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Thor Mass Market Paperback – August 29, 1994

4.6 out of 5 stars 65 customer reviews

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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.

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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 (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,011,852 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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I found this book accidentally. I had a sudden desire for a werewolf book and I picked this one out because it was .99 cents, and I thought it was set in the past and not a horror book. In the future, I'll read the book blurbs.

Smith does a great job of characterizing Thor. His inner turmoil is poignant and parts of his story had me sniffling like a little girl. Thor, a german shepherd, is a good dog to the core, but is put in some positions where he has to act like a very Bad Dog! His conflict and horror is palpable.

That would almost make this a great book. But it doesn't. The human characters, who get viewpoints from time to time, are flat. I don't read much horror, but I imagine we need to feel some sympathy for them in order for the horror to have the proper effect. Honestly, I didn't like any of these characters. Dad was a stereotypical middle class jerk, Mom was a little better, but was a caricature of moms everywhere, and the kids had about two lines each. Except Teddy, and he acted like a prat most of the time. Uncle Ted is a little more sympathetic, with all the horrible stuff that's been happening to him lately, but the descriptions of his past are so matter-of-fact that I don't really care about him either. The only connection I have to these people is Thor likes them, and I like Thor, so I root for Thor's family because I don't want Thor to be sad.

So, I liked it, it moved me emotionally, but honestly it's not a great book. It's not the bests werewolf novel out there(I hope), and it's certainly not the best book written from an animal's viewpoint. Read it only if you've exhausted all the other possibilities, or if everything else at the airport bookstore is absolute trash.
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Actually, I really enjoyed the book (Kindle edition) until the last page or 2. The kindle edition is missing the remaining pages. Kinda like Kindle does the magazines you download. They abridge them so there are missing articles and pictures. Now, they do mention that there are some things missing from the "Kindle Edition" but gee, who reads the fine print? If you want complete magazines go with Zinio. All articles and pictures are in the download versions. Also Kindle versions are many times more expensive than the printed versions. Seems the lack of honor in today's business world is astounding.

Edited (calmed down) version:
I would like to offer an apology to the author, Wayne Smith. Mr. Smith, I am sorry for letting my temper get the best of me in my previous review of your book, and the 1-star rating. In all honesty, it is a great book in my opinion. I had the paperback for years and read it 2 or more times through the years. As I don't have that anymore, I got the Kindle edition and was so upset with their cutting off one or more pages, I took that out in the review. I am sincerely sorry. I appreciate you sending a nice note asking why I would give the book a 1 star when it is not the author's fault that Amazon or Kindle left out pages. As you said, that was like giving a movie a bad rating because someone sneezed. You are absolutely correct. You also asked if I had contacted Amazon. Yes, I sent an email to Amazon and another to Kindle. They have not responded (which is probably best, as I am now publicly embarrassed.), however, that is not the issue. Thank you for your note and "on the mark" comments. I will think before I fire up next time. Lastly, thank you for a great book and the fact that you actually read the comments. Would love for you to write another...book, that is, not a comment....

Respectfully submitted,
Alan Arnold
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