Book Review: Running with the Pack


Edited by Ekaterina Sedia

I picked this collection of werewolf short stories up at a used bookstore for $7.50. What a steal. Over 300 pages spanning 22 stories, the vast majority of which were five-star. Even the lowest rated one clocked in at three.

If you are looking for a fantastic collection of werewolf stories, then you don’t have to look any further.

Ratings: (poor, average, or good):

Writing was good.

Editing was good (indeed, I only recall two or three errors throughout).

My favorite story was Blended by C.E. Murphy, a period piece that impressed me so much, I had to look her up. It appears she has quite a few different books out there that have piqued my interest.

The funniest story, by far, was Comparison of Efficacy Rates for Seven Antipathetics as Employed against Lycanthropes, by Marie Brennan. It was a mockumentary written as a doctoral thesis on various ways to kill a werewolf. I laughed so hard, I had tears in my eyes. The only thing missing was the ACME rocket pointed at the werewolf’s food dish.

In my opinion, buying the book just to have those two stories is worth it.

I normally hesitate to give five stars, but in this case, I am. There are far too many, well-written tales found in this book to give anything other than that.

5 out of 5 stars.

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