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A literary landmark—the original, suppressed draft of the classic novel! Little Women is a timeless classic. But Louisa May Alcott’s first draft—before her editor sunk his teeth into it—was even better. Now the original text has at last been exhumed. In this uncensored version, the March girls learn some biting lessons, transforming from wild girls into little women—just as A literary landmark—the original, suppressed draft of the classic novel! Little Women is a timeless classic. But Louisa May Alcott’s first draft—before her editor sunk his teeth into it—was even better. Now the original text has at last been exhumed. In this uncensored version, the March girls learn some biting lessons, transforming from wild girls into little women—just as their friends and neighbors transform into vicious, bloodthirsty werewolves! Here are tomboy Jo, quiet Beth, ladylike Amy, and good-hearted Meg, plus lovable neighbor Laurie Laurence, now doomed to prowl the night on all fours, maiming and devouring the locals. As the Civil War rages, the girls learn the value of being kind, the merits of patience and grace, and the benefits of knowing a werewolf who can disembowel your teacher. By turns heartwarming and blood-curdling, this rejuvenated classic will be cherished and treasured by those who love a lesson in virtue almost as much as they enjoy a good old-fashioned dismemberment. Includes the original letter from Alcott’s editor, telling her not to even think about it!


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A literary landmark—the original, suppressed draft of the classic novel! Little Women is a timeless classic. But Louisa May Alcott’s first draft—before her editor sunk his teeth into it—was even better. Now the original text has at last been exhumed. In this uncensored version, the March girls learn some biting lessons, transforming from wild girls into little women—just as A literary landmark—the original, suppressed draft of the classic novel! Little Women is a timeless classic. But Louisa May Alcott’s first draft—before her editor sunk his teeth into it—was even better. Now the original text has at last been exhumed. In this uncensored version, the March girls learn some biting lessons, transforming from wild girls into little women—just as their friends and neighbors transform into vicious, bloodthirsty werewolves! Here are tomboy Jo, quiet Beth, ladylike Amy, and good-hearted Meg, plus lovable neighbor Laurie Laurence, now doomed to prowl the night on all fours, maiming and devouring the locals. As the Civil War rages, the girls learn the value of being kind, the merits of patience and grace, and the benefits of knowing a werewolf who can disembowel your teacher. By turns heartwarming and blood-curdling, this rejuvenated classic will be cherished and treasured by those who love a lesson in virtue almost as much as they enjoy a good old-fashioned dismemberment. Includes the original letter from Alcott’s editor, telling her not to even think about it!

30 review for Little Women and Werewolves

  1. 5 out of 5

    Tasha Turner

    Author did a fantastic job of staying true to the original and adding werewolves made for a fun read. One of the best classics rewritten with paranormal aspects I've come across Author did a fantastic job of staying true to the original and adding werewolves made for a fun read. One of the best classics rewritten with paranormal aspects I've come across

  2. 4 out of 5

    Michele Lee

    Reviewed for MonsterLibrarian.com Yet another literary mashup, Little Women and Werewolves is the classic tale of Jo, Beth, Meg and Amy, four girls trying to grow up, once rich, now poor, their father gone off to the Civil War and with werewolves running around. Unlike with other mash ups there is no tongue-in-cheek take on the original, just a tmesis of the traditional tale with the occasional line, or scene, about werewolves crammed in. If someone spliced frames from a slasher flick into a hig Reviewed for MonsterLibrarian.com Yet another literary mashup, Little Women and Werewolves is the classic tale of Jo, Beth, Meg and Amy, four girls trying to grow up, once rich, now poor, their father gone off to the Civil War and with werewolves running around. Unlike with other mash ups there is no tongue-in-cheek take on the original, just a tmesis of the traditional tale with the occasional line, or scene, about werewolves crammed in. If someone spliced frames from a slasher flick into a high brow romance then peppered in some morals, you'd get the same effect. Grand mimics Alcott's style very well, even rounding the edges a bit. Readers who loved the original will likely enjoy this tale (particularly because Alcott also wrote gothic style novels, thus the set up of this being the "original" version of Little Women that was rewritten into what we know today is fitting). While it has a certain charm it also doesn't appeal to the same audiences as most paranormals and horror books because of an overdose of generally repressive morals and a lack of plot. The book encompasses about six years in the girls' lives, and a lot happens, and is often lovely written but it seems as if just when the good stuff is about to get going the narrative shies away for another lesson about being “a good little woman”. Overall, despite promising prose, I found myself disappointed. Those acquiring for public collections should be assured that there are better mash ups out there, however if the library's patrons seem to have a taste for Little Women or the “new classics” no doubt they'll love this. Contains: violence and some gore

