Tooth and Claw and Other Stories
I don't recall the last time I enjoyed reading go-nowhere character sketch stories as much as I did this collection! That's not to say there are no exciting plot turns or hilarious situations gone wrong. Humor is plentiful herein. But it's the language that bought it all together....more
What Boyle does well here is create real protagonists--understandable, sympathetic (sometimes pathetic), and almost tactile. What...more
I enjoyed most of them. I must agree with other readers that "The Doubtfulness of Water" was just painful - I couldn't finish it. My favorite also concurs with most reviewers - Dogology is unlike anything I've read before. Loved it! Some were just disturbing - the one where the aligator ate the kid, and t...more
“Dogology” breaks away from the subject matter of most of the stories, a chronicle of a woman who is study...more
Boyle__beloved author of The Inner Circle and Drop City__is a masterful prose stylist. This volume showcases his skill, hurling such wonderful phrases as "face that was like a dried-up field plowed in both directions" at the reader. But the reviews of this collection were mixed, suggesting that Boyle is a bit too enamored of his own wordsmithing. A few critics claimed that he was so busy making it rococo and perfect that he failed to develop characters that readers care about. Still, the collect...more
Of all the stories, there were actually 3 that I liked a lot, being "When I woke up this morning, Everything I had was gone", "Chicxulub" and "Tooth and Claw". Why these? I'm not sure. They differ quite a bit when contents is compared, but the main thing is, that they kept my attention for one reason or the other while reading. I actually liked the writing and wanted more of these three, found they were too sh...more
I know it's sick to say this, but the recent lion attack at the SF zoo makes me want to read this story -- and the collection -- again.