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Talulla Rising (The Last Werewolf Trilogy) [Hardcover]

Glen Duncan
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5 April 2012 The Last Werewolf Trilogy
Talulla Demetriou is the last living werewolf. And she is pregnant. Pursued by enemies and racked by the need to kill, she flees to a remote Alaskan hunting lodge to have her child in secret. There, with her infant son in her arms, it looks as if the worst is over. Until the door bursts open - and she discovers that the worst is only just beginning ...Talulla is plunged into a race against time to save her son. Tormented by guilt and fuelled by rage, she is pursued by deadly forces - including (rumour has it) the oldest living vampire on earth. Hopeless odds. Unless, of course, a mother's love for her child turns out to be the deadliest force of all ...

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  • Hardcover: 425 pages
  • Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd; Main edition (5 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847679471
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847679475
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 24.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 312,432 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Loaded with beautifully constructed lunatic ravings... 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' -- Independent on Sunday

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.' - Word Magazine

'Playfully brainy... wry, world-weary Jake Marlowe would make a fabulous dinner companion. Just not during a full moon' - Justin Cronin, author of The Passage, New York Times

'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

'As well as being thought-provoking, it's all great fun. Some of the conventions are borrowed from genre fiction, but the writing sure isn't... Duncan's writing does more than transcend genre fiction: it creeps up on it in the dead of night, rips out its heart, then eats it' -- Scarlett Thomas, Guardian

'This bloodthirsty page turner is as far removed from teen schmaltz Twilight as you can imagine' -- Big Issue

'The horror genre at its best - wildly imaginative, written with wit and intelligence, wickedly entertaining' --Kate Saunders, The Times

'This is pulp fiction but of the highest order...a wonderfully constructed universe of hipster philosophy, hard-bitten humour, just enough arcane mystery and a whole load of Tarrantino-Technicolour sex and violence . . . it goes way beyond genre writing' --Word Magazine

'A rip-roaring narrative of jet set travel transgressive sex, secret societies, vampires, mercenaries, familiars and silver bullets' -- SFX Magazine

'Bonkers but brilliant' --Daily Mirror

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'Duncan is the cleverest literary horror merchant since Bram Stoker' The Times --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eagerly awaited sequel doesn't disappoint 8 April 2012
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To say this was an eagerly awaited sequel is understating the case, ever since the end of the superb "Last Werewolf" I have been waiting for the next instalment and this does not disappont at all. Glen Duncan has somehow managed to up the ante with each of his novels (perhaps he made a deal with Lucifer who was after all the central character of one of his earlier novels?) and each one has been even better than the last. While his sophisticated structuring and intelligent literary referencing may not be for everyone even without this he writes a great story with characters the reader believes in a cares about. He also imbues the story with a great deal of dry wit and humour, also trademark Duncan.

Talullah Rising begins in the aftermath of the gory ending of the Last Werewolf with Talullah pregnant and looking for somewhere to give birth away from the werewolf hunters at WOCOP and the vampires who are after her due to the potentially light-resistant properties of werewolf DNA. It's a great set up for the story and within 15 pages I was sucked in and put the book down once before I finished it. I absolutely recommend this book to anyone, and am already counting down to the final book in the trilogy.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Superb sequel. Bring on part three! 10 May 2012
By Mr. Gareth I. Davies VINE VOICE
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This is a very entertaining sequel to The Last Werewolf. I had high expectations of this as The Last Werewolf totally absorbed me and this does not disappoint. You do need to have read the previous novel to fully apprciate the story although if you did dive in right here I think Glen Duncan's writing style is so entertaining it could well make up for any story gaps you are missing. There lots of references to the previous story's main character and his outlook on werewolf life as Talulla has Jacob's journal with her as a sort of werewolf reference for any werewolf education she still needs.

Glen Duncan writes this in first person again, using more sharp observations, humour and occasional pop culture references to ground the book and give it a sense of realism. It worked brilliantly in the first story so I am very glad he stuck with that style for the sequel.

Obviously this whole first person approach hangs on the main character being interesting and she certainly is that, perhaps even more so than Jacob was in The Last Werewolf. The author does a brilliant job of describing the problems and solutions of being a werewolf parent, the badly timed birth scene is particularly well described and the sense of the power of Talulla's emotions towards her babies is very real.

