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As the grant supported, knowledgeable survivor of the most refined scientific experiments, Doctor Rat, PhD dedicates himself to defending mankind against the worldwide rebellions, uprisings, and insurgencies of his fellow animals This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here An interesting book Not so much a novel as a manifesto for respecting other life and recognizing that we have not been given dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth Genesis 1 26 NKJV If you re someone who believes that, you ll loathe the book and, at best, dismiss it as an hysterical rant from an environmental extremist If you re a reasonable person, you ll accept that An interesting book Not so much a novel as a manifesto for respecting other life and recognizing that we have not been given dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth Genesis 1 26 NKJV If you re someone who believes that, you ll loathe the book and, at best, dismiss it as an hysterical rant from an environmental extremist If you re a reasonable person, you ll accept that a lot of what we do to our fellow creatures is cruel and unnecessary and you might be motivated to contribute a few bucks to the local Humane Society If you re a card carrying PETA member, you ll wish the animals had won in the end.As someone who falls toward the PETA end of the reasonable person spectrum, I was appalled at the mindless and senseless cruelty inflicted on feeling and conscious animals, recounted so clinically by the mad Doctor Rat The worst of the mindless and evil tortures we inflict on animals may be a thing of the past but we still cause untold suffering to untold numbers of animals for dubious reasons Maybe Buddhists are right and all that bad karma is finally coming back to bite us in the a.The book reminded me of Vonnegut s Galapagos, where humanity is wiped out except for a handful of people and one seeing eye dog whose natural instincts have been warped and suppressed by Man s arrogance The conceit of that novel is that the human brain is too large for its own good, and we are much better off when these survivors evolve into a seal like species, still smart but no longer intelligent Doctor Rat also reminded me of Ted Reynold s short story Can These Bones Live, one of the finest stories I ve read in my 30 years of reading In this story, a race with the power to resurrect the dead wander the universe looking for a species worthy of resurrection Eventually they come across an Earth where humanity has gone extinct and resurrect a housewife to ask her, Why does Man deserve to live She lives out a second lifetime trying to justify humankind only to realize at the end that it s not a race s achievements in art, science, etc that make it worthy of existence but why and to what end it exists.A final author dredged from the memory bank by this book is Olaf Stapledon In Last and First Men, intelligence is the goal of evolution but Man at least the First Men us is not its final or best expression.The point of all these works is that humans are not special or chosen to be the culmination of either Creation or blind evolution Just ask any evolutionary biologist and they ll sic tell you just what a Rube Goldberg contraption is the human body Considering the damage our species is inflicting on this planet and nearly every species we share it with, consciousness intelligence does not appear to be a particularly successful survival strategy We seem to be just intelligent enough to see the precipice but not intelligent enough to stop from going over it the tragedy of Stapledon s First Men, who could glimpse the ultimate nirvana, paradise, the godhead, etc but could not attain it.The book itself alternates between the point of view of the eponymous Dr Rat, a lab rat driven insane by what the Learned Professor has put him through and who has come to identify with his torturers, and the points of view of animals who are participating in a worldwide revolt of the animals All the animals gather at points around the world and are annihilated by humans in an orgy of bloodshed All of them except for Dr Rat who is, of course, for all intents and purposes human.It s instructive to read in tandem as I am with Bernd Heinrich s The Geese of Beaver Bog, which chronicles the lives of the individuals living around the bog Heck, living with nine roommates, I could write my own The Cats of the Riverstone Apartment Complex and show that animals are thinking and feeling creatures just as unique as any individual human, and worthy of our respect.I guess the immediate impression I gleaned from reading Doctor Rat is that humans need to learn to live with the world rather than against it or our long term future is going to looklike Soylent Green than Star Trek The Next Generation Started out as a joke, then a horror story, then some philosophical mumbo jumbo, followed by a trance, then chaos, and finally, debris The randomness, the flaws and the madness contained within these pages made for a love hate reading experience It s not entirely enjoyable there were boring inanities, there were cringe worthy episodes and there were also moments of absolute beauty.From the get go, it seemed a pretty straightforward satire on animal testing It might even be a little preachy t Started out as a joke, then a horror story, then some philosophical mumbo jumbo, followed by a trance, then chaos, and finally, debris The randomness, the flaws and the madness contained within these pages made for a love hate reading experience It s not entirely enjoyable there were boring inanities, there were cringe worthy episodes and there were also moments of absolute beauty.From the get go, it seemed a pretty straightforward satire on animal testing It might even be a little preachy to some.But past the first half of the book and along the way I contemplated on discontinuing the read because of the seemingly haphazard plot and writing , a bigger, deceptively hopeful but ultimately stark picture emerges.I m glad I plodded on when the narrative got gratingly repetitive I think it s purposefully written that way, because it s cray cray Doctor Rat, after all The story may be taken at face value, but it could also be an allegory to oppression, delusion and doomed naivety on a bigger scale.Sadly, this is too scary and too layered to ever be adapted into anything else that saccessible As a statement the author couldn t have made his stance better than this.Everybody hurts It was a long time ago, but this book really worked for me at the time A combination of the lunatics taking over the asylum and Stockholm Syndrome, Doctor Rat is convinced that all of the experiments and vivsection taking place in his lab is for the good of mankind and that all of the rats should be grateful for their chance to contribute All of the experiments are carefully monitored by Doctor Rat to make sure that just enough healthy young animals are put to death in order to justify the eno It was a long time ago, but this book really worked for me at the time A combination of the lunatics taking over the asylum and Stockholm Syndrome, Doctor Rat is convinced