss Julia Stonor, while trying to elude capture by Moriarty as chief agent for the Great Old Ones, who rule Albion. From there on, the familiar events of the Speckled Band play out against a background of Lovecraftian horror.
In order not to spoil the intricate plot - which is a good one - I won't summarise more, except to say that there's a secret passage, a classic locked-room mystery with a distinct supernatural twist, a crew of sinister Indian fakirs, and lurking beneath it all, an awful sense of primordial, unspeakable evil.
Firerose manages to juggle all these elements into a coherent whole and produce a corker of a casefic that's hard to put down But you may not want to read it late at night when you are alone in the house.
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[personal profile] swissmarg
Title: Antidote (link goes to tumblr)
Artist: anotherwellkeptsecret
Pairing: Sherlock Holmes/John Watson
Length: 1 mini-comic
Rating: Unrated, SFW
Warnings: None
Verse: ACD
Author's summary: None given. First line: In the dim light of a foggy November day, I chanced upon a package addressed to Mr. Sherlock Holmes.

Reccer's comments: Based on the Adventure of the Dying Detective, this is the comic equivalent of a one-shot missing scene that packs the punch of a full-blown story, and as such is an absolute delight. The facial expressions in this little comic are everything. I just love the tenderness and sweet emotion, paired with a modicum of angst and a hint of eroticism.
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[personal profile] tripleransom
Title:Witness and Testimony
Author: Violsva
Pairing: Sherlock Holmes/John Watson
Length: 11763
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: None
Verse: ACD books
Author's summary: Men of certain dispositions should not take up residence with consulting detectives. Having done so anyway, Watson is finally forced to face the consequences. Not quite the consequences he expected, however.

Reccer's comments:
Another coming out story, but with a convincing murder mystery and a lot of suspense. Watson is a suspect, Holmes defends him, but how much has he deduced about what really happened? Lestrade is dense, Watson is nervous, and Holmes is...Holmes. "Watson," he said, “that’s Courvoisier. Kindly don’t use it for dyeing the rug."

Oh, wait. I almost forgot the red-hot finish.
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[personal profile] sanguinity
Title: The Domesticated Detective series
Author: sans_patronymic / [livejournal.com profile] sanspatronymic
Pairing: Holmes/Watson
Length: currently 15K words in three stories
Rating: Teen
Warnings: none
Verse: ACD canon
Author's summary: Holmes's inability to attend to basic domestic chores causes friction between him and Watson. Featuring musings, squabbling, and eventual makeup sex.

Reccer's comments: Holmes and Watson have retired to Sussex together, and while living out his life with John Watson should be the stuff of Holmes' dreams -- nay, is the stuff of his dreams -- there yet remain all the pesky domestic details that must be solved again, and again, and once again after that. Such as the dishes. The everlasting dishes, which were washed yesterday, and must be washed again today, and will certainly need washing again tomorrow. For, as Holmes tells us in the opening of the second story, "The Sisyphean Art":

These recent years have brought to light many interesting truths regarding the complexities of human relations, and foremost is this: It is one thing to live with a man and quite another to set up a household with him.


This series is exquisite in its detailing of the frustrations and grace of a marriage: not only how a petty fight about making the bed can spiral beyond all reason or a sink of dirty dishes can drive one to despair, but also how well-earned exasperation from one's partner in one moment can transform to forgiveness and compassion in the next. The author has tagged these "domestic fluff," which is accurate enough, but also fails to capture the rindokulousness of being human, and the wrench of being loved far better than you (or really anyone) could possibly deserve.

And the writing is gorgeous, too.
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[identity profile] scfrankles.livejournal.com
Title: Deathfic 1899
Author: Haldane
Pairing: Various, but all one-sided.
Length: 1,493 words
Rating: Teen and Up
Warnings: Major character death
Verse: ACD, Granada
Author's summary: Death. Fic. 1899. What it says on the tin.

Reccer's comments: Well. You may be looking at that warning and that summary and thinking, ‘This really isn’t for me.’ But this is death played firmly for laughs. The story begins with what seems to be a retelling of The Blue Carbuncle. However, things quickly take a very different path…

This is so well-structured—the joke builds and builds. There are so many wonderful lines, and the story is laugh out loud funny. Just perfect.
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[personal profile] venusinthenight
Title: Primary Sources
Author: Circadienne
Pairing: Mary Morstan/John Watson, John Watson/OFC, Sherlock Holmes
Length: 4613 words
Rating: Teen and up
Warnings: Author chose not to use warnings
Verse: ACD Canon
Author's summary: A Watsonian little story about gender, friendship, and textual uncertainty.

