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Husband and father of one, A. Sigurd Olson lives in St. Paul, MN. Having spent more than a little time writing stories for a free literary website he felt that he needed to make at least some money doing what he loved as it was driving his wife nuts watching him write all the time and having nothing but encouraging words from a small but loyal fan base to show for it. After many years finally got up the courage to try and make some money at the written word.
L. C. A. Goddard
on Jan. 31, 2014 :
Having completed the book, I can say with confidence that Collar is indeed a great book. Though I do have a minor and one major issue.
It begs the question as to why we would make the Hybrids in the first place. Sure we needed sex slaves or soldiers or something, but why animal people? Couldn't they have just engineered something different altogether, something more stable and subservient? Considering they've achieved warp drive and our present is their distant past, I'd assume they'd be at least that smart about it. Really it seems like an excuse to use furries in a story. ;)
I loved the characters, and the way they reacted to each of their situations, and the plot of the story. I also liked how you showed that despite being the bad guys, there were redeeming values in them, as evidenced by Lynn, and starkly contrasted by Ramirez.
I didn't like, however, that it is physically impossible to NOT like Sam. He is so darn perfect in every way that I would go so far as to call him a Gary Stu. If you had something bad or another happen to him besides his old girlfriend dying, then perhaps I could forgive him for being too perfect. But he doesn't really lose anything. At all. He gives up nothing to gain everything he ever wanted. There's almost no character growth at all, the universe just hands him what he wants, he's impossible to hate, he's always right, and the main character is a two dimensional cardboard cutout. That is pretty much the definition of a Mary Sue / Gary Stu right there...
BUT! This is the only major problem I had with the book. Other than that, it was very good. :)
Overall, I would definitely recommend this book, and am glad it doesn't fall into the trap of using furry lingo or labeling itself as furry (which chases away potential readers who otherwise would love your work for what it is). Good job! :)
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)
on March 08, 2013 :
I completed the Collar Book today. This book is EXCELLENT. No question. Has a very good beginning to end especially the very end is satisfying to close/finish the book.
I looked at other reviews and to be honest, there is no reason or need to continue the book into series but I think their passion is to see more of a hybrid interact with a human. Mind you this is not what you think it is. I've done role play as a hybrid and this is the first book I've read with details (not same as role play) and it still surprise me no matter what on how each character behaves :)
It's in a good way!
This is a book that I do recommend for everyone to read. It takes a hour or 2 to finish the book depends on how you read with no distractions. When I read, I could see it in a movie scenery like I always do with other books.
At one point I got distracted with my child and then a couple of hours later I was thinking, "I wonder what happened to Lt. Sam next." This is a fiction character but I feel like I know him from somewhere. :)
Being deaf in real life, I appreciate reading how things can sound in audio with out actually hearing it but with my vibration experience, I could feel it happening.
Excellent book That Mr Olson has written. I look forward to your other books.
- A happy Deaf Reader
(reviewed 13 days after purchase)
on Feb. 28, 2013 :
An excellent piece in the Sci-Fi-Fantasy Short Story genre.
There is politics, issues of military dilemma, and forbidden love.
It's entertaining and dramatic, but most of all it has sparkle!
I hope the author will write more about this subject in a longer work with even more depth!
Try it! Be careful though, you might get hooked!
(in a good way, of course)
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)
on Feb. 20, 2013 :
I really liked this book, and hope the author continues the story in another one. it left me hungry for more
very good storytelling.
would highly recommend it, 5 stars
(reviewed 24 days after purchase)
on Dec. 29, 2012 :
I do not read much Science Fiction, but Sigurd Olson made me want to know more about the far future colony where Lieutenant Samuel Drake commands a Marine unit of “hybrids.” The story of the revolution of the hybrids is told by Lieutenant Drake.
Drake is a big-hearted guy. The top hybrid in his unit, Sergeant Drake, is a perceptive Rottweiller who has dreams beyond being a Marine. A hybrid raccoon named Chelsea lends some romance to the tale. The theme of the story is racial intolerance.
I think the germ of Olson's story is very creative. I wanted more details, so I could picture the book's setting and see the characters as individuals. I liked reading about the hybrids and their dreams. The story held little suspense as I was reading it but left me with many questions about the hybrids, their creators and their universe. I hope Olson has enough love for his characters and setting to flesh them out in future stories.
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)