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As a curious six-year-old, Clayton didn’t resist the bite—he asked for it. But surviving as a lone child-werewolf was more than he could manage—until Jeremy came along and taught him how to straddle the human-werewolf worlds, gave him a home…and introduced him to the Pack. So begins this volume, featuring three of the members of the American Pack—a hierarchical founding fa As a curious six-year-old, Clayton didn’t resist the bite—he asked for it. But surviving as a lone child-werewolf was more than he could manage—until Jeremy came along and taught him how to straddle the human-werewolf worlds, gave him a home…and introduced him to the Pack. So begins this volume, featuring three of the members of the American Pack—a hierarchical founding family where bloodlines mean everything and each day presents a new, thrilling, and often deadly challenge. For as Clayton grows from a wild child to a clever teen who tests his beloved mentor at every turn, he must learn not only to control his animal instincts but to navigate Pack politics—including showing his brutal archnemesis, Malcolm, who the real Alpha is… Links to the individual short stories and novellas on Goodreads: "Infusion" (1946) Savage (1967) Ascension (1972) "Kitsunegari" (2007)


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As a curious six-year-old, Clayton didn’t resist the bite—he asked for it. But surviving as a lone child-werewolf was more than he could manage—until Jeremy came along and taught him how to straddle the human-werewolf worlds, gave him a home…and introduced him to the Pack. So begins this volume, featuring three of the members of the American Pack—a hierarchical founding fa As a curious six-year-old, Clayton didn’t resist the bite—he asked for it. But surviving as a lone child-werewolf was more than he could manage—until Jeremy came along and taught him how to straddle the human-werewolf worlds, gave him a home…and introduced him to the Pack. So begins this volume, featuring three of the members of the American Pack—a hierarchical founding family where bloodlines mean everything and each day presents a new, thrilling, and often deadly challenge. For as Clayton grows from a wild child to a clever teen who tests his beloved mentor at every turn, he must learn not only to control his animal instincts but to navigate Pack politics—including showing his brutal archnemesis, Malcolm, who the real Alpha is… Links to the individual short stories and novellas on Goodreads: "Infusion" (1946) Savage (1967) Ascension (1972) "Kitsunegari" (2007)

30 review for Men of the Otherworld

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads-no-more

    Infusion - Meet Malcolm. He's an A-S-S. This one is about Jeremy's mysterious heritage. Savage - Boy version of Clayton is only slightly less entertaining than Adult Clay. Whether he's screaming during car rides, causing Jeremy to swerve into other lanes of traffic, or taking Antonio's dares to jump out of a tree or down an elevator shaft, Clayton is hilarious. Seeing him as a child also helped me understand better what it meant that he was closer to a wolf instinct-wise than a human. Beyond that, Infusion - Meet Malcolm. He's an A-S-S. This one is about Jeremy's mysterious heritage. Savage - Boy version of Clayton is only slightly less entertaining than Adult Clay. Whether he's screaming during car rides, causing Jeremy to swerve into other lanes of traffic, or taking Antonio's dares to jump out of a tree or down an elevator shaft, Clayton is hilarious. Seeing him as a child also helped me understand better what it meant that he was closer to a wolf instinct-wise than a human. Beyond that, this story offers insight into Pack dynamic and foreshadows future events. I liked it. Ascension - Pack life from Clay age 10ish-20ish, when Jeremy took over the pack and all the details that led up to that point. Kitsunegari - Jeremy and Jaime short where Jeremy finally finds out about his "other" heritage.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*

    “He obviously needed more practice, but no matter how often I abandoned him out there, his sense of direction never seemed to improve.” Kelley Armstrong has a large number of anthologies for her long-running Otherworld series. This opened the side stories, but instead of being about different men of the Otherworld like the title suggests, it is exclusively about the werewolf pack, and unlike other short story collections, the points of view do not alter much. Malcolm leads the opener story to rev “He obviously needed more practice, but no matter how often I abandoned him out there, his sense of direction never seemed to improve.” Kelley Armstrong has a large number of anthologies for her long-running Otherworld series. This opened the side stories, but instead of being about different men of the Otherworld like the title suggests, it is exclusively about the werewolf pack, and unlike other short story collections, the points of view do not alter much. Malcolm leads the opener story to reveal how Jeremy came to be, but after that it's all through Clay's point of view until the final chapter. Each "story" is merely broken up into different events of occurrence, all in order. The final story switches to Jeremy's point of view for good reason. (details on that below) If you're a Clay or Jeremy fan, you'll find this fascinating. That's the point. It's a lot of background material on why they both are who they are and how they are. Want to see for yourself the stories Jeremy later tells Elena in Stolen about the troubles of raising Clay? Right here in full color (funny) detail. While there are some funny scenes, it's mainly a dark, serious book. After Jeremy comes into the world, Clay is shown very young and bitten to open his stories. Following that we see his progression, how he is discovered, the ample patience Jeremy employs to win his trust, their slow trail to Stonehaven, the incredible bond between the two, Clay aging and experiencing life, and finally the battles of ascension and alpha wars. The only story besides the opener that isn't led by Clay is the final story, Kitsunegari, where Jeremy finds out a new clue about his past. It is the only one set in 'current times.' Jaime and he are together and have been awhile, so it was interesting to finally see in his head what he thinks of her and the relationship. I loved the couple over the series and wish the author had given the bonding more credit. It makes sense to end the anthology this way because we're making a circle back to the beginning again. This isn't just Clay's book - it's for Clay AND Jeremy. I found out more about Jeremy and deeper into his psyche. I get Clay a bit more. Above that, Malcolm as the big bogeymen is brought further into light. We see we owe a lot of Jeremy's grandfather, who has a short stint. The two characters in Frost are introduced here as young father and son before they hide tail and run for the hills. Some of the animosity with future rival pack members begins here when the boys are young. Much is explained that clears a few mysteries up. If you're a fan of the series, this is an absolute must-have.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kat Kennedy

