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Fluke [Paperback]

James Herbert
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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
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5.0 out of 5 stars What,My Favorite Movie a Book? Sept. 2 1998
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A father dies in a car accident when driving fast home from work. Tom then comes back as a dog,a mutt. He meets another dog,who soon dies while they escape a chemist lab for dogs. Tom meets a poor lady and earns her money by a game that he wins. She names him "Fluke". He goes to his original family,where he see's his son and has no way to tell him who he is. The family decides to adopt him,then when his wife's new husband walks in oneday,Fluke attacks her. They then throw Fluke outside and don't let him in. The next day there is a blizzard and Tom's son is sick. The boy comes after Fluke,wanting his dog back. When he finds Fluke,at night,he is freezing,almost dead. The mother comes in and see's Fluke and the boy,near Tom's grave. Tom uses his paw to whipe away something on his grave that said "And Forever He Lay In Peace". His wife soon knew who he was and began to cry silently. She grabbed her child and Fluke ran away. The next day he was in the country and was far away. Then he met his friend,who had died,and was now in a squirrle body.
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5.0 out of 5 stars not the usual James Herbert Aug. 1 2000
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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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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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Tom( a father) was driveing from work when he got into a accedent and died. Tom whent into the body of a Golden Retriever pup who got put in the pound. Fluke is going to be put to sleep when he runs out of the pound and on the streets. He meets a old homeless women named Bella. Bella gave the young red pup his name Fluke when he found a little jewl under a shell. Bella died and Fluke found Rombo, a Saint Bernard who diddn't lissten to Fluke when Fluke was seeing is famely. Rombo dies so Fluke finds his famely. Fluke missed his famely too much when he was with them. Fluke ran away from his famely after finding his son at his grave. He showed his wife that he was Tom and then left his famely.
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5.0 out of 5 stars There's more to life... July 2 1999
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I've read hundreds of books in my life but only a handfull have really touched me. This is one of them. It's a simple story but it's told so well you can feel the frustration of the main character. I read this book a few years ago and to this day, it makes me wonder what my dog is really thinking or seeing. Most books have reviews that say things like, "couldn't put it down" or "made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up". This book really did all that and more. If you're looking for a good quick book, this is the one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful, moving novel Aug. 3 2000
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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 Gentle fantasy is a shocking change of pace. Feb. 26 2002
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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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