Goon Dust Love: Book Two: The Pig by Daniel Carter

Goon Dust Love Book Two The Pig continues the story of Micheal and Elaine who are discovered by this man and invites them over to an abandoned McDonald’s where he has other “Runaways” running hussles, fake subscriptions and charities and the like in return they get hash browns and catsup with coffee and an occasional beer and that’s it at 2 times a day. If they don’t bring anything in they just don’t eat.

To be honest the more I read, the more it hit me that this is an adaption of Oliver Twist, a good one in fact. If you don’t know Oliver Twist, really you can look it up on Wikipedia, but really it’s the same plot… with one exception.

The Yellow House, the next book in the series.

Where an extended family of college students live, where they have plenty of fresh food, a clean place to live and everyone is treated fairly.

Unlike what happens at the abandoned restaurant, when Elaine checked out The Yellow House and Michael lied to The Pig to save her as she violated one of his rules. Don’t talk to others. For a while it looked like Micheal was about to get roasted. Until he was suddenly freed, and they decided to go.

It maybe an adaption of “Oliver Twist”, but it’s a good one. Frankly I wished it was longer than the 60 pages or so of how this series averages.

The Verdict

I give a very solid 10 out of 10, and here is why. Great characters, interesting story and enough of a plot twist you are certain what is going to happen next.

The Pig with other volumes of Goon Dust Love is available from Rabbit Effect

Goon Dust Love Book 1: The Wolf by Daniel Carter Review

The Wolf is the 1st volume in the Goon Dust Love series by Daniel Carter

The series is described as

Michael just wanted to have fun at prom. Elaine just wanted to make her best friend happy. They didn’t know they’d end up talking to a drug-dealing wolf. Or burning Michael’s mom’s car. They didn’t know they’d have to sell magazines for Pig Dad or lie on their college applications.

The Plot

Keep in mind this is only apart of the full story

Micheal and Elaine are long time friends, they have been friends so long it’s like they have been together their entire lives. They are also fans of a TV series Dark Passage featuring Detective Cloud which they are totally hooked. An innocent suggestion for Butterfly Drugs lead them to a drug dealing wolf. Where these 2 innocents get involved in something far far darker than they expect. Turns out The Wolf and his companion was going to both kill and eat them. Michael killed them instead, in a mistaken effort to confuse the Police. They spread powders of various drugs thinking this is how the cops dust for prints. They burn Michael’s mom’s car, steal a van later as the story ends they wind up sleeping in the van.

The story is 67 pages.

So you can say continued to the next book

The Verdict

I honestly liked it, although shorter than most books I have read recently. The cover art and the story works very well together. In this story where you have 2 clueless teens to how the world really works, and it all fits.

Although like some books I review this is not for anyone looking at a HARDCORE tale. Just a light story of innocence and how despite everything hopefully surviving it.

Which means staying out of prison (fingers crossed).

So how do I feel?

I am giving this book a 8 out or 10, and I give the publisher Rabbit Effect a 9 out of 10 for marketing.

The books have unique art, the story read by a hardcore mystery fan loved it. I wondered what they were going to stumble in next. I am going to personally recommend this to a couple of friends who are looking for something innocent and light. The characters are wonderful, I know this is one I will reread.

Perfect for the young adult reader.

With my order they included this

Sorry it got wrinkled, that is my fault. But this tiny 4 page zine fills you in for all they tiny details the books doesn’t include.

The books are available from Rabbit Effect

Rekindled by J. Malan Book Review

It is described as:
Twenty seasons’ hopes and dreams are dashed as the love Oakmore the kudu thought would last a lifetime ends. Down and out, he wonders if the Mammalæ megacity of Bridgend has any further use for him.


An incident at another dead-end job sees the buck thrust deeply into the ranks of the burgeoning workers union. He finds comradeship and purpose anew…but at what cost? The friendly eyes of a wealthy doe kindles a flame inside he thought would never burn again, but there is another fire: Greenfields-a pernicious human relic rediscovered that brings both hope and peril for a city on the brink.


Already in too deep-and too close to the truth-to cut and run, Oakmore finds himself cresting a revolution about to break. He will learn a valuable lesson.


Not all things lost are gone.


