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Reviews
Archie vs Predator by Alex de Campi
Bewitched, Bothered, and Biscotti by Bailey Cates
Bookplate Special by Lorna Barrett
Carson Crosses Canada
Fifteen Dogs by André Alexis
Giant Trouble by Ursula Vernon
The Goldfish Boy by Lisa Thompson
I'm Thinking of Ending Things by Iain Reid
It Might Have Been Worse by Beatrice Larned Massey
It's a Book by Lane Smith
Kleine Katze Chi #1 by Kanata Konami
No Place for Magic by E.D. Baker
Nooks & Crannies by Jessica Lawson
Lumberjanes, Volume 1: Beware the Kitten Holy by Noelle Stevenson
Mystery of the Midnight Rider by Carolyn Keene
Paper Girls, Volume 2 by Brian K. Vaughan
Proven Guilty by Jim Butcher
Road of Her Own: Women's Journeys in the West by Marlene Blessing
A Safe Girl to Love by Casey Plett
Shopaholic & Sister by Sophie Kinsella
Song of the Lion by Anne Hillerman
There Are No Cats in this Book by Viviane Schwarz
This Is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel
When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
Winnebago Graveyard #1 by Steve Niles
Winnebago Graveyard #2 by Steve Niles
Woof by Spencer Quinn
Yours Truly by Heather Vogel Frederick

Miscellaneous
August 2017 Reading Sources
August 2017 Reading Summary
Books on Books
Crossing the Cornfield and Saving the World: The Neddiad by Daniel Pinkwater
Greenglass House by Kate Milford: A road narrative deconstruction
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (September 04)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (September 11)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (September 18)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (September 25)
The maze isn't for you — except when it is

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5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

Reading Challenges

My Kind of Mystery Reading Challenge 2017 February - January 2017-8



Fifteen Dogs: 09/05/17

Fifteen Dogs  by André Alexis

Fifteen Dogs by André Alexis won the Scotiabank Giller prize in 2015 and was the CBC Canada Reads book this year. It's another examination of the human condition from a canine point of view.

The set up is this: Apollo and Hermes are at a bar getting drunk and they get to talking smack. Out of their drunken banter, comes a half baked plan to see what will happen if dogs are given human sentience and language. They bestow these gifts (or curses) on fifteen dogs overnighting at a nearby veterinary hospital.

The remainder of the book is the outcome of the lives of these dogs. Some of them were strays. Some of them were beloved pets. Some were abandoned.

Dogs suddenly being able to talk and think like humans isn't a new or unique story idea. These types of stories range from all sorts of age groups and genres.

For instance, there's the yellow lab who accidentally ate alphabet soup and gained the ability to speak: Martha Speaks by Susan Meddaugh — which was the basis for a PBS children's series of the same name.

On the science fiction / thriller front, there's Plague Dogs by Richard. On the literary fiction front, there's the offbeat, I Thought You Were Dead: A Love Story by Pete Nelson. On the political / social commentary front, there's A Dog's Heart by Mikhail Bulgakov.

I ended up having the same problem with Nelson's novel as I did with Alexis's, in that I kept comparing these literary dogs to the much sillier and earnest Martha.

Two stars

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