Dogs Paperback – Jul 1 2008
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"The suspense ratchets up in this perfect vacation read." Booklist
"An appealing mix of horror, thriller, allegory, and satire. . . . an appealing mix of horror, thriller, allegory, and satire . . . biting satire." Locus
"The best scenes . . . have a straight-ahead disaster-novel feel to them, full of suspense and creepy details." San Francisco Chronicle
"Kress's engrossing thriller shows a range of reactions from the community. Her bio notes she lives with 'the world's most spoiled toy poodle' and that kind of attachment is evident in the strong feelings of her characters." Denver Post
"Kress has a flair for punchy melodrama." The Washington Post
"In my opinion, Nancy Kress is one of the best science fiction authors of today." blogcritics.com
About the Author
Nancy Kress is the best-selling author of twenty science-fiction and fantasy novels,
including Beggars in Spain, Probability Space, and Steal Across the Sky. She has also published four short-story collections and three books on the fundamentals of writing. Kress is a four-time Nebula Award winner and the recipient of two Hugos, the Sturgeon, and the Campbell awards. Her fiction has been translated into nearly two dozen languages, including Klingon. She teaches at venues including the Clarion Writers' Program and as a guest professor at the University of Leipzig in Germany.
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Dogs is a look at how people live up, or down, to their true selves in an emergency; a sharp commentary about how we treat pets as children; a sad reminder of how anymore, few of us trust our Government in an emergency, and a compelling page-turner with a wonderfully satisfying ending.
Even so, I'm still one of Nancy's biggest fans.
While there were a few too many viewpoint characters to end up attached to any of them, the number- with their different perspectives- did make for a more subtle read than one that's just good guys/bad guys.
There was a lot of action in this book which made it a page-turner for me, but I think a number of points did not get resolved. OK, the virus is a terrorist plot. Why? Why THAT??? How was the virus shared? It seemed that some isolated dogs got it, and some did not. It looked like as the virus progressed, it caused insanity in dogs and humans both... but the aspect of that for humans, and the meaning of it, was skated over.
Personally, I think it would have been a stronger novel if it had NOT had a "terrorist" cause and was a naturally-occurring pandemic; maybe a rabies mutant, or an accidental contaminant in dog food. But I guess "terrorists" are the trendy Bad Guys these days.
Still- it's a quick and creepy read, plus raises some interesting questions. Honestly, it should have been double the length, with more detail.