All Tied Up In Knotz – Andres Cyanni Halden

Synopsis: Carson really likes meeting guys over Knotz, his favorite smartphone app. He has little patience for conversation and even less for the idea of a relationship. However, after a hot bear quite literally knocks him off his feet, it seems there might be more to life than his job and searching for one night stands.

M/M Adult Novella

Written by Andres Cyanni Halden

Published by FurPlanet Productions

This is probably the most superficial book I have ever read. The bear knocking him off his feet actually happens before the book even starts, and with that, you simply get thrown into the book in a way that I didn’t appreciate. I had expected some more build-up towards that moment.

It doesn’t end there though, as the story is full of bland characters making unrealistic decisions on a whim. Want to fuck? Sure! Want to be my boyfriend? Sure! Sometimes, not even a word was exchanged during the fox’s sexual escapades. The only characters that actually had some kind of depth, were the side-characters. The main character is by far the most boring one I’ve ever stepped into the mind of. It’s just your stereotypical overly-horny gay fox. Nothing more.

I didn’t get into the book until I was about halfway through, and the book actually ended just when things got somewhat interesting for me. I was heavily disappointed.

If you’re looking for “cheap porn”, then this novella is definitely for you, because it does got hot at times, but if you’re looking for something with more of a story going on, with interesting developments, and a good plot, then you should stay away from this book.

I didn’t like it. I’m sorry.

– Faolan

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All Tied Up In Knotz – Andres Cyanni Halden

WOTB: Watch Wolf – Kathryn Lasky

A battle for the Beyond.

Far from the owls of Ga’Hoole, a war is brewing. A bear cub has been snatched by a wolf- an unthinkable betrayal of the peace that has long existed between the wolves and grizzly bears of the Beyond. The bears are massing, roaring for revenge. The wolves claim to be innocent, but they must fight back or face total annihilation.

For Faolan, a young wolf raised by a grizzly bear mother, the threat of war starts a terrible race. Somewhere in the honorable wolf clan lies a traitor, and Faolan must stop him and rescue the cub before it’s too late. If he fails, Faolan will lose everything… and the Wolves of the Beyond will be destroyed forever.

Author: Kathryn Lasky

Cover art by Richard Cowdrey

Published by Scholastic Press

Watch Wolf is the third installment in the Wolves of the Beyond series, which follows the life of Faolan, a wolf who was initially left to die, because he was born with a splayed paw, a deformity. Through book one and two, he has managed to fight his way up from beyond the lowest-ranked wolf, a Malcadh, to being a wolf of the Watch, one of the highest ranks.

The nice thing about this book is that, even though it’s been a while since I’ve read part one and two, it managed to drag me back into the world and customs of the wolves without expressly reminding me. Instead, the book just gave me small reminders of events and characters, which actually worked quite well.

Lasky’s writing style is one that is very simple, as the books are initially meant for a younger audience, however, that makes the book very relaxing to read. There’s no need to look for hidden plotlines or events, as everything is quite simply laid out for the reader, like following very clear flashing neon signs. It’s a book to read when you just want to sit back and enjoy, without having to do much thinking.

I quite enjoyed this book, even though it’s still a little strange to read about a wolf with the same name. My name wasn’t picked because of this series, mind you. I will probably order the rest of the series soon, for there are still things about Faolan that I still don’t know. I have some ideas, but they need to be confirmed. I’m looking forward to reading the other installments.

– Faolan

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WOTB: Watch Wolf – Kathryn Lasky

Losing My Religion – Kyell Gold

Synopsis: Ten tracks recorded live on tour!

