If you enjoy reading tales outside the realm of humanity's egocentric view point-check out these books!
In The Furlites of Aroriel books, the alien families are people, but not Homo Sapiens or even hominid!! Though not human, they love, fear, work, play, and strive to find answers about the universe around them. The best description for these books is, "alien family saga", which in itself is a weird little category all its own.
Khan: A Maine Coon is the story of one of the author's Maine Coon's life through his eyes. With the exception of his 1st three months of life, the fantasy elements, and the cat characters speaking-the story is true. Illustrations include actual photographs of the characters.
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The White Dragons of Suvwilur & Other Stories is a collection of tales from creatures as diverse as Feklaar, the white dragon forced into first contact with the dangerous Humans on his world, Princess Tulitara of the Unicats, who is kidnapped, an appaloosa Pegasus who triumphs over his insecurities as he comes of age, and Kaekodemon, who is murdered and returns as a spirit to enact revenge on her killer for her kittens.
OLD GENT is a semi-fictional biography about a beloved Norway Spruce tree, showing his long life from the tree’s point of view. Full release of this tale is planned for late Aug-Sept 2013! Special hardcover edition available on Lulu.com!
CURSE OF KORIS , a Furlites of Aroriel novel, follows the story of Kutius, Murkuria's nemesis, through his childhood into adulthood, as he endures events and heartbreak that shape his life, until he decides to break the curse of his ancestor.
THE SECRET LIFE OF MODEL HORSES Vol 1 - a whimsical collection of stories about the author's model horses and the lives they lead in the absence of humans. Follow the adventures of T'Pal, the Elder of Tardis Stables, as she accepts her ever growing herd, power and responsibilities.
FURLITIAN SHORT TALES Vol 1 - In this collection of short novellas follow the events of Commander Geupetus' childhood. Read more in depth about Elara and Tesuris' bonding, and how the Felakoon, Fantia, saves Nera's life after bondbreak. A fine complimentary volume to the main series, these tales reveal details and depth not fully present in the main series.
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In Memory of David Ayscue, my friend and mentor. (1953-2010)
Thanks for everything. You are missed!
This review of my THE FURLITES OF ARORIEL series is from my
mentor, friend, editor, and Literary Agent, David Ayscue, who passed away Sept of 2010. Thanks for everything, David. You are missed!
Author-Marie J. S. Phillips
The author describes these books as “an alien family saga.” These tales are suitable for science fiction readers who enjoy reading stories from the alien point of view. This book fits the niche that includes Robert Sawyer’s FAR-SEER, Lisanne Norman’s SHOLAN ALLIANCE series, and David Brin’s Trilogy which included INFINITY’S SHORE. Her books are not exactly like any of the above, but probably most like Robert Sawyer’s FAR-SEER, and its sequels. In his books, human involvement with the Quintaglios is zero, whereas the characters in ON MATISSIA WINGS have some contact with humanity. This brief contact forever changes the Furlitian people in more ways than they ever imagined possible.
Human bias generally assumes most sentient civilized alien life must be humanoid or primate-based, which may not be the reality at all. With a twist on an old theme, the author stresses in subtle ways through Furlitian culture, how real freedom and personal responsibility can help any society produce good people, without any strict taboos, religious fanaticism, and overbearing governments. I have also compared it to E. R. Eddings, though this author’s books are far more science fiction than fantasy – once you accept the premise, of course, of a world where primates never evolved, and where furred dinosaurs became the dominant species … who now have a space program … which leads them to … our world.
The illustrations -- a mix of freehand artwork, real photos, and computer-generated graphics -- include detailed hand drawings of her characters. In ON MATISSIA WINGS, the six plates, plus the cover are integral to the book. Who knows better what a Furlite looks like than their creator?
The sequel, EARTH-BRED; MATISSIA-BORN, is, perhaps, an even better story.
There is a third book in this series, EYES IN THE DARK which is as yet unfinished. The world is fully realized; the depth of characterization is … epic, wondrous, and, frankly, I think this author is a great storyteller.
Reminiscent in some respects of Military SF, in the tradition of Heinlein and Asimov, told from the point of view of the aliens -- they are PEOPLE, with their own culture, and … they are better people than we are.
Remarkable books, deserving of publication, I think, or I would not have done all that I have done to help this author realize her dream of seeing her own trilogy for sale in bookstores everywhere.