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Ripping yarn that's not quite as good as The Last Werewolf
on 11 June 2012
The Last Werewolf was an exciting, well written crossover novel, nestling in a clever little niche of knowing literary horror. It's first person narrative followed the world's last werewolf as he was hunted by WOCOP, a force determined to rid the world of his kind. I don't normally read this sort of book, but the combination of knowing literary nods, horror tropes and dark humour made it a really enjoyable book.
So I was excited to read this sequel. It picks up pretty much where The Last Werewolf left off. Jack is dead, killed by WOCOP, and his girlfriend (also a Werewolf, so Jake wasn't quite the last) is once more on the run. And she's pregnant with his twins. At the same time a sect of vampires are building up to welcome the return of the oldest vampire, a return that will spell the end of humans and werewolves alike.
In many ways it is the same as the first. The same grizzly first person narrative, the same dark humour, the same sharp writing style. But The Last Werewolf had shock value in that it was a book on it's own in style and content. Talulla Rising has lost that surprise, and as the story progresses there is a sensation that you've read it all before. The returning vampire is a story which is familiar to anyone who has watched the Blade films, and it's so similar in tone and content to the first book that I found myself getting annoyed with the predictability. Which is a real shame as the first book won through originality.
Also Talulla is nowhere near as compelling a narrator as Jake. She's just not as likeable.
Don't get me wrong, Glen Duncan is a fine writer, I did enjoy Talulla Rising and I will read the third novel that is none too subtly set up at the end, but it just wasn't as good as a first book.