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April 2nd, 2007

5:19 PM

What were were you again?

Because I have nothing better to do, I'm compiling a list of romances with unusual shape-shifting heroes and/or heroines. "Unusual" is defined as something that is never featured in more than five stories before (therefore eagles, hawks, and dragons don't really count unless the author's treatment of such things is really unusual), with bonus points given to characters that shapeshift into not-so-stereotypical creatures associated with the virility, danger, masculinity/femininity, etc. For example, a hero who can shift into a pomeranian or a tapir.

Here are those that I've read:

The Orca King by Darragha Foster (hero, Orca whale).
The Biggest Kahuna by Ciar Cullen (hero, great white shark).
Wildest Dreams from the anthology A Kiss At Midnight by Emily Veinglory (hero, deer).

Here are those brought up in a previous discussion in this blog:

Polar Heat by Mary Winter (hero, polar bear).
The Collector 4: Eight Arms To Hold You by Ally Blue (hero, octopus).

How about unusual heroes with abilities or physical features that are rather unusual, like, say, a third eye or something? I'm talking about really unusual, so the usual generic psychic powers don't count. I'm interested to know if there are such books out there. I can't think of any outside of some Japanese naughty cartoons that I'd rather forget about. I'm sure many Changeling Press titles will fall under this category, so any suggestions will be most welcome.

Anyone has more to add to the list? I'm going to look for that one with the octopus hero just to see how the author pulls that one off.
25 comment(s).

Posted by Ann Wesley Hardin:

Didn't Summer Devon have a rat?

This is a great post to fire up the brain. Now I'm thinking. Which isn't always a good thing...
April 2nd, 2007 @ 8:12 PM

Posted by Emily Veinglory:

Yay! You mentioned my queer were-deer ;)

Nothing springs to mind, although I am about to submit a story to Aspen Mountain Press where the hero turns into a score of large brown rats with a group mind.

If any authors out there have a bizarre were-creature they want to do, look me up. I think the Weird Weres Anthology is an idea whose time has come....
April 2nd, 2007 @ 10:54 PM

Posted by Emily Veinglory:

Speaking of marine life: http://loose-id.net/detail.aspx?ID=373
April 3rd, 2007 @ 1:28 AM

Posted by Claudia:

I'm surprised tentactular/noodly appendages aren't more popular :)
April 3rd, 2007 @ 2:01 AM

Posted by Jules Jones:

Emily: Does that mean I actually have to come up with a plot for the were-dropbear idea?
April 3rd, 2007 @ 4:08 AM

Posted by AV:

Modern Love – The Hentai Guide to H.P. Lovecraft, Assorted Authors Anthology by...

Just kidding. It's a fake comic I reference in Wolf's Den, which does have tentacle sex. Hmm..now we know Mrs. G has sampled shokushu porn ;)
April 3rd, 2007 @ 4:37 AM

Posted by lil:

Morgan Hawke's "Victorious Star" has a hero with two penises (penii?)
April 3rd, 2007 @ 10:09 AM

Posted by Mrs G:

Two? This I have to see!
April 3rd, 2007 @ 11:17 AM

Posted by Paige B:

A Faerie Tale - LSB. It's an anthology with two of the stories having unusual heroes. Tiffany Aaron's story, Tiger by the Tail, has a Tasmanian Tiger as a hero and Jodi Lynn Copeland's story, Into the Arctic, has a were-penguin. Yes, I said penguin.;)
April 4th, 2007 @ 8:50 AM

Posted by Ann(ie):

Did someone say Noodly Appendage?

