Altivo Overo


Professional librarian, amateur (but published) writer, dabbler in fiber arts, owned by horses, sheep, dogs, cats. Old enough to know better, still don't care.

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  • Unspeakable on March 25, 2011

    In a word, superb. A bright point of light in the truedark. As usual, we learn something about our own culture from the alien ways of the Jokka. But are they so alien? I think not. This story will speak to anyone who has ever crossed the barbed wire boundaries of gender in any way. It should also enlighten anyone who objects to such crossings. Art, imagination, and creativity spring from those who dare to violate those lines.
  • Anadi Dolls on Aug. 17, 2011

    A superb and powerful look into the walls between gender roles, and one that is just as applicable to humans as to Jokka, alas. There is more to it, than that, though. The story is one of becoming, of transcending the barriers that we all too often set for ourselves even more rigidly than society imposes them upon us. A true, and unusual coming-of-age story, and a pleasure to read more than once.
  • Unknowable on Aug. 17, 2011

    A worthy follow-up to "Unspeakable" though (and this is NOT a fault) the story turns in directions I found uncomfortable. The development of TaƱel's character continues apace, while Ekkuli turns out to be more (or different) than we might have expected. Be sure to read "Unspeakable" first to give this story the full weight it deserves.
  • His Neuter Face on Aug. 20, 2011

    This tale of finding oneself and purpose is another deep insight into not only the Jokka culture and individual character, but ourselves as well. Born anadi, turned eperu, Tafeth has self doubts but becomes whole in the context of a completed triad, once the other two elements are found and matched properly.
  • In the Doghouse of Justice on Dec. 06, 2012

    Light entertainment in a furry vein from Kyell Gold. The illustrations and the text are both great. Unfortunately, the formatting has some problems in Calibre and on my Kobo. The artwork sometimes lays over the top of the text, obscuring it so it can't be read. Four stars for content, but only one for layout.
  • Bridges on April 09, 2013

    Bridges tells a sweet and sad story that includes loss and separation as well as the joys of new friends and relationships set against a backdrop of gay life in a big city. Kyell Gold is a master of character development and does a fine job on his major characters here. You'll like every one of them in the end, I think. It all comes to a satisfying conclusion, though you may wish to hear more about some of these folks. Furry characters, though much of the plot doesn't depend on that. We are tipped off by the more developed senses of smell and hearing that the canids enjoy, but the story might have been the same had the participants been human. Nonetheless, for those of us who enjoy a furry cast, this is great fun and will be read more than once.