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 4/26/98]

Hi guys,

First of all I want to THANK all of you who send me notes when you find some broken link at the Lunacy site (URL at the end of this report) or when you send me suggestions about improving it. It's time consuming to maintain a site with so many links so it REALLY helps a lot when you guys help me monitor those ever-changing URLs. While we're on the subject, I've recently fixed the links to Gillilan's THE WARRIOR'S TALE and Scout's THE LONG WAY HOME so any of you who couldn't get to those from my site before - do so now - both are terrific stories.

We have really UNIQUE treat tonight from a talented Xenite artist named Barbara Maclay who has created drawings of many of the most popular characters in alt. fan fiction. These are MUST SEE guys! The drawings are available through either of these two sites:



An all alt. report tonight with a solid selection!


Set in the present day, this FANTASTIC new uber-Xena story gets off to a rousing start as it follows a gutsy young reporter named Bridget Stone on a fateful excursion into the Chicago slums. In search of a lead, she'll find more than she ever bargained for when an assassin tries to end her investigation and a mysterious stranger interferes, one of the many homeless that frequent the slums, only in the blue depths of that stranger's eyes Bridget will sense a connection as old as time. Soon enough the reporter finds herself with two mysteries on her hands as she considers who may be trying to kill her while trying to solve the puzzle that is the woman who saved her...a woman whose tortured past holds secrets only Bridget may be able to uncover...Terrific characterizations make the reporter and her indigent savior immediately endearing. Combining suspense, mystery and a sense of pathos this wonderfully written tale is going to leave you anxiously awaiting that next chapter. A great uber drama in the making folks. VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

From a new bard with lots of promise, this is a nicely original, clever story that has Xena and Gabrielle struggling with their as yet unspoken attraction for one another when they join a gang of female warriors as "Aetna" and her loving partner, "Eupie" to try to determine why these want an old acquaintance of Xena's dead. Funny and playful and devilishly flirtatious, Sharona's characterizations of our two heroines are straight out of that now classic episode A DAY IN THE LIFE. This is a story about real love blossoming amidst pale imitations. It's a romance that is sweet and passionate and amusingly realistic all at once. DO NOT MISS! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!

HELP WANTED by Lady Catherine
A very sweet first time tale which has Xena and Gabrielle allowing misunderstandings to come between them when opportunity knocks for the bard and neither is brave enough to speak what is really in their hearts. A nice love-fest for the romantic in us all. DO NOT MISS!

THE CHOSEN by B.S. Barber
Xena and Gabrielle must finally face their feelings for one another when another protective warrior comes into the bard's life with a mysterious agenda.

Our two heroines join an old friend of Xena's with Olympian connections on a mission to try to rescue a girl being used as a pawn by a dangerous warlord. [Note: story is not explicit]

CHICAGO 5AM by L.N. James
Chapter 16 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 chapter Mariel and Tina prepare for the roles they will soon be playing as they go undercover. L.N.'s newest delivers an engaging premise with two very strong characters and lots of potential for suspense, drama and romance. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! [Note: Story features rough language]

LEAP OF FAITH by Missy Good
Part four 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 DARKNESS 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, Gabrielle continues her efforts at trying to redeem her captors while an increasingly worried Warrior Princess draws nearer. 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!!

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-)