Friday Firsts: The Black Wolves of Boston by Wen Spencer

Friday Firsts
 is a new meme that runs every Friday over on Tenacious Reader. The idea is to feature the first few sentences/paragraph of your current book and try and outline your first impressions as a result. This is a quick and easy way to share a snippet of information about your current read and to perhaps tempt others.  Stop on by and link up with Tenacious Reader.    This week I’m reading  The Black Wolves of Boston by Wen Spencer.

blackwolvesJoshua really thought it would be easier to catch a rabbit; he was a werewolf, after all.  The stupid things, though could turn on a dime and kept zigging when his body kept zagging.

And then there were the trees.

He hit, yet another oak tree, this one only about four inches wide, but enough to knock him down and nearly knock him out when he hit it.  Acorns rained down on him.  It felt like the oak tree was laughing at him.

“Stupid tree.”  He kicked it while still lying flat on his back.

There was a loud crack and it toppled slowly away from him.

Joshua groaned and slapped his hands over his eyes.  He was doing this at night so no one would see him or know what he’d done.  People might not notice if half the trees in the Back Bay Fens Park had face impressions but they weren’t going to miss a downed tree.

My First Impressions

Well, I think those first few sentences clearly give the impression that Joshua is a new wolf and isn’t coping well at coming to grips with everything.  I think it also manages to inject some levity into the book and give the impression that though this could be serious in parts it will also be tempered with humour.  I’m really enjoying this so far to be honest.  There’s plenty going on and the urban fantasy elements are really good.

What you reading this Friday??

*The above excerpt was taken from an advanced reader copy and it is possible that the final version may have further changes.

8 Responses to “Friday Firsts: The Black Wolves of Boston by Wen Spencer”

  1. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    The contrast between the menacing wolf image on the cover and the snippet you shared could not be more glaring, but it points to a fun read: I particularly liked the image of of “face impressions” on the trees… Poor wolfie… 😀

    • @lynnsbooks

      Haha – that is so funny! It was quite an unusual start and definitely very much in contrast with the menacing wolf on the cover.
      Lynn 😀

  2. Lisa (@TenaciousReader)

    hmmm… I’m not sure I’m taken with this one. Curious to hear what you think of it in the end.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Well, I had some issues, but overall I enjoyed it. I think there’s quite a bit of exposition and it feels like the author has decided to completely rewrite the whole werewolf legend and thereby made it quite wieldy, so I did have a few moments where it felt a bit slow and even sometimes repetitive. But, I still thought it was quite a good story and I would be interested to continue with the next – just to see if it becomes a bit more punchy. As it is it felt a bit more clunky than I’m used with with UF but I liked the characters enough to stick with them.
      Lynn 😀

  3. sjhigbee

    I’ll be interested to hear what you make of this one…

    • @lynnsbooks

      I liked it – I had a few reservations – but, I wouldn’t hesitate to pick up more.
      Lynn 😀

  4. Rebecca

    I’m really curious about this book…. it sounds amusing from this excerpt. Looking forward to your review.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yeah, I’m 2/3 reviews behind but I’ll catch up soon (hopefully). I enjoyed Black Wolves – it’s quite complex though and has a much more involved feel that UF usually does. The whole werewolf mythology is really looked at in great detail – maybe sometimes a little detrimental to the pacing – but I still had a good time with this.
      Lynn 😀

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