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kim Galla

    won this in the GR First Reads Giveaway I liked this book for the most part, but I’m not sure if I would continue reading other zombifications. I do look at this new genre as a spoofing, and don’t take it too seriously. Having read the original “Little Women” 35 years ago, I really don’t remember much and I could now benefit from re-reading it as an adult. Interjecting werewolves into the storyline was true to the era, but some parts were a little too graphic for my taste, but I quickly scanned won this in the GR First Reads Giveaway I liked this book for the most part, but I’m not sure if I would continue reading other zombifications. I do look at this new genre as a spoofing, and don’t take it too seriously. Having read the original “Little Women” 35 years ago, I really don’t remember much and I could now benefit from re-reading it as an adult. Interjecting werewolves into the storyline was true to the era, but some parts were a little too graphic for my taste, but I quickly scanned and moved on. On a side note: I did a little research on Ms. Alcott’s history, and found she wrote three gothic novellas and another thriller under a pen name, which she called her “blood and thunder” works. So, this literary mash-up is possibly not that far of a stretch.

  4. 5 out of 5

    skein

    I do not have strong feelings towards Little Women *or* werewolves, and for whatever reason I'm far more willing to see Alcott populated with preternatural beings than Austen - who knew? Although. If Beth does not die from werewolfian causes, THAT IS IT. I do not have strong feelings towards Little Women *or* werewolves, and for whatever reason I'm far more willing to see Alcott populated with preternatural beings than Austen - who knew? Although. If Beth does not die from werewolfian causes, THAT IS IT.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    *WARNING: SPOILERS!* I was very excited to win this book through FirstReads, and I wondered whether this would be an enjoyable "monsterization" (is that a word?) of one of my favorite books of all time. It was. First, everyone should know that the influence of the success of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is almost painfully evident in this book. From the general concept itself to the black and white illustrations, it is clear that without the sales of that earlier retelling, this book would not *WARNING: SPOILERS!* I was very excited to win this book through FirstReads, and I wondered whether this would be an enjoyable "monsterization" (is that a word?) of one of my favorite books of all time. It was. First, everyone should know that the influence of the success of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is almost painfully evident in this book. From the general concept itself to the black and white illustrations, it is clear that without the sales of that earlier retelling, this book would not exist. However, Little Women and Werewolves will probably surprise many as a solid entry into this new subgenre of literature rather than a rip-off of a rip-off. The book begins with the cheeky conceit/joke of trying to assert that this is the original text of Little Women, and in truth, because Louisa May Alcott actually did write sensation stories, some readers may find this combination more palatable than Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Beware of the bloodiness of the added material (the horrible teacher Mr. Davis, who lashes Amy's hand, is dispatched by Laurie, who is now a werewolf, for example), and know that Porter Grand does much more editing of the text of the classic she's working with than did Seth Graham-Smith for P&P&Z. (Which might actually work in its favor.) Obviously, rewritings of classic novels to include various monsters will NEVER replace the original works, but as offbeat instances of homage, they can be quite entertaining. Little Women and Werewolves was.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Rabbit {Paint me like one of your 19th century gothic heroines!}

    2019 ONTD Reading Challenge July: Posted!: We don’t like it when the same news gets posted twice on ONTD, but when it comes to books, the same story can be told in many different ways and still charm the reader. This month, let’s read a retelling!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Adriana

