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Fluke [Paperback]

James Herbert
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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April 23 1999

He was a stringy mongrel, wandering the streets of the city, driven by a ravenous hunger and hunting a quarry he could not define. But he was something more. Somewhere in the depths of his consciousness was a memory clawing its way to the surface, tormenting him. The memory of what he had once been—a man.

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"The author has an undeniable knack for thrilling, as few other writers have . . . he sure can tell a devil of a story."  —Literary Review
--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Middling March 16 2014
By M Sockel TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a hard book to review, in the main because we've come to expect more from Herbert.

A great premise is spoiled by 2 dimensional characters and a lack of humour
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not at all what I expected April 25 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
This was the first James Herbert book I read. I was intrigued at the notion of a man finding himself as a dog. I guess I was expecting something a bit more supernatural but 3/4 of the book was the life of a dog. I won't spoil the ending but suffice it to say that the book ends with home still a dog. The book was certainly well written but my expectations were more than a reincarnation story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gentle fantasy is a shocking change of pace. Feb. 26 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Fluke tells the tale of an abandoned dog named Fluke that has past life memories of being a man, a man that was evidently murdered. Fluke then goes on an odyssey to find his home, his family, and his killer. Getting there alternates between funny and frightening. Herbert shows genuine skill as a fantasist here and I wish it was a talent that he tried explore more often, as this is his best novel.
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This is a surprise. With Herbert, you usually got a gore-fest, and when I started reading this book about a man who finds himself in a dog's body, I imagined there would be lurid descriptions of dogs ripping apart other living things, probably humans. Far from it. This book is as cleverly written and as skilfully told as anything by Richard Matheson or Jonathan Aycliffe, and I do not make such comparisons lightly. 'Fluke' describes the dog's (told in the first person-or should that be in the first dog?) quest to discover his previous humanness. It is a journey both of discovery and self-awareness. Herbert vividly describes what it (probably) feels like to be a dog, capturing the world of smells and canine desires; and the lingering sense of his previous humanity that propels him to discover who he was before he became a dog. The ending is moving without being sentimental. An unusual and satisfying book and one that I can fully recommend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful, moving novel Aug. 3 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
A while back someone attempted to make a movie of this book and screwed up completely, turning a beautiful, moving novel rich with spirituality into a cleaned-up pseudo-heartwarming Disneyfied kiddie pic. What a shame. This is one of the most beautiful novels I have ever read and it's spiritual message about acceptance and moving on, as well as the wages of karma, cannot be ignored. If you can find it, read it (ignore the classification on the spine, although "Fluke" is written by a horror writer, it is NOT horror).
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5.0 out of 5 stars not the usual James Herbert Aug. 1 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
There is the James Herbert who pioneered the visceral "creature feature" which emerged in Britain just as Stephen King was inventing modern American horror fiction, there is the James Herbert who went on to create tense supernatural or alternative reality thrillers - and then we have the James Herbert who wrote Fluke. This particular James Herbert has not really written anything similar since. The original publisher's blurb on the cover said: "The story of a man who thinks he's a dog...or a dog who thinks he's a man." There is no more concise way of summarising the plot. Perfectly imagined, beautifully-paced. For my money, this ranks alongside, if not ahead of, the best of Richard Adams. I remember seeing a TV interview with Herbert in which he recalled that his publisher was horrified by the manuscript...because there was no horror. He suggested that Herbert make the dog rabid. Luckily, Herbert didn't listen.
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5.0 out of 5 stars VERY FUNNY BUT I WOULD NOT CLASS IT AS A HORROR! Aug. 19 1999
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
I found the book very funny although it said it was a horror. it wasn't scary at all.
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