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Well, whine and you shall receive! Ladies and gents, there is one, count 'em ONE, Watson/Moriarty fic out there! And thank the divine-- it's actually good!

And here it is:

Title: Losing Light.
Author: Lago Lindari.
Pairing: Moriarty/Watson, Holmes/Watson.
Rating: PG-13 for minor violence.
Prompt: from sherlockkink: Moriarty/Watson; while Holmes and Irene and Blackwood are up on the bridge, Moriarty gets in some hasty molestation.

Summary: "The gun was now snugly lodged in the soft flesh between his neck and jaw, pressing with accuracy against his jugular."
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Heh, had myself a bit of a shock.

I recently purchased The Improbable Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, an anthology of the best (and mostly supernatural-inspired) Holmes pastiches from past years. There are stories from Neil Gaiman, Stephen King, Anthony Burgess, Anne Perry, etc. etc. and, yes, I highly recommend it.

However, I was very surprised to read a story from Naomi Novik (author of the Temeraire series, which I've never read) that was very familiar. In fact, it was already familiar because it's one of my favorite Sherlock Holmes fan fics. My first thought was that the impeccable reputation of Yuletide had been tainted by some old fashioned plagiarism, but even that idea was confusing because the story really read like a fic. Much as it is experimented with by any number of authors, fanfiction very much has its own recognizable writing style.

Anyway, I did a little sleuth investigating Google and discovered that author Naomi Novik is none other than the fabulous fanfic author [Bad username or site: @]/shalott! Chica had her Yuletide fic published in a famous anthology! Wowzers. I really don't think I'll ever be completely comfortable with the erosion between fandom and real life, and I'm still kind of dazed by the fact that Cassandra Clare and Maya have become famous "real life" authors whose work I can find prominently displayed in a Barnes and Noble. I usually find myself standing in front of Clare's books while surreptitiously eyeing the people around me to see if anyone displays visible signs of some awareness of her fanfic origins. I'm weird, yes. Nonetheless, authors like Novik/astolat deserve to have their work recognized on both scales, and it's what we all wish and strive for, yes? On that note, here is the fic that became the published pastiche:

Title: Commonplaces.
Author: Naomi Novik/[Bad username or site: @].
Rating: R.
Pairings: Irene Adler/Sherlock Holmes, Sherlock Holmes/John Watson.
Summary: Only to be adored was, in the end, nothing; to be adored by someone worthy, everything.

Also from the same anthology, here is Neil Gaiman's pastiche, A Study in Emerald. I won't spoil the big twist ending (which is brilliant), but I will tell you that it's a crossover between Holmes and H.P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu universe, which you don't need to be familiar with at all. A reworking of the famous Holmes/Watson meeting in A Study in Scarlet. It's Neil Gaiman, so you know it's going to be worth your time.
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To convey my giddiness over the recent rec love The Lost Ones has been receiving, I've compiled a rec list of some of my absolute favorite fics spanning across multiple fandoms. They all have in common the theme of all-consuming sexual obsession (clearly one of my favorite themes), writing skill beyond belief, and EPIC length. You'd need countless hours to finish them all. All characters featured go to dark, dark, DARK places. Did I mention dark? These fics are not for the faint of heart but for the reader looking to read some of the best fanfic has to offer. Enjoy.

Title: The Electra Complex.
Fandom: Samurai Champloo.
Author: DeniPie.
Rating: NC-17.
Pairings: Fuu/Mugen, Fuu/Jin.
Summary: When Fuu was five, men became the source of all her problems. And it appeared that now, at fifteen, they still were.
Note: Her Mugen is the most purely primal character I've ever encountered. The lengths he goes to in order to bind an unwilling Fuu to him blow the mind-- yet, he's still perfectly in-character. This fic is like Richardson's Clarissa without the victory-through-saintly-death ending.

Title: His Terrible Swift Sword.
Fandom: X-Men Movieverse.
Author: [Bad username or site: @].
Rating: NC-17.
Pairings: Charles/Erik (main), Logan/Rogue, John/Bobby, and others.
Summary: In the past, a young Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr struggle to discover their powers -- and in the near future, humanity is waging war on Magneto's Brotherhood and losing.
Note: This fic pretty much defines the word "epic." You will never read a better Charles/Erik backstory, nor will you ever forget this fic. If you haven't read Yahtzee before, then consider yourself officially shamed.

