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Part 1 of my Sherlock (BBC) Themed Recommendations, Sherlock and John focused both slash and friendship - these will be labelled gen unless the summary makes it obvious, plus a sprinkling of fics that don't fit in the above category.

Part 1: AU, Asexual Sherlock, BAMF! John, Case Fics, Character Studies, Crossovers,

Part 2: Dark, Domestic Snippets, Drama, First Time emphasis, Gender-swap, Humour, Hurt / Comfort, John / Moriarty, Mycroft 'helps out', Other, Sociopathic Sherlock emphasis
(DW or LJ)

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  • 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.
  • A List of Firsts by bowtiesandbamfs John Watson has his first everything.  A rather delightful AU with John and Sherlock as school kids progressing through secondary school.
  • A Mile in His Shoes by mamfidd Okay, so the bit in 1x02 where John is mistaken for Sherlock made me long for a John/Sherlock bodyswap A very nicely done and plotted body swop fic.
  • A Study in Strays by philalethia John Watson moves to 221B Baker Street. Unfortunately, the flat's already occupied. Fun, clever story. John's interactions with Sherlock cat (and the cat's personality is Sherlock to a 't') are a delight to read.
  • Asteroidea by etothepii In the pocket of his trousers, next to his phone, Mycroft carries the standard-issue steel capsule meant for protecting arthropod daemons. When people ask about it, he smiles and tells them she's not fond of the light, or of people other than himself. This is a lie. The author writes: this is a His Dark Materials fusion!fic, kind of dark, with a possibly unnerving twist partway through. Written for the Sherlock BBC kink meme. Followed by Highly Intelligent, Observant, and Destructive When Bored and Feels Like Drowning. This three part story is absolutely fascinating and highly original. It is also a wonderful way of 'explaining' Sherlock and also his bizarre relationship with Mycroft. Well worth a read.
  • Beneath the Desert Moon by i ship an armada & Shiny Sherlock The year is 1936. Renowned consulting archaeologist, Sherlock Holmes, has been hired by the British Government to find the Ark of the Covenant, before his competitors can deliver it to Hitler and his army. Sherlock faces many challenges in his quest, but the biggest of all might be facing John Watson and mending their broken relationship. If you know the film you know the plot, but Sherlock and John are very much their delightful selves and other canon characters are well used.
  • Caveman Fill by anon What is says on the label This is hilarious and clever, the last line cracked me up. :-) (gen)
  • Chameleon by velvet mace In a world filled with Sentinels with heightened senses, strength and endurance, and Guides, with seductive empathy, who knew that seeming "ordinary" could be John's greatest strength. I love the way velvet mace writes John and Sherlock even if I'm constantly biting my fingers with worry at how badly fate can treat John in her fics. However John always retains his essential strength of character and Sherlock always manages to be an exceedingly arrogant genius who is both enamoured and possessive of 'his' John, so I'm really very happy. This fic looks set to be a wonderfully intriguing AU with John and Sherlock firmly at the centre.
  • Collared by Velvet Mace In a world where the British Empire is still strong and slavery is her economic backbone, John has become a terrorist for the abolitionist movement. He is caught by Mycroft, enslaved, and given to Sherlock for training. The goal: To test a new kind of slave collar with the power to break even the strongest willed fighter. One that will make even John learn to love being a slave. Velvet Mace takes whumping John to new heights here. The story twist and turns like a snake and John's sheer helplessness, anger and frustration is painful to read. The final chapter is so very clever and brings the story to an excellent, bittersweet conclusion that does not attempt to sugar coat the fact that John has never had a choice and has been skillfully manipulated by both Mycroft and Sherlock.
  • Come and See by define wisdom John Watson is Death. He wasn't supposed to kill the cabbie at the end of A Study in Pink, Sherlock Holmes was supposed to die that night. But Sherlock's still alive and now the world is starting to fall apart. The events of the whole series seen in a slightly more supernatural light. Also featuring "Anthea", Harry and Sebastian as the other horsemen of the apocalypse, and exploring what it takes to become a myth. Absolutely brilliant, John is so very much in character it almost hurts. (gen)
  • Come to Morning by sunryder John Watson was a Shire Hobbit, born and bred, and he was terrible at it. He'd expected to spend his life bored and more than a little alone, but then Sherlock had come. Now he was running around Middle Earth trying to stop a killer while still avoiding Mycroft's lectures, and pretending he wasn't half mad in love with an Elf. A wonderful LOTR/Sherlock AU/Fusion. Sherlock and John are delightfully in character and the story is a real pleasure to read.
  • Faerie Touched by Blind Author 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... Fascinating and highly enjoyable. I particularly like the way everything is almost canon but with a twist, and since I've read this a number of times I have no idea why I've waited this long to rec it!
  • Feathers Verse by Kryptaria consists of 4 parts. The main story is the first one, On Feathers and Bacon Sandwiches No one has ever stayed with Sherlock longer than a month. At least, no human. Fortunately, John Watson isn't about to let the little things - like biohazardous experiments and the constant threat of danger - get in the way of his friendship with a very special, very brilliant man like Sherlock Holmes. This is amusing, delightful and full of humorous one liners that made me smile throughout. As to the ducks, well who knew. :-)
  • From Which Love Grows by Red Chapel If this were an ordinary fairy tale, it would start with 'once upon a time' and a princess or a dragon or a poor fisherman by the sea. But this is not an ordinary fairy tale and it starts with a seed. A seed From Which Love Grows. The author has taken a fascinating and original idea and fashioned a slow, beautiful love story.
  • Galatea by one_windiga "The package arrived late on a Monday morning, tall and heavy and worn-wrinkled beige. It had import stamps from ports of call that Mrs. Hudson’s never even heard of, but since Sherlock was off running around London, she didn’t make a point of it." John is a doll that Sherlock orders from a company online. I've read this a number of times yet failed to rec it before, this is a fascinating, strange yet decidedly uplifting read.
