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From The Teeth Of Angels (Answered Prayers #6)

3.95 of 5 stars 3.95  ·  rating details  ·  991 ratings  ·  69 reviews
A dying man can suddenly raise the dead...Deathvisits a vacationer in a dream, ready to make adeal...An actress abruptly walks out on her fast-lanelife in Hollywood--and their fates converge inJonathan Carroll's daring imagination. ...more
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Published (first published January 1st 1994)
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Neil Gaiman insisted that all his Twitter followers buy this ebook, when it was 99 cents on With that kind of recommendation backing this book, I bought the book for my Kindle with incredibly high expectations going in but absolutely no idea what the book was actually about.

In short: Death.

Slightly longer, it's about a group of people actively being messed about by Death. And Death is a total dick.

While Carroll's writing is undeniably beautiful and engaging, I can't say I truly enjo
Jul 06, 2011 Alan rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Elegant supplicants at the altar of words
Recommended to Alan by: Prose that breaks hearts and opens eyes
There are fantasies that involve swords and elves... and then there are those that quietly document the intrusion of the numinous Other into our everyday lives. The latter is Carroll's specialty, the ground he treads in this and other works, such as Bones of the Moon and Outside the Dog Museum. You can tell from the titles that something unusual is going on here. Can you imagine what it must be like, to be able to come up with the skew and surreal on a regular basis, and then have it relate back ...more
Dan Wilson
I read this years and years ago, but had forgotten pretty much everything about it when I pulled it off the shelf this week.

Carroll is clearly a gifted writer, but his stories often feel unfinished to me. I don't mean that they need an extra draft, but more that they end as soon as things get interesting. This is especially the case in his short stories, but I found it to be true here as well. As soon as the concept behind the book is revealed, as soon as the characters have a chance to actuall
Ben Hodson
There are some really strong moments in this book that make you really look at your own life and how much you are valuing your small amount of time on Earth. When faced with a fatal illness, suddenly every moment is precious.

What makes this only a "like" instead of a "love" is that it lacks direction. Many of the chapters spend a great deal of time recounting past events (instead of letting them happen in real time through the book) so you read exposition everywhere and the end doesn't quite fi
Amanda Cogar
This is a beautifully intricate novel with interconnected characters and relationships, all where death are concerned, embraced, or fought against. Death comes in a variety of guises in this somberly beautiful novel. To Englishman Ian McGann, death comes in a dream, offering to answer all his questions on existence but exacting a high price if he fails to understand. To Wyatt Leonard, a one-time children's TV host dying of leukemia, death appears in a surreal vision of a Los Angeles police offic ...more
I'm not sure what I think about this book. It definitely doesn't feel complete (I thought for sure it was the first book in a trilogy or something, but that doesn't seem to be), I think the way rape is handled isn't very realistic, and sometimes characters just don't talk like real people talk (IMHO). But the story is very good, there are some interesting and unique ideas, the horror and villainy is handled wonderfully, and I very much like both the writing style and how the book is organized. I ...more
Aug 01, 2007 Jen rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of speculative fiction and fiction with a twist
I love love love Jonathan Carroll, as much as I hate him every time I put a book down. You're reading along, enjoying the imagery and dialogue and then WHAM he tosses something in that shifts everything you just read. This one's no different--an interesting novel about death and love; does death=love? or love=death?
More amateurish writing and less complex themes than his other books, but also more straightforward in a nice way. This book didn't pierce through to the depths of my soul at any points, but I still liked it.

Thanks S, and also thanks for a very accurate book description -- Me: What is this book about? S: (pause) Death.
From the Teeth of Angels is one of those books that makes you think a lot about the life you live and death. It brought up a great discussion in our book club with most of us liking the book with one lone dissenter, who didn't like the way the story ended, feeling it was too pat. I agree somewhat with that but I think it would be hard for it to go any other way.

