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Sharp Teeth: A Novel

Sharp Teeth: A Novel

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by Toby Barlow

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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


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].

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Toby Barlow is executive creative director at the advertising agency JWT in Detroit and a contributor to the literary magazine n+1 and the Huffington Post. He splits his time between Detroit, Michigan, and New York City. Sharp Teeth is his first book.

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Sharp Teeth 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 49 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
By chance I say this book on a display at the door of B&N. I picked it up and read some of the quotes strewn about the cover and it sounded pretty interesting. Once I began reading I couldn't get away. You follow several people's stories concerning certain events that lead to a huge climax. Lot's of action, anticipation, elements of mystery, and stories of love all keep you tied in. Don't get me wrong, this is a story about werewolves. He brings lots of different things into a story told in a very modern way, which was an outstanding first book. I hope for and expect more.
Guest More than 1 year ago
All I can say is thank god for the Staff Recommended Reading shelf! The bright, slightly creepy, cover is what caught my attention and the first couple pages held it so tight my friend had to punch me to get it back. The verse structure put me off in the beginning and took a little getting used to, but the book did not. An unbelievably intricate plotline keeps you on your toes and the perpetual twists weave a thousand seemingly random threads into a story so intense you'll groan out loud every time you have to put it down, if you can that is. The constantly switching character point of view gives you a look into every piece of the massive puzzle that is werewolves living in the suburbs and throws emotion after emotion onto every single page with incredible flow. A must read for fiction fans. Be warned, all other books after this might just not satisfy you.
songofthestars91 More than 1 year ago
On an excursion to BookPeople one day, my friend randomly picked this book out for me to read over the Christmas holidays. I was skeptical at first -- it's about werewolves, and I'm more of a vampire/witch/ghost kind of girl -- but I agreed to give it a chance. To my surprise, I was quickly sucked in by all of the different plot lines that eventually came together to solve the story's overlying mystery. I also really liked getting to know the well-devoloped characters, specifically Lark, Anthony, and the main she-wolf (who is never named). However, I wasn't a big fan of the free verse style that Toby Barlow used in the writing of Sharp Teeth. I usually like poetic writing styles, but in this particular novel, it distracted from the story and made some things somewhat difficult to understand. Nor did I enjoy the ending as much as I would have liked; I felt that it was rushed and anti-climactic, especially after the slow build of events that seemed to prepare the reader for an epic conclusion (which did not happen). Regardless, this is definitely not a bad book to read for fun. (Unless, of course, you can't stand anything with a bit of blood and gore. These werewolves are not vegetarians.)
dalnewt More than 1 year ago
In stylized free verse, the book relates a completely unique tale of L.A. werewolf packs in a contemporary setting. The free verse marks one character's story from another's through formatting breaks in the text. It took me six pages to get the hang of it and about the first twenty-five to sort out most of the primary characters/story lines. There's love, gut chomping violence, drugs, crime, loyalty and betrayal. It's the perfect package.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
At first I wasn't sure I'd really get into a book written in verse, but after the first few pages I realized it would be perfectly easy to overlook that. Sharp Teeth is violent, touching, action packed, and still beautiful. This is an amazing book -with a surprisingly sweet love story- that I recommend to anyone. And just because you're a teenager doesn't let you off the hook. I'm sixteen and, like it says on my heading, this is one of my favorite books! 8)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
At first you will feel confused, but after the first chapter you'll be immersed in the story and mystery. A bunch of characters you will care for unlike in other books. The format is different with each chapter about a different character. And eventually all their paths cross in an epic conclusion that makes you wish there was a sequel
mdalrymple More than 1 year ago
This was a good book, with an interesting writing style. At first I thought it would be distracting, but as I got into the story line it really pulled me in.
Trample More than 1 year ago
I was a bit reluctant to tackle this one since it was written in poetic form, but was pleasantly surprised. I was hooked early in the book by good characters and a good plot without being bogged down by superfluous verbiage. It's as if all of the extra bits have been edited out to leave a very fluid and fast-paced urban adventure.
slimikin More than 1 year ago
It was the cover of this book that first caught my eye---all that red with the bold black silhouette and knobby font. "Sharp Teeth?" I thought. "How and why and what is that about?" And then I opened it up, and reviews jumped out at me from the end papers---reviews that, more than anything else, made me want to read it. And because I'm glad I did---and because anyone reading this online review is unlikely to be able to see those stirring reviews in the end papers---I thought I'd try my hand at something similar. So: "Gritty, swift, threaded in loyalty and love, power and betrayal, this verse novel sings a noir tale of modern werewolf life. Run with Lark and his pack as they battle for survival amid packs of rival lycanthropes, L.A.'s dogcatchers, and the divergent desires of their own hearts."
Tim_likes_books More than 1 year ago
When I first picked this book up and began flipping through the pages I could not put it down. The style in which it is written is wonderful: a poetic style that is dark and dramatic and devastatingly cool. It reads, stylistically speaking, like a noir comic book, or the literary equivalent of the movie Sin City. Barlow has brought the fantasy concept of werewolves into the everyday, mundane world, and tells a thrilling, captivating story that hits you and lingers like a warm shot of bourbon. Highly recommended for a fun, cool read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The name of my book is Sharp Teeth by Toby Barlow. Some of the main characters in this book include, Lark;the leader of the main pack in this story. Anthony Silbo;a poor, lonely, Latino dogcatcher. The she wolf;her name is unknown, she leaves her pack, and potentially falls in love with Anthony.Bone; basically the she wolves sister, but is just one of the pack. The basic conflict in this book is between the she wolf and her ex-pack, she's having trouble leaving because some of the pack won't let her leave. The leader of the pack, Lark, has sent some of his men to go and investigate the other packs in the surrounding area. One of the other packs finds out they are being infiltrated because a member of Lark's pack, Baron, sold them out. While Lark is gone one night, his pack is out numbered and attacked by the other pack. This book was a sort of a let down because of the way it was written and the order of the events that occurred. The book is not written in normal paragraph form, its written as if the book was made of poetry and is really choppy. The long drag between the exciting parts of the story and just the fillers are long and didn't hold my attention. What I did like about this book is what its about. Werewolves living in a society like today in the same century that we live in today, and I just just flat out like fantasy. Although the book may be interesting at times I would not recommended this for other people to read, unless you have a very good attention span.
Shinobi More than 1 year ago
You will not find too many other books like this. A werewolf book, set in Los Angeles, and written entirely in free verse. It took only three or four pages to get accustomed to this style of writing, and the story is fast paced, if a little difficult to keep track of. The characters in the story shapeshift into dogs instead of actual werewolves, but there is plenty of action and an extremely original storyline.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book has a very refreshing and unique style. It is written in kindof verse that almost reminds one of an oral legend. I was put off by the format at first but after the first few pages I was hooked! Very quick and easy read and the action and dialogue are taunt and concise. Very highly recommended.
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