Book: Enslaved by Ducks

It's taking a bit longer than originally planned, but I'm healing apace. Ever practical Auntie Jan sent me a book to take my mind off the enforced bed rest, and I've about split my stitches reading it. It's the first time in a long while I've read a book straight through.

"Enslaved by Ducks" by Bob Tarte talks about the dangers of having a spouse who loves animals and can't seem to hear the word "no". It doesn't help that the author seems to have the backbone (and physical stamina) of a wet noodle, but at least he makes a good faith effort to get along, and grows to love the charges who eventually rule his life. Their menagerie consists mainly of indoor and outdoor birds, poultry, waterfowl, and rabbits, although two cats are grudging allowed space as well. There is "the love that dare not speak its name", gender confusion, love-hate relationships, and enough sibling drama that would have given Shakespeare many years of writing material.

A fun book to while away hours, and one in which I'm sure many of us would see a reflection of ourselves in relationship to our animals. Now, off to a follow-up doc appointment...


  1. I'm glad you're healing, slow but stady, d.a. I wish I had an Auntie Jan, that book sounds fun! :)

  2. Glad yr feeling better, setbacks and all. The title alone of that book is worth the price of admission...

  3. I rather suspect you'll be pushing the physical envelope as soon as possible, so it's good to hear that you're feeling better and letting yourself heal.

    I have this book kicking around (a gift from the spouse); it keeps getting pushed back in the pile. Will have to move it forward after reading your review.

    Take care!

  4. Thanks so much for your very kind review of my book, "Enslaved by Ducks." I hope you're feeling better now and that my book didn't in any way increase your discomfort. You might also enjoy the follow-up, "Fowl Weather."

    As for the two lone cats in "Enslaved by Ducks," the population is up to six in the book I'm writing now, called "The Funnel of Happiness."

    If you would like to see photos of any of our beasties, please check out my website, www.BobTarte.com.

    Thanks again!


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