Bait and Switch – Austen Crowder

In Fenton’s world, some kids are toons. Some think the change is biological. Others think the change is social. But some kids turn into toons, and Fenton’s father just wants it to stop. He’s even built a Realist movement to ban toons from the real world, hoping that it will keep his own children from following in their estranged mother’s cartoon footsteps.

Tensions rise as the Realists lobby to get their ban set into law, and toons fight for their right to be themselves. Fenton’s father knows he can count on his two boys to stand behind him and his dream of building a safe, a toon-free reality. It’s just too bad that Fenton’s becoming a toon….

Cover artwork by Dustin Friend.

Published by Anthropomorphic Dreams Publishing
 This book was recommended to me by the lovely Charlotte from Fusselschwarm, and I wasn’t quite sure whether or not to actually get it. Not being a fan of Who Framed Roger Rabbit gave me serious doubts about liking this book. Boy, was I wrong!
Despite my earlier concerns, Bait and Switch has a very unique concept and story, which pulled me in immediately. The characters came across as believable and realistic, pun not intended, and were also very relatable. It’s basically a coming-out story wrapped in a unique setting. This caused the story to be about gender identity/sexuality, without actively being about that, which is a very clever way to approach this.
Crowder’s foreword definitely added to the story, making it more apparant what kind of story it actually was, getting you to read the story wearing two different sets of glasses. Very impressive.
I’d like to recommend this story to anyone who struggles or has struggled with their own identity in one way or another, and to those who enjoyed Who Framed Roger Rabbit.
Thank you for recommending this to me, Charlotte!
– Faolan
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Bait and Switch – Austen Crowder

Exposure – Tagenar

Synopsis:  Gale is a lynx with a big problem.

For years, he’s admired the men he finds most attractive from afar. The few times he tried to approach a muscular canine, he finds himself frozen by his insecurities. If only he could find a way to break the ice and get things moving…

Now Gale is about to find out what happens when that introduction gets made for him. He may have been unhappy being hidden, but how will he deal with finding himself exposed?

Written by Tagenar

Published by Furplanet Productions

Having read a book written by Tagenar before, I was quite certain of which direction the story would take, and I wasn’t surprised to find out that I was right. Tagenar likes his men big and their appendages bigger. However, the story wasn’t something I expected.

Exposure made me grin and chuckle good-heartedly while reading it, because the events in the story are so incredibly improbable, that they are downright funny. Saying this, I don’t mean to insult Tagenar’s writing abilities in any way, as I fully expect him to have written this story with the intention of writing a humourous, as well as steamy, story. While Tagenar’s preference in men doesn’t reflect my own, his story was definitely hot. A job well done.

I would like to recommend this story to those into big men, humour, and steamy scenes.

– Faolan

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Exposure – Tagenar

Taboo – Rechan

Synopsis:

Teacher and Student
Commander and Private
Rich and Poor
Soldier and Prisoner
Fantasy and Reality
Client and Professional
Life and Death

Every society has taboos, from sacred vows which must never be broken to the limitations of sexual expression.
These and more make up thirteen scandalous stories answering the question, “Which line would you cross?”

Taboo is an anthology for an adult audience only and includes the following stories:

“That Red Panda Girl” by Tarl “Voice” Hoch
Tour of Duty by Huskyteer
The Rising of the Moon Over the Atlantic by NightEyes DaySpring
Aid and Comfort by StormKitty
Exit Stage Left by Robert Baird
Odd Man Out by Whyte Yoté
The Joys of Parenting by Roland Jovaik
Promises by Yannarra Cheena
The Dog Star Miracle by Kandrel
Dates by Tony Greyfox
Binding the Heart by Rechan
Complete by H. A. Kirsch
Lessons by Ianus J. Wolf
Scent of Heaven by Tarl “Voice” Hoch

Cover art by Kadath

Published by FurPlanet Productions

I knew exactly what I was getting into when I picked up this book, and I loved every second of it. While some of the taboos were not necessarily my thing, the stories were well-written and intruiging. I would have loved seeing more artwork in the interior of the book though. The book felt like a dirty little secret while it sat inside of my bag during the day.

The story that impressed me most was Odd Man Out by Whyte Yoté. Yoté managed to sketch a world with a modern-day setting that is unlike any other story I have ever read before. In a time where it’s very hard to write a completely original story at times, Yoté definitely managed to do just that. The stereotypes in the story were ones we often joke about in the furry fandom, but to actually see it “realized” in a story like this was absolutely great. Definitely a story to remember.

I would love to recommend this anthology to all you pervs out there looking for a good time and perhaps some inspiration.

– Faolan

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Taboo – Rechan

The Ursa Major Awards Anthology – Fred Patten

Synopsis:

A Tenth Anniversary Celebration

Since 2001, the Ursa Major Awards have been awarded every year to the best writers, artists, and creators of anthropomorphic media. Voted on by the community at large, they honor the best in every field of artistic endeavor. This anthology is a celebration of the first ten years of anthropomorphic short fiction, collecting both winners and nominees from across the years to provide readers with a sample of the best authors the furry community has to offer.

So read, enjoy, and then help decide the next winners of this fine award by voting for the next ten years of Ursa Major Awards.

http://www.ursamajorawards.org/

Features the following stories:

Beneath the Crystal Sea by Brock Hoagland
Familiars by Michael H. Payne
In the Line of Duty by M.C.A. Hogarth
Felicia and the Tailcutter’s Curse by Charles P. A. Melville
In His Own Country by Kristin Fontaine
Jacks to Open by Kyell Gold
Don’t Blink by Kyell Gold
Six by Samuel C. Conway
Drifting by Kyell Gold
Ailoura by Paul Di Filippo
St. Ailbe’s Hall by Naomi Kritzer

Published by: FurPlanet Productions

You can hardly go wrong with an anthology comprised entirely of winners of and those nominated for an Ursa Major Award. Combining the crème de la crème of ten years of furry fiction has ensured that this anthology is one of the strongest I have read thus far. Lacking a certain theme, the book takes you from one world to the next, making you experience a plethora of different emotions. Absolutely wonderful.

I felt that some stories were overly long when compared to others in the novel. However, I don’t know the reasoning for this, so it might as well be because the authors sent in shorter stories than others. It just felt a bit off-balance at times.

The story that impressed me most was Six by Samuel C. Conway. His story got me hooked right from the start, as it played with fantasies and dreams I’ve had numerous times. If one were to find an anthropomorphic animal, what would one do? Conway made sure that the emotions felt by the story’s main character were delivered quite aptly, and the ending was absolutely perfect. It’s definitely a story I’ll never forget.

I’d love to recommend this anthology to all lovers of well-written anthropomorphic fiction.

– Faolan

 

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The Ursa Major Awards Anthology – Fred Patten