When an injury forces adventure and travel photographer John Watson to take more sedate jobs, he worries he might be bored - until he meets Chef Sherlock Holmes.
Shoy’s posting a review? And it’s for an AU that doesn’t have to do with vampires or werewolves or wings? WHAT?! Okay, all joking aside, I finally remembered that I used to REVIEW fics instead of just read them, and I thought I’d share one I just finished.
This is a lovely romp into an AU I would love to read more of. Both Sherlock and John seem to be spot-on in their new roles, and I really appreciate that the author let the world slowly build as their relationship did. I can totally picture Sherlock as an amazing chef, and his explanation for how he got into the food business felt perfectly in-character for me. John as a travel photographer was a little harder to grasp, but it didn’t take me out of the story by any means. I was almost disappointed when I reached the end, because I wanted to read more about the food and the photography and, of course, the budding romance… This fic has definitely (if you’ll pardon the pun) left me hungry for more.
Word Count: 11,065
My Rating: B
John’s gay, American secret comes to town. Sherlock only pretends to find it dull.
Don’t let the title fool you into thinking this isn’t something you would be interested in. It’s not crack, it’s case. My first way to describe this is “something a little different”. I expected to find a gay bar fic (which, don’t get me wrong, that is a trope I enj0y), but this was not any sort of typical. John opens the door to find an old fling, but Sean is not there to see him. He needs Sherlock, and what he needs him for leads John and Sherlock to the football field and the poker tables. It’s a short fic but it accomplishes quite a lot, establishing a case that is not too hard to follow, believable backstories, and a smooth transition from friends to a little bit more. I am going to give major props to the author for doing what I think are awesome deductions. It’s always hard to write Sherlock’s observations but furthermore the reasons for the observations, and this fic has those. Basically, this is a very well-rounded fic; an interesting case, realistic progression, and it all starts with a drag queen. MATURE READERS ONLY.
My Rating: B+
Review by: Taylor
John might be touching Sherlock a little more often than is strictly necessary. Sherlock probably hasn’t even noticed. Right…?
Don’t let the super cheesy title make you think this is just super cheesy. Well, it is a little, but in the best way. Set after Sherlock’s return, the ball gets set in motion when Sherlock finally calls John out on his recent obsession with touching Sherlock. A single sentence and John and Sherlock are faced with the reality that they aren’t quite better yet and start the path to getting there. The tension between them is almost able to be felt by the reader. It’s a bit more realistic in pointing out that, even after the initial conversations, there will still be things that leave their mark. The reason this fic deserves a read is primarily the voice. The author writes a great John, sometimes giving way to a more, dare I say, cheesy line of thought. The “crouching panther” comment is the best example of this. I must say, however, the epilogue is (in my opinion) an accurate summary of what Sherlock would truly be like when promised something of that nature. A very nice read and an excellent use of the internal monologue. MATURE READERS ONLY.
My Rating: B
Review by: Taylor
For John, it’s not a bullet that throws his existence into disarray - it’s a bite
It’s been a long time since I’ve posted a review, but I just read this fic and I have to share, so here I am! I don’t know if anyone remembers, but I have a thing for AUs and magical realism, and this fic does a fantastic job taking werewolf mythology and presenting it in a new and interesting way that fits into the world it’s from. The author does a fantastic job explaining everything you need to know without being vague or hitting you over the head with pieces of information you don’t need; the result is an extremely engaging story that I could not stop reading. I really appreciated that we got to learn things with John, and I genuinely felt his excitement and confusion along the way. John’s characterization was spot-on, and I loved Sherlock in this - his ‘mastery’ of the situation combined with his complete clueless-ness about how his actions would affect John was just perfect! Their relationship progressed wonderfully too, and the author was really conscious of keeping it natural and in character. I never felt pulled out of the story because everything was so well explained and examined. Plus this fic gave me shapeshifting, telepathy, and emotional wump; what’s not to love?!
WARNINGS FOR MILD GORE AND MENTIONS OF SUICIDE; MATURE READERS ONLY FOR SEXUAL CONTENT
Word Count: 53, 686
My Rating: B+
Five Part Series (Incomplete):
you are what you eat(and you know what that is), the cinnamon peeler’s wife, the profession of my fingers, yellow bark dust on your pillow, but for the unquiet heart
He just wanted John right down to the amino acids that made up his body, and he wanted them in his own body.
