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Elizabeth McCoy's fiction has appeared in Marion Zimmer Bradley's Sword and Sorceress #7, in the "Best In Show" anthology by Sofawolf*, and in the fanzine "Pawprints" (published by Conrad Wong & T. Jordan Peacock). Her tabletop RPG writing is published by Steve Jackson Games. As her author bios in SJ Games' material continually state, she lives in the Frozen Wastelands of New England, with a spouse, child, and assorted cats.
She hopes that her work will be enjoyed, and is always a bit awkward about referring to herself in the third person.
*Best in Show has been re-published as: "Furry!: The Best Anthropomorphic Fiction!" (Fred Patten, ed.)
on Oct. 08, 2011 :
Excellent coming-of-age fiction for aliens, this is my second favorite of the Kintaran stories, and a longish one to boot. The themes of family and growing up intertwine nicely with the alienness of the Kintarans (felineish centauroids with enough cat in them to charm cat-lovers but not enough to annoy people tired of cat-aliens).
The author's cleverness also returns in the motivations of the antagonists, which are fresh and unexpected in a story of this kind. I very much appreciated the author's take on the bad guys, and that's what earned this story its fifth star.
The pacing is good; it's long enough to really sink into the culture and get a chance to keep all the names straight--Kintarans are into big families and keeping track of all the different siblings and cousins can get dizzying in a shorter story. And it's pleasant to see coming-of-age in an alien culture where teens are judged adults by different standards than ours.
So: fun world-building, nicely complex for its length, unexpected motivations and fluffy aliens. I really liked this one.
(reviewed 4 months after purchase)
on July 09, 2011 :
Kinahran (from The Best Revenge) is now on a field trip with another group of kids - all cat-centaurs. The fun turns scary when first their group leader is injured and then bipeds show up, with weapons! where they aren't supposed to be. The kids (keesol in Kintaran) have to figure out how to handle a sticky situation. The personalities of the group are beautifully drawn, and you want to smack Datchel (Kinahran's nemesis from 'Revenge') just as hard as his sister does! Some nice twists in this one.
(reviewed 32 days after purchase)