Thursday, December 31

Book Review: Fifteen Dogs

Title: Fifteen Dogs

Author: André Alexis

Pages: Ebook 135

 -- I wonder, said Hermes, what it would be like if animals had human intelligence.

-- I'll wager a year's servitude, answered Apollo, that animals – any animal you like – would be even more unhappy than humans are, if they were given human intelligence.

And so it begins: a bet between the gods Hermes and Apollo leads them to grant human consciousness and language to a group of dogs overnighting at a Toronto veterinary clinic. Suddenly capable...

My Rating: 9.25/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: This book has become one of my favourite reads of the year - I went in not knowing what to expect, but I became engrossed in this book - and it was one of those reads that was hard to put down.

The characters - although they were all dogs, was what made this book to be such an enjoyable read. You cheered some on, while others you hated with a passions - but pretty much all of the characters were incredibly well written and developed. By the end of the book, I was nearly in tears, when my favourite character died - but the author wrote his story so wonderfully, it was impossible not to get attached to him.

The writing was incredible, I've only read one other book by the author, but I do plan on reading more. The author's voice pulls you into the book and he has one of those writing styles that pull you into the book and makes you want to read it through in a sitting.

All in all it was a fantastic read.

Would I recommend it to read: I would it was well written story, a little different than what was out there, but it's a must read.

What to read next: More works by the author, I enjoyed Childhood a lot. The other Giller finalists.

Challenges: 100+ Challenge, 2015 Category Challenge, 9th Annual Canadian Book Challenge

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