Your Robot Dog Will Die by Arin Greenwood
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I had the great fortune of hearing Arin Greenwood read from Your Robot Dog Will Die a few years ago at ICFA (the International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts) and the even greater fortune to scoop up an ARC. If there’s a reading equivalent of swallowing a work whole, I did that. I can’t believe I never wrote a review.
Well, I recently bought myself an actual published copy while also buying a gift copy for a friend, and I’m here to say that it’s just as good as I remembered.
I’m not sure how to summarize the book without giving anything away, but it’s the weird, wonderful, heartbreaking, funny story of how humanity copes when they suddenly lose all of their dogs, and the lengths we’ll go to fill this unfillable emotional and social void in our lives.
I want to note that this volume is absolutely unrelated in any way to Isle of Dogs, the Wes Anderson feature film infused with exacting artistry and fussy racism but no robot dogs.
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