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Remember Elana Johnson's awesome idea about Paying It Forward author interviews? Well, she didn't stop there! Today I'm joining-in on another of her inspirational kicks answering the question, "What 10 Star 'Must Read' Book Would You Like To Share With the World?" Of course, the hubbub that erupted after such a question left many an author dazed and confused; it was kind of fun seeing the same titles come up over and over again and then the death-match throw-downs about who was going to win bragging rights. (If you're taking the tour, you may have just come from Cole Gibsen's shout-out to ALBATROSS by Josie Bloss.) Me, I won big time! I get to talk about A.S. King's DUST OF 100 DOGS.

Now the funny thing is that it's tough to describe this book, even though I loved it so much that I kept poking my husband in the back to read him select passages (which, given the fact that he's a martial arts instructor who likes his sleep, shows just how good this book is for me to repeatedly put my life on the line)! Of course, he had fair warning. When I stumbled across the jaw-dropping book trailer for D100D, I showed it to just about everybody I knew. Twice.

(For the record: I think book trailers are very pretty and fun and expressive, but very rarely is it something that makes me want to go out and buy the book. This trailer made me want to buy the book, post the trailer, and gab about it to everyone I knew who had a brain. Not only is it gorgeous and quirky and hooks-and-lands me like a fish, but it gives the *backstory* of the character, which only makes me want to read the book more to find out what the heck happens next?! If you don't know what I mean, check this out:)


I KNOW! Can you believe that?? Irish girl-slaves, French prostitutes, pirates, curses, reincarnation, buried treasure, dogs! My brain exploded with the merest notion that someone came up with that idea let alone wrote an entire book about it. I had to have it. Immediately. Now. (Alas, it took a while before I managed to get one of those babies into my hot little hands. Again: publishing vs. plate tectonics? *grumble* But I digress...)

Following the life of Emer/Saffron through the live(s) in the book sounds like it might be confusing but, remarkably, it isn't. I followed along ravenously, picking up the emotions from human and dog alike and how each "jump" in perspective really just added richness and depth to the main character I'd been experiencing all along. The story had an almost Shakespearean satisfaction for me; everything was incredibly well-balanced, tied-together and interconnected in ways I couldn't have guessed and left me feeling dizzily happy in the end, sort of like the high off a good roller-coaster ride. The trip was a tumble and I love that sort of head game you get in a really good flick like House of Games or The Game (or, more head-trippy, something like Prelude to a Kiss or Being John Malkovich)...but this isn't a con story, not really, Emer knows what she wants and we can taste it like a drug. Her (pardon the pun) doggedness is what carries us with her throughout 102 lifetimes of trials and tribulations. We want more than anything to have her succeed, but can also see all the things that exist on the sidelines of that kind of determination. Emer is real, but so is Saffron. The amalgamation is something worth reading and A.S. King does it with a deft hand, pulling you along like an excited kid towards the next thrill.

I Can Not Recommend This Book Enough!

...but I'm not above bribing you, anyways. ;-)

Besides her mad skillz at writing and blogging, A.S. King is *also* known for her brilliant you-inspired contests so I have *cough* "borrowed" *cough* the author herself to judge a 10 Star contest of our own where YOU can win a signed copy of DUST OF 100 DOGS for your very own "Best of the Best" shelf!

...What? Rules? Rules! We need rules:


1) Write a ten word sentence that starts with the word "Awesome"
2) The sentence must include the name of at least one star (as in astronomical star, not Hollywood star!)
3) Leave the sentence along with your email address in the comments section

Contest closes at midnight tonight. Remember: we shall reward creativity and humor with awesomeness!!

So get writing, get reading & see what other Must Reads are out there! Want more for your TBR list? I'm tagging Tina Lee as the next stop on your Awesome Book Review Tour, sharing her Must Read: SPLIT by Swati Avasthi. And go check out Elana's Recommended Reads for the entire list of participating authors' 10 Star Must-Reads!

Life's a little more awesome when you spread it around. ;-)


( 28 comments — Leave a comment )
May. 3rd, 2010 01:22 pm (UTC)
Awesome is Kraz who can never be interrupted when reading.

May. 3rd, 2010 02:03 pm (UTC)
Awesome like the Dog and bitch spooned nose to tail.

cr.horrigan@yahoo . com
May. 3rd, 2010 02:04 pm (UTC)
Awesome is as awesome doest fleas into light ... I'm Sirius.