This series starts with Sherlock wanting to eat John. No, not in the Hannibal Lecter sense and no this is not a crossover. This is about Sherlock and how he loves John. All of John. He doesn’t want to fry him up next to some chips. But Sherlock just wants a bite, a taste; wants to have every bit of John in every way possible. Basically, it starts off a bit not good and the theme continues. This series covers from an unmentioned time to Post-Reichenbach, starting as an establish relationship. John gives Sherlock a gift which, in the eyes of our consulting detective, is unfathomable. This leads to Sherlock doing some pretty odd things to repay him. I allotted for a little OOC, considering it starts with cannibalism, but I think the author rounds it out nice enough that it doesn’t make one cringe at all. It just makes Sherlock and John themselves with slightly off habits. There is a balance to it, a delicate one, but I believe the author keeps that balance. Now, it says incomplete, and checking the dates of each post, it is entirely possible that this will update again. However, there was a ten month break between two parts, so there is nothing that says this will not have a new addition in the future. On a personal note, I had been unable to review this one, due to the disturbing content. I remember being very bothered that “my baby Sherlock” wanted to eat John. So I am going to warn that yes that’s how it starts. There is also a minor warning inserted her for implied dubious consent. And then there is, of course, the graphic sexual warning here. Oh and the kind of creepy bit in the fifth section. Here’s my advice: if you like odd fics, these ones are for you. Short, sweet, but with a dash of disturbing for you. Heed the warnings at the beginning of each section, and we’ll be good. MATURE READERS ONLY
Words: 5 parts so far, 10,083 words so far
My Rating: A-
Review by: Taylor
He’s decided to just be himself, cliché as it sounds. The lie about being Sherlock’s mate will be difficult enough to keep up, he’s not going to think up more of a charade regarding himself on top of that. If he uses the wrong fork at dinner, fine. If someone calls him on it, he’ll just stab them with it. Job done.
Battling vulnerability and coming to terms with the nature of their relationship (as individuals in addition to their biological natures) make this depiction of omegaverse incredibly sympathetic. This alternate universe is one of my personal favorites. However, there are elements of alpha/beta/omega worldbuilding which have the capacity to make me uncomfortable, notably themes of dub- and non-con. Although the author tags with “mildly dubious consent” the moment is addressed in a reasonable manner in order to reveal the dedication of John’s moral fiber and Sherlock’s confidence in John.
Immediately hooking into the conflict of the plot, this fic approaches the social aspects of omegaverse including the stigma of omega status, depth of relational status once a bond is established, expectations upon alphas to control omegas, and the fine balance between preexisting adoration and pheromone-induced lust during heats. Sherlock’s obvious discomfort with his biological dependency on bonding leads to several moments of deep understanding between him and John, flirting with the revelation of John’s latent devotion to Sherlock. Placing the pair in the midst of a Holmes family gathering at Christmas isolates John as an outsider in the realm of socialites. Not surprisingly, he holds his own until the introduction of Ms Violet Holmes. Portrayal of the Holmes brothers’ mother in this fic is handled delicately, introducing an aspect of omegaverse sociopolitical involvement I have never encountered before and would regret spoiling for readers.
I love the inner complications John and Sherlock face nearing the consummation of their inevitable bonding, the emotional upheaval in the midst of their biological demand for sex, and how suddenly Sherlock returns to himself after the heat. Minor instances aside where the pair felt waveringly out of character, I would highly recommend this fic to those who are new to omegaverse and interested in approaching the genre. MATURE READERS ONLY
Word Count: 28130
My Rating: A-
Review by: Becka
A short series on the final years of Sherlock Holmes.
Better get your box of Kleenex, you’re gonna need it! This is Sherlock’s tale of living after his beloved doctor has passed, accepting the past, and finding a way to leave behind the Holmes and Watson legacy. Sherlock has grown into a very loving and emotional man but it was never described as being an overnight process which I appreciated. He gradually learned to let others into his life, to build a family, and to show sentiment. I really like the little peeks into John and Sherlock’s life but it never became the focus. The focus wasn’t on the past, it was in the moment but looked fondly back on memories. I actually really like the fact that Molly moved in with Sherlock to keep him company in his final years, their friendship had obviously grown and strengthened over the years and they needed each other. However, I really wish the details of Molly’s life were explained a bit more. Yes, the story isn’t about her but she is a major factor of this story and we’re told tiny bits of her marriage and children that leave me with many questions unanswered. What happened to her family? Where are her children now? Just a bit of clarity would leave me at peace with this story. Sherlock’s tribute to John was perfect, I love the praise the book got and the success. There is no better way to honor John Watson than by honoring his adventures with Sherlock. The amount of success in a two year span seemed a little much but I guess I could see it happening. Lily was a great character to bring into the story to show how they all end up. She wrapped up a few questions I had at the end and I’m happy to see her life come out the way it did. It’s a beautiful story, and well written. The only thing I had a hard time connecting to was some of the dialogue, some of it felt unnatural, obvious that it was a story rather than something that might have actually been said. Does that make sense? It’s nothing that hindered my enjoyment, I just didn’t fall completely into the world. All in all a bittersweet tale of a man trying to carry on without his soulmate by his side.
