I've had this book for many, many years and I think it's the third time I've read it. I remember finding it quite boring in the past and, well, my opinion changed a bit but not too much. After a couple of stories it seems like you're reading the same thing over and over: animal likes gentle human acquaintance, gentle human is gone, bad human comes around and hurts animal, animal kills bad human. It's the same formula, only with some slight variations. It's an interesting idea, I give the author that, but I think keeping things shorter could have made it better.