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AlessNox

The Holmsies is an attempt by the sites FYteenlock and BBC Sherlock Recs to make a fanfiction award for Sherlock stories. (

As a loyal Sherlock writers site, and since one of our very own is nominated for an award, I am starting this thread to give us a place to discuss the awards. I am also starting a Homsie nominee reading club.

Once we have decided what stories we like best, voting can be done using a google form that can be found here:

(https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1Gy4yqf_-TAfz0Wxtya0wrImJc0C4e57fb7JTdHrrCtY/viewform )

I will be adding posts with stories to read, and ratings if possible.

Please read along with me and support this project.

7/20/2014 . Edited 7/20/2014 #1
AlessNox

READING LIST

Let's start with something accessible. The nominees for best short fiction. These stories are all less than 5000 words.

  • Quite the Excitable Young Lady by taylorpotato
  • 34 Minutes by bendingsignpost
  • Parallel, Perpendicular, Parabola by calamitybreak
  • With Words We Build and Words We Break by alutiv
  • Kiss the Tin Man by hyacinth_sky747

Please read these with me, and tell me your comments.

The first three are teen and below:

  • Rated Teen34 Minutes by bendingsignpost ( 4698 words
  • Rated KParallel, Perpendicular, Parabola by calamitybreak (https://www.fanfiction.net/s/8647719/1/Parallel-Perpendicular-Parabola) 754 words
  • Rated K with words we build and words we break by alutiv ( 663 words

The last two are rated mature and adult. READ AT YOUR OWN RISK

  • Rated M Quite the Excitable Young Lady by taylorpotato (https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9460239/1/Quite-the-Excitable-Young-Lady) 4908 words
  • Rated NC-17 Kiss the Tin Man by hyacinth_sky747 ( 3471 words
7/20/2014 . Edited 7/20/2014 #2
AlessNox

I have created an Archive of our own collection for this thread.

7/20/2014 #3
AlessNox

Review

Just read Parallel, Perpendicular, Parabola by calamitybreak

It is a crossover between Sherlock and the episode TurnLeft in Doctor Who.

Clever and interesting.

I find it cute.

7/20/2014 #4
Emma Lynch

I was recently thinking there should be some kind of award for all of the excellent writers that occupy this site. What a great idea, and I, for one, would love to be on board to support it. :)

7/20/2014 #5
Emma Lynch

34 Minutes

I know it was the first Ive read, but this was so beautifully written, I just sat back and appreciated the talent. The writer made the words flow so effortlessly, yet effectively in a way anyone should aspire to. I loved the characterisation and interaction between them, which spoke of a long and intimate friendship, without having to spell it out.

Starting out high here! Looking forward to checking out the others.

:)

7/20/2014 #6
AlessNox

Just read: Kiss the Tin Man by hyacinth_sky747

Nice.

The title comes from The Wizard of Oz. Sherlock thinks of himself as the creature without a heart. John eventually convinces him that he does have one, it is just rusty like in the story.

A romance surrounding cases. Nice writing, nice view of Sherlock's thoughts. A little rushed.

It was only explicit at the very end, when a sex scene was thrown it. She didn't need to add it. It would have probably worked better without it.

But if you skip down to the last line when it starts getting hot and heavy, then you can get the point of the story.

Sweet. A conflicted Sherlock, and a hard-used, tired, but concerned John.

7/20/2014 #7
AlessNox

read With Words We Build and Words We Break by alutiv

Despite the fact that this work introduced me to a new artform, I didn't really like this work.

The art form is a "Three Flat Problem"

apparently invented by LabOtter. It is a series of three related 221b ficlets Where the last word begins with an A in the first one, a B in the second one, and a C in the third one.

I liked some of the things that were not said. That is the writing was good. It was the characterization and the idea that I could not accept.

The story is a John Watson/ Greg Lestrade fic. Apparently, when John is depressed after Sherlock's Jump, he goes to live with Lestrade. I can take this, but the kissing is so out of character for both of them that it just threw me out of the story.

7/20/2014 #8
Basser

I'm not voting, but let me know which ones aren't slashfic and I'll read them.

Caitlyn Fairchild's stuff is very good, by the way - I believe she's in the missing scenes section? She labelled hers JohnLock but it's not really. Well I mean it is a bit, Sherlock gets awfully pine-y, but it's within the realm of believability for what she's put him through in his little Serbia jaunt. She's also one of the few authors I've found who describes drug use accurately.

