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Among Animals: The Lives of Animals and Humans in Contemporary Short Fiction (utgåvan 2014)

av John Yunker (Redaktör)

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Stories that affirm the indelible bond among humans and animals The relationships among human and non-human animals goes back to the beginning of time--and the ways in which these relationships have evolved (and sometimes not) is the inspiration for this collection of contemporary short fiction, penned by writers from across the globe. This diverse collection of stories explores the ways in which we live among--and often in conflict with--our non-human counterparts. These stories feature animals from the familiar (dogs and cats) to the exotic (elands and emus), and in these stories animals are both the rescuers and the rescued. Within these pages are glimpses of the world through the eyes of a zookeeper, a shelter worker, a penguin researcher, and a neighborhood stray, among many others--all highlighting the ways in which animals and humans understand and challenge one another. Among Animals is a dynamic collection of stories from the world's most gifted contemporary authors--those who pay close attention to the creatures with which we share our planet, and who inspire us to pay closer attention as well.… (mer)
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Titel:Among Animals: The Lives of Animals and Humans in Contemporary Short Fiction
Författare:John Yunker (Redaktör)
Info:Ashland Creek Press (2014), 232 pages
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This book of short stories was absolutely fascinating. The need for humans to study and understand animals is so prevalent. One story really got to me. Greyhound has made me think about looking into adopting said breed.
All of the stories were not as compelling, but brought to mind all of the fascination we as humans have for other creatures. The world would not be as fascinating without all the other creatures. ( )
  JReynolds1959 | Jun 1, 2014 |
This is an outstanding collection of stories. Although there were maybe 3 of the 15 stories that didn't do much for me, the remaining 12 more than made up for the weaker stories.

All were well-written, most were very thought-provoking, and a few were a little eerie. Even with the common theme of animals in fiction, the stories had a wide array of styles, points of view and depth.

Overall, an awesome collecton. I was sorely disappointed when I reached the last story...I wanted more! Thanks for sending me this copy. ( )
1 rösta DuffDaddy | Feb 28, 2014 |
Not at all what I expected, far more introspecive and somber. I enjoyed the collection even so, but it was serious and thought provoking as well as eerie in some cases. It reflects another point of view concerning man and animal interaction and relationships, not the one advocated by Disney. Recommend it to anyone willing to consider a different slant on mankind's relationship with it closest neighbors. ( )
1 rösta dmclane | Feb 22, 2014 |
The Short of It:

A deeply introspective look at the role of animals in society.

The Rest of It:

This is a powerful, and I’ll admit, at times, unsettling collection of short stories that center around animals and their place in society. I expected most of the stories to center around “man’s best friend” but the collection goes much deeper than that.

These stories include a man’s infatuation with a bird, a story told from a stray dog’s point of view, a woman impregnated (magically speaking) by a dolphin, a pregnant woman slowly becoming goat-like, and probably what was the most powerful story for me, one about an animal taken in as “meat” that suddenly becomes quite a bit more than that.

What I briefly mentioned above doesn’t even cover the half of it. My main reason for accepting this book for review, is that it also includes two favorites stories of mine, written by Midge Raymond (The Ecstatic Cry) and Jean Ryan (Greyhound). I was introduced to their writing through their story collections (Forgetting English and Survival Skills) some time ago and ever since, I’ve looked at short fiction in an entirely new light.

Short. Fiction. Can. Pull. You. In.

Yes. Yes, it can.

I know lots and lots of readers that shy away from short fiction. Trust me, I am a novel gal. I love to lose myself in a long novel but if you haven’t given short fiction a chance lately, you really should. Among Animals, in particular, really shook me up. I was all torn up over this one. It’s not a sad collection, but at the same time, it’s not a happy collection either. Each story seems to call the reader out, and then take you down a peg. It’s a little unnerving but at the same time, comforting. That’s a strange word to use for some of these stories but there was a solemnity to it all that made me revere the collection all the more.

If you are looking to stretch yourself a little as a reader and have been trying to work some short fiction into your reading schedule, I cannot recommend this collection highly enough. It’s thought-provoking, somber but also totally in your face. I loved it.

For more reviews, visit my blog: Book Chatter. ( )
1 rösta tibobi | Feb 21, 2014 |
this is a really nice book. i am an animal lover, and many of the statements in this book i can relate to. I like how there is a lot of information about animals that i haven't known before! what great book - than you librarything! ( )
  Ariellazwillinger | Feb 20, 2014 |
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Stories that affirm the indelible bond among humans and animals The relationships among human and non-human animals goes back to the beginning of time--and the ways in which these relationships have evolved (and sometimes not) is the inspiration for this collection of contemporary short fiction, penned by writers from across the globe. This diverse collection of stories explores the ways in which we live among--and often in conflict with--our non-human counterparts. These stories feature animals from the familiar (dogs and cats) to the exotic (elands and emus), and in these stories animals are both the rescuers and the rescued. Within these pages are glimpses of the world through the eyes of a zookeeper, a shelter worker, a penguin researcher, and a neighborhood stray, among many others--all highlighting the ways in which animals and humans understand and challenge one another. Among Animals is a dynamic collection of stories from the world's most gifted contemporary authors--those who pay close attention to the creatures with which we share our planet, and who inspire us to pay closer attention as well.

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