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Thor is a German shepherd belonging to a typical suburban family, wise, trustworthy, and tirelessly devoted to his human "pack." Then Uncle Ted comes to live with Thor's owners. And the terror begins. For Ted is no longer fully human, and only Thor can detect the Bad Thing lurking within Uncle Ted. Only Thor can sense the horror he is helpless to communicate. And only Thor ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 232 pages
Published August 29th 1994 by Fawcett (first published 1992)
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Wayne Smith As author and copyright holder, I hope not. And since it's not in the public domain, it would be nice if a Russian translation were sold, rather than …moreAs author and copyright holder, I hope not. And since it's not in the public domain, it would be nice if a Russian translation were sold, rather than given away, with at least some of the proceeds coming back to the rightful owner. Writing a novel is not (for me, at least) a weekend lark, and it would be nice to get some return on the work I put into it.(less)
Wayne Smith Actually, the Kindle edition is abridged. Print editions have a detailed chapter about the family's day at the beach. Unfortunately, there's no tensio…moreActually, the Kindle edition is abridged. Print editions have a detailed chapter about the family's day at the beach. Unfortunately, there's no tension in the chapter, and it just lies on the page and goes nowhere. My agent and publisher suggested I cut it, but I was too close to the project to see that they were right.
I had to re-type the whole novel to publish it to Kindle, and when I got about three pages into the beach chapter, I thought, "OMG, I wrote this, and even I find it boring!"
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Peter Topside
Apr 17, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've wanted to read this story for a long time, and am glad it finally happened. Bad Moon has been my favorite werewolf film for 25 years and I am a mark for comparing films to books. First off, I loved how Wayne Smith didn't overdo the inclusion of the werewolf. He was very much present when it mattered, but unlike the movie, didn't just show up to kill random people in the middle of the night and then scamper off. I also really enjoyed the style of writing, as it is very similar to my own, bec ...more
Char
Mar 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
My experience with this book reminds me why reading groups are so much fun.

This is not a book I would have chosen to read on my own. The premise sounds so....hinky, (a story told through the eyes of the family dog), I almost decided to sit this one out. But then a friend of mine gave it a 5 star rating, so I figured I HAD to at least give it a try. I was pleasantly surprised!

Thor protects his Pack from any and all predators, no matter their form-human or canine. But when Uncle Ted comes to v
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Christine
Oct 22, 2008 rated it it was amazing
There is a movie version of this book.

Don't ever watch it!


It actually has a good cast, and it's not as bad as the movie version of Possession.

The book deserved better though.

There are two different types of dog owners, generally speaking. There is the dog owner who gets a dog as some type of symbol. Look, I got me a pit; I'm Mr. Tough Guy. Look, I got a dog for a handbag; I'm the next Paris Hilton. (Why anyone would want to be Paris Hilton, outside of having her money, I don't know). Look, I've
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Yodamom
May 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
What a nice surprise, it was really good ! A werewolf story told from the dog's POV. It's not like anything you've read before. I did not expect much more than a heart warming dog story, what I got was a heart, warming, breaking, thriller, horror story with a great dog. Give it a try. ...more
Rob Twinem
Feb 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
"Thor"oughly enjoyed this wonderful tale that takes place through the eyes of Thor the family Alsatian. It is warm, tender and at times will make you smile with a story that can be read by child or adult alike. Thor is the family protector and he looks after mum, dad, Teddy, Brett and Debbie until one day this peaceful existence is shattered when Uncle Ted comes to live with them. Ted is recovering from a personal tragedy and he has a secret that will test the strength and will of Thor to the li ...more
Wendy
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Gina
May 16, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Pamellia
Mar 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014
Started Reading Thursday, Marcy 6, 2014

One word...WOW! This is a novel I'm not sure I would have ever picked up for myself. I wanted to be a good horror book club member and show support for one of our newest member's selecting this read so I decided come hell or high water I would read it.

