Very, very interesting and an enjoyable and informative read - especially if you love dogs and are interested in what they are thinking and maybe even...moreVery, very interesting and an enjoyable and informative read - especially if you love dogs and are interested in what they are thinking and maybe even feeling. This is a narrative by the lead scientist of a study (that may still be in process) of mapping dog's brains and trying to determine how they may be thinking.
Note: This scientist is a dog lover and approaches this study not from the standpoint of if dogs think and have cognitive ability, but dogs do think and he wants to determine how they think and even feel. He does try to prove, to non-dog lovers and other scientists, that dogs do actually think. This book seems to support that hypothesis.
I love the real empathy and feeling this man has for dogs. In this study, when trying to get approval to proceed, he approaches this with the view that dogs have rights, as humans have rights in scientific studies. As many of you probably know, animals legally are treated as property and not living and sentient beings. The author, however, proceeds as if the dogs have rights and can refuse to participate and cannot be forced to participate in the study. He determines that he must get the owner’s consent to use the dog in the study and legally, in a sense, elevates the dog to the level of a child, where a parent may agree and provide the consent for their child to the participate in the study.
What a concept, which has seemed to be always apparent to me, that animals think, have feelings and have rights. Many people don’t think this way. Scores of people treat dogs like property and abandon them, when they are no longer convenient or troublesome, or give them to shelters because they no longer fit in their life style. A pet to me is part of your family; not on the level of a child, but close. You don’t just discard them like trash when you feel like it.
I found this book very interesting, though it did not, as the title suggest, really and unequivocally prove that dogs love. As a dog lover, it does seem to provide solid conjecture that does do love – but those that do not love dogs, or think of them as just things or property, will not be convinced. (less)
Not quite as engaging as the St. Just series. Not sure why. Held my attention and was an enjoyable read, but I really wasn't drawn or invested in Max...moreNot quite as engaging as the St. Just series. Not sure why. Held my attention and was an enjoyable read, but I really wasn't drawn or invested in Max Tudor, the former MI5 agent and now and Anglican priest. St. Just caught me right away. Maybe Max takes more time to grow on you. I'll try the next and see. (less)
**spoiler alert** This book took me a long time (for me) to get into and finish. I'm not sure I really got into it as much as it was pigheadedness on...more**spoiler alert** This book took me a long time (for me) to get into and finish. I'm not sure I really got into it as much as it was pigheadedness on my part that I didn't want to give up on a book in this series. When I realized, shortly after getting and starting the book, that is was 98% about the "killer" of Inspector Lynley's newly wed wife and unborn child, I nearly stopped dead and thought about returning it, unread. Why would I want to spend my precious time, away entirely from the characters I've grown fond of, to dwell on a character that is accused of killing one of the main characters?
However, the high marks from some Goodreads reviewers, that liked the book (or like me, were not originally impressed, but on reflection thought the book was good), persuaded me to go on and persevere. I’m glad I read on, even though it was a depressing read. However, I just can’t rate it as high as some of the other reviewers did. As marvelous and astute and intuitive as George may be into the psyche of her killers and other ancillary characters, I find myself incensed that she focuses so much time on characters that don’t figure into the continuation of the series, but severely take away focus and insight into the characters she originally created.
What is she thinking? If she’s so much into the psychological analysis of the perpetrator or other suspected protagonist or related characters, to the detriment of, and her apparent boredom with, the characters she created; why doesn't she just write one off books? Why do she and her publishers keep tying them to a series, where the original characters have little impact on the story and very little development into their psyches??????
I’m very disappointed and confused; however I’m so invested in the lead characters, even with the death of one, that I am extremely reluctant to give up at this point, but am sorely tempted to do so, since I’m out of patience with the author’s neglect and superficial attention to the characters she invented to launch this series. (less)
Remember reading the first book and liking it. Wasn't disappointed by this second effort. Yes, a cozy, where the heroine sticks her nose in where she...moreRemember reading the first book and liking it. Wasn't disappointed by this second effort. Yes, a cozy, where the heroine sticks her nose in where she really shouldn't. But, for the most part, she does it in the context of her job, as a literary agent...until near the end. Why do these cozy heroines have to be so stupid in the end? Yes, they think they are being careful, and delude themselves with the excuse that they are checking things out before reporting them to the authorities. But, in reality, they are being foolhardy and very careless.
So, I enjoyed this, until the end. Still, up until that point, a very well written book and far above most cozies.(less)
I guess this is the real name of one of my favorite authors - Jane Haddam. This is apparently a young effort, when she first started and not much like...moreI guess this is the real name of one of my favorite authors - Jane Haddam. This is apparently a young effort, when she first started and not much like the Gregor Demarkian mysteries I have come to love; except for the elements of humor.
This was more light and frivolous than the Demarkian series seems to be, yet enjoyable. I liked the book, but has a vague sense of disappointment. Just a bit too silly at times to respect, even though it was a good read. (less)