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The Species of Blessing Avenue
by Graveyard Greg | Science Fiction & Fantasy
Registered by wingGreyflankwing of Brick, New Jersey USA on 11/28/2016
Average 7 star rating by BookCrossing Members 

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Journal Entry 1 by wingGreyflankwing from Brick, New Jersey USA on Monday, November 28, 2016

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This seemed like an interesting furry/transformation book. 


Journal Entry 2 by wingGreyflankwing at Brick, New Jersey USA on Thursday, November 02, 2017

7 out of 10

I liked two things write off about this book before getting past the introduction. One is that it's got a werelion lead. I like that a lot. The other is that it was inspired by characters created for the Buffy The Vampire Slayer Role Game.

I made the mistake, even though I was warned, trying to read this as a novella and not the three separate stories that they are. In this review, I'll try to correct that as I go along.

 


Journal Entry 3 by wingGreyflankwing at Brick, New Jersey USA on Thursday, November 02, 2017

7 out of 10

The Species of Alone

Izzy is a high school student and a werelion, although that doesn't come out until the big fight scene. And not that I'm surprised after reading the introduction and back cover.

The story does read as if written by a high school kid. He's all buff and, despite claiming to hate jocks, he comes across as a jock himself because of his attitudes and behaviors. I like that his love interest is straight and he's reluctantly OK with that.

I had a some minor issues with Izzy confessing/confronting Joshua at the end of the story. It was an awkward scene, of course, but it felt like an awkward scene awkwardly written. 


Journal Entry 4 by wingGreyflankwing at Brick, New Jersey USA on Thursday, November 02, 2017

8 out of 10

The Species of Rivals

This story jumps right into the tracking a murderer, who turns out to be a monster, as it does so often when your town sits on an unnamed hellmouth that attracts this sort of thing. Things. Lots of things.

Izzy is dedicated to fighting these monsters, if only to piss his father off (or so he would have you, the reader, believe). The Werelion gets to fire off a bunch of quips as his teenage arrogance and his insecurities struggle a bit to fit in the same head.

Of the three, this is the superior "monsters hunting monsters" story. I enjoyed meeting the third cast member, Quinn, who's pretty new to the school as well as being new to the whole monster hunting business.
 


Journal Entry 5 by wingGreyflankwing at Brick, New Jersey USA on Thursday, November 02, 2017

6 out of 10

The Species of Triumph

The monster hunting plot was wonderful. The Dad interaction subplot was less than wonderful, and that may be entirely due to what I mentioned above. On my first read thru, I treated this as a novella and this story suffered the most because of Izzy vs Dad and how that drama just sort of dissolves away by the end.

This is because the father/son dynamic in the first two stories is turned on its head. In a stand-alone story, without knowing of what has come before, I might have enjoyed the young werelion's befuddlement more. I would assume other stuff happened off screen to justify the change.

Instead, Dad's change reads as sort of arbitrary. Of course, that's just me.

The reader here for the monster hunt won't be disappointed and there is some nice, more explicit male on male action which is sweet as Izzy still a little arrogant and a little awkward, even with Quinn.

All in all, it's a good collection of tales in a universe where I would not mind reading a novel or two but I am not sure if I would hunt it down.

 


Journal Entry 6 by wingGreyflankwing at Greensburg, Pennsylvania USA on Thursday, November 02, 2017

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Released 3 wks ago (11/2/2017 UTC) at Greensburg, Pennsylvania USA

CONTROLLED RELEASE NOTES:

This is a Memorial Release For Teddy Sexton.

Teddy passed away July 24, 2012. Since then, I've given myself the job of spreading the books he left behind as if they were his ashes. Not all of the books I'm releasing during this time were his; but the bulk have been. I still have many, many of his books left to share.

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