Pork and Others is one of my favorite books. The language is spare and crisp, the structure of each story is logical and well-constructed, but even so, they take you by surprise. Freddi proves himself a masterful writer, but best of all, a gifted story-teller, clear of sentimentality, who places you in the forest, seeing the world from a vole's-eye view. Freddi's world may not be a pretty place, but it is challenging and invigorating. Bambi-lovers will hate it, intelligent and sophisticated readers will cherish it. I hope he writes more.