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By turning the werewolf tale on its head, we are put into the shoes of the persecuted, the outcasts - a place where I, as a white, middle-class girl, am not usually placed.
It is well written, exciting, interesting, thrilling and you really care what happens. It is intriguing and I would highly recommend it. Aug 15, Naiya rated it it was amazing Shelves: urban-fantasy-paranormal-favorites. In Benighted, being wholly human is a recessive gene. When the full moon rises, ninety-nine percent of the human population humans transform into lunes werewolves , mindless, ferocious animals, wrecking havoc if left to their own devices.
Those few born unable to change are the minority — often viewed with disgust and hostility for their disability. Lola Galley is a veteran of the Department for the Ongoing Regulation of Lycanthropic Activities, an organization staffed by non-lunes that monitors the city during the full moon and is tasked with keeping order and capturing the lunes who break the law to roam free on full-moon nights. The murder mystery is different.
The world concept is unique. The writing style is different. For that, this book wins both my respect and a place on my all-time favorite urban fantasy books list. This is not a light or fun read, nor the average high drama urban fantasy fare. It is bleak, sometimes beautiful, and definitely disquieting for the questions it raises. In its ambition, it comes closer to literature than genre fiction. Benighted gives us Lola, who is part of a feared minority. It affects her entire life - her relationships, her job, her role in her family, the way she perceives her worth and her appearance.
There is no easy answer or revelatory celebration of self-love at the end of this book.
Lola, as part of the bareback-only Department for the Ongoing Regulation of Lycanthropic Activities is both oppressed minority to be viewed with pity and disgust for her disability…and the police force, facing a monthly deadly threat of violence on the city streets and facing charges of police brutality.
Prejudice, fear-of-life, public scrutiny, and life-and-death situations intersect in fascinating, bleak ways. Then, the doctor pronounces the child healthy and normal, and the sister breaks down sobbing in relief. Such a good read. Sep 11, Juushika rated it really liked it Shelves: status-borrowed , genre-horror , genre-fantasy , trope-werewolf. Lola Galley is a DORLA veteran, but the events of two bad moon nights leads her to investigate a new type of lycanthrope crime: lycos capable of thought in wolf form and murder in human form.
Benighted is uniquely conceived and features a complex plot and a cast of realistic, faulted characters. Unfortunately, it suffers from inconsistent pacing and the conclusion comes out of left field, seemingly unrelated to the rest of the book. I recommend it as a unique, intelligent deviation from the werewolf genre, but I hope that Whitfield's later novels are more consistent. The author's inexperience shows: Inconsistent pacing, where some events pass swiftly but some linger in lengthy backstory and character introspection, makes the book feel even longer than its pages.
Despite these weaknesses, Benighted has a lot to offer. This creates a dark and gritty setting peopled by characters with shadowed pasts and circumspect motivation. It also raises a number of delicate political and social issues, including the most difficult question of all: if you could join the majority group, would you?
These issues could benefit from more analysis and more open-minded conclusions, the characters are identifiable but not always likable, and the conclusion is decidedly bittersweet. Gritty and depressing as these aspects may be, they are still a welcome and intelligent deviation from the standard tropes of the werewolf genre.
I look forward to future novels from Whitfield, to see if she writes more consistently now that she has some experience. But for all its faults, I enjoyed Benighted. It reminds me somewhat of the film Perfect Creature , with the same gritty aesthetic and social divide. The premise is an ingenious deviation from standard werewolf tropes and the horror genre, and Whitfield has an incredible grasp on the complexities and darkness of human motivation. The book is compelling and engrossing, despite the length and sometimes slow pacing. I have some reservations, but I recommend Benighted. Werewolf and horror fans will appreciate it, but the complex characters, crime drama aspects, and social issues open it to an even wider audience of readers.
Oct 01, P D rated it liked it. Based on the blurb, I got a sense that this would be supernatural noir with an intriguing premise - most of the population are werewolves and for the unlucky few who aren't, all of their choices are subsumed into a career in maintaining the peace during moon nights via an organization called DORLA, when society collectively loses its prefrontal cortex, down to a level where they even shut off the power because there's no one around to run it.
DORLA is like the CIA except with no money down to th Based on the blurb, I got a sense that this would be supernatural noir with an intriguing premise - most of the population are werewolves and for the unlucky few who aren't, all of their choices are subsumed into a career in maintaining the peace during moon nights via an organization called DORLA, when society collectively loses its prefrontal cortex, down to a level where they even shut off the power because there's no one around to run it. DORLA is like the CIA except with no money down to the enhanced interrogation techniques - which seems odd given how important they are and how many secrets they have access to - although in this book, with the repeated references to Christianity, the more apt comparison is the Inquisition.
The narrator's struggle with morality is interesting, although it doesn't seem to go anywhere at the end - she shifts between things to be bitter and cynical about, sure - as is the general friction between herself and wider society, whom she mainly sees as clients who have been caught loitering on full moon nights and now need to be defended in court.
