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From Publishers Weekly

First novelist Smith convincingly spins a werewolf story from the third person perspective of a German shepherd. While the plot is predietable-it's easy to guess who will survive the monster's attacks-Smith does a fine job of characterizing his canine hero. Thor considers himself a member of a hierarchical Pack, which consists of a Mating Pair (Mom and Dad), their three pups and a kitten (yes, the cat is doomed). This pack commands Thor's unfailing loyalty, and he uses his intuition to protect them from danger. But a threat that only Thor can sense arrves in the form of the Pack's Uncle Ted. Ted's clothes smell like a predatory animal, and he acts, in Thor's opinion, in the evasive, guilty manner of a Bad Dog. Naturally, the moon gets fuller, and Ted creepier, by the day. Smith spices the narrative with some sex and violence; he cleverly details the dog's reflex actions, inability to comprehend human language and tendency to get distracted. Readers willing to suspend disbelief will enjoy this exciting tale and its unconventional point of view.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Library Journal

The Bad Thing, in the disguise of Uncle Teddy, has moved in with the pack. Thor, the family German shepherd, doesn't know what Uncle Teddy has become, but he does know there is danger. He also knows that he must protect the pack (Dad, Mom, and three children) even if it means doing the unforgivable--killing within the pack. Smith tells the story from Thor's point of view, taking us right into the dog's mind. Animal lovers, particularly dog lovers, will empathize when Thor can't explain his protective actions. They will understand his "Bad Dog" depression, his fear of the shelter, and the warmth of reconciliation. Smith's knowledge and love of these animals certainly comes through. He has created a dog lover's page turner. Definitely recommended.
- Karen Stewart, Colorado Legislative Council Lib., Denver
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Fawcett (August 29, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345384555
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345384553
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 4.2 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,761,859 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Wayne Smith was born in the Panama Canal Zone in 1948. He grew up in northern New Jersey, spent a year in Windham College (which no longer exists) in Putney, VT, where he "tuned in, turned on, and dropped out." He moved to San Francisco where he held several McJobs before beginning a brief career in radio, first as a disc-jockey, then a talk-show host (before talk radio became the partisan propaganda machine it is today), and finally a news reporter. Covering and writing several news stories a day re-awakened his interest in writing, and he eventually left radio to write horror novels. By 1991, when THOR was published, the horror genre had all but shut down, and the market for adult horror became virtually non-existent. His adult vampire novel, NIGHTLIFE is now available only as a Kindle download.

Customer Reviews

Please get this book its worth reading even if you watched the movie.
Habeeba
This gives you a perspective of a dogs life and feelings that will make you think about how they really see their family or "pack ".I love this book.
Elizabeth Pruett
What I loved most was that it was told from in the eyes of Thor, the family dog.
Fred Waltz

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 23, 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The presence of a werewolf in this book may deter some people from reading it; however, the main thrust of this book is the dog, his relationship to his family, and his duty to his family as he perceives it. It offers a whole new insight into a dog's mind, which insight is provided with humor and sensitivity. I got this book out of the "bargain bin," but I thought it should have received more attention. I will definitely read anything this author has to offer in the future.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Cody Menzies on April 3, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
When I first read this novel, I had rented from the library because I had nothing else to read. I was expecting a silly, possibly fun read (not the author's fault, but the publishers - the cover makes it seem like a cheap horror flick.) I was suprised to find I was wrong. Thor is a exciting and rewarding story that is at times thought provoking, funny, and sad. Thor and his relationship with "The Pack" is deep and moving, as is his torn emotions when he descovers the secret of Uncle Ted. Though the werewolf subplot is a bit hokey, it also provides the novel with the right conflict for drama to flower. An undiscovered gem, right up there with the James Herbert classic, Fluke. Perhaps even better.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Char's Horror Corner on March 8, 2014
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3.5 stars, rounded up to 4.

My experience with this book reminds me why reading groups are so much fun.

This is not a book I would have chosen to read on my own. The premise sounds so....hinky, (a story told through the eyes of the family dog), I almost decided to sit this one out. But then a friend of mine gave it a 5 star rating, so I figured I HAD to at least give it a try. I was pleasantly surprised!

Thor protects his Pack from any and all predators, no matter their form-human or canine. But when Uncle Ted comes to visit, (Thor's favorite person that is not part of his Pack), Thor starts to act weird, watching Ted wherever he goes, sometimes watching him all night long. Why? You will have to read this to find out.

I think this book would appeal to animal and/or dog lovers. The author did a good job of making the reader believe that he or she is right there in Thor's head. A lot of canine behaviors are explained, and though one or two of Thor's thoughts did not ring true, most of them did.

So I was pleasantly surprised and I liked the idea of the dog's POV. Why am I only rating this 3.5 stars, you ask? Simple-typos and missing words. Way more typos and missing words than I care to deal with. It was the strength of the story that carried me through this one and I am glad I stuck with it.

To sum up, I liked this book and I think it has a lot to offer. It doesn't easily fit into the genre of horror or dark fiction, (I think it's more of a thriller), but I liked it just the same. If it weren't for the typos and missing words, this tale would have easily earned at least 4 stars. I would read more by this author in the future, in the hopes that he now has a better proofreader.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mercedes on February 1, 2010
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This was a great book. It's the story of Thor, seen through his eyes, a German Shepard. His life is good, his pack is perfect, until Uncle Ted starts acting strange. Something is killing and Uncle Ted comes to stay with Thor's family. Thor knows something bad has come but doesn't know what. All he knows is he must protect the pack. Through Thor's eyes human life takes on a new perspective. Going to the beach is fabulous for Thor, going for walks with Teddy isn't. Being a Good Dog or Bad Dog is his main focus. He strives for Good Dog but Bad Dog can't be helped sometimes especially when the Bad Thing kills Kitty. Thor failed in his protection of the pack and he learns who the Bad Thing is.

Do not be fooled, this is just not a story of a dogs life; it's a story of a dogs life and the werewolf that attempts to destroy it. Excellent book. I read it in one sitting. The ending was extremely good, although I must admit, I did cry for a lot of it. Read this book, you won't be sorry.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 12, 1997
Format: Hardcover
This book tells the story of a family and it's German Shepherd, from the dog's perspective, as the dog struggles with the rules, love, hate, loyalty, betrayal, insecurity, and how it is that humans talk to some little box they call the telephone as if it were a real person standing in the room! Just as this premise wears, I was hooked on the relationship nuances as the tension builds and the family faces danger. The danger happens to be a werewolf, but this is rather parenthetical to the book which is about loyalty, abandonment, redemption, trust, and committment
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 19, 1997
Format: Mass Market Paperback
---"Thor" is a German Shepherd who has a black and white duty. When a vicious werewolf threatens Thor's human Pack, he must protect them even if it costs him his life, or worse, his Pack's love. Unfortunately, the Pack cannot sniff out the hair-raising danger as Thor does, and their confusion creates even more trouble.
---Although the beginning is a bit of a cat nap, I doggedly read on. Sure enough, the author eventually unleashes, and it was so exciting that I wolfed it down. The real tale is the emotional world of the dog. The author's idea of what goes on in a dog's mind leaves you howling with laughter, shedding a few tears, and always saying, "Dog-gone it, of course!" You will also get to sink your teeth into the human players, especially Dad. If you like big dogs (or just reading about them), you won't be barking up the wrong tree with "Thor".
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