Serena - Ron Rash I read the first 90 pages of this book and couldn't continue. The writing is excellent, quite impressive, really. But when each chapter brought a new form of cruelty to animals, I had to stop. Bashing in a raccoon's skull with an axe...Starving a captive eagle to bend it to your will...Baiting a field with corn and apples so you can shoot twelve deer and a bear for sport, then just leave them all piled in the middle of the field to rot after you've killed them...Are you sickened yet? I found myself distressed and in tears and I knew it was time to quit. I can be fair and go with two stars instead of one because the writing and storytelling is good, but I don't think it was necessary to include that much brutality toward innocent creatures.