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Little Women and Werewolves

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A literary landmark—the original, suppressed draft of the classic novel!

Little Women is a timeless classic. But Louisa May Alcott’s first draft—before her editor sunk his teeth into it—was even better. Now the original text has at last been exhumed. In this uncensored version, the March girls learn some biting lessons, transforming from wild girls into little women—just as
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Paperback, 396 pages
Published May 4th 2010 by Del Rey (first published January 1st 2010)
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Kim
won this in the GR First Reads Giveaway


I liked this book for the most part, but I’m not sure if I would continue reading other zombifications. I do look at this new genre as a spoofing, and don’t take it too seriously.

Having read the original “Little Women” 35 years ago, I really don’t remember much and I could now benefit from re-reading it as an adult.

Interjecting werewolves into the storyline was true to the era, but some parts were a little too graphic for my taste, but I quickly scanned
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skein
Apr 21, 2016 skein marked it as to-finish-later
Shelves: 2016
I do not have strong feelings towards Little Women *or* werewolves, and for whatever reason I'm far more willing to see Alcott populated with preternatural beings than Austen - who knew?

Although. If Beth does not die from werewolfian causes, THAT IS IT.
Tasha Turner
Author did a fantastic job of staying true to the original and adding werewolves made for a fun read. One of the best classics rewritten with paranormal aspects I've come across
Michele Lee
Aug 02, 2010 Michele Lee rated it it was ok
Reviewed for MonsterLibrarian.com

Yet another literary mashup, Little Women and Werewolves is the classic tale of Jo, Beth, Meg and Amy, four girls trying to grow up, once rich, now poor, their father gone off to the Civil War and with werewolves running around. Unlike with other mash ups there is no tongue-in-cheek take on the original, just a tmesis of the traditional tale with the occasional line, or scene, about werewolves crammed in. If someone spliced frames from a slasher flick into a hig
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Rachel
May 09, 2010 Rachel rated it really liked it
Shelves: firstreads
*WARNING: SPOILERS!*

I was very excited to win this book through FirstReads, and I wondered whether this would be an enjoyable "monsterization" (is that a word?) of one of my favorite books of all time.

It was.

First, everyone should know that the influence of the success of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is almost painfully evident in this book. From the general concept itself to the black and white illustrations, it is clear that without the sales of that earlier retelling, this book would not
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Lydia Mccallister
Aug 24, 2015 Lydia Mccallister rated it it was ok
TLDNR: Too much Little Women not enough Werewolves.

I have two other books along this vein on my bookshelf; Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, and Sense and Sensibility and Sea-Monsters. Both of those I didn't like because I'm not a fan of the source material. Somehow I convinced myself that because I like Little Women I would like this book, but I wasn't really in the mood to read Little Women again. I was in the mood to read about Werewolves. I can't even fathom who this book is written for. I wo
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I had not thought of Jo and her sisters for years. In childhood the reading of Little Women is a write of passage for the literate of the English language. I think that all of this is about to change. This is due to the wonderful work of
Porter Grand. Little Women and Werewolves is the retelling of that classic tale with a twist. There are wolves about in Jo's little hamlet. The story progresses through familiar territory and takes the reader on a breathtaking re-examination of a story that we al
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Marianne
Jul 25, 2010 Marianne rated it it was amazing
I loved the way this book was done! It sounded like Alcott, had her plot, her themes, and her voice. This was not meant to be a parody like some of the other mash-ups, because it was intended to be written as Alcott would have if she could have gotten a book with werewolves past the male Victorian editors. This book made me realize all mash-ups are not alike, and it really shines far above the rest of them in literary value and content.
Jaque Richards
May 23, 2010 Jaque Richards rated it liked it
When I first opened this book and began to read, I got through two pages and put it down thinking this concept was absurd. A few days later, I picked it up again and began reading...after half a dozen pages I was hooked. This was a very entertaining read. Jo, Meg, Beth, and Amy March grow up during and past the Civil War...they have the added difficulty of werewolves as a normal part of their world.
M—
Sep 18, 2012 M— rated it did not like it
Shelves: reviewed
I loathed Little Women so it's not surprising I disliked this re-imagining of it. It is surprising at how utterly unreadable this re-imagining is. The plot was disjointed and inexplicable; the characters defy even more elements of belief; the werewolves fail to adhere to the rigors of basic logic and are applied to the story completely nonsensically. I had to force myself to skim along, lip curled and sighing, only to stop dead when whatsername died -- Beth? The perfect one too good for this wor ...more
Kelley
Apr 27, 2016 Kelley rated it it was ok
Since Little Women is one of my favorite books, I like to read it every couple of years to keep it fresh in my memory. This year I decided to read Little Vampire Women and Little Women and Werewolves at the same time. Unlike a lot of these reviews, I didn’t immediately hate them because I love the book, and I didn’t like them immediately because I didn’t like the original. To me, these monster mash books need to be successful in two different ways: they need to stay true to the original, while, ...more
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Little Women is a timeless classic. But Louisa May Alcott’s first draft—before her editor sunk his teeth into it—was even better. Now the original text has at last been exhumed. In this uncensored version, the March girls learn some biting lessons, transforming from wild girls into little women—just as their friends and neighbors transform into vicious, bloodthirsty werewolves!

