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 7/4/98]

Hi guys,

Rooks has now made available a new XWP site featuring his own XWP fanfic. ROOK'S XENA WARRIOR PRICESS FAN FICTION PAGE is at:

The stories are directly located at:

On a personal note - Rooks is also making available through that site a very clever form which allows visitors to search the Lunacy fanfic reviews via the Alta Vista Search Engine! THANK YOU Rooks! :) The search form is in Rooks' links page at:

Meanwhile, THE XENA: WARRIOR PALACE is going to be hosting a chat with the one and only L.N. James this coming Friday, July 10 at 10pm EST. If you want to learn more about how this talented bard adds that romantic touch to works like WELCOME HOME, spices things up in stimulating little tales like QUEEN or if you perhaps just want to know what research went into her newest, CHICAGO 5AM (the latest part of which is reviewed below) make sure to mark your calendars. THE PALACE does require special software in order to participate in the chat so do stop by a day or two ahead of time to download the software and become familiar with it. The software and all the information about THE PALACE is available at

Lots of new ones tonight and one welcomed update :)


XENA'S CHOICE by Lara Zielinsky
This EXCELLENT new story starts off immediately after the events in the episode SACRIFICE II, with a desolate Xena no longer caring whether she lives or dies, dispassionately doing Ares' bidding while forcing out of her thoughts any memory of the life she led during the past three years, of the hopes a young bard dared to inspire within her. Meanwhile, a confused Gabrielle finds herself traveling from one nightmare into another as the decision she made in Britannia once again leads to awful repercussions. Trapped in a very dark place, the bard must challenge the fiercest of opponents if she hopes to ever get out - an opponent that is once again ruthlessly living up to her the Warrior Princess. This is an intensely psychological tale revolving around very well drawn portrayals of our two heroines. It also features a strong supporting cast and a storyline that will have you anxiously awaiting that next installment. A fascinating read! VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! [unfinished]

This heartwarming sequel to IN THE DARKNESS finds Xena still handicapped after the torture she recently experienced and a very determined bard stubbornly standing by her side. Hobbes has always excelled at depicting the deep friendship between these two women and she continues to do so, producing stories that never fail to tug those heart strings. DO NOT MISS!

Sweet story that has Gabrielle challenging the Warrior Princess to a little race and then unexpectedly winning...or perhaps not so unexpectedly ;-) Nice slice-of-life piece depicting a moment in a very special friendship.

A wonderfully original piece that follows a group of Roman soldiers as they stalk their prey - not the lions they are used to hunting but human prey this time - an opponent well-known to their mighty emperor - an opponent who unbeknownst to the hunters is getting ready to make prey...out of them. Very well-written, different piece with a mystical quality to it. DO NOT MISS!


THE BARD'S TALE by Sharona
A delightful new tale GUARANTEED to put a big grin on your face, Sharona's latest has Xena and the bard attending a festival where Gabrielle comes to a conclusion about her feelings after meeting an old acquaintance of Xena's. Determined to explore those feelings she then sets out on her biggest challenge yet! - to seduce a Warrior Princess who can sometimes be surprisingly...dense ;-) VERY cute. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

Part one of Barry's newest follows Xena and Gabrielle as they enjoy a leisurely, romantic time while on their way to Miletos. It is the calm before a storm neither suspects but which already is growing near. Good potential in this one. [unfinished]

A story about misunderstandings and discoveries that has Xena and Gabrielle engaging in a revealing conversation from the heart. Sweet and passionate.

CHICAGO 5AM by L.N. James
Chapter 29 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. This latest chapters is about reunions as Mariel and Tina both encounter figures from their past. 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] [unfinished]

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-)