When the results of Earth's genetic experiments fled for their makers, they took their own name as they left humanity behind; centuries later, the Pelted have spread into a multi-world alliance of cultures and languages, cribbed from Terra or created whole-cloth. Claws and Starships collects six stories of the Pelted, ranging from the humor of a xenoanthropologist on the wWhen the results of Earth's genetic experiments fled for their makers, they took their own name as they left humanity behind; centuries later, the Pelted have spread into a multi-world alliance of cultures and languages, cribbed from Terra or created whole-cloth. Claws and Starships collects six stories of the Pelted, ranging from the humor of a xenoanthropologist on the wrong side of mythology to more serious works considering the implications of genetic engineering in a far-future classroom seeded with the children of those laboratories. Come stamp your passport and visit the worlds of the Pelted Alliance in all their variety!Includes the novella "A Distant Sun," and the short stories "Rosettes and Ribbons" (Best in Show anthology), "The Elements of Freedom," "Tears" (Pawprints), "Pantheon," and "Butterfly" (Anthrolations magazine)....
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claws and starships Reviews
Part of the MacHalo Reading Challenge 2017 edition. A book to feed your wanderlust. I think this qualifies because I want to visit all of the planets of this anthology. Too bad it isn't real :(A Distant SunThe first story in this anthology tells the reader the story of how the Pelted came to be and shows us the consequences of this gengineering. Instead of being an origin story, a sort of prequel, A Distant Sun takes place in the present and history is shown through the eyes of a mixed class of high school seniors studying “Ethical Perspective on History”. This is a course that I believe would serve well RL students as well as these fictional characters. Maybe that way we could raise a generation less likely to repeat old mistakes. The story is enchanting and introduces some hard topics that mirror problems of our own society. Usually in fiction the world is idealized to some extend and often it’s easy to choose a side, to know what’s right and what’s wrong from the get go. Here, however, there’s no easy answer, no black and white, even when something’s wrong you can’t say it shouldn’t have happened, because it gave birth to something good. Which leads to the question “Was it truly a bad thing if it resulted in something good? “ and then the opposite question “Does something stop being evil just because it led to a good thing?”. Those should be easy questions to answer but I find myself incapable of doing so. And that makes me love this story. Rosettes and RibbonsWhile I enjoyed learning new stuff about the Seersa and meeting my first Aera, the story was very predictable. From the moment Du’er showed on page I knew he was up to no good and by the time of the party I had his motives figured out. Peli was way too naïve but hey I have met people like her in real life so I can’t say it’s unrealistic. I liked the way things were resolved, especially the fact that (view spoiler)[Du’er didn’t get what he wanted (hide spoiler)] though again I figured it out during Peli’s conversation with (view spoiler)[ Dr. La’aina (hide spoiler)]. The one thing I’m really sorry for is that (view spoiler)[we never learned how the myth Peli was working on ended (hide spoiler)]. The Elements of FreedomThese Ciracaana are weird! I know it’s a very narrow minded of me to say it but why would you voluntary give away all technology and live as a barbarian nomad? And while I can see how several individuals might do it how come an entire race would do it? And they did give it up because they’re just one of the gengineered species peopling the Alliance. So they did have tech, at least they had a spaceship to get to the planet they now call their own. I just can’t warp my head around the idea. PantheonVery short but entertaining. I tried to guess all the human deities from the new deck but failed miserably. I should learn more about the Asian mythologies.TearsAnother very short story. And not too impressive at that. Still it was a nice slice of life in the Alliance. ButterflyThis story really captured my attention. I’ve always liked wolves and anthropomorphic wolves in all their variations in fiction so I found the Hinichi people fascinating. The family dynamic was strange and confusing, especially with all those untranslated Hinichi words thrown in the text but it was otherwise nice. Add the frigid planet and I was in heaven :) And now I want to know if (view spoiler)[Noelle ever returns? (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>
This book is a warm blanket, hot chocolate, and cuddles by a fire.I had read a short story of Hogarth's before, and was curious about how she would handle a larger work. Stumbling across this collection of short stories, I decided to give it a try.Hogarth is an amazing character driven writer. Her characters come alive on the pages and their lives draw you in. No matter the length of the story, you will find something enjoyable in each piece. Be they a couple pages to the longer works that make up the first two stories in this collection. At times I found myself feeling the character's pain and loss, and others their frustration and rage at the antagonist of the story. It was hard not to get swept up in each person's individual lives, their feelings, their world. I will admit that Hogarth writes stuff that I don't normally read. Her tales are more slife-of-life than anything else in this collection, though the tension and climaxes are apparent and worth the read to reach. It's hard not to get pulled along with how her characters react to their situation or the world around them. Even if it is a card game, Hogarth manages to make the conflict come alive.There were points in a couple stories where the nature of her characters species, as well as the way dialogue and interactions are written, that it was hard to follow who was speaking and doing what actions. However, this only occurred in the shortest of stories. Another issue was Hogarth's species and their mind boggling diversity. Though there were often enough descriptions to allow the reader to understand to what level of anthropormorphication each and every character was, there were also times where it seemed to become confusing and muddled with the sheer variety of species (and the variations within those species themselves) within her world. It almost felt as if every variation existed in some form or another. If you are unprepared for this level of complexity in furry characters, or are an outsider to the fandom, this has the potential to be very jarring and confusing. In the end however, I found 'Claws and Starships' to be a series of short stories that left me with a warm and cozy feeling inside when I finally set the book aside. I enjoyed each and every story in this collection, something I don't often find with a single author's collected work. So if you are looking for a book to curl up with where the characters are faced with more realistic personal problems than one would find in most books, this will be for you.Because every so often, we need to sit down and have our characters face real world issues that affect our personal lives rather than the often over the top issues most characters face within furry fiction. I highly enjoyed and most definitely recommend this book.
