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The Wolf Gift

by Anne Rice

Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group | February 14, 2012 | Hardcover

The Wolf Gift is rated 4 out of 5 by 3.
A daring new departure from the inspired creator of The Vampire Chronicles (“unrelentingly erotic . . . unforgettable”—The Washington Post), Lives of the Mayfair Witches (“Anne Rice will live on through the ages of literature”—San Francisco Chronicle), and the angels of The Songs of the Seraphim (“remarkable”—Associated Press). A whole new world—modern, sleek, high-tech—and at its center, a story as old and compelling as history: the making of a werewolf, reimagined and reinvented as only Anne Rice, teller of mesmerizing tales, conjurer extraordinaire of other realms, could create.
 
The time is the present.
 
The place, the rugged coast of Northern California. A bluff high above the Pacific. A grand mansion full of beauty and tantalizing history set against a towering redwood forest.
 
A young reporter on assignment from the San Francisco Observer . . . An older woman welcoming him into her magnificent family home that he has been sent to write about and that she must sell with some urgency . . . A chance encounter between two unlikely people . . . An idyllic night—shattered by horrific unimaginable violence, the young man inexplicably attacked—bitten—by a beast he cannot see in the rural darkness . . . A violent episode that sets in motion a terrifying yet seductive transformation, as the young man, caught between ecstasy and horror, between embracing who he is evolving into and fearing what he will become, soon experiences the thrill of the wolf gift.
 
As he resists the paradoxical pleasure and enthrallment of his wolfen savagery and delights in the power and (surprising) capacity for good, he is caught up in a strange and dangerous rescue and is desperately hunted as “the Man Wolf” by authorities, the media, and scientists (evidence of DNA threatens to reveal his dual existence) . . . As a new and profound love enfolds him, questions emerge that propel him deeper into his mysterious new world: questions of why and how he has been given this gift; of its true nature and the curious but satisfying pull towards goodness; of the profound realization that there may be others like him who are watching—guardian creatures who have existed throughout time who possess ancient secrets and alchemical knowledge. And throughout it all, the search for salvation for a soul tormented by a new realm of temptations, and the fraught, exhilarating journey, still to come, of being and becoming, fully, both wolf and man.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 416 pages, 9.53 × 6.64 × 1.47 in

