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Lily and the Octopus by Steven  Rowley
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The octopus has a good grip and clings tightly over her eye. It takes me a minute, but I gather my nerve and poke it. It's harder than I would have imagined. Less like a water balloon, more like . . . bone. It feels subcutaneous, yet there it is, out in the open for all to see. I count its arms, turning Lily's head around to the back, and sure enough, there are eight. The octopus looks angry as much as out of place. Aggressive perhaps is a better word. Like it is announcing itself and would like the room. I'm not going to lie. It's as frightening as it is confounding. I saw a video somewhere, sometime, of an octopus that camouflaged itself so perfectly along the ocean floor that it was completely undetectable until some unfortunate whelk or crab or snail came along and it emerged, striking with deadly precision. I remember going back and watching the video again and again, trying to locate the octopus in hiding. After countless viewings I could acknowledge its presence, sense its energy, its lurking, its intent to pounce, even if I couldn't entirely make it out in form. Once you had seen it, you couldn't really unsee it—even as you remained impressed with its ability to hide so perfectly in plain sight.

ABOUT THIS BOOK: Combining the emotional depth of The Art of Racing in the Rain with the magical spirit of The Life of Pi, Lily and the Octopus is an epic adventure of the heart.

When you sit down with Lily and the Octopus, you will be taken on an unforgettable ride.

The magic of this novel is in the read, and we don’t want to spoil it by giving away too many details. We can tell you that this is a story about that special someone: the one you trust, the one you can’t live without.

For Ted Flask, that someone special is his aging companion Lily, who happens to be a dog. Lily and the Octopus reminds us how it feels to love fiercely, how difficult it can be to let go, and how the fight for those we love is the greatest fight of all.

MY THOUGHTS: I expected this to be a sad book, given the subject, but it wasn’t, at least not to the degree that I imagined. And I am writing this as the person who, when my dog went missing the week before last, spent two whole days driving around the streets searching for him, mobilising the town and rural posties to look for him on their rounds, and harassing the vets, the pound and the SPCA. Day three found me in tears, quite certain that he had gone off to die, as elderly blue heelers are prone to do, completely immobilized by my grief. Happy ending, he was located late on the afternoon of the third day, hungry and footsore, making his way back home. $200 later in pound fees and a quick trip to the vet to have him checked over and he was home. Where he had been for those three days remains a mystery; no one sighted him, and he's not talking!

Anyway, back to Lily and the Octopus. Dogs make the most amazing friends. They are loyal and loving. The emotions we, their humans, feel when our dogs' health is failing, are extreme. Ted is alone, other than for Lily, and has endowed Lily with many human traits. Well, maybe Lily could play Monopoly. Just because I have never tried playing board games with my dog doesn't mean that it can't be done. He is heavily emotionally invested in her, and when her life is threatened, he fights that threat every way he knows how. And in doing so, he learns a lot about himself, about responsibility, and about making tough decisions.

So, I didn't cry while reading this book. I smiled a lot, at times recognizing myself in Ted. It was a sweet, nostalgic read for me, bringing back memories of previous dogs I am lucky enough to have had in my life.

Thank you to Simon and Schuster via Netgalley for providing a digital copy of Lily and the Octopus by Steven Rowley for review. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions.

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Reading Progress

December 2, 2016 – Shelved
December 2, 2016 – Shelved as: to-read
February 15, 2018 – Started Reading
February 15, 2018 – Shelved as: 2018
February 15, 2018 – Shelved as: audio
February 15, 2018 – Shelved as: netgalley-arc
February 15, 2018 –
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February 17, 2018 –
56.0%
February 18, 2018 – Finished Reading

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Bianca Nice review, Sandy. I'm glad you reunited with your dog.


message 2: by Christy (new)

Christy Lau I've been back and forth with reading this book, since some people say Ted's perspective can be a tad... frivolous? (esp with calling it an octopus?) And that it pulled them out of getting into the story. Did it seem that way to you?


Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice* Bianca wrote: "Nice review, Sandy. I'm glad you reunited with your dog."

Thanks Bianca, on both counts 😎


Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice* Christy wrote: "I've been back and forth with reading this book, since some people say Ted's perspective can be a tad... frivolous? (esp with calling it an octopus?) And that it pulled them out of getting into the..."

Hi Christy. No, I think Ted was both in panic mode, and in denial. Calling it an Octopus instead of a tumor was his way of 'coping'. But I will admit that Ted could be a bit wearing at times. 😎


message 5: by DeAnna (new) - added it

DeAnna Great review!!


Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice* DeAnna wrote: "Great review!!"

Thanks Deanna 😎


Mary Beth *Traveling Sister* Great review, Sandy! Glad you found your dog! Three days is a long time. Also glad you enjoyef this.


message 8: by Holly (new)

Holly  B Glad you enjoyed it Sandy!


Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice* Mary wrote: "Great review, Sandy! Glad you found your dog! Three days is a long time. Also glad you enjoyef this."

Thanks Mary Beth. I was extremely relieved!


Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice* Holly wrote: "Glad you enjoyed it Sandy!"

Thanks Holly


message 11: by Maureen (new)

Maureen Such a lovely review Sandy😄


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