As with the first story this held my interest throwing in plenty of character developments, action and pretty shocking twists that I never got close to getting bored once. The mostly quite short chapters as before helps keep the momentum of the story going and often made me try and read "just one more" chapter.

I also really like how as before the quality feel of the hardback, binding and the edging to the pages just shouts quality to me.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tallulah Rising 30 Mar 2013
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A great sequel to the truly magnificent "The Last Werewolf". G. Duncan's writing style is almost as much of a joy to behold as the tales his spins with it. The man is truly a master of language and this is reflected in his epically brilliant novels.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read 13 Jan 2014
By Oscar
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I enjoyed this book more than the first which I found slow in parts. This moved along briskly with an engaging plot and has left me intrigued over the next book which I will definitely buy. Recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quite gory and sexy 28 Nov 2013
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Well they wont make a film out of this one! unless it is X rated. The story runs quite well but is a bit predictable (I have now read the second)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not the Last Werewolf 18 Sep 2013
By purpleheart TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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'Talulla Demetriou, you have been a Very (pause) Bad (pause) Girl.'

The novel starts with a prologue which focuses on Talulla's upbringing and sexual awakening and how becoming a werewolf means that 'she was forced to say goodbye to the moral high ground for ever.' And then Talulla takes on the the narrative whereThe Last Werewolf left off. It does make sense to read that novel first and Jake is a beguiling narrator - erudite and funny both.

Like some other reviewers here I am a fan of Glen Duncan's earlier writing, think he is one of our most accomplished authors and cannot understand why he has not had more success. I have read Weathercock, The Bloodstone Papers, Love Remains and Death of an Ordinary Man. He writes beautifully and has a wickedly mordant sense of humour and great psychological insight. I, Lucifer was his first foray into commercial fiction and I liked it very much. I've been led into this new trilogy not because of the genre but because I am a fan of Duncan's writing and it's fascinating to see how he can use a genre to explore the concerns of a modern psychological novel - here it's about motherhood and how we can feel sympathy for a monstrous character capable of thinking of eating her own baby.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Tallulla's growing on me
This was as good as the first one and I found Tallula definitely growing on me, probably due to the fact that it was written from her point of view. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jacquie Webb
3.0 out of 5 stars Tallulah Rising
Very enjoyable but took a while to get into it.
I gave it three stars as the story line seemed to jump around and at times seemed a slow read at the end of each chapter it... Read more
Published 3 months ago by fish
4.0 out of 5 stars SEARING INTENSITY
Werewolf Talulla is pregnant and greatly suffering, but not nearly as much as she will when giving birth. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mr. D. L. Rees
4.0 out of 5 stars Not for the faint hearted
I enjoyed reading this book. It started off slow but once it got going I couldn't put it down. There were parts where I struggled to like Talulla when she was eating people. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Julie Winsland
5.0 out of 5 stars Clever story, great plot twists and plenty of gore!
I liked this one, read it over a couple of evenings. At first I didn't warm to Talulla, after all she's a werewolf and a lacking a conscience at the best of times. Read more
Published 5 months ago by L. Thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars A different take
I really enjoyed this book. The language is totally different to the norm for this genre, & the consideration of the werewolf psyche is compelling. Read more
Published 7 months ago by LauraInLondon
5.0 out of 5 stars werewolf are you?
This is a good second novel in what is turning out to be a good series.
For those that like it ( and I an one !!!!!!! Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mrs. C. Colbert
3.0 out of 5 stars Slightly sluggish though readable sequel
'The Last Werewolf' was a really enjoyable re-take on the Werewolf thing, but (spoiler alert) at the end the narrator and wordy existentialist lycanthrope died which means the... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Kentspur
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic
Great second book cannot wait till the third book is out so enjoyable not just the normal werewolf or vampire story this was a grown ups book and story
Published 9 months ago by mysofie
4.0 out of 5 stars Talulla Rising
I had never heard of Glen Duncan until the first title in this series, The Last Werewolf (Bloodlines Trilogy) was chosen for my book club. Read more
Published 9 months ago by zombielover
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