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Thursday, October 23, 2008

Sharp Teeth Discussion

Ok so this time I'd like to do something different. I'd like to get your comments before I say anything. I will join in the comment section to post my thoughts after we get several from you guys. That way you guys get first say this time!


Gordo said...

Oh, I get to start? Hmmm. I hate going first.

Well, I loved it. It's quite literally a modern, horror movie infused, continuation of Ovid and Homer. Except, I burned through this in a weekend. Homer takes a bit longer. ;-)

I love re-imaginings of old stories: take the werewolf myth, move it from the wild countryside to downtown LA, have the werewolves live in packs and hold down days jobs. Of course, in doing something like that, the writing had better be damned good and it is. I couldn't believe how quickly I stopped noticing the free verse. interviewed Barlow and called this a "future cult novel". Boy, can I see that. :-D

Sober Briquette said...

Yeah, I agree. I really enjoyed it.

Initially, I was concerned about the format, enough so that I read the first few pages aloud, but the next time I picked the book up I was already into the story so that it was not an issue.

Barlow was proficient with his character development; the holes in the plot were insignificant to me because I cared a lot about the individuals. His understanding of both human and canine traits was well depicted.

And I'm a sucker for a happy ending.

Too bad if they make a movie it would be too bloody for my taste.

meno said...

I hope you will forgive me, as i never got ahold of this book, and then life got ahold of me for a while. But i'll be obtaining the new book ASAP.

Clowncar said...

I'm a slacker like Meno. Just got sucked into a very long book I haven't wanted to put down. But I'll read Sharp Teeth and post when I'm done with my current one - promise!

Maggie said...

I loved this one too. In fact, I feel like this is the type of book that I would enjoy re-reading repeatedly on occasion. I thought the poetic style was fabulous, though I am naturally drawn to poetry so I thought this one would be like that for me.
I thought that the poetry of it lended well to giving the story a sort of broken up, coming in bursts progression of plot. Which I thought was really cool for this story, it just fit.
The horror in this did not affect me like movies, I can read it and not get wacked out for days because of the bloodiness of it. Perhaps also because it is so unreal.
I really enjoyed the element of Coyote the trickster and the prime mover. It was fun cutting to that imagery as we watched the pieces of the novel all converge slowly.
This will be going on my favorite list.

Mona Buonanotte said...

I loved the poetry aspect of it. The grittier, stenchier parts were softened a bit by the language and play of words and sentence structure.

The artist was very adept at his descriptions, I felt like I knew (or could know) those people. Although by the end, I was developing a slight fear of dogs. Weird, huh.

Clowncar said...

Boy, am I late to this party.

Truly enjoyed this book, the most of the three book club books I've read so far.

I realy liked the way Lark went trolling for broken human spirits in LA, like he was a new age minister. Very noir, and the fact that it was set in LA added to the noir feel. I liked the whole coyote/trickster thing, and wish he had taken up the theme sooner. The love story was genuinely moving, and made for a great ending. The relationship between Lark and his human owner Bonnie was nice, and added to the sweetness of the ending.

Adding to what Mona said, there was a real tension between all that graphic violence and the fact that it was written in verse; it distanced you from the violence, like a Sam Peckinpah movie (does anyone watch him anymore?). And some very nice writing, particularly in the first half, before the plot started moving so fast. He had some beautifully rendered observations about love, and about human emptiness.

Great book!