August’s Book of the Month, Rat’s Reputation, is by member Michael H. Payne (author of The Blood Jaguar).
“Orphans have it tough no matter where they are. But for an orphaned rat in a community of mice, it’s twice as hard. For every mouse willing to look past Rat’s oversized physique and sketchy relatives, there are two convinced he’s just a thief and a murderer biding his time. It doesn’t help that Rat has a tendency to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, and to do the wrong thing just when someone’s watching. Vandalism, robbery, even murder: as he grows, so does the legend around him, and Rat will have to separate truth from fiction to find out not only where he comes from, but where he’s going, and, most importantly, where he belongs.
For the first time in print, Rat’s Reputation is author Michael Payne’s further exploration of life in the lush, beautifully realized world of The Blood Jaguar. More a companion story than a prequel or sequel (though some characters will be familiar to readers of his first book), Payne here shows that you don’t have to follow a prophecy to travel an epic journey, and you don’t have to save the world to be a hero.”
Available from Sofawolf Press.
July’s Book of the Month, ROAR Volume 6, is edited by member Mary E. Lowd, features stories from several FWG members, and makes its debut at Anthrocon.
Lovable scoundrels and scoundrels we love to hate.
From rascals causing harmless mischief to dark lords with evil in their hearts, scoundrels can be found in every world, mundane to fantastical. We fight them, laugh at them, and sometimes root for them.
The twenty-eight stories in ROAR volume 6 explore scoundrels of every stripe, in every walk of life. Read stories from celebrated anthropomorphic authors, award-winning science fiction and fantasy authors, and talented newcomers to the furry genre!
Squonk the Dragon by Pete Butler
Brush and Sniff by mwalimu
Faithful by Marshall L. Moseley
Gerbil 07 by Huskyteer
CSI: Transylvania by Kevin M. Glover
Hard Scratching In Kittytown by Blake Hutchins
Hold the Moon by Eric M. Witchey
Ernest by Lyn McConchie
Two Crows, Two Wires, and the Moon by Andrew S. Taylor
Ivan and the Black Riders by Kris Schnee
Into the Wind by Rechan
At What Cost by Jeeves the Roo
A City With No Children by James Stegall
Perch by Sarah Doebereiner
The Cat Thief by Laura “Munchkin” Lewis
Food, Feuds and Fake Flora by Ocean Tigrox
Puppy Love by George S. Walker
I Hold My Father’s Paws by David D. Levine
0mega by Garrett Marco
Skinned by Kyell Gold
Relics, Rabbits, and Tuscan Reds by Slip Wolf
Shadows of Horses by Phil Geusz
Coyote’s Voice by Altivo Overo
Prof Fox by Mark Patrick Lynch
Wolves and Foxes by Amy Fontaine
Unexpected Bouquets by Ellen Saunders
Clearance Papers by Fred Patten
Edward Bear and the Very Long Walk by Ken Scholes
Available from FurPlanet.
June’s Book of the Month, The Book of Lapism, Deluxe Edition is by member Phil Geusz.
“If biotech can sculpt the body, can it also shape the mind. . . and soul?
That was the challenge laid before Dr. Aaron Thomas by his latest client, to shape him into a gentler, more loving being, inside and out. But the world is not a kind and gentle place, and as one man’s search for truth inspires a movement, will a kinder, gentler people be able to survive and face the legal, spiritual, and ethical challenges that await them?
The New Book of Lapism contains all of the original short stories, presented in their original order of publication, as well as the new stories ‘Prodigal Son’ and ‘Chosen People.'”
Published by Legion Printing. Available from Amazon.
May’s Book of the Month, The Painted Cat, is by member Austen Crowder (author of Bait and Switch).
“Janet lives in two worlds.
In one world, she is Miss Perch, teacher at a small school deep in the corn grids, helping kids who are turning into cartoon find their way out of town.
In the other, she is Bunny Cat, and paints herself up to be the very same type of cartoon cat her small town has grown to hate.
The wall separating those two worlds is starting to break down. Between rekindling a relationship with an old college flame and discovering how much she loves being Bunny Cat her two worlds are starting to merge. Keeping up the appearances of two separate lives is bad enough, but when kids start getting sent away for turning toon she knows she can’t stand on the sideline any longer.
Two things are for sure: the two worlds won’t stay distinct for much longer, and Janet won’t come out unscathed.”
Parental rating PG. Available from FurPlanet.
April’s Book of the Month, A Shard of Sun, is the latest in the Summer King Chronicles from member Jess E. Owen.
“Shard is a gryfon entrusted with a great responsibility. A dragon of the Sunland has left her newborn kit to his care, and now Shard has difficult decisions to make about how best to keep the swiftly growing dragonet safe, while remaining true to his own destiny and the prophecy of the Summer King. He sets out to return the dragonet to his kin in the Sunland and find help for his own quest, but his hope for making wise and benevolent allies is quickly replaced with the reality of cold, mistrustful dragons who want nothing to do with gryfons, Shard, or his wars in warmer lands.
In the Silver Isles, the warrior gryfon Caj sets out on a dangerous hunt for his mad wingbrother, Sverin, once the mighty Red King. The safety of the pride, and in the end, Caj’s life, may depend on his success or failure.
Meanwhile, Shard’s wingbrother Kjorn seeks to find him and reconcile, and his quest will take him across the land that was once his birthright and into the heart of tricky alliances, enmities, and the ever-looming threat of the Voiceless, fear-mongering wyrms.
The Song of the Summer King promises that one will rise higher, one will see farther, and his wing beats will part the storm . . . but as Shard learns more of the world and the tangled threads of fate, he begins to fear that no one can part the storm of growing hatred and fear–not even a Summer King.”
