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Barking Paperback – 7 Feb 2008

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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit; New Ed edition (7 Feb. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841492868
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841492865
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.8 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 356,161 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tom Holt's first book was published when he was just thirteen and, to his horror, he was hailed as an infant prodigy. While studying at Oxford, however, he discovered bar billiards and turned from poetry to comic fiction.

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Highly readable silliness (SFX)

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

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 18 Sept. 2007
Format: Hardcover
For years I absolutely adored Terry Pratchetts writing but I always wanted something a bit more real world with the fantastical elements. This is something that Tom Holt does in spades, blending the fantastical with real world humour and although my favourite work of his is the Portable Door series this new, individual novel is now a close second.

As you have come to expect with his work, the humour is fast, the antagonist a person who like us is thrown into the deep end with no idea which way is up and as the tale progresses we're left trying to figure out what the hell is going on. It all makes sense by the end of the novel of course, but the journey to get there is something in the telling. Its cracking. If you want something funny to keep you going and also want something that not only entertains but will make you laugh as well as keep the pages turning to the last then this is a tale (or tail in some points) worth the reading. Observational humour has never been finer and as such possibly will make the reader look at their dog a bit funny trying to figure out what the hell its doing. Are those eyes hiding a human intelligence or is it a case of its just the dog. You'll forever keep guessing now.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By teavil on 9 May 2012
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I love Tom Holt books, but must confess this took a while to get into its stride. Excellently written, the opening chapters really set the scene and the atmosphere of stultifying dullness and ennui in law firms - but at the expense of Holt's usually masterful pace. Keep reading it though - it gets so much better. The plot is cracking, the characters mostly lawyers. In addition to predictable character traits, they fall into two camps, very much not sheep and goats. The probate-lawyer hero has no interest in the work, a dearth of ambition and a distinct lack of friends. Until his old school friends track him down, whereupon life gets a lot more interesting. I loved this book for the denoument: really, really not what I expected. All in all, a most entertaining (after a disappointingly slow start) and engaging book, with plenty of humour, sustained excitement and actually some unexpectedly dark moments. I'd definitely recommend this if you are a fan of Holt, but if you're not in the legal profession or au fait with it, this book may not be quite so much to your taste.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Keen Reader TOP 50 REVIEWER on 25 May 2013
Format: Paperback
Having just read Doughtnut by Tom Holt, I thought I should seek out some of his other books I had not yet got to reading. Barking seemed as good a place to start as any.

So, you know how people sometimes refer to lawyers as a pack of wolves? Well ... Duncan Hughes thought life couldn't really get any worse than it was; a dead-end job for a firm of people he hated, his wife had left him, his flat was grotty, and his social life non-existent. But when an old `friend' from school contacts him after all these years, he's not sure that he wants to renew those acquaintances either. Surely sometime his life can only get better? Well, it's about to get different, that's for sure.

I enjoyed this book, but I didn't feel it was Tom Holt's best work. The premise starts out well. But it seems to lose its way somewhere and peeters out to a somewhat unlikely scenario and conclusion. A pity; a good book that could have been better, I thought.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D. Dunn on 11 Mar. 2007
Format: Hardcover
Werewolves, vampires, the undead and lawyers. An evil gathering indeed!!

I stumbled across Tom Holt when looking for something decent to read about 18 months ago, and have read all of his books since that happy time.

This latest offering brings more of a maturity to Tom's writing, although he has not changed and still makes me laugh out loud.

If you dont take your literature too seriously and fancy a not too serious read, i'd strongly recommend a look at this (even my girlfriend liked it - and shes a lawyer with no sense of humour!!)
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I've tended to avoid comic fantasy in recent years. Part of the reason for this is that no matter how hard I've tried, I've always failed to find anything that could match up to Pratchett and Gaiman's "Good Omens" for comedy value. I tried Matthew Thomas' "Before and After", which turned out to be a pale imitation of "Good Omens". I was encouraged to try Robert Rankin on the recommendation of friends, but didn't find his brand of humour to my taste.

I am, however, a big fan of comedy. In films and television shows, I do tend to go for things that will make me laugh rather than provide me with high drama. In books, I'm still a slave to an amusing sounding concept, as I like to read for entertainment, rather than for knowledge.

Tom Holt's "Barking" sounded as if it could be the kind of concept I would enjoy. Duncan Hughes is a nondescript little man, working for a company of lawyers in London, although not terribly hard. He struggles through the working day and goes home at night to a lonely house with no obvious friends or hobbies. His life is almost completely devoid of any ambition beyond getting the Allshapes account to balance.

This all changes when some old school friends come back into his life. Luke Ferris invites Duncan to join his law firm; a chance Duncan accepts before discovering that this condemns him to spend the rest of his life as a werewolf. This in turn puts him into direct opposition with his ex-wife and her law firm, who are all vampires.

This is where the concept had its greatest hold on me. It's a wonderful thought, especially for someone who used to live in London; werewolves and vampires battling for control of the law business and of the night.
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