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Thursday, October 2, 2008

Book Review: The God of Animals

I finally finished it. I stumbled on mention of The God of Animals by Aryn Kyle on a blog somewhere. It’s been so long I can’t even remember which blog. I am a sucker for horse books, and ones written by northwest/Montana authors even more. This book was okay, but it took me a while to get it finished. I checked it out from my county library and had to renew it once to get it read. It wasn’t a great book, but it was good enough that I had to at least finish reading it. I wasn’t compelled to make a point of reading it every night. Some books I have finished in a few hours because I couldn’t put them down. This wasn’t one of those books. The subject matter centered around a teenager and horses, but it was about life more than anything. Take a gander at it from your local library before decided if you need to buy it. I won’t be adding it to my horse-based section of my personal library. I will read Ms. Kyle’s next book when it comes out to see if her content and execution improve.

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2 comments:

dp said...

Reading is just about my favourite activity, but I don't have a lot of time for it. If I see something that intrigues me I always check reviews before buying. This caught my eye in our campus book store, but the reviews suggested that much of the horse-related material was either idealized or wrong. I gave it a pass -- sounds like the right choice.

Debi Kelly Van Cleave said...

OMG, I loved that book! And dp, all the horse related information was incredibly accurate. I couldn't BELIEVE how right-on she was about all the little details. I know boarding places like that. The little Dixie cups. The father with the big dreams. The fat smoking grandmother. Danger as in a possible child molester and the ice cubes clinking in his glass.

But I have to agree with you Liz that it is an easy book to put down. Perhaps there wasn't a lot of tension. However, I kind of like non-formulaic slice-of-life stories with quirky interesting characters and rich unusual descriptions. Like The Glass Castle. Another good one. They're like Sundance Film Festival movies. I liked The God of Animals so much that I tried to find the author's e-mail so I could tell her and I'm normally no groupie! Well, the nice thing about books is there are millions of them out there, someting for everyone!

Okay, here's one that is a literary masterpiece but it's one with a lot of tension and I couldn't put it down. Try this one girls: The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood.
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