Monday, December 13, 2010

SHARP TEETH by Toby Barlow

Sharp TeethSharp Teeth by Toby Barlow

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

(from Goodreads)

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. Paying no heed to moons, full or otherwise, they change from human to canine at will—and they're bent on domination at any cost.

Caught in the middle are Anthony, a kind-hearted, besotted dogcatcher, and the girl he loves, a female werewolf who has abandoned her pack. Anthony has no idea that she's more than she seems, and she wants to keep it that way. But her efforts to protect her secret lead to murderous results.

Blending dark humor and epic themes with card-playing dogs, crystal meth labs, surfing, and carne asada tacos, Sharp Teeth captures the pace and feel of a graphic novel while remaining "as ambitious as any literary novel, because underneath all that fur, it's about identity, community, love, death, and all the things we want our books to be about" [Nick Hornby, The Believer].

I wish they had 1/2 stars because I would give this either a 2.5 or a 3 possibly..??

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.

It reminds me of different gangs (more like the mafia or what have you) trying to claim their territory. The packs are trying to recruit more people to make them stronger.

The story jumps between the different packs and then Det. Peabody (who is called anomynously by somebody involved with the packs but not an actual werewolf). You don't get too much detail but yet the story still gives you enough information for you to understand what is going on.

I really don't know what to feel about this book. I didn't feel much either way about it. It was like someone told me a story and now it is over. Not bad, but nothing memorable either.

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