NOTE: I do not update these reports after they are posted so some of the links may not work after a while. If you find a broken link check the title in the alphabetical lists of alternative or general reviews at the end of this report.

[Previous report was for 11/12/97]

Hi guys,

Tonight you get a short report because I just saw THE DEBT part II and I'm sort of...stunned. This is, however, a momentous evening in that at LAST the Xenaverse at large gets to discover a bard that is TRULY one of the best kept secrets in Xena fan fiction. This talent is named Jenbob and her first publicly available alt. story is the only one reviewed below. Trust me folks - make room in your fan fic favorites list because this bard is going to attack it with a vengeance ;-)


Although this story marks Jenbob's debut on the Web as a XWP fan fiction bard, her works are well-known among aficionados of alt. fiction who got to read this MAGNIFICENT story when it was first offered through some of the XWP mailing lists back in January 1997. To put it simply, THE THIRD WHEEL is among the best pieces of fan fiction I have ever read and the first in at least two novels (keep those fingers crossed for MORE >:) that you will *NOT* want to miss. The novel picks up the story of Xena and Gabrielle as they come upon an attack on a small village. It is while fighting the raiders that Xena encounters an old acquaintance - a one-time friend and a former lieutenant in her army who now perhaps has more in common with the Warrior Princess than they ever did before. Rekindling an old friendship, the two are soon making plans to fight the raiders, speaking of times gone by and admiting truths they cannot admit to others - all the while a certain bard is feeling more and more left out and increasingly...jealous. Exceedingly well-written and edited, featuring rich characterizations, and a well-conceived plot full of action, humor, and emotion, this story marks the beginning of one of the most tender, passionate and romantic depictions of the Xena/Gabrielle relationship you will ever encounter in fan fiction. THE THIRD WHEEL simply is a MUST for anyone who enjoys a well told story. It is a DELIGHT to read and carries my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION!!>

For those of you reading this post who are not familiar with the term alternative (alt.), it refers to ADULT stories that add a romantic element to the relationship between Xena and Gabby, depicting them as more than just friends.

Happy reading!

Lunacy 8-)