Title: My Wife and My Dead Wife.
Fandom: Oz.
Author: Gemma Files ([Bad username or site: @]).
Rating: NC-17.
Pairings: Schillinger/Beecher, Beecher/Keller.
Summary: WIFE... is a four-letter word.
Note: I never get tired of reccing this one. Possibly my favorite and most absorbing reading experience to date (fic or otherwise). Love/hate/obsession triangles become rectangles become circles... These characters are absolutely drowning in their various obsessions with each other. Glorious.

Titles: The Man Who Wasn't There and The Man Who Sold the World.
Fandoms: Queer as Folk/Angel the Series crossover.
Author: [Bad username or site: @].
Rating: NC-17.
Pairings: Brian/Michael (main), Angel/Spike (main), Brian/Wesley, Brian/Spike.
Summary: Desperate to escape the ghosts of the past, Brian Kinney leaves Pittsburgh and takes a job at Wolfram & Hart in Los Angeles. But he soon finds that ghosts have a funny way of finding you.
Note: The Man Who Wasn't There: An AU crossover that works so well it's kind of hard to believe until you've read it yourself. Spike suffers for his seemingly unbreakable bond with his grandsire, and Brian suffers for the loss of Michael (post QaF S4 finale). The Man Who Sold the World: Its prequel; Brian/Michael through the years like you've never seen them before. So twisted, messed up, and absolutely sublime.

Titles: Slightly Darker Than Black, Burn, and The Dead Church.
Fandom: Angel the Series.
Author: [Bad username or site: @].
Rating: NC-17.
Pairings: Cordelia/Angel, Cordelia/Angelus, and Cordelia/Wesley.
Summary: Following the abduction of Angel’s son, Wesley has lost his only family, and spirals ever deeper into darkness. When Cordelia decides to drag him out, things get very complicated... and dangerous.
Note: A three-part story, starting with Slightly Darker Than Black and continues in Burn and then The Dead Church. Angel succumbs to despair over the loss of Connor and the line between himself and Angelus slowly disintegrates. Cordelia does what I wish she had done in the series and actually attempts to put her makeshift family back together again while navigating the dangerous obsessions and lusts of the increasingly mad/despairing Angel and Wesley. It doesn't get any better than Julie Fortune in Angelverse (or anywhere really).

Title: Resurrection.
Fandom: 3:10 to Yuma.
Author: [Bad username or site: @].
Rating: PG-13.
Pairing: Ben/Dan.
Summary: A second chance. A disintegrating hold on reality. A battle on the home front.
Note: The first of several epic-length fics in the same series. Ben gradually loses himself to insanity and an obsession with Dan, who has to go to crazy lengths to escape him (and his own feelings for Ben).
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Geez, Trek Reboot is the most prolific fandom ever! I don't have time to read the billions of fics that cross my flist every day, so they just keep building and building up in my bookmarks. Since there are way too many good fics to rec, I decided to limit it to my favorite crack pieces. I think my favorite thing about Reboot fandom is that they've decided to write Jim Kirk as a hilariously huge ditz. As is most logical, my recs reflect this amusement.

Title: Cut and Fucking Paste and its sequel Edit.
Author: [Bad username or site: @].
Rating: PG-13.
Pairings: Kirk-->Spock, Spock/Uhura.
Summary: The mindmeld is messing with Kirk's head. Absolute best crack in the world.

"Mr. Scott. What is the one thing I hate more than anything else in the entire universe?"

Cringing, Scotty's eyes turn even more apologetic than before. "Having your pain and personal life being made into fodder for the shipwide gossip mill, sir?"

Jim feels his expression turn baffled. "Dude, have we met? No, fuck, I hate being left out of the loop, you know that! Look, I get that the crew wants to gossip about their senior officers. That's cool-- fun tradition. But Scotty! I thought we were Delta Vega bros forever! We almost got tattoos together! Forward me all the good stuff, okay? No one's going to get in trouble, jeez. Unless they say racist shit about Vulcans, because, you know, fuck that noise."

Scotty frowns. "You-- want to be in the loop. Of gossip. About you."

