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  • Hardcover
  • 346 pages
  • The Last Werewolf
  • Glen Duncan
  • English
  • 10 March 2019
  • 9781847679444

10 thoughts on “The Last Werewolf

  1. says:

    I looked through some of the reviews and had to chuckle at some of the exhuberantly negative reviews about this book The theme being that Glen Duncan is a pretentious asshole and that he littered this book with literary allusions and mucked with the werewolf myth I don t know if Glen Duncan is a pretentious asshole because I ve never met him, but I will say he is intelligent The literary world is brimming with prententious asshole s that write great books I happened to like the literary allusions and I loved the fact that he mucked with the werewolf myth I had read two paragraphs and knew I was going to like this book I loved the writing style and the prententious mind behind the words I m not really sure if this book is prize worthy or going to be commercially successful, but it certainly was a fun, short read on a Sunday afternoon.

  2. says:

    Glen Duncan werewolves The Last Werewolf Colson Whitehead zombies Zone OneJustin Cronin vampires The Passagethree individualistic, well acclaimed and well awarded but not exactly a household name literary wunderkinds decide to take a go at writing genre fiction specifically Horror and three of its Big Bads why did they do it to reach a wider audience to rake in the greenbacks to see if their personal visions can somehow avoid degradation or at least not be completely diluted during larkish forays into the lucrative world of page turning Scary Adventures some mysterious combination of the above who knows let s play a few rounds of Compare and Contrast I, MonsterCronin s vampires are expertly realized terrifyingly monstrous, completely hideous, totally devoid of charisma and yet with certain of the central vampires, genuinely sympathetic in their wretched backstories these monsters are a great antidote to current trends of sexy vampirism their appalling malignance is downright scary Whitehead s zombies are also reinventions existing as un living metaphors for the human condition and featuring a new addition to the zombie stable the near harmless sorta zombified zombies called stragglers because these zombies are basically literary conceits used to give legs to the author s themes, i only experienced the slightest of shivers mainly i was terrified by the potential of so much annoying existential ennui i d rather be dead Duncan s title werewolf is actually a nicely develped manimal, a real human and a real monster, one who is capable of kindness generosity, and who has also enacted the sickeningly monstrous but let me just get a little assholish here and say that this monster is pussy than wolf a carefully three dimensional pussy, but a pussy nevertheless the predictably passive, futile reactions of our protagonist as he gets repeatedly beaten, tricked, abused, and generally fucked over became almost hilarious in their pathetic constancy Big Bad Wolf indeed rather a fail in terms of scare Literariness and Stylistic Bravadolauded genius Whitehead probably couldn t write a straightforward genre novel if his life depended on it practically each sentence in Zone One is a frickin work of art this is prose at its most lusciously heady i got so lost in all of the beautiful sentences that i continually forgot about being tense about any particular situation i was surprised once by an attack, and that s all otherwise i was just digging the gorgeous word scenery great job, Whitehead, your Macarthur Genius Grant will not be rescinded literary miniaturist Cronin s novel is also written with painterly flair, full of scenes that drip with startling imagery and moments full of lovely stillness, sinister quiet, chaotic beauty swirling sandstorms containing terrible dangers and haunted road trips full of fear and loss, etc, etc he also pulls off a startling transition through a bold narrative break a challenge that many literary readers are probably well equipped to deal with but a decision that drove many genre fans up the wall in irritation of the three, maverick British writer Duncan probably does the most streamlining of his literary style to fit his novel within the modern genre novel s aesthetic but he is still at heart a literary writer, and i think his cred probably remains intact if only for the novel s primary bit of ongoing literariness when near potential prey, our protagonist experiences that person s life in a kaleidoscopic montage of tender, even wistful defining moments the results are some brilliantly meaningful and moving splashes of literary finesse that were awesome to read and reread Depth of CharacterizationCronin, you win that s pretty much the sum of it to use a predictable compliment his characters live and breathe phenomenal work Duncan is not far behind besides those brilliant flashes of lives mentioned above, the title character and a few key supporting characters are lovingly detailed, realistically quirky, and truly alive as far as characterization is concerned, Whitehead is left far behind his boring cipher of a protagonist seems of a vehicle for the author s various critiques than an actual person his flatness would be perfect for a Bret Easton Ellis novel if Ellis had even half of Whitehead s poetic sensibilities and so the result was that i rolled my eyes quite a bit at the predetermined lack of character resonance i found little empathy for Zone One s characters instead there was a lot of intellectual target practice but is this even a critique i guess it depends on the literary preference of the literary reader the history of literature is full of amazing authors and provacative subgenres where the invitation to create empathetic and human characters is firmly declined simply too bourgeois so if that s your preferred cup of tea, then Whitehead is definitely serving your flavor Adult Themesi found the themes in The Last Werewolf to be the most personally moving aging, alienation from routine and perhaps life itself, the dangers of empathy and the pitfalls of love wonderfully profound stuff and often deeply emotional Duncan approaches his themes with warmth and vigor Cronin s themes are also serious as serious as his mysteries and yet, because of those mysteries, The Passage s themes are in many ways entirely familiar to genre readers what does the future hold for us how does human nature survive transformation how does a person cope with the horrible unknown is there a greater meaning to it all and back to Whitehead Zone One is clearly intended to be a means for serious contemplation, i.e it does not rollick and it does not roll over reader, you are meant to be provoked in your understanding of life death death after life death while living in your experience of New York City in Whitehead s detached and cynical presentation of humankind s apparently pitiful and meaningless essence but there is a one note quality to these themes, a kind of hollow and jaded sophistication that i found to be interesting, but also quite sour i prefer Duncan s robust and full bodied vintage compared to The Whitehead s chilly and somewhat lofty perspective, Duncan s concerns just felt human Cronin seems like a wise man that i d trust with my children Whitehead seems like he would be amusingly cerebral at a dinner party i d go on a road trip with Duncan i bet we d have a lot to talk about Writers and Storytellersor, Literary Skills versus Narrative Skills Whitehead is a Writer with a capital W A on the writing itself but as far as storytelling is concerned not so much totally boring story totally wondrous jewels of unique prose Cronin s writing may not soar to Whitehead s heights, but it still glistens on the page his storytelling is a win as well The Passage is occasionally a challenge in its narrative structure, but first and foremost it is a thrilling page turner of the three, Duncan seems to have most clearly chosen the route of storyteller despite the moody thoughtfulness of our hero s various ruminations, this is a novel that wants to quicken the pulse and heat the bloodstream it wants the reader to think on things, of course, but it mainly wants you to quickly turn the pages, to rush forward, to delve deeper into the fascinating mysteries that have been carefully strung out before you in that respect, it succeeds i read this one straight through to the two thirds mark by staying up all night, and the last third in one long afternoon i will definitely recommend this one to literary and genre lovers alike but it will be Zone One that i will be thinking arguing about in the future and it will be The Passage that i will love as a favorite novel The Last Werewolf is a bit less exalted a smart, entertaining, and exceedingly well written minor league diversion.

