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kindle ê The Last Dog on Earth Ò Paperback ↠ hannahredhead Á Every dog has its dayAnd for Lineker a happy go lucky mongrel from Peckham the day the world ends is his finally a chance to prove to his owner just how loyal he can beReg an agoraphobic writer with an obsession for nineties football plansBeReg an agoraphobic writer with an obsession for nineties football plans to wait out the impending doom in his second floor flat hiding himself away from the riots o In a weird moment of book related synchronicity I finished one book that has a dog as a character only to immediately start another that also features a dog front and centre The Last Dog on Earth the latest from Adrian J Walker is exactly what it promises to be; the tale of one man his dog and the end of the worldLineker is most loyal mutt you are ever likely to meet He will do anything for his human companion Reg He implicitly trusts the man he shares his life with In fact I’d go further he idolises Reg Lineker thinks humans are so consistently amazing in everything that we do so how can Reg be anything other than perfect? It turns out dogs are far cleverer than we give them credit for In their own uniue way our four legged friends are a philosophical bunch They understand most things; their brains are like sponges when it comes to inputThe sad truth of the matter is that Reg is a bit of a mess The world outside his tiny flat has gone to hell but he is almost entirely oblivious A personal trauma has left him all but broken and he copes with this by choosing to be alone He wants nothing than to avoid all human contact As long as it is just Lineker and him Reg is ok I always find myself fascinated when an author captures those minute details that define a character Even the simplest gesture or turn of phrase can speak volumes Reg is very precise and his dismay whenever that precision is uestioned or ignored feels palpable It is just another well realised example of the coping mechanisms he has developed in order to surviveAt the heart of The Last Dog on Earth is the dynamic that exists between Lineker and Reg The story is told from each of their perspectives as alternate chapters feature their point of view We get to see how both interpret events differently Lineker is all boundless enthusiasm and excitement he is a dog after all while Reg is introspective almost paranoid I particularly love the way the character of Lineker comes across I know we’ll never know exactly how our pets think and I fully appreciate that we anthropomorphise their actions but there is a part of me that hopes the way Lineker thinks is exactly what goes through the minds of all dogsI have a special place in my heart when it comes to the end of the world Rather than focusing on a huge apocalyptic event The Last Dog in the World looks at societal collapse due to the rise of the political extremism What with the current state of affairs in the UK and elsewhere it makes some of the content feel eerily plausible Snippets of the unpleasant rhetoric spouted by the story’s villains sounds like it could be coming right out the mouths of our politicians I never expected a book about one man and his dog to be uite so topicalScattered throughout the narrative there are genuinely emotive moments Reg and Lineker both slowly change as they leave the safety of their uiet little life I’m always impressed when fiction manages to be so affecting Reg’s history is also explored and the reasons he is the way he is are ultimately revealed You get a real sense of what makes this forlorn shadow of a man tick In all honesty faced with the things he has had to face I don’t imagine I would have fared any better Sometimes we can be so damaged by the outside world the only option when it comes to self preservation is to retreat from everything and everyone The only lifeline Reg has in his life is his dog Watching how he desperately clings to that single connection is rivetingThe Last Dog on Earth caught me completely unaware I had no expectations going in as I’ve not read any of Adrian J Walker’s other work I was impressed The story was great the characters are memorable and there is plenty of insight into the nature of humanity and how we view ourselves and others

Adrian J. Walker õ The Last Dog on Earth epub

UtsideBut when an abandoned orphan shows up in the stairwell of their building Reg and Lineker must brave the outside in order to save not only the child but themselv Neither of the two main characters Lineker or Reginald is likeable Lineker the Dog is a foul mouth philosopher Reginald the owner is a socially awkward hermit and coward The story essentially retells the Nazi holocaust but set in 21st century London One annoyance is that the theme—that fear and ignorance are dangerous prejudice is bad and love is good—is too explicit and dominant throughout; from beginning to end Lineker’s narration is just a lecture on human nature and on the choice between being an ally or Nazi Here is my scoresheet for the The Last Dog on Earth 1 Story 252 Writing 453 Originality 354 Characters 255 Set pieces 356 Suspense 357 Ending 458 Relationships romantic or otherwise 459 Dialogue 25

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The Last Dog on EarthEvery dog has its dayAnd for Lineker a happy go lucky mongrel from Peckham the day the world ends is his finally a chance to prove to his owner just how loyal he can This was the May group read for the group Apocalypse Whenever is the second time we this group has read this author I have enjoyed each time He writes these amazing not terribly likeable people and they have great growth and by the end you are on their team This was just so good I loved the perspective from Lineker the dog He is outstanding He also has a foul mouth I imagine most dogs do The things that happened in this book are terrifying It was a bit too real for comfort You will yell at Reginald in the beginning but by the end you are weeping for him I might have cried once or twice I definitely wrung my hands I get worried and I put the book down rub my hands my face take a deep breath and jump back in I highly recommend this I also recommend his other novel The End of the World Running Club