Dane was a reliable guitarist until he got addicted to ants. Now he’s just a giant anteater with an abysmal grade point average. On a date with lead singer, Serena, they witness a gruesome incident. Waking up in the hospital, Dane realizes Serena’s missing. Going to the police only gets him a felony for possession of ants. Now, forced to lick the habit while he tracks down...more
The Undertones is populated with very human animals. Not that humans aren’t animals…we are. But I mean the obvious—cats, owls, foxes, anteaters, Komodo drag ...more
If instead of writing fables Aesop wrote a kind of noir novel with a soft spot for jazz then Undertones might be just such a book. L.S. Popovich’s creation is a zoological romp through conspiracy and intrigue. The main character is a green-haired anteater who plays in a jazz band called Undertones and is struggling with an ant addiction problem. Like me, you might wonder, Why is it an addiction if it ...more
I know I shouldn't be putting too much thought into how animals came to have human technology (same as Zootopia) but I can't he ...more
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This was really interesting, actually. We meet Dane, our anteater main character, at a jazz bar. After a series of mishaps, he runs the road of political activism (view spoiler)[ and seeks to rescue his polar/black bear ex-girlfriend and dismantle an illegal mob organization. (hide spoiler)]
I think this story is essentially a lesson--and if not a lesson, at least an observation of the current worl ...more
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I'll admit I found the beginning a bit daunting due to trying to remember what animal each character was, but the author does a great job at reiterating this throughout the novel in case you forget each species. It's not really a big deal except when some of the smaller plot points reference species specific capabilities or hin ...more
Animals are made to feel like humans which I felt added an almost Animal Farm feel to it which I really enjoyed. The plot itself was very well developed and portrayed well.
I also enjoyed the writing style and will definitely be keeping a look out for future works from this author! ...more
It's easy to tell that the writing duo really love their characters, even the unsavory ones, with sharp dialogue, introspective narration, and really chewy line descriptions like, "Dark clouds roil ...more
The mystery hits (a little violently) about halfway in the story, and until then we enjoy getting to know these kids and how they negotiate the social pact around them. (They're all ani ...more
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An underground jazz band leads an anarchy movement to overtake a lying food corporation and the mob all lead by a magpie.
The animal kingdom is trying for harmony and to become civilised like walking on two legs and not eating each other. Of course some are going to slip up every once in awhile and grab some ants or get a hold of some black market meat.....
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It would almost be easy to forget they are animals, in actuality. They attend college classes, they crave coffee, they lose themselves in music, they smoke and kiss and fight and wrestle with moral decisions. This is not a cute anima ...more
A teenager that is a giant anteater who plays in a band and is addicted to ants. It is very rare that I read something so unique and outside of the box. Even though, I doubted at first that I could continue because it wasn't my usual go-to, I was so surprised. The characters make-up only added to the special aspects of this book, but I don't want to say too much about that without spoiling the experience. And that is huge for me - the experience!
So after we get familiar ...more
The story is full of witty and fun dialogues. The characters, despite being animals, are really human, this aspect in particular, reminded me to Animal Farm although in a different setting and story. But the way L.S. Popovich was able to make these animals behave like they were in a real society is to be applauded. If that was not enough, they are well ...more
This was definitely ... interesting. I don't read many books featuring anthropomorphic animals, let alone books where their physiological and evolutionary differences are so thoughtfully examined and incorporated into the story. While animal-society-as-allegory certainly isn't a unique premise, Popovich has constructed a fascinating narrative.
My rating boils down to the fact t ...more
Undertones is a book with a lot of ideas. So much is crammed in this extended allegory of a book. Music, college, maturing, drug addiction, corruption, racism, conspiracy theories, and plenty more. It's a novel that has something to say, and for the most part succeeds...though to differing degrees at certain points.
The first third of the novel is slow. And since there are so many characters (of so many different species), it's hard to keep track in t ...more
I guess this qualifies as a sub-sub genre...putting funny animals into old fashioned Fawcett Gold Medal type books. In this one, an ant eater addicted to ants is part of a jazz band, and has to kick the habit, and get the girl.
Not bad if you like this sort of thing.
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Their short stories and poems have appeared in Chrome Baby, Havok, Aphelion, Bull & Cross, Red Fez, Bewildering Stories, Th ...more