✸ Dackelblick Books ⚦ Author Frauke Scheunemann – Writerscompany.co.uk
Actually 3.5 stars.This was a romantic contemporary way out of my usual haunt But if there s a book with an animal as the narrator and an assurance that they don t die, god knows I ll be reading it This was also translated from German just to mix it up even way to find one that s out there Emily pats self on back So to the actual review I absolutely ADORED Hercules voice He was snarky and loving and joyful and earnest and plain old adorable I honestly wish there were books with Hercules, just because I want of his narration I kinda want him as a voice in my head commenting on my daily life that s not creepy is it Nah, I m fine The story itself was decent, although it really moved around a lot It was good it kept me on my toes, but there never seemed to be a solid plot line to follow I feel like if I was trying to explain it to someonone it d just be like So there s this guy she works with that might like and then her best friend dates her vet and then she gets hit on by a famous actor and then she might love her work partner but then she might also date her vet after her best friend breaks up with him and then she might love the actor but then she might go back to her work partner but then she might go back to the vet etc etc etc A little bit too all over the place for my liking On the good side though, I wasn t sure who she was going to end up with because she was changing her mind every 30 seconds a very indecisive main character I admit that annoyed me quite a bit.The side characters made a strong impact as well I found Willi and Daniel to be absolutely fantastic, but I spent about 35% of this book wanting to smash Nina in the face with a dog toy I still haven t figured out what I thought of Beck yet Will take further consideration.This is one of the first books I ve read that is translated, so I think I had to get used to having some of the finer nuances slip through the cracks the writing seemed a tad simplistic at times.The ending also seemed very abrupt, like she had a 300 page limit and she had to squeeze everything in 296 pages in a hurry I definitely would ve liked a full ending, or at the very least an epilogue Honestly, this book gets an automatic 3 stars because the writing from a dog s perspective was just so cool I thoroughly enjoyed seeing how we live from a puppy s point of view, all the innocence and confusion at some of our little quirks I m glad I read this if for no other reason than to spice it up Also, DOGGIES okay I ll see myself out herzig e good book for a quite nightduty Hercules Is A Dachshund, And His New Mistress Caroline Is The Greatest Human Being On Earth She S The One Who Rescued Him From The Animal Shelter, Who Smells Of Summer And Strawberries, And Who Laughs When The Little Pup Snuggles Up With Her On The Sofa So When Caroline Is Badly Treated By Her Bossy, Dog Hating Boyfriend, Hercules Decides It S High Time He Rescued His Mistress For A Change And So Begins An Epic Quest To Find His Favourite Woman The Perfect Man Touching, Original, And Very Funny, Puppy Love Is A Story About Love, Life, And The Best Friend A Girl Could Ever Have. This was so cute It s written from the puppy s point of view This should be read at least once. This was a super cute story I loved the character of Hercules, what an amazing little sausage dog Ha ha that s pretty much the reason I picked up this book I liked how the story had all sorts of unexpected twist and turns I had no idea how it was going to end.Probably the only issue I had with it was that it finished rather abruptly, but maybe that s just because I wanted to read about Hercules I can t even begin to describe the cuteness of this book. Despite a few hanging sentences and what seem like translation issues, this was a fun read I generally enjoy books told from a pet s point of view, and this was no exception The only real trouble I had is with the rather abrupt and unrealistic ending. For this review and others, visit the EditorialEyes Blog 2 starsLet s get this right out of the way the English cover of Frauke Scheunemann s Puppy Love is the cutest freaking thing you will ever see Featuring a tiny puppy staring out with the most soulful I m sorry I ate your favourite pair of shoes but you still love me, right expression, with a tagline proclaiming Hercules is a dachshund, I could not help but pre order myself a copy This, coupled with House of Anansi s vote for your favourite puppy contest on their blog, sealed the deal Well done, Art and PR departments Absolutely adorable.The story is a straightforward chick lit style romance about a woman named Caroline and her rotten boyfriend Thomas The hook is that the first person narrative is from her brand new puppy s perspective Hercules, nee Carl Leopold von Escherbach and damned proud of it , was cast out of his castle because his purebred dachshund mom had a bit of a tumble with an unknown dog and the resulting litter can t be certified purebred Hercules has a mighty high opinion of himself, and no amount of threats from the other dogs in the pound, nor human amusement at his haughty demeanour, can bring him down a peg.He s saved from the bigger, meaner pound dogs when he is adopted by Caroline His new owner is a bit of an emotional wreck who fixes violins with her business partner Daniel and naively believes that the philandering Thomas is on legitimate business trips and not cheating his brains out Hercules and an aging tomcat, Mr Beck, team up with a two part plan 1 to show Caroline Thomas s true nature, and 2 to find her a suitable mate no easy task when dachshund tastes don t always match up with human ones.And that s really the extent of the story Watching Hercules puppy his way through his new life is incredibly sweet as he comes to grips with leaving the castle, or brings home a man from the park who turns out to be an older homeless fellow and not a young suitor for Caroline It s difficult to get a real sense of characterization of any of the humans in the story because they re all filtered through Hercules point of view What is Caroline like, really She seems nice but dippy Her friend Nina is a bitch of a stuck up witch Thomas is no good Caroline s business partner Daniel is nice but nondescript, and the vet is a bit of a mystery too There isn t much depth than this, which leaves all of the human characters feeling terribly clich d and one dimensional.Hercules s best moments are when he s adorably messing up, for example thwarting a bank robbery that s actually a scene being filmed for a movie, or when he s absolutely indignant that he has to wear a cone after he s had a tick removed from his ear Predictable but cute His interactions with the older, wiser Mr Beck are some of the best moments in the book, but they re also uneven Hercules s vocabulary is extensive, but he s unfamiliar with certain basic elements of his environment The balance between wordliness and naivete isn t quite achieved properly, so buying into the this is a dog s point of view isn t always maintained.The translation from German to English is the biggest issue with this book Shelley Frisch has a PhD in German literature and has won awards for her scholarly translations including biographies of Einstein, Kafka, and Nietzsche , but this is her first work of light fiction And it really shows The translation is stiff as a board and doesn t sound at all true to the English ear, with clunky sentences abounding, like I run back and forth in a fluster and end up back at Caroline s head She is now lying motionless next to her vomit and You can imagine how I m kicking myself There s no feel for dialogue or emotion at all The story would have benefited deeply from someone translating the translation into contemporary, everyday English, which would lead to a much engaging read.The love story is difficult to follow, too, and I was never quite sure which romantic contender I was supposed to be rooting for The vet The business partner The movie star really The winner seemed to come out of nowhere to me, not at all who I was expecting I m not sure if this is a function of the original narrative being told through a puppy s eyes or if it s again because of the translation.In the end, Puppy Love is a cute book to have on my shelf, and I m still drawn to gaze tenderly at the cover Lacking any sort of substance or unique style, however, Puppy Love doesn t have enough to make it stand out as an interesting read. Love it Two words Cuteness overload Aww, this was so so adorable And not just because of the cover which I wanted to pet every single second LOL But the whole story is cute Herkulus, a sausage dog, tries to find the right man for his mum mistress or whatever with his new best friend Herr Beck, a cat You can imagine how funny this story is Because somehow Carolin, Herkules new mum, has a different taste when it comes to man then Herkules LOLWhat I like about that book is the writing style and all the funny moments I love how the book is told through the eyes of a sausage dog Herkules wonders about humans, how they act and what not The dialogues between him and Beck are sometimes to die for Frauke Scheunemann, part of Anne Hertz, is totally able to pull off a story of her own And I really hope she ll write something that funny and cute again soon Because I want And I want a Herkules for my own.