Sunday, March 10, 2019

Knowledgeable Creatures, by Christopher Rowe

★★★☆☆ Mixed

(Alternate Reality Fantasy) Detective Connolly is a dog in a world where some animals are “knowledgeable” and can talk like humans. A human professor hires him to help cover up a murder . . . (5,870 words; Time: 19m)

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Review: 2019.180 (A Word for Authors)

Pro: I Love the concept. Connolly makes a great detective, given his sense of smell, and I loved his droll sense of humor too. E.g. “as was mandated by one of the court orders that I’m under, I stopped precisely one hundred feet from the entrance to police headquarters.”

Not a surprise that Coleridge had a potion to remove an animal’s intelligence. I liked Cool Charles, so it actually hurt to see him turned into an ordinary crow.

More significantly, Coleridge’s ability to do something to Sedgewick suggests that perhaps the mice really do run the world.

Con: If the mice want to keep it all a secret, why is Coleridge supporting Thomassina? And, given his history, why trust Connolly so much? Most jarring, was Thomassina simply an idiot for coming to Connolly before Coleridge?

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