Truth be told, I was reluctant to review Among Animals:The Lives of Animals and Humans in Contemporary Short Fiction. Short stories, to me, are like movie trailers, vignettes that leave you wanting more — except unlike movie trailers, the story is all there is. A collection of 15 short stories involving animals sounded like 15 small disappointments. I began reading where the book fell open, and can honestly say, there wasn’t a single disappointment. Varied as they are, there something for everyone, from the matter-of-fact, in which animals seem merely peripheral (The Ecstatic Cry), to the truly heartrending (Miriam’s Lantern). Some (like Meat) might even be thought humorous if you (unlike me) don’t have a huge emotional stake in the human-animal relationship . Among Animals has still not made an aficionado of short stories out of me, but it is a thoughtfully-chosen selection of great stories, and the whole was very enjoyable.