Wayne Smith has a talent for increasing the tension associated with an excellent horror read, while keeping the innocence of a story from a dog's point of view. He chose words that kept the story moving and e
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Eric
Thor immediately suspects there is something wrong with Uncle Ted when he comes to visit. He seems different, but Thor can’t place it. Uncle Ted may be a threat to the family, and Thor is going to keep an eye on him, because only Thor can stop Uncle Ted. Only Thor suspects the truth.

Thor is a four-year-old German Shepherd.

That is the interesting premise of Wayne Smith’s novel. It is told almost entirely from the perspective of the dog. I realize this device has been done before, but this is th
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Lora Milton
Jan 11, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: werewolves
This is an original take on a werewolf story. It's told partly from the pov of a German Shepherd dog who belongs to a typicaltm American family. The father is a lawyer, the mother appears to be a housewife and there are three children. They all love their dog and he loves them and instinctively protects them, referring to them as "The Pack".

Sometimes he protects too well and gets in trouble with Dad. It's interesting looking at things through his eyes. The author seems to know a lot about dogs a
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John Anthony
May 05, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Every home should have one!

Thor is a German Shepherd dog, rescued from the dog pound as a pup, by a family. He is proud to be a member of their pack. Dad is the Leader and Thor will do anything to protect the pack. He is an amazing dog and uses all his brilliant senses to the full. A good, fast-paced read.

Nate
Aug 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, werewolf
Best werewolf book ever; best dog book ever

Kudos to Wayne Smith for the brilliant execution of a heartfelt and intense story. Thor's narration always feels spot on and incredibly illuminating. This is a masterful, genre defying work, and I loved it.
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Cindy Veneris
Dec 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book! I thought the author did a great job creating the thought process of the dog. I liked the story a lot and just really enjoyed reading it. Good Dog, Thor!
Leigh
Nov 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fantastic werewolf tale, as told from the perspective of Thor, the family dog. I was more emotionally invested in this German Shepherd than I've been in most human characters this year. One star knocked off for a couple of annoying traits in the humans, but otherwise wonderful. ...more
Kristina
Jul 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
While I find this an enjoyable read, especially by the perspective of the canine protagonist Thor, who's torn between becoming a Bad Dog to sacrifice his status of Good Dog in order to protect his Family, the foreboding sense he feels about the "Bad Thing" lurking within Uncle Ted which nobody else truly understands, and the strong herding instincts of the German shepherd breed (they were originally used as herding dogs, hence the name) there are some things in the book that I still find, I dunn ...more
Hazel
Aug 19, 2010 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Pet lovers
Recommended to Hazel by: Chris
Thanks to Chris for recommending this. I quickly recognised the story, so I suspect I've seen the film, a B movie; likely made for tv. The book is another matter, great fun, clearly written by a pet lover. Anyone whose lived with a pet as part of a family will recognise particular incidents/anecdotes. A warning, though: this is so sweet, it'll make your teeth ache. I found myself going 'Ahhhh.' repeatedly, and getting weepy at the end, just like I was when Lassie came home. (There goes my veneer ...more
B.
Apr 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If you have seen the movie Bad Moon, please read this book! If you haven't seen the movie bad moon...please read this book. Truly a fascinating read, considering the protagonist is a faithful German shepherd and the entire book is told from his perspective. This is possibly the greatest werewolf novel ever written. ...more
Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*
I'm amazed. This book was - wow. I love the bond of the family and being in the head of Thor. There were sad times, exciting times, confusing times. Such a beautiful ending too. Unforgettable. Review soon. ...more
Lauren Greene
Aug 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'd seen the movie based off this book when I was a kid (Bad Moon), as I am very fond of dogs and werewolf tales. I had always liked the movie, but I had never payed attention to the opening credits to see it was based off a book until a few days ago. I decided to look it up, and ended up buying it as my very first ebook. After reading I have decided I like the book better than the movie, regardless of nostalgia.

