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The Wolves of Midwinter (The Wolf Gift Chronicles Book 2) by [Rice, Anne]
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Praise for Anne Rice'sWolf Gift Chronicles

"Vintage Anne Rice. . . . This time, with werewolves." --"The Wall Street Journal "

"A lot of fun.... Rice creates yet another world . . . along the lines of her greatest achievements." --Alan Cheuse, NPR

"[Rice's] books are scary and mysterious and mystical, filled with thrills and danger, frightening fun, and ardent passion." --R. L. Stine

"Still sharp of tooth." --"The Daily News Journal "(Tennessee)

"A terrific read by a master of her craft." --"Bookreporter "

"Anne Rice is back with the bad guys." --"Library Journal"
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"Ranks with [Rice's] best. . . . Feisty and terrific fun." --"The Dallas Morning News "
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"Fans will welcome Rice's return to the realm of eccentric immortal predators." --"Kirkus Reviews "
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"Includes plenty of forest spirits, a restless ghost, and a grand mansion that almost feels like a character too." --"The Times-Picayune "(New Orleans)

"Intoxicating." --"USA Today "

"Rice spares no detail in her lush imagining of dual holidays. One is the Christmas celebrations in the town where the werewolves live . . . and the other is a deep forest ritual." --"Lexington Herald-Ledger "

Praise for Anne Rice'sWolf Gift Chronicles
"Vintage Anne Rice. . . . This time, with werewolves." --"The Wall Street Journal "
"A lot of fun.... Rice creates yet another world . . . along the lines of her greatest achievements." --Alan Cheuse, NPR
"[Rice's] books are scary and mysterious and mystical, filled with thrills and danger, frightening fun, and ardent passion." --R. L. Stine
"Still sharp of tooth." --"The Daily News Journal "(Tennessee)
"A terrific read by a master of her craft." --"Bookreporter "
"Anne Rice is back with the bad guys." --"Library Journal"
" "
"Ranks with [Rice's] best. . . . Feisty and terrific fun." --"The Dallas Morning News "
" "
"Fans will welcome Rice's return to the realm of eccentric immortal predators." --"Kirkus Reviews "
" "
"Includes plenty of forest spirits, a restless ghost, and a grand mansion that almost feels like a character too." --"The Times-Picayune "(New Orleans)
"Intoxicating." --"USA Today "
"Rice spares no detail in her lush imagining of dual holidays. One is the Christmas celebrations in the town where the werewolves live . . . and the other is a deep forest ritual." --"Lexington Herald-Ledger "

Praise for Anne Rice's Wolf Gift Chronicles
Vintage Anne Rice. . . . This time, with werewolves. "The Wall Street Journal"
A lot of fun . Rice creates yet another world. . .along the lines of her greatest achievements. Alan Cheuse, NPR
[Rice s] books are scary and mysterious and mystical, filled with thrills and danger, frightening fun, and ardent passion. R. L. Stine
Still sharp of tooth. "The Daily News Journal "(Tennessee)
A terrific read by a master of her craft. "Bookreporter "
Anne Rice is back with the bad guys. "Library Journal"
""
Ranks with [Rice s] best. . . . Feisty and terrific fun. "The Dallas Morning News "
""
Fans will welcome Rice s return to therealm of eccentric immortal predators. "Kirkus Reviews "
""
Includes plenty of forest spirits, a restless ghost, and a grand mansion that almost feels like a character too. "The Times-Picayune "(New Orleans)
Intoxicating. "USA Today "
Rice spares no detail in her lush imagining of dual holidays. One is the Christmas celebrations in the town where the werewolves live . . . and the other is a deep forest ritual. "Lexington Herald-Ledger ""

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Anne Rice is back, with more werewolves, gothic mansions and epic battles between good and evil.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2205 KB
  • Print Length: 401 pages
  • Publisher: Cornerstone Digital (7 Nov. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HDG74Y4
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 49 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #45,519 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Well, I would most certainly follow the consensus that this is a very different take on the werewolf. I wouldn't say that the "monsters" in this book are cuddly, but in reality this depiction of the beast is quite convincing from a fictional point of view.

