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Pedestrian Wolves [Paperback]

James Grant
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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14 July 2004
In Pedestrian Wolves, David Livingstone goes to New Orleans for the first time on Halloween of 2002. He’s an extremely hedonistic, agnostic man in his late twenties, and his brand of angry, life-embracing and destruction-flirting "fun" always results in a bit of a public ruckus when he cuts loose.

After his first night in the French Quarter, David begins to hear a presence in his mind, an ethereal spirit that communicates directly to him. At first it merely describes strange facts and history of the city as he walks ever onward through its streets. Soon it is obvious to David that he is hearing the voice of the City of New Orleans itself, a strange entity that leads him through some of the wildest days of his life while on the vacation.

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  • Paperback: 236 pages
  • Publisher: Prime (14 July 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1894815149
  • ISBN-13: 978-1894815147
  • Product Dimensions: 22.4 x 15 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,407,100 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is my first book. Be gentle.

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James L. Grant is better known as the mind behind FLEM Comics and the artist behind Two Lumps comics. He lives in Dallas, TX with two whiny cats and his girlfriend.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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James Grant does not so much hand his reader a rich bowl of New Orleans as show them the surface, put a hand to the back of their head and push them in. Your mother wouldn't approve, but if you like the taste you'll dive in and want to swim all the way through without stopping for breath, which is the first effect New Orleans has on his main character. The author of FLEM and co-author of Two Lumps delivers an uncompromisingly honest and direct tour of a unique city, its culture and its alcohol, with all the sex and hangovers. Rich in detail, including brief notes written in situ, this book grabs and holds onto your mind as stubbornly as the pounding remnants of last night's Grenade cling to the inside of your abused and aching skull.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If I could give this book six stars I would! 6 Aug 2007
By L P
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Dark and sexy, a true gem of a first novel; it's the sort of book you will be compelled to read in a day and then wish you could read it again for the first time as soon as it's over. Set in New Orleans Pedestrian Wolves is so fantastically descriptive visualising the characters and locations is a synch. The protagonist is a likeable cad looking for a good time in The Big Easy. Seduced by the city and guided by an invisible force we follow David Livingstone on a weekend long bender fuelled by booze, lust and an insatiable hunger for sensation. A window into the gothic subculture, Grant adeptly illustrates the personalities, humour and interests of the people involved in this scene giving this book an authenticity many others lack. Easily one of the most enjoyable books I've been lucky enough to read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling, gripping and hectic 28 Aug 2004
Pedestrian Wolves is James Grant's love letter to New Orleans. Through his not-at-all-allegorical protagonist David Livingstone, we're taken on a fun-filled but exhausting tour of Nola, where everything is done to excess, sanity is cast to the wind and life is lived up. An amusing and affectionate nod to Warren Ellis' Transmetropolitan helps set the tone, and the reader is dragged along, willing or no, into David's adventure. Intamicy,booze, overindulgence, in short: affirmation of life -- it's all there. Why aren't you?
Set aside a day to read this cover to cover. Resign yourself to the fact that you won't get anything done that day and don't regret it for an instant.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad for a first try 12 Oct 2004
By J. Chavez - Published on Amazon.com
I bought this book based on my enjoyment of Mr. Grant's web comics and the excellent short stories he has been generous enough to share online. As a first attempt this book is impressive. Mr. Grant does tend to oscillate between vivid descriptions that grab the reader's attention and very rough, almost childish, descriptions and literary devices that leave the reader bewildered. Pedestrian Wolves is a good read, I enjoyed it and I would recommend it.

I have some issues with the book in that the main character is too transparently based on James Grant himself. This tends to make much of the book seem like a self-indulgent bragfest. The saving grace of this book is the character of the city. There are also mistakes in the book, mostly grammatical in nature. At least I will assume they were mistakes, if not then Mr. Grant needs to be taken out to the old woodshed and schooled with a thick plank. I deplore cumbersome sentences and misused words or phrases.

