Darker Than You Think (Fantasy Masterworks)
Doggedly pursuing his investigations, he meets the mysterious and seductive April Bell and starts having disturbing, tantalizing dreams in which h...more
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I held out on purchasing this book for years until I could find the one with the cover I wanted most: A naked red-haired witch riding a huge golden sabre-toothed tiger against a backdrop of brilliantly hued blues and greens. And this is considered a werewolf novel.
Though, it would be better defined as a book of lycanthropy and witchcraft.
I first became aware of this book after reading the precursor novella, Wolves of Darkness, in a fantasy anthology titled, Echoes Of Valor III, edited by Karl...more
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I can imagine this being filmed in 'noir', a greyscale of airports, small town life, redheads in apartments, cocktail bars and insane asylums, with the 'dream' or 'madness' or 'enhanced existence' sequences (it is not clear what they are and I...more
1. The protagonist is the worst one that I have EVER encountered in a book, in terms of believability. My arguments are:
a. In a style bitterly reminiscent of Hamlet and his procrastinations but without any of the literary paraphernalia that had made those lines so special, he spends the whole length of the novel without doing anything in his persona.
It is a tale of lycanthropy rather than werewolves alone. It is pulp fiction that has quite stereotypical characters such as April Bell the femme fatale. It is great fun and a quick read with some interesting twists.
While it is of its time period it has aged well.
Will Barbee is an alcoholic newspaper writer, who goes to greet his ex-colleagues at the airport after they have been digging for artifacts in Mongolia for two years. Something isn’t right and the lead researcher dies on the tarmac before he can make a big announcement.
Barbee wants to find out why the researcher was murdered and before long more people are...more
I'll tell you one thing right...more
I haven’t read much werewolf fiction, but I’m fairly certain this isn’t representative of that sub-genre of horror/dark fantasy. It also doesn’t really fit into the urban fantasy genre. While it’s true that in the world of the...more
will barbee is an alcoholic newspaper writer, reporting on the return of an expedition from the far east. they arrive with a mys...more
There is a scene early in the book that is written in the standard heavy dark portentous manner that left me in stitches. We've all seen it and read it sooooo often. The professor has already sent word that he needs to be protected and guarded until he makes his huge announcement. So he steps out of the plane and begins, not a quick an...more
The intermingled themes of folklore, anthropology, Indiana-Jonesesque archeology, quantum physics, pulp-noir detective, witchcraft, psychological and supernatural murder are handled expertly. As has been said by another reviewer, it is more a story of shapeshifters than a classic werewolf tale.
Settle down with this book and a hot drink, but first check the doors an...more
it is really clunky, even for genre work at this point in time.
it does something fairly well in that it posits a really interesting explanation for various psychic phenomena, then goes and undermines this by making everything men do the result of bad breeding and interbreeding between man and uh wolf-man. However though this is really unsatisfying, Jack Williamson really commits to explaining...more
It sounded interesting, but I was a little disappointed because it was advertised as a purely werewolf book. In reality, it's about all sorts of shape-shifting and what they refer to as "witch-people".
It's pulp and mystery and a fun read.
The unsettling dreams begin for small-town reporter Will Barbee not long after he first meets the mysterious and beautiful April Bell. They are vivid, powerful and deeply disturbing nightmares in which he commits atrocious acts. And, one by one, his friends are meeting violent deaths. It is clear to Barbee that he is embroiled in something far beyond human understanding, something unspeakably evil. And it intimately involves the seductive, dangerously intoxicating April, and the question, 'Who