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The Wolves of Paris

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

The book, The Wolves of Paris, grabs you and doesn't let go... ¿

The book, The Wolves of Paris, grabs you and doesn't let go...
¿A voracious reader, and one who has enjoyed other Michael Wallace books, I ¿was excited to read his ¿¿The Wolves of Paris. I didn't particularly like the beginning but I soon found myself becoming more and ...
The book, The Wolves of Paris, grabs you and doesn't let go...
¿A voracious reader, and one who has enjoyed other Michael Wallace books, I ¿was excited to read his ¿¿The Wolves of Paris. I didn't particularly like the beginning but I soon found myself becoming more and more absorbed and staying up way too late, hungering to finish at least the next chapter... To me, wanting to know what happens next and not falling asleep while reading late at night is one of the hallmarks of a good book. I did manage to tear myself away, three hours after I should have gone to sleep, but even then had to force my mind to stop puzzling over the story.  The next day,I kept thinking about it during lulls in my work day and couldn't wait to devour the remaining pages.

I wasn't disappointed.  The depth and  detail describing this black period of history were fascinating. I still have the urge to research myself to see what was true  and what was imagination.  The tale seamlessly blended fact and fiction into an intriguing and realistic tale, revealing glimpses of life shortly after the Black plague, hints of the horrors of the Inquisition, riveting moments of rivalry and brotherhood, and the fear  and terror of wolves tearing through the country side and stalking city streets, along with surprisingly poignant moments of romance and bravery.

I mentioned that I didn't really like the very beginning of the novel.  Yet, thinking back on it, after persevering just a little longer until I couldn't put the book down, I have concluded that the start of the story had merit, too. In a way, it reminded me of pictures by 15th century painter ¿Bruegel, depicting the boisterous and brutal activities of everyday people as they lived and died during the Middle Ages. I didn't really like those paintings ¿ either¿, seen over thirty years ago in museum¿s¿ in Europe, but the images have somehow stayed in my head and  Michael Wallace's descriptions in his first few chapters, and periodically through the book, bring back those images of the ¿M¿iddle ¿A¿ges and enhance his successful and engrossing tale of the Wolves in Paris. 

If my review made you curious, look up Breugal and the Middle Ages, and  look at a painting or two, but whatever you do, I recommend that you read this book, it'll grab you and won't let you go until the last page is read...and ¿even after you are done reading it, you will find yourself wanting to go back and tear into portions of it again.

posted by Cedar- on September 22, 2013

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Most Helpful Critical Review

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Entertaining take on the werewolf genre. Likeable characters, F

Entertaining take on the werewolf genre. Likeable characters, Florentine brothers in Paris on family business, plus a strong, independent heroine love-interest. Mix in Dominican blackfriars, claims of sorcery, possession and transformation, a few brutally ravaged bodie...
Entertaining take on the werewolf genre. Likeable characters, Florentine brothers in Paris on family business, plus a strong, independent heroine love-interest. Mix in Dominican blackfriars, claims of sorcery, possession and transformation, a few brutally ravaged bodies, and the squalor of mid-15thC Paris; and you find a tale with intrigue, adventure, realistic personal peril and a satisfying ending. Certainly not profound literature, but entertaining enough to be well worth the read.

posted by eagle3tx on March 7, 2014

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2013

    Newt

    Really enjoyed this book. Well written and kept me hooked from the beginning. Looking forward to read more from Michael Wallace

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 26, 2014

    more from this reviewer

    I¿d previously read Michael Wallace¿s book The Righteous, a thri

    I’d previously read Michael Wallace’s book The Righteous, a thriller set in a bizarre place where people had strange religious beliefs (a Utah polygamist community). It turns out that The Wolves of Paris shares these same qualities. The wolves (actually werewolves) intensify the bizarre setting.




    I found much to like in this story. The stakes for the characters were high (many life or death decisions and situations). The historical setting was one I hadn’t experienced through fiction before, and I found quite interesting. I especially found the power held by the church and the arbitrariness of what might cause someone to find themselves at odds with them during the Inquisition was frightening to consider. An intense read much different than anything I’ve read before.




    **Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog. May have received a free review copy. ** 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2014

    TO GRACE PACK

    You are hereby invited to join the Exceed Packs. Don't know what that is? Go to "exceed" and read reses one and two to find out! ~ Andromeda, Alpha Female of Nebula Pack

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2014

    Reaper

    Of course you may

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