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May 7 2013 9:30am

Wolf Out!: What to Do While Waiting for Lost Girl’s Dyson to Return

Dyson in Lost GirlLost Girl’s Dyson has had his fair share of ups and downs over the duration of the last three seasons. Now, with his love for Bo returned and Lauren seemingly out of the way, it looks like our favorite wolf is headed for an upswing. Sadly, we all know that things are never that simple, leaving Dyson’s future as anything but certain, especially when it comes to Bo.

Though hints have been made about Dyson’s age and events he’s lived through, we still don’t know much about his particular brand of Fae. Does he have a pack? It hasn’t really looked that way, but viewers definitely need more information before drawing this conclusion. What we do know is that he can growl with the best of them and posture in an alpha way about his relationships and their potential longevity.

It is also with some confidence that I can say there are as many fans of the Bo/Dyson combination as there are of the Doccubus union (especially around these parts). So, if you’re firmly planted on Team Wolf Man, rather than spending your time whittling wooden poppets to ensure the emancipation of Bo’s heart from Lauren’s medically certified grasp, here are some suggestions to help pass the time.

What to Read

Patricia Briggs’s Mercy Thompson series. Mercy herself can transform into a coyote, but it is the wolves around her, particularly Adam, that demand the attention here. It seems that Mercy can find her way into all sorts of trouble, but with a werewolf and its pack being so close at hand, help is never far behind.

River Marked by Patricia BriggsAdam is your typical alpha-male and as such, leans toward the serious end of the spectrum, much like Dyson can when his friends are in danger. Mercy has just enough snark in her to make the stories that much more entertaining, while helping to lighten up Adam along the way.

Quote from River Marked:

I was eating the last of the rabbit when Adam showed up in his glorious furred form. He is colored like a Siamese cat, though in bluish grays that deepen to near black.

He dropped a second rabbit at my feet and lay down in front of me, nose on his paws and his ears flattened.

Nothing says you’re sorry like a dead bunny.

Anne Rice’s The Wolf Gift. This book has a much drier story line to it than other Rice tomes, but it offers a certain ethereal quality that makes it a worthwhile read. The imagery put forth, from the setting to how it actually feels (as if it were a real thing) to transform into the beast in question, are proof that this author can conjure up pure magic when it comes to preternatural creatures.

Rice doesn’t ask us to pretend that Reuben lives in a world where werewolves are expected. Instead, she writes her story in a way that questions how this world would respond to such a thing. For his part, Reuben is a man conflicted by trying to do good things with what has happened to him, while fighting the ravenous hunger that appears second nature to his….uh, second nature. He is more an echo of the lone wolf aspect in Dyson’s character than anything else.

Quote from The Wolf Gift:

He threw back his head and roared again, and then let the roar round itself into a deep howl. Nothing answered him in the night except the crackling flight of other living things, living things that fled from him.

Suddenly descending to all fours he ran as a wolf would run, swiftly through the dense foliage. He caught the scent of an animal –bobcat – fleeing before him, flushed from its lair, and after that scent he went with unstoppable hunger until he reached out, and caught the furry snarling creature in his claws, and drove his fangs into its throat.

This time nothing held him back from the feast.

Shiver by Maggie StiefvaterMaggie Stiefvater’s Wolves of Mercy Falls series. This trilogy of books falls into the category of Young Adult but offers an emotional rollercoaster worthy of any adult tale where death seems imminent. Told through different points of view, Shiver, Linger, and Forever only get better as the series continues.

Not once, though, is the term ‘werewolf’ used to describe the pack featured here; they are merely wolves. Instead, the story questions the right of the alpha that turned the wolves, especially the ones at tender ages. It talks about love between parents and children or boyfriend and girlfriend. It makes you question the viability of love ever after when their entire existence is uncertain for one reason or another.

While this seems very different from anything relating to Dyson (especially his tendency to go shirtless), it’s the warring of human versus wolf, or of two distinctly different species finding love that may appeal to Lost Girl fans.

