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Lonely Werewolf Girl Paperback – April 20, 2008
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Complex family and social conflicts clutter the pages of this scattershot romp from World Fantasy Award–winner Millar (The Good Fairies of New York). Kalix MacRinnalch, a poorly socialized, laudanum-addicted teenage werewolf, has violently assaulted her father, thereby adding outcast to her list of defining traits. Suddenly and inexplicably supported by two preternaturally patient new friends, Daniel and Moonglow, the young werewolf skulks around London and struggles with anxiety and eating disorders while scores of subplots merrily explode around her. As Kalix's relatives bicker and backstab to establish a new leader, a cast of thousands shoehorns its way into the narrative, stealing story space for a sorcerous fashion designer with spy problems, werewolf twins with a terrible punk band that can't get a gig and a romantically mercenary transvestite. Overly reliant on luck and coincidence and populated by unsympathetic characters with unconvincing motives, Millar's urban fantasy epic swiftly dissolves into a tragedy of contrived errors. (Apr.)
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*Starred Review* The MacRinnalch clan of Scottish werewolves is at war with itself. Attacked by his 17-year-old daughter, Kalix, the thane has succumbed, leaving the succession in question. Neither eldest son Sarapen nor younger, cross-dressing scion Markus have enough votes in the werewolves’ Great Council to become thane, and the late thane’s mother offers her vote to whomever brings her Kalix’s heart. Kalix, despondent over losing her lover to exile, is on the verge of suicide before either bounty hunters or the secret society that hunts werewolves finds her. After she’s rescued by college students Moonglow and Daniel, things take a curious turn to, among other things, her sister Thrix, a werewolf enchantress and couturier for fashion-obsessed fire-elemental warrior queen Malveria. This complex romp features scores of characters, multiple races, enchanting fashion trappings, business, family dynamics, music, sex, enduring love, romance, business, eating disorders, drug addiction, back-alley fights, epic battles, politics, and, most prominently, the contrary nature of werewolves, not to mention 236 (!) chapters. And it’s so compelling you don’t want to it end. The grungy, gory, glorious world that World Fantasy Award winner Millar has created is unforgettable. --Diana Tixier Herald
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A chance encounter puts Kalix in the way of two friendly students named Moonglow and Daniel, who, fascinated with her werewolf nature and pitying her existence, convince her to stay with them. Through a great deal of patience and perseverance, they show her that there are people who love her, and that she is not as alone as she believes. In the end, they will stand by her as she is cornered by the toughest enemies she's ever faced--her terrifying brother Sarapen, a guild of werewolf hunters, and her own inner demons.
Meanwhile . . .
All Kalix's sister Thrix wants to do is take her place among the great fashion houses of the world, but she keeps getting sidetracked by clan business, the plumber, her inability to find a boyfriend, and her Very Important Client Malveria's insistence on interrupting her. Malveria, having successfully become the supreme ruler of the Hiyasta centuries ago, alleviates her boredom with haute couture and occasionally tormenting the random human. In the latter she enlists the assistance of her eventually-but-not-anytime-soon-to-be-adopted-niece, Vex, the only Fire Elemental who cannot transport between dimensions without bumping her elbow. In the former, Malveria and Thrix are constantly at war with Kabachetka, spoiled princess of a rival kingdom, who will lie, cheat and steal to outshine Malveria at every social event. Kabachetcka finds an unlikely tool in Sarapen, Kalix's older brother and conventional heir to the Thanedom. Sarapen, meanwhile, will do anything to prevent their mother Verasa from pushing him aside in favor of their effete brother Markus, even if it means war. Verasa, on the other hand, would rather secure Markus's tenuous position with a legal vote of the Great Council, which means sending the icy Classics scholar Dominil to help The Twins Of Whom They Do Not Speak put down the whisky bottles and reform their thrash metal band.
And that's just the first fifty pages.
Martin Millar's Lonely Werewolf Girl is a darkly humorous examination of the dregs of the human soul. Mental illness, addiction, greed, narcissism, obsession, ambition and ennui are stripped and laid bare for readers to shudder at. Nevertheless, Millar pushes things to such absurd lengths that it's impossible not to laugh. As soon as you find yourself needing to reach through the pages to wrap the protagonist in your arms and tell her that, somehow, she will get through this, in pops a secondary character who couldn't care less about the current emotional crisis because their lover was reading the TV guide in the middle of sex. It jolts you out of your pain, makes you blink, and you just can't stop yourself from cracking up.
