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The Werewolf Principle

3.67 of 5 stars 3.67  ·  rating details  ·  545 ratings  ·  36 reviews
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Andrew Blake is found in a space capsule on a distant planet and is brought back to an unfamiliar Earth, where antigravity devices have replaced the wheel, and houses talk and even fly!
Yet nothing is as strange as Blake's own feelings. Tormented by eerie sensations and loss of memory, he doesn't know who he really is or exactly where he has come from.
Paperback, 192 pages
Published 1971 by Macmillan (first published 1967)
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Tom Loock
Was it just to surprise myself when I chose to re-read The Werewolf Principle by Clifford D. Simak?
I have pleasant memories of reading a couple of Simaks at the same time in the 70s and picked this one at random for a revisit.

Though published in the 1960s, it reads more like a 1950s novel when it comes to multiple predictions about the future (yes, the ever-popular flying cars and space travel, though people still have to walk across the room to answer a phone with optional visuals) and the the
Simak pens good sci-fi adventure stories. This one was much more cerebral, and there was a lot to digest and think about when reading this one. The end could have used more expansion. It feels like he ended it too quickly. Still, I am a Simak fan and this was worth my time.
Kelly McCubbin
I love Simak. City and Way Station are absolute gems and I think he doesn't get enough attention. His voice is so strong and unique and is funnier than most of his level peers (with the possible exception of Robert Sheckley). That said, this is a minor piece straining to be a bigger one. Philosophical to a fault in a way that, unless your last name is Bradbury, you ought to leave a little less wrought.
Still, it's intriguing and very funny in parts. There is often an almost Looney Tunes-ish mania
Matteo Pellegrini

Una presenza oscura e dimenticata
Un enigma sconvolgente

In una notte di uragano, il senatore Horton sente bussare alla porta della sua casa di campagna. Va ad aprire egli stesso, e si trova di fronte a... Niente di straordinario. Sulla soglia c'e soltanto un comune giovanotto di nome Andrew Blake, che ha perduto la strada. Ma chi è il Cambiante? Chi è il Cercante? Chi è il Pensante? E come mai, se i lupi sono estinti da decenni, una guardia del senatore ne ha visto aggirarsi uno intorno alla cas

He has the most engaging style, you could wallow in it like a herd of hippos. Oh yes, what is the book like... Romance between machines on a future earth.
Roddy Williams
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Mar 20, 2012 Jon rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of New Wave SF, psychology, and bioengineering
A highly entertaining read. Simak's voice and outright command of language and imagery are superb. He puts unimaginable concepts into words that elucidate even as they mystify. His nods towards philosophy and the frequent humor are welcome amongst the prevailing typical sci-fi prose.


I thoroughly enjoyed the interaction between the three beings, and that is what probably kept me reading more than any other aspect. I also loved the personalities of the talking houses and on
David Moore
An interesting and charming book with some forward-thinking theories regarding the nature of genetic engineering. The protagonist, Blake, is fused with two extraterrestrial consciousnesses and attempts to escape the bureaucracy of government testing in a world with talking houses and diners. It's fast-paced, intellectually stimulating and very much ahead of its time. Although I am aware that this is generally considered one of Simak's weaker efforts.
I received The Werewolf Principle as part of a book swap. For whatever reason, I've never read much of Simak's work - so was looking forward to reading this.

Andrew Blake is brought back to earth, after being found in suspended animation around a distant star. He has amnesia, and appears to suffer from blackouts as well - except something/someone else takes over while he is gone. He discovers that he has somehow assimilated the minds and appearances of two other creatures - a wolflike Quester an
Liz Brindley
yet another beautifully written book. Simak books are always wonderfully easy to read and full of rich descriptions that are a pleasure to read, unlike some of the current clunky descriptions which often ruin a book.
The character and the 2 alien minds that share his add a somewhat cerebral and philosophical air to the story.
all in all though it is simply a lovely book to wander through.
I read "The Werewolf Principle" in the late 1960's. An encapsulated man comes back to Earth about 200 years after he left. He has fuzzy memories. Something is lurking in his unconsciousness. Interesting ending.
Jean Corbel
The base concept is thrilling, and I will not develop to avoid kind of spoiler. However, the development of the characters and the shortcomings of the scenario reduce a potentiel 5 stars to a modest 3.
Michael Hall
A great book that deals with the philosophical meanings of humanity and identity. Even though the beginning may start you out thinking this is a werewolf tale, it is not. Andrew Blake is human, but he is also more than that. The internal dialogue between the main character's inner selves is brilliantly realized, and even has a bit of humor thrown in to help alleviate the inherent anxiety. The personalities found within the talking flying houses, with each room being unique, is amusing as well as ...more
Oz Barton
Hovering between a 4 and a 5 on this one.

This is one of those beautiful, old-school sci-fi stories that work really hard at big, existential questions and sweeping philosophical concepts. And also, despite some people saying it's not really a werewolf story, it's certainly close enough to my tastes to count as one.

It's a bit tangled and confusing at first, but by page 60 or 70 everything starts to make sense very quickly. The ending was a little bit too tidy and abrupt for me. Character develop
Alexander Skakunov
Интересный концепт.
Была бы неплохо экранизировать
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Cristian Keller
Bel libro di fantascienza.
Consigliato comunque solo per gli amanti del genere. Per gli altri, astenersi.
Peccato per il finale sciocco, altrimenti era da 4 stelle
I really enjoyed this book. It's short and very thought provoking.
1977 grade A+
1995 grade B+
2012 grade A-
Люблю Саймака...
Cécile C.
The story of an extraterrestrial schizophrenia... The main interest of this book lies in the dialogue between the three distinct entities that share the body of the hero, a former space explorer. The three include one human that has not been back to the Earth for centuries, and two alien beings from very primitive planets, that are suddenly thrown into an entirely mechanised society, in which houses fly and play nanny to their inhabitants. A fun read.
Vlad Hrabrov
Read it back in mid 80's while still in Ukraine as one of my little projects to get fluent in English, instantly loved the book: ideas, tempo, plot, view into future: all that was pretty amazing.
Re-read a couple of years back fully expecting that it all would sound funny, obsolete, like a century-old science fiction book yet it was as fresh as if it were written just a few short years back, one of Simak's best and my favorite.
Highly recommended!
An entertaining, quick, easy read, and the perfect book for when I wasn't feeling up to anything taxing.

As usual with Simak, the story is engaging and the ideas are fun, but disappointing as it's always the men who handle the important matters, while the rare female character is an accessory.
Steve Goble
It is not about a werewolf, but it is about a human who becomes something more than human. At times it reads like Leiber, at times like Heinlein. Some action, some weirdness, some philosophical chunks to chew on. Good stuff.
Donna Humble
This is a very odd book and I like it. The writing kept me interested and wanting to keep turning the pages.
Erik Graff
Feb 23, 2012 Erik Graff rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Simak fans
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Shelves: sf
As the Wikipedia notes: "In the future, it is easier to engineer man to fit an alien world, than to re-engineer the alien world to fit man."
Tingsley Bloodbubble
If you'd like to know what I thought of this book, please contact me directly and I'd be happy to discuss it with you.

All the best,

- TB
Frank Taranto
A good story with interesting characters. Defintely not a werewolf story, though the beginning makes it look like it will be.
Not as good as Goblin Reservation. Interesting cross-species angle though. The ending is a bit unbelievable
An amusing and well paced beginning devolves into a stilted and disconnected second half.
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