Tooth and Claw

Tooth and Claw

Book - 2009
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Here is a tale of a family dealing with the death of their father, a son who goes to court for his inheritance, a son who agonizes over his father's deathbed confession, a daughter who falls in love, a daughter who becomes involved in the abolition movement, and a daughter sacrificing herself for her husband. Here is what sounds for all the world like an enjoyable Victorian novel, perhaps by Anthony Trollope ... except that everyone in the story is a dragon, red in tooth and claw. Here are politics and train stations, churchmen and family retainers, courtship, and country houses ... which, on the death of an elder, family members gather to eat the body of the deceased. In which society's high and mighty members avail themselves of the privilege of killing and eating the weaker children, which they do with ceremony and relish, growing stronger thereby. You have never read a novel like Tooth and Claw.
Publisher: New York : 2009. Orb,
ISBN: 9780765319517
0765319519
Branch Call Number: AF WALT

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Suzanne_Library
Sep 15, 2012

More Galsworthy than Austen. The juxtaposition of Victorian-style manners and the dragons' practice of eating their dead was very entertaining. Light, escapist reading. "Among Others" is completely different and much, much better.

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jenevold
Aug 18, 2012

Not quite Emma for dragons, but a fun Austenesque tone.

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GuyN
Dec 21, 2011

I had high expectations. If you don't and aren't an Austen fan this could be 3 stars or better. Now begins my disappointed and snarky initial review
.Dragons? Cool! A 19th century novel in the character driven style of Austen or Trollope? Priceless! Tooth and Claw? Lizard Tripe! Walton's prose isn't up to the opportunity that she sets up and her cardboard characters are out of a cheap melodrama. You would be far better off to read any Austen novel followed by Elvenbane by Andre Norton.

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hweinert
Sep 15, 2011

What an unusual book! It was a bit like reading Jane Austen, but the protagonists are all dragons, with dragonish values and ways to get ahead in society. Collecting gold, sleeping on gold, eating deceased members of the family, religious dogma - all very compelling in an odd way.

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