Book review: The Only Harmless Great Thing by Brooke Bolander

The Only Harmless Great ThingThe Only Harmless Great Thing by Brooke Bolander

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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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About Lynne M. Thomas

Lynne M. Thomas is a nine time Hugo Award winning editor and podcaster. In her day job, she is Head of the Rare Book and Manuscript Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
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