ISBN 0-385-11260-2) is a novel by American author John Crowley, printed in 1976 by Doubleday.
Dave Langford reviewed Beasts for White Dwarf #99, and acknowledged that “The slightest of Crowley’s works? I recant: something by him calls for to be learn and reread.”
Brian W. Aldiss and David Wingrove reported that “for all of the poetry in Crowley’s writing, Beasts treats its subject material in a practical mode that provides the guide a resonance and a relevance it’d in any other case have lacked.”
The New York Times reviewer Gerald Jonas praised Crowley’s “prodigious inventiveness”, describing the novel as “a memorable story that ends too quickly.”
Political forces end result within the leos being deemed an experimental failure, first resigned to reservations, and later to be hunted down and eradicated. A central aspect of the story is the connection between Painter and Reynard, who acts as a kingmaker behind the scenes.
Beasts describes a world by which genetically engineered animals are given quite a lot of human traits. Painter is a leo, a mixture of man and lion. Reynard, a personality derived from medieval European fable, is a component fox.