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The Last Werewolf (The Last Werewolf 1) (The Last Werewolf Trilogy) [Kindle Edition]

Glen Duncan
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    'A magnificent novel. A brutal, indignant, lunatic howl. A sexy, blood-spattered page-turner, beautifully crafted and full of genuine suspense, that tears the thorax out of the horror genre to create something that stands rapturous and majestic and entirely on its own.' - NICK CAVE


    "'The Last Werewolf is written with such scandalous ferocity and such grizzly humour it feels like the literary equivalent of howling at the moon. Not since Lon Chaney and John Landis has lycanthropy been such a blast, and Glen Duncan offers more danger, gristle and lunatic brilliance per sentence than any writer I can think of.' Matt Haig"


    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • Dateigröße: 1725 KB
    • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 353 Seiten
    • Verlag: Canongate Books (7. April 2011)
    • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Sprache: Englisch
    • ASIN: B004SP1UA2
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    5.0 von 5 Sternen Fascinating, but not an easy read 16. Mai 2012
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    This was a fascinating read. We see right into the mind of the beast, and we can't help but sympathize with the last survivor of a ruthless predator species. The last werewolf, Jake Marlowe, is tired. Tired of living a life without any goal but survival, tired of having to kill at every full moon, tired of being hunted. Duncan's meandering style really made Jake's state of mind come alive for me, although the book is hard to read, especially for a non-native speaker.
    Duncan's grammar is creative, his language full of literary allusions and rare vocabulary (the Kindle's inbuilt dictionary was used a lot while reading this). It is also very enjoyable, but requires some concentration and sometimes multiple readings of a sentence.
    There is quite some violence, sex and strong language in here, which makes a strong impression as it is presented in a very casual way, as a totally normal thing (which of course it is for the main character).
    In summary, not for the faint of heart, but great for everyone tired of supernatural beings that are really just nice, misunderstood and cuddly. If you are willing to take a dive into the consciousness of a man turned monster and have some love for well-phrased language, try this book!
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    1.0 von 5 Sternen Excruciating 16. Juli 2012
    Von A. Seidel
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    I would give zero points if possible. Predictable story (werewolf thinks he is the only one left and wants to die, but finds out there is another one- and - you won't believe it, it's a woman! So he has a reason to live again), unlikeable characters. I could hardly finish it and was shocked to find it will be a series! Not a good read for fans of other shapeshifting, paranormal books. A very dark and cruelly example of the genre.
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    5.0 von 5 Sternen Beasts, Brutality, And Unexpected Beauty--A Literary Horror Novel For Adults 9. Mai 2011
    Von K. Harris - Veröffentlicht auf
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    The idea of covering a werewolf story when the beasts are at the brink of extinction is a compelling hook that leads to all sorts of possibilities. Glen Duncan's "The Last Werewolf" posits just such a situation (but you probably got that from the title!) and turns the story into a literary success examining loneliness, regret, inevitability--and ultimately renewed hope. Taking its classic cues, however, from horror literature--Duncan has crafted a thoroughly entertaining and rewarding tale for adults that is as much about thoughts and emotions as it is about carnage and mayhem. Those looking for a quick fix of blood and guts certainly won't be disappointed at the graphic depictions within Duncan's text, but the joys to be had from this incredibly well written tome should not be limited to genre readers. Seriously, this is a story that crosses into the literary realm with its vivid prose and contemplative themes--and miraculously, it balances its sophistication and smarts with the expected brutality in very complicated and effective ways.

    The story is told in a self confessional diary format written by the world's last known werewolf Jacob Marlowe. Marlowe is resigned to his fate and plans to lay down his life for the team of international hunters that have expunged the rest of his brethren. He's lived his life and every day must face the emotional consequences of his actions. It's simply time. But Marlowe is not in full control of his destiny and, even as he readies for death, finds that the course to this final solution may still be impeded by unexpected obstacles. With brutal crimes enacted against his friends, a covert operation within the hunter ranks, an alternative plot arranged by other supernatural entities, and a last ditch chance at fulfillment and happiness--"The Last Werewolf" establishes and maintains a relentless pace. But through it all, Duncan never loses sight that this is a character piece of life or death significance.

