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 6/25/98]

Hi guys,

For all you Missy Good fans out there - the Merwolf has changed lairs :) MERWOLF'S CAVE with all the latest Missy bits is now located at:

Five new entries tonight and one update.


A tribute of sorts to the movie GHOST, this new tale has Xena and Gabrielle trying to deal with a slight communication problem after a harrowing ordeal changes their lives forever. Some poignant moments in this.


There is nothing that I enjoy more in fiction than a story which reaches deep into the heart, pulling out those emotions and leaving an UNFORGETTABLE impression. This latest offering from Baermer accomplishes just that. Initiated as an experiment in stream-of-consciousness writing, the story is told as a series of diary entries and spans Xena and Gabrielle's life from the time Xena came back from death to the bard's later years. Covering the aftermath of the rift and the period following the events in the episode SACRIFICE, the scrolls chronicle Gabrielle's thoughts throughout those difficult years and the ones to follow, they speak of the hardships people endured in days gone by, they record the experiences of friends and family, and most of all, they reveal a love pure and deep and honest and unmeasurable. The story is beautifully written with an economy of words that adds impact to the narrative. Through Gabrielle's thoughts we get a very solid, very human depiction of the Warrior Princess while the bard's own characterization is skillfully fleshed out to reveal a complex woman - a woman whose experiences in life prove as unique as they are sometimes tragic - a woman who sees the magic in others...yet never in herself. Simply put, this is an amazing read folks! As Baermer herself points out, it warrants a HUGE hankie alert but is equally deserving of jumping right to the top of your MUST READ list. DO NOT MISS this one guys. VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!

A JOURNEY OF LOVE by Trish (ArdentTly)
Sweet story set after the episode ONE AGAINST AN ARMY which has Xena and Gabrielle talking at last about feelings too long denied.

(ArdentTly) A sequel to Trish's first story A JOURNEY OF LOVE (listed above) which has the warrior and bard journeying to Amazonia where they plan to devote more time to exploring the new aspects of their relationship - only to find themselves smack in the middle of other people's relationships. A light-hearted tale with some fun moments. [See also the sequel HEARTS LOST - HEARTS INFLAMMED reviewed below]

HEARTS LOST - HEARTS INFLAMMED by Patricia Shields (ArdentTly)
This sequel to ARDENT WARRIOR...JEALOUS BARD...PASSIONATE QUEEN (reviewed above) finds Xena and her bard still with the Amazons and very much into their newly acquired roles as matchmakers/counselors as they try to help their friends sort out some complicated affairs of the heart. Another fun read - still unfinished.

CHICAGO 5AM by L.N. James
Chapter 28 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 mysterious and decidedly fascinating 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 Tina is tested while an enemy watches, hidden in the dark. L.N.'s newest delivers an engaging premise with two very strong heroines, lots of suspense, drama and some thoroughly engaging romantic sparks. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! [Note: Story features rough language]

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-)