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Men of the Otherworld (Otherworld Stories #1)

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4.25  ·  Rating Details ·  13,804 Ratings  ·  620 Reviews
As a curious six-year-old, Clayton didn’t resist the bite—he asked for it. But surviving as a lone child-werewolf was more than he could manage—until Jeremy came along and taught him how to straddle the human-werewolf worlds, gave him a home…and introduced him to the Pack. So begins this volume, featuring three of the members of the American Pack—a hierarchical founding fa ...more
Hardcover, 369 pages
Published January 27th 2009 by Bantam (first published January 1st 2009)
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Sheherazahde I think this is mostly a prequel to the Women of the Otherworld series. Only the very last chapter takes place at the end of the series and it is just…moreI think this is mostly a prequel to the Women of the Otherworld series. Only the very last chapter takes place at the end of the series and it is just about Jeremy's mother.
I think it is perfectly understandable without having read the series. And, except for the last chapter about Jeremy, doesn't give anything away about the series. (less)
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Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads
Infusion - Meet Malcolm. He's an A-S-S. This one is about Jeremy's mysterious heritage.

Savage - Boy version of Clayton is only slightly less entertaining than Adult Clay. Whether he's screaming during car rides, causing Jeremy to swerve into other lanes of traffic, or taking Antonio's dares to jump out of a tree or down an elevator shaft, Clayton is hilarious.

Seeing him as a child also helped me understand better what it meant that he was closer to a wolf instinct-wise than a human.

Beyond that,
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Erin ☕ *Proud Book Hoarder*
“He obviously needed more practice, but no matter how often I abandoned him out there, his sense of direction never seemed to improve.”

Kelley Armstrong has a large number of anthologies for her long-running Otherworld series. This opened the side stories, but instead of being about different men of the Otherworld like the title suggests, it is exclusively about the werewolf pack, and unlike other short story collections, the points of view do not alter much.

Malcolm leads the opener story to rev
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Tatiana
Mar 11, 2010 Tatiana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: existing fans of the Otherworld series
This anthology is a treat for the fans of Clayton, Jeremy and the Pack. Although the title implies that the stories are about all kinds of Otherworld men, they are about werewolves exclusively.

What I like the most about this anthology is that it gives an insight into Jeremy Danvers' past. Although the majority of this collection is written in Clay's POV, this book is about Jeremy more than anyone else.

"Infusion" tells us how Jeremy was conceived and from whom he inherited his slanted eyes and a
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Heather
Apr 30, 2010 Heather rated it it was amazing
I absolutely adore Armstrong’s werewolf lore. Unlike Armstrong’s Women of the Otherworld, the men of the Pack can carry a story all on their own. Not a drop of smut or estrogen in sight, still I was riveted.

Having fallen in love with the Pack in Bitten, I pretty much read any mention of them I can get my mitts on. I don’t know what it is, but Armstrong dazzles and delights with her wolfy men. They are clearly humanized while retaining the very essence of being a wolf. Their human form and wolf
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Julie (jjmachshev)
Jan 31, 2009 Julie (jjmachshev) rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2009-reads
I ended up staying up WAY too late just to finish "Men of the Otherworld" by Kelley Armstrong. It was worth every bleary-eyed, short-tempered moment I spent at work today! This is mostly Clayton's story. There is a bit about Jeremy, but the focus is on Clayton. For everyone who's ever wondered about Clayton's past...you must go RIGHT NOW, TODAY and pick up this book. Armstrong has done a fantastic job of making snarly, anti-social Clayton real; and the story of how he got the way he is will have ...more
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
That's great that this book goes into Clayton's backstory. I really fell for him hard when I read Bitten.
Katie Michaels
Jun 20, 2011 Katie Michaels rated it it was amazing
Men of the Otherworld is one of the two collections of short stories that Kelley Armstrong wrote as gifts to her fans. And they are, indeed, exciting for those of us who have followed the series and fallen in love with her characters. All but one of these stories are prequels, set before the main novels. But I wouldn't necessarily tell someone new to the series to read them first. The stories come first chronologically, but I think you'd have a better appreciation for them at least after Stolen. ...more
Jamie Collins
Apr 11, 2009 Jamie Collins rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy-urban
I liked the older stories of Clayton's childhood. They read like the early books in her Otherworld series, which I enjoyed much more than her newer books. In keeping with this trend, I didn't like the newest story very much.

This book includes:
Infusion - a short story, written from Malcom's point of view, telling how Jeremy was conceived. Begins in 1946.

Savage - a novella, beginning in 1967, written from Clay's point of view, that begins when he becomes a werewolf and covers his childhood.

Ascensi
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Annette  Dahl "Old Vicarious Reader"
DNF . . . Didn't get through chapter one; I didn’t care for the plot.
Mello ❣ Illium ✮Harry✮ ☀Myrnin☀ Torin Ichimaru
I loved this! So glad Kelley wrote stories from the guys' POV even if this particular book contained just the wolves' stories. It gave so much insight into Jeremy and Clay and I just loved it.

