hi :3 do you have an bbc Sherlock recommendations? if you don't then what about some general Holmes fic?
(Have an old rec list from LJ! It’s about time I moved things over anyway. That said, I don’t read in the Sherlock fandom a lot anymore, so these are all fairly old. Hopefully there’s something new to you. ^-^)
Title: 26 Pieces by Lanning
Author’s Summary: Mycroft gives Sherlock the apparently simple task of solving a puzzle box containing a stolen microchip. It isn’t simple.
Notes: This story is chilling, haunting, and manages to be both an incredibly in-depth character study at the same time as it’s a thrilling case-fic. The mutual adoration between John and Sherlock is so real and clear, as are the lengths they’ll go for one another, and they are absolutely in character throughout the whole thing. I worship this story to an unhealthy degree.
Title: A Strange Fear by sirona_gs
Author’s Summary: Sherlock speaks without thinking, and it really hits home for John.
Notes: This story aches. I’ve been in John’s shoes, loving someone who by all rights should never love me back, so this hits right at all of my insecurities and tears me into little pieces, then stitches me back together with a sweet, happy ending.
Title: A Study in Intimacy by doodle_writes
Author’s Summary: People don’t touch Sherlock Holmes, not like they touch other people. Then he meets John Watson.
Notes: Sweet, poignant, and adorable. I love this story for its Sherlock-voice. Moffat once said in an interview that “Sherlock adores John,” and with pieces like this you can really feel it. (And, well, mistletoe fics are always lovely regardless of the season.)
Title: All That I Have by the_arc5
Author’s Summary: In the aftermath of the Great Game, Sherlock finds himself with a new weakness. John is both the cause and the cure.
Notes: Beautiful, touching, and so very real—this is the aftermath of TGG that I wanted to see on the show. And the writing is just beyond compare. Perfect.
Title: Aloha, Dr. Watson by ariadnes_string
Author’s Summary: At least one of them was calm as fuck.
Notes: I adore crossovers, and this is a great one, mixing pre-canon Sherlock and pre-canon Hawaii 5-0. John is an awesome BAMF doctor, and Steve is so very amusing in his observations. The sequel is equally wonderful, so make sure to catch that one, too, if it’s your kind of thing.
Title: An Ordinary Pocket Watch by TardisIsTheOnlyWayToTravel
Author’s Summary: Most people tend to assume that John Watson is unremarkable and ordinary. Except that he isn’t, not really. Doctor Who crossover.
Notes: My fondness for crossovers runs deep, and this one is brilliant. The premise is so weird I would have never expected it to work, but it does. Oh, lord, it does. (There’s a sequel to this, too, which is just as fabulous as this one.)
Title: The Autumn Moon is Bright by barrowjane
Author’s Summary: John has two secrets he keeps from Sherlock - he manages this, he thinks, only because Sherlock would find the idea that John is attracted to him just as unlikely as the idea of John being a werewolf. He’s not sure what it says about his life, that love and lycanthropy are considered equally impossible events.
Notes: This story is flat-out beautiful. Glorious. Achy and sweet and touching and too much for words. I devoured this in one day the first time I read it, and then immediately went back to reread it. Nothing I can say will ever come close to doing it justice.
Title: Available Evidence by lamardeuse
Author’s Summary: John is the one mystery Sherlock can’t solve.
Notes: Because Sherlock is incredibly hard to get right, and lamardeuse manages it wonderfully. It’s also a lovely fix-it set after TGG, and it made me laugh all the way through.
Title: Bromance Isn’t Dead by cyerus
Author’s Summary: John and Lestrade are epic bros.
Notes: Cyerus is one of the funniest authors in this fandom, and this story is no exception. I adore it, and have no words to describe how much. Just…read it. You won’t regret it if you do, but you most definitely will if you don’t.
Title: Captain John Watson, Genetics, and Other Crazy Things by cyerus
Author’s Summary: The explanation for John “Three Continents” Watson? Jack Harkness is his father.
Sherlock doesn’t know whether he’s going to die from jealousy or sexual frustration first.