Featuring an all-anthropomorphic animal cast in a gritty post-human world, reKindled is a continuation of the Artisans and Opportunists saga first introduced in the author’s award-winning debut novel, reWritten.

The Plot
The story revolves around Islando Oakmore, a former mercenary now almost homeless. He owes rent on a place where being homeless would be better. There he lives with his beloved Lindela. Desperate not to see her homeless. He takes a job to steal some of the electrical cable for the brand new electrical grid which is being set up. Except things go wrong, 2 of the five are killed by high voltage. Also the whole thing was actually a Police Sting operating.


Next he winds of in prison that was built for the humans the once occupied this world more than 700 years earlier. There he meets Lindela once again and confesses what he tried to do. All as the guards want them to breed young for the carnivore table. Before being separated and brought to a judge where he is given a choice. Pay a fine or get 10 lashes. Since he has no money, he takes the lashes.
Now released from prison he wanders the street looking for a job. After being turned down multiple times he is eventually offered one shoveling coal on to a conveyor belt for the power plant. He gets a place a dormitory in a room he shares with others on the 27th floor. Eventually he meets an old friend Kentemade.


As things finally start looking better and giving him a chance to find Lindela tragedy strikes. A co-worker at the power plant gets caught in the conveyor belt and their legs are ripped away. Oakmore fights both his bosses and the guards. To have someone come and save their life. When this finally does happen he looses his job.


Eventually he makes his way with the help of a Union Newspaper doe named Kuyasa. To a bar called the Kremlin, where everyone is called Comrade. There he gets drunk and tries to find his way home.
Only to wind up in an ancient swimming pool where 2 carnivore are going after him, one armed with a machete. After it lands in his shoulder he fears the worse. Only to pass out and wind up in an ultra modern hospital where his wounds are treated. The only thing he hears of importance is the staff wondering why the carnivores attacked.


Another blackout and he winds up on the floor of the dormitory. Wondering if that really happened.
Oakmore is told to leave, with the help of Kentemade and the last of his pay he winds up in Watertown.


This is only the beginning so much happens to Islando Oakmore that you actually feel sorry for him. All he is trying to do is the right thing, but how can he when this world is seemly staked against him. Dealing with The Union, The Electric Cartel and the mysterious Greenfields, as well as the various employers he has. All of them having their own agenda as well as forces some of which are capable of murder. To keep it that way.


I am not trying to hide anything when I say it’s a dark depressing story at times. Islando Oakmore could be anyone of us, trying to make a living all the while trying to leave his old life as a mercenary behind.


This book has been tough for me to read as I have gone through the some of the same things as him.
But it draws me back again and again. All the while as Islando discovers another secret about this world where humans died off more than 700 years ago. You could see there hand in every sinking corner of Bridgend (the main city) in this story.


As I got nearer to the end of this 408 page novel, say in the last 100 pages or so will Islando survive or does this world finally put an end to his life. Especially after events that lead up to both a good job and meeting up Lindela went wrong.


Really it isn’t you around down to a handful of pages that a lot of stuff happens fast. Take when Islando actually finds Greenfields. Which as it turns out was a floating nuclear power plant. it also turns out it is the same place the coal and oil cartels were getting their namesake, This is also where we meet the lead character from the previous book Rewired, Professor van Elsburg . Who is now one of the power plant operators, so is Islando’s former girlfriend Lindela.


After 2 attempts on his life Islando makes his way outside where lead by his Captain friend (not his choice) Islando Oakmore is arrested on 9 murder charges. It’s not that is did the murders, it was made to look as if he committed those crimes. He is tortured by this one barbaric officer.


Then later brought to court where everyone knows Islando will die.


Then something happens, it will be a huge spoiler to say what.


Islando Oakmore is freed, charges dropped and encouraged to leave Bridgend forever. He decides to head to Alphaeton.


The Verdict


The world Jako Malan creates is like looking out our own window. Sure a lot of do not see the darker side of life, but it is so easy not to see it. There are people like the main character Islando Oakmore on the streets of any city. Struggling to find a job, a place to live that they can actually pay for, as well as hoping to have someone love them. As in the story time and time again forces are at work, or even their own mistakes drive them down to a point of being homeless, again and again. I am very said to say I have met more than my share. But the world the author creates goes well beyond this to a world where even after reading the previous book, where humans vanished more than 700 years ago. Where these mammalae as they call them struggle to make this world there own. Really has to be read and understood to a degree. Not all of us have a Professor waiting in the wings to save us. The ending just made me so happy.


