The theme of this particular collection is celebrity, so the stories are a bit less varied across genre than what was found in the Ursa Majors book. There are no illustrations, but there is a clever use of page decorations that are unique to each story’s subject.
With a couple of exceptions, the stories in this are furry in name only — the characters could be replaced by humans without making any changes. For some readers that’s not an issue, but for others it might be, so I thought I’d make a note of it here.
This is Flayrah's second review of Roar #4 - see also Fred Patten's review.
Here is the fourth approximately-annual anthology of “literary” (non-erotic) anthropomorphic fiction from Bad Dog Books. There are practically no magazines of anthropomorphic fiction published today, leaving ROAR as one of the few remaining markets for anthropomorphic short stories.
This fourth volume has the theme of “fame”:
Fame—that siren song Celebrity has many stories. Perhaps it is nothing more than an incredible tale. What amazing lengths people will go to in order to find it—or escape from it. In this volume of ROAR, twelve authors explore what celebrity means and how its impact is felt. New stories from celebrated anthropomorphic authors such as Tim Susman, Mary E. Lowd, and Whyte Yoté share these pages with talented newcomers.
Editor's note: This is the first of two reviews of ROAR 4; the second, by Roz Gibson, is here.
ROAR is Bad Dog Books’ approximately-annual anthology of “literary” anthropomorphic fiction, as distinct from FANG, BDB’S anthology of erotic anthropomorphic fiction. With three volumes now, ROAR has established itself as one of the best publications of Furry short fiction.
This third volume has the theme of “moments” – “In a world where time flows steadily on, individual moments crystallize into the memories that define us, that we use to measure ourselves. At certain times our actions can change the course of an evening, or the rest of our lives.” Each story is about a defining moment in someone’s life.