Millar's style is one that most American readers will not be familiar with, and it may frustrate them. The frequent repetitions, manic pace, sudden scene changes and Telling in place of Showing is not characteristic of the way we are taught to write. However, Millar isn't really a writer. Rather, I would argue that he is a storyteller in the classic Gaelic style reminiscent of epics such as The Tain. In order to understand why the main plotline occurs, it is necessary for him to explain how seemingly unrelated events combine to lay its groundwork.
And that's really what life is: a series of events that are messy and confusing and chaotic, with a cast of thousands. There is no script that allows for perfect entrances and exits. Problems minor and major overlap, and everyone is convinced that their issue is the one that should take priority. It's frustrating and tragic, but, in the macrocosm, hilariously funny.
Book in One(ish) Sentence: "Imagine Kurt Vonnegut reading Marvel Comics with The Clash thrashing in the background. For the deceptively simple poetry of the everyday, nobody does it better." - List (UK)
Should you read this book?: Yes. Even though you may not like Supernatural books, it's extremely realistic and it's extremely comical.
Enter a lonely, slightly anti-social and drug addicted vicious werewolf girl. Now add the royal family of werewolves fighting for the crown, or Thaneship in this case, which happens to be the lonely werewolf girl's family. Also add a Queen from another realm that is fashion crazed and has so many names that I'm not even going to bother to name them all. Now make sure that this Fire Queen knows the werewolf girl's sister, who happens to be a rising fashion designer who's also a werewolf and apart of the family. Now add a dash of humans that happen to be sympathetic to the lonely drug-addicted wolf that happens to be the reason her father (the Thane/King) died, and therefore on the run. Then you get this book.
That sounds like a lot, right? It is. However, it's so chaotic that it's extremely hilarious and slightly emotional. Since I like to laugh I automatically give major points to this book. In the beginning I was actually a little bored, and extremely confused. There was a constant switching between multiple characters. Sometimes the reader only saw the point of view of a character once. It was a constant switch between characters that I actually grew tired of once in awhile, especially because some of the things the character was dealing with was extremely boring. Or it was just tedious, because the author would describe the thought process from something extremely simple. I'll admit that there were times that I just skimmed through certain characters p.o.v's so I can get back to the more interesting story lines. Which there were multiple story lines, and I thought the author did a very good job of tying them together, despite a few seeming unnecessary to me. However, what I liked the most was that even though some characters being werewolves was extremely important, the author managed to make the characters still completely relatable. The main protagonist Kalix was drug-addicted and had eating problems. Not only that, but she also couldn't read or write due to the fact she never made it to human school before she was out casted for attacking her father. There was another werewolf that happened to be a cross-dresser. Everything the author did was unpredictable too. And for everything that was predictable, he made it obvious that he knew it was predictable and managed to have another character ruin it. There were multiple times that I was genuinely surprised in what happened, and everything that I thought was going to happen didn't happen. Which again is a majorly good thing in my opinion. And it did exactly have a happy ending either, which was also good. One reader wrote, and I agree with now, that Martin Miller is "The Master of urban angst" (i-D Magazine), which is true. The teen angst in this book was extremely realistic. Because the Miller managed to write it in a way that was slightly laughable, which teen angst is in my opinion.
In all, I was pleasantly surprised with this book. And I'm slightly surprised on why I haven't heard of this author before. One thing for sure is that I'm going to read his other books when I become rich and can afford books that aren't in the library.
Side Note: This book was published on my birthday. No wonder I liked it.
The editing was just plain bad...some think that is someone's besides the author's responsibility. Not sure about that, if it's the author's work is he not at least somewhat responsible?
Repeating of words and actions was annoying at the least. I'm not considering this an editing issue. It must be the way this author writes. I might read another of his highly acclaimed writings just to see if this repeating is his style.
Other world characters were a bit much. I liked these elementals and understood their over the top personalities, but it felt too forced and pushed. I got it, The Fire Queen likes fashion.
On the bright side the author certainly has an active imagination!! From a fire elemental to a punk rock band and a meticulous student to a somewhat lazy one all revolving around an old powerful clan of werewolves...or were the werewolves revolving around the others? Not sure.
Additionally this book was a fast easy read even with the 560 pages. I appreciated the short chapters as I always felt I was moving faster than I was.
I'm glad I read this book, but I do not plan on reading more in the series.
Not recommended, sorry
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