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I am looking for interesting books or short stories that try to give a reasonable explanation for the existence of talking, gun-shooting, vehicle-driving animals. Something like uplift, or convergent evolution, or selective breeding. If not, a simple, fun, action-packed adventure would do.

closed as too broad by Valorum, TGnat, alexwlchan, Anthony Grist, Avner Shahar-Kashtan May 11 '14 at 16:40

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    Why the votes to close without explanation? I feel I've provided a good answer to this. It may fall under opinion-based, but at least let the person know why you're voting to close. That way the have a chance to right whatever perceived wrongs they've committed. Let them address your concerns with an edit. So many hit-n-runs... – Meat Trademark May 11 '14 at 17:11
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    One of the topics that is considered explicitly off-topic on this site is requests for recommendations of selected books or stories. This is because this kind of question almost always generates subjective opinion-based answers that can't properly be seen as right or wrong, and there can never be a right answer, and so it's not a good fit for the site. You can see more details on the tour page. – Avner Shahar-Kashtan May 11 '14 at 17:37
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    Yes. I understand that. You needn't gone to so much exposition. I only asked about the downvoters. And why they didn't comment about their downvoting. My point was tell the person asking the question why they are being downvoted. It's rather simple. Don't just VTC. Leave a reason the OP can learn from. Help newer members, don't be holier-than-thou. – Meat Trademark May 11 '14 at 21:49
  • Yes, I am inexeperienced here and @MeatTrademark is right, downvoting without explanation is not only unproductive, it's just rude. I understood that questions that were too broad were not good, but I thought my question is highly specific. I bet there are only a handful of actual correct answers. – DaleyPaley May 12 '14 at 0:13
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The graphic novel WE3 by writer Grant Morrison and artist Frank Quitely is pretty interesting and plausible and rather close to what you are asking.

The story follows the journey of We3, a squad of three prototype "animal weapons," as they flee captivity. The group consists of a dog, "Bandit" a.k.a. "1"; a cat, "Tinker" a.k.a. "2"; and a rabbit, "Pirate" a.k.a. "3", who were all kidnapped from a nearby city and encased in robotic armor. They were also given a limited ability to speak through skull implants. Their body armor fields numerous weapons, including mine laying devices, machine guns and razor claws.

As personal opinion goes, I loved it. It feels real and terrible and sad and works as a commentary on control and abuse of power. Highly recommended.

The GN consists of a three-issue miniseries, and all three covers were great, but cover number one really got to me. The right combination of illustration and photo-realism that is hard to achieve:

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    Sounds great. I will definitely look into it. Thanks – DaleyPaley May 11 '14 at 16:47

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