Intro to fandom vid: the haunting-lovely Anomie (by Charmax)--London, loneliness, and unlikely symmetries.
GENHomemaking, by pru, which has probably been recced everywhere, but I like to be thorough. (PG, John POV.)
John's convalescence does not go as planned. Obviously. (Who could plan for Sherlock Holmes?)
Jie Jie (Big Sister), by Voggorlijah. (PG13; post-ep for The Blind Banker.) Nice POV on an character we lost before we could see enough of her, and a wonderful use of mood to match what we did see and make her into a more complete person.
Soo Lin was not her real name, but it is the one she chose; neither is it the name that matters most to her.
It Feels Like Home When I'm With You, by etothepii. (PG, ghost!John, J POV.) Surprisingly funny and believable.
Even death cannot separate John from his gun. Or his flat. Or, apparently, his flatmate.
HETNo Such Thing as In-Between, by igrab. (PG, John/Sarah with implied future John/Sherlock; Sarah POV.)
Sarah will take every minute of John she can get, even if they are only the moments in between his real life: his real work, his real love.
The Art of Scheduling, or How Mycroft Realized He Was Well and Truly Fucked, by igrab. (R, Mycroft/Not!Anthea, M POV.) Adorable, sly, lots of fun. I grinned throughout, especially at Mycroft being so well outplayed.
It's not that Anthea doesn't have a life, or a personality. It's just that Mycroft doesn't know anything about them.
THREESOMEIf You Can't Be With the One You Love, by sc010f. (NC17, during and after The Great Game. John/Sarah/Sherlock, Sarah POV.) I did not expect this to work for me, but the air of general desperation and Sarah's sadness and longing and confusion--the way Sarah is swept up into the center of the mad whirlwind that is John and Sherlock's life together, however briefly--and finally her defiant affirmation of life and claiming of pleasure in this one moment really got under my skin. I am predisposed to like Sarah fics; like Donovan, she gets short shrifted and we lose a female perspective in our pursuit of the obvious OTP.
This is not what Sarah had planned for the evening. It is both much, much worse and infinitely better.
SLASH (mostly)Episode Tags to The Great Game (yes, I think they need their own category.)
Kinkfics (Does Sherlock being a real sociopath count as a kink?)
Fusions with / adaptations of with Neil Gaiman's A Study in Emerald, which is itself an AU crossover between Doyle and Lovecraft. Read it here. Compelling, beautiful and frightening. I love the sense of lingering, undefined dread and the thrill Our Heroes (and we) feel in their hopeless rebellion against the Old Ones:
Never Look Back, by thedeadparrot, who is fast becoming one of my favourite authors in the fandom. (NC17, Sherlock/John, J POV). John loves the knives as much as he loved his gun, and uses them just as well. He has trained his whole life for this; "thus always to tyrants," amen.
Brightly Burning, by anon: commentfic at the kinkmeme. (PG, J POV.) They must become legend, but John wants the man beside him to know his true name; And Memories and Possibilities (PG, Lestrade POV in the same storyverse). Lestrade is a good servant to the Queen, but there are some things he will never speak of... some things he will never do. Nice cameo by creepy!Anderson and a very sad scene in which Lestrade tries to protect Donovan and the rest of his squad.
ETA: so i will probably never finish this. i stopped reading every single fic when the number on AO3 hit 1k, and stopped scanning when i was sentenced to bedrest (no comfortable way to use the laptop). but, well, it was lovely while it lasted.