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Fifteen Dogs
Fifteen Dogs | Andre Alexis
Somewhere around midnight, Rosie, an Alsatian, stopped licking herself and wondered how long she would be in the place she found herself. She then wondered what had happened to the last litter she'd whelped. It suddenly seemed grossly unfair that one should go through the trouble of having pups only to lose track of them. One summer night in Toronto, Hermes and Apollo make a drunken bet about the possibility of human happiness. And so they grant human consciousness to a group of dogs overnighting at a veterinary clinic. Having suddenly been granted more complex thought, the pack is soon torn between those who resist language, preferring their old "dog" ways, and those who embrace it. The gods watch from above as some of the dogs turn violently on one another until only three are left: wily Benjy moves from home to home, intelligent Majnoun finds a surprisingly human relationship with a kind couple, and Prince becomes a poet. For Hermes to win, one of the dogs must be happy at his death. An utterly convincing and moving look at the beauty and perils of consciousness. Andr Alexis was born in Trinidad and grew up in Canada. His debut novel, Childhood, won the Books in Canada First Novel Award, the Trillium Book Award, and was shortlisted for the Giller Prize and the Writers' Trust Fiction Prize. His books include Pastoral, Asylum, and Ingrid & the Wolf.
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ClairesReads
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Finally back on track with reading this month. I was mostly concerned with some #readharder2019 catch up. Fifteen Dogs was easily the unexpected winner of my month, but I loved Invisible Women too. Closing the month with a great #indiebuddyreads is a delight as always.

Redheadrambles She‘s back ! Woohoo 🥳 2mo
ClairesReads @Redheadrambles yassssssss so pumped. And work finishes next week! 2mo
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ClairesReads
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This book gave me Animal Farm, and Lord of the Flies vibes, while remaining something that felt original. the lives of these 15 dogs are brutal and harrowing in both human and animal ways. Alexis is unwavering in his exploration of the weight of human consciousness. This novel asks big questions about the impact of this consciousness on our interpersonal relationships, our notions of happiness and unhappiness, and the pursuit of meaning in life.

Lindy Have you read Sean Michaels? I found his latest gave me Andre Alexis vibes while at the same time being totally original: 2mo
ClairesReads @Lindy oh that looks great! Thanks for letting me know 😊 2mo
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Love this

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ClairesReads
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A book in which an inanimate object or animal is a point of view character #readharder2019

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Creadnorthey
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This is a terrific meditation on being. Alexis does a fantastic job navigating some heady ground yet never straying too far from the canine headspace- or at least the human imaginings of what that headspace might be. Don‘t need to be a dog lover for this one, but it would sure help if you‘re picking it up.

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Vulpixen
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Mehso-so

I was lukewarm on this book until about 4/5 of the way in, when I got so touching I actually cried, which doesn‘t happen often for me! It was a slow-burn, but also a fairly short read. It was also quite different from anything I‘ve read before.

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ulrichyumiodd
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What if fifteen dogs were given human intelligence by the Greek gods Hermes and Apollo?

Interesting idea, though the book contains a lot of vulgarity, meant to replicate the usual concerns of dogs; I don‘t think it was necessary to mention those things so often. Nonetheless, I enjoyed the story. It is a short read that leaves you with reflections that last much longer.

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ulrichyumiodd
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Fifteen Dogs... and a cat! #catsoflitsy

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Whitwhit
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Awesome

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Tanner
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What a sad, funny, thought-provoking read.

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Tanner
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Holy crow, I had no idea that this book I picked up at a library book sale was actually a signed copy.

BookishTrish 😮 13mo
Texreader That‘s so cool!! 13mo
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Tanner
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Up next on deck, book 4 of the year. Mikey-Cat wouldn‘t be sleeping so peacefully if he knew what was beside him!

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TheKidUpstairs
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A hot cuppa tea and a good book are #GoodTogether 😁 What's your favourite Sunday morning pairing?

