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 4/25/99]

Hi all,

ASHERA'S ADULT XENA FAN FICTION ARCHIVE is sponsoring a fanfic Xine to be published later this year. They are currently seeking submissions in ALL sorts of different categories, seeking panel members to judge the submissions, seeking artists and sponsors. If you're interested check out their XINE page at

Three new ones below...


With the growing popularity of uber fanfic, Xenite bards have increasingly been trying to incorporate the Xena myth into stories set in other places and times. The best uber tales manage to give an original spin to that familiar story of the warrior while staying true to the realities of the different uber worlds they're set in. Verrath latest is a TERRIFIC example of how a fresh approach can completely captivate the imagination by taking elements of that more familiar story and cleverly blending them into a VERY different world. HEART OF A LEOPARD is the story of an unlikely friendship set amidst the harsh beauty and unforgiving cruelty of the wild jungle. Men have come there intent on hunting for leopards. Raised among those men since she was a kitten, Ginelle is innocent in the ways of the jungle but she senses that they plan on using her as bait to draw in the male leopards nearby and it's a plan she does not want to be a part of. Unbeknownst to the hunters, they are themselves being hunted by a dark, prowling, living nightmare whose hatred of man is perhaps second only to her hatred for the pampered slave cats they keep. Blood will soon coat the jungle floor as two lives are inexplicably changed and to ancient souls stir in recognition. Verrath does a fantastic job here of imbuing the uber characters with familiar characteristics while VERY cleverly drawing them as believable components of the uber world they live in. Sweet, suspenseful, colorful, funny and emotional this one is gonna have us anxiously waiting for those updates in the weeks ahead. Great work. VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! [unfinished] - 22 pgs.


This story will not only put a grin on your face but will likely have you speaking in a VERY strange tongue by the time you're finished :) It begins at the Temple of Hestia where that ever-so-dedicated Priestess Leah is shocked to discover that the injured young woman just brought in is none other than her friend, Gabwielle! Suffering from amnesia, the young bard can't remember who she is much less who Xena is so on Leah's advice she decides to become a Hestian vuhgin ;-) Soon enough though a slight wrinkle appears in Leah's righteous plans for the young bard when a 6 foot, blue-eyed Wawwia Pwincess shows up looking for her partner and making the new Hestian virgin think...impure thoughts :) Be warned that J.C.'s Leah is gonna have you spitting liquids all over that keyboard. A HYSTERICAL fanfic ride with some nicely touching moments too, this is a MUST READ! VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! [unfinished] - 33 pgs.

Intriguing new uber mystery set in modern day Manchester, England where criminal psychologist Alex Perry teams up with PhD student Jen Gordon hoping the young researcher's expertise on Ancient Greece will shed some light on the mysterious symbols associated with a rather gory murder presently under investigation. What the two soon uncover is a much darker mystery pointing to a serial killer with a sinister motive and the only hope of stopping him may rest on deciphering the text in a series of ancient scrolls telling the story of a warrior named Xena and a bard named Gabrielle. Psyck is doing a nice job here of building the suspense surrounding the mystery and building the attraction between the two heroines. One to follow closely in the weeks ahead. DO NOT MISS! [unfinished] - 47 pgs.

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-)