With this in mind I give it an 8/ 10 not that there is anything wrong with Rekindled it’s just so damn dark.


Available from

Amazon

Fenris Publishing

Review of Circles #4

As I sit here and type this, I wonder if any of you had the same trip as I did to this point. I originally discovered Circles on this what can best be called a magazine/ manga hosting site. I discovered a lot of comics… but Circles was different. It was the one that drew me back time and time again. It really wasn’t until another furry and I was talking about it. That it was more than the 4 issues I found online. That caused me to buy the 1st collection from Rabbit Valley, and later when they were at MFF I got the other 2 volumes.

Still to this very day I wish volume 3 got the same treatment… comic wise as the first 2.

I am such a fan, I even did an interview with Andrew French for my site. I found that he was so damn nice, although he did the writing as he corrected me. The interview is one of my favorites. I still would like to do ones with Steve Domanski and Scott Fabianek.

So what do I think of Circles #4 it was so incredibly nice just to see all the characters get together for one last time. I secretly hope not. The plot was of a reunion dinner at the old house we all come so familiar. Actual tears of joy are welling up in my eyes as I type this.

Masterpiece is the least I can say. It really is a MUST BUY for all you Circles fans.

It was nice to see what everyone was doing, and who actually became a Granpa will surprise you. But I promise no spoilers here.

I really wish I could post page 7 here. It is a hyena gardener and it makes me smile.

No joke I was really crying at the end of it.

My guess is you already heard it’s more cookbook than graphic novel. But the cookbook holds a secret which I have not seen anyone talking about. Circles art at the beginning of each chapter. The one in the hot tub I wish I could post on my wall.

One last thing, I am straight, more ASexual as time passes. But Circles have let me understand the Gay community which I am more open to it now, before I started this journey.

THANK YOU

Andrew French, Steve Domanski and Scott Fabianek.

If you can’t make it to MFF, maybe one day I can say “Hi” at Anthro New England.

You can get Circles #4 here

The Kanti Cycle: The Skeleton Crew by Gre7g Luterman Review

The book has been out since 2017, so I might as well tell you have I found out about it. I was at MFF 2021 and had gone to a couple of those writing panels one of which was co hosted by Gre7g Luterman. Whom I would later meet in the Dealer’s Den. We got into talking and I wanted to buy at least one of his books. He personally recommended this one, saying I might find this the most interesting of his works. He also said if I like it I should get the sequels… more on that later.

The story is described as…

A slave raised believing himself free, a criminal even before his birth. Everyone thinks Kanti is someone he isn’t: a playboy reduced to working at the dump, a spiteful son trying to make amends, and perhaps even an excuse to recycle every last officer, crewman, and cub on board. However, this unlikely hero and the rest of the crew are in for a wild ride to the brink of mutiny, isolated deep in space, some 1,500 light years from home. When the sinister Commissioner Sarsuk starts tightening restrictions on birth tokens for the geroo colony, Kanti is forced to make decisions about his identity…and his place in the colony he hopes to always call home, even if at the risk of family, friends, and love.

But what do you really get. The story starts out when a man who is 60 says he is dying. But as the story goes on he seems healthy until he takes an orange pill and dies.

Welcome the world of the Geroo. I leave the description of the species to the cover art.

They live on a colony ship with 10,000 other Geroo all living there lives. But as the story goes on things get darker. We find out that they were taken from their homeworld by monsters such as Commissioner Sarsuk is. Monsters in more ways than just size. Oh sure at first they cured the Geroo of all their problems. Before encourage them to board colony ships to another world. There are rumors about the White Flower II that there homeworld was destroyed by them, after all the ships were filled.

As the story focuses on Kanti were learn that since this journey began they went from a primitive civilization to one of classes, rich and poor. Kanti is originally from a rich family until he caused issues. Which left him just one stage above being homeless.