#SeptemberDanes @Cinfhen @Kalalalatja

Cinfhen More of a coffee girl ☕️😉 1y
RealLifeReading I always start my mornings with a tea! Then an espresso! 1y
Kalalalatja I‘m a coffee drinker in the morning and tea in the afternoon, but reader always! 😄 1y
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Augustdana Earl Grey and honey are my favourite pairing along with rain so I don‘t feel bad for either sleeping in or reading until lunch time 1y
CatGV Oh, you are from Canada like me! I see your Tim Hortons cup ;). My favorite pairing is a nice iced coffee OR iced chai latte with a good book, preferably fantasy or historical. :D 1y
TheKidUpstairs @CatGV i am! There's a number of Canadian Littens on here 🇨🇦😁 What part of the country are you from? I'm in small town Ontario, about an hour NE of Toronto. 1y
TheKidUpstairs @Augustdana that sounds pretty perfect to me! Something about Earl Grey on a rainy day 👍 1y
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TheKidUpstairs
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1. My boys 😁
2. Two at the moment! Tagged, and Heir of Fire.
3. Candy Cupboard, Pick of the Crop, and the Green Bean. None of them exist anymore, but @Melissa_J might know what I'm talking about!
4. Nope. I'm just trying not to buy so many books! Working at the library helps with that 😁
5. Give me all the books!!! What's the use of winning $1M if you can't spend at least some of it on books?

#HumpDayPost @MinDea

RealLifeReading That playground looks fabulous! 1y
Cinfhen 💙💚 1y
TheKidUpstairs @RealLifeReading it's awesome! It's the splash pad at the Toronto Zoo. We're members, and my boys loooove it! 1y
RealLifeReading Cool! The Singapore zoo has a fun splash pad area too. Sadly the zoos in the SF Bay Area don‘t seem to have caught on yet 1y
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Soubhiville
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My mini bookmail happy Birthday to me arrived while I was out of town for the weekend 😊. I‘m looking forward to all of these. Welcome to my TBR new books 📚😜

Reviewsbylola Happy birthday!! What a nice birthday haul! 2y
mrozzz Happy birthday 🎈🎂🎉What a good way to celebrate 🤓📚 2y
BiblioLitten Happy happy birthday!!🎂🍰🎊🎁 2y
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BookMaven407 Happy Birthday! 🎂 2y
JessClark78 Happy Birthday!! 🎊🎂🎉🎈 2y
TrishB Happy birthday 🎉🎉 2y
Kalalalatja What a great way to celebrate your birthday! 🎉🎉 2y
BookishTrish Happy Birthday 🎂 2y
DivineDiana How did I miss your birthday?!? Wishing you a fantastic year!🎉📚🎉 2y
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Clwojick
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Next up! Who‘s read this one?

Amandajoy Just finished it this week! I really liked it! 2y
erzascarletbookgasm Yup. It‘s an interesting premise. I didn‘t think I‘d like it, but I did. Warning, though..savage animals some parts. 2y
Prairiegirl_reading Bought it because I thought premise sounded interesting and then the very next day I heard about the “savage animal” parts and now I can‘t do it. 2y
Clwojick @erzascarletbookgasm @Prairiegirl_reading yeah... I was a little surprised by some parts of it, and actually skipped through a few chapters because of the intensity of it at times.... but all in all I am enjoying it so far. I would say I‘m about 1/2 way thru already. 2y
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DennisJacobRosenfeld
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One of my local book pushers convinced me that my next read should be a book about a wager between Apollo and Hermes that leads to fifteen dogs being granted human intelligence. Wonderful cover design and the book is great so far.

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BookishTrish
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@Blueberry I live-streamed Day Three before work. Holy cats this year is not going how I expected.

Blueberry Haha, agreed. 2y
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TamarackTrail
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An unusual story of 15 dogs given human thinking abilities to evaluate their ultimate happiness or unhappiness. Taking place in Toronto, and knowing the city, it was nice to "follow" the dogs' travels. I listened to this in an audio book and it was narrated by the author which was delightful.

readordierachel Interesting premise! 2y
MinDea Hi @TamarackTrail @TricksyTails and I sent you an email in reference to #FeedAReader. Did you happen to send your first package and did you happen to receive yours? Can you please let us know? Thank you! 2y
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erzascarletbookgasm
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In this novel that I‘ve recently read, the author explores what dogs would be like, if they had the power of human thoughts. And so, fifteen dogs were given human intelligence and consciousness, all started from a bet between two immortal gods, Apollo and Hermes.
#nuyear #calloutthedogs

