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SUMMARY Singing the Dogstar Blues

Ules and that means going back in time to change history This new Firebird edition of Alison Goodman's acclaimed first genre bending adventure features a short story about Joss and Mav's after book adventures originally published in Firebirds Risin. 35 starsI had attempted to read this once before but that was back when my reading horizons were fairly narrow and I was the sort of uninformed moron who when presented with science fiction automatically thought Wait what if nerd hunters drive by and tran and tag me 1 I only made it through a few pages before putting it aside Maybe it just wasn t the right book at the time Whatever the case I m probably still a moron but hopefully a slightly open minded and informed one This time I read straight through uite uickly and I found a lot to like in this novel It s fast paced and engaging and despite the light tone of the narration it s clear that Goodman has put a lot of careful thought into the concepts that flesh out the story Singing The Dogstar Blues takes place in Melbourne of the distant future where spirited protagonist Joss is attending an elite time travel program at the university s Centre for Neo Historical Studies When she is partnered with the centre s first alien student Mavkel Joss is drawn into a race to break the rules and alter the course of history While the plot is inventive and kept me guessing Goodman deals with a range of interesting issues in this novel albeit in a brisk manner One of the most interesting elements of the story is Mavkel and Joss changing dynamic over the course of the story Mavkel is a character who s world is marked by duality gender birth pairs etc and interconnectedness a broken bond between a pair usually results in death while Joss is a solitary and somewhat prickly character who has her own complex reasons for spurning personal attachments By thrusting these two together in a situation where they are compelled to work together Goodman forces Joss to acknowledge certain truths about herself and re examine her existing connections with others I really enjoyed the exploration of the cultural emotional and physical differences between Mavkel and Joss particularly Goodman s take on Chorian gender and the discussion around gender pronouns Similarly there s an interesting use of social class in the story and Joss position as a comp a child created using donors and genetic manipulation that lends the novel a subtle gravity This book is a lot of fun and I thought Goodman s worldbuilding was creative and fresh I m not sure I m ualified to comment on her use of a rubber band theory of time travel because timey stuff makes my head hurt after a while but I think I grasped the concept here better than in say Looper which made me ask so many uestions I wanted to bash my head against a wall The climax felt a little rushed to me with the action and subseuent denouement falling into place at breakneck speed but Goodman handles the final twists and revelations well which makes for a surprising and clever ending If you re looking for an intriguing sci fi without romantic or dystopian trimmings I d definitely recommend this 1 Why yes I have been watching a lot of Veronica Mars lately

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Singing the Dogstar Blues

Alison Goodman's first novel in a very special new edition Seventeen year old Joss is a rebel and a student of time travel at the prestigious Centre for Neo Historical Studies This year for the first time the Centre has an alien student Mavkel from. Aren t you tired of YA scifi novels that breed gorgeous aliens as if their intergalactic lives depended on it You she said are literally the most gorgeous thing I ve ever seen The Alienated disaster Aren t you tired of watching every one of these MCs morphing the book into some love triangle ish Human vs Alien macho pissing contest KissWar before your depressed eyes Aren t you tired of reading nonsensical and cheesy dialogues when you only asked for some novelty Then Singing the Dogstar Blues is the book you re seeking out well written no love triangle no whining about boys or girls for that matter no instalove but friendship and mystery blended in an intriguing concept However this is not an action packed novel I warn you some parts if not boring are pretty dull indeed Singing the Dogstar Blues suffers from an uneven pacing or I have a short attention span because all the reviews I read state how fast paced it is color me perplexed at myself Yet again I still really much enjoyed following Joss and Mav s adventuresSet in a futurist world where aliens the Chorians and humans are building an alliance the Centre a special school that teaches time travel finds itself under the spotlights when Mavkel becomes the first Chorian to attend it and is paired with Joss a rebellious teenager who s been trying to avoid being fired again All is good in the world Ugh no Try secrets rivalries and assassins lurking instead Welcome to the Centre Throughout the novel I grew attached to these characters first Joss an independent and strong minded female lead who managed to keep my annoyance away WOOT and then Mav who s perhaps the cutest alien I ever read about Never mind the flappy ears the two mouths and four noses He s not cut out for Most Gorgeous Alien of the Year and that s what made him so incredibly appealing to me Lonely after the death of his pair when you re used to share a mind with someone I suppose that being alone covers an entire different feeling he aims to be paired with Joss who is understandably very much reluctant to fulfill his goals Their growing friendship yes you read correctly friendship it is was very interesting to follow and I couldn t get enough of them 100 pages would have been perfect in my opinion As for the sci fi elements I must say that I was confused in the beginning by the made up words but nothing insurmountable as I was hooked right away The world building was intriguing and not too complex to grasp this is the no hard scifi reader talking yet there were several occurrences when I seriously wondered what the fuck they were talking about This said it didn t make the plot confusing because it was usually only a matter of knowing what object they were mentioning I for one can live with that Unfortunately I have to admit that I would have loved for the story to be developed Although the premise was great and promising the novel didn t uite meet my expectations and the execution failed to take best advantage of it Take the time travel for instance it is barely explained See I am not the kind of reader who needs everything to be scientifically accurate or plausible because come on scifi novels ain t textbooks but I appreciate when the author makes some kind of effort to explain how the technology used works If the way everything is showed rather than told is than welcome trust me I cannot finish a scifi book relying on info dumping I still feel as if something was missing My biggest issue though All the big reveals were painfully obvious and I saw them coming miles away resulting in a rather anticlimactic and rushed ending that left me a little disappointed All in all is it worth reading Honestly YA novels which don t rely on romance are so fucking rare that for this reason alone I d say yes Not to mention that Singing the Dogstar Blues may not be perfect but it stays thoroughly enjoyable and refreshing For of my reviews please visit

