Hertell Daggett is not what he used to be: once married, once a physicist, and once shot in the head in a New Year's accident. Or possibly Fourth of July, he could never remember - the doctors got the bullet out, but a few specks of copper remained floating in his brain, connecting parts no longer connected in the rest of us, filaments going back to the beginning of time. He remembers the songs of dinosaurs, the dry humor of mastodons, and the rubbery smell of trilobites. He'd once had a future, but now he lives on the outskirts of Bakersfield, a damaged caretaker of a failing pet cemetery.
Hertell discovers a time-capsule, actually a vast time-cavern full of people who've lived beneath the pet cemetery since 1963. They are part of a long-forgotten Government program to preserve Western civilization in the charred aftermath of the massive nuclear war triggered by JFK's assassination - at least that's what their computer simulation predicted. He becomes their shepherd and protector leading the duck-and-cover civilization into the astounding, mystifying, and often dismaying world that has wobbled on without them. Like one of those lost tribes stumbling from the jungle into civilization, only this time it's not the primitives who are overwhelmed by civilization, but very much the other way around, and they will pay for it. In protecting his flock, Hertell finds a love he never quite lost, a past he never quite remembered, and a future he never quite imagined.
I thoroughly enjoyed listening to Tom Strelich's Dog Logic. The eerie buffer music sets the stage for Tom to tell his story about our long lost past, present, and future.
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What made the experience of listening to Dog Logic the most enjoyable?
The first half of the book is a light hearted comedy that is fun to read. Then, the book makes a gradual shift to provide an incredibly insightful commentary on our present culture. It feels almost like reverse dystopian future book at times, and I found myself taking a thoughtful look at our culture and especially the things I take for granted.
Any additional comments?
I averaged more than an audio book a month last year and Tom Strelich's performance here is phenomenal. Although this is the only book he has narrated, I believe his talent for audio performance is equal to the best in the business.
If you could sum up Dog Logic in three words, what would they be?
The best book I have read in several years. I am amazed that it has not sold millions of copies.
What other book might you compare Dog Logic to and why?
There is nothing like it. It starts out like a standard "What is really going on here?" kind of story. The author does that masterfully creating fully realized characters with a great sense of humor, but the book really takes off into the phenomenal when things start to become clear.
Which character – as performed by Tom Strelich – was your favorite?
The main character. He is a sweet intelligent and sort of confused guy. But, ...
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
I don't know if it could be done. It is kind of like the movie "The Crying Game" in that it takes an incredible twist that no one would have predicted. But in TCG, the twist was the payoff. Here the twist is the point of entry.
Any additional comments?
Really, really, really good. Do not pass this book by.
Strelich had me laughing, smiling, and shaking my head with an incredibly creative story that combines a deep understanding of technology, government bureaucracy, and human nature with a knee-slapping and sometimes sardonic sense of humor that grabbed my interest and never let it go. I loved his characters and was truly impressed with his deep insight and thoughtful poignant analysis of our human condition and how our society has evolved (if one can use that word). Moreover, Strelich's book couldn't have been timed better given the ridiculous political situation we are currently experiencing. I really enjoyed it and recommend it highly.