I am so fascinated by working dogs, so I keep picking these books up. This one has a lot of science and other stories besides just the author's experiI am so fascinated by working dogs, so I keep picking these books up. This one has a lot of science and other stories besides just the author's experience, and I really liked them all. One quibble- towards the end of the book Warren talks about how she would never ever volunteer for a search (she waits for law enforcement to contact her) because it would feel "scuzzy", like a personal injury lawyer advertising on late-night TV. She doesn't explain why she feels that way, and says it like of course her readers would understand and share the sentiment, but I don't get that at all- she doesn't get paid to do the searches, so she's not trolling for clients, and she has spent innumerable hours and lots of money to train her dog, and the dog really enjoys the searches. She even follows up this statement with an anecdote of a man with Alzheimer's who wandered away from home and whose body was found a month later just a couple of blocks from his house. She didn't help with the search because she wasn't asked, but kind of implies that had she been there she and Solo would have found him a lot sooner. In my mind that just reinforces the fact that she should have stepped up and offered to help. Anyway, I found the book really interesting, notwithstanding the above. ...more
First in a new urban fantasy series. Millie, once a celebrated indy film director, now a failed suicide diagnosed with borderline personality disorderFirst in a new urban fantasy series. Millie, once a celebrated indy film director, now a failed suicide diagnosed with borderline personality disorder, is recruited- and then fired- by an organization that monitors the border between our world and the fairy world (the organization recruits out of mental institutions so that they have plausible deniability in case any of their operatives violate their secrecy code). Apparently anyone from our world with a great creative mind has an Echo in fairy, and when they meet their Echo, wonderful things ensue (thus explaining the genius behind- in this case- the great filmmakers). Here, the Echo of a legendary filmmaker has disappeared, overstaying his time in our world and failing to check in with Arcadia, the monitoring organization. You wouldn't think this would be a huge deal, but there are Accords being violated that could result in war between the two worlds.
Millie is an interesting protagonist, having lost both legs and suffering extensive physical scarring due to her jump off a 7-story building the year before. Her BPD gets her into a bit of trouble, but it's either a pretty mild case or she has extraordinary abilities to deal with it- she is able to see the bad decisions she's about to make, she knows that it's the BPD talking, and so sometimes she is able to stop herself from doing stupid stuff (or sometimes she does it anyway, but she knows it's her mental illness driving her to it). Not knowing anyone with BPD (that I'm aware of), I don't know how realistic that is. But this is a fantasy book involving evil fairies, so I guess I don't need to be hung up on how realistic one aspect needs to be, right?
This first book shows a lot of promise and I will gladly pick up the next one in the series. ...more
First of all, I love dog stories. But only the ones where the dog doesn't die. So this book had a boost for me just because of the subject. The writinFirst of all, I love dog stories. But only the ones where the dog doesn't die. So this book had a boost for me just because of the subject. The writing was also witty, and the chapters were short, leading to that "just one more chapter" mentality that keeps me from doing other things that I should be doing (like going to sleep). The author's love for his dog shows through, and that was nice, but I was bugged by his constant need to show us, the readers, how he really doesn't fit in with his sweatshirt-wearing, sloppy joe-eating fellow agility competitors. Dude, I don't care what symphony you listened to on your way to the competition, or what gourmet lunch you took to eat in your car (because the ubiquitous sloppy joes make you queasy). I had to roll my eyes a lot whenever he described how he really didn't fit in with them, and I kept thinking, who do you think is going to pick up this book? Your fancy pants gourmand friends and fellow classical-music aficionados, or people who are into dog agility? Because I bet it's more of the latter than the former, and you have just insulted them. Again. Dogs are my favorite, though, so I will always rate a good, non-dying dog story highly. ...more
Story of a hunter who gets lost in the Colorado wilderness and the searcher who won't give up on her. I'm not sure why I didn't like this more than IStory of a hunter who gets lost in the Colorado wilderness and the searcher who won't give up on her. I'm not sure why I didn't like this more than I did- I think it may have been all the backstory of Amy Raye, which made me not like her even though I was hoping she would get rescued. I was more interested in Pru's story, but there wasn't as much of hers as Amy's. I was also put off a little by the author's use of "lion" in a plural sense, like "moose". I could certainly be wrong, but I always thought "lions" was a perfectly cromulent word.
Also, every time I glanced at the cover I read "Breaking Wind". Every. Time. ...more