What’s On My Bookshelf: The Last Werewolf

Last week I was 75 pages, give or take a few on my iBook, from finishing The Magicians, by Lev Grossman. I won’t give away the ending, but I will say while, thus far, there was much to like and dislike about the book, the last 75 pages were worth the wait. I wrote the review before the very best part of the book (Sorry, Lev Grossman). Did Quentin redeem himself? Well, not exactly, but the action was great and Grossman threw in some interesting curveballs to tie everything together. I admire Grossman for taking Harry Potter and the world of Narnia, turning them sideways, if not totally upside down, and creating a very “human” magical adventure. I might even read the sequel: The Magician King—but not yet, because now I’m reading The Last Werewolf, by Glen Duncan.

I’m not very far into this book, only 85 pages to be exact. (I’m reading an old-fashioned paper book this time), but I’ve already been furiously highlighting favorite passages. I love Duncan’s style, a sort of dark, twisted, Victorian humor/horror with a modern-day twist. Here’s an example of how the protagonist and coincidentally, the last living werewolf, Jake Marlowe, thinks:

“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. If we ask Sheila then we can’t ask Ron. If I have the kipper now then it’s quiche for tea. Four score years is about all the ifs and thens you can take. Dementia’s the sane realization you just can’t be doing with all that anymore.”

The story is told from Jake’s slightly morose point of view and it’s definitely an interesting one. Both human and wolf intermingle to give you a violently, empathetic character. At this point in the story Jake is more than ready to die; he’s lived (without love) long enough. Some people want him dead and some, surprisingly, are ready to do whatever it takes to keep him alive! More on The Last Werewolf next week.

Before I go, I want to thank Shawn Wickersheim for recommending The Last Werewolf. Be sure to check out Shawn’s blog at: http://inkcompetentwriter.wordpress.com. Also, for you persnickety ones, Yes, I said my next book would be Abarat, Absolute Midnight, by Clive Barker—and I seriously can’t wait to read it—but hey, what can I say? I changed my mind.


5 thoughts on “What’s On My Bookshelf: The Last Werewolf

  1. denisedthornton says:

    Thanks for your reference to The Last Werewolf. That one piqued my interest. I went to my library website and requested the audio book. That put me 8th on the list. If I had wanted the hard copy, I would have been 54th.


    • Lorijo Metz says:

      Enjoy. I was up way too late reading last night because of this book. Which is good, book-wise, but bad, this morning. 🙂 We’ve been listening to the audio version of Ken Follett’s books. The Pillars of the Earth series and now the Fall of Giants . All narrated by John Lee. Let me tell you, John Lee makes these books. He is the most extraordinarily talented narrator I’ve ever heard.


  2. inkcompetentwriter says:

    Thanks for the mention about my blog. I appreciate it. 🙂

    I’m glad you’re liking the book so far. I had a feeling you’d enjoy the author’s writing style. Will you be posting a full review when you’re finished with it?

    Oh, and have you read those sample chapters yet for Laini Taylor’s new book? Daughter of Smoke and Bone? I just started reading the full book and she is another author I think you’d like.

    Have a great weekend.


    • Lorijo Metz says:

      Haven’t read the sample chapters yet, but am looking forward to it. And yes, I do plan to post a full review. You enjoy the weekend too!


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