BookMaven407 Sounds interesting. 2y
TrishB Sounds interesting 👍🏻 2y
Cinfhen Nice choice! Another new to me book💚 2y
Kalalalatja Stacked! 2y
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erzascarletbookgasm
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Quite unlike any other I‘ve read. A bet made between two Greek gods on whether human intelligence being granted on animals leads to happiness or misery. Andre tells the story of fifteen dogs with this new-found gift. It‘s interesting to see how some struggle to suppress, others adapt to their newfound ability-communicative power and human consciousness. The story is interspersed with poems composed by one of the dogs! (Cont. ⬇️)

erzascarletbookgasm It‘s not a happy read, given that the dogs die during the course of the story, but it makes us think about nature of love, and sense of belonging. Ultimately it‘s not so much about canine behaviour but of human‘s. Cleverly crafted but a heartbreaking read. ⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2 2y
Owlizabeth Have you read Mort(e)? It‘s a similar story in that pets gain human intelligence. 2y
erzascarletbookgasm @Owlizabeth I haven‘t, haven not heard of it. Have you? Did you like it? 2y
Owlizabeth I really liked it. It‘s a weird premise, but it works. 2y
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erzascarletbookgasm
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Found another quote for #wonder from my #currentread

A bet between two Greek gods on whether #animals would be happier if given human consciousness. A book with a bold and unusual premise.
#reindeerreads

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled I liked this one. Weird, creative, and interesting 2y
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TheKidUpstairs
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I went on a bit of a book buying binge this week ?
In my defense, the most expensive book I bought cost $8. And it's signed, and was part of my library's Snowflake Sale. AND some are gifts for fellow Littens.
And in case you're thinking "that's not too big of a pile" - not pictured is the Book Outlet order that is on its way to me. So you can double this stack. ?

? #Emojinov @RealLifeReading

LeahBergen Oops. 😉 2y
Tamra Works for me! 2y
AlaMich Litsy is a judgement-free zone, I'm pretty sure. 😉 2y
Jabberwocky LOVED fifteen dogs 2y
ApoptyGina69 I just bought Fifteen Dogs this week! Been on my TBR for ages. 2y
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TheKidUpstairs
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Gods, dogs, and a Giller Prize win - how have I not bought/read this one yet?!?!?!

FIFTEEN
#NovemberbytheNumbers
@Tiffy_Reads @JoeStalksBeck

Oryx I've had this on my Kindle for ages. I think I need to finally read it! 2y
BookishTrish Read it! Read it! Read it! 2y
ApoptyGina69 This has been on my TBR for 7 years!!!! 2y
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Lcsmcat
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The premise fascinates me. Has anyone read this? #15 #novemberbythenumbers @JoeStalksBeck @Tiffy_Reads

Sydsavvy Looks good! 2y
DebbieGrillo I have. It was interesting but I can't go as far as recommending it. If you like mythology and talking dogs, give it a whirl. 2y
BookishTrish I loved it. It is brutal in parts though. 2y
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LeahBergen I have. It was between a pick and a so-so rating for me. 2y
Lcsmcat @DebbieGrillo @BookishTrish @LeahBergen Now I know I want to read it. With such different reviews it‘s bound to be worth discussing. 😀 2y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled I liked it. It was unusual! 2y
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Shawna
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This was such an interesting concept for a book. I've been meaning to read it ever since it won the Giller Prize in Canada. Darby approves too. #dogsoflitsy

Samwise_Gamgee 🐶👋 2y
Jaimelire Have to read this 2y
AmyG Darby lookikemy daughter's roommates dog, Lou. So cute! 2y
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msc1977
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Sitting in a cafe where they have a little library to enjoy while you're having a coffee.
Has anyone read this book? It sounds quite clever.
#andrealexis #fifteendogs
#read #wordsarepowerful #imagine #escape #bibliophile #bookworm #books

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Timidmagick
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Mehso-so

Two gods are in a TO bar. They make a wager. Something about poems humans and intelligent canines could understand. Strange.

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Shawna
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My stack for #24in48! I had a late start this morning, but I'm up and ready to go #shelfie

janeycanuck Why Not Me? is a total delight! Enjoy 😊 3y
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Absolutely loved this one!