  3. says:

    There s a great scene in HIBAFN where the protagonist s friend, an editorial assistant, pours vodka in her milkshake and blurts out that she can t tell the difference between good and bad books any This really does happen, and The Last Werewolf is the proof I think it s powerfully awful, yet the folks at Alfred A Knopf clearly disagree, since they re publishing it with great fanfare Don t be fooled by the enthusiastic NYT review, which was written by the author of last summer s leaden The Passage I read 70 pages of this than the regulation number required in my publishing days before giving up The problems I see are as follows Bad writing There are some good turns of phrase here, each outweighed by about four infelicities To give one early example My bladder tingled as in the too fast pitch down from a Ferris wheel s summit How fast do Ferris wheels move Every one I ve ever been on moved painfully slowly and had no effect on the viscera But I m not sure we re meant to picture this, rather, we should appreciate its picturesqueness and move on quickly Lack of atmosphere The author tries mightily to set a tone, but the narrator s wall of words prevented me from really entering any scene What style there is seems poseurish and artificial, like a goth teenager postponing laundry day Scotch and fancy hotels, I get it Speaking of the protagonist s bladder, there is a lot of frank sex and entrails talk in this book Don t expect to read it over lunch And the sex scenes aren t much sexier than the entrail snarfing ones Maybe this would float someone else s boat, but if I m going to read a book that I m embarrassed for people to see over my shoulder on the subway, I d like it to be actually hot Dullness After 70 pages, I really wasn t interested in the protagonist or his human protector whose homosexuality provokes a tattoo of inane comments In this attempt to create a literary work on the supernatural, the author much like Justin Cronin seems to have forgotten that the reason people read books on the supernatural is not because they like bad writing, but because they like engaging plots and characters Neither this book nor The Passage succeeds in creating a literary work without throwing the good parts of tawdry paranormal fiction away with the bad.I m sure there will be plenty of readers who like this book, but I can t help but wonder if they re admiring its pretensions than they re really enjoying it Which is apparently my favorite book, since I m unable to write about other books without referring to it.

