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Title: Some things we do are unforgivable (but must be done all the same)
Author: dognmonkeyshow
Pairing: none
Length: about 105,000 words
Rating: T
Warnings: none
Verse: Sherlock BBC
Author's summary: It is not sufficient to have power; one must be seen by the pack to have it. For power to be real, sufficient numbers must believe in it, just as they believe in the security of the pound and that London property prices only move in one direction.
For Mycroft, these facts were bred in the bone. And the moment the bullet from John Watson's pistol entered Magnussen's brain, Mycroft's power began to slip away, because others stopped believing in it. With Sherlock under threat, and his own position undermined, Mycroft schemes to protect them all against political rivals, unseen adversaries, and ghosts from his past.


Reccer's comments: The author’s summary pretty well sums up the contents of this fic. Perhaps England would fall if Mrs Hudson left Baker Street but only try to imagine what would happen if the British Government himself would topple and… Christ no, that would be unthinkable.

And yet, in this fic we can’t but watch breathlessly as Mycroft has to deal with the aftermath of Sherlock’s shenanigans, while fighting for his professional life at the same time.

Only imagine a fic where Mycroft actually has to engage in some legwork himself and resort to dirty backroom double-dealing, even to the point where he has to pretend an interest again in an old fling. *shudders*

And all the while Sherlock is doing his damnedest to get himself condemned to yet another deadly mission, thereby actively undermining Mycroft’s efforts to save him from himself.

A must read for all Mycroft-lovers for the wonderful portrayal of the man himself and the inside of the machinery he normally operates so smoothly.

Fic Rec: The Trapping of Birdy Edwards

Title:The Trapping of Birdy Edwards
Author: Jolie_Black
Pairing: Sherlock/Molly
Length: approx. 21,800 words
Rating: teen and up
Warnings: none
< Author's summary: MOLLY: Sherlock Holmes, if you think that you can drag me through the nightclubs of this city as bait, just on the off chance that there’s some lunatic out there who deliberately targets young women below five foot four because he gets a kick out of them dying from ecstasy overdoses or something, you’re very much mistaken.
SHERLOCK: How did you manage to get all of that out in a single breath?
MOLLY: Learning by imitation, I suppose.
SHERLOCK: Would you come if I found a better pretext?

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When a quiet night of research at St. Bart's turns out to be the mere prelude to a kidnapping nightmare, Sherlock makes himself useful in an unexpected way, and Molly almost finds herself wishing that he hadn't. Almost.

Reccer's comments: A post S3 script fic that immediately drags you in and grabs you by the guts; so atmospheric are the stage directions and the dialogue is just top-notch. While reading the fic unfolds before one’s eyes like yet another ep, and a tightly-plotted, convoluted, utterly convincing one at that.

I realise a lot of people don’t like reading script fics, but really, in foregoing this one you’re deliberately missing out on something extremely good and satisfactory.

Vid rec: We Were Young

Title: We Were Young
Music Title & Artist: 岁月轻狂(Echoes Of The Rainbow) by 李治廷
Vidder: kasuko1412
Pairing or Character: Sherlock Holmes/James Moriarty
Verse: Sherlock BBC
Link: Announcement post
Vidder's summary: Jim and Sherlock met each other at an early age. They were made for each other, but, they can only be together in the next life.

Reccer's Comments: A sweet and sad story of two boys meeting, growing up, and growing apart. Or do they really? The video is beautifully edited, with good picks for young Sherlock and young Jim, and splendid use of other material featuring Benedict Cumberbatch and Andrew Scott.

It's a really emotional watch.

Last, I hope I got the title of the song and the name of the artist right. If I didn't, please tell me and I'll edit it.

Fic rec: The Youth of the Heart

Title: The Youth of the Heart
Author: persiflager
Pairing: John Watson/Mike Stamford
Length: 2852 words
Rating: Teen
Warnings: No warnings apply
Verse: Sherlock BBC
Author's summary: Written for a prompt on the kinkmeme: Sherlock "helps" John go through his boxes of stuff and comes across a photo album from his uni days. Mike's in a few of the photos.