    I can't believe how much I liked this book. Little Women is the book I am always recommending for younger readers and one of my most loved ones, so it might explain how I ended up with a copy of this retelling but I kept putting it off because I couldn't fathom anyone doing anything to the classic. What Grand manages is to maintain the heart of the story and jazz it up with the rather subdued inclusion of werewolves. They actually make total sense in the story and fit into a retelling that manage I can't believe how much I liked this book. Little Women is the book I am always recommending for younger readers and one of my most loved ones, so it might explain how I ended up with a copy of this retelling but I kept putting it off because I couldn't fathom anyone doing anything to the classic. What Grand manages is to maintain the heart of the story and jazz it up with the rather subdued inclusion of werewolves. They actually make total sense in the story and fit into a retelling that manages to hit all the important points despite the massive overhaul to the core of the story. I'm still not sure I would recommend this to anyone in particular, but I found it rather charming in the end and can see how retellings like this one got so popular.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Beth

    I'm really not sure how many stars to give this book. It was ridiculous, which I know it was meant to be. It stayed pretty true to Little Women, although taking out Marmee's morality lectures, and then would sprinkle in chapters involving werewolves. I was still sad when Jo refused Laurie and sad when Beth died. I wasn't sure sometimes if I was supposed to laugh or not. And then Mr. March was so weird with a bone altar. What the heck was that about?! It was definitely weird. I picked it up for $ I'm really not sure how many stars to give this book. It was ridiculous, which I know it was meant to be. It stayed pretty true to Little Women, although taking out Marmee's morality lectures, and then would sprinkle in chapters involving werewolves. I was still sad when Jo refused Laurie and sad when Beth died. I wasn't sure sometimes if I was supposed to laugh or not. And then Mr. March was so weird with a bone altar. What the heck was that about?! It was definitely weird. I picked it up for $4 so I can't complain.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Angela England

    I much prefer the original little women. Reading this really made me feel like the author had to force the idea of werewolves into the original story. And to be honest I felt there wasn’t much to do with the werewolves much at all and felt like an opening to something much bigger that will never come because Little Women was a one and done.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Lindsey Albright

    It took me a long time to finish this book. It wasn't that it was bad. It really wasn't. It was great. It was just really slow to read, plus I lost it once. Thankfully it still had it's book mark in it when I found it again. I only had to re-read a little before I remembered where I was. The book is slow because "Little Women" by Louisa May Alcott is slow. It's terribly slow. Werewolves really liven up Alcott's work. I couldn't finish the original "Little Women" when I tried because women's lite It took me a long time to finish this book. It wasn't that it was bad. It really wasn't. It was great. It was just really slow to read, plus I lost it once. Thankfully it still had it's book mark in it when I found it again. I only had to re-read a little before I remembered where I was. The book is slow because "Little Women" by Louisa May Alcott is slow. It's terribly slow. Werewolves really liven up Alcott's work. I couldn't finish the original "Little Women" when I tried because women's literature from way back when tends to make me want cry or burn my bra or both at the same time. This version didn't produce such extreme reactions, though I did muddle through most of Meg's chapters. I gave the book a five star rating because I love werewolves and I was really able to connect with the characters in this setting. I definitely felt a strong connection with Jo and I envied Amy near the end. This book made me shed a few tears but it didn't ruin my whole day. Plus, I felt like one quote, "Soon I'll be twenty-five, with nothing to show for my years! An old maid, a literary spinster with a pen for a spouse and a family of stories for children" (pg. 357), described my life at this point all too well. It doesn't hurt that there was some really magnificent pictures in this book either.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Lydia

    TLDNR: Too much Little Women not enough Werewolves. I have two other books along this vein on my bookshelf; Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, and Sense and Sensibility and Sea-Monsters. Both of those I didn't like because I'm not a fan of the source material. Somehow I convinced myself that because I like Little Women I would like this book, but I wasn't really in the mood to read Little Women again. I was in the mood to read about Werewolves. I can't even fathom who this book is written for. I wo TLDNR: Too much Little Women not enough Werewolves. I have two other books along this vein on my bookshelf; Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, and Sense and Sensibility and Sea-Monsters. Both of those I didn't like because I'm not a fan of the source material. Somehow I convinced myself that because I like Little Women I would like this book, but I wasn't really in the mood to read Little Women again. I was in the mood to read about Werewolves. I can't even fathom who this book is written for. I would think that fans of Little Women wouldn't be interested in the long descriptions of rib cages being torn open and blood licked up by Werewolves. People who are looking for a book about Werewolves would probably not be interested in the excruciatingly long chapter about a domestic dispute between Meg and he husband, completely werewolf free. I just feel like there were lot of opportunities for campy fun in this book and absolutely every one was missed.