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    Inventive, sly, satirical, allusive, and wickedly intelligent, this novel carried me through by its sheer bravado of language It s self conscious and even full of itself, yet in the most wonderful way, full of sentences like I sipped, swallowed, glimpsed the peat bog plashing white legs of the kilted clan Macallan as the whiskey kindled in my chest Hot damn, this guy can write Oh, and it s a terrific and hilarious take on the werewolf legend too.

  5. says:

    So this is a POLAR OPPOSITE of what I ve been reading lately lady smut but REALLY REALLY good If you ve read the Joe Pitt vampire novels, or Sandman Slim, you ll be familiar with the tone of this gritty, fatalistic and very sex violence ridden take on werewolf mythology Basically this is the story of the last werewolf, his past, present and, I suppose, lack of a future Mysterious twists, hunters, vampires, it has everything in a noire type gritty world.What I particularly liked was the slow burn world building that the author has the balls to go with You don t know everything about the world up front in a vomit of exposition, he pieces it out in a really interesting way that sucks you in, so that each new introduction of lore seems like you might have KNOW it already Very brave.LOTS of sex and violence sometimes combined , so not for the squeamish, but if you re into something totally different from the paranormal world, you will enjoy this.

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    DNF at 68%Just when you think you ve hit the bottom of the crappy writing trough, the god of purple prose and shitty metaphors comes along and dumps a new bucket of slop on your face Sort of like this sentence actually.This book is what happens when someone pays a little too much attention in their Creative Writing 101 class It has themes It has underlying parallels It has literary devices The whole fucking package Another book I read, The Troop, falls in the same trap, but whereas The Troop s plot eventually saved it, The Last Werewolf has absolutely no redeeming qualities.The writing tries so hard to sound deep and literary that it completely neglects the main purpose tell the fucking story I don t give a crap if you swallowed a Thesaurus or about the offspring of your English degree I read to be entertained, not to marvel over how clever the author is.But a couple of the metaphors were pretty entertaining I could have broken stone with the erections I had Her scent was a ring through my bull s nose This book even has the audacity to copy Jane Eyre s iconic line Reader, I married him Reader, I ate him You do not fuck around with classics, pal I m not a huge fan of Janie, but even I know that golden rule Unless you think you re hot shit which you aren t , you leave the Bronte sisters be.The plot takes ages to kick in The blurb attempts to tell me that this is a beautiful tale of a man coming to terms with his own monstrosity and struggling to remain human through it all Haha No.Until the 30% mark, I was subjected to pages and pages of the MC, Jake so this is to appeal to the Team Jacob Twilight moms , whining and fucking, and whining and fucking, and whining and fucking He killed ate his wife before because he gets super horny as a werewolf so now he only screws prostitutes Yeah, I don t get it either.There are so many sexual references inside Yes, I get it, sex symbolizes eating, Red Riding Hood is about sexual devouring and yadda, yadda, yadda But the way it s written makes it really disgusting He has all kinds of kinky Christian Grey sex with whores He uses the words cunt and anus frequently The crowning jewel is the scene where his love interest I ll get to her later is driving and telling Jake that she killed people in the past Jake is apparently so turned on by this that he begins finger fucking her I tasted it, she continued calmly All of it His youth and his shock and his desperation and and his horror And from the first taste I knew I wasn t going to stop until I had it all The whole person, the whole fucking feast She moved her hips gently in response to my stroking The argument with herself about what she was, what she was willing to be, was effectively over Her bigger self had gone onahead and accepted it these were residual emotional obligations Then afterwards, she said, lifting slightly as my finger slipped into her anus The big talk, the promises to myself I wasn t ever going to do it again I m so glad we had this talk on morals over a round of sticky fingers.Look, I m not against disturbing sex scenes There are loads in Nenia Campbell s Terrorscape They freaked me out, yes, but I wasn t grossed out There s a very fine line between the two.Despicable characters are cool too Heaven knows Amy and Nick from Gone Girl are horrible human beings, but I can still relate to them on a certain level Ditto for Humbert in Lolita It s all about that spark of connection and I don t feel anything for Jake Oh, I feel something But it s along the lines of this To top off this fuckfest, there is also insta love Jake is supposedly the last werewolf on earth, but by miracles of miracles, he smells another werewolf at a place he s staying at And it s a girl Praise Jebus, my race now has a chance for survival And because she s a werewolf, I won t accidentally fuck her to death This means we have to love each other Spare me I can t believe I m saying this, but you might be better off with Shiver if you re in the mood for a werewolf book And I fucking hate that book I hate this though An e copy was provided by Netgalley.