Quote from Shiver:

I could still smell her on my fur. It clung to me, a memory of another world.

I was drunk with it, with the scent of her. I’d gotten too close. My instincts warned me against it. Especially when I remembered what had just happened to the boy,

The smell of summer on her skin, the half-recalled cadence of her voice, the sensation of her fingers on my fur. Every bit of me sang with the memory of her closeness.

Too close.

I couldn’t stay away.

Being Human UKWhat to Watch

A vampire, a ghost, and a werewolf try to rent a flat…sounds like a weird start to a paranormal joke, right? It’s actually the magical ingredients to the BBC3 show, Being Human. The above mentioned creatures try to live life as normal as possible but without much success, it would seem. Its 5th and final season is preparing to air on BBC America on July 13th. The other four seasons can be enjoyed on Netflix in the U.S. and Canada.

And, stop me if you’ve heard this one…. a vampire, a ghost, and a werewolf rent a place in Boston. Yes, not only is there a UK version, but there is a Being Human US with a very similar premise. While the main idea is the same, the character names are different as are the storylines, for the most part (though how different can shows about these creatures really be?).

They are both filled with humor as well as the darkness that always seems to accompany vampires, werewolves, and ghosts. Being Human US runs on SyFy and is due to return for season four in 2014. Both the UK and US shows air in Canada on Space.

 


Jackie Lester imagines a day when she can make a living as a writer. Until then, she reviews eclectic books at My Ever Expanding Library and lives in small-town Ontario with her daughter.

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9 comments
Heather Waters (redline_)
1. redline_
Great post, Jackie! I'm sure Dyson would approve. I was surprised by how much I liked Being Human UK.
Megan Frampton
2. MFrampton
I really like the Mercy Thompson series, and I can see Dyson's similarity to Adam--I really liked the Being Human series for the first two seasons (the UK version), but then I felt like it got silly. I didn't watch the US version, mostly (because *I'm* silly/shallow) because there wasn't a hottie like Aidan Turner in the show.
Megan Frampton
3. MFrampton
Oh, and since we're going pic-crazy on our bearded heroes post, thought I'd share this one:
Jackie Lester
4. JackieLester
@redline - Thanks :) Most people I've talked to about the show say they prefer the UK version, though it was a small focus group.

@MFrampton - I started Mercy late in the series and didn't love it. I've been told to start from the beginning, it'll make all the difference.

As for BH, I've seen good elements in both but Turner's accent alone makes the UK tops in my book. (Sam Witwer's dimples are a decent runner up.) They consider the UK version 'comedic horror' so I'm sure that the humour remains throughout but I'm not sure about the upping of plotline integrity.
stacymd2
5. stacymd2
Great suggestions Jackie! I have to check out the Anne Rice novel. I read many of her vampire novels years ago. They were some of my favorite books growing up. The US version of Being Human is just OK to me. I like the UK version much better. The actors in the US version are better looking (in my opinion).
Marie Sullivan
6. Minime
I will also have to check out the Anne Rice. I had read her vampire and witch novels years ago so I'll give it a try.
stacymd2
7. Shark with Lasers
Kris Holden-Reid fans might want to check him out in Underword: Awakening. He doesn't play a nice guy in that movie, but he does get shirtless.
stacymd2
8. nl_bookreader
It is not wholly a werewolf series but they play a major role in Kelly Armstrong's otherworld series. Many of her books are standalone but I'd recommend starting witht the first one 'Bitten'. Ilona Andrews is running a free serialized novella on their website called 'Clean Sweep'. A werewolf figures prominently. It's been a fun ride so far, and the Andrews take a slightly different approach to what werewolves are, and where they come from.
Kiersten Hallie Krum
9. Kiersten
Hemlock Grove is a new series on Netflix that features werewolves. I havent watched yet, but the press is positive. It's graphic tho in violence & sexuality so be aware
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