More Xena

Nov. 17th, 2006 10:24 pm
leavethesky: (gabrielle warrior)
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Wow! I got such a big response to my last Xena rec, I thought I'd toss a few more...on the barbie? Or something.

The Conqueror's Touch by Xena's Little Bitch is NC-17 and is unbelievablyfuckingHOT! Gabrielle is a body slave given to the Conqueror. Scorchilicious and somehow still romantic sex ensues. I think it's the incredibly limited POV of Gabrielle's voice that really sets this apart. We're left to anticipate/fear which version of the Conqueror we're dealing with (will it be the sadistic beast?) right along with the young slave, which just heightens the already incredibly high tension.
All of Xena's Little Bitch's fic are well worth the read and they all deal with alt and sometimes uber versions of Xena and Gabrielle's star-crossed meeting. Sometimes Xena is still a warlord, sometimes she's the conqueror, in another story she's Lao Ma's right hand woman (the extraordinary The House of Lao) and Gabrielle is an escaped gladiator. In all of them it's exceptional prose and soulmates Gabrielle/Xena. You can find them at Passion & Perfection (of course!!). Again, I have to thank [livejournal.com profile] thrace_ for introducing me to another great writer.

eta and there's MORE Xena's Little Bitch fic at the Athenaeum!! I'm never gonna get this paper done. *shakes head in defeat cause you know I'm gonna read more fic*

eta somehow I failed to notice that XLB's fic has been on [livejournal.com profile] ralst's P&P all along *shakes head in disbelief*. I thought I'd read EVERYTHING on that site. Where have I been all my life?!

Home Fires by Christine "Roo" Toups is NC-17, Mel/Janice. Another rec from [livejournal.com profile] theholyinnocent, this is a wonderful piece of writing that has Janice searching for Mel and finding her in Australia. Inspired writing and characters with absolutely credible depth, this is another spectacular piece. And yes, there's GOGA. Because what would a reconciliation be without teh hawt pr0n?!

eta Also, [livejournal.com profile] frogfarm sent me to her own delicious Xena recs if you need even more of the bard and the warrior.

Date: 2006-11-18 04:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ralst.livejournal.com
You're a little tempress.

I'm already halfway through re-reading 'Cooking on High' and from the ever growing list I won't be finished my Xena reading until Christmas 2008. I would complain bitterly if I didn't love it so *g*

Of course now you've also got me remembering stories past and trying to put titles and authors to snippets of storyline. There was the Conquerer and Gabrielle with the bad legs, who eventually has them healed by Xena or Lao Ma in the epilogue. Me, Janice and the finace. Bad Morda's Tie me something fics, the title and author's name I've probably gotten wrong. See, at this rate I'll be searching for weeks. It's a dirty job but...

Date: 2006-11-18 05:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] leavethesky.livejournal.com
You're a little tempress.
heh.

Did you see that I edited the post because I found more fic!! MORE Xena's Little Bitch!! http://xenafiction.net/author_pages/xenaslittlebitch.html

Please, please, please share the results of your dirty job. Tempt me, baby!! *g*

Date: 2006-11-18 05:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ralst.livejournal.com
I've got a lot of XLB's fics on P&P but now I know there are more I'll have to sort through and find the one's I haven't read.

I'll be sure to spread the word if I find anything good *g*.

Date: 2006-11-18 05:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] leavethesky.livejournal.com
you do??! *poleaxed* where the fuck have I been? I thought I'd read everything on your site. I am seriously confused.

Date: 2006-11-18 05:56 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] leavethesky.livejournal.com
also, I just changed the link to direct people to P&P for their XLB fix. *pimps*

Date: 2006-11-18 06:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ralst.livejournal.com
Pimping is good *g*

I really need to get over my Xena-request-a-fic-phobia and see if I can't quadruple the X&G section.

Date: 2006-11-18 06:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] leavethesky.livejournal.com
If you do, I will too...request Xena fic that is. For you. Which is also for me obviously. *g*

Date: 2006-11-18 06:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ralst.livejournal.com
Symbiosis in action *g*

Date: 2006-11-18 11:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] leavethesky.livejournal.com
I figured it out!! I had XLB mixed up with another Xena author whose fic I wasn't so fond of. So I was totally prejudiced against XLB for no good reason and wouldn't read her stuff even when it showed up on ur site. Mystery solved! sorry. I'm sure this wasn't something that was keeping you up at night, but it was bothering me. :)

Date: 2006-11-18 05:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ralst.livejournal.com
You prompted a speeding up of my search...

The Binds That Tie by Bat Morda
Ever read something that is totally not your thing but found yourself loving it anyway? This was one of the first stories I read when I found the Xenaverse and, although it's been a few years, I've read it more than once and enjoyed it every time. NC-17 with bucket loads of kink, so not everyone's cup of tea.

Very strange, all this Xena talk prompted an internal whinge about how no one ever submits Xena fics to the site. What popped into my inbox two minutes ago? A Xena fic.

Date: 2006-11-18 05:57 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] leavethesky.livejournal.com
Lucky!! I hope it's a good Xena fic. yes, I'm such a ho. And I get on these fandom kicks that just won't let go.

Thanks for the rec. You know I'm gonna check it out.

