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THIRDS Beyond the Books Volume 1 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Volume 1 & 2 combined review: I really don't have much to say about these Beyond the Books volumes other than they are brilliant! Such a great way to widen the THIRDS universe, with little glimpses within the time frame we're familiar with and moments prior to the series' beginning that give even greater depth to the characters we love. There's too many to give detail about but I can't write a review for these extras without mentioning my absolute favorite one and that is the one where Tony has the sex talk with Dex, visual aids and all. Not only do we get to see a young Dex be completely mortified with his father but we get to see the obvious love between father and son despite the topic at hand. Truth is, I can't imagine being a THIRDS fan and not experiencing these short story collections. They may not be crucial moments, most could be labeled "deleted scenes", but however you file them away in your mind they only heighten the series by adding layers to the whole THIRDS universe.
'THIRDS' by Charlie Cochet is one of my top ten all-time favorite series. So when I heard that she was putting together a collection of fan fiction shorts, you can believe I was all over the dibsing for this book. The thought of the author writing shorts in response to prompts from fans had me salivating. The other thing it had me doing, however, was scratching my head in frustration at how I was going to write this review. As much as I would dearly love to talk about each and every prompt and the short that went with it, I decided instead to focus on the meaning behind them. The author definitely presented them in a timeline, for example beginning with Dex at age five and when his dad's best friend, Tony, became his adopted dad after Dex's parents were killed. Then moving on to how Tony rescued Cael and adopted him, and so on. There were many advantages to me that the stories were presented this way. One of the big ones being I got to really see the struggles between Humans and Therians, and the prejudices that Dex, Tony, Cael, and others dealt with as they grew up. Prejudices and attitudes that shaped them into the men they became. If Tony were standing in front of me I'd have to hug and kiss him. He was such a wonderful dad to Dex and Cael. The strong family bond was beautiful to see and at times hilarious, i.e. Tony teaching Dex about sex education using porn and colored diagrams. There were so many wonderful moments in this book. The first time Calvin and Hobbs met. Watching Sloane, Cael, Ash, and Hobbs go "kitty" crazy on empty boxes, and Dex as the rookie having to figure out how to get them out. The first time Cael and Ash meet. Dex and Sloane's first date. Oh, I could keep going on and on, but I have to leave some surprises for my fellow readers. I won't tell you I squealed, but I scared both cats. That's because there's something extra super secret at the end of this collection that I totally wasn't expecting. Not only was this book amazing and fabulous, but now I'm in la-la land waiting for more. Thank you, Charlie, you're the very bestest! NOTE: This book was provided by Dreamspinner Press for the purpose of a review on Rainbow Book Reviews