  12. 4 out of 5

    you know that you want my books ;)

    I had not thought of Jo and her sisters for years. In childhood the reading of Little Women is a write of passage for the literate of the English language. I think that all of this is about to change. This is due to the wonderful work of Porter Grand. Little Women and Werewolves is the retelling of that classic tale with a twist. There are wolves about in Jo's little hamlet. The story progresses through familiar territory and takes the reader on a breathtaking re-examination of a story that we al I had not thought of Jo and her sisters for years. In childhood the reading of Little Women is a write of passage for the literate of the English language. I think that all of this is about to change. This is due to the wonderful work of Porter Grand. Little Women and Werewolves is the retelling of that classic tale with a twist. There are wolves about in Jo's little hamlet. The story progresses through familiar territory and takes the reader on a breathtaking re-examination of a story that we all thought that we knew. I would highly recommend this dark humored adaptation of Alcott's classic for anyone that enjoys a bit of a scare on a moonlit evening in summer.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jaque Richards

    When I first opened this book and began to read, I got through two pages and put it down thinking this concept was absurd. A few days later, I picked it up again and began reading...after half a dozen pages I was hooked. This was a very entertaining read. Jo, Meg, Beth, and Amy March grow up during and past the Civil War...they have the added difficulty of werewolves as a normal part of their world.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Marianne

    I loved the way this book was done! It sounded like Alcott, had her plot, her themes, and her voice. This was not meant to be a parody like some of the other mash-ups, because it was intended to be written as Alcott would have if she could have gotten a book with werewolves past the male Victorian editors. This book made me realize all mash-ups are not alike, and it really shines far above the rest of them in literary value and content.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Azrin

    Sometimes, you need to read something just for yourself. This is the perfect book for that. The werewolf bits are enough to make it new and exciting while the original Little Women text helps refresh your memory of a beloved classic. Somehow, they blend together seamlessly to create a fascinating and fun read overall.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Noel Diem

    Little Women and Werewolves is a fun take on the book that we all know and love. It follows the same basic plot, but of course there are werewolves. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ It has been a few years since I picked up Little Women, but I had wanted to reread before the movie came out. Thankfully, this scratched that itch and then some. It was fun and a great way to spoof the classic.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Of course, this book will never replace the original and the impact Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy had on me. I read it for #spookathon and i Little Women and Werewolves is a fun take on the book that we all know and love. It follows the same basic plot, but of course there are werewolves. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ It has been a few years since I picked up Little Women, but I had wanted to reread before the movie came out. Thankfully, this scratched that itch and then some. It was fun and a great way to spoof the classic.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Of course, this book will never replace the original and the impact Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy had on me. I read it for #spookathon and it was a welcomed reprieve from the terror that was Dracula - even if it still considered horror!⁣

  17. 5 out of 5

    Rama Thoopal

    One star for picking one of my favourite childhood classics and one additional star for the convincing letter from the publisher. I could not get through it, maybe I should have persevered but Joe dreaming of Laurie's manly chest hair was too reminiscent of the godawful 50 Shades of Grey. So I put it down. Btw never went past 20 percent of Grey either One star for picking one of my favourite childhood classics and one additional star for the convincing letter from the publisher. I could not get through it, maybe I should have persevered but Joe dreaming of Laurie's manly chest hair was too reminiscent of the godawful 50 Shades of Grey. So I put it down. Btw never went past 20 percent of Grey either

  18. 5 out of 5

    Shajila Aziz

    I definitely reccomend this over the original. A lot of the scenes i originslly found unsavoury (looking at you marmee) were left out or shortened to make space for werewolves. Its definitely gorier than i had anticipated but still readable!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    I remembered very little of Little Women but I have to say Werewolves make almost any story better :)

