|Reviews for God Rest Ye All Sherlockians|
| BloodLily16 chapter 7 . 11/20/2013
BRAVA, BRAVA, BRAVISSIMO!
| BloodLily16 chapter 4 . 11/20/2013
Oh wow. That threw me. XD
| BloodLily16 chapter 2 . 11/20/2013
Ah. Very good. *opera claps*
| starlight.moon.princess chapter 7 . 8/18/2013
Ah, this was very clever :)
I really liked the way you made the [white christmas] into [quiet Christmas]. I have no doubt that for John, those are exactly the kind of Christmases he dreams about - he'd probably take a sunny Christmas if it meant peace and quiet for some time :P
I lovedlovedloved the references to Sherlock's many "experiments." They really give the poem character, and make it very easy to imagine John sitting in his armchair, shaking his head desolately as Sherlock destroys something else...
The rhyme in the first two stanzas was very impressive. You've written it really well, and i'm humming it under my breath as I type out this review.
However, the latter half seems to fall short, not in content but in rhyme, especially the last stanza. I know getting the rhyme down can be a bit of hassle, but I'd definitely advise you to change it if at all possible.
Alos, you make a reference to [chemistry and crime] However, the "song" focuses mainly on the chemistry part of it, so the addition of crime seems a bit out of place. It's work just as well with only the chemistry, if not better, I think.
But this was fabulous!
And this is a) stuck in my head, and b) the next time I hear it, I'll definitely be substituting some Sherlockian phrases in my mind :D
Well done! :)
| starlight.moon.princess chapter 6 . 8/14/2013
An extraordinarily sweet chapter, this one :)
I love the way this one-shot linked up to the theme of Christmas and goodwill towards all men. I think you've chosen the perfect character in Watson to center this piece around - as the person who brings humanity to Holmes' genius, it's not at all a stretch of the imagination to think that he's do the same in the part of his life that is not governed by Holmes and following him all over the country.
I really liked the way you've treated the concept of mental illness. I could be wrong, but from what I know of mental illness in the time ACD was writing, it would have been a regular occurrence to treat someone who had a mental illness as though they were crazy. The fact that Watson doesn't do this is not only very in character for him, but also very touching.
I really liked the way you ended the story, bring the tale back full circle, only this time the two men are meeting in better circumstances.
I can't help but imagine the knowledge that he had made some difference in Higgins' life would have taken Watson's mind away from the fact that he had a pile of paperwork that had to done.
This was lovely and heartwarming.
Well done! :)
| ReadingBlueWolf chapter 15 . 8/6/2013
I like the sense of shock you bring through this. There’s this surreal feeling you have in here that makes the situation really intense. I was on the edge of my seat waiting to see what Watson discovered! I love the question about what precarious meant. That cracked me up. I felt bad for Sherlock because he was beaten by sticks. That’s a horrible way to get beaten up. (Not that there’s a better way to have that happen) I love how upset Watson was that he wasn’t around. I love how you move the mood into a more melancholy approach. It’s a nice turn from that shock I felt when I first read it. The tears in the bottle confused me a bit. I wasn’t sure what you meant by that. I like the comment of soft and comforting with the words. That was really nice. I’m glad that Watson feels relief. I’m relieved because he is. I like how this ends in a sort of happy up beat manner. This was a really lovely one. I loved how you integrated the story with this poem. Great job!
| starlight.moon.princess chapter 5 . 8/2/2013
Gah, I think you've broken me with the perfection of this.
First off, kudos on doing this completely in haiku!
I could never manage that - at least, not purposefully :P
[An honourable war wound]
I love this line, because you've just shown everything you needed to about Watson's character here: the fact that he considers his wounds honourable even though they cause him so much pain.
[But he is Watson
Resident of Baker Street
And brother to Holmes]
This part is completely perfect, because it shows us exactly how Watson is. He's completely devoted to his best friend and the Work, so this is brilliant.
[He is always home]
I love this! It was just an inordinate amount of squee, the way his home is not only Baker Street, but Holmes as well.
I think this is rather brilliant, as always.
Well done! :)
| starlight.moon.princess chapter 4 . 7/31/2013
Again, very amusing :D
I loved the Mycroft-Sherlock banter at the start. It's something that is very much seen in siblings, and it was adorable to see that in these two particular brothers! XD
[Perhaps, on some]
I could be wrong, but I'm pretty sure you don't need the comma there.
[Mycroft Holmes wanted to know as the door to the flat closed so that he was alone in the hall with the man who had just exited the flat]
This statement is a bit confusing. It took me a few read before I understood what it meant, and without understanding this, it's difficult to understand the rest of the section. Maybe you could divide it into two stements to make it simpler?
I must say, I definitely wasn't expecting Watson to have been pretending to be Mycroft! I though the reference to his "special talent" in the AN was his ability to grow "distinguished" facial hair, but apparently not!
You fooled me very well :3
["Don't forget to wash the dye out of your mustache. It really does look like a dead animal."]
For some reason, I really love this! Maybe because it's a reflection of similar the brothers can be at times, but this line was rather lovely, and a brilliant way to end the fic.
Well done! :D
| starlight.moon.princess chapter 3 . 7/30/2013
And another hilarious piece!
[Went off at the crack of dawn with the doctor]
I can just imagine the exasperated tone of voice when Mrs Hudason says this line. You've done wonderfully with her dialogue, it's almost as though she's sitting right in front of me, saying all this :)
[Well… Sherlock was wondering if you would be willing to remove the rather large, red bow that you have adorning the door to his flat."]
I think you missed the quotation marks at the beginning of this statement.
Apart from that, though, this was again hilarious. I can almost /hear/ Mycroft's discomfort when he says this!