When she's given the opportunity to interrogate those who have personally tried to harm her, she learns how uncomfortable torture is - although she doesn't do much about it later, and ultimately it dangles there without resolution or any great lessons.
I mentioned I thought this book would be supernatural noir, and it does contain elements of both, but the amount of self-reflection and the narrator's tendency to wax lyrical about, well, everything push it more into contemporary fiction. I was frustrated more than once at the lack of story progression. There's a lot of description and given how this book ends - on what is in a sense an aside from the bulk of the story, albeit not tangential, and with the narrator in a not very different frame of mind - I have to ask how much all those scenes contributed.
There's a lot of opportunity for interesting discussion, especially on the relatively neglected eugenics bit, but narrowing the focus back down to the narrator's quotidian life throws a lot of it out the window. Not to mention the lack of change - no one seems to care that they have caused irreparable psychological harm by keeping people in the cells, even though the narrator remarks on it several times. Basically, while the concept is interesting and the characters are very well developed, and the mystery does take a couple of interesting twists that aren't illogical, the amount of description and number of scenes don't lead to any sort of bigger statement, which does raise the question of how much they're worth slogging through.
It feels like the author tried to put everything into this book, but unfortunately it doesn't deliver. Aug 03, Michael rated it did not like it. It's a world where most of the population is made up of werewolves. Those who aren't are conscripted into an agency DORLA who watches over the lycanthropic population on the nights they change over.
But why does this agency exist? There are references in the book to show that the werewolves are able to pack together without slaughtering each other while they're in their turned state. So if And at any rate, the crimes that DORLA is responsible for punishing the werewolves for all seem to be acts done to the agents who are sent to catch them. And it makes the climax of the book seem that much more unnecessary. There are a few good moments here, but far too much sloppy writing and plotting, especially for a book that crosses the page mark.
View 1 comment. Jun 21, Clarice rated it really liked it Shelves: at-the-library , So, when I picked this book up from the library, it was a spontaneous choice and I completely thought it would be kind of cracktastic. I was completely and wonderfully wrong. The set up was good, the story was pretty well thought out, and a lot of the So, when I picked this book up from the library, it was a spontaneous choice and I completely thought it would be kind of cracktastic.
The set up was good, the story was pretty well thought out, and a lot of the emotional arcs and movements of the storyline felt real to me. There's some really gorgeous moments in it as well, and that just made it better.
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Sep 02, Hirondelle added it Shelves: urban-fantasy , i-quit. I quit. Not my cup of tea. Interesting, but the premise of the universe just does not make me suspend disbelief, and nothing in plot of characters makes me want to actually finish the book. May 30, Annabelle rated it it was amazing Shelves: i-own-it. An alternate reality has earth populated by werewolves aka normal humans , aberrant humans being in the minuscule minority and therefore discriminated to a certain politically correct degree, and doomed to a lifetime of specialized government service patrolling the neighborhood at each full moon--namely, by making sure every normal human is on voluntary lockup, if not at home, then at the ubiquitous designated lockup facilities scattered across town.
But if you're already dismissing this as Ly An alternate reality has earth populated by werewolves aka normal humans , aberrant humans being in the minuscule minority and therefore discriminated to a certain politically correct degree, and doomed to a lifetime of specialized government service patrolling the neighborhood at each full moon--namely, by making sure every normal human is on voluntary lockup, if not at home, then at the ubiquitous designated lockup facilities scattered across town.
But if you're already dismissing this as Lycanthropic Sneetches on the Beaches on a full moon, you're wrong. The storytelling is so precise that before the plot is even revealed to us, we've already claimed this alternative reality as our own. This is great storytelling. Didn't work for me at all. I kept suspending my disbelief, with increasing difficulty, and giving it a few more pages, because Whitfield can write and the idea of a werewolf novel that isn't just you should forgive the term fluff is very appealing.
But I never bought into the set up, which I thought was the wrong kind of implausible mess--not the kind that messed-up human beings and their messed-up governments create because they can't help it, but the kind that is a big world-building FAIL in Didn't work for me at all. But I never bought into the set up, which I thought was the wrong kind of implausible mess--not the kind that messed-up human beings and their messed-up governments create because they can't help it, but the kind that is a big world-building FAIL in fiction.
Also I loathed the protagonist. The fact that she--like all the barebacks--has a very rough life isn't enough excuse for what a cow she is. One of the incidentals of not buying into the set up is I couldn't understand why her nice boyfriend wanted anything to do with her. DNF- Read as part of a reading challenge where you are meant to read books that you have on your shelf in a bid to cut down on how many unread books you own.
Had a crack at this for March's prompt which was "the book you've owned the longest". Having owned this one since I figured it was time to give it a shot. Upon digging it out and reading the blurb I began to wonder why I even bought it in the first place as it really doesn't sound like something I would enjoy - even in my Twilight obse DNF- Read as part of a reading challenge where you are meant to read books that you have on your shelf in a bid to cut down on how many unread books you own.