"He was in love with you."

Reccer's comments: This one is just so precious and adorable. There are far too few fics about Mike Stamford, even fewer that shows him as anything other than Cupid(TM). In this short fic he gets substance, a past, and his own life, even though very little is set from his POV. It also gives background to Mike's smile when John comments "Who’d want me for a flatmate?" since we get to see small tidbits from John and Mike's relationship from their first meeting to after John has moved in with Sherlock.

On top of that, Sherlock shows great understanding and insight about both love and relationships, which is always refreshing to read!
Title: Like a Virgin
Author: rubyofkukundu
Pairing: None
Length: 1856 words
Rating: PG-13
Warnings: No warning apply
Verse: Sherlock BBC
Author's summary: Sherlock and John discuss Sherlock's virginity (or rather, his lack-thereof).

Title: Keep Calm and Carry On
Author: rubyofkukundu
Pairing: Sherlock Holmes/John Watson
Length: 3748 words
Rating: NC-17
Warnings: No warning apply
Verse: Sherlock BBC
Author's summary: Neither John nor Sherlock are sexually attracted to each other. But they decide to give sex a go anyway.


Reccer's comments:This series contains two (maybe three?) of my favourite things: open (and belivable) discussion of Sherlock's sexuality that's not a plot point to get Sherlock and John into bed, and awkward, not-even-close-to-perfect sex with giggles. I love laughing and giggling during sex scenes.

The first part is a good commentary on A Scandal in Belgravia and doesn't just give insights in Sherlock's sexuality, but also in John's and the dynamic between them. (And between Sherlock and Irene.) The second part is a hillarious follow-up, with unsexy sex between two friends. Sherlock is very Sherlock through-out it all, John rolls with it, and by the end, they still aren't a couple.

Keep Calm and Carry On is the reason I'm reccing these two, but you need the first part to get to the second. So if Like a Virgin doesn't really speak to you the way it does to me, don't give up on it! They laugh during sex! It's the best thing.

Fic rec: For me it isn't over

Title: For me it isn't over (LJ | AO3)
Author: sciosophia
Pairing: John Watson/Mary Morstan, John Watson & Sherlock Holmes
Length: 4726 words
Rating: PG-13
Warnings: Major Character Death (before the fic starts)
Verse: Sherlock BBC

Author's summary: “Didn’t you consider,” John began, not quite sure where he was taking this, “that I might want to do this alone?”

Because John is lost, Mary is wise, and Sherlock wants to be a good friend.

Reccer's comments: This was one of my first introductions to Mary as a character way back when (I first read it in 2011), and I think it forever cemented her importance to John's character in my head even though she's not present in the fic itself. The quote in the summary (or rather the answer he gets) has stayed with me through the years in fandom.

It's a beautiful story of love, friendship, and grief. John's grief over loosing a spouse is raw and painful, Sherlock's grief over loosing a friend is quiet and subtle. You can feel that their relationship has grown from series 1 (even if not in the same way as in the canon, perhaps) and the characters are very true to themselves.

Worthy of noting is that this fic was written in May 2011, long before there was even (official) talks about bringing Mary Morstan into the show, but it's still fairly series 3 compliant.

Fic rec: Tiny Little Pieces

Title: Tiny Little Pieces
Author: missdaviswrites
Pairing: John Watson/Mary Morstan
Length: 1594 words
Rating: G
Warnings: No Warnings Apply
Verse: Sherlock BBC
Author's summary: They watched to the end of the DVD; Sherlock smiled and winked at them and John flicked off the screen again. "So. That's Sherlock." He gave her a smile that was even more forced than the one Sherlock had just displayed. "It's funny. I'd almost forgotten what he sounded like."

Reccer's comments: I really like this one. There are so few fics about revolving Many Happy Returns (that I’ve found) and this one is heart breaking and sweet. A perfect missing scene.

