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Please make sure to read the EXPLANATORY NOTES before reading these reviews.

The file includes reviews of both uber-Xena and/or original fiction. It is a combined file of general and alternative stories. The alternative titles are designated as such with an [Alt] at the end of the title line.

Also, several of the uber stories deal with the characters of Mel Pappas and Janice Covington featured in the episode THE XENA SCROLLS. Mel/Janice stories are designated as such with a [M/J] at the end of the title line. You can also find them listed separately in the Mel/Janice Fan Fiction Reviews

Definition of Uber-Xena fiction

Uber-Xena Fan Fiction Contents Guide

**DANCE OF DEATH by Tragedy88 - [Alt]
Tragedy continues the story begun in BLOOD RED SCREAM as detective Darion Grange watches over a recovering Taylor. Feeling inexplicably drawn to the detective Taylor begins to open up about her tortured past but with their enemies still very much in need of the hacker's talents, the two soon find themselves drawn into a deadly power-play with world domination as the ultimate goal and the hacker a rather expendable resource in a game that began millenniums before. Tragedy does a nice job with the characterizations of these two women - particularly that of the troubled Taylor. The storyline cleverly integrates the ancient past of these two souls with their modern incarnations producing a story that is fast-paced, action-packed, emotional and thoroughly engrossing. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! - 41 pgs., 3/9/99
[Palm Pilot version available at XENA FAN FICTION FOR THE PALM PILOT]

**DANCING WITH SHADOWS by C. Paradee - [Alt]
Agent Tony Viglioni and her partner doctor Megan Donnovan are back in this suspenseful sequel to C. Paradee's debut story THE AGENT. Set a couple of months after they first teamed to find a serial killer, this second tale finds the two settling into their new lives together, dealing with family and tying a few loose ends from Tony's past, only there are some that wont appreciate the Agent's sudden scrutiny of those loose ends and to keep her from possibly ruining their plans they are more than willing to ensure Tony's retirement is of a much more...permanent nature. C. Paradee very effectively continues to develop the relationship between her two heroines here, drawing us into their newfound happiness and the challenges that go with it even as she's revealing a potential danger that could destroy it all. A well-written, entertaining read that comes HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! - 233 pgs., 7/26/99

Intriguing new uber mystery set in modern day Manchester, England where criminal psychologist Alex Perry teams up with PhD student Jen Gordon hoping the young researcher's expertise on Ancient Greece will shed some light on the mysterious symbols associated with a rather gory murder presently under investigation. What the two soon uncover is a much darker mystery pointing to a serial killer with a sinister motive and the only hope of stopping him may rest on deciphering the text in a series of ancient scrolls telling the story of a warrior named Xena and a bard named Gabrielle. Psyck is doing a nice job here of building the suspense surrounding the mystery and building the attraction between the two heroines. One to follow closely in the weeks ahead. DO NOT MISS! [unfinished] - 47 pgs., 4/27/99

**DANGEROUS TRUTH (THE) by Curiositee - [Alt]
Set in the present day, this FANTASTIC new uber-Xena story gets off to a rousing start as it follows a gutsy young reporter named Bridget Stone on a fateful excursion into the Chicago slums. In search of a lead, she'll find more than she ever bargained for when an assassin tries to end her investigation and a mysterious stranger interferes, one of the many homeless that frequent the slums, only in the blue depths of that stranger's eyes Bridget will sense a connection as old as time. Soon enough the reporter finds herself with two mysteries on her hands as she considers who may be trying to kill her while trying to solve the puzzle that is the woman who saved her...a woman whose tortured past holds secrets only Bridget may be able to uncover...Terrific characterizations make the reporter and her indigent savior immediately endearing. Combining suspense, mystery and a sense of pathos this wonderfully written tale is going to leave you anxiously awaiting that next chapter. A great uber drama in the making folks. VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! [See the sequel THE BEAUTIFUL LIE] - 110 pgs., 4/28/98
FANFIC ART: "Alex" by Barbara Maclay