    Okay, so I only read the first three stories surrounding Jeremy's birth and Clay's childhood. I started on the fourth which was Jeremy WITH A WOMAN! But since I never read past StolenI couldn't deal with a) the spoilers and b) the fact that Jeremy was getting it on... with anybody...ever. As with most anything Armstrong writes, these stories were well written and intriguing with great characters and complicated relationships. The story provided greater insight into Clay and Jeremy's relationship Okay, so I only read the first three stories surrounding Jeremy's birth and Clay's childhood. I started on the fourth which was Jeremy WITH A WOMAN! But since I never read past StolenI couldn't deal with a) the spoilers and b) the fact that Jeremy was getting it on... with anybody...ever. As with most anything Armstrong writes, these stories were well written and intriguing with great characters and complicated relationships. The story provided greater insight into Clay and Jeremy's relationship and the emergence of the latter day pack. Clay's narration was also incredibly hilarious in a dry, witty way that I adored. Okay, so spoiler: Clay is a bit of a psychopath. I know. Big spoiler, eh? But I think he REALLY shows it this time and any pretenses of normality that we may imagine when reading about Clay from Elena's perspective in Bitten and Stolen quickly disolve while reading Clay talk about himself. Maybe she humanizes him - not in her narration but their relationship might give him a link to humananity and emotions that he wouldn't otherwise have, or maybe it just affects his behaviour. All I can say is that I found myself strangely not bothered by Clay's actions in this book. Maybe because he wasn't, or maybe because I, too, am a psychopath. Only my collection of severed and dry skulls could tell me but we're not currently on speaking terms since I stopped brushing their teeth with colgate and switched to another brand. Picky bastards.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Tatiana

    This anthology is a treat for the fans of Clayton, Jeremy and the Pack. Although the title implies that the stories are about all kinds of Otherworld men, they are about werewolves exclusively. What I like the most about this anthology is that it gives an insight into Jeremy Danvers' past. Although the majority of this collection is written in Clay's POV, this book is about Jeremy more than anyone else. "Infusion" tells us how Jeremy was conceived and from whom he inherited his slanted eyes and a This anthology is a treat for the fans of Clayton, Jeremy and the Pack. Although the title implies that the stories are about all kinds of Otherworld men, they are about werewolves exclusively. What I like the most about this anthology is that it gives an insight into Jeremy Danvers' past. Although the majority of this collection is written in Clay's POV, this book is about Jeremy more than anyone else. "Infusion" tells us how Jeremy was conceived and from whom he inherited his slanted eyes and astute 6th sense. Next 2 longer novellas "Savage" and "Ascension" narrated by Clayton could have been merged into one. They cover Clay's past, his "taming" by Jeremy, his introduction to the Pack and society in general, and his school years. While focused on Clay, they give us a great sense of Jeremy - his kindness and loneliness, his complicated relationship with his always disapproving father, and finally, his ascent to Alpha status. These stories really show Jeremy in a new light, I loved getting to know him better. The final, never before published, short story "Kitsunegari" is told from Jeremy's POV and narrates his first encounter with the supernatural women of his mother's kin. Set after "No Humans Involved" (which I haven't yet read), it also touches upon Jeremy's relationship with Jaime Vegas (a necromancer introduced in "Industrial Magic") and it really made be thirst for their story. I'll try to get to it as soon as I can. Overall, "Men of the Otherworld" is a great collection for fans. I don't think these stories have an ability to attract new readers to the series, but they fill in a lot of blanks about Clay's and Jeremy's past and the Pack politics that many existing fans will enjoy.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    I absolutely adore Armstrong’s werewolf lore. Unlike Armstrong’s Women of the Otherworld, the men of the Pack can carry a story all on their own. Not a drop of smut or estrogen in sight, still I was riveted. Having fallen in love with the Pack in Bitten, I pretty much read any mention of them I can get my mitts on. I don’t know what it is, but Armstrong dazzles and delights with her wolfy men. They are clearly humanized while retaining the very essence of being a wolf. Their human form and wolf I absolutely adore Armstrong’s werewolf lore. Unlike Armstrong’s Women of the Otherworld, the men of the Pack can carry a story all on their own. Not a drop of smut or estrogen in sight, still I was riveted. Having fallen in love with the Pack in Bitten, I pretty much read any mention of them I can get my mitts on. I don’t know what it is, but Armstrong dazzles and delights with her wolfy men. They are clearly humanized while retaining the very essence of being a wolf. Their human form and wolf form are so intricately linked that I scarcely notice when they segway into wolf perspective. Being that Clay is my all time favorite Armstrong character, I was set to love him here, but I wasn’t prepared to love him more. Little Clay is simply adorable, not to mention unintetionally hilarious. Despite his noticeable differences as an adult, being anti-social and all, it wasn’t until reading Men of the Otherworld that I understood how truly set apart he is. The same applies to Jeremy, though, I have to say, my opinion of him changed, for the better and for the worse. Prior to this book, I saw Jeremy as a sensitive, but still very Alpha male. Now I know that Jeremy’s Alpha status only exists due to Clay’s unwavering admiration and dedication and his best-friendship with Antonio. Had it not been for them, Jeremy would have been long since dead, at the hands of his own father no less. Even so, Jeremy is undeniably resourceful, intelligent and empathetic. I was hard pressed not to be in aww of anyone who would take on such a troublesome child as Clay at so early and age and to potential detriment to one’s self. Jeremy is a beacon of moral light, and it was enlightening to see him through Clay’s eyes. The Pack’s history is nothing short of enthralling. I feel as though I know these characters inside out and love them all the more for it. I hope that Armstrong returns to their world again, and quickly.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Julie (jjmachshev)

