I went back and forth a lot while reading this book. Sometimes each little sentence felt a slog. Then the last three hundred pages were read in a rush. A friend of mine recommended me the book after he had seen Anne Rice on the Colbert Show. He showed me the interview which was really the only information I had going into this book other than the fact that Anne Rice had written Interview with a Vampire, a movie, popular amongst a couple of my friends, that I had not seen. So I what gleaned from the interview was primarily Anne Rice’s love story (and break-up and getting back together and breaking-up again) with Christianity and the Catholic church. Much of my pleasure initially derived from connecting the dots between our protagonist, Reuben, and the Christ figure. The comparisons are not hard to make. And so for awhile, I would have recommended the book more for its hokey morality aspect than anything. But then a romance crept in, a bizarre and pretty unforeseen romance, that had me flipping pages. Then the development of the wolf gift had me flipping pages. Then the climax when we would finally learn all the secrets. Then the book ended, leaving me wanting more, especially as regards Reuben’s lover, Laura.
I will say, kink as it is, that I would prefer the book to not be set in the present. Every mention of an Iphone had me cringing. I just feel every mention is free advertising like in our fantasies we have to have one. And fantasy is a key word here because so much of this book smacks of wish fulfillment. Reuben lives the life, even when given the wolf gift. The only thing he has to complain about is distance from his family but they are left pretty undeveloped anyway, always to the sidelines of what is essentially Reuben’s story. The sentences, also, to toss out a controversial complaint are very uncolorful. I don’t know about you all but I really like interesting verb choice and action verbs and this book more than often enough delivers up a “was” or an equally one-dimensional substitute. I will say if you like transformations it is clear that Anne Rice enjoys writing about them. Each time she manages to make them feel a tiny bit different. I guess that would be my angle for complaint. It is clear that Anne Rice has a mastery over narrative presentation and pacing but what she lacks is that pinache, that going over the cliff side that separate the true mystics from the mundane. I think that I remember more of this book than any I have read in recent memory because it is so easy to picture the scenes. If you like that aspect and an entertaining read whether for its inadvertent comedy or its romance then I would recommend this book.
|Recommendation:||A flat, nose-to-the-grind read. Clarity at an all time high.|
|Like this, like that:||Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare, the Vampire Hunter series by Laurell K. Hamilton|
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