The Anxiety of Kalix the Werewolf
Overview - Now eighteen, Scottish teenage werewolf Kalix MacRinnalch is settling in London, though she still struggles with anxiety, depression, and self-abuse. Her new friends support her - and all is fine until the Guild of Werewolf Hunters start picking off her clan, one by one. Read more...
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More About The Anxiety of Kalix the Werewolf by Martin Millar
Now eighteen, Scottish teenage werewolf Kalix MacRinnalch is settling in London, though she still struggles with anxiety, depression, and self-abuse. Her new friends support her - and all is fine until the Guild of Werewolf Hunters start picking off her clan, one by one.
Most of the Scottish Werewolf Clan have a very low opinion of Kalix Macrinnalch, youngest daughter of the Thane. There is little sympathy for her illiteracy, her substance abuse, her self-harming, her eating disorder, her anxiety and depression and her propensity for extreme violence. Safe from her clan in London, and living with two friendly students, she's been much calmer. If only she were allowed to live quietly, she might get on top of her problems.
Unfortunately, that's difficult for the young werewolf. She's still the number one target for the werewolf hunters, and they're stepping up their efforts to find her. And no matter how Kalix tries to make her life more normal, there will always come a time when, under threat, her insanity and battle-madness will descend on her, and the skinny young girl will again transform into the most feared and ferocious werewolf in the country.
- ISBN-13: 9781593765378
- ISBN-10: 1593765371
- Publisher: Soft Skull Press/Counterpoint
- Publish Date: February 2014
- Page Count: 533
- Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
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Kalix MacRinnalch, the titular fretful lycanthrope, is 18 years old, directionless, unhappy, and borderline bulimic. Empress Kabachetka of Hainusta wants to kill Kalix and her family, but this plot never goes anywhere exciting. Much of the book is devoted to Kalix and her friends hanging out, going to the movies, and shopping. Meanwhile, her beautiful older sister, Thrix, chums around with Queen Malveria of the Fire Elementals, talks about ex-boyfriends and Vogue, and gets into a fashion-off with the empress. Millar spends more time on the characters’ hair than on the plot. The few action scenes are anticlimactic and brief. Even the attempts at humor fall flat; Kalix’s best friend is devoted to a band called Yum Yum Sugary Snacks and the anime Tokyo Top Pop Boom Boom Girl, the “joke” apparently being that rock bands and anime series have wacky names. No interesting characters or worldbuilding enliven this meandering, slow, and extremely long story. Agent: Malcolm Imre, Imre & Davis. (Feb.)