alicambs: (writing man)
This is a fan fiction recommendation journal. New recs will be posted individually and added to the themed recommendation lists.
This journal is mirrored on LJ here

At present the fandoms include:
The Professionals
Nearly all Bodie/Doyle with an occasional gen story
Also there is The Professionals Information and Resources listing
Tag pros rec will give you the latest recs.

Stargate SG-1
A mix of slash (mainly Jack/Daniel), Gen team and occasional het pairings such as Daniel/Sha're or Daniel/Vala.
Tag sg-1 rec will give you the latest recs.

The X-Files
Mainly Mulder/Krycek with a few Mulder-focused gen or other.
Tag x-files rec will give you the latest recs.

Heroes
Nearly all Mohinder/Sylar (Mylar)
Tag mylar rec will give you the latest recs.

Ultraviolet (TV)
Anything and everything I could find of this small fandom, both fan fiction and resources. Ultraviolet (the TV show) was an amazing 6 hours of TV. The most intriguing take on modern day Vampires I've seen.
Tag uv rec will give you the latest recs.

Sherlock
Both John/Sherlock slash and friendship fics with an occasional appearance of some that fit neither description, because I can. :-)
Tag sherlock rec will give you the latest recs.

The Hobbit (2012)
Slash and gen/friendship. These will be very Bilbo, often with Thorin, focused but not exclusively as I like all the characters.
Tag the hobbit rec will give you the latest recs

Original Fic
From time to time I read non fandom, original fiction. These are the ones I've loved. No list at present.
Tag orginal fic rec will give you the latest recs,

Merlin Recs
I've fallen for some glorious AU Merlin stories (Merlin/Arthur) and here are my favourite.
Tag merlin recs will give you the latest recs
alicambs: (Bilbo)
Clarity of Vision by mithen In a Middle-Earth where Erebor never fell, a shadow remains in the heart of the Lonely Mountain. Bilbo Baggins finds himself drawn reluctantly into a quest that will lead him across the continent--from Bree to Lake Evendim to the icy North and beyond--with a party of five dwarves searching for an artifact that will cure the ailing King Thrór. An entertaining and quite different beginning to Bilbo's association with Thorin, Dwalin, Balin, Fili and Kili dwarves. There is humour alongside the adventures, trials and tribulations as well as a fun side trip into the Shire. Highly enjoyable.
alicambs: (Sherlock)
An unlikely association in seven fish by Bold as Brass Of course they haven’t met up every Friday for fish and chips. Inspired by a sarcastic comment made by Mycroft in The Empty Hearse, this is fun, clever and very witty. :-)
alicambs: (Sherlock)
Mise en Place by arizona John Watson had no intentions of taking over the family business, but when he returns from Afghanistan, battered and bruised, and discovers that his sister Harry has run their restaurant into the ground, he doesn't have much choice. There's only one thing that can save the Empire from closing for good – the celebrity star of the BBC series Restaurant Reconstructed, Chef Sherlock Holmes. Or Sherlock  as Gordon Ramsay. :-) A very enjoyable read, with bonus recipes. :-)
alicambs: (Sherlock)
Blood Brothers by 221b_hound  I want to read about supernatural shenanigans without thralls or vampires as a superior race or all that. I also wanted to reference John's reaction to being locked in the lab at Baskerville - I always thought that was more of a PTSD reaction; surely John Watson has been hunted in the dark before, while on deployment. But then I found another way to make that a traumatic event for him. Heh. Whumping John Watson is shamefully entertaining, because the dear boy always pulls out the BAMF. I also wanted to set this conceptually in a bigger picture, with Colonel Sebastian Moran up to no-goodery of his own.  And whether John really does own an opera cape.In this story, John and Sherlock are the epic BFFs I always consider them to be. An entertaining and on going series with Vampire John, who is his deliciously prosaic and BAMFy self, and Sherlock dealing with all kind of supernatural shenanigans.


