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March 12th, 2012

King, A. S.: The Dust of 100 Dogs

The Dust of 100 Dogs (2009)
Author: A. S. King
Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Historical Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 320 (trade paperback)
Series: Stand Alone

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Why I Read It: I've been meaning to read this book since it was released back in 2009. I couldn't ignore the eye-catching cover, nor its unique premise. I never did get around to buying it, then the TBR grew and I put it off even longer. Finally, while I was visiting Toronto during my reading week at the end of February, I went to World's Biggest Book Store, found it in stock, said screw it and just bought it. I ran out of books to read while visiting Toronto so I started pulling books off of my pile that I had just bought at WBBS and decided to tackle this one (after I devoured Feeling Sorry For Celia) because I a) had been waiting so damn long to read it and b) it's relatively short.

REVIEW: minor spoilersCollapse )

Final Verdict: A. S. King is clearly skillful when it comes to writing stories that defy genre conventions and The Dust of 100 Dogs is indicative of that. This is story that is very clearly contemporary in many ways, historical fiction in others, with a sprinkling of fantasy/paranormal for good measure, and King somehow makes this hodgepodge work. It's a fun story in many ways, but there's a sadness that clearly permeates it as well. I do wish that the romantic aspect of the story had been better developed, and there was a suspension of disbelief required for some parts as well, but overall? I enjoyed this novel quite a bit.

Cover Commentary: I love this cover. I love the white, red and black colour scheme and the simplicity of the silhouettes. Very eye-catching. The cover is really what made me want to read the book in the first place too, which is obviously a good thing, even if you shouldn't judge a book by its cover. ;P

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