    I love werewolf tales. My contemporary favorite is the Martin Millar saga of a Lonely Werewolf Girl. But where that story embraces the lunacy and comedic potential of beasts in the modern age, Duncan plays it straight. He challenges readers to face the atrocities of his central character and to STILL care for him as an individual. At first, Duncan's style surprised me and I wasn't sure that I'd get hooked into this fundamentally human story. But the flow and pacing starts to establish an almost rhythmic feel and I started devouring the pages with ferocity. Emotionally satisfying and propulsively entertaining, I really enjoyed spending time with Marlowe and facing the world with him. Never having read Glen Duncan before, he is definitely someone I plan to follow and to check out his back catalogue of titles. Give this a chance, even if it isn't your normal genre--Duncan is a seriously good writer! KGHarris, 5/11.
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    5.0 von 5 Sternen "You can't live if you can't accept who you are" 2. Mai 2011
    Von J.Prather - Veröffentlicht auf
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    The Last Werewolf is an amazing novel that practically demands to be read in one sitting. I found it simply impossible to put down. With an unbelievable sense of style and an amazing use of language, it examines moral issues ranging from the value of life, the nature of evil, the power of love, the existence of God and the nature of the beast within us all. It does all this in a manner that is unabashedly gory, sometimes sexy, and at all times thoughtful and well considered.

    We meet Jacob Marlowe as he learns that he has become the last werewolf. We follow him as he prepares to spend his last days before facing certain extinction at the hands of the WOCOP, an organization dedicated to the control of occult phenomena. He is giving up. He's tired of the loneliness of 167 years without love, and is weary of the logistics of life. The author paints such a vivid picture of this character that I was glued to the page simply for the pleasure of his thought processes and his sometimes glib wit. Jacob's journey from a creature fed up with life to a creature ready to embrace it once again was the highlight of this book.

    Of course not all the action occurs in the head of our rather suicidal werewolf. The author deftly brings in a world that also holds vampires and other paranormal creatures. They are secondary but play an important role in the intrigue that develops as Jacob learns of the other forces interested in his life and death. We also have quite a unique romance cooking here that will lead to scenes that mix violence and sex and are most definitely not for the squeamish.

    The inevitable comparisons to Twilight will no doubt be made, but pay them no mind. The werewolves and vampires in Glen Duncan's world bear little resemblance to Bella's friends. The more apt comparison, if you must, would most likely be with Anne Rice's vampire stories. This is a fantastically well written horror tale that takes the classic werewolf myth and brings it to life in a contemporary setting while keeping all it's gruesome glory intact. The author also succeeds well in his examination of the classic monster question - how can I accept what I have become? The fine writing, delicately nuanced characters, and the intriguing examinations of evil and human nature all combine to make The Last Werewolf an enthusiastic recommend.
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    4.0 von 5 Sternen Reader, I ate him 15. Juni 2011
    Von Lani Carroll - Veröffentlicht auf
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    Is anyone else as tired as I am of reading rave reviews of the latest `literary' supernatural thriller, only to find that the book in question is poorly written, badly plotted, and a general mess? Well, at long last, here is a novel that actually deserves good reviews.

    The Last Werewolf tells the story of Jake Marlowe, 200-year-old philosophically inclined werewolf. Marlowe is filthy rich, knows his scotch, has read everything (he's had 200 years in which to do it), and is great in bed (as all werewolves are). James Bond with brains and a mordant sense of humor. I have to admit, I developed a bit of a crush on Marlowe, and was sorry the book had to end.

    Unlike the other thrillers I've been bamboozled by good reviews into reading, Duncan actually uses Marlowe's attributes and shortcomings to reflect on the nature of our lives and desires. Marlowe is exquisitely reflective, but still at the mercy of his animal nature (like all of us). He realizes that his very decision to live means that other creatures will inevitably die, but makes the decision to go on living anyway (like all of us). And his deliberations on his dilemma are often genuinely interesting, and quite often funny.

    I found the ending not quite up to the quality of the rest of the book, but still, The Last Werewolf is very much worth reading.
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    3.0 von 5 Sternen The Last Werewolf 5. Mai 2011
    Von Brendan Moody - Veröffentlicht auf
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    Werewolves may not have suffered the overexposure forced on vampires, but they haven't exactly been ignored, either. And as with vampires, the contemporary imagination seems mostly to focus on their tragic potential: immortal, loveless monstrosities forced to live in a world without kindness, where their own nature must inevitably betray them to atrocity. Melodramatic, yes, but one acknowledges the inherent possibilities. The trouble is that, decades after Interview with the Vampire, sympathy for the supernatural verges on the passe, and writers working in that territory have to bring something new or profound to the table. Despite its breathless cover copy, Glen Duncan's The Last Werewolf manages neither hurdle.