alicambs: (Sherlock)
The Shape I Found You In by irisbleufic & Moony  In which Sherlock invades Sweden, John watches too much questionable television, Things Are Finally Talked About, and absence makes the heart grow odder. And the sequel Lay Me Down A wonderfully entertaining and heart warming development of John and Sherlock's relationship from friends to lovers over text, email and, in the sequel, face to face. Don't forget to read the subject lines of the first lot of emails as they are highly entertaining and so in character. :-) also on AO3 here
alicambs: (Sherlock)
A Beginners Guide to Apiology by VictoryCandescence John and Sherlock meet for the first time as old men in Sussex.. There were tears, the kind of 'this is so sad and yet so beautiful' type of tears. I cannot recommend this highly enough.
alicambs: (Sherlock)
It Had to be Ewe by flawedamythyst “I have been to every country that raises sheep, asking the same question, and it has led me here.” Crack AU in which John is a sheep farmer and Sherlock is nuts. Well, okay, maybe that bit isn't so AU. Nuts and very funny. :-)
alicambs: (Sherlock)
More Things Than Are Dreamt Of by 1electricpirate In which John is (reluctantly) a wizard, Mycroft is (apparently) omniscient, and Sherlock is (surprisingly) oblivious. A crossover with Harry Potter in that this is in the HP universe but the series is focused very much on John, his attitude to his magic and his relationship with Sherlock. The mix of the muggle world of canon Sherlock and the magic world of HP is beautifully done. Sherlock's fascination with John and his magic, alongside his frustration that neither John nor magic conforms to his understanding of science is a delight to read.
alicambs: (Merlin)
Come Alive by kianspo Arthur Pendragon, the youngest Detective Inspector in Camelot, whose job is rumoured to be cursed, stumbles over a series of crimes no one can explain. Merlin Emrys, a constantly broke student working at a shady nightclub to pay the bills, comes in as a sketch artist - one with an unusual gift. The shadow of magic, supposedly eradicated centuries ago, makes things so much more dangerous for everyone. It's hardly a good time to fall in love. Enjoyable story beautifully illustrated by raideen9. Arthur is his arrogant high handed self and Merlin is just, well adorably Merlin causing Arthur to be annoyed, exasperated, protective and jealous in equal measures :-) The story is original and the way the canon characters are worked into the story is clever and often amusing, I loved this Killgarrah! Well worth a read.




alicambs: (hugs)
A Frequent Traveller's Guide to Jovan by Senna Black The adventures of Valentin and Cassius, who face traitors, tyrants, bandits, femmes fatale and manage to prevent roughly as many wars as they start — all in service of the Empire. More or less. Can either be read on line or downloaded. A very interesting series with two brothers as the main characters. One is debonair, charming and very keen on women, his younger brother is a soldier and prefers his own sex. That they also happen to be the Uncles of the Empress makes life very... complicated  at times. Good world building and character development make this well worth reading.
alicambs: (Sherlock)
It's Genetics. Unfortunately by Lisgreomg Merlin Holmes, the youngest Holmes brother, reaches out to Sherlock for help finding a friend that has gone missing. This is a Merlin/Sherlock crossover in Sherlock canon time. While it is presented as primarily a Merlin fic due to the pairings I found much of its pleasure was its depiction of John, Sherlock, oh and Mycroft. John and Sherlock, like Arthur and Merlin and the knights are reincarnations or as the author puts it ' souls with a capital-D-Destiny'. However, unlike Merlin and Arthur, they have no memory of their previous lives. All in all it's a very good read.
alicambs: (Merlin)
such stars as sworn to shield the sky by Etharei A tale of two worlds A Merlin space AU. Very impressive world building and a great use of the story of Camelot and Merlin and Arthur. Its the little details that make a story so enjoyable and the author has made great play of many of the iconic canon bits and pieces. I am particularly fond of the misunderstanding that occurs because Merlin wears a neck scarf. :-)
alicambs: (Sherlock)
Incarnations of London by The BookshelfDweller "There once were two men who lived in a city called London. There once was a city called London that lived in two men." A one-shot about the way different aspects of London translate into John, Sherlock and their relationship, and a tribute to the amazing city which contributes so much to the magic of this show - it is a love story, in more than one way. A fascinating and absorbing character study of Sherlock and John.
alicambs: (Merlin)