that all of the experiments and vivsection taking place in his lab is for the good of mankind and that all of the rats should be grateful for their chance to contribute All of the experiments are carefully monitored by Doctor Rat to make sure that just enough healthy young animals are put to death in order to justify the enormous research grants used to keep the lab open Doctor Rat is, of course, only a rat even if he has been in the lab longer than any of the others A battle cry for the anti vivisection movements and animal liberationists worldwide This book certainly gave me onereason to stop eating meat A book that helped me learn to recognize people who are apologists for horrific acts. I was really looking forward to reading this book It won the World Fantasy award and a science fiction novel that took on animal rights as a subject could be bold and provocative reading However, I was extremely disappointed The book rests on a single joke, that the scientists are subjecting the animals to brutal experiments and Dr Rat is trying to justify them to the suffering animals Even though the book is not long it is far too long for this single joke to sustain it I was hoping fo I was really looking forward to reading this book It won the World Fantasy award and a science fiction novel that took on animal rights as a subject could be bold and provocative reading However, I was extremely disappointed The book rests on a single joke, that the scientists are subjecting the animals to brutal experiments and Dr Rat is trying to justify them to the suffering animals Even though the book is not long it is far too long for this single joke to sustain it I was hoping for a complex exploration of the subject with competing points of view I do not think this novel will convince anybody to think of animal rights in anyway differently Before I begin, I d like to share few facts about me I love animals Probablythan humans I ve been vegetarian for twenty years,than half of my life I can easily enjoy epic battles and stories, in which human suffer and die But if you hurt a dog or a cat a rage ignites in me I can t help it This book contains extensive and visceral scenes of animal experimentation and it pulls no punches Whole species are destroyed Despite using grotesque aesthetic and containing hilarious mom Before I begin, I d like to share few facts about me I love animals Probablythan humans I ve been vegetarian for twenty years,than half of my life I can easily enjoy epic battles and stories, in which human suffer and die But if you hurt a dog or a cat a rage ignites in me I can t help it This book contains extensive and visceral scenes of animal experimentation and it pulls no punches Whole species are destroyed Despite using grotesque aesthetic and containing hilarious moments, it was a difficult book for me.Kotzwinkle s imaginative fable features Doctor Rat, friend to man and foe to all other species Doctor Rat is an insane lab rat who revels in the despair and brutality of animal experiments He s even composing songs in honor of gruesome experiments When animals start to prepare rebellion, Doc wants to squash it There s plenty of shifting perspectives in the book The plot revolves around Doc Rat fighting against the rebellion, but we see parts of the plot told through the eyes of other animals and species The ones near the end of the novel are heart breaking and lyrical Sentimental Probably yes Obviously, there are oversimplifications and shortcuts in this book Animals are beautiful, humans cruel and sadistic The balance is off and the perspective is strongly biased But it does deliver a message that can be interpreted in many ways Is it a life changing book I don t know I ve made plenty of adjustments to my life years ago and I do my best to minimize my negative impact on the environment I guess, I still can improve in certain areas It s definitely a book that gotthan one visceral reaction from me It s devastating and powerfully written It s a book that made me want to shout To hell with Pacifism and build a bomb or, even better, hack a Death Star and wipe out all laboratories that experiment with animals from the face of the earth It s a brutal and maniacal satire It s terrifying, heart wrenching, grotesque and sad Usually, I plow through books like Duracell bunny on speed, but in this case, I had to make frequent pauses because it was a bit too much for me A view of animal research from the point of view of Dr Rat, PhD It is satirical, and funny, but also a troubling look at the world where humans think everything and everyone else is subordinate to them This book is a neglected and ignored masterpiece. This book has good gripping at the start with mad Doctor Rat as central character, then it has strong view spoiler tragic hide spoiler ending.This book had been in my blind spot when I was actively searching good fantasy science fiction books at my college period My awareness about the existing of this book was due to GR review of a friend.This book reminds me of some other great books the crying voice of anti animal experimentation are strong at the beginning, reminds me of anti war mess This book has good gripping at the start with mad Doctor Rat as central character, then it has strong view spoiler tragic hide spoiler ending.This book had been in my blind spot when I was actively searching good fantasy science fiction books at my college period My awareness about the existing of this book was due to GR review of a friend.This book reminds me of some other great books the crying voice of anti animal experimentation are strong at the beginning, reminds me of anti war message of Johnny Got His Gun the switching POV at each chapter reminds me of Stand on Zanzibar creating rich atmosphere of the world view spoiler and the rich atmosphere made the tragic ends shook my heart hide spoiler.As from other reviews that I ve read, I also want to emphasize to read at least until half book before you judge this book At first half, the plot of this book is not clear, and at almost 50% of the book there is a clue about the author s message It s really hard for me to review this book because it s not what I call an enjoyable read, but it s a necessary read The premise of the story is that there is a laboratory which is using animals for research and that research is being described from the viewpoint of one of the rats involved in the research It s bone chilling It s funny in a sadistic satirical way But it s not an easy or comfortable read at all The prose is almost musical in its quality, and the visual images that the aut It s really hard for me to review this book because it s not what I call an enjoyable read, but it s a necessary read The premise of the story is that there is a laboratory which is using animals for research and that research is being described from the viewpoint of one of the rats involved in the research It s bone chilling It s funny in a sadistic satirical way But it s not an easy or comfortable read at all The prose is almost musical in its quality, and the visual images that the author constructs are vivid and believable But if you re an animal lover, it ll give you nightmares