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October 14th, 2018

Book #28 of 2018: Tooth and Claw

Tooth and Claw by Stephen Moore
Traditional or self-published: Traditional
Rating: Liked (Hated-Disliked-Okay-Liked-Loved)

Looking at the cover and the book's blurb, you wouldn't guess this was actually a really well written story.

Abandoned in the depths of winter, the once-pampered pets of men are left to their own fate. It's a battle to survive the cruel weather and the feral cats and dogs. But Man becomes the worst enemy. To survive, the animals must unite in the most desperate fight of their lives.

Very little about that is accurate and it's also so poorly written...

The story does indeed center around animals that were once pets, though very very few of them were ever pampered. Set sometime after World War 1, all of the people in a town are being moved out -- the town is located in what will become a No Man's Land border between two countries. The people are not permitted to bring their animals, so all the cats and dogs are left behind.

This story does what I love most: The animals are able to talk to each other, but in every other way they're completely normal animals. They know and understand no more than any real cat or dog would. So, when all the people leave, the cats and dogs have no idea why or if they're ever coming back. All these house pets have to learn to survive on their own.

There was a supernatural element to the book, which personally I could have done without. But, for a supernatural element, it was handled as realistically as possible. I just wish the author had chosen to go a natural route instead.

I completely believed all of the animals as animals, which is sadly rare when it comes to talking animal books.

Hm, I see there's a sequel, Skin and Bone. I started a different book already, but I think I'll pick that up to read next.

Currently reading: The Girl They Sold To The Moon, which is pretty darned bad. Mostly I'm sticking with it to see just how bad it gets.

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