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(5 out of 5 stars) by K.M. Hirosaki

After reading "Breaking the Ice," New Tibet had firmly implanted itself in my mind as one of my favorite settings for furry fiction: conflict, after all, in the driving force behind engaging storytelling, and New Tibet certainly has that, even if it may not seem to have much else to offer its oftentimes solemn inhabitants.

The tradition of powerful, emotional storytelling that started in that first volume carries over here in "Shadows in Snow," and this follow-up does not disappoint. There are fewer stories to be found this time around, but the quality of these tales is arguably even higher, overall, than what has come before. Also, the variations in theme and subject matter are still highly varied, and each new story manages to bring its own unique touch to the world.

As readers familiar with New Tibet might expect, there's a mix of heartwarming and heartbreaking here, and very often, a given story's ending won't reveal itself to be one or the other until the very last page; the emotional trips that these stories take you through are downright marvelous, at times, and there's something to be said about endings that aren't predictable, as well.

Of special note, here, is Tim Susman's "Spook" -- while it may not exactly 'overshadow' the other stories in the collection (and while it certainly doesn't undercut them), I personally feel that it might well be worth owning this book even if it were the only story included. Luckily for readers, though, this is a full-fledged anthology, and the other stories here are certainly ones that should not be missed.

Readers looking for a return to the world of New Tibet will not be disappointed with "Shadows in Snow," and like its predecessor, fans of furry literature would be remiss in not giving this collection of stories a look.
28 March, 2006

(5 out of 5 stars) by Matthew Pursley

Shadows in Snow fully lives up to the legacy of Breaking the Ice (the first collection of New Tibet stories), providing a reading experience that is both brilliant and bleak. There are slightly fewer stories in this collection, but the individual stories seem all the richer for the increased elbow room. All of the good things that I said about Breaking the Ice hold true for this volume as well. Especially true, however, is the comment that I made about the setting of New Tibet growing richer with each story written in it. New and different facets of life in the bleak colony come to light, including some of the setting's mysterious history and the nature of New Tibet's indigenous people.

Once again, check out my previous review for Breaking the Ice if you want to hear me ramble on about how much I enjoy these stories. Yet another book that I highly recommend.

14 October, 2008
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