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 8/12/97]


A wonderful new story by a bard which continues to gift us with some of the best fiction out there. This is a bitter-sweet tale about justice, redemption and the power of friendship that has Xena and Gabrielle unsuspectingly making their way into a village that has a score to settle with the Warrior Princess - an old debt based on the atrocities of a heartless warlord the villagers have never forgotten. VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!


With her award-winning story IS THERE A DOCTOR ON THE DIG (review available at Bat made history, bringing us the first fan fiction tale to feature the characters of Mel Pappas and Janice Covington from the episode XENA SCROLLS. A fantastic combination of humor, drama, adventure and romance which also featured appearances by and flashbacks of our heroines' Greek ancestors, ITADOTD has managed to capture the hearts of readers as few other stories have done and in so doing has inspired many other Mel/Janice stories, contributing greatly to the growing mythology associated with these two characters. Appearing in only one episode of the series to date, the Mel and Janice many readers know are more a product of the fan fiction than the show, with Bat's now classic story being perhaps the most influential in the perception viewers have of these characters. Now, at last we have available one of the most eagerly anticipated sequels in XWP fan fiction - THE SEARCH FOR AMPHIPOLIS continues the story of the spunky archeologist and her Southern Belle of a partner as they once again embark on another wild quest, this one to recover the bones of their ancestors and hopefully put a warrior and her bard forever beyond the reach of the dark forces still threatening them. The story features an unprecedented cast of characters, including another famous archeologist from the 1940's, a group of very dedicated decendants of some of Xena and Gabrielle's closest friends, and even a few names from the Xenaverse readers may recognize ;-) The relationship between Mel and Janice in this story has deepened and grown making for a truly beautiful romance. In addition to their tale, Bat also writes about a difficult time in the lives of Xena and Gabrielle - a time that challenged their love and their friendship as it had never been challenged before. TSFA is a remarkably entertaining and well-written story, a worthy sequel to ITADOTD which further assures Mel and Janice's standing as premier players in the continuing legend of XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS. Note: the story at Dax's OBSESSION site includes perhaps the first ever publicly released picture of Batsky playing her guitar. This tale is NOT to be missed folks - it carries my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION!!

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-)