Book Reviews of Lives of the Monster Dogs

Lives of the Monster Dogs
Lives of the Monster Dogs
Author: Kirsten Bakis
ISBN-13: 9780374189877
ISBN-10: 0374189870
Publication Date: 2/1997
Pages: 291
Rating:
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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3.5 stars, based on 24 ratings
Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux
Book Type: Hardcover
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Helpful Score: 3
A disappointment. Barkis had a good idea but it's not nearly as interesting as it should be. Three stars.
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Helpful Score: 2
Here is a first novel like no other: a spellbinding tale that both creates its own fully realized world perspective and provides an incisive look at the ways that humans and animals resemble each other.

A group of elegand monster dogs in top hats, tails, and bustle skirts become instant celebrities when they come to New York in 2008. Refugees from a town whose residents had been utterly isolated for a hundred years, the dogs retain the nineteenth-century Germanic culture of the humans who created them. They are wealthy and glamorous and seem to lead charmed lives - but they find adjusting to the modern world difficult, and when a young woman, Cleo Pira, befriends them, she discovers that a strange, incurable illness threatens them all with extinction.

When the dogs construct their dream home, a fantastic castle on the Lower East Side, and barricade themselves inside, Cleo finds herself one of the few human witnesses to a mad, lavish party that may prove to be the final act in the drama of the lives of the monster dogs.
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Helpful Score: 1
I'm going to try and start reading this book again. I found it difficult to identify with the characters and not a whole lot of suspense from the beginning to prompt me to read to the end.
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Helpful Score: 1
Finally, a rating system that lets me rate this book as low as I want to: 1/2 star. This is the worst book that I have read in years.
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Helpful Score: 1
Bakis creates an interesting Frankenstein-ian situation, where sentient bipedal dogs rebel against their creator and attempt to join modern American society. Lovely and bittersweet.
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Helpful Score: 1
Mournful horror-adventure story of human-dog hybrids created by a sadistic mad scientist. Terrible in its vividness. Particularly for an animal lover, the overwhelming take-away is a deep sense of sadness and violation for the suffering of the title characters, who are unable to find community among any other creatures except for their own few comrades.
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Interesting...not exactly what I thought it would be. By the time the book starts, all the interesting things have already happened. I would have preferred to see more of of Rankstadt and their exodus from there and have less of the main character.
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Crazy, weird, cultish--try it for something a bit different.