Word Count: 11,599
My Rating: A-/B+
Love is a dangerous disadvantage for the Holmes family, immortals until they’ve given their heart to someone else. Nevertheless, it’s not like Sherlock planned to lose his to John.
I have never used the word ‘pretty’ to describe a fic before, but I feel like that works. The content is not being described, but the fic as a whole. It’s deep and thoughtful with a touch of magic. Sherlock has immortality, but only if he protects himself from ‘giving his heart away’. That way, he can preserve his immortality. Mycroft warns him, but it doesn’t matter once he meets John Watson. As far as the fic goes, I should probably do th actual review part now. Reading about Sherlock’s heart and how he gives it away and trying to know if John will give him his in return is beautiful. On top of that, if he does give his heart away, any injury that comes to John also comes to Sherlock. I somewhat wish that could have been played on more, but I like how it IS revealed. SPOILER there is a scene where LMycroft does something to check on whether or not Sherlock has given his heart to John. I have to say that is my absolute favorite part because it’s a bit not good, but it’s perfect. Of course Mycroft would do something like that. Anyways, I really liked this and I want to read more of this magic idea in the future.
My Rating: A-
Review by: Taylor
Everything felt wrong. His hair was going the wrong way. His arms were bent in ways he wouldn’t choose to bend them. His neck hurt and he couldn’t really feel his toes. Something was dripping on his face – and rolling up.
No, this definitely wasn’t right.
“Sherlock? Sherlock!” a frantic and pained voice whispered next to his ear. Sherlock groaned and turned his head, hissing as the muscles at the juncture of his neck and shoulder flared with pain.
“All right, it’s all right, it’s fine.” Sherlock couldn’t finish turning his head for fear of the muscle seizing completely, but the rest of his senses were kicking back in. Metallic creaks and groans, cracking glass, the distinct smell of petrol and burnt rubber.
A car crash. He had been in a car crash.
This is one that I read quite awhile ago actually and just now found in my bookmarks! It’s actually a very heartwarming story that stays, for me, reasonably in character. John also talks about Detroit in this one, so it shouldn’t be a huge surprise that I like it! In this story, Lestrade, Sherlock, and John are in a car crash and John is hurt much more than he’s letting on. What’s interesting to me is that it’s not painfully obvious that Sherlock and John are in a relationship, you catch on very quickly but they never act dramatic. I really like the slow realization of their relationship and how close they actually are. The Detroit part will always be my favorite about this, despite my bias it’s actually a very beautiful parallel to their situation. The buildings John describes are very beautiful in their destruction, much like their crash. It’s scary and exhilarating to be in a place of so much danger but it’s peaceful and beautiful at the same time. While the crash was all destruction, what was happening between Sherlock and John was wonderful. Things from there get a little confusing. John ends up in the hospital but the narrator jumps around too fast. There’s actually a sex scene snuck in there that I missed at first and had to turn around and figure out exactly when Sherlock got on top of him! It was just a little addition that felt out of place and ended up just being confusing. Overall a very well done concept, and if you have the time I definitely suggest googling “Detroit Ruin Porn”!
Trigger Warnings for car crashes and injury
Word Count: 4,256
When Sherlock is forced to share his eyrie, he is determined to make the best of it. However, he has no intentions of ever pair-mating. It’s a pity his body has other ideas.
John Watson cannot believe his luck when he meets Sherlock Holmes. But then, who would ever want a flightless Tiercel with PTSD who can’t even manage a courtship flight?
At this point it should come as no surprise that I’m the one reviewing wing!fic… There’s just something about people with wings that I find utterly fascinating. That being said, I absolutely adored this fic. It was detailed without being overly graphic and descriptive without being too word-heavy or poetic.
I appreciated the characterizations in this story; they seemed pretty spot-on for the universe these characters are placed in. I love how Sherlock doesn’t realize at first he’s responding to John’s advances, and how Mike had to point out to John that Sherlock was making advances of his own… Absolutely clueless, our boys. Sherlock’s reluctance also seemed very in character; he didn’t want to lose himself in the rush of lust/love/heat his body produced whenever John was around, and that seemed right for such a controlled person. John seemed a bit out of character at first, but then I read the second chapter and things made a lot more sense. The author does a great job while telling this story; giving us the relevant details in flash-backs without making the plot drag or providing too much exposition. I also really enjoyed that the characters were modeled off various birds of prey, and had personalities and courting styles to match. The author clearly did her homework, and it makes for a much more engaging and interesting read.
MATURE READERS ONLY FOR SEXUAL CONTENT.
Word Count: 26,646
My Rating: B+