In a Russia on the brink of Revolution, the legendary were-bears of Slavic myth suddenly reappear. "Fred Saberhagen's "Dancing Bears" is an exciting tale of an American hunter chased across pre-Revolutionary Russia by a noble with the ability to turn into a bear".--"Weekly Press".
Paperback, 352 pages
Published March 15th 1997 by Tor Books
(first published 1995)
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Mar 18, 2010 Werner rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Fans of supernatural fiction
An American big game hunter travels to the Czarist Russia of the early 1900s, a few years before World War I, at the request of a Russian friend --there have been reports of a man-killing bear attacking people near the friend's old family estate in the Russian hinterlands. But there is more to this bear than our hero bargains for. In crafting his tale, the author draws on the Russian folklore of werebears, who have many of the characteristics of werewolves, but take ursine rather than canine for...more
The concept of were-bears in Pre-revolutionary Russia sounded very intriguing to me but something has gone terribly wrong in the execution. Its just not really that interesting or even exciting. And I have a problem with the writing style its. . . not purple exactly but just. . . I find myself distracted from the story by word choices I find irritating. Am forcing myself to slog through it, at first it was in the hope things would get better, but am more then half way through and I don't think i...more