**DAR AND KERRY SERIES by Missy Good - read in the order listed below. Featuring two of the most beloved contemporary characters ever created by our bards, this series gets my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION! - [Alt]

"Boating Dar Doll (The)" by Barbara Maclay
"Corporate Retreat Dar Doll" by Barbara Maclay
"Dar" by Encarnacion
"Dar And Kerry" by Carla
"Dar And Kerry Together Dolls" by Barbara Maclay
"Dark Comes The Morning" montage by Carla
"Dar Roberts Doll" by Barbara Maclay
Dar's Drivers License by Carla
"I Love It When She Talks Dirty" by Ciegra
"Kerry With Chino Doll" by Barbara Maclay
"Kerry With Pooh Doll" by Barbara Maclay
Kerry's Drivers License by Carla
MISCELLANEOUS: The Dar Roberts And Kerry Stuart Fan Page

[Palm Pilot version available at XENA FAN FICTION FOR THE PALM PILOT]

  1. **TROPICAL STORM - [Alt]
  3. **RINGING IN THE YEAR - [Alt]
  4. **HURRICANE WATCH - [Alt]
  5. **EYE OF THE STORM - [Alt]
  6. HOME FROM THE SEA - [Alt]
  7. **TROPICAL HIGH - [Alt]
  8. **UNMASKED HEARTS - [Alt]

Set in the present day and featuring a very timely storyline, Bel_Wah's latest begins in the Big Apple as all the principals are gathering together. On one side of town, Captain Catherine Phillips rushes to grab a taxi on her way to the airport and the passenger airliner she'll be piloting on its way to Rome. Termed by some of her co-workers as "Frosty the snow-bitch" but known by others as an intelligent, no-nonsense professional, the beautiful Air Force veteran has come to a crossroads in her life. No longer fulfilled by her job, she carries a letter of resignation fully intending for the trip to Rome to be her last in the employ of Orbis Airlines. On another side of town a van also rushes to the airport carrying the Orbis crew members who will be servicing that flight. The youngest among them, Rebecca Hanson, is a dedicated flight attendant who's worked her way quickly up the ranks through hard work and determination. Looking forward to the layover in Rome, Becky nevertheless feels the nerves upon hearing she'll be working with the infamous Captain Phillips. All too soon she's meeting the woman and not under...ideal circumstances. The third group of players are the final ones to arrive - fiercely loyal to a homeland torn apart by war, the Albanian nationals board the flight to Rome under false identities, determined that before the night is over they will have set in motion a plan to force the hand of the world's greatest superpower - caring little for the fellow passengers whose lives they're about to change and fully prepared to sacrifice those lives for their desperate cause. Reminiscent of those emotional airport thrillers which have always been a popular draw - Bel-wah's story is compelling with solid characterizations. Centering on a crisis still fresh in the minds of many, the novel has a very distinct modern atmosphere and terrific timeliness. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! [See the alt. sequel ROMAN HOLIDAY] - 160 pgs., 4/14/99
AWARDS: "Constant Arousal" Swollen Bud Award (June 15, 2000)
FANFIC ART: Tragedy88 Story Cover
Pt.1: http://ausxip.com/fanfiction/d/darknessbeforedawn1.html
Pt.2: http://ausxip.com/fanfiction/d/darknessbeforedawn2.html
Pt.3: http://ausxip.com/fanfiction/d/darknessbeforedawn3.html
Pt.4: http://ausxip.com/fanfiction/d/darknessbeforedawn4.html
[Palm Pilot version available at XENA FAN FICTION FOR THE PALM PILOT]

