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Equino-Human historical fantasy fiction:

My Independence Institute colleague Rob S. Rice has written a new book of historical fiction, titled Archival: Most Secret. The book tells three loosely-related stories: about a dissolute Scottish officer who ends up fighting in the Battle of New Orleans, about the declining years of Randolph Churchill, and about a British airman who is shot down over Crete in WWII. The common thread of these stories is a secret British ministry which has been involved with human-animal transformations. Each of the stories involves an equine-related transformation. You can order the book for $14.95 from Lulu, where you can also read the opening pages. I thought that the stories were interesting, and that all of them picked up steam as the stories progressed. That said, the format of the book (reproducing the full text of various documents purported to come from secret British archives) results in the plot moving forward relatively slowly on a per-word basis--especially in the Churchill story. But if you like horses and U.K. historical fiction, it's worth your time to read a few pages, and decide if the book is your cup of tea.

TRE:
David Kopel, outed as a furry?
1.2.2008 5:59pm
DG:
A better book on secret british history (magic realism variety) is The Atrocity Archive.
1.2.2008 6:25pm
DrObviouSo (mail):
Everyone go home. The internet is done. You can now officially get everything online.
1.2.2008 6:37pm
fobyoc (mail):
Sir Randolph Churchill. Who he?


[DK: Thanks for catching my unintentional slight to Lord Churchill.]
1.2.2008 6:45pm
Cornellian (mail):
The common thread of these stories is a secret British ministry which has been involved with human-animal transformations. Each of the stories involves an equine-related transformation.

In a word, "ugh."
1.2.2008 6:53pm
Waldensian (mail):
Awesome, I was totally looking for another good secret-British-ministry-human-animal-transformation book. The most recent I've read in that genre, "Field Marshal Montgomery Turned Me Into a Newt," was okay, but lacked character development.
1.2.2008 7:06pm
Cornellian (mail):
As I recall, Jack Chalker had a series of SF novels that included human-animal transformation, but there were no British ministries (secret or otherwise) involved.
1.2.2008 7:10pm
Syd Henderson (mail):
All right, who leaked the information on the Equinanthopic Corps? Can't keep anything secret anymore.
1.2.2008 7:27pm
Waldensian (mail):

All right, who leaked the information on the Equinanthopic Corps? Can't keep anything secret anymore.

Perhaps it is possible to lead a horse to waterboarding?
1.2.2008 8:10pm
k parker (mail):
A man walks into a bar.

The bartender says, "Why the long face?"

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Ah, nevermind....
1.2.2008 8:47pm
juris_imprudent (mail):
I object - Randolph Churchill was an ass to begin with.
1.2.2008 9:53pm
fobyoc (mail):
Sorry about this. Lord Churchill. Who he?
1.3.2008 8:38am
Mr L (mail):
Oh, hey: interior artwork by Donna Barr. Figures she'd be involved in a book like this.
1.3.2008 10:17am
Prufrock765 (mail):
So when does the VC spinoff sketch comedy show debut? This is better than MAD TV.
1.3.2008 2:03pm