Then sadness stuck when a friend of his is killed, and since they all look alike. He simply swapped identities. He later discovers he friend was rich.

Kanti wants to be comfortable, he even finds someone to mate with. But not go on a spending spree

The White Flower II has many secrets. Including The Skeleton Crew, which the title hints at, simply means killing 75% of them. Keeping males until they produce semen, an females to they give birth after which they would be killed. If the oxygen levels drop.

You can see that nearly spawns a riot.

Eventually Kanti’s secret gets out, and that in a way he is the stowaway the Commissioner had been looking for. It seems despite all the females are prevented from giving birth. They get Birth Tokens which allows them to do so when the Commissioner gives there Okay. Kanti’s birth was an accident.

That is where the story ends until the 2nd volume in the series The Cleaning Crew.

Watch the story unfold was interesting, you wonder how far Kanti could go without revealing his true identity. The secrets of the White Flower II I found the most interesting, as it seemed around every corner a new secret was discovered.

But as I am known for honesty in my reviews. There are are couple of things that really bothered me. Take Sarsuk and other’s of his kind. They built the White Flower II, and he is running back and forth between his ship and his world? Couldn’t they provide spare parts if something simply stopped working. Next was a certain kind of nut that gets you high, think crystal myth. The ship pulled out from there homeworld 400 years ago. Where are they getting the nuts? Don’t say homeworld as narcotic effects of certain plants don’t last that long. The story also says they traveled 1500 Light Years, and they could not find a new planet? Okay I know finding a suitable planet can be hard just look at RL. But in 400 years and Sarsuk’s kind are also space travelers. You are trying to tell me they don’t know of any suitable world’s in all that time?

Something is going on.

And I like to know.

Which is the reason I am recommending this book and honestly have plans on getting the other 2 volumes The Cleaning Crew and Small World.

You might be wondering why, after what I said I said about it. I love a good mystery and books that feature non human characters. This is both, there are enough secrets that still need to come out that in my mind it’s worth it.

Gre7g Luterman was right it is an interesting read.

Did you know Amazon takes 30% of the author’s royalties? So this is why even though this book is available on Amazon. I recommend buying from the author HERE

Itsy Bitsy Adventures Review

It is described as

Bitsy Poof and her friends find themselves thrown into the midst of an adventure on a galactic scale.

With the help of some strangers from beyond, they must find a way to save the galaxy from the robotic menace conquering it. But there is more to these events than meet the eye. What mysteries lie in wait for our misfit heroes? What dangers will they face? Only time will tell.

Writer and Artist: Sterling-Thorne A. Mckay

and is for all ages

I know this is going to sound a bit odd, but I am not a My Little Pony fan. But I found Itsy Bitsy Adventures very laugh out loud funny. You got MLP plus evil robotic invaders from space and… The Ostrich Empire. I could not stop laughing.

Sadly there is only 1 volume, but the the comic is available on Ringtail Cafe LINK plus the 1st volume. If you want to laugh check it out

My score 10 out of 10

Rewritten: Artisans and Oppertunists: Book One by J. Malan Review

The description on Amazon says…

Against his better judgement and born of circumstances beyond his control, Professor van Elsburg is hired to lead a troupe of mercenaries deep into the unexplored wastelands that surround their world. Their objective: unravel the mystery surrounding an undocumented archaeological site, and to discover the fate of the last expedition that vanished whilst trying not to do the same.

reWritten is an existential horror story set in a gritty post-human world, littered with the rubble of a once-mighty civilization that fell suddenly, now inhabited entirely by anthropomorphic animals. It provides a glimpse into the origins of this crudely industrialized dystopian-utopia and the Mammalæ that keep its engines oiled, its boilers fired, and its printing presses rolling.

In a world only superficially similar to our own, it asks questions that have no easy answers, and answers questions that may have been better left unasked.

Knowledge can free the mind, but it can also destroy the soul.

As for my actual review.

It’s been a few days since I have finished it and still not quite certain if I read it right. Not that the book is confusing, it’s fairly straight forward. But what got me was the plot and the many twists and turns as it took.

Like when the main character Prof. M. van Elsberg Dept of Anthropology and History Mammalae Univ felt at the very end, “Did all of what I remember, actually did happen?”