    I ended up staying up WAY too late just to finish "Men of the Otherworld" by Kelley Armstrong. It was worth every bleary-eyed, short-tempered moment I spent at work today! This is mostly Clayton's story. There is a bit about Jeremy, but the focus is on Clayton. For everyone who's ever wondered about Clayton's past...you must go RIGHT NOW, TODAY and pick up this book. Armstrong has done a fantastic job of making snarly, anti-social Clayton real; and the story of how he got the way he is will have I ended up staying up WAY too late just to finish "Men of the Otherworld" by Kelley Armstrong. It was worth every bleary-eyed, short-tempered moment I spent at work today! This is mostly Clayton's story. There is a bit about Jeremy, but the focus is on Clayton. For everyone who's ever wondered about Clayton's past...you must go RIGHT NOW, TODAY and pick up this book. Armstrong has done a fantastic job of making snarly, anti-social Clayton real; and the story of how he got the way he is will have you grinning, sniffling, and laughing out loud--sometimes all at the same time. The story runs from Jeremy's birth, which is fascinating all on its own, up until just before Clayton and Elena's story begins. And the end of the book is (I'm pretty sure) a build-up for an upcoming story about Jeremy and Jaime having to do with the unusual circumstances of Jeremy's birth. I can't wait.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Teri

    I really liked this, it wasn't at all what I thought it would be and I'm not sure why anyone would mark this as romance, it's not. It is a well developed story, love getting Clay's perspective on all that is happening, in his youth and otherness, not always understanding what is happening or why, but completely loyal and...having a pretty easy black and white view of things. His relationship with Jeremy was amazing. I liked several other characters and some I would like to murder slowly (view spo I really liked this, it wasn't at all what I thought it would be and I'm not sure why anyone would mark this as romance, it's not. It is a well developed story, love getting Clay's perspective on all that is happening, in his youth and otherness, not always understanding what is happening or why, but completely loyal and...having a pretty easy black and white view of things. His relationship with Jeremy was amazing. I liked several other characters and some I would like to murder slowly (view spoiler)[ from the very beginning, I just did not want Malcolm to be such an utter shithead, but dear god he was. (hide spoiler)] Will continue this series. Very unique.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)

    That's great that this book goes into Clayton's backstory. I really fell for him hard when I read Bitten.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Pam Nelson

    It has been no secret that I LOVE Clay so this book was a huge bonus for me. To get to see how he was changed, how he survived, how Jeremy finds him. Then all the learning he had to do it was really freaking awesome and to be in his POV was so interesting to me. I am so thankful I am doing these side stories they make the series that much more for me at least. I really liked the narration for this book. I liked how you could tell who was the speaker.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jen Davis

    Men of the Otherworld is one of the two collections of short stories that Kelley Armstrong wrote as gifts to her fans. And they are, indeed, exciting for those of us who have followed the series and fallen in love with her characters. All but one of these stories are prequels, set before the main novels. But I wouldn't necessarily tell someone new to the series to read them first. The stories come first chronologically, but I think you'd have a better appreciation for them at least after Stolen. Men of the Otherworld is one of the two collections of short stories that Kelley Armstrong wrote as gifts to her fans. And they are, indeed, exciting for those of us who have followed the series and fallen in love with her characters. All but one of these stories are prequels, set before the main novels. But I wouldn't necessarily tell someone new to the series to read them first. The stories come first chronologically, but I think you'd have a better appreciation for them at least after Stolen. (And the last story in the mix takes place after No Humans Involved.) You don't have to read these stories to keep up with the series, but they are fantastic and fans really won't want to miss them. "Infusion" - narrator: Malcolm - This is the story of Jeremy's conception. We've known from the beginning that he is different and special. This gives us a little insight into why. We meet his Japanese mother and learn that she approached Malcolm on purpose, to infuse his werewolf blood into her own supernatural bloodline. This is also our first look at Malcolm and we get an idea of what a jerk he is... although the true breadth of that isn't seen until later stories. "Savage" - narrator: Clay - This is the meatiest story in the bunch. Here Clay tells us the story of how he became a werewolf and how Jeremy took him into the Pack. We see firsthand the events that turn Clay into the man we know... why he cares so little for human conventions, why he is so loyal to Jeremy, and even how he became friends with Nick. We get the oft-mentioned "guinea pig" story and see the events that turned Clay and Daniel into enemies... a pivotal development that lays the foundation for Bitten. The story also gives insight into Jeremy and his early relationships with both his father and the other members of the Pack. It's definitely a switch from the reverence the other wolves hold for him now. This is a great story and it's worth getting the book, even for this novella alone. "Ascension" - narrator: Clay - This story feels almost like an extension of the one before. It picks up with Clay at 11 years old and shows, through his perspective, Jeremy's rise to pack Alpha. It's a process that spans more than a decade. In that time, we see how Clay becomes the Pack enforcer; how he gained the reputation as a psychotic killer; even what's in those pictures of his dirty-work that we've heard reference to. The story shows how the Pack has come to be in its current form and why its numbers have dwindled... and most importantly, how Malcolm was finally defeated. Really good stuff. "Kitsunegari" - narrator: Jeremy - In "Infusion," we learned that Jeremy came from a line of supernatural women, but it's in this story, we finally find out what they were. Jeremy is with Jamie, attending one of her shows, when he is lured away by an Asian woman. She tries to seduce him, but with no luck. Jeremy is able to eventually determine that she is one of an ancient race of fox-shifter deities and they want Jeremy to help them repopulate, since he is descended from the worshippers infused with their powers. This was probably the least thrilling of the four stories, though I did like the little bit of backstory Jeremy gives about how and when he started falling for Jamie. I really enjoyed this collection of short stories... and wouldn't hesitate to recommend the collection to any Otherworld fan. 5 stars.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jamie Collins

