SUNDAY FAN FICTION REPORT - 3/22/98
[Previous report was for 3/21/98]
A SWAN IS BORN - A XENAVERSE FAERY TALE by Nene Adams
The second of Nene's XENAVERSE FAERY TALES, this little story is about a young peasant girl from the village of Poteidaia who never felt she fit in there and who prayed to the gods for the chance at a better life. A nice retelling of a story familiar to Xenites - this time with that fairy tale twist.
JANICE AND MEL: THE WAR YEARS - 1942: TRAITORS IN OUR MIDST by L. Fox
L. Fox's latest is a fantastic action-adventure with plenty of suspense, some fun moments and a depiction of the Mel/Janice relationship that is tender and very endearing. Acting as a sequel to THE FAVOR, the story begins with the spunky archeologist and her beautiful partner home buying in Anapolis where they have decided to stay while awaiting further orders from their new employer - the Office of Strategic Services which in years to come would become known simply as the OSS. They have just begun to settle down when those first orders finally arrive sending them on a mission into the jungles of Central America that will once again pit them against the greatest evil of their day and reawaken the spirit of a warrior centuries old. Carefully researched, this story is an absolute treat for any history buff as L. Fox weaves actual historical events into his own tale giving it a wonderful sense of authenticity. L. Fox's characterizations are well-drawn with his insecure Mel being particularly fun to see when she goes into Xena- mode. A great read which should particularly delight Mel/Janice fans but will entertain any Xenite as well. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
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.