Is Your Dog a Werewolf?

February 16, 2008 at 4:28 am 1 comment

Take a more detailed test here

Using a video to promote a novel is – well, a novel idea.  The clip above is the trailer for Toby Barlow’s “Sharp Teeth” a fascinating blend of horror, dark humor and social commentary spun up in prose as sparse and beautiful as a Wyoming Prairie.

The first twist to the story is that, instead of turning into wolves at the full of the moon, these lycanthropes turn into large dogs at will. They don’t inhabit medieval forests and villages, this pack lives in Los Angeles – where they take in the homeless and other social outcasts.  And they love to play bridge.


The book is written in a unique style of prose:

But nobody seems to recall
the sublime form of a dog as she lies
curled up like a comma
in the cool forgiving summer shade
there beneath the bed.
Or the absolute satisfaction
performed with quiet muscular grace
of a dog roughly going at a good meal.
Or the joyful dance in a dog’s eyes
as she sits alert watching,
waiting for you
to do
that something
she wants you to do.
“Do it,” she says. “Do it now.”

I don’t read much nonfiction but this book intrigued me and I ordered a copy today.

Oh, and I gave my dogs that test.  When I said “Rumsfeld” two of them laid back their ears, looked away and slitted their eyes.  And – when I told them that I KNEW what they did last night, the three of them slunk off to the back room as one. 

I hope they’re plotting my transformation – not my demise………


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  • 1. Tara  |  April 13, 2008 at 5:51 am

    I just found your blog and was reading through some of the old posts.

    I’ve read this book and it was great! I happened to pick it up at the library and really loved it.

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