Mar 27

Who you callin Puss n Boots?Click for full image

Tom Noir Comments: Release Notes for Catware 3.7:

– Reduced shedding by 15%
– Catpeople can now wield glaives, halberds, and Beretta AR70s
– Removed ridiculous names from Author Name Generator
– Tail toggle added to preferences
– Text correction: mages cast ‘fireball’, not ‘hairball’
– Runaway reproduction issue now fixed

Published 1999

Actually, that cover IS a classical work of art!I would touch it without protective gloves.I've seen worse. Far, far, worse.Interesting, but I would still read it in public.Middlng: Neither awful nor awfully goodWould not like to be seen reading that!Awful... just awful...That belongs in a gold-lame picture frame!Gah... my eyes are burning! Feels so good!Good Show Sir! (Average: 8.29 out of 10)

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21 Responses to “Ruby Flames”

  1. StevenLP Says:

    The author’s name only seems to have been tagged on as an afterthought. Initially I thought it was ‘Ruby Flames’, but no.

  2. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Wizard’s all, ‘Only two more hours until I can clock out and go home…’

  3. THX 1138 Says:

    I think Ruby Flames is the show cat’s name. Or Alia Shawkat’s name. Or something.

  4. fred Says:

    Catware, Inc. seems to have used up its nine lives. The company logo might be GSS worthy. Bait and switch, as Shattered Light seems to lack catpeople.
    All things Catware, Inc.

  5. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @fred: Wenceslao Moreno should sue them for stealing his hand’s profile!

  6. Bibliomancer Says:

    Go Fuego yourself

  7. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Wait, we’ve seen that loincloth before…

  8. A.R.Yngve Says:

    “Based on the sensational CD/ROM…”
    Ladies and gentlemen, I think we have located the exact point where the 90s peaked.

  9. Tom Noir Says:

    Oh my goodness, I believe I did think Ruby Flames was the author name.


  10. Bibliomancer Says:

    @Tom Noir – “knaak, knaak, knaak, …” 🙂 🙂 🙂

  11. JuanPaul Says:

    @dswbt who wore it better?

  12. Yoss Says:

    “Can you make the cat person’s head about 50% larger? Good, good…… now double it! I want him to look as if he might tip over any moment.”

  13. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @JP: I don’t know, but…is it horrid of me, that I keep imagining the crossover fan fiction?

  14. JuanPaul Says:

    @dswbt Dick Steel vs Pussy Power in a battle over who gets to wear the velour loincloth to the ball.

  15. David Van Domelen Says:

    Judging from Knaak’s wikipedia page, either Ruby Flames was the only book in the series, or someone else wrote the second book.

  16. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Includes USB stick with the FREE game Snake!

  17. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    fred’s link above reveals that the Shattered Light game came with a full level editor. And it got me thinking…

    Suppose that a vintage 90s CD-ROM computer and VR helmet, one of the real neck-busting jobs, had ended up in the late 1960s. Brothers Jeff and Bob Leighton, mid-level administrators at the real MI6, can get the setup working but not well enough understand what it is or how it works. Rather than take it to their colleagues who could reverse engineer it, the brothers decided to use it for their own entertainment.

    There’s a recent hire, Richard Lipschitz, who insists on being known as Richard Blade. Dick is not only a card-carrying narcissist but more than a little slow, and his by-the-book obsession with detail is more than a little grating for the bored brothers Leighton. Jeff bets Bob a pound that he can get Lipschitz to strip naked except for a layer of paint, and Bob eagerly takes him up on the offer.

    They create an imaginary branch using the power of Paperwork ™.

    They transfer in as much antiquated computer machinery as they can, hiding their time-traveling computer setup in the middle of it all.

    They build themselves a world straight out of those pulp novels Lipschitz loves to spend government time reading.

    And they let the fun begin…

  18. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Yup, get here two days late and everything you could think of to say has been said.

    Good Show, GSS!

  19. Lctwice Says:

    That’s quite a wolflike feline.

  20. Nagrom Says:

    It looks like there was a trilogy made of these, this being the first. the other two were:
    Dark Light, by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro;
    Catseye, by William R. Forstchen and Jaki Demarest.

  21. Tom Noir Says:


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