- Susan McHugh in Society & Animals 17.4 (2009): 363-7
"An essential book for anyone involved in Animal Studies and everyone concerned with animals in literature".
- Marion Copeland in Humanimalia 1.1 (September 2009)
"A magisterial reading of Moby-Dick appears in What Animals Mean in the Fiction of Modernity alongside compelling studies of Gulliver's Travels, Robinson Crusoe, Frankenstein, a host of twentieth-century novels, and critical analyses of Wells and Lawrence ...".
- Robert McKay in The Minnesota Review issue 73-4 (2010)