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'Reader, I ate him',
This review is from: The Last Werewolf (Hardcover)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)'It's official,' Harley said. 'They killed the Berliner two nights ago. You're the last.' Then after a pause: 'I'm sorry.'
The novel opens with Jake Marlowe learning that he is the last Werewolf on earth from his great friend and loyal supporter, Harley. Glen Duncan's opening scene references one of London's recent severe winters - Marlowe stares out at falling snow whilst nursing a forty-five-year-old Scottish malt and a Camel filter. This is a werewolf who likes the finer things in life, but who is suffering from the ennui that only nearly two hundred years on this earth can bring. He ruminates on Harley's extensive and valuable library 'that he doesn't go to any more because he's entered the phase of having given up reading. If he lives another ten years he'll enter the next phase - of having gone back to it. Giving up reading seems the height of maturity at first. Like all such heights a false summit. It's a human thing I've seen countless times. Two hundred years, you see everything countless times.'
So, we are introduced to Duncan's take on the werewolf - world weary, jaded, highly intelligent and well read and with the rampant sex drive that the lupine brings according to his modern myth. Duncan's take on the Devil was no Fallen Angels and this is no Twilight. I, Lucifer was funny and moving both, and so is The Last Werewolf, melding action hero with philosophy and bordering on horror at times. The Last Werewolf is visceral and some of the descriptions had me doing the equivalent of peeping out from behind the sofa.
There is a change of mood to the almost giddy mid novel as Jake chases around the world hunted by WOCOP (a group intent on wiping out Werewolves) and vampires and there are moments of real lyricism in the writing. Yet, somehow the mix is not completely melded (hence the loss of a star)but it's still an exciting and thought provoking read. I highly recommend that if you are intrigued by Duncan's perspective that you read one of his less commercial novels - The Bloodstone Papers or A Day and a Night and a Day.
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Initial post: 29 Aug 2011 15:55:13 BDT
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Eileen Shaw says:
You've done it again Purpleheart - I only discovered Glen Duncan a little while ago and have bought several of his books. Just read Death of an Ordinary Man - loved it. Told by the dead man himself. Brilliant!!! I adore his work.
This one looks very up my avenue... and thanks for the other recommendations. My next read is 'Hope' - and then on to I Lucifer.
Posted on 21 Sep 2011 12:31:36 BDT
Constant Reader says:
Yes, Last Werewolf got me into Ian Duncan and fortunately I picked "I Lucifer" next - brilliant. About to start "Weathercock"
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