MissDavis shows John’s grief in a raw and honest way, and the fic gives background to Mary’s comment “Do you have any idea what you’ve done to him?” and depth to John and Mary’s relationship.
Title: How We Rescued My Daddy From His Bad Friends
Author: caffienekitty
Pairing: none
Length: uhm, I haven’t counted, but it’s very short
Rating: gen
Warnings: none
Verse: Sherlock BBC
Author's summary: This is Mr Sherlock. He's not a nice man but he's a good man because he found my daddy. He wasn't wearing his hat but I drawd it in anyway.

Reccer's comments: This story has made it straight to Number One on my personal chart of cutest Sherlock stories ever.

Basically, it’s a school essay, complete with drawings and teacher corrections and encouragements, in which Penelope writes how her Daddy was taken hostage one day by his bad friends. Luckily Penelope was hiding in the cupboard and when the friends and Daddy were gone she got out and called 999 and that’s how she got to meet Mr Sherlock and Mr John and the nice Nspector Lestrade, as well as her Avocado.

Still, Penelope is a girl after Sherlock’s heart, ridiculously observant, and thus he hares off halfway through her story to find and save Penelope’s Daddy from his bad friends.

For all its shortness and the fact it’s so clearly told from a child’s POV, the fic contains all the elements of a friendshippy Sherlock fic, rude Sherlock, exasperated yet gentle John, a fatherly Lestrade. What more could one possibly want from such a story? I, for one, couldn’t stop smiling while reading this and hope Penelope and her Daddy will live long and happily ever after.

Fic Rec: The Case of the Green Gown

Title: The Case of the Green Gown
Author: splix
Pairing: Sherlock/John, John/Mary
Length: about 209,000 words
Rating: explicit
Warnings: graphic depictions of violence, torture
Verse: Sherlock BBC
Author's summary: ...Watson had at that time deserted me for a wife, the only selfish action which I can recall in our association. I was alone.
---Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Adventure of the Blanched Soldier


Reccer's comments: Wow, splix has done it again! Enriched the Sherlock fandom with a marvellously clever story, literally hefty in almost every sense of the word.

Make sure you’ll have nothing important on for the next few days when you start reading this for you’ll be hooked and oblivious to the demands of reality. You’ll find yourself laughing and cheering, and grappling with the most horrendous angst, swearing and recovering from punches that go straight for the solar plexus and sobbing. Oh, there’s so much delicious bittersweet sobbing in this fic.

Then there’s the great characterisation throughout. All the well-known players completely IC there’s a whole array of fascinating OC’s. As usual everything is written in that exquisite language that’s this author’s special trademark.

Apart from an incredibly tightly plotted casefic that contains more than enough intrigue to fill at least two seasons of Sherlock this is a wonderfully crafted psychological study of the human condition and all those feelings that shape us into what we are: love, friendship, grief, greed, jealousy. Greatness and despicable flaws, both are shown in every character. And throughout it all both Holmes brothers suffer so nobly. After all, no one is better aware than they are that caring isn’t an advantage.

After the havoc Moftiss wreaked with S3 this fic helped me to recover my love for Sherlock the series, even long before Moftiss made it all better again with TAB. Everyone who has got huge problems with Mary should read this fic just to admire the nuanced approach to her personage. In this fic I often loathed her, despised her and really, really didn’t like her but throughout splix managed to make me sympathise with her plight. After all, Sherlock returning from the dead wasn’t exactly what she had bargained for.

But what’s the fic about? That I’m not going to tell for I don’t want to spoil your fun. Just start reading like I did and be mesmerised and enchanted like I was. You won’t be disappointed.

