Lily and the Octopus

Lily and the Octopus Creat StevenRowley Viral Ebook Steven Rowley has worked as a freelance writer newspaper columnist and screenwriter Originally from Portland Maine

Lily and the Octopus Creat StevenRowley Viral Ebook Steven Rowley has worked as a freelance writer, newspaper columnist and screenwriter Originally from Portland, Maine, he is a graduate of Emerson College He currently resides in Los Angeles Lily and the Octopus is his first novel and it has been sold in fifteen countries.. Combining the emotional depth of The Art of Racing in the Rain with the magical spirit of The Life of Pi, Lily and the Octopus is an epic adventure of the heart.When you sit down with Lily and the Octopus, you will be taken on an unforgettable ride.The magic of this novel is in the read, and we don t want to spoil it by giving away too many details We can tell you that thCombining the emotional depth of The Art of Racing in the Rain with the magical spirit of The Life of Pi, Lily and the Octopus is an epic adventure of the heart.When you sit down with Lily and the Octopus, you will be taken on an unforgettable ride.The magic of this novel is in the read, and we don t want to spoil it by giving away too many details We can tell you that this is a story about that special someone the one you trust, the one you can t live without.For Ted Flask, that someone special is his aging companion Lily, who happens to be a dog Lily and the Octopus reminds us how it feels to love fiercely, how difficult it can be to let go, and how the fight for those we love is the greatest fight of all.Remember the last book you told someone they had to read Lily and the Octopus is the next one.. A viral Books Lily and the Octopus congratulations! semifinalist in goodreads' best fiction AND debut author categories 2016!i added this book to my to-read list back when i heard about it, but it was one of those wobbly to-read intentions - the plan was to wait for it to be released and check out the reviews on here before committing one way or another. in general, books whose blurbs gush about how "moving" the story is and gleefully relate how many tissues you will need to get through it are not a selling point for me. books that are "heartbreaking" never break my heart because it's hard for me to sustain emotional connections with the books i read. i can identify where the sad beats are, but they unfortunately don't work on me, and since so many of these supposedly emotionally draining books are about dogs, i was concerned that this would be just one more schmaltzy, emotionally manipulative addition to the dog p.o.v. movement* where everyone has a good cry but me. but this book is not *just* a tearjerker, and it mostly stays on the good side of cutesy. it's about a man named ted and a dog named lily and the octopus that threatens the boundless ocean of their love for each other. stupid octopus. it's pretty much a page-four reveal, but i'm not going to go into more detail about that. but i will say that lily is an absolute delight, and ted's - well, not a delight, but he's very sympathetic, and his love for lily is so raw and fierce that you're just as likely to choke up at the happy-sweet parts as the sad ones. like i said, i can identify where humans will experience emotions even if i don't feel them myself. and yet - wonder of all wonders - this book did indeed give me a tear. on the subway, on my way home to my own little beastie-cat, i sprung a leak and i felt one warm droplet escape my eyeball, and it made me so happy! which is totally backwards, i know, but it's a relief to know it's not that i'm broken; but that authors just aren't trying hard enough to reach me. There you are, said my eyeball. it's a sweet book, but not a flimsy one. it's not perfect, but it's much less self-indulgently twee than i'd feared, and it's as funny as it is sad, which is a nice balance for a book about grieving to strike. i say go for it, even if the thought of entertainment marketed as tearjerkers makes you feel bored inside. because you never know - it might be the day your own plumbing breaks down! at any rate, there's some cuteness to be had:WHAT! IS! THIS! COZY! BOX! THIS! WOULD! MAKE! A! GREAT! BED! FOR! ME! I! LOVE! ITS! SIDES! AND! THIS! ELASTIC! STRAP!"That is a suitcase. I have to put my things in it so I can travel.""Great. I'm already in it, so you're ready to go!""Sadly, I can't have you in it. It's for my clothes and shoes and shaving kit.""Why can't I be in it? I am one of your things!"I sat down beside the suitcase and scratched the back of her head, between her ears. "You are, in fact, my most treasured thing." She raised her nose in the air and squinted her eyes. "But you're going to stay nearby and have an adventure of your own."Lily looked at me with her soulful, almond-shaped eyes. "We're going on different adventures?"oh my god awwwwwwwmaggie is my most treasured thing.*when everyone knows that the ONLY good book that has a dog p.o.v. is Heroic Measures. which is also a dachshund, come to think of it.**************************************UPDATE*A! SINGLE! TEAR!and twenty pages to go! thank you for making me cry, book! ************************************you want me to cry, book?? go on, let's see whatchoo got... do your worst.

