Tag Archives: Werewolf

Blood Red

23 Oct

In “Blood Red”  Mercedes Lackey, in the Elemental Masters series, lets loose on the fairy tale of Little Red Riding Hood.

Rosa’s adopted grandmother is murdered by werewolves, and she herself nearly killed, until her magical call for help brings, not only an enraged elk, but a band of Hunt Masters, who kill the werewolves and rescue Rosa, taking her with them to be trained as an Earth Elemental Master and to eventually become a Hunter Master herself.

Imagine a version of Buffy the Vampire Slayer ( who can talk to elementals) living in the 19th century Black Forest of Germany, and slaughtering vampires and werewolves with skill and passion.

Then along comes a Hungarian, Markos Nagy and his cousin Dominik, who need help killing werewolves in their homeland.  There’s just one problem.  Markos is a born werewolf and one of the good guys.  Rosa’s not too sure she believes it, but at insistence of the Count, who heads the White Lodge she’s been staying at, she sets off with Markos and Dominik for an adventure that is going to be bloody and deadly.

Fantastic story.  I am so glad I decided to start reading this series again.  “Blood Red” is well written, exciting, and a bloody good read.

Highly recommended.

Full Moon: Sherlock Werewolf AU Fan Fiction

20 Mar

Having been devoted to all things werewolvish when I was a kid, I decided to take a wander through the wonderful world of Sherlock werewolf AU fan fiction.

One thing I found interesting was that the quality of writing in this particular genre is much more unbalanced than in any other I have read so far. 

The thing that really annoyed me was the number of writers who referred to wolves as canines.  The correct description is lupine.  Wolves are of the genus Canis Lupus.  Dogs are Canis Familiaris.  Yes, they had a common ancestor, but are now two distinctly different species with different behavioral patterns.  Unless Sherlock and John are going to be werepoodles, then please don’t refer to them as canines.

Then there are the writers who turn werewolves into domesticated pets.  My mind palace just isn’t able to cope with the image of werewolf Sherlock chasing balls around Regents Park and being taken for walkies by John! No, just NO!  Sherlock Holmes, consulting German Shepherd just doesn’t cut it in my book.

There is Johnlock werewolf fiction.  Of course there is.  The same problem applies as with the dragon AUs (https://margysmusings.wordpress.com/2014/02/13/here-be-dragons-sherlock-dragon-au-fan-fiction/)  – overtones of bestiality.  Unfortunately, it is much worse with the werewolf genre than the dragon one.  Some writers seem to delight in Sherlock in werewolf form screwing John into the ground.  Cease and desist!  That particular act is illegal in damn near every country in the world.  I can cope with Sherlock and John in human form having sex, I can  cope with the same thing when they are both in wolf form, but one in wolf form and one human has me frantically hunting for a bucket!  I am sorry, but that is just so wrong on so many different levels.

I have managed to find some truly excellent Sherlock werewolf fan fiction.  Fiction where the writers know the werewolf mythos, and/or are familiar with wolf pack behaviour.  Those stories are true gems and I have even downloaded some of them for my kindle.  Well written and interesting.  I draw your attention to two stories on AO3 – “Fighting Instinct” and “Show Me How to Stop Running”.  Both have been well researched and it shows in the attention to detail.  They are both Johnlock stories, so if you don’t like, then don’t read.

Not sure where my Sherlock AU adventures are going to take me next.  If you have any suggestions I am keen to hear them.

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