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 9/24/97]

Hi all,

Do not forget about the HALLOWEEN BARD CONTEST organized by Del_kaidin at the NetForum. Stories must be submitted by Sept. 29. For details go to this URL at the NetForum:$

Reporting on one new one tonight.


A WONDERFUL new story which acts as a follow-up to Themis's previous tales A TWIST OF FATE and THE ENDLESS ROAD, exploring new territory in the Xena/Gabrielle relationship as for the first time a very reluctant Warrior Princess is forced to confront issues she's avoided all her life - the true meaning of the word "family" and whether she will ever really be able to call a place..."home". The story has Xena and the bard returning to the Amazons for a ceremony confirming them as the Shadow Mothers of baby Kind ra - the infant Xena rescued during their last visit there. For the Amazons it is a time of excitement, a time to renew the bonds on which the very foundations of the Amazon Nation rests, a time for rejoicing in the promise of a young life. For Xena it is a time of confusion, a time to remember old hurts and revisit ever-present fears - a time to reconsider all that her life has been and will likely become with the bard now at her side - a time to welcome possibilities or turn away from them forever. Themis manages to integrate into this story an impressive combination of pathos, humor and hope as we alternate between feeling sorry for the warrior, amused by her emotional quandaries and ultimately humbled by the strength, determination and honor with which these Ancient Amazon warriors led their lives. The ending of this story, rich in visual imagery, will leave an unforgettable impression. VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

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-)