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Beasts of New York

4.33  ·  Rating details ·  316 ratings  ·  56 reviews
A violent, epic, action-packed urban quest full of very eccentric, often hilarious, extremely dangerous characters who also happen to be animals — the wildlife of New York City, to be exact.
ebook, 256 pages
Published October 1st 2010 by The Porcupine's Quill (first published 2010)
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Jun 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-ebooks
95/100 This could quite possibly go down as one of my favorite books of all time. The characters, the way the book was written, the tie-ins with New York City and the Point of View all come together to create a literary masterpiece.

I loved this book because of it's world, and it's complexity. Even though the book is set in New York, Evans has created a completely different way of looking at it. In a squirrels eyes, cars become death machines. The sewers and drains become a kingdom beneath. Skys
Nov 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Patch is a squirrel who lives in central park in the treetops tribe. When the food goes missing along with his fellow squirrels, Patch goes to find out what happened to them. When he tries to find food and sees the rats devour one of his squirrel brethren, Patch is sent far away from home. Can Patch return in time to save his world from the rat's evil plan to destroy all the squirrels and more? Read on and find out for yourself.

This was a pretty good action-packed dark animal fantasy about the a
Oct 16, 2009 rated it it was amazing


Beasts of New York is about a squirrel named Patch who, out of desperation and need, adventures beyond his home in Central Kingdom to try and save it. While it seems that fate is conspiring against him, taking him further from his home than any squirrel has traveled, his journey is a necessary step to saving all of Central Kingdom from the evil trying to consume it.

What did I love about this book? Well, first of all, Patch is an amazingly brave squirrel. No one can read this book and not ad
Cathy Speight
Apr 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Cathy by: Emma Tyre
This book is superb ! Think Watership Down and this is the squirrel version. Not the sort of book I would have normally chosen to read, but I read it by recommendation and thoroughly enjoyed it. It really was a page turner (or page clicker if you read it on your Kindle!). It's well written and extraordinarily well observed - the view of the world from a squirrel's perspective is ingenious. Without doubt, you will view squirrels quite differently after reading this. It's crying out for a film ver ...more
Dec 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Who knew the adventure of a squirrel in New York could be so jam-packed full of exciting adventure? Quite the fairytale- geared towards adults. This book is fantastic.
Jul 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: tt-vi, favorites
this book was not good for my soul, for my animal-loving heart, for my poor stomach, i almost dropped it at the beginning but i trudged on for Patch, he must have his happy ending, so i persevered, and in the end, as i do Watership Down, i am giving this all the love. just what a cruel, wonderful way to win my heart.
Nov 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone including Young Adults
I really enjoyed this story. It's exactly what it says it is, a children's book for adults. If you like action, adventure, and lovable animals all rolled into one you'll love this book. It's well worth the read. Two thumbs up :)

Update Dec/11
When I read this book a year ago it was a free download. I think of this book quite often and smile. How often do you read a book and a year later still think of the antics of the characters involved? Now that the author has finally found a publisher and it i
Sep 24, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: general-fiction
I would recommend this book to anyone who has enjoyed reading the Harry Potter series. While that might seem a bit of a leap, one of the most beloved components to Harry Potter is the wonder that is inspired by the imagination of an entirely different world within our world. Here you find that same wonder by experiencing New York City as seen by squirrels- and it is a completely different world. I cannot stress enough the enjoyment I recieved reading about Patch's adventures and seeing the worl ...more
May 20, 2009 rated it really liked it
I loved this book, in the end; it is exactly what its subtitle says. I couldn't put it down. Although I thought in the beginning the morality lessons were a bit heavy-handed (Kingdom of Madness, dangers of pollution, etc.) for grown-ups, the story just kept sucking me in. After the first hundred pages or so, I stopped noticing the things that had earlier broken my suspension of disbelief. I wish that a few things had been more fleshed out -- the details of the squirrel kingdoms, for example -- b ...more
Jan 02, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2009, urban-fantasy, ebook
It's hard to believe Evans couldn't find a publisher for this book -- it's such a well-written and engrossing story. But because it was so different and not easily placed into any genre, a well-established author couldn't sell this book.

The story follows Patch, a squirrel of Central Park, on his quest to return home, win a war, save his home, and rescue his mother. What a scrappy little thing! Along the way, he makes some unconventional friends who all have their role to play in Patch's ultimate
Sep 18, 2009 rated it it was amazing
So this is the story of a young squirrel who goes on the best adventure EVER! It starts in, from what I can tell, Central park aka The Center Kingdom. Patch is transported all over New York it seems meeting unforgettable friends and terrible foes. I really enjoy seeing the world from a squirrel's prospective. One of the best parts is figuring out the things he describes because of course he does not know the human names. Heroic to the end this tale has captured my heart.
Dec 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fell in Love. Wanted to hold the book close after I finished it. The characters stole my heart.

If you are in love with New York City and revere wildlife, get wrapped up in adventure and are enamored of brave heroes with big hearts, you won't want to miss this one.

Brilliantly written. Took me away in that I-totally-forgot-where-I-was way that fabulous prose does.

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Apr 27, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: animal
I thought this book was surprisingly long for the subject matter, but then the book does say it’s written for grownups despite the child-like genre, so I guess it does what it says on the label! It did make me wonder whether the story would feel dragged out for the sake of extending it but I didn’t find this at all when reading – the plot carried you well from start to finish. The vocabulary was simple which fitted with the feel of a children's story and allowed you to read without it being taxi ...more
Jan 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, e-books
This is a wonderfully imaginative, entertaining, heart-warming, engrossing and thrilling read that follows Patch a squirrel of the Centre Kingdom as he battles against the army of rats, crows and the many other creatures found in the five boroughs of New York to protect his homeland and his family and friends. This does have some morales woven into the story but so do all of the traditional fairytales we are told as children and this definitely fits into that genre (although this is definitely o ...more
Nov 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I'm really enjoying Evans' writing style.
This book reads like a fresh wind, for how often do you get to witness the world from a squirrel's perspective. It's an epic tale of adventures taken, friendships made and wars fought. It's a gripping story that kept me wondering how the squirrels were doing during the day and kept me glued to the actual pages at night. I loved reading it!
Sep 08, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: lovers of adventure and suspense
This book was perfect for me. It had animals as the main characters, lots of action and heroic creatures, and best of all it was all based in the best city in all the world... New York City.

I loved the story and hope it gets made into a real book, this is one I'd buy and keep for sure.
Dec 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Simply amazing! This is one that I was reading at every free moment I had.

I loved the characters, the setting, and the dialogue.

I've read several books in the past that had animals as the main characters - none, however have been this good.

Highly recommended 90/100
Jun 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I cant stop from wondering why they have not made it into animation. I m waiting like mad to watch the movie. When i started reading it I just could not stop. It is AMAZING.
Aimee Jarshaw
Nov 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
My new favorite read.
Steve Wenn
Jan 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
watership down for urban squirrels. great book
Heather Lussier
Aug 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Short, fast, epic. Watership Down meets Lord of the Rings!
Jan 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Read this on my kindle. Free from
David Brawley
Jul 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017, kindle
Those random books you decide to read just because you need something to read, and aren’t sure what else to grab sometimes end up being amazing. Though if you’d told me that a book about a squirrel in central park who goes on an EPIC adventure to save his home could be this good… well, actually, I’d probably have believed you. But I didn’t know it going in. Honestly, I didn’t even know what it was about when I started it. I just picked it from the back catalog of Kindle books I’ve acquired and n ...more
Mohammad J.
Sep 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed the book. The way the book describes the world from an squirrel’s point of view and all the events in it, is really fascinating. The characters were really well developed with enough details to get to know main characters in depth, and story line was exciting and full of surprises. I liked how at the end everything came together and made sense.
Aug 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: top-5
The best book I have read in a long time. Jon Evans creates a new world in an already familiar one. The creativity behind the description of Patch's perspective is superb. Taking the classic structure of a hero's tale and turning it on its head. 100% recommend to all.
Oct 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed reading this book. Unique, intriguing, story. I plan on reading this to my grand daughter with the hope that she enjoys it as much as I did.
What a lovely book. Patch is the bravest and most clever squirrel. I love his gang of unlikely allies. The ending is epic and satisfying.
Rakie Keig
Mar 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
one of my favourite stories of all time, and certainly the best I've ever read that stars a squirrel. Awesome.
Shonna Froebel
Nov 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: canadian, fantasy
In some ways this book makes my think of Watership Down, but a lighter version ... and with squirrels instead of rabbits. We follow young Patch, son of Silver, of the Seeker clan, of the Treetops tribe, of the Center Kingdom. The Center Kingdom is Central Park in New York City. It is late winter and Patch can't find any of the nuts he buried, and he's not the only one either. Something is going on and Patch is determined to get to the bottom of it. The rats seem to be up to something. In his que ...more
Jan 09, 2016 rated it liked it
Patch is a squirrel who lives in Central Park, New York. We view the world and his interactions and, indeed, his conversations with other animals and humans as he travels through the five boroughs on a great and sometimes violent adventure. This unique book starts out like a kids fairy tale, with morality lessons about pollution and animal cruelty, but soon the focus is an all-out war between evil rats, evil crows, and evil traitor squirrels. The prose has that 'written by a squirrel' vibe, and ...more
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