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Fic Rec: My True Love Sent to Me

Title: My True Love Sent to Me
Author: wafflestories
Pairing: Sherlock/John
Length: 785 words
Rating: PG-13
Warnings: none
Verse: Sherlock BBC
Author's summary: Merry Christmas everyone! I'm sure this has been done before one way or another but hey, carol-y textfic goodness, and John/Sherlock, eventually.

Reccer's comments: This is my favorite Christmas fic. Short, sweet, and hilarious. Really, the best summary I can give you of how it makes me feel is to ask you to remember that moment in the movie Ghostbusters when Bill Murray steps forward to talk about the end of days and shouts, "Cats and dogs living together, mass hysteria!"

This story is gleeful and brilliant, and I always lose it somewhere around the swans. It also sports a truly perfect John voice. And it's an epistolary texting fic, for those who enjoy that style, not to mention an ingenious songfic.

For those who don't devote space in their brain attic to remembering all the lyrics to "The Twelve Days of Christmas," I'll just leave this here, since you will be needing it : )

On the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me: 12 drummers drumming / 11 pipers piping / 10 lords a'leaping / 9 ladies dancing / 8 maids a'milking / 7 swans a'swimming / 6 geese a'laying / 5 gold rings / 4 calling birds / 3 French hens / 2 turtledoves / and a partridge in a pear tree.

Huzzah!

Fic Rec: Hope

Title: Hope
Author: lifeonmars
Pairing: Sherlock/John
Length: 3,500 words
Rating: not rated, but I would say PG-13
Warnings: character death
Verse: Sherlock BBC
Author's summary: In the end, John will have died for Hope. The universe has such a charming sense of humour.

Reccer's comments: To tell you the truth, I usually avoid stories that involve the death of a main character; I am not often in the mood for tragedy. However, I tried this story because I admired the author's other works, and I am so glad that I did. It made me cry actual tears of joy, because I find its themes to be so full of love and connection and comfort.

This story takes off on a tangent from "A Study in Pink" -- in this version of events, the medical condition that defined the villain in ASiP transfers instead to the hero. John's bullet wound gave him more than a discharge from the army -- it gave him a brain aneurysm. He is a walking dead man, aware that any moment could be his last. Being John, he exhibits both a mordant sense of humor about this, and also a self-effacing concern for others that leads him to avoid contact as he tries to unobtrusively wait out the rest of his time. Then he meets Sherlock Holmes, who quickly puts paid to that.

John thought his life was basically over, but instead he finds the very best of it is right there for the taking. So much so that he can't bring himself to admit the truth of his condition to Sherlock. The delicate, unspoken tension between John's secret and Sherlock's perception runs through the story, and its resolution is as full of hope and love as it is of sorrow.

I find this a deeply moving and life-affirming story, and it reminds me of Shakespeare's hopeful lines: "The setting sun, and music at the close, / As the last taste of sweets, is sweetest last."
Title: John and Sherlock's Kinky First Times
Author: faviconwendymarlowe
Pairing: John/Sherlock
Length: 141,413 words
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: Some dub-con
Verse: Sherlock BBC
Author's summary: A collection of short imaginings of how Sherlock and John might finally allow their relationship to become physical. Each fic is a standalone.

Reccer's comments:

Sherlock pulled off slowly, allowing the suction to build until it made a little popping noise when he slid free. “This won’t work - the angle is all wrong. Come to bed.”

John obeyed with a stunning lack of reservations.

...and that, friends, is this series in a nutshell. It's exactly what it says on the tin: an unconnected collection of one-shots detailing various scenarios for John and Sherlock's first foray into sexual adventures. There are experiments, cases, medical anomalies that need exploring, a bit of bondage, and a very unorthodox use for chicken dumpling gravy. They are in turns funny, surprising, tender, wistful, and always, always hot.
Title: The Adventure of the Seal in the Living Room
Author: Bold_as_Brass
Pairing: Gen
Length: 6900 words
Rating: G
Verse: Sherlock BBC
Author's summary: An unexpected visitor to Baker Street leads to an impromptu trip to the seaside.

Reccer's comments: This fic is simply adorable. Not cutesy or fluffy, just downright lovely and good-hearted. Sherlock saves an animal from a burning building, then ropes John and Greg to help him get it to a shelter. While the boys have a fun day at the seaside, the reader gets to enjoy some wonderfully in-character banter, see glimpses of John and Mary coping with new parenthood, and find out what Greg does on his day off. And to top it all, Mycroft saunters in and steals the show in a lovely scene involving an octopus. And possible world domination.

Read the fic here on AO3.

