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Alison Goodman's first novel in a very special new edition Seventeen year old Joss is a rebel and a student of time travel at the prestigious Centre for Neo Historical Studies This year for the first time the Centre has an alien student Mavkel from. As seen on The ReadventurerSinging the Dogstar Blues is that rare specimen of YA fiction called science fiction That s right not dystopia or rather dystopian romance not sci fi romance but real deal sci fi There are no love triangles in it no angst no moping around boys Gee no wonder nobody read it My library book was bought 6 years and looks as if nobody ever even touched it Joss Aaronson is a 1st year student at a time travel school She is about to be paired up with her permanent TT partner who would accompany her on all her adventures Her partner turns out to be the first alien admitted to the TT school Mavkel For some reason he feels Joss is his perfect mate Mavkel s race is deeply dual Its species live in telepathically connected pairs Mavkel needs to establish a psychic connection with Joss without which he can t exist After several failed attempts to connect the couple s last resort is to travel back into the past to seek the missing ingredient to assist their unionGreat things about Singing the Dogstar Blues1 time travel I craved of it though2 aliens Mavkel is the cutest alien with a fab personality and the whole concept of his society is very curious3 futuristic setting loved the cyberpunky feel of it4 emphasis on developing of friendship instead of romance5 a heroine who kicks ass and who is rebellious without being annoying6 mystery yes an actual mystery involving assassins sperm donors and DNAI mean what s not to like here Why aren t there books like this It is always such a pleasure to read teen books that are both entertaining light and not dumb I can t read Le Guin s complex and thought provoking sci fi all the time right Some fun teen sci fi is necessary too Blackmailed Into the Greek Tycoons Bed (International Billionaires, year for the first time the Centre has an alien student Mavkel from. As seen on The ReadventurerSinging the Dogstar Blues is that rare specimen of YA fiction called science fiction That s right not dystopia or rather dystopian romance not sci fi romance but real deal sci fi There are no love triangles in it no angst no moping around boys Gee no wonder nobody read it My library book was bought 6 Her Husbands Christmas Bargain years and looks as if nobody ever even touched it Joss Aaronson is a 1st The Geography of Witchcraft year student at a time travel school She is about to be paired up with her permanent TT partner who would accompany her on all her adventures Her partner turns out to be the first alien admitted to the TT school Mavkel For some reason he feels Joss is his perfect mate Mavkel s race is deeply dual Its species live in telepathically connected pairs Mavkel needs to establish a psychic connection with Joss without which he can t exist After several failed attempts to connect the couple s last resort is to travel back into the past to seek the missing ingredient to assist their unionGreat things about Singing the Dogstar Blues1 time travel I craved of it though2 aliens Mavkel is the cutest alien with a fab personality and the whole concept of his society is very curious3 futuristic setting loved the cyberpunky feel of it4 emphasis on developing of friendship instead of romance5 a heroine who kicks ass and who is rebellious without being annoying6 mystery Hold On To Me yes an actual mystery involving assassins sperm donors and DNAI mean what s not to like here Why aren t there books like this It is always such a pleasure to read teen books that are both entertaining light and not dumb I can t read Le Guin s complex and thought provoking sci fi all the time right Some fun teen sci fi is necessary too

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Ules and that means going back in time to change history This new Firebird edition of Alison Goodman's acclaimed first genre bending adventure features a short story about Joss and Mav's after book adventures originally published in Firebirds Risin. 35 starsI had attempted to read this once before but that was back when my reading horizons were fairly narrow and I was the sort of uninformed moron who when presented with science fiction automatically thought Wait what if nerd hunters drive by and tran and tag me 1 I only made it through a few pages before putting it aside Maybe it just wasn t the right book at the time Whatever the case I m probably still a moron but hopefully a slightly open minded and informed one This time I read straight through uite uickly and I found a lot to like in this novel It s fast paced and engaging and despite the light tone of the narration it s clear that Goodman has put a lot of careful thought into the concepts that flesh out the story Singing The Dogstar Blues takes place in Melbourne of the distant future where spirited protagonist Joss is attending an elite time travel program at the university s Centre for Neo Historical Studies When she is partnered with the centre s first alien student Mavkel Joss is drawn into a race to break the rules and alter the course of history While the plot is inventive and kept me guessing Goodman deals with a range of interesting issues in this novel albeit in a brisk manner One of the most interesting elements of the story is Mavkel and Joss changing dynamic over the course of the story Mavkel is a character who s world is marked by duality gender birth pairs etc and interconnectedness a broken bond between a pair usually results in death while Joss is a solitary and somewhat prickly character who has her own complex reasons for spurning personal attachments By thrusting these two together in a situation where they are compelled to work together Goodman forces Joss to acknowledge certain truths about herself and re examine her existing connections with others I really enjoyed the exploration of the cultural emotional and physical differences between Mavkel and Joss particularly Goodman s take on Chorian gender and the discussion around gender pronouns Similarly there s an interesting use of social class in the story and Joss position as a comp a child created using donors and genetic manipulation that lends the novel a subtle gravity This book is a lot of fun and I thought Goodman s worldbuilding was creative and fresh I m not sure I m ualified to comment on her use of a rubber band theory of time travel because timey stuff makes my head hurt after a while but I think I grasped the concept here better than in say Looper which made me ask so many uestions I wanted to bash my head against a wall The climax felt a little rushed to me with the action and subseuent denouement falling into place at breakneck speed but Goodman handles the final twists and revelations well which makes for a surprising and clever ending If you re looking for an intriguing sci fi without romantic or dystopian trimmings I d definitely recommend this 1 Why yes I have been watching a lot of Veronica Mars lately Let Sleeping Dogs Lie you re looking for an intriguing sci fi without romantic or dystopian trimmings I d definitely recommend this 1 Why Secret Agent Minister and Deadly Texas Rose yes I have been watching a lot of Veronica Mars lately

