The Howling (The Howling #1)
"If you haven't read Gary Brandner you're missing a treat."
~ STEPHEN KING.
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Karyn and her husband Roy had come to the peaceful California village of Drago to escape the savagery of the city. On the surface Drago appeared to be like most small rural towns.
But it was not.
The village had a mos
THE HOWLING is an antiquated werewolf novel, but it also is one of the mainstays of werewolf storytelling. Overall, this book was a fast-paced, gripping story of how the werewolf came into existence (according to Brander). That part was interesting. What wasn't interesting was the way the characters developed. Roy, the main male character, is characterized as a hardworking, loving, and loyal husband. Until, that is, his wife is raped. Then he turns into an asshole. I think if my wi ...more
Karyn is raped right in the beginning of the book. You get to read every single moment of it. Next, instead of helping her, her miserable husband cheats on her because the poor man can't cope with everything.
I don't think I'll be reading the rest (for now), but I do hope Roy gets killed. Slowly and painfully. Poor thing.
Yes, I have pet-peeves. Yes, they can ruin my reading experience. The two issues I mention ...more
I really loved the backstory at the beginning of the book about the town of Dradja. I thought Brandner did a good job at making the reader feel the tension and horror that Karyn felt throughout the book.
I would recommend this book for ...more
Really though, the best word to describe THE HOWLING is "competent." The story and characters all feel pretty standard, but Brandner manages to hold your interest, thanks in big part to his crisp, economi ...more
Gary Brandner's werewolf tale manages to create enough suspense to keep the pages turning, The setting is eerie, the werewolf's have enough bite to be interesting, but the characters are a bit flawed and tend to act outside their stereotype.
Karyn Beaty is a perfect example of an author losing focus of character trends.
Karyn is a recent rape victim, emotionally and physically scarred, yet she is still willing to take chance's uncharacteristic of a person recovering from such a traum ...more
Maybe because I write and that has changed my reading, but I found several spots where the descriptions were weak and the dialogue hard to follow. But my biggest complaint was the transformation scene. It was handled like a fact dump and treated by the character, undergoing the change, as blase. That and there were way too many dog comparisons for my taste.
That said, the story moved at a good pace and the character ...more
Now I want to watch the movie again!
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A happy couple has tragedy enter their lives one day as the wife is raped by a handyman. In order for her to recover from the trauma, they both move to an isolated village called Drago. It's quickly apparent that something is wrong with the locals.
Unfortunately the novel isn't good. There isn't much tension in the book, mostly because things seem to happen without any real build-up. The husband will go immediately from worryin ...more
There are some major differences between the novel and the movie. Karyn isn't a reporter. I don't remember what her career was, since we never see her working. (view spoiler)[In the beginning of the novel, she is ...more
karyn gets brutally raped and looses her baby her husband roy decides to move his wife out to the country away from everything in hopes to help her to heal emotionally and psychologically after such an ordeal.
what happens during their stay in the small town of Drago is horrifying and horrendous. murder around every turn but is the killer human? will karyn heal or get worse?
I loved this , it kept me at the edge of my s ...more
Karyn Beatty was raped so she and her husband Roy left the city for a quite little town. Of course, that small town had some mysteries of it's own.
The author had some interesting ideas and one or two of them got thought.
First of all - the town was a character of it's own.
Second - the sex scenes, there are a co ...more
so reading the Howling was a bit of a no brainer
I'd never read it, it was easy to get so....
I really liked the idea, a young couple recovering (badly) from trauma move into a bucolic town where either the young wife is going slowly mad or there are wolves in them there wood
however the book felt stulted, I didn't like the characters (nor could understand why Karyn had to be spelt with a Y, it was enough to put me right off her) and the initial description of he ...more