Fic Rec: Murder in the Family

Title: Murder in the Family
Author: faviconOTB221B
Pairing: John/Sherlock, John/Mary
Length: 50,374 words
Rating: Mature
Warnings: None
Verse: Sherlock BBC
Author's summary: Post Season 3, Mary Watson goes missing, and John has been keeping secrets from Sherlock.

Reccer's comments: This is a post-series 3 fic in which Mary's past catches up to her and everyone associated with her when John sets out on a one-man mission to eliminate everyone who poses a threat to his family. One thing I particularly liked about this was that so often in fics, John has a reactive role, but in this, he actually goes out and gets in trouble without Sherlock and that ends up being the catalyst for everything that follows.

The fic is also full of awesome things like Sherlock getting Valentine's Day right, a badass clown/bodyguard, John using his gun the way it was meant to, a mid-story twist that takes us down a completely unforeseen path, Sherlock taking heinous advantage of the situation, and lots and lots of love. The unvarnished kind you see here:

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Despite all of that good stuff, it's really quite angsty and involves child endangerment. This fic also contains infidelity, but I thought it treated Mary fairly and redeems her by the end. Although, it's a bittersweet ending. Tissues might be good to have at hand. (No character death.)

Fic Rec: Gentry

Title: Gentry
Author: goldenusagi
Pairing: Sherlock, Mycroft. The author says "basically gen with a hint of potential Sherlock/John."
Length: 3,100 words
Rating: T
Warnings: none
Verse: Sherlock BBC
Author's summary: Sherlock and Mycroft came from a warm home with loving parents, though you’d never suspect it from looking at them. There is a reason.

Reccer's comments: All year goldenusagi and entanglednow have been writing a pair of stories every month in which Sherlock is a magical creature of some kind -- they post their stories on the last day of the month, so we get complementary, often wildly divergent tales that explore the dazzlingly different tones and directions that can grow from the same basic prompt. Their whole series is delightful and it's been one of my favorite fanfiction events to look forward to throughout the year. I hope they will keep going into 2015! This is goldenusagi's entry for September, when they were writing about Fae!Sherlock.

"Gentry" is a starkly beautiful, melancholy exploration of the Holmes children as changelings (fairy children substituted for kidnapped human infants). It explores the sense of abandonment, of inexplicable otherness, that defined Mycroft and Sherlock but also cut them off from human means of comfort and connection. It looks at the cold but unbreakable bond between them, based on a sense of kinship and mutual isolation. And in the end it raises the hope that Sherlock may be able to find his place in the mortal world.

It's a lovely, sad fairy tale, that ultimately uncovers a glimmer of hope.

(If you like it, I'd encourage you to also follow the link to entanglednow's story and appreciate the very different Fae!Sherlock entry that author has crafted! These stories are most fun if you read them in pairs, as they were written and posted.)

Art Rec: Smoulder II

Title: Smoulder II
Artist: naturalshocks @ dA
Characters: Sherlock (gen)
Rating: Unrated, SFW
Warnings: None
Verse: Sherlock BBC
Artist's summary: White and grey coloured pencils, grey pastel pencils and white gel pen on A3 black paper.

Reccer's comments: A veritable smokeshow in every sense of the word. The lighting in this is incredible. Look at how it highlights every fine hair on his hands and every pore on his face. The creases in his jacket. His hair. THE SMOKE, omg. And just a hint of those lips. I am seriously in awe. Indulge with me.

The artist has more incredible black and white fanart for the Sherlock series in their gallery.

Fic Rec: The Schedule

Title: The Schedule
Author: wafflestories
Pairing: Sherlock/John
Length: 2,225 words
Rating: PG-13
Warnings: none
Verse: Sherlock BBC
Author's summary: John goes to a medical conference. Sherlock goes round the bend. Hurray, mildly stalkery floof!

Reccer's comments: "Mildly stalkery floof" sums up the tone of this one pretty well :) It's not dark, it's charming and funny and at times poignant. John is away for a week, and Sherlock misses him, somewhat unhealthily, but the story manages to keep it overall endearing. I get the sense in this fic that Sherlock looks on himself as a kind of alien in a world that constantly rubs against him the wrong way, and that without John as a buffer he begins to unravel a bit. The author has a lot of fun with this idea, though there are also moments of melancholy or of harshness to balance the humor. There is, in addition, a case that injects a dose of pure adrenaline at an unexpected moment.

The author writes both action and emotion elegantly, and there is a lightness to the tone that makes me smile, sometimes in laughter and sometimes in sympathy. This story wraps a lot into its small package, and I find it quite delightful.

Series Rec: HOT DOLPHIN SEX

Title: HOT DOLPHIN SEX, Series
Author: faviconcwb
Pairing: John/Sherlock
Length: 47,493 words in 2 parts
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: Character death (not John or Sherlock)
Verse: Sherlock BBC
Author's summary: None provided for the series. Summary for part 1:

What's next on the sex holiday agenda? Bingo or shuffleboard? SH

You don't want to know.