    I liked the older stories of Clayton's childhood. They read like the early books in her Otherworld series, which I enjoyed much more than her newer books. In keeping with this trend, I didn't like the newest story very much. This book includes: Infusion - a short story, written from Malcom's point of view, telling how Jeremy was conceived. Begins in 1946. Savage - a novella, beginning in 1967, written from Clay's point of view, that begins when he becomes a werewolf and covers his childhood. Ascensi I liked the older stories of Clayton's childhood. They read like the early books in her Otherworld series, which I enjoyed much more than her newer books. In keeping with this trend, I didn't like the newest story very much. This book includes: Infusion - a short story, written from Malcom's point of view, telling how Jeremy was conceived. Begins in 1946. Savage - a novella, beginning in 1967, written from Clay's point of view, that begins when he becomes a werewolf and covers his childhood. Ascension - a novella, beginning in 1972, written from Clay's point of view, that covers his young adulthood up to the point where Jeremy becomes the Alpha. Kitsunegari - a new short story about Jeremy and Jaime, written from Jeremy's point of view

  12. 5 out of 5

    Annette Dahl "Old Vicarious Reader"

    DNF . . . Didn't get through chapter one; I didn’t care for the plot.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Mello ❣ Illium ✮Harry✮ ☀Myrnin☀ Torin Ichimaru

    I loved this! So glad Kelley wrote stories from the guys' POV even if this particular book contained just the wolves' stories. It gave so much insight into Jeremy and Clay and I just loved it. We got to see the circumstances of Jeremy's birth from the POV of his douchebag father, Malcolm and just why it is he never could accept Jeremy as his soon. We got to see how Clay got bitten and how Jeremy found and raised him and how Jeremy became Alpha and how the Pack became so small from Clay's POV. I r I loved this! So glad Kelley wrote stories from the guys' POV even if this particular book contained just the wolves' stories. It gave so much insight into Jeremy and Clay and I just loved it. We got to see the circumstances of Jeremy's birth from the POV of his douchebag father, Malcolm and just why it is he never could accept Jeremy as his soon. We got to see how Clay got bitten and how Jeremy found and raised him and how Jeremy became Alpha and how the Pack became so small from Clay's POV. I really loved that story. It explained so much of how/why Clay is as an adult. I honestly loved it. In some ways, Clay comes off as a psycho, but his worldview is really simplistic. He understands right and wrong. He understands the need to pass for human. But his motivations behind things and his way of doing those things come off as so psycho, but really, he does them ultimately to protect the Pack and Jeremy especially. I just completely enjoyed reading that. Then we get a short story of Jeremy finally discovering just what it is that makes him able to "sense" things and makes him so different from other werewolves. We know from Malcolm's story that Jeremy's mother was into some freaky shit, but now we finally learn why. I'm glad for it and hopefully now that he knows, Jeremy won't continue to feel that he lacks something as a werewolf. This was just so awesome.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Angela H.

    ***** 4.5 Stars ***** The novellas dig deeper into Jeremy and Clayton. ** Jeremy's true identity and upbringing had strengthen him as a leader. Jeremy may not be strong, but he is strategic. ** Clayton did not have a happy upbringing; however, he meets Jeremy, who changes his life. He now has a home and a "normal" life as a human and pack werewolf. He has a temper, yet a cleverness that brings out the protective side of him that benefits the pack. ** The fourth novella I did find to be interestin ***** 4.5 Stars ***** The novellas dig deeper into Jeremy and Clayton. ** Jeremy's true identity and upbringing had strengthen him as a leader. Jeremy may not be strong, but he is strategic. ** Clayton did not have a happy upbringing; however, he meets Jeremy, who changes his life. He now has a home and a "normal" life as a human and pack werewolf. He has a temper, yet a cleverness that brings out the protective side of him that benefits the pack. ** The fourth novella I did find to be interesting but could not find connection to the 1st and 2nd book in the Otherwolrd series. I'm assuming that as I read further into the series, I will find connections that link to the fox maidens, twins, and Jaime :) I am giving this book a 4.5 star for this reason. The first 3 novellas smoothly transition to the next phase of Jeremy/Clayton life. The fourth novella seem a little out of place and jump to far to the future.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Julija

