Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Animals

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Authors: John Skipp and Craig Spector
Genre: Horror, Suspense
Types of Werewolves: Normal wolves and bipedal wolf monsters.
How Lycanthropy is Caused: by genetics and the use of magic and/or intoxication. 

Synopsis: Blue collar divorcee Syd meets Nora, the most  stunningly beautiful woman he's ever seen, and discovers that there's something wild beneath her surface.  Unfortunately, her bloodthirsty werewolf ex-boyfriend, Vic, is hot on her trail and Syd gets caught in the middle, fighting for his life. 

Review: For the first 150 pages or so, Animals reads more like a trashy romance than a horror novel. Once you make it past those pages though, the pace and violence begin to pick up.  There's plenty of raw emotion to go around and you can adequately feel the panic and helplessness of the characters in tight situations.  Some of the characters you empathize with, others inspire nothing but disgust.  Overall, I would have liked to see some more werewolf gore and less human violence, but it was still an interesting novel. 

-Reviewed by PeningtonBeast

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