The story starts with an Englishman Ian McGann, who meets Death in a dream. When he asks questions, if Death likes them, things go smoot

2.5 stars

A retired actress and a terminally former tv star encounter death - in person.

A while back, I saw a 5 disc set of Pete Seeger singing traditional American folk songs. I bought it - Pete Seeger, familiar folk songs, how could I go wrong? I've seldom made a mistake about quite so much music at once. ("Oh Susannah" is fun, but 139 banjo folk songs is just too many).

I feel the same way about Jonathan Carroll. His books were on sale, and I bought a lot. This is the la
Georgiana 1792
Ogni libro di Carroll sembra essere una sorta di versione in chiave Carroll della Divina Commedia di Dante. Questo in particolar modo. Tanto che ho cominciato a credere che Dante sia stato - in effetti - il primo autore di Urban Fantasy...
Naturalmente il 50%, che dico, l'80% dei significati allegorici di questo libro mi sfuggono, ma, per quel che riesco a capire credo che Carroll sia geniale! E ci sono centinaia di frasi che si dovrebbero citare. Questa è quella che mi è rimasta più impressa, fo
Jim Zoetewey
I just finished the book, and I haven't forgotten enough of it yet to sort out which parts are important, and which aren't.


This is a book in which people encounter Death with a capital "D". Death as a person who has a personality. That's a challenge for any author because you have to choose what sort of person he'll be. Almost as important, you have to avoid ripping off the more famous versions of Death that appear in a variety of places ranging from Pratchett's Discworld series to Gaiman'
Jonathan Carroll's From the Teeth of Angels really shocked me. Not the twists and turns that Carroll created, some which i saw coming, some which i did not. But I was shocked by the fact that this was totally a Jonathan Carroll book, and totally not one of his typical books at the same time.
This story is so cemented to earth compared to other Carroll novels. Everything seemed so real, even when supernatural things happened, the story was grounded and very serious, instead of floating in the beau
Scrivere le mie impressioni su questo libro non si presenta impresa facile. Non che sia stata una brutta nel portarla vanti non ho provato nulla, nessun sentimento o emozione. Ne ansia, ne angoscia, tristezza o altro.
Non è il classico romanzo a cui sono abituata.
Mi sono avvicinata a quest’autore perché lo conosco di fama, ho letto anche Mare di Legno (il 3 di una l’ho iniziata a rovescio—va beh), viene definito tra gli autori più
This was my first introduction to Jonathan Carroll's work. I did like it, but I'm interested to read more based on what I've seen others write. Any time I started to read, I found myself sucked in and held. That's good in and of itself but I also really enjoyed the writing. There are 2 types of writing I like. One where I am aware of the writing and sitting back thinking - this is good writing, and the other, which I think is even more difficult to do - where I enjoy the writing but only realize ...more
Karen Zelano
This story is dark and surreal . Death ( or the Devil, we are never really sure) is personified by characters who prey on people by visiting them before they die, disguised as others . The writing style is perfect, crafty and descriptive, leaving just the right amount of detail to be left for imagination. I didn't care much for the format of switching narrators at each chapter to gain different perspectives of the experience. Maybe a chapter narrated by Death himself would have created more dept ...more
From the Teeth of Angels is about Wyatt and Arlen, these two people whose life converge in a rather strange way. Wyatt has leukemia, and he knows that he is close to death. Arlen is a retired movie star living in Vienna. Wyatt has been dragged into a rather strange chain of events wherein Death is virtually stalking him and several of his acquaintances. Given the option to learn or survive, he chooses to learn - he's got nothing else to lose.

