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.

MONDAY FAN FICTION REPORT - 9/15/97
[Previous report was for 9/14/97]

Hi guys,

I want to alert you to a new feature at Barron's FAN FICTION REVIEWS page - Barron has created COVERS for several of the most popular stories out there including stories by Bat Morda, WordWarior, Della Street and Missy Good. These covers are FABULOUS and range from being funny to just really well done. In particular check out the ones for Bat's BROKEN ARROW, WordWarior's TRUTH OR DARE and Missy's A WARRIOR BY ANY OTHER NAME. You can find links to the covers with the reviews Barron provides at:
http://barron.simplenet.com/Content-Xena/FanFiction.html

Tonight we have three new ones and an anxiously anticipated update.

GENERAL FICTION:

GIRL'S NIGHT OUT by NinjaBabe
Mel and Janice enjoy a night out in New York. This story is just plain cute! It takes a few liberties with the timeline but hey - this is fan fiction - bards ARE allowed.
http://web.archive.org/web/20010606234709/http://xwp-altfic.simplenet.com/ninja-girls.txt

HOLY WAR by ProudWarrioress
Chapter 10 - The Ritual - is now available. ProudWarrioress' newest tale is a novel which inspired by THE PRICE goes way beyond the episode in terms of scope, creating a story of such magnitude and such impact that it can only be described as a saga of epic proportions - a blockbuster of XWP fan fiction. Set after the events in THE PRICE, this novel begins ominously with the thoughts of a warrior as he prepares to go to war - not an ordinary warrior but a leader among men - a warrior getting ready to unleash the greatest terror Greece has ever known as he leads his army on a holy crusade to recover the Chosen One promised long ago to his people - a prophesy Telmark, Supreme Commander of the Horde, is determined to see fulfilled at any cost. It is this new and deadly threat which Xena and Gabrielle find themselves facing when they join the massive army of several allied Greek City states preparing to do battle with the Horde. At the head of the army is Marmax, the commander from the episode IS THERE A DOCTOR IN THE HOUSE who thanks to Xena and the bard found peace for his own people but now must fight a battle for the very survival of Greece. Despite their mounting fears, Xena and Gabrielle agree to help the allied force and soon find themselves in a familiar situation - heavily outnumbered, facing savage Horde warriors - with little hope of survival. For Xena the solution is to start awakening the darkness within herself and to try to make sure Gabrielle is safe but what the Warrior Princess never suspects is that once again she is spending too much time trying to fight the Horde without considering what their motivations could be - what they want...or whom? This latest chapter is absolutely chilling as an innocent soul is cruelly tested. The story has the feel of great film epics like SPARTACUS or the more contemporary BRAVEHEART. The battle scenes are so well-written and so carefully choreographed that they stand out vividly. ProudWarrioress' depiction of the Xena/Gabrielle relationship, as in her other stories, is one of deep friendship, loyalty, sacrifice and unquestionable commitment. She uses a shifting point-of-view technique that gives us a very thorough insight into the minds of both our heroines and their enemy. This story is an experience you will not soon forget. A MUST READ for every Xenite, it carries my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION!!
http://www.iserv.net/~scottc/fanfic.html

ALTERNATIVE FICTION:

CHIAROSCURO - PART II: THE QUEEN AND THE SOLDIER by SL Bowers
Bowers brings us an excellent continuation to her CHIAROSCURO series (part one reviewed at http://lunacyreviews.com/lunacy81097.php) with these new part which has Xena and Gabrielle traveling on official Amazon business to the kingdom of Pellos. The journey and the time spent on their mission will mark a turning point in the lives of both women as they begin to acknowledge feelings they have been ignoring for much too long. For the bard it will be an awakening to new possibilities. For the warrior - a time of turmoil as she struggles against passions just recently stirred and fears of the darkness these could unleash. Bowers is doing a wonderful job in developing the Xena/Gabrielle relationship slowly - with an awareness of WHO these characters are and how they are likely to react to a deepening connection between them. Nicely written and HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!
http://www.sharonbowers.com/FanFiction/xena/chiar2.htm

ONE WORD by de Bonheur
Emotional story that has an anxious Gabrielle waiting for her warrior while Xena tries to complete a very dangerous mission.
http://members.aol.com/DeBonheur/ffapr.html

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-)