Ay although I d never read the book before the reading experience was almost similar to that f reading a comfort read for me And I found the characters likable enough because none Radio Crackling, Radio Gone of them were theld characters I loved being rendered utterly unrecognizable as happened with the last books in the Vampire Chronicles So I enjoyed it It wasn t a hard read at all for me I read it in a day I reminded me a lot The Legend of Joaquin Murrieta: California's Gold Rush Bandit of The Mummy for example Thenly two aspects Limey Gumshoe of this book that I felt set it apart from her earlier writing was 1 It was much Catholic That aspect was muchvert 2 It was less gay Maritime Academy Graduate: Memoir Of A Third Mate or should I say less bi sexual There was a gay character but he was very clearly marked as such unlike the general love and affection between men in her earlier book where every male character including the hero fell in love with another manr mentioned having been in love with another man despite never being identified as gay r bisexualAlso I can nly end with 3 points1 The phrase Man Wolf never stopped being funny2 There was WAY too much werewolfhuman sex3 The most hilarious line in the book Well you re Trouble Looking for a Place to Happen one splendid boy wolf I ll tell you that Hard to believe this book is from the same author who gave us the geniusf Lestat and Memnoch THE WOLF GIFT is not Anne Rice at her best Before I begin this review I have to mention a few things I have read several reviews both here Dressed for Thrills: 100 Years of Halloween Costumes and Masquerade on Goodreads andn and I have to say people don t get it They don t get this book they read drivel like 50 Shades Harcourt School Publishers Collections of Greyr Twilight and believe that those books are good examples From Paella to Porridge: A Farewell to Mallorca and a Scottish Adventure of supernatural andor erotic literature They are not For every person that is grossedut by icky MorphenkindHuman sexual relations On Toby's Terms or turnedff n the whole novel because they main character starts ut by cheating Max Lerner: Pilgrim in the Promised Land on his girlfriend This book is not for you If you cannot understand the mythological contextf werewolf as the primal human sexuality this is not for you If you are so naive to believe that good people don t find love in peculiar places Then this book is not for you Frankly I don t see how anyone who has ever read an Anne Rice book would be shocked at any f these events I consider myself an Anne Rice fan though I have not read all f her books I stopped the Vampire Chronicles in the middle Indiscretion of Memnoch the Devil It was clear she was having a religious epiphany and I did not want my beloved characters forces into it with her I read the Livesf the Mayfair witches through most f Taltos I picked up Pandora Merrick and Blood and Gold and longed to find ut what happened when the characters met in the crossovers books I have yet to go back and find them So I chose the Wolf Gift to begin my new journey with AnneI am glad I did While it is true that Anne s writing has changed ver the years I don t think that this change detracts from her ability to tell a great story I am not going to go into a recap f the story here you can find that information Soul Dust on a book jacketr in any number The Dyfed Enigma: Unidentified Flying Objects in West Wales of thether reviews 6S: The 6S Review, Issue 2 on this siteWhat I can say is that she has drawn us into the worldf the morphenkind by introducing us to Reuben Golding A young man who is Blackbird obviously living in the wrong time he is wise beyond his years and drawn into the mysteryf Nideck Point a large property that carries with it many secretsNow as someone who has not grown up privileged like Reuben I still found it easy to relate to him He is intrigued by mythology and literature and by the world that came before him It was easy to see how someone could get caught up in a mysterious house even before the tragedy that befalls him which ultimately changes his life foreverI am a lover Midwest Maize: How Corn Shaped the U.S. Heartland of mythology especially supernatural mythology and have done mywn research Surly Bonds on werewolves I found it refreshing that she turned this genren it head by not including many Sex, Lies, and Videotape of the recently created tropes associated with werewolf folklore There was no lunar cycle no silver bullet Anne is known for her impeccable research into a topic before writing and you can tell she did it hereThenly con I found in reading this novel was that there is some echo The Sanford Guide to Hepatitis Therapy 2016-2017 of her vampire mythology hiding in these pages How can their not be You have immortal creatures who must kill as a meansf survival There is the struggle between good and evilas alwaysI for Syzygy: Reflections on the Monastery of the Seven Rays one cannot wait until October 2013 when the seuel is released I want to know about the Morphenkind and their adventures throughout history I feel like there was a good book in here somewhere She had a plot with a beginning middle and end Well the plot arch ended and the antagonist was resolved and then the book wentn for another 100 pages just talking about the history f this wolf gift It was so long Anne put a lot and I mean a lot f theology discussion in here that wasn t very relevant to the story It simply bogged it down Where was her editor The middle part Whore Stories: A Revealing History of the World's Oldest Profession of the book that had the actual story was a decent story Anne s books always had a streakf theology in them but I don t remember them bogging down the story so much It seems to me that since she did her Jesus series the theology in her stories got ut f controlThe story is about the wolf gift r Anne s story f a werewolf The change is not tied to the moon and We, the People: Of Earth Elders of course theynly like to kill evil people She has upped their power to god like status like she did in the Va. Ter a brutal attack Reuben finds himself changing His hair is longer his skin is sensitive and her can.
