The Laputan Factor – Tristan Black Wolf

TOP SECRET – “PERSEUS” (EYES ONLY) PERSONNEL:

O’Connell, Night. Profile: Programming genius, project head – revolutionary VR technology. Location: Vacation resort, downtime reward for exceptional work. Status: Recovering from brief hospital stay.

PERSONNEL: Kovach, A. B., 1st Lt. Profile: Recon fgtr pilot, Starhawk III, exemplary record, auth. in-flight plasma shuriken testing. Location: Star Cruiser Heartwielder, Gorgonea Tertia region. Status: Training for Snake Lady squad, Medusa project.

MISSION PROTOCOL: Reliable intel indicates viable project results within production and testing parameters. Medusa programming vital. Secure project details by any means necessary.

TARGET PERSONNEL: Expendable.

AUTHORIZATION: OORT CLOUD ZERO ZERO ZERO

It’s okay, we’re on your side. No, really…

Worlds apart, thrown together into a shadowy world of ghost-memory and half-suspected conspiracy, Night and Kovach must widen the fine line between reality and hallucination, dream and waking nightmare, sanity and madness, life and death… or another life…

Art: Dream & Nightmare

Published by: AuthorHouse

I had no idea what to expect from this book, as the little blurb on the back only told me that it would probably be sci-fi, but I had no other hints than that. What actually convinced me to buy this book, were Dream&Nightmare’s cute, pleading eyes, while the staff of Fusselschwarm was trying to get me to buy it. I ended up buying it, and had it signed.

Boy, am I glad that I picked up this book! The Laputan Factor was an incredibly enjoyable read, which experience a wide range of emotions, which is what I always hope a book will do to me. It was a bit confusing at first, but the more information you got as a reader, the easier it was to understand what was actually going on.Where the story lacks in character depth, Wolf makes up for with an intriguing plot that made it almost impossible for me to put the book down, especially towards the end of the story.

Being familiar with D&N’s art, I’d expected the book to be quite a bit steamy. However, Wolf decided to keep it moderately PG, with a lot of innuendo and implied scenes. I personally think it was a wise decision to do so, as it would only have distracted from the actual plot. Well done.

I would love to recommend this book to all lovers of sci-fi.

– Faolan

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The Laputan Factor – Tristan Black Wolf

Pile – Kandrel

Scott Beecham would have been the ideal soldier, if a little bit of bad luck hadn’t left him dead before he’d even seen his first battlefield. Unfortunately for him, that was only the beginning of his story.

Now he’s stuck in a body that’s not his own, trying to get back to the life he left behind…

Published by: Rabbit Valley Comics

A very short intro to a very short story. There really isn’t much to say about the story, without spoiling way too much of it, so I’ll keep it short.

Pile is possibly one of the few short novellas that actually left me thirsty for more. The story started out a bit vague and you were left feeling as confused as the main character, however, where he had a moment of “NOPE!”, I would’ve jumped right in immediately. I even had a dream that was closely-related to the Pile.

Kandrel wrote up some amazing characters, that I would’ve loved to get to know better. They were believable, likeable, and I just wanted to cuddle them to death. The setting was also very good, creating a world that was full of fantasy, yet realistic at the same time.

I think the only problem with the story, is that it’s so incredibly short. There was a lot of potential to turn it into a longer one, especially with the many openings leading to world-saving missions. Unfortunately, Kandrel decided to keep it small instead, leaving me forever thirsting for more.

– Faolan

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Pile – Kandrel

Sixes Wild: Echoes – Tempe O’kun

Synopsis: Life’s not all whiskey and revelry for this bunny gunslinger. In a recent tangle, Six had cause to dynamite a lion crime lord in his silver mine. The kitty had the nerve to survive and vanish with one of the guns tied to her dead father’s spirit. A sensible hare would go to ground, lying low while she tracked down the varmint. And that’s just what she’d do, had she not stumbled into love with the local fruit bat sheriff. Love’s all well and good, but courting a gentleman when you’re no proper lady is a challenge Six never thought she would have to tackle.

All told, Frontier life is enough to trounce anybody. But then, Six Shooter has never been just any bunny.

