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If you're looking for some twilight-esque teen love drivel this isn't your book. Written solidly for mature audiences. The characters are fleshed out and believable. The prose is a little awkward but it works. Spots of intense violence and sex but the main story centers around the psyche of the characters. Gritty, believable and hard as nails. Definitely worth a look if you like your werewolves with a shot of tequila and a touch of leather clad madness.
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I haven’t read much horror. Despite being a great admirer of Stephen King and having read much if not most of his work, it seems rare for horror writers to be truly character based. These guys are clearly very King influenced (their vampire novel especially). I have the sense that you could leave the werewolves out of Animals and still have a worthwhile novel (though a less fun novel). I found Skipp and Spector completely by accident. I know nothing about splatterpunk. Frankly I could care less. I only want to read more of their work because they’re really good writers. They don’t reinvent anything. They just take everything that has come before and almost have what could be the final word on whatever subject in the genre they’re doing. At least for their generation.
I’ve heard over the years that writers don’t like werewolves because there isn’t much you can do with them. They’re thematically shallow and there is just not as much you can do as opposed to, for example, vampires. I’m not sure if I believe that or if creative types just haven’t been creative enough. Either way, Animals makes a clear point that you can do a hell of a lot of interesting work with werewolves.
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