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The Squirrel on the Train

(Oberon’s Meaty Mysteries #2)

4.39  ·  Rating details ·  2,308 ratings  ·  233 reviews
Oberon the Irish wolfhound is off to Portland to smell all the things with canine companions wolfhound Orlaith and Boston terrier Starbuck, and, of course, his human, ancient Druid Atticus O’Sullivan. The first complication is an unmistakable sign of sinister agendas afoot: a squirrel atop the train. But an even more ominous situation is in store when the trio plus Atticus ...more
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Published November 30th 2017 by Subterranean Press
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Rachel Yes! Well sort of. There is another one of Oberon's Meaty Mysteries that both took place and was written before it: "The Purloined Poodle". Also…moreYes! Well sort of. There is another one of Oberon's Meaty Mysteries that both took place and was written before it: "The Purloined Poodle". Also Oberon and Atticus are present in all of the Iron Druid Chronicles and there are a bunch of them.(less)

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The clever Mr. Kevin Hearne who’s novella “The Squirrel On The Train” has a way with words and has unique insights. If by some odd chance the play on words of the books title didn’t trigger a smile, he reinforces his cleverness with chapter 9, titled “Gone Squirrel” . These are just a few of the funny and in-jokes that are pulled off, And by the way the book is subtitled "Oberon's Meaty Mysteries" of which this is volume two.

This is the first time I have read Kevin Hearne, and upon l
Nov 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Oh, gravy.

With a side of meatballs and women with medication. For any of you who've been reading the great Iron Druid UF series, you already know that one of the most delightful characters in the books is Oberon. He's a dog. He's been granted some immortali-TEA and he's always telepathically talking with Atticus and begging for meat.

And this is the second novella that makes him the main star, written from his PoV.

So, wait, this immortal dog solves side-story m
Jan 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Kevin Hearne is on to something very cool.

Word on the street is that his fabulously well to do Iron Druid series is coming to an end with the 2018 publication of the ninth in. that series, Scourged. While there is weeping and gnashing of teeth from Atticus O’Sullivan fans everywhere, there is hope that some of Hearne’s characters from the series may keep the fire going. Besieged was let loose on the reading public in 2017 and this collection of prime time short stories promises that there is not yet reason to turn out th
Mogsy (MMOGC)
3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

These Oberon side stories have been given a series name now, called Oberon’s Meaty Mysteries (which is just so perfect) so hopefully that will mean a lot more of these hilarious novellas to come! Spinning off from Kevin Hearne’s Iron Druid Chronicles, this book once again follows Atticus O’Sullivan’s faithful Irish wolfhound as he and his owner embark (pun intended) upon another mini-adventure to solve a mystery and bring the dastardly culprits to jus
Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.

I am in love with Oberon! It is no secret that I am a dog person. I have three dogs and would probably have more if the county I live in didn't set limits. So I am always drawn to stories involving dogs but Oberon is a special kind of dog and I just love these short pieces that are told completely from his point of view. I think I started smiling as soon as I hit play on this audiobook and didn't quit smiling until it was over bec
Jessica ☕ Rodrigues
Jul 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing

While Oberon is a character in the Iron Druid series, this title could be enjoyed by someone who hasn't read the series. They would just need to pick up on a few clues that let them know that Atticus, Oberon's human, is capable of some magic, and has a connection to the three dogs that allows them to telepathically speak to each other.

Oberon is lovable, affable, and while he's highly intelligent and somewhat humanized, he's also 100% hound at heart. When he heads to Portland for a sniffing-arou
Nov 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017-reads
This originally appeared at The Irresponsible Reader.
Can the magic of The Purloined Poodle be recaptured? Yes -- maybe even topped. For many, that should be all I need to write. If that's the case, you're fine -- go ahead and close this, no need to finish this.

If you're still here, I'll write a little more -- While on a trip to Portland to go sight-seeing, er, sight-smelling, Oberon, Orlaith and Starbuck get away from Atticus (er, I mean, Connor Molloy) while chasing after a suspicious-loo
Sep 07, 2017 rated it really liked it

Publisher: Subterranean

Publishing Date: November 2017

ISBN: 9781596068476

Genre: Fantasy

Rating: 4.0/5

Publishers Description: Oberon the Irish wolfhound is off to Portland to smell all the things with canine companions wolfhound Orlaith and Boston terrier Starbuck, and, of course, his human, ancient Druid Atticus O’Sullivan. The first complication is an unmistakable sign of sinister agendas afoot: a squirrel atop the train. But an
Dec 07, 2017 rated it liked it
This is the first time I have read a story by Kevin Hearne. This novella is number two in the Oberon’s Meaty Mysteries. It apparently is a spin-off of the Iron Druid Chronicles. The book works well as a stand-alone story.