Notes: I put off reading this for a long time, because the premise seemed just a bit too cracky for me. But, hey, it’s cyerus, so it had to be at least a little good. Then I read it and was promptly blown away. It’s hilarious, beautifully written and so funny that I about died. Anyone who has not read this must be strapped to a chair and forced to do so immediately. Fandom classic here, without doubt.
Title: The Detective Series by lotherington
Rating: T overall
Author’s Summary: John Watson was seven years and three months old when he first met His Raggedy Detective. He wasn’t expecting the bright red telephone box to crash land in his back garden in the middle of the night, but then, who ever expected such a silly thing to happen in the first place?
Notes: Reason 1) It’s a Doctor Who crossover. Reason 2) Sherlock and John are beautifully in character. 3) The three stories are angsty and lovely and sweet and fluffy by turns, and twist your heart up into little knots of wonderfulness.
Title: examine every inch by whimsicalimages
Author’s Summary: (none)
Notes: This is based on the red string myth, so if you know what that is, you can probably guess the basic plot of this story. It’s sweet and angsty and beautiful, and the writing is just gorgeous.
Title: Faerie-Touched by blind_author
Author’s Summary: AU. In a world of sorcerers and magic, Sherlock is a Faerie-born and John, lacking any kind of magical talent, often seems a bit out of place. But he has a gift all his own…
Notes: AUs are awesome in general (so creative!), and this one is just splendid. Pretty much anything blind_author writes is more than worth reading, but this is a beautiful foray into world-building. Sherlock and John are vivid and multifaceted and gorgeous, and the emotions packed into this story are breathtaking.
Title: The Hollow Men by ends_of_time
Author’s Summary: What constitutes a life when you’ve just stopped living?
Notes: An eerie, haunting look at life for John after TRF. Beautiful writing, a beautiful portrayal of grief and mourning, and a lovely, heartwarming conclusion.
Title: In Which John is a BAMFy MoFo, OMG! By kantayra_fic
Author’s Summary: John’s BAMFness and Sherlock’s damsel-in-distress act are caught forever on camera. So Scotland Yard can mock. A lot.
Notes: Oh, ooh, this one always makes me giggle until my sides ache. It’s just perfect, and the title alone should convince you to give it a try. Riotous.
Title: In Which John Is A Disney Princess by soera
Author’s Summary: Animals like John. They like him a lot. Lestrade is confused, John is pragmatic, and Sherlock feels like he’s in a Disney movie.
Notes: I adore anything soera writes, but this is especially sweet, funny, and adorable. Another one that should be read by virtue of the title alone.
Title: Kiss the Tin Man by hyacinth_sky747
Author’s Summary: (none)
Noets: This is a gorgeous story about human frailty and human strengths, and Sherlock’s POV is a mix of heartbreaking and endearing. The Wizard of Oz references just make everything better. Mycroft is lovely, too, and John is so very much himself. <3
Title: Let You Kiss Me (So Sweet and So Soft) by out_there
Author’s Summary: The first time Sherlock kisses him, John keeps his eyes open, and so does Sherlock, and mostly, he wonders what Sherlock could possibly be up to. There’ll be some logic to this. Some ridiculous experiment about body warmth or respiratory rates or testing a new way of picking pockets. Sherlock does the unimaginable for bizarre reasons, but behind it, there’s always logic and curiosity. Sometimes, it just takes him a while to explain it to John.
Notes: Sometimes, you just want enough fluff to rot your teeth and/or your brain. This provides, while still managing to have an interesting plot, a bit of angst, and remain incredibly IC. It makes me coo, every time.
Title: Man and Beast by jupiter_ash
Author’s Summary: Written for a prompt. Sherlock is a werewolf who is captured by a facility which wants to experiment on him. When John is placed into his cage they expect Sherlock to attack him, but instead, he tries to mate with John.
Notes: This fic is hot and flat-out gorgeous. I adore Sherlock’s struggle against his inner beast and John’s cool collectedness in the face of danger. And it’s hot. Did I mention that?
