This is not the story of a hero. So begins the story of one of the most distinctive heroes you'll ever meet. Drafted into a war he barely comprehends with no taste for combat, Pup will find himself thrust into the very center of the conflict. How he affects that conflict, and how this changes him and everyone around him, is the soul of this utterly unique war story.Equal parts adventure and farce, tragedy and comedy, PUP introduces an unforgettable accidental hero to war literature, and announces Christopher Slater as a resonant new voice.
WINNER OF THE AUTHORS FIRST NOVEL CONTEST
|Publisher:||Fiction Studio Books|
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About the Author
Christopher Slater was born, raised, and continues to haunt Middle Tennessee. His love of history led him to teaching that subject, which gave him the opportunity to hone his storytelling skills with a captive audience. Once he thought he had sharpened his abilities enough, he decided to start writing for a more voluntary audience. When not writing, Slater enjoys historic reenacting, playing airsoft, and converting oxygen into carbon dioxide. He teaches middle school in Tennessee where he still lives with his entertaining son, very patient wife and a cat that won’t get out of his seat. Pup is his first novel.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
PLOT - Pup is narrated in first person by John Z. Pupulowinazowski (Pup), a college-aged kid who is drafted to fight in the second Korean War, which presumably occurs in our near future. Pup retells his war adventure to his children in a style that's a bit like the sitcom How I Met Your Mother. This is a story of unlikely heroism, dumb luck and unexpected romance. LIKE- The strongest element of Slater's story is Pup's voice. He is a hilarious commentator of the world around him. It's never explicitly stated, but it's inferred that Pup might be mildly autistic. He is task oriented and lacks the ability to read the social cues of others. His situational "dumb luck" is reminiscent of Forrest Gump. Pup is constantly getting himself into a pickle that he manages to escape in the most unlikely way. It's not realistic, but it works in the realm of this story world. I enjoyed the transformation of the fellow soldiers, who went from picking on Pup, to valuing his friendship. Pup is such a darn likeable and innocent character ( I mean his nickname is Pup for goodness sakes, who doesn't like puppies?) that the likeablity drives the story. I kept wanting to read to make sure that he would be okay. He has a sweet romance with a Japanese woman named Mayumi, who is only slightly less of a disaster than Pup. It's a perfect match. DISLIKE- I would have liked more context for the war. There is some background information, when Pup is put on the spot in front of the troops and is asked to explain why he thinks that they're fighting. Still though, I didn't feel like it was enough to satisfy my curiosity. This is a minor complaint in an otherwise wonderful debut. RECOMMEND- Yes! Pup is such a fun read and I look forward to Slater's next novel. Give this strong debut a spot on your bookshelf.
I thoroughly enjoyed the story of Pup. It was clever, unique, hilarious and sorrowful! I thought Pup might remind of Gomer Pyle, but it never did. Rather I found myself feeling like his mother, saddened by a fact that he would no longer be my boy, but a man when he returned home. I loved that the writing seemed self depricating and very tongue in cheek. My favorite part was the airport scene when he first left for Korea. The author depicted a gangly, awkward teenager who seemed to do everything incorrectly and embarrass himself in so doing. However this young man also realized his clumsiness and acjnowledged it. You know the saying, "It is what it is?" This fits a description of this story to a T. Slater often speaks to Pups children as they are reading this book and I found that to be endearing and all a part of Pup's wonderful personna! If you like war stories and if you like to laugh out loud while reading, this just might be the book for you to read. I know I'm getting my grandson Noah a copy and I know he will love it as well. After reading Pup, I can thoroughly agree, it earned the win in the AUTHORS FIRST NOVEL CONTEST! Well done Christopher Slater!
I loved this book (via NOOK). I had a smile on my face through most of the reading --- when I wasn't laughing out loud. Great read --- had a hard time putting the NOOK down and not finishing it quickly. Very entertaining -- Thank You! The latter part of the book dealt more with the horrors of war and brought heartbreaking and heartwarming aspects to the story line. One review mentioned autism. Having a family member with autism, that thought certainly occurred to me as well. I miss Pup. I will remember Pup! Definitely looking forward to Mr. Slater's next book!
A an aging Vietnam vet, it brought back the good and bad memories of a war I usually just try to forget. It was worth reading.
I don't know how to describe this book.