on June 10, 2016 :
I always appreciate any attempt at xenofiction, even though the majority of them fail. The aliens usually just seem like evil people as opposed to genuinely alien creatures with a unique viewpoint. This piece sadly falls into that category.
A lot of xenofiction stories seem like thinly veiled attempts to criticize some aspect of our society, which is fine, but which should be done in a nuanced way. While the author here was probably just trying to be funny, this feels like an attempt to criticize the way humans treat our pets, along with some problematic opinions about humans in general. It feels more didactic than humorous. It's also creepy in places.
Still, I appreciate the attempt at xenofiction, and I did like that bit about tentacles being a milestone in evolution.
(review of free book)
on Dec. 10, 2012 :
A fun read, if a bit dry.
(review of free book)
R. A. Danger
on Oct. 18, 2012 :
A fun manual book that is by told by a tentacle alien (reminds me of “War of The World” aliens). Even if their company does advertise themselves enough and says about the law and warranties more then once. There type of healthy Human is a couch potato or from the pictures that what I see. One could also tell the aliens, maybe this is way the Humans are lazy and sleep longer (But then again I can't read alien time cycles). One wonders why they have Humans as pets if we can be killed by their diseases. From everything that I see and the pictures it seem that it's expensive to keep us.
A note to the aliens if some Humans are already in the wild, and if your keeping other aliens as pets. Then sooner or later they will raise up and attack you for keeping them as pets.
(reviewed 2 years after purchase)
Baron R. W. Lewis
on Sep. 9, 2011 :
Found this short fiction, reads just like the many "How-to" pet books available. The humor is in the exposition of the pet being a human being and not a cat-dog-fish-pony-turtle or what we view as pets. Plus there is the transference of what we humans think of the animals that we keep as pets. It is well worth the ninety-nine (99) cents, and can be used as a replacement pet guide.
(reviewed the day of purchase)