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 9/26/97]

Hi all,

Many updates tonight!


The concluding parts 12-14 of this classic XWP story are now available. When Anon first released this tale on the NetForum in early 1996 it became an instant favorite with the fans but for a long time it was impossible to get the story because the NetForum staff disabled access to older postings. With its return to the Web, Xenites will hopefully be able to enjoy this tale now for years to come. This story is the cutest of the cutest! Xena as a five year old - need I say more? It is a beautiful tale of friendship, sacrifice, innocence lost and innocence regained. Anon has been re-editing the story and is not completely finished yet so only part of it is now available. CHILDHOOD'S END was the first piece of fan fiction I ever read so it holds a special place in my heart. It got me hooked on the NetForum and on fan fic. I WHOLEHEARTEDLY RECOMMEND IT! A MUST READ! Previously reviewed 4/19/97.

Chapters 11-12 of this story are now available. This thought-provoking, poignant tale has Xena and Gabrielle spending time with Hercules and Iolus when Athenian soldiers arrive to at last bring the Warrior Princess to justice. It is a development that will test Xena's commitment to justice even as it tests her friends' desperate need to protect her. In these latest chapters, the warrior gets additional moral support from a surprise source. Still unfinished, the story is well-written and very promising.


SURFACING by Paul Seely and Jennifer Garza
Chapter 8 of this story is now available. A very well-written, original new uber-Xena tale that will have you spell-bound from chapter one. Set in the present day, it revolves around the mysterious activities of a secret agent going by the name of Diana Starret. On assignment from the shadowy, top-secret organization who once recruited her when she had little choice in the matter, Diana's mission is to keep a dangerous criminal from landing in prison until the full extent of his operation has been revealed. It is this assignment that leads her to a fateful meeting with a young lawyer named Charlotte Browning. The two women are inexplicably drawn to one another and soon find themselves haunted by the same dream - about a leather-clad warrior drowning in blood and the strawberry blonde trying to save her. In this latest chapter, Diana and Charlotte try to discover what the dreams they have both been having really mean. As yet unfinished, this intriguing new offering is NOT TO BE MISSED!!

Part three of this story is now available. With WELL OF SIGHS and THE BROKEN THREAD among her other works, Ella Quince has proven she has an exceptional talent for writing deeply passionate tales with a mysterious, almost surreal quality to them. THE TAVERNKEEPER'S SISTER reflects her style beautifully as it draws the reader into the mind of a young barmaid intrigued by a dark warrior - an enigma with icy-blue eyes who appears one day at her brother's tavern and whose presence then begins to haunt the girl's dreams and all her waking moments. In this latest part, the now former barmaid struggles to recapture her past. Beautifully written tale about love lost and love rediscovered. 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-)