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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Tachyon Publications; 1 edition (July 1 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1892391783
  • ISBN-13: 978-1892391780
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 15.7 x 21.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 295 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #919,680 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Tense, fast and fun! Aug. 20 2008
By S. Hereld - Published on
Format: Paperback
Written as if ripped from the newspapers of a v. slightly alternate Earth, Dogs is fast moving and irresistable from start to finish. The characters -- mostly from a small town not-too near Washington D.C. -- are simply drawn yet interesting; the puzzle stayed one step ahead of me throughout, and the dogs of the title... well, they lived up to their titular role.

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.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Not Nancy's Best Sept. 7 2008
By BeachLover - Published on
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Dogs is well written--it kept me turning the pages--but the plot is so twisty I had no idea who did what and why at the end of the book. There are lots of ambiguous clues that are not tied up at the end. Perhaps I missed something, but I'm not willing to wade through the book again to find that one definitive point.

Even so, I'm still one of Nancy's biggest fans.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Good yarn Sept. 3 2009
By Kindle Customer - Published on
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Nice read in this page turner. The heroine is heroic and the hero is a nice guy. The dogs are OK too. Much better than the average Sci-Fi book.
Scary and engaging April 18 2013
By Cissa - Published on
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I'm not a dog person per se; my family includes a dog, but I'm more of a cat person. Nonetheless, the idea that a dog could unexpectedly turn on one is pretty frightening! And just as rabies re-programs the mind of critters... well, it's possible to imagine another virus that does similarly.

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.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Something new for Kress Dec 29 2008
By J. Starkes - Published on
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Though not typical of Kress' hard science fiction novels, I enjoyed this book. I don't know if Kress is attempting a switch to more "mainstream" stuff, but I think it was successful. You probably won't convince the more hard core scifi folks of the books merits, but this was better than say Greg Bears attempts to leave the genre. I rank it up there with the popular stuff that Preston/Childs or Rollins has put out. I haven't been disappointed in her stuff yet.