Bizarre, interesting and engaging. Those three words come to my mind whenever I reflect back on Fifteen Dogs. I was hesitant to read this book becauseBizarre, interesting and engaging. Those three words come to my mind whenever I reflect back on Fifteen Dogs. I was hesitant to read this book because I'm not much into stories with animals as the main characters. Very few animal driven books appeal to me. This one, however, quickly dispelled my hesitation.
I was immediately drawn into the lives of fifteen dogs. I found it absolutely fascinating to see how the dogs related to each other once they took on human consciousness. They are pack animals by nature, they tended to stay that way. They were cut-throat too which was rather disturbing. They were blunt, and crude at times. They lived in an in-between state. Some dogs took this new consciousness better than others. Some adapted and others were fearful of the change. I became fond of Majnoun, he made the book. I really liked him and was utterly surprised when I discovered his breed. Yeah, a little dog bias I am is what I discovered.
I came away from Fifteen Dogs greatly entertained. I came away from this book with a need to pause and wonder about my own dog. Maybe, just maybe, Bambi thinks we humans are rather silly and confusing. And maybe she has a lot of thoughts going on in that mind of hers, especially when she is staring straight on at us.
I liked this bizarre, engaging and interesting story.
Crime stories are not my go-to genre; I tend to stay away from them. But this one totally hooked me in, first with the cover then with the names and fCrime stories are not my go-to genre; I tend to stay away from them. But this one totally hooked me in, first with the cover then with the names and finally with the story itself. (Yes! I have a few superficial tendencies).
The story drew me into the lives of all the characters, the small town community, and into the mystery of the crime. I found myself invested. I found myself filled with suspense. And, I found myself incredibly curious about Iceland, a country that I never gave much thought to.
I was fascinated by every aspect of this story—the book cover, the characters, their relationships, their names, the crime, the town, the country, the Icelandic winter.
Snowblind is a quiet mystery that kept me eagerly reading each and every page. It is well written and atmospheric in its storytelling. This book suited me well.
A word about the book cover. I love it and I was crushed by it. I loved the cover that I originally laid eyes on, that was my first attraction to this story. The book I received from the library was not the same cover, it crushed me. I was overwhelmingly disappointed when I first saw it, so much so that I almost didn't check it out. I checked it out only because it was highly recommended to me, otherwise it would have stayed in the library. Yes, I'm superficial in this way. And yes, I now highly recommended this book too.
A word about the names. Ari Thor. That name rocks. The character himself made the name rock even more. If I were younger I would have a serious fictional crush. But I'm not younger so I am not going there. But wow. He's a flawed character with potential. Back to names....how about the author's first name? Ragnar. Another name that rocks, but this time I credit this fab name to a series that I am enamored by, and the narrator's way of saying the name. Every time I see this author's name, I hear the narrator. Wait! The other names in the book are fascinating too. I was quite taken by almost all of them. I suppose this is the nature of reading a book in translation, it was originally written in Icelandic....more