While From the Teeth of Angels was not quite as profou
You simply can't say enough about Jonathan Carroll. I mean everyone should be reading this guy. I could say the same thing about every book, but the magic and surreal aspect is truly one of a kind, and so beautifully written. The only bad thing about Jonathan Carroll is he doesn't have twice as many books out.
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Oliver Ho
Interesting and ambitious novel, written almost like a series of passionate, emotional monologues, with a few characters telling stories to each other or to themselves. Ultimately all the stories are about the characters's relationship with death, how they learn to live with it (or not). Death is even a character in the book, and much of the mystery surrounds it. There's enough material here for a book five times longer (or more). It moved very quickly for a novel with such large themes (a lot o ...more
David Spencer
I've heard Carroll mentioned plenty, and I finally see what the fuss is about. He's an excellent writer; I love the way his words flow. His ideas are cool, his take on the fantastic grounded in reality is solid, especially compared to many of his peers.

The conclusion to the book, often a weak point, was instead a powerful one. I closed the book at the end satisfied.

That said, I have trouble saying I really liked the book as a whole. A solid half of the book just didn't mesh with me. I felt like
Jonathan Carroll is one of my favorite authors, and he describes this book as the one that may best tell the things that he wants to say as an author, but I somehow didn't connect to it quite as well as Sleeping in Flame or Bones of the Moon. It was a book that I read across a few weeks, and given his style (which I usually describe to friends as German Magic Realism), the book might have been served if read more contiguously.

That said - I did enjoy the read, and its ruminations on life, death,
Carroll always writes in a way that you want to mark just about every passage as a favorite quotation, but it seems to only hold the extra spark when taken in context of the story. It's an effortless way to utilize the language, and something that I just completely lose myself in whenever I read something of his. Everything was just woven together so beautifully in this one. The characters were unexpectedly tied to one another in a way that stil made perfect sense once brought to the surface. An ...more
Nora Peevy
From the Teeth of Angels by Jonathan Carroll. This is one of his earlier books and a lot of people reviewed it as
not "mature writing." I'm not sure what those reviewers meant. The subject matter discussed was death, a very mature topic, and having just had a brush with death myself, I found his insight poignant and downright hilarious in a rdeliciously dark way, which is just what I like. If you like reading magic realism or cross genre fantasy, then check out this interesting view on death for
Jun 03, 2010 Gina rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who fear death
"Everything you want in life has teeth," so seek knowledge at your own risk in this amazing early book from Jonathan Carroll. Chapters alternate between two characters and their encounters with a petty, game-playing Grim Reaper. As usual, Carroll is saying something big and scary and important here, and i think i'll need another read to really understand it. Not my favorite of his, but definitely a worthy read, with beautiful lines that stick with you long after the last page.
Nicole Cleary
I picked this book up after reading and completely loving Carroll's The Ghost In Love. This one was not quite as good. Both books take you on a bit of a mystery ride with death as the naughty villain wreaking havoc in the lives of sympathetic characters. The Ghost in Love is the kind of book I stayed up late into the night reading because it was so good I didn't want to put it down. With this one I was content to read it, but it never threatened my 10 p.m. lights out.
Interesting take on the Angel of Death, very different from any Neil Gaiman inspired work. The characters felt a little too 'soap' like for me, feeling as if they had stepped off an American melodrama. Not the most life affirming of reads.
I read this because Neil Gaiman plugged it. I really enjoyed it. Much of it took place in Vienna and it had a distinctly Old World feeling. (Apparently the author is much more well known in Europe.) The atmosphere at times reminded me of the Wim Wenders film Wings of Desire, except that the supernatural creature watching over the characters is decidedly NOT an Angel. I will definitely be checking out more Jonathan Carroll novels.
I wish I'd read this before or during my Death class last semester. It's an engaging story, or actually a few stories, that interweave in the end. At first it seems to wrap up predictably, but there's a whammy of a disconcerting twist. It forced me to think about death in a way I really don't like to...about the false promise of a "good death". I'm loving Jonathan Carroll and going to look for more of his stuff.
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Jonathan Carroll (b. 1949) is an award-winning American author of modern fantasy and slipstream novels. His debut book, The Land of Laughs (1980), tells the story of a children’s author whose imagination has left the printed page and begun to influence reality. The book introduced several hallmarks of Carroll’s writing, including talking animals and worlds that straddle the thin line between reali ...more
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