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Talulla Rising Hardcover – June 26, 2012

4.1 out of 5 stars 107 customer reviews

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“The horror genre at its best—wildly imaginative, written with wit and intelligence, wickedly entertaining.” 
The Times (UK)

“Irresistible . . . As with The Last Werewolf, Duncan writes with caustic edge and pop-culturally relevant humor . . . His gorgeous prose makes these books more than just werewolf-genre flashes in the proverbial pan.”
Dallas Morning News

“The arch relationship Duncan establishes with his readers—along with his scathingly intelligent psychological insights and flat-out killer writing, his companionably high-mannered narrative voice, and his mad plot chops—makes Talulla Rising a high-calorie blast . . . Duncan’s throbbing, fornication-crazy plot defies easy encapsulation, but is best described as a gleeful three-way between Raymond Chandler’s entire oeuvre, Anne Rice’s vampire novels, and Umberto Eco’s Foucault’s Pendulum. Proust, as usual, is watching from the corner . . . Duncan delivers with intelligent humanity a monster we want to track and befriend, even knowing she would happily eat us alive.”
—Heidi Julavits, New York Times Book Review
 
“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. There is something liberating about a novel like this. As well as offering a new vantage point from which to consider the old questions of life, it also provides a welcome fantasy in which there is not just extreme sex and violence, but also smoking, drinking, and a lot of very fancy hotels . . . Who wouldn’t want to be part of their world for a while? . . . As well as being thought-provoking, it’s all great fun.”
The Guardian (UK)

“Duncan’s antihero is an apex female predator . . . She’s smart, confident, and a caring mother. She’s also a ferocious man-eater . . . The spectacle alone is worth the price of admission.”
NPR.org

“Adventurous readers who are looking for a break from the usual beach read should consider this alternately horrifying and humorous, imaginative and energetic novel.”
CNN.org

“Duncan is an immensely talented literary novelist, and with Talulla Rising, he has again proved you don’t have to be driving with a learner’s permit to enjoy a good vampire-versus-werewolf book.”
Richmond Times-Dispatch

“Last year Glen Duncan brought fresh blood to the monster market with the moonstruck hero and toothsome prose of his novel The Last Werewolf . . . In Talulla Rising, Duncan again creates an oddly engaging world defined almost exclusively by the abnormal . . . Duncan can be awfully entertaining.”
Bloomberg News

“A bone-crunchingly, page-plungingly good book (necessary reading just for the language) that limns the primal darkness within us but is ultimately about love . . . Highly recommended.”
Library Journal (starred)

“A lusty, visceral, bloody tale [told in] capable, muscular prose . . . This is enjoyable stuff . . . Duncan’s werewolves are never cartoons . . . Talulla has the wit and pluck to entertain us.”
Cleveland Plain Dealer

“[A] terrific anti-Twilight werewolves-versus-vampires saga continues . . . This is pulp fiction but of the highest order . . . It all takes place in a wonderfully constructed universe of hipster philosophy, hard-bitten humour, just enough arcane mystery, and a whole load of Tarantino-Technicolor sex and violence. As before, there’s substance beyond the flippancy, an unlaboured consideration of the beast within us all, and though beneath the wolf’s clothing lies the purringly efficient machinery of a really good thriller, it goes way beyond genre writing.”
Word magazine (UK)
 
“Both brainy and vicious.”
Kirkus Reviews
 
“I like now and then to be reminded that I am a companion of the Wild Beast, and Glen Duncan ensures that I never forget it. He writes brilliantly of the presence of evil in its most contemporary disguise, with its heady temptations of heedless abundance, hunger, and satiety. Never again will it be possible to think of werewolves as mere metaphor. This fierce, witty, and erotic novel is full of surprises, both provocative and illuminating.”
—Susanna Moore
 
“The sequel to Duncan’s excellent The Last Werewolf, Talulla Rising returns to the dark and humorous world that made the earlier novel such a triumph . . . Duncan’s novel is that rare and wonderful creature—literary horror . . . Duncan shows us just how vital [the werewolf tale] can be . . . filled with an irony that speaks to our complicated and troubled times.” 
Sydney Morning Herald (Australia)
 
“A fearsomely good book, mainly because Talulla is such a poignant outsider and formidable heroine.”
Metro (UK)
 
“An enthralling look into the heart of newfound monstrosity . . . Lavish, dark, and deliciously campy.”
Booklist

About the Author

Glen Duncan is the author of eight 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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf; First Edition edition (June 26, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307595099
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307595096
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.4 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #356,109 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Note: This sequel to "The Last Werewolf" really benefits from having read that book to fully enjoy the intricacies of this one.