    Jake Marlowe, the titular beast, is so world-weary that knowledge of his own impending execution by werewolf hunters barely strikes a nerve. He's content to lie down and let it happen. But, because this would otherwise be a very short novel, fate intervenes, throwing him into the middle of complicated machinations involving vampires, ancient secrets, and layers of intrigue within the occult police force that wants-- or does it?-- to end werewolf-kind entirely. And then, something yet more unexpected comes along, something that reawakens Jake's lust for life, just when death seems most inevitable...

    If all this makes The Last Werewolf sound like a thriller, that's what the book ultimately is. For the first hundred pages or so, it indulges certain literary ambitions, of which more later, but soon the plot twists come thick and fast and introspection is largely pushed aside. At first, this is something of a relief, because Duncan is more adroit with sudden violence and double-crossing than he is with werewolf angst, but after a good deal of build-up the novel ends abruptly, with an anti-climax that leaves several plot threads merrily dangling in a way that, intentionally or not, suggests the possibility of a sequel. It's not enough to entirely obviate the pleasures of the preceding two hundred pages, but it's very much a letdown.

    The book's thematic resolution, while reasonable enough, is likewise disappointing: too facile, an insufficient pay-off for the time earlier pages spent laying these issues out. The author wants, it would seem, to address large questions about good, evil, and survival, but because the novel is written in the first person, it never achieves the distance necessary to look at its protagonist's behavior with an appropriately jaundiced eye. Point-of-view is a powerful tool for generating sympathy, and simply being inside Jake's head generates a minimal interest that he doesn't deserve. At first he's simply a supernatural variation on the idle rich, musing on his putative desire to stop living even as he drinks exquisite wine and patronizes expensive prostitutes in fancy hotels. He says that he wants to give it all so often that one wonders why he doesn't just pitch himself out a window. The reason, of course, is that for all his talk of suffering he wants what most people want: to live. So his world-weariness rings hollow, and quickly begins to grate.

    The flashbacks to Jake's first days as a werewolf, in which he commits what would be a shocking crime if it weren't what most supernatural creatures do after becoming what they are, are among the novel's finest sections, written (as all the werewolf transformations are) with a poetic fire that has genuine visceral effect. But this style also has a distancing effect; Duncan evokes the primal fulfillment of the werewolf's nature so well that the moral dimension disappears from consideration. To describe violence in stylish language is, however unintentionally, to glamorize it. One can't sympathize with Jake because one recognizes that what he's doing is monstrous; one can't sympathize with his victim because she, like most of the novel's other characters, remains distantly seen, interesting only in terms of Jake's response to her. That response includes flashes of what might be guilt, but they're so intrusive, so alien to his actual behavior, that they read like authorial interjections rather than suggestions of a bruised and buried conscience. Ultimately, despite bouts of hand-wringing the novel fails to confront the true nature of its protagonist's behavior, and so the thematic resolution, which might otherwise have felt horribly inappropriate, is simply glib.

    Despite these drawbacks, the novel is thoughtful and effective enough, both as a thriller and as a literary novel, to remain compelling across its three hundred pages. Several key plot points are carefully set up, and the prose is never less than elegantly taut, although Jake's penchant for literary allusion comes to seem affected, and the constant variations of "in a movie, this would play out differently" serve only as reminders that this too is a fiction, and one that hews closely to the tropes of the form. It may have higher ambitions, but The Last Werewolf achieves its greatest success as a page-turner: intense, frightening, surprising, and morally flat.
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    5.0 von 5 Sternen A New Find For Me 2. Mai 2011
    Von Randy Johnson - Veröffentlicht auf
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    When I started reading this book, I had no idea what it would be like. Not only had I never read anything by Glen Duncan, I'd never heard of him. The title and subject matter sounded interesting, so I took a chance.

    Jake Marlowe is the last werewolf left and he learns when the book opens. He's not old for a werewolf, a mere 201 years, but he's weary and tired. He decides to let his enemy, Grainer, who's pursued him for many years, take him at the next full moon. His species have been dying for a long time anyway. He was the last human turned by a bite, all dying since then instead of becoming what he did. And with their kind being pursued by the Hunt, a group dedicated to wiping them out, Jake figures it's time.

    But there is another faction that wants him alive for some reason, two factions actually.

    Duncan's writing is extraordinary, grabbing one, sucking you in to the life of a monster. Especially in the second half, I could hardly put the book down. Told in first person, we learn about the life, morals, loves(such as they are) of a man turned into a monster. Also the humanity of the man at the same time.

    The werewolves in this book are not those so popular with teenage females these days. This is an adult novel that doesn't gloss over the violence, the sex, the action.

    Definitely worth a look.
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