Here are tomboy Jo, quiet Beth, ladylike Amy, and good-hearted Meg, plus lovable
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Sarahj33
Aug 20, 2016 Sarahj33 rated it it was ok
Shelves: owned-books, comedy
This book didn't sit as well with me as the other classics + supernatural elements books that I have read, like Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters. I think it's because it's easy for me to laugh at the characters in Jane Austen books, whereas the original Little Women had such a strong emotional impact on me that it's harder to have a sense of humor about the characters encountering preposterous supernatural dangers.

That being said, the author did an admi
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Kelly
3.5
This was an enjoyable read. I do think, however, that you have to first enjoy the original Little Women to get into this rendition. Little Women is one of my favorites among the classics, so I could easily accept the "changes" and rework the world of the March sisters into a place where werewolves stalked the streets and sympathizers are beaten and hung up as examples for treating the afflicted like human beings. The tiny town sees plenty of bloodshed, and I think Grand did a good job not inc
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Christine
Jun 03, 2011 Christine rated it did not like it
Recently, while shopping the going out of business sale at my local borders, I found Little Women and Werewolves. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, is one of my all time favorite books. I read it for the first time when I was around 9 or 10 and have read it every couple of years ever since. So, after hearing all the hype about this style of novel, you can imagine how excited I was to see one based on Little Women! Not only was it my favorite book, but it had WEREWOLVES! I love werewolves. They ...more
Monster
Jul 19, 2010 Monster rated it liked it
Shelves: werewolves-adult
Yet another literary mash up, Little Women and Werewolves is the classic tale of Jo, Beth, Meg and Amy, four girls trying to grow up, once rich, now poor, their father gone off to the Civil War and with werewolves running around. Unlike other mash ups there is no tongue-in-cheek take on the original, just a telling of the traditional tale with the occasional line, or scene, about werewolves crammed in. If someone spliced frames from a slasher flick into a high brow romance then peppered in some ...more
Jen3n
Apr 07, 2011 Jen3n rated it liked it
Shelves: literature, humor, horror
Yet another edition of the fan-fiction-esque re-writing of a classic 19th century novel with a supernatural subplot inserted somewhere a la Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.

While most of the other books of this relatively new (and weirdly popular) genre seem either to be sneering send-downs of the source material or good-natured and pop-culture-referencing satire that will cease to be relevant in a few more years, Little Women and Werewolves comfortably rides a strange middle-ground where the out
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John Hubenthal
Dec 03, 2011 John Hubenthal rated it liked it
I'm going to spoil this so fair warning.

This read is a testament to the lack of selection when it comes to picking a NOOK book from the library! (when I need something to read while running-so I can make the font large enough to read on the treadmill). I co-worker had read Pride and Predjudice and Zombies, where the women were monster fighters, so I wasn't expecting much, and was curious and thought it might be fitting for Halloween.

Little Women is one of Suzy's favorites, and even she thought i
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Jenevieve
Mar 29, 2015 Jenevieve rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle-books
Review first published on My Blog. Check out all my reviews there.

Ok, really if you haven't read Little Women by Louisa May Alcott than you probably have no business reading this one. We have the March family with their four daughters who had money once upon a time but are currently destitute. You have their rich neighbors, the Laurence's, which is a grandfather who is raising his only grandchild. Unlike in the original, in this one both of them are werewolves. Werewolves are simply a fact of li
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Lindsey Albright
May 30, 2015 Lindsey Albright rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone that enjoys werewolves and classic literature
It took me a long time to finish this book. It wasn't that it was bad. It really wasn't. It was great. It was just really slow to read, plus I lost it once. Thankfully it still had it's book mark in it when I found it again. I only had to re-read a little before I remembered where I was.