I will end by saying that the book was far better than I had expected and slightly worse than I had hoped it would be. I hope Mr. Grant writes more books, I look forward to his tenth book and his one hundredth.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read By A First Time Author 20 Sep 2004
By Mick McConnaugh - Published on Amazon.com
"Pedestrian Wolves" is a rollicking, drunken, stomp through a city that kicks right back and kicks hard. I was totally hooked by the third page and I stayed that way until the very satisfying ending.

This book is a real page-turner by an author that wields metaphor in a way that proves the superior might of pen over sword. Well drawn characters haunt the streets of the city, but the true haunting comes from a surprising source, and will leave you feeling as though you've peeked into a room that you shouldn't have. A sure-fire tingler, with boots on.

I look forward eagerly to more work by this writer.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This is one hell of a ride. 9 Sep 2004
By T. Byerly - Published on Amazon.com
Forget everything you ever read about New Orleans previously. Mr. Grant is going to show you a whole new side of the city. You'll wander along with the mind of hedonist and agnostic David Livingstone, as he spends his first Halloween in New Orleans. As he begins to adapt to the rhythms of the city, he begins to realize that he's not only adapting, the city itself seems to be actively encouraging him. Grant writes in a gonzo style perfectly suited to the subject matter, and describes everything so well it's like being there, riding along under David's skin.

It's an inside look at Halloween in the most decadent city in the world. If after you're done you find yourself wondering what it would be like if you were there on some Halloween, I wouldn't be surprised.
12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Come for the sex, stay for the seduction 10 Jan 2005
By D. Miller - Published on Amazon.com
On the surface, `Pedestrian Wolves' is a 5 day steel-toed dance of drunkenness and debauchery in the city of New Orleans, where adult-sized appetites are fanned into insanity. A self-proclaimed hedonist and `predator,' Grant's David Livingstone is on a mission to drink, dance and despoil his way to the farthest edges of human tolerance, and he is inviting you along for every sweaty, insatiable moment of it.

But what starts as a pleasure trip begins to seem more like a possession, as David Livingstone finds that he is being guided by the essence of the city itself. New Orleans recognizes one of her own in David, and he is whiled, seduced and embraced by an unseen lover whose soul kiss tastes of honey and carrion. The city is speaking to him, guiding him down her cracked streets with whispers and commands, taunts and temptations, and promises that she fulfills at every turning-even past the point of David's own endurance.

But `Pedestrian Wolves' is more than a chronicle of fantasy and titillation. Grant gets beneath the cheap overlay of Spring Break revelry coating most impressions of New Orleans. His character's experiences and observations expose an older, wilder, and by turns more alluring and horrifying view of its origins.

With his first novel, James Grant uses an attentiveness to sensory detail and a intensity of narrative voice to present vivid and startling images to the reader. Even though the phrasing of the story occasionally falls into the trap of the easy cliché, these small flaws are outweighed by the originality and perception of the writing as a whole. It is apparent in this work that the writer is in love, not only with his subject, but with the art of bringing it to life for his audience.

Expect to be ridden hard and hung up wet by this book, and to be thinking about it for days afterward.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pedestrian Wolves is Delicious 3 Sep 2004
By yeara thedragon - Published on Amazon.com
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Well, if you like the style of Hunter S. Thompson, you'll like Pedestrian Wolves. Far from being imitative, however, this first novel of one James L. Grant is a thoroughly original tale, that just gets better and better with every chapter. I loved it.

His wealth of detail is satisfying and tactile, reminding me somewhat of Ray Bradbury, or the early books of Anne Rice. However, Grant's New Orleans couldn't be further from Rice's vision of that city. Instead, reality rules, but such a marvelous and rollicking reality that it feels like fantasy.

Warning: there is strong language and explicit...um... stuff in this book; definitely not for kids.

Read it and enjoy.

I can't say more without including spoilers. :)
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