|Hal's weapon of choice: a catch pole|
Phoenix provides lots of verbal and physical humor throughout the book. For example, when Hal, Gally, and Nick begin to analyze the situation, Nick wonders what fortune tellers and hippies have in common. Galahad, the snark specialist, answers, “Garish colors?...Poor fashion sense? A lack of deodorant?” Then, when Nick begins to lose the gist of the discussion, Gally distracts him by throwing a rubber squeak-toy squirrel across the room. "Nick's head swiveled. His eyes gleamed…Mad rubber squeaking followed."
Also funny is the fact that when Gally and Nick are in animal form, Hal is always able to discern the exact meaning of Gally's purrs and stares and Nick's howls. Here's a typical "conversation" between Gally and Hal:
If you’re looking for a humorous urban fantasy to cheer up the dreary monotony of a wintry day, this book is a good choice. It would also be a great beach read. I doubt, though, that Hal and his buddies could withstand the pressure of a series. It's probably best that this remains a single, humorous stand-alone. Click HERE to read an excerpt.
FULL DISCLOSURE: My review of "Thinning the Herd" is based on an electronic advance reading copy (ARC) of the book that I received from the publisher through Netgalley. I received no promotional or monetary rewards, and the opinions in this review are strictly my own.