Sharp Teeth

Sharp Teeth

Book - 2008
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An ancient race of lycanthropes has survived to the present day, and its numbers are growing. Bent on dominance, rival factions are initiating the down-and-out of L.A. into their ranks. Caught in the middle are Anthony, a kindhearted, lovesick dogcatcher, and the object of his affection: a female werewolf who has abandoned her pack.

Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, [2008]
Copyright Date: ©2008
ISBN: 9780061430244
Characteristics: 312 pages ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Michaels, Natasha


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KaiteS_KCMO Apr 19, 2018

As spicy as a taco, as relentless as the pounding surf, and as lulling as a moon-drenched beach, Barlow's hip werewolf saga told in free-verse with a jazzy tempo is highly recommended for adults and YAs who just don't get all the fuss about sparkling vampires.

Oct 27, 2016

The majority of the book is entertaining and easy to read (don't let the poetic form throw you off - it is not pompously poetic, just somewhat spare) but I believe it could have been sharpened. Some of the plot threads get lost or sort of meander and in the way of many books the last act pares away a lot of drama with quick cuts rather than satisfying resolution. Still, a nice modern werewolf / weredog story.

Jun 26, 2016

I read this book before and I actually enjoyed it. This book was very amusing and fun to read. I felt like the story was a lot similar to the TV show Bitten because it was about a female werewolf trying to balance her normal life by dating a man who happens to be a dogcatcher and keeping her pack and identity a secret.

lib_apart Dec 01, 2014

A tale of a pack of werewolves, told in poetic verse, similar in style to the books of Ellen Hopkins, but the similarity ends there. More of a hipster tome than a YA novel, Barlow’s book is a good read, but his literary background and experience writing for the Huffington Post make this a better read for adult audiences.

Feb 22, 2012

How to describe this book.....a tale of drug dealers, cops, the homeless and...oh yeah...werewolves, all told in free verse. A truly original story that may seem a little strange at first but quickly draws you in as you have to continue so you will know what happens to these characters.

Northbrook_Andy Feb 10, 2011

The best book I've read in years! Why isn't some production company making a film out of this book?!?

Library_Dragon Feb 09, 2011

I absolutely LOVED this book. Not only is the prose poetry refreshing and beautiful, but its about WEREWOLVES! What more could you possibly want? :D

Seriously, though, the writing is excellent. It flows quite well despite being poetry. I'm not a huge poetry fan, but I really loved this book. I would definitely recommend it!

Mar 20, 2010

Novels in verse: A reader gets all the drama, suspense, mystery and humor of a prose book, but it?s told in free verse poetry. Free verse is a poetic style that avoids any strict repeating rhymes or patterns and concentrates instead on a natural rhythm. It?s still poetry?pay attention to the line breaks and flow of the words?but its fluid structure makes it ideal for telling a longer narrative story. And, in the case of Sharp Teeth, what a story it is. Anthony Silvo is a lonely, luckless dogcatcher in Los Angeles. The packs of dogs that roam the streets are actually rival gangs of werewolves. Lark, a shark-like lawyer when in human form, is a pack leader with a revenge plan against a traitor to the pack. A strange small man with a very large partner is involved in the drug trade and bridge tournaments. Detective Peabody is on the trail of a series of lycanthrope-related murders. And a beautiful, mysterious, nameless werewolf-woman is sweeping hapless Anthony the dogcatcher deeper into the whole mess. The lives of these men, women, and beasts are filled with violence, abuse, and betrayal. That means that rare moments of truth, trust, and romance are all the more heartbreaking?but make no mistake, they still have a wicked bite to them. Told in an epic poetic voice that is bloody and beautiful, author Toby Barlow?s debut novel is an intricate, intriguing look at the supernaturally seedy side of city life.

sit_walk Aug 20, 2009

Q: How often do you get to read a novel about werewolves written as long-form free verse? A: Almost never. But now's your chance!


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Oct 17, 2010

Cutter's voice growl's into her ear,
"If you cheat again this match, lady,
I will chew off your fingers with my teeth
while my partner gnaws the flesh off your sister's skull."
He hangs up.
She hangs up.
She shakes her head, looks at her sister and sighs.
"Oh my."

Oct 17, 2010

The mixture of liquor and beauty and time
lend three hours in a bar
their own delicious alchemy.

Oct 17, 2010

Calley wakes up
if it could be called that
hits the phone, calls in sick
turns on the TV
lays in the bed
opens a bottle
and wishes someone would put a chainsaw through his gut.
Why the hell not.

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