- Mass Market Paperback: 160 pages
- Publisher: Ace; Reissue edition (November 1, 1989)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0441346634
- ISBN-13: 978-0441346639
- Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 7 x 4.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,883,369 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Howling Mad Mass Market Paperback – November 1, 1989
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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.
"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.
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...
There's something to creep you out a little too...
Wish I could meet the author, I would love to talk with someone that can think like the writer of this book obviously does...
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Glad I finally found a copy of this book.
Peter does indeed balance humor well with his writing. Read more
The leader of the pack is defending his territory and his mate and his pack when he's bitten by a werewolf. I love this twist. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Joy V. Smith
Reverse werewolf. Peter David's earlier works. Funny. Creative. Nuff said!Published 13 months ago by Peter J. Bower
An well written book, with a nice twist that keeps you reading.Published 17 months ago by Paul Abeyta
I'd long been a fan of Peter David's work in the comic books, so when he turned to writing novels I very much looked forward to the result. I was not disappointed. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Steven Woodcock
About 20 years ago I started reading this book and accidentally left it a cab. I HAD to buy another copy, and it was worth the twice price. Read morePublished on July 24, 2011 by Simone
The Werewolf's Guide to Life: A Manual for the Newly Bitten Fantastic tale of a wolf bitten by a man, or werewolf in reverse if you like, it will have you laughing and crying! Read morePublished on September 18, 2009 by Mr. Karle Thomas
I loved this book - absolutely loved it! The premise was utterly unique and just terrific (what happens when a werewolf bites a regular wolf). Read morePublished on August 12, 2009 by Yolanda S. Bean
Peter David's book, Howling Mad, sat on my shelf for over a year before I picked it up to read. Three hours later I put it back. Why? I was done! Read morePublished on September 2, 2005 by N. Bilmes