Monday, October 4, 2010

World Animal Day: Animals in Fiction

Just found out from Janet over at Mystery Fanfare that today is World Animal Day . Who knew? So, I thought I'd list (you know me and lists) some terrific books with animals either in the lead or as capable 'partners' to humans in the lead or, as in the case of JURASSIC PARK, prehistoric animals run amok. I've read so many animal books over the years, but I'll only go ahead and list 10 of my favorite fictional ones. What do you think? What are your favorite animal books - fiction or not?

And by the way, here's a link to click on The Animal Rescue Site. The clicks don't cost you a cent and you're helping various animal rescue organizations in their important work. I click every day.

Link to my blog post of Favorite Dog Books.


  1. Thanks for the link. As you know, I'm a list maker, too. Halloween mysteries soon. Love Spencer Quinn books.

  2. Hi Janet, thanks for dropping by. I jumped the gun on Halloween books last month. Ha! Can't wait to see what you'll be listing. I may do another list myself since there are so many good mysteries suitable for the season. ;)

  3. Hi Yvette,
    Well, my first (and second!) post disappeared into cyber-space, hope it doesn't pop up later as a duplicate. When will I learn to copy it before I hit "post comment"?

    Anyway, I love the covers you have today, especially The Black Cat.

    My favorite animal book is "Conversations with Amber" by Gladys Taber. It's a chronicle of their lives on her 1690 Connecticut farmhouse, Stillmeadow. After she stopped teaching at Columbia, Mrs. Taber left the city and spent her time writing about Stillmeadow; she also had columns in Woman's Day and Family Circle, Butternut Wisdom.

    She lived at Stillmeadow with her best friend, who was an avid mystery reader, her favorite was The Nine Tailors.


  4. Hi Nancy, thanks for posting. Sorry, you're having so much trouble. I've had posts disappear as well. Very vexing. Ha! I think I read some of Mrs. Taber's work a long time ago in some magazines - probably Family Circle. The Nine Tailors, as you know, is a Dorothy Sayers, Peter Whimsey book. Jeez, I haven't read those is ages. I should go back and reread them one of these days.

  5. You might also like J.F. Englert’s novels.
    Detectives Beyond Borders
    "Because Murder Is More Fun Away From Home"

  6. I was OBSESSED with Redwall when I was younger. Nine year old me even wanted to name my future daughter after Mariel the mouse. Love how you went for Jurassic Park :)

  7. Peter, I checked out J.F. Englert(how I've never before heard of these books, I don't know. But as I've said plenty of times before: Hey, I CAN'T know EVERYTHING! Ha!), but they're E-books, so that might account for it. They look fun, thanks for the recommendation.

  8. Lyndsey, I came late to the table when it comes to the REDWALL series, I'm still occasionally reading it and loving it even though I am NOT 9 years old. ;) Thanks for dropping by.


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