All Alone in the Night – M. Andrew Rudder

Cooper Barnes M.D. reached the pinnacle of an obsolete field. A pathologist in a future where all of Earth’s infectious diseases have been catalogued, sequenced, and cured, he has been left with no challenges. Until, that is, he is presented with new horizons in the stars as Chief Medical Officer aboard the Frontier, a new breed of faster than light ship set to explore deep space.

Along with his partner, the alien Sykk, he heads into the unknown. He was prepared to fight disease, but more insidious is the emptiness of space and the political machinations of the new species they meet. Embroiled in battles he wanted no part of, despite the presence of his partner he can’t help but feel all alone in the night.

Written by M. Andrew Rudder

Cover art by Soro

Published by Argyll Productions

This book was gifted to me by a friend who was wondering if I would like it, and I must say that I’m quite grateful. All Alone in the Night is a story that I found far less depressing than the title might suggest. Cooper is a wonderfully cynic and sarcastic character that really managed to keep me entertained together with his partner, Sykk, who has a great love for old films. Together with Angie, the three solve various medical problems, saving the lives of many.

The story in this book is original enough to keep me interested, is filled with interesting species and characters, and is generally well-written with a satisfying ending to boot. I would love for there to be a sequel, but it seems there have been no such plans as of yet.

If you love sci-fi, then there’s absolutely no reason for you to not pick up this book!

All Alone in the Night

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All Alone in the Night – M. Andrew Rudder

Gathering Storms – Stephan Coghlan

I’m writing this letter to you because I want to tell you how my family, the Genmos, became recognized as living beings. You might have heard of us in the news recently, but if you haven’t, let me quickly fill you in.

It all started years ago, when my dad used a government contract to create super-soldiers for his own needs. After almost a decade of providing limited success, the project was canceled and we were ordered destroyed. Unwilling to kill his children, dad hid us throughout the country, splitting us up from each other.

Just after my eighth birthday, my oldest sister got into some hot water. Her guardian had died and she was forced to live on the streets. When several witnesses reported seeing her, it sparked a race to recover her, and my other siblings, between my father and the agency that had ordered us destroyed. That night began my people’s fight for our rights, our freedom and our very lives.

I’ve collected writings from my siblings and have tried to put them into an order that I hope makes sense for you. This is our story.

Yours sincerely,

Anna Keper

The last original Genetically Modified Species.

Written by Stephan Coghlan

Cover art by Joseph Chou

Published by Thurston Howl Publications

The blurb on the back of the book go me interested enough that I added this book to my collection. Something about anthropomorphic animals being the result of genetically modifying humans with animal DNA strikes my fancy.

Gathering Storms is book one of the GENMOS: The Genitically Modified Species series, which becomes quite clear after reading the story. The scattered genmos are gathered, accompanied by a story belonging to one or multiple of the characters when you first encounter them. This way, Gathering Storms reads more as a collection of short stories than a complete novel, even though all these stories are set in the same world and are interlinked. They have to keep fleeing or fighting the enemy, but the struggle is not resolved in the end, leaving room for a second novel.The story isn’t very original, but the execution is. I was also quite surprised to find out who the real antagonist in the story was.

A big plus of this book would be the plethora of interesting characters the reader gets to meet. However, a downside would be that it was really difficult to keep track of all the different names and species of this many characters, especially once they all meet up, leaving me horribly confused at times and having to look back to check if I got the right characters matched to the names. I personally hope that the group will split up again in group two, to make the story easier to follow.

Gathering Storms doesn’t leave me warm nor cold, so I guess I would give it a 6/10, based on the fact that I am curious to see what happens next.

Gathering Storms

 

Gathering Storms – Stephan Coghlan

Dubiously Canon – Rukis

Synopsis: Tales from Red Lantern (that may or may not have happened)

A collection of stories chronicling the lives of charactes in the Red Lantern universe, and their sexy misadventures.

Every story in this collection is “Dubiously Canon,” meaning whether or not it actually happened is up to you. Choose your ship, or just read ’em all because they’re naughty. Reader’s choice.

Written and illustrated by Rukis

Published by Furplanet Productions

Having been a lover of Rukis’ writing ever since Off the Beaten Path, I knew that I had to add this anthology to my collection. And, boy, was I glad I did!

The stories in this collection all revolve around the characters in the Red Lantern Universe, and they aren’t limited to characters from the Off the Beaten Path trilogy, but also include characters from Heretic and the Legacy books.

The stories possibly fill in some of the rather erotic blanks Rukis left open in her books for us to fill in ourselves, and, leaving us wondering, she cleverly states that these events may or may not have happened.

I can fully recommend Dubiously Canon to all who have enjoyed Rukis’ other books, for it is a fine addition to the world she has so wonderfully created.

Dubiously Canon

Dubiously Canon – Rukis

Intimate Little Secrets – Rechan

Synopsis: From just a fleeting spark to the last burning coals, relationships burn our fingers and set our passions aflame. Even when extinguished, the embers can still smolder and scorch.

When Luis’s ex comes back into his life, the cost of what he wants might mean the loss of something more. Jacob needs peace with his family, an order perhaps too tall for Desiree to provide. Marjani must make amends for an indiscretion. A confession falls apart, leaving Janine caught in the gears of a messy arrangement. Strait-laced Conner has to navigate a new world both confusing and rife with hurt feelings.

In these nine stories, imperfect people brave the fire for moments of perfection.

All stories by Rechan, cover art by Teagan Gavet

Whew! This is one hot little anthology that Rechan has managed to put together for us! Some of these stories were so steamy that it made reading it on the train a somewhat…awkward experience, especially since one of the nine takes place in one.

