Friday, January 3, 2014

The six most memorable pets in fiction

At The Barnes & Noble Book Blog Sara Jonsson tagged the six most memorable pets in fiction, including:
The Black Stallion

This is just me, but if, for some reason, you asked me make a list of animals I would prefer to experience a shipwreck with, I would never put “horse” on that list. Tiger, sure, but horse? They are flighty creatures. Luckily, when teenaged Alec Ramsay’s ship sinks and he’s stranded on a desert island with a beautiful black stallion, it results in the most important relationship of his life. Boy and horse develop an amazing bond as they learn to love, trust, and depend on each other for survival. Not so amazingly, after their rescue it becomes clear that the stallion is an incredibly gifted racehorse with superior breeding. These books are responsible for jumpstarting most 8-year-olds’ horse obsessions.
Read about the other entries on the list.

The Black Stallion is one of Belinda Rapley's top 10 horse books.

Also see Maria Popova's top nine list of 2013’s best books about pets and animals and Adam Thorpe's top five list of memorable pets in literature.

--Marshal Zeringue