DATE TO REMEMBER (A) by Barbara Davies - [Alt]
A fun, spooky offering set in Kent, England, Barbara's latest chronicles the first date of a young hairdresser and a shy mechanic when the two decide to spend Halloween night aboard one of the towers of a long-abandoned sea fort used during World War II to defend London from German bombers flying up the Thames river. More intrigued by the rusty towers than frightened by them, the two intend to admire the view of the Kent coast, have a picnic and get to know one another better but another surprise awaits them as past and present collide on the lonely towers making that first date a lot more memorable than they ever thought it could be. Barbara skillfully imbues the story with a lot of atmosphere allowing us to feel the remoteness of the setting and the wonder of the characters at the events they experience. This one should be perfect for a cozy Halloween evening. - 12 pgs., 10/31/01

**DAY AFTER (THE) by Journs - [Alt]
This sequel to Journs' RESA continues the story of the former gang leader and writer Jennifer Logan as they indulge in a very private, wonderful reunion after a separation of more than a year. It's a new beginning that has them both feeling tentative, never having experienced the intensity of what they're now sharing with one another. Uncertain but driven by an overwhelming need to be together, the two will face many challenges in the weeks ahead, both internal and external, as they struggle against their own fears, the demands of family, the prejudices of their society and the differences in their cultures to secure the little bit of Heaven they've found in one another and finally put behind them the past that nearly drove them apart. Journs has developed the Resa/Jennifer pairing into a wonderfully compelling, passionate, beautiful relationship that while recalling that of an ancient warrior and bard also addresses the modern hurdles alternate and intercultural couples face today. Though very different, the leads each have a mixture of strength and vulnerability that have you understanding their fears and rooting for them from page one. This one should keep us checking for more in the weeks ahead. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! [unfinished] - 77 pgs., 8/30/00

Susan brings us a very special treat with this new Halloween tale which also acts as a prequel to her ground breaking uber OF DRAG KINGS AND A WARRIOR PRINCESS. Set about three years before that story, this new one features a seventeen-year-old Taryn experiencing what life is like at Rhea's during the ritual celebration of Samhain, All Hallow's Eve - a time when both visions and wandering spirits may visit the living. Taryn soon finds herself connecting with a troubled spirit whose tragic life deeply moves the young drag king. Helping that spirit becomes a priority even as Taryn wonders also about the mysterious woman in her visions... This is an intriguing look at the early dynamics between Taryn and the friends who would become her adopted family. - 7 pgs., 10/26/99, re-released 1/20/01

**DEAL (THE) by M. Ryan - [Alt]
Set in the cut-throat world of the TV news industry, this is a fascinating uber tale from a very promising new bard. The best news director in the business, Laura Kasdan goes hand-in-hand with winning ratings in whatever market she's employed so when she's involved in a little...altercation, her employers decided to move her rather than lose her. After cutting a deal she can live with, Laura takes the reins of the news room at WBFC in Burkett Falls where the transition is made a lot less painful than she expected by a lively staff and one friendly little journalist in particular... Grateful for the opportunity to work with the infamous Laura Kasdan, Chris Hanson is a hardworking reporter and anchor possessed of a natural charm and an almost unreal knack for attracting trouble. Drawn into an unlikely and even puzzling friendship, Laura and Chris soon find themselves working together at every opportunity - discovering an attraction neither can quite deny despite the almost certain heartache it promises to bring. M. Ryan opens for us here a window into the world of TV journalism, painting a rich portrayal that will beckon you in and keep you hitting that page down key. Two very intriguing protagonists, a strong supporting cast, and a well-paced storyline with equal parts action and drama all combined to make this one a MUST READ! VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! [See the follow-up story SEVENTEEN MINUTES] - 449 pgs., 7/18/99
AWARDS: "First Timer" Swollen Bud Award (May 1, 2000)

Calli Story Cover
"Laura And Chris Dolls" by Barbara Maclay
[Palm Pilot version available at XENA FAN FICTION FOR THE PALM PILOT]