    This is a treasure for every fan of the werewolf pack and must read for everyone who at least likes Clay. First, there is a short story about Jeremy's birth hence about Malcolm as well. The man had remained a complete mystery until this book and to see bits of his mind was exciting as hell. He's a polar opposite of Jeremy and he has done some horrible things to his son, but he's not a villain and so far he has been only seen from the perspective of people who are not his biggest fans. This alone This is a treasure for every fan of the werewolf pack and must read for everyone who at least likes Clay. First, there is a short story about Jeremy's birth hence about Malcolm as well. The man had remained a complete mystery until this book and to see bits of his mind was exciting as hell. He's a polar opposite of Jeremy and he has done some horrible things to his son, but he's not a villain and so far he has been only seen from the perspective of people who are not his biggest fans. This alone makes the story worth reading. Then there is a long story about Clay. Despite being in many Otherworld books, Clay has only been seen from other people's eyes and only after his meeting Elena. And although his past has been mentioned a couple of times, it had once again been from someone else's perspective. So this story is a treasure. It is a peek inside Clay's wolfish mind. Finally, his actions, motives and decisions are a little bit clearer. He doesn't see the world the way humans do. Yes, his mind is human, but his instincts are not. He gets that some things must be done in certain way, but he doesn't understand why and he doesn't want to. And then there's his devotion to Jeremy. After so many books it has finally become clear why Clay's inner wolf accepts Jeremy as his alpha, why his human mind regards him as a father and why he is ready to give anything to protect this man. The pack hasn't alway been the family Elena was welcomed into. Clay has seen a very different one. Became a part of it. Helped changing it. Shaped it together with Jeremy and Antonio. Then there's also Nick. I think every Clay fan has at least once wished to see how this friendship came to be. Well, here's your chance to find out. This story will make you laugh, cry and smile. It's both heartbreaking and heartwarming. It's fantastic. And finally, there is a short story about Jeremy. After being relentlessly teased with Jeremy/Jaime bits in the first six books, I was rewarded with a mind-blowing No Humans Involved. But despite the book being too good for words and utterly satisfying, it apparently wasn't enough. Once the aftershock of finishing a great, very much anticipated book had worn off, I craved more. I still do. But at least I have this story, which shows the long awaited relationship of one determined redhead and one dense alpha from a different perspective. And what an interesting perspective it is! C'mon, the man doesn't really talk about his feelings and he only has one book to show his love. He never even really had a chance to explain why the heck it took him so long to find his way to Jaime's awaiting arms. How can his point of view not be amazing? Of course, Kitsunegari is not just a collection of Jeremy's mushy thoughts. It's Armstrong, guys. So naturally, there is action, magic, sex, demons and happy endings. Go read it. Now. And spread Jeremy/Jaime love.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Lorre

    Infusion 1946 - 4 stars Malcolm is a werewolf who gets tricked to have sex with a supernatural women so she can conceive his child. From what I've read in the reviews about this story I will meet this child (Jeremy) later on in the series. Savage 1967 - 5 stars I didn't have to wait long to read more about Malcolm's son! As I suspected in "Infusion" Malcolm is an ass! Good thing Jeremy's grandfather took care of Jeremy! Savage is the story of a 5 or 6 year old boy, Clayton, that gets bitten by a wer Infusion 1946 - 4 stars Malcolm is a werewolf who gets tricked to have sex with a supernatural women so she can conceive his child. From what I've read in the reviews about this story I will meet this child (Jeremy) later on in the series. Savage 1967 - 5 stars I didn't have to wait long to read more about Malcolm's son! As I suspected in "Infusion" Malcolm is an ass! Good thing Jeremy's grandfather took care of Jeremy! Savage is the story of a 5 or 6 year old boy, Clayton, that gets bitten by a werewolf, runs away from home after that and survives on his wolf instinct... he loses touch with his human side. Jeremy finds Clay and rehabilitates him so he can (more or less) function in the human world again. I loved this story!!! Ascension 1972 - 5 stars It is about Clay and Jeremy again a few years later than Savage, the previous story in this short story collection. Ascension is an important story because major things happen in the Pack that are the direct cause of the events in Bitten, the first full novel. Kitsunegari 2007 - 5 stars Jeremy finally finds out more about who his mom was.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Roxie

    Okay, I am a HUGE fan of Kelley Armstrong. She is the only authour I've come across so far who can make me totally love her werewolves. I'm not a werewolf fan, really, but hers are irresistable, and the reason THIS particular book is rated a wee bit higher than the others (despite the fact that it's actually two short stories and two novellas) is because the novellas in question feature one of my favourite characters of all literature: Clayton Danvers. Yeah, yeah, yeah, there are a million femal Okay, I am a HUGE fan of Kelley Armstrong. She is the only authour I've come across so far who can make me totally love her werewolves. I'm not a werewolf fan, really, but hers are irresistable, and the reason THIS particular book is rated a wee bit higher than the others (despite the fact that it's actually two short stories and two novellas) is because the novellas in question feature one of my favourite characters of all literature: Clayton Danvers. Yeah, yeah, yeah, there are a million female fans of the genre and the authour between the ages of 23 and 38 who would say exactly the same - although I bet the older ones prefer Jeremy, to be honest - but I really like him. I can't figure out what it is. And it's NOT just because he's good-looking. That would be silly. I can't SEE him. (*coughEdwardStupidCullencough*) No, it's just because of the way he speaks, his bluntness, his honesty, and the fact that there are a lot of very good reasons NOT to like him. His interestingness (yeah, I know...) manages to stick all the bad stuff down. So yep, good book.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Cynthia

    This is collection of short stories that Kelley Armstrong first published for free on her website. The first one is about Jeremy's birth and it gave quite a few insights into why his relationship ith his father was never good! The second and longest part (most of the book actually) is about clayton. From his transformation into a werewolf at a very young age to Jeremy's rise as alpha. It really helps understand Clayton better. Explains why he is so protective of his pack and more specifically of This is collection of short stories that Kelley Armstrong first published for free on her website. The first one is about Jeremy's birth and it gave quite a few insights into why his relationship ith his father was never good! The second and longest part (most of the book actually) is about clayton. From his transformation into a werewolf at a very young age to Jeremy's rise as alpha. It really helps understand Clayton better. Explains why he is so protective of his pack and more specifically of Jeremy. And the final story is more in the present but explains even more about Jeremy's background. I really really enjoyed reading about Clay's growing up. It makes him a little more real than just what we usually get from Elena's point of view. Clayton is just a complex carachter that he really needed to be seen as more than Elena's mate. And Armstrong pulls it off quite extraordinarly. Once again, she delivers a very intense read that makes you want more.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Louisa