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    Transitions quite deftly from Interview with the Vampire confessional Gothic heights to inane Twilight lows What I thought would rationally belong next to Charlane Harris s phantasmagorically wacky tomes on the bookshelf is actually trash I really won t be picking up I, Lucifer although the title is enticing after all.Duncan has a hard time at trying to make something so ancient and so inherently cliche new and fresh again The struggle is not present in, say, Clive Barker, another British King of Scream Duncan almost makes me wish I were reading Mister B Gone, the least awesome of the Barker novels, all over again At least there is some vision, at least there is a twisting of elements to be found there Here, it s all insipid uninspired prose and dull characters It s truly all about a bored two century old monster acting hipster who, gasp, finds love When will we ever get the novelistic equivalent to An American Werewolf in London huh Because werewolves have it so much worse than vampires, it is safe to say NEVER.P.S Shame on you Scott Smith Recommending this book wholeheartedly to your readership is not your cup o teaAlso just give us the follow up to The Ruins already

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    I can t wait for people to read this Glen s about as smart as writers come see A Day and a Night and a Day, Death of an Ordinary Man, or I, Lucifer so leave it to him to take the werewolf genre and blow it wide open with a story that s razor sharp smart, funny, sex fueled, and not to mention engineered with the pace of a thriller It s a thinking adult s werewolf novel.One of my favorite passages is a conversation between Jake, our than reluctant werewolf, and Jacqueline Delon, the mysterious French woman who I ll only say this much may or may not have his best interests in mind Werewolves are not a subject for academe, she said, but you know what the professors would be saying if they were Monsters die out when the collective imagination no longer needs them Species death like this is nothing than a shift in the aggregate psychic agenda In ages past the beast in man was hidden in the dark, disavowed The transparency of modern history makes that impossible we ve seen ourselves in the concentration camps, the gulags, the jungles, the killing fields, we ve read ourselves in the annals of True Crime Technology turned up the lights and now there s no getting away from the fact the beast is redundant It s been us all along Yes, I said I keep telling myself I m just an outmoded idea But you know, you find yourself ripping a child open and swallowing its heart, it s tough not to be overwhelmed by the concrete reality of yourself And there s the kicker, the reality of Jake s self thrown up against what he calls The Curse Fated to live hundreds of years, subjected to the torturous regularity of the lunar cycle, he just wants to end his life on his own terms But The Last Werewolf has other plans in store, and they are thrilling.

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    4.5Up until now, I avoided books about werewolves, because I read a few a while back, and wasn t quite impressed by them I also found werewolves to be boring creatures for some reasons But that wasn t the case with this one I really liked how werewolves were portrayed, like monsters who only think and care about killing people and sex and there is nothing boring about that.But with that being said, this book isn t for everybody There s a lot of detailed violence and a lot of sex in it, so if you re not into that, I suggest you avoid it But if you re like me, and enjoy reading books with fucked up character, give it a chance.

