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Talulla Rising by Glen Duncan

Talulla Rising (edition 2012)

by Glen Duncan

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Title:Talulla Rising
Authors:Glen Duncan
Info:Canongate Books Ltd (2012), Hardcover, 425 pages
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Talulla is monstrous and magnificent at the same time. If you expect her to be all nice and noble, you will be disappointed. She is using everything she can to get what she wants/needs.
The book is full of gore, violence, torture and sex. And most of these don't exclude each other. Fair warning: if you cannot bear this, don't read this book.
I love Talulla. Glen Duncan is not trying to make her good. She is horrible and beautiful at the same time. ( )
  Irena. | Aug 26, 2014 |
A work full of cliches, but thanks to the superb writing it hardly matters and proves to be more exciting than the original. ( )
  Birdo82 | Jul 26, 2014 |
UGH UGH UGH!!! HATE HATE HATE this book. It only earns two starts because I actually FINISHED it. It is as bad as the first book. No, maybe worse. All the self-loathing of the first book plus "very (pause) bad (pause) girl (pause)" cannot SHUT UP about "very bad girl" sex (which I'm still trying to figure out if that means any sex or just anal sex).

I wasted too much time (more than 10 minutes) on this book. I'm not even sure why I did that. It was like reading LKH, I couldn't stop. ( )
  lesmel | Mar 4, 2014 |

When I change I change fast. The moon drags the whatever-it-is up from the earth and it goes through me with crazy wriggling impatience . . . I’m twisted, torn, churned, throttled—then rushed through a blind chicane into ludicrous power . . . A heel settles. A last canine hurries through. A shoulder blade pops. The woman is a werewolf.

The woman is Talulla Demetriou.

She’s grieving for her werewolf lover, Jake, whose violent death has left her alone with her own sublime monstrousness. On the run, pursued by the hunters of WOCOP (World Organisation for the Control of Occult Phenomena), she must find a place to give birth to Jake’s child in secret.
The birth, under a full moon at a remote Alaska lodge, leaves Talulla ravaged, but with her infant son in her arms she believes the worst is over—until the windows crash in, and she discovers that the worst has only just begun . . .

What follows throws Talulla into a race against time to save both herself and her child as she faces down the new, psychotic leader of WOCOP, a cabal of blood-drinking religious fanatics, and (rumor has it) the oldest living vampire.

Harnessing the same audacious imagination and dark humor, the same depths of horror and sympathy, the same full-tilt narrative energy with which he crafted his acclaimed novel The Last Werewolf, Glen Duncan now gives us a heroine like no other, the definitive twenty-first-century female of the species.


There is something liberating about a novel like this. As well as offering a new vantage point from which to consider the old questions of life, it also provides a welcome fantasy in which there is not just extreme sex and violence (including the werewolf lovers' full-moon ritual "fuckkilleat"), but also smoking, drinking and a lot of very fancy hotels. Werewolves can't get cancer and don't need pensions. Who wouldn't want to be part of their world for a while?

Loved every wickedly witty, bloody, bawdy page - business as usual for Glen Duncan
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  jan.fleming | Jan 1, 2014 |
Wonderful Read. Engrossing, driving force, very difficult to put down. Arguably as good as the first installment. ( )
  jakegest | Dec 24, 2013 |
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After losing her werewolf lover Jake and giving birth to a son, Talullah confronts a psychotic new WOCOP leader, an unlikely human lover, blood-drinking religious fanatics, a pack of London werewolves, and the world's oldest living vampire.

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