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The Last Werewolf by Glen Duncan

The Last Werewolf (original 2011; edition 2011)

by Glen Duncan

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Title:The Last Werewolf
Authors:Glen Duncan
Info:Knopf (2011), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 304 pages
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Tags:New, Gift, 21st Century, English, Fantasy, Novel, Werewolf, Meta-Fiction, Paranormal, Horror, Urban Fantasy

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The Last Werewolf by Glen Duncan (2011)

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The Last Werewolf was a painful book to read, or listen to as was the case with the medium I chose. It was tedious, slow paced, and loaded with scene after scene of gratuitous sex. Jake Marlowe is the last werewolf (not actually but it is the title of the book). The werewolves have been hunted down to near extinction, and after a couple of hundred years, Jake is tired of living. He is reminiscent of so many of the self-loathing, oozing with fatigue of being alive, squishy vampires in fiction. The only difference is that he’s a werewolf. This character was such a bore that it was hard to take, and more than once I wanted to stop reading, but somehow I soldiered through to the bitter end, although I lost interest about half way through the book. Apparently, in this world, werewolves have to have sex all of the time which is the reason for all of the gratuitous sex scenes.

I think the author was going for gritty, but for me it came off as hollow. Marlowe kept flip flopping from wanting to live, to wanting to die, and back again that it was hard to tell what his motivation. It would have been easier to swallow if there was a single antagonist, but there were multiple bad guys and nobody I could root for. I’d like to give some positive feedback, but I can’t really think of anything. I would advise skipping this novel.

Carl Alves - author of Blood Street ( )
  Carl_Alves | Jul 9, 2017 |
I really enjoyed the different take on werewolves and vampires, sexy in places and a writing style that really appealed to me. ( )
  kale.dyer | Mar 27, 2017 |
Good to have a Hollywood-traditional werewolf back, with all the gore and excessive use of the "c" word you could ask for. ( )
  Birdo82 | Jan 16, 2017 |
Let's hope it's the last. ( )
  jjaylynny | Nov 12, 2016 |
I posted my review once of this book and it wouldn't leave my currently reading shelf and when I tried to delete it off the shelf it totally deleted my review. So here it is again. I thought this book was boring. The cover said it was terrifying and I didn't think so at all. I was looking forward to a good scare. I wish I hadn't picked it up. I had high hopes for it because it was being listed in my book emails as a book to read. I guess I won't always listen to what is recommended. ( )
  MHanover10 | Jul 10, 2016 |
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It is a horror that never shies from the human side of lycanthropy; it is a disquisition on the nature of werewolf stories; it is a sublime study in literary elegance. It is bloody (and) brilliant.
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Then she opened her mouth to scream—and recognised me. It was what I’d been waiting for. She froze. She looked into my eyes. She said, “It’s you.”

Meet Jake. A bit on the elderly side (he turns 201 in March), but you’d never suspect it. Nonstop sex and exercise will do that for you—and a diet with lots of animal protein. Jake is a werewolf, and after the unfortunate and violent death of his one contemporary, he is now the last of his species. Although he is physically healthy, Jake is deeply distraught and lonely.

Jake’s depression has carried him to the point where he is actually contemplating suicide—even if it means terminating a legend thousands of years old. It would seem to be easy enough for him to end everything. But for very different reasons there are two dangerous groups pursuing him who will stop at nothing to keep him alive.

Here 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 human.

One of the most original, audacious, and terrifying novels in years.

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Rendered the last of his kind after a colleague's death, two-hundred-year-old werewolf Jake struggles with depression and contemplates suicide until powerful forces that have personal agendas and the power to keep him alive take over his life.

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