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The Werewolf's Guide to Life: A Manual for the Newly Bitten

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  458 ratings  ·  51 reviews
Have you been attacked by a wolf-like creature in the last 30 days? Was it after the sun had set and under a full moon? If you answered, “yes” to both these questions, there’s a very good chance that you were bitten by a werewolf. You now have less than a month before the full moon returns and with it your first transformation into a savage, bloodthirsty beast.
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Published September 15th 2009 by Three Rivers Press
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Apr 15, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Werewolf fans who enjoy how-to books
This isn't a thriller. It doesn't really have a plot. If you're not a fan of werewolves you won't like it, and if you are a fan but don't enjoy parody how-to books you won't like it either.

However, if you (like me) are somewhat of a geek and a werewolf fan and are looking for a light read then this is the perfect find. It's quirky and sharp, and though there aren't any laugh out loud moments, it'll have you smiling quite a lot.
Jun 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was not recently bitten by a werewolf, but if I did definitely feel I would be a lot more prepared to survive my first round of 'moons'.

It was a fun read and I really enjoyed it.

Ryne Barber
Let's face it - recently, werewolves have been left out of popular media. We have a ton of new films, TV shows, and books (cough cough thanks Twilight) about vampires; zombies have been getting the nod in films like Zombieland and books like World War Z or The Zombie Survival Guide; even slashers have been pretty much static throughout the years with a slew of remakes hitting left and right. So it's a good thing that Ritch Duncan and Bob Powers decided to let the werewolf into the horror genre a ...more
Mai Gharieb
May 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
That was strangely fun to read. It is useful to keep that kind of "just in case" books in my library, although I am a vampire, but who knows! :D ...more
Justyn Simon
Jun 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting read

I read this book because I'm interested in werewolves. After finishing this, I now know that there is at least 10 different groups of people after the destruction of werewolves depending on how much you split them up. Before reading this, I thought becoming a werewolf was like turning into a furry with better senses than a normal person. I thought that it was interesting how the author described werewolves similar to autism in the sense that they are still humans. Although it wou
Mark Syron
Nov 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A parody of self-help books comes to this fur coved guide to the bitten life. A seriously funny book on everything werewolf related. Gone are the movie myths or old wives tale- no not in this book! This is practical information on how you really need to get a good paying job to support your 3 days a month change into a werewolf, and how to avoid getting found out about your lovely secret and possibly killed.

I enjoyed the humor et serious undertone of this werewolf book. There no real plot to thi
Marty Lee
Sep 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
It's the basic how to survive as a new werewolf book, similar in my opinon to the zombie survival guide in some ways.

it was a fun read, but as others have said, it is it's own kinda book, not a werewolf story but a guide
take that into consideration as you think about reading this book
Oct 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Geek fun if you like werewolves.
Feb 25, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-listened-to
5 hours 35 minutes... a little long for the topic and format I thought, but it provided a few laughs... just couldn't give it three stars. I would recommend listening to it in small bites. ...more
Tracy Smyth
Jun 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
If I’m ever bitten by a werewolf I will now know what to do. This was a fun book
Aug 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Interesting parody self-help book. Explored the in-depth and long term implications of being a werewolf. So much more to it than I imagined. Creative work.
Nov 27, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very tongue in cheek book, clearly. I wouldn't say it's a great book but ok to read in short, and a testiment to the authors for a 230 page backstory on a monster as old as time! ...more
Hugo Contreras
Jan 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
becoming a werewolf it looked so easy.... mind changing
Oct 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
A witty, entertaining, satirical guide to life after becoming a werewolf. Although it might not seem ideal to have werewolf-dom imposed by a fiendish bite, there are in fact thousands of werewolves out there – living normal lives. The only difference is that three times a month they double in size, triple in strength and grow a mane of fur. Now this guide shows all new werewolves how to cope with this transition with life-saving tips on how to avoid detection, safeguard your home and deal with t ...more
W. Tinkanesh
May 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
“So, you know how to live as a werewolf now?” asked a friend.
“In theory, yes,” I answered. “In practice, it’s expensive. All the restraints you need to afford to protect the mere mortals on full-moon nights……..”

This is about the traditional werewolf, the lycanthrope of origins, the savage, bloodthirsty beast controlled by the full moon. Not the evolved creature written about in the books of Linda K. Hamilton or Kelley Armstrong. Duncan and Powers do not believe that werewolves can control their
Mar 13, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2010
So what happens if you get bit by a werewolf? There has never been a good answer to this question before, and the newly-created werewolf is likely to get him or herself killed before he or she can figure it out. This is why Powers and Duncan have come up with this book -- to help the newly transformed through a difficult time in their life.

