February 2017’s Book of the Month is Dogs of War, edited by Fred Patten.
Men have made war for gold, for land, and to put others in chains for millennia. No invention or philosophy has changed that, not gunpowder, not airplanes, not democracy, or even splitting the atom. Whatever the era, whatever the weapon, man has made war on his neighbors. The nature of conflict never changes, because human nature has not changed.
But how might that change if it were no longer just humanity going to war—if animal instincts, strengths and skill were to join the battlefield?
Dogs of War is an anthology exploring what warfare looks like when the combatants are no longer fully human. It contains twenty-three stories about how war changes when those who do the fighting have changed, and how much it stays just the same.
Dogs of War contains the following short stories:
- “Nosy and Wolf,” Ken MacGregor
- “After Their Kind,” Taylor Harbin
- “Succession,” Devin Hallsworth
- “Two If By Sea,” Field T. Mouse
- “The Queens’ Confederate Space Marines,” Elizabeth McCoy
- “The Loving Children,” Bill McCormick
- “Strike, But Hear Me,” Jefferson P. Swycaffer
- “End of Ages,” BanWynn Oakshadow
- “Shells On the Beach,” Tom Mullins
- “Cross of Valor Reception for the Raccoon, Tanner Williams, Declassified Transcript,” John Kulp
- “Last Man Standing,” Frances Pauli
- “Hunter’s Fall,” Angela Oliver
- “Old Regimes,” Gullwulf
- “The Shrine War,” Alan Loewen
- “The Monster in the Mist,” Madison Keller
- “Wolves in Winter,” Searska GreyRaven
- “The Third Variety,” Rob Baird
- “The Best and Worst of Worlds,” Mary E. Lowd
- “Tooth, Claw and Fang,” Stephen Coghlan
- “Sacrifice,” J.N. Wolfe
- “War of Attrition,” Lisa Timpf
- “Fathers to Sons,” MikasiWolf
- “Hoodies and Horses,” Michael D. Winkle
Dogs of War is available now in print from FurPlanet.
December 2016’s Book of the Month is The Time He Desires by Kyell Gold, a short novel in FurPlanet’s “Cupcakes” line, with illustrations by Kamui.
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 is available now in print from FurPlanet, and should shortly be available in ebook from Bad Dog Books and available on Amazon and other ebook retailers.
November 2016’s Book of the Month is Fragments of Life’s Heart, an anthology edited by Laura “Munchkin” Lewis and Stefano “Mando” Zocchi.
They say Love is the oldest story on Earth, but we don’t have to tell it the same way every time. How many ways are there to explore our feelings that we may have never even considered? Countless fragments of different worlds, all held together by the greatest force of all.
Join us as we explore the many different forms of love—family love, forbidden love, love that embraces what society always taught was wrong. Love can bloom, thrive, and end. Love can heal, mesh, and blend. We’re all Fragments trying to stick together.
Fragments of Life’s Heart includes 17 stories, many of which are from FWG members:
- “Tending the Fires,” Jess E. Owen
- “Transitions,” Mog Moogle
- “The Mistress of Tidwell Manor,” Renee Carter Hall
- “Yet Time and Distance,” Kris Carver
- “Polynomials,” Fever Low
- “Raise Your Voice,” Stefano “Mando” Zocchi
- “Going Out,” T.C. Powell
- “Harvest Home,” Altivo Overo
- “The Foreigner,” Dwale
- “Trade All the Stars,” Watts Martin
- “Draw to the Heart,” Ocean Tigrox
- “Paint the Square-Cut Sky,” Slip-Wolf
- “Hearth Soup,” Laura “Munchkin” Lewis
- “Brass Candy Girl,” M.C.A. Hogarth
- “Footsteps,” Televassi
- “Rain Check,” Field T. Mouse
- “The Soul of Wit,” Daniel Lowd
The anthology is published by Weasel Press, and is available from the publisher as well as Amazon, Rabbit Valley and major ebook sellers.
