Werewolves — The Two Best Books Ever

I go through phases where I only want to read books that fit into a specifically defined category.  I went through a werewolf phase where I read werewolf books and only werewolf books.  Some of them were quite horrible; some of them were quite good.  Two of them were great — Bitten by Kelley Armstrong and The Wolf’s Hour by Robert R. McCammon.

Bitten is about Elena Michaels, the only female werewolf, who left the pack and is living as a human, but gets called back to help fight an uprising.  It’s part of the Otherworld series, which the author lists in chronological order on her website, with No Humans Involved being the latest novel to have been released in May of 2007.  Armstrong also has a large number of stories posted online which you can read for free and get a feel for her writing style, so definitely check out her site.  She’s currently having a contest where you can win a signed copy of one of her books.  One of the things I like most about this author, besides the fact that she is an excellent writer, is that she understands the online community and makes herself easily accessible to her fans.  Stop by her message board where you can share your comments with her or ask her questions.

The Wolf’s Hour is about Michael Gallatin, a World War II spy, werewolf, and ladies’ man.  The story follows Michael through two separate timelines, one which follows his early life in a wolf pack and the other which shows his current life as a WWII spy.  The writing is beautifully done, and I enjoyed every word.  McCammon also has a website where, among other things, he lists his upcoming appearances.  Look for him in Alaska at the end of September 2007 and in Alabama in October and November.  While The Wolf’s Hour is not a series, Robert McCammon has penned many horror novels, including his latest, The Queen of Bedlam, which comes out next month.

I leave you now with a quote from one Barnes and Noble reader by the screenname of “Dude” who wrote the following review of The Wolf’s Hour:

“Dudes just read the book, its pretty damn good, werewolf+humans=lots of dead germans and a very very interesting story.”

And that about sums it up.

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