Don't think it's all fun and games to be a werewolf, though. The reality is that it's not anything like Hollywood perceives it to be. You become a slobbering
Jan 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: werewolves, reference
I couldn't help but smile at how seriously this manual took the 'condition' of Lycanthropy. Like a true medical manual/self help guide, it took to reassuring the reader that they weren't a monster and could still lead a full and relatively normal life despite their condition.
The odd thing was, when reading about restraint systems and dietry requirements, I found myself wondering where MY safe-room would be, how to get my hands on so much raw meat and livestock and whether my career choice was cu
If I were forced to sum up The Werewolf’s Guide to Life in one word, that word would be fun. Check that. Make it: FUN! Yes, that’s in all caps with an exclamation point at the end. Rarely have I read a book that thrilled me, chilled me, and tickled my funny bone throughout, but this one did so in spades. Duncan and Powers deliver a wonderful look into the world of the lycanthrope with their thoughtful Manual for the Newly Bitten. Covering a wide range of topics, from the proper post-attack etiqu ...more
I loved this book- because I love werewolves.

It is a "Dummies" guide for a newly turned werewolf.

It gives all the tips and tricks a newly turned ww could need to survive his/her new life- everything from what to wear( as you'll end up naked) to how to spot a vampire.

It reads like a serious lifestyle manual- but it is hilarious- even though it is not a humorous novel.

Recommended to those readers who like the werewolf genre.
Jan 27, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal, audio-mp3
I listened to this story as an audiobook. And, I'm so glad I did(Vs reading it)! the voice-over was the perfect selection to read this satire-ish, albeit serious instructional guide to those new to the whole werewolf lifestyle. The seriousness and absoluteness("Don't believe it!") provided on everything a newly werewolf could ever think to ask is explained including: paying taxes, werewolf midlife crisis and a plethora of much more! I never knew Minnie Pearl was a werewolf! ...more
Jun 06, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: fun-quick
Picked this up at the library while browsing. It turned out to be a very fun choice. This book takes an in-depth description of how to survive as a lycan in modern society. It's just like any other guide and it is very entertaining but still prevents itself very seriously and would be very believable. The attention to detail and addressing the many questions that a new lycan might have is excellent.
Sep 05, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: werewolf
Don't get the Kindle version. There are some strange formatting situations. Also, this book could have been improved by an editor - or a second editor. There are places through the book where "though" is spelled "tough". There are a few other typos that keep popping up.

Other than that... it was cute. It was clever and funny. The "Famous Lycanthropes" were particularly good. But I can't rate it higher than 3 stars because of the typos.
Oct 12, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: funny-humor
If I ever become a werewolf, I now know exactly where to turn. Despite being humor, this guide took itself just seriously enough. I really enjoyed reading it and hearing this take on the rising popularity of the werewolf in pop culture. Everything from diet to handling your ‘moons’ is laid out in perfect details creating an instruction manual for a very fascinating world.
RJ Lackie
This was fantastic. Approaching the book seriously, to the point where it could actually be considered nonfiction if you believed in werewolves, made it a complete joy to read. It was comprehensive, smart and very enjoyable. If you're looking for easy jokes and parody, you might not find what you're looking for. I did, though. ...more
Lori Schiele
Jun 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A well-written and informative book that some could say should be in the non-fiction section. It all depends upon your beliefs. The Guide to the Newly Bitten covers everything from surviving the first bite, to how to anticipate the change, and how to keep from being caught or killing anyone. I loved it!
Steve Wiggins
Nov 09, 2014 rated it liked it
A fun book that almost takes itself too seriously at times. I really enjoyed reading it as a self-help manual. Some good werewolf lore, however, seemed to be overlooked or missing. Still, great concept and engagingly done. More thoughts at: Sects and Violence in the Ancient World. ...more
Micha Meinderts
Dec 30, 2009 rated it really liked it
Very entertaining, useful for writers even, if you want a well funded werewolf story from the werewolf point of view, with the troubles and the positives a newly bitten werewolf would face. Looking forward to the vampire one.
Jun 20, 2010 rated it really liked it
Could hardly put this one down once I started it. Written like a self-help book for new werewolves, this book does a fantastic job creating the possible reality of the modern werewolf. Well done! I hope they do a vampire one...
Feb 13, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor, 2011
I bought this during the Twilight craze; it is a sort of a parody. I liked it, though. The lycantrophy descriptions are so detailed I could not help but wonder if it actually exists at times. Very well written.
Kristal Cooper
I loaned this to a co-worker before I read it and I agree with her -- it's mildly amusing and really only worthy of skimming. Unless you're a newly bitten werewolf, of course -- in which case it appears to be the only book you'll want or need! ...more
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