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The planet Choria And Mavkel has chosen Joss of all people as his roommate and study partner Then Mavkel gets sick Joss uickly realizes that his will to live is draining away The only way she can help Mavkel is by breaking the Centre's strictest r. I m always on the lookout for a fun space related story Singing the Dogstar Blues isn t set in space but there is a very futuristic feel to it and ALIENS so it definitely hit my sweet spot If you are wondering if this book reads at all like Goodman s other book Eon the answer at least for me is absolutely not I enjoyed Eon but the pacing was off and I wasn t especially attached to any of the characters That s not the case here Joss Aaronson attends a prestigious time jumping school and holds one of 12 coveted spots in the program for her year She is a comp which basically means that her mother used a donor to have her and comps are looked down on as genetically manipulated because people can use up to even 5 or 6 donors to create the child of their choice She is snarky sassy and unlike Eona it doesn t take her eras to figure out what is going on around her Thank goodness for thatOverall the book has a bit of a campy and adventurous feel The plot primarily revolves around Joss and her new school partner Mavkel the first alien to be admitted As expected there are enemies and allies in the school administration and amongst the students but Joss and Mavkel hold this entire story on their backs and they succeed in doing so I couldn t picture what Mavkel actually looked like but it didn t hinder the character development His personality came through even with a language barrier and extensive cultural differences He and Joss bond over music and that is where the title of the book comes from There are hints that this was Goodman s first novel the writing definitely favors utility rather than description for instance Since this is what I prefer in my sci fi I was than happy with the style And Ms Goodman actually surprised me with a plot twist near the end don t click it unless you want it to be ruined view spoiler I seriously laughed out loud when we found out that Mavkel s sneeze into the Petri dish resulted in Joss s connection with the alien race hide spoiler


10 thoughts on “Singing the Dogstar Blues

  1. says:

    ► Aren't you tired of YA scifi novels that breed gorgeous aliens as if their intergalactic lives depended on it? You she said are literally t

  2. says:

    As seen on The ReadventurerSinging the Dogstar Blues is that rare specimen of YA fiction called science fiction That's right not dystopia or rather dystopian romance not sci fi romance but real deal sci fi There are no love triangles in it no angst no moping around boys Gee no wonder nobody read it My library book was bought 6 years and looks as if nobody ever even touched it Joss Aaronson is a 1st year student at a ti

  3. says:

    For me this book balances science fiction humour and interesting characters in a way that grabbed me far than any Douglas Adams book ever did To be honest the author had me at flappy eared alienScience fiction when it is told well is easily one of my favourite genres but too much of it turns into some crappy dystopian romance or is written f

  4. says:

    I’m always on the lookout for a fun space related story Singing the Dogstar Blues isn’t set in space but there is a very futuristic feel to it and ALIENS so it definitely hit my sweet spot If you are wondering if this book reads at all like Goodman’s other book Eon the answer at least for me is absolutely not I enjoyed Eon but the pacing was off and I wasn’t especially attached to any of the characters That’s not the case here

  5. says:

    3 ½ starsThere are a definitely a few parts of this book that I would give a five star rating to This book is exciting irreverent and fun and I practically inhaled it Unfortunately it’s one of those cases of “okayyes yesYESoh Eh” The ending leaves a lot to be desired in my opinion It feels really sheared off and over simplified In general I am especially lately very weary of every single book being stretched and stretched as far as

  6. says:

    I love reading standalones but I'd also love to read in this world

  7. says:

    35 starsI had attempted to read this once before but that was back when my reading horizons were fairly narrow and I was the sort of uninformed moron who when presented with science fiction automatically thought “Wait what if nerd hunters drive by and tran and tag me?” 1 I only made it through a few pages before putt

  8. says:

    Read and reviewed first on November 1st 2011 Flappy eared double nosed telepathic aliens music danger time travel friendship in unexpected places searching for your roots futuristic futures Blade Runner style bars gut wrenching loneliness highly original tongue in cheek twists bluesy sadness snarky humor Wow Just my kind of sci fi This my second five star read within eight days I feel so lucky kind of like overdosed on Bliss st

  9. says:

    A very charming light and funny little book YA sci fi real YA sci fi not romance disguised as sci fi is still a rare thing to find and I very much enjoyed this story about time travel aliens a DNA mystery and an unlikely friendship Joss is spu

  10. says:

    It’s been a while since I’ve read a straight up science fiction YA novel and yet SINGING THE DOGSTAR BLUES proves to