This book tries far too hard to incorporate principles of science, theology and philosophy, at the expense of the domains that Rice has owned in past work: magic, fantasy and the supernatural. Other readers/listeners have noted that the work is laborious and rambling at times, lacking focus, plot and direction. I found this to be true. We didn't need a DNA and genetic breakdown as part of the richness of the Vampire Chronicles (although we unfortunately eventually got it down the road), and we don't need it here. Also, some of Reuben's exploits are downright appalling, to the degree that he doesn't even make the entertaining anti-hero that Lestat makes. In fact, Reuben is often shallow, and lacking the depth of personality or conviction to be a good cardboard cut-out. I would love to see more character development, more storyline plot and purpose, a developed atmosphere (I mean, the mansion is splendid fodder, almost a character in and of itself!), and a reliance on readers' collective desire to escape into the mystic and supernatural. Hate to say it, Anne, but that's the beast you feed best. Give us more story, more magic, less medicine and science. We don't need them.
I have been a fan of horror monsters since Lon Chaney, Bela Lugosi, and Vincent Price. With each werewolf and vampire book that I read I like to see the authors interpretation of each. Anne Rice is the reigning queen of vampires without a doubt. While I find her werewolf the most believable, I don't find them the most terrifying. I read the book every chance I got and looked forward to reading or listening to it (I had both the kindle and audiobook), it was hard to put down. I liked the ending and the explanation of how the gift/curse began. That being said, I did not feel compelled to continue the story with book two. I am going to wait for the synopsis and reviews of the third book before committing to the rest of this series.
Since it's been years since I've read any of Rice's work maybe I'm just not used to how long-winded and overly descriptive it can be. I felt like the story itself had very little movement. It may have just not been my kind of book.
I loved it! Its a werewolf story with a twist. Well written and the main character is just downright lovable. In contrast, the villains are the most evil and sadistic characters that you could read about. Justly deserving their very violent and brutal ends. My favorite part is when in his wolf state, he comes across the woman who is to be his mate. very unique. She's a bit of a "Know it all" later in the book; but she eventually grows on you. The other women in his life - mother - girlfriend are so strong and opinionated, that their insufferable. But, the main character is so well written that you love the story despite them. The narrator is perfect for Reuben a.k.a. (The man wolf). Prepare yourself for some deep philosophical discussions among the characters. Great read!!