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I promised these recs to a bunch of you, sorry to keep you waiting. Apparently "Tomorrow, hopefully. Maybe. I'll try!" is the new "In a month." Argh.

Sherlock

VIDS

Starting off with a couple new vid recs. No sadness this time around!


Hey Na Na @ YouTube
Comments Some of the best bits of the first two season two episodes wrapped in a cute, bubbly song. I keep rewatching this whenever I need a "remember how awesome season two was?" boost.

sherlock song spoof @ YouTube
Comments Sherlock set to various song snippets. So many laughs. My favorite is probably 1:30, which starts with John wondering why everyone thinks they're dating and—no, no I won't spoil that for you, see for yourself. *g*

Lies, Lies by [livejournal.com profile] legoline
Comments "Now here's the sun, it's alright! (Lies, lies!)" Beautifully edited Sherlock vid. (Okay, fine. Maybe a tiny bit of sadness.)


FICTION

When I began looking for Sherlock fic I quickly got overwhelmed, not knowing where to start. So I took a closer look at the asexual!Sherlock trope and focused on that for a while, which is why there's a fair bit of asexual!Sherlock in here. Turns out it's one of my favorite things! It just ties in so neatly with my love for first times and only you and misunderstandings and confusion followed by happy endings, mmm.

These are all Sherlock/John. I tried to supply alternative links (LJ and AO3) where available. 18 recs this time around (gotta work off that backlog, oof). The summary is the summary given by the author. I haven't commented on all of them, that would've taken too long seeing as I really wanted them to go up today lest it takes me another four weeks, tralala. /o\


Planet Sherlock (@AO3) by [livejournal.com profile] pir8fancier (NC-17, 6k)
Summary John and Sherlock devise a rating system for their sexual encounters.
Comments John compares sex to murder to make Sherlock understand how much he enjoys sex. Excellent idea (if you ask me, *g*).

The Second Law of Thermodynamics (@AO3) by [livejournal.com profile] entangled_now (NC-17, 16k)
Summary In which there's no heating and there's a dead owl in Sherlock's bed.
Comments A series of four stories. The link goes to the serious tag on LJ and the series page on AO3. The first asexual!Sherlock fic I read.

The World on His Wrist & Elsewhere Come Morning (@AO3) by [livejournal.com profile] bendingsignpost (AU, PG-13 & NC-17, 67k)
Summary First, he is shot in Afghanistan. Second, he wakes to a phone call in Chelmsford, Essex. Third is pain, fourth is normalcy, fifth is agony and sixth is confusion. By the eighth, he's lost track.
Comments You know how sometimes you read something that is so well done you don't even know what to do with yourself? John switches between different realities, something he has no control over. In one he's still serving in Afghanistan, another is the one we know, in the third Sherlock didn't survive A Study in Pink, and in the fourth John saves Sherlock's life but keeps his distance. I have no idea how the author kept the realities straight, but they did and it's amazing and fascinating and I can't recommend this story highly enough.

Let You Kiss Me (So Sweet and So Soft) (@AO3) by [livejournal.com profile] out_there (PG, 8.7k)
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.
Comments This gave me so many happy, fluffy feelings. Oh, John. Oh, Sherlock. ♥

Behavioural Modification (@AO3) by [livejournal.com profile] bendingsignpost (NC-17, 23k)
Summary Whatever it took, he was going to make this work.
Comments Asexual!Sherlock. In Sherlock's mind it's perfectly reasonable to provide John with sex in exchange for tea (since, you know, he doesn't really want sex in return). John doesn't quite see it that way. Sherlock's POV, misunderstandings, a fair bit of angst. Delicious!

Moar! )


Done, whew. Let me know if there are any broken links lurking about in there.
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Thanks for the hearts, you guys! Unfortunately I missed the window to send some myself, so this one's for you. ♥


I did a thing! Two things, really. The Archive of Our Own has RSS feeds for each fandom now. I like to get the updates on my friends page so I created [livejournal.com profile] ao3merlinrpf and [livejournal.com profile] ao3bbcsherlock, and I see somebody else created [livejournal.com profile] ao3_merlin_feed, yay! They update in bursts, and sometimes they fail to update (LJ's fault), but overall they're pretty handy.

Seeing as Merlin and Sherlock are both pretty active fandoms the feeds are kind of high-traffic and your friends page might get a bit cluttered at times. There's an easy solution to that, though: filtering! Add ?show=P,C to your friends page URL and you only see posts made my users (P) and to communities (C). To see only your feeds add ?show=Y. Ta-da! I added the links to my sidebar, easy peasy.

