4.5 Stars Easily
4.5 stars, easily. This novella was an amazing read. Let me say that flat out. I loved the characters and they were well written for the length of the piece. Ivan was a personal favorite of mine just with the way he reacted to the world around him, especially as it continually went to more and more bizarre places. I really didn't know what to expect from this book when I initially got it but I was more than impressed. The editing is well done, the writing is superb, and the story itself is very well planned out and executed.
The only hitch I found in the whole story, and I had to wrack my brain for it, is that Ivan talks about how exhausted he is a number of times in the story. Be it how his sides hurt, or how he will pay for it when it is all over, or how he would work out if he survived the encounter, it's mentioned a lot for such a short read. But as I mentioned, I had to actually actively think of something that bothered me.
If you are looking for a good piece to read, furry or not, pick this up. I mean it. Electronic from Smashwords like I did, or in paper form, it's worth it. Hell, I'll be getting the paper version at the next con I go to even though I have the electronic one. It was that enjoyable!
A book that seemed rushed to market.
Deathless was a story that never quite got up to speed. Though it had several interesting characters and a plot point that showed flashes of potential here and there, it never truly gripped me all the way through to the end. A decent first effort, but not up to the level of polish I was expecting from a furry novella.
A Russian Nightmare
"Deathless" is one of the tautest works of furry fiction to emerge to date. It's author shows an excellent grasp of the arts of portraying action and conveying suspense. I hope to see more from Graveyard Greg.
I bought this book at Further Confusion 2011, and I took on reading it on my flight back home from that convention. While a short read, it kept me entertained and hooked until I finished it. I had read it on FA when he was releasing it, and this was just a great way to re-read the story and to see what he put in there that wasn't on the internet version. I'm very glad that I bought it and I'll probably continue re-reading it whenever I get a chance. The artwork within the book is great for the story and helps add an image to your mind's eye to put you into the story with the immense aide of his literature.
Long story short? Buy it, read it, love it.
Matthew T Lathrop
In reading this book, I didn’t have much in the way of
expectations, either high or low, to start out with. Despite being
part of the fandom, it is a rare thing for me to find much reading
material that is both engaging and enjoyable. This book fulfilled
both. In what ways? Hmm, let’s see.
The characters spring to mind first of all. The character of Tank
and Ivan and all of the other members of the cast immediately got
my attention and remained distinct from one another while still
meshing to work well together. I particularly liked the way that you
managed to portray Ivan’s accent in the story. The personality
changes of the beings under Koschei, sudden as they were, also
managed to keep from sounding contrived.
I would also say that you did a good job with the plot. While I don’t
know much about anything from Russia, either the folklore or the
history, you presented it in a way that suspended belief rather
nicely. Baba Yaga was a name that struck a cord of recognition,
though for some reason I can’t recall why at the moment. But the
egg out of the duck out of the rabbit out of the chest was probably
the most interesting.
Deathless was a book that the fandom and I would say all readers
that get it are better for its existence. It was a pleasure to read,
and I enjoyed the story a great deal. From the twins to Jolly to
Scowl, from Ivan to Tank and his roommates, I found myself
immersed in their relationships with one another and their conflict
against Koschei. If you are to write something else, I would highly
recommend it to friends and definitely pick it up myself for a good
Got this book at Rainfurrest 2010. Very good book, but at only 110 pages of story, it's over way too fast. Still a recommended read. Hope for more stories in the universe in the future.
Deathless is a fun little novella with instantly likable characters. Like a good horror/action movie protagonist is immediately thrust into a fight for his life after some bizarre circumstances. On his journey of self-preservation he meets many interesting characters, loses his shirt, and fights an undead pet iguana. Graveyard Greg delivers once again!
First "furry" book I have read and just could not put it down. The story just kept begging me to keep reading.
My First "Furry" Book Impression
Great book. Easy read. Quite graphical and descriptive. Very pleased with the author and can't wait for more books.
Russian History can be dangerous!
I sat back to read a few chapters of this book last night before bed
and found myself finishing it as I could not put it down.
The story is well thought out and sticks to the plot. That would be
the point in a novella you would think being such a low page count
to work with. Greg sets up the story well and gets into the action
Every character in the story has a purpose save for the "Twins".
other than finishing each others sentences,and having a well
placed baseball bat, I wasn't sure what they were doing here. I am
hoping this is the first of a series with all of these characters so
they could be fleshed out more as they ARE interesting and their
past must be a hell of a ride in and of itself.
This was my only real complaint in the book. Every Character stays
IN Character! I cant believe how many books I've read where a
Character will flip a 180 just because it's convenient to the story
with no motivation for said flip. It can be annoying at best and
make me give up on a book at worst.
A good read and I hope for more from this universe.