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23 February 2019 @ 08:10 am
So, opinions?

(Anonymous) on February 23rd, 2019 03:43 pm (UTC)
I liked the story. More please.
The cover shows a puppy. Wasn't stone full grown?
matapampamuphoff on February 23rd, 2019 03:46 pm (UTC)
Re: stone
Speaking of Stone, what agency is likely to have a division to look into all the UFO, Chupacabra, and Bigfoot sightings? I've got the NSA, don't want the military. FBI's a little too visible.
(Anonymous) on February 23rd, 2019 04:34 pm (UTC)
RE: Re: stone
The EPA. Because, see, the elves and other non human races are sensitive to pollution so they infiltrated from the beginning.

They actually do look for Bigfoot in order to provide a protected habitat when they can.

Other parts of government may have found them doing this and now shovel all the other weird cases their way without realizing they aren't completely human themselves.

Ian BirchenoughIan Birchenough on February 23rd, 2019 05:18 pm (UTC)
Re: stone
The post office. They have agents everywhere.
(Anonymous) on February 23rd, 2019 05:36 pm (UTC)
Re: stone
In our world, the NSA is an agency of the Department of Defense whose mission is a communications security and intelligence agency. It is not a law enforcement or traditional investigative agency. To me, this would make it a good place to hide such a division - nobody would expect it - but a poor place for investigators to be officially operating from. They do have small police force, but that seems intended to be for policing their own facilities. If they're running around the country investigating things, it will seem rather odd to state/local law enforcement and the general public.

A similar situation exists for some of the other Federal government departments and agencies that have a police component, where it is really only intended to police their own facilities.
Or else the police/investigative portion of the agency is very small, because the law enforcement focus of the agency/department is so limited, that it would make a poor place for concealment, raising more suspicions than are assuaged. If agents of the FDA's Office of Criminal Investigations, or the NIH Police, or the NHTSA's Office of Odometer Fraud Investigation is chasing somebody and bringing in SWAT teams, that would raise more than a few eyebrows.

Maybe one of the DOD law enforcement agencies comprised of special agents rather than regular military personnel, like DCIS or AFOSI? Or perhaps the Secret Service - they've absorbed a number of other Treasury law enforcement agencies over the years, not just functions relating to presidential security.


matapampamuphoff on February 23rd, 2019 03:48 pm (UTC)
Re: stone
Yes, he's full grown. An appropriate royalty free picture is hard to find.
(Anonymous) on February 23rd, 2019 04:07 pm (UTC)
Good story - More pls.
(Anonymous) on February 23rd, 2019 04:59 pm (UTC)
Just my 2 cents worth: I like the art, and the text is OK, and the overall cover layout is fine. Alas, it neither screams urban fantasy nor science fiction. Aside from the text at the bottom (not perhaps easily read in thumbnail) it could easily be mistaken for canine non-fiction or dog-themed tale aimed at children.

Maybe add a night sky background with prominent moon and/or a shooting star?

Ian BirchenoughIan Birchenough on February 23rd, 2019 05:19 pm (UTC)
Maybe ghostly Tentacles?
(Anonymous) on February 23rd, 2019 05:34 pm (UTC)
I am going to disagree about the picture. It is way too much puppy and not enough WOLF. Stone is described as being a BIG dog. The picture looks like a 15 lb puppy. The dog in the picture is not going to be able to kill two people.
(Anonymous) on February 23rd, 2019 06:08 pm (UTC)
Re: Picture
I agree needs to be bigger and more intimidating.
(Anonymous) on February 23rd, 2019 05:50 pm (UTC)
Opinions on Stone
I like it and will purchase.
(Anonymous) on February 23rd, 2019 06:40 pm (UTC)
Agency? There are a dozen or more SECRET agencies nobody has ever heard about (The National Reconnaissance Office [NRO] was a secret until under Bill Clinton). The usual "you don't need to know" should apply.

I have to agree with the photo -- that's too much puppy, and not LARGE DOG. If you could get a photo of a coyote/German Shepherd mix, that would be perfect. Pose him before a dance circle with poles and fire, and that would be perfect. May be too much, but. . .

The story itself was very, very good. I've been binge-reading Andre Norton recently, and "Stone" was the perfect break from her writing. Just as good, but different enough to be refreshing. I'll definitely buy it when it comes out, and anything else along these lines.

By the way, if you ever need any unclassified information about imagery intelligence, well, I have 30 years experience in the field. 8^)
(Anonymous) on February 23rd, 2019 07:33 pm (UTC)
Not right for the story or the genre. Looks like a gentle story about a cute puppy dog that a child would love. Canine looks more tame dog than wolf.

Colours are too muted.
peterrhodan on February 23rd, 2019 09:18 pm (UTC)
wolf pics