When I read Glen Duncan's "The Last Werewolf," I felt instinctively that it was a novel that some would love and some would hate. For me, it was one of the best books of 2011. A blend of the literary and the profane, Duncan's prose was as beautiful as it was explicit. Taking its classic cues from horror literature, Duncan crafted a thoroughly entertaining and rewarding tale for adults that was as much about thoughts and emotions as it was about carnage and mayhem. Those looking for a quick fix of blood and guts certainly got that with the graphic depictions within Duncan's text, but the joys to be had from that incredibly well written tome didn't have to be limited to genre readers. I really wasn't anticipating a sequel, although the possibility was there. When I heard of "Talulla Rising," I instantly put it on my must-read list.

Part of "The Last Werewolf" was comprised of a fascinating romantic entanglement. "Talulla Rising" is very much a continuation of that story line. While it may be enjoyable on its own, I would not recommend it without having sampled its predecessor. Many of the same characters are carried over with little new development and if you don't know who they are or their history, it may lessen the impact of this sequel. Many of Duncan's principle themes are carried over (loneliness, regret, inevitability) and reconfigured with notions about renewed hope, inclusion and responsibility.
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In my review of Glen Duncan's The Last Werewolf, I wrote "the novel ends... with... several plot threads merrily dangling in a way that, intentionally or not, suggests the possibility of a sequel." Now, a year later, here is that sequel. The major plot twist of The Last Werewolf was that title character Jake Marlowe was not, in fact, what that title suggested, and this novel is the tale of that other werewolf, who is not the last werewolf either, or at least she won't be once she gives birth to her and the late Jake Marlowe's child. Talulla thinks she's made all the necessary plans for a safe delivery, but this being a supernatural thriller, events spiral out of control. And then do so again. And again. Soon she has no choice but to reenter the world of vampires and vampire (and werewolf) hunters that brought about Jake's death. New enemies and unlikely allies will play their own roles in her desperate quest, but even if she gets what she wants, can she ever hope for a normal and happy family life?

Like The Last Werewolf before it, Talulla Rising achieves its greatest success as a page-turning thriller. In fact, rather than having to build up a dramatic situation, it begins with one already established, so it's more immediately compelling than its predecessor.
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Glen Duncan has done it again. "Talulla Rising" is a terrific follow-up to "The Last Werewolf" . WARNING: If you haven't yet read The Last Werewolf (but certainly should), then STOP reading this review until you have finished said novel. OK. You've been warned.

Talllula Rising is the story of Tallula Demetriou, a relatively newly "turned" werewolf who met and fell in love with Jake Marlowe, the titular 200 year old character of The Last Werewolf in the series opener. That novel ends as Jake is killed by agents of WOCOP, an organization dedicated to the eradication of paranormals (werewolves and vampires), leaving Tallula, rich, heartbroken and somehow, impossibly (werewolves do not reproduce sexually), pregnant. After a difficulty pregnancy, Tallula gives birth prematurely under a full moon in werewolf form and immediately has her infant son snatched from her hands by a group of vampires who want him for a ritual sacrifice that they believe will enable them exist in the sunlight. The vamps leave before Tallula gives birth to the second twin, a girl. The bulk of the novel deals with Tallula's efforts to save her son, with a cadre of unexpected and unlikely (but very likable) allies.

Duncan's take on werewolves is highly original. They're 9 feet tall, they love killing and eating their victims, and they love having sex, either in wolf or human form. When not in full wolf form the "wulf" (the non-human part of werewolves) is still present, most strongly in the days leading up to the full moon. But it's always there. It dominates the waking and sleeping thoughts and behaviors of the human form of the werewolves.

There are plot twists and turns galore, and lots of suspense.
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