I wish the AO3 offered pairing feeds, and hopefully they will at some point. Until then, if you're on Twitter and want to be notified whenever someone uploads a new John/Sherlock fic to the AO3, follow @ao3johnsherlock. It checks for updates every fifteen minutes and tweets the title, author and link of new works. \o/

Would anyone be interested in a Twitter account like that for Merlin/Arthur? I haven't made one yet because a) I've run out of email addresses (Twitter only allows one account per address, boo) and b) ugh, lazy. But if anyone else is interested let me know! I could use the incentive.


eta; I almost forgot! [livejournal.com profile] lil_lollypop36 has a shop at Redbubble now and the first two chibis she put up are Bradley/Colin chibis. I... don't think I have the self control to resist buying this on a shirt. Gaaah!
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Okay, so the weekly recs schedule is a bust. But I haven't forgotten about it!

Merlin

FICTION

When Morning Comes (@AO3) by [livejournal.com profile] starlingthefool (Modern AU, Merlin/Arthur, 9k)
Summary: If life were fair, anyone who managed to survive the apocalypse would be given a fuzzy blanket, some tea, and a nice bed to hide under and weep. Life is not fair, obviously, and there's no actual end to the end of the world. Instead, there's grief and pain and mud and death, there are minor miracles, and there's the love that gets you out of bed in the morning, despite everything. Life goes on.
Comments: Never fear, this was written for the Happy Endings Fest. ;) This fic is angsty as hell, but so well done. Loved it!

Like It's 1999 at [livejournal.com profile] kinkme_merlin (Modern AU, Merlin/Arthur, 12k)
Summary Being fuckbuddies goes well for an entire semester.
Comments Merlin, being stupid about his ~feelings, suggests a bet: whoever fucks the most people in a week wins. I'm particularly fond of the Merlin/Elena/Arthur threesome, nom.

Power of Blood (@AO3) by [livejournal.com profile] chicago_ruth (Canon AU, Merlin/Arthur, 3k)
Summary The druids and Camelot are at war, and Merlin discovers that Arthur's blood carries a secret.
Comments Non-con, slavery, mind control, and yes, Merlin does all those things to Arthur. Very dark and twisted, very well done. The ending wasn't as dark as I'd expected it to be, but it's nowhere near a happy one, obviously. Make sure to have some fluff on hand, you may need it afterwards.

Brolin in the Theater (@AO3) by [livejournal.com profile] slantedknitting (RPF, Bradey/Colin, 2k)
Summary Bradley takes Colin on a date, but Colin doesn't know.
Comments Bradley tries really hard, Colin is completely clueless, but it works out in the end. Cute and fluffy. (No skipping this just because it has brolin in the title! I'm looking at you.)

Thicker Than Water (@AO3) by [livejournal.com profile] fuzzytomato02 (Modern AU, Merlin/Arthur, 8k)
Summary Every year, the youngest Holmes, Merlin, invites his two older brothers to his holiday party. Every year, neither Sherlock nor Mycroft show up. This year, John finds Sherlock’s invite and needles Sherlock into going to see his (until then unknown) baby brother.
Comments Perfect Merlin/Sherlock fusion. Merlin as Sherlock's younger brother makes so much sense I can't even. This fic fills me with such glee, and it just so happens to be a great segue into the next part of this recs posts...


Sherlock

So, The Reichenbach Fall happened and I got a bit obsessed with Sherlock. /o\ No, no, it's fine! It's all fine. This is just a phase, I'm just uh, catching up. How prolific can a fandom be when there's only three episodes every year or so, right? Wrong. Oh god, so much fic. So much fic. And the art, the art, you guys. There's so much humor in it, comics and everything. I reach my daily giggles quota just from looking at Sherlock fandom on Tumblr these days. (Oh, the shame.)

Unfortunately the day is drawing to a close and I have um, a surprising amount of Sherlock fic in my rec queue already which would take forever to put together. So I'll leave you with a few vid recs and post the fic recs in a separate entry. Tomorrow, hopefully. Maybe. I'll try!

VIDS

Arrival of the Birds @ YouTube
Comments John & Sherlock. My brother has the brain of a scientist or a philosopher, yet he elects to be a detective. What might we deduce about his heart? Beautiful, beautiful vid. I'm in love with the quiet black-and-white moments.

Will you do this for me? @ YouTube
Comments John & Sherlock. This vid gives me all the feelings. The reach for the tissues with a trembling hand kind, mostly. Oh, my heart. Oh, this show.

Runs in the Family @ Vimeo
Comments Ensemble. I must have watched this a dozen times. The song gripped me immediately, and it's just a nicely edited vid.

Remember the Stronger @ YouTube
Comments Sherlock centric. This is ten percent luck, twenty percent skill, fifteen percent concentrated power of will, five percent pleasure, fifty percent pain, and a hundred percent reason to remember the name. Indeed. *g* I love this for the eee, Sherlock! glee it gives me.