Now you have to tell me. SH


Reccer's comments: This fic hits so many of my buttons: series 3 fix-it, travel, casefic, misunderstandings leading to realizations and declarations, first time, unexperienced!Sherlock, BAMF!John, humor mixed with feels, lists, and hot sex.

I especially love passages like this, where things start bordering on the ridiculous only to make an abrupt about-face into tenderness:

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Sherlock's musings on John's 'aggressive cock' alone are worth a rec. Fair warning, the fic isn't precisely kind to Mary and treats her as an expendable.

Vid Rec: He Likes Boys

Title: He Likes Boys
Music Title & Artist: He Likes Boys by Simone Battle
Vidder: janineshipsjohnlock @ Tumblr
Pairing or Character: Janine & Sherlock (Sherlock/John)
Verse: Sherlock BBC
Link: Vid announcement on Tumblr
Reccer's Comments: This made me laugh, the awkwardness between Janine and John, the looks between John and Sherlock, Sherlock's frowns when he stands next to Janine, and the fun, catchy song. Enjoy!
Title: Dawn Before the Rest of the World, Series
Author: faviconPoppyAlexander
Pairing: John/Sherlock
Length: ca 37K in 5 parts
Rating: Teen to Mature
Warnings: None
Verse: Sherlock BBC
Author's summary: None provided for the series. Summary for part 1: In one of the grand houses of England in the 1920s, butler Sherlock Holmes is wooed to pieces by the world's most romantic gardener, John Watson.

Reccer's comments: Sweet bajeebus, the sexual tension in this. The author's tag about history's hottest almost-kiss is not kidding. The first part of the series describes how the two men become lovers, but the other three parts are no less hot, sweet, and tender without going full PWP (although there are a couple very titillating sex scenes). Their story is told mainly through looks and outwardly chaste touches, letters and acts of devotion from afar.

This is a complete AU set in the historical context of post-World War I England. I thought the author did a good job of keeping us aware of the period through things like the level of medical care available and the clothing, yet not overwhelming the reader with too much information. The story of these two men is definitely the main point of interest.

A love affair for the ages.
Title: Art in the blood is liable to take the strangest forms
Artist: sher-who-od
Pairing: Gen, Sherlock Holmes portrait
Rating: not rated (but I would say G)
Warnings: none
Verse: BBC Sherlock
Author's summary: the Doyle quote, same as the title

Reccer's comments: Well, the last fic recc'd for us was a story about colours, and that made me think of one of my favorite pieces of fanart: it's a gorgeous portrait of Sherlock done in crimson, with his hair, coat and body impressionistically created using patterns that imitate spattered blood. The impression is not gory, but instead oddly beautiful, and the red image plays against a textured white backdrop that lends added depth to the painting.

I find it hard to look away.

Fic Rec: Colors

Title: Colors
Author: faviconQuesarasara
Pairing: John/Sherlock with others along the way
Length: 140,840 words
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: None
Verse: Sherlock BBC
Author's summary: Everyone on earth is born with eyes that see in black, white, and an endless series of greys. When you meet your soulmate, you finally see the world in color. We're all searching for the person who brings color to our lives. John and Sherlock are no exception.

Reccer's comments: This is a soulmate fic, but it's not your standard 'soulmates mean twu wuv' kind of story. In this world, soulmates are not de facto the one true path to happiness. I especially liked that the fic explores what it means to have - and to be - a soulmate, and that we see that it's entirely possible to live a happy, fulfilling life without ever having met one's soulmate... or having met them and subsequently lost them, either to death or simply the vagaries of life. And, on the other hand, that having a soulmate doesn't necessarily guarantee a happy end.

Beyond that, the language is a pure pleasure to read, as in this excerpt of a young John talking to his mother:

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The fic is a mixture of cases from the series re-worked and original cases, as throughout John and Sherlock try to figure out what they mean to each other and how having 'gone color' for each other will change them, for better or worse. It's a fascinating world that the author has created, one of those that you wish would go on forever.

Fic Rec: The Best Disguises

Title: The Best Disguises
Author: currently anon
Pairing: Gen
Length: ~4000 words
Rating: PG
Verse: Sherlock BBC
Author's summary: "Sherlock" and John solve a mystery in the country.

Reccer's comments: Firstly, this is just really funny, from concept to execution. Not crack, not standup comedy-type funny, just a lighthearted and amusing read. Secondly, if you like clever!Lestrade and not!spineless!John, then this is a fic for you. The premise and characterisations make it seem almost like a pre-season 2 fic, as it's entirely devoid of any post-Reichenbach or S3 angst. A clever little case and a lovely view into what a working friendship between John and Greg might look like top off a cracking good read.

