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The Last Werewolf Hardcover – Jul 12 2011

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf; 1st Edition edition (July 12 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307595080
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307595089
  • Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 3 x 24.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 544 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #403,870 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Glorious . . . I can’t help thinking that wry, world-weary Jake Marlowe would make a fabulous dinner companion. Just not during a full moon.”
—Justin Cronin, The New York Times Book Review
“Duncan has finally driven a stake through vampire supremacy . . . Cerebral and campy, philosophical and ironic, The Last Werewolf is a novel that’s always licking its bloody lips and winking at us . . . A dark thriller that explodes with enough conspiracies, subterfuges and murders to raise your hackles. Not to mention such hot werewolf sex that you’ll be tempted to wander out under the full moon yourself next month.”
—Ron Charles, The Washington Post
“A shocking new take on the werewolf legend . . . Intelligent, fast-moving, creative, and thrilling.”
The Daily Beast
“A clever narrative with a memorable antihero at its feral, furry heart.”
—Thom Geier, Entertainment Weekly
“Quirky and brilliant—and definitely not for kids.”
Kirkus Reviews
“Savvy and exceptionally literate, this is one smart modern werewolf tale. . .  [A] fine supernatural thriller.”
Publishers Weekly
“The Last Werewolf is like an updated version of Dracula, only for werewolves, and as rewritten by Bret Easton Ellis . . . In its own blood-crazed and sex-dazed way, The Last Werewolf makes the case for literature.”
—Stephen Poole, The Guardian (UK)
“Sexy, funny, blisteringly intelligent . . .  Duncan is the cleverest literary horror merchant since Bram Stoker.”
—Kate Saunders, The Times (London)
“Okay, no hyperbole, just an admission: I loved this novel. It’s a howl, a rager, a scream. May The Last Werewolf put a stake through the heart of humorless, overwrought vampire sagas. Two big thumb-claws up!”
—Chris Bohjalian, author of Secrets of Eden, The Double Bind, and Midwives
“A brilliantly original thriller, a love story, a witty treatise on male (and female) urges, even an existential musing on what it is to be human. Get one for yourself and one for the Twilight fan in your life.”
—James Medd, The Word  (UK)
“Space should be cleared for this violent, sexy thriller . . . The answer to Twilight that adults have been waiting for.”
—Courtney Jones, Booklist
“Yes, there are vampires here . . . But don’t give this book to Twilight groupies; the frank tone, dark wit, and elegant, sophisticated language will likely do them in. . . .  Smart, original, and completely absorbing. Highly recommended.”
—­Barbara Hoffert, Library Journal (Starred review)
“The best books are blurb defying; they're far too potent for a flimsy net of adjectives ever to capture them. I could say that The Last Werewolf is smart, thrilling, funny, moving, beautifully written, and a joy to read, and this would all be true. But it would also be a woeful understatement of what Glen Duncan has accomplished with his extraordinary novel. The only useful thing I can offer you is a simple admonishment.  Stop reading my words, and start reading his. Trust me: you’ll be happy you did.”
—Scott Smith, author of The Ruins
“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

About the Author

Glen Duncan is the author of seven previous novels. He was chosen by both Arena and The Times Literary Supplement as one of Britain’s best young novelists. He lives in London.

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Format: Hardcover
I recently purchased The Last Werewolf because of all the fantastic reviews it was receiving, but was disappointed. The book is beautifully written and the author has some very in depth views of man and monster that he manages to convey perfectly. I was not impressed with the storyline, in some areas it seemed lacking and the descriptions of sex seemed to be filler.

Synopsis: Jake is the last werewolf and is turning 201 years old. He is tired of life and is ready to be killed by Granier, a member of WOCOP but everything changes when he stumbles upon a female werewolf. As it turns out not only is WOCOP chasing Jake but so are vampires (I won't tell you why so I don't spoil the story). Jake must find a way to protect himself as well as the female werewolf Tallula.

Overall this book was a good one time read; I personally would not recommend it to friends or family due to the content. I assume a second novel will be released disclosing the origins of werewolves as well as Tallula's story.
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By Pen Name on Jan. 25 2013
Format: Audio CD
Like other reviewers, I enjoyed the writing. But I also enjoyed the plot and wasn't offended by the content. I don't usually like supernatural thrillers, but this was an exception.
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By kathryn macisaac on March 12 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Very original story and characters. Loved the language... Had to use the dictionary on my Kindle time and again. Reading the sequel!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Swystun TOP 50 REVIEWER on Aug. 31 2011
Format: Hardcover
Justin Cronin's review (author of The Passage) in The New York Times convinced me to give The Last Werewolf a go. I have not closely followed the recent spate of vampiric and lycanthrope entertainment that has dominated popular culture in books, television and movies. But I was curious as to why so many are so enthralled and I hoped to gain some insight from Duncan's work.

I must admit, that I thoroughly enjoyed it at time of reading. The language was, at the same time, prosaic, colloquial and conversational. The subject and plot seemingly original, fast and fun. However, after I put it down it was like literary Chinese food. I was immediately hungry again because as filling as the book was during consumption it was empty upon reflection. Now I see it as trying too hard to be hip.

The book has been criticized by professional and Amazon customers for its rather direct descriptions of animal-like acts both in bed and on the hunt (I was going to quote a few tracts here but had reservations given the content). It also has been pointed out that certain parts of the plot resemble Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Twilight, and Underworld but I do not fault the author for being entirely unoriginal given the aforementioned volume of related work.

In isolation there are some tremendous passages that describe the wolf inside the man which had me experiencing the main character's divided loyalties and physical pain, the longing for meaningful connection and substance, and the overarching theme of differences between wants and needs. Lastly, I must credit Duncan for illuminating our fascination with vampires, werewolves, demons, ghosts and the like. Clearly we need literary monsters to keep the real ones at bay.
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Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
A Howling Good read ! Ordered a earlier work.
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