Booking Through Thursday is a weekly meme about (mostly) books and reading. Here is this week’s question:
So how do you feel about books about dogs or pets? Fluffy stories of fluffy family members? Solid books on training them or taking care of them? Touching reminiscences of trouble and the way a person’s dog (or pet) has helped get them through? Any favourite books to recommend?
I don’t mind books with pets as they allow the author to showcase a different side of their characters. How often have we seen the emotionally constipated hero that is loved by his dog? We know then that he must have some redeeming features and cut him a little more slack. If you are into contemporary romances with animals then you might like Jill Shalvis’ Animal Magnetism series which features vets.
Stories with cats solving mysteries are a bit too cutesy for me but give me a pet in an urban fantasy series that works with their owner and I’m happy. The Irish wolfhound Oberon immediately comes to mind from Kevin Hearne’s Iron Druid Chronicles series. The dog keeps Atticus grounded and injects some much needed humour. I actually did a gnash-up between Oberon and Pirate (from Angie Fox’s demon hunting series) a month ago which is here. I’d rather link you to it instead of repeating myself.
One other animal that I adore is Pepe from Heather Blake’s Wishcrafting series but he’s a special case as he was originally a human who was turned into a familiar. Pepe is quick-witted and quick with a needle. He is the best mouse-tailor in the village if not the world. If we continue the human into animal thread then I wouldn’t mind snuggling up with a werewolf from Molly Harper’s Naked Werewolf series.
As I’m writing this, I have one kitten (the well-behaved one) curled up on my lap while my naughty one is careering around causing destruction and chaos. They may steal my socks, chew up important papers and leave their toys on my pillow but I adore them. Life is just better with a cat or a pet of some sort. Don’t you think?