Published: February 14, 2012

Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0307595110

ISBN - 13: 9780307595119

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Hoping the next installment will be better. The newest venture for the legendary Anne Rice, and it looks to be quite promising. Her take on the werewolf legend, I didn't love it, but I didn't hate it either. I am looking forward to see how it develops and how she moves everything forward. I enjoyed the fact that the werewolves don't completely lose themselves when they take form, and I liked the characters for the most part. I could have done without Laura entirely, I found her to be a bit of a ninny, and Reuben can do much better than her! I would like to have seen him draw Celeste into this new world of his, at least she didn't sob through everything! Perhaps Reuben has some dominance issues :-) I did not enjoy the constant glorifying of the "werewolf feast" as it were. I liked their drive to eradicate evil, but I could have done without the descriptions of tearing beasts limb from limb, the devouring of flesh and dripping blood! If they truly value life and spend so much of their time endlessly debating philosophy, how can they think it so divine to rip apart a mountain lion with her cubs nearby? I am hoping these issues are addressed in the next installment!
Date published: 2012-04-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It's no longer a curse, It's a GIFT On February 14th, the creator of the widely known and beloved Vampire Chronicles released a new novel, surprisingly about werewolves. The Wolf Gift by the incredible Anne Rice was one title I absolutely could not wait to, pardon the wording, sink my teeth into! Here was the Goddess of Gothic novels writing about a species her readers never imagined she'd write, I just really didn't know what to expect from her. The Wolf Gift by Anne Rice tells the story of Reuben, a 23 year old reporter who's been sent to an extremely lavish and luxurious family home in order to write an article for the San Francisco Observer. Unfortunately, while on stay at the family home with the older woman who owns it, an unexpected event occurs; Reuben is bitten by an unidentified beast in the darkness of the woods behind the home and the woman killed. From the bite, Reuben receives the wolf gift, the ability to transform into a ferocious wolfen creature with incredible strength, senses, and agility. Is the world ready for him or will they try to destroy him? On the day of the release, I actually had the opportunity to attend Anne Rice's sold out signing in Toronto at the Bram & Bluma Appel Salon (click here to read my recap). She was on tour for her latest novel The Wolf Gift and she enthusiastically spoke of her newest character Reuben. Before the signing and release day, I actually had the opportunity to read The Wolf Gift about two weeks before it's store on-sale date, and I couldn't help finding myself connecting so much more with the characters as I watched her speak warmly of them. First and foremost, I really enjoyed reading from Reuben's perspective. As I've mentioned in several reviews in the past, as a female reader I often have a difficult time connecting with male point of views, however Reuben was completely the opposite. As a 23 year old as well, I found myself greatly connecting and understanding Reuben. Unfortunately, when it came to Reuben's character, there were a few things that just didn't fit well. For one, his vast knowledge of historical events and artifacts. It's exceptionally unbelievable that a 23 year old reporter, working for a San Francisco paper no less, would know of all these historical pieces, key moments, and how to read and translate old or dead languages. Additionally, Reuben's tendency to "fool around" with women without knowing very much about them failed to rub me on a positive note, it just didn't work very well to his advantage. Additionally, I also found myself loving Anne Rice's approach to lycanthropy. Instead of the typical stories that focuses on werewolfdom being a curse, Anne Rice saw it as a gift, something her character Reuben could use to grow and mature into someone with so much more potential and strength. Perhaps, even someone who could do good instead of evil, as shown through Reuben's actions. I also loved how different The Wolf Gift was from her previous novels. In The Wolf Gift, Anne Rice used today's technology to her advantage, adding more depth to Reuben's struggle with his wolf gift, as well as trying to keep himself safe from the authorities and media who wanted him destroyed. Anne Rice's latest, The Wolf Gift, was a breath of fresh air! The Wolf Gift brings to the genre a unique and exciting take on lycanthropy, an inspiring protagonist, and a bone-chilling thriller that will have readers begging for more Reuben!
Date published: 2012-03-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Anne Rice does Werewolves Right All other paranormal writers step aside. This is how you write a werewolf novel. Anne Rice does werewolves right. They're big, beastly, scary and most of all intimidating. It seems like we've forgotten that recently. Anne Rice explores a lot of interesting concepts in her latest novel. Instead of your traditional werewolves – more beast than human – Anne Rice crafts a Man-Wolf. A creature that is both consciously human and beast at the same time. I thought this was an interesting and exciting premise and it opened up the story to some greater concepts. Such as what one would do when in the possession of so much power? How would it affect your decisions? How would you interact with others? I really enjoyed this take on the werewolf and thought it was a lot more detailed and thoughtful than I expected. If the deeper concepts weren't enough, however, this book is also packed with some serious action. Anne Rice takes all those moral questions and applies them to a sort of “masked vigilante” style of character. In many ways The Wolf Gift is like Batman meets the Werewolf. I'm a huge fan of superhero fiction and the ideas and morals embedded in those stories, so I was incredibly drawn to this idea of the Man-Wolf being a defender of the people and exploring what right he had to take on this role. I do have one complaint and that is the women in this book are just horrible. Particularly Rueben's love interest. I found her vapid, annoying and for the most part pretty useless. She didn't really do anything to move the plot along. In addition her actions were so irrational. Especially the way she falls in love with him in a matter of days, knowing next to nothing about him except that he's a werewolf. What finally sealed the deal on my dislike of Laura was the following lines, “He drove Laura south to get her Jeep and the bulk of her possessions which amounted to so few boxes that he was kind of amazed. Half of them were filled with flannel nightgowns.” Half of her possessions are flannel nightgowns? Who is this woman? Who has that many nightgowns? It was just one of those things I couldn't get pass and I could have done without her character all together. I thoroughly enjoyed reading The Wolf Gift, it was the type of werewolf novel I had been waiting for. Complaints about the female characters aside, I found it to be extremely well put together and significantly more deep than I ever thought it could be. A must read for any fan of the paranormal. This and other reviews at Hooked on Books (http://christashookedonbooks.blogspot.com)
Date published: 2012-02-19

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The Wolf Gift

by Anne Rice

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 416 pages, 9.53 × 6.64 × 1.47 in

Published: February 14, 2012

Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0307595110

ISBN - 13: 9780307595119

About the Book

A whole new world--modern, sleek, high-tech, and at its center, a story as old and compelling as history--the making of a werewolf, re-imagined and re-invented as only Anne Rice, teller of mesmerizing tales, conjurer extraordinaire of other realms, could create it.

