Furr – Axel Howerton
Author: Axel Howerton
Author Location: Alberta
Publisher: Tyche Books
Publication Date: 2016
Back Cover Copy:
From the South three sisters fair ran athwart the gloom.
Dressed of fur and fierce of tooth… the maidens of the moon.
Jimmy Finn is having a real bad day. He woke up drunk and on the wrong end of a nightstick. He lost his job, and had to see his shrink. Now the cops are after him, he’s falling apart, and his only friend is a volatile drug lord. How could it get any worse?
As smoke envelopes the city, he finds himself on the run, and out of time. He’s either losing his mind or becoming a monster. Or maybe it’s both. Jimmy Finn has one last hope. A long-buried family secret, lost above a mysterious town in the mountains, full of bizarre shadows and a strange girl that haunts his memories.
I tried to come up with a “X meets Y” comparison in attempt to explain how amazing I thought this book was, but it just wasn’t possible. Because Furr is not like anything I’ve read before. It’s fantasy, it’s poetic, it’s descriptive, and it shouldn’t have ended.
Sure, it’s got werewolves, but it’s not about werewolves in the way other fantasy novels are about werewolves (or vampires or zombies, etc.), it’s so much more than that. Furr brings together themes of loneliness, self-discovery, and family with more emotions than I could keep count of.
I ended up reading this book in only three sittings—and ignored some other adult responsibilities in the process—because I couldn’t put it down, and it was 100% worth it. This is one of those books that you wish you could read for the first time again, and again, and again; although, I’m sure each time I read it I’ll pick up on something new, and it will be an entirely new experience.
It goes without saying that I’ll be on the lookout for anything and everything Axel puts out in the future, because if it’s half as good as Furr, I’ll never be disappointed.
Ellen is a freelance fiction editor, book reviewer, research assistant for Simon Fraser University, marketing coordinator for WCSFA, and member volunteer for Editors’ Association of Canada. As of September 2017, she is also a master’s student of publishing at SFU. You can contact her via ellenmichelle.com for any editing queries and at firstname.lastname@example.org for book review queries.