I found the main supporting characters of the book to jave great and.hidden depth. Not very often would you find such character development in this type of book, but it plays very well.
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This is the second book in the series and I enjoyed reading it. At times I felt that there was a lot of repeating of the story and it could have been shortened without losing the flow. I enjoy Anne Rice books, have been reading them for years. and it was good to find a new take on the werewolf syndrome.
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There is a distinctive lack of a story in this book. Nothing much happens and as a reader I felt rather bored. I found myself waiting for themes to develop into something bigger, to find that the plot was often abandoned and the reader left waiting and somewhat confused.
The characters are uninteresting with no depth to them at all. In fact their personalities seem so basic that they don't much differ from each other!
Gone are the days where Anne rice wrote with passion and one found themselves craving the mysterious dark but beautiful world of her books. At times I found myself wondering if this was actually written by Anne Rice as it seemed so different from her early work. Having read all Anne rice's books over the years, I think I may have to finally stop to avoid further disappointments. The fact that the books are rather expensive adds to this further.
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I absolutely loved this book. In fact I love everything Anne Rice has ever written. Werewolves and other immortals run riot in this book in a descriptive, imaginative narrative that makes me yearn for more. Can't wait for next book.
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OMG....i'm a fan of Ann Rice, and she's managed to do it yet again and get me hooked to her books :-)....ohh what i would love is that the vampires, the witches and the wolves all come together now :-)
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The previous and first volume of this Wolf Gift Chronicle series was surprising in the way Anne Rice was humanizing these werewolves under the name of Man Wolf, that monster that can change from man to wolf at will or nearly and that can only destroy bad and evil men, can hunt animals and live a normal life the rest of the time.

In this second volume she explores the Man Wolf community and the human articulation her main hero Reuben has to entertain with the world. She also invests all that in a deeper pagan but Christianized context and heritage. Things are thus becoming tricky.

The main hero has a brother who is a priest and the former confesses his secret to the latter, knowing that this brother Jim has to keep it sealed since it was entrusted to him under confession. That is going to make things very difficult when this priest working in the Tenderloin, San Francisco, encounters some difficulties with the local crime lords. At the same time that makes the elder brother Jim more or less the prisoner if not the hostage of the younger brother because of this secret.

That will lead Jim to telling his younger brother his own secret, the fact that he was a failure at the university and that he got into an affair with the wife of a physically disabled professor, with the professor manipulating complicity, got her pregnant in his quasi constant state of drunkenness, got physical and violent one night and thought he had murdered the child and caused a miscarriage. He became a priest out of that guilt and repentance.
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I don't know why I keep giving Anne Rice my money. She wrote one of my favorite ever books, Interview With the Vampire, and though the others that followed have steadily declined in quality with each successive novel, I remain aware of how great a writer she can be and hoping that she gets her mojo back. Unfortunately, I am still waiting.

The Wolf Gift (I hate this title, by the way. It became a funny cliche in the later VC books (cloud gift, mind gift, fork gift...) was a fairly bland work of fiction which cashed in on the werewolf craze without ever understanding why people like this supernatural creature or what makes it intriguing (lots of money and sex while hairy is not it) but this sequel isn't just bland, it's offensively awful.

It can be summed up easily: whereas in the earlier Vampire Chronicles we had lingering, loving descriptions of, say, Lestat's Rue Royale flat or the squalid environs of Les Innocents, they were recreating history and never took over the narrative. There was still an exciting story to be told and interesting characters. We don't have any such luxury in The Wolves of Midwinter, which is endless descriptions of preparing for Christmas and decorating. You can buy a home redesign catalogue for cheaper, or perhaps visit IKEA.

There's also the intensely tiresome God-bothering stuff and the attempt to be controversial about the Catholic church. What Rice fails to realize is that nothing is shocking about the church, including her decision to leave it. The rest of the world moved on long ago; more people than ever don't believe these silly fairy stories, and nobody picks up a vampire or werewolf book to have your born-again religious fervor shoved down their throats.

Honestly, guys. Pass on this. Go and read The Witching Hour and Interview, or The Vampire Lestat, and hold that in your mind and remember (or discover) how great this writer once was.
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