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Dogsbody by Diana Wynne Jones
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Jun 27, 12

Read from June 21 to 27, 2012

From the back cover:

"The Dog Star, Sirius, is tried--and found guilty--by his heavenly peers for a murder he did not commit. His sentence: to live on the planet Earth as a dog until such time as he can carry out a seemingly impossible mission--the recovery of a deadly weapon known as the Zoi. The first painful lesson Sirius learns in his lowly earthly form is that humans have all the power. The second is that even though his young mistress loves him, she can't protect either of them from the cruelty of other humans. The third--and worst--is that someone is out there who will do anything to keep Sirius from finding the Zoi. Even if it means destroying Earth itself."

Originally published in 1975, the world of Sirius and Kathleen isn't exactly like ours anymore. There are (what are now) historical references that may seem obscure to some.

What hasn't changed at all is the loyalty of a dog and the love between dog and human. This story is a beautiful rendition of that, with a dash of science fiction, a helping of ancient myth, and a compelling quest added to the mix.

Loved it.
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