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Did you ever wonder what your pet was thinking when you met a prospective spouse? Did he like him? Did he think he was a good match for you?
Or how about ghost pets who act as matchmakers?
Or a dog who lives like a human, taking care of the apartment while you’re away?
Or have you ever thought about taking revenge on someone who harmed your pet?
Or did you ever want a mythical creature as a present when you were a child?
These are just some of the ideas fleshed out in UNCOMMON PET TALES, a collection of short stories that run the gamut from romance to ghost stories to mysteries to fantasy to -- tales that you just can’t categorize. They’re all short, so that you can read several of them in a single sitting. That’s the aim of the “Read on the Run” series, and I found this collection to be quite enjoyable, which is saying a lot since, in all honesty, I’m not really a pet fan. My favorites were “A Dog Called Alfred,” “The Locket,” and “Adopting Cathy,” but each story had something to offer.
I brought this book with me on a recent airplane trip. It was the perfect reading material for the trip. Read a story, listen to the stewardess; read another story, get pretzels and a drink from the service cart; read another story, let the passenger next to you out, and so forth. Clever stories that grab your attention but each stands alone so that you can enjoy reading in small bites.
What an amazing find! I totally was caught up in each unique story featuring pets and their bond with people. My fave's were The Littlest Werewolf & The Locket. Whether you are a fan or not of pets you will find these stories offer something for everyone!
I loved this book. I'm not usually a short story fan, but I was intrigued by the theme and found nothing to disappoint - in fact I'm now a convert to the genre. The ideas are brilliant, the dialogue sparkling, the pace swift. They're short, but substantial. And they have that edge; that unsettling sense that life is not quite as we thought it was. I think, too, that the theme is relevant and topical, given the need for humankind to reassess its assumed superiority over animals - not that there is anything preachy or censorious about these stories. All in all, a satisfying read, and recommended.
What a great collection of animal- centred stories! Each one different , but all offering some sort of insight to the bond between people and their pets. A great book for anyone who has a pet, or wished they had. Or in the case of cats, whose pet has them!