Dogsbody

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  • Title: Dogsbody
  • Author: Diana Wynne Jones
  • ISBN: 9780006755227
  • Page: 249
  • Format: Paperback

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  1. The librarians of my childhood failed me I m sorry, there isn t a nice way to say it They let me check out armloads of Goosebumps books week after week, when just a few shelves away, there were a dozen magical, wonderful books by Diana Wynne Jones just aching to be discovered and devoured by a dork like me, who would clearly have loved them At least I was lucky enough to randomly stumble across Daniel Pinkwater on my own Of course, I can t judge the librarians too harshly The late 80s were a dif [...]


  2. I first read this book when I was nine and I can t count how many times since that I ve read it Since acquiring an account though I ve been able to buy DWJ books and then managed to own my very own copy of Dogsbody I wish I could have the version of book I read as a kid though.This is the first book I could say I truly loved, adored and became obsessed with It doesn t matter how many times I ve read this, I still enjoy it each time nothing has diminished.I guess I was attracted to it because as [...]


  3. I didn t find out what a dogsbody was a drudge or menial worker, in case you didn t know either until years after I d read this book, so the double meaning passed me by Sirius being in the body of a dog Sirius losing his position of power to become a humble and powerless creature Fortunately, it doesn t matter at all This is a delightful story on so many levels.Since Sirius the luminary star denizen doesn t have any idea about Earth life or humans than Sirius the abandoned puppy does, everythin [...]


  4. I m already a fan of Diana Wynne Jones, and I d heard this was one of her best books in spite of being one of her earliest , but neither of those things prepared me for how deeply this story moved me.I think that part of what gives this story its power is that Jones pulls no punches here The antagonists and the abuse they deal out are not made safe for kids by an over the top Roald Dahl treatment as they often are in Jones other books The nasty adults do and threaten to do things that real nasty [...]


  5. Plucked out of the way back machine based upon the compelling recommendation of none other than Neil Gaiman, in his collected non fiction View From the Cheap Seats, which, of course, was originally the introduction to modern version of Dogsbody that I read , this short, quick, but importantly interesting and different period piece was a fortuitous find There s a lot going on here mostly fantasy, a dabble of sci fi, a dollop of British Irish historical tension and ugliness, families, loss, love, [...]


  6. Dogsbody has so many strange and magical fantasy elements in its vast realm of a story I loved the author s quaint writing style, too.


  7. In the universe of Dogsbody, stars are ruled by spirits called luminaries When a nearby star goes nova and a device called the Zoi falls to earth, the luminary of Sirius is falsely accused of murder His punishment is to be born on Earth as a dog and retrieve the Zoi or die trying Yes, it s quite a bizarre book I normally associate DWJ s stories with whimsy, charm, and magic, and this book is a bit of a departure from those themes Of all the books by her that I ve read, Dogsbody stands out as the [...]


  8. I ve been asking people to look over my list of unread books and pick out one or two, or even a few, that really interest them and talk to me about it Dogsbody is the first of the books I ve read picked out for me like that the clinching factor apart from it being short and written by Diana Wynne Jones was that I was told it has an end that is both happy and sad.That turns out to be true A lot of the story is very young at heart the main character becomes a young puppy and slowly has to grow up [...]


  9. Wow What an outstanding book Perfect for dog or cat owners, or anyone who likes a magical adventure, Dogsbody is everything you hope it could be and Topsy turvy and whip smart, fun and engaging, faced paced and well detailed, deep and heartwarming, Dogsbody is a wonderful example of a gifted storyteller weaving her unforgettable magic and hitting every color and flavor in the spectrum along the way If Diana Wynne Jones isn t one of your favorite authors, I must askwhy not Many thanks to the won [...]


  10. I checked this book out of the library from a small town I lived in for a short time I think I was in fifth grade The book managed to haunt me in all the right ways well into my adulthood, but I could never find it again until someone ordered a copy off and gave it to me my freshman year of college The second time I read it, I finished it in a couple of hours It made me cry both times The plot does fail to explain itself Something deep and wonderful is going on just beyond the pages, and DWJ see [...]


  11. Oh, I REALLY enjoyed this book Though this is targeted toward the young adult market, I think it is a story for all ages The premise of a celestial being trapped in the body of a dog on Earth is definitely unique, but the way it is written, though it is a fantasy novel at heart, there are a lot of realistic details about a dog s life Anyone looking for a unique spin on a dog book would definitely enjoy this The dog star s perspective was wonderful and just completely unlike anything else I have [...]


  12. I first got to know about Diana Wynne Jones a few years back when I discovered a Diana Wynne Jones event being hosted in the blogoshere I have never heard of her before and so I made a mental note to explore her works later Then Diana Wynne Jones started cropping up everywhere I discovered that a collection of fantasy short stories on my bookshelf had a short story by her and then I discovered that another collection of fantasy stories on my bookshelf was edited by her Then I heard bloggers tal [...]



  13. Definitely aimed at a younger audience than the others of Jones s books I ve read, but that doesn t mean it shies away from intensity there s plenty here to engage the older reader, including the ending, which I did not expect.


  14. I know that Diana Wynne Jones is this big important writer for the fantasy genre I know that I was supposed to like this and I know that I m supposed to be grateful to her or something.Despite this knowledge, I was not super fond of this book.Dogsbody follows the star Sirius, who in the first chapter is on trial for some bizarre offense involving a Zoi and his companion It s vague His judges are other celestial bodies, and his sentence forces him to Earth, where he is to live as a dog and find t [...]


