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He was a stringy mongrel, wandering the streets of the city, driven by a ravenous hunger and hunting a quarry he could not define. But he was something more. Somewhere in the depths of his consciousness was a memory clawing its way to the surface, tormenting him, refusing to let him rest. The memory of what he had once been. A man... 'The author has an undeniable knack for ...more
ebook, 224 pages
Published May 1st 2011 by Pan Publishing (first published 1977)
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Pramod Nair
Aug 22, 2015 Pramod Nair rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, horror
"It seemed then as if I were seeing sky for the first time, and in a way I was, through different eyes. I gazed rapturously at the blue ceiling for several moments, until the rays of the sun made my eyes mist over, causing me to blink rapidly. It was then I realized what I was. I wasn’t shocked, for my new brain was still functioning mainly as it should, and memories were still lying dormant within. I accepted what I was; only later did I question my new beginning. But at that time, I thought it ...more
Talia Cohen
Aug 05, 2012 Talia Cohen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: good-reads
This book was a real departure from other James Herbert books which are known for as being horrors, written in a gruesome style. The whole story is an adventure written from the perspective of a dog. Herbert captures the world at ground level, as seen through a dog's eyes (and nose) in such a compelling fashion that I actually found myself believing that it was a first account, accurate portrayal of canine thoughts and feelings - when finishing this book, I genuinely looked at my dog in a differ ...more
Tim Mayer
Jun 08, 2013 Tim Mayer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
James Herbert, who passed this year, was better known in the UK than the US. He started out as a horror novelist with The Rats in 1974. This was followed by another book which proved to be popular, The Fog. Herbert continued to produce novels on many different topics and genres until his recent death. Stephen King thought highly of him and there is a good podcast which covers his work, which you can listen to here.

Fluke was his third novel and was first published in 1977. Herbet was trying to ge
 (shan) Littlebookcove
Fluke.. I honestly wasn't sure if I wanted to read this mostly because I wasn't sure what to expect? I've read The fog and The rats and was expecting something horrific. Animal abuse is something I can't read about at all! as I own a dog, and he's my little man and my best friend. But I bit the bullet and I'm so glad I did.

This book is nothing like James Herbets normal style. This book is absolutely wonderful! In this tale we meet fluke! Fluke is a tiny puppy fresh into the world, but he's not l
What happens when Siobhan finds a James Herbert book going cheap? She buys it, of course.

Well, technically, she has a little squeal in the store. She gets a little bit too excited. She searches for some more books so that she can get the offer. She holds the book close to her chest. Then, she buys it with a wide smile on her face.

In case you cannot tell, I rather enjoy a good James Herbert read.

My initial foray into Herbert’s world was accidental. I needed a new read and I found Ash sitting in a
Oct 06, 2013 Clare rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This is the story of a dog named Fluke who, since being a very young pup, believes he was once a man. We follow his story - which is told in the first person (or rather dog) - from being in a litter of pups, through his boisterous time of adolescence whilst living on the streets, to becoming an adult and his quest to find out the truth about his past. To say I was hooked by the reading the first page is an understatement - I read the first page twice to appreciate the utterly captivating writing ...more
Oct 16, 2009 Nourhan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the most amazing, inspiring & breathtaking books. It made me cry sometimes. It had risen my sympathy toward that poor dog.It talks about a dog who thinks that he was a man or a human being someday.Until one day he met a pretty young girl whom he recognized as his own daughter.He kept on barking at her trying to tell her that he's his father but she couldnt understand.She showed her sympathy and felt an attraction toward that poor dog.Then he met her mom which he recognized as his wife ...more
Emma Webb
Sep 10, 2011 Emma Webb rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought this story was absolutely wonderful. I only read it because my fiance recommended it to me, thinking I'd enjoy it. He was right! From the off, Herbert had me hooked. It's quite a compelling story and as it's not that long, it's really easy to read.

I'm not usually a big fan of stream-of-consciousness writing, and though this is only very loosely SOC, Herbet weaves the story together so well that I didn't really notice.

