Earth Log

Fiction - Science Fiction
177 Pages
Reviewed on 06/07/2019
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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.

Tracy Young

Joanne has a ferret for a pet. Slightly unusual but as she lives in an apartment it kind of makes sense. Rascal, said ferret, was a normal, sleepy animal who loved to explore and root around Joanne’s place until three days earlier. Following a visit to the vet and an overnight stay, Rascal is no more an ordinary ferret. Earth Log by Blaine C. Readler tells the story of Rascal and his heightened intelligence. Joanne is worried about her pet but her personal life distracts her, and her boyfriend Craig is creating problems that exceed her worries about Rascal. Following a harrowing experience with Craig, Rascal finds himself outside the confines of the apartment and alone in a strange world. Not everyone is as friendly as Joanne and Rascal experience some hostile behavior and some seedy characters. Finding his way back to Joanne is imperative but he will have to use his new-found intelligence wisely and not alert those around him to his abilities. Will he get back to Joanne and can he help her find love along the way?

Wow. What a great read. Joanne and her friend Trixie are great characters and the love of Rascal is one that anybody who has loved a pet will recognize immediately. The adventures described by Blaine C. Readler in Earth Log will have you gripped. From the first sentence to the last, I was firmly entrenched in Rascal's world and willing him to get home safely. The intelligent dialogue and genuinely believable characters make this a book for everyone. Rascal will have you Googling “ferrets as pets” before you know it and dreaming of your very own Rascal. The book does mention the connection to Lassie-type scenarios, but I would go one better. This is Lassie for grown-ups; cuter, sassier and just an all-round great pet. Rascal will steal your heart, guaranteed!

Samantha Gregory

Earth Log by Blaine C. Readler is the story of a ferret called Rascal who seems to become self-aware in a sense when he wakes up in his cage one day. Over time he observes his owner Joanne and everything she goes through on a daily basis. She is in a bad relationship which Rascal learns about through Joanne's interactions with her friend Trixie. The story was unusual. I can honestly say I have not read a story like it before. While it is a little strange to begin with, the further into the story you get, you will become hooked on finding out what will happen to the characters and the truth behind Rascal's change. I would class it as a quick read, but I managed to read it in one sitting, in a few hours, but I do read quite quickly.

Blaine C. Readler has created an unusual and interesting story with Earth Log. As it is in the science fiction category, you do form your own opinions as to what is going on in the beginning. The story moves along at a good pace and I liked learning things from Rascal's point of view. He is curious and develops a bond with Joanne. His hatred of her boyfriend is justified and I like how the story unfolded. I think it may be hard to place on the market, but that it would be well received if it finds its niche. I would certainly recommend it to science fiction fans.