MOTIVATION for READING this now: My friend Nancy gave me this. Thanks Nancy! And it being short and I am on a roll this September, I decided to start it now. Why pick over Fire Season, another book gift from Nancy? I don’t know. Probably because I actually picked this one up and opened it.
WHAT’s it ABOUT: A large-animal veterinarian in a small Vermont town, reports on the calls he makes for his job plus happens to mention other thoughts and stuff that happens to him, his family, and his community. He has a BIG heart.
I personally think the back cover says TOO MUCH. I also do not ever (ok, rarely) read the press & praise quotes at the front of a book. Nancy’s rec was good enough for me.
WHAT’s GOOD: Our vet worms his way into your heart. He is a good father and an off-beat guy. This book explores so many topics and yet is simple, funny and provocative.
WHAT’s NOT so good: I really struggled with the layout at first. It is setup as a log of call reports. He tells who calls him for vet services and what happens, as well as remarks on what he is thinking or what else happens that day or on the drive to the call, etc. So the format is … different.
FINAL THOUGHTS: It is a warm family small-town community story and I recommend it. I really did enjoy this much more than I expected to after that point 20 pages in when I almost gave up. It builds and builds to a very nice reading experience.
The BlueStocking Society – also explains this well and offers valuable critique of writing skill and a lil bit of criticism
Nancy at Bookfoolery — OOPS! Has she not yet reviewed this?!??!
BOOK GIVEAWAY!! I will be figuring out how to either make a form to do a nice giveaway or choose randomly from people who comment here that they want the book… or both? Nah, don’t have time to figure out the form. If you think you want this book – you have until Monday Oct 3 at NOON to leave a comment – you get only ONE chance – telling me whether or not IF you saw a space ship, would you tell anyone? and be sure that the comment either has your email address or twitter name for contact.