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 7/27/97]

Hey all!

Tonight we have a new contribution for the feature known as FROM THE BARD'S QUILL at Tom's XWP Web site. FROM THE BARD'S QUILL is a page where bards are invited to write about themselves and their writing. The new entry is by Deb "Neuf The Goof" whose perspective is a different one from the other bards that have participated since her specialty are parodies. To read Deb's contribution go to:


This is an EXTREMELY unusual, VERY clever new story which I can best describe as...CUTE! Yeah - I know - lots of people hate that word but there is no denying this story is just...cute! It is also, very well-written with an element of humor which is surprising considering the premise. Xena and Gabrielle are on their way to help a village deal with some thugs when they run into a stranger - a very dangerous stranger with deadly powers who is determined to take revenge on Xena for some of her past actions. What this stranger doesn't count on of course, is that the Warrior Princess has a very determined protector - a certain bard who somehow manages to see the good in everyone and who wields a power within her stronger than any other force. Although a seemingly simple tale, this story revolves around very serious issues like revenge, forgiveness, sacrifice and friendship. Note that although a GENERAL FICTION story, it even includes just a liiiiittle bit of subtext. A nice change of pace which I very much recommend!


HEART OF A WARLORD by Patricia L. Ennis
At LONG last fans of alt. fiction can rejoice because the conclusion of this classic in the making is HERE! This is one of the first alt. stories I ever started reading and it's a wonderful one at that. It is, in fact, a very passionate first time tale that has Xena and Gabrielle struggling to understand the feelings between them just as an Amazon warlord comes into the picture to threaten everything. Patricia is among the founding bards in the XWP alt. fiction movement and she remains among the best writers on the Net, a favorite with readers and fellow bards alike. HEART OF A WARLORD is a must read which I VERY HIGHLY RECOMMEND! Previously reviewed 4/12/97, 6/11/97.

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-)