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Barking

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Duncan is a lonely lawyer in a dead end job until his luck changes. He's reunited with his school mates and gets himself a partnership, but things are never simple. There are werewolves, vampires, zombies and a shape-shifting unicorn. It's hard to work out which side he's on. As well as being laugh-out-loud funny there are deeper themes of individuality, friendship and love which make this a well rounded tale. Definitely worth the read. ( )
  eclecticdodo | May 5, 2012 |
Wonderful whimsy, but with possibly the saddest ending I've ever read. I rarely re-read fiction, but this is an exception. It's also, IMHO, Tom Holt's best book.
  olaf_the_2 | Feb 25, 2012 |
Humdrum "death and taxes" lawyer Duncan Hughes, divorced, very settled in a lonely and boring life, gets involved with werewolves, vampires, and even a shape-shifting unicorn.
At first I was very enthousiastic about this book: good writing, nice characters, original plot, lots of suspense, not too silly and formulaic, not too highbrow.
After finishing it, my enthousiasm is a bit less: while this is a very nice fantasy/thriller, the plot is not really good enough for 400+ pages. The tension dips, and the reader starts thinking "what is the use of all this" - and I for one did not find a satisfying answer. So: a very nice read, but spun out a bit too long.” ( )
  mojacobs | Apr 16, 2011 |
Well I enjoyed it - first of his I've read and will go out and look for more in the hope that he's not as 'samey' as some comments seem to suggest ( )
  TpJay | Jan 29, 2011 |
Everybody knows that lawyers are all ambulance chasers or bloodsuckers. Since this is Tom Holt and the story involves 2 law firms, one of vampires and one of werewolves, it isn't hard to figure out which one is which. Holt is a little less subtle in the jokes but not much.

Barking is a nice change from the setting of J W Wells, but the overall plot isn't that different. Innocent naif winds up in the middle of the supernatural running as more-or-less normal business in London. Finds girl. Loses girl. Gets girl back. Lives happily ever after, often in America. Why is it that America is some idealized land to various supernatural Londoners? In Vintage Holt style it gets a little slow in the middle while it transitions from the puns, jokes, and innuendo to setting up the hero, heroine, and bad guy for the inevitable fight, non-traditional victory and happy ending with more jokes, innuendo and puns.

Holt really likes a pun, especially when he can sneak it up on you, and he can be snarky with some fairly purple prose. If lawyer-werewolf jokes and lines like "Obviously, she must have hidden depths, like the Atlantic (dark, murky, inhabited by pale creepy things with huge eyes and rows of needle-sharp teeth)." are your thing, you'll enjoy Barking. ( )
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Monsters are roaming the streets of London. Of course, some monsters are scarier than others: Unicorns? Not a problem. Vampires? Big deal. Werewolves. Ho hum. Lawyers?…Aaargh! Duncan's boss doesn't think he's cut out to be a lawyer. He isn't a pack animal. He lacks the killer instinct. But when his best friend from school barges his way back into Duncan's life, along with a full supporting cast of lawyers, ex-wives, zombies, and snow-white unicorns, it's not long before things become distinctly unsettling. Hairy, even.

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Tom Holt's latest comic novel is a rollercoaster ride of supernatural silliness and biting satire.

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