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Barking [Paperback]

Tom Holt
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Book Description

7 Feb 2008

Monsters are roaming the streets of London. Of course, some monsters are scarier than others:

Unicorns? No bother.

Vampires? Big deal.

Werewolves? Ho hum.

Lawyers? ... Aaargh!

Duncan's boss doesn't think that 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, 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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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit; New Ed edition (7 Feb 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841492868
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841492865
  • Product Dimensions: 2.8 x 13.3 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 199,346 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
4.0 out of 5 stars Tom continues his wonderful world building 18 Sep 2007
By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Someone probably is 5 Feb 2008
Although in the usual Tom Holt way out fantasy mode, I found this to be one of his very best. A move away from goblins, and into another theme altogether. Couldn't put it down, an excellent read
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Woof Woof! 11 Mar 2007
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Barking 25 May 2013
By Keen Reader TOP 100 REVIEWER
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Barking Indeed 9 May 2012
By teavil
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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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4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting angle 20 July 2008
By Mr. G. Battle VINE VOICE
Barking is a clever approach to the werewolf genre - werewolf lawyers. It's strictly comedy with frequent insightful wit along the way. However, at times Holt does tend to pad out chapters with unnecessary internal monologue. The story itself weaves a line which occasionally slips in to confusion rather than the intended chaos, although there are plenty of recaps to keep the fast paced story in focus. Barking has plenty of magic moments, some very well though out narrative and some top quality originality. Barking is a recommended, if lengthy, read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars My favourite Tom Holt (so far) 7 Mar 2008
I've been a Rankin fan for over 20 years but only discovered Tom's work last year. Since then I've worked my way through the back catalogue. I thoroughly enjoy all his work but Barking, for me is without a doubt one of his best. Read it!
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