Upon digging it out and reading the blurb I began to wonder why I even bought it in the first place as it really doesn't sound like something I would enjoy - even in my Twilight obsessed late teens it was paranormal romance I loved Read about 50 pages and decided this book simply wasn't for me. A great book with a well thought out world and intriguing cast of characters. The main character is a multi-faceted, complex, strong and conflicted woman who writhes between good and evil believably, and her narrative is enthralling. May 29, Lisa rated it really liked it Shelves: really-good-sci-fi-book , dark , reckless-heroines , disturbing.
One of the more ethically ambiguous books I've read. Jan 20, Graham Bradley rated it liked it. A decent idea, the worldbuilding was done well. Felt a little bit Loved this. A beautifully crafted world, beleaguered characters, a crime to solve.
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How could it get any better. Oh, there's lycos who exist in a devious symbiosis with nons. Great story. I found the idea good, but then i just got bored with it Oct 20, WakenPayne rated it really liked it. Well, reading the premise of the book I felt extremely interested in the world they set up.
When I did start reading it, for some reason - it might be that I haven't read in a while - I didn't feel that it had the page turning qualities something similar would do. Now granted, with that aside it is a good book, but there are a few problems. The plot is that Lola Galley is a "bareback" one of the few who is born with the physical disability of not turning into a werewolf, and faces prejudices ever Well, reading the premise of the book I felt extremely interested in the world they set up.
The plot is that Lola Galley is a "bareback" one of the few who is born with the physical disability of not turning into a werewolf, and faces prejudices every day for it. She goes about her daily life of staying outside on full moon nights, catching werewolves who aren't in curfew, Her looking after her werewolf sister's child, trying to legally represent law-breaking werewolves and also having to sort out her love life. However a murderer has surfaced, picking off barebacks with silver bullets, as a signature if you will so it's up to her to stop them.
Basically my problem is that with something like the Night Watch series by Sergei Lukyanenko which I highly suggest reading , they offer interesting questions on the nature of good and evil as well as offering in a storyline that is an entertaining accompaniment to that philosophy. Now Whitfield is very talented at offering philosophical questions about prejudice and why it goes on, but the story never really gets defined until a few hundred pages in.
For that what we are left with is an interesting world set up but if it takes more then pages to give the lead a main goal as opposed to the tonnes of other things for her to do, then it just doesn't work.
So, there is a lot to like about this book though. As I said the world that Whitfield set up is an intriguing one to follow. We are offered some insight as to what happens in the life of both sides of "Barebacks" and "lycos" and it is sympathetic towards both sides, never really going all out and saying that the Werewolves are It also goes into some detail as to why a werewolf would consider prejudicing a "Bareback" would seem "justified". If I were to talk about something on a seim-related note.
Apparently Warner Brothers has acquired the rights to make a movie based on this book. Personally, I think that this world, characters and other such things has enough potential to become actually a really good movie. However again, I would also say that they need to make the murder mystery a little bit more focused. So my own personal opinion is that it's actually a good read. If you're into this sort of thing then I'd say if you can track down copies of this book then it is worth it.
Now that I have thought about it, don't really see the book as having a plot because you will probably come on this site and say exactly the same thing I did. See the book as more of a glimpse into someone's life in this world and the disadvantages they may have along with it. Again, if this seems like you're thing then I suggest reading it. After reading Last Watch and this I may think to read something a little more light hearted.
Aug 25, graveyardgremlin rated it liked it Shelves: fiction-literature , paranormal , library-loan , shape-shifting-freaks. I've spent the last three weeks reading Benighted off and on. I have a hard time describing how I feel about this book - in one respect I feel that it is well-written and very lifelike, even if it deals with lycanthropes, but in another, I feel that the story is flawed.
I think that it was hard to stick with it because the tone is so depressing and dreary that I needed breaks. Lola or May is a sympathetic character, but that does not, in any way, mean you'll like her, but I couldn't help but fe I've spent the last three weeks reading Benighted off and on. Lola or May is a sympathetic character, but that does not, in any way, mean you'll like her, but I couldn't help but feel sorry for what she's been through and how those experiences have affected her.
I would think that by this time, the organization would be obsolete and none of the Lycos would be afraid of Barebacks since they are supposedly the inferior species and there are so few of them. More lineup changes heralded the arrival of 's uncompromising Insane Cephalic Production, with Eric Lombard taking over for Aubrespin. The LP was produced by Kristian Kohlmannslehner, who would helm all of the band's session from then on. The ensuing two years were spent relentlessly touring in support of the album, appearing alongside a slew of high-profile metal acts like Morbid Angel , Deicide , Fear Factory , Slipknot , and Soulfly.
Implementing elements of thrash, groove metal, and hardcore, the band released Identisick in Longtime drummer Fayolle was the next to leave the fold, and was replaced by new kit man Kevin Foley, who made his studio debut on 's hard-hitting Icon. In Benighted inked a deal with Season of Mist , and their first outing for the popular French indie, Asylum Cave, followed in Carach Angren - Bratislava.
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