Saturday, March 28, 2015

31:120 Little Women and Werewolves by Porter Grand

Ok, really if you haven't read Little Women by Louisa May Alcott than you probably have no business reading this one.  We have the March family with their four daughters who had money once upon a time but are currently destitute.  You have their rich neighbors, the Laurence's, which is a grandfather who is raising his only grandchild.  Unlike in the original, in this one both of them are werewolves.  Werewolves are simply a fact of life in this story.  You don't go out on nights of the full moon.  You are careful about what you say so that the Brigade does not accuse you of being a werewolf sympathizer.  We follow the group of girls as they grow up into women and start families of their own and each deals with werewolves in their own way as they must.

I want to start by saying that I love the original and honestly have no clue how many times I read it but it does mean that I knew every place where this differed from the original and not all of them had to do with the werewolves.  The insertion was done nicely and they kept the main story basically unchanged with a few minor exceptions and I found it enjoyable.  I did have some problems with what they did with Beth and her relationship with Mr. Laurence but I found the addition to the ending a nice, unforeseen twist.

Page count: 416p/6,849p ytd/221,783p lifetime

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