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The Dog Stars

Heller, Peter (Book - 2012 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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Surviving a pandemic disease that has killed everyone he knows, a pilot establishes a shelter in an abandoned airport hangar before hearing a random radio transmission that compels him to risk his life to seek out other survivors.
Authors: Heller, Peter, 1959-
Title: The dog stars
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2012
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 319 p. ;,23 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Peter Heller
Notes: "This is a Borzoi book"--T.p. verso
Summary: Surviving a pandemic disease that has killed everyone he knows, a pilot establishes a shelter in an abandoned airport hangar before hearing a random radio transmission that compels him to risk his life to seek out other survivors.
ISBN: 9780307959942
0307959945
9780307960931
0307960935
Branch Call Number: FICTION HELLER 2012
Subject Headings: End of the world Fiction Survival Fiction
Genre/Form: Adventure fiction
Topical Term: End of the world
Survival
LCCN: 2011050429
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Surviving a pandemic disease that has killed everyone he knows, a pilot establishes a shelter in an abandoned airport hangar before hearing a random radio transmission that compels him to risk his life to seek out other survivors.

Surviving a pandemic disease that has killed everyone he knows, a pilot establishes a shelter in an abandoned airport hangar before hearing a random radio transmission that compels him to risk his life to seek out other survivors

Surviving a pandemic disease that has killed everyone he knows, a pilot establishes a shelter in an abandoned airport hangar before hearing a random radio transmission that compels him to risk his life to seek out other survivors.

A pilot survives a flu that kills everyone he knows. When a random transmission beams through his radio, the voice ignites a hope deep inside him. He follows the static voice on the radio, but what he encounters is both better and worse than anything he could have hoped for.


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Jun 14, 2014
  • IPL_Mandy rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Post apocalyptic survivor story of Hig and his dog. Hig is a pilot who bunkers down at a small airport along with a militant survivalist named Bangley. It's kill or be killed when strangers approach, but how long can people live like that? Only so long, for Hig. He takes more and more risks as he seeks companionship beyond his guarded enclave.

Serving suggestion: anything that can be eaten straight from the can using your fingers.

Apr 08, 2014
  • oO_Oo rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

[SPOILER ALERT] Beautifully written, although the style of narration takes a little getting used to. It's right on the edge of a little too flowery in prose. One of my favorite post-apocalypse type books because [SPOILER ALERT] it has a somewhat happy ending.

Nov 24, 2013
  • jtkretzschmar rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This will be my last post-apocalyptic book I read in a long while. As someone who has had a lung transplant, the idea of a mutant superbug wiping out 99.99% of the population... not really that crazy...

I found Heller's writing style to be disjointed; the book itself was engaging however, and I couldn't go back to sleep until I finished it.

Oct 23, 2013
  • SophieMontague rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I loved this book. The story is a bit dark but i was very moved by it and after I finished it i felt under its spell for several days.

Sep 23, 2013
  • steppn_razr rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

The Dog Stars is a wonderful antidote to the deluge of immature, shallow post-apocalyptic fiction available. At its heart, the book is a story of loss and a man's love for his dog. I loved the backdrop of earth after being ravaged by a catastrophic disease and the world is lovingly and believably rendered by the author. Characters are very thoroughly developed and detailed. One of my favorite books in recent memory.

Apr 29, 2013
  • JCLGreggW rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

When was the last end-of-the-world novel you've heard of that can be plausibly described as "lyrical"? Yet, Peter Heller's beautifully written work describes the aftermath of a global viral epidemic that leaves a tiny percentage of people left on the planet. The main character, a pilot, along with his faithful dog, flies on patrol from an abandoned airport, listening on his shortwave radio for any survivors. After years of loneliness, he must overcome his isolation - and the enemies that still lurk in the world - and learn to reconnect. If you enjoyed Cormac McCarthy's THE ROAD, you'll enjoy this one, but there's a lot more hope and faith in humanity here. Beautiful, sparse, and understated - something that Ernest Hemingway might have come up with - THE DOG STARS is a winner.

Apr 21, 2013
  • snarski rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Brilliant and surprisingly beautiful. The infrastructure collapses and it's kill or be killed. Hig flies around the Colorado wilderness in an airplane with his dog, looking for attackers. His only other companion is a volatile gun nut with an itchy trigger finger. I wasn't sure I was up for a 300-page book filled with gory descriptions of extreme survival that I've come to expect from post-apocalyptic lit. It definitely starts out with McCarthyist violence. But then makes an unexpected detour (thank God) from the daily blood-and-guts battle for basic needs when Hig undertakes a dangerous and uncertain emotional journey motivated by grief. As his discoveries unfold it's nearly impossible to put down.

Apr 17, 2013
  • ariesman rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I listened to this audiobook and the narrator was magnificient. Never did I feel the story was disjointed. We are witness to a slice of time without lots of backstory or predictive future. One of my all-time favorites.

At first, I was annoyed with disjointed writing. But couldnt put the book down. Kept wanted to know what was going on. Very good read.

In the near future, a virulent strain of flu has devastated much of the world; holed up at a small Colorado airfield, Hig has only his much-loved dog, Jasper, and a well-armed survivalist named Bangley for company. Together, they defend their territory from dangerous invaders, but Hig longs for more, and spends much of his time out walking or flying his Cessna in search of the faint voice he heard over his radio. Author and outdoorsman Peter Heller is known for reflective and pulse-pounding nonfiction, but it's the evocative descriptions of nature - through Hig's hunting, fishing, and flying - that drive his emotionally intense first novel, which is "perhaps the world's most poetic survival guide" (Publishers Weekly). Fiction A to Z January 2013 newsletter.

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