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The Dog Stars by Peter Heller
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Dec 03, 2013

it was amazing
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Read from August 14 to 17, 2012

8/14/12: I heard the author read from this last night. I'm SO glad I made the effort to do so as he was fantastic. A little scary to begin a book with such high expectations, but I really feel good about this one. Here goes...

8/18/12: Best book of 2012? Very likely it will be for me.

The writing is very unique and takes a few pages to get used to, but it becomes so personal and powerful that I inhabited the world of Hig and his beloved dog, Jasper. I don't think I fully returned to reality during the 3 days of reading. And I know it will stay with me for a long time.

The author is a poet, a pilot, an outdoor adventure writer, and a cat owner. Now he is an outstanding fiction writer as well.

My hubby & son are both wanting to read it next. Husband will relate because he grew up flying in small planes with his dad; he also spent a year in the Colorado mountains before college. Son loves good writing, post-apocalyptic novels, and calls our dog Jasper (her name is Jazzie, he has called her Jasper for almost 12 years now). They will both probably shed a tear. I sobbed.

Glen Duncan says it well on the dust jacket: "Make time and space for this savage, tender, brilliant book."

Good advice.

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Lori Great review. Adding it to my TBR list. Thanks for the recommendation.

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Jennifer You've made me want to read it :)

'chris d I think it's probably my best book of the year for 2013. It was excellent.

Larry My wife asked me why I was crying. I told her Jasper died and Hig lost his way. She does not read this genre, but I often read passages out loud. I read the passage where Hig wakes and finds Jasper covered in frost and dead. I looked up and she had a tear running down her cheek. I gave it 5 stars also, even though the writing was a bit disjointed.

Christopher Bond I agree. . .this book is one of the best of 2013. I listened to the book on audible.com and then read it. There is something about first person story telling out loud that adds to this book!

Becky Holum-B I love this book. Finding post global disaster books is commonplace lately, and I started this thinking it would be just another post apocalyptic survival story. I am glad I kept reading. Hig's grief, loneliness, tenderness, and poetry-loving sensitivity in the midst of brutality are true and hopeful. I loved his search for someone to love, for a family of sorts. The healing earth is a character in her own right. I will be reading this book again.

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