Character death (and/or undeath) as you'd expect from a book-canon context. No explicit sex or violence. Demonstrative of my archives fetish.

Reccer's comments: Some time ago, I read an essay suggesting the possibility of Watson being a woman but it being covered up because of societal norms of that time. (I don't remember the name of said essay, or I would rec that as well.) A little earlier tonight, I saw a recommendation for the aforelinked fic on my Tumblr dash.

I love what Circadienne did here. The issue of Watson's gender identity is there, but then it isn't. Watson just is. I also love that this was presented in an archival format.
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[personal profile] verdant_fire
Title: Someone at the Scent of Orange Blossom
Author: [livejournal.com profile] rachelindeed
Pairing: Sherlock/John, past John/Mary
Length: 3433 words
Rating: Teen
Verse: ACD
Author's summary: During the years of Holmes’s absence, Watson’s hands had changed.

Reccer's comments: This lovely fic was a standout two Holmestices ago, and I've remembered it ever since.  It's beautifully written and very touching, with great clarity of emotion and character and an excellent Holmes POV.  The themes and symbolism are handled with subtlety and skill, and both Watson's grief for Mary and Holmes' silent devotion to him are treated with respect and tenderness.  The way all of those branches twine together and come to fruition in the ending is memorable and moving, and makes for a welcoming warm hearth of a story every time I read it.
[identity profile] rachelindeed.livejournal.com
Title: A Just Sense of Proportion
Author: plumedy
Pairing: Gen. Sherlock Holmes, John Watson
Length: 5,400 words
Rating: G
Warnings: none
Verse: ACD canon
Author's summary: Some facts should be suppressed, or at least, a just sense of proportion should be observed in treating them. In a world where illusions are an accepted part of culture and social etiquette, Sherlock Holmes is the great unmasker. And John Watson is, as ever, a hopeless romantic.

Reccer's comments: Hello, friends -- I am going to share a small collection of Halloween recommendations here in the last few hours of the day :) My fellow recc'ers have shared wonderfully unsettling and warm-hearted holiday stories respectively, and this one falls somewhere in between. It is a magical realism Victorian AU set in a world in which ordinary people shape the reality around them by creating visual illusions of varying complexities. This is all well and good until a terrifyingly elaborate false image takes over a London neighborhood and lives are suddenly at stake. I admire the imaginative world-building that went into this tale, and I appreciate many of the moments within that highlight Watson's fundamental decency and Holmes's willingness to forget his own pride when it comes to securing his friend's safety. Although a short story, it took several turns that I, for one, didn't expect. It's an unusual and gently romantic glimpse at two men who manage to be extraordinary even in a world of magic.
[identity profile] rachelindeed.livejournal.com
Title: It is quite a three pipe problem
Artist: sheeplocked on tumblr
Pairing: Sherlock Holmes portrait, Gen
Rating: G
Warnings: none
Verse: ACD Books
Author's summary: It is quite a three pipe problem, and I beg that you won't speak to me for fifty minutes.

Reccer's comments: Oh, this is such a cosy, delightful image of Holmes in his dressing gown, cross-legged on the rug before his fireplace, facing away from us and reading through his beloved agony columns. I adore the little details -- the persian slipper next to him on the floor; the crazy-quilt remnants of red thread on the corkboard above the fireplace, probably left over from his last impromptu mural of evidence; the wreaths of smoke curling around his head; the scribbled notes on bits of paper; the empty teacups. There is something so charming about the rich color and sort of crooked cartoon style that sheeplocked specializes in, it's just perfect for something as ridiculous, beautiful, and domestic as Holmes.