Bat Morda and Wiccie fics

Date: 2006-11-20 07:38 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Hi ralst,

Wow - this thread takes me back to the days when I was part of Ye Olde Original XWP fic writers gang. There was this great party at Bat's house in Burbank, and a trampoline, and I've already said too much...*G*

2 of my XWP's won awards and accolades 10-ish years ago (Xena & Gabrielle in South Park and The Love of Lao Ma). I wouldn't normally toot my own horn, but nobody from the Olde Days (Bat, LaLa, GL Dartt, etc.) is still writing so I might as well say where my stuff is archived while it still exists.

I'm not sure where Bat's Mel/Janice and other great uber fics are currently living, but at least you can find my Olde fics and a possibly live link to Bat's stories here:

http://chugg.net/dana

wiccie/dana

Re: Bat Morda and Wiccie fics

Date: 2006-11-20 09:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ralst.livejournal.com
Thanks, I'll check it out.

Date: 2006-11-18 08:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sugarmomma.livejournal.com
As you have managed, with this fan fic recommendation post, to suck me back into my long-ago abandoned Xena obsession, here's another amazing piece of writing for you - if I've wasted hours today re-reading these gems, so shall you, damn it!

Here's a tiny slice of one of the reviews for this story, as a temptation and a warning:

The fan fiction that touched me the most has always been the kind that gave me something more than the show could (beside the nudie scenes), left me with a wider point of view, a brighter spectrum of colors. Kauri here has created a whole new palette. If you don't like angst, if you like your Bard fluffy and your warrior nice, don't bother. This will agonize you. However, if you like to read so sometimes you can just get lost in the language, get enveloped by the story, beyond the plot, beyond what the author is trying to impart on you, go ahead.

War is a wager and victory carries a heavy price. That could be a nice summary or a caption for this story. And it would be correct. Somewhat. What we must not forget is another hackneyed saying - all's fair in love...

And if love is like war, which one inflicts more damage?


The War (http://www.ausxip.com/fanfic14/TheWar.html) by Kauri.

(Based on the episode "The Price" - having seen the episode (or having read the synopsis) is a bit of a must.)

Date: 2006-11-18 11:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] leavethesky.livejournal.com
muahahahahahah! my evil plan is working! I get recs! For more femslashticness!! Yes, my pretties. More, more, MORE!!!
/insanity

Thank you!! I can't wait to read it and neglect all of my work. *g*

Also, your icon is teh r0x0r!! Srsly. Best. Icon. Ever!

Date: 2006-11-19 05:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sammysam.livejournal.com
that story has always been one of my favorite xena fics :) One that i forget the title of (im very bad with names of things) and will spend an entire day searching through fic archives to find again...

Date: 2006-11-19 08:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sugarmomma.livejournal.com
Glad you like the icon - I've no idea where I swiped these from, but I think I credited in my profile.

And since I have a long, boring text to read I will, clearly, spend some time gushing about more Xena recs - this one is in the 'dark and realistic' vein of things and very, very, ridiculously good. It's actually a number of short, interconnected chapters, so you can get a taste of the writing w/o necessarily committing yourself for the long haul.

Enjoy -
Random Thoughts
(http://www.forevaxena.com/fanfictiondelights/fanfic/withercross/randomthoughts/randomthoughts.html) by Claire Withercross.

Date: 2006-11-21 03:17 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pretentiousgit.livejournal.com
Okay, so I missed Xena the first time around. You know. Ten-ish years ago. I want to say Thanks So Much for keeping these links and stories around, because holy fuck - I never knew fanfic could be so well-done.

...... or, you know, how truly awesome Xena fic can be.

Date: 2006-11-21 04:03 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] leavethesky.livejournal.com
*g* Exactly! I missed it too, but I'm trying to make up for it now. And I feel like I've hit the lottery. So much incredible fic, so little time...

Date: 2006-11-21 03:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] theholyinnocent.livejournal.com
Gabrielle is an escaped gladiator

I have to say, this Gabrielle-the-gladiator subgenre (I seem to recall reading a handful of fics like this) is really, um, really really hot...uhhh, okay, gotta go see a man about a camel...

Date: 2006-11-21 04:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] leavethesky.livejournal.com
can I get a hell yeah?! Gabrielle as a gladiator is one of my favorite premises. I was going to rec this one: Gladiator by Carola "Ryƻchan" Eriksson on P&P. More gladiator!Gabrielle HOTNESS!!

Date: 2006-11-21 04:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] leavethesky.livejournal.com
also, if you have any others from this subgenre I'll make it worth your while ;)

I'm such a ho. *g*

love your icon, btw.

Date: 2006-11-21 05:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] theholyinnocent.livejournal.com
And I love your icon! Honestly, the only redeeming feature about 5th season Xena was hot, butchy warrior Gabrielle.

Word on the Carola Eriksson story--I love that one. Here's another Brigit Morgan story, this one with G. as a gladiator: The Blonde. Be warned: it's all angst, no sex. If I can think of any more, I'll let you know.

Date: 2006-11-21 11:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] leavethesky.livejournal.com
Incredible as always. And achingly beautiful. And just, yeah. Damn. Gladiator!Gabrielle hits so many of my kinks even the ones I wasn't aware I had. Is it the loss of innocence? The softness and sadness underneath the hardened, capable warrior?

The only other gladiator!Gab stories I can think of are by this incredible writer, Vivian Darkbloom. Maybe you've heard of her? I guess they're not technically gladiator stories, but she writes a breathtaking Warrior Gabrielle -- hardened, weary with a gorgeous, unarticulated sadness underneath it all.. and just stunningly beautiful. ;)

We seriously need more gladiator fic.


The icon is all [livejournal.com profile] cila81. Mad props, etc.

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