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 4/12/98]

Hi guys,

Barron has been busy again and now has a new fan fiction cover available - this one for Missy Good's recently completed novel DARKNESS FALLS. It's a great one folks. Check it out at:

Also, we have a new Xena fanfic site now available. John's XENA WARRIOR PRINCESS WEBSITES located at:

Gabfans will LOVE the background on that page by the way. The fan fiction page featuring some of the stories reviewed below, is directly at:

Lots to choose from tonight. Enjoy!


THE HAMMER by Herculena
Herculena mixes Greek myths with those of the Norsemen in a story which has Xena and Gabrielle trying to protect Hercules from an evil Norse god on a mission to destroy him. [Note: story minor subtext]


In the tradition of that ever so popular episode A DAY IN THE LIFE comes this really OUTSTANDING piece of fan fiction by a talented new bard. VERSE AND VIGNETTE is exactly what the title implies - a collection of verses and vignettes all combined to create a picture of what life is like for the warrior and bard during the course of several days. Combining some hysterical moments, with more serious, romantic and poignant ones, the resulting work is simply put - a delight. Ogami's Xena and Gabrielle are two of the best characterizations of these two heroines I've seen in fanfic in a long time. They laugh, they flirt, they hurt, they reveal insecurities and strengths, they joke and cry - they are utterly and wonderfully human. Most of all they share a committed, playful, passionate love that resonates throughout their adventures here. Among other things, VERSE AND VIGNETTE has them fighting ruffians, dealing with still-healing inner scars, discussing their future together, and even visiting one of the wonders of the Ancient World where we discover the TRUE author of a certain melody that would go on to top the music charts in...ohhh, 2,000 years or so ;-) This is a MUST READ folks which will indeed leave you with that same feeling A DAY IN THE LIFE did. VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!

Amusing little vignette that reveals the TRUE secret behind Xena's amazing abilities. Cute...and surprising! ;-)

Ogami rewrites the ending of the episode BITTER SUITE, providing a resolution the series has yet to give us (and probably never will). Recommended in particular for fellow rift-haters.

This clever bard will once again endanger the continued good health of your funny bone with this HILARIOUS little entry that reveals how Xena handles her partner's tendency to talk in her sleep ;-) Keep ALL drinks away from the keyboard - particularly toward the end. I think these bards are trying to kill us I TELL YOU!! Very funny, very original and VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

Nene continues her wonderful XENAVERSE FAERY TALES with a poignant story about a love so strong it can transcend time and accept the greatest of sacrifices. It is the story of how a desperate Gabrielle, intent on rescuing her beloved warrior from the clutches of Ares, travels into an alternate reality to try to return Xena to the world she knows. Only in that alternate world the Xena she meets is an all-powerful, very dangerous Empress whose icy heart the bard-turned-slave may never be able to reach. Emotional story, nicely written which also brings to mind images of the Xena we saw in the recent Hercules episode ARMAGEDDON NOW. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

VACATION TIME by Moonwarrior
Xena and Gabrielle decide to take a vacation at a very special retreat were everyone is encouraged to just let go of those... inhibitions ;-) Get ready to grin.

THE DARK SWORD by Allyson Heisey
Intense tale that has Xena once again revisiting all the dark emotions that drove her as a warlord when Ares secretly gifts her with an enchanted sword. Desperate, a seemingly helpless Gabrielle becomes determined to try to save her Warrior Princess...only Xena may not want to be saved. A suspenseful tale about the seductive allure of power pitted against the strength of pure love.

CHICAGO 5AM by L.N. James
Chapter 10 of this story is now available. Teenagers are disappearing from the streets of Chicago, casualties of a dark subculture based on drugs, sex and rock and roll. Assigned to investigate is Mariel Potidean, a brilliant young FBI agent who soon finds herself teamed with a rather irritating partner - an ex-cop by the name of Tina Amphipoli with a dangerous reputation, a mysterious past and electric blue eyes. In this latest chapter misery shows that it does indeed love company. L.N.'s newest delivers an engaging premise with two very strong characters and lots of potential for suspense, drama and romance. DO NOT MISS!

LEAP OF FAITH by Missy Good
Part two of this story is now being posted. So consistent she'd probably never make it as a character in a third season episode of XWP, Missy returns with the beginnings of what promises to be another exceptional XWP novel. Set about a month after the events in DARKNES FALLS, the story begins with the warrior and bard recovering nicely from their recent ordeals, rejoicing in the healing their relationship is experiencing. The sense of things in fact returning back to normal becomes even more pronounce when they visit Poteidaia and once again find people in need of their help, people looking to the Warrior Princess when no other hope remains. Unbeknownst to them, trouble is stirring in other parts too, as danger envelops a dear friend. In this latest section, an Amazon prepares to meet her fate while Xena and the bard deal with being in Poteidaia. Featuring exceptional writing, masterful storytelling, Missy's endearing sense of humor, and one of the most beloved depictions of the Xena/Gab relationship in fanfic this is another treat for us all guys. A MUST READ that receives my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION!!

Chapters 12-13 of this tale are now available. This FANTASTIC follow up to de Bonheur's AND FAIR TRUTH is an uber-Xena story set in post-WWI France where a young aristocrat named Michelle Destin finds herself in the middle of an intriguing mystery involving a very old painting...and the enigmatic woman that soon comes into her life. Meanwhile, in Elysia a certain warrior and bard enjoy the happiness they earned long ago, thinking of the life they made together, but wanting also to help the living children of their blood find that happiness. In this latest part the past comes alive as the warrior and bard remember their joining ceremony. Still unfinished, this story is sensual and romantic and emotional and beautiful. De Bonheur does an excellent job presenting the aristocratic element of post-WWI Parisian society while the Xena/Gab relationship, as in her previous stories, is depicted with great care, great passion and great tenderness. Still unfinished this story is already a fine read. VERY 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.

Happy reading!

Lunacy 8-)