October 2016’s book of the month is Dog Country, by Malcolm F. Cross.
A crowdfunded civil war is Azerbaijan’s only hope against its murderous dictatorship. The war is Edane Estian’s only chance to find out if he’s more than what he was designed to be.
He’s a clone soldier, gengineered from a dog’s DNA and hardened by a brutal training regime. He’d be perfect for the job if an outraged society hadn’t intervened, freed him at age seven, and placed him in an adopted family.
Is he Edane? Cathy and Beth’s son, Janine’s boyfriend, valued member of his MilSim sports team? Or is he still White-Six, serial number CNR5-4853-W6, the untroubled killing machine?
By joining a war to protect the powerless, he hopes to become more than the sum of his parts.
Without White-Six, he’ll never survive this war. If that’s all he can be, he’ll never leave it.
Dog Country is available exclusively as a Kindle ebook from Amazon ($4.99 to buy, or available through Kindle Unlimited).
September 2016’s Book of the Month is ROAR 7, edited by Mary E. Lowd.
Welcome to a LEGENDARY volume of ROAR! That’s right, the theme for the seventh volume is legend, and it will take you on a journey from a fortune teller’s bamboo hut to the end of the world in the coils of a dead snake god, back in time to the Cretaceous and then up to the stars. You’ll meet tigers and cranes practicing Kung Fu, a singing frog, a gambling pigeon, a rap-star bearded dragon, a rhinoceros who’s friends with a goat, and several creatures you’ve probably never seen before.
The seventh volume of FurPlanet’s annual general audience anthology has 17 stories:
- “Crouching Tiger, Standing Crane,” Kyla Chapek
- “The Frog Who Swallowed the Moon,” Renee Carter Hall
- “The Torch,” Chris “Sparf” Williams
- “A Rock Among Millions,” Skunkbomb
- “The Pigeon Who Wished For Golden Feathers,” Corgi W.
- “Unbalanced Scales,” Bill Kieffer
- “Reason,” Heidi C. Vlach
- “Old-Dry-Snakeskin,” Ross Whitlock
- “Kitsune Tea,” E.A. Lawrence
- “A Touch of Magic,” John B. Rosenman
- “Long Time I Hunt,” Erin Lale
- “The Butterfly Effect,” Jay “Shirou” Coughlan
- “The Roar,” John Giezentanner
- “Trust,” TJ Minde
- “The Golden Flowers,” Priya Sridhar
- “A Thousand Dreams,” Amy Fontaine
- “Puppets,” Ellis Aen
ROAR 7 is available in print from FurPlanet and DRM-free ebook from Bad Dog Books, as well as from Amazon.
August 2016’s Book of the Month is Sixes Wild: Echoes, by Tempe O’Kun.
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.
Echoes is the sequel to Sixes Wild: Manifest Destiny, which won a Cóyotl Award for best novel in 2011. It’s available in print from FurPlanet and Kindle ebook from Amazon. (It should be available as a DRM-free ebook from Bad Dog Books soon.)
June’s Book of the Month is Forest Gods, the sequel to God of Clay by FWG member Ryan Campbell, and the second in his Fire Bearers trilogy.
Cover by Zhivago
Kwaee, god of the forest, has turned all his power toward the destruction of the human tribe that he accuses of serving the treacherous fire god Ogya. Seeking reasons for the ancient conflict, Clay and Doto embark on a dangerous journey far outside the forest in search of savanna god Sarmu.
Meanwhile, in the human village, the healer Cloud fights new and terrifying threats from the forest and tries to help her people survive, but at every turn, she must battle prince Laughing Dog, who seeks to turn their king down a path that could lead to the end of humanity.
Along both their journeys lie dangers they never expected—and secrets that may have been better left buried.
Forest Gods is available in print from the publisher, Sofawolf Press, and in print and Kindle ebook from Amazon.