  • How To Tame Your Dragon by Mad Maudlin Sorcerer!Sherlock sets out to trap himself a pet dragon. Said dragon turns out to be far more interesting than he initially anticipated. Read the warnings. Good world building, intriguing use of the characters and a satisfying ending.
  • I Used to Live Alone Before I Knew You by etothepii Where Mycroft is an angel, Sherlock is a demon, and John is still John. Fascinating and highly enjoyable read that somehow seems very in character.
  • If It Were Otherwise by Scopes Monkey Sherlock Holmes, criminal genius and greatest business rival to Jim Moriarty, is in need of a doctor with loose morals and a quick trigger finger. Lucky, then, that he has a debtor whose brother is a retired army doctor, recently returned from Afghanistan. AU; John/Sherlock; OCs I wasn't certain I was going to continue reading this at first as it initially concentrates on Sherlock and a number of OCs, one of which Moriarty sneeringly refers to as the 'puppy' and I'm very Johncentric in my reading choices. However I stuck with it and when John arrived on the scene I was rewarded for my patience.This is a long story and the, well written, OCs are an essential part of it. It is also written from a number of povs with Moriarty's cleverly reflecting his madness. Long, well  plotted and fascinating.
  • In The Arms of Morpheus Series by Handful of Silence Sherlock Holmes takes great care with the dreams he creates solely for John Watson. This made me cry it was so beautifully written.
  • In The Land of the Blind by libraryofsol Sherlock's been acting strangely for days. There's a claustrophobic silence to the flat, experiments tossed aside or abandoned, cases ignored. It's almost as if nothing matters any more. John's determined to know why. Absolutely fascinating story that needs to be read at least twice to appreciate it.
  • Off on the Wrong Foot by Unloyal Olio John and Sherlock aren't flatmates. Instead, John gets a job in Bart's morgue, and Sherlock attempts to abscond with body parts. Which is just not on.This is laugh out loud funny at times with a very ingenious and intriguing plot. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it.
  • Man and Beast by Jupiter Ash 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. Highly enjoyable and very original read.
  • Man's Original Virtue by anonymous “Disobedience, in the eyes of anyone who has read history, is man’s original virtue. It is through disobedience and rebellion that progress has been made.” - Oscar Wilde. It’s the little rebellions that he has to make to keep himself sane. This is an “Ella Enchanted” fusion, where John is cursed with obedience. It's a very interesting with a great back history with Harry. The way John thinks about people and the way they throw orders around and how that affects him is fascinating.
  • Mental by Boeshane42 Sherlock Holmes is a patient in a closed psychiatric ward. John Watson is his new psychiatrist. A thoroughly fascinating and clever AU first meeting that blends seamlessly with canon. The characterisations are excellent, plus we have a BAMF! John. :-) My favourite line has to be... John mentally crosses out 'autism' and 'antisocial disorder' from the area of his mind reserved for figuring Sherlock out and replaces them with a big 'twat' in flashing letters.
  • 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. :-)
  • Performance in a Leading Role by Mad Lori Sherlock Holmes is an Oscar winner in the midst of a career slump. John Watson is an Everyman actor trapped in the rom-com ghetto. When they are cast as a gay couple in a new independent drama, will they surprise each other? Will their on-screen romance make its way into the real world? Wonderfully written, and researched, AU with Sherlock and John totally in character. A great, and occasionally painful, read.
  • Princes and Knights by Yminga When John Watson left his hometown for the capital of the Baker Kingdom, hoping to become a Royal Knight, he had no idea that he'd find so much more there than a title; namely evil poisoners, damsels in not-quite-distress, a manipulative King and a reason to live. Wonderfully in character AU, a pleasure to read.
  • Sleeping with Dragons by random nexus There's a dragon and a halfling and some hijinx ensue, but perhaps things aren't as they seem... or maybe they are? Highly enjoyable and rather clever. :-)
  • Stranger at the Gate by bendingsignpost As far as initiation rites go, kidnapping a human doctor from a defended town ought to seem extreme. When James Moriarty offers him the challenge, Sherlock never considers saying no. (Fantasy vampire AU) This was posted as a WIP and by mid way I was desperate for each chapter to arrive and I was about to explode in frustration waiting for the final chapter. This is a real roller coaster ride of a story with John and Sherlock so beautifully and painfully in character. A continuation is promised
  • Strangers by paisleypie In 2110, Sherlock Holmes builds a machine. An absolutely stunning, beautifully written, often painful piece of writing that really plays on the emotions. It really need reading twice to appreciate it.
  • Sun that Burns on a Cloud Day by trollogicfics Sherlock and John are rebels in a dystopian world (gen) I rather enjoy a good dystopia fic and this one is excellent. A 1984 meets Brave New World with Machiavellian Mycroft to add to the mix. This is gen and is brilliant as it is however the author has a tasty slash snippet, as requested in the original prompt, here
  • The Engagement by thedeadparrot from the kink meme prompt: gay!royalty!AU. For ~political reasons~, King Mycroft has his younger brother, Prince Sherlock, betrothed to a foreigner, Prince John. Sherlock is all, "How about nooooooooo" until he actually meets his husband-to-be. This is a highly amusing and clever AU that manages to give us in character John, Sherlock and Mycroft.
  • The Madness of Angels by ayalesca  Urban fantasy AU. In which John Watson is a war sorcerer recently invalided home from Afghanistan. In London he meets Sherlock Holmes, the world’s most irritating urban sorcerer and only consulting detective. There, John finds himself and Sherlock suddenly under attack by a mysterious and malevolent power—and drawn into a mystery that may tear London apart. A fusion with the Matthew Swift series by Kate Griffin, but no prior knowledge is needed. I read this some years back and had sudden desire to read it again. A03 have it under deleted works and this link is via the wayback archive, a reminder, if needed, that once posted works tend to take on a life of their own! I very much enjoyed it, it's well written and absolutely fascinating.