Bi Coyote In An R.E.M. Cover Band (Jackson Alley)

The New Kit (Fox) On Bass (Zeb)

Four Guys Living In A Van (Jackson, Matt, Lars, Zeb)

Open Marriage (Jackson)

Ode To Monogamy (Matt, Lars)

You Can’t Fly Without A Wingman (Jackson, Matt)

Don’t Know Much About Much (Zeb, Jackson)

Hot For Teacher (Zeb, Jackson)

When It All Goes To Hell (Jackson)

Can You Get Where You’re Going If You Don’t Know The Way? (Jackson,

Zeb)

“Losing My Religion” is the story of Jackson Alley, a coyote in an all-male R.E.M. cover band trying his hardest not to grow up. Tours, he feels, are for playing music and taking full advantage of the openness of his marriage, and having a gay wingman usually helped the bisexual coyote get girls. But his wingman is dating their lead singer now, so Jackson’s left with the new bassist, an ex-Mormon kit fox named Zeb who might be gay, but knows as little about sex as he does about drinking. So Jackson’s going to have to show him the ropes, and hopefully he won’t have to learn any pesky life lessons along the way.
 

Written by Kyell Gold

Cover art and interior illustrations by BlackTeagan

Published by FurPlanet Productions

So, I finished this novella in a day, which is partly because of it being a book of  few pages (122), but mostly because the story was very good, and the characters were very interesting to read about.

Losing My Religion provides a very believable story, and the events that take place in the book are also not that rare. I think a lot of people would be able to identify with at least one character in this story.

The art by BlackTeagan is absolutely wonderful, and I took a few minutes to really appreciate the look of the cover art, before even getting to reading the story. The few pictures in the book added a nice touch, and gave me a better idea of what the characters looked like.

There isn’t much to say without given things away, so I will just say that I’d like to recommend this story to anyone who’d like to step into a coyote’s witty and naughty mind, as Losing My Religion was simply unputdownable.

– Faolan

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Losing My Religion – Kyell Gold

Dungeon Grind – Kandrel & Rechan

Synopsis: Not every adventure goes according to plan, and not every monster deserves to be slain!

Here are the stories of the monsters with their favorite adventurers, uninhibited, unfettered, and unleashed!

Featuring stories by Kandrel, Rechan, Voice, Whyte Yoté and many more, inside are ten tales of medieval mayhem meant to be read by torch light.

For adults only!

Features the following stories:

Blackhorn by Tarl “Voice” Hoch
Fifty Scales of Grey by Sarina Dorie
Forbidden Gnolledge by Marderschaden
Eyes in the Black by Kandrel
Velvet by Rechan
Sighs for the Labyrinth by Slip-Wolf
The Oni and the Fisherman by George Squares
Peryton Mod by Ross Whitlock
The Desert Run by Tym Greene
Dragon Therapy by Whyte Yoté

Cover and interior art by Unciaa, Edited by Kandrel and Rechan.

Published by FurPlanet Productions

This is yet another anthology that I thoroughly enjoyed. Being somewhat of a tabletop roleplayer and an fan of the fantasy genre myself, this book was right up my alley. The stories were well-written, and definitely sent my imagination into overdrive from time to time, and left me wanting more.

The stories I enjoyed most, in no particular order, were Slip-Wolf’s Sighs for the Labyrinth, Ross Whitlock’s Peryton Mod, and Whyte Yoté’s Dragon Therapy. These stories managed to play to my imagination in a way that none of the other stories matched. Slip-Wolf’s story made me want to comfort the Minotaur, Whitlock’s made me want to see and touch the Peryton myself, and I really wanted to see the relationship between Yoté’s characters develop further. It just seemed like I got to see chapters from books, which leaves me hungry to learn more about all of these characters and the worlds they live in. A job well done.

The art by Unciaa gives the anthology a really nice touch. Several of the book’s characters can be found on the cover, while the interior art gives a small glimpse of the stories you will be reading soon. Especially the interior design is very stylishly done. I personally really enjoy books with pretty pictures in them, so I was very glad to see this.

I would really love to recommend this anthology to all lovers of fantasy and RPG’s, whether digital or not.

– Faolan

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Dungeon Grind – Kandrel & Rechan