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 3/18/99]

Hi all,

Barry Marshall has added a page on WRITER'S TIPS to his web site. You can find it at:

Barry also maintains the XENA FANFIC WRITING RESOURCES page listing historical and other information that can be of used to Xenite bards. Check it out at:

Three new ones tonight - three updates and lots of new fanfic art! :)


ONE STONE by Christa Baran
Judgement day for the Warrior Princess has finally arrived as she finds herself before Hades listening to the souls testifying in her favor and against. Thoughtful tale with some unexpected developments [note: contains subtext] - 7 pgs.


Set after the events in SACRIFICE II, this is an insightful character study of the Warrior Princess as she tries to come to terms with her feelings for Gabrielle and her fears about revealing those feelings. Nicely written with a good handling of the relationship. DO NOT MISS! - 11 pgs.

Xena is forced to protect the throne when the Amazon Queen receives a challenge for it - a development which in turn finally brings things to a head between Mel and Reena. This latest entry in the RAISING MELOSA SERIES is intense and suspenseful. DO NOT MISS! - 9 pgs.

Chapter 5 is now available. Set in the world of Xena the Conqueror, this VERY promising new story revisits the scene from the Hercules episode ARMAGEDDON NOW that marked the first-ever confrontation between the infamous empress and the courageous insurrectionist, Gabrielle of Poteidaia. Impressed by the young woman's bravery but determined to show the people how pointless any efforts at opposing her will be, Xena does not hesitate to order the insurrectionist's crucifixion, instructing the soldiers to break her legs in the process. The cruel empress stands by stoically as her victim's screams flood the courtyard but once her eyes are captured by the anguished ones starring back at her from that cross suddenly another vision floods her mind - a vision from another time and place on a snowy mountain where she is herself on a cross and on another one right beside her those same green eyes are shinning back at her with nothing but love. It is a vision that shakes the Conqueror to the depths of her souls making her realize that she may have just made the most horrible mistake of her life... In this latest chapter the Conqueror finds herself enjoying a rare moment of banter and friendship with her most trusted lieutenant and her captive rebel. Seana sets up a terrific premise here and does a great job of maintaining the characterizations from that ARMAGEDDON NOW episode. Her Gabrielle is courageous, smart and very human while her Xena is remarkably likeable despite the rough and deadly exterior - sympathetic and yet frightening in her determination to keep the gentleness in her heart from surfacing. Definitely one to monitor in the weeks ahead, this one comes VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! [unfinished] - 9 pgs.

Part 5 is now available. Promising new story that begins on board a ship as Xena and Gabrielle head for Egypt and a meeting with the legendary Cleopatra. In this latest part Xena struggles with the desire for revenge against an old enemy when a golden opportunity to get that revenge presents itself. Absinthe is doing a very good job with the depiction of the Xena/Gab partnership in a storyline with solid potential. [unfinished] - 3 pgs.

KINK'S THE THING by Penumbra
The conclusion is now available. Penumbra continues her sizzling KINK SERIES with a very promising new entry that has both Ghis and Della troubled by recent job assignments, certain only of their love for one another and their determination to protect that at any cost. In this final part the clubowner gets rewarded for a job well done. Just as atmospheric as the previous stories in the series, this new one offers a compelling mixture of the outlandish and the romantic setting the passionate tale of two souls very much in love amidst the exotic world of the BDSM club scene. DO NOT MISS! [An IMPORTANT cautionary note here - featuring an exploration of BDSM (that stands for bondage, domination, and sado- masochism folks) this series definitely lives up to its title so make sure to read the disclaimers first.] - 22 pgs.


"Academy Awards: Tender Is The Night" by Felioness
Inspired by the story TENDER IS THE NIGHT by Llachlan.

"Anamnesis" by Xan Lavi
Inspired by the story ANAMNESIS by Chakram-1.

"Dori And Ares" by Barbara Maclay
Inspired by the stories of Melissa Good starting with DARK COMES THE MORNING.

"Family Portrait" by Barbara Maclay
Inspired by the stories of Melissa Good starting with DARK COMES THE MORNING.

"...Kissing her boy" by Katrina
Inspired by the story OF DRAG KINGS AND A WARRIOR PRINCESS by Susan Smith.

[Lina And Rhiannon] by Katrina (piece has no title)
Inspired by the GASLIGHT SERIES by Nene Adams.

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 Gabrielle, depicting them as more than just friends.

Happy reading!

Lunacy 8-)