Originally I gave The Wolf Gift four stars because I did like its story and it was fun to read despite a few boring parts and many infodumps but there s a reason I m giving The Wolf Gift three stars which I will explain later Black Marxism: The Making of the Black Radical Tradition on in this review Prosf The Wolf Gift 1 First مترو off I loved the descriptionsf the Nideck house They really painted an image in my head f this big elegant house verlooking the sea 2 Marin County was ne f the main settings in The Wolf Gift I loved seeing names and places I m familiar with in this book such as the Muir Woods and Mount Tam 3 The uniue take Anne Rice had Oldies but Goodies on the werewolf making it different than the werewolf story we all know where the person turns into a werewolf every full moon and rampages everything in sight 4 The descriptionsf change in Reuben the change in his sight hearing and smell and also how how Reuben dealt with becoming a werewolf and used it to become a and I use this term loosely hero 5 The mystery There s not much I can say about the mystery A Month of Sundays of The Wolf Gift but what I can say is get ready for some twists latern in the story Cons Evangeline, a Master For Tonight Companion Novel of The Wolf Gift 1 There s icky humanwerewolf sex goingn in this book And not just Beneath the Jolly Roger one scene There s also sex scenes where he s not a werewolf but he s not single either2 Corny poetic sayings such as Yet it terrified him that he might surrender his conscious soul to the heartf the beast pumping withinYou ve got to be kidding me The beast pumping within 3 Really The Man Wolf That s what you choose to call yourself I cringed every time I read that along with the word Merzbook: The Pleasuredome of Noise orgasmic How can a bestselling and well respected author use the wordrgasmic countless times in ne book I think she forgot she isn t writing ne Pig of her erotic books 4 The ending was disappointing especially considering the huge build up throughout the whole book but eventually we are all let down and left with an ending like That5 The characters in the book really just weren t good Yes Reuben s brother is a priest but don t worry That doesn t make any difference in the book Here I was hoping there would be an inner struggle in Reuben s brother between fighting for what he believes in in Christianityr letting Reuben go around doing whatever the hell he wants whenever the hell he wants There was none Scipio Rising (Scipio Africanus of that Reuben s brother was surprisingly acceptingf everything his brother did which really was a shock to me Then there s Reuben s mother who s a doctor Do I care No Did she make a difference in the book Hardly any This con ties in with my last con because my last albeit biggest con in the book is Reuben And here is the major reason I gave The Wolf Gift three stars instead f the riginal four After finishing The Wolf Gift I reflected Rim of the Pit (Rogan Kincaid, on the four star rating and thoughtf something that turned me They Also Serve off in the book And thene thing I could come up with that really got to me is Reuben At the end Conversations From The Neighborhood Ice Cream Shop: 8 Keys To Rediscovering Lost Dreams And Finding Your Life's Calling of the first chapter Reuben has sex with a woman named Marchent And no that is not a spoiler because it happens so early in the book like I said the endingf chapter No Time for Sergeants one This happens within what One maybe two hoursf them two even knowing each ther And to make it worse Reuben has a girlfriend Oh joy But this isn t the first time he cheats n his girlfriend Oh no it s not The second time he has sex with the girl within minutes f meeting her and goes into detail f his erection and whatnot it s even disgusting because he s a werewolf at this moment but then he tries coming up with excuses n why it was acceptable to cheat n his girlfriend twice the reasons being that his girlfriend cheating Large Catechism of Martin Luther on him so it skay which extremely turned me Junior Jolt off Also when describing himself Reuben says he is and I uote a liar monster killer beast An abomination Well I m sure I m not thenly person who feels this way but the character Ceux de la posie vcue of Reuben really made me enjoy the book less than I would have if he was a little Hmmm What s the word Likable Yes likable However if you choose to read this book and you aren t bothered by Reuben I think you will end up enjoying it So the Wolf GiftWhat can I say It couldnly have been written by Anne Rice I m actually stumped as to how someone who hasn t read any f Anne Rice s books before would feel about this novelI get the feeling that the world f Anne Rice s books and the actual world have grown farther and farther apart as the years go by No ne dresses the way they do in her books No ne speaks the way they do in her books Certainly she had no concept Troublemaker:: One Man's Crusade Against China's Cruelty of age The hero Reuben already has his Masters at 23 for example I feel like she writes her historical books and her contemporary books in much the same way But her writing works for historical fictionr for example for the vampires who were mostly born in another time who tireless: often actlder than they look It sounds natural when Lestat says My god but not so much when a 16 year Teach Them Spanish!, Grade 1 old boy from California says itHowever her writing has a rhythm to it the essence hasn t changed at all It s her language her themes her character types her dialogue the catchphrases I recognize from so manyther books Dear God Lord God For the love f hell etc Powerfully excited was used at least ten times If you had told me that this was a lost manuscript from the 80s I would have believed you if not for the fact that everyone had an iPhoneIn that MAN OR MONSTERAnne Rice reinvented the vampire legendDiscover what she's done with the werewolf mythAf.