The book is slow because "Little Women" by Louisa May Alcott is slow. It's terribly slow. Werewolves really liven up Alcott's work. I couldn't finish the original "Little Women" when I tried because women's lite
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Jnyama
Jan 13, 2012 Jnyama rated it did not like it
It may be unfair to this book to say it's not good, as it may just be that this is the book where I get tired of the joke--the joke being classical literary characters coexisting with supernatural horrors. In any case, this is my least favorite I've read of the genre.

The book is almost entirely made up of 3 completely different writing styles: Whole passages/chapters from the original book, plopped in intact; sections that read like they were straining towards horror porn; and the bridging text,
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Lesley
Nov 04, 2010 Lesley rated it it was ok
I've got to say, this wasn't nearly as bad as I expected, and even contains some thoughtful ideas. LWAW is about 80% the text of the original book, with the addition of several gruesome werewolf attacks. What does this have to do with "Little Women"? Well, actually, quite a bit. In the original story, the March girls were encouraged to care for and accept social outcasts: immigrants, freedmen, the poor. In Ms Grand's reimagining of the novel, pious Rev March promotes werewolf tolerance, pointing ...more
Claudia
Boy, I'm still thinking about this book hours after I finished, so that's a good thing...but I'm not sure WHAT I think...if that makes sense. I recently reread LITTLE WOMEN and read MARCH, so I'm more familiar with the March girls than I would have been. I loved the original and always wanted to be Jo. In this mash-up, I learned to love Amy...she grew more than any of the other sisters, I think. As is expected, Meg was the most true to the Alcott story. Each of the younger girls, tho, learn to ...more
Gail Gauthier
Feb 05, 2015 Gail Gauthier rated it really liked it
"Little Women and Werewolves follows the original book very closely, but with werewolves slipped in. Instead of fighting the werewolves, the way the Bennets fight zombies, the Marches are far more passive, being merely sympathetic to the werewolves' plight, seeing as they have to live in hiding or they'll be hunted down by members of the bullyish Brigade. The March girls have learned from their minister father to be tolerant of werewolves.

But here's the thing: The werewolves are cold-blooded kil
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Sonja Isaacson
Oct 14, 2012 Sonja Isaacson rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Somehow it seemed to take a long time to get through the first half even though I kept turning pages. But still, I got through in under a week so I am happy.

I liked it and it was interesting that at least the March family does not consider them as this evilness that must be done away with. But I think that take would have changed the natures of the characters too much. It is a bit annoying that the mother is always calm and patient and has the answer to everything. Because this mom is sure not
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L.
I think I liked this "zombification" or mash-up version even better than the original (though it's been a while since I've read it). I'm always a fan of werewolf stories, particularly when the reader gets to experience things from the werewolves point of view (I guess I am a werewolf sympathizer). Though I haven't read the original in a while, I'm pretty sure this one deviated a lot more from the original story than, say, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies or Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters. ...more
Kate Harding
Oct 26, 2011 Kate Harding rated it liked it
Of the three "reimagined classics" I've read (Pride and Predjudice and Zombies, and Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter) this is by far my favorite. I'm sure that it helps that I have read the original Little Woman numerous times and continue to love it. I thought that of all the ones I have read, the new element fit the best here. The introduction of the warewolves (and some of our favorite main characters being them!) was actually almost, dare I say it, seemless. I think my one chief complaint ...more
Laura
Aug 23, 2010 Laura rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror, classic
I was assigned to read Little Women when I was 10-12 years old. I don't think I made it much further than the second chapter and always viewed the book and movies with distaste. I picked up this alternate version to Little Women 20 years later with the hope that it would be interesting enough to bolster me through the novel.

The werewolf parts were horrific and in sharp contrast to everything else happening to the characters. It definitely kept my attention and I was very engaged in reading. I c
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Laura Dugan
Oct 18, 2012 Laura Dugan rated it it was ok
I wanted to like this. I really did. I love Little Women. It is in the top 3 of my all time favorite books... and maybe that's why I disliked Little Women and Werewolves so much. It was a weird combination of an abridged version of the original with werewolves and gore and just plain oddball things (like Beth's love interest - I won't spoil it, but ew. Just ew.). I feel like this could have been something really clever that fell far short of hitting that mark. I finished it because I wanted to ...more
Michael Holland
Oct 04, 2012 Michael Holland rated it liked it
The premise for this novel is a fun one. It is supposed to be the original draft for the book "Little Women" by Louisa MAy Alcott that got rejected by her publisher because they did not want to disclose openly that werewolves actually lived among people during those dire days, and many were upstanding citizens. While the "women" themselves exude a certain amount of charm and peculiarities, the best written character is Beth, the goofy, frail one that is sick, and of course, we know her fate, or ...more
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