  • The Mystery of Ill Opinions by mundungus42 Two Elizabethan actors dream of leaving women's roles behind, and Master Sherlock Holmes agrees to help them find them a playwright to write them roles to rival Marlowe's Tamburlaine. But strange things are afoot in the Holmes household, and Sherlock and John must accomplish this feat while discovering who wants to kill Sherlock and why. A very clever and witty tale of Sherlock and John, along with many other characters, transposed into Elizabethan England. The author makes very clever allusions to many of Shakespeare's plays and even manages to have the playwright himself play a role in the mystery. Well worth a read.
  • The Penultimate Problem by random nexus Very much like the prompt, angst, apocalypse-light, and other hijinx ensue. Fascinating and highly enjoyable read with a very satisfying ending.
  • The Prize by trillsabells. On 29 January 2010 an unknown Event wiped out 98% of the population. This is the story of the survivors, four months on. A fascinating, well plotted and gripping AU. The dynamics between John and Sherlock was highly intriguing and very well characterised.
  • The Republic of Heaven by blind author Another HDM fic, but I just couldn't resist. Born to a witch and a human, people know Sherlock will be unusual from the start. John Watson, on the other hand, seems perfectly ordinary, except for his dæmon... A fascinating and engaging beginning. WIP
  • The theory of narrative causality by falling voices written for this prompt: Sherlock and John are BNFs in Sherlock Holmes fandom. Together, they fight crime. (Always.) And write porn, incidentally. I had a sudden urge to read this one again and found to my shock that I hadn't recc'd it! This is an amazing and superbly presented story done by using LJ posts, gmail chats, TV trope articles etc. It's very familiar ground to those of us brought up on LJ and I loved reading it again.
  • This Gold Thread by Vera S She had studied the Legend of John more than any other. Now one of the protagonists of that story is standing in front of her in the flesh. This is a Space AU, not something you'd think very likely or very appropriate for a Sherlock fic, but this works and is achingly and painfully beautiful.
  • Thrall by velvet mace Vampire!Au, sequel to Mate. Sherlock is sober, but his life is still spiraling down hill. Despite this, he has resisted the notion of ever getting a mate. The very idea of having a human balancing his life is abhorrent. As Mycroft, a case, and a new flatmate all vie for his attention, he misses the most important clue of his life: that his mate has found him. An intriguing, original and very satisfying Vampire AU.
  • Till We Have Cases by Mythographer_General (fiorinda_chancellor) In the time of legend, a dangerous young god with a gift for deduction is sent to put a stop to the lifesaving ways of a warrior-prince with healing hands. But then all of a sudden the Prince has moved in with the Consulting God and they've started solving crimes together. And what follows after that is... most unexpected. Thoroughly enjoyable AU with a highly enjoyable use of the original characters, clever use of mythology, dry humour and excellent characterisation of Sherlock and John in particular. The author has a tumblr providing extended information. At present a WIP
  • Training Dr. John Watson by angelblack3 In this universe, Jim got a hold of Sherlock way before he ever met the ones that were meant to save him. Now, they're happy business partners. Though, according to Jim, Sherlock isn't nearly as happy as he could be. He should find someone like Jim found his dear pet Sebby. Sherlock is skeptical, until he finds an army doctor with a psychosomatic limp in a twisted sense of fate. Evil, evil Sherlock, I don't think I can emphasise how evil yet still very recognisable with a wonderfully in character John. A highly fascinating (kind of in watching an accident about to happen type of way) description of John dealing with becoming the object of lust and desire for a total psychopath. The author changes pov quickly and often is some chapters, something that usually irritates me but it works here. There's the occasional clumsy phrasing and tenses can switch at random but the story is so well thought through that it doesn't matter because the author has done her homework (she jokes the FBI might be after her if they read her search history) and forgoes cliches and slavish love to bring us something different.
  • Wee Doctor Series by americanjedi Dr. John Watson is turned into an eight year old child, dealing with Sherlock who doesn't know him in a world where he was never born. He's a little stressed out, but he's got his priorities straight. Original characters and London as a war zone, and John's accidentally inventing a super genius. This is a fascinating series. The first part is written and the second part is regularly updated. John is his BAMF self but the author realistically shows him struggling to cope with everything that has happened to him and having to deal with being so damn small! The OCs are interesting and add greatly to the story while Sherlock remains Sherlock. Well worth a read.
  • Who tries, Does by anon Author's note: So, I couldn't resist this. I really couldn't. I've written Sherlock fic before, but this is my first attempt at Pern fic (eech) so I hope that I did it justice. Pern etc clearly belong to the late, great Anne McCaffrey etc. as do the rhymes I quote and the title. I tried to set this in canon!Pern, but I couldn't get the characters to gel properly, so this is an alternate Pern, with no F'lar, Lessa etc. That's all I've got to say really, other than thanks for the awesome prompt. (Oh, and I apologise for the names). I sort of like the Pern series, well I adored the White Dragon, and love Sherlock so thought this might be worth a read. It certainly is and I thoroughly enjoyed that way the author used the original characters. I also enjoyed her extended note on what she didn't manage to fit in and how potential sequels might go. :-) On the kinkmeme
  • Witch Series by prettybirdy979 John's got a secret This continually expanding series caught my attention midway, well it did say dragon :-), and I've been following it since. It's canon Sherlock with 'John as witch' twist and it's very nicely done. (gen)