Also in the missing scenes section is A Little Leverage which I was initially pleased to find, since I've always wanted to see that scene fleshed out (the one in ASiB when Lestrade and John somehow get a very strung out Sherlock back home), but despite it being written well enough I was mildly annoyed by the stereotypical "hilarious drugged nonsense" they had Sherlock spouting.

It would've been more effective and logically consistent if they'd done a bit of research on rohypnol (what I assume he was drugged with - kicks in fast, causes in-and-out consciousness, physical disorientation) and then actually had him act like he was on that. Or perhaps a derivative if they think Irene would've used her own designer drug, I dunno. As it stands he's speaking vaguely like someone on a powerful hallucinogen but behaving like he's been physically sedated which doesn't make a whole lot of sense considering most hallucinogens are stimulants.

7/20/2014 #9
AlessNox

I know of very few people who research the drugs used. The drug is usually a device of the plot. Irene Adler uses the drug to incapacitate pushy clients. If I were she, I would want a drug that would weaken them, make them sleep, and make them suggestible so that I could tell them that they had a fantastic time. Then I would pretend that everything went fine, take their money, and never see them again.

7/20/2014 #10
Chiennoir
I would want a drug that would weaken them, make them sleep, and make them suggestible so that I could tell them that they had a fantastic time. Then I would pretend that everything went fine, take their money, and never see them again.

I like the way you think. :-D

7/20/2014 #11
Basser

Oh, I thought she used the stuff for roleplaying? Like for people who want to pretend they're being drugged and sexed up against their will, rape fantasy I guess. But I haven't watched the episode in a long time so I don't remember what precisely she says in reference to it - something like "I use it on loads of my friends"? Whatever the case it's probably not going to cause slurred exclamations of random arbitrary nonsense. I'd have preferred to see effort put into creating a discernible, if heavily warped, thought pattern for Sherlock to meander along.

7/20/2014 #12
AlessNox

Just read

  • Quite the Excitable Young Lady by taylorpotato

This is not a Sherlock fic. This is a lesbian coming of age story about two young girls finding their sexuality. There is a role for such fics as a way to educate young girls coming to terms with their own sexuality, but there is virtually nothing that ties this to Sherlock Holmes, and for this reason, I won't vote for it.

7/20/2014 #13
HappinessIsaWarmSociopath
Just read: Kiss the Tin Man by hyacinth_sky747

I love their work. What To Do When Your Flatmate is Homicidal is one of the best fan fictions I've ever read.

Warnings for language.

I checked out the genderswap femslash one, since I haven't really found any I've liked. The grammar was a bit problematic, and the sex scene (which was three quarters of the story) was really cringe worthy. Never mind that it's written from Shirley's POV and I just can't picture Sherlock, genderswapped or otherwise, using the word pussy. In fact, I just prefer stories that avoid vulgarities as description in sex scenes all together. If you can't think of a more tasteful way to write smut, then stick with the fluff. And pure sex is boring as hell. Going into depth about a female John and Sherlock's friendship and the differences from their male counterparts would have been more interesting, rather than stuffing it all into a couple of paragraphs to fast forward to the lesbian porn.

7/20/2014 . Edited 7/20/2014 #14
AlessNox
  • 34 Minutes by bendingsignpost

This is the only one of the stories above that I had already read. It is definitely Johnlock, and it is based on a real psychological study, or so it says, which makes it uber neat!

She uses the device to add plausible backstory (this is pre season three though as mummy Holmes is dead). And she reveals everyone's sexuality to make it all work right.

When I first read this ages ago, I thought it clever, and I felt that it supported a scene in my story Kept Maddy where Mycroft argues with a character while under the influence of truth serum, but later comes to trust her.

it's clever, and it is interpreting the series characters even though I don't agree completely with the characterization.

I think that I like this one best, although I wonder if I'm being biased because it still has its flaws

7/20/2014 . Edited 7/20/2014 #15
AlessNox

Okay here are the long fic, so they will take some time. I'll be reading other fic between these, because of the length, but we might as well get started, and this is the category that our very own Basser is in.

  • Till We Have Cases by fiorinda_chancellor
  • Missing in Action by amphigoricsymphony
  • These Violent Delights by pasiphile
  • Not Yet Dead by castiron
  • Can't Rewind Now We've Gone Too Far by basser
7/20/2014 #16
AlessNox

These can be read at the same time.

Best humor

  • The Cycle Of Revenge Is Not Going The Way I Planned It, by azriona
  • The Adventure Of The House That Was Not Empty, by ancientreader
  • The Adoption of John Watson Holmes, by cyerus
  • Please Switch Off All Mobile Phones During The Performance, by garmonbozia
  • Psychophysical Examinations of Perceptual Effects Of Differential Somatic Stimulation, by jedusaur
7/20/2014 . Edited 7/20/2014 #17
AlessNox
  • The Adoption of John Watson Holmes, by cyerus
  • about 3000 words

not Johnlock.

Guest star: Mummy Holmes

Funny, sorta clever.

7/20/2014 . Edited 7/21/2014 #18
Basser
I'm also in the angst category with Lion's Teeth, which is going to be interesting since I never really intended that one to be read lacking the context of the larger series. Also I thought bendingsignpost was a dude? I remember him being listed as male somewhere..
7/20/2014 #19
AlessNox
  • Psychophysical Examinations of Perceptual Effects Of Differential Somatic Stimulation, by jedusaur
  • 1960 words

this one is explicit Johnlock. a class of fic that I call an experiment fic where Sherlock fools John into letting him have sex with him by telling him that it is an experiment. it does have some funny lines like:

"I'll impede your scientific process like a crazed ferret in a centrifuge," and "If I gave a toss about human suffering, I'd've run my methods past an institutional review board,"

Humerous and actually pretty good. It is what it is.

7/20/2014 . Edited 7/21/2014 #20
AlessNox
Also I thought bendingsignpost was a dude? I remember him being listed as male somewhere.

I just assume everyone is female.

statistically more likely.

7/20/2014 #21
AlessNox
  • The Cycle Of Revenge Is Not Going The Way I Planned It, by azriona
  • 5007 words

Cute, not Johnlock, trick ending.

Travel fic. Somewhat humerous, not outright funny. pleasant. Interesting, unique deaths.

k

7/20/2014 . Edited 7/20/2014 #22
AlessNox
  • The Adventure Of The House That Was Not Empty, by ancientreader

Nice fic AU first meeting of John and Sherlock after the fall.

Well written

Good banter, but not funny so I am at a loss as to why it is in this category.

johnlocky ending. I liked it, but don't feel it is an appropriate to this category.

7/20/2014 #23
AlessNox

My feeling right now about the inaugural year of the Holsies, is that they had too little input. There are stories that I read that are funnier than the nominees for best Humor. Maybe I shouldn't object because I didn't suggest anything myself, but the pool of Sherlock fan fiction stories is much wider than where their ladles were dipped.

7/21/2014 #24
Basser
Like I said, that demographic doesn't care about anything but their hormones. Asking them to decide what's "best" is like asking a child whether they prefer cookies or fine wine. Pointless and tiresome.
7/21/2014 #25
Basser
By which I mean, all the input they got was from tumblr. Specifically from people on tumblr who felt a contest of this nature had any relative merit. I certainly didn't participate.
7/21/2014 #26
Basser
Oh I'm going that "being hostile" thing again, aren't I. Whoops.
7/21/2014 #27
Chiennoir

Yup. Good save. :-)

7/21/2014 #28
AlessNox
  • Till We Have Cases by fiorinda_chancellor

Of the ones on this list, til we have cases is the one that I am actively following. I check it every week. the author was faithfully updating it to about two months ago, but then they stopped.

It is a retelling of the classical Myth Cupid and Psyche with Sherlock as the new God of deduction, and John as a mortal prince whom he abducts.

Very cute. It was featured on a three patch podcast, but as it is unfinished, I'm not voting for it.

7/21/2014 #29
AlessNox
Like I said, that demographic doesn't care about anything but their hormones. Asking them to decide what's "best" is like asking a child whether they prefer cookies or fine wine. Pointless and tiresome.

there is a solution to that, Basser.

draw the awards to the attention of people who are not hormone crazed, and get them to vote.

If we spread the signal further, the voting might be more balanced. Honestly, how many crazed tumblerites will take the time to vote anyway. I bet less than 100.

If kitchenites vote as well as some of my Dreamwidth friends, we could dominate...uh...influence the results.

7/21/2014 #30
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