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Dogsbody [Kindle Edition]

Diana Wynne Jones
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Praise for Diana Wynne Jones

’[Wynne Jones] has a unique record of producing books you can't forget… Every book is different. And every book is likely to be in someone's top seven… I feel we need to acknowledge how lucky those of us are who grew up on her books, and to ensure subsequent generations enjoy the same intense and subtle pleasure.’ The Guardian

“…Her hallmarks include laugh-aloud humour, plenty of magic and imaginative array of alternate worlds. Yet, at the same time, a great seriousness is present in all of her novels, a sense of urgency that links Jones’s most outrageous plots to her readers’ hopes and fears…” Publishers Weekly

“Truly magical – guaranteed to leave you gasping – even hotter than Potter” The Bookseller

“Diana Wynne Jones could teach Stephen King and JK Rowling a thing or two …” SFX

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A powerful being fights for his life within the body of a humble, earthbound puppy.

Sirius, immortal Lord of the Dog Star and infamous for his quick temper, cannot believe it when he is falsely accused of murder and banished to Earth. There he is reborn into the body of a puppy and learns that he has the life-span of that creature to recover the missing murder weapon. If he fails, he will die.

He is adopted by Kathleen, who has no idea that her beloved Leo’ is anything more than an abandonded stray. She is a loving owner, but an unwanted guest in a family who mostly resent her presence.

Sirius soon learns that he has enemies amongst the humans as well as amongst the unearthly beings who sentenced him. How on earth can he clear his name without his special powers?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 450 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks; New Ed edition (6 Dec 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009YBU56U
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #133,937 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Diana Wynne Jones is recognised internationally as a major writer of fantasy and in 2007 received a LIFE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD at the World Fantasy Convention. She has also won the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award (twice) and the Guardian Award for CHARMED LIFE. Her books have been translated into more than eighteen languages, and her novel HOWL'S MOVING CASTLE was made into an animated film by Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki. Diana lives in Bristol with her husband, a professor of Early English literature.

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sheer brilliance for children and adults alike 15 April 2002
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I was probably about 9 years old when I first read "Dogsbody" and, at the age of 33, I'm re-reading it for the umpteenth time and ejoying it just as much as ever. It's gripping, imaginative, full of wonderful characters and centres around the beautiful Sirius, a star that I've always loved since my mother first pointed him out to me. I defy anyone not be completely enthralled by this wonderful novel and if you think that maybe your kids are a little too young to manage it (I'm about to give a copy to a precocious 8 year old whom I'm sure will love it) then read it to them. I promise you'll enjoy the experience as much as they do. And if you don't have kids, just read it for yourself and before long you'll find yourself completely immersed in the adventures of the hapless dog star in puppy form. And the chances are, every time you look up at Sirius's green hue in the night sky, you'll remember this fabulous book that's dedicated to him.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A coruscating star 31 Mar 2011
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Only recently did I start reading Diana Wynne Jones' work. For some unknown reason I missed out on reading her books when younger; which is a shame as I think I would have enjoyed them then just as much as I do now.

Dogsbody is not a book I chose by browsing. The decision to buy it was because John Scalzi, the science-fiction writer, wrote about it on his blog (where he posted the sad news that Diana Wynne Jones had passed away on 26th March 2011). I'm very glad Mr. Scalzi did mention Dogsbody because it is a wonderful book. It is not without some flaws. This might well be because it's one of her earlier published books.

The opening scene has an influence of Greek mythology. The galactic stars are holding a court case for one of their number, Sirius, the Dog Star. All the stars, and planetary bodies, have their own characters in this story. Sirius is hot tempered and, seemingly, quite violent in temperament.

Being thrown into the midst of this galactic scale of justice is also a little confusing at first. It's difficult to get to grips with what sort of beings these are. In terms of characterisation it reminded me strongly of Italo Calvino's Cosmicomics.

Sirius receives an archaic punishment by being re-born, in an instant, as a puppy on Earth. His task is to find an extremely powerful object called a Zoi, if he fails he will live and die as an earthly creature. The idea of what a Zoi is appears a bit vague. I wasn't entirely sure whether it was a mechanism, sentient being or both.