I never miss out on a chance to win people over to the one true god!
April 4th, 2007 @ 10:40 AM

Posted by Shelley Munro:

I also have an orca shifter in From the Deep anthology, and in the Men To Die For anthology my shifter is a taniwha (a creature from Maori New Zealand mythology)
April 4th, 2007 @ 3:03 PM

Posted by Emily Veinglory:

Shelley, we so need to talk. I am mid-taniwha story as we speak :) For the benefit of Americans I describe him roughly as a river dragon :)
April 4th, 2007 @ 11:10 PM

Posted by Shelley Munro:

Emily - that was pretty much what I did since it was the easiest way to describe them. In the myths I read the descriptions varied widely. Taniwhas are not nice :)
April 5th, 2007 @ 5:20 AM

Posted by Emily Veinglory:

Hey, Jules. I googled 'drop-bear'--now I'm even more confused.
April 5th, 2007 @ 11:12 AM

Posted by Anne Douglas:

LOL, maybe all us Kiwi's need to do a Taniwha Anthology, I'll have to hunt yours out Shelly, and wait for Emily's so I know where not to go!
April 6th, 2007 @ 1:55 AM

Posted by Ciar Cullen:

I don't know what to do for a sequel for The Biggest Kahuna? I'm sure someone's already done a starfish. That's what, like somewhat fewer than 8 arms to hold you. Do they have teeth? I like teeth.
April 6th, 2007 @ 2:04 AM

Posted by Ciar Cullen:

PS--Tiger Shark, tiger shark. Great whites don't shape shift. Get it right. Geesh.
April 6th, 2007 @ 2:06 AM

Posted by Ann Wesley Hardin:

Ciar--do a jellyfish! All that stinging and globulous pustulating. Oh my! BTW, I HAVE to read The Biggest Kahuna. That just sounds too good for words.
April 6th, 2007 @ 6:07 AM

Posted by Anon:

Is there no end to this shapeshifting rainbow? I'm all for these two-for-one heroes but a shark? Isn't that all teeth and, um, no arms? And an octopus? Squick factor just spiralled out of control. hehehe Now I know bears and panthers have been done but do we just judge the book by its shapeshifter hero now? Where's the story in all of this? (Oh and I just have to ask...with the polar bear hero...does he hibernate in winter? :P )
April 6th, 2007 @ 9:09 AM

Posted by Ciar Cullen:

Anon: Trust me, it takes a bit of story to turn a shark into a yummy hero. And btw, I didn't make this one up, the Hawaiians did. Okay, I added the part about him wanting a wife and being a surfer...
April 7th, 2007 @ 2:25 AM

Posted by Cass Curtis:

I have a Were-Rhino in my freebie short story, Stroke It. ;) He has two horns...ahh yeah, two times the fun! LOL
To download it for free, go to http://midnightmooncafe.bravehost.com:)
April 7th, 2007 @ 2:56 AM

Posted by Cass Curtis:

Oops, my bad. I got the url wrong. Go to: http://midnightmooncafe.bravehost.com/freebies.html and then scroll down. My were-rhino is the last one on the right under October Freebies. Stroke It. :P

But you're welcome to download any of the other stories from us. Enjoy.
April 7th, 2007 @ 3:43 AM

Posted by Kate R:

Jelly fish love. I can't wait to read that.

I just finished a dragon, but they're pretty standard.
April 7th, 2007 @ 10:00 AM

Posted by Kate R:

and yeah, really, Mrs. G, you just reviewed my rat shapeshifter book.

I read a werewolf book recently where the hero tied inside the heroine. As in stuck. Ewk. All I could think about are the dogs that got stuck together and ended butt to butt trying to get away.

okay got to go read the were-rhino.
April 7th, 2007 @ 10:03 AM

Posted by AllyBlue:

Boy am I jumping into this late! But here I go anyhow...
For those Cthulhu/"noodly appendage" fans, you might already know about Tentacle Sex, the 'zine devoted to, well, tentacle sex. I've never read it, but damn. I WANT to! Sez the rabid Lovecraft fan in me LOL

Anon, my octo-boy isn't squicky, honest! There's no sex in the octopus form, although that's mostly because I really didn't think it would fit in the story. And yes, there is a story! In fact there's way more plot than sex in this one. Waaaaaaay more.

Why did I write an octopus shifter? Because I have this weird thing for cephalopods O_O
April 16th, 2007 @ 6:54 AM