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The planet Choria And Mavkel has chosen Joss of all people as his roommate and study partner Then Mavkel gets sick Joss uickly realizes that his will to live is draining away The only way she can help Mavkel is by breaking the Centre's strictest r. 3 starsThere are a definitely a few parts of this book that I would give a five star rating to This book is exciting irreverent and fun and I practically inhaled it Unfortunately it s one of those cases of okayyes yesYESoh Eh The ending leaves a lot to be desired in my opinion It feels really sheared off and over simplified In general I am especially lately very weary of every single book being stretched and stretched as far as possible into long series However this is one case where I was left wanting much much I love the main character Joss is subversive and independent and smart and she plays a mean harmonica She has been kicked out of twelve boarding schools but thanks to her mother s generous donations she has been accepted into a prestigious training program for time travelers this is the kind of Connie Willis type time travel that s operated by universities and used for historical research Earth has a delicate relationship with the Chorians an alien race that has the ability to communicate telepathically and consists entirely of twin pairs The Chorians are interested in obtaining the technology for time travel so they send Mavkel an outcast singleton alien to attend the training program When Mavkel and Joss are paired for training self reliant Joss must cope with a partner that is used to constant closeness and sharing and is grieving for his lost twinI really was starting to fall in love with Mavkel too but I would have liked to see of him I am intrigued by the pairing of a misanthropic girl with a vulnerably open alien who comes from a place where the word secret has no meaning I would love to see JossMavkel adventuresthey could travel through history solving crimes and hitting the hippest blues clubs time travel to the future is never addressed I would definitely read thatI do have a few little forewarnings about this book though For one it has made up slang which I know can annoy some readers But every word that she has crafted seems very intuitive like screte shit It also has some grade A sci fi nerdery A because the time travel is never really explained There s aliens futuristic gizmos a science experiment gone horribly rightyou get the picture But there are also elements that I am familiar with in a contemporary YA novel like a girl coming to terms with her parents abandonment and a nice little side reference to the AIDS epidemic And for my friends that prefer their YA s with adventure and less romance this one is for you There s absolutely no romance in this bookPerfect Musical PairingSpoon All I Got is Me Spoon s rough playful sound really reminds me of Joss I really wanted to have some sort of harmonica reference but I kept being drawn back to Spoon I think that this is the kind of music that Joss would like going when she just hangs out This song is my ode to her loneliness transformed into suspicious self reliance

  • Paperback
  • 336
  • Singing the Dogstar Blues
  • Alison Goodman
  • English
  • 03 November 2017
  • 9780142416426

10 thoughts on “Singing the Dogstar Blues

  1. says:

    ► Aren't you tired of YA scifi novels that breed gorgeous aliens as if their intergalactic lives depended on it? You she said are literally the most gorgeous thing I've ever seen The Alienated disaster► Aren't you tired of watching every one of these MCs morphing the book into some love triangle ish Human vs

  2. says:

    As seen on The ReadventurerSinging the Dogstar Blues is that rare specimen of YA fiction called science fiction That's right not dystopia or rather dystopian romance not sci fi romance but real deal sci fi There are no love triangles in it no angst no moping around boys Gee no wonder nobody read it My library book was bought 6 years and looks as if nobody ever even touched it Joss Aaronson is a 1st year student at a time travel school She

  3. says:

    For me this book balances science fiction humour and interesting characters in a way that grabbed me far than any Douglas Adams book ever did To be honest the author had me at flappy eared alienScience fiction when it is told well is easily one of my favourite genres but too much of it turns into some crappy dystopian romance or is written f

  4. says:

    I’m always on the lookout for a fun space related story Singing the Dogstar Blues isn’t set in space but there is a very futuristic feel to

  5. says:

    3 ½ starsThere are a definitely a few parts of this book that I would give a five star rating to This book is exciting irreverent and fun and I practically inhaled it Unfortunately it’s one of those cases of “okayyes yesYESoh Eh” The ending leaves a lot to be desired in my opinion It feels really sheared off and over simplified In general I am especially lately very weary of every single book being stre

  6. says:

    I love reading standalones but I'd also love to read in this world

  7. says:

    35 starsI had attempted to read this once before but that was back when my reading horizons were fairly narrow and I was the sort of uninformed

  8. says:

    Read and reviewed first on November 1st 2011 Flappy eared double nosed telepathic aliens music danger time travel friendship in unex

  9. says:

    A very charming light and funny little book YA sci fi real YA sci fi not romance disguised as sci fi is still a rare thing to find and I very much enjoyed this story about time travel aliens a DNA mystery and an unlikely friendship Joss is spunky and rebellious without being annoying Mavkel a very fascinating and endearing character I loved

  10. says:

    It’s been a while since I’ve read a straight up science fiction YA novel and yet SINGING THE DOGSTAR BLUES proves to be one of the best of its genre With a great protagonist and a fully realized world this small book wi

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