Asexual Sherlock
  • Get Over Your Hill & See by tueswmoriarty He kept bees, his own council, and John Watson. An absolutely delightful story about an asexual, but not aromantic Sherlock caring for John Watson is his own inimitable way.
  • Green Improbable Fields by Parachute silks 'Sherlock realises quite quickly that friendship is more important than romantic love; it takes John somewhat longer'. Lovely, lovely story. However much I enjoy reading stories featuring the S/J pairing, ultimately Sherlock and John's story is a story of great friendship and asexual love. Ultimately friendship, rather than romantic love, is by far the more enduring!
  • Quick Like a Bunny by kunju This story features the American cast of QEftSG. It's gen, despite the machinations of Mrs. Hudson - Sherlock is asexual, John is straight. But it's still a love story. This is a very delightful story of a takeover of the apartment by the QEftSG cast as seen from John's bemused eyes. It is often very funny and John, as ever, is just his delightful self.
  • The Sensual Ace by CagedWriter61 In which John finds out the real reason Sherlock does cocaine and agrees to become a substitute. Wonderful depiction of the friendship and love between John and Sherlock. There are three sequels that are all worth reading.
  • What does the world get by coloredink A women's magazine quiz leads Sherlock to investigate the nature of love. Highly amusing and quite delightful.
  • Yes Yes Yes Series by Basingstoke. Touchy Feely What Sherlock will and won't work on. Indecorous In which John learns to balance a kinky girlfriend, an asexual boyfriend, a ten-inch cock, his sister, the neighbours, his friends, and his blog. Some are more balanced than others. Touchy Feely made me laugh while Indecorous totally absorbed me. I really liked Tai (a very different Mary Morstan) while John's relationship with Sherlock was fascinating in the extreme. Well worth a read.

