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Immortal Lycanthropes

3.44 of 5 stars 3.44  ·  rating details  ·  163 ratings  ·  48 reviews
“A shameful fact about humanity is that some people can be so ugly that no one will be friends with them. It is shameful that humans can be so cruel, and it is shameful that humans can be so ugly.”

So begins the incredible story of Myron Horowitz, a disfigured thirteen-year-old just trying to fit in at his Pennsylvania school. When a fight with a bully leaves him unconsciou
ebook, 304 pages
Published September 4th 2012 by Clarion Books
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Kyle Warren
I'd like to start by noting that this is by far the best YA book I've read in some time. I haven't gotten this completely ensconced in the world of a YA book's narrative since first reading the Gone series (not that there is anything similar about the two). Maybe it has something to do with my deep love for anthropomorphized animals in literature (Watership Down, the Redwall series) and also the fact that I ate and breathed Animorphs growing up (I largely contribute my deep, extreme love for rea ...more
Difficult to categorize or to explain, this book begins with an observation on the cruelty of humans toward anyone who is considered too ugly. Myron Horowitz, 13, is horribly disfigured, and most of those who meet him cannot bear to look at his face. When I first began reading the book, I thought that it would essentially be a book about bullying since Myron, not surprisingly, is picked on by others at his Pennsylvania school. But before I could settle down to read with that theme in mind, the a ...more
Robert Davis
This is not what I expected, and I loved it. A horribly disfigured boy lives through the shame of his affliction and how people respond to his presence, but draws a line when the bullying begins. How he fights back, he doesn't know, and the bully isn't talking. This is when his life takes a turn for the paranormal, and strange people appear in his life, claiming to be shapeshiftings, and that he is one too. He isn't sure about himself, but they prove their own abilities early on. The immortal ly ...more
I stumbled onto this book at Midtown Comics (getting my X-Files Season 10 fix, if you must know) and boy is it weird and delightful. At first I was thinking, "oh, this is going to be a sort of Neil-Gaiman-meets-Lewis-Carroll type thing, maybe even a bit Harry Potteresque," but I am pleased to tell you that it's smarter and funnier and darker than all of those things. And the ending - !!! Read it!
Aug 23, 2012 karen marked it as reviewed-for-fun  ·  review of another edition
honestly, this cover is so rad, i don't even care what it is about; i must have it.
I describe this bizarre, hilarious book as, "Going Bovine meets Animorphs." Impossible to define or categorize. Talking to my husband about it, I couldn't even explain the plot, but I enjoyed Myron, his adventures, and the unique world-building.
Nov 02, 2012 Brandi rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: high schoolers, especially boys
Recommended to Brandi by: recieved the ARC from the publisher
Shelves: boy, mythology, ya
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Readers are led to believe that Myron is 13, but small for his age. His face is horribly disfigured by an accident, which he does not remember, nor anything of his life before. Because of his deformed features, Myron has a severe bullying problem. One of the bullies gives him an injury that should be fatal. Because he recovers with supernatural speed, Myron suspects he isn’t an ordinary child. No one, not even Myron himself, knows what he is until the v
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If you take Roald Dahl's James & the Giant Peach, Lewis Carrol's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland/Through the Looking Glass, and Dan Brown's DaVinci Code and combine them all together into one book, then you'll have an idea of what Immortal Lycanthropes is like to read. It was a definite wild ride. I don't think I've ever read anything quite like this book (well, maybe The Night Circus, but I didn't really like that book).

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I've never read anything quite like this, and I can't quite classify it--and I don't mean that it "has a good personality" (though it does). You should totally date this book. It's just that it's marketed for ages 12 and up, so technically it's older middle grade? But it has YA sensibilities and an adult voice, so I guess it's more of a crossover book. I guess "12 and up" really is the best description, but you have to shelve it somewhere, right? But everyone should read it!

Anyway, it's about a
This Book puts a whole new spin on the term Were-animals. in this story the character have the ability to choose when they change into their animal forms- in fact it is suggested that they were animals first, and then assumed humans forms later. the story is about deformed teenage lycanthrope named Myron, who is first picked on mercilessly by bullies, and then whisked away by another set of people who claim he is a lycan (lycanthrope). it is told from the point of view of another lycan, who by t ...more
So here's something I didn't expect this book to be: hysterically funny. Myron is a horribly disfigured teenager whose life is turned upside down by the sudden knowledge that he's an immortal lycanthrope--a were-mammal who can turn back and forth from human. Except that Myron has no memories before his horrible accident five years ago. He doesn't think he's really terribly immortal, and he certainly doesn't know what animal he is. This is the story of his journey across the US, meeting various c ...more
Brad Dancer
Fun read, great alternative to the same old, same old YA novel. Some moments of levity and enough nuance I definitely want to hear more.
Like some other reviewers have mentioned, the story told within Immortal Lycanthropes by Hal Johnson was not what I was expecting and I really, really enjoyed that! Loved, loved, loved the pacing of this story! Loved the menagerie of quirky characters, the many twists & turns the storyline took . . . there were no dull moments! I also loved Myron and would enjoy reading of his further adventures!
Although confusing,chaotic, and the writing style not fully matured, it is fun, clever and interesting to the end. The writer knows how to tell a story with aplomb. I would not call this a simple read, however. I was continually referencing characters. Now that I know who's who, a sequel is in order. More Myron and all the other delightful Lycanthropes!
I found it quite entertaining, and the illustrations (which I didn't expect to even be in the ebook version) were lovely.
I had high hopes for this book because I usually like stories in which people constantly have to hide their identity. I kind of expected the protagonist to go through the same predicament as a lycanthrope, but he never truly struggled with this. Regardless, I am also not too fond with the story writing in this book. I felt that there were too many conflicts and mysteries that were not resolved satisfactorily enough. Thus, the story overall didn't feel very complete or fulfilling, especially towa ...more
I spent a lot of this book convinced I'd missed something. A lot of transitions were handled by Myron getting knocked out and waking up to some new character looking down at him and telling him that everything he's been told up until now is false. That's great, but. How about something true? Throw us a bone once in a while.

