I don't get the "religious" comment from another reviewer...the sheep's consensus of what souls are and who God is are quite hilarious, like their interpretations of human romance and other baffling behaviors. I also didn't think it was too cutesy. The tale does stumble a bit in the beginning, probably due to the characters starting out unfocused and easily distracted (they are grieving sheep!), but Swann's writing is good enough to get the reader through some rough patches. There are deep internal struggles in there, too, like Richard Adams wrote so vividly in Watership Down and The Plague Dogs. On the whole, the tone is more lighthearted, like a wry British cozy mystery.
This was a very funny and interesting book about detective sheep who want to find out who killed their shepherd. There is a bit of religion to the story, but it's not a religuous story. Those silly sheep get it (and most everything else skewed) in a hilariously way. They seem to get everything all wrong, yet, in the end, they get it all right. I would definitely compare this to a Richard Adams "Watership Down" type book...although maybe not quite as involved at that. Still, a great read with an interesting twist on murder mysteries.
This was a little quirky but compelling. The premise is that a flock of sheep investigate the murder of their sheperd. Some of the conclusions that they 'jump' to are very interesting considering they don't have the human experience to relate to. Well written and will keep you guessing.
This is a cute book about a flock of sheep who decide to bring about "JUSTICE!" when they find their shepherd dead in their field. The perspective of humans from the sheep's point of view is sometimes downright hilariuos, particularly with their complete misunderstandings about religion!
But other times it seems to flounder around a bit. I think that the author tries to bring too many individual personalities from the flock into the story, and that coupled with the suspects makes the tale a bit confusing. But overall it's a delightful, light read.
First Line: "He was healthy yesterday," said Maude. Her ears twitched nervously.
George has always treated his sheep more like humans than animals. He reads to them every day, he talks to them, he makes sure they're healthy and have plenty of the best fodder and grazing. It's no wonder that his flock is upset when they find him murdered out in the field. What you may find surprising is that they vow to find George's killer.
Led by Miss Maple (the cleverest sheep in all of Glennkill, Ireland), the sheep find clues and try their best to make sense of the humans around them. The entire flock of sheepy characters have to learn to work together, and to summon all their courage, in order to find justice.
This is probably a good time to inform all of you that I normally do not like talking animal books. (At least not since I was five or six!) I have to make an exception for this one. It had me thinking, smiling and chuckling as I turned the pages.
The book begins with a cast of characters, listing each sheep by name and its characteristics, but after that initial glance, I never referred to it. Swann makes each sheep an easily remembered individual. The investigation wanders a bit from time to time, but there are flashes of brilliance in an often humorous tale. This debut by German author Leonie Swann marks her as a writer to watch.
This is one of the most delightful, innocent and sweet books I've read in my life. Insightful and downright histerical, it's not only a mystery but it's about the community and the relationship of each person with the "flock" and even with God. This book made me smile and made me tear up and made me think about the things that really matter - I don't think I'll ever see a cloud in the sky without thinking of these sheep.