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Lives of the Monster Dogs

(1997)
A novel by

 
Awards
Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction Best Book (nominee)
Bram Stoker Best First Novel
British Fantasy Society Best Novel (nominee)
What a strange and wonderful world Kirsten Bakis has concocted in her debut novel, Lives of the Monster Dogs. In the New York of 2009, 150 "monster" dogs arrive by helicopter and chartered plane, dressed in the clothing of 19th-century Prussian burghers, speaking through surgically implanted voice boxes, able to perform the tasks of humans by virtue of prosthetic hands and enhanced intelligence. The dogs come from a remote village in Canada. German followers of a mad visionary, Augustus Rank, have worked there since 1882 to create a superior race of canine soldiers that will possess the intelligence of men but the courage and loyalty of dogs. Eventually, the dogs rebel against their masters and, in need of a place to go, choose New York, the quintessential melting pot.

Bizarre as the premise is, it doesn't take Bakis long to convince the reader that it's absolutely real. The early chapters concerning the monstrous human, Augustus Rank, and those dealing with the dogs' rebellion (including a convincing libretto from an opera composed by a bull terrier) are especially strong.

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Hardback Editions

April 1998 : USA Library Binding
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Title: Lives of the Monster Dogs
Author(s): K Bakis
ISBN: 1-4177-5790-6 / 978-1-4177-5790-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: San Val
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February 1997 : USA Hardback
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Title: Lives of the Monster Dogs
Author(s): Kirsten Bakis
ISBN: 0-374-18987-0 / 978-0-374-18987-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux
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Paperback Editions

May 2017 : USA Paperback
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Title: Lives of the Monster Dogs: A Novel (FSG Classics)
Author(s): Kirsten Bakis
ISBN: 0-374-53714-3 / 978-0-374-53714-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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April 1998 : USA Paperback
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Title: Lives of the Monster Dogs
Author(s): Kirsten Bakis
ISBN: 0-446-67416-8 / 978-0-446-67416-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
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January 1998 : UK Paperback
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Title: Lives of the Monster Dogs
Author(s): Kirsten Bakis
ISBN: 0-340-68597-2 / 978-0-340-68597-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Sceptre
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January 1998 : UK Paperback
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Title: Lives of the Monster Dogs
Author(s): Kirsten Bakis
ISBN: 0-340-71558-8 / 978-0-340-71558-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Sceptre
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June 1997 : UK Paperback
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Title: Lives of the Monster Dogs
Author(s): Kirsten Bakis
ISBN: 0-340-68596-4 / 978-0-340-68596-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Sceptre
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Audio Editions

December 1999 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Lives of the Monster Dogs: A Novel
Author(s): Kirsten Bakis
Publisher: Phoenix Books
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December 1999 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Lives of the Monster Dogs: A Novel
Author(s): Kirsten Bakis
Publisher: Phoenix Books
Availability: Amazon CA   


December 1999 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Lives of the Monster Dogs: A Novel
Author(s): Kirsten Bakis
Publisher: Phoenix Books
Availability: Amazon UK   


March 1997 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: Lives of the Monster Dogs : A Novel
Author(s): Kirsten Bakis
ISBN: 1-57453-112-3 / 978-1-57453-112-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Audio Literature
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Kindle Editions

May 2017 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Lives of the Monster Dogs: A Novel (FSG Classics)
Author(s): Kirsten Bakis
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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