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A Novel on Werewolves: Patricia Briggs’s “ Fair Game"

An Air Warrior who has published over a100 short stories and 10 books on fiction including 6 novels, and 4 books on military history.

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Background

Werewolves are fantasy creatures that have never been proved to be real. Yet tales of these supernatural creatures abound, particularly in the western world. One novelist has picked up this unique subject and written a novel and surprisingly the book has caught the eye of the reading public. Perhaps people are on the lookout for a shocking story and in this Patricia Briggs obliges.

Who is Patricia Briggs? She is a famous American author. She is a writer of fantasy novels and has been writing since 1993. She has created a fantasy series of novels known as the Mercy Thompson fantasy series. These novels are set in an urban back ground in the United States. Briggs is 56 years old having been born in 1965. She published her first novel ‘Masques’ in 1993 and has followed up with many more.

Most of Briggs characters are sheer fantasy, sometimes bordering on the absurd. A reader is hard put to visualize the tales written by her as having any realism. Briggs makes an attempt to get reader attention by presenting a bizarre and unrealistic scenario. Her novel “ Fair Game” similarly has its entire theme based on werewolves.

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The Novel

Her novel ‘Fair Game’ can be classified as a fantasy and presents werewolves in human garb. The creates a picture of werewolves who have now revealed themselves and are a part and parcel of everyday life in the United States. One can appreciate a fantasy, but to write about a subject where werewolves are accepted by human beings and organizations like the FBI will tax the imagination of the reader. As per the writer, the werewolves have now as a clan revealed themselves to humans.

In ‘Fair Game’, The FBI approaches two werewolves to help solve some mysterious killings in Boston. The two werewolves who are approached are Anna Latham and Charles Cornick. These two werewolves are in love. Charles is the dominant werewolf, while Anna has a quality of being able to calm other werewolves.

The FBI is unable to solve the mysterious killings and these two werewolves help out. As they investigate they find that the persons killed are werewolves and it dawns on the duo that somebody is targeting persons who are werewolves. This lends urgency to their efforts to track the killer. The killer now targets the two werewolves Charles and Anna, who themselves are in great danger. The writer thus relates a tale, which can be read only if one believes in the bizarre. However to the credit of Patricia, she does weave an interesting tale. There are very few writers who can sell an implausible story to readers

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Verdict

This is supposed to be a thrilling tale, but many readers will find the entire theme of the novel implausible and reading it would mean entering into a fantasy world which just cannot exist. One reads fantasies, but to read a fantasy as a real time action novel is bound to tax the imagination of any reader.

Patricia Briggs does try and present a thriller. The plot is racy and the book is eminently readable. If a reader can forget about the absurdity of the plot, he or she may well be able to enjoy the book. All one has to think is that it is a fantasy. Briggs has latched on to the American fascination for werewolves and created an entire series of books on the subject. Generally such fantasies have a momentary moment of glory and then fade away. But in the case of Patricia, her books have topped the best seller charts. her novel Iron Kissed, was a number one New York Times bestseller and subsequent novels have continued to perform similarly in sales.

Patricia Briggs was born in Butte, Montana, USA. She has during her life time lived in many cities in the North West of the USA. Presently she resides in Washington State. Her first novel ’Masques’ was not a success, but it has been re-issued again. Some of her books notably Blood Bound and Iron Kissed have been on the New York Times best seller lists. her latest book Smoke Bitten has been published in 2020.

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Patricia is an educated girl. She graduated from Montana State University with degrees in history and German. The author lives in Montana with six horses as pets. Very few writers keep horses as pets, probably they add to her imagination. She is a full time writer and many more best sellers can be expected from her in the years to come. Briggs was married to Mike Briggs who died in early 2017

Comments

MG Singh emge (author) from Singapore on July 31, 2021:

Tom thanks, yes, the werewolf is a western myth, it does not exist in the east.

tom on July 31, 2021:

werewolf myth popular in west movies and books

MG Singh emge (author) from Singapore on April 04, 2016:

Thank you Lolly.So nice of you to have commented

Laurel Johnson from Washington KS on April 03, 2016:

Very good commentary on this writer and her books. I like to read fantasies if they are well written and interesting because they take me into another world.

MG Singh emge (author) from Singapore on March 22, 2016:

Thank you KoffeeKlatch for your comment

Susan Hazelton from Sunny Florida on March 22, 2016:

She is an interesting writer, thanks for acquainting me with her.

MG Singh emge (author) from Singapore on March 20, 2016:

Thank you Madugundu

madugundu krishna from Yemmiganur on March 20, 2016:

I am very interesting in horse petting and riding.

MG Singh emge (author) from Singapore on March 19, 2016:

Thank you Manatita. Yes I am also intrigued about the horses.

manatita44 from london on March 19, 2016:

Very well done, Emge. You made it interesting and readable. A decent objective account as best you can. I've seen a lot of ware-wolves in movies. Like you, I find it hard to understand why she keeps so many horses as a full-time writer. Nice touch!

MG Singh emge (author) from Singapore on March 19, 2016:

Thank you Devika for commenting

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on March 19, 2016:

I Tweeted! Interesting and well-informed.

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