Sunday, May 31, 2009

Book Review: the Dust of 100 Dogs by A.S. King

In the late seventeenth century, famed teenage pirate Emer Morrisey was on the cusp of escaping the pirate life with her one true love and unfathomable riches when she was slain and cursed with the dust of one hundred dogs, dooming her to one hundred lives as a dog before returning to a human body -- with her memories intact.

Now she's a contemporary American teenager and all she needs is a shovel and a ride to Jamaica.


What i thought: When i first came across this book, i was a bit unsure. I mean, a teenage pirate cursed to live the lives of 100 dogs? Sounds very . . . interesting, don't you think? But, i was constantly hearing about how amazing this novel was, how fabulous the writing was, etc. Hence, i was determined to give it a try--and that i did.

Emer is a bit . . . gruesome. Yet, it was her that made this story so phenomenal. Her voice itself was very captivating, and i couldn't resist being sucked into the story. I found it hard to separate her from Saffron, and vice versa. They were both very interesting characters, and the voice most definitely made the story it's own.

I thoroughly enjoyed the "Dog Facts" and found them incredibly hilarious. King incorporated Emer's time as a dog, as well as her becoming of Saffron, very well into the plot, and it all flowed fantastically.

The ending, while a major cliffie, was one i enjoyed immensely and i cannot imagine better way to conclude this fabulous novel. Although it leaves you hanging, it makes you crave more, which is a major goal that King succeeds at achieving.

In all honesty, The Dust of 100 Dogs can be summed up on one word: spectacular. I was completely blown away, and very much regret my uncertainty and doubt while contemplating whether or not it was worth a try. King is a fabulous story teller, and she most definitely is wonderful at breathing the life into the standard cardboard dolls, creating life-like and entirely realistic characters. I highly recommend picking up this fantastic tale--you won't regret it.

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1 comment:

CamCam21 said...

this book looks really weird. im not sure i want to read it.

CamCam21

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