I wish I had known she started with 5 and ended up with less. My oldest kitty of 5 is 16 1/2 years old and in renal failure and reading this book madeI wish I had known she started with 5 and ended up with less. My oldest kitty of 5 is 16 1/2 years old and in renal failure and reading this book made me cry...really cry, like streaming tears crying. There were too many similarities to my own life in that regard...at least for right now. I felt the writing was a bit choppy the first 40 pages or so, but after that the book and story flowed for me. I admit I wanted to shake the protagonist repeatedly and tell her (maybe even yell at her) that she shouldn't allow others' opinions to matter to her, especially not as much as she did! But I realize that for many people what others think of them is very important. So glad she rebuffed "Richard" (also my ex-husband's name) and thrilled that Dan and her family finally came around and accepted her and her feline fur-babies!...more
Full review at Smoke & Mirrors: http://books-n-music.blogspot.com/201.... Excellent book! Great mystery! Nice little romance! Like Bruce, I will uFull review at Smoke & Mirrors: http://books-n-music.blogspot.com/201.... Excellent book! Great mystery! Nice little romance! Like Bruce, I will use as many exclamation points as I wish!! (From the acknowledgements section... :)) Ooh, the bad guys were really bad! There is a sequel in the works, too! I like Ruddy. I really liked Alan. Albert Einstein Croft and Doris! That was something similar to what I might find in a Stephanie Plum novel! :)
Cameron's humor appears throughout and really heightens the enjoyment of this book. Though there are many tense and suspenseful moments, it ends up okay in the end! Katie is quite the hero. I was glad I had read the introductory e-short story, The Midnight Dog of the Repo Man, so I knew a bit more about Ruddy and Jake. Very anxious to see where Katie, Jake, Ruddy, Becky, Kermit (no, NOT a frog!), and Jimmy all end up in the next novel! Fun stuff! Good read! ...more
Yet another winner by W. Bruce Cameron! I love his writing! I will post a more comprehensive review on my blog, Smoke & Mirrors (www.books-n-musicYet another winner by W. Bruce Cameron! I love his writing! I will post a more comprehensive review on my blog, Smoke & Mirrors (www.books-n-music.blogspot.com), as I have done for his other three animal-related books. I particularly admire an author who donates part of the proceeds of each sale to a worthy cause, as Cameron did with this. If you ordered through his Web site (www.brucecameron.com) before Christmas, a portion of the cost was donated to various humane organizations, and you had to order from one of three independent booksellers to get an inscribed/autographed copy! What a deal! I ordered one for each of my book club members as a Christmas gift and they loved it! We have spoken with Mr. Cameron when we discussed his book Emory's Gift, and it was such an enjoyable experience that made us all love the book and his writing even more!
I finally got a chance to read the book (having, of course, ordered a copy for myself, too!) and as usual, was nothing less than totally impressed with Cameron's ability to weave a story and depict characters. I felt as if I was totally inside Josh's mind and could easily understand and relate to his emotions and reactions; I could both empathize and sympathize with him at various stages of this story. I have always wondered at our ability to "thoughtlessly" separate "dog families," somehow assuming that a puppy/dog will be just as happy, or even more so, with just one human family. Hmmmm...wonder how we would feel if we were born into this world as one of the puppies? As usual, Cameron exposes many issues: divorce, abandonment (particularly as perceived by a child), abuse (both human-animal and human-human), and, of course, love... He explores love between/among humans, between/among animals (in this case dogs), and between/among humans and animals. All this and more in such a concise, wonderfully moving and enjoyable short book. I especially enjoy his notes at the end regarding the writing process for this book.