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 9/7/97]

Hi all!

A new XWP Web site is now offering fan fiction - Mistress Xena's WELCOME TO THE BEGINNING at:

A slew of great stories tonight folks including several by new writers!


Chapters 2-4 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 begins to pay for the sins of her past while old friends rally around her. Still unfinished, the story is well-written and very promising.

VENGEANCE by Tymedancer
This story is the first in an EXCELLENT new series which marks the debut on the Web of a very accomplished storyteller. Tymedancer has chosen with this series to develop the Xena/Gabrielle relationship slowly, exploring each stage in their evolution from friends to lovers. In this initial tale - the two are friends - friends who will be separated by the evil of a heartless warlord and challenged in the worst of ways as one struggles against a promise made long ago while the other fights against fate itself. Exceedingly moving, this story has scenes which merit a multi-hankie alert so have them handy! Do not miss the sequels JUSTICE and MERCY reviewed below in the alt. section. VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!


THE PAPPAS JOURNAL by Elaine Sutherland
An exceptional, EXCEPTIONAL new entry in XWP fan fiction that is NOT TO BE MISSED! Written as a series of journal entries by Melinda Pappas, it covers a period of several months in the lives of Mel and Janice starting just after their discovery of Gabrielle's scrolls as depicted in the episode XENA SCROLLS. With World War II still raging around them, Mel and Janice take refuge in Athens where Mel's Uncle Stravos sets them up in a building he partly owns. The two begin work on deciphering the scrolls, reading about ancient battles even as they soon find themselves in the middle of a very modern one - the Nazi takeover of Athens. The experience will change them forever as they come face to face with the same type of evil their ancestors faced long ago - and discover in their hearts the same type of love as well... This story is going to remind you of a work of art. The technique used in telling the tale via journal entries is extremely effective. The characterizations are rich and the approach to the Mel/Janice relationship is very satisfying, showing it as a gradual development which progresses very naturally. As an added plus, depending on which Web browser you use, you may be able to view the REAL Greek letters which Elaine uses in parts of this story, adding tremendously to the general atmosphere of the work. This is a fantastic effort by an obviously talented new bard. VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!

LOVE NEVER FAILS by J. Covington
The second part of this follow-up to the JOINING trilogy (ARES' GAME, ESCAPADE, and SECRETS PAST - reviews all available at http://xenite.
) has now been posted. This story finds Xena trying to help an old friend fight the raiders threatening her land while Gabrielle, in also trying to help that friend, falls victim to an injury that may forever change both her life and that of the Warrior Princess. In this second part of the tale, the two return to the Amazons for the bard's convalescence. It becomes an emotional, at times scary and even mischievously funny period of rediscovery for them. Nicely written, romantic and sweet. DO NOT MISS!!

SLEEP TO DREAM by Mistress Xena A new XWP/X-FILES crossover tale that has Xena and Scully strangely connected through their dreams - dreams which seem to be getting more real.

JUSTICE by Tymedancer
The sequel to Tymedancer's VENGEANCE, this story easily maintains the excellence of that original effort as it traces Xena and Gabrielle's efforts to bring to justice the warlord who nearly destroyed them both. This time they are not alone, however. Another is also hunting the warlord - one who knows things about the Warrior Princess that even Gabrielle has never learned. This story features an awakening in the bard to possibilities she had never considered before and Xena's own acceptance of those possibilities. Do not miss the third entry in the series, MERCY (reviewed below). HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

MERCY by Tymedancer
The third entry in a series which began with VENGEANCE and then continued with JUSTICE (both reviewed above) Xena and Gabrielle return to the Amazons to help them look for several missing Amazons from a nearby village. It is a journey that will open up Xena's past for Gabrielle as the bard learns of the magnitude of Xena's guilt and of a love that was stripped from the warrior in the cruelest of ways - a loss Xena must come to terms with if she is ever to love again... Concluding a vital chapter in the life of the Warrior Princess while beginning a beautiful and hopeful new one, this story is NOT TO BE MISSED!

GOING HOME by Tymedancer
This vignette features an exchange between Xena and Gabrielle as the bard finally forces to the surface the emotions they have both been hiding for much too long. Powerful and sensual.

Parts 40-41 in the series are now available (NOTE: Baermer has renumbered the various parts to the series) 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. In these latest sections, Xena is plagued by doubts...and regrets. 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. Note that this entire series is available in both subtext-explicit and subtext-lite versions. 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-)