Dogs and Goddesses
Abby has just arrived in Summerville, Ohio, with her placid Newfoundland, Bowser. She’s reluctantly inherited her grandmother’s coffee shop, but it’s not long before she’s brewing up trouble in the form of magical baked goods and steaming up her life with an exasperating college professor.
And then there’s Daisy, a web code writer, and her hyperactive Jack Russell, Bailey....more
Great book. Classic Crusie dialogue. Excellent sexual tension. This book is very funny with a unique plot. A Mesopotamian goddess who has been "asleep" for thousands of years re-appears on a college campus in Ohio and tries to convert followers through a goddess dog training class.
It was a little hard to keep the characters straight at first. (Three talking dogs with three heroines, three heros ((one who is a god))and a creepy ...more
And yet this book, I did not love it. If it had not had Crusie's name on the cover I wouldn't have bothered to finish it. The plot was incoherent, the characters flat, the mythology undeveloped, and the romance unbelievable. I felt like the pairings occurred because of the magic and will go poof as soon as the Tonic and lust cookies wear off. Well, maybe Shar and Sam can build a relationship based on their mutual love of dogs and 80s fi ...more
At first I had trouble connecting with the heroines, not the dogs, they were great! But the humans gave me pause a few times.
Our heroines consist of three women who seem to be unlikely choices for goddesses at first. But their true strengths show up along with the strength of women having each others backs.
This book had a few truly wonderful points ...more
The basic plot is an ancient Mesopotamian goddess is accidentally called back to life. She uses her magic to find the ancestors of her handmaidens and begins her plot to...wait for it. ...more
I couldn't finish this one. I tried, I really did, but I just couldn't get around the ridiculousness of the premise, and I really love fantasy novels so I'm no stranger to ridiculous premises.
(I mean, hell, my favorite moment in the Dresden Files is Harry tear-assing his way around Chicago on the back of a recently revived T-Rex. Tell me that's not ridiculous.)
The other thing I had problem with was the way the individual writers' voices fa ...more
We're supposed to believe that these three sets of characters are in love. We know this because they keep saying "I love you/him/her!" Their love is ...more
I liked the book - but honestly I confused Abbey and Daisy all the time - which made me have a hard time keeping there men straight. Maybe this is why I liked Shar so much. She was distinguishable!
At times funny and at times choppy. I liked some of the characters and disliked others. Some of the dialog was believable and some just fodder for groans. I guess that is what happens when you have three authors working on the same storyline.
As the story goes, in 1929, an archeologist dug up a Mesopotamian temple and woke u ...more
It was an okay premise to bring all the people together because of their dogs (dogs are a trademark Crusie thing), but when they got into the whole goddess thing, I couldn't follow the logic and it was just too odd to stay with it. ...more
And why would you call the magic potion, goddess-power-enhancing-drink, "tonic?" That's like what Aunt Bea gives Opie. The last real life person who took a tonic probably died one hundred years ago. And why would three intelligent women in this skeptical, drug-aware age drink vast quantities of some unidentifiable liquid ...more
I'm sure the book is humorous in print, but as an audiobook it was a hoot. Narrator Renée Raudman's presentation of the characters added immensely to my enjoyment of the book.
The writing was fine. There were a couple of places that it was a bit choppy, but nothing was memorably jarring. I don't know any of the co-authors well enough to know when one stopped and another began, and it wasn't obvious that there were three authors.
There's some graphi ...more
I didn't care for the storyline of this book. It was weird and hard to connect with. I lov ...more
The story starts with Abby moving into town with her dog, a Newfoundland. She's there to check in on her inheritance, left by her grandmother. As soon as she rolls into town, she's waylaid by an exasperating college professor who demands that she fulfill her grandmother's contract to bake cookies for his math department reception. Daisy is a web pro ...more
The part that doesn’t really hold together is the mythology, from the overall goal ...more
I was looking for levity in a book and found it with this one. Talking dogs, gods and goddesses in Ohio and a little bit of everything else. There were some pretty clever cliches, humorous language and definitely some very sexy, ahem, parts.
Not my typical read, but I really did enjoy it.
Reread 11/7/15: This book didn't work so well for me on the reread. Full points for creativity, but a definite slog in the middle. I did enjoy Sam, but villains were...silly.
|2015 Reading Chal...: Dogs and Goddesses by Jennifer Crusie, Anne Stuart and Lani Diane Rich||1||12||Feb 16, 2015 03:36AM|
Jenny lives on the Ohio River where she often stares at the ceiling and counts her blessings.
Because you're all I can think about, day and night. I don't know what the hell is going on with us; I only know I can't get rid of it. I don't care if you're batshit insane and think you're the reincarnation of Cleopatra. I hear voices; you hear dogs. We'll work it out. Maybe get a discount on therapy.”