Claws and Starships was the first book I've read by the author outside of the Her Instruments trilogy. Overall, I walked away with warm feelings and a huge anticipation to further explore the Pelted Universe. Each story was beautifully unique, and worth commenting on. I won't go into summaries, but instead my impression on each one."A Distant Sun" was the hardest one for me to read, mainly because I wasn't anticipating its novella length. It felt like a story that could easily be made into a full novel, and ended too soon. I might have been spoiled by the wonderfully long denouement from Her Instruments, but it felt like I was finally, truly getting into the story when it just... ended. It was still an amazing tour of the history of the Pelted and the problems they face simply by being born."Rosettes and Ribbons" was a fun and clever twist on what could have been a painfully predictable classic tale. It was hard to mentally shift gears from the world of A Distant Sun, but I found myself more and more intrigued with the alien culture, and I absolutely loved the peculiar speech pattern of the natives. Though the solution to the protagonist's problem was quite obvious and easily guessed, the delivery still had me thrilled."The Elements of Freedom" was what absolutely captured my love for this book. The theme of losing one's self to find one's self struck a very deep, very personal chord with me. I'm not ashamed to admit that I was in blinding tears, struggling to read the last words through them. The descriptions were incredible, and the climax felt like a spiritual experience just reading it. This is a story that will stick with me for many, many years to come."Tears" was touching, and filled with enough warm-fuzzies to last through a bitter winter. Though it didn't run quite as deep for me as The Elements of Freedom, it was still a very dear story that illustrated the power of love and friendship."Pantheon" was the breath of fresh air I needed. The game was well thought-out, and the story itself was very well-paced. I would have loved to have seen more of the world, but there was still enough on the culture to satiate at least some of my curiosity. The climax had me on the edge of my seat, and though the ending was somewhat predictable, it was once more executed so well that I cheered outloud from the outcome."Butterfly" felt a much slower pace compared to the previous stories. So little is said of the Hinichi in the Her Instruments trilogy that I had no clue what to expect. It was a little difficult to get into, but once I did I was completely intrigued. Some of the characterization was a little clichéd, but it was well-written enough to be more than forgivable. Once more, the ending was a touch predictable, but allowed me to walk away with the warm fuzzies and hope that the author's books seem to constantly inspire.Overall, I love this anthology. Some stories didn't quite strike me, but still offered interesting characters and more clues to the various different cultures within a truly intriguing universe. Other stories will be sticking with me for as long as memory allows, buried deep within my heart, quietly whispering, "You're not alone."Thank you, Ms. Hogarth, for planting the seeds for something the world could use more of: Hope.
I liked some stories better than others, but all were worth reading. Some of them, I wished I could read more about the characters after the story ended.
The lead story in this anthology was my introduction to Maggie Hogarth's fiction several years ago. I am fascinated by her Jokka stories, but the characters in her Pelted universe lie closest to my heart. Real furry races, created by genetic engineering as human toys and servants, the Pelted races fled to the stars to find their own existence and only met their human relatives again after centuries had passed. The intensity of Hogarth's character development, joined with her talent for linguistics and cultural myth, put her on the same wavelength as Ursula K. LeGuin and Elizabeth A. Lynn in my opinion.These stories speak for themselves. Or rather, the characters speak for themselves and do so eloquently. A fine introduction to the Pelted and to Hogarth's writing for any reader who hasn't yet encountered them.Highly recommended.