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Howling Mad Mass Market Paperback – March 1, 1999


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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Ace; Reissue edition (March 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0441346634
  • ISBN-13: 978-0441346639
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #714,695 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Peter David is a prolific author whose career, and continued popularity, spans nearly two decades. He has worked in every conceivable media: television, film, books (fiction, nonfiction, and audio), short stories, and comic books, and acquired followings in all of them.


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Peter David is the New York Times bestselling author of numerous Star Trek novels, including the incredibly popular New Frontier series. In addition, he has also written dozens of other books, including his acclaimed original novel, Sir Apropos of Nothing, and its sequel, The Woad to Wuin. David is also well known for his comic book work, particularly his award-winning run on The Incredible Hulk. He recently authored the novelizations of both the Spider-Man and Hulk motion pictures.He lives in New York.

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I can't believe I waited so long to read HOWLING MAD.
mellion108
Wish I could meet the author, I would love to talk with someone that can think like the writer of this book obviously does...
Brian Scott O'keefe
His sense of humor and creativity have always made the most interesting stories.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By mellion108 VINE VOICE on August 27, 2000
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I can't believe I waited so long to read HOWLING MAD. Peter David takes a traditional mythical creature and stands it on its head. "Josh" is a standard timberwolf that runs into trouble when he's bitten by a werewolf. At the full moon he starts turning into a human man. This story follows his trials and tribulations of trying to accept his transformation, being taken far away from his forest and then trying to return to his pack. Along the way he encouters Darlene, a co-dependent do-gooder who falls in love with him; Duncan, the vampire, who leads a rather non-traditional vampiric existence; and the werewolf himself who is intent on destroying Josh. Josh struggles between his wolf self and his human self, and it's a scream to watch how he develops as a human man (no enlightened savant here, it's beer and television all the way). The story is told by Josh as a series of recollections to an unseen writer who is a friend of Darlene. The characters are quirky, the plot is fantastic, and even the wolves have funny dialogue. I laughed so hard throughout the novel that people started to ask if I was alright! It's funny, it's fast-paced, and it's delightfully tongue-in-cheek. This one is a keeper!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 28, 1999
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"Howling Mad" is one of Peter David's first books, and ranks as one of his best. Why this gem was out of print for so long is beyond me. Peter David has always had a talent for adding comedy into his stories without making them simply an excersise in silliness. And the plot, about a wolf bitten by a particularly nasty werewolf, is wholly original. And lets not forget about the vampire...or the beautiful girl...or the...oh, just by all means READ THIS BOOK!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 8, 1997
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One of the funniest books I have ever read in any genre! Howling Mad is a biting tale of a poor, confused wolf who gets bitten by a werewolf... and faces the horrible curse of becoming a human every night of the full moon. When this "were-man" is accidently sent to New York, the fur really starts to fly. A wry and inventive twist on the entire genre of horror, I truly could not put it down (except when I was laughing too hard). A must read, no matter how hard it is to find
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Maciej TOP 1000 REVIEWER on April 2, 2012
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This short and very little known book tells the tale of a wolf who was bitten by a werewolf and now, at every full moon the poor beast changes into a man - something it is really not happy about...

"Howling mad" is extremely well written, hysterically funny, very clever and keeps good suspense until the end. This is also one of the best books on werewolves and lycanthropy I ever read (as good as "Wolfen", just less scary). It can be easily read in three evenings and I can guarantee you will have a merry good laugh every page or two and will enjoy a very interesting tale of surnatural at every line. Wolf's comments on humanity in general (and New Yorkers in particular) are a pure delight!

The werewolf who is the villain in this book is a real piece of (evil) art and his mysterious ally (always calling him collect from a phone booth) is even better! And then there is also the girl, a not so succesful animal rights activist, who plays an important role in wolf's dealings with human society - her character is extremely touching and introduces an element of suspense and tension, as her survival becomes more and more uncertain...

I loved this book, I had a great time reading it and I am certainly going to check more titles by Peter David.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mojo Jojo on September 19, 2005
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I love Peter David when he writes comics. In that medium, he is one of my absolute favorites. Unfortunately, his skill doesn't seem to translate into other areas quite as well. Don't misinterpret that though because this is a pretty good novel.

It's short, and I like short. Modern fiction of nearly every genre is soooo long. And the stories are not any deeper, the writing any more complex. They're just loooong, excessively plotted, redundantly written. I rarely read a novel that can't lose at least a hundred pages. My GF says most people are wannabe writers but that I'm a wannabe editor. True, because even this novel could lose a few pages here or there.

But it's still good. An amusing idea presented in an interesting style. Read the summary if you want the plot. I'm not going to get into it. But if you're looking for something fairly unique, I recommend it.

One of the better, unintended elements of the novel to me is that occasionally it breaks into present tense and has the wolf talk to the narrator. These bits were totally unnecessary to me, and since they were italicized, I just skipped them automatically. If you the kind of reader who likes them, then go right ahead. I liked the easy way of telling what I didn't care about reading, though it was unintentional. I wish more books did that.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Brian Scott O'keefe on July 13, 2004
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I happened to catch this book for $1 and I gotta say I REALLY liked it. I don't know that I woulda been happy if I had paid the $5.99 that on the cover?! But I would recommend this for anything that enjoys a good supernatural beings book ( vampires, werewolves, fairies, etc... ). It handles it well.
A Comedy?
I don't think so... But, it is rather tongue-in-cheek at a few points, it'll make you chuckle.
I guess the best light I could put it in is this...
If this was a TV show?
I would compare this to a mixture of "The X-Files and Monk".
There's something to make you smile, but it ain't JUST a comedy...
and
There's something to creep you out a little too...
Good read!
Wish I could meet the author, I would love to talk with someone that can think like the writer of this book obviously does...
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