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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  • 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.
  • Huntress on July 27, 2016

    This book is as beautiful as a poem, or a centuries old tale passed down in oral tradition. The author has drawn on the style and language of various African traditions but built a whole new fabric of them. We hear the life stories of two young women, one a lion and the other a painted dog. Each has a traditional life path or what we would call a "career" to fulfill, and those paths are rigidly limited by the customs of their people. Each eventually reaches a crossroad, a point at which she must decide whether to follow her heart and conscience or follow the tradition as expected, nay demanded of her. I will not say what happens, but will let you read the book to find out. It's a journey well worth taking, and the flow of the language is a joy to travel with. By the end I felt that I knew both Leya and Ndiri as personal friends, and respected them very much. Leya is the title character, the young lioness who chooses to reject the possibility of marriage and family in favor of becoming a dedicated huntress. Ndiri is the painted dog, a shaman and spiritual leader trained by her grandmother, whose path was chosen for her "by the gods" and sometimes as she finds, against her own will. When the two meet, they become teachers one to another, and each grows from the sharing and caring. The tale is one of joy and sadness, loss and gain, with a hint of melancholy that undoubtedly would appear in the music that Ndiri composes and plays on her wooden flute. Read this. I think you'll like it. I certainly did.