This is the first Herbert story I read, I'm pretty sure 'The Rats' i
Oct 18, 2008 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Laura by: My Dad
I hadn't considered reading Fluke before seeing the slightly soppy movie adaptation of it, when I was about 9 or 10, being as the front cover resembled those of the many other James Herbert books my parents owned- all of which, I believed to be quite scary. With a scary black dog, with a man-shaped shadow, I was certain it was a scary book, but it turns out, that despite its supernatural themes, Fluke is actually quite different from other James Herbert novels. No mention of sex, and no real hor ...more
Adam Wilson
Jun 13, 2011 Adam Wilson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fluke was quite a surprise to me. I would have never expected the author of The Fog and the Rats trilogy to write something like this. It isn’t horror at all. Instead, it is a beautiful story about the adventures of a dog told in first-person by that dog who was once a man. Through out the novel, Fluke remembers bits and pieces of his former life as a human and this is what drives the story in a vague direction. For the most part, however, this novel doesn’t have a specific purpose other than to ...more
Nik Morton
Dec 22, 2012 Nik Morton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This fourth novel was a brave departure for James Herbert at the time, as he was making a name as a 'horror writer'. But this is a fantasy in which he seamlessly steps into the paws of Fluke, the puppy that grows into a dog... and wonders about the flashes of memory where he was sure he was actually a man. 'I called out to the men, but the sound wa just a dog's howl. I tried to think of my previous life, but when I concentrated, the mental pictures slid away. How had I become a dog?'

It's a super
This strangely enough was recommended to my by the Hypnobobs podcast back in March as a starting point for reading the late Mr. Herbert's works.

One of the best animal stories I've read, and I've read plenty! No wonder he got the OBE. Mr. Herbert masterfully described the struggle between Fluke's instincts and his lingering humanity as well as an animal's view of the world and the strange two-legged creatures that inhabit it. I would put this book right up there with Watership Down, The Plague Do
Christine Upton
Jul 25, 2011 Christine Upton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have loved this book since childhood and everytime I pick it up I am compelled to read it again. To the point I did take to hiding it in my chest of drawers to avoid seeing it regularly! James Herbert is an incredible author with a real knack for storytelling in the first person. He manages to convey a depth of emotion I rarely find in a book. Don't get me wrong, I connect very easily on an emotional level (hence the many tears that often flow), but Fluke gets to me in a totally different way. ...more
James Burton
Jan 25, 2013 James Burton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have read this book many times and own my original copy from 1983. I have always admired this book, I love the way that you sit back and see life through the eyes of the dog, the colors, the ghosts and many other smells and intuition..This book made me laugh and cry and still does today. Its an easy read and I always find that if I have another chance, maybe a dog would not be a bad place to start. This is a great read for everyone, oh and if you think its like the movie, its not, this is 100 ...more
Bill Mclean
Jul 29, 2012 Bill Mclean rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
While very different to what I expected after reading other novels by James Herbert, I found this to be a very unique and intriguing writing style. The story is well put together, and while I thought in the first few chapters I may not find this story through the eyes of a dog too interesting, the ensuing 3 chapters hooked me in. I could not put this book down until it's unexpected ending.
Ashley James
Dec 24, 2012 Ashley James rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My second James Herbert Novel after The Dark, which was just ok. This however was much better, very unique and well thought out. The book flies by and has a decent ending. Only downside is maybe the length, only about 250 pages. However this could be a blessing in disguise as like I said this book really does fly by. Well worth reading one of my favourite books.
Aug 27, 2010 Jessica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very interesting idea, telling about a man coming to accept that he was reincarnated into a dog's body. Great job of describing a dog's point of view.
Nov 09, 2012 Ronnie, rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book Fluke in the 80s and adored it, a must for anybody who owns a Dog, this will get the imagination going.
Superb reading.
Dec 18, 2015 Elusive rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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‘Fluke’ weaves a suspenseful story about a stray dog who soon realizes that it used to be a man in its previous life. Nicknamed Fluke, it (or he) embarks on a journey to discover the truth behind what had caused his death.

