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The new community on Dreamwidth (https://221b-recs.dreamwidth.org/ ) is open for members. Links on that site are being updated. The community has been backed up on DW and is in some respects more complete; posts from journals deleted on LJ have been removed from the comm here but still exist on DW.

There is now an RSS feed allowing readers to follow the DW comm on LJ: http://221b-recs-dw.livejournal.com/

The sign-up post on the new comm is here. Guidelines and Info are  here. I've updated the spreadsheet, and will be asking for help in adding DW links.

You can get a free Dreamwidth account yourself, and we look forward to seeing you there! Otherwise, you can use an OpenID account for your LJ account to comment over there.


I hope we'll be seeing you on the other side! My sincere thanks and appreciation to everyone who worked so hard and well to keep this community active and useful.

I apoligize for being slower than usual, even, this month. I'm undergoing cataract surgery in both eyes, and my sight has been unreliable. It's improving greatly, however, and should settle down within two weeks (so, the brevity of this message today). Hope to communicate more effectively with you soon!


Move underway

An update on our move to Dreamwidth --

The Dreamwidth account is in place, but not ready yet for participation. Complete back-up of comments was still in progress the last time I checked--there was a queue for accounts, and it's taking a little more time than usual. I'm still working on changing/deleting/editing outdated information posts the old signup post, links, etc. on the new DW account.

I have created an RSS feed of the DW comm for LJ. I'm still working on the settings for that, and I'll post the link here when it's done.

I'm asking that no comments be made here to old posts, as they won't be imported to DW. Questions can be answered in comments to this post and to the final announcement and sticky post with links and information, coming soon.

Thanks to everyone for your interest, paitience, and support!


Title: BBC Sherlock Theme (Indian Jam)
Music Title & Artist: The BBC Sherlock Theme, originally composed by David Arnold and Michael Price, here with new arrangement/composition by Tushar Lall; Samay Lalwani is playing percussion and Prathamesh Salunke is on flute.
Vidder: Filmed and edited by Tuhin Mukherjee & Amitesh Mukherjee under the auspices of the Indian Jam Project.
Verse: Sherlock BBC
Link: This link goes to the Indian Jam Project's Video page -- if you scroll down, you will find a link to the BBC Sherlock Theme toward the bottom of the page. BBC Sherlock Theme (Indian Jam) vid

Reccer's Comments: This is a lovely, intriguing rendition of the opening music to the BBC Sherlock series. According to their website, the lead composer of the Indian Jam Project, Tushar Lall, "is attempting to knit classical Indian tones into the script of western music to showcase the beauty of Indian Music. It is a one of a kind concept where fusion of Indo-western styles of music produces a concoction which is deeply emotive as well as thought-provoking, showing that music transcends boundaries and has no language." Take two and a half minutes to give your ear a treat and appreciate this beautiful reminder of our multicultural fandom.


Thanks to everyone for your comments.  So far, most respondants have favored a move to Dreamwidth. It's the option that tampopo and I have favored as well.

Some worries about the move are a loss of community members and readership; a loss of reccers; a loss of coverage in newsletters and links to the comm. I hope networking and publicity can help somewhat.

Concerning cross-posting from DW to LJ, that option isn't possible for communities. However, setting up an RSS feed for a DW comm, for reading-only on LJ, may be a solution.

I'm proposing a move of the active community to Dreamwidth by May 1. The LJ comm would be backed up completely on DW and the comm on LJ would be closed to all new posts and comments. It would remain as an archive here for as long as LJ allows.

Information would be posted here in a sticky post on locating the new comm, on the (I hope) RSS feed to continue following the comm on LJ, and on Dreamwidth in general.

As always, comments are welcome.


Proposal to move and input?

Hi, all.

As you probably know, the recent changes in the LJ user agreement have prompted many users and communities to look for other homes--especially users and communities with free speech concerns, with LGBTQ and other identities, and those producing and consuming (and reviewing!) works we love. There is always the possibility of a journal being deleted by LJ authorities, but the risk seems higher now.

I'm proposing backing up the contents of this community and moving it to Dreamwidth. On Dreamwidth, the community would retain all posts and comments and tags from the LJ comm up to point of the backup.

