Shark Week gives you 19 different stories by 19 authors who all take the simple theme of writing a story about the ocean filled with intelligent life and turns it on it’s ear. What I have found are stories that go beyond my imagination. For example ocean creatures preforming swimming acts, that turn in to a wondrous delight. You actually wonder how did the author manage to write this act of pure wonder. But the one that stands out in my mind was this little tale of this hermit crab and it’s adventure flirting with death seemingly every time it moves, but yet somehow managing to survive it all as if it was nothing.
Each story is like that, taking us to a world most of us have never seen. Sure things are different than they are in real life. But that is what a good story should do. It should take us beyond what we know, to a world unlike anything you can imagine. Each are an adventure, a tale, or even just something on the author’s mind. That in my opinion will delight you with every page.
Bliss is your standard spacefaring world, a society that is just advanced enough where robots and other intelligent machines are apart of their daily lives. Everyone is at peace, you could even grab a pizza from a nearby restaurant driven you there by a super smart car. Who might have a conversation with you on your journey. Otherwise all is well.
Until something went wrong and all these intelligent machines went on the rampage. They include creepies, jester robots, zombies and happy evil pets so no one is having a good time.
Except for Betty, she is a host from a TV show who came to Bliss to basically takeover the world (insert evil laugh here). Armed with her apocolyptic computer virus.
What Van Millvele have given us is a light hearted look at an apocalypse. Where the Evil Betty plans to make the planet Bliss her own laughable, which starts when she kills her partner Raymond. Who is kept alive for short period of time being loaded to one computer for a few hours before it burns out then being loaded to another and so on. Her partner the Evil King Valor even has his own plans. Meanwhile Betty’s own servants hate her so no one is entirely loyal.
Meanwhile 2 members of her former crew Allen and Delkcoda have enough evidence to put Betty away for life. But like everyone else they want to get off of Bliss.
The story goes in to a lot of backstory of each of the characters and we learn what makes their decisions. Which is rare in a lot of books, especially when for the most part all of the main characters are connected in often surprising ways.
Like the zombies in this tale, who really aren’t zombies. It’s more like someone with a plant based infection which slowly kills them as they hunt for sugar. Oh sure they do go for the standard brains, but they rather have the sugar.
So as you see nothing is like any other Apocalyptic tale you might have seen. Meanwhile Allen and Delkcoda fall in love as they fight off enemies.
Finally the other galactic governments take notice and send help. This is when Col Ghoul Flint enters the story, despite his name is a good guy who wants to help everyone escape the planet Bliss. But also put those behind this in prison for life if not longer.
As everyone starts to leave, evidence is gathered. I really have to give it to the author for including themselves in this tale which can include furries and dragons. Not in person but a quote or even forwarding evidence to the right party.
As plans are finally made for the evil doers arrest. We learn why the backstories were important. It seems Allen and Delkcoda can’t be together…at least not at first. Do to Delkcoda’s family. Who in my opinion could easily be a guest on The Jerry Springer Show. They are that messed up.
Until Col. Ghoul Flint enters the picture and routes out a little corruption at the prison planet – Pit Island is where Allen is now employed. Also making arrangements for Delkcoda can join their true love and get married.
Then it hits you, this is also a love story.
Still one of the most interesting stories I ever read, and you actually understand the motivation of these characters.
I know a lot of people say “I want to read, something different”. This story is and it has enough staying power to hold you through the entire story. I found whenever I got busy doing something, somewhere in the back of my mind. I wondered what happened to this character or that.
Pit Fighters is a series of 3 books by Rick Griffin
Book 1 The Opportunity Opening on the island of St. Marten-Cristo where a family of rabbits are watching The Sultan. a kangaroo who is a Pit Fighter as well as ruler of this island of the island on TV. The story focuses on Paris (who is apart of the same family) and touches on his college life and the fact he has to wear clothes for more formal occasions like going to school, we also learn he is gay, and he has gotten The Opportunity to become a Pit Fighter, where it is believed to be a hub of gay activity. But after signing the contract and see what amazing facilities. Harsh reality begin to set in, like living in what is a essentially a wet basement deep underground. Also the fact Paris is like the others are virtual slaves. Saddled with a $90,000 debt which must be paid off before he leaves. Not in the year he thought, but 15 years instead. The sad fact is that everyone there is slaves, Mack, the one who had him sign that contract is also a slave.