BAMF! John
  • Deceiving Appearance by blind author Moran doesn't think much of John Watson. Until their paths cross and John beats the crap out of him. Featuring Moran being a little too overconfident for his own good, and John being a badass. Highly tasty BAMF! John as viewed from Moran's shocked pov. (gen)
  • He's Not Paid Enough To Deal with this Shit by janonny One of the first things John did was to write up step-by-step instructions on how to conduct a proper job interview before handing it over to Mycroft for his perusal. There were no kidnapping, deserted car parks or stolen therapy notes anywhere on that list. (Or the one where John returned from the war and ended up working for Mycroft as his personal assistant slash doctor on retainer. Everything was fine, until he was sent to post bail for one Sherlock Holmes.) BAMF John and a fun reinterpretation of John and Sherlock's  first meeting.
  • Northwest Passage by Kryptaria Seven years ago, Captain John Watson of the Canadian Forces Medical Service withdrew from society, seeking a simple, isolated life in the distant northern wilderness of Canada. Though he survives from one day to the next, he doesn't truly live until someone from his dark past calls in a favor and turns his world upside-down with the introduction of Sherlock Holmes. I went to recommend this elsewhere and discovered that I hadn't added to the rec list! It's an excellent read and a great character study of both men. In fact Alicat's review, quoted under the summary on A03, sums it up beautifully - "The essentials of their relationship distilled through solitude."
  • Ridiculous by kate everson John is the best retrieval expert the British Army has, and so naturally it's him that's sent in when some man with little sense of self-preservation keeps getting himself taken hostage - again, and again, and again. A dry, wry and witty read with a totally tasty BAMF! John and 'damselindistress' Sherlock. :-)
  • Semper fidelis by anon Written for the prompt Sebastian Moran is a cold-blooded killer and Moriarty's right hand man. He got kicked out of the army under suspicion of involvement in several unnecessarily brutal killings. He is uncanny with a rifle, a top notch assassin, and once crawled into a drain after a wounded man-eating tiger. Moran is less than impressed with John Watson. A crippled ex-army doctor who wears jumpers that his grandfather wouldn't have been caught dead in. He's quiet, bland, and a complete doormat, letting Sherlock order him around. And he's tiny - Moran could pin him down with one hand. Sure, Jim told him that Watson was a crack shot, but Moran figures it wouldn't take much to kill him. After all, they snatched Watson off the street and strapped a bomb to him easily enough. Moran and Watson bump into each other. Perhaps on purpose - Moriarty sent Moran to intercept Sherlock's pet so that he could play with Sherlock alone. Watson beats the ever loving crap out of Moran, then goes on to interrupt whatever plan Moriarty is concocting. And out of this fic we get a totally yummy BAMF John. :-) (gen)
Case Fics
  • London Orbital by merripestin  "I'm driving first," Sally said. "Guv can take over after me. If we're all still mad enough to be at this after that, John can drive third shift. Then the freak, if we decide we can risk it." "John doesn't drive," said Sherlock. "Then what's John along for?" Sally protested. Which Greg reckoned had to be just Sally trying to wind Sherlock up. She knew better. All night in a car with Sherlock was bad enough. All night driving round and round the M25 looking for a killer, with Sherlock deprived of John Watson, sounded like a new circle of hell. Very clever, very funny and a wonderful observation of John and Sherlock from Greg Lestrade's pov. Also a welcome positive view of Sally Donovan. (Gen)
  • Off on the Wrong Foot by Unloyal Olio John and Sherlock aren't flatmates. Instead, John gets a job in Bart's morgue, and Sherlock attempts to abscond with body parts. Which is just not on.This is laugh out loud funny at times with a very ingenious and intriguing plot. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it.
  • Rigging Screws, size1 3/8 inch, galvanised by AJHall. "How's a woman supposed to prove her husband's a murderer, dammit?" On the eve of a planned voyage to Brittany, Marjorie Jameson starts her day with no problems more pressing than forcing a boatyard to do an emergency repair to the family yacht. A chance encounter at the Cowes hi-speed ferry terminal begins to unravel a web of conspiracy and murder, with her charming, untrustworthy husband Julian right at the centre and Marjorie as the next intended victim. But no-one's going to trust the word of an aging housewife whose complaints of abuse the police have previously dismissed as delusions. An highly entertaining and well written case fic  with Sherlock and John seen from an (competent, astute and capable woman) observer's pov. The sailing detail was fascinating. :-) (gen)
  • The Affair of the Asphyxiated Acafan by AJHall Sarah flies home from a conference in the US and brings an unexpected gift home for her boyfriend - or, more precisely, his flatmate. Game on! A very intelligent case fic with the added interest of being seen through Sarah's eyes. This means we get the bonus of a 'girl's eye' view of the women folk of Sherlock and a gorgeous perspective on John while Sherlock remains Sherlock!
  • The Green Blade by verityburns As a serial killer hits the headlines, the police are out of their depth and the next victim is out of time. With faith in Sherlock Holmes at an all time low, this is a case which will push loyalties to the limit... An intriguing well plotted case fic with most of the regular characters (Lestrade, Donovan, Mrs Hudson...) heavily involved. The John and Sherlock relationship dynamics are thoroughly explored and beautifully depicted. (Gen fic)
  • The Poster Girl by stardust made (or on AO3). A seemingly straightforward case has Lestrade calling for Sherlock's help. Written from John's POV, this story takes place two months after the events in "The Great Game" and follows the investigation of the murder of Veronica Havisham: seventeen, popular—and murdered in Hainault Forrest on a Friday night in June. A very well written and entertaining case fic with excellent characterisations for the main players as well as some very well rounded OCs, I was particularly fond of George Havisham. This is a gen fic with perhaps a hint of UST that delightfully explores the relationship between Sherlock and John yet never at the expense of the plot. A very good read. (Gen)