We got to see the circumstances of Jeremy's birth from the POV of his douchebag father, Malcolm and just why it is he never could accept Jeremy as his soon.

We got to see how Clay got bitten and how Jeremy found and raised him and how Jeremy became Alpha and how the Pack became so small from Clay's POV. I r
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Julija
This is a treasure for every fan of the werewolf pack and must read for everyone who at least likes Clay.

First, there is a short story about Jeremy's birth hence about Malcolm as well. The man had remained a complete mystery until this book and to see bits of his mind was exciting as hell. He's a polar opposite of Jeremy and he has done some horrible things to his son, but he's not a villain and so far he has been only seen from the perspective of people who are not his biggest fans. This alone
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Lorre
Feb 19, 2014 Lorre rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-complete
Infusion 1946 - 4 stars
Malcolm is a werewolf who gets tricked to have sex with a supernatural women so she can conceive his child. From what I've read in the reviews about this story I will meet this child (Jeremy) later on in the series.

Savage 1967 - 5 stars
I didn't have to wait long to read more about Malcolm's son! As I suspected in "Infusion" Malcolm is an ass! Good thing Jeremy's grandfather took care of Jeremy!
Savage is the story of a 5 or 6 year old boy, Clayton, that gets bitten by a wer
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Roxie
May 24, 2009 Roxie rated it it was amazing
Okay, I am a HUGE fan of Kelley Armstrong. She is the only authour I've come across so far who can make me totally love her werewolves. I'm not a werewolf fan, really, but hers are irresistable, and the reason THIS particular book is rated a wee bit higher than the others (despite the fact that it's actually two short stories and two novellas) is because the novellas in question feature one of my favourite characters of all literature: Clayton Danvers. Yeah, yeah, yeah, there are a million femal ...more
Louisa
Dec 11, 2013 Louisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: re-reads
Such a great collection of short stories, from Malcolm and how Jeremy was conceived and born, to Clay, from when he first met Jeremy to being around 11, then his teen aged years, and then Jeremy's being part Japanese fox, and yeah, great collection of short stories to novellas!

*First read January 1st 2011*
I loved the beginning of this!!! Clay as a child, it was REALLY, REALLY, REALLY FUNNY!!!!!! There were parts that were sad, like his pain, and what he had to do to build his rep, but he did th
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Jodi
Jan 19, 2009 Jodi rated it really liked it
Shelves: armstrong-kelley
This is a collection of 4 short stories about the men of the Otherworld. More specifically, they are short stories about Jeremy and Clay. Two, Savage and Ascension, had been on Armstrong's website until she decided that the interest was strong enough to publish. Except for the last story which should provide fodder for a future novel, these are all back story. We learn about Jeremy's birth, Clay's arrival in the pack, Jeremy's ascension to Alpha and lastly, more about his mother's people. The re ...more
Seanan
Jun 22, 2009 Seanan rated it it was amazing
Kelley Armstrong's Men of the Otherworld is made up largely of stories previously offered for free on her website, and while I miss being able to point people at them as a free scoop of bad-ass, I'm so happy to have them in print form that I really don't care. I love this book like burning, fire, and pie.
Steven R.
Sep 25, 2012 Steven R. rated it really liked it
This book contains three related stories about Kelly Armstrong's characters. The first and third were three star, but the middle story (most of the book), was amazing. It chronicled the life of a werewolf as he grows from boy/animal to college student. What makes it interesting is the elaborate way Kelly works through the implications of his werewolf nature.
Angela
Oct 25, 2015 Angela marked it as deals  ·  review of another edition
25 October 2015: $1.99 on Kindle
May Mostly Romance
Aug 26, 2013 May Mostly Romance rated it it was amazing
Shelves: urban-fantasy
ครังสุดทายทีแมกซลงทุนซือหนังสือปกแขงกยอนกลับไปเมือสองปีกอน แมกซซือเรือง Natural Born Charmer มา ซึงจนถึงบัดนีเรากยังไมไดแมกระทังหยิบขึนมาอานเลย

หนังสือ ปกแขงเลมสุดทายทีแมกซอานจบตองยอนกลับไปไกลเกินกวาสองปีคะ เพราะนันคือเรือง Cover of Night ของลินดา โฮเวิรด ทีีทำเอาเราผิดหวังขนาดเลิกซือหนังสือปกแขงของลินดาไปเลย

ทีพูดไป ทังหมดนีกเพือจะใหทุกคนรูวา แมกซตัดสินใจครังยิงใหญขนาดไหนในการควักเงินเกือบพันซือหนังสือเลม นีมาอาน เพราะเราเคยพูดเสมอวา แทบจะไมมีนักเขียนคนไหนทีทำใหแมกซอยากอานมากพอทีจะลงทุนซือหนังสื
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Nancy O'Toole
Sep 19, 2010 Nancy O'Toole rated it really liked it
Men of the Otherworld is a collection of two novellas and two short stories that give the spotlight to two important male characters in the Women of the Otherworld series. Three of these tales were originally posted online as a gift to Armstrong’s fans. After much pressure from readers, they have been released in a nice hardcover collection, with a portion of the proceeds going to charity. Although I never got a chance to read the novellas online (well it comes to reading off of screen I can’t g ...more
chucklesthescot
I read this anthology after I had completed the series instead of when it actually came out. I now feel that this was a mistake because when Malcolm returns to the Otherworld in a later book, I really didn't know him or his story other than the brief mentions in the novels about Jeremy's past. Reading this anthology helped me connect more with Clay, and it gives a great backstory to the Pack and it's rules concerning mutts and leadership.

