The Dog Stars

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zach says:
ugh....i want to say i liked it and then the romance and oh my god, some of the most creepily written un-romantic romantic sex scenes i have ever encountered. Some of which I flipped past bc it was just unpleasantly written. Who tries to write a touching sex scene and describes a woman's backside as an 'ass'. or his penis as a 'wanger' or a 'dick'. ICK! These two have been without sexual companionship for years and they treat each other like 12 year olds who are totally unsure of themselves. Give me a break. If you had been that long without sex and the human race was going extinct and you happened upon an eligible healthy member of the opposite sex, what would you do? Totally bogus scenario. Other than that, pretty good, 3-4 stars. but the creepy sex and why does man always turn against man when the apocalypse comes? maybe the survivors would be more helpful.
colina214 says:
Shooting and Flying in the Post-Apocalypse!This version of the post-apocalypse comes down to a bunch of
... gunning, flying and sexing.  The lead character survives the end of the world to fly around in a single engine plane in Colorado with his dog.  How cute!  Dog characters rarely survive in stories like this so shed your tears now.  The lone survivor sets up sniper nests to shoot the bad people when they come up to his house with the porch light on.  Bang!  How is that for the cowardly dispatching of the bad guys? His ex-army buddy on the other side aides in shooting them too.  The violence charges on with little sympathy for the victims, or pangs of conscience among the shooters.  Eventually the sole survivor meets up with a girl living on the mountainside with her daddy.  Nothing like love among the ruins though you can hardly call this book a post-apocalypse romance novel.  It all ends rather abruptly with the good people surviving at the end but with nowhere to go.  There is no there, there.  Where is the character development?  Where is the big plot reveal?  Who are these people anyway?  I was left wanting more and not getting it.One thing I did find disappointing, and a bit annoying, is that in the book's Reading Group Guide is a list for other Apocalypse novels to read.  The Stand is not on the list.  That's a major offense and serious omission.  Oh well, all interested readers in this type of fiction know and have most likely read The Stand by now.  At least somebody can write a classic of the form, something that alludes Mr. Heller.MoreLess
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Guest 5 years ago

I enjoyed this more than I expected, and loved Jasper more than was good for me. Mr. Heller has done an extraordinary job of making everything seem real. My one complaint is the story ended too soon. Can we have a sequel please?

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