Review of Animal Behavior and Other Tales of Lycanthropy by Keith Gouveia

I won this book in a First Reads giveaway on Goodreads. The book contains 13 stories about werewolves.

I like that the characters varied in each story. From teenagers to older men, from priests to criminals and to those seeking revenge each character is unique. There are also a bunch of different myths presented. There’s the usual one of anyone being bit by a werewolf becoming a werewolf, but various shape-shifter myths are presented as well as some religious ones. I read the book in ne sitting and found each story interesting.

The first two stories had more prominent religious themes and I didn’t like them as much as the rest of the stories, but that’s a personal preference, not a complaint. Only two of the stories were connected (“Mind, Body and Soul” and “Dog Fight”) and I wouldn’t mind reading more about the main character, Jesse. I’d recommend this to anyone who likes werewolves, shape-shifters, short stories or monsters.


Review of Chicken Soup for the College Soul

This is another one that I got at the thrift shop. They had a ton of Chicken Soup books and I bought 5 different ones. I’ve already reviewed two of the other ones; Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul IV and Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul: Letters.

I usually like the Chicken Soup books but, I had a hard time getting into this one. I made myself finish it simply because I don’t like to not finish a book I’ve started.

This book is different from the other Chicken Soup books because most of the stories are written by various writers instead of being submitted by people like they usually are. None of the stories really stood out at all and the last chapter was various commencement speeches. Maybe it’s because the book came out 16 years ago, but it seemed very dated. I hope the other ones will be better.