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The Last Werewolf Paperback – April 17, 2012
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Glen Duncan delivers a powerful, sexy new version of the werewolf legend, a riveting and monstrous thriller brilliance--with a profoundly human heart.
Jake Marlowe is the last werewolf. Now just over 200 years old, Jake has an insatiable appreciation for good scotch, books, and the pleasures of the flesh, with a voracious libido and a hunger for meat that drives him crazy each full moon. Although he is physically healthy, Jake has slipped into a deep existential crisis, considering taking his own life and ending a legend that has lived for thousands of years. But there are two dangerous groups--one new, one ancient--with reasons of thier own for wanting Jake very much alive.
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the werewolf's relationship with his familiar, harley, reminds me of david talbot, lestat's close friend. there are some vampires in this book, and they do figure in the plot.
there are many, many racy scenes, with very explicit descriptions galore....f.y.i.
this is a literary book; the writing is beautiful at times, poetic even, but sometimes i felt the writer obscured what he wanted to say by super complex wording. however, this writer is very good, even if he is talking about murder, gore, and debauchery. kind of hard to feel a lot of sympathy for the main character because of this, whether he asked to be a monster or not.
i did want to find out what happened, and a lot does happen, leading to many plot twists. but, in the end, i was not able to care much about the werewolf; kind of like reading the memoirs of a paranormal jeffrey dahmer, and being asked to find interest in his thoughts. i prefer lestat, who is far more "human", if a vampire.
The end was pretty predictable but that was forgivable because the journey there was fun.
My problem with the book was the extremely awkward sex scenes. I would be reading along enjoying the story and then *BAM* sex. The author used really foul descriptions of graphic sex and the genitalia associated with it. The other people reading this with me agreed: It seems like the sex scenes were written by a guy who had never actually had sex and whose entire experience on the subject comes from fetishistic pornography.
In TLW, the voice of the main character, Jake, is astonishingly what I would expect from a 200 year old werewolf that has become slightly apathetic toward existence. There are a number of familiar mechanisms in the plot, i.e. a vampire vs werewolf feud and a secret agency that combats occult phenomenon. However, Duncan approaches these mechanisms in new ways, one method of course being from the point of view of the seemingly least loved paranormal entity (the werewolf).
Overall, I think the man is a brilliant wordsmith. But the main topic I would like to comment on is that Duncan is doing really important work, insisting that this type of genre be held to the same rigors of REAL literature. This isn’t cheaply written drivel for the tweens that swarm to the literary vacuum that encompasses certain other <i>particular</i> vampire or werewolf books. <i>**Ahem**</i> (I’m sure you get the reference whether you’ve suffered through even a paragraph of said drivel or not.) Duncan develops dynamic, multifaceted characters that have pretty significant personal flaws to overcome (or at least manage). Duncan touches on complex ideas of morality and instinct and requires that the reader pause to consider what situations blur the lines between right and wrong. He also breathes fresh new life into what can be a tired and redundant storyline.