The Lord God Made Them All (All Creatures Great and Small #7) DNF@10%

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Title:         The Lord God Made Them All
Series:       All Creatures Great and Small #7
Author:     James Herriot
Rating:      Unrated
Genre:       Non-fiction
Pages:       388
Format:    Digital Edition

 

Synopsis:

Even more stories from the Vet. And apparently he goes to Russia, or something.

 

My Thoughts:

I abandoned this at the 10% mark. I just couldn’t take any more cutesy stories about animals or the people. The people just pissed me off. So I endured for almost 40 pages. Then when he starts off about him going to Russia, and preparing his reader for that adventure, I just gave up.

Almost 400 pages was too much and I had really reached my limit of animal stories about 2 books ago. Nothing wrong with this book, hence the Unrated rating. I am using this as a lesson to teach myself when I need to abandon a series sooner.

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Vet in a Spin (All Creatures Great and Small #6)

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Title: Vet in a Spin
Series: All Creatures Great and Small #6
Author: James Herriot
Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Genre: Non-Fiction
Pages: 224
Format: Kindle digital scan

 

Synopsis:

James completes his pilot training and is all set to do his part in the RAF when a minor bit of surgery removes his A+ health rating and he loses his rating to fly. After kicking about, the RAF sends him back home to be a vet again.

Stories from his vet days are once again interspersed and make up the bulk of the book.

 

My Thoughts:

Another good edition of the Vet series. I really wish he’d done more about his actual time in the RAF though, as the little tidbits he doles out shows that he can tell much more than just animal stories.

The ending with him entering Darrowby, for the first time again, to start over and wondering if his vet skill have atrophied in the time he spent in RAF training is a good look at a young man who has done a lot but just isn’t sure.

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Vets Might Fly (All Creatures Great and Small #5)

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Title: Vets Might Fly

Series: All Creatures Great and Small

Author: James Herriot

Rating: 3 of 5 Stars

Genre: Non-fiction

Pages: 240

Format: Kindle digital scan

 

Synopsis:

Jim is training to be a pilot for the RAF during WWII and various people and circumstances bring back memories of his vet times in Darrowby. At the same time his wife is expecting their first baby and he relates several instances of him sneaking away from training to be with her.

 

My Thoughts:

This is a series that continues strong story telling but the sameness of the stories brings the rating down for each book. I think my rating would be higher if I read one of these a year instead of every 2 months.

I was hoping for more military training stories than I got. What I did get were all very compact and led right into a vet story. I think the most amusing story was about his son being born. Jim asked the nurse if he was “normal” because he was such an ugly little thing and asked if he could see another baby, “just to compare”. The nurse got upset, Jim was confused and I just grinned. Newborns ARE ugly but you’d think a vet would be used to that whole thing.

Vet in Harness (All Creatures Great and Small #4)

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Title: Vet in Harness

Series: All Creatures Great and Small

Author: James Herriot

Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars

Genre: Non-fiction

Pages: 258

Format: Kindle digital scan

 

Synopsis:

More stories by James the Vet as he prepares to go to WWII. People and animal stories.

 

My Thoughts:

These are starting to get repetitive. Not that that is a bad thing, as I enjoy the stories. Just sometimes you expect a little more and you don’t get it. Good filler read though and easy on the mind.

 

Let Sleeping Vets Lie (All Creatures Great and Small #3)

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Title: Let Sleeping Vets Lie

Series: All Creatures Great and Small

Author: James Herriot

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Genre: Non-fiction

Pages: 256

Format: Kindle digital scan

 

Synopsis:

Jim continues his apprenticeship and we get a good number of character sketches. This time around it is definitely about the people and not even the funny stories.

 

My Thoughts:

This book was just as fun as the previous two. However, this time around it felt more like a deeper look into what made up the people of the village that Jim worked in. Some were funny, some were rather sad [the young couple that failed at farming because of a disease that killed all their cows was the toughest] and some just “were”.

Also, Jim finally gets up the courage to make Helen his. Took him long enough 🙂

It Shouldn’t Happen to a Vet (All Creatures Great and Small #2)

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Title: It Shouldn’t Happen to a Vet

Series: All Creatures Great and Small

Author: James Herriot

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Genre: Autobiography

Pages: 290

Format: Scan

 

 

 

 

Synopsis:

Year 2 of Jim’s Adventuring in Vet’ing.

 

My Thoughts:

I didn’t enjoy this one quite as much as the previous book. I think that is mostly because the novelty had worn itself out in book one.

Other than that, this was just as solid. Good character sketches, interesting descriptions of happy and sad times. This time around we also get some of the social interactions that Jim has; even if only to get completely plastered, fall down a hill with a drunk woman and then meet the girl he wants to impress.

I am glad I am reading these.

If Only They Could Talk ( All Creatures Great and Small #1) 4.5 Stars

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Title: If Only They Could Talk

Series: All Creatures Great and Small

Author: James Herriot

Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars

Genre: Autobiography

Pages: 205

Format: Scan

 

Synopsis:

Jim has just graduated from Vet school in England, at a time when the tractor is literally putting the horse out to pasture.

Thankfully, he gets a post as an assistant in a small rural town and these memoirs are the various adventures, funny and sad, that he has with the animals and the owners.

 

My Thoughts:

Thoroughly enjoyed this. Herriot’s writing style is laid back and calm and I was swept along with each story. Even in the midst of some of the sad stories, Herriot’s ability to keep it light made it easier to deal with.

At the same time, the funny stories didn’t have me roaring with laughter, but they had me laughing out loud and nodding when human nature shown through, the same then as it is now.

He doesn’t shy away from describing some of the very nasty and gross things that a vet had to deal with. And he doesn’t shy away from describing how he felt at 2am, after getting back from one call, grabbing all of 15min of sleep and then having another come in. The descriptions feel genuine. Not all shiny, not all crap.

I also connected with his love of his job. On the good days and the bad.

On a book’ish side of things, I didn’t realize that this was re-released, or re-titled or something, as All Creatures Great and Small. I guess it isn’t just indies who can screw their fanbase over.