Character Studies
  • A is for Astronomy by Jane First ficlet for my Alphabet meme Beautiful imagery, I want to quote the whole fic but will resist and just quote this line John is worth un-defraggable bits in his memory, worth foregoing galaxies. John is worth more or less everything. (gen)
  • A Dream's Whisper by mia6363 Sherlock has never dreamed… so John dreams for him. Absolutely delightful, I even shed a few tears at one point.
  • A Study in Sexuality by jupiter ash What if John is straight, totally straight, so straight that he’d never even consider another man? What would happen if he found himself falling for Sherlock? An excellent fic and character study of the ever delightful and complex John Watson. I've never been too fond of the 'I'm only gay for you' explanation, but this convinces as does John.
  • A Thorough Study On The Ordinary Baker Street Fauna by faire estela Watson overhears Sherlock confessing his developing feelings towards him. To a replacement skull. Witty, intelligent, in character and amusing with book canon references cleverly slipped in for extra fun.
  • All That I Have by the arc5 In the aftermath of the Great Game, Sherlock finds himself with a new weakness. John is both the cause and the cure. A delightful story. Sherlock is, well, totally Sherlock :-) while John is kind, patient, caring, generous and downright gorgeous in his real affection and love for his strange but wonderful friend.
  • An Act of CharityThe Paradox SuiteThe Death and Resurrection of the English Language by wordstrings also Entirely Covered in Your Invisible Name I read the last one first (well third part, another has been added since I recc'd this wonderful series) as one does, adored it and then realised it was part of a set so chased up the first two parts. All were totally and utterly enjoyable. :-) Sherlock's musings were wonderfully insane and John was delightful. I loved every minute of them.
  • Available Evidence by lamardeuse John is the one mystery Sherlock can't solve. I love seeing John through Sherlock's eyes and this one is delightful as well as giving us an intriguing glimpse at the inner workings of Sherlock's mind.
  • Blindfold by sugared lime John comes home to Sherlock on the coffee table, blindfolded, holding an open jar or marmalade. This is fun and feels very in character. (gen)
  • Burning Up Through Your Veins by Vera S Even Sherlock has feelings, no matter how hard he's learned to deny himself. A slow, painful and highly believable and engaging fic that depicts Sherlock grappling with his strange emotions in relation to John. It's beautifully done stories like this that have me really believing, and thoroughly enjoying, in the possibility of a Sherlock/John relationship.
  • Captured by mad maudlin Sherlock discovers a secret out of John's past. Fluff ensues. A delightful story in which Sherlock is difficult and John is stubborn, so very much in character. :-)
  • Fearful Symmetry by irisbleu Of nightmares, family, and forgiveness. Brilliant story which concentrates on John's sibling for a change, not that Mycroft is completely absent of course. Both John's relationship with Harry and his developing relationship with Sherlock are beautifully captured and depicted.
  • Five Times Dr. John Watson Surprised Sherlock Holmes + Two Minor Occasions wherein Sherlock and John Deeply Disconcerted Mycroft by likeahurricane7 John is surprising in many ways: his courtship patterns, his recreational study of abnormal psychology, his selflessness, his gay-dar... A very enjoyable and intriguing story that lends itself to the 'Five times...' format.
  • Five Things John Watson Will Never Tell Anyone by raina There are things about himself that John Watson will never, ever, tell anyone. Not even consulting detectives who might already know. A fascinating analysis of John Watson, a very complex 'ordinary' man. All five parts are wonderful, but the last one is so very satisfying.
  • Five Times Sherlock Listened to John's Heartbeat and One Time John Listened to Sherlock's by thirdbird Sherlock is obsessed with John's heartbeat. I really enjoyed the way the author has written Sherlock's need to document and experiment alongside his evolving need and love for John.
  • Five Things Sherlock Will Never Admit Out Loud by Raina Kind of a companion piece to Five Things John Watson Will Never Tell Anyone, but you don't have to read that one to get this one. Wonderful, beautifully written prose with a chilling part 2. I recommend that you do read the companion piece which, like this one, is a brilliant character study.
  • 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.
  • Jannock by burningheartss Jannock; adj. - pleasant; outspoken; honest; generous. When Sherlock Holmes is seven, he finds a book. As I said in my review, I love reading a story for pleasure that subtly educates me. :-) As to jannock, it sums up John to a T.
  • Lead me to the truth by Lavellington John didn’t mind following two steps behind: two steps behind Sherlock was still miles ahead of everyone else. I'd describe this as a quiet, reflective and delightful story with great characterisation of John, a very different take on Harry and some wonderful humour, try this sentence for size. Since he had met Sherlock, John had come to a lot of startling realisations about his flatmate and himself. These realisations ranged from “This man is completely insane,” and “He’s right- I need the danger,” to “I will never have a girlfriend again,” and “The skull is in the bread bin.”
  • Lab Book by sam storyteller "The likelihood of finding a cab on Christmas Eve is fast approaching nil." "So was the likelihood of you kissing me in the middle of the pavement, and yet." Just delightful and so very in character.
  • Like a Setting Sun by airspaniel Five addicts John Watson has known. Very interesting snippets from John's past and his present. (gen)
  • London Orbital by merripestin  "I'm driving first," Sally said. "Guv can take over after me. If we're all still mad enough to be at this after that, John can drive third shift. Then the freak, if we decide we can risk it." "John doesn't drive," said Sherlock. "Then what's John along for?" Sally protested. Which Greg reckoned had to be just Sally trying to wind Sherlock up. She knew better. All night in a car with Sherlock was bad enough. All night driving round and round the M25 looking for a killer, with Sherlock deprived of John Watson, sounded like a new circle of hell. Very clever, very funny and a wonderful observation of John and Sherlock from Greg Lestrade's pov. Also a welcome positive view of Sally Donovan. (Gen)
  • Northwest Passage by Kryptaria Seven years ago, Captain John Watson of the Canadian Forces Medical Service withdrew from society, seeking a simple, isolated life in the distant northern wilderness of Canada. Though he survives from one day to the next, he doesn't truly live until someone from his dark past calls in a favor and turns his world upside-down with the introduction of Sherlock Holmes. I went to recommend this elsewhere and discovered that I hadn't added to the rec list! It's an excellent read and a great character study of both men. In fact Alicat's review, quoted under the summary on A03, sums it up beautifully - "The essentials of their relationship distilled through solitude."
  • Not the First by Still Waters Discovering that John had spent twelve months volunteering at a MSF trauma hospital in Afghanistan was surprising. But not as surprising as the discussion that followed. (Gen) Excellent characterization of John and a truly wonderful and insightful read that reminded me just why I adore John Watson
  • Sherlock Approves by Unovis Sherlock approves of a number of things, including, mostly, John. Unfortunately it seems John has formed an irrational attachment. Mainly clothes, with a bit of shaving. A really intriguing fic written in such a way that it manages to feel that we are in Sherlock's brain as he analyses and considers actions and reactions.
  • The Adventures of the Six Painted Virgins by Saathi1013 Sherlock dons an unusual disguise for a case. John is…conflicted. A really interesting fic with lovely John back history and great characterisation fo both Sherlock and John. Do check out the header art by MarieLikesToDraw and is wonderful.
  • The Perils of Urban Warfare by phantomjam The problems of acclimatising to civilian life a.k.a the travails of John, his therapist and Sherlock. Funny, dry, witty and clever with the most wonderful John voice.
  • The Real Meaning of Idioms by feverishsea After two weeks away, John finally texts Sherlock. He doesn't expect Sherlock to respond. He doesn't expect Sherlock to keep texting him. And he really doesn't expect things to spiral out of control so rapidly. A highly enjoyable read.
  • The Side of the Angels by KCScribbler Five times no one noticed that Sherlock took care of John, and one time they did. (gen) Thoroughly enjoyable read which looks at the developing friendship between Sherlock and John through Sherlock's eyes.
  • The Three Stages of Friendship by starjenni A delightful 3 part fic on the development of John and Sherlock's friendship.
  • The Velveteen Doctor by lantean-drift 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. A slow, quiet and truly wonderfully imagined depiction of Sherlock and John's developing friendship, and more, over time from John's POV. The way Sherlock learns to relate to and trust John is beautifully shown and the whole fic is a pleasure to read.
  • Thermodynamics Series by entangled now In which there's no heating and there's a dead owl in Sherlock's bed. Written in the first few weeks after the initial transmission, and an absolute pleasure to read they are.
  • Triptych by emerald embers Talent instantly recognises genius; Sherlock never had a monopoly on intelligence. Lovely use of Sally Donovan plus a delightfully wry John voice and some great observations on Sherlock. :-)