Title: The Perils of Urban Warfare by phantomjam
Author’s Summary: The problems of acclimatising to civilian life a.k.a the travails of John, his therapist and Sherlock.
Notes: When Mycroft diagnoses John as missing the war, it’s easy enough to overlook what that really means. Phantomjam most certainly does not, and gives us a funny, deadpan, sometimes painful, and always gorgeous look at how John moves from the battlefields of Afghanistan to the battlefield of London.
Title: Pseudoscience by Winter_of_our_Discontent
Author’s Summary: The only thing worse than being kidnapped by scientists is being kidnapped by scientists with shoddy methodology. Good thing Sherlock’s got a new friend in the next cell.
Notes: Anyone who knows me knows my adoration of paranormal/supernatural/fantasy AUs. This is one of those, and it’s perfect. Sherlock’s disdain is classic, as is John’s ability to break down his emotional barriers even when they’re separated by actual barriers. And the twist at the end is lovely.
Title: raise it up (shining) by whimsicalimages
Author’s Summary: What if Sherlock has a clockwork heart? What if John has the key? (Paraphrased, forgive me the liberty.)
Notes: Whimsicalimages has a truly incredible imagination, and this story is a perfect showcase of that. It’s amazing beyond words, and so very, very beautiful.
Title: Resign Yourself to Me; Or, a Very Short Engagement by lei_chi_sogna
Author’s Summary: A fanciful accounting of how Sherlock Holmes (The World’s Foremost Consulting Detective) and John H. Watson (M.D., ex-RAMC, and best friend of the former) came to be affianced and, in fairly short order, married.
Notes: This should, very much, be crack. It manages not to be, mostly because the reasoning is all so very, very much something Sherlock would come up with, and John would grumble about and protest but eventually go along with. Funny, sweet, silly, and very well-written; what more is needed?
Title: The Science of Forward Momentum by thisprettywren
Author’s Summary: Sherlock understands the impossibility of second chances.
Notes: This story is absolutely agonizing, painful in a beautiful, glorious way. Sherlock is so very human, so desperate that it’s bordering on madness, and the writing is perfect and gritty and makes me feel all over. Just…yum.
Title: Shadows on the Wall by AraSigyrn
Author’s Summary: John came back from Afghanistan psychic.
Notes: I am an utter fool in the face of pretty language, and this has some of the prettiest I’ve encountered. And the premise, setup, plot, execution—they’re all gorgeous. John is by turns heartbreaking and thrilling and so very, very much the slightly broken army doctor of canon, just…with a little more. Read it. Now. You’ll be glad you did.
Title: Spaces Between by aubkae
Author’s Summary: John watches Sherlock wander through the flat staring at everything like it’s all new, touching random objects as if they can tell him something he doesn’t already know. Their eyes meet. They look away.
Notes: I adore this story. It’s an absolutely haunting reaction to TRF and the idea of Sherlock leaving for years to dismantle Moriarty’s web. Whatever TPTB come up with, I don’t think it will never be able to top fandom’s response/solutions, and this is one of the best.
Title: Their Whole Life Through by eight_demands
Author’s Summary: If his patient thought he was the first person to ever try to intimidate John Watson, he was sadly mistaken. John sometimes considered, in his own head, the subtitle of his Afghanistan years to be “Arseholes with Guns who Love to Yell.” If anything, being verbally abused by a haughty git who was bleeding all over him brought back a rush of warm nostalgia.
Notes: This is a ridiculously funny and plausible AU of their first meeting, and I giggle every time I reread it. John is my favorite character, and he’s so beautifully IC here, dry and wry and brilliant in a quiet way, while Sherlock is loud and dramatic and perfect.
Title: they tell me their secrets (will you tell me yours too) by etothepii
Author’s Summary: In Afghanistan, the supplies tell him when they’re running low, and the cars always, always tell him when strangers have touched them, and John gets known as having a knack (paranoia, his men call it, but he’s never missed a single car bomb) for keeping his men safe.
