The Wolf Gift (The Wolf Gift Chronicles #1)
The place, the rugged coast of northern California. A bluff high above the Pacific. A grand mansion full of beauty and tantalizing history set against a towering redwood forest.
A young reporter on assignment from the San Francisco Observer. . . an older woman, welcoming him into her magnificent, historic family home that he has been sent to write ab...more
Ever 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...more
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 n...more
I've been a fan of Anne Rice's writing since I read Interview with the Vampire, which is not to say that I've liked everything she's written. So it was with great curiosity and a bit of hope that I began to read The Wolf Gift. I was not disappointed.
The Wolf Gift struck me as a gentle story in many ways. I know - werewolves and gentle don't necessarily go together. Yes, there is some violence, but mostly this book is an exploration of what it is to become a werewolf, of good versus e...more
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...more
I was really disappointed with the way The Wolf Gift was written. The information dumps near the beginning brough...more
A week later and I'm done.
Has my early impression of the book changed, now that I'm done? Unfortunately, no.
It's sad to say, but this novel is but a pale shadow of what Anne Rice used to deliver when creating one of her supernatural tales. If you are a Rice fan, or a werewolf fan then by all means, give this novel a spin, you may enjoy it more than I did. If it's your first tas...more
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...more
Unfortunately, The Wolf Gift was none of the above.
It was rather disappointing, because believe it or not, this was my first ever Anne Rice book. I knew about her popular Vampire Chronicles series b...more
Some of the writing was so cheesy that it made me wince: "Garden of Pain, I need y...more
It's all about Reuben, anyone else is just a caricature of what a developed character in a novel should be. Our main character Reuben: he is 23, he is obviously intelligent and mature for his age, and a reporter for the San Francisco Observer, he has a masters in English Literature and yet he whines about how he hasn't accomplished anything in his life (really?) and he seems annoyed that people notice too much how pretty he is. First World, white rich guy problems. Nothing...more
Reuben Golding, golden boy and young reporter for the San Francisco Observer, comes from a very wealthy family: his father is a retired professor with a taste for poetry, his mother is a high-profile physician, his older brother a priest, his girlfriend a successful attorney. He got his job at the newspaper thanks to his parents’ influential connections and, although a very talented writer and new promise in the journal...more
Okay, Before I go on any further, I want to say that I love Anne Rice. I think she's a great storyteller. and her other books that I read were awesome! I mean Interview With the Vampire and her other vampire books were great! I had wanted to read a werewolf novel for a long time and...more
In doing so, she recreated the werewolf. It didn't work for me. I hestitate to classify it as horror because there wasn't any fear generated by her story. The man wolf was essentially a vigilante in wolf's clothing, only able to kill a person who was evil and spare the innocent and worth...more
I liked how she re-shaped the werewolf myth and origins - the change coming on when the man wants it, rather than at the full moon, the change being orgasmic rather than painful, the man retaining his consciousness while in wolf form, his ability to smell and dispat...more
On a better note, I do think it was definitely worth reading. I loved Anne Rice's version of the werewolf ("man wolf"). It...more
Besides my initial comments, I believe the plot lacks in certain areas, namely: plausibility of characters' lives. It seems to me as being a stretch, way too far out there in the skewed region of 'yeah right, pull the other one'. I know she could have married the paranormal with the normal to blend...more
The Wolf Gift was thick, dense, and ultimately I felt like somewhere in the middle it decided to completely become a different story.
So you start out with a wealthy journalist, who is well-traveled and well-read, going on about his past, his future, the antique mansion and its mysteries of which he is to be writing...more
This isn't our "old" Anne Rice. There isn't the sensual brainfog that she created within the first couple of pages in Interview With the Vampire. Nor does the story have the frankly sexy weirdness of The Mummy.
I have always picked and chosen my choices from amongst Mrs. Rice's works. I've preferred, and loved, The Vampire Chronicles and the aforementioned The Mummy. Then, things got a bit...more
From Booklist: (Kristine Huntley)
Rice weaves her trademark meditations on the role of supernatural creatures in society into an often thrilling, page-turning yarn. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: News that the legendary vampire chronicler has written a novel about werewolves is mobilizing Rice's multitude of library-card-carrying fans.
From Library Journal:
*Verdict*Fans of Rice's "The Vampire Chronicles" and "The Lives of the Mayfair Witches" series should delight in this new saga delivered in t
NOW, NOW, SOME COMMENTS THAT MIGHT OR MIGHT NOT BE SPOILERS :)
THE BEST: This werewolves are not evil creatures ashamed of themselves and off-control.
THE WORST: The fact that Reuben meets an unknown woman in the forest and they have sex in the same scene. Without a reason. Out of nowhere. And...more
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