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
It's a thoughtful book. The verse is deceptive. You can breeze right through it and suddenly you've lost a sense of what's going on below the surface. I had to slow down my reading to make sure I was paying attention to the nuances of the writing, which meant that the story, for me, dragged at that speed. Maybe if Barlow didn't leave so many things for resolution later in...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
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
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
An ancient race of lycanthropes has survived to the present day and its numbers are growing as the initiated convince L.A.’s down-and-out to join their pack.
So begins the back copy on another book
that sucked me in first
by its cool cover.
I didn’t cull this one out of the pack
on my own.
My son brought it to me on Mother’s Day
and that striking cover aside
I was hesitant
because of the free verse in which it was composed,
if it was my cuppa tea.
Maybe I’ll read it, I thought.
But maybe n...more
I am not sure what I actually think of this book. It is written in verse which makes for a quicker read but also a read without too many details.
The story is about 3 different packs of werewolves. Basically they are all after each other, but this story focuses on one pack in particular. In this pack there are a few people that betray the pack and join the enemy pack. Due to this there is a lot of sh*t going on.
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from a man if
he keeps his chin up
and his teeth clean.”
eye to eye,
you would see that
there are still some watchful creatures
whose essence lies unbound by words.
There is still a wilderness.”