[Top Ten Tuesday] – #137 – Fictional Pets, Beasts, and Creatures

Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.


This Week’s Theme:
Fictional Pets, Beasts, and Creatures

Initial Thoughts:

Have I done this list before? It feels like I have.

Anyhow, fictional pets et al. are some of my favourite characters included in any story. I can’t give you a definitive reason but I greatly care for the safety of these friends more than the heroes sometimes (usually). Can’t help it.

Manchee (Chaos Walking Trilogy)

Find me a better ruffian dog that talks to you than Manchee? CAN YOU? CANNN YOOOUUUU?

the-knife-of-never-letting-go-patrick-ness-book-coverPrentisstown isn’t like other towns. Everyone can hear everyone else’s thoughts in an overwhelming, never-ending stream of Noise. Just a month away from the birthday that will make him a man, Todd and his dog, Manchee — whose thoughts Todd can hear too, whether he wants to or not — stumble upon an area of complete silence. They find that in a town where privacy is impossible, something terrible has been hidden — a secret so awful that Todd and Manchee must run for their lives.

Bridget (The Blackthorn Key)

Bridget is a pigeon who coos and when she coos you better fucking listen.

blackthorn key - kevin sands - book cover“Tell no one what I’ve given you.”

Until he got that cryptic warning, Christopher Rowe was happy, learning how to solve complex codes and puzzles and creating powerful medicines, potions, and weapons as an apprentice to Master Benedict Blackthorn—with maybe an explosion or two along the way.

But when a mysterious cult begins to prey on London’s apothecaries, the trail of murders grows closer and closer to Blackthorn’s shop. With time running out, Christopher must use every skill he’s learned to discover the key to a terrible secret with the power to tear the world apart.

Hedwig (Harry Potter)

Yes, of course, could there have been a more knee-jerk addition to this list (Yes, it is Manchee but who’s counting). Hedwig deserved better.

sorc stone coverHarry Potter’s life is miserable. His parents are dead and he’s stuck with his heartless relatives, who force him to live in a tiny closet under the stairs. But his fortune changes when he receives a letter that tells him the truth about himself: he’s a wizard. A mysterious visitor rescues him from his relatives and takes him to his new home, Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

Niffler (Fantastic Beasts)

fantastic-beasts-book-coverContinuing this Harry Potter line of thought for a bit, I did not know of this buggers existence until I saw the movie and the comic relief it brought (although not really plot advancing) was pure joy.

A copy of Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them resides in almost every wizarding household in the country. Now Muggles too have the chance to discover where the Quintaped lives, what the Puffskein eats and why it is best not to leave milk out for a Knarl.

??? (Life in a Fishbowl)

So, I forgot the dogs name and my ARC is with a friend to check, but to be fair I read this two months ago lolol and though though the pet isn’t heavily featured, there is actually one important scene with it.

life-in-a-fishbowl-len-vlahos-book-coverFifteen-year-old Jackie Stone is a prisoner in her own house. Everything she says and does 24/7 is being taped and broadcast to every television in America. Why? Because her dad is dying of a brain tumor and he has auctioned his life on eBay to the highest bidder: a ruthless TV reality show executive at ATN.

Clive (Wallbanger)

I’ll give kudos where it’s deserved and though I’m not one to actually enjoy cats in general (further: I still haven’t finished this book even though started a readathon for it), there are scenes that this cat is all kinds of sass.

wallbanger-alice-clayton-book-coverThe first night after Caroline moves into her fantastic new San Francisco apartment, she realizes she’s gaining an intimate knowledge of her new neighbor’s nocturnal adventures. Thanks to paper-thin walls and the guy’s athletic prowess, she can hear not just his bed banging against the wall but the ecstatic response of what seems (as loud night after loud night goes by) like an endless parade of women.

Erg (Vassa in the Night)

Annoying as Erg may be, at least she wasn’t completely useless?

vassa in the night - sarah porter - book coverIn Vassa’s neighborhood, where she lives with her stepmother and bickering stepsisters, one might stumble onto magic, but stumbling away again could become an issue. Babs Yagg, the owner of the local convenience store, has a policy of beheading shoplifters—and sometimes innocent shoppers as well. So when Vassa’s stepsister sends her out for light bulbs in the middle of night, she knows it could easily become a suicide mission.

But Vassa has a bit of luck hidden in her pocket, a gift from her dead mother. Erg is a tough-talking wooden doll with sticky fingers, a bottomless stomach, and a ferocious cunning. With Erg’s help, Vassa just might be able to break the witch’s curse and free her Brooklyn neighborhood. But Babs won’t be playing fair…

…Beast? (The Diabolic)

I’m tempted to say the dog’s name is Beast…or something close to that variant. But, oh my goodness why am I so bad at remember these names. DID I EVEN LIKE THESE PETS? But what cannot be understated is how much Nemesis pooled into a pile of feels around her dog.

the diabolic - s.j. kincaid - bookcoverNemesis is a Diabolic. Created to protect a galactic Senator’s daughter, Sidonia. The girl who has grown up by her side and who is as much as sister as a master. There’s no one Nemesis wouldn’t kill to keep her safe. But when the power-mad Emperor summons Sidonia to the galactic court as a hostage, there is only one way for Nemesis to protect Sidonia.

She must become her.

Bernie Kosar (I Am Number Four)

i-am-number-four-pittacus-lore-book-coverSo I only watched the film on this one, but that was enough to tell me that a) John’s an asshole, and b) Bernie is a marshmallow.

They caught Number One in Malaysia.
Number Two in England.
And Number Three in Kenya.
They killed them all.

I am Number Four.

Dug (UP)

Randomly thought of DUG when I put on thinking cap and yes, of course, obviously.

up-movie-posterCarl Fredricksen as a boy wanted to explore South America and find the forbidden Paradise Falls. About 64 years later he gets to begin his journey along with a Boy Scout named Russel with help from 500 balloons. On their journey they discover many new friends including a talking dog and Carl and Russel figure out that someone evil plans. Carl soon realizes that this evildoer is his childhood idol. Will they be able to defeat him and will they find Paradise Falls?



Which pet, beast, creature has stood out to you, and why?


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