Review: Sharp Teeth by Toby Barlow

May 9, 2017 Review 0

Review: Sharp Teeth by Toby BarlowSharp Teeth by Toby Barlow
Published by HarperTorch on January 29th 2008
Genres: Adult, Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Legends & Mythology, Occult & Supernatural, Shifters
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 312
Source: Personal Copy
Excerpt: Excerpt
Sexual Content: Explicit poetry sex.
Reviewed by: Kim
4 Stars

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.

SHARP TEETH is one of the best books of poetry I have ever read and one of the most enchanting books about werewolves ever. It is a story about dogs and homeless people. It’s about living on the beach in LA. It’s about picking up strays, both the canine and the human kind. SHARP TEETH is also a mystery about drugs and control, with meth labs and police officers and chases.

Because it is a poem, the sex is not romance novel sex and the gore is not horror novel gore. In a poem you can describe dogs sleeping in a pile, chasing after something in their dreams and it can be beautiful. You can explain hunger using more colourful language than a restaurant review. You can write about cute moments where someone does dishes and is hugged from behind, without it seeming dumb.

It’s still partially prose, but it reads more like song lyrics than a regular book. The story tumbles and trips, pulling you along as you discover rival gangs of werewolves, living in a world both magical and terrible, where life can end with the snap of sharp teeth. This is a beautiful book for lit and fantasy lovers alike.

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