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 12/23/97]

Hi folks :)

A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS to all!! We got some great gifts from the bards tonight - lots of terrific new Solstice stories. ENJOY!



A BEAUTIFUL Solstice story that acts as a sequel to Maggie's previous tale THE SILVER FOX. Having recovered somewhat from the recent ordeal in the land of Chin, the Xena and Gabrielle nevertheless find their friendship still deeply affected. There's a distance between them that frustrates both making them short-tempered and unsure. It is a problem that becomes of secondary importance when a little orphan girl comes into their lives. Unbeknownst to the warrior and bard, however, the waif's presence will have a pronounce effect on them both reminding them of the very special love and friendship they share and prompting them at last to face the fears that have been keeping them apart. This is a very touching and timely story which ties in well with the current challenges the two friends are facing in the TV series. VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

ALMOST HOME by Rebekah
From the author of the classic
ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT comes this new Solstice story set right after the events in BETRAYAL - THE DEBT pt.2 which has Xena and the bard talking over a campfire as they head back to Greece. This is an emotional, well-written piece with a realistic approach to the challenge now facing Xena and Gabrielle's friendship.


BEST FRIEND by Katelin B.
Sweetly passionate first time story that has Xena and Gabrielle finally giving in to the feelings they've been having for one another after the warrior is injured.

Already responsible for two of my favorite Solstice stories ever, SOLSTICE MORNING and SOLSTIVE EVE, Beowolf brings us an absolutely BEAUTIFUL new offering set exactly one year after those two earlier stories. This time Solstice finds the warrior and bard in a very different place under very different circumstances with Xena feeling horribly guilty at the life she is giving Gabrielle. The little bard, however, has different thoughts on the matter, knowing full well from where her happiness truly comes. This story is very much based on the sense of love and family and hope the Solstice season celebrates. It is reaffirming and deeply poignant. VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!! [PLEASE make SURE to read afterwards Beowolf's story CROSSINGS]

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-)