  15. Dogsbody is a Young Adult book, written in 1975 and now out of print I would never have known about it, except that Jeri Smith Ready, an author whose work I really enjoy, recalled loving this book herself I found a copy in the library there are also lots of used copies for sale all over the place.Sirius, the Dog Star, has a fiery temper and has been convicted of a crime of passion that resulted in the death of a luminary, and the loss of the mysterious zoi a powerful and dangerous artifact Siriu [...]


  16. Before there was Rowling, there was Diana Wynne Jones While I love the Harry Potter series, Jones has been a truly original writer in what could variously be considered YA or Adult fiction an argument could be made for each This new edition provides I hope the appeal and opportunity to place Dogsbody in many people s hands I read this several years ago, on my sister s recommendation she s provided me with some of the best recommendations and Dogsbody is one of my favorite novels of all time a b [...]


  17. The Dog Star, Sirius, is falsely accused of murder His sentence is to be reborn on earth as a dog until he can redeem himself by finding the Zoi Unfortunately, Sirius or Leo as he is now known has no idea what a Zoi is or how to find it All he has is the body and senses of a dog, the love of a mistreated little girl, and the eventual friendship of a cat, an elderly lady, and his litter mates The woman who owns him despises him, the police are after him, and worst of all, Dark powers are trying t [...]


  18. A short and beautifully written story about a celestial being falsely accused of murder who is sentenced to live on earth in the body of a dog.Yet this is so much than a murder mystery where the main character tries to return to his previous life It s about someone sensing for the first time the natural world around him with all of its sights and smells the latter a particularly vivd and wonderfully written Most of all its a touching story of the bond between a young girl who is mistreated by a [...]


  19. I read somewhere that this was a must read for dog lovers but I wasn t actually impressed with the dog character An interesting premise Sirius the dog star is sent to Earth as a dog to find something a zoi, similar to a meteor he was blamed for sending hurtling to Earth in a fit of rage I think it could ve been better, maybe by making the object an actual meteor as opposed to some made up object with mysterious powers Maybe I just don t like sci fi I did like the little girl, who adopted Sirius [...]


  20. Written in the 1970 s Dogsbody tells a story of a young Irish girl who adopts a dog found half drowned in the river He is not a dog though but the Luminary Sirius of the Dogstar who has been banished from his sphere after losing his temper and losing a powerful tool that has become lost in Earth.Diana Wynne Jones creates this universe well actually she takes a universe that already exists and gives it some character and instantly manages to create this whole world and system with a few strokes o [...]


  21. Probably the weirdest book of the boy girl and his her dog genre I ve ever read, but I liked it a lot Jones builds a pretty believable fantasy world where heavenly bodies or luminaries have distinct personalities and conflicts in only a few short pages Then she bottles one of these luminaries up in a dog s body, boots him to Earth, and makes his find a zoi to prove that he is innocent of a luminary crime It s important to get the characters right in fantasy stories like this in order to bring th [...]


  22. Excellent An intriguing story of Sirius, a luminary accused of murder For his sentence he is banished to Earth as a dog and must accomplish a seemingly impossible task or he will die as a dog Along the way of the twisting plot there is no end of excitement, intrigue, and fantasy, all with a touching dog story thrown in.


  23. I loved it Diana Wynne Jones has an uncanny knack for taking ridiculous concepts and turning them into something truly touching.


  24. 2.5A cute little girl and her dog story which doesn t stoop to being over sentimental or uses cheap heart tugging ploys which, admittedly, tend to work on me.As the description says, the star Sirius the dog star, of course is charged with a crime and is sentenced to life as a dog on Earth, where he has to find the Zoi and put the piece together of his missing memory But he has two natures know his star nature and his dog nature, and he has to combine both to learn his lesson and find the MacGuff [...]


  25. What if the stars weren t just distant balls of gas what if each one had, or might have, a denizen, a being who inhabited its sphere What if these denizens had their own lives, their own politics, courts, and jealousies That s part of the premise of this novel, which the flap copy describes, sort of cheesily but also accurately, as a book that is a tense, exciting, science fiction fantasy, a thriller, and a touching dog story all in one Sirius, the dog star, has been found guilty of murder, thou [...]


  26. A friend of mine gave me a copy of dogsbody to read I was in the middle of reading a heavy book on Leadership and thought this book might be a nice diversion I came across a passage about helping others to help themselves and my mind dove deep into thought about how all the cultures on this planet are rooted in the same thingCommunity Thus, a Leadership takeaway from this wonderful book is this By becoming Messengers for each other instead of the Message itself, we become Guides through friendsh [...]


  27. I love Diana Wynne Jones so much, and this book didn t disappoint Her world building is always so effortless and detailed, and you never feel like she doesn t know what she s talking about One thing this book really drove home for me, though, is how good she is at writing her characters The cover of my edition calls her Queen of the Fantastic, and it s very, very true, but another thing I love about DWJ is how she writes people Her characters always read like real people instead of like people i [...]


  28. I was so obsessed with this book when I was a young un that I would carry it around, even when not reading it, just to have it near The perfect dog tale meets adventure and fantasy Also, the main character s being a girl was a huge plus for this female animal lover.Re read this book in 12 2009 Cried AGAIN at the end Sheesh Still gets me, twenty years after my first introduction to it.


  29. Be sure to take Neil Gaiman s Introduction advice seriously.Excellent fantasy mystery Loved the slow revelation of Sirius s transformation from a heavenly to an earthly creature.I gather this is a bit darker for Diana Wynne Jones May be a bit disturbing for the younger children If you love fantasy I recommend this one Go on, run with the hounds