Herbert truly excelled at writing the story solely from the point of view of an animal. Fluke’s behaviour and reactions to his surroundings as well as people were completely believable, hence making it easy to envision a dog which appears just like any other on the outside yet
Benjamin Stahl
Nov 28, 2013 Benjamin Stahl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first James Herbert book I read was 'The Ghosts Of Sleath'. At the time, I hadn't realized that it was the sequel to another book, titled 'Haunted'.
But seeing as I knew the movie for that one so well, not having read the novel barely affected my understanding of David Ash.
And I was also blown away with that book. It still sits alongside 'Dracula' and 'The Exorcist' as being one of the scariest things I have ever read.
However, every Herbert book I've read since then has been - while not ex
SheriC (Portable Magic)
Sep 29, 2015 SheriC (Portable Magic) rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to SheriC (Portable Magic) by: Char at BL
This was a weird little story covering the life of a dog, told from the dog’s POV, who has vague memories of having been human once. He remembers a wife and daughter and remembers being murdered. The story meanders through several major events in the dog’s life as he learns to fend for himself and tries to track down the remains of his old life and his murderer. I was entertained enough to finish the entire book, but found the conclusion unsatisfying.

Audiobook version, purchased from Audible. Da
Fluke by James Herbert begins with a puppy first finding awareness. From the beginning, the dog (who is eventually named Fluke) senses that there is something different about him...he has strange memories, and wonders if he once was a man. Fluke ends up as a homeless stray, but makes friends with a gangster's dog and learns the ropes of dog life. He eventually decides to see if there is any truth to his flashes of memory, and travels back to the town where he suspects he lived as a man, in hopes ...more
Don Woods
Oct 30, 2012 Don Woods rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great book from James Herbert. So well written. His descriptions of how the dog sees people, and the way he describes the communications between the animals and humans is just SO believe able !! Eh, how could he know ? Do yourself a favour, Read it !
Elizabeth Moffat
Totally love it! Not herberts usual horror and suspense but the tale of a dog who used to be a man. Told from the dogs perspective it goes through his early years back to his memories of being human and trying to find his family. Highly recommended!
John Rhodes
Aug 04, 2011 John Rhodes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
Ok I'm a sucker for cute and this book did make me cry (and yes I cried watching Bambie - the Disney fil not the James Bond lady). The film was ok bu tmy fave character was dear old Rumbo!
Rodrigo Marinho
Sep 02, 2014 Rodrigo Marinho rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
James Herbert departs from his comfort zone and ventures through a heart-warming canine adventure. It is worth noticing that, at the time this book was written, Herbert was already an established and renowned horror-writer, so I can imagine Herbert's apreehension when sending Fluke to his editor: afterall, his fans were awaiting another gore-full book, in the veins of "The Rats" or "The Fog".

By no means this book will ever receive a nobel prize: but its simplicity, the story-telling from a canin
Dec 13, 2012 Anna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Through the eyes of a dog as he journeys to find where he came from, and why he is apparently different to other dogs.
Really interesting concept, and a great read.
Debbie Revell
Dec 04, 2012 Debbie Revell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely loved this book.
It's a dog's life. But what if dogs, or all living creatures, are reincarnated from humans? That might be the case with Fluke, a mongrel puppy that seems different from other dogs. He has memories and dreams of being a man. If he was a man, how did he die? How did he become a dog? Meanwhile, there's life as a dog to get on with. Fluke's adventures as he grows up are many. He has a good friend who teaches him the ways of being a dog. He encounters a vicious cat and more than one human that mistre ...more
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James Herbert was Britain's number one bestselling writer (a position he held ever since publication of his first novel) and one of the world's top writers of thriller/horror fiction.

He was one of our greatest popular novelists, whose books are sold in thirty-three other languages, including Russian and Chinese. Widely imitated and hugely influential, his 19 novels have sold more than 42 million
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