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God's Dog by Diego Marani





July's book is something a little bit different.  Get ready for it.... we'll be reading a kind of dystopian detective story!  It's also a short one at 146 pages

Here's the Blurb:

"God's Dog is Diego Marani's first detective novel, introducing Domingo Salazar, a Dominican monk, who is a Vatican secret agent. Italy is now a theocratic state ruled by the Vatican, whose secret agents are dedicated to root out non-believers and heretics. The sanctity of life is being challenged by a cell of dissidents helping sufferers commit euthanasia."

If you want to buy the book from Amazon, click here - God's Dog by Diego Marani

The kindle version is also available here.

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  • Leila

    October 13, 2014

  • Jobeda A.

    Sorry have to pull out at short notice, I've been hijacked into a family meeting. Real shame because unlike everyone else here I liked the book. As an apostate myself who sees no difference between the different Abrahamic religions, I got Salazar. If I was remotely religious I'd be doing what he was. I liked that no one saved the day. I liked that darwinism was the ultimate enemy. I liked that he ended up sort of on the side of the atheists at one point. I think it's an accurate reflection of the concerns of activist religious and atheist people alike. The convergences and the difficult alliances, the hypocrisy of all sides, the desire to still remain individual. The only problem was the structure of the book, the pace changed drastically halfway through but his ideas made up for that. Finally I liked how euthanasia is put in the same light as contraception, abortion etc, helping us understand that despite current debates, historically they all belong together with and a generation...

    5 · July 29, 2014

    • Jobeda A.

      I think the talking monkey was a metaphor. I think religion is the greatest obstacle to peace. An apocalypse is practically and sincerely desirable in religion after all: without it, no none gets to go to heaven or hell, and so ofcourse if you're religious and are trying to get to jannat, you WANT the world to end. That's why in this book, no one could save the day. There's only one ending.

      2 · July 29, 2014

    • Kate

      Sorry we missed you! We were talking about your comment about the monkey being a metaphor and I'm not sure we really understood it. Can you elaborate? Thanks!

      1 · July 30, 2014

  • Leila

    A disappointing book which sparked a fantastic discussion. Had a great time last night. Really good to see some new faces too! The book scored 5.02 out of 10.

    3 · July 30, 2014

    • Lucy B.

      I think I gave it the highest score out of everyone! That has never happened before. Even then, it was only 7.5.

      4 · July 30, 2014

  • Andrew H.

    A shame I had to change my RSVP at the last minute, would have liked to come. Interesting ideas, especially about the sufferance of pain and painful death as part of religious observance. I liked better how Canticle For Leibowitz addressed similar ideas, though. And I liked how Canticle was written much, much better. I don't know if it was the translation or the writing style, but I found it confusing, convoluted and almost unbearable to read at times. Overall I think I would give it a 5.02.

    3 · July 30, 2014

  • luke

    "And Ratzinger's body started to twitch and move, as if it were alive..." (sequel starring Bela Lugosi).
    It could have been beautiful.

    1 · July 30, 2014

  • Danny (.

    Fabulous people and discussions as always thank you.

    4 · July 30, 2014

  • Martina

    Sorry I finished late at work and will no longer make it in time. I thought the detective aspect could have been expanded some more but I quite liked the book overall..especially the slightly melancholic suspended feel of the writing for the characters memories and relationships. And the Rome setting.. But maybe I was just being being homesick ;-) Hope to make it to one of the upcoming meetings anyway. Have a great time discussing!

    1 · July 29, 2014

  • Kambiz

    I'm gonna have to pull out at short notice too unfortunately but this book gets a... 2... I guess. I was just indifferent to it pretty much all the way through which is even worse than hating it. Boooooring. Have fun though peeps.

    2 · July 29, 2014

  • Emma B.

    Sorry I am now unable to make it tonight - have fun everyone! My vote would be a 6 for this one. Nothing really grabbed me with the story etc but it touched interesting topics. See you soon!

    2 · July 29, 2014

  • Leila

    Suprised that no one has noticed that the title of this book is a palindrome!

    3 · July 28, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Dear Leila,

      July 28, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Dear Leila, Sorry first of all about hitting 'Return' inadvertently there! Re. the palindrome point - true enough, though I did at least pick up on the reference to the Dominican order! Please Google the (rather inelegant) 'godzdogz' to find out more.

      1 · July 28, 2014

  • Ruth W.

    I no longer have interviews preventing me so will DEFINITELY be there and stop being a hermit

    1 · July 21, 2014

    • Ruth W.

      Oh, that doesn't mean I liked the book though

      2 · July 22, 2014

  • Kambiz

    Amazing how motivation to read can increase and decrease so drastically. There I was, reading like a madman for the past few months again after a barren 2013, getting lucky with a string of good books then suddenly you pick up and start reading The Windup Girl and it drains your motivation. Of course the World Cup didn't help either. Hope this book gets me back on track. I admit, I couldn't even finish Windup, I just gave it away after 100 odd pages, even though I promised myself to finish all books, even bad ones, decided to change that though, better decision.

    1 · July 21, 2014

    • Sam G.

      That's about the only positive point

      2 · July 21, 2014

    • Adrian

      I hated the whole talking chimp bit. It felt like a Robin Cook plotline. In fact, I'm pretty sure it is a Robin Cook plotline.

      1 · July 21, 2014

  • Edward_w

    Can't say that I loved the book, but I thought it was interesting that the book this month touched on such a current issue as the right to die/euthanasia.

    1 · July 20, 2014

    • Ruth W.

      Leila is psychic....

      2 · July 21, 2014

  • Leo C.

    Hi, long-term fan of post-apocalyptic books here. I joined the group recently and this will be my first time. Should I just read the book and show up on the day? Anything else I need to do?

    July 17, 2014

    • Leila

      Hi Leo! That's all you need to do. The evening is really informal and all you need is an opinion. See you in a couple of weeks!

      July 17, 2014

  • Adrian

    Is it too early to share my thoughts on this one?
    Spoiler alert! Read no further if you want to avoid surprises!
    I can't make it to the night, but I give it 4.
    It had interesting ideas, and started well, but then threw everything at you at once about halfway in and then ended up not really resolving some of the main themes. If it had stuck to the investigating priest and the secret euthanasia squad, I think it would have been a much better book. It didn't really need to throw in the assassination plot, the talking chimp and the Christianity / Islam mashup religion.
    Plus my copy had a proof reading error which made the last chapter really confusing at one point.

    2 · July 16, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hopefully see you there, just have to buy and read the book...

    July 14, 2014

  • Jobeda A.

    Leila, I've just bought this, but I've also just unRSVPd. Though I want t read it I don't know if I will in time. Is there a group size limit or will I still be able to RSVP a few days before if I do manage to finish the book?

    July 6, 2014

    • Jobeda A.

      Knowing my life, maybe that should read 'start' the book :-( Last six months have been a disaster for reading.

      July 6, 2014

    • Leila

      Hey. No size limit and no pressure. There's usually an active conversation on the page about the book too so feel free to comment on here if you miss the meetup. Lx

      July 6, 2014

  • Danny (.

    Jambo la kushangaza ni nzuri

    June 28, 2014

    • luke

      I agree. Not even a sniff of a zombie.

      1 · June 28, 2014

    • Danny (.

      Saw Terry Gilliam this evening on the Thames Clipper Boat - On the way to his Almost Live Gig at the O 2.... did not say Hi though ...

      1 · July 4, 2014

  • luke

    This kind of felt like the opposite of girl with all the gifts. Looked quite short but seemed to go on forever. And no zombies.

    2 · June 30, 2014

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