Art Rec: Babes of 221b 2014 Calendar

Title: Babes of 221b 2014 Calendar
Artist: Reapersun
Pairing: Sherlock/John (one image only, the rest are gen)
Characters: Sherlock, John, Jim, Mycroft, Philip
Length: 12 images
Rating: NSFW
Warnings: None
Verse: Sherlock BBC
Author's summary: FOR THOSE DAYS WHEN YOU THINK “DAMN I COULD SURE USE A 2014 CALENDAR FULL OF A LOT OF ALMOST NAKED SHERLOCK CHARACTERS RIGHT ABOUT NOW”

Reccer's comments: Playful, irreverent, and totally not meant to be taken seriously. The images capture the men engaging in various activities from the mundane to the slightly ridiculous. Some appear to be 'candid' snapshots while in others the subjects are clearly hamming it up for the camera. This is a squeefully fun collection that I keep coming back to... Mmmmm, March...

P.S. There is also a 2015 version here. ;)

Vid Rec: Read My Mind

Title: Read My Mind
Music Title & Artist: "Read My Mind" by The Killers
Vidder: Di Wey
Pairing or Character: Sherlock Holmes, John Watson, and we see many ensemble characters in passing
Verse: Granada
Link: There is an announcement page on LJ for this vid, but unfortunately the streaming links on that page don't seem to work anymore, so I will also provide a working streaming link on YouTube.

Reccer's Comments: Here we are in lovely, chilly December, so why not spend a few minutes basking in the warm glow of Granada's Holmes and Watson? I love a lot of Granada vids, but this one might just be my favorite. Its video quality is not the best (I wouldn't recommend watching it full screen), but the editing is superlative. There are so many delightful matches between the song lyrics and the episodes' visuals, from concrete images ("green light," "trampoline") to delightful thematic ironies ("you never returned that call" is perhaps my favorite; you will see why!) The repeated chorus -- "can you read my mind?" -- is both a perfect, playful motto for Holmes, and a beautiful fit for the genre of the vid itself, in which the dialogue falls away and the actors' gestures and expressions are allowed to sing :)

Welcome December reccers

The end of the year, and a month of much seasonal fest goodness: December, at last.

Welcome to this month's crew: rachelindeed, dognmonkeyshow, swissmarg, nathaniel_hp, and tripleransom. Thank you so much for volunteering, and we look forward to your posts.

Many thanks as well for the brilliant and tantalizing posts of our November reccers: pyjamapants, holyfant, obscuriglobus, and k_e_p.

Sign-ups are now open for January.
As always, we take the first five who sign up for the month. All are welcome, though you must be a member of the comm to make posts. We ask that reccers make between four and twelve recs for the month, and wait three months before posting again.

We welcome recs for old and new completed fic, vids, art, podfic, and meta, for any version of Sherlock Holmes.

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Reccers for December still needed


Greetings all -- and we need more reccers for this month. I'll post the welcome and thanks notice later today, but before that, we're leaving the door (and the chimney!) open for any additional volunteers who want to share some seasonal cheer.

As always, we're looking for recs for any version of Sherlock Holmes, for fic, art, vids, podfic, or meta. WIPs are ineligible. We're happy to welcome new reccers and old, anyone who would like to share their favorite fan works with others. Reccers have to be members of the comm, so we can give you the ability to post, and we ask that reccers wait three months before volunteering again.

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Please contact a mod or leave a comment with any questions. And once again, thanks to the community of members and readers.

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Fic Rec: Day One: Umoja

Title: Day One: Umoja
Author: gardnerhill
Pairing: Gen
Length: 443
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: None
Verse: Watson and Holmes (comic)
Author's summary: They remember that day and each other. They just remember it differently.
Reccer's comments: There isn’t much fic for the brilliant comic book series “Watson and Holmes” but this one is a good one. While incredibly short, it manages to capture the humour and rapport between Holmes and Watson while also discussing a very serious topic: what it means to be a black man at the crime scene.

Fic Rec: Heavy Blows

Title: Heavy Blows
Author: apidologist
Pairing: Sherlock Holmes/John Watson
Length: 2,293
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: None
Verse: New Russian Holmes
Author's summary: Holmes is especially obnoxious, even more so than usual, and Watson can see no alternative but to teach him a lesson. He suggests the only reasonable solution to Holmes' orneriness: a boxing match. Things get heated. What more can I say.
Reccer's comments: A short but satisfying story very much in the lines of the New Russian series: there is boxing, arguments, and then smut. I don’t have much to say about this one, but it really manages to make clear that this is the New Russian Holmes ‘verse, and it’s quite enjoyable.

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