    Such a great collection of short stories, from Malcolm and how Jeremy was conceived and born, to Clay, from when he first met Jeremy to being around 11, then his teen aged years, and then Jeremy's being part Japanese fox, and yeah, great collection of short stories to novellas! *First read January 1st 2011* I loved the beginning of this!!! Clay as a child, it was REALLY, REALLY, REALLY FUNNY!!!!!! There were parts that were sad, like his pain, and what he had to do to build his rep, but he did th Such a great collection of short stories, from Malcolm and how Jeremy was conceived and born, to Clay, from when he first met Jeremy to being around 11, then his teen aged years, and then Jeremy's being part Japanese fox, and yeah, great collection of short stories to novellas! *First read January 1st 2011* I loved the beginning of this!!! Clay as a child, it was REALLY, REALLY, REALLY FUNNY!!!!!! There were parts that were sad, like his pain, and what he had to do to build his rep, but he did them in a way that caused less pain, and that made me think better of him for it. And J. (since I can't spell his name) I liked how he finally found out about his origins!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jodi

    This is a collection of 4 short stories about the men of the Otherworld. More specifically, they are short stories about Jeremy and Clay. Two, Savage and Ascension, had been on Armstrong's website until she decided that the interest was strong enough to publish. Except for the last story which should provide fodder for a future novel, these are all back story. We learn about Jeremy's birth, Clay's arrival in the pack, Jeremy's ascension to Alpha and lastly, more about his mother's people. The re This is a collection of 4 short stories about the men of the Otherworld. More specifically, they are short stories about Jeremy and Clay. Two, Savage and Ascension, had been on Armstrong's website until she decided that the interest was strong enough to publish. Except for the last story which should provide fodder for a future novel, these are all back story. We learn about Jeremy's birth, Clay's arrival in the pack, Jeremy's ascension to Alpha and lastly, more about his mother's people. The reader of the audio was terrific. Knowing Jeremy's past only makes him more interesting.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Steven Brandt

    This book contains three related stories about Kelly Armstrong's characters. The first and third were three star, but the middle story (most of the book), was amazing. It chronicled the life of a werewolf as he grows from boy/animal to college student. What makes it interesting is the elaborate way Kelly works through the implications of his werewolf nature.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Seanan

    Kelley Armstrong's Men of the Otherworld is made up largely of stories previously offered for free on her website, and while I miss being able to point people at them as a free scoop of bad-ass, I'm so happy to have them in print form that I really don't care. I love this book like burning, fire, and pie.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Barbara ★

    This is a book I would have loved to have read when Clay, Jeremy, Elena and Jaime were the focus of the series. Now after 13 books it's sort of meaningless but excellent nonetheless. I absolutely loved seeing Clayton's formative years and his growing into maturity and poor Jeremy, if I could kill that asshole Malcolm, I would.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Angela

    25 October 2015: $1.99 on Kindle

  25. 4 out of 5

    Siobhan

    Reading the short stories as I make my way through the series. Ratings thus far: Infusion: Three stars. Savage: Four stars. Ascension: Four stars. Kitsunegari:

  26. 5 out of 5

    Anna 'Bookbuyer'

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I really enjoyed these peaks into Clay's and Jeremy's lives. I wish Elena had been in it more but I can understand why she wasn't. It was really cool to learn how Clay became a werewolf. I still can't believe how young he was and how her survived for so long. I wish that Malcolm had been a better father to Jeremy since he seemed to do better with Clay but I think it helped make Jeremy who he was so I'm not really sad. :/ It was also interesting to learn about Jeremy's past. I am really interested i I really enjoyed these peaks into Clay's and Jeremy's lives. I wish Elena had been in it more but I can understand why she wasn't. It was really cool to learn how Clay became a werewolf. I still can't believe how young he was and how her survived for so long. I wish that Malcolm had been a better father to Jeremy since he seemed to do better with Clay but I think it helped make Jeremy who he was so I'm not really sad. :/ It was also interesting to learn about Jeremy's past. I am really interested in learning more about this fox demon/god stuff.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Nancy Meservier

