The Dog Star, Sirius, is tried for murder by his heavenly peers and found guilty. His sentence: to be reborn on Earth as a dog until such time as he carries out the seemingly impossible mission imposed on him.
In his Earth guise, Sirius, renamed Leo, truly lives a dog's life. Although he is the pet of a girl who loves him, both child and dog are mistreated by the family wit...more
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Of course, I can't judge the librarians too harshly. The late '80s were ...more
Since acquiring an Amazon account though I've been able to buy more DWJ books and then managed to own my very own copy of Dogsbody. I wish I could have the version of book I read as a kid though.
This is the first book I could say I truly loved, adored and became obsessed with. It doesn't matter how many times I've read this, I still enjoy it each time - nothing has diminished.
I guess I was attracted ...more
Since Sirius the luminary star-denizen doesn't have any more idea about Earth life or humans than Sirius the abandoned puppy does ...more
I'm already a fan of Diana Wynne Jones, and I'd heard this was one of her best books (in spite of being one of her earliest), but neither of those things prepared me for how deeply this story moved me.
I think that part of what gives this story its power is that Jones pulls no punches here. The antagonists and the abuse they deal out are not made "safe for kids" by an over-the-top Roald Dahl treatment (as they often are in Jones' other books). The nasty adults do and threaten to do things that re ...more
That turns out to be true. A lot of the story is very young at heart -- the main character becomes a young puppy and slowly has to ...more
Yes, it's quite a bizarre book. I normally associate DWJ's stories with whimsy, charm, and magic, and this book is a bit of a departure from those themes. Of all the books by her that I've read, Dogsbody stands ou ...more
Sirius, the Dog Star, has a fiery temper and has been convicted of a crime of passion that resulted in the death of a luminary, and the loss of the mysterious zoi -- a powerful and dangerous artifac ...more
The second time I read it, I finished it in a couple of hours.
It made me cry both times.
The plot does fail to explain itself. Something deep and wonderful is going on just beyond the pag ...more
Much of the story is told through the dog's eyes, and Jones does a lovely job with this -- the part where Leo/Sirius is a puppy is especially affecting, as are the other dogs that we meet in the ...more
A cute little 'girl and her dog' story which doesn't stoop to being over sentimental or uses cheap heart-tugging ploys (which, admittedly, tend to work on me).
As the description says, the star Sirius - the dog star, of course - is charged with a crime and is sentenced to life as a dog on Earth, where he has to find the Zoi and put the piece together of his missing memory. But he has two natures know - his star nature and his dog nature, and he has to combine both to learn his lesson and find ...more
In case you're wondering, I loved this. I just wish I had discovered it earlier, and that this had been my tenth reading instead of my first.
I was excited to read a novel by Diana Wynne Jones because I’ve read and love the Chrestomanci series and Howl’s Moving Castle, but when I began reading, I realized this was going to be a little bit of a different kind of book. We’re thrown haphazardly into Sirius’s life, a star who has been framed and sentenced to live as a dog on Earth to find the Zoi, a power source of some kind that Sirius, as a dog, neither understands nor remembers. We’re not sure what’s going on or what exactly Si ...more
This mixture of science fiction and fantasy features Sirius, a luminary, who is framed for the crime of killing another luminary with a Zoi. As punishment, he is sent to Earth in the form of a dog as a sort of probation. If he can find the Zoi while in this form before the dog dies, he will be restored to his luminary position. While a dog, his owner is Kathleen who is under the custody of her horrid aunt. Throughout the book, Sirius learns of himself and befriends Kathleen. In t ...more
This was a very interesting book, and different from anything I'd ever read before. The premise, that a star or luminary (Sirius) is sent from the heavens to earth to reclaim an item of great power, was an extremely original idea for a fantasy novel. The story follows Sirius as he becomes a dog on earth and befriends a young Irish girl who lives with her hateful aunt and her family in England. He communicates with the sun, moon, and earth as he tries to find the item, a zoi, and reclaim ...more
|Flights of Fantasy: November 2015 - YA/MG: Dogsbody by Diana Wynne Jones||15||26||Jun 21, 2016 09:27AM|
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