["My apologies, Mrs. Hudson. I did not realize that you were still here."]
Ah well. I assume Mrs H is sort of used to Sherlock being a) rude and b) blind to the world by now.
[You didn't tell me that it was pink.]
Give me a moment...
I can just imagine the poor Holmes' brothers faces...and of course, John's probably laughing his arse off at the side, and the poor clients are just as clueless as ever.
This was lovely, and think you've written this pure conversation piece brilliantly. I certainly did not miss any dialogue tags here!
Well done :)
| starlight.moon.princess chapter 2 . 7/27/2013
This was wonderful!
I was laughing out loud all the way through this...poor Sherlock!
[knowing that it would be worth it to have a human flat mate for a few hours]
I love this line, because apart from the sheer hilarity of the fact that Watson doesn't care how much money he looses if Sherlock stops being annoying, it also shows how well he know Sherlock. the only way to return him to normal is to give him a mystery to solve, and this shows Watson's knowledge of that very well.
[On one of these dreaded occasions, I decided that I had had enough of Holmes moping about the flat, my army revolver at full cock]
This just reminds me of the BBC show and a petulant Sherlock shooting the walls. This line just shows the worry that poor Watson has to undergo, sharing a flat with Sherlock.
This was just a perfect way to end the story, Watson celebrating the fact that poor Sherlock has been left stumped for one of the few times in his life.
This was wonderful!
Well done! :)
| starlight.moon.princess chapter 1 . 5/14/2013
Jealous, put-out Sherlock is my favourite, and I think you've written him beautifully here!
I think you've described the state of their flat brilliantly, it's exactly what Sherlock would have done if he were left to himself for days on end with no entertainment in the form of Watson.
It's also very in character for him to purposefully mess up his home just to inconvenience Watson. It's a large part of how he keeps himself entertained, I think.
The last line was brilliant! It's just the type of frivolous excuse Sherlock Holmes would use to excuse what is basically him being too lazy to pick up after himself, and the fact that he mentions Mrs Watson clearly shows that he's a little annoyed at the fact that Watson is moving out of their shared home, I think.
For some reason, all I could picture when I read this was Robert Downey Junior in the second Sherlock Holmes movie XD
Well done! :)
| persevera chapter 6 . 4/7/2013
What a wonderful holiday story. Watson's like an English St. Nicholas, doing an act of kindness for someone that everyone else ignored.
I like that the man is so insistent that someone is trying to kill him and asks for help from anyone with whom he comes into contact. His fear has made him less than he would probably otherwise be. That idea is confirmed in the last section, where the man, feeling much stronger and in control, is able to come and thank Watson for his kindness and treating him like a person who needs help, rather than someone to be shunned.
The other people, such as the woman that Mr. Higgins grabbed, or the man who came to her rescue, might have had a story that they could tell about their encounter with the crazy man, but Watson, who probably didn't mention Mr. Higgins to anyone, has a story, or at least a memory, of actually being of assistance to his fellow man, and making a difference in someone's life.
| ReadingBlueWolf chapter 14 . 4/7/2013
Okay, apparently I already reviewed 12, but it’s been a while so I’ll just do a few little blurbs. I think the flow of it is still really nice. And I still love the italics. I think from reading this again, I enjoy it a lot more. I really appreciate the view from both Sherlock and Watson and how they weave together. I don’t think I realized that the first time around just how lovely they intertwine.
As for chapter 14… I love how it begins with Watson immediately annoyed. I chuckled when Watson said he was aggravated because he didn’t get to finish the scandal article with the lord and fiancé. Is this the case of the missing chemicals? :D I love how Sherlock brings Watson in on this because he thinks Watson has something to do with it. The fact that Watson refers to the set as “playthings”. That’s really funny. I’m thinking that Sherlock might have misplaced them or Mrs. Hudson had something to do with it. I really do love the levels of relationship you bring into this. There’s a flow to their friendship and its clearly established and not weird (outside of how Sherlock normally is). After the conversation about the shoes I did have a new guest. I love the ending of this! It put a smile on my face and I love it. Great job! I never expected that at all!
| Sierraoscar154 chapter 12 . 4/7/2013
Well, it's a bit weird reviewing something out of order, but here it goes (plus, it's nice to take a small break from your other stuff).
Oh dear, Watson getting shot? It certainly reminds me of some of the other stories I've been reading of our dynamic duo, although with the roles reversed. I guess that some of the tension there came from not knowing until the end that he was okay (tis but a flesh wound!), and despite Sherlock saving him, I found it interesting that you placed some of the guilt on him. Despite all of their smarts, someone still got the drop on them, and he feels pretty bad about it.
I'm not quite sure what to think exactly of the mixed haiku and the quotes inbetween; sometimes, I felt that it broke up the narrative a little bit more than I would have liked, but then again, reading straight haiku can be very annoying as well, especially when you don't know where to start and stop. So, I figure that this was a good compromise. It's not exactly the style I would have gone for, but hey, to each their own.
Very nice, and good work.
| darkin520 chapter 25 . 2/20/2013
Ah, I finally get to review this last chapter. Woo! Oh, my goodness. I can literally see Sherlock's face while watching the little boy. That was such a lovely image. I love watching children at Christmas. For as crotchety as Sherlock can be sometimes, I love that he cannot resist the spirit of Christmas nor can he resist the joy on the child's face. I also love how the little boy is so cautious...not like some children who just tear into the paper without thought or cause. I love that he waits until he has permission and then he gets excited. Awww...that was just the sweetest thing when he hugged the train. Awww...I wish it were Christmas again when I read stories like this. I'm sad to see this one go, but I know you have a few other things I haven't read yet. This was fabulous love! A fantastic end to a fantastic story! Well done. :)