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Moon Dance

3.58  ·  Rating Details ·  379 Ratings  ·  32 Reviews
Set against a brilliant panorama of European expansion into the West in the late 1800s, Moon Dance is the horrifying tale of the illegitimate son of the Count von Bachl-Wolfling, leader of a pack of Viennese werewolves, and of the boy's all-too-human governess, Speranza. The pack has decided to emigrate to America, in search of wild lands and unsuspicious human prey. But u ...more
Paperback, 544 pages
Published April 15th 1991 by Tor Books (first published 1989)
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mark monday
O my brothers and sisters, hark! The full moon is nigh. Soon our pale mistress will quicken our blood and command our souls. The great change shall come and so our true selves will arise – if only briefly. But perhaps such pleasures should only be given in brief amounts. ‘Tis better for our prey, the human kind, at least! Pathetic, limited humans. They will never know the wonder of our nature: the fearful pain as our furry true selves burst through our human guises, bones reshaping and pelts and ...more
This is a decidedly non-romantic historical fantasy set in the Old West. This is probably not the first story to depict European werewolves coming to America and fighting their Native American counterparts, but it's one of the better ones I've seen, and it definitely predates White Wolf's crappy World of Darkness (let alone Twilight). Warning: This is an extremely gory, graphic book. Rape, torture, genocide, and sex scenes that are often as unpleasant as the bloody murders are all found in abund ...more
The fact that this book is considered the "Gone With The Wind" of werewolf novels only indicates how low the bar is set for this genre. It's not that there isn't a decent story here - it's that Somtow is an atrocious writer.

The character development is so flimsy I can barely remember their names. About two-thirds of the way through the book a major character is ripped apart by werewolves and I honestly didn't feel anything because I couldn't tell him and his buddy apart. These quibbles, however
Aug 04, 2009 Steve rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: The strong of heart, horror fans, western fans, those who think Lestat is a pussy
I'd heard of this described both as "the Great American werewolf novel" and also as "the GONE WITH THE WIND of lycanthropy," so as a fan of lycanthropes how could I not be intrigued?

Somtow crafts an epic tale of European immigrants coming to the dying Wild West in hope of setting up a colony where their community of werewolves can hunt and thrive without being hunted to extermination by normal humans, but what they don't take into account is that the area they've chosen might already be home to
Ευθυμία Δεσποτάκη
Δεν ξέρω τι να πω.

Είμαι σίγουρη ότι είναι ένα καλό βιβλίο. Με χαρακτήρες και με περιγραφές και με πλοκή. Αλλά.

Δεν είμαι σίγουρη αν φτάνουν αυτά για να είναι καλό ένα βιβλίο. Ειδικά η αρχή, η σχέση μεταξύ Πρέστον και Κάρι και ο τρόπος που περιγράφεται το όλο σκηνικό, ο τρόπος που και ο ένας και η άλλη συμπεριφέρονται, τι να πω, είναι άνω ποταμών. Μοιάζει με κακογραμμένο φαν-φικ με λυκάνθρωπους, στα όρια του σαδιστικού άρλεκιν. Κι ενδιαμέσως έχουμε καταπληκτικές περιγραφές της σχιζοφρένειας του ΤΚ
Sep 16, 2007 Michelle rated it it was ok
one of the blurbs on the back of the book describes this as "the 'gone with the wind' of werewolf novels," and perhaps that's accurate for some people...this book was a looooong slog to get through, anyway. the story revolves around a boy with multiple personality disorder, the illegitimate son of an eastern european count who is gathering all of the fellow werewolves in europe to emigrate to america, seen as some sort of chosen-one of the native werewolf population. somtow does an excellent job ...more
Nov 15, 2009 Julia rated it really liked it
Like the vampire novels by Somtow, this werewolf novel is complex, ultimately sad, erotic, violent and scary. Also like the vampire novels, it is deeply concerned with memory. In 1963 Carrie Dupre is researching a Depression- era mass murderer and meets a very old man who is a werewolf and has multiple personality disorder. He moved to the Dakotas with his “family” of werewolves from Europe, even as a little boy he had MPD. He lived in Bedlam until he was ten, adter witnessing his mother's murde ...more
Aug 04, 2012 Velocity rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-stars
Let's get something straight. S.P. Somtow knows how to write. This book had tremendous potential regarding the plot, interesting characters but mediocre execution. Up until the second half it's close to amazing. It kind of goes downhill from there on. All in all, I can't say I wouldn't recommend it. To another reader, the good points might outweigh the bad. To me it's still a draw.
Jun 09, 2012 Marvin rated it really liked it
Shelves: autographed, horror
I'm not much on werewolf novels, but this one is cool. Set in the American Plains, it combines Indian lore, history of the American West and kick-ass horror to make what could be called an epic. My favorite S. P. Somtow novel.
Nandakishore Varma
Ancient European horror meets the Wild, Wild West.

