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(Buzzfeed)   The Saturday Morning Book Club is going to the dogs. And the cats, horses, pigs, chickens, rabbits, and pretty much the entire animal kingdom as we search for the best books every animal lover should read   ( buzzfeed.com) divider line
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2017-09-30 08:09:34 AM  
Watership Down, by Richard Adams has always been my favorite.
2017-09-30 08:17:50 AM  
2017-09-30 08:20:24 AM  
"All Creatures Great & Small"

//and the assorted others in the series
///will think on some others - Gary Paulson springs to mind
/V Sat morning slashie fun
2017-09-30 08:24:08 AM  
2017-09-30 08:28:05 AM  
Where the Red Fern Grows?
2017-09-30 08:33:16 AM  
Trumpet of the Swan.
2017-09-30 08:34:15 AM  
The Complete Meat Cookbook: A Juicy and Authoritative Guide to Selecting, Seasoning, and Cooking Today's Beef, Pork, Lamb, and Veal
2017-09-30 08:39:46 AM  
2017-09-30 08:55:48 AM  
Silence of the lambs
2017-09-30 09:20:53 AM  
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2017-09-30 09:27:22 AM  
Animal Farm.
2017-09-30 10:02:33 AM  
Tailchaser's Song by Tad Williams
2017-09-30 10:14:55 AM  

Recoil Therapy: "All Creatures Great & Small"

This, of course.

Charlotte's Web and Black Beauty are a few other favorites.
2017-09-30 10:16:32 AM  
I'll second Watership Down, then suggest Sounder or The Incredible Journey as close seconds.
2017-09-30 10:17:58 AM  
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

Written by some Dick that is popular 'round here.

/not obscure
2017-09-30 10:25:27 AM  
No votes for "Old Yeller"?

/ still cries
2017-09-30 10:27:37 AM  
Charoletts Web, I'll Always Love You, Where the Red Fern Grows, Call of the Wild, White Fang, Marley and Me.
2017-09-30 10:28:22 AM  
For non-fiction, the wife strongly suggests "Out Of Harm's Way" by Terri Crisp. Just advises to have plenty of tissue handy when reading.

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2017-09-30 10:29:13 AM  
"Enslaved by Ducks: How One Man Went from Head of the Household to Bottom of the Pecking Order" by Bob Tarte
2017-09-30 10:30:05 AM  
Brin's Uplift series
2017-09-30 10:34:56 AM  
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2017-09-30 10:35:05 AM  
Moby Dick is probably my favorite animal book.

I should have posted that, instead of the first thing that pops into my mind.  I do this every week, even though I tell myself I will rtfa first.  Sigh.

Also, the tree cats in the Honor Harrington series are interesting.  (I've posted too much about this series in the last few months, but I'm on book 9 now, and it's relevant to my interests.)    :)
2017-09-30 10:41:33 AM  
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2017-09-30 10:48:06 AM  
Never Cry Wolf - Farley Mowat.  Any of his works, actually.
2017-09-30 10:53:09 AM  
My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell has always been one of my favorites. It's about young Durrell's adventures on the island of Corfu prior to WWII. His descriptions of both the animals he encounters and his family are wonderful.
2017-09-30 10:54:30 AM  
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2017-09-30 10:59:35 AM  
Watership Down was my first thought as well.

But on second thought I'll submit Travels With Charley by John Steinbeck
2017-09-30 11:01:21 AM  
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Both awesome in every way.
2017-09-30 11:03:41 AM  
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Take your dog along while you find America, be really saddened by racism. By one of the absolute best American writers ever.
2017-09-30 11:13:00 AM  
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Kipling at his best.
2017-09-30 11:15:20 AM  
I usually like to contribute to these threads, but this time I'm stumped. At least from a literary standpoint - there's plenty in children's literature: Charlotte's Web, Black Beauty,but as an adult animals in fiction haven't really interested me. I have a lovely illustrated edition of Origin of Species on my bookshelf, but I must confess I haven't actually read Darwin - satisfying myself with nature documentaries and what I recall from high school.

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One book I can recommend is Sir Walter Buller's A History of the Birds of New Zealand,if only for the illustrations. I hear Audubon's Birds of Americais pretty good too, but I don't know if its reputation is due to the extreme rarity of the first edition.

