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 Me...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
My thoughts in a nutshell
I don’t read sci-fi, I can’t enjoy it, but I’m always trying to find an exception. I understood why people love this book.
It has a lot of important questions. What makes us human? What if the bioform (half human/half animal) are intelligent species with emotions. Do they have rights or they just weapons?
Rex is a dog, and he wants to be a good dog. His master wants Rex to kill the enemies, but who is the real enemy? What makes someone an enemy?
Lots of ethics, lots of ...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
Ok. Adrian Tchaikovsky is becoming one of my favourite authors!
After reading Children of Time, I knew I needed to read something else from the same author.
Rex just wants to be a Good Dog. Rex has a Master. Rex kills enemies because his Master says so. But what makes someone/something an enemy?
The development of Rex throughout the story is phenomenal. I don't want to spoil anything, but the way the author chose to show us that is fantastic!
Less thought-provoking than Children of Time but sti ...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. ...more
It’s impossible not to think of Doctor Moreau’s human-animal hybrid creatures when reading this excellent story. Tchaikovsky actually makes a punny reference, partway through this book, to the classic, and actually improves on the classic and its ideas.
He posits a future for war that includes bioengineered human-animal beings, but with advanced tech in their heads and reinforced bodies, all to augment their particular existing mammalian traits, and give them huge advantages in battle a ...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
I loved this book, high concepts, action, beautifully drawn characters and villains worthy of the name. All the best things that I read a book for.
Set in a near future, genetically engineered, cybernetically enhanced, human-animal hybrids are the disposable weapons for corporate sponsored black-ops wars in desperate regions of the world.
Rex, is a human-canine leader of a 'multi-form,' pack executing the orders of his hum ...more
Rex is a seven-foot-tall living war machine engineered from canine genes and augmented with lethal tech. He leads a multiform assault unit of bioforms created for warfare: Bee, Honey, and Dragon. They wreak havoc amongst the enemies pointed by their Master. They do not understand the notions of good and evil. When their Master orders them to kill, they kill. Good people and bad people. Men, women, and children. They can’t decide for themselves beca ...more
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
...You don’t understand how the world works. There are people, and there are things. Things serve people. That’s why we built things. And it’s only when things start believing that they’re people that we have a problem. And you, whatever you’re calling yourself, you’re a thing.
I let him rant. I sit here and straddle the boundary between people ...more
The main protagonist is Rex. Rex is a Good Dog. He is a Bioform created to fight human wars, when robots were deemed unreliable. He is part of the squad (which also include a bear – Honey, bee swarm – Bees and lizard-chameleon Dragon), its leader and servant to a human master. He is 2 meters high and weight about 200 kg, all of it muscle and bone, he carries machine guns and in addition to his ...more
Warning . . . it made me cry. (view spoiler)[ I hate when they kill off the MC at the end. But I have to admit, it was effective here. (hide spoiler)]
POST SCRIPT Feb 2020-I find that I keep thinking about this book and ...more
So what was it ...more
Rex is a genetically engineered Bioform, there is some human, a lot of dog and a fair bit of machine in his makeup. But, essentially, Rex and his fellow Bioforms have been engineered to be fighting machines, deadly and each with their specialisations. Rex's specialisation is that he is a team leader, he leads a team made op of four Bioforms and reports directly to Master. I will not say too much about ...more
What I loved here is that Tchaikovsky does not start and end with the typical "how human is an AI" topic, but combines this with the animal personalities the respective bioforms are derived from. The leading character does not only has to struggle with his selfconscious versus his programming, but also with the inherent trait of a dog to ...more
|SciFi and Fantasy...: "Dogs of War" by Adrian Tchaikovsky (BR)||21||65||Jul 05, 2019 02:50AM|
|Beyond Reality: Dogs of War: Finshed Reading (4/19)--Spoilers Likely!||12||27||Apr 26, 2019 11:52AM|
|Beyond Reality: Dogs of War: Roll Call & First Impressions (4/19)--No Spoilers||9||25||Apr 17, 2019 03:37PM|