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Reading widely since 1972.

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A London Family, 1870-1900: A Trilogy
Molly Hughes
The Cellist of Sarajevo
Steven Galloway
Lives of a Cell: Notes of a Biology Watcher
Lewis Thomas
All the Names
José Saramago, Margaret Jull Costa
A History of the World in 100 Objects
Neil MacGregor
Down the Garden Path
Beverley Nichols
Virtue Betray'd, Or, Anna Bullen
John Banks
Year of Wonders
Geraldine Brooks
Swallows and Amazons
Arthur Ransome
Illusion in java
Gene Fowler

Lives of the Monster Dogs

Lives of the Monster Dogs - Kirsten Bakis Fascinating idea: A mad scientist creates a race of dogs to use as war dogs, giving them voice boxes, prosthetic hands, human intelligence, and the ability to stand on their hind legs. Nothing could go wrong here, right? So eventually the dogs escape, come to a sort of modern-day New York, still dressing in Napoleon-era clothing, and try to fit in. This outrageous scenario could have been used effectively to explore so many ideas about racial intolerance, control, war, inheritance, societal norms, fitting in, cities...oh the list could go on and on. Bakis does explore some of those, but the book felt bogged down by the human character, Cleo, a young journalist who is one of the few humans the dogs allow into their world. She documents their tragic decline, their flaws, their strange mix of human and canine personalities, and their history. I found her annoying and distracting from the main story. Every time it switched to her perspective and her personal angst, I started skimming. If the story had focused solely on the dogs, I would have given it 4 stars. As it is though, I did enjoy it. I might have to read it again.