Tuesday, June 2, 2015

67:120 Black as Blood by Seanan McGuire

Ryan, a tanuki, has asked his girlfriend Istas, a waheela, to travel cross-country to meet his family. To a tanuki this is a huge deal as their species is almost extinct and mating is an imperative among all fertile members of the species.  Since the tanuki is odd in that they can breed true with any other species this doesn't seem like a big deal until you realize that waheela are vicious predators that tend to eat their young.  Needless to say, Ryan's tanuki mother is not a fan of Istas.  Istas manages her temper beautifully (waheela are also famous for their hair-trigger temper) and things really go about as well as can be expected.

Istas and Ryan are not hugely prominent figures in the series but it's sweet to watch their relationship grow in these short stories.

Page count: 19p/16,413p ytd/231,347p lifetime

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