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Moon Dance Book Review Summary

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This werewolf novel is complex, ultimately sad, erotic, violent and scary. Like the vampire novels of Somtow it is deeply concerned with memory. In 1963 Carrie Dupre is researching a Depression era mass murderer and meets a very old man who is a werewolf and has multiple personality disorder. He moved to the Dakotas with his “family” of werewolves from Europe, even as a little boy he had MPD. He lived in Bedlam until he was ten, after he watched his mother raped to death when he was 2. His loyal governess as a 10 year old was Carrie Dupre's great grandmother, Speranza. What the European werewolves don't know or care about is that there are already Native werewolves or Shungmanitu living there in the Dakotas. They are not so welcoming to the Europeans, but one shaman does take an interest in the boy.
This report prepared by Julia Walter








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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 20%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 20%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 40%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 20% Tone of book    -   scarey (primal ax-wielding fear) FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   fantasy story on current Earth Inner Struggle    -   Yes Plotlet:    -   mental illness/nutsophrenia Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Horror story?    -   Yes

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   killer Age:    -   long lived adults If magical mental powers:    -   can change shapes    -   can talk to animals    -   mind reading    -   super strength Really unusual traits?    -   Mentally ill or deluded

Setting

Terrain    -   Mountains    -   Forests Earth setting:    -   20th century    -   19th century Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   very explicit references to deaths and torture Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   descript of kissing    -   actual description of sex How much dialogue?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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