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I Reuben was a tall man, well over six feet, with brown curly hair and deep-­set blue eyes. “Sunshine Boy” was his nickname and he hated it; so he tended to repress what the world called an irresistible smile. But he was a little too happy right now to put on his studious expression, and try to look older than his twenty-­three years. He was walking up a steep hill in the fierce ocean wind with an exotic and elegant older woman named Marchent Nideck and he really loved all she was saying about the big house on the cliff. She was lean with a narrow beautifully sculpted face, and that kind of yellow hair that never fades. She wore it straight back from her forehead in a soft wavy swinging bob that curled under just above her shoulders. He loved the picture she made in her long brown knit dress and high polished brown boots. He was doing a story for the San Francisco Observer on the giant house and her hopes of selling it now that the estate had at last been settled, and her great-­uncle Felix Nideck had been declared officially dead. The man had been gone for twenty years, but his will had only just been opened, and the house had been left to Marchent, his niece. They’d been walking the forested slopes of the property since Reuben arrived, visiting a ramshackle old guesthouse and the ruin of a barn. They’d followed old roads and old paths lost in the brush, and now and then come out on a rocky ledge above the cold iron-­colored Pacific, o
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From the Publisher

A daring new departure from the inspired creator of The Vampire Chronicles (“unrelentingly erotic . . . unforgettable”—The Washington Post), Lives of the Mayfair Witches (“Anne Rice will live on through the ages of literature”—San Francisco Chronicle), and the angels of The Songs of the Seraphim (“remarkable”—Associated Press). A whole new world—modern, sleek, high-tech—and at its center, a story as old and compelling as history: the making of a werewolf, reimagined and reinvented as only Anne Rice, teller of mesmerizing tales, conjurer extraordinaire of other realms, could create.
 
The time is the present.
 
The place, the rugged coast of Northern California. A bluff high above the Pacific. A grand mansion full of beauty and tantalizing history set against a towering redwood forest.
 
A young reporter on assignment from the San Francisco Observer . . . An older woman welcoming him into her magnificent family home that he has been sent to write about and that she must sell with some urgency . . . A chance encounter between two unlikely people . . . An idyllic night—shattered by horrific unimaginable violence, the young man inexplicably attacked—bitten—by a beast he cannot see in the rural darkness . . . A violent episode that sets in motion a terrifying yet seductive transformation, as the young man, caught between ecstasy and horror, between embracing who he is evolving into and fearing what he will become, soon experiences the thrill of the wolf gift.
 
As he resists the paradoxical pleasure and enthrallment of his wolfen savagery and delights in the power and (surprising) capacity for good, he is caught up in a strange and dangerous rescue and is desperately hunted as “the Man Wolf” by authorities, the media, and scientists (evidence of DNA threatens to reveal his dual existence) . . . As a new and profound love enfolds him, questions emerge that propel him deeper into his mysterious new world: questions of why and how he has been given this gift; of its true nature and the curious but satisfying pull towards goodness; of the profound realization that there may be others like him who are watching—guardian creatures who have existed throughout time who possess ancient secrets and alchemical knowledge. And throughout it all, the search for salvation for a soul tormented by a new realm of temptations, and the fraught, exhilarating journey, still to come, of being and becoming, fully, both wolf and man.

About the Author

Anne Rice is the author of thirty-one books. She lives in Palm Desert, California.
 
www.annerice.com

Editorial Reviews

“ The Wolf Gift is vintage Anne Rice—a lushly written, gothic…metaphysical tale. This time, with werewolves.”   —Alexandra Alter, The Wall Street Journal   “Anne Rice has done it again.  In her latest novel, The Wolf Gift , the woman who single-handedly, reinvented the vampire genre puts her formidable talent to work rewriting ‘were-wolf’ lore and in the end succeeds magnificently.”   —Nola Cancel, Examiner     “[Rice] returns to the lushly evocative scenery and gothic atmosphere of her vampire novels with great success. . . her reimagining of a well-worn mythology is fresh and intriguing. Fans of Rice’s The Vampire Chronicles and The Lives of the Mayfair Witches series should delight in this new saga delivered in the author’s distinctive style. Part creation story, part love story, all excellent!”   —Bette Lee Fox, Library Journal (starred)     “I want to howl at the moon over this…I devoured these pages…[A] terrific new novel. . . . The plot [is] magnetic, the characters fascinating, and Rice’s style as solid and engaging as anything she has written since her early vampire chronicle fiction.” —Alan Cheuse, The Boston Globe     “Rice weaves her trademark meditations on the role of supernatural creatures in society into an often thrilling, page-turning yarn”   —Kristine Hu
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