Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Men of the Otherworld by Kelley Armstrong

Men of the Otherworld: A Collection of Otherworld TalesTitle:  Men of the Otherworld
Author:  Kelley Armstrong
Publisher:  Bantam Books
Publication Date:  February 23, 2010
Format:  Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Age Group:  Adult
Series:  related to the Women of the Otherworld Series, might be the first book in a Tales of the Otherworld series

When Kelley Armstrong started her website, she asked her readers what they would like to see her write about in an online novella.  The readers wanted to know about the guys who are characters in the Women of the Otherworld books.  This started an annual tradition of Armstrong allowing her readers to vote for which topic she would write about next. Armstrong said she would only consider publishing these stories if she was able to donate her proceeds to charity.  Her publisher agreed and the result, Men of the Otherworld, is the first time that some of the online stories have been available in a book.  Proceeds go to World Literacy of Canada, a non-profit volunteer organization.

Men of the Otherworld focuses on the male werewolves:  Malcolm, Jeremy, and Clayton Danvers.  I had not read these stories when they were available on Armstrong's website so it was a great way to get their background stories.  While it is definitely not necessary to know this information when reading the books of Women of the Otherworld, knowing so many more details about the men does add a new dimension to those books.  Now we understand why Jeremy is different from the other werewolves and how Clayton came to be so damaged.  Although the book contains two short stories and two novellas, Armstrong's focus on the werewolves and movement through time make it easy to forget that this isn't just a single novel.

I am eagerly anticipating the April release of Tales of the Otherworld which will contain more of Armstrong's online fiction as well as a new story.  Men of the Otherworld was a great book and I'm sure Tales of the Otherworld will be also.  Although Armstrong is no longer writing online novellas relating to the Otherworld, she does have some of the other stories still available at her website - www.kelleyarmstrong.com

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