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Lonely Werewolf Girl Paperback – April 20, 2008
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The plot is wild and funny. The daughter of a werewolf Thane is being hunted by both her family (she tried to kill her father and quite nearly succeeded) and a guild of werewolf hunters. Worse, she battles her anxiety. Lonely Werewolf Girl has many, many characters. Sometimes it's difficult to keep track of them all. I enjoyed this book on many levels. I didn't finish this book quickly, not because it wasn't good, but the short chapters which jumped from character and place and did all sorts of funny acrobats which taxed my poor concentration. This was a good thing. I dragged the pleasure on for three days as opposed to finishing it in one swallow.
Millar, being at least as talented as Gaiman and Pratchett, would do himself well to find another editor. Or maybe the editor would do him or herself well by hiring a high school student to proof read the final draft before sending it to print. Obviously no human read the final draft, and any reasonably literary high schooler could do better than Microsoft Word at spelling and grammar. The sloppy editing did this writing wrong.
Regardless, I give this book a five. Reviews are generally seen as a reflection of the writer and not the editor. The writing was excellent.
The plot basically follows the various factions of this completely dysfunctional werewolf clan as they bandy for power, prestige, or the right to just be left alone by the other members of their family. The werewolf king is dead, the brothers fight to succeed. Everyone in the 'royal' family gets a vote, and one of the brothers is making certain they make the right choice...or die. The 'lonely werewolf girl', Kalix, is an exile from her family (and on its hit list) who wanders the streets of London until she hooks up with some dippy hippies with their own group dynamic and soap opera politics. Kalix is a misanthropic, strung-out, semi-literate, petulant, and perpetually angry werewolf...who happens to look like a waif-y, blow-your-mind, hobo-core, indie-model type. Her constant displays of attitude are more endearing than obnoxious, but occasionally you wish the constant battles she gets into would knock a little sense into her.
The books meanders from subplot to subplot with no real urgency, but the fun is in the journey, not the destination...which is a good thing, because not all of the plots are actually tied up by the end. But by the time you get there, you'll have had such a good time, I doubt you'll care. When I finished, I was tempted to flip right back to the beginning and chase the enjoyment of reading it again.
From the Scottish Highlands, to the taverns of modern London, to excursions into alternate realms--"Lonely Werewolf Girl" is an epic story of one family in crisis. When the head of the MacRinnalch clan dies, it is assumed that his oldest male heir will ascend to the throne. But with the Queen backing the second son, the family and their subjects are ripped apart in a blood-soaked battle for power. While Kalix, the ostensible lead and a family outcast, wanders the streets of London in drug induced oblivion--the rest of the family is gearing for War. Set as a comic and supernatural "The Lion in Winter," "Lonely Werewolf Girl" does an impressive job juggling an enormous, but distinctive, cast of characters. Millar's riff on werewolves living among us is sublime with surprising subplots involving cross-dressing, rock bands, fashion design and enough bungled romantic and sexual dalliances to fuel several novels! Oh, yeah, and there are plenty of attacks as well.
Millar's novel is an irresistible comic masterpiece.Read more ›
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Book was in great condition and arived before expected. I'm very happy with my purchase.Published 23 months ago by Jenny Moore
Strange, amusing, suspenseful, entertaining, believable characters (even though many are werewolves, they're amazingly human), a better-than-average read.Published on August 11, 2014 by D. M. Rabinowitch
I really wanted to like this book but the stilted writing and the bare nods to explanation and character depth put me off. I know Mr. Read morePublished on July 8, 2014 by Heather McDougal
Kalix is exiled from Scotland after attacking and heavily wounding her father, the Thane of the great MacRinnalch werewolf clan, and is on the run from those who would drag her... Read morePublished on April 28, 2014 by E. N. Zelnio
I picked up this book on a whim because I enjoyed The Good Faires of New York so much. I absolutely fell in love with it. Read morePublished on March 20, 2014 by Rhiannon R. Waay
We chose this for my book club reading and it was a fun read. Mr. Martin Miller has a playful sense of humor.Published on December 6, 2013 by Lynni0
I REALLY must re-think allowing my favorite authors to sell me on another author. (Gaiman)
There is a vast amount of detail in the backstory. Read more
Lonely Werewolf Girl by Martin Miller
Book in One(ish) Sentence: "Imagine Kurt Vonnegut reading Marvel Comics with The Clash thrashing in the background. Read more
Isolated and alone, Kalix MacRinnalch is living on the streets of London, dodging murderous werewolf hunters and family members while feeding her laudanum habit. Read morePublished on September 28, 2012 by Jan Butterworth