An ancient race of lycanthropes has survived to the present day, and its numbers are growing. Bent on dominance, rival factions are initiating the down-and-out of L.A. into their ranks. Caught in the middle are Anthony, a kindhearted, lovesick dogcatcher, and the object of his affection: a female werewolf who has abandoned her pack.
The pack feels something’s up
things feel different, shifted
Knowing someone isn’t coming back
doesn’t mean you ever stop waiting.
He would follow. He would, honest,
but when he held her, dancing,
everything felt good but
not everything felt right.
Love and hunger
Her appetite has become tremendous in every way
they make love in the kitchen, the living room,
and she eats huge plates of pasta.
Her teeth hit his neck
The last things he sees are her eyes.
They are not really werewolves or at least they are not your daddy’s were...more
about the good things in life
and the bad.
Oh, you know:
Blood, sex, death, hunger, frenzy
Is to structure his story
as 308 pages
of free-verse poetry
whose style this preview crudely mimics.
Oh gentle goodreads friend
I haven't even told you
the best part.
What do you call something
that defies all genres?
follows the lives
of A PACK OF FREAKIN' WEREWOLVES
raping, feeding, and pillaging
in present-day L...more
Or they don’t like things that rhyme unless it’s rap or some children’s story, which of course means they like it b...more
If you're anything like...more
I think there is quite a lot of talent about to burst forth from this young writer.
I think the format was a little distracting. I know next to nothing about verse, but it seemed less to be a novel in verse than non-traditionally formatted prose. I appreciate the effort in this and had no trouble reading it; however I do wonder if it took a bit away from the punch of the characters. Perha...more
The book reads like a noir thriller in an epic poetry style. It is one of the more quotable books I have read, and the reviews on the dust jacket deliver additional praise. And this is a first novel for the author, Toby Barlow. There are books that you start reading and don't want...more
The book centers around a couple characters, Lark, Anthony, and Ray and his group. The novel takes place in California around the southern side. It is about the troubles with dogs they have over there and how ferocious and vicious the...more
What I love about this book: There's nothing better than a weird-ass premise. This one is sublime. I beautiful flow of words drew me right in. I like that you begin with a song and end with a song. I enjoyed the characters, every one, and related to them despite their foreign circumstances because you made them human.
What I love best is the poetry itself. A writer can make...more
In fact, the book's format turned out to be one of its greatest strengths, as I quickly gathered after the first few pages. The line breaks and pronounced rhythm of poetry make it perfect for emphasizing a choice phrase or idea, and the relatively small amount of text on each page contributes greatly to the feeling of motion.
The book is ostensibly...more
Then I opened the book and thought "Poetry? WTF? I thought this was paranormal-romance-ish book about werewolves... Oh well, I'll give a try."
And I am glad I did. The story is fairly typical but the style in which it is told makes this book rate so highly with me. The free-verse format reminded me of the Ellen Hopkin...more
To hell with that. It's probably hard to imagine a well-written book about werewolves, but you'll have to read to understand. Definitely inventive and an entertaining page-turner, but moving and beautiful at the same time. It'll transport you to a different (yet familiar) world while you're reading it.
Maybe it's my chemically-regulated hormones speaking, but...more
Sharp Teeth taps into some rather occult energies,
some bad freaking juju, to get your attention and clamp down.
What's the bite (not the kicker, 'lest we're talking about weremule stories)?
Well, the whole thing's written like an epic poem:
see Iliad/Odyssey/Aeneid for best 'xamples aka
really old hallmarks of a really old genre.
So, firstly, it's tapped into an ancient Greco-Roman tradition,
which other reviewers have liked to designate Ovid's territory
and as much as I begrud...more
I skipped reading most of Aurora Leigh in grad school, so this might be the first novel is verse I've read. It's definitely a weird experience: because Barlow ties the verse closely to particular characters (usually one per section) and has a narrative bent that tends toward the emotional, the resulting novel tends to be presented in a very tight focus. As...more
he wanted to breathe real life into every memory
but still somehow let go,
he wanted to become something else
while holding onto everything he had.
Maybe it is because I wasn't really expecting too much from this book that I was as blown away by it as I was. Sharp Teeth sort of reminded me of The Suitors (Karen's review of The Suitors is much better than mine for a feeling of the book).
At first the format of the book felt a little gimmicky. The...more
I've got it! How about a novel about werewolves written in blank verse?
But wait, Toby Barlow has already done that with Sharp Teeth, and everything about it is amazing and excellent.
This novel satisfies on so many levels. For those who have always suspected Los Angeles of harboring rival packs of lycanthropes, here is your proof. For those who treasure the thought that true love knows no bounds, including species -- again, here is your...more
It's the same bar, the first one, the dark one,...more
Anthony is sitting there sore as hell
he wrestled a Sa
Anthony, the temporarily down-on-his-luck protagonist, finds employment with the Los Angeles animal control department, where he is faced with the sad and gruesome task of capturing and putting down strays. His co-workers are rough around the edges and more than a little mysterious. When they begin disappearing, Anthony has no idea h...more
Mom: Oh, Leigh, I’m so proud!
Me: This is so cool! I love it!
Mom: What are you reading? Dickinson? Whitman? Angelou?
Me: Toby Barlow, Mom! He’s awesome! He wrote this amazing book-length narrative poem called
Sharp Teeth about werewolves in Los Angeles!
Mom: Um –
Me: Well, they’re not really werewolves! They’re shape shifters who can change back and forth
between human and dog.
Mom: Shape what?
Me: I am having so much fun reading this! I alway...more
There's just a few problems - another pack is try...more
Having studied both literature and the Classics (both epics and drama), I'm rather immune to verse--especially since I'm a fan of Robert Browning. Even my boyfriend, who's more a Western sort, found that he could get into some sort of rhythm relatively easily after a few pages of reading. That being said, it was nice to see a book with a romance that wasn't horrid, s...more