Title: The Fistbump is Non-Optional.
Author: [Bad username or site: @].
Rating: PG.
Summary: This was why he was captain, and also awesome.

"In brief, Mr Spock," Kirk said. "Can you bust us out?"

Spock sighed. "Correct," he said. "I am capable of 'busting us out.'"

"Dude," Kirk said, hefting his fist. "Fistbump."

"I apologize, Captain, but I must refrain," said Spock. "I have seen where your hands have been and until you have sterilized the effected areas, preferably on a subdermal level, I do not wish to be in contact with any portion of your anatomy."

Kirk's fist wavered, as did his face, but he only straightened his elbow and held his fist out with even greater resolve. This was why he was captain, and also awesome.

Title: Four Consequences of the Unexpected and Unlikely Friendship Between James T. Kirk and Nyota Uhura.
Author: Tris B.
Characters/Pairing: Jim & Nyota, Spock/Uhura, Kirk/McCoy implied.
Rating: PG-13.
Summary: Jim and Nyota become BFFs. God help the rest of them.

"Did you ask him?"

Nyota's horrified look spoke volumes. Jim flapped his hands above the table excitedly. "Pon farr pon farr pon farr pon farr!" he chanted intelligently, tapping out a rhythm with his feet.

Nyota buried her face in her hands. "It's really special when you manage to upset a Vulcan. Jim. They don't talk about it. EVER. I didn't know anything could be that awkward."

"Oh my god oh my god oh my god!" he exulted, now fairly wriggling with glee. "I love Vulcans the most! Oh my god."

Title: Salute.
Author: [Bad username or site: @].
Characters/Pairings: Spock/Uhura, Kirk, McCoy.
Rating: PG.
Summary: Most kid!fic is inevitably going to suck (not that I don't want more of it, mind you), but this was so hilarious and adorable a look at Kirk interfering with Spock and Uhura's parenting that I couldn't resist. Uncle Jim! D'aww.

Five-year-old Sochya regarded Uncle Jim seriously. "I think you're lying."

Uncle Jim clutched his heart in mock agony. "Sochie! Would I do that to you?"

"You have done so in the past."

"Sochie, the Tooth Fairy wasn't a lie," he replied patiently. "Well, not exactly."

Title: And None of the Benefits.
Author: [Bad username or site: @].
Pairing: Spock/Uhura.
Rating: G.
Summary: "She should have known better than to involve herself with a teacher." Recced because Spock/Uhura is geek!love, and the idea of him torturing her with crossword puzzles warms my cold, bitter heart.
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Am digging my way through the Yuletide entries this year, and I must say that I never fail to be shocked by the sheer number of movies, books, comics, etc. that get represented there. I'm also shocked to see that the fandoms I thought would get updated were bypassed this year-- like Supernatural. Also, there's no section for Bleach, but there is one for Faulkner's The Sound and the Fury? Bwuh???

A couple Yuletide fic recs, because all the cool kids are doing it!

One Angels in America Rec:

I'll Find You in the Morning Sun. A beautifully written AiA fic that is both tragic and poignant. If I didn't already love me some Prior Walter, then this fic would have done the trick.

Two Pennelope Recs:

--I absolutely adore these authors, whomever they may be, for writing Penelope fic. There is not a more precious movie in existence.

Two Broken Curses. Glorious not only because its entirely precious but also because the structure of the piece feels so true to the heart of the movie.

When Pigs Spread Their Wings and Fly. In which Penelope reclaims her "cultural heritage"-- a.k.a her pig heritage-- which includes everything from bacon to Charlotte's Web to truffles. Possibly the greatest thing ever.

One That Mitchell and Webb Look RPS Rec:

The Other One. Why? BECAUSE IT'S MITCHELL/WEBB RPS! No other explanation needed.
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Fic Rec!

[Bad username or site: @] wrote me an awesome belated birthday present. It's part of her amazing Resurrection series. I loves it, now go read it.

Title: Demon.
Author: Baggyeyes
Fandom: 3:10 to Yuma
Rating: NC-17
Word count: 1267
Characters: Ben Wade, Dan Evans

Summary: Ben Wade has lost his mind and sees himself as a demon, and Dan Evans as an angel.


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