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Not that Wynne Jones wallows in gory details, however the repeated incidents of Cathleen being hit, insulted and treated as a literal slave, as well as Sirius own mistreatment which ranges from being forcibly tied up in a yard to also being beaten is definitely distressing, particularly since Wynne Jones does not progress the plot surrounding Sirius and the Zoi or even introduce characters from outside the Duffield diaba until a good halfway through the novel.

This is a delightful story on so many levels. I love this book. My favourite characters outside of Sirius and Kathleen were Mrs. He starts to slowly learn the truth about himself and then plans to discover the Zoi. Jul 17, Fiona rated it it was amazing Shelves: But I also feel that some loose ends detracted from it.

When a nearby star “goes nova” and a device called the Zoi falls to earth, the luminary of Sirius is falsely accused of murder. So, this year I decided to read my first Diana Wynne Jones book. At the same time, I didn’t love it, and I don’t necessarily crave more of it, but that doesn’t mean I wouldn’t recommend it They weren’t always Ultimately this book disappointed me but it’s still by Diana Wynne Jones which means it’s still good.

Diana Wynne Jones has an uncanny knack for taking ridiculous concepts and turning them into something truly touching. The characterization is just superb, as usual, and once again Diwna gives us wyne dysfunctional family that is maybe too realistic for comfort. Her world’s are often left feeling as if there is much to be expanded upon – I would not call them unfinished, just that you’re only given a small window into a much larger thing that goes far beyond the pages.


The Dog Star, Sirius, is falsely accused of murder. The story doesn’t really call for a sequel, but I’d have loved to know more about the society of Luminaries and what Sirius did next. But the one sure way to send him into a flaming rage is to suggest that he finds a new Companion.

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The Dog Star, Sirius, is tried for murder by his heavenly peers and found guilty. I did like the little girl, who adopted Sirius.

Duffield, who is rather oblivious to everything; Daphne “Duffy”who makes pottery and bullies Kathleen because she’s Irish; Basil, who has a heart of gold, and also obsessed with “meteorite”; and Robin, who is kind but afraid of the older Basil.

I did like the little girl, who adopted S I read somewhere that this was a must-read for dog lovers but I wasn’t actually impressed with the dog character.

Dogsbody by Diana Wynne Jones

I wish I could have the jnes of book I read as a kid though. Dogsbody has so many strange and magical fantasy elements in its vast realm of a story. I love animal characters. The main character, Sirius, is the dog star. Nice to know that you have read a lot of Diana Wynne Jones. His quest seems hopeless until at last Sol, Moon, and Earth itself come to his aid.

As a child, I completely missed the Irish subtext that made such integral backstory jobes Kathy’s character, but as an adult it was an amazing discovery to make and further proves just what a many-layered, fast read this is. He also realizes that there is more to it than meets the eye with respect to the crime he had been accused of. That turns out to be true.

I look forward to reading the other books of Diana Wynne Jones. Earth contained half the universe and had taught him everything joones knew. Does this book have a happy ending? Life and Literature Mrs.

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Admittedly, this is a tendency I’ve noticed in a couple of Wynne Jones other books, her ability to deal so immediately with characters’ experiences that she sometimes drags the novel’s pace overly much into the mundane one chapter diaana Howl’s Moving Castle is titled “What a lot of washing”however with the added dimension of Cathleen’s mistreatment this was harder to take in Dogsbody. Maybe I just don’t like sci-fi. Since Sirius the luminary star-denizen doesn’t have any more idea about Earth life or humans than Sirius the abandoned puppy does, everything he learns is filtered through the dog’s perceptions.


Of all the dogsbocy by her that I’ve read, Dogsbody stands ou In the universe of Dogsbodystars are ruled by spirits called luminaries. In the world of men, a holy wynnne wants her dead. Then there’s the fact that few publishers have managed to produce cover art that isn’t off-putting or unspeakably childish or obtuse.

Dofsbody read this several years ago, on my sister’s recommendation – she’s provided me with some of the best recommendations! Return to Book Page. It sounds different from Fire and Hemlock but there are parallels too.

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Why are they so evil, and how can we warm their cold, cold hearts? Quite often I’ve been reading away and forgot to get off the bus, off the ferry – let the bus sail right past me at the stop.

Kathleen keeps him as a pet despite stiff opposition at home. Diana Wynne Jones was the multiple award-winning author of many fantasy novels for children, teenagers, and adults.

Dogsbody is a Young Adult book, written in and now out of print. In her offhand, pragmatic style which is here quite brutal, Wynne Jones explains almost casually how Cathleen is intensely disliked by Mrs. He was a stringy mongrel, wandering the streets of the city, driven by a ravenous hunger and hunting a quarry he could not define. He saw that this put him further under the power of humans than the cats.