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The Wolf Gift: The Wolf Gift Chronicles (1) by [Rice, Anne]
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""The Wolf Gift" is vintage Anne Rice--a lushly written, gothic...metaphysical tale. This time, with werewolves." --Alexandra Alter, "The Wall Street Journal "" ""Anne Rice has done it again. In her latest novel, "The Wolf Gift," the woman who single-handedly, reinvented the vampire genre puts her formidable talent to work rewriting 'were-wolf' lore and in the end succeeds magnificently." --Nola Cancel, "Examiner"" "" ""[Rice] returns to the lushly evocative scenery and gothic atmosphere of her vampire novels with great success. . . her reimagining of a well-worn mythology is fresh and intriguing. Fans of Rice's "The Vampire Chronicles" and "The Lives of the Mayfair Witches" series should delight in this new saga delivered in the author's distinctive style. Part creation story, part love story, all excellent!" --Bette Lee Fox, "Library Journal (starred)"" "" ""I want to howl at the moon over this...I devoured these pages...[A] terrific new novel. . . . The plot [is] magnetic, the characters fascinating, and Rice's style as solid and engaging as anything she has written since her early vampire chronicle fiction."--Alan Cheuse, "The Boston Globe" "Rice weaves her trademark meditations on the role of supernatural creatures in society into an often thrilling, page-turning yarn" --Kristine Huntley, "Booklist"" " "[A]n energetic gambol, feisty and terrific fun. . . . [A] fast-paced, heady romp that ranks with her best. . . . "Wolf Gift" is irresistible."--Joy Tipping, "The Dallas Morning News" "[I]n Rice's hands, "The Wolf Gift "evolves from a fantastical romp into an engrossing thriller. . . ."--Liz Colville, "San Francisco Chronicle" "Anne Rice combines a vast literary gift with a shameless love of sex, beauty and pop culture. Her artistic vision is part Bela Lugosi, part Andy Warhol, part Christina the Astonishing, the medieval holy woman who could famou

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The Wolf Gift is vintage Anne Rice—a lushly written, gothic…metaphysical tale. This time, with werewolves.”
 
—Alexandra Alter, The Wall Street Journal
 
“Anne Rice has done it again.  In her latest novel, The Wolf Gift, the woman who single-handedly, reinvented the vampire genre puts her formidable talent to work rewriting ‘were-wolf’ lore and in the end succeeds magnificently.”
 
—Nola Cancel, Examiner
 
 
“[Rice] returns to the lushly evocative scenery and gothic atmosphere of her vampire novels with great success. . . her reimagining of a well-worn mythology is fresh and intriguing. Fans of Rice’s The Vampire Chronicles and The Lives of the Mayfair Witches series should delight in this new saga delivered in the author’s distinctive style. Part creation story, part love story, all excellent!”
 
—Bette Lee Fox, Library Journal (starred)
 
 
“I want to howl at the moon over this…I devoured these pages…[A] terrific new novel. . . . The plot [is] magnetic, the characters fascinating, and Rice’s style as solid and engaging as anything she has written since her early vampire chronicle fiction.”
—Alan Cheuse, The Boston Globe
 
 
“Rice weaves her trademark meditations on the role of supernatural creatures in society into an often thrilling, page-turning yarn”
 
—Kristine Huntley, Booklist
 
 
“[A]n energetic gambol, feisty and terrific fun. . . . [A] fast-paced, heady romp that ranks with her best. . . . Wolf Gift is irresistible.”
—Joy Tipping, The Dallas Morning News
 

“[I]n Rice’s hands, The Wolf Gift evolves from a fantastical romp into an engrossing thriller. . . .”
—Liz Colville, San Francisco Chronicle

 
“Anne Rice combines a vast literary gift with a shameless love of sex, beauty and pop culture. Her artistic vision is part Bela Lugosi, part Andy Warhol, part Christina the Astonishing, the medieval holy woman who could famously “smell sin.”…The Wolf Gift will leave open-minded readers howling for more.”
—Aidan Johnson, The Globe and Mail

 
“[E]xciting tale of a contemporary werewolf. . . . Rice’s classic concerns regarding good and evil and shifting views of reality play out wonderfully in what will surely please fans and newcomers alike.”
Publishers Weekly

 
“[O]ne part ‘Beauty and the Beast’ love story, one part meditation on morality and immortality, and one part superman tale. . . . Told in the memorable style that won Rice’s vampire series so many readers, The Wolf Gift is an intriguing new take on the classic werewolf legend…Rice deepens and gives nuance to classic werewolf lore.”
—Diana Pinckley, New Orleans Times-Picayune

 
“Rice has never shied away from tackling Big Issues…The Wolf Gift marks a return to form while still giving a nod to spiritual matters…[A] delectable cocktail of old-fashioned lost-race adventure, shape-shifting and suspense.”
-Elizabeth Hand, The Washington Post

 
“Anne Rice is back”
—Tirdad Derakhshani, The Philadelphia Inquirer

 
“[W]ritten with compelling modernity…The Wolf Gift is a strong—and welcome—return to the monster mythology that made Anne Rice famous.”
—Rob LeFebvre, Shelf Awareness

