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

All Alone in the Night – M. Andrew Rudder

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

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

The Time He Desires – Kyell Gold

Synopsis: After thirty years, Aziz’s marriage now consists mostly of arguing about whether to sell their store to a developer. His wife has a social life, interests and plans for the future, but the pawnshop is Aziz’s connection to his community. And then one day a desperate fox rushes into the shop looking for the honeymoon tape his husband sold. Seizing on this chance to make a difference, the cheetah steps up to help save their crumbling marriage. A gay couple might not show him the way to a new life, but he’s running out of ways to save his old one.

The Time He Desires by Kyell Gold, with illustrations by Kamui.

Published by FurPlanet Productions

I bought this novella, because it plays out around the characters of the book Love Match. However, I had not expected it to be about this particular character. I had expected to read more about Aziz’s son Marquize. It did provide a nice background for that particular character though.

I had also expected this novella to lean more towards the naughty side, as most of Gold’s novellas do this, but found myself engulfed in an enjoyable slice-of-life story instead, about a guy dealing with both his own sexuality and the sexuality of his son. No naughty scenes are described in this story.

Nonetheless, disregarding my earlier expectations, I really enjoyed this novella. The way Gold describes the life of a muslim cheetah in a world that is rapidly changing was very interesting and enjoyable to read. It is clear that Gold has done his research before attempting to write this, which is always a big plus in my eyes. The story is realistic and well-written. Well done.

– Faolan

The Time He Desires

The Time He Desires – Kyell Gold

Love Match – Kyell Gold

Synopsis: Rocky N’Guwe thought tennis would be the hardest thing he’d have to learn at Palm Gables Tennis Academy. But the young jackal finds himself navigating a new culture as well as his own sexuality and the volatile relationships of any high school, all while keeping himself focused on the professional career that will allow him to rescue his sister from an undesirable marriage back home. And looming in his future is Palm Gables alum and rising tennis star Braden Longacre, an abrasive cross fox whose path keeps crossing Rocky’s no matter how much the jackal tries to avoid him…

The first novel in a new series by Kyell Gold, with artwork by Rukis.

Published by Furplanet Productions

Yes! Another series by Kyell Gold! As soon as I came across this little fact on the internet, I immediately knew I needed to read it, Gold being one of my favourite authors.

It’s another series revolving around romance and sports, though tennis this time instead of American football. It is clear from the way that Gold writes about this sport, that he’s done a lot of research on the subject before attempting to write a novel about it, which is something I, as a reader, always deeply enjoy.

Love Match is basically a slice-of-life story about an immigrant boy with a talent for tennis, who needs to keep getting better, in order to stay there, while he’s wrestling with romantic feelings he has never felt before. However, this simple formula combined with Gold’s writing make for a very enjoyable story. The story is realistic, and so are the characters and situations that we find in this story.

Aside from the characters being realistic, they are also very likeable, which makes certain plot twists involving certain characters hit harder. I especially liked Rocky’s mother, who was portrayed as a strong independent woman, who had a strong hold on whatever situation she was in.

I had a lot of trouble keeping track of which species everyone was though. It was especially hard remembering Rocky’s friends. There was little to nothing that made certain species stand out, which was kind of a shame. I feel that more attention could have gone into this.

I’m already looking forward to the next installment in this series, knowing that things will probably only get more interesting.

– Faolan

Love Match

Love Match – Kyell Gold