    Men of the Otherworld is a collection of two novellas and two short stories that give the spotlight to two important male characters in the Women of the Otherworld series. Three of these tales were originally posted online as a gift to Armstrong’s fans. After much pressure from readers, they have been released in a nice hardcover collection, with a portion of the proceeds going to charity. Although I never got a chance to read the novellas online (well it comes to reading off of screen I can’t g Men of the Otherworld is a collection of two novellas and two short stories that give the spotlight to two important male characters in the Women of the Otherworld series. Three of these tales were originally posted online as a gift to Armstrong’s fans. After much pressure from readers, they have been released in a nice hardcover collection, with a portion of the proceeds going to charity. Although I never got a chance to read the novellas online (well it comes to reading off of screen I can’t go for anything much longer than… well, one of my reviews), I was impressed at how well they came together in this single volume. Each story flows well from one to the next, almost as if it was a novel. They also provide fascinating back stories on two of the women of the underworld’s favorite male characters, werewolves Jeremy and Clay. For a brief review of each story, please continue. "Infusion" (short story)- Taking place in 1946, "Infusion" explains the story behind Jeremy’s conception. We’re introduced to Malcolm, an aggressive werewolf male, who is seduced by a young Japanese woman. When she becomes pregnant, Malcolm hopes for a son to bring back to the werewolf pack. Only there’s more to this mystery woman that he at first suspects. Infusion is a tightly written story. Although Malcolm is a very unlikable protagonist, the air of mystery behind Jeremy’s mother makes the story fascinating regardless. Infusion leaves many questions unanswered, but readers will be happy to find resolution in the latter three stories. "Savage" (novella)- "Savage" brings us forward in time to 1967, where we are introduced to a unique child named Clay. When approached by a werewolf Clay doesn’t run away in fear. Instead he openly invites the bite, and the changes that come after it. "Savage" tells about Clay’s childhood in the wilderness, how he first met Jeremy, and Jeremy’s attempt to domesticate him. "Savage" reads incredibly quickly. It also provides fascinating insights to Clay’s inner psyche. "Savage" also has its fair share of humor. I particularly liked the scene with Clay and his classroom’s guinea pig. "Ascension" (novella)- "Ascension" takes place in 1972, and tells about Clay’s adolescence and Jeremy’s rise to pack alpha. It also resolves the struggle between Jeremy and his father Malcolm. There are some particularly disturbing scenes in this one, especially where Clay first gain’s his reputation of Jeremy’s “enforcer.” There is also a nice, but brief reference to Elena that made me smile. "Kitsunegari" (short story)- "Kitsunegari" answers the one question left from "Infusion," what is the truth behind Jeremy’s mother? In it, Jeremy is at one of his girlfriend Jamie’s shows when he runs into a strange woman who attempts to seduce him. "Kitsunegari" lacks the tight focus of Infusion as it has to tell the story of Jeremy’s lineage, as well as provide insights on the Jeremy/Jamie relationship. Despite its weaknesses, I still found myself enjoying this story. It’s also the only story of the four to contain any romantic elements. A rare find in the paranormal genre. Men of the Otherworld is a well put together collection that I would recommend to established fans who want to learn more about their favorite werewolves, as well as new fans curious about the series. Armstrong is planning on publishing more of her online fiction in Tales of the Otherworld, which is set to release sometime in 2010. From what I heard, it will have a story about Lucas, one about Eve and Kristof, and one about Elena and Clay. It lacks a solid release date but it already has a sexy cover that can be found online (very Jacqueline Carey. Nice one!).

  28. 4 out of 5

    chucklesthescot

    I read this anthology after I had completed the series instead of when it actually came out. I now feel that this was a mistake because when Malcolm returns to the Otherworld in a later book, I really didn't know him or his story other than the brief mentions in the novels about Jeremy's past. Reading this anthology helped me connect more with Clay, and it gives a great backstory to the Pack and it's rules concerning mutts and leadership. INFUSION: (#0.02) Malcolm Danvers is annoyed that his fathe I read this anthology after I had completed the series instead of when it actually came out. I now feel that this was a mistake because when Malcolm returns to the Otherworld in a later book, I really didn't know him or his story other than the brief mentions in the novels about Jeremy's past. Reading this anthology helped me connect more with Clay, and it gives a great backstory to the Pack and it's rules concerning mutts and leadership. INFUSION: (#0.02) Malcolm Danvers is annoyed that his father Edward is too weak to challenge for the position of Pack Leader, and that he himself has no sons yet. An encounter with a Japanese barmaid leaves her pregnant but when Malcolm discovers that she uses magic, he is determined to kill her and the baby. I liked this story as we got to see what goes on in Malcolm's mind and just how dangerous he is. It also gives insight into why his relationship with Jeremy was never good. Interesting short story. SAVAGE: (#0.03) Clay is a child living in neglect and poverty so when he witnesses a man turning into a wolf, he asks to be changed. Escaping with a bite and his life, Clay lives wild in wolf form until Malcolm finds him but it is Jeremy who devotes himself to looking after Clay and teaching him how to regain his humanity. Clay's relationship with Malcolm deteriorates but Clay has other things to worry about-protecting Jeremy from the challenges of mutts. This gives the back story to Clay and how he ended up lacking the social skills to embrace his human side. Seeing this and the lengths he will go to to protect Jeremy gave me a whole new liking for the character. I've always loved Nick but this story made me love him and Antonio more. It was good to see all the Pack members and the in fighting and bullying which leads to the events of Bitten further down the road. My favourite thing was seeing the bad things that Jeremy had to do to protect Clay and the Pack, showing he can be ruthless when required-I LOVED that scene! ASCENSION: (#0.04) Peter gets himself into trouble and Clay's actions in the crisis impress Malcolm, who offers to train Clay in combat to make him stronger which both Clay and Jeremy agree with. But the sudden death of the Pack Leader splits the Pack in two with Malcolm and Jeremy up against each other in the vote. Dennis and Joey infuriate Clay with their actions and Malcolm has a plan to defeat his son. This story was full of intrigue as the Pack begins to split. Jeremy wants a bloodless handover but Malcolm would rather fight for the title. This shows how different father and son are. Malcolm is the fun bad guy in these stories-you WANT him to fail yet you don't quite want him dead because he is such a great bad guy! I've loved his appearances later in the series. KITSUNEGARI: (#9.1) A group of fox maidens try to lure Jeremy away from the very irate Jaime to get him to father their children. This was an interesting story, looking at Jeremy's origins. I was also interested to see the developing relationship between Jeremy and Jaime, and how serious his feeling for her are. I always thought that she felt stronger than he did so it was great to see that I was wrong! I love them as a couple. If like me, the wolves are your favourite Otherworld characters, you really must read this anthology. It gives vital background to the story and the characters and I loved that these stories were all released in one handy volume instead of having to hunt each one down. I just wish I could get hold of 'Becoming' which I really want to read!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Carmel (Rabid Reads)