This is the second book in this series, and I simply had to buy it for two very clear reasons:
1. Sixes Wild: Manifest Destiny was great.2. Tempe O’kun is a great writer, whose stories I have always enjoyed thus far.

Having said that, I will say that I really enjoyed this small continuation, due to the lovely characters, and the very steamy scenes. Six is a very refreshing and funny character, and watching her get into trouble time and again really amuses me.

However, in terms of story progression, I must admit I’m a tad disappointed. I had expected Six to go after the lion who took her gun, resulting in a lot of action scenes. This book mainly had action scenes of a whole other kind though, as it focused mostly on the relationship between the bunny and her lawbat. I got the feeling that if I had skipped all the steamy scenes, I could’ve finished the book in half an hour, which is not something I’m used to when it comes to O’kun’s writing.

The book was enjoyable, but lacking. However, I expect the next installment to be very interesting. Judging from the epilogue, Six’s life will be turned upside down soon enough. I will definitely stay tuned for the next book, hoping it will have more to do with actual story development.

-Faolan

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Sixes Wild: Echoes – Tempe O’kun

Gods With Fur – Fred Patten

Synopsis: From the very beginning, mankind has found the divine in the shape of animals from across the world. Deities such as Ganesha, Coyote, Anubis, and The Monkey King—even Zeus took to the wing from time to time. In ancient Egyptian deserts, misty Central American rainforests, and across wind swept tundra, man has forever told stories of gods with fur, feathers, scales, or tusks.

Gods With Fur features twenty-three new stories of divine animals working their will upon the land. You may recognize gods such as Bastet, while other stories see authors working in their familiar worlds, such as M. R. Anglin’s Silver Foxes books or Kyell Gold’s Forester University books. Others are set in new worlds where the anthropomorphic gods have tales to tell us. We are proud to present this new furry view of divinity.

400 Rabbits by Alice “Huskyteer” Dryden
Contract Negotiations by Field T. Mouse
On the Run from Isofell by M. R. Anglin
To the Reader… by Alan Loewen
First Chosen by BanWynn Oakshadow
All Of You Are In Me by Kyell Gold
Yesterday’s Trickster by NightEyes DaySpring
The Gods of Necessity by Jefferson Swycaffer
The Precession of the Equinoxes by Michael H. Payne
Deity Theory by James L. Steele
Questor’s Gambit by Mary E. Lowd
Fenrir’s Saga by Televassi
The Three Days of the Jackal by Samuel C. Conway
A Melody in Seduction’s Arsenal by Slip-Wolf
Adversary’s Fall by MikasiWolf
As Below, So Above by Mut
Wings of Faith by Kris Schnee
The Going Forth of Uadjet by Frances Pauli
That Exclusive Zodiac Club by Fred Patten
Three Minutes To Midnight by Killick
A Day With No Tide by Watts Martin
Repast (A Story of Aligare) by Heidi C. Vlach
Origins by Michael D. Winkle

Published by FurPlanet Productions

The first thing that drew me to this book was the amazing artwork by Taegan Gavet, otherwise known as Blackteagan. The colour scheme and the stunning blue eyes of the deer on the cover simply begged me to get this anthology. Yes, I am terribly guilty of judging a book by its cover. It didn’t hurt that the contents appealed to me greatly.

This is definitely one of the best anthologies I have ever read, and it took me a long time to get through all the different stories. They were all so incredibly different, and I’ve discovered quite a few talented writers by reading this work. Almost every story was enjoyable in its own right, but some definitely appealed to me more than others. To give you my three best stories:

Deity Theory by James L. Steele
A Day With No Tide by Watts Martin
First Chosen by Ban Wynn Oakshadow

Deity Theory had an excellent setting and interesting story, A Day With No Tide had wonderful characters and a setting I always enjoy, and First Chosen simply amazed me by the sheer amount of research that must’ve been done prior to writing the story, even going as far as quoting from the Egyptian Book of the Dead. I can honestly say I enjoyed these three stories the most, which says something, because basically all the other stories were great in their own way.

I would love to recommend this anthology to all readers who enjoy mythology.

– Faolan

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Gods With Fur – Fred Patten