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 9/3/97]

Hey guys,

Two new stories and three updates tonight :)


NUANCES by Hobbes
Sweet little vignette set during a quiet night by the campfire as Gabrielle observes the Warrior Princess care for her horse.


BLIND HOPE by Stormwolff
This VERY sensual offering by a promising new bard features the missing scenes we never saw in the episode BLIND HOPE ;-) Starting just as Xena is saving the bard from a fiery death, the story follows them during the next several hours as emotions long held hidden are revealed and two souls finally come together. VERY nice!

The conclusion of this story is now available. The adventures of Lady Evangeline "Lina" St. Claire and Rhiannon Moore continue in this FANTASTIC sequel to Nene's first uber-Xena story XENA BY GASLIGHT (reviewed 7/30/97). This time the intrepid private investigator and her secretary are faced with a mystery strangely connected to Lina's own past - a mystery involving the disappearance of two people, the gruesome murder of an old friend, the growing strength of a secretive cult and clues horrid enough to scare even the bravest of hearts. In this second part to the story, things come to a head both in Lina's investigation and in her personal life as Rhiannon demands a change in their relationship and the investigator finds herself facing a terrifying evil. Extremely well-written, this story reflects Nene's impressive historical and literary knowledge and her incredible attention to detail. Sections of this tale made me feel like I was being treated to a Victorian fashion show! :) In Lina and Rhiannon she has created characters which although based on the warrior and her bard, are in themselves unique and enchanting. Once again featuring the great Sherlock Holmes and his trusty friend Dr. Watson in supporting roles, the story is in effect a XWP/Sherlock Holmes crossover which in parts reads very much like those great mysteries featuring the legendary English sleuth. Exceptional folks. VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!

SURFACING by Paul Seely and Jennifer Garza
Chapter 5 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 plan a life together. As yet unfinished, this intriguing new offering is NOT TO BE MISSED!!

Chapters 19-21 of this story are 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. These latest chapters are deceptively subtle featuring a friendly dinner between Xena and the other warlords at which the risk-taking escalates. 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-)