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 8/26/97]

Hi all,

Updates to three terrific alt. tales tonight!


SURFACING by Paul Seely and Jennifer Garza
Chapter 3 of this story is now available. A very well-written, original new uber-Xena tale that will have you spell-bound from chapter one. Set in the present day, it revolves around the mysterious activities of a secret agent going by the name of Diana Starret. On assignment from the shadowy, top-secret organization who once recruited her when she had little choice in the matter, Diana's mission is to keep a dangerous criminal from landing in prison until the full extent of his operation has been revealed. It is this assignment that leads her to a fateful meeting with a young lawyer named Charlotte Browning. The two women are inexplicably drawn to one another and soon find themselves haunted by the same dream - about a leather-clad warrior drowning in blood and the strawberry blonde trying to save her. In this latest chapter, Diana finds herself unable to deny how important Charlie is becoming in her life. As yet unfinished, this intriguing new offering is NOT TO BE MISSED!!

The concluding parts 19-20 of Book 2 in Baermer's epic war saga are now available. Having decided to stand with the people of Poteidaia against the Athenian army, Xena and Gabrielle immediately become primary players as the warrior lends the Poteidaians her battle xpertise and the bard works to rekindle in her people their sense of community and hope. Even as they try to help the beleaguered villagers, Xena and Gabrielle struggle also against personal challenges as they confront the bard's family for the first time since becoming a couple and begin to suspect that they may be pawns in a very dangerous battle between immortals. In these final sections, with the siege at last over, Gabrielle's family begins a new life but for Xena and the bard the war is far from over. This story is exceedingly well-written with a well-structured plot, great characterizations and a romance as epic as the historic events being depicted. Book 2 continues the series seamlessly, capturing the desperation of a people fighting for their homes and their lives while exploring some of the unresolved issues between Xena and Gabrielle. It is outstanding! Note that this tale is available in both subtext-explicit and subtext-lite versions. VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!! First reviewed 8/8/97.

Chapters 11-13 of this story are now available. This is a somewhat different warlord/slave story that will likely get that pulse ;-) With Xena in warlord mode once again, a determined Gabrielle enlists the aid of friends to help her get back to the warrior's side the only way it is possible for her to do so - as Xena's personal slave. It is a decision that could bring them closer than ever before but which will also bring challenges and risks neither may be quite ready for. In this latest chapter Gabrielle thinks about her reactions to recent events while she observes Xena in her element as warlord. The tale is a psychological exploration not only of the characters of Xena and Gabrielle but also of their relationship and of the nature of power itself. Note: this story contains light S&M. 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 Gabby, depicting them as more than just friends.

Happy reading!

Lunacy 8-)