 
“With both thrilling acts of horror and a final act that is deeply based in the mythology of the Wolf Gift and its history --- and bordering on lycanthropic existentialism --- this novel opens readers up to a world they only thought they knew…The characters come alive, and the strange history of the Nideck family will jump off the page and enter the readers’ nightmares as Rice has found a new gothic saga to sink her teeth into.”
—Ray Palen, Bookreporter.com

Product Details

  • File Size: 3394 KB
  • Print Length: 418 pages
  • Publisher: Anchor (February 14, 2012)
  • Publication Date: February 14, 2012
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0060AY8K2
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By Biblioholic Beth TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 29, 2012
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It has been years since I've read an Anne Rice novel, and I was initially hesitant about this one. However, the premise sounded interesting, so I ordered it anyway just out of curiosity. I'm very glad that I did. I started this book day before yesterday, but late in the evening , and went to bed only a couple of chapters in. I picked it up again yesterday afternoon - and by the time I realized that it was far past my bedtime, I was almost finished and NEEDED to see how it ended.

Reuben is a fledgling reporter in San Francisco, the youngest son of a fairly well-to-do family. He heads up to Mendocino County to do a story about an old house with a lot of history being sold. He finds himself falling in love with the place, but wakes during the night to hear his host being attacked. As he goes to defend her, he is attacked himself, and then mysteriously saved. During his recovery, he finds that he is...changing. He is becoming what he always assumed was a werewolf. But as he learns more about himself and his new abilities, he has to decide whether what is has been given is actually a curse - or whether it is truly a gift.

The Wolf Gift is not your typical werewolf story - it turns the genre on its head in more than one way. There is a strong thread of Good vs. Evil within the story, but the parts are not necessarily played by those you would expect. How does one know true Evil? Can something seen as evil actually be a servant of Good? Tied to the Good and Evil debate is a strong exploration of the existence of God, and our expectations of right and wrong.

However. This is not a heavy-handed religion book.
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I've been a fan of Anne Rice's work since I was probably too young to be reading it, and I was cautiously optimistic when I heard that she was writing a werewolf book- would this, could this maybe be a return to the dark, intoxicating dream world of the early Vampire Chronicles?

Nope.

The book isn't all terrible. As always, Ms. Rice's powers of description are unmatched. As a relatively recent and wholehearted transplant to California's northern coast, I absolutely loved how she translated the unique beauty and character of this area into written words. Her spin on the classic werewolf legend is every bit as creative as any fan could expect it to be. There were a few parts of the story that fascinated and gripped me; unfortunately, those parts had nothing to do with the main plot or characters.

Really, I had two main issues with the book: one, nothing much happens; and two, most of the characters are irritating, undeveloped, extraneous, or all of the above.

The main character is Reuben Golding. He's 23, but sounds and acts like he's about 70. Seriously, the most cultured and mature of 23-year-old men do not sound like this guy, and if they did they'd be every bit as annoying as Reuben. He doesn't even dress like a young man... does anyone even wear turtlenecks anymore, let alone with double breasted blazers? Reuben is tall, beautiful, and wealthy... and that's pretty much it. He's supposedly intelligent and poetic, but he just comes across as pretentious. He reminds me quite a lot of Quinn Blackwood, actually. That's not a good thing.

Reuben doesn't do much of anything except rip bad guys apart, have sex, and write widely praised newspaper articles. Despite this, the "werewolf superhero" angle doesn't go very far.
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Anne Rice's latest offering, "The Wolf Gift," marks her long awaited return to the Gothic Horror genre in which her popular Mayfair Witch and Vampire Chronicles reside, bringing the ancient werewolf myth, with certain strange new twists, into modern times. "The Wolf Gift" weaves a tale of complex moral questions, stark violence and monstrous brutality against a hauntingly picturesque Northern California.

Charmingly, in the Wolf Gift Ms. Rice has created her most eloquent tribute to the writers of the 1800s, those who wrote older Werewolf stories to which her "Distinguished Gentleman" sometimes refer. She sets the story not in summer, but in the perpetually rainy and overcast Bay Area of Wintertime, evoking images of Victorian Gothic Novels with their London weather. She paints her forests with damp under brush and rolling fogs, her architecture - especially the increasingly mysterious mansion at Nideck Point in Mendocino - with secret places, trapped doors, and the same kind of detailed and loving brush which caused Gothic Horror to be named for its Gothic architecture.

But below all of this is a modern take on the coming-of-age story. Set in the present, its protagonist is very unlike Interview with the Vampire's Louis, who had and lost a wife and family by the age of 25: Reuben is the modern boy-man; still unsure of who he is at the age of 23, and completely unable to break away from the expectations of a brilliant, overbearing mother. Intelligent and creative, but naive and sheltered, two years out of college, he is still having trouble defending starting out on a career path of his own choosing, and is still living at home with his parents. Even his girlfriend seems to be someone chosen to please his family.
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