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So, in the interest of...your interests, I'm dividing this up into teh Sex and the more literary. The literary stuff may also have teh Sex, but it won't be central to the story.

teh LIT:
Apocalypse Book I and Book II by Brigit Morgan - Mature. [livejournal.com profile] theholyinnocent recommended this fic and I was completely blown away. Set post-Fin, this fic brings back Xena in possibly the most original way I've encountered so far. Plus, Brigit can fucking WRITE! And she knows her history and mythology. Gabrielle with her new sidekick in tow makes her way to Rome in the middle of a heat wave where Nero plots unspeakable evil and Strife, the assassin of the gods wreaks havoc. Brigit's writing is miraculous. Her characters are nuanced and full of unarticulated pain. And more miraculous, Brigit tells an incredibly compelling story with plenty of action and tons of gripping plot without compromising her prose. Seriously, this fic has it all. It is a WIP so be aware! It's worth it though.

Everything I Know by Xena's Little Bitch is Mature and post-FIn which means, loads and loads of angst. [livejournal.com profile] thrace_ recced this story and she was spot-on. It's beautiful, sad and absolutely right. After Xena's death, Gabrielle wanders through Chin followed by ghosts. Heartbreakingly lovely.

Appetite by [livejournal.com profile] theholyinnocent aka Vivian Darkbloom is PG-13. Told from Salome's point of view, this is another brilliant piece from one of my fav writers. [livejournal.com profile] theholyinnocent's manages to get at Gabrielle's pain and loss through another character's very limited and jaded POV. Just kills me...

Conquered by Leslie Ann Miller is NC-17. An AU. This one features a disabled bard who has helped Alexander defeat the Conqueror who crucified her causing the amputation of her leg. When she begins to write the history of the conflict she decides to get Xena's side of the story, so she makes the journey to visit the conqueror at her island prison. I should mention that this NC-17 is for GOGA because of course they manage to have hot prison sex. This is femslash after all!

Cooking on High by Creme Brulee NC-17, uber. This novel-length fic was the first fic I ever read in the Xena fandom and its still one of my all-time favorites in any fandom. Creme Brulee is an excellent, polished writer who manages to write absolutely credible and three-dimensional characters despite the crazy storylines and incredible humor. Seriously, I fell out of my chair laughing several times. Xena's uber is a chef who may or may not be a former assassin and Gabrielle is a hippie/activist do-gooder waiting tables for the summer. This is truly an incredibly well-written and exceptional story. Humor is so hard to get right and Creme Brulee nails it. It's not too clever and nothing seems forced. A lot of the humor arises out of the nutty situations with Gabrielle as a perfect straight (wo)man to Xena's sociopathic insanity. If you like this fic, check out Creme's Maleficent Beauty which is a Conqueror/Sleeping Beauty crossover that is just inspired. I can't really summarize it except to say that now I understand why Maleficent is the only thing I remember about Sleeping Beauty (the movie). Because clearly she had the hots for Beauty and she's so hot Beauty would have clearly had the hots right back. No wonder she made such an impression on my tiny!dyke brain.

Teh SEx0r:
Queen by LN James is NC-17 and scorching hot. Another [livejournal.com profile] theholyinnocent rec this one is so hot it needs a new rating system. Plus, Gabrielle as the top is always an interesting twist. Not work safe!!

On the Way to Corinth by Xena's Little Bitch NC-17. This isn't technically a pwp, but the sex scenes are scorching hot so I thought I'd include it in this section. XLB is a wonderful writer and what she does with this alternate version of Gabrielle and Xena's meeting is layered, and lyrical, and wonderful. Xena is a warlord tired of her life, but not sure how to change it. She runs into a young bard-to-be. Hot sex, introspection, and life-changes result.

Awakenings by Friction is NC-17. Again, not a pwp, but scorching hot. Xena and Gabrielle have been injured and rescued by the Amazons who assume that a comatose Xena has assaulted a reticent Gabrielle. Told in flashbacks that run parallel to the main storyline. Great story. Great sex. What more could you want? Also check out Friction's The Enchantment and Somewhere in Time for more great stories with great sex. Callisto's Antidote is also fantastic with the bonus that it's a hurt/comfort, which I hate to admit is a major kink of mine.

