Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Review - Tomorrow by Damian Dibben

Tomorrow by Damian Dibben
Publisher: Harlequin - Hanover Square Press
Publication Date: March 20, 2018
Date Read: February 21, 2018
Length:  336 pages
Source: NetGalley
★★★☆☆
A wise, old dog travels through the courts and battlefields of Europe and through the centuries in search of the master who granted him immortality.

Tomorrow tells the story of a 217 year-old “give or take a year or so” dog traveling in search of his lost master.

His adventures take him through the London Frost Fair, the strange court of King Charles I, the wars of the Spanish succession, Versailles and the world of the Sun-King and to nineteenth century Venice. As he travels through Europe he befriends both animals and humans, falls in love (only once) marvels at the human ability to make music, despairs at their capacity for war and gains insight into both the strength and frailties of the human spirit.

With the rich historical vision of Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell and the captivating canine perspective of A Dog’s Purpose, Tomorrow draws us into a unique, century-spanning tale of the unbreakable connection between dog and human.
My Review

I have to admit that I was a little disappointed by this book.  I went into this book with incredibly high expectations so some of that disappointment is of my own making.  When I first saw this book's cover, I knew that I had to read it.  Then I read the book's synopsis and knew that I would love it.  I ended up liking the book but I didn't love it. 

This is Champion's story and is told from his point of view.  Champion is not just an any dog.  He is immortal and has lived for 217 years.  Champion was separated from his master in Venice over 100 years ago and has spent that time waiting for him as he was told to do.  He has made connections with others and even rescued another dog, Sporco, but he never stops looking for his master. 

The timeline of this story does jump around a bit.  We see Champion after waiting for more than 100 years for his master before going to search for him and we also see different points in the past before they lost each other.  I never found the time sequence to be confusing. It really seemed like the points in the past were important to the story and felt more like memories.  I really liked the historical setting of the novel which spans from the 1600's into the 1800's which I thought added a lot to the story.

I really enjoyed Champion's journey to find his master more than any other part of the book.  Sporco was my favorite character by far and I enjoyed his love of life.  I really felt like Sporco felt much more dog-like than Champion did.  Champion has lived a very long time and is wiser than most humans.  His most dog-like quality would be his loyalty to his master.

The book felt a bit uneven to me with some parts falling flat. I liked the parts of the book that were focused on what the dogs were doing the most.  During the last part of the book, the focus seemed to shift more to the humans as witnessed by the dog which wasn't as enjoyable for me.  There were times that the book felt like it was longer than it needed to be and dragged at points.

I think that a lot of readers will enjoy this one a bit more than I did.  It is a really unique story set in a vividly described period of time.  I didn't love the book as much as I had hoped I would but I am glad that I made the decision to read it.  I would definitely read more of Damian Dibben's works in the future.

I received an advance reader edition of this book from Harlequin - Hanover Square Press via NetGalley.
About the Author

Damian Dibben is the creator of the internationally acclaimed children’s book series The History Keepers, translated into 26 languages in over 40 countries. Previously, he worked as a screenwriter and actor on projects as diverse as The Phantom of the Opera, Puss in Boots and The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones. He lives, facing St. Paul’s Cathedral, on London’s South Bank with his partner, Ali, and dog, Dudley.

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter

27 comments:

  1. An immortal dog? Hmm, sounds exciting though. Though bad you weren't able to enjoy it as much :(

    Vanessa @ Blushing Geek

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  2. I'm not sure it's the right read for me, but I have to say that puppy eyes are quite cute and the premise sounds adventurous enough. Too bad it was disappointing for you :(

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  3. my expectations would have been as high as you to. Sad that it didn't go as well

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    1. I probably set my expectations a little too high for this one.

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  4. What a unique premise. I would have snatched this one up, too, if I'd seen it. I still might, but I'll try to keep in mind about the uneven pacing.

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    1. I do think that a lot of readers will like this one more than I did.

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  5. I just wonder why he is immortal

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  6. sorry it wasn't as good as you thought

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  7. That doggies face is breaking my heart! Too bad you didn't enjoy it more than you did but thanks for the honest review.

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  8. I wish my dogs were immortal - or at least lived as long as I did. You know I have to have this one. Sorry it didn't work out better but sometimes we do set ourselves up huh? I did that with The Hunger - I wanted it to be scarier than it was. Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts.

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    1. How I wish that my dogs could stay with me just a bit longer. You may very well like this one a lot more than I did. I do need to watch how high I set my expectations.

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    2. I think the differences in life spans of humans (75+ years) and dogs (~15 years) is a cruel joke on us by the Creator. Since the domestication of the dog about 15,000 years ago no two species have enjoyed a more mutually rewarding relationship than people and our loving, loyal canine companions. I still love and miss Marlowe, my faithful Border Collie who died in 2002. There is no particular reason dogs only live about 15 years, except that it is encoded in their genes. Declining health, aging, and death by natural causes are not inevitable for all animals after a set number of years. Elephants can live 50 years. Some turtles love much more than 100 years. A kind creator would have ensured dogs could live at least for a few decades, closer to our life spans.

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  9. Oh no. It's disappointing when that happens and it just doesn't quite live up to expectations even if it's still overall okay.

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    1. It really was a little sad that it wasn't as good as I had hoped.

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  10. I hate it when a book isn't as good as I hoped it would be. Cute cover though...

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  11. What an adorable premise though! :) Glad you still enjoyed it, even if you were a little disappointed.

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    1. There were parts of the book that I really liked and the overall premise was great.

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  12. This does sound interesting. I've read a few books where it was a dog POV. They were really fun. But those were funny books (Kevin Hearne), but this doesn't sound funny. Sorry it didn't work out for you.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

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    1. This was not a funny book and I did really enjoy some things about the book.

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  13. Dog lovers may enjoy "Fifteen Dogs" by Canadian writer André Alexis. I loved it ~ my favorite 21st century novel so far. From the POV of multiple dogs, it follows the fate of a group of dogs who are magically granted human intelligence. The novel was the winner of the 2015 Scotiabank Giller Prize and the 2015 Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize, as well as the 2017 edition of Canada Reads. The dogs each have distinct personalities ~ some appealing and sympathetic, others less so. The canine characters are realistic and believable. Highly recommended!

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  14. A preview ==> https://books.google.ca/books/about/Fifteen_Dogs.html?id=Y4D2BwAAQBAJ&printsec=frontcover&source=kp_read_button&redir_esc=y

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