The LJ comm would be closed to comments and posts originating on LJ. It's possible that cross-posts from Dreamwidth would be posted here. Anyone would still be able to read posts, however, and we can resume posting links on Tumblr.

This community depends vitally on participation by its members. Although it is possible for active LJ users to comment on Dreamwidth using OpenID, it's best that our reccers have DW accounts and join the new comm there. You would also need a Dreamwidth account to subscribe and be notified of updates.

Currently we have about 950 members and are watched by about 1400. We have an active pool of a few dozen reccers. I'd like to hear from you, the members, the readers, the reccers, about this proposal to move. Having reliable reccers on DW would greatly improve our success in a new home.

Thanks to you all --


Fic Rec: Haircut

Title: Haircut
Author: HiddenLacuna
Pairing: Sherlock/John
Length: 3025
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: None
Verse: Sherlock BBC
Author's summary: "Sherlock, you need a haircut," John says. "You're beginning to look like Jonathan Creek."

Reccer's comments: The one where John gives Sherlock a haircut and they both get off from it. Hello, hair kink! Sherlock Holmes loves his hair. I mean, he really loves it. As we discover, so does John Watson. The Jonathan Creek reference hooked me right fromt the start (google him if you're not familiar and you'll see what John means). Sherlock actually has a deeply personal reason for prizing his long curls; it's a meaningful insight into his character and gives some depth to his vanity. Allowing John to cut his hair is a big moment for Sherlock and one they ultimately don't waste.

"Lock's locks," John mutters to himself, and immediately cringes. Oh Christ, that was out loud. He freezes and braces for the inevitable onslaught of vitriol and an exhortation not to use such stupid things as nicknames when referring to the great and terrible Sherlock Holmes.

It doesn't come.

I remember reading this years ago (it's a post-S2 story) and was so happy to come across it again recently. This is an incredibly hot, funny, and even a little sweet first time for our boys. 

Announcement and goodbye...

Hello everyone,

first of all, I'm sorry I have been absent from the comm for so long. RL has taken over the last two years and so I left mod duties to Unovis' capable hands.
As I won't be returning to the Holmes fandom or fandom life anytime soon I think and following LJ's new terms of service - which we were all so graciously given the opportunity to sign - more changes are in order:

As of tonight Unovis is now the full owner of this comm. I'll be deleting my LJ account in a month or so as I have no desire to stay under the new conditions. (If anybody wants to contact me for some reason you still can do so during April via pm.)

Unovis will be making more important changes concerning the comm which she'll inform you all about soon. Stay tuned!! ;)

All that's left for me to say is "Thank you!"
Thank you to everyone who posted recs here and so gave life to the community! I have always been the silent observer type in fandom, so I was very nervous about opening this comm way back when and it always made me smile to think that people found it useful.

And thank you to Unovis, and all other helpers, who kept it going in my absence!



No fooling

Welcome to our intrepid April volunteers: rachelindeed and write_out . Welcome back to both of you, and we're looking forward to your new recs.

Many thanks also to our faithful March reccers, bowl_of_glow and sanguinity. We've enjoyed your contributions and enthusiasm.

Signups are now open for May. As usual, you only need to make four recs a month, for works created for any version of Sherlock Holmes, as fic, art, vids, podfic, or meta.  Sign up here! Info and Guidelines here.


Vid Rec: A Strange Kind of Love; Barbuzuka

Music Title & Artist: Peter Murphy - A Strange Kind of Love
Vidder: Barbuzuka
Pairing: Holmes/Watson
Verse: Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson (1980)
Link: on youtube (no announcement post)

Reccer's Comments: I began the month with a Whitehead/Pickering rec, and I'm in the mood to be self-indulgent and end the month with one, too.

I was under the impression that there weren't any Whitehead/Pickering vids on the internet anymore, but then a friend sent me this and I about died with glee. I love their stupid smiles, and their stupid shared glances, and their stupid touching, and Holmes' stupid trolling of Watson, and Watson's stupid inability to stop watching Holmes. There is not one single thing that is sophisticated about my enjoyment of this vid: it just makes me happy.

(And please let me apologize in advance for the poor quality of the footage: this vid was made a while back -- as you can tell by the older vidding style -- when the only footage generally available was a set of not-pristine VHS rips. But even with the blurry footage and wonky color: it makes me happy.)