Highly, highly recommended!
Title: Something Good (Will Come From That)
Music Title & Artist: Would You Like to Take a Walk? by The Sunshine Boys
Vidder: sanguinity
Pairing or Character: Holmes & Watson
Verse: 54 different adaptations - see full list at vid page
Link: AO3 | tumblr
Reccer's Comments:
For me, this is the ultimate Holmes & Watson vid. sanguinity summarized it as "100 years of moving pictures about Holmes & Watson," and that is exactly what it is and yet it conveys none of the sheer majesty that is the result. As I noted above, sanguinity used 54 different adaptations as source material -- all the biggies are there, BBC Sherlock, the Ritchie/RDJ movies, Granada, Elementary; the less common but still not unexpected adaptations like both Russian Holmes series, The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes, and Young Sherlock Holmes; several different Holmesian cartoons like The Great Mouse Detective, Sherlock Hound, and Sherlock Holmes in the 22nd Century; silent movies and web series like Herlock and entirely fanmade 'verses like 221B Baker Towers; and adaptations from Japan, China, Korea, India, and Brazil in addition to the Anglophonic and Russian adaptations we're more familiar with. It's very, very tempting to call the vid "all the Holmeses and all the Watsons," but I don't recommend doing so because sanguinity will immediately pop up to explain exactly how many Holmeses & Watsons didn't make the cut.

But the sheer genius of the vid, beyond its scope, is how much a love letter it is, not only to Holmes & Watson but to fandom and fannishness in general. Because the way sanguinity put all these sources together, arranged around themes like walking arm in arm, or Holmes torturing Watson with his violin, or Reichenbach, highlights how in conversation they all are with each other. All the adaptations are, after all, fanworks of one original canon; and cut together like this there is a amazing sense of Holmesiana being one enormous, chaotic, joyous fandom, spanning decades and continents. The effect is delightful, overwhelming in the best way, and utterly charming.

And once you've watched the vid a couple (hundred) times, I strongly recommend reading the commentary posted as chapters 2 & 3 at the AO3 link. The process of sourcing and making the vid (and the various ways sanguinity cut down the multitude of adaptations into something manageable) is fascinating. But more than that, watching so many adaptations in a fairly close time frame (and with an eye to using them for a vid) gave sanguinity a unique perspective on how Holmes & Watson get interpreted in visual canons. She discusses how technological changes affected adaptational styles; the rise and fall of various tropes (it apparently has not always been the case that it is "always 1895"!); diversity in casting; and the relative shippiness of different adaptations. Reading about the vid is just as rewarding as watching the vid itself, even at 9,000 words. :)
Title: to cradle the world in his hands
Author: language_escapes (k_e_p)
Pairing: Gen
Length: 7,927
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: None
Verse: Sherlock Holmes in the 22nd Century
Author's summary: He does not feel limited. A Tennyson origin story.
Reccer's comments:
I really did not know how much I needed this story until I read it. I only know this adaptation because it's spawned some really impressive fic, and this fic is definitely up there. It's just filled with so much science fictional world-building, all devoted to exploring a theme that science fiction very often elides: disability. Technology is not a magical fix; Tennyson is conflicted about whether his disability is something that needs to be fixed anyway. And everything about language, and culture, and who bears the burden of adapting, is just so true. So right, even as it's sometimes so wrong. It's a painful read, at times; but as I started with, it was a read I needed, desperately.
Excerpt:
Tennyson’s earliest memory is of his mama’s hands. He remembers them arcing and curving, creating shapes. He remembers thinking, that’s me when her hands twisted in a particular way. He remembers feeling warm, because his mama named him with her hands, and it was beautiful, and perfect, and him.

Fic Rec: Lepidoptera, by Saki101

Title: Lepidoptera
Author: Saki101
Pairings: John/Sherlock
Length: 17,950
Rating: NC-17/Explicit
Verse: BBC Sherlock and the world of A Midsummer Night's Dream
Author's Summary: Mike introduces John to Mrs Hudson, who has a room to let. Sherlock resides in Regent's Park when he's in London. It's only a short flight to Baker Street.

A stand-alone AU of the Sherlock universe crossed with A Midsummer Night's Dream written for the Spook-Me Multi-Fandom Halloween Ficathon 2015 in response to the prompt: dark faeries.

