February SFFKIT: Critters and creatures

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February SFFKIT: Critters and creatures

1JayneCM
Jan 10, 11:19 pm



Critters and creatures of all sorts abound in science fiction and fantasy.

They may be 'real' animals in a SFF setting:
- Aslan, Reepicheep and others in The Chronicles of Narnia
- Redwall series
- The Bees

Author imagined creatures
- the sandworms in Dune
- the castle in Howl's Moving Castle (is it a creature or a house?!)

Creatures that have existed in myth and legend for eons
- dragons, unicorns, gnomes, elves, witches, mermaids, banshees, selkies . . . too many to even make a book list!

Alien creatures from other planets or galaxies
- The War of the Worlds, Contact, Semiosis, Project Hail Mary

Genetically modified or human made creatures
- Jurassic Park, Murderbot series, The Island of Doctor Moreau, The Windup Girl, Borne, Children of Time

Lots to choose from for this topic - looking forward to lots of BBs!

Don't forget to add your reads to the wiki here. https://wiki.librarything.com/index.php/2024_SFF_KIT#2024_SFFKIT%20

2JayneCM
Jan 10, 11:20 pm

I have posted a little early as we are heading away for a week and I'm not sure of internet availability.

3KeithChaffee
Jan 11, 12:23 am

Planning to read John Kessel's Pride and Prometheus, a mashup of Jane Austen and Mary Shelley.

4MissBrangwen
Editado: Jan 11, 1:56 pm

If my Tolkien read goes as planned, I will read The Hobbit in February, and it fits as it has several creatures: Dwarves, elves, Beorn the skin-changer, Gollum, goblins, giants, trolls and a dragon. And hobbits, of course!

I'm looking forward to seeing everyone's choices!

5DeltaQueen50
Jan 11, 2:19 pm

I am going to read Devolution by Max Brooks, a novel which features the Sasquatch.

6Charon07
Jan 12, 8:01 pm

>5 DeltaQueen50: I was going to read Devolution, too! But my hold on the ebook in Libby was poorly timed, so I had to return it and probably won’t see it again before the end February.

Instead, I’m planning on reading either Mrs. Caliban or Little Eyes, which don’t seem to be as much in demand.

7JayneCM
Jan 13, 12:24 am

>6 Charon07: Is Mrs Caliban the book that the movie The Shape of Water is based on?

8Robertgreaves
Jan 13, 5:29 am

>6 Charon07: Mrs Caliban sounds intriguing. I might read it as well.

9DeltaQueen50
Jan 13, 2:49 pm

>6 Charon07: Oh dear, I have Mrs. Caliban as well and it does sound intriguing. But for now I think I will stick with Devolution as I've had it for quite some time.

10Charon07
Jan 13, 7:44 pm

>7 JayneCM: Apparently not. I don’t think the film was based on a novel, though there was a novelization of it (The Shape of Water).

But this review,

https://ew.com/books/2018/01/26/mrs-caliban-reissue-the-shape-of-water/

says, “It would be fair to call the book [Mrs. Caliban] a complex, funhouse-mirror version of The Shape of Water.

11JayneCM
Jan 15, 5:07 am

>10 Charon07: Ah, interesting. I wasn't sure which came first, the book or the movie.

12fuzzi
Jan 15, 7:27 am

I have CJ Cherryh's Visitor waiting in the queue for February. I'm still catching up on her Foreigner series.

13whitewavedarling
Jan 16, 3:31 pm

I'm planning on reading the second book in James Rollins' Moon Fall series. The first book featured huge bats and other creatures that were incredibly important to the storyline, so I'm assuming this second installment will be no different!

14amberwitch
Fev 1, 2:41 pm

Finished Bookshops and bonedust by Travis Baldree which featured a number of creatures and critters. Orcs and elves, rattkin and feys - and a gryphet.
It is very like Legends and latte, and too like it for my taste. A pale echo, with a very pompous and self important tone which fortunately relaxes into a more wry and pleasant atmosphere.

15LisaMorr
Fev 2, 4:19 pm

Jayne's ideas have inspired me to read The Windup Girl, which also fits the AwardCAT as a Nebula award winner.

16Damiella
Fev 5, 5:34 am

Finished The Wind in the Willows which I never actually read when younger. I found it sweet (but suspect I'd have appreciated it more if I had read it when younger so the nostalgia factor came into play)

17christina_reads
Fev 6, 2:06 pm

I just finished Kiss of the Spindle by Nancy Campbell Allen, which features several characters who are shapeshifters.

18susanna.fraser
Fev 7, 12:30 am

I finished Eagle Drums, a middle grade retelling of an Iñupiaq legend where the protagonist lives with eagle shapeshifter gods for most of the story.

19KeithChaffee
Fev 7, 2:10 pm

I read James Morrow's Shambling Towards Hiroshima, a comic alternate history which imagines that the US military attempted to get the Japanese to surrender at the end of WWII by threatening to deploy its newly-created army of giant fire-breathing lizards (an actual thing in this fictional universe, not just a hypothetical threat).

20Robertgreaves
Fev 8, 2:21 pm

Currently reading Bored Gay Werewolf by Tony Santorella

21Robertgreaves
Fev 9, 3:29 am

Would The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry count here, or have I got hold of the wrong end of the stick?

22Charon07
Fev 9, 1:40 pm

I finished Mrs. Caliban. I have to say that, other than both having a woman who becomes romantically involved with a sea monster who has been held at a research facility, the film The Shape of Water and this novel have very little in common. (I know it sounds like a lot in common, but it’s really not.) Mrs. Caliban I wouldn’t even classify as science fiction any more than, say, Animal Farm is. It’s really more a social satire or a domestic fable. I enjoyed it, and it’s probably a more “substantive” work, but I liked The Shape of Water better.

23majkia
Fev 9, 3:29 pm

I finished Starling House which had monsters galore

24markon
Fev 9, 10:10 pm

>21 Robertgreaves: I say it counts - certainly the townspeople believe it is real and it influences behavior.

25majkia
Fev 10, 7:28 am

>21 Robertgreaves: I just finished that and yeah, I counted it.

26antqueen
Fev 10, 5:21 pm

I read The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune, which has a variety of creatures including what has to be the world's most adorable wyvern.

I hadn't realized it would, but Wendy Webb's Daughters of the Lake would qualify too, as a water creature (god? spirit? not sure what to call him) plays a key role.

27DeltaQueen50
Fev 11, 1:20 pm

I have completed Devolution by Max Brooks and it was a nail biter. I don't believe in Sasquatch but as scary monsters they made for a frightening read.

29JayneCM
Fev 12, 10:18 pm

>26 antqueen: I have owned this book since it came out and still haven't read it! But an adorable wyvern is right up my alley!

30DeltaQueen50
Fev 14, 2:54 pm

31staci426
Fev 15, 5:52 pm

I read Mislaid in Parts Half-Known by Seanan McGuire which features dinosaurs and magpies.