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Reviewed by Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite
In the tradition of Franz Kafka’s The Metamorphosis, this novel explores a strange happening. In Earth Log by Blaine C. Readler, the protagonist wakes up one good morning to the startling realization that he is a ferret and the pet of a woman named Joanne. Now caged, he has lost his freedom. He also realizes that he can’t hurt people and can’t sleep during the day as most ferrets do. He didn’t like his job of reviewing the events of the day in the evening and hated the fact that he can’t reveal his unusual intelligence to anyone. Follow this character on an adventure that will involve fighting to save his friends and a lot more. But can his mental freedom eventually lead him to what he used to be and can the spell that binds him to the world of a ferret be broken or will he accept his fate and live with it?
Earth Log is a humorous novel with a unique and well-developed protagonist. Told in the first person narrative voice and from the point of view of the ferret, it is engrossing, the tone utterly irresistible, and the humor biting. One feels pity for the character but can’t help admiring the intelligence that animates his mind. What does it feel like to think like a human and yet be trapped in the body of a ferret? That is one of the questions this narrative explores; to observe people doing things, to want to help them, yet to be so restricted that one can only watch. Such is the destiny of the ferret. The prose is wonderful and right from the beginning the reader knows something has gone awfully wrong. The pathos is strong and I found myself reading each page, enticed by the suspense, wanting to find out what will become of the ferret. This is a gorgeous narrative that explores the themes of freedom and humanity, filled with humor and pathos; a story with deep underlying currents and meanings. Blaine C. Readler is a great storyteller and the realism that flows through the work sets it apart.