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Vista Book Group – The Dog Stars

The Vista Book Group met in May to discuss The Dog Stars by Peter Heller. An award winning adventure writer and author of several nonfiction books this is Heller’s first work of fiction. The Dog Stars is a novel about a pilot living in a harsh post-apocalyptic world but there still a sense of beauty and tenderness that underlays the bleakness.

Hig, or Big Hig if you prefer, survived the flu epidemic that killed everyone he knows, including his beloved wife. He lives in a hangar of a small abandoned airport, a few miles from the mountains in what used to be Colorado with his dog, Jasper, and his only neighbor, Bangley, a misanthropic, gun wielding survivalist. Hig flies his 1956 Cessna to reconnoiter the perimeter, to find supplies where he can, to help the families dying of the blood disease, and one might even say to search for hope.

The writing style is spare and often fragmented, but somehow it is a fitting way to tell this story. And although the writing style is somewhat terse it is nonetheless beautiful. We all liked The Dog Stars and the book made for a great discussion. If your book group is looking for a compelling read then you might want to give The Dog Stars a chance.

Some read-a-likes and watch-a-likes we came up with include:

I am Legend by Richard Matheson

The Road by Cormac McCarthy

As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner

Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl (nonfiction)

The Stand by Stephen King

The World Without Us (nonfiction)

Iron Council by China Miéville

World War Z by Max Brooks

I am Legend (DVD)

The Road (DVD

Omega Man (DVD)

Melancholia (DVD)

Twelve Monkeys (DVD)

Please join us on Wednesday, June 26, 2013 in Film and Sound at Richland Library Main when we will discuss Wild : From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed. We look forward to seeing you there.


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