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The Last Dog on Earth Kindle Edition
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This story is told from two different viewpoints: a mongrel dog named Lineker and his owner, Reginald Hardy.
Lineker swears a lot, and some readers may not approve of this, but I thought it worked well and added rather than detracted from my enjoyment of the story. Obviously nobody knows exactly what it’s like inside a dog’s brain, but if a dog of Lineker’s personality were to use human words, then he would use the f-word and the c-word without compunction, in particular with regard to cats, squirrels, foxes, and disagreeable humans. Even though he relates his insights and his plot narration in the English language, I would not class this as an anthropomorphic exercise. He is always very much an authentic dog of huge personality. Also, I felt that the author obviously knows his dogs well; he includes a great deal of interesting background information about their relationship with humans from the earliest times, when wild dogs first became domesticated.
Reginald worked as an electrician before the apocalypse, which comes in useful for fixing his recalcitrant generator, as well it equipping him with a skill that post-apocalyptic society can use. The trouble is, he’s a loner who can’t abide any sort of physical contact with other humans, even a quick handshake; thus, the fact that the majority of people have left London and that he has the immediate neighbourhood all to himself, is a total boon, and he’s not in a hurry to leave it, until a starving orphan girl turns up on his doorstep, refuses to leave, and then asks for his help with something that involves him having to leave his flat. Lineker and the girl bond straightaway, and so it’s two against one when it comes to the final decision about this.
What follows is an adventure to end all adventures, triggering a roller coaster of emotions. I found myself laughing, near to tears, my stomach in knots, breathless with anticipation, and, most important of all, I really cared for the three main characters. As for the baddies, they were spit-worthy and you wanted the worst for them. At the same time, you could understand their motivation, however twisted it might seem.
A highly recommended read (except for those who belong to the anti-swearing brigade!).
Adrian tells a really good story while giving you really human characters you can believe in....and foul-mouthed dogs.
Throughout the novel you really get to know the characters. I loved Linekar and during parts of the novel I genuinely felt like I was reading from the point of view of a dog - the world a much more vibrant, smelly place.
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