Posts tagged peter heller

greenapplebooks:

[As we’ve done in previous years (2011, 2010), we’ll be running a series of posts featuring Green Apple booksellers’ favorite books read in 2012. Some of the books we loved were published this year, some are long out-of-print, but all, we think, are worthy of attention. And please forgive our presumption, but many of us can’t limit ourselves to just one book.]
First up, one of the Green Apple’s three owners (and one of three Kevins), Kevin H., who selected Peter Heller’s The Dog Stars, which was our September Book of the Month:


While it may be that The Dog Stars is Peter Heller’s first novel, within moments of beginning this haunting work, it becomes obvious that this doesn’t read like a first book. Heller possesses a professionalism and grace that is rarely encountered in fiction, and his deft balance of the poetic and the painful, the sublime and the savage, even the living and the dead… well, it impressed greatly.
The term “post-apocalyptic” will be bandied about quite often in regard to this work, which is a shame, as I see it as more like a dystopic Garden of Eden love story. Or a buddy tale. Or the story of a boy and his dog. Or a gripping outdoor adventure yarn. Yes, there was an apocalypse, but not on the page of The Dog Stars—this book is alive in a very special way, and it will touch the heart of anyone who reads it!



Woo! 

greenapplebooks:

[As we’ve done in previous years (2011, 2010), we’ll be running a series of posts featuring Green Apple booksellers’ favorite books read in 2012. Some of the books we loved were published this year, some are long out-of-print, but all, we think, are worthy of attention. And please forgive our presumption, but many of us can’t limit ourselves to just one book.]

First up, one of the Green Apple’s three owners (and one of three Kevins), Kevin H., who selected Peter Heller’s The Dog Stars, which was our September Book of the Month:

While it may be that The Dog Stars is Peter Heller’s first novel, within moments of beginning this haunting work, it becomes obvious that this doesn’t read like a first book. Heller possesses a professionalism and grace that is rarely encountered in fiction, and his deft balance of the poetic and the painful, the sublime and the savage, even the living and the dead… well, it impressed greatly.

The term “post-apocalyptic” will be bandied about quite often in regard to this work, which is a shame, as I see it as more like a dystopic Garden of Eden love story. Or a buddy tale. Or the story of a boy and his dog. Or a gripping outdoor adventure yarn. Yes, there was an apocalypse, but not on the page of The Dog Stars—this book is alive in a very special way, and it will touch the heart of anyone who reads it!

Woo! 

The Dog Stars doesn’t have zombies or super-vampires in it, à la Cronin; the dangers in Heller’s world are real, and all the scarier for being so casually deadly. It also has some of the best flying scenes I’ve ever read; it’s like “Deliverance” in an airplane.

John Seabrook in Page-Turner, The New Yorker's book blog

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Last day to enter!
It truly is the dog days of summer. 

It truly is the dog days of summer. 

“Take the sensibility of Hemingway. Or James Dickey. Place it in a world where a flu mutation has wiped out ninety-nine percent of the population. Add in a heartbroken man with a fishing rod, some guns, a small plane. Don’t forget the dog. Now imagine this man retains more hope than might be wise in such a battered and brutal time… . That’s what Peter Heller has given us in his beautifully written first novel.” —Scott Smith, author of A Simple Plan and The Ruins
Could you survive in Hig’s world? We’re making survival a little more bearable with The Dog Stars Survival Kit, which includes a Pendleton wool blanket, a classic Stanley thermos, a collection of Audubon field guides, and a copy of Peter Heller’s powerful new novel. Three runners-up will win an Audubon Field Guide of his or her choice. Click through to enter.

“Take the sensibility of Hemingway. Or James Dickey. Place it in a world where a flu mutation has wiped out ninety-nine percent of the population. Add in a heartbroken man with a fishing rod, some guns, a small plane. Don’t forget the dog. Now imagine this man retains more hope than might be wise in such a battered and brutal time… . That’s what Peter Heller has given us in his beautifully written first novel.”
—Scott Smith, author of A Simple Plan and The Ruins

Could you survive in Hig’s world? We’re making survival a little more bearable with The Dog Stars Survival Kit, which includes a Pendleton wool blanket, a classic Stanley thermos, a collection of Audubon field guides, and a copy of Peter Heller’s powerful new novel. Three runners-up will win an Audubon Field Guide of his or her choice. Click through to enter.

unabridgedbookstore:

This book is so amaze-balls. You want to enter this. Enter it. Or read it when it comes out. Either way we all win.
aaknopf:

Do you want a copy of one of the buzziest books at this year’s Book Expo America? We’re giving away five signed advance reader’s editions of Peter Heller’s The Dog Stars on his Facebook page.


"Amaze-balls" is right, and there are only 11 more hours to enter.

unabridgedbookstore:

This book is so amaze-balls. You want to enter this. Enter it. Or read it when it comes out. Either way we all win.

aaknopf:

Do you want a copy of one of the buzziest books at this year’s Book Expo America? We’re giving away five signed advance reader’s editions of Peter Heller’s The Dog Stars on his Facebook page.

"Amaze-balls" is right, and there are only 11 more hours to enter.

Do you want a copy of one of the buzziest books at this year’s Book Expo America? We’re giving away five signed advance reader’s editions of Peter Heller’s The Dog Stars on his Facebook page.

Do you want a copy of one of the buzziest books at this year’s Book Expo America? We’re giving away five signed advance reader’s editions of Peter Heller’s The Dog Stars on his Facebook page.