Book Review: The Devourers by Indra Das

Note; because of the move and job shuffling, I’ve gotten a little behind on my reading. I will have a fresh review next week, but I’ve also been planning to re-post some of my old reviews in the new and improved format. Here’s the first. Hopefully the next won’t come for a while longer.

Thoughts and Stories of Lane William Maxfield

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What It’s About

A professor meets a strange man who claims to be half werewolf. As the former learns the latter’s family history, he becomes increasingly attracted, and comes to confront realities about his own identities.

Why I Think You’d Like It

Full disclosure – I’m a sucker for werewolves. They are by far my favorite of the classic monsters. Unfortunately, I don’t think the average movie or book uses them well. Werewolves don’t just scare. They explore nature, civilization, shifting identities and humanity itself. Unfortunately, ninety percent of werewolf stories feel more like the author wrote a vampire story, decided it wasn’t original enough, then hastily changed it. Still, when an author tries to do something properly werewolfy, the result is some of the best stories horror has to offer.

This book firmly belongs in that latter category. It makes you equal parts terrified, fascinated and in love with its subject. It is philosophical, but not the measured philosophy of…

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