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 9/2/97]

Hey guys,

Some wonderful and - er - "interesting" new stories tonight ;-) plus yet another update for a story that is making monitors sweat throughout the
Net! >:)


Thought-provoking new story that 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. Still unfinished, the story is well-written and very promising.


Baermer's epic war saga continues with the release of the first three chapters of Book III. With the siege of Poteidaia now over Xena and Gabrielle face a new challenge - to try to locate a missing Ephiny last seen weeks before when she left the Amazon nation escorting a group of young Amazons to Sappho's school just outside the city of Mytilene. With news that the city is in revolt, the warrior and bard embark on a possible rescue mission with Solari and Epinon. It is a journey that will once again test them physically and emotionally as they struggle with the historic events unfolding around them and with serious issues still unresolved in their relationship. From the keyboard of one of our most accomplished bards, this entire series has become a MUST READ in XWP fan fiction. Baermer's writing is often so beautiful that it verges on the poetic. Her characterizations are solid, with intriguing plots that are well planned and meticulously executed. If these first three chapters are any indication, Book III will easily maintain the high quality of the series. Note that this entire tale is available in both subtext-explicit and subtext-lite versions. VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!

A KIND OF WARFARE by de Bonheur
This is erotica with a twist. The warrior gets ravished. I'll leave the rest for you all to discover. Note: There are elements of S&M in this story...I think 8-\

Chapter 18 of this story is now available. OUTSTANDING folks but be warned - do not even THINK of reading this at work!...unless you work at home >:) It is a somewhat different warlord/slave story guaranteed to get that pulse ;-) With Xena in warlord mode once again, a determined Gabrielle enlists the aid of friends to help her get back to the warrior's side the only way it is possible for her to do so - as Xena's personal slave. It is a decision that could bring them closer than ever before but which will also bring challenges and risks neither may be quite ready for. In this latest chapter dinner plans get changed...;-) The tale is a psychological exploration not only of the characters of Xena and Gabrielle but also of their relationship and of the nature of power itself. Note: this story contains light S&M. 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-)