  10. says:

    I have decided my biggest pet peeve with most lycanthrope stories is the annoying pack politics that seem to take place in every werewolf saga There s the I love you, Bro romance between the he wolves, the overbearing wolf mafia that bosses everybody around in a nauseating oppressive way, and the average, unremarkable Alpha that I can never figure out why everybody follows, except that the author says that he s the big dog Consequently, The Last Werewolf is wonderfully refreshing With there being only one werewolf left, there is no annoying pack Yay For that alone, I gave an extra star But that s not the only thing this book has in its favor It s kind of bloody and gritty There s an element of horror to it Werewolves are serial killers eating people once a month when the moon is full, and Duncan doesn t gloss over that by having them chase a deer He makes the change a true curse The protagonist is horrified by the people he s eaten, but his wolf side loves it, which makes him fittingly ambivalent There is one scene in the book about Jake s first kill which is truly horrific I haven t read anything so powerful, ghoulish and gristly in a long time, and after reading it I was out of breath Yet while this book has some scenes of horror, it s not quite a horror book Jake is too yakky and careless, spouting philosophical insights I m amazed at how many times he s gets beat up and taken prisoner He s certainly not the elusive killer that nobody can seem to track In fact, what I disliked about this book is Glen Duncan s talky style Jake is so gabby in his narrative, digressing continuously about movies, society and pop culture This happens even during action scenes This gives the impression of a talkative werewolf who has downed twelve cups of coffee and won t let you get a word in edgewise The poor reader is a captive audience I wanted him to shut up, slow down, and get to the point Especially toward the end of the book during the action packed finale All this side talk pulled me away from the action and muted the emotions There are some tragic scenes in this book, but I m not sure I felt the full brunt of what had happened It s hard to feel Jake s loss when he s comparing it to a scene in a movie Yet maybe that s a good thing This book might be really hard to read if you felt the full tragedy What I loved about the book was the connection between the werewolves Of course, Jake isn t the last one How can he be And I loved that he wasn t There has to be a crazy quilt to the world where nothing is absolute When these characters are in wolf form, there is a deep connection that exists without words It made me think back to my favorite line from the movie Wolfen In their world there can be no lies no crimes, no need for detectives Duncan captured that this knowing and other world He also captured the jaded and cynical view of someone who has been alive too long Bravo All in all, The Last Werewolf is one of the best werewolf books I ve read It s not my dream werewolf book which probably will never exist but I enjoyed it quite a bit I m giving it four stars A word of warning, there is some raunchy sex in this, which is about as subtle as a dog shoving his nose up your crotch But what do you expect from werewolves LOL

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The Last WerewolfHere Is A Powerful, Definitive New Version Of The Werewolf Legend Mesmerising And Incredibly Sexy In Jake, Glen Duncan Has Given Us A Werewolf For The Twenty First Century A Man Whose Deeds Can Only Be Described As Monstrous But Who Is In Some Magical Way Deeply HumanMeet Jake A Bit On The Elderly Side He Turns In March , But Otherwise In The Pink Of Health The Nonstop Sex And Exercise He S Still Getting Probably Contribute To That, As Does His Diet Unusual Amounts Of Flesh And Blood At Least Some From Friends And Relatives Jake, Of Course, Is A Werewolf, And With The Death Of His Colleague He Has Now Become The Only One Of His Kind This Depresses Jake To The Point That He S Been Contemplating Suicide Yet There Are Powerful Forces Who For Very Different Reasons Want And Have The Power To Keep Jake Alive Here Is A Powerful New Version Of The Werewolf Legend Mesmerizing And Undeniably Sexy, And With Moments Of Violence So Elegantly Wrought They Dazzle Rather Than Repel But Perhaps Its Most Remarkable Achievement Is To Make The Reader Feel Sympathy For A Man Who Can Only Be Described As A Monster And In Doing So, Remind Us What It Means To Be Human One Of The Most Original, Audacious, And Terrifying Novels In Years

About the Author: Glen Duncan

Saul Black.Glen Duncan is a British author born in 1965 in Bolton, Lancashire, England to an Anglo Indian family He studied philosophy and literature at the universities of Lancaster and Exeter In 1990 Duncan moved to London, where he worked as a bookseller for four years, writing in his spare time In 1994 he visited India with his father part roots odyssey, part research for a later work, The Bloodstone Papers before continuing on to the United States, where he spent several months travelling the country by Amtrak train, writing much of what would become his first novel, Hope, published to critical acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic in 1997 Duncan lives in London Recently, his 2002 novel I, Lucifer has had the film rights purchased, with actors such as Ewan Mcgregor, Jason Brescia, Jude Law, Vin Diesel, and Daniel Craig all being considered for roles in the forthcoming movie from Wikipedia