Thursday, September 29, 2011

Guy Friday-- Werewolves vs. Vampires

Moore, Peter. Red Moon Rising.
Dante Gray (or Danny), is in a difficult position. His mother and step-father are vampires, but his father is a werewolf. While the genetic treatments on his sister have removed all of the werewolf characteristics from her, they weren't successful for him, and he becomes more and more wolflike every day. This is a problem because werewolves are second class citizens, and must register with law enforcement and be sent to compounds during the full moon. Danny doesn't really want to face this, especially since he is in a relationship with Juliet, who is human, but being bullied by a vampire and struggling with the pain that the upcoming changes bring to his body are making everything difficult. Luckily, his family is supportive and tries to come up with a way to keep him safe from the authorities and himself.
Strengths: This was a great book combining werewolf and vampire lore. It's a little likeVladimir Todd, with the description of SynHeme and eating habits, but kicks it up a notch with the werewolf information. This will be very popular in my library.
Weaknesses: Personal pet peeves here: the book uses the spelling "wulf", which grated on my nerves, and also used misspellings of famous actresses and products. David Bo. E.? iPoddMax? Wulfghang Packe? Students won't mind, but each usage made me cringe.

There are definitely two different types of vampire books-- the romance ones the girls like, and the action-packed, blood sucking ones for guys. The best guy vampire books are:

Anderson, M.T. Thirsty.

Brewer, Heather. The Chronicles of Vladimir Todd.

Emerson, Kevin. Oliver Nocturn series.

Henderson, Jason. The Alex Van Helsing series.

Hill, Will. Department 19.

Shan, Darren. Cirque du Freak series.

And some werewolf books:

Cole, Stephen. The Wereling series.

LaFevers, R. L. Werewolf Rising.

Toft, Di. Wolven.

Stewart and Riddell, Barnaby Grimes and the Curse of the Night Wolf.

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