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Fanfic Wednesday: Johnlock

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Martin Freeman as John Watson and Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes on Sherlock Series Two Finale The Reichenbach Fall

Hello shippers, and happy New Year! As another holiday gift from me to you, and to celebrate the fact that Sherlock is FINALLY returning, I’ve put together a list of some of my favorite Johnlock fics.

So if man love between a consulting detective and an army doctor isn’t for you, you may want to look elsewhere.

Click on the title for a link to the fic. I’ve also included fics that I’ve recced in the past, because, well, why not.

Alone on the Water by MadLori

Author’s Summary: Sherlock is diagnosed with a terminal illness. Warning: angst like whoa.

My Thoughts: The best fanfiction I’ve ever read. Period. Read my full review here.

A Cure for Boredom by emmagrant01

Author’s Summary: They’d never talked about sex in the year they’d known each other. Well, that wasn’t quite correct: Sherlock had never said a word about sex; John had bemoaned his…

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A Slight Trick of the Mind

Open Holmes

A Slight Trick of the Mind

Mitch Cullin

It is 1947, and the long-retired Sherlock Holmes, now 93, lives in a remote Sussex farmhouse with his housekeeper and her young son. He tends to his bees, writes in his journal, and grapples with the diminishing powers of his mind. But in the twilight of his life, as people continue to look to him for answers, Holmes revisits a case that may provide him with answers of his own to questions he didn’t even know he was asking–about life, about love, and about the limits of the mind’s ability to know.

You know as soon as you read the blurb that this is going to be a heartbreaker, and knowing that, I started reading this book with a slight bittersweet feeling in me. This wasn’t helped by the beautiful prose that sweeps you along gently, and before you know it –…

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News Round up

Deep in the well

As we reach the end of the year it seem like everywhere you turn you encounter a best of the year list and over on Mental Floss they have one of the best list in Miss Cellania’s Top 20 Weird News Stories of 2013.  This is a crazy list of stories from around the world already featured on the site during the past year.

Pope Francis is picking up award left and right I believe Advocate magazine named him person of the year and most recently he picked up another title that of Esquire’s best dressed man of 2013, because there was no other man in the world that would continually wear white and not complain about it. In all seriousness it was because as Mary Lisa Gavenas says “Pope Francis understands that menswear is meant to express the character of the man wearing the clothes.”

Sherlock Holmes is…

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Ella Thinks Aloud

BBC's Sherlock

They say that this generation has a decreased attention span; that we go for anything fast-paced and instant; that if something doesn’t come fast enough, we eventually tire of it.

But fans of the BBC’s Sherlock seem to disprove this claim.

The series is so popular that an introduction is hardly necessary. It’s basically an adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s all-too-famous sleuth, Sherlock Holmes, solving baffling cases in a seemingly godlike but amazingly logical manner. He’s so famous that some people actually used to send mail to his equally well-known address, 221B Baker Street.

Sure, a character as famous as Sherlock must have had a lot of adaptations already, dating way back before this generation. But BBC’s Sherlock gave the character a modern adaptation, with Sherlock living in the same world as we do, a world of e-mail, internet, laptops, tablets – the same fast-paced arena of today. While…

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And just when you think you’re okay, the Sherlock ‘Many Happy Returns’ prequel airs.

I don’t know what killed me more, the fact that it’s been almost two years and John’s still asking Sherlock to not be dead, or the fact that Anderson got fired for going Sherlock-isn’t-really-dead crazy- OR Sherlock’s message to John. The answer is all of the above, as I imagine will be the same for the majority of the fandom that have watched the mini episode prequel. I only just got home from spending Christmas with relatives and to stumble across this is just- Wow.

And this is how the Sherlock fandom deals:

Meanwhile my Doctor Who fandom bros are waiting to be destroyed on Christmas Day- Boxing Day where I am…but timey wimey and all that. See you guys for the Doctor Who Christmas special, please be ready.

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The Hound of the Baskervilles, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

The Fourth Person


It was a little surprising (and honestly, disconcerting) to find that not only did Holmes’ eternal companion Watson provide the voice for this mystery, but also most of the legwork. The conceit of a narrative through a letter can be done well, but it can also be done poorly. In The Hound of the Baskervilles it certainly feels like laziness.

A second and deeper problem with this mystery is the straightforwardness of it all. The method and the killer are made plain halfway through, with the rest of the book merely a sweeping-up exercise: the setting of a trap, and the successful conclusion of all ventured by the intrepid detective. Characters are brought in as literary devices and plot shortcuts rather than as meaningful components of a whole, and once their part in the play is concluded they are swept away, never to be heard from again.

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Short story with MX Publishing…

American Abattoir

I forgot to post that I have submitted a Sherlock Holmes short story to MX Publishing that they say they will publish as an ebook. The story is titled “SHERLOCK HOLMES and the RAVEN’S CALL” and is a pastiche in the true sense. It is set shortly after Holmes has retired to raise bees in Sussex. It is after he purchases his new digs that he discovers the deceased previous owner may not have died accidentally as reported. I think it’s a very good tale and perhaps reminiscent of Poe in some respects. I’ll post as soon as I know it’s available. It should be a $2.99 ebook when it comes out.

Ravens call Adventure

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Victorian Festival of Christmas

A Study of Fandom

A couple of weeks ago the Victorian Christmas Festival was on in Portsmouth. It’s a fantastic event that happens every year and gets lots of businesses and local people involved, including an exhibition from the archive I research in. I was sadly unable to go, but with this year being Sherlock Holmes themed, I couldn’t not tell you all about it!

So hear it from someone who was there and loved it; Lucy Smith (fellow PhD student at Portsmouth University):

“The 2013 Victorian Christmas Festival at the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard was the biggest yet, with a varied mix of themed ‘snowy streets’, market stalls, exhibitions, theatre and performances and a vast number of actors from the Groundlings Theatre Company, as well as volunteers dressed as Victorian characters from history and fiction.

Victorian Christmas

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The festival was organised into a number of colourful themed areas such as a phantasmagorical Art Nouveau pub staging sea shanties and…

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Yuletide Traditions: Sherlock Holmes

Black Mood Craft

–Photo courtesy of SH Addicted.

Many thanks to Jeremy Brett, Robert Downey Jr., and Benedict Cumberbatch for this one. Much as I love winter hols at home and in Chicago, these guys make me long to see the season in London.

Mr. Holmes and I got off to a rough start. I read the Illustrated Classics edition of Hound of the Baskervilles when I was nine years old. Looking for gothic literature and instead finding a modern narrative that unmasked the supernatural myth of the Hound as (*spoilers*) a facade for human venality, I spat on the cover image of the ghostly lycanthrope with the red eyes as false advertising.

That said, I enjoyed the character in other narratives — The Woman in Green was one of the first DVDs my father ever bought. The Sherlock Holmes Chronicles for PC by Dreamcatcher Initiative were the first interactive games I…

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Mastermind:  How to think like Sherlock Holmes by Maria Konnikova could noholmest have come at a better time for me.  I’ve recently been subjected to brain MRI’s, subsequently drawing on stored knowledge of the workings of the brain gleaned from a class I took in college.  Unlike master detective Sherlock Holmes, I did not retain as much as I would have hoped!  This insightful book however, provided me with many helpful clues, which if repeatedly employed, will lead me to thinking differently in the future.

Konnikova has very successfully married her vast knowledge of Sherlock Holmes stories with her PhD in psychology to create an engaging, thoughtful analysis of the ways in which the reader might learn to think more clearly and engage more fully in the Holmsian thought process.

Truly, our brains are amazing if we only learn from books like this to get out of our own…

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