Lives of the Monster Dogs Author:Kirsten Bakis A postmodern Mary Shelley, taking the parable of Frankenstein's monster several giant steps farther, might have written this fable of a novel about a tragic race of monster dogs -- in this case, genetically and biomechanically engineered dogs (of several major breeds). Created by a German mad scientist in the 19th century, the monster dogs posse... more »ss human intelligence, speak human language, have prosthetic human-like hands and walk upright on hind legs. The dogs' descendants arrive in New York City in the year 2008, still acting like Victorian-era aristocrats. Most important, the monster dogs suffer human-like frailties and, ultimately, real suffering more serious and affecting than the subject matter might at first glance suggest.« less
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.
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.