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BARK!

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  • Posted December 5, 2008

    A wagging great tale

    Bark! Is a science fiction novella about how a miniature dachshund with ADHD saved the world from an inadvertent alien invasion. Not just any ADHD tiny sausage dog but one with a single testicle, a defective sense of smell, cross-eyed and autistic. It seems this doggie soup combined with his conception during a freak storm, created when aliens landed, provided Tonto with an attribute that enabled him to detect alien organisms when nothing else could. <BR/> This is a humorous tale and but for the profanities and extreme alcoholism, it could be a cute children¿s book. However, besides those adult behavioural traits this story is adult too in its attention to canine ethology. Bain is a keen observer and so the reader feels they are in the east Texas former Christmas Tree farmland, following the antics of a real Tonto; his attempts to jump, chase animals, lick faces and play with sticks are familiar to dog lovers worldwide. A proviso, Tonto is no ordinary pooch ¿ those sticks are used as a tool. Bain paints his adults well too, in the subtleties of attitude and conspiracies plotted by both aliens and humans right to the frankly disturbing endgame. <BR/> The aliens trawl space, dropping in on planets that might be suitable for their species to inhabit. A scout craft lands with two Testers: animals genetically modified to enhance their inherent ability to take on the form of nearby fauna. This particular mission only intended to grab some biomass but two Testers escaped. Luckily, although two Testers can reproduce, three of their sexes are required for the newly created beings to survive a long time. Nevertheless, the two escapees produce duplicate rabbits and other Texan wildlife in short order. <BR/> Tonto goes crazy when he detects any of these `alien¿ duplicates, and his owners soon realize something extraordinary is happening. It is only when their friend and former Pentagon eccentric genius pays a visit that the ramifications of the `invasion¿ sink in. <BR/> As a science fiction story, Bark! deserves shelf space because it is so unusual: the main character is not only a dog, but an Aspergers mutt, the invasion is inadvertent and the lifeform-duplicating beings create intriguing dilemmas for those in the know. As a sub-40,000 words novella, there is a surprising amount of fast-paced action along with insightful forays into the thought processes of the aliens, their Testers, humans and Tonto. <BR/> If I have a doubt about Bark! it is that it ends too soon. I won¿t spoil the ending but the phenomenon of duplicating humans, especially in positions of power and trust, is too fascinating to be a brief endpiece.<BR/> Anyone who enjoys the company of dogs and is open to a vivid imaginative read will enjoy Bark!

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    Posted February 10, 2014

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    Posted February 9, 2014

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    Posted October 20, 2012

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    Sundrop we need to get to drop result seven right away

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2012

    A spirit

    Climbs into orangestars body and possesses her

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    Posted November 22, 2012

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    Posted November 1, 2012

    Silverstream

    "Sundrop a word? Sixth result."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2012

    Icicleflame

    The white tom pads in the den and sits down, he looks around nervously,"Orangestar, I believe I am ready for an apprentice, so when there is any kit who shows any medicine strength let me now, please," and with a respectfull dip of his head Icicleflame leaves the den...

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    Posted February 20, 2012

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