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Lives of the Monster Dogs (original 1998; edition 1998)
Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0446674168, Paperback)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 possess human intelligence, speak human language, have prosthetic humanlike 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 humanlike frailties and, ultimately, real suffering more serious and affecting than the subject matter might at first glance suggest.
(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:44:11 -0400)
A German scientist in Canada creates over 100 dogs who can talk and walk on hind legs. One day they revolt and move to New York where they become instant celebrities. Rich, intelligent and elegantly dressed, their story is told by a young woman journalist who befriends them and who discovers that they are doomed. An exploration of the boundary between human and animal. A debut in fiction.
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