Book 2 Orientation Paris has made friend’s with Logan (another fighter and deer) who shows him the ropes of being a Pit Fighter. Like what to watch out for, we also meet the other fighters in his rank, some not very nice. Paris faces off with Porte (a skunk) in his very first fight, a practice match. Which he lost the fight, and when Logan approached him it felt like a sexual advice.
Then Logan fought Kinny (a possum), despite being smaller beat the crap out of Logan. While eating slop for lunch Kinny gives Paris a fighting lesson, no blows but it got Paris to think. Paris finally has his first official match with… Porte who rubs it in as Paris finds out. Then it turns into a sexual encounter.
Then talks about the incident with Logan., finally wound up masturbating over it. The day came for Paris 1st Tournament, learns the rules, the rankings and why he will eventually have to fight everyone in his division.
Paris first fight was with Porte
During the 1st round Paris held his own, but by the 2nd Porte used what comes natural to a skunk their smell. The Paris found a way to use it against Porte, then Porte stepped out of the ring by accident. Paris Won.
Later in the shower as Paris washed Porte scent off he talks with Logan about the match. The book ends with the start of a 2nd Match for Paris. This time he fights Santiago…
Book 3 Side Gig Apparently Santiago hit Paris so hard it knocked him out cold, and he wound up in the hospital. Logan and Kenny fills him in, as Paris worries about racking up a bill. Meanwhile Santiago gave him a pineapple.
Paris then gets an idea, get a 2nd job. As a delivery driver. During which he meets Mrs. Calor, who nearly throws herself at Paris, even runs after him.
Then delivers at package at this mansion and runs into Porte in more ways than one. Then forced a kiss. Later Paris was sorting out packages when Porte came up to him and made a pass at him. They then talked about Paris and being gay then Porte sucks him off. If only to make Paris feel better, until reality set in.
Later he delivers a package to his hero of the Pit Fighters, the one and only Sultan. He faints, Sultan takes him in offers him soup and have a chat. Sultan explains the real reality of Pit Fighters. That even though you looks like your successful, your really still a slave to the company. Once he knew what time it was ran back to his truck found it was gone. Only to discover it was a plot by Porte to get him fired.
Later Paris ran into Porte and beat the crap out of him, and Paris was arrested, and taken to jail. Thinking the worse, he gets bailed out by of all people Sultan, who left him a book and a nice message. Later Paris talks with Kinny over recent events, leaving the story as a cliffhanger.
The Review Overall it’s a good story, but a bit darker than I hope. Here we see Paris hoping for both money and fame and getting neither. It seems every chance he takes to makes things better. There is always someone ready to figuratively stab him on the back. As this happens time and time again.
I give this story a 5 out of 10. Not that it’s a bad story, I was just left hoping for more maybe something that would make me smile. But I never got it, even though there might be a chance of a conclusion to this tale. I can tell you I have no plans on buying it or maybe this is the reason I was able to get these 3 books for 99 cents each.
I know this sounds strange but I have never read any books by Stacy Bender the book’s author before. I promoted their work like I would any furry author. But now I have a new appreciation for their work after reading I, The Tribunal.
It’s the first of the Kaiser Wrench stories, who is a private detective who lives by his own rules. Set in a time long before technology has all but taken over solving crime. This book delivers on a great story which begins with the murder of Kaiser Wrench good friend. We get to meet great characters, each with their own interesting backgrounds, hell the whole world the author sets for us is great. Dirty, crooked, and best of all you are unsure who actually wants this murder as well as others actually solved.
I will admit I am a Mystery Snob, I hate short cut endings, plan ridiculous set ups and hell knowing who dunnit right from the very start. But we don’t get that as suspicions go from one character to another all for legit reasons. But when the murderer is revealed, it took me by surprise. If I told you the number of mysteries I have heard, seen or read you simply would not believe it.