INFUSION: (#0.02)
Malcolm Danvers is annoyed that his fathe
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Carmel (Rabid Reads)
I can't believe it's taken me a full week to read this book! Darn work commitments getting in the way! I'm a big fan of Kelley Armstrong, especially her books in this series that deal with werewolves. Clay Danvers made my Top Ten Fictional Crushes list. So of course I was happy that there was more!

This novel is divided up into 4 stories that delve deeper into the lives of a few of my favorite werewolf characters. The book begins with Infusion. It's short, only about a chapter, and to the point.
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Tez
Feb 18, 2009 Tez rated it liked it
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Jody
Feb 15, 2009 Jody rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, Feb 25 2010
By J. Scully "JLS" (Canada) - See all my reviews
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Fantastic! That's what I think of Men of the Otherworld! As a fan of Kelley Armstrong's Women of the Otherworld series, I was very excited to read this collection of stories told from the men's point of view. I was definitely not disappointed! For someone who loves continuity and a good back-story, (both of which Men of the Otherworld has in spades!) it's a perfect addition to an already great s
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Christina
Men of the Otherworld consists of four short stories, previously published on Kelley Armstrong's website.

The first, Infusion tells of Jeremy's father, Malcom, and how Jeremy came to be born.

The second, Savage is told from Clayton's point of view. It is very much a coming of age story, as we find out how Clayton is turned into a werewolf, and how he comes into the custody of Jeremy.

Ascendence is also from Clayton's point of view, continuing on from Savage, except three years later. This one I
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Paul Wardman
Oct 03, 2015 Paul Wardman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kelley Armstrong writes excellent stories. like all writers she sometimes writes mediocre ones at times. What this book once again highlights is how good she is at character development.

This isn't a full novel. it's four tales that were previously online only that fans have asked to be released in physical form. And as the title suggests it focuses on the men from her highly successful Otherworld series, more specifically the werewolf Pack.

The stories are told in a chronological order so it is
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Diane ~Firefly~
Sep 11, 2016 Diane ~Firefly~ rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who reads the Women of the Otherworld series
Re-read and I still feel the same. Clay and Jeremy's origin stories, plus the pack back story is great.

Basically 3 stories - one of Jeremy's conception and birth, one of Clay growing up (the longest) and a current one with Jeremy and Jaime meeting Kitsune.

Wow, I was blown away. I knew the basics of Clay's story, but it was a very interesting to find out the details. Jeremy made an amazing father for being so young. You can totally see why he became alpha. You learn more about the pack and Jeremy
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Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey)
Nov 11, 2013 Terri ♥ (aka Mrs. Christian Grey) rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audio
Quick review:

Cover: Red
Rating: R
Thumbs Up: 5
Overall: OMG I’m in love
Characters: Well Written
Plot: A struggle to find your place in the world
Page Turner: Yes
Series Cont.? Yes
Recommend: Yes
Book Boyfriend: Jeremy and Clay

SUMMARY (50 words or less)
How much do I love the Bitten series, let me count the ways. I wish I would have read this sooner. It answered a lot of back story questions. This author has a way of writing this series that really draws me in. I fell in love with the guys all over
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Cynthia
Oct 29, 2009 Cynthia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is collection of short stories that Kelley Armstrong first published for free on her website.

The first one is about Jeremy's birth and it gave quite a few insights into why his relationship ith his father was never good!

The second and longest part (most of the book actually) is about clayton. From his transformation into a werewolf at a very young age to Jeremy's rise as alpha. It really helps understand Clayton better. Explains why he is so protective of his pack and more specifically of
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DarkHeart "Vehngeance"
A wonderful collection of stories of our favorites (Clay, Jeremy, Antonio and Nick) and our not so favorite (Malcolm). I'll admit now that I've only read the first three of the four stories, but only because the latter takes place further along in the Otherworld series than I am at the moment (I cheated and read this one out of order), but I still think I can safely give this five stars. In fact it earns that for Savage alone. The story from little boy Clay's POV was brilliant and had a number o ...more
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Kelley Armstrong has been telling stories since before she could write. Her earliest written efforts were disastrous. If asked for a story about girls and dolls, hers would invariably feature undead girls and evil dolls, much to her teachers' dismay. All efforts to make her produce "normal" stories failed.

Today, she continues to spin tales of ghosts and demons and werewolves, while safely locked a
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