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Offline Jaedia

Werewolf Urban Fantasy
« on: August 09, 2011, 10:57:44 AM »
I've really had a craving for good werewolf fiction lately but the trouble is, everything I come across seems to be paranormal romance, which is why I figured you guys are the best people to ask. I don't mind a little romance as a sub-plot, but I don't enjoy romance enough for it to be the main point and don't get me started on erotica. They aren't my thing, so I'm looking for urban fantasy, and I'm struggling! Anything set in a historical setting, fantasy setting, would be awesome too. I have Wolfsangel on my wishlist.

Do you guys know anything awesome that I might be missing?

Offline Overlord

Re: Werewolf Urban Fantasy
« Reply #1 on: August 09, 2011, 10:59:51 AM »
I've really had a craving for good werewolf fiction lately but the trouble is, everything I come across seems to be paranormal romance, which is why I figured you guys are the best people to ask. I don't mind a little romance as a sub-plot, but I don't enjoy romance enough for it to be the main point and don't get me started on erotica. They aren't my thing, so I'm looking for urban fantasy, and I'm struggling! Anything set in a historical setting, fantasy setting, would be awesome too. I have Wolfsangel on my wishlist.

Do you guys know anything awesome that I might be missing?

Only Urban Fantasy I've read was Kelley Armstrong and I really enjoyed the few I read :) I know her first few books were all about Werewolves, so maybe check those out? They do have sex in it, but it isn't really erotica...

Wolfsangel is pretty good - check that out :)
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Offline AnneLyle

Re: Werewolf Urban Fantasy
« Reply #2 on: August 09, 2011, 11:41:14 AM »
Check out "Silver Kiss" by my friend Naomi Clark - there's a (lesbian) romance subplot, but it's mainly about a female werewolf PI investigating a nasty new drug:

http://www.amazon.com/Naomi-Clark/e/B003UP1PBU/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

Some of her books are small press, some are self-published, but I can attest she's a good writer - "Silver Kiss" was short-listed by the ALA in the "LGBT fantasy" category.
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Offline Jaedia

Re: Werewolf Urban Fantasy
« Reply #3 on: August 09, 2011, 01:24:48 PM »
I'm not against sex and romance in a story, just not my thing as a genre.

Thanks - I do have Wolfsangel and Bitten on my wishlist, I almost popped to a nearby library yesterday to borrow a copy but it's in a town I get easily lost in so I decided against it.

And not against self-published authors at all so long as they do it right - I'll take a look, thanks!

Offline Overlord

Re: Werewolf Urban Fantasy
« Reply #4 on: August 09, 2011, 02:06:21 PM »
I'm not against sex and romance in a story, just not my thing as a genre.

Thanks - I do have Wolfsangel and Bitten on my wishlist, I almost popped to a nearby library yesterday to borrow a copy but it's in a town I get easily lost in so I decided against it.

And not against self-published authors at all so long as they do it right - I'll take a look, thanks!

Bitten is Kelley Armstrong's first novel ^_^
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Offline Fellshot

Re: Werewolf Urban Fantasy
« Reply #5 on: August 10, 2011, 05:48:03 AM »
I would recommend at least the first few of Carrie Vaughn's Kitty Norville books. The first two that I read are more along the lines of  "girl gets hurt, feels weak, heals up, grows a backbone, does her own thing" rather than a romance.

Offline Jaedia

Re: Werewolf Urban Fantasy
« Reply #6 on: August 10, 2011, 11:46:38 AM »
Ahh of course! I'd seen the Kitty series featured on one of the blogs I read, never did get around to adding them to my wishlist. Thanks!