    I can't believe it's taken me a full week to read this book! Darn work commitments getting in the way! I'm a big fan of Kelley Armstrong, especially her books in this series that deal with werewolves. Clay Danvers made my Top Ten Fictional Crushes list. So of course I was happy that there was more! This novel is divided up into 4 stories that delve deeper into the lives of a few of my favorite werewolf characters. The book begins with Infusion. It's short, only about a chapter, and to the point. I can't believe it's taken me a full week to read this book! Darn work commitments getting in the way! I'm a big fan of Kelley Armstrong, especially her books in this series that deal with werewolves. Clay Danvers made my Top Ten Fictional Crushes list. So of course I was happy that there was more! This novel is divided up into 4 stories that delve deeper into the lives of a few of my favorite werewolf characters. The book begins with Infusion. It's short, only about a chapter, and to the point. It explains how Jeremy ends up the head of Stonehaven over his father, Malcolm. The second tale: Savage, was a pleasure to read. Clay as an adult is a little socially inept but as a child he was down right primitive. I loved the way Kelley brings his troubled childhood to life. It was such a different point of view than is typical of werewolf literature. Most of the novels I've read have been about teenage or adult werewolves but Clay is a special case. It's hard to imagine what would happen to a child if they got bitten by a shapeshifter and were left to understand it all by themselves. Armstrong's point of view is unique and well-written. Men of the Otherworld also gives us a glimpse of what Jeremy was like before he became alpha. In the regular series he's such a strong character but in this book he's young and vulnerable. We learn that his father was a poor role model and that he was far from being the next in line for pack leader. He earned the status that he achieved not by being the biggest or the strongest but by challenging the norms and forging his own path. He also had many friends that helped him along the way when he wanted to give up. Ascension is as the title suggests: Jeremy's path to alpha. It's also the story of how Clayton becomes his second and how he earned his bad ass reputation. I flew through this story. I was already in love with the members of the American Pack so this book was like the icing on a cake for me. Not essential but oh so sweet! I found that the chapter titles really added to this novel. They were comprised of one key word that summed up each chapter beautifully. Each name had my head buzzing with possible directions the story might take and made me eager to read on to find out. Finally, Kitsunegari, a short tale that leaves the reader hanging and wanting more. A new supernatural is introduced with an interesting link to Jeremy. It left me contemplating what it all means but stuck without an answer! I guess that's what a great ending to a great book is supposed to do. But oh the torture! The second tale, Savage, was my favorite out of the four tales. Kelley Armstrong's brilliant writing on how a young werewolf loses his humanity and survives in the wild on his own captured my heart and made me love Clay even more (if that's even possible!). Not to mention his struggle (although at first reluctant) to regain his humanity with Jeremy's help. I've also developed a better understanding of Jeremy thanks to this book and am now hard pressed to pick a favorite male werewolf when previously Clay was the clear winner. Werewolf lovers rejoice! This book will make you fall in love all over again with this genre. Men of the Otherworld can be read on it's own without the rest of the series as it happens before the other books (except Kitsunegari). So you have no excuse not to read this book!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Tez

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Families in the American Pack have deadly agendas in Kelley Armstrong's collection of werewolf tales, Men of the Otherworld. Out of the two novellas and two short stories here, I'd already read three in previous incarnations, when they were available free on the author's website. Now they can only be found in this anthology, with the proceeds going to World Literacy of Canada. "Ascension" is a fine short, focusing on Jeremy Danvers's birth. The racist, unlikable Malcolm Danvers manages to attract Families in the American Pack have deadly agendas in Kelley Armstrong's collection of werewolf tales, Men of the Otherworld. Out of the two novellas and two short stories here, I'd already read three in previous incarnations, when they were available free on the author's website. Now they can only be found in this anthology, with the proceeds going to World Literacy of Canada. "Ascension" is a fine short, focusing on Jeremy Danvers's birth. The racist, unlikable Malcolm Danvers manages to attract a quiet Japanese lass, but she has a definite plan to keep the resulting baby from his father. Though Malcolm is a character you'll want dead, or at the very least slapped, he at least has somewhat of a unique voice. I've read the Otherworld novels and short stories - Clay Danvers, Lucas Cortez and Jeremy all have very similar voices. And when these are written in first person, it becomes even more obvious. The same with the female characters, though when we first met Jaime Vegas as a secondary character, she at least seemed to be drunken and clumsy. But once she starred in her own novel, her distinguishing characteristics faded. I love these books' intriguing plots, but the characters aren't quite standing out as different from one another. "Savage" traces Clay's back story - how he was bitten, and became Jeremy's "son". I still don't understand why Clay wanted to become a werewolf, and why Malcolm bit him instead of just killing him. It's kind of tedious. "Ascension" tells of how Jeremy became Alpha. There's a lot of political faff, bitchiness, and killing people to raise your own status - and that's just Malcolm, let alone his followers. This has a more engaging plot than "Savage", but still seems to plod along. Then there's a new short story, "Kitsunegari", where we learn the mysterious origins of Jeremy's ancestors. It deals with paranormal beings I hadn't heard of before, so yay for something new and interesting. But see above for character notes. I preferred Jeremy and Jaime when they were both single. Now a lot of scenes end with a saucy sentence, and closed-door shagging. Gets old fast. Whilst World Literacy of Canada is a worthy organisation, I still wouldn't recommend paying hardcover price for this anthology. Luckily for those in the UK and Australia, this is being released first as a paperback. Those in the US and Canada will have to buy the hardcover now, or wait months for a paperback. I still very much plan to follow any and all of Kelley Armstrong's works, but reading the Otherworld series (adult, not the YA's Darkest Powers) doesn't seem to enthuse me as much as it once did. I've become far too picky in my old age...

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