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5.0 out of 5 stars Delightfully Lupine Love Story--Read It!,
This review is from: Wilderness (Mass Market Paperback)This is a most amazing book, beginning with the premise that Alice White, a beautiful and talented young lady, turns into a wolf once a month like clockwork. Naturally this complicates her life and forces her into a lonely existence of superficial relationships. That is, until she meets Erik, her college course advisor, and against her better judgment, falls deeply in love with him. He is the first man she has ever loved, but what will he say when she tells him the lycanthropic truth? This is a love story that really gets complicated. And Erik's ex-wife Debra is trying to win him back. And her psychiatrist, who secretly lusts for her, is making things even more difficult.
Well, this was a book I could not put down. It is well written, wise and insightful. Danvers makes the strange premise of the book somehow believable. You begin to wonder--well, what if? After all, don't we all have an animal nature, a dark side that we scarcely know? The only part of the book I found hard to believe was the unprofessional behavior of the psychiatrist.
So, run out to the woods and howl--no, no--buy this book and read it, nooooooow!
4.0 out of 5 stars Classy werewolf novel,
This review is from: Wilderness (Mass Market Paperback)Vampires tend to take centre stage in the majority of horror novels I see on my library and bookstore shelves these days,while novels about lycanthropes tend to trail a long way behind in both quality and quantity.I suspect it is all down to sensuality and sex, with vampires being inherently more erotic than werewolves whose destruction of their prey tends to be coarse and unrefined compared to the vampire's seductiveness and refined elegance."Wildernes"is that rarity-a tale of werewolves that is cool in tone and saturated with a delicate sensuality that is quite erotic--Anne Rice without the super saturated langauage she mistakenly feels is classy.
It is in essence a romantic and languidly elegant love story whose heroine,"Alice White"is a werewolf who in her childhood tore out the throat of a would be rapist.Now an adult she works in a travel agency,takes courses at the local University and manages to maintain her emotional distance from the world while enjoying an active sex life.She keeps her transformations into
The wilderness of the title is not simply the wilds of nature but also a reference to the untamed and hostile areas of the human mind and soul When love is involved ,and only when love is involved, can science and the forces which science cannot explain come to live together.This seems to be the message to this complelling book .It is a work low in gore and viscerality and its tone is cerebral and detached avoiding the usual genre cliches
Enjoyable and worth the time of anyone who likes the quiet horror of such as Grant and Wright
5.0 out of 5 stars Reads like vintage Koontz - and probably is.,
This review is from: Wilderness (Mass Market Paperback)Given Dean Koontz's penchant for pseudonymous writing, I'd be surprised if he didn't pen this wonderful, weird little love story. It reads like him, at his peak.
Alice White has this little problem - she's a werewolf. Nobody believes her, despite the fact that a man she was alone with several years back during a full moon was killed by some unidentified kind of dog. Even her psychiatrist thinks she's merely projecting a fantasy.
Now, Alice is ready to give up her lonely life of one-night stands, having met her great love in college instructor Erik Summers. She wants to tell him - but how? Complicating matters are the fact that Alice's psychiatrist has a secret hankering for her, and Erik's ex-wife wants him back. Alice learns self-hypnosis to control her transformations for Erik's sake, but with all the various little love triangles afoot, it isn't too long before raging hormones start taking over, and...
...oh, I'm sorry, I'm sure you'd rather take the ride, yourself. It's well worth it. This is the sort of story Anne Rice often attempts and rarely quite succeeds at.
4.0 out of 5 stars Compelled to Read,
This review is from: Wilderness (Mass Market Paperback)Stories about werewolf's have always been great stories. In the case of Wilderness, Alice White is the werewolf. She knkows who she is but does'nt want to be who she is. In hope to help her problems she visits a shrink. The shrink tells her what she is seeking. Her life is in confusion, but when she meets Erick Summers, a college professor her life changes. Danvers exploits the characters throughout the book, showing each characters true feeldings. The detail within the books is fantastic leaving the reader fulfilled. The book has two settings, the city and the Canadian wilderness. The two settings allow Danvers to further develop the situations and characters. Overall the book is compelling, making the reader want to continus page after page
5.0 out of 5 stars A Book to be read over and over,
This review is from: Wilderness (Mass Market Paperback)This is a book about an ordinary situation with extraordinary quirks. Alice White is a werewolf. She seeks out someone who can help her and ends up with shrink. Of course he believes her to be delusional but, quite fascinating. Alice tries to keep everyone at arms lenth for fear of what the truth will do to them and her. Along the way, she meets and falls for a wonderful professor, Erik Summers, and hopes that he'll be the one that accepts her for all she is....
Of course that is when things get complicated. This book so honestly depicts relationships that you hardly notice that one of the factors involved is the fact that Alice is a werewolf.
It's really a great book. It is the ONLY book I have read 4 times and refuse to let others borrow in fear I may never get it back.
4.0 out of 5 stars An exhilarating journey,
This review is from: Wilderness (Mass Market Paperback)I found this somewhat lusty tale by Danvers compelling enough to keep me up too late for several days in a row.
The main characters, Alice White and Erik Summers, are very well portrayed and although their predicament is not one that we are likely to find ourselves in, I was hoping that they would work it out and very interested to see how. I was surprised at how much tension Danvers develops within the deceptively simple style of this book.
It does require that we, like Erik, suspend our disbelief for the duration, but I found it well worth while.
A fast but very pleasing excursion into another possible reality.
I recommend it.
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Wilderness by D Danvers (Mass Market Paperback - May 25 2000)
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