Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Book Number 78

I enjoy non-fiction almost as much as fiction. I don't know why I don't read more non-fiction. I should really smarten up.

The Novel: A Big Little Life A Memoir Of A Joyful Dog
The Author: Dean Koontz


DEAN KOONTZ thought he had everything he needed. A successful novelist with more than twenty #1 New York Times bestsellers to his credit, Dean had forged a career out of industry and imagination. He had been married to his high school sweetheart, Gerda, since the age of twenty, and together they had made a happy life for themselves in their Southern California home. It was the picture of peace and contentment. Then along came Trixie.

Dean had always wanted a dog—had even written several books in which dogs were featured. But not until Trixie was he truly open to the change that such a beautiful creature could bring about in him. Trixie had intelligence, a lack of vanity, and an uncanny knack for living in the present. And because she was joyful and direct as all dogs are, she put her heart into everything—from chasing tennis balls, to playing practical jokes, to protecting those she loved.

A service dog with Canine Companions for Independence, Trixie retired at three to become an assistance dog of another kind. She taught Dean to trust his instincts, persuaded him to cut down to a fifty-hour work week, and, perhaps most importantly, renewed in him a sense of wonder that will remain with him for the rest of his life. She mended him in many ways.

Trixie weighed only sixty-something pounds, Dean occasionally called her Short-Stuff, and she lived less than twelve years. In this big world, she was a little thing, but in all the ways that mattered, including the effect she had on those who loved her, she lived a big life.

My Thoughts:
I am not a dog lover (well overly) I like dogs. I think they are cool. I just don't like their poop, or dogs who are mean. I am more of a cat person (hubby deals with the litter box). I guess I might be a dog person, but I've never had the opportunity to own a dog so I can't say how I'd be if I had one.
Anyway.... This book is all about Dean Koontz, his life and his dog Trixie. If I had a dog like Trixie, I'd probably be a dog person. This dog was amazing, and this book about this dog made me want to go out and get a dog (well up until I had a visit from the in laws and their little poop machine, then I came to my senses)
This book was eloquently written. I developed feelings for this sweet dog I've never met. I laughed and cried during this book.
Dean Koontz has a rare talent. He writes non-fiction with the same style and grace you'd find in one of his fiction novels. I was entertained throughout this whole novel. If anything this novel made me appreciate Dean Koontz more. I enjoyed the glimpse into his personal life and the adventures with his wonderful dog.

I give "A Big Little Life" a rating of 3.75 out of 5.

Now if all my neighbours dogs could be even 1/2 of what Trixie was, I suspect I wouldn't have so many issues with shit in my yard or pee on my recycling bin.

Book Number 77

Suzanne Collins is awesome! I really enjoy her novels and I cannot wait until the next in this series is released.

The Novel: Catching Fire
The Author: Suzanne Collins

Much to her shock, Katniss has fueled an unrest she's afraid she cannot stop. And what scares her more is that she's not entirely convinced she should try. As time draws near for Katniss and Peeta to visit the districts on the Capitol's cruel Victory Tour, the stakes are higher than ever. If they can't prove, without a shadow of a doubt, that they are lost in their love for each other, the consequences will be horrifying

My Thoughts:
This sequel to The Hunger Games is just as good as it's predecessor, if not better. The action, the suspense, the character development, it's all done so well.
I am even more emotionally involved with the characters this go around. My loyalties switch between Peeta and Gale each scene they are involved in. I am thrilled and appalled at the situations the characters face. This dystopian future is one I love to read about but know I personally would not be mentally or physically strong enough to endure....and that's the beauty of this book, I am there with the characters, but from the comfort of my own living room.
I find I am fully engrossed in this novel and the rest of the series that I have to make a conscious effort to step away from the book and do other things (like shower).

I give "Catching Fire" a rating of 5 out of 5.

I cannot wait for the third novel in this series. As soon as the third book is released I plan to go out and buy all three. This is definitely a series I want in my collection.
I look forward to the day Little Miss is old enough to read these books.