Offline ShadowProse

Re: Werewolf Urban Fantasy
« Reply #7 on: August 11, 2011, 06:22:15 PM »
I would recommend Maneater by Thomas Emson

Offline Jay Caine

Re: Werewolf Urban Fantasy
« Reply #8 on: September 16, 2011, 10:53:28 AM »
I have read two rather good werewolf novels recently, the first was The Last Werewolf by Glen Duncan and is a very good story about the worlds last surviving werewolf and his life, the second is Wolfman by Nicholas Pakearo which is excellent. Unfortunately the author was shot and killed whilst working as a volunteer cop in NY so this will be the only offering of his we ever get, which is a massive shame.

Offline Cherie

Re: Werewolf Urban Fantasy
« Reply #9 on: September 16, 2011, 11:17:51 AM »
I can't agree on Maneater. To me, the author was trying too hard to make it 'edgy', and it suffered from poor editing.

I'll agree on Kelley Armstong's Bitten any day, the series branches out into other supernatural characters, but it comes back to the werewolves a few times.

Patricia Briggs' Mercy Thompson (start with Moon Called) & Alpha and Omega (first book is Cry Wolf - but there is a short story in an anthology that has a novella set before the series) series' are good too. They're all pretty short, light reads, and there is some romance, but it's not the focal point of the stories.

Not werewolves, but werecats (it does work actually) is Rachel Vincent's series that starts with Stray. A bit of romance and relationship angst as backdrop for the crisis/action, but I found it just made the characters more rounded.

Offline pornokitsch

Re: Werewolf Urban Fantasy
« Reply #10 on: September 17, 2011, 09:35:28 PM »
Peter S. Beagle's "Lila the Werewolf" is terrific - and decades old, which means it was pre-trend and therefore extra-awesome.

Offline Anitero

Re: Werewolf Urban Fantasy
« Reply #11 on: September 19, 2011, 05:32:27 AM »
If you're interested in a werewolf novel set in Singapore, you can try J. Damask’s "Wolf at the Door". http://www.lyricalpress.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=1_71&products_id=308

I haven't read it yet, but here's a review from Aliette de Bodard http://aliettedebodard.com/2011/06/22/wolf-at-the-door-by-j-damask/


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Re: Werewolf Urban Fantasy
« Reply #12 on: October 25, 2011, 03:36:36 AM »
It's not specifically focussed on werewolves and it's generally referred to as steampunk, but Gail Carriger's Parasol Protectorate (1st book Soulless) has werewolves in it. The chief love interest is an alpha werewolf. It also has vampires and ghosts. If you can imagine Jane Austen writing about werewolves and vampires then you'll have a pretty good idea of what they're like.There are 4 books currently out and the 5th and final of the series is planned for March 2012.
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Re: Werewolf Urban Fantasy
« Reply #13 on: October 25, 2011, 08:19:08 AM »
Not actually read it myself, but was lucky enough to meet the author and here him read a short piece from it:

The Leaping by Tom Fletcher


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""Strong, convincing characters and great atmosphere. Bleak and compelling, this unusual mixture of grubby social realism with folklore and superstition stands out from the crowd." --"Times

Product Description

Jack finished university three years ago, but he's still stuck in a dead-end job in a sinister call-centre in Manchester. When the beautiful (and rich) Jennifer comes into his life he thinks he has finally found his ticket out of there. Trouble is that his boss is interested in Jennifer as well, and there's something strangely bestial about him...So when Jennifer buys Fell House, a mysterious old mansion out in remote Cumbria, a house party on a legendary scale seems like the perfect escape. But as the party spins out of control on a seemingly neverending night, they must face up to the terrifying possibility that not all their guests may be human - and some of them want to feed. An astonishing and innovative blend of horror, folktale and disturbing realism, The Leaping is the first instalment in what is shaping up to be a genre-defining series.

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If anyone has read it be great to know your thoughts :)
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Re: Werewolf Urban Fantasy
« Reply #14 on: October 26, 2011, 12:09:31 AM »
Devon Monk's recent foray into steampunk: Dead Iron, has a werewolf as it's protagonist, so it may also be worth a look. I'm not really into the whole werewolf thing, but I did enjoy Dead Iron.
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