  20. 4 out of 5

    Naomi Toftness

    good, but not great. some parts were too clever, but so with the original. a good light summer read

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    I'm impressed by how seamlessly the werewolves fit into the story, while still keeping most of the beloved classic in tact. I'm impressed by how seamlessly the werewolves fit into the story, while still keeping most of the beloved classic in tact.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Belinda

    Did not enjoy this book

  23. 5 out of 5

    Becky

    Wolves I adore this book and will re-read immediately. What a treat for a new year. If you like books...read this one.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kaylin

    I'll admit some parts confused me or felt boring it's not totally my type of book I'll admit some parts confused me or felt boring it's not totally my type of book

  25. 4 out of 5

    Lily

    A very clever adaptation, stayed true to the original story. MAN the way I love them all so much

  26. 5 out of 5

    John

    Nice books

  27. 4 out of 5

    Chris

    Just fun. Makes me want to reread Little Women.

  28. 5 out of 5

    M—

    I loathed Little Women so it's not surprising I disliked this re-imagining of it. It is surprising at how utterly unreadable this re-imagining is. The plot was disjointed and inexplicable; the characters defy even more elements of belief; the werewolves fail to adhere to the rigors of basic logic and are applied to the story completely nonsensically. I had to force myself to skim along, lip curled and sighing, only to stop dead when whatsername died -- Beth? The perfect one too good for this wor I loathed Little Women so it's not surprising I disliked this re-imagining of it. It is surprising at how utterly unreadable this re-imagining is. The plot was disjointed and inexplicable; the characters defy even more elements of belief; the werewolves fail to adhere to the rigors of basic logic and are applied to the story completely nonsensically. I had to force myself to skim along, lip curled and sighing, only to stop dead when whatsername died -- Beth? The perfect one too good for this world -- and her bones were found the next morning:...he settled down and chewed the bones, leaving them and the skull in a pile licked clean and white, so the morning sunlight would catch them and draw all eyes to the brightness... [p. 343]And just in case the pertinent point was clear, here it is driven again:...the pile of stark, gleaming bones. [still p. 343]Further accompanied by an illustration of an articulated and completely defleshed skeleton, modestly clothed. [p. 344, The distraught men gathered the bones reverently.] Fact: Beth is 19 when she dies. The weight of an average female of 19 years is 100-160 lbs and Beth is sickly, figure she tops out at 100 lbs. Human bones make up about 15% of our body weight; 85 lbs of Beth were edible. A male grey wolf can weigh up to 100 lbs, and online wildlife databases state large wolves can gorge themselves with up to 22 lbs of meat at a time. A human stomach typically bursts after consuming 5 liters, or approximately 10 lbs, of food. Figuring a werewolf is the weight of a man (logically not gaining mass during transmorgification) and that the mean weight for a man over 50 is 200 lbs and and assuming it's able to eat the same 20-25% their body weight like a wolf, that would mean a werewolf can consume a max of... 40-50 lbs of meat at a go. That calculation works only in the case of Beth being consumed by two or more werewolves which, huh, is what actually happened in the story so that's plausible. Huh. However, I fail to be convinced that two ravening werewolves can leave the body sunbleached and removed of even the smallest scrap of connective tissue in a timeframe of maybe half a night, if we're going by the description in the text; or clothed, articulated, and complete after all the licking and chewing has been done, if we're going by the illustration. Gracious, the illustration shows Beth's jaw even still attached. And the werewolves would have had to digest her nearly instantaneously in order to prevent themselves from looking like bloated ticks when they (well, one) appear in human form again, still on page 343. I lost myself in calculations at that scene and never once picked up this book again. The fact I didn't fling it against the wall speaks more to how uninterested I was in it than to a measure of faint praise in not finding it that bad. Whatever. This book is not recommended. Quotes pulled from edition 9780345522603.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kelley