Suitable for ages 11 to 18 (and up!). Available now for Kindle, print version coming soon.
March’s Book of the Month, The Vimana Incident, is the latest work from member Rose LaCroix and can be read as either a stand-alone novel or as part five in a five-volume metanovel starting with The Goldenlea and Basecraft Cirrostratus.
“The year is 1939. The nations of the world have given up on war, and now compete in a race to build the first permanent lunar colony.
Edward “Red Ned” Arrowsmith, a British aerospace engineer, finds himself caught up in a cosmic level of intrigue when a secret lunar mission sends him on an unwilling journey six and a half centuries into a bizarre future. But what does this frightening future have to do with Godric of Hereford, a canon who died of ergot poisoning in 1153?
Rose LaCroix is proud to present her most anticipated novel, where psychedelic science fiction, historical fiction, and alternate timelines come together in a suspenseful, mind-bending masterpiece.”
Cover art by NightPhaser. Parental rating R.
Order from FurPlanet.
Check out Huskyteer‘s review of The Vimana Incident at Claw & Quill.
February’s Book of the Month, The Furry Future, is edited by FWG associate member Fred Patten and includes stories from several members.
“For the history of the human race we have been locked inside our bodies. Spiritualism, medicine, basic biochemistry and genetic enhancement seek to take us beyond the physical limitations we were born with. The Furry Future is a record of what might become of us once we perfect the methods of reshaping biology.
“Fangs and claws could become just another fashion accessory. We might use our technology to create intelligent and able companions as we spread out to the stars, or else create perfect servants unable to disobey the whims of their masters. We may remake ourselves to attain our future across the galaxy and unlock our spiritual potential, or collapse into war over where the boundaries of humanity lie.
“These nineteen stories take us to these different futures, each one written in the fur we choose to wear.”
Contains the following stories:
Emergency Maintenance by Michael H. Payne
Tow by Watts Martin
Experiment Seventy by J. F. R. Coates
A Bedsheet for a Cape by Nathanael Gass
Hachimoto by Samuel C. Conway
Vivian by Bryan Feir
Family Bonding by Yannarra Cheena
The Future Is Yours by MikasiWolf
Distant Shores by Tony Greyfox
The Analogue Cat by Alice “Huskyteer” Dryden
The Sequence by NightEyes DaySpring
Trinka and The Robot by Ocean Tigrox
Lunar Cavity by Mary E. Lowd
The Darkness of Dead Stars by Dwale
Field Research by M. C. A. Hogarth
The Curators by T. S. McNally
Evolver by Ronald W. Klemp
Growing Fur by Fred Patten
Thebe and the Angry Red Eye by David Hopkins with illustrations by Roz Gibson
Cover art by Teagan Gavet. Parental rating PG.
Available from FurPlanet.
January’s Book of the Month, Spirit Hunters – Book 1: The Way of the Fox, is written by FWG member Paul Kidd.
“There is a vessel without sides, ever full, yet ever empty.
There is a river without end. Ever still, yet ever flowing.
Fathomless, it is the origin of all things…”
The Sacred Islands: A medieval land of noble samurai and animal spirits. Of scheming nobles, of magic and ancient mystery.
Kitsune Sura, a wandering fox priestess, assembles a group of would-be monster hunters. Penniless and carefree, they travel from palaces to villages, seeking out dangerous mysteries.
A fox, two samurai and a shy and gracious rat go forth on a career of bizarre adventures. The Spirit Hunters battle ghosts, tangle with magic and delve into terrifying puzzles. They must even survive the horrors of kitsune cuisine.
These are the first three adventures of the Spirit Hunters saga. Bright, funny and exciting – these are tales of cunning monsters, flashing swords, stalwart samurai, faithful rats – and the rather dodgy antics of a fox.
Delightful romps in a gorgeous magical Japanese otherwhen.
“Trust me – I’m a fox!”
Ebook available from Amazon. Print version available from Lulu.
December’s Book of the Month, Abandoned Places, is edited by FWG member Tarl “Voice” Hoch, features stories from several members, and is being released today at Midwest FurFest.
From stories about being abandoned in the heart of civilization to stories about forced abandonment for the sake of science to how abandoned places affect the mind, the stories in this anthology cover a large range of genres and types of abandoned places — each one with their own little piece of personal horror lying among the ruins, ready to strike when you least expect it.
Features the following stories:
Empathy by Rechan
Belief by Bill “Hafoc” Rogers
Stared Too Deeply by T. D. Coltraine
The World Within by John Lynne
Sleepwalking by Adam “Nicodemus” Riggs
All that Glitters by Ianus J. Wolf
One Shot of Happy by Roland Jovaik
Who’s To Say by David Ramirez
Prospero by Patrick “Bahumat” Rochefort
Darwin’s Future by Taylor Stark
Rainfall by Kandrel
Piping by Tarl “Voice” Hoch
World’s Biggest Dragons by Ryan Campbell
Scratch by Ben Goodridge
The Cable by James L. Steele
Under the Mountain by Tonin
Cover art by Kappy. Story illustrations by Silent Ravyn.
Pre-order from FurPlanet.
November’s Book of the Month, Improbable… Never Impossible, is written by FWG member Vixyy Fox and illustrated by Cara Bevan.
“Improbable… Never Impossible is a gentle story about love. It is a children’s story of old with a life lesson of good morals, good reading, and beautiful art like you have never seen. In a crazy mixed up hardened asphalt world it is also a reminder to adults that they were once young with an imagination that could envision anything they wished. Worlds where animals could speak and dressed like people were common place to their hearts. Within the mind’s eye they found a wonderful and safe place where a cat and a mouse could come together in only a way that two hearts were meant to join.
“Come know this place again and find the child you were… never really grew up at all.”
Order from Rabbit Valley.