  • A Study in Magic by Books of Change When Professor McGonagall went to visit Harry Watson, son of Mr. Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, to deliver his Hogwarts letter, she was in the mindset of performing a familiar if stressful annual routine. Consequently, she was not prepared to find Harry Potter at 221B Baker Street.and the sequel A Study in Magic: The Application are  a fun BBC Sherlock HP crossover AU. I really enjoyed this read, Harry remained very much in character with his familiar friends, while Sherlock run rings round many of the wizards, and John, here a female, well John was just downright awesome at times. :-) The story involves most, if not all, of the characters of both the HP universe and the Sherlock universe. The author has made the story available as a PDF or ebook here
  • Back Up Copies by etothepii When John dies, Sherlock doesn't know what to do. But Mycroft does. Dollhouse crossover. I'm not too sure whyI didn't rec this the first time I read it because it is an excellent read. You don't need to know anything about Dollhouse, because this is firmly based around Sherlock and John with Mycroft hovering in the background of course.
  • Beat of a Treasure by Jaded Coral For saving the lives of his friends, Bilbo gets their eternal gratitude. For trying to save his own, he gets the immortal curiosity of a dragon.  A Sherlockian style retelling of The Hobbit. :-) So with this rec I get  double the pleasure. This is Bilbo and Smaug very cleverly done.
  • Come to Morning by sun ryder John Watson was a Shire, born and bred, but he was really quite terrible at it. Perhaps that's why Bilbo Baggins has never heard his story before. Or maybe he's never been told because John Watson ran away from home, then darted around Middle Earth trying to stop a serial killer, and fell in love with an Elf. Along their way to the Lonely Mountain Gandalf will tell Bilbo and his Dwarven companions the story of Sherlock the Brilliant and John Watson the Fearless, and maybe, just maybe, Thorin and Bilbo might find their own path to the same place. Really enjoyable story, the John and Sherlock story interweaves beautiful into Bilbo's travels.  The characterizations in both parts of the story are excellent. and I am particularly fond of  Sherlock's horse Faun who has the good taste to become very, very fond of John. :-)
  • Falling Down by Silver Pard When John is 17, he wishes goblins would come take his annoying little sister away. A fascinating Sherlock/Labyrinth crossover that really works. (gen)
  • Improbability by Icka M Chif "Call me John. I'm used to it by now." A very funny crossover between Sherlock and The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. :-) (gen)
  • Here Be Dragons by emotionanalysis John makes a bet with his friends to go and find the rumoured dragon of the mountain – he gets a dragonful more than he bargained for. A long, intriguing and emotionally satisfying story or as the author says - 'It's basically 500 words of porn, then 17,000 words of plot, followed by another couple thousand words of porn.' :-)
  • 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.
  • Just Human by Waffles Sherlock one-shot. This was very much one of those ideas that hits you when you're smack in the middle of something else and won't let go til it's written. This is a Dr Who crossover, in a sense, it is superbly written and the ending made me cry! (gen)
  • 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.
  • Quick Like a Bunny by kunju This story features the American cast of QEftSG. It's gen, despite the machinations of Mrs. Hudson - Sherlock is asexual, John is straight. But it's still a love story. This is a very delightful story of a takeover of the apartment by the QEftSG cast as seen from John's bemused eyes. It is often very funny and John, as ever, is just his delightful self.
  • Sher Trek Pilot Miniseries by Caresa Toland Written for the Sherlock TV Fusion Miniseries.  A Star Trek; The original series fusion starring Captain John H Watson and First Officer Sh'lok and the rest of the Sherlock cast. :-) There are 3 'episodes' at present, beautifully written and presented, highly entertaining and very much in character, do go and read.
  • Tea for four by LauraB1 The Holmes parents are actually The Doctor and River Song Short, sweet and totally delightful. The sequel is Bravery of the Soldier and add Rory and Amy to the mix.
  • The Case of the Unwelcome Owl by FayJay "So," said John, feeling out of his depth once again. "An owl." It was the same mild, politely curious tone of voice with which he had previously found himself uttering such things as: "So – three bags of frozen AB negative," and "So – a selection of human ears." "Goodness, John, with deductive prowess like that you'll soon be putting me in the shade," Sherlock said tartly. "Can't sneak anything past you, can we?" The dialogue is fantastic, the snark off the scale and John's conversation with Luna is to die for. Brilliant.
  • The Companion by lotherington The Detective was nine hundred and seven years and eleven months old when he went back for John Watson. He’d never planned to crash-land in John’s back garden in the middle of the night, but then, who ever planned for such a silly thing to happen in the first place? John and The Detective go off to see the universe. It changes them both for the better. Totally and utterly delightful.
  • The Letter in the Wall by maskedfangirl. When the contractors open the bathroom wall, there's a package wedged between the pipes, addressed to Mrs. Hudson and dated 1888. The letter within reads as follows... I remember being very impressed with this the first time I read it, it's a very clever crossover with Dr Who canon/mythology.
  • The Magic of Deduction by writingispurdy John Watson spends seven years at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, where he meets the boy who will become the greatest man he'll ever know. A wonderful mixture of the Harry Potter world with the Sherlock characters predominant. Sherlock and John are very much in character and Sherlock canon is cleverly woven into the stories. A delightful read.
  • Treasure Me by anon Prompt: Bilbo trespassed Cumberdragon’s lair one too many times. Read the warnings in the comments and prompt. Basically a very hot and sexy fic admittedly with a huge dub con element to it (the further prompt was Poor-unsuspecting-maybe-even-asking-for-it-a-little-bit-because-of-his-danger-kink!BilboWatson and Bored-manipulative-I'm-going-to-punish-you-by-making-you-enjoy-this-and-things-you're-going-to-be-ashamed-of-later!SmaugLock ) but also with with a helping of fluff and delightful bickering at the end.
  • Two Doctors, a Nurse, a Detective and a Scot by writingispurdy Two Doctors, a nurse, a detective and a Scot walk into a TARDIS. Stop me if you've heard this one... A glorious, funny and totally in character Dr Who crossover, and the equally funny sequel is The Joke is Better the Second Time
  • Unexpected Journeys by story monger Looking back, John wasn’t really sure why he’d thought it was a good idea to get a flatshare with a dragon. A Hobbit crossover Often very funny and beautifully characterized, a delightful crossover with John the hobbit and Sherlock the dragon in the Sherlock world, a pleasure to read.
  • Voyages of the Bakerstreet by fresne John Watson had worked hard to be accepted at Starfleet Academy. As an Augment, a descendant of the super soldiers who seized power on Earth during the Eugenics wars, he's had to work twice as hard. Play twice as hard too, because screw them. The only path to ship duty for an Omega is extra credits like a Professor's class. The mysterious Commander Holmes, an Augment like himself, would do nicely. Very nicely. Sherlock Holmes had gone to considerable effort to put his past - and his family - behind him. His career in Starfleet hadn't gone exactly as envisioned. Bounced from research facility to facility, his analysis on how to defeat the Borg ignored, now he's finally washed up teaching at the Academy. His T.A. is fascinating. Of course, he's entirely above all that alpha biological nonsense. Starfleet never really intended to assemble a crew with a half trained doctor and an alpha Augment with authority issues. But they also didn't really intend for the Borg to make it quite as far as they did. And so...These are the Voyages of the USS Bakerstreet. Her five year mission (make that ten (okay fine twelve year mission + time travel)), to seek out new life and new civilizations. To go boldly. Notes:This series is organized into seven "seasons" with individual stories grouped together so that each season has something of a story arc and the overall series has an uber plot arc. This fascinating and very well constructed series has 34 parts to it and is a long read, but some of the chapters are very brief, occasionally just a couple of paragraphs so don't be put off by the apparent length. It's a Sherlock/Star Trek crossover set in a variation of the Kelvinverse, but in the ST:NG/DS9 time frame. I've never been very taken with the idea of an Alpha/Omega universes, it seems a bit silly and superfluous plus I am very firmly a plot orientated reader, but the way this idea is presented is clever and rather fun. The plot revolves around John and Sherlock but many other view points and characters take centre stage throughout  the story, making it a complex and rewarding to read.