Not very frightening, but pretty engaging.
May 07, 2013 Miryam rated it it was ok
Werde es definitiv niemals wieder lesen.
Das Buch enthielt entschieden zu viel bildliche Beschreibung von Gewalt, und ich bin nicht besonders zart besaitet, was Bücher angeht.
Viel zu oft werden Eingeweide herausgerissen, Leute an ihnen aufgeknüpft, fast jeder Tod (von denen es übrigens auch zu viele, detailreich beschriebene, gibt) erfolgt auf dramatisch grausame Art.
Auch die menschlichen und tierischen Exkremente, die alle paar Seiten durch die Gegend geschleudert wurden, waren mir schlicht vi
Jan 14, 2014 Juliette rated it liked it
One of the interesting things about this book is the author. In the beginning of the book, his portrayal of the main female really irritated me. I wanted to know if S.P. was male or female. Male. But I thought it was interesting that he is also a composer and conductor.
I'm wobbling between a 3 and a 4 star rating. S.P. made his female lead the way she is because he was making a point, not because he's a sexist ass, or at least that's how I took it eventually. And he made a lot of his characters
Jan 07, 2011 Moi-meme rated it liked it
Recommends it for: werewolf fanatics, history buffs, people who craze over language
Oh, splatterpunk and bewilder me insane...
Funny story, I read this book because one of my dearest friends is someone who references the book fairly often, and inserts little quotes here and there in our conversations.
It started out pretty well - from a linguistic perspective, I enjoyed the names of the cities, the names of the characters and how easily musicians and great artist were involved. It is curious to note what a subtle presence music has in the novel, subtle but quite important. Somtow
Sean Kimmel
Feb 01, 2013 Sean Kimmel rated it really liked it
This is a fairly massive book clocking in at around 550 pages. It is crammed full of beauty, mystery, and terror. It's amazing to me that an author born in Thailand and raised in the UK can write so detailed about the Old West America. He obviously did the research.
The tale effortlessly moves between the emerging young West of the mid 1800's and the 1960's while slowly making the connection between characters from both eras with savage and seductive writing.
A gripping tale about two sets of were
Apr 07, 2014 Emmaculate rated it did not like it
one of the most boring books in the last 2 years
Lori Schiele
A historically-based novel about the building of the railroads and the development of the West in the 1800s... cowboys, Indians, gold mines, etc... however, there just happen to be werewolves coming from Europe to find "new territory" for themselves only to discover that the Lakota Sioux already have werewolves... and so the battle begins.

There is some sex and violence and it is actually rather crude. If you're looking for a typical werewolf romance, or even a werewolf slasher novel, you won't
Jun 07, 2008 Lisa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Splatter-punk fans still living in their parents' basements.
Once I read that the author of this book is part of a genre called, unfortunately, "splatter-punk", it was all over with. That's an appellation I find juvenile, trite, and annoying all at the same time. Actually, this werewolf saga isn't really that bad. I may actually pick it up again some day. But right now it's in a box in the utility closet under the stairs. The box is kind of pushed way back and hard to reach easily. And other books are neatly stacked on top of it.
Aug 29, 2012 Amber rated it it was amazing
Wow... It's been years since I read this book, and I forgot how good it is. It's very vulgar though. Plus the werewolves are fascinated with peeing and pooing on everything which is a way they show dominance, anger, horniness, scared,... you get the picture. And no that's not the "vulgar" aspect I was talking about. Definately not a book for everyone, but a great book for me. This book almost erases the heartbroken and obsessed with love werewolves of today.
Nerine Dorman
Oct 21, 2010 Nerine Dorman rated it it was amazing
This is the second time I've read Moon Dance. The first was at the tender age of 12 or so and I think much of it went over my head. If you've got serious squick-factor and bestiality makes you uncomfortable, rather leave this book on the shelf. SP Somtow does for werewolves what Bram Stoker started for vampires, only much, much darker. A messiah-theme is woven into a study of the beast that lies at the heart of man, set on the American West frontier.
Apr 30, 2009 Kristal rated it did not like it
I could barely finish this book. None of the main characters were given much personality, and it was hard to find myself liking any of the characters. And about half way through the book, you start to think "When will I be done reading this". If you are looking for a good werewolf book, stay away from this one. It will leave you wishing you had never picked it up.
Jul 18, 2012 Brian rated it really liked it
Was recommended to me years ago a a time that I just wasnt interested in taking the time to read. I bought it put it on a shelf. Couple of months later picked it up and couldnt put it down. Not your typical werewolf book.
Sep 17, 2015 Tanya rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone (of age)
Recommended to Tanya by: my best friend in 7th grade
this book is amazing it has a little bit of everything including horror romance paranormal eratica and mystery i could not put it down

amazing book
The storyline was great - Old world Werewolves moving to America to escape persecution and feed on the native "livestock" - however there were too many incidents of sexual assault.
Natalie Viljoen
Jul 15, 2013 Natalie Viljoen rated it it was amazing
A brilliantly told story of werewolves set in the old west. Have lost count of the amount of times I have read this but each time I love it more and more
Jun 16, 2015 Susan rated it really liked it
isn't that a gorgeous cover
Coy Williams
Jun 23, 2011 Coy Williams rated it it was amazing
This is an incredible werewolf novel. Set in the old west it's a cross between horror and historical novel. It's hard to put down!
Feb 25, 2015 Vickie rated it did not like it
About three quarters of the way through,I just couldn't finish this book. Very dark & depressing!
Dec 10, 2010 Richard rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, ghost, stories
above average werewolf thriller kinda Deadwood with wolves
Aug 23, 2012 Naomi rated it did not like it
I haven't finished this one sort of just gave up
Jun 30, 2007 Lara rated it liked it
Shelves: something-wicked
Pure gratuitous werewolf gore. It rocked.
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Called by the Bangkok Post "the Thai person known by name to most people in the world," S.P. Somtow is an author, composer, filmmaker, and international media personality whose dazzling talents and acerbic wit have entertained and enlightened fans the world over.

He was Somtow Papinian Sucharitkul in Bangkok. His grandfather's sister was a Queen of Siam, his father is a well known international la
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