Sunday, February 3, 2008

Sharp Teeth by Toby Barlow

SHARP TEETH (Amazon USA, UK, Canada)
by Toby Barlow (website)


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].

Sharp Teeth is a verse novel. Robert loved it. The website is professionally designed and chock full of videos, so make sure your sound is on. The website shown above is the site for the novel. The website under the author's name is parked, so I'm interested to see what the author eventually does with that.


Anonymous said...

Hmm, another one in verse? Is this a new trend?

Robert said...

Well, this one was actually released in the UK over the summer first, and is just now making its way stateside, so I'm not sure if it's a trend. But, we'll see...

Carole McDonnell said...

oh my gosh! Verse! Tempting...really tempting. To read and to attempt to do. -C