This has GOT to be one of the STRANGEST stories I've ever read. Can't really tell you much without giving away the impact of this little gem. It features a fateful meeting between two strangers on a bridge - one at the end of her rope, the other with troubles of her own. Lets just say Lariel gives new meaning to the greater good here in a masterpiece of dark humor. DO NOT MISS! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! - 7 pgs., 3/15/00

**DEEP COVER by C Paradee - [Alt]
A top analyst with the CIA, Shelby Carson is known for her unique ability at discerning unusual patterns and discrepancies. It is one such observation that will change her life drastically when Shelby uncovers clues that point to a potential double agent. Recalled from a mission in the Middle East to work on the resulting investigation, Kristina Bartley, code name "Blue", is less than thrilled with the assignment. The deadly operative has a lot to hide and little time to waste but to her surprise long-standing priorities start to change the more she gets to know Shelby Carson and the clearer it becomes that the young woman may be in some very serious danger. Suddenly the analyst's well-being is something the infamous Blue very much wants to ensure - but is her proximity to the young woman keeping her safe...or the very thing putting Shelby most at risk? C Paradee is doing a nice job here crafting a suspenseful spy thriller. The story is unraveling slowly, never letting us know much more than the characters themselves know. The relationship between the leads is an engaging one, pairing two women who are very different and who aren't necessarily looking to become involved with someone but who find themselves thrown together by circumstances and soon discover an undeniable attraction of the heart, body and spirit. One to keep tabs on in the weeks ahead, this one comes HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! - 170 pgs., 2/10/01

This contemporary uber story pairs bestselling author Dru Warlord, popularly known as the Queen of Mystery, with a young proofreader named Kasey Lovett. Having met the talented writer at a professional get-together, Kasey jumps at the chance of working with her - an opportunity which presents itself when Dru's agent hires the fledgling proofreader to help his client meet her deadline. The arrangement works incredibly well as both women start to appreciate each others' dedication and company but soon enough other concerns enter their thoughts when it starts to become clear that someone does not want Dru to finish her latest mystery - a mystery based on a real, unsolved murder - a mystery which neither Dru nor Kasey may live long enough to solve... This is very well written, with Candy doing a terrific job both with the characterizations and the gradual development of the relationship. DO NOT MISS! [See the sequel EXTREME MEASURES] - 46 pgs., 4/14/99

**DESTINED BY GODS by Inyx - [Alt]
Marking a VERY impressive debut for a gifted new writer, this historical uber is set in Ancient Ireland where seventeen year-old Rhiannon Kelan is living with her brother and his wife after an attack by an enemy clan leaves her orphaned. A headstrong, independent beauty determined to find her own way in the world, Rhian doesn't want to be beholden to anyone so she's reluctant to accompany her brother and sister-in-law when the two are invited into the employment of a powerful friend of the family. Eventually agreeing to the move, Rhian uproots her life once again, taking with her a parting gift from a mysterious old healer and promising to deliver a second gift to her family's benefactor - the Lady Caitlin O'Brennan - better known as the legendary warrior, Cat of Caerloach. Dedicated to protecting her lands and her people, Caitlin is ever vigilant, ready to challenge whatever force of arms might threaten but there are other ways to conquer a warrior's heart and one little redheaded is about to show her just that. Blending a touch of magic, with celtic mythology, beautifully crafted characterizations, a rich, atmospheric setting, a compelling love story, and a formidable command of Irish dialect, Inyx first fanfic effort is top notch. One for the MUST READ list folks. VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! - 132 pgs., 9/17/99

It never ceases to amaze me how creative our Xenite bards are getting with those uber tales. This latest one is a very original little story set in contemporary times that has Katy Hammonds trying to help her beloved grandma Mavis and the old woman's life-long partner Cass escape the abuse in a nursing home when a beautiful mechanic with startling blue eyes comes into their lives - a young woman with a surprising physical similarity to Cass and a spirit very much like that of the warrior woman Mavis has always told stories about. With some funny moments and a sentimental transition between generations, this is an enjoyable read. -- 9 pgs., 8/22/98
FANFIC ART: "Stevie" by Barbara Maclay