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  1. Steven Rowley has worked as a freelance writer, newspaper columnist and screenwriter Originally from Portland, Maine, he is a graduate of Emerson College He currently resides in Los Angeles Lily and the Octopus is his first novel and it has been sold in fifteen countries.

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  1. congratulations semifinalist in best fiction AND debut author categories 2016 i added this book to my to read list back when i heard about it, but it was one of those wobbly to read intentions the plan was to wait for it to be released and check out the reviews on here before committing one way or another in general, books whose blurbs gush about how moving the story is and gleefully relate how many tissues you will need to get through it are not a selling point for me books that are heartbreaki [...]


  2. I DID NOT WANT TO CRY TODAY DAMN IT Some spoilers I put off reading this book for some time I would look over at the book in my stacks and say.t today Because I knew I was going to cry And I cried and cried some I added some pics of me and my dog This book is about Lily and Ted, they are best friends She is his dog and I m getting ready to cry again The love that Ted had for Lily is so very beautiful I could feel all of the pain Ted had in the book I could enjoy the happy, silly times I had tho [...]


  3. Lily and the Octopus was hysterical before it became sad The audio version is as good as audio gets Actor, Michael Urie, absolutely hit this out of the ballpark People tell me they don t like audio, they tried audio a long time ago but it didn t work for them or they ask me what book is good on audio since I listen to so many of them I m here to tell you that THIS BOOK is 10 Star audio If you want to give audio a try look no further Michael Urie makes this story come to life So why 4 Stars inste [...]


  4. This is a very cute story about a man and his beloved dachshund You probably already know what happens, as is the nature of these kinds of books, but it was far less cheesy than it might have been Rather than spending too long on emotional manipulation, the book focuses on Ted Flask a lonely, middle aged gay man who loves no one as much as his dog It s this part of the story that really makes it a tearjerker The for want of a better word pathetic nature of Ted s love is heart wrenching, so than [...]


  5. Here I go, bucking the flow of the majority opinion Lily and the Octopus did not work for me Quirky books are generally favourites of mine I am a pile of mush over dog stories But somehow this missed the mark badly I am Not a fan This is not a story about a dog This book does not remotely resemble The Art of Racing in the Rain , aside from the thin comparisons that a dog and people interact, and there are teary moments Lily and the Octopus is the story of a very self absorbed man, his love life, [...]


  6. Lily is nuzzled into my armpit as I lie on top of the covers in my own bed She s radiating heat like the sun, but as long as she s comfortable I m not going to move My sweat is cementing us together I find the idea of adhesive, the idea of her being tethered to me, comforting Given so many people have read this book before me I ll try to add a few other things that I didn t read in other reviews other than, I really loved it as many other readers have too This book is sweet, lovable, schmaltzy, [...]


  7. You can t say I wasn t warned First of all, dog stories tend to have sad endings Then on the first page you learn that Lily, the dachshund is 12 years old, 84 in people years Again, not promising Then Ted, the human, notices the octopus tumor on her head So we have a 300 page novel about a 12 year old dog with cancer, how did I think it was going to end Especially when I cried the first time on page 26 Yes, I knew it would end badly, because dogs don t live as long as we do, and because we give [...]


  8. I don t really know how to rate this novel.Spoilerish review.I m sure many will love this novel I m not sure I did Actually, I know I didn t I didn t hate it either It was readable but I became tired of the forty two year old Ted obsessing and waxing lyrically about his dachshund, Lily Lily is twelve years old and at the end of her life She s got a tumour on her head the Octopus The majority of the novel is about Ted either reminiscing about Lily as a puppy, or talking about their mundane, tedio [...]