Author's Warning: Strange things ahead (blood-drinking moths, for example)

Reccer's Content Note: The drawing of blood (see "Author's Warning") plays an important role in the magic and sensuality here. If blood-drinking moths don't squick you then I think you're good to go even if bloodplay does.

Reccer's Comments: Ah, I don't have words for how beautiful and strange and spooky and original this story is. Something I love about Saki101's work as a whole is how the writer takes a theme (maybe the theme) of BBC Sherlock -- how John accepts, as if it were perfectly normal to do so, Sherlock in all his unusual splendor, or splendid unusualness -- and explores that theme in varied and richly delineated settings. There's so much art in Saki101's stories, and I mean that in every sense of the word "art."

Also, before I get too lit-crit and hoity-toity here, let me add, hastily, that this story is also funny (note the excellent dry Mycroft in the excerpt below) and sexy and, oh, just magic.

An Excerpt:

“Bored,” Sherlock growled from a branch high above Mycroft’s head.

Mycroft drew a thorn across a flattened rose petal. He pressed a fresh leaf over the fine design left behind, and rolled the two into a scroll.

“Bored,” Sherlock repeated, dropping down a branch. It swayed as he landed, glossy leaves rustling. He reached for a cluster of berries.

Mycroft tied a strand of bark around the scroll and held it up. From under a root, a beetle scuttled. It stood on its hind legs, clasped the roll to its abdomen and buzzed away.

“So soon after the uproar in the theatre?” Mycroft asked. He sucked the rose flesh off the tip of the thorn. “You might try to be a little more discreet.”

Sherlock chuckled. “What’s more discreet than one more fairy among the fairies?” He slipped down several branches, disturbing not a leaf.

“One that doesn’t fly about a theatre that has no roof,” Mycroft replied. “’Inexplicable stagecraft wizardry’, ‘Midsummer magic stronger in the autumn’, ‘An evening of enchantment’, or words to that effect headlined the media coverage, which was far more extensive than a post-season charity performance should have garnered. You will note a certain trend in their word choices.”

Read on the AO3.

Welcome to August!

We have one reccer for the month so far: dioscureantwins. Hail, and thank you!

Our thanks also to July's reccers (still open to recs through today): snarryfool, eddieblackmaru, and phoenixfalls!

We're still taking signups for August, and for September as well. I'll be at sea for most of the week, and unable to post, but will respond when I return.
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Title: heart like a blade
Author: thingswithwings
Pairing: Cookie Lyon/Joan Watson
Length: 6,020 words
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: N/A
Verse: Elementary, Empire crossover
Author's summary: If Joan had to summarize her observations of Cookie to Sherlock – and, who is she kidding, he's celebrity-obsessed and will probably wring it out of her one day – she'd say that she's a woman who strikes out first with her weaknesses and hides her strengths until they're needed. It's nearly enough to knock Joan off balance.
Reccer's comments:
This crossover fic is just so much fun. On first read, it's Cookie's characterization that shines -- she's so completely herself, larger-than-life, cunning and vulnerable and ridiculously charismatic; but a second read-through reveals that Joan is equally well-drawn. Even as the pov character she keeps much of her own counsel, but the tension between her and Cookie in every conversation is electric. I would read this fic expanded to 50,000 words, gladly; at 6,000 words it's the worst kind of tease, just enough hinted at and implied and glossed over that I want to demand "more, more, more!" of the universe.
Title: Gone to Feed the Roses (Elegant and Curled) http://archiveofourown.org/works/426948/chapters/717852
Author: hitlikehammers http://archiveofourown.org/users/hitlikehammers/pseuds/hitlikehammers
Pairing: JW/SH M/M
Length: 18256
Rating: Teen and Up
Warnings:Post Reichenbach, Reunion Fic, BAMF John, Angst, Suicidal Idealtion
Verse: BBC Sherlock
Author's summary:

John Watson is no one's weeping widow, and he knows that it's not impossible to cheat death.