I can't quite give it a 1 because there were some good ideas (the battle in Unknown Men's house or whatever was freakin awesome) but there were too many and not given enough
Dec 30, 2012 Renae rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Rachelle DeMunck
Shelves: books-i-own, ya of the stranger books I've read. A really interesting premise with some very memorable characters. Writing was witty. Some slow periods in the middle of the book and a strange ending. Not necessarily disappointing, just strange and not quite what I was expecting.
If I didn't have to read this for the Library Materials Review Committee, I would have stopped after about 25 pages. This book just was not my style.
Bruce Mohler
The title of this book is a bit misleading. As far as I remember, there wasn't a single lycanthrope in the story. Nor were there (gratefully) any sparkling vampires. There were more than enough therianthropes ("humans able to metamorphose into animals through shapeshifting"). So, certain animals, one per species, can turn into a "human", however, their nature is more animal-like than man-like. None of the therianthropes in the book were trustworthy; humans are bad enough; these were worse. In fa ...more
Myron Horowitz is an especially ugly kid. He was found wandering a country road looking more like hamburger than an 8 year old. Multiple surgeries to repair his face saved his life at the cost of horrified and averted looks from strangers. In addition to being disfigured, Myron stopped growing after the accident and is now an unusually small 13 year old and a favorite target of bullies. But when one particularly brutal bully picks on him in the school cafeteria something happens that leaves his ...more
Immortal Lycanthropes. Just from the title I knew I had to give this book a try. From the synopsis, the story sounded even more interested. The cover is gorgeous and after I received my review copy from the publisher, I was in love with all of the beautiful illustrations inside. Unfortunately, while I did enjoy the story, I wasn't in love with it.

Our narrator is named Arthur. He himself is actually involved very little in the story, other than the telling of it. The story follows Myron Horowitz,
Klaudia Janek
Recommended with Caution [return][return]Myron Horowitz lives with his adoptive parents in Pennsylvania and becomes the victim of relentless bullying. He looks like he is 8 years old and has horrible scars on his face. Suddnely, life changes for Myron because he realizes that he is some sort of immortal lycanthrope and he goes on the run. He meets other lycanthropes along the way, but none of them can be trusted and they are all trying to kill each other. Myron has no idea what kind of animal he ...more
This is essentially an adventure tale, which makes sense because the narrator writes adventure books, some of which the protagonist, Myron, has read and which help him survive.

I could see some of the teenage boys I know really getting into this. The story moves and moves, not everything makes a lot of sense and you just kind of have to accept it and go with the flow. Personally, I kept reading to see what Myron was. The end gave me an internal chuckle. I thought, "Well, that was interesting," as
This book was definitely not what I thought it was going to be. The idea and concept of this book was fantastic but I feel like it was poorly executed by Hal Johnson. He could have written such an amazing book about a young boy finding out what he really is. However that was not done. The plot was poorly developed and a lot of what Johnson was saying was just the various characters rambling on about what they have been through during their long lives. I wouldn't really recommend this book just b ...more
May 03, 2013 Summer marked it as lost-interest-in  ·  review of another edition
The title alone makes me not want to read this book.

Lycanthropy is the professed ability or power of a human being to transform into a wolf, or to gain wolf-like characteristics. (Not to be confused with shape-shifting.) The term comes from Greek λυκάνθρωπος lykànthropos "werewolf" (a compound of λύκος lykos "wolf" and άνθρωπος ànthrōpos "human") - while this is an easy mistake to make (as lycanthropy is becoming a more and more popular term to mean 'animal shapeshifter'), it is still unforgivab
I'm so confused by this book. The story concept wasn't bad, and the writing wasn't awful... but there was just something a little off. I think the jumps and constant movement between character groups made it difficult to really sink into any kind of satisfying storyline. This author could have created stronger transitions, and spent a little more time with some of the characters to give the book more depth. I should mention, as a side note, the graphic design of this book is really gorgeous.

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I can't say I completely finished the book, because I managed to get halfway through (and that's saying a lot) before I couldn't take anymore and had to quit reading it. I felt the book got so involved with backstory that it completely lost focus on who the book was really about and I felt lost. Me. An almost 30-year-old got lost (and not in the good way) in a book geared towards readers half my age. If I'm getting confused, what does that say about the audience that this book is geared towards? ...more
I enjoyed the premise, but really had a difficult time with the narrator.
jo mo
a thing of beauty:

cover & illustrations by teagan white
from what i've read (review-wise) i'm expecting a mediocre story with superb illustrations.
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I don't think Hal Johnson is a very unusual sort of a guy. He's just -- well, the average American citizen and family man, the kind that are the backbone of the nation. I admire him and like him. I like his attitude. Until, that is, he gets behind the wheel of an automobile. At that point he changes. He changes from a careful, considerate citizen—to a menace.

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