Fic Rec: Robots and the Men Who Love Them

Title: Robots and the Men Who Love Them
Author: JaneTurenne
Pairing: Holmes/Robo-Watson; The Doctor/Robo-The-Master
Length: 1,078 words
Rating: General Audiences
Verse: Sherlock Holmes in the 22nd Century x Doctor Who
Author's summary: An inevitable crossover--silly, fluffy, slashy, robot-lovin', timey-wimey crack.

Reccer's comments: So, a thing I did not know: somewhere in Doctor Who canon,* there is a Ninth Doctor (but not that Ninth Doctor) whose traveling companion is a robot version of the Master.

Given that, one obviously must have the Doctor and robo-Master stop in during the 22nd century to have tea with Holmes and his robotic Watson. (And then one must have Holmes and the Doctor needle each other about who is more gauche for keeping around a roboticized ex-lover, while the robots themselves merrily get up to hijinks.)

Happily, JaneTurenne has ably answered the call for this absolutely necessary story. I giggled, and giggled some more.

* In The Scream of The Shalka, to be precise. It is available on the BBC website, 90 minutes runtime, in Flash animation -- which requires a lot of clicking 'next' to watch, because it only loads three-ish minutes at a go. Watching it is not necessary to enjoying JaneTurenne's story, however; I enjoyed the story even before I knew the Doctor Who part is canon.

btw, for the trivia hounds: this particular Ninth Doctor is Richard E. Grant, who was also Sherlock Holmes, Mycroft Holmes, and Jack Stapleton. The other Ninth Doctor, Christopher Eccleston, wasn't anyone so far as I know -- and that kind of slacking is very possibly why every other British actor has had to shoulder three Holmesian roles apiece.

Vid Rec: Dixon's Girl

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.

Signups open for April

Signups are now open for April. As usual, you only need to make four recs a month, for works created for any version of Sherlock Holmes, as fic, art, vids, podfic, or meta.  Sign up here! Info and Guidelines here.


Fic Rec (BBC Sherlock) | Breakable

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

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

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Fic Rec: Hounded

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.

Vid Rec: Love Game; GeekyKristie

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.

Fic Rec: The Professor's Daughter

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...

[Spoilers for The Beekeepers Apprentice]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?

Fic Rec (BBC Sherlock) | A Dangerous Love

Title: A Dangerous Love
Author: redbuttonhole (AO3)
Pairings: Sherlock/John/Mary
Length: 10631 words
Rating: PG
Verse: BBC Sherlock
Author's summary: In His Last Vow, seven months between the Watson Family Domestic and Christmas at the Holmes’ pass unseen. Here’ one version of what might have happened during that gap. John and Sherlock and Mary all love each other. And it’s tearing them apart.

Reccer's comments: After Mary shoots Sherlock, John moves back to 221B. Sherlock attempts to bring John and Mary back together, and ends up growing rather close to Mary himself.

I like fics that explore the possibilities of a relationship between Sherlock, Mary and John; I very much like fics in which Sherlock is attracted to Mary independently of his relationship with John, and not just because he’s in love with John and she happens to be part of the package. I like Sherlock’s and Mary’s characterization here; they get each other because they are remarkably similar – which, as John points out, isn’t always a good thing. Contains infidelity, some angst, and three kind of messed up people trying to figure out what they are to one another and how they can possibly fit all together.
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Art Rec: untitled Howard Holmes H/W

Title: Untitled
Artist: Basil / ghostbees
Pairing: Holmes/Watson
Rating: "NSFW-ish" (reccer's rating: pg-13)
Verse: Howard Holmes (1954 TV)
Author's summary: (none)

Reccer's comments: A sweet moment between Holmes and Watson for the 1954 TV series.
Title: Cigarettes and Splinters
Author: Flaignhan (fanfiction.net)
Pairings: Sherlock/Molly
Length: 3122 words
Rating: G
Verse: BBC Sherlock
Author's note: Big spoilers for The Final Problem.

Reccer's comments: After his ordeal, Sherlock goes check on Molly and explains her the reason of his phone call. An intimate and tender fic which provides some of the emotional closure that I think was missing in TFP.

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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.

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