Part 2: Dark, Domestic Snippets, Drama, Episode tags, First Time emphasis, Gender-swap, Humour, Hurt / Comfort, John / Moriarty,  Mycroft 'helps out', Other, Sociopathic Sherlock emphasis, Other People's Recs Pages / Fandom intros 
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Date: 2012-01-11 06:33 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
dude, I just arrived here by googling for Sherlock recs, and halfway down the list saw your rec for my story! Thanks for that, and for all the other lovely story links. --Branwyn

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Date: 2012-01-30 05:23 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
This is amazing and I love you.

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Date: 2012-02-05 06:06 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Thank you so so much for this rec :) I bookmarked this a while back and I am on my way to reading nearly all of them.

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Date: 2012-02-21 12:30 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] black_shiro
I was googling for Sherlock recs, your journal popped up and WOW OH WOW! You have so many awesome recs :D I'll have so much fun reading all of this, thanks <333

Awesome RecList

Date: 2012-03-14 05:18 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] huroivatrong
Just wanted to say that this is a great rec list and thank you for putting it together. On a side note I just made it to wordstrings Pardox Series on your list and noticed you only have the first three there, and as that is one of my favorite Sherlock/John series I wanted to make sure you and all of your followers know about the other four in the series. Here is a link to the whole thing. Thanks again!

Thanks for finding us the plums!

Date: 2012-04-27 02:52 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] kormantic
Your rec list has been a treasure trove of adventure and delight! I don't think I've ever read a WIP before, and thanks to you, I've read two! Incomplete but so worthwhile. Thank you for tending this list!

Thank you!

Date: 2012-05-31 10:24 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
OOohhh...I've been looking for good SH/JW recs and found your list- thanks so much for putting this list together and all the lovely synopsis. Simply brilliant!


Date: 2012-06-06 06:47 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Wow, what a great rec list, I wish I knew how to rec like you :) I read a TON of fics (from a lot of fandons over the last 15 years) and I confess that I am very picky, but your recs are wonderful, very detailed which I'm always looking for. Some of the fics I read already and but the others I'll definitely check considering your taste, thanks!

By the way I did a top 15 list on my tumblr (some were already rec'ed by you) and if you did not read some of the following fics, I totally recommend them :)

Two Two One Bravo Baker by abundantlyqueer (Military AU, BAMF!John, Sherlock goes to Afeganistan, very plotty and LOTS of great porn)

The Fundamental Things Apply by Raina (Brilliant fic about kissing, sorta follows a 5 times plus one base, very well written and on character)

Make Whole What Has Been Smashed by Charli J(Poetic, weird, brilliant AU...very different from everything I ever read.)

The Progress of Sherlock Holmes by Ivyblossom (Sherlock POV is hard, but Ivy does it wonderfully here, it's angsty and captivating)

(Life is) A Series of Risks - NG Series by Ladyflowdi & MirrorSkippy (The whole series is good, but this one is special, very angst but lovely)

Seeds by TheSardine (light and fun, Sherlock is very 'cumberbatch sherlocky' lol and John is insightful and lovely as always)

The Whore of Babylon Was a Perfectly Nice Girl by Out_there (It goes against a estabilished notion about sherlock and the author does it very well. Funny and sweet, and on character)

Practical Johnkeeping by what-alchemy (Retirement fics when well done are a joy to read, and what-alchemy nails it every time)


Equilibrium by augustbird (intelligent and heartbreaking. Flowers for Algernon fusion.)

Well, that's it :). Thanks and see ya.
Vivi (

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Date: 2012-07-03 11:19 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] tigersilver
Just to let you know...this list is of the most awesome. I oft return and am pleased. When--and if ever--I manage to wedge myself and am odd Sherlock offering into this section, I will be best pleased. I'll have 'arrived', as they say. For I consider you the Rolls Royce marque-level of reccing; you've never failed me yet, from the avid reader stance, at least (or in any other way, natch!). I do apologize, tho'. I appear to have failed //you// on 'Clinical Trials' for H/D. I admit, it's in need of vast improvement (not to mention a chopping blade and another editor) and I must needs apologize for that, as always. i hate...Oh, but I do hate to disappoint. Still...and all. This message is simply in pure, unadulterated appreciation, so you know you are indeed appreciated by those who care for this caring lark. In any fandom, indeed, I will follow your markers.
Cheers...and also a few hard hugs, if not offensive. You're a muse and a gem, luv. And a conduit of light, truly. Thank you! Tiger
Edited Date: 2012-07-03 11:23 pm (UTC)

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Date: 2012-09-15 02:45 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] tigersilver
No, it's all right. Every tale has its flaws and believe me, I am more than aware of mine own! There are far too many, in everything I write, which is why I seldom re-read my stuff, even tho' I write it to fill a gap I need filled, as a reader. I'd spend all my days editing and I do that enough already. Bit overwhelming. My horse for a decent (and free-of-charge) editor--but--!
But, you should write! Of all people, I can see that happening, my dear. You're an incisive responder, and you've got a fabulous quick mind. I would think you've a great deal of creativity just pouring off you in waves. Please do write, and do post, and do let me know, all right? I'll read! I'll be your major fan, love, no lie!
(Cheating, of course, as I am your fan anyway...hee!)

Fic Recs

Date: 2013-08-06 10:06 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Love your list, read through almost every rec here. ;)

Just wanted to give you some links that have somehow been overlooked by the fanfic reading population, they really need to be shown some love.

At Your Finger Ends by Tartanfics

Beautiful Ideas by metisket

The Affair of the Asphyxiated Acafan by AJHall



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