Book: Dogsbody


The Dog Star, Sirius, is tried–and found guilty–by his heavenly peers for a murder he did not commit. His sentence: to live on the planet Earth as a dog until such time as he can carry out a seemingly impossible mission–the recovery of a deadly weapon known as the Zoi. The first painful lesson Sirius learns in his lowly earthly form is that humans have all the power. The second is that even though his young mistress loves him, she can’t protect either of them from the cruelty of other humans. The third–and worst–is that someone is out there who will do anything to keep Sirius from finding the Zoi. Even if it means destroying the Earth itself.

Don’t let the synopsis fool you. You might think it’s about adventure, and mystery, and a fight between good and evil–but it’s not. Yes, all three are present, but the book is about something else entirely. It’s about friendship. And put into that perspective, I really liked the book.

Why do I say “put into that perspective”?

As an adventure book, it’s a little bit all over the place. In my opinion, that is. Our main character has a serious threat that he needs to avert, and yet that’s not his main concern. Which is understandable, considering the fact that he got turned into a dog. But, really, adventure-plot wise…it was a little all over the place. But if you don’t focus on the quest your main character is in, and just focus on the relationship he builds with his mistress, and the other characters, and the sacrifice he makes at the end of the book… It’s beautiful.

Yes, this book has excitement and action–but the most important thing it has, is heart.

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