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The Wolf Gift MAN OR MONSTER Anne Rice reinvented the vampire legendDiscover what she s done with the werewolf mythAfter a brutal attack Reuben finds himself changing His hair is longer, his skin issensitive and her can hear things he never could beforeNow he must confront the beast within him or lose himself completely


About the Author: Anne Rice

Anne Rice born Howard Allen Frances O Brien is a best selling American author of gothic, supernatural, historical, erotica, and later religious themed books Best known for The Vampire Chronicles, her prevailing thematical focus is on love, death, immortality, existentialism, and the human condition She was married to poet Stan Rice for 41 years until his death in 2002 Her books have sold nearly 100 million copies, making her one of the most widely read authors in modern history.She uses the pseudonym Anne Rampling for adult themed fiction i.e., erotica and A.N Roquelaure for fiction featuring sexually explicit sado masochism.



10 thoughts on “The Wolf Gift

  1. says:

    A young reporter narrowly escapes being mauled by a man wolf and soon finds himself changing into a man wolf by the light of the moon He begins taking the law into his own hands and soon has a horde of police and scientists looking for him, as well as others of his kindEver run into an old 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 of that, I started s A young reporter narrowly escapes being mauled by a man wolf and soon finds himself changing into a man wolf by the light of the moon He begins taking the law into his own hands and soon has a horde of police and scientists looking for him, as well as others of his kindEver run into an old 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 of that, I started seeing changes in our relationship After a few disappointing books like Blackwood Farm, Anne and I parted ways Late last year, Anne s path crossed with mine once again when I learned of the Wolf Gift Could we recapture the old magic NO And here s what went down.I really wanted to like this book but there are many reasons why I didn t First off, 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 old Porsche drivers, Reuben is not one of them He s a really bland character with no real traits other than inexplicably having sex with women who aren t his girlfriend and talking like a 45 year old philosophy major.The rest of the characters are similarly thin I know I m supposed to think it s interesting that Reuben s brother is a priest or his mother is a doctor but they are pretty much definied by their jobs The other man wolves are pretty interchangeable as characters.The writing isn t very good either It s clunky and chock full of infodumps Maybe I m looking back at Anne Rice s previous work through the rose colored glasses of nostalgia but I can t remember her earlier work being this badly written.All that being said, I did find some things 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 the origin of the species I also like that Reuben was accepting of the change and started acting like a werewolf version of Batman The rest of the book just didn t do it for me It was obviously meant to the be the first book in a series and the climax of the story occurs way before the end.Sorry Anne, maybe we ll try again in another ten years 2 stars


  2. says:

    Before I begin this review I have to mention a few things I have read several reviews both here on Goodreads and onand I have to say people don t get it They don t get this book, they read drivel like 50 Shades of Grey or Twilight and believe that those books are good examples of supernatural and or erotic literature They are not For every person that is grossed out by icky Morphenkind Human sexual relations or turned off on the whole novel because they main character starts out by Before I begin this review I have to mention a few things I have read several reviews both here on Goodreads and onand I have to say people don t get it They don t get this book, they read drivel like 50 Shades of Grey or Twilight and believe that those books are good examples of supernatural and or erotic literature They are not For every person that is grossed out by icky Morphenkind Human sexual relations or turned off on the whole novel because they main character starts out by cheating on his girlfriend This book is not for you If you cannot understand the mythological context of 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 of these events I consider myself an Anne Rice fan, though I have not read all of her books I stopped the Vampire Chronicles in the middle 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 Lives of the Mayfair witches through most of Taltos I picked up Pandora, Merrick and Blood and Gold and longed to find out 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 Anne.I am glad I did While it is true that Anne s writing has changed over 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 of the story here, you can find that information on a book jacket or in any number of the other reviews on this site.What I can say is that she has drawn us into the world of the morphenkind by introducing us to Reuben Golding A young man, who is obviously living in the wrong time, he is wise beyond his years and drawn into the mystery of Nideck Point, a large property that carries with it many secrets.Now, 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 forever.I am a lover of mythology, especially supernatural mythology and have done my own research on werewolves I found it refreshing that she turned this genre on it head, by not including many 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 here.The only con I found in reading this novel was that there is some echo of her vampire mythology hiding in these pages How can their not be You have immortal creatures, who must kill as a means of survival There is the struggle between good and evil..as always.I, for one, cannot wait until October 2013, when the sequel is released I want to knowabout the Morphenkind and their adventures throughout history


  3. says:

