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 1/5/98]


ASHES OF CIRRA by Linda Tellez (aka Saahira)
A VERY powerful Callisto story that has the blonde warlord meeting a young man, with a history not unlike her own, who challenges all the rules Callisto has lived by since her life was forever changed by a dark warrior so many years ago. This is a thoughtful piece with a lot of impact. A really good read.

SMOKE ON THE WATER by Linda Tellez (aka Saahira)
An amusing new tale that has Xena and the Gabster joining up with a young orphan girl and the Ancient Greek equivalent of a "surfer dude" to try to rescue a group of villagers abducted by slavers. Linda's treatment of the friendship between warrior and bard in this is solid, funny and sweet.

Poignant vignette set after the death of Perdicus which has Gabrielle seeing to her responsibilities in Poteidaia.


This is a very creative new offering that begins with Gabrielle desperately trying to stop Xena from taking part in an upcoming battle. With no success at stopping the stubborn warrior, the little bard resorts to some desperate means never suspecting just how much her actions will change their lives. This is clever, passionate, and tenderly romantic.

Parts 13-14 of this story are now available. The talented bard who brought us the already classic A BARD DAY'S NIGHT returns with a FANTASTIC new story complete with all the elements that have made her tales among the most entertaining in XWP fan fiction. Visiting the city of Chalcis to replenish their supplies, Xena and the Gabster stop by an apothecary where the warrior hopes to find some of the medicinal herbs and potions used in healing. Unbeknownst to them both, their shopping trip will eventually give way to a nightmare as Xena soon finds her effectiveness as a warrior somewhat...reduced. In this latest section Xena confronts a huge, ;-) DJ's characterizations of Xena and the bard are among the best in the business - very playful, sexy and sweet. She is adept also at creating a strong supporting cast as anyone can attest to who was enchanted with her unforgettable Sappho and the poet's fun-loving followers in A BARD DAY'S NIGHT. As yet unfinished, this new story already features a number of colorful characters including a rather uncoordinated barmaid whose mishaps are going to leave you and a certain bard grinning :) This tale is EASILY one of the most original I've read to date in XWP fan fiction - a marvelous combination of humor, suspense, romance and drama that will satisfy the finickiest of readers. NOT TO BE MISSED folks! This receives 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-)