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Lives of the Monster Dogs
by Kirsten Bakis and Jeff VanDermeer


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The twentieth anniversary of a postmodern classic, blending the gothic novel with bleeding-edge science fiction

After a century of cruel experimentation, a haunted race of genetically and biomechanically uplifted canines are created by the followers of a mad nineteenth-century Prussian surgeon.  Read more...


 
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Overview

The twentieth anniversary of a postmodern classic, blending the gothic novel with bleeding-edge science fiction

After a century of cruel experimentation, a haunted race of genetically and biomechanically uplifted canines are created by the followers of a mad nineteenth-century Prussian surgeon. Possessing human intelligence, speaking human language, fitted with prosthetic hands, and walking upright on their hind legs, the monster dogs are intended to be super soldiers. Rebelling against their masters, however, and plundering the isolated village where they were created, the now wealthy dogs make their way to New York, where they befriend the young NYU student Cleo Pira and acting like Victorian aristocrats become reluctant celebrities.

Unable to reproduce, doomed to watch their race become extinct, the highly cultured dogs want no more than to live in peace and be accepted by contemporary society. Little do they suspect, however, that the real tragedy of their brief existence is only now beginning.

Told through a variety of documents diaries, newspaper clippings, articles for Vanity Fair, and even a portion of an opera libretto Kirsten Bakis s Lives of the Monster Dogs uses its science-fictional premise to launch a surprisingly emotional exploration of the great themes: love, death, and the limits of compassion. A contemporary classic, this edition features a new introduction by Jeff VanderMeer.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780374537142
  • ISBN-10: 0374537143
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Publish Date: May 2017
  • Page Count: 320
  • Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.6 pounds

Series: FSG Classics

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Books > Fiction > Literary
Books > Fiction > Gothic
Books > Fiction > Science Fiction - Genetic Engineering

 
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