**DEVIL'S ADVOCATE (THE) by Nene Adams - [Alt]
The adventures of Lady Evangeline "Lina" St. Claire and Rhiannon Moore continue in this FANTASTIC sequel to Nene's first uber-Xena story BLACK BY GASLIGHT. This time the intrepid private investigator and her secretary are faced with a mystery strangely connected to Lina's own past - a mystery involving the disappearance of two people, the gruesome murder of an old friend, the growing strength of a secretive cult and clues horrid enough to scare even the bravest of hearts. Extremely well-written, this story reflects Nene's impressive historical and literary knowledge with an incredible attention to detail. In Lina and Rhiannon she has created characters which although based on the warrior and her bard, are in themselves unique and fascinating. Still unfinished, this story promises to be something different and thoroughly entertaining. This is the second entry in Nene's GASLIGHT SERIES. VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! - 8/31/97

**DISASTER FOLLOWS by Nova - [Alt]
A very original uber story with a lot of atmosphere, this bard's first fanfic offering is set in Halifax, Nova Scotia in the 1920's, just a few years after the disastrous Halifax Explosion of 1917 which killed thousands when two ships, one carrying munitions, collided in the Harbor. Detective Allison Burton remembers the disaster well which is one reason she doubts she'll be able to find Virginia Potts' fiancee alive when the beautiful green-eyed American explains that he's been missing since that time and hires her to find him. It soon becomes apparent, however, that the intriguing little foreigner isn't as interested in the missing man perse as she is in something he possessed - a secret others are also desperately seeking and more than willing to kill for. Nova's story has the feel of one of those great detective murder movies like THE MALTESE FALCON with Allison being very reminiscent of the type of private eye Bogie typically played. A shifting point-of-view approach makes the similarity with these classic films even stronger - with the one notable difference being that NEITHER of Nova's heroines is the damsel in distress Hollywood typically used to give us. Allison and Virginia are both very strong, very capable, very determined women. The storyline is cleverly constructed with some surprising twists and a very thought-provoking resolution. This one should particularly please fans of mystery fiction. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! - 51 pgs., 12/1/98

DISEMBODIED by Kristian S. Fischer - [Alt]
The latest entry in the INFINITY SERIES begun by Redhawk, this new offering by Kristian continues the tale of the immortal Xena and her beloved Rickie as they enjoy a quiet time in Portland, reveling in their love and remembering moments from their life together over two thousand years ago. It's a quiet time that is soon interrupted when an old friend of Xena pays them a visit, warning of dangers drawing near and a game about to begin all over again for the ancient warrior. Kristian does a nice job with the treatment of the Xena/Rickie pairing maintaining the sense of commitment and deep love it's had throughout the series. Good action sequence in this. - 20 pgs., 1/5/99

Enginerd's first foray into the uber-Xena genre is an amusing little tale that has Mel and Janice wondering how they're going to explain certain revelations from Gabrielle's scrolls to the scientific community...only the archeologist and her partner are not quite thinking about the same thing ;-) Very cute! [Note: This story is not explicit]. - 3/26/98
[Palm Pilot version available at XENA FAN FICTION FOR THE PALM PILOT]

DO YOU? by Archaeobard - [Alt, M/J]
A Mel/Janice vignette packing QUITE a punch that has the archeologist feeling very depressed about her inability to show her real feelings for the woman she loves when said woman insists on knowing what's wrong. This one will put an unexpected grin on your face :) [See the sequel YOU DO?] - 3 pgs., 2/27/00

In the grand tradition of Danae and L.N. James' INCREDIBLY TRUE ADVENTURES OF TWO DOLLS IN LOVE (THE): THE STORY OF RIGID XENA AND POSABLE GABRIELLE, comes this DELIGHTFUL little chronicle of the adventure of some Xena dollies while vacationing with a Xenite in Houston. In this first entry in the series, Xena, Gabrielle, Callisto and Auto enjoy life aboard a boat. What can I say - you just have to read this to get the full impact :) Suffice it to say that KTL beats TPTB hands down with her characterizations. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! [See the sequel FURTHER ADVENTURES OF THE DOLLIES AT SEA] - 1 pg., 3/27/00

