I love to read. Love it love it love it. I can read a 350 page book in about 4 or 5 hours, if left alone. Which is good and bad, because I finish books so fast its easy to run out of stuff I'm interested in reading. Let's stick to fiction novels. What books with dogs in them do you like?
Anyway Dean Koontz is one of my favorite authors, because he does such a great job of writing dogs into his books as super intelligent canines (the Watcher) or mysteriously savvy mentors (the Taking) or just fun time companions that end up being more of a help than you'd ever imagine.
I'm not sure how far whoever is into the Taking, but by far my favorite scene in the book is the part with the coyotes at the very beginning. It was so wonderfully eerie/freaky and yet in that situation I could see myself doing the exact same thing.
My all time favorite Koontz book is Dark Rivers of the Heart. The part where they are making their escape through a grocery store, and a bag of dog food falls over and spills kibbles everywhere. The dog in the story immediately starts chowing down on every bit of food he can get, and the hero of the story stops, looks at the dog and says, "Mine," to get the dog to 'leave it' lol. I get tickled every time I think of the action scene being interrupted by that.
I think I've read all but the most recent of the Iris Johansen books (I read so fast it's just a waste of money to pay for a hardback book I'll be done with in 4 hours, so Isave hardback for the insanely great books). I remember her writing 'smut books' (IE trashy series romance novels) for Loveswept back when those romance books first came out.. and her very first book had dogs in it too.
As far as dogs go, the very first 'animal' book I ever read was The Black Stallion, and the first 'dog books' I ever read were, of course, Call of the Wild and White Fang. Classics still.
I don't get to read that much with my studies right now, all I get to read is procedures and protocols :( But movies I love movies I loved Old Yeller was hunter and routin in tootin hunter the best dog gone dog in the world :)
Minniyar, as soon as I saw the title of your post I thought of Einstein in Watchers by Dean Koontz. I just read that book recently and LOVED it. I was in love with Einstein and when I finished reading it I wanted to run out and buy a golden retriever! I also just read a chick-lit type of book called Some like it Lethal by Nancy Martin. There is a little mutt in there named Spike who is really mean and is always trying to attack people to protect his owner, but he's so tiny he fits in her purse. Near the end he gets hit by a car, but survives and comes home with a cast on the whole lower half of his body and will have a limp after he's recovered. Sometimes I like the pets in books more than I like the human characters!
No, Nicholas Sparks wrote "The Notebook", "Message in a Bottle", books like that. These 2 were also movies, but "The Guardian" is about a woman and her Great Dane(I think?) that she got from her husband as a gift after he passed away.
the only books i have read that have animals as characters are the ones by rita mae brown and lillian jackson braun. the siamese cats in lillians books crack me up with their antics and the dog and cats in rita's books are funny. as far as none animal books and authors go i love james patterson, patricia cornwell ( only her kay scarpetta novels though ), dean koontz, john saul, anne rice, the harry potter novels, and quite a few more but those authors are my favorites.
(Nicholas Evans wrote The Horse Whisperer. He also wrote The Loop, a novel about a pack of wolves in Montana.) I got both of them books every good books.I like the horse whisperer book better then the move...
Pharlane, I agree-the book was MUCH better than the movie! (even though it had Robert Redford in it!) There's only ever been 2 movies that I liked as much as a book-Gone With the Wind, and The Green Mile. I guess The Green Mile can be considered animal related. After all, it had that mouse, Mr Jingles.
Emma, The Loop was very good. As far as I know, those are the only 2 books he has written. But if I found another book by him, I would buy it! I'm like Minniyar-I have TONS of books! I buy most of mine at yard sales and library sales. Where I live, a few of the local libraries have book sales each summer. The last day of the sale, they usually let you fill a bag with books for only $1.00!
One of my all time favorites when I was younger was Where the Red Fern Grows. A great classic! I think I balled for 15 minutes after reading that one. And of course I read all the Black Stallion and Call of the Wild, White Fang when I was a kid. Loved those! One I read recently though that I really liked was Seabuiscut. The book was very interesting. Of course its all true, not fictional. But very good.
I have also read Black Stallion, Call of the Wild and White Fang. I read The Black Stallion at least three times (probably more) when I was little! The 101 Dalmatians book is cute too. I have also read Born Free and Living Free- the books by Joy Adamson about her lioness Elsa (not fictional but good all the same).
Seabisuit is probably the only movie I ever saw that I didn't read the book. I liked the movie better than I expected I would, but wasn't sure if it would make good reading. Guess I'll have to pick it up to add to my collection!