Like I said I am unclear and I think it will take a few readings before it all sinks in as there was so much going on.

It started out simple a trip to the Wasteland for this anthro jackal. Getting there was tough but he made it, then met up with his traveling companions who some where terrorists. For a while it felt like the Prof was captured by some fanatical terrorist organization. What they wanted was to restore the natural order. Carnivores eating herbivores, a crime of which as we learn is punishable by death in this world.

But there in the mostly underground base where it is said the humans made there last stand. No one cares, only surviving matters.

He does escape with damages, death of some of his companions only to discover the very present tierZero. Who just happens to be the main computer for this facility. Where dispute the base is slowly crumbling away has a hold over everyone. Those weapon equipped drones it controls means no one leaves here alive.

We as the Prof learn that the Mammalae or what we would call anthro were created there. Some 750 years earlier, as a solution to the declining human birth rate.

The loneliness the isolating the outright madness some feel. As it’s both suffocating and claustrophobic. All you want to do is breath.

Finally as all stories do we reach the Hospice, and it’s chute of death. A place where anthros never leave alive. In a moment beyond his control the Prof launches himself down that chute. Only to be injected, and have his shot up leg sliced off before…

Passing out.

Only to be awoken later in the hospital. He was told he had been there a week. After nearly freezing to death in the mail car of a train bound for prison in the frozen north.

Only to fight the guards after he was discovered.

His body does show signs of being both injected and his leg replaced.

But he like I am unsure if this is all real or not.

Literally one of the most intense book I have ever read.

I know I am leaving a lot out, and that is on purpose. To why to get you to hopefully get you to read this terrific book.

So how do I feel about it?

I can’t quite give it a 10 but a 9.1 will do out of 10

There is a 2nd book in this series, it’s called “Rekindled” I will be reviewing a but later.

You can get ReWritten from either

Fenris Publishing

Amazon

Awoo! by AC Stuart Volume 1 Book Review

Let’s start out with something that really did happened. When I brought the package home containing this book. The very first thing I did after opening it, was read half the book. This is despite me watching also a film before all of this.

I have always loved the Awoo! comic and it’s crazy pack of wolves, who always make me laugh. It also filled with prey that are often good friends, and when anyone tries to hunt one of them, there wallet is stolen instead. Not forgetting the squirrel who wants to join the pack. Kevin, he is apart of the pack, so is knifemouth and Jeremy who just happens to the resident werewolf, who works in an office with a werecat. Jeremy often helps opening jars.

As you can see brilliantly written, great art and a good laugh nearly every time. You can not go wrong with Awoo!. Even when you are feeling a bit down you can not help but laugh or at least a grin, Awoo! is something that is always worth checking out.

A very solid 10 out of 10

The book is available through Fenris Publishing

The Confectionaries Review

The Confectionaries are described as:

Long ago a wizard created magical creatures made of candy. Left all on their own these candy characters soon find that the world is stranger than they imagined, and they may not be alone after all!

The Confectionaries follows the adventures of two children who discover the castle, and the new friends who live there.

The Confectionaries is full of magic, mystery and adventure!

In the same vane as The Littles, and The Secret World of Arietty we get creatures that are there but go unseen by most. Except in The Confectionaries they are anthro and human size.

Review:

Overall I though the story interesting, as every few panels you want to know more. If you like stories about hidden worlds you should give The Confectionaries a try.

The Confectionaries Ringtail Cafe page

Akela by Ben Goodrich sample Review

I know the description sounds fairly strange but so are the current circumstances with this book. But I’ll try and explain. I picked up this sample from Goal Publications when they were at MFF 2021. I really didn’t know what I was getting I originally thought it was a short story of some kind, after all it’s only has 12 pages. Until I actually read it.

But since Goal Publications are going out of business, so where does that leave the author on Amazon of course and the percentage they take out.

The Review:

The plot says anthros have always been there, but in hiding until something happens and they meet.

The 9 pages of actual story is truly interesting, are they here or just am I imagining things. Seeing something out of the corner of your eye and unsure if it is real? It’s extremely well written and in my opinion it’s worth getting a copy. So where

Amazon LINK

It’s currently on sale for $8.75