Reccer's comments: Sorry I have been absent! I am moving house and thought I could handle a lot more than I actually could. Also sorry if this was posted recently, I didn't check and pulled it from my favorites that I had bookmarked ages ago.

Nothing I like better than a BAMF John. Although the story could be smoother and is a little hard to follow at points, I love how strong the author has made John. Don't let Chapter One freak you out though, notice the warnings and breathe! Enjoy!

Sorry for the massive upload time to go on vacation!

A Study in Bwankets

Title: A Study in Bwankets http://archiveofourown.org/works/377038
Author: lavvyan http://archiveofourown.org/users/lavvyan/pseuds/lavvyan
Pairing: JW/SH Gen
Length: 1573
Rating: Gen
Warnings: Potental diabetes from all the sugar in this fic, not including the chocolate!
Verse: BBC Sherlock
Author's summary:

Wee!John's blanket is gone, but never fear: wee!Sherlock is on the case. Sort of.

Reccer's comments: Sorry I have been absent! I am moving house and thought I could handle a lot more than I actually could. Also sorry if this was posted recently, I didn't check and pulled it from my favorites that I had bookmarked ages ago.

Ready for sugar overload? Poor little John has lost his blanket and Sherlock decides to solve a case! Enjoy!

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Title: Inscrutable to the Last
Author: DiscordantWords
Pairings: John/Mary; John/Sherlock (ultimately)
Length: 48,843
Rating: Mature/R
Verse: BBC Sherlock
Author's Summary: He wasn't Sherlock, he couldn't work miracles. All he'd ever been able to do was write about them.
Reccer's Comments: Let us suppose, gentle readers, that Sherlock Holmes is dead and has never returned, and that John is married to a nurse named Mary, who is not now and never has been pregnant. Let us suppose that John has made a life for himself. Really. He has. And as part of that life, he is writing a sort of novel that he keeps on his laptop and whose events, to a startling degree, resemble the events of S3.

You may go into this expecting a supernatural story in which John's novel comes true. It isn't. It's much more clever and surprising than that. And you will notice that I have not included a "character death" warning, okay?

It is beyond me why this fic hasn't had more readers. Also, I have checked the spreadsheet of past recs about half a dozen times, because how has this not been recced before?

Here's an excerpt from the opening.

"John?"

Mary's voice had gone strange. The tone made something lurch in his chest.

He looked up from his newspaper, from where he sat on the sofa. She was sitting at the little desk in the corner, staring down at her laptop—except—no, no, it wasn't her laptop at all. It was his.

"What's this?" she asked, and her voice was definitely strange, high and strained.

It set his heart pounding, thudding a steady beat of no no no, each jump of his pulse flooding him with a sickening dread. He wanted to throw his newspaper down, bolt for the door, flee into the damp evening air. He wanted to stand up and snap his laptop shut, like he'd done to Sherlock all those years ago—except, no, best not think of that.

He did none of those things. Instead, he rustled his newspaper, folded it neatly and set it down on the coffee table, and met her eyes. He sat very still.

"Hm?" he said. "What's that, then?" He feigned casual, did a crap job of it, and why did he even bother, she'd always been adept at seeing right through him, right from the very start. That's why he'd—

Read on the AO3.

Fic Rec: Bromance Isn't Dead

Title:Bromance Isn't Dead http://archiveofourown.org/works/406543/
Author: http://archiveofourown.org/users/cyerus/pseuds/cyerus/
Pairing: Gen JW/SH established
Length: 1406
Rating: General
Warnings: None
Verse: BBC Sherlock
Author's summary:
When people first see Lestrade and John together, they assume that they are a couple.

They're not, though. They're just really epic bros.

Reccer's comments: A little light read to brighten up your Thursday. I was delighted by the author's description of a Watson/Lestrade friendship. I also liked Donovan in this fic as well, she had a couple great lines. Good ninja's eat their veggies. ;) Enjoy!

Also Hello! This is my first time reccing, it's nice to meet you all!

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