Rechan has a very lovely writing style that I can’t help but appreciate. There’s a certain flair apparent in every story that Rechan so carefully weaved together so that the characters in each story have the chance to succesfully communicate their feelings to the readers, making them feel real. The stories, as well as the characters, are very believable, which is another great plus.

The only thing I found that I was entirely happy with, was the last story in the book, as it left a somewhat dark and uneasy aftertaste in my mouth after reading it. It was a good story, but I personally wouldn’t have put it last.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading Intimate Little Secrets, and I’m looking forward to reading more of Rechan’s work, be it another solo anthology or a novel.

– Faolan

 

Intimate Little Secrets

Intimate Little Secrets – Rechan

Legacy: Dawn – Rukis

Synopsis: Kadar was born into one of the lowest castes in his society—the laborers. That is, until a series of unfortunate events trapped him in the only life worse, that of an indentured servant.

Literally collared by the powerful hyena clan that holds his contract, Kadar now finds himself facing a dangerous decision.

Live as a slave, or fight for freedom.

Joined by a hyena held captive by his own kind, a guard with a grudge against the very people he works for, and an indomitable cheetah, Kadar faces an uncertain future in a land where centuries of dependence on slavery and warfare make real freedom of any kind, for any caste, a dream that might be worth dying for.

From the world of “Red Lantern”

Written and illustrated by Rukis

Published by FurPlanet Productions

As soon as I saw that Rukis had published yet another book, I knew I just had to have it, convinced that I would thoroughly enjoy it again. The world of “Red Lantern” has managed to captivate me ever since the graphic novel, and my enjoyment grows stronger with every book or series set in this world.

Legacy: Dawn features strong characters with interesting backgrounds that are sure to capture your heart in one way or another. The main character, Kadar, is a jackal that I absolutely loved to follow through the story. I did not always agree with the choices he made or the way he behaved, but everything he does fits in perfectly with his personality. This character grows a lot the more the story progresses. The same goes for Ahsan, the other main character. If there’s anything Rukis excels at, it would be character development. Few writers of furry literature manage to do the same at this level.

While the story is relatively simple, it is a very effective one. It also leaves a lot of space for Kadar’s “flashbacks” as well as other characters’ stories, making the setting feel complete instead of like a speed run of a video game. There were many moments that were so incredibly satisfying in this book, that I probably won’t forget about them for a long time.

Legacy: Dusk is already out, and while I am very eager to get it, I am still waiting for it to be published as a hardcover book.  I guess I’ll just have to be patient.

I would recommend Legacy: Dawn and any of her other books, for she is a phenomenal writer deserving of all the recognition and attention for her books she could possibly get.

– Faolan

Legacy - Dawn

 

Legacy: Dawn – Rukis

The Goldenlea – Rose LaCroix

Synopsis:  Faol Carric was born to rule, inheriting the dukedom upon the passing of his father. Immediately tested by the conspiracy of the usurper Virgil Dol, Faol will need to prove his worth as a leader, a fighter, and a strategist if he is to survive—much less regain his place as the rightful ruler of the Goldenlea.

Written by Rose LaCroix

Cover art and interior illustrations by Kobi LaCroix

Published by FurPlanet Productions

 

Fast-paced and realistic, the Goldenlea is a novel that I really enjoyed reading. The characters are interesting to follow, even though their personalities are pretty basic, while the author sometimes chooses to reveal more interesting aspects to them at times.

The action in the book is quite aptly described, and the events follow each other in rapid tempo, making sure that a story that could’ve been set in a story that could cover multiple novels is contained in just over 300 pages. This ensures that there’s almost no time to get bored while reading this book.

I was a little disappointed with the romantical developments in this book. As the rest was fast-paced, the romance followed suit, which was a shame in this case. I feel that the blooming romance between the characters could have been explored more and over a longer time, to make it possible for the reader to identify with the situation more.

I’d love to recommend this book to lovers of medieval fantasy.

– Faolan

The Goldenlea

The Goldenlea – Rose LaCroix

Summerhill – Kevin Frane

Synopsis:  Summerhill is a dog with a problem: he isn’t exactly sure who he is. Living alone in a desolate world as its only inhabitant, he has no memories of his previous life—only the tantalizing clue that the answers he seeks may lie with a mysterious woman named Katherine, the hostess on a cruise ship that sails between dimensions.

But Katherine has problems of her own, and if Summerhill wants her help in unlocking the secrets of his past, he’ll have to help Katherine deal with hers.

Together, the two will travel to different worlds, different times, and different universes in a journey where the possible and impossible can be tough to separate, and where the rules of reality can change as easily as weather.

Published by Argyll Productions

This has to be one of the most confusing books I’ve ever read. Here we have a character with no background trapped in an empty world all by himself, trying to somehow find out who he is, with the power to make plants grow and travel time and space. In these other worlds, Summerhill encounters characters far more interesting than himself, that he keeps causing trouble for, which he eventually tries to solve again.

Because of his lack of background or clear personality, Summerhill is a character I found impossible to identify with. The fact that he kept making, in my eyes, wrong decisions time and again, only pushed me further away from him, turning me into a spectator watching a catastrophe unfold. It wasn’t a pleasant experience.

I had certain expectations after reading Frane’s the Seventh Chakra, but Summerhill turned out to be an extremely annoying read, and I was glad it was over.

I cannot recommend this book, sorry.

Summerhill

 

Summerhill – Kevin Frane