Nene celebrates Halloween with an eerie new offering about obsession, guilt, injustice and the power of love. Told in first person, this is the story of a talented Scottish artist heir to a crumbling estate deep in debt. To survive, our narrator travels to Paris where she makes herself a career painting portraits of the wealthy. It's a life that changes drastically when she meets Jenny Dolorosa, a beautiful maid who becomes the love of her life - and soon the sole subject of her paintings. With their illicit affair revealed, the two are forced back to Scotland where our narrator's obsession with her art soon has terrible repercussions for the lovely Jenny Dolorosa plunging them into a living nightmare of separation and grief as one struggles with guilt - and the other struggles to reveal the truth about a world very different from the one they've known. Poignant, creepy and reaffirming all at once, this one very effectively blends the ingredients required of alt. fiction with those of Halloween tales. - 6 pgs., 10/26/99

DON'T LOOK BACK by Kieron Grey - [Alt]  Save Alert
A suspenseful new uber tale that is also a contemporary mystery as the authorities find themselves baffled by a series of gruesome murders. Particularly affected by the killings is Detective Catherine Jackson who bears an eerie resemblance to all the victims - a resemblance which seems coincidental until the killer lets her know otherwise. Concerned, Catherine's superior brings in a new player to help in the case - a profiler named Morgan Grayson with a ready confidence and an intoxicating allure that soon has the young detective preoccupied with more than just the serial murders. This is nicely written and has definite potential. - 6/21/98
FANFIC ART: "Morgan" by Barbara Maclay

**DREAMER AND THE DREAM (THE) by Wishes - [Alt]
Wishes and 3 pages - all the necessary ingredients for yet another brilliant exercise in storytelling by one of the masters in this fanfic. It's the future - it's a world in which some human beings have the ability to make their dreams seem very real - it's a dangerous ability so these mutants have been deemed a threat to society and they're hunted like rabid animals. On this night Officer Washington and her partner Palmer are on patrol. The dreamer they're hunting is different from others - the manifestations far from deadly, at times...cute - and as Officer Washington is about to discover, even rather personal. AWESOME guys - don't even hesitate on this one. Delightful and marvelously effective! VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! - 3 pgs., 11/18/99

Initially set in the London of the 1920's, this is a very well-written, sophisticated uber that mixes history with fantasy in what is also a good, old-fashioned adventure thriller. For Lori Winters life has been a series of responsibilities and dreams unfulfilled as she spends her days helping out her grandfather in his antique book shop, reading those old books and finding the inspiration in them to write about a great hero living grand adventures she's certain she'll never experience. All that changes the day Kay Ridgeway walks into the bookshop needing to consult some of the old titles available there. A professor involved in some very obscure research, Kay is impressed when the young shopkeeper reveals an extraordinary knowledge of those old books and an intelligence and zest for life that seem to belie her rather mundane existence. Drawn to the young woman, Kay invites her along as her research assistant for a trip to Rome, opening up a new world for Lori but unsuspectingly leading her also into a darkness Kay had hoped never to revisit. As Lori is about to learn - the world outside her quiet London bookshop holds many wonders but also hides many secrets - including some so evil that real heros must rise up to face them...and where heroes thread...sidekicks naturally, must follow. Tomihawk has combined here the intensity of a good Indiana Jones story, with the suspense of a murder-mystery into a tale that very much recalls the Xena canon. Kay and Lori are fascinating characters - reminiscent of a certain warrior and bard but intriguing in their own right. Still unfinished, this one is DEFINITELY one to follow in the weeks ahead. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! - 131 pgs., 1/21/00

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