Notes: Absolutely everything by etothepii is incredible reading, but this is one of my personal favorites. The concept is amazing, and the execution is beyond words.
Title: This Cycle of Revenge is Not Going the Way I Planned It by azriona
Author’s Summary: Someone is killing off Moriarty’s associates before Sherlock can get to them. Sherlock is Not Amused. Vaguely cracky.
Notes: John is a canon!BAMF, at least imho. And this…oh, god, I nearly laughed myself sick reading this. It’s funny, witty, cracky, and still manages to feel both IC and plausible.
Title: Time in Lieu Of by squidwhisk
Author’s Summary: John Watson has three siblings, not one…and together they are the four horsemen of the Apocalypse.
Notes: Crack!fic of epic proportions, everyone, and so delicious that not reading it should be a crime. There’s a sequel, too, if you’re craving more cracky goodness. And…idk, John Watson as Death just appeals to me on such a visceral level I don’t have words to describe it. :P
Title: Tremors by medialane
Author’s Summary: For the prompt: “John is an Avatar-style Earthbender, he was born this way and has no idea why he is this way. Harry can know, but he’s been hiding all his life from everyone else.”
Notes: This story was another I nearly skipped because it just sounded too weird. And, as with the others, I’m glad I didn’t, because it’s wonderful. So, even if you’re doubtful, just try it. It isn’t nearly as crackish as the prompt suggests, and everyone is marvelously IC.
Title: Untitled Forensics John Fic(s) by stickstockstone
Author’s Summary: An AU meeting between John (who is the new head of forensics) and Sherlock (…who is Sherlock).
Notes: Sherlock here is adorably huffy, totally IC, and absolutely ridiculous. He’s a smartass, John is an exasperated and BAMFy forensic scientist, and the coat gets—*le gasp*—insulted. It’s hilarious, not crack, and an adorable series. (Make sure to read the sequel, The Inconsequential Death of Mr. Stevens, which is even better.)
Title: The Velveteen Doctor by lantean_drift
Author’s Summary: A series of events that show John just how real he has become to Sherlock – like a bright, brilliant flash of colour in an otherwise greyscale world.
Notes: My soft spot for any story that uses The Velveteen Rabbit is bottomless. This one is good enough read again and again, and perfect in every way that I can think of. I flat-out adore it.
Title: We Go Anywhere But To The Ground by geordielover
Author’s Summary: Every second that ticks by is a reminder of the deafening quiet Sherlock has left behind. John feels his soul slip out of his fingertips, inch by inch, with every passing day.
At some point, he stops trying to hold on.
Notes: I’ve got a bit of a thing about suicide, so I avoided this fic for a long time. It was very stupid of me. Geordielover deals with a very (for me) uncomfortable subject so deftly and beautifully, and John’s pain is so real and agonizing, and breaks my heart every time I read it. Just…it’s lovely.
Title: What Meets the Eye by worldaccordingtofangirls
Author’s Summary: Amnesia is just another case to solve. Piece together unfamiliar faces, reconstruct the old identity, the lost reality. A challenge that Sherlock could even enjoy. He can read people like books. The man with the silver hair is his boss. The tottering old woman, his landlady. The girl with the worried look in her eyes…infatuated. And as for John Watson? His husband. Obviously.
Notes: Ah, this one just tears me apart with all the feels. The premise is so very Sherlock, and he’s beautifully in character. No words can describe the dreamy beauty of this fic, so you’ll just have to read it for yourself and find out.
Title: When the War Fires Fade by snowdarkred
Author’s Summary: The Wars turned the world on its head, and in that unrivaled chaos, John Watson was born with a rare gift. Sherlock, naturally, was born with an even rarer one. Years after the Wars end and the Others return to their dark lairs, two men are introduced by a well-meaning mutual acquaintance. And their world is upturned yet again.
Notes: Sunshine is a wonderful book, one of the few modern vampire stories I can read without rolling my eyes every twenty words or so, but I would have never imagined an AU based off of it. Snowdarkred pulls it off admirably, and the result is something I want to read over and over again.