Analog Review!

Thanks to Danielle for pointing this out to me – Dogs of War was reviewed in Analog. It’s really excellent to see this book out there and getting recognition.

Check it out for yourself here:

OR, I’ll cheat and put it here:

If science fiction has a totem animal, it is the cat. From Robert A. Heinlein’s various felines to Anne McCaffrey & Elizabeth Ann Scarborough’s Barque Cats series and everywhere in between, there’s hardly room in to swing a book without hitting a cat.

That’s why it’s so refreshing to see an anthology about dogs.

Mike McPhail’s Defending the Future series feature satisfying military-themed SF short stories from various authors and universes. Often the stories are offbeat or deliciously understated, and these—all involving military canines in one form or another—are no exception.

The 17 authors here include the usual mix of familiar names and newcomers, writers known for their military SF and those associated with other subgenres, novelists and short fiction writers. Analog readers will certainly recognize Bud Sparhawk, whose “True Friends” is a tearjerker in fatigues. Brenda Cooper’s “For the Love of Metal Dogs” shows how courage and loyalty transcend both species and form, and “Tower Farm” by Vonnie Winslow Crist explores the redemption of a pair of has-beens on a frontier outpost.

Those who like military SF should enjoy this assortment of stories, and I dare any reader who loves dogs to make it through without several “awwws” and a few tears. And if you don’t fit into either of those two categories, but you just like some good stories, you might want to give Dogs of War a try—the e-book is certainly inexpensive enough.



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