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Friday, March 25, 2016

Reading Cats and Dogs

Posted by: Zach H.

Do you enjoy reading books in which animals play a major role? It can be very interesting to consider different situations from an animal's point of view and sometimes animals can make different connections with readers than human characters.  Even if you think that you prefer human characters in your books, give these books a try.  You may be surprised!

Heart of a Dog by Mikhail Bulgakov
A professor in Moscow transplants various parts of a dead man into a stray dog, turning the dog into a human animal. Written by the author of the classic Master and Margarita, the novel is an entertaining and interesting look into what separates humans from other animals. In its absurdity it also satirizes the Russian Revolution.

Call of the Wild by Jack London
Buck, a St Bernard/German Shepherd mix, is a dog that knows nothing but luxury until he is dognapped and sold to men in the Yukon to be a sled dog. Set in a rich, natural landscape (typical of London), the story deals with transformation and strength through survival.

We3 by Grant Morrison
Turned into weaponized cyborgs, a dog, a cat, and a rabbit manage to escape from the military program that created them in an attempt to find "home". This graphic novel is original, well-told, and capable of pulling heart strings.

Blacksad by Juan Diaz Canales
Set in an alternate 1950's with animals in the place of humans, John Blacksad is a feline private investigator dealing with murder cases, child abductions, and stolen nuclear secrets. The stories and artwork together are phenomenal. It's easy to see why it has won s
o many awards.

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