Perfect for fans of the series, like me, this book contains about 35 haikus written by Martin the dog on the show. The haikus vary from funny to frightening to romantic. Not only will you see your dog’s feelings in them (the horrible ending after a car ride to the vet) but also your own. How many people other than me can relate to this example from the book:
Shame: all the food has
vanished before I notice
I started eating
The illustrations assist the reader’s understanding of the haikus and in one instance replace the haiku.
This book is great for dog lovers. It would also be a good book to read to children to encourage them to empathize, instead of terrorize, their new doggy brother or sister.
I received this book from Net Galley but that has not impacted my review.
Posted in Humor Tagged with: dogs, poetry
Humorous Mystery with Believable Characters–Just a Great Book!
I absolutely adored this book. The characters seem like old friends but their attitudes change over the course of the three books in this series–just like real people do. My favorite part of this book is that Alan is back! Is Alan real or part of a mental disorder? I agree with Ruddy that it doesn’t matter because Alan is such fun to be around. In this book, some of the minor characters in the first book are fleshed out and they are given their turn in the spotlight. There are two mysteries to solve along with Ruddy this time. One is a carryover from the first book and the other builds on characters introduced there. A separate crime story has some good twists and turns. However, this book can be read as a stand-alone novel since the author includes short back stories of all the returning characters.
Overall, I can’t recommend this book highly enough. It is humorous, has great characters with many dimensions, and the plot is full of mysteries and crimes committed by and against our hero(es). The best news is that the author leaves a teaser to the fourth book in the series at the end of this book. I can’t wait.
I received this book as an advance reader copy from the publisher by winning a Goodreads giveaway but that has not impacted my review.
Posted in Humor, Mystery & Thrillers
Wonderfully Different Read!
I really enjoyed the characters within this book. I won the third book in the series in a Goodreads giveaway but wanted to read the first two books first. I actually listened to the first hundred pages on audiobook, while wading through jam-packed traffic during California’s blue cut fire’s road closures. It totally kept my interest and made the four hours fly by. When I got home, I continued to read the hardback.
I love the gentle humor within this book. It seems more genuine than say the madcap Serge Storms books. I also like that the main characters are a repo man with a heart of gold (and a prison record) and a real estate agent. This book has some paranormal elements and a small mystery, which I liked. I can’t wait to read book 2.
Posted in Audiobooks, Humor, Mystery & Thrillers Tagged with: dogs
Good Short Prequel to Series
After reading the first book in this series, The Midnight Plan of the Repo Man, and absolutely loving it, I wanted to read the next book in the series. This is actually a short story that took me less than an hour to read on my Kindle. It is also a prequel to the first book that more fully explains how Ruddy got Jake, his lovably lazy bloodhound. The story is briefly detailed in the first book so the surprise of finding Jake was no surprise. Only for that reason, I would recommend reading this book before reading Midnight Plan. However, my biggest problem is that Alan doesn’t appear in this book at all and he was a favorite of mine from the previous book.
Overall, I would recommend this book even though I liked Midnight Plan better.
Posted in Humor, Mystery & Thrillers Tagged with: dogs
Waded through this book to a good ending. The previous book in the series, A Dirty Job, was much better and is highly recommended. Secondhand Souls: A Novel not so much.
This book has almost the same plot as the first book in this series, A Dirty Job. Though the middle 150 pages dragged, I gave Secondhand Souls 3 stars because the end was enjoyable.
Just as I have begin to expect from Christopher Moore, individual comments within the book are laugh-out-loud funny. Just one warning: if you don’t know what a “Cleveland Steamer” is, do not under any circumstances Google it like I did. Even though I cleared my browser’s cache twice, I still have the image in my head–and it’s not a pretty image…
Posted in Horror, Humor