Mpire chronicles and she has tried to make them very sexy It did NOT land sexy with me It became bestiality and it just grossed me ut I didn t find the wolf people sexy in any way but Anne tried to make them that way These Man wolves were having sex with people and it bothered me I was thinking it felt so pointless I don t think they needed to be so verpowered They can heal most any wound and run too fast to see basically I have read most f Anne s works and maybe she was an author I needed in my 20s but the last few stories I have read I haven t been the biggest fan Kaleidoscope of This book became somewhatf a slog for me at times I enjoyed the beginning to middle and then I just couldn t wait for the thing to end Wow Just wow I had no idea Anne Rice had fallen so far I used to really like her Scratch that I loved the Vampire Chronicles a A young reporter narrowly escapes being mauled by a man wolf and soon finds himself changing into a man wolf by the light The Four Racketeers of the moon He begins taking the law into hiswn hands and soon has a horde f police and scientists looking for him as well as thers Phantoms Monsters: Mysterious Encounters of his kindEver run into anld flame and try to rekindle the spark For years I was a devout Anne Rice fan wolfing down the Vampire Chronicles and the Mayfair Witches books with reckless abandon After a few years Smithereens of that I started seeing changes inur relationship After a few disappointing books like Blackwood Farm Anne and I parted ways Late last year Anne s path crossed with mine The Book of Not Knowing: Exploring the True Nature of Self, Mind, and Consciousness once again when I learnedf the Wolf Gift Could we recapture the Dark Diversions old magicNO And here s what went downI really wanted to like this book but there are many reasons why I didn t Firstff I didn t care about the main character at all His name is Reuben he s 23 and he drives a Porsche While I m sure there are likeable 23 year ld Porsche drivers Reuben is not ne Yamashita's Ghost: War Crimes, Macarthur's Justice, and Command Accountability of them He s a really bland character with no real traitsther than inexplicably having sex with women who aren t his girlfriend and talking like a 45 year Mind of the Raven: Investigations and Adventures with Wolf-Birds old philosophy majorThe restf the characters are similarly thin I know I m supposed to think it s interesting that Reuben s brother is a priest r his mother is a doctor but they are pretty much definied by their jobs The ther man wolves are pretty interchangeable as charactersThe writing isn t very good either It s clunky and chock full f infodumps Maybe I m looking back at Anne Rice s previous work through the rose colored glasses f nostalgia but I can t remember her earlier work being this badly writtenAll that being said I did find some things Lord of The Heart: Regency Romance of value in The Wolf s Gift I actually like the mythology she s created for her werewolves the Chrism and so forth as well as therigin f the species I also like that Reuben was accepting f the change and started acting like a werewolf version Love! Valour! Compassion! of Batman The restf the book just didn t do it for me It was Scream obviously meant to the be the first book in a series and the climaxf the story Kumiko and the Dragon occurs way before the endSorry Anne maybe we ll try again in another ten years 2 stars Here s a little history I read Anne Rice when I was a teenager back in 1976 Yep I was sixteen When I was twenty five Anne blew my mind with The Vampire Lestat Hail the Brat Prince Damn I still think Lestat isne Probabilities on the Heisenberg Group: Limit Theorems and Brownian Motion of the best characters ever and yes he has influenced my writing In fact I raced through the novel again to prime myself for The Wolf Gift To backtrack I thought the Stopped reading for good I don t stop reading a book veryften but I hated the writing especially the inconsistency The Purpose of Creation of the narrator s tone Hated I didn t expect to dislike it so much At the endf this book my first thoughts werenow to begin an amazing series f chronicles and I hope that this is Rice s intention In my eyes not as good as her greats like Cry to Heaven The Feast f All Saints r the earlier Vampire Chronicles but definitely back to her riginal style And I weep with relief Gone is that evil demon who replaced Anne in Christian clothing for so long replaced nce again with the witty intelligent woman who encompasses her tales around the great arguments f theology and human spirit in a well rounded true to debate styleyFor the woman who made the Vampire real not some Twihard idiot it should A Good Indian Wife only be correct that she be allowed to take the baton forward into the dark and nightly worldf the werewolf The story was somewhat erratic for me in places and although I loved not knowing where it was going I felt disjointed from her direction at times However Stage Fright overall I think this a job well done and definitely loved the later endf the book and where it looks to go in the future I also prefered the historical characters within this tale and felt connected to them in the brief memories and meetings than I did to Reuben r Laura In fact I would go far as to say that I did not really like Reuben Laura r any A Mighty Lewd Book of the female characters that much at all but I m hoping that their future development would provetherwise This was not because their characters held any great flaws but simply that I couldn t connect with them Reuben seemed to fall in love with any willowy woman at the drop Die endlose Steppe of a hat and Laura had no true depth for me therefore beingnly annoying in her presence view spoiler Plus she shags a werewolf the first moment she meets him IN WOLF FORMurgh hide spoiler. 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