The scenes from Sirius' early life are rather bleak. Sirius has some luck though and he finds his way to Kathleen, a young girl who very much wants to protect him.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bring "Dogsbody" back into print! 1 April 1998
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"Dogsbody" is one of those children's books with real literary merit - my mother stole it out of my bookshelf and read it herself with guilty pleasure. The main characters are complex and never flat, and Wynne Jones conjures up vivid scenes with a few deft strokes of detail. It's one of her best books, and I think it's an incredible shame that young teens in the future won't be able to enjoy it like I did. I'm going to hoard my copy for MY children!
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun, funny, clever and gripping 31 Mar 2002
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Dogsbody was my first DWJ book - I was aged 11 and would disagree with the reviewer who said it isn't for kids - it's as easy to read as Harry Potter, and actually far better written - and more re-readable. I'm now 30 and have read and re-read all DWJ's books time and again. It's a great story full of fun - and great characters, children, adults, cats dogs, even our earth, moon and sun! One of her greatest talents as an author is to make you see the stories, vividly, in full colour in your imagination (mum is actually convinced she's seen a film of Charmed Life - I wish someone would make this into a film!). There is so much to enjoy in these stories for children and adults alike and I urge you to get hooked.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great young adult fantasy 22 Jun 2000
By A Customer
It's been almost twenty years since I first read this book as a young child and I can still remember the marvelous plot. In the Universe of Dogsbody Stars (as in the sky not on the screen) are luminous beings. Sirius (the dogstar) is accused and found guilty of a crime--his sentance: to live on earth in the body of a dog (thus the title). I won't reveal anymore of the plot. But for any child who has ever loved his (or her) dog this is a wonderful gift
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite Book 19 Mar 2004
By minijo
I read this book when I was about 9 or 10 and it's still my favourite book.
The storyline is brilliant, who would have thought of a 'luminary' being brought to life as a humble dog on Earth with a quest to regain his good name?!
Why, Diana Wynne Jones of course!
Her style is always accessible, the stories complicated yet understandable and the characterisations are full bodied and believable.
Please read this book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read 8 April 2014
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This is one of my favourite Diana Wynne Jones books. She captures the 'dogginess' of a dog very well, but combines it with a more human intelligence which shapes the story. There is a genuine sense of menace and tension, some lovely comic moments, a few plot twists and turns and some excellent characterisation - all typical Wynne Jones features. As always, she portrays cats very realistically and effectively.

It does take a willing suspension of disbelief to accept that Sirius, the dog star, is a sentient being who is sent to earth in the form of a dog as a punishment. However, I liked the use of the horned god and the 'ghost' dogs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dogsbody
A delightful book that teases and amuses with the usual nod to ancient stories. Diana Wynne Jones has a righteous anger against all who are small minded pompous and self centred. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Kathryn Buckley
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Discovery
Finding THREE all-time favourite Diana Wynne Jones books AND `Powell's World Of Books' in Portland (best physical bookstore on the planet) in a single day was unforgettable and... Read more
Published 12 months ago by roots
5.0 out of 5 stars A great DWJ book
Sirius, the denizen of the Dog Star, is wrongly convicted of murdering another denizen and as a punishment is sent to Earth where he is 'reborn' as a puppy and given the life-span... Read more
Published on 26 Jun 2010 by H. M. Holt
5.0 out of 5 stars A childhood favourite
Like many reviewers here, I read Dogsbody when I was about 10 in the 1970s and I have very strong, nostalgic feelings for it. Read more
Published on 1 Aug 2007 by Aria-May
5.0 out of 5 stars My First Favourite
I read Dogsbody when I was nine or ten and have re read it countless of times since. It was the first book I really liked and it was probably the first book which I could say was... Read more
Published on 6 Aug 2006 by Fiona
5.0 out of 5 stars best children's book
I read this book in the mid seventies when I was about 10. I loved it and have spent nearly ten years looking for it. I was convinced it was called "Sirius the dog star". Read more
Published on 16 Jan 2006 by joanne liversidge
5.0 out of 5 stars intreguing, ideal for adults as well as older children
basically, Diana Wynne Jones has a rare talent... she can appeal to people of all ages. I plan to persuade my husband to read this book next.
Published on 3 Mar 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars not really one for children, but still good
a thought provoking book, but not really one to that would be understood by most children. Sirius (the dog star) is condemned for a crime he didn't commit and has only the lifespan... Read more
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