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 - 9/29/97
[Previous report was for 9/28/97]

Hi all,

There must be a BURST of creativity going around!! Several TERRIFIC new stories tonight. Those of you who like alt. fic are in for a virtual love fest!

GENERAL FICTION:

BAKLAVA by Firestorm
Simple but nice little vignette that describes a usual evening between warrior and bard as they share a meal and a surprise treat.
http://ausxip.com/fanfic/baklava.html

ALTERNATIVE FICTION:

THE SUNNE IN GOLD by Nene Adams
With her MYTH and GASLIGHT series Nene has secured a spot among many a reader's list of favorite bards. This new story is the first book in a new series called the PHOENIX SAGA which promises to match in excellence if not outshine her previous works. THE SUNNE IN GOLD is an uber story set in medieval Ireland which introduces two new incarnations of Xena and Gabrielle - Lady Cathelin Brigit O'Cameron, a striking, proud Irish warrior - and Madrigal, a beautiful Muslim slave girl stubbornly surviving despite the horrors experienced during many ears of captivity. As the story begins Madrigal is in fear for her life thinking of the tortures sure to come when the castle she is enslaved at is taken by the dreaded knight Blacksunne - a warrior whose very name inspires terror in the bravest of souls. It is a day that will change her life forever, setting in motion a series of events that will place two noble hearts at risk while joining them in the fiercest of bonds. This is an epic historical romantic saga with plenty of action, rich drama, FANTASTIC characters, and a plot that will literally captivate you 'til the very end. One of the best new ones this year, THE SUNNE IN GOLD is NOT to be missed guys! It receives my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION!!
http://web.archive.org/web/20010606234709/http://xwp-altfic.simplenet.com/fiction.html

AND I THINK OF HER by ZeaBR> This is possibly the most SENSUAL piece of fan fiction I have ever read. Depicting a moment of passion and deep emotion, this vignette is so beautifully written that it reads almost like a poem. It calls to mind the deepest longings of the human soul to love and be loved. VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
http://ausxip.com/fanfic/think.html

NOW by Zea
If you want to try an exercise in self-control read this at work ;-) I *DARE* you! A little tale about passion, too long denied and NOW...finally unleashed. DO NOT MISS!
http://ausxip.com/fanfic/now.html

TOUCH by Zea
The perfect companion piece to AND I THINK OF HER (reviewed above) this story has a the same wonderful, poetic quality as it explores the longings of the soul...and the flesh.
http://ausxip.com/fanfic/touch.html

PERFECTION by Zea
Another sensual offering from this gifted bard which has Gabrielle remembering a very special night.
http://ausxip.com/fanfic/perfection.html

HELPFUL TRAVELERS by StarWarrior
A follow-up to StarWarrior's earlier stories WHO HAS THE RIGHT? (review at http://lunacyreviews.com/lunacy81297.php) and THE LOST WARRIOR PRINCESS (review at http://lunacyreviews.com/lunacy62897.php), this tale has the warrior and bard encountering the young sister of the man who held Gabrielle captive weeks back - a sister desperately trying to save her brother's life...and his soul. Convinced by her bard, a reluctant Xena agrees to help as they embark on a journey that will recall horrors of the past and challenge love to once again triumph in the face of evil. This series is developing very nicely. It is well-written and features strong characterizations. Particularly nice is the very tender and loving relationship between Xena and the Gabster. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!
http://web.archive.org/web/20010606234709/http://xwp-altfic.simplenet.com/rie-help.txt

HOPELESS EXPECTATIONS by StarWarrior
A little vignette that reveals the heart of a warrior...and her greatest fear.
http://web.archive.org/web/20010606234709/http://xwp-altfic.simplenet.com/rie-hope.txt

FOREIGN INFLUENCES by Oversoul
Chapter 6 is now available! This is an EXTREMELY well-written, beautifully romantic epic which has Xena and Gabby finally admitting their feelings for one another and then joining forces with Athena and two friends from the Far East to fight Ares. Raven and Katrina - the characters from the Far East are wonderful. Oversoul's writing is among the most passionate of the alt. writers. In this latest chapter, Gabrielle and the Amazons battle their way toward Athens where Xena fights a battle of her own. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! Previously reviewed 5/26/97.
http://web.archive.org/web/20010606234709/http://xwp-altfic.simplenet.com/foreign6.txt

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-)