May. 3rd, 2010 02:16 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the recommendation! Good luck to all who enter. =)
May. 3rd, 2010 02:30 pm (UTC)
Awesome post and thanks for the heads up, my Acrux.

May. 3rd, 2010 03:19 pm (UTC)
contest thingie
Awesome is lamp posts near and also Sirius up there :)

(hope this contest is available for norwegian people too, if not you can just feel free to overlook this entry from a norwegian A. S. King-fan)
May. 3rd, 2010 03:20 pm (UTC)
Awesome is the Betelgeuse dripping through hungry praying mantis fingers.

a little martial arts for you... ;)
May. 3rd, 2010 04:02 pm (UTC)
Awesome like Beetlejuice going supernova and becoming a black hole.

Well, it has ten words and metions a star, okay!! :) Love this concept of book recommendations, but I might have to stop looking because my TBR list is already two miles long!!

May. 3rd, 2010 06:01 pm (UTC)
Awesome as Gamma Del are my abs, so I wish!

taffy.lovell at gmail.com
May. 3rd, 2010 06:41 pm (UTC)
Contest Entry from DWGrintalis
Awesome is the kaleidoscopic orange giant we have christened Pollux.
May. 3rd, 2010 07:05 pm (UTC)
This is terribly hard, but what a great idea! Lucky is the person who wins. :]

Awesome are Mizar and Alcor dancing through haunted galaxies.

May. 3rd, 2010 09:51 pm (UTC)
How 'bout them Hundred Dogs?
Contest entry:

Awesome are the Pleiades;
moreso 'cause there's sev'n of these.

Grammatical errors are my own; I hold a valid Literary License from the State of Illinois.

jonathan quist
jeq AT NUalumni DOT com
May. 3rd, 2010 11:25 pm (UTC)
Pick me pick me
Awesome stories are stored on Rigel for future space travelers.


Fun contest. Sounds like a wonderful book!!
May. 3rd, 2010 11:38 pm (UTC)
Awesome life is given to all by our mighty sun.


Can we enter more than once?

Edited at 2010-05-03 11:41 pm (UTC)
May. 4th, 2010 12:08 am (UTC)
Awesome is a Betelguese fate, a bright red supernova candidate.

May. 4th, 2010 01:30 am (UTC)
Awesome is Rigel who can stand on his head forever.
May. 4th, 2010 01:30 am (UTC)
Awesome words, like yours here, inspire me every single day!


I freaking love the cover!
May. 4th, 2010 01:36 am (UTC)
Watch me follow the rules this time...
never mind, i fail
May. 4th, 2010 01:45 am (UTC)
Hey! It's me!
A.S. King dropping by to say WOW, Dawn. Thank you so much for picking my book! This blog post made my day!
To answer random questions...
Yes you can enter more than once! And yes, this is an international competition! Hi awesome Norwegian fan! *waves*!
May. 4th, 2010 03:08 am (UTC)
Nicole's Entry
First, that trailer was awesome!! Okay, I've been reading Spread the Awesome blogs for hours, and my brain is fried. But here's my sentence...oh, and I don't the names of any stars, so I cheated and used a constellation. *sheepish grin*

Awesome nights are hard to come by, unless you're Orion.

Thanks for the recommendation and contest!
May. 4th, 2010 03:42 am (UTC)

Awesome light-tides swirled, pulling starships towards Sirius' deadly current.

mousewit (at) yahoo (dot) com
May. 4th, 2010 04:06 am (UTC)
Awesome never forgave her parents for not naming her Cassiopeia.
May. 4th, 2010 04:13 am (UTC)
Well, it's only 9:08 pm in my time zone, so I'll try another ;->
Awesome ain't how you feel when your Betelgeuse gets smacked.
May. 4th, 2010 04:14 am (UTC)
Ooops, forgot to leave my email on the last one: jamr88 @ gmail dot com.

BTW, love contests like this!
May. 4th, 2010 04:19 am (UTC)
dang, forgot to leave my email for the betelgeuse praying mantis
May. 4th, 2010 04:24 am (UTC)
Awesome goeth Cassiopeia above the unquenched milk drinkers from earth

May. 4th, 2010 04:33 am (UTC)
Awesome nights fly by when Betelgeuse shines in your eyes.

I hope you meant midnight PST :)
May. 7th, 2010 04:46 am (UTC)
Great book
Sounds like a great book. I missed the contest, but thanks for the reviw anyway.

Nichole Giles
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