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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...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published May 4th 2010 by Del Rey (first published April 25th 2010)
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skein
Dec 30, 2009 skein marked it as available
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.
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...more
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
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...more
Rachel
*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...more
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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...more
Marianne
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
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.
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...more
John Hubenthal
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...more
M—
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
Lesley
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
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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...more
Christine
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
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
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...more
Jnyama
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,...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 r...more
Sonja Isaacson
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...more
Anne Rasset
Little Women and Werewolves was much better than expected. Grand's writing meshes nicely with Alcott's, and character development along with the new storyline was excellent. A few gaping plot holes were rather annoying, but you can't win 'em all. A fun, quick read for fans of the original (though I admit I have yet to make it all the way through Alcott's Little Women), or of werewolf stories in general.
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
Laura
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...more
Kate Harding
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 woul...more
Laura Dugan
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 s...more
Michael Holland
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
Natalie
I liked the Pride and Prejudice and Zombies because it was a loving spoof of the book, but this one strayed too far afield for me. Too many new plot points were introduced and an couple of bizarre twists and it made me uncomfortable.
Amy L. Campbell
Grand did an amazing job blending werewolves into this timeless classic. While I do not have a particular attachment to the original, I think that those who grew up with the Marches will still be able to recognize the original charm, while appreciating the added excitement and political element that the werewolves present. I would have to say that this is one of the best monsterized classics to date and I look forward to additional adaptations by Porter Grand.

The reviewer is a 2009 graduate of K...more
Jennifer Hughes
It was a funny coincidence to stumble on this at the same time as A Long Fatal Love Chase. I actually could now envision Alcott writing a book like this! I think these classics spoofs are amusing but not really worth my time. I skimmed this and had a few chuckles. I did like it better than (my skimming of) Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, so if you are looking to jump into one of these books this may be a better choice (less violent).
Ash
Haven't read the original since elementary school, but I'd bet I prefer this version. The werewolves are portrayed as beasts while in form, but respectable, moral members of society otherwise. I appreciated the contrast between the physical monsters and the brigade hunting down the beasts and their sympathizers (although some of the werewolves were awful just as some humans are awful). I enjoyed the dynamics between the sisters and their neighbors and their father's efforts to bring attention an...more
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...Here are tomboy Jo, quiet Beth, ladylike Amy, and good-hearted Meg, plus lovable neighbor Laurie Laurence, now doomed to prowl the night on all fours, maiming and devouring the locals. As the Civil War rages, the girls learn the value of being kind, the merits of patience and grace, and the benefits of knowing a werewolf who can disembowel your teacher. ...


Heard about zombies rampaging the ball in Pride and Prejudice and now this ...lol Not sure if I can find this book anywhere, am thinking...more
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