Oberon is an Irish Wolfhound and is the doggie protagonist. His human companion is a druid called Atticus O’Sullivan. Oberon’s canine companion is an Irish Wolfhound bitch called Orla and Starbuck a Boston Terrier. Apparently, Oberon thinks all squirrel are evil and
Jul 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018
3.5 stars
Nov 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Atticus, Oberon, and the gang are off to Portland to take in the scents. At the train station, they see an ominous squirrel on the train. When they arrive in Portland, they give chase, and run across a murder victim. The victim looks just like Atticus. They must investigate to see if the doppelganger was the intended victim, or was it supposed to be Atticus? As always, I love all things Oberon. His theory that all squirrels are evil and plotting to take over the world is hilarious. I received a ...more
Oct 15, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I didn't know when I picked this up, but The Squirrel on the Train is a spin-off of Hearne's Iron Druid Chronicles. No matter; though I might have felt more of an attachment to the characters if I'd read those, I didn't have any trouble understanding anything. There appear to be a couple references to previous adventures, but that's all.

The reason to read the book is for the narration of the druid's faithful wolfhound Oberon. There is much humor to be found in the way Oberon and his canine companion
Sean Collins
Jun 12, 2018 rated it liked it
A good short story. I'm glad I saved this for after the end of the series, to remember the lighter side of things for the Iron Druid.
Oct 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Man, I like Oberon. He's single-minded dedication to the wonders of all things meat make my heart happy. The guy has a thing he likes and he doesn't waver from his adoration.

Added bonus, he and his doggy companions (oh, and Atticus, I guess) are pretty good at solving crimes.

When the crime in question involves the murder of an Atticus-lookalike, things get weird. Well, weirder than druids who can talk to animals and shapeshifters and such. I mean, it's all relative, right
Lexxi Kitty
*I received this book from NetGalley and Subterranean Press in return for a fair review.*

Oberon the Irish wolfhound and gang are back. Oberon is not the best at telling time, using ‘decades’, ‘years’, and the like somewhat randomly when meaning things like ‘minutes’, and ‘hours’, so the part wherein he notes that this particular story takes place several weeks after the first story in this series (the Oberon series, not the Iron Druid series), is, at best, shaky. But we’ll go with it – it’s a c
James Adams
Dec 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
The end is nigh, and the squirrels are in on it...
This, like it's predecessor, is a silly, dog-centric mystery romp. It's a lot of fun, and doesn't take itself too seriously. If you want to spend a little time with three sleuthing hounds and their pet druid, this is the place to be.
(Seriously, like the place; I don't know of any other series that fits these parameters. If you do, please please tell me.)
Jennifer  (BTH Reviews)
Jan 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
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I read “The Squirrel on the Train” because I have enjoyed other books by Kevin Hearne. The idea of a story told from the perspective of Atticus’s dog appealed to me. Although I received a free advanced reading copy via Netgalley, my opinions are my own.

Quick Review: Laugh-out-loud funny with a solid plot and interesting characters

The Story
When Atticus takes his dogs to the city via train, Oberon worries about a squirrel that is
Caitlyn Lynch
Dec 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Okay, I'm going to freely admit I chose this book to review based entirely on the title. And it was just as funny and pun-filled as I'd hoped.

Kevin Hearn's Iron Druid series is a bestselling phenomenon, and the Oberon's Meaty Mysteries are an offshoot series, told from the point of view of Atticus the Druid's faithful wolfhound Oberon.

Light in tone, funny and charming, this was a delight to read. I'm still giggling over Oberon's desire to write an inspirational book called All The
Highly amusing addition to the series! Listening to this one is a great choice, since Luke Daniels has a great Oberon voice. It's definitely a short, and seems to be more fan service than a story in its own right. Really, the "Meaty Mysteries" seem to be intended as a way for fans to pass the time while we wait for the next full-length novel in the Iron Druid Chronicles. But I have found that the short stories retain the joy and humor of the first few novels without getting bogged down in the da ...more
Wenzel Roessler
Feb 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Sweet and short and laugh out loud funny. Beautifully read by Luke Daniels
I was ready to give this 5 Stars despite the thin plot line but the epilogue knocked it down one star. Although this book does not close any plot lines to the main story, it does intersect with one of the existing plot lines.
Kevin Hogan
Aug 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Entertaining. A fun diversion from the main series, where the stakes are ... less intense. Oberon the hound makes an entertaining viewpoint character, especially for stories no longer than a decade.
Apr 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Hilariously funny!
Baige Bell
Dec 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This novella is perfection. It's topical, adorable, and hilarious. Perfect for iron Druid lovers.
4.5 A great little mystery involving the dogs and their Druid. RTC.
Nov 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Great story! Hound mystery! Love how Oberon gets his revenge on the pizza delivery guy!
Dec 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Although I'm done with the iron druid chronicles, I'll always have time for Oberon and so I'm glad he got his own spin off series. This was another enjoyable instalment, and I hope there will be many more.
Nov 30, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Cute little book with lots of pop culture references and dog-humor.
Dec 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, urban-fantasy

That was fun. I like Luke Daniel's take on Oberon quite a lot. The voice fits the body-in-my-head.
Sep 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Love! Oberon is probably my favorite literary character!
Feb 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobook, 2018
There is absolutely nothing like Luke Daniels reading in Oberon's voice. Nor is there anything like Kevin Hearne writing things from Oberon's perspective. Great story. Highly recommended. <><
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