LUNACY'S FAN FICTION REVIEWS
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Please make sure to read the EXPLANATORY NOTES before reading these reviews.
Alternative stories are designated as such with an [Alt] at the end of the title line.
This file features reviews of stories written by Vada Foster. For any other fiction by this bard please visit any of the Xena fan fiction indexes.
For reviews of the author's commercial fiction check the Reviews Of Commercial Fiction.
**OUT OF THIS DARKNESS by Vada Foster -- [Alt]
This is the long-awaited follow-up to Vada's FULL CIRCLE and it is a stand-out, maintaining the dark themes and the excellent quality of writing of the first story. On their way to visit Antea - Xena's first love and now trusted friend, the warrior and Gabrielle are happier than ever, in love and looking forward to the vacation. It is a happiness that will be short-lived, however, as the two fall victim to deadly predators - one human, one immortal, in a deadly attack that will change their lives forever, plunging their love into a darkness from which it may never recover. Vada's depiction of a happy Xena and Gabrielle is so loving and passionate, that it makes the ordeal they are forced into very poignant and griping. An outstanding read! VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! - 68 pgs., 7/25/97
[Palm Pilot version available at XENA FAN FICTION FOR THE PALM PILOT]
**POETIC JUSTICE by Vada Foster -- [Alt]
Xena and Gabby travel to the island of Lesbos and meet Sappho. Vada's first-ever attempt at fan fiction is a wonderful success - passionate, romantic and well-written. - 17 pgs., 12/96
QUEST OF A DIFFERENT COLOR (A) by Vada Foster -- [Alt]
Set immediately after the episode THE QUEST, this new skit is in a word - HILARIOUS!! Certainly a very different take on the events following Xena's untimely demise. Gabrielle here is slightly ticked off at her companion for dying and leaving her stranded in the middle of nowhere. Having purchased a sarcophagus from an old acquaintance now in a new line of business, the bard sets off with Xena's body in tow and some friends who want to help including a strange feline named Princess with eyes the color of Xena's and an affinity for Gabrielle's billous green sports bra ;-) Very cute story with a great cast of characters. - 8 pgs., 7/17/97
**WESTERN CHRONICLES (THE) by B L Miller and Vada Foster - [Alt]
Xena fanfic aficionados have come to associate the names B L Miller and Vada Foster with quality fanfic that does not disappoint. It therefore should come as no surprise that having decided to collaborate, these two talents would produce one of the year's finest uber stories - an epic western saga with all the elements familiar to that genre, rousing adventure, heinous villains, heart-stoping action, outlaws-turned-heroes and of course - a romance that will just warm the heart. Actually, with Miller and Foster at work on this - that romance will warm all sorts of places ;-) At the center of this story are two women - one, a deadly gunslinger, bitter from the injustices in her past - the other a gentle dreamer trying to escape the horrors of the present. Their destinies come together one fateful afternoon when the feared outlaw makes the choice to rescue a young woman in trouble. For her part Josie Hunter considers the brief encounter at an end once the girl is safe, but Rebecca Cameron has other ideas. Enthralled by the enigmatic figure of the legendary bandit, and desperate to escape a life that is quickly crushing her spirit, Rebecca decides to follow her rescuer - much to the older woman's chagrin. It is at first a difficult relationship but one which slowly begins to grow and change and deepen as the two unlikely friends share adventures, share their joys and pains and hopes and dreams, only to in time discover...they also desperately want to share their hearts. This is an outstanding uber interpretation not only of the characters of Xena and Gab but also of the XWP series as a whole. It is a beautiful, passionate love story that develops slowly, pulling the reader into this drama as the leads themselves discover the growing intensity between them. The authors spent considerable time researching the Old West which shows in the tale's air of authenticity. Set aside some time for this one because it is a long, thoroughly satisfying read you WONT want to put down. An impressive accomplishment that gets my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION! - 222 pgs., 9/21/98, re-released 7/15/99
AWARDS: "All Nighter" Swollen Bud Award (May 1, 2000)
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