C L Bactad
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Alternative stories are designated as such with an [Alt] at the end of the title line.

This file features reviews of stories written by C.L. Bactad. For any other fiction by this bard please visit any of the Xena fan fiction indexes.


SOUTHERN COMFORT by C.L. Bactad -- [Alt]
Sizzling little interlude that reads like a Janice Covington fantasy with her in the role of private investigator and a very sexy Southern belle needing her...assistance ;-) Not for the work environment people...unless you're on your break >:) [See the sequel SOUTHERN COMFORT: YOU'VE NEVER BEEN NOWHERE] - 8 pgs., 12/20/98
[Palm Pilot version available at XENA FAN FICTION FOR THE PALM PILOT]

A sequel to her Mel/Janice uber piece SOUTHERN COMFORT this new tale finds private eye Janice Covington trying to keep busy with work while distracted with the memory of a certain Southerner when as fate would have it - the Southerner returns...with company ;-) This story like the first one has the feel of some of those classic private eye films from the Bogie era. A fun read with good potential. - 5 pgs., 1/20/99
[Palm Pilot version available at XENA FAN FICTION FOR THE PALM PILOT]

**STORY OF MAGIC (A) by C.L. Bactad -- [Alt]
After reading over 2,000 pieces of XWP fanfic it is honestly rare these days for a story to so thoroughly captivate me that I spend the day at work trying to sneak in chapters. C.L.'s latest is such a story. Enchanting, delightful, clever, HILARIOUS...I could just go on and on about this tale. It is the type of story that will have you settling back with a HUGE grin when you finish it and just thinking..."Damn that was good!!". The tale begins in a tavern with the Warrior Princess and her trusty bard having a couple (well...more like a whole bunch) of drinks with their Amazon buddies Ephiny and Solari when they learn of a lucrative staff competition scheduled to take place nearby. Hoping to make some quick dinars, Xena decides to enter only she proceeds to stick one booted foot DEEP down her throat when she also goes on to prohibit her partner from entering. Hoping to avoid a physical confrontation with the bard, she enters into a verbal one and of course, promptly looses. Accompanied by their two Amazon friends, our two heroines then head for the competition where it is not the Destroyer of Nations that steps up to the challenge - but the Bilious Green Wonder from Potato!! (told yah this is fun :) Amidst staff battles, HUGE Bulgarian opponents, jealous old lovers and these strange fans who go around following the Gabster's every movement (imagine that!), the two find themselves increasingly overwhelmed by the pull of their hearts - enveloped in the very special magic of a feeling called love. This is a long story but trust me folks - read EVERY sentence because just about every other line is either hysterical or sweetly meaningful - quite reminiscent of episodes like A DAY IN THE LIFE. There's one scene in particular that I warn you is likely to elicit a cheer of delight from you even if you're in public (personal experience on that one <:) C.L. characterizations from Xena to the bard to the Amazons and the guest stars are outstanding but without question - my FAVORITE character in this entire tale - HAS to be the narrator! Beyond astute, that little narrative voice will keep you in stiches through most of this. A STORY OF MAGIC captures quite well indeed the magic of fanfic guys - it takes characters we love, combines them with the imagination of a very gifted bard and creates a final product that is every bit as entertaining and fun as the series that long ago captured our hearts. What a treat! It easily gets my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION!! - 46 pgs., 9/29/98
[Palm Pilot version available at XENA FAN FICTION FOR THE PALM PILOT]

**THIRD DEATH (A) by C.L. Bactad -- [Alt]
This new warlord/slave novel is simply put - one wild ride! It begins with Xena and Gabrielle on their way to Crete, but it is a journey neither will complete as a vengeful God of War puts into play an evil plan to forever separate the two lovers. The repercusions will challenge them as never before, turning partners into enemies...soulmates into strangers. Featuring a very passionate, loving interpretation of the Xena/Gab relationship, this story is gripping and suspenseful as it sets up one of the greatest tests their love will ever face. VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! - 330 pgs., 4/15/98
[Palm Pilot version available at XENA FAN FICTION FOR THE PALM PILOT]

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