Jun 29, 2008

Another Book

I did it!!! Even with the remodel, healing, spending time with friends...I finished another book! The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein is a funny, smart, sad book with an obvious life lesson thread throughout. I'm not a book guru so not sure that it qualifies as literary perfection...but it does qualify as a great read. The story is told by the family dog, Enzo, who is funny, smart, deep and loyal. It will make you look at your pets in a totally different way. I don't want to say more until you have had a chance to read. So go out and get a copy! Can't wait to hear your reviews.


Anonymous said...

I have that book on my list to read. Hopefully this week I'll start it and let you know. Now, stop reading and get back to work on the remodeling!!

Caroline said...

OH my gosh....I am going to have to go get this book. I love the fact that it's told from the family dogs point of view. Thanks for the suggestion.

Tara said...

It reminds me of a book I bought for my mom called...um...Okay, my mind went blank. But it's about a family dog..Milo maybe? I need more coffee.

PinkPiddyPaws said...

Ok -- I *might* have to pick that one up. :) Right now, the top of my list is "Blood Noir" because I'm a LKH fread.. sigh.. sad I know! ha..ha..

PinkPiddyPaws said...

errr.... I mean "freak" hee..hee...

Marcy "meg" said...

Oh that looks like one I would like for sure and I don't get to read books very much. Thanks for the tip!

Eleanor said...

I wonder if you might be interested in another original work of fiction, also narrated by a sentient labrador. (This labrador, Randolph, has rather high-brow tastes, preferring Dante to television.)

A DOG AMONG DIPLOMATS (April 2008) is the second book in a quirky mystery series by J.F. Englert. The first book, A DOG ABOUT TOWN was published in May 2007, and the third book, A DOG AT SEA, is scheduled for publication in April/May of 2009.

An overview of the books and excerpts from reviews already in are below. I'd be happy to send you review copies of either or both books if you're interested!


BULL MOOSE DOG RUN MYSTERY SERIES - A Dog About Town, A Dog Among Diplomats

In writing this fanciful mystery series, Englert adopts the daring and original conceit of employing a first-person narration by a labrador-cum-detective, Randolph. The first book in the series, A Dog About Town, was recognized with the 2007 fiction award from The Dog Writers Association of America (DWAA).

Unbeknownst to his owners, Randolph (a black lab) is both sentient and literate--even well-read, spending much of the time that he has to himself at their Upper West Side apartment immersed in books. A year before the first novel opens, Randolph's mistress Imogen disappears without a trace, leaving behind a broken-hearted and mystified boyfriend and dog.

In A DOG ABOUT TOWN, the object of Randolph's ability to read and to reason turns from private past time to undercover detective work as he gently prods his less-enlightened owner, Harry, toward the answers behind a suspicious death--which also holds clues to Imogen's disappearance. Combining his powers of reasoning with his superior sense of smell (100,000 more powerful than that of humans), he is able to literally sniff out the trail, as well as the guilty parties.

In A DOG AMONG DIPLOMATS, Randolph dedicates himself to a second murder case—this time one with ties to the U.N. and in which Imogen is implicated as a possible suspect.

Advance praise for A DOG AMONG DIPLOMATS
Englert's droll mix of mystery, philosophical musing about man and beast, political doings at the U.N. and the mysteries of love make this an elegant, funny and inspiring romp in the park. - Publishers Weekly

LibraryThing members on A DOG AMONG DIPLOMATS
"This book reminded me of two things, both very disconnected: the old-time movie serials where the heroine is always left in utmost peril until the next sequence and P.G. Wodehouse."

"the writing is sharp and witty"

"I couldn't help but fall in love with Randolph."

"a marvelous study of character, especially the dog's, and has some of the funniest writing I've ever read in the genre."

"Like Wodehouse, [Englert] often throws off phrases that you want to reread just for the sheer pleasure of it."