    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 on in this review Pros of The Wolf Gift 1 First off, I loved the descriptions of the Nideck house They really painted an image in my head of this big, elegant house overlooking the sea 2 Marin County was one of the main settings in The Wolf Gift I loved seein 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 on in this review Pros of The Wolf Gift 1 First off, I loved the descriptions of the Nideck house They really painted an image in my head of this big, elegant house overlooking the sea 2 Marin County was one of 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 unique take Anne Rice had 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 descriptions of 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 of The Wolf Gift, but what I can say is get ready for some twists later on in the story Cons of The Wolf Gift 1 There s icky human werewolf sex going on in this book And not just 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 heart of the beast pumping withinYou ve got to be kidding me The beast pumping within 3 Really The Man WolfThat s what you choose to call yourself I cringed every time I read that, along with the word orgasmic How can a bestselling and well respected author use the word orgasmic countless times in one book I think she forgot she isn t writing one 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 That.5 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 Christianity, or letting Reuben go around, doing whatever the hell he wants, whenever the hell he wants There was none of that Reuben s brother was surprisingly accepting of 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 of the original four After finishing The Wolf Gift, I reflected on the four star rating, and thought of something that turned me off in the book And the one thing I could come up with that really got to me is Reuben At the end 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 ending of chapter one This happens, within, what One, maybe two hours of them two even knowing each other And to make it worse, Reuben has a girlfriend Oh joy But this isn t the first time he cheats on his girlfriend Oh, no it s not The second time, he has sex with the girl within minutes of meeting her, and goes into detail of his erection and whatnot it s evendisgusting because he s a werewolf at this moment , but then he tries coming up with excuses on why it was acceptable to cheat on his girlfriend twice, the reasons being that his girlfriend cheating on him, so it s okay , which extremely turned me off Also, when describing himself, Reuben says he is, and I quote, a liar, monster, killer, beast An abomination Well. I m sure I m not the only person who feels this way, but the character of Reuben really made me enjoy the book less than I would have if he was a littleHmmm 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


  4. says:

    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 is one 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 Mayfair Witches series was amazing I still don t understand how HBO hasn t crafted a killer series from 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 is one 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 Mayfair Witches series was amazing I still don t understand how HBO hasn t crafted a killer series from those books The Mummy was also remarkable but Rice let it die Why As a fan, I kept reading her books until I started wondering what the hell was going on in her universe The books seemedandsilly.Then Rice made the GOD jump She lost me there I said good luck and farewell.Then came The Wolf Gift Ooo, Rice explores the supernatural realm I bit I read.I read, read, read Surely I had been duped This couldn t be Anne Rice Well, wait, long rambling passages of purple prose check too much God stuff check passages in serious need of editing check.I lost count of how many characters stood in the door Ouch It s never comfortable being trapped inside a door.Okay, I ll stop rambling Let s get down to basics This book never engaged me The characters were distant and stiff If Rice had dropped a nuclear bomb on them, I would have shrugged and closed the book All the characters speak in the same, stilted cadences They all sound like boring history professors The good guys give soft glances and understanding expressions The bad guys smell like malice two evil doctors sound like Boris and Natasha from Rocky and Bullwinkle Man Wolf and Boy Wolf must die Ouch.Plus the scene between Ruben and faux Felix with the lawyers is pure Monty Python comedy I started laughing I finished because I wondered if Rice intended to keep this series going I smell a sequel Have fun I won t follow her into her mumbo jumbo God werewolf nonsense world.I ll end with a quote from Rice There was never a perfect joy in writing about Lestat Lestat suffers too much and does too many bad things with relish Really Rice trashes her best character Bye


  5. says:

    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 went on for another 100 pages just talking about the history of this wolf gift It was so long Anne put a lot, and I mean a lot of theology discussion in here that wasn t very relevant to the story It simply bogged it down Where was her editor The middle part of the book that had the actual story was a decent stor 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 went on for another 100 pages just talking about the history of this wolf gift It was so long Anne put a lot, and I mean a lot of theology discussion in here that wasn t very relevant to the story It simply bogged it down Where was her editor The middle part of the book that had the actual story was a decent story Anne s books always had a streak of 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 out of control.The story is about the wolf gift, or Anne s story of a werewolf The change is not tied to the moon and of course, they only like to kill evil people She has upped their power to god like status like she did in the Vampire 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 out 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 overpowered They can heal most any wound and run too fast to see basically I have read most of 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 of This book became somewhat of a slog for me at times I enjoyed the beginning to middle and then I just couldn t wait for the thing to end


  6. says:

