#18 Howling Mad by Peter David
This was an amusing shaggy dog story made from well-heeled werewolf and vampire tropes, with unexpected laugh-out loud moments: a wolf is bitten by a werewolf and turns into a man once a month. I was delighted by the author's imaginings of a wolf's mind, but somehow it was his female character -- Darlene -- who was the barely believable mythical creature in this book. She's more than a little neurotic and strange about dating, to say the least.
Also, this book was staged in 1989 New York, pre-911. You wouldn't think that makes a difference, but it does. Airports and computers and cell phones have certainly made our world a different place. The world is moving on.
Lessons about writing: I don't think this book was written to be anything other than fun, but if such a nice premise had really been put through its paces as fully as it could have been, this would have been a seminal book for the genre. It wasn't. I guess that's the lesson --
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