Anyway, here's a picture from Birds of NZ.
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2017-09-30 11:21:26 AM  
Lord of the flies.
2017-09-30 11:27:23 AM  

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Kipling at his best.

Not quite.

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2017-09-30 11:33:28 AM  
The Cat Who series. The Cat Who Saw Ghost. For example. Except for The Cat Who Walk Through walls. That's by another author.
2017-09-30 11:38:36 AM  
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2017-09-30 12:01:24 PM  
James Herriot's books. All of them. Probably the only books my entire farming family read in the 1970's, from my grandparents on down. And we learned to swear like Yorkshiremen.
2017-09-30 12:20:22 PM  
Another recommendation for the All Creatures Great and Small series by James Herriot.

Other non-fiction:

Ring of Bright Water
Born Free


Life of Pi
Moby Dick

"The Cat Who . . . " series is cute but the mysteries are not that good (guilty party comes out of left field with few prior hints)
2017-09-30 12:37:14 PM  
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2017-09-30 12:44:01 PM  
Jaws, by Peter Benchley
The Humane Gardener: Nurturing a Backyard Habitat for Wildlife, by Nancy Lawson
The Bond: Our KKinship with Animals, Our Call to Defend Them, by Wayne Pacelle
2017-09-30 12:44:42 PM  

Fat Old Broad: Animal Farm.

Picked up a copy illustrated by Ralph Steadman.  Works surprisingly well.
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2017-09-30 12:46:26 PM  
Does anyone happen to know the name of that science fiction story where it is discovered Earth is saturated by some sort of energy field that makes everything stupid and when it suddenly goes away animals develop human level intelligence?
2017-09-30 12:46:55 PM  
The Art of Racing in the Rain - Garth Stein
2017-09-30 12:58:33 PM  
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2017-09-30 01:03:02 PM  
The Bear Went Over the Mountain- William Kotzwinkle

Utterly absurd and had me giggling like a fool at times.
2017-09-30 01:18:24 PM  
Marley and Me
2017-09-30 01:21:58 PM  
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2017-09-30 01:35:44 PM  

Recoil Therapy: "All Creatures Great & Small"

//and the assorted others in the series
///will think on some others - Gary Paulson springs to mind
/V Sat morning slashie fun

I was 5 hours late
2017-09-30 01:39:31 PM  
The Chet and Bernie Mysteries by Spencer Quinn

Chet is  a dog and Bernie is a Detective. Chet is also the narrator. the second book seems a little formulaic of the first, but other than that they are lighthearted and If you read too may in a row you might find yourself reading in a very manic frenzy as if you were a border collie looking for a job.

 The first one is called "Dog On It".

Thoroughly enoyable
2017-09-30 01:43:47 PM  
Have you not heard?  It was my understanding that everyone had heard...

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It's a very interesting study of how different birds build...everything from the equivalent of a lean-to, to apartment houses, to virtual Fort Knoxes, according to their needs.
2017-09-30 01:59:06 PM  
One of my favorite Japanese books is  "I am a cat" by Natsume Soseki, in which a rather sarcastic cat provides observations on the lives of the people around him. Very funny and well-written book by one of Japan's best authors:

"Living as I do with human beings, the more that I observe them, the more I am forced to conclude that they are selfish. Especially those children. I find my bedmates utterly unspeakable. When the fancy takes them, they hang me upside-down, they stuff my face into a paper-bag, they fling me about, they ram me into the kitchen range. Furthermore, if I do commit so much as the smallest mischief, the entire household unites to chase me around and persecute me. The other day when I happened to be sharpening my claws on some straw floor-matting, the mistress of the house became so unreasonably incensed that now it is only with the greatest reluctance that she'll even let me enter a matted room. Though I'm shivering on the wooden floor in the kitchen, heartlessly she remains indifferent.

Miss Blanche, the white cat who lives opposite and whom I much admire, tells me whenever I see her that there is no living creature quite so heartless as a human. The other day, she gave birth to four beautiful kittens. But three days later, the shosei of her house removed all four and tossed them away into the backyard pond. Miss Blanche, having given through her tears a complete account of this event, as**sured me that, to maintain our own parental love and to enjoy our beautiful family life, we, the cat-race, must engage in total war upon all humans. We have no choice but to exterminate them. I think it is a very reasonable proposition.