    So, the Wolf Gift.What can I say It could only have been written by Anne Rice I m actually stumped as to how someone who hasn t read any of Anne Rice s books before would feel about this novel.I get the feeling that the world of Anne Rice s books and the actual world have grown farther and farther apart as the years go by No one dresses the way they do in her books No one speaks the way they do in her books Certainly she had no concept of age The hero, Reuben already has his Masters at 23 So, the Wolf Gift.What can I say It could only have been written by Anne Rice I m actually stumped as to how someone who hasn t read any of Anne Rice s books before would feel about this novel.I get the feeling that the world of Anne Rice s books and the actual world have grown farther and farther apart as the years go by No one dresses the way they do in her books No one speaks the way they do in her books Certainly she had no concept 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 fiction, or for example, for the vampires who were mostly born in another time, who often act older than they look It sounds natural when Lestat says, My god , but not so much when a 16 year old boy from California says it.However, 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 many other books Dear God , Lord God , For the love of 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 iPhone.In that way, although I d never read the book before, the reading experience was almost similar to that of reading a comfort read for me And I found the characters likable enough, because none of them were the old 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 of The Mummy, for example The only two aspects of this book that I felt set it apart from her earlier writing was 1 It was muchCatholic That aspect was muchovert 2 It was less gay, 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 man or mentioned having been in love with another man despite never being identified as gay or bisexual.Also, I can only end with 3 points.1 The phrase Man Wolf never stopped being funny.2 There was WAY too much werewolf human sex.3 The most hilarious line in the book Well, you re one splendid boy wolf I ll tell you that


  7. says:

    Stopped reading for good I don t stop reading a book very often, but I hated the writing, especially the inconsistency of the narrator s tone Hated I didn t expect to dislike it so much.


  8. says:

    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 and the Mayfair Witches I stopped reading her after Blackwood Farm, and when she was in her God phase, I disowned her completely So, when I learned she was back , and with a supernatural themed book to boot, I was so excited Yeah, not so fast.This book was terrible Simply terrible I dragged through reading it for weeks, just because I felt I owed it to her fro 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 and the Mayfair Witches I stopped reading her after Blackwood Farm, and when she was in her God phase, I disowned her completely So, when I learned she was back , and with a supernatural themed book to boot, I was so excited Yeah, not so fast.This book was terrible Simply terrible I dragged through reading it for weeks, just because I felt I owed it to her from past love of her writing, but it was painful The characters were so boring, they had zero substance, and weren t all that likeable And seriously, we re supposed to believe that Reuben was just magically okay with the fact he turned into a Man Wolf And he magically and immediately has an understanding of this gift, and races off to be a 4 footed Batman every night Without ever getting caught LAME And we re supposed to believe he was able to just jump into the sack with Marchent within 2 hours of meeting her Oh, and within 5 minutes of meeting Laura in the woods a Man Wolf, in his wolf form She just has no fear of this man wolf hybrid and is willing to have woman wolf sex with him Seriously And after sleeping with him twice, she s willing to move in with him and risk her life with him Ugh Oh yeah, and all the nasty talk about his man parts in wolf form, or all the disgusting descriptions of him eating a bobcat and a mountain lion YUCK and how orgasmic everything always is It was just stupid I thought the whole supernatural part was slighly interesting with the chrism and such, but it was carried out so poorly I really have never seen such terrible writing from Anne Rice It was painful I will not be recommending this book to anyone I can t wait to get it off my shelf


  9. says:

    Hard to believe this book is from the same author who gave us the genius of Lestat and Memnoch THE WOLF GIFT is not Anne Rice at her best.


  10. says:

    At the end of this book my first thoughts were.now to begin an amazing series of 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 of All Saints or the earlier Vampire Chronicles, but definitely back to her original style And I weep with relief Gone is that evil demon who replaced Anne in Christian clothing for so long, replaced once again with the witty, intelligent woman who encompasses her tales around the great arg At the end of this book my first thoughts were.now to begin an amazing series of 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 of All Saints or the earlier Vampire Chronicles, but definitely back to her original style And I weep with relief Gone is that evil demon who replaced Anne in Christian clothing for so long, replaced once again with the witty, intelligent woman who encompasses her tales around the great arguments of theology and human spirit in a well rounded, true to debate styley For the woman who made the Vampire real not some Twihard idiot it should only be correct that she be allowed to take the baton forward into the dark and nightly world of 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, overall I think this a job well done and definitely loved the later end of the book and where it looks to go in the future I also prefered the historical characters within this tale and feltconnected to them in the brief memories and meetings than I did to Reuben or Laura In fact I would go far as to say that I did not really like Reuben, Laura or any of the female characters that much at all, but I m hoping that their future development would prove otherwise 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 of a hat and Laura had no true depth for me, therefore being only annoying in her presence view spoiler Plus she shags a werewolf the first moment she meets him IN WOLF FORMurgh hide spoiler Here s to welcoming back my favourite author with open arms and asking her to please never ever strive to the light side again


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