Shadowlord and Pirate King by Footloose A fast ship, a good crew, a treasure, a Clan to lead -- that's all Arthur Pendragon has ever wanted. He sits on the Council, he supports his father's kingship, and he keeps an eye on the Imperial Conglomerate when they come too close to Pirate space. One day the Conglomerate infiltrates the Clans and poisons the King. Arthur must search for a cure to keep his father alive and the Clans from civil war. An escape route, a sharp knife, a target, the shadows at his command -- that's all Merlin has ever needed. He fulfills his assignments, he uses the Sterling to sustain his once-royal House in their exile, and wages a private war against the Imperial Conglomerate. When he learns of an elaborate plot to assassinate him, Merlin does the opposite of what's expected. He flees onto a Pirate ship. There's a saying among the Pirates: that one's fate is written in the stars. Destiny will always set to rights what has been made wrong. Arthur and Merlin know that they were meant for the other from the moment they meet. They can feel it from across the galaxies separating them. Nothing can stop them from being together or from fulfilling an ancient prophecy. Long, extremely well conceived and plotted, fast, exciting SF AU. Arthur and his 'knights' felt very much in character, Merlin much less so, but I was very drawn to him and rather liked this competent, mysterious portrayal of him plus his bumbling manservant act wouldn't have been appropriate at all. The art work by mushroomtale is delicious and the extras that expand upon the superb story telling is worth a wander through.

alicambs: (Merlin)
A Modern Manservant by Mamalaz A modern magical comedy very loosely based on Ugly Betty. Publishing king Uther Pendragon has had enough of his playboy son seducing every female assistant he has ever had so he hires Merlin, a man he is sure Arthur will never sleep with. Merlin would be more insulted by this fact if he wasn’t so busy trying to juggle his duties, save Arthur's skin from ruthless fashionistas and keep his magic a secret at the same time. Expect appearances by oil-lathered knights, the occasional mad druid, a perverted Will and a mental caretaker who lives in the basement and keeps harping on about coins and destiny.  A highly entertaining, funny and very clever reincarnation fic. Merlin was totally and utterly adorable while the manner in which the characters of the Arthur story were introduced was inspired, I'm still giggling at the druids. Do go and read it.  :-)
alicambs: (Sherlock)
Knight, Burning Bright by shadownashira Kidnapped during a case, John rescues himself and comes across an injured Sebastian Moran. Afterwards, Jim Moriarty changes his mind and decides that one John Watson isn't as boring as he first seemed. I really enjoyed this, I liked the writing style, I adored this John and the author certainly achieved her goal of writing 'a realistic, canon-compliant John/Jim fic' as this has the potential to evolve into something highly intriguing.
alicambs: (Sherlock)
29 Days by naughtyspirit John bets Sherlock that he can’t compliment someone every day for a month. It ends up many of these compliments are aimed at John and it leads to them kissing/confessing or whatever. Highly enjoyable angst free fun and games. :-)
alicambs: (Merlin)
A New Low by rosemaryandrue Written for this prompt at kinkme_merlin, which asked for diabetic!Merlin stuck in a lift with Arthur. It grew from there. Very sweet, very fluffy but with the requisite amount of snipe and banter which makes it highly enjoyable.
alicambs: (Merlin)
The Crown of the Summer Court by astolat "The king sent me to get you," Merlin said, with a tone that implied strongly that he wasn't rolling his eyes where Arthur could see, but just wait until his back was turned. "He said you're to get changed into formal clothes and meet him in the Great Hall, there's a delegation coming from the Summer Court." A fascinating AU, with Elves. Beautifully written with great Merlin/Arthur interaction and a delightfully dry and witty Morgana. 

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