Monday, August 6, 2012

The Fitzy Resolution: A Review

When I was contacted in regards to reviewing The Fitzy Resolution by A.D. DeSena, I was a bit hesitant. I'm a slow reader. I have maybe 20 minutes before bed to read (on my commute, I read the pet blogs--and I email myself the posts I feel compelled to comment on, because my phone is crap, and this is why there's a delay in my comments, but now I'm getting way off topic, and I don't think anyone expects me to be swift at this point anyway).

What just happened there? Allow me to shake that off...

Yes, I thought it would take me a long time to read The Fitzy Resolution because of my schedule. I also assumed because it's a book about politics, it might be a tiny bit challenging.

Of course, it is a book about dog-on-dog politics, which you might take for being easy breezy. I, on the other hand, figure this kind of thing will go over my head. It sounded complicated, like there would be thinking and intricate plot lines and possibly having to remember things I learned in high school social studies classes.

And I was right. Granted, I'm the really annoying person who makes her husband pause shows like 24, Heroes, Person of InterestBrad Meltzer's Decoded, and Royal Pains (I'm sorry, but those Boris story lines confuse me to no end) to have them explained to her. The bar is not set very high. Not that I'm a total dummy or anything. I hope you know what I mean.

The Fitzy Resolution was a bit too complicated for me. There are a lot of characters; there are multiple arcs happening at the same time. If that's not enough, there are the political/societal details and the bits of canine language.

That's not to say that there weren't parts that grabbed and held my attention. DeSena's take on the way dogs receive and perceive scent is unlike anything I've heard before, and the descriptions involving those moments are rather vivid. It's easy to picture everything happening in front of you. There are also gripping fight scenes and many moments that will make you honestly sad (like a section involving some very nasty humans).

You may not even realize the animal welfare messages threaded throughout the book. In fact, in the end, I began to wonder if Desmond wasn't longing for something I can't give him--about which I will say no more. You should read it yourself.

Even though I may have missed some of the more subtle things going on in the book, I do recommend The Fitzy Resolution to anyone who has no trouble following multifaceted stories.

I did understand it all enough to think that a lot of work must have gone into planning it out and writing it. The main character, Senator Casey, seemed real, as though I could go meet her tomorrow at the dog park if I wanted to. (She's very savvy and her actions more than once made me look at my non-Rhodes Scholar dog and shake my head, although I realize it is unfair to compare my dog to a fictional character.)

I commend DeSena for having the brain power to create what is absolutely the most unique book I've read, not just about dogs but in general.

The thing for me is just that I like my fiction reading to be lighter/less complex. When I'm reading non-fiction, which I actually read more of than I do fiction, I don't mind having to pay attention, but I turn to fiction for a break from that.

If you'd like a completely different take on the book, head over to Kristine's review at Rescued Insanity. She understood the whole thing, no problem. :-)

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