The Last Werewolf

The Last Werewolf

Book - 2011
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Then she opened her mouth to scream--and recognised me. It was what I'd been waiting for. She froze. She looked into my eyes. She said, "It's you."

Meet Jake. A bit on the elderly side (he turns 201 in March), but you'd never suspect it. Nonstop sex and exercise will do that for you--and a diet with lots of animal protein. Jake is a werewolf, and after the unfortunate and violent death of his one contemporary, he is now the last of his species. Although he is physically healthy, Jake is deeply distraught and lonely.

Jake's depression has carried him to the point where he is actually contemplating suicide--even if it means terminating a legend thousands of years old. It would seem to be easy enough for him to end everything. But for very different reasons there are two dangerous groups pursuing him who will stop at nothing to keep him alive.

Here is a powerful, definitive new version of the werewolf legend--mesmerising and incredibly sexy. In Jake, Glen Duncan has given us a werewolf for the twenty-first century--a man whose deeds can only be described as monstrous but who is in some magical way deeply human.

One of the most original, audacious, and terrifying novels in years.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2011.
Edition: First American edition.
ISBN: 9780307595089
Characteristics: 293 pages ; 25 cm

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ReadingAdviser_Sally Mar 22, 2019

While this was not my exact cup of tea (not nearly gruesome enough) but it was a nice story, at it's heart, a love story. I see many, many people have absolutely loved this story.

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jkingrey
Nov 02, 2017

There are some good lines and some fine -- albeit dense -- writing in this book, but I hit my gloom and doom threshold about a third of the way through and gave up. I found the plot and the narrator unrelentingly dour: he's dying, his kin are dead, he's responsible for the deaths of everyone he's ever loved, oh woe is him, etc., etc. ... geez Jacob, give it a freaking rest! I guess I prefer my supernatural fiction presented with a lighter touch, and this book (at least the first third) is about as heavy-handed as they come.

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waltzingechidna
Aug 02, 2014

Beautifully written. Jacob sounds exactly the way a two-hundred-year-old werewolf with a horrific past living very much in the modern day should sound. His despair makes perfect sense and, well, I don't want to ruin it for you. But you won't be able to put it down.

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lespath
Aug 11, 2012

Good adult fantasy, but "realistic," if that's possible. I couldn't put it down, but could imagine that people would either love or hate this book.

marilynnebooks Jul 17, 2012

Well written adventure with mega twists and turns. Believable story, with likeable hero/evil monster keeps your interest until the end.

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flipmo33
Jun 19, 2012

It's Underworld, but with a better script and characters. Definite read for fans of all things, "Were-"

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emerge
May 28, 2012

How to describe this novel.......original, gross, imaginative, funny & tragic? It's like nothing else & you'll either love it or hate it. The author writes as if he's the erudite lovechild of Stephen Fry & Christopher Hitchins. Hopefully, there will be a sequel so we can return to this strange, twisted world.

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DeltaQueen50
May 26, 2012

The Last Werewolf by Glen Duncan is a roller coaster ride of violence, romance, action and adventure. While outlining the protocols, manners and habits of the werewolf, Duncan delivers a story of a 200 year old werewolf, weary of it all and ready to die, until he is given a reason to fight for his survival.

Relying on many of the tried and true myths of werewolf-vampire hostility, wooden stakes, silver bullets, and the lure of the full moon, the author also adds an erotic earthiness that some may find offensive but I felt helped to pull the reader into Jake’s lonely, persecuted life. A killer that isn’t always comfortable in the role that nature has given him, Jake journals his life in a wry and cynical manner and adds touches of philosophical musings on the nature of his existence.

This is a page turner that will have the reader laughing at one moment, being grossed out the next, and at times actually feeling empathy for this strange, angst-ridden creature. Raw, visceral, and erotic, this will not be a book for everyone, but I thoroughly enjoyed it’s original, adult take on the werewolf legend

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MattBCouch
May 11, 2012

Maybe a little overwritten, but fun and intelligent.

emmalea12 Mar 30, 2012

Well I didn't exactly read the whole thing. I read the first chapter and didn't like how the author portrayed things. I was confused and felt like he was dislecsick with his words because everything seemed backwards. I will add him to the authors I don't like. Dean Koontz being the 1st in line..

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ReadingAdviser_Sally Mar 22, 2019

“The first horror is there's horror. The second is you accommodate it.”

ReadingAdviser_Sally Mar 22, 2019

“Just because life's meaningless doesn't mean we can't experience it meaningfully.”

ReadingAdviser_Sally Mar 22, 2019

“Reader, I ate him.”

FangFiction Aug 27, 2011

"If, then...If, then...This, aside from the business of monthly transformation, the inestimable drag of Being a Werewolf, is what I'm sick of, the endless logistics. There's a reason humans peg-out around eighty: prose fatigue. It looks like organ failure or cancer or stroke but it's really just the inability to carry on clambering through the assault course of mundane cause and effect....Four score years is about all the ifs and thens you can take. Dementia's the sane realisation you just can't be doing with all that anymore." (p. 9)

"The greatest gift of lycanthropy is knowing smoking won't kill you." (p. 154)

"To tell you the truth I can't remember much about 1850. Dickens published David Copperfield. Wordsworth died. I'll have to think." (p. 187)

"The Western world's so mad these days you can put an ad in the paper and some desperate self-harmer will answer it. Wanted: Victim for werewolf. Must be plump and juicy. Non-smoker with GSOH preferred. No time-wasters." (p. 207)

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Sexual Content: Explicit sexual content (all consensual)

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