Date: 2006-11-16 02:04 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] http://users.livejournal.com/thrace_/
OMG BEST POST EVER. Seriously. You...are...my hero.

Date: 2006-11-16 02:08 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] http://users.livejournal.com/thrace_/
Seriously. In the immortal words of 50 Cent, I love this post like a fat kid love cake.

Date: 2006-11-16 02:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] leavethesky.livejournal.com
*g* I think your Xena posts inspired me. I still have so many damn xena fics to get through it's crazy. this fandom is just like our universe: expanding as fast as the speed of light.

If your interested, I have a del.icio.us account where I keep all the fics I'm reading/about to read and rank them. http://del.icio.us/leavethesky

it's always a work in progress. And you can tell I started the account after my Xena obsession kicked in.

Date: 2006-11-16 02:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] theholyinnocent.livejournal.com
I'm really happy that you enjoyed "Apocalypse." It kills me that it's not finished! Anything Brigit writes is gold. And "Cooking on High" is one of my all-time favorite ubers. And "Queen"...well, yeah. :)

Some of these I haven't read, though--so I really appreciate the post! Thanks. :) I've been nostalgic for some good XWP fic lately.

Date: 2006-11-16 10:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] leavethesky.livejournal.com
and I really appreciate the recs. Apocalypse is truly magnificent. It's the gold I've been searching for. and, yes, it does at times feel like I'm sifting through mountains of dirt looking for the little bits of gold. Maybe I'll go write another feedback for it at the Athenaeum. If she gets enough maybe she'll finish?

Cooking on High is one of the few fics I reread because it's just so damn funny. I'm not a fan of ubers, but I make a few exceptions. Am I the only person on earth who doesn't prefer the ubers? Probably.

Date: 2006-11-16 07:46 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] frogfarm
Thanks for inspiring me to finally dust off and verify all these old links :) Consolidated Xena recs, at your service.

Date: 2006-11-16 10:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] leavethesky.livejournal.com
ahhhhh, you know what I like. Thanks.

Date: 2006-11-17 03:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ralst.livejournal.com
Damn, just when I'm trying to refrain from reading fanfic you go and post a bunch of Xena recs. I fear my resolve is crumbling quicker than a politician's promise.

I loved Cooking on High and Friction's Awakenings and The Enchantment, so not to read the others straight away would be madness.

Date: 2006-11-18 03:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] leavethesky.livejournal.com
and there's more...MORE!! I can't help myself. I've been reading all of Xena's Little Bitch's fic and loving it so there may be another big rec coming up. not sorry. heh *g*

Date: 2006-11-18 10:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sugarmomma.livejournal.com
Xeeeeeenaaaa! Good god, but that show was a motherlode of angsty, sex-filled inspiration for many a writer, eh?

Here's just a couple other recs:

Reasons to Be Beautiful (http://amazontrails.com/fiction/reasonstobebeautiful.htm) by Domino

It's an original/uber work and involves extra-marital sex and an angsty artist but, honestly, it will be more than worth your time. The writing is superb.

Catherine Wilson is, to me, one of the earliest and still one of the best Xena fan fic writers but, of course, she stopped writing early on and there isn't much out there.
If you like Xena and Gabrielle draped with shades of violence and darker emotions, you will love her stories. Regardless, her writing is some of the best I've seen - as an example I'll give you a link to her Conqueror story, the *Original* AU: this story was written before the episode featuring Xena the Conqueror aired. Enjoy, and all of her other Xena stories are on the same site:

Conqueror (http://www.rawbw.com/~cmwilson/Stories/Conqueror.html)

And if you want to see every Uber cliche exploited to its fullest - to a great effect - read Stacia Seaman's One Flew Uber the Chakram’s Nest (http://www.geocities.com/stacia_seaman/badfic.html). Trust me, it's much better than you may think - it won the Swollen Bud Award! ;)

(Sorry, bad formatting, so I re-did it.)

Date: 2010-07-06 01:30 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] doesnt-go-away.livejournal.com
Do you know where I can find 'Reasons to be Beautiful'? This link no longer works :/



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