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PeterCursonAuthor
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Very interesting and often emotional read that answers a question we've all asked: what would happen if dogs had human intelligence?

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Augustdana
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It took a while to get into it, and it was a little violent at times, but I ended up crying about two dogs and well, here we are. Also I'm a day behind on #riotgrams so this is also how I read now that we're in the month of June. Ebook or paperback, I don't discriminate, I love them all.

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Jilljemmett
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This was the Giller award winner in 2015 and it won Canada Reads in 2017. It‘s one of my favourite #canlit books 🐶🐶🐶🐶🐶🐶🐶🐶🐶🐶🐶🐶🐶🐶🐶


#bktjune @letters_from_neverland (Award Winner)


#bookstagram #bookblog #bookblogger #bibliophile #books #award #gillerprize #ecwpress #fifteendogs #fiction #dogs

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Alpha
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6 more sleeps until My 1st day of Chapters come back ! Why did I even leave in the first place !? There's no place like home!! A year is way to long to be without my book fam

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Alpha
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Ok.... don't know why I've neglected my Litsy for so long but life get busy I guess lol
This is what I'm reading right now ❤️

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Augustdana
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I've heard mixed reviews about this book, so I thought I would give it a shot. Interesting premise. Plus it's Canadian. Bonus. Also I'm outside reading for the first time this season !!

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Kitta
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Mehso-so

A sweet book, set in my hometown (Toronto!), about 15 dogs who gain human consciousness after the gods Apollo and Hermes make a wager. I had some issues with it that I can't quite get past, but overall it was a quick fun read and the premise was really original and interesting. Pick/so-so.

Also: Check out the first ever dog jokes! 😂

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BooksGirlsCats
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The talking doggie book made me cry.

I thought this was fun, insightful, had an interesting premise and was VERY Canadian 😊
I have spent the last week thinking about Majnoun and Prince, even at work and during the day, which is always the sign of a great book!

Rating:
🐶🐶🐶🐶🐶

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Doggie jokes are pretty good.

I love the idea of Alexis sitting at home, trying to come up with the perfect, first dog joke. What a job!

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Majnoun the Poodle quite likes 1950s Japanese cinema...apart from the lack of dogs.

I'm sure this is how Nala feels about everything we watch! "Why are there no cats in this? Why are they watching this rubbish about big hairless kittens when they could be watching meeeee???"

???

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They're on to us!! 😹😹😹

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Majnoun the poodle has decided to talk to his human, Nira.
"He looked up at her, nodded and said
-Treat "

???

Lindy I was glad that Majnoun has a cameo in the next book: 3y
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BooksGirlsCats
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"How can you resist such farce?"

Off to an amusing start!

#canadareads

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BooksGirlsCats
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Started this bonkers-but-brilliant book last night. As you can see, Nala is not impressed. Why would anyone write about dogs when there are cats? 🙀🙀🙀

#catsoflitsy #littenkitten #dogsdroolcatsrule

DebinHawaii I'm sure fifteen dogs are fifteen too many for Nala! 😆🐱💜 3y
tournevis That's the one that won #CanadaReads yesterday, no? 3y
BooksGirlsCats @DebinHawaii 😹😹yep! Nala does not like dogs...or cats. She likes being an only child! 3y
BooksGirlsCats @tournevis I didn't know that! Awesome 😺. It was a gift from family in Toronto! 3y
tournevis @BooksGirlsCats Just checked. It won #CanadaReads yesterday and the ScotiaBank Giller Prize last year. Merci 3y
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BookishTrish
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#Marchreads favourites: Fifteen Dogs, Exit West, Born a Crime

Spiderfelt This just won #canadareads! 3y
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Dragon
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#startswithF #springflingreading. One of the Canada Reads contenders that's on my tbr and that I actually own.

zsuzsanna_reads It's on my list too! 3y
Dragon Thanks @zsuzsanna_reads 😀👍 3y
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BookishTrish
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Two gods bet on whether fifteen dogs imbued with human consciousness will die happy. A literary Hunger Games featuring a compelling cast of canines.

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Purple610
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Sadly I can't recommend this book. There was something pretentious about it that I can't exactly pinpoint. There were parts I liked and Alexis is a good storyteller but there was something about it that felt indulgent or smug to me.