And the three-colored tomcat living next door is especially indignant that human beings do not understand the nature of proprietary rights. Among our kind it is taken for granted that he who first finds something, be it the head of a dried sardine or a gray mullet's navel, acquires thereby the right to eat it. And if this rule be flouted, one may well resort to violence. But human beings do not seem to understand the rights of property. Every time we come on something good to eat, invariably they descend and take it from us. Relying on their naked strength, they coolly rob us of things which are rightly ours to eat. Miss Blanche lives in the house of a military man, and the tomcat's master is a lawyer. But since I live in a teacher's house, I take matters of this sort rather more lightly than they. I feel that life is not unreasonable so long as one can scrape along from day to day. For surely even human beings will not flourish forever. I think it best to wait in patience for the Day of the Cats. "
2017-09-30 02:00:07 PM  
The Call of the Wild is my favorite book ever.

"One devil, dat Spitz," remarked Perrault. "Some dam day him kill dat Buck."
"Dat Buck two devils," was Francois's rejoinder.
2017-09-30 02:08:50 PM  
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2017-09-30 02:42:44 PM  
Charlotte's Web
2017-09-30 02:45:32 PM  

freetomato: The Art of Racing in the Rain - Garth Stein

Came to say this.
2017-09-30 03:10:08 PM  

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Great book, very interesting as a travel book too.
2017-09-30 04:44:37 PM  
I cannot recommend this book enough:

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You will not stop laughing the whole way through. And you'll learn some things, too.
2017-09-30 05:03:02 PM  
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This book made me think, and lol.   Would love to have her border collie. :)
'Sheepish: Two Women, Fifty Sheep, and Enough Wool to Save the Planet'
by Catherine Friend
''After fifteen years of farming, Catherine Friend is tired.  After all, while shepherding is one of the oldest professions, it's not getting any easier. The number of sheep in North America has fallen by 90 % in the last 90 years. But just as Catherine thinks it's time to hang up her shepherd's crook, she discovers that sheep might be too valuable to give up.  What ensues is a funny, thoughtful romp through the history of our woolly friends, why small farms are important, and how each one of us -and the planet- would benefit from being very sheepish, indeed.''
2017-09-30 05:19:09 PM  
The Path of Hunters, by Robert Newton Peck.  I remember enjoying this book long long ago.
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2017-09-30 06:35:50 PM  
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Oddly enough, I was thinking about this book yesterday.
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Great book, great adventure as a kid, nice memories.

Looking back on it as an adult, the message is kind of libertarian and entrepreneurial.  Don't siphon off established powers, even if it's effortless...move house out to the boonies and have a go at being self-sufficient where no one will bother you.  Of course, that very desire for self-sufficiency was made possible in the first place with drugs from the same established powers looking to gain accolades for themselves.  There's some chicken and the egg shiat right there.
2017-09-30 10:31:58 PM  
Raptor Red is a somewhat obscure favorite of mine:

"A pair of fierce but beautiful eyes look out from the undergrowth of conifers.  She is an intelligent killer...

So begins one of the most extraordinary novels you will ever read.  The time is 120 million years ago, the place is the plains of prehistoric Utah, and the eyes belong to an unforgettable heroine.  Her name is Raptor Red, and she is a female Raptor dinosaur.

Painting a rich and colorful picture of a lush prehistoric world, leading paleontologist Robert T. Bakker tells his story from within Raptor Red's extraordinary mind, dramatizing his revolutionary theories in this exciting tale.  From a tragic loss to the fierce struggle for survival to a daring migration to the Pacific Ocean to escape a deadly new predator, Raptor Red combines fact an fiction to capture for the first time the thoughts, emotions, and behaviors of the most magnificent, enigmatic creatures ever to walk the face of the earth."
2017-09-30 10:37:19 PM  

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Oddly enough, I was thinking about this book yesterday.

D'oh! I can't believe I forgot about that one. My firstborn is named Jonathan, mostly for that book.
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2017-10-01 05:29:57 PM  
So very late, but have to agree with Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH, one of my all time favorites, Watership Down, and add all of Brian Jacques Redwall series.
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