As far as a comparison goes, there are some pretty major differences between the boo
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Tony Entrekin
Jul 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is an unusual mix of dog story and horror tale. Basically, a family dog, the titular Thor, feels there's something wrong with a visiting uncle (There is.) and is compelled to protect his "Pack." The horror aspect is pretty run-of-the-mill and relies on descriptions and situations long established by classic literature and Universal horror films. It's entertaining but not groundbreaking. Where the book succeeds is in its portrayal of a dog's thoughts and feelings. Now I have no idea what my ...more
Lioness7
I really loved reading this book. It was so different from other werewolf books that I've read. It all takes place from Thor's point of view. He is the family dog. He knows something is wrong and keeps trying to protect his family. You can probably imagine some of his problems in doing so because to protect them, he keeps running into the whole "don't hurt humans" problem.

I loved how the author was able to really bring out Thor's feelings and his confusion over rules that didn't make sense to hi
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Jackie
Despite some readers misgivings about the story being told from the POV of Thor, a loyal German Shepherd and his family Pack protector, this was an excellent tale.

The family dynamics between human members and that of their dog were well captured many times over, especially the ones dealing with hierarchy as pertaining to Thor's status in comparison to his humans.

Thor is dominant over the three children in his care, Teddy, Brett and little Debbie. The dog feels that since the Mother and Father ar
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Petra Be
I must admit I lost interest halfway through the book. I did finish it though. I love dogs and we've had shephers for over 18 years but this story was just a bit too much about how a dog reacts in different situations (And sometimes it didn't even feel very realistic.) and too little about anything else. The tests the family put the dog through (e.g. the sound test) were also somewhat annoying (Poor Thor.). All in all it feels (the writing style and the way the story is told) like a book for kid ...more
Pamela
Aug 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This amazing story held me captive until the final word. Seeing a story from a dog's perspective was pure genius and " spot on". I can't remember when I enjoyed a dog story more. The author must truly be a authentic dog whisper to be able to envision a dog's reality and understand their devotion to their pack and their dedication to use their last breath to defend that pack from all danger. I fell in love with "Thor". He was a magnificent brave beast with endless loyalty and faithfulness to all ...more
Sarah
The writing style felt fairly simple and wasn't as dark or gory as a lot of horror or thrillers, so I think it'd be a good intro to the genre for teenagers. There was a completely pointless brief side plot, as well as a couple of small details that felt completely unnecessary and very much reminded me that this was written by a man, but by and large I did enjoy the story. Thor's inner monologue was very well-conceived and I very much wanted to reach into the book and reassure him that he was bei ...more
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Apr 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Mary Stenvall
Oct 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Good dog, Thor. Good dog. Thor is a full grown German Shepherd, well trained and loyal to Dad, Mom and the three kids in his family, or pack. Thor takes his responsibilities seriously, watching the home and the Pack. When Uncle Ted moves in Thor senses something is not right, something is threatening his Pack. Predictable tale, very well written, held my interest throughout. Good dog, Mr. Smith. Good dog.
Ashley Ricks
May 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Even better than the movie!


I'd never realized that the movie was based on a book, but once I did, I just had to try it out. Being in Thor's head was so charming and heartbreaking at the same time. Seeing the world through his eyes is a unique spin that endears us to the hopeful survival of the family. The text really emphasizes Uncle Ted's fall into madness, and illustrates that he was a self centered person before this transformation. This was definitely a worthy read. :)
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Gerd
Feb 06, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, shapeshifters
I liked it a bit better in English than in its German translation, but it is still pretty bad IMO.
A huge problem for me with the story is how the author expressly tells us in the first chapters that Thor would never think or react as a human would, only to have him act and think for the rest of the novel in decidedly human terms and ways.

There's a great idea buried in this novel, but the way the author handles Thor's POV makes it hard for me to enjoy the story much.
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Billy Ayres
Oct 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very different book.

A mix of everyday life and some really strange stuff from a dog's point of view. I'm a dog lover and found the author's take most interesting. A little Steven Kingish maybe? I had to put down my old loyal pal last year, and feared the worst. I cried. I won't give up the ending in this review. I rarely review a book by the way.

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