Dogs of War
My name is Rex. I am a good dog.
Rex is also seven foot tall at the shoulder, bulletproof, bristling with heavy calibre weaponry and his voice resonates with subsonics especially designed to instil fear. With Dragon, Honey and Bees, he's part of a Multiform Assault Pack operating in the lawless anarchy of Campeche, south-eastern Mexico.
Rex is a genetically engineered Biof...more
I'm quite impressed. This isn't just a war-dog story taken literally. It's a full-blown discussion on what makes humanity, transhumanism rights, and the pitfalls of certain ki ...more
Only recently I read Adrian Tchaikovsky's Children of Time and it is clear from these two books that the author has a wonderful sense of bringing the thoughts and feelings of animals (sorry, bioforms) to life. It is also clear that the author doesn't consider animals to be "just animals" but sees them on the same level as humans if not even one above. ...more
Excellent near future SF that delves deep into the ethical questions that arise from augmenting animals and transforming them into a state of personhood. It is just as heartwrenching as you might expect.
I was made to be a weapon but I have lived a life. I was born an animal, they made me into a soldier and treated me as a thing. ...Servant and slave, leader and follower, I tell myself I have been a Good Dog. Nobody else can decide that for me.
The protagonist is Rex, a genetically enhanced dog w ...more
Rex is definitely a Good Dog. He's also a nearly eight-feet tall bio-engineered cybernetically-enhanced dog soldier with access to heavy weaponry and networked to a whole squad of other artificial bioweapons. (Being introduced to each of them is a really well-done in text - I won't spoil it here).
"Most of the humans who are hiding are the small humans, the immature ones. Master says we must kill all of them."
Rex is a smart dog, but he's bred and programmed to ob ...more
”Life is constant creation and destruction. The trick is knowing one from another”
This book is about a group of engineered bioform animals. They're used as weapons in the war cause they can carry out orders given to them by their master. Rex is a dog, also the leader of the group which consists of a bear, a giant lizard/dragon and bees.
Something about this book is that you will find the animals more intriguing than the humans. I ...more
This was nearly a 5 star. It starts with a bang of action. Bio-engineered dogs plus other animals working for an organisation with crwzy weaponary destroy a civilian outpost. You can feel the pull of freedom or questioning his master in Rexs voice through his chapters. Great action and characters, as well as an intriguing plot. It changes tact and slowly becomes a different novel or "beast" altogether. The novel changes direction and approaches questions about politics, ethics n relation to ...more
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Dogs of War tells the story of Rex, a bioform engineered for war, but ultimately an enhanced dog with sentience, an integrated weapons system and the urge to be a good boy. It's a tale of ethics and morality, and the reader gets to expl ...more
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Dogs of War is one of those books that turned into a very happy surprise for me. I requested a copy of this because I’ve read this author before and liked his style of writing and so whilst the theme worried me a little, because I imagined it was going to maybe be a bit more military style than I would normally attempt, I had faith that Tchaikovsky would win me over. I wasn’t wrong. Dogs of War is so much more than a military style story, in fact after the ...more
Without giving away too much of the storyline, Rex – like so many soldiers before him – has found himself having t ...more
Rex’s plight as a bioform soldier is equally fascinating and moving. Part dog, part giant and used by his Master to commit terrible war crimes using his aptly named ‘Big Dogs’, Rex begins his journey into a world where things are not as simple as identifying the difference between enemy and friend ...more
After I finished ‘Children of Time’ i knew I had to read more of this author. And let me tell you he did not disappoint at all. I practically read this novel at any minute I had of available time.
Adrian generates a very interesting discussion about the use of genetically and technologically improved animals and their use. What began as a military science fiction novel quickly became a very deep dissertation about the meaning of existence and what it mean to be alive, ...more
Es una lectura asequible, que no trata de impresionar al lector con conceptos herméticos o palabras rimbombantes para que se vea que el autor sabe mucho de ciencia.
No, aquí la ciencia es creíble porque nos sitúa en un futuro no tan lejano (dentro de veinte, tal vez cincuenta años) en el que aún podemos reconocer nuestro presente. A través de la mente simple de un perro iremos avanzando en un trama que se ...more
So this was my second Tchaikovsky book I've ever read, and it's really quite different from Shadow's of the Apt. Other than having animal/humanoid type creatures. But I digress. I enjoyed this book quite a lot. The way Rex, the main character, was developed over the course of the novel - slowly becoming more eloquent and slowly gaining more perspective of his role in life was really quite well done I thought. If it had just been Rex, I think the style of the prose w ...more
Dogs of War is a thrilling futuristic Science Fiction novel that explores a dystopian war where humans have created animal-machine intelligent hybrids termed 'bioforms'. While the book changes point of view chapter to chapter, the most prominent and inter ...more
It is when we talk, rather than shout and bark and snarl, that the humans fear us most. I do not understand that. To talk is human: why are we more frightening when we are human than when we are dog?
Dogs of War is written by Adrian Tchaikovsky, author of the brilliant Children of Time book and the Shadows of the Apt series.
On the surface, Dogs of War is the story of Rex, a bio-form based on a dog, who is designed to be a soldier. But, scra ...more
This is the first book I have read by Adrian Tchaikovsky but it will not be the last. I like stories with modified and cybernetic beings so this book really appealed to me.
The book was told from various POVs which I felt really developed the story. At the beginning, more POVs were used but then as the story progressed, only 2 remained. Just to clarify, that isn't a spoiler - don't assume from the reduction in POVs that the ...more
Great, very deep characters, which is an accomplishment considering the premise of the story, cracking action and great pace to the tale, This is a great holiday read if you like your scifi with a military edge.
But things can't stay that simple for Rex forever and from a simple y ...more
Dogs of War is a standalone sci-fi novel from Adrian Tchaikovsky (whose science-fiction credentials include the superlative Children of Time, which we looked at very favourably last year).
It’s a book which explores a lot of interesting ideas, including the role of artificial intelligence in society, exactly what we define as humanity, the ethics of conflict resolution and the manufacturing of sentient biological life. But it does all of this through ...more
Tchaikovsky really excels at finding interesting ways to comment on society through the use of animals in science fiction and fantasy settings. In his Echoes of the Fall series, each group is a different animal and exhibits particular social traits based on those they display in the animal kingdom. In Children of Time, we are drawn along by a spider-kind civil rights movement, where the male of the species attempts to gain equal footing with the women ...more
Adrian is so skilled in creating rich, complex characters, but he's unmatched in writing inhuman, curious, sentient beings. Portia and her family stole my heart in Children of Time, and Nth in Spiderlight. ...more