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The Last Werewolf (The Last Werewolf / Bloodlines Trilogy #1)

3.47 of 5 stars 3.47  ·  rating details  ·  9,186 ratings  ·  1,877 reviews
Jake Marlowe, the last werewolf, is alone now. Sick to his bones of the unending toil of existence and bored beyond endurance by the monthly cycle of carnage and self-disgust. On the run torn between refusal to cede victory to the Hunters and simple yearning for it all to be over he is also on the verge of surrender. Then he catches the trace of an impossible, an inconceiv...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published March 2011 by The Text Publishing Company (first published 2011)
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mark monday
Glen Duncan + werewolves + ? = The Last Werewolf
Colson Whitehead + zombies + ? = Zone One
Justin Cronin + vampires + ? = The Passage

three individualistic, well-acclaimed and well-awarded but not exactly a household name literary wunderkinds decide to take a go at writing genre fiction. specifically Horror and three of its Big Bads. why did they do it? to reach a wider audience? to rake in the greenbacks? to see if their personal visions can somehow avoid degradation (or at least not be completel...more
Greg
I can't wait for people to read this. Glen's about as smart as writers come (see A Day and a Night and a Day, Death of an Ordinary Man, or I, Lucifer) so leave it to him to take the werewolf genre and blow it wide open with a story that's razor-sharp smart, funny, sex-fueled, and not to mention engineered with the pace of a thriller. It's a thinking adult's werewolf novel.

One of my favorite passages is a conversation between Jake, our more-than-reluctant werewolf, and Jacqueline