Friday Face Off : ‘And then there were cats, thought Dog’


As the month of May is Wyrd and Wonder month I’m going to be trying to use fantasy covers for my Friday face Offs.

The details of Wyrd & Wonder can be found here.


IMAGE CREDITS: Flaming phoenix by Sujono Sujono | Decorative phoenix by Tanantachai Sirival

Here we are again with the Friday Face Off meme created by Books by Proxy .  This is a great opportunity to feature some of your favourite book covers.  The rules are fairly simple each week, following a predetermined theme (list below) choose a book (this doesn’t have to be a book that you’ve read), compare a couple of the different covers available for that particular book and choose your favourite.   Future week’s themes are listed below – if you have a cover in mind that you’re really wanting to share then feel free to leave a comment about a future suggested theme.  I’ve also listed events that take place during the year, that I’m aware of, so you can link up your covers – if you’re aware of any events that you think I should include then give me a shout.  This week’s theme:

‘And then there were cats, thought Dog’

A lot of the new themes are open to interpretation which might make choosing the covers and seeing other’s choices very interesting.  I can’t stress enough that this is all about your own interpretation and hopefully this new open feel to the meme will bring a larger selection of books and covers.  It’s not supposed to be hard work, there are no rules, just enjoy yourself.

I’m hoping this week was easy for everyone.  I certainly had no problems finding books to meet this week’s theme and in the spirit of trying to find more recent books have again gone for a title that I read a couple of years ago. The Last Dog on Earth by Adrian J. Walker – I really enjoyed this one, a post apocalyptic tale with a dog playing a key role.  My review is here.  And, here are this week’s coers – not many, see which you like best:

I actually quite like all three of these but for sheer entertainment value I must go with:


Do you have a favourite?

I’ll be updating the list in order to include forthcoming events that I’m aware of so that you can perhaps link your themes up where possible (if you know of an event you’d like to share then let me know in the comments).  As always, if you wish to submit an idea then leave me a comment – or if you’d like to host a week then simply let me know 😀

Next week – a graphic novel cover

Future themes: (if you’re struggling with any of these themes then use a ‘freebie’ or one of your favourite covers) (I’ve added some new themes – some of these are slightly different, in order to avoid too much repetition I’m trying to make the themes more of a suggestion that everyone can interpret how they like.  


May is the month of Wyrd & Wonder and so I will be trying to focus on fantasy book covers:

8th May – graphic novel cover – “Love belongs to Desire, and Desire is always cruel”

15th May – pink – as pink as cotton candy – any cover that is pink

22nd May – Sorrow – a cover that makes you feel sad

29th May – Silhouette – an island, a person, anything you like

5th June – Flight – any type of flight – to flee, to fly

12th June – The bodice ripper – exactly as it seems

19th June – Time – time waits for no one

26th June – Windows – windows to the soul?


The Last Dog on Earth by Adrian J. Walker

lastdogThe Last Dog on Earth was one of those books that I wasn’t really sure about, don’t ask me why, but I went into it with doubts and thought that possibly the run of really good books that I’ve been experiencing lately may well come to an end.  How very wrong I was.  This book was an engrossing and entertaining read.  Told in alternating chapters in the voice of Reginald Hardy and his dog Lineker this is a book that had me gripped, not to mention I nearly cracked a rib laughing at certain elements, and, I turned into that really annoying reader who insists on reading out to their other half certain tidbits or sentences that they found really amusing – even though there is no context whatsoever to the poor beleaguered listener.  Still, it happens and I’m sure I’m not the only one who has this annoying habit and I like to think that I’m spreading the joy a little in such moments.

Before I even start this review I have to hand it to the author for a perfectly executed story.  He drew me in with his witty opening chapters told from a dog’s POV.  Lineker had me laughing out loud, and before I knew it I was hooked and wanting more – and that’s when the author turned up the serious dial.

This is a tale set in London.  A very different London from the one we know now it’s streets have been devastated by war.  Gradually we learn the back story and it’s a story of politics gone mad with hatred resulting in a desperate world where many people are deemed to no longer ‘belong’.  A brutal and unforgiving authority now rules the streets forcing the remaining survivors to take some form of ‘test’ to prove whether or not they’re suitable or not – failure to pass the test usually ends in more than just tears.  I won’t deny the world depicted here is far from pretty and what makes it undoubtedly worse is that horrible fear that maybe this could happen.

At the start of the story we make the acquaintance of Lineker.  Be warned that Lineker’s language can be somewhat colourful and may not be to everyone’s liking. That being said he’s a very entertaining canine and his honesty in relation to his own behaviour and that of his fellow dogs is amusing in the extreme.  Lineker definitely won me over, I loved the elements of his story and the changes he experienced during the course of this tale as his own beliefs were tested.

Reginald is also a very interesting character to read.  Reg has withdrawn into himself, with good reason as we discover whilst reading this book.  He has a certain phobia that makes him avoid people and so whilst the world around him is spiralling into chaos Reg seems to be coping – he has his own apartment, he has food, he has his boundaries that he doesn’t cross and he has man’s best friend, Lineker, to keep him company.  Basically Reg’s own condition has resulted in an almost forced denial of just how bad things have become around him.  It’s like he’s sat with his fingers plugged in his ears singing ‘lalalalalala’ at the top of his voice in order to avoid what’s really going on beyond his own four walls and the front door.  That is until a young girl turns up outside his apartment in need of help.  Reg is determined to ignore this young orphan as she lies perishing outside his door until the voice inside his head eventually convinces him to do the right thing – and his world swiftly turns on it’s head.  Don’t get me wrong now, it takes Reg a long time to come around and in the meantime he can be extremely cowardly, he almost makes you cringe.  His actions will have you shaking your head and wanting to slap him.  He’s flawed.  There it is.

In a way I felt like this was a story of redemption and recovery, it’s bleak but not without hope and that’s an aspect that I really liked.

There’s not too much more I can say about the plot without spoiling it so I’ll simply say that I loved this and highly recommend it.  I don’t know whether to call this dystopian or post apocalyptic but I do know that it’s a story with a lot of heart and soul.  It has it’s moments that are predictable (tbh), there are definitely moments that stretch incredulity to new lengths – particularly in relation to how smart Lineker is – because damn that dog has some knowledge (that being said, how do we know our dogs aren’t really masterminds eh – they have us worked out nicely after all!), and the ending felt a tad rushed.  But, basically, I don’t care because this book just worked for me on all sorts of levels.  I will, without doubt, check out more books by this author and I hope I’ve convinced you to give this a shot – like I said, if bad language is a turn off then it might not be for you – although, as it’s the dog….

I received a copy through Netgalley, courtesy of the publishers, for which my thanks.  The above is my own opinion.