Thursday, June 16, 2016

Book Review: "Lily and the Octopus" by Steven Rowley

Lily and the Octopus Steven Rowley
Published: June 7, 2016
ISBN: 9781501126222
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Source: Netgalley
Highly Recommended

You might enjoy this book if you like: Dogs, novels about dogs and their humans, novels about self-discovery, magic realism

When you sit down with Lily and the Octopus, you will be taken on an unforgettable ride.

The magic of this novel is in the read, and we don’t want to spoil it by giving away too many details.

We can tell you that this is a story about that special someone: the one you trust, the one you can’t live without.

For Ted Flask, that someone special is his aging companion Lily, who happens to be a dog.

Lily and the Octopus reminds us how it feels to love fiercely, how difficult it can be to let go, and how the fight for those we love is the greatest fight of all.

Remember the last book you told someone they had to read?

My Thoughts:
Oh, boy...books about humans and their dogs.  I have to admit that I don't read too many of them because I tend to feel all the feels and sometimes I can't handle all the feels.  Honestly, I barely handled all the feels in this one so, you know, consider yourself warned.

Now, the thing with books about humans and their dogs is that they all tend to be incredibly similar. That may be because the love between a person and their pet is universal, but it doesn't change the fact that if you've read one, you've read them all.  Well, all of them except this one.

This is a hard review to write because I just really don't want to say too much about the book.  This is really one where you really have to experience it without too much foreknowledge because it will go places you never expected.

That being said, I will try and talk around the book a bit.  First off, I loved Rowley's writing.  He's able to really dig deep down into the emotions of his character in ways the characters do't even realize it.  I found this feature, more than anything, to show Rowley's true skill.

I liked Ted as a character--I'm not sure I especially related to him beyond his attachment to Lily (and anyone who has had a treasured pet would), but I liked him enough that I was interested to see where his story would go.  He was definitely an odd bird, yet he wasn't so strange that he seemed unrealistic.

While this book does end up where you would expect, the journey it takes is completely unexpected.  I don't know if this is magic realism or just some strange workings of the mind...or something in the mind of one of the characters.  Either way, it adds something to this book that I haven't found in any other similar work.  Reading it, you won't be sure where the story goes next--but not in a way that you ever feel untethered.

I hope that this all makes sense.  As I said, I tried to talk about this book without actually talking about the book.  But, this is a book that I really think anyone and everyone should read.

I received an electronic copy of this book in return for an honest review.  I received no other compensation for this post.

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