If you enjoy this, I recommend exploring sheeplocked's fanart tag, she's got lots of great stuff, including quite a bit of BBC Sherlock art covering both the major and secondary cast.
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[personal profile] ancientreader
Title: The Other Tenant
Author: tweedisgood
Pairing: Holmes/Watson
Length: 6,134
Rating: G
Warnings: none
Verse: ACD
Author's summary: “The Doctor made no mention of the other tenants of Baker Street when he began to write about Mr Holmes and his cases.” The Landlady, however, has quite a few things to say about one of them.
Reccer's comments: Are you as slackjawed with amazement as I am, to discover that there's a fic by tweedisgood that hasn't been recced here already? So. Tweed is one of the preeminent writers in ACD 'verse, with superb command of the idiom, of the characters' voices, and of the scientific, sociological, and ethical preoccupations of the era. This fic, a 2012 Holmestice gift for the lucky [livejournal.com profile] coloredink, takes up some events at 221b as seen by Mrs. Hudson.

If you give Mrs. H's position and role some thought, it becomes apparent that she must be more than a maundering ninny; after all, she's the sole owner of a respectable property in the heart of London, and there's no Mr. Hudson in view. In "The Other Tenant," Mrs. H turns her eye on the relationship between Holmes and Watson, on Holmes's loneliness, on the Victorian interest in eugenics, and ultimately on the meaning of marriage and love. The moment in which Holmes takes her into his confidence -- the risk and the trust that moment represents -- just breaks me every time.

Excerpt:

When the Doctor and Mr Holmes took residence in the Spring of 1881, I had already let the ground floor to an oculist (who never seemed to have any patients) and the single set of rooms across the landing on the second floor. He had seemed respectable, reliable and sober, quite the ideal tenant, Mr Barnaby Forbes. So, in many respects, he proved to be; but as there is more to life than bread, so there is more to a harmonious house than neatly stacked crockery and a man who cleans his own boots. I came slowly to discover that I had unwittingly let a snake into the nest.

Read on the AO3.
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[personal profile] ancientreader
Title: Poets Lie
Author: A_Candle_For_Sherlock
Pairing: Holmes/Watson
Length: 5,587 words
Rating: G
Warnings: none
Verse: ACD
Author's summary: "Love was a proven irrationality for men of his kind. To say to anyone, "My heart is yours," would bring on his beloved the permanent threat of being cast off from society, safety, home--Unconscionable. He'd thought the impulse long conquered. Now he saw that time had only distilled it. It was no wild, unfocused longing now, but a concentrated need. To touch a loved face tenderly--it was such a simple thing to be so entirely out of reach."
Reccer's comments: Oh, this fic is my ACD jam. UST! Longing! Fear of the law! Suffering in silence! The slip of the tongue that Reveals All! Tropey, you may say, and so I suppose this fic is, but as you can see from the author's summary, A_Candle_For_Sherlock has an excellent ear for the tone and idiom of the period, and a gift for the beautiful, poignant turn of phrase. "Poets Lie" weaves skillfully in and out of ACD canon, as well.

An excerpt:
The streets were flooded with crowds, criminal and civilized, and Holmes watched them pass with a curious feeling in his heart, wondering who else had a wish that could never be fulfilled. It was not a common thought for him. His perceptions ordinarily extended primarily to the professions and intentions of unknown passers-by; he deduced emotions only when relevant to the case at hand. But now he studied faces for traces of discontent, longing, confusion, and found them everywhere. The sense of being alone with his treacherous heart was no less real, but the weight of it had grown less by the time they reached home.

Read on the AO3.
[identity profile] tripleransom.livejournal.com
Title: A Slight Case of Misunderstanding
Author: [livejournal.com profile] taleya
Pairing: Sherlock Holmes/John Watson
Length: 7,366
Rating: M
Warnings: none
Verse: ACD books
Author's summary: Kinkmeme prompt! Watson is in love, Holmes is an ass and Watson throws a snit.
Reccer's comments: This is a thoroughly traditional fic which explores that beloved trope, the first time, but with a difference: the emotions portrayed are convincing, the setting is period appropriate, and our heroes don't immediately produce a bottle of lube and go at it like rabbits. All these things transcend the cliched subject and make me like this fic very much, but the fact that it's well-written and the ending is simply exquisite tipped me over the edge into recommending it.
[identity profile] tripleransom.livejournal.com
Title: Commentadore on the AO3 or on [livejournal.com profile] cox_and_co here in 2 parts
Author: [livejournal.com profile] cognomen
Pairing: Sherlock Holmes/John Watson
Length: 15,835
Rating: M
Warnings: Major character death (sort of)
Verse: ACD books
Author's summary: The first perjury I committed to paper, as a method originally of self-placation and comfort, was on the eve of that darkest day of my life - that lie that many have undoubtedly read and believed within the text of The Final Problem, as that 'adventure' came to be titled when finally I had wrung from it most of my desperate emotion to make it suitable for publication.
Reccer's comments: Don't be scared away by the character death tag. Sherlock Holmes is very much present in this fic and it is very much about the relationship between him and Watson. (It is also a rather ingenious casefic, by the way.) The description of Watson's anguish after Reichenbach is vividly drawn, Lestrade is there, puzzled as usual, and Holmes himself is as incisive as always. The dialogue is wonderfully done and the ending, though not quite what one might wish for, is nonetheless satisfying. Cognomen evidently wasn't sure about how good this fic was. She needn't have worried.
[identity profile] biswholocked.livejournal.com
Title: Falling
Author: earlybloomingparentheses
Pairing: Sherlock Holmes/John Watson
Length: 1604
Rating: Explicit
Warnings:
Verse: ACD books
Author's summary: “Holmes,” you gasp unwillingly. Unable not to cry his name, though he never says yours. He is silent, sweat-soaked and white-knuckled and silent. Always.
Reccer's comments: This fic is short but full of raw feeling. Uncertainty, lust, hope: they all have a place. Be prepared for an emotional rollercoaster.
[identity profile] phoenixfalls.livejournal.com
Title: Welcome to Bakerstown
Author: [livejournal.com 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: [livejournal.com 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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[personal profile] venusinthenight
Title: Our Hospitality
Author: [livejournal.com profile] rachelindeed
Pairing: Gen Holmes & Watson
Length: 1200 words
Rating: G
Warnings: None apply
Verse: ACD Canon
Author's summary: Sherlock Holmes did not expect to enjoy film.

Reccer's comments: Retirement fic! Involving the cinema! Naturally, Holmes would be fascinated by the filmmaking process as opposed to actual movies... at least until he sees the title film starring Buster Keaton, along with a certain scene in said film.
[identity profile] rachelindeed.livejournal.com
Title: The Adventure of the Expert Cracksman
Author: marycrawford
Pairing: gen
Length: 7,000 words
Rating: G
Warnings: none
Verse: ACD Books
Author's summary: Who was Sherlock Holmes before he met Watson?

Reccer's comments: In one of the original Doyle stories, "The Abbey Grange," Holmes confesses to Watson that he sometimes feels he has done more real harm by discovering a criminal than the criminal had ever done by his crime. He says that he has learned to be cautious of too blindly following the law at the cost of his own conscience. It's a wonderful little moment in the stories that implies important, unseen history in Holmes's early crime-fighting days.

This fic fills in that backstory. It gives us a glimpse of a young man, bored and lonely yet determined to make his way as a self-invented consulting detective, who ventures into the society of London thieves. He means only to learn, but he finds himself more emotionally involved in the lives of these criminals than he ever meant to be. He makes certain choices about who to turn over to the law, and who to pass over, and experience teaches him some painful lessons about the consequences both of mistaken severity and of mistaken lenience. The fic acknowledges the harshness of the Victorian justice system, which issued punishments that were in some cases vastly disproportionate to crimes (particularly property crimes). At the same time, it points out the dangers of turning a blind eye to the law for personal motives.

An intriguing character study and an adventure all in one.
[identity profile] rachelindeed.livejournal.com
Title: Cameo
Author: what_alchemy
Pairing: Sherlock Holmes/John Watson
Length: 8,300 words
Rating: T
Warnings: period-typical homophobia, some of which is internalized
Verse: ACD
Author's summary: Holmes and Watson become embroiled in a case Scotland Yard refuses to acknowledge. A soulmate AU.

Reccer's comments: I adore magical realism fics set in the ACD universe. Rare though they are, this story shows just how poignant and lovely they can be. It offers an inventive and particularly Victorian variation on the soulmate trope, with the silhouette of one's beloved appearing in a cameo frame imprinted on the skin. This makes it more difficult to hide one's orientation from the prejudices of society, and a violent criminal is taking advantage of that. Holmes and Watson are on the case. But, at its heart, this fic is about years of devoted pining at last finding their tender reward.

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