    Since Little Women is one of my favorite books, I like to read it every couple of years to keep it fresh in my memory. This year I decided to read Little Vampire Women and Little Women and Werewolves at the same time. Unlike a lot of these reviews, I didn’t immediately hate them because I love the book, and I didn’t like them immediately because I didn’t like the original. To me, these monster mash books need to be successful in two different ways: they need to stay true to the original, while, Since Little Women is one of my favorite books, I like to read it every couple of years to keep it fresh in my memory. This year I decided to read Little Vampire Women and Little Women and Werewolves at the same time. Unlike a lot of these reviews, I didn’t immediately hate them because I love the book, and I didn’t like them immediately because I didn’t like the original. To me, these monster mash books need to be successful in two different ways: they need to stay true to the original, while, at the same time, being their own book. Little Women and Werewolves did a good job of staying close to the original. The characters were all very believable as the “real” people in the new world. I liked the added layer to the relationship between Beth and Mr. Laurence, and the multiple layers of feelings and confliction of feelings between Laurie and Jo. However, I felt like the author didn’t do a great job at abridging the original. I felt a lot more of it could have been cut out to make more room for the werewolf storyline. For instance, Meg didn’t really play a role in the werewolf part at all, so I felt it an odd choice to keep in entire chapters from Meg’s married life when she really shouldn’t have been in it at all. I really liked parts of the werewolf storyline but was really confused by others. I thought the Brigade should have been brought in to it a lot more than they were because they were the most interesting part. I was extremely confused by the whole amputee sideshow plot line and didn’t understand what was up with the bone shrine in the church. I thought that was completely bizarre. Also, I didn’t understand why Mr. March was turned into a werewolf. I felt Beth should have been the one to be turned and then die because of that, but oh well. It needed more werewolf scenes and more of the Brigade and less of everything else. I was really interested until the amputee sideshow and then I slowly began to lose interest until it was pretty much gone third quarters of the way through the book, and I felt like I was slogging through it. It was okay, but nothing great. I don’t think I’d reread it or recommend it.

  30. 5 out of 5

    OpenBookSociety.com

    Brought to you by OBS Staff Member Erin Little Women is a timeless classic. But Louisa May Alcott’s first draft—before her editor sunk his teeth into it—was even better. Now the original text has at last been exhumed. In this uncensored version, the March girls learn some biting lessons, transforming from wild girls into little women—just as their friends and neighbors transform into vicious, bloodthirsty werewolves! Here are tomboy Jo, quiet Beth, ladylike Amy, and good-hearted Meg, plus lovable Brought to you by OBS Staff Member Erin Little Women is a timeless classic. But Louisa May Alcott’s first draft—before her editor sunk his teeth into it—was even better. Now the original text has at last been exhumed. In this uncensored version, the March girls learn some biting lessons, transforming from wild girls into little women—just as their friends and neighbors transform into vicious, bloodthirsty werewolves! Here are tomboy Jo, quiet Beth, ladylike Amy, and good-hearted Meg, plus lovable neighbor Laurie Laurence, now doomed to prowl the night on all fours, maiming and devouring the locals. As the Civil War rages, the girls learn the value of being kind, the merits of patience and grace, and the benefits of knowing a werewolf who can disembowel your teacher. (via Amazon) I haven’t read the original, so I don’t know how different this version really is (other than the werewolves and death). Regardless, I really enjoyed it. The werewolf storylines flowed seamlessly into the ones about growing up during war, or worrying about the other girls at school. It had incredibly funny moments, with splashes of gore (without being too much—I’m not really a fan of gore). The illustrations don’t always seem to be in the right place, but they’re not really necessary so it doesn’t matter. This version made me want to read the original; I want to know which details were added and completely new and which were modified to fit. The werewolf mythology was fitted into the culture of the Civil War in an interesting way. A few of the characters become werewolves themselves—some that come as a shock near the end. It’s actually hard to tell without going to the original (unlike say, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies). And I love the “explanation” that this version is the real version, but Louisa May Alcott was forced to change it. This is a nice, light read that satisfied my literary werewolf cravings. One of the better Classic/Horror mashups. http://openbooksociety.com/article/ob...

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