  9. Ted Flask is a 42 year old writer who is recovering from a breakup with his longtime partner He is lonely and isolated but his best friend Lily, a 12y old dachshund makes his life worth living He and Lily share everything, good times and bad, pizza and monopoly nights, icecream and movies When Ted discovers that Lily has an octopus growing on her head he realises the time he has left with Lily may be cut all too short.This is one for dog lovers and anyone who has had to part with an aging furry [...]


  10. Just lately I have started to realise that I do not always care for magical realism, especially when it takes over what is otherwise a very enjoyable book Consequently when the Octopus of the title started to take over this book I started to enjoy it less.Anyway the book begins brilliantly and I enjoyed the little anecdotes about Lily as a pup and about Ted himself Talking to the dog and having the dog answer was just part of the fun All was going well and then the Octopus arrived That was okay [...]


  11. 3.75 Having raised 4 dachshunds myself I could not pass this one up It s a unique, funny, charming, quirky, defensive, obsessive, and problematic story, just like the breed itself A fictional tail about a man named Ted and his beloved weiner dog Lily, but since the author really had a dog by that name, no doubt a lot of truth throughout the pages and a loving tribute to her.If you re not a dog lover, or take the Caesar Milan all due respect or the detached It s just a dog no due respect approach [...]



  12. Anthropomorphism reigns supreme in this novel, which initially read like a memoir Perhaps that s because it is apparently semi autobiographical Well, parts of it, anyway.Anyone who has loved an animal can understand battling for that animal s life, whether the threat is in the form of a tumor or an octopus.However, the whole octopus thing got old long before it got completely out of control The protagonist waxes poetic about the octopus when I want to know what the vet said, what Ted is going to [...]


  13. Friends, let me tell you right now, if you are a dog or an animal lover you are going to flat out ugly cry over Lily and the Octopus I mean snot running down your face, inconsolable, nothing will ever be ok again sobbing.The other thing I will tell you is that you will be so, so glad you read it It s a beautiful work of literary fiction about the nature of life and love told with a lot of humor and sadness As the description says, the joy of this particular book is in the reading of it A summary [...]


  14. You can read all of my reviews at Lit.Wit.Wine.Dine.Lily and the Octopus opens on a Thursday evening Ted knows it was a Thursday because that s the day he and Lilly, his beloved dachshund, reserve for talking about boys they think are cute They don t always agree but they do tend toward younger men He suddenly notices the octopus On Lily s head He s not sure how or when it came to reside there and he clearly feels some guilt over not having noticed it sooner He, of course, understands what the o [...]


  15. 4 BEGIN THE STORY OF ME NetGalley requested no quoting from preview copy, but I just had to sorry The me of this command is Lily, a small, elderly 87 in people years, we re told Dachsund, Ted s relentlessly loving, entertaining companion Ted s love for Lily is just as relentless Even if it hurts Even when it hurts Lily was the runt of her litter, and she chose Ted He says he couldn t tell all the brothers and sisters apart tumbling over one another like noodles in a pot of boiling water a pile o [...]



  16. The very best thing about dogs is how they just know when you need them most, and they ll drop everything that they re doing to sit with you a while It s true So true That s what my beagle do Though my dog is only two years and a half old right now, I already get myself ready that that day will come One day it will be my turn This book is just for everyone who owns dog or those who love to read sweet relationship between human and animal It has the fantasy element in it, which is awesome to me I [...]


  17. Beautifully written, funny, sad, charming, and, for anybody who s loved a dog, so achingly familiar it s hard to contain The book, a love story, requires a surrender to imagination There is a point where it goes from shallow imagination to deep ocean seas You can fight it the moment was so sudden that my first impulse was No But then I said What the hey and dove I recommend diving, swimming, and letting the waters do with you what they may.Postscript I ve had three dogs in my adulthood.Here s Ma [...]


  18. EXCERPT The octopus has a good grip and clings tightly over her eye It takes me a minute, but I gather my nerve and poke it It s harder than I would have imagined Less like a water balloon, like bone It feels subcutaneous, yet there it is, out in the open for all to see I count its arms, turning Lily s head around to the back, and sure enough, there are eight The octopus looks angry as much as out of place Aggressive perhaps is a better word Like it is announcing itself and would like the room [...]


  19. Rowley presents a heart filled story about Lily the dachshund and her owner, Edward Ted Flask As the novel opens, Flask introduces the reader to Lily and the octopus that sits atop her head This unwelcome cephalopod overtakes Flasks life as he ponders its intrusion into the daily joy he and Lily have created There is also the undertone of necessary medical options to rid Lily of this most horrendous visitor Flask switches between flashback moments that include all of his time with Lily and the c [...]


  20. I love Lily And hate the Octopus And Animal Surgical and Emergency Center p 252 is a real place Been there Many times.Congratulations to author Steven Rowley on the success of his first book I think he did an excellent job in telling story of Ted Flask and his delightful doxie, Lily One of my favorite things about the story is how Lily s thoughts voice are depictedexample how Lily describes her first taste of icecream THIS IS AMAZING WE MUST HAVE THIS TO LICK EVERY SINGLE DAY This depiction is a [...]


  21. If you are a dog lover, you are going to love this book But be sure to have the tissues handy as you read Lily is a sweet twelve year old dachshund whose owner Ted suddenly notices has a large lump on her head Ted can t face calling it a lump or a tumor so he thinks of it as an octopus instead Ted is a gay man in his early forties who lives alone so Lily is pretty much his whole world, not counting his mother, sister, and best friend who are, of course, living their own busy lives So Ted decides [...]


  22. So sad Knew going into it would be sad.It started ended well but the bit in between with the octopus going away to sea Not for me at all Hate magical realism


  23. The story opens with Ted discovering his beloved dachshund has an abnormal growth, which is referred to as an octopus for much of the book I liked the beginning chapters and thought the conversations between Lily and Ted were cute Midway through I found myself not liking the story as much for these reasons Even at the beginning of the book, there were hints about Ted s rather self absorbed personality view spoiler In everyone s shock, they forget to ask about Lily I just sip my champagne and rol [...]


  24. Ted meets Lily, a dachshund, when she is just twelve weeks old Ted falls deeply in love with Lily and they form a bond that s deeper than most friendships So when Ted experiences the breakup of a long term relationship, he relies heavily on his love for Lily to get him through He dedicates his time to game nights, movie nights and long discussions with his dog.Beneath the surface of this story, is a deeper one It s about learning to let go and dealing with different levels of loss It s about ope [...]


  25. NEW UPDATE Nov.8, 2016 Dear Friends, Please consider voting for Lily and the Octopus as the BEST NEW AUTHOR in 2016 CHOICE AWARDS Please note, this is MY opinion, no one made me say this, under any circumstances Well, I d might do it if Lily herself spoke to me but I wouldn t tell anyone about that, not even Steven Mmm.Update June 7, 2016, The Audiobook is out today and it s FANTASTIC Michael Urie Ugly Betty The Good Wife is the reader, and he s perfect for this book Excellent voice, so well don [...]


  26. First, I would like to thank Simon Schuster Canada for providing me with an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review as part of their Summer Fiction Blog Tour.3.5 stars rated downI m not really sure how to go about reviewing Lily the Octopus Was it a good book Yes Was it well written Yes I think the problem for me is that I couldn t really relate to it at all I m sure that there are countless readers who enjoyed the hell out of this novel Readers who could relate to it and who understo [...]


  27. 4.5 stars rounded up.Have you ever loved an animal Felt the unquestionable love and devotion of a dog Looked into a pair of eyes, not human, and thought this is the person who understands me better than anyone else on earth If you have, this is a book for you.I m not sure what I was expecting when I requested this book from my library, but I know I got than I had anticipated I felt the anguish of Ted in his struggle to save Lily from the octopus and in his own struggles to have a genuine life, [...]



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