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The Only Harmless Great Thing by Brooke Bolander
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bookshelves: science-fiction-and-fantasy
Read 2 times. Last read June 18, 2018.

A fictionalized riff on the execution of Topsy the Elephant and the Radium Girls. In which the Radium girls also include sentient elephants with their own collective song-based memory and an ASL-like mechanism using trunks to communicate with humans, most of which have never bothered to notice that the elephants are a) perfectly capable of communicating and b) see through the human bullshit.

Strongly written, touching tale of the horrors that humans wreak upon sentient species, both human and otherwise, across the planet, in pursuit of money.

In other words, Bo Bolander wrote this, and you should read it.

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June 18, 2018 – Started Reading
June 18, 2018 – Finished Reading
July 9, 2018 – Shelved
July 9, 2018 – Shelved as: science-fiction-and-fantasy

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