Feb. 19th, 2012

altogetherisi: (molly counts)
 I don't rec things often, but I just read two very, very good fics, the kind of long and excellent and deeply satisfying fics you bask in for a while afterwards and then want to tell absolutely everyone about, so. Recs. Both for Sherlock, canon compliant for all of series 2, and delightfully long. 

An Avalanche of Detour Signs by gyzym

Title: An Avalanche of Detour Signs
Author : Gyzym 
Pairing: Molly Hooper/Greg Lestrade [Molly Hooper/Jim Moriarty, unrequited Molly Hooper/Sherlock Holmes]
Rating: R
Wordcount: 56,053
Warnings: This fic covers the entirety of Molly’s experience for both seasons of Sherlock, and thus deals with the aftermath of her relationship with Jim Moriarty. As such, there are some sexual trauma themes in this story; if, for your own self-care, that is not the kind of thing you should be reading, please give this story a pass.
Summary: In which Molly Hooper gets a job, gets a degree, breaks a heart, has her heart broken, falls in love, keeps a secret, saves a life, runs a morgue, falls apart, pulls it together, and finds exactly what she didn’t know she was looking for—not necessarily in that order.

I love Molly, and I ship Molly/Lestrade, so I jumped at this fic with a ravenous hunger. Aside from the occasionally missed Americanism issue, it is flawless, and all that is easily, embarassingly forgiven because it is amazing, actually fucking superb.
 
And here’s the thing: I think it is properly definitive for me. I am mildly concerned that I may not want or need or desire any other Molly fic ever again, so wondrously excellent is this. It’s so good, and it spans so much, it covers everything so well and so completely that I am left totally and utterly satisfied. 
 
The Lestrade stuff, and the Sherlock stuff, and the Sally stuff, and Mrs Hudson and omg Mycroft - all of that is flawless and brilliant, detailed and thoughtful and insightful, but of course, knowing me, what really stood out as take-your-breath-away this-fic-is-something-else was the Moriarty stuff. Holy shit. It’s all so subtle and it feels incredibly realistic and believable; the most enduringly scary Moriarty I’ve encountered in fic and that’s because of how far reaching his presence is and the reactions he inspires in the others, in Molly and Lestrade. The unease, fear and horror were palpable.
 
Molly and Lestrade by the way, who are just heart achingly, heart breakingly lovely and adorable and struggling and trying and just so, so good. 
 
Really excellent writing. I adored this whole heartedly. Go read it.

The Sensation of Falling Just As You Hit Sleep by greywash

Title: The Sensation of Falling Just As You Hit Sleep
Author: greywash
Rating: R
Wordcount: 82,819
Pairing: main Sherlock/John, also some John/OFC het, some other relationships mentioned
Warnings: Author warns for disturbing content only;
Isi says there is nothing particularly disturbing about the content IMO
Summary: Love is a much more vicious motivator.


This fic is set immediately post-Reichenbach, and is primarily a mixture of angst and action. It follows Sherlock and John through the aftermath of Reichenbach, and it is brilliant. Just brilliant. It's plot driven like the show, and has a nice ensemble feel I like - lots of Molly, lots of Mycroft, Harry Watson, Mike Stamford and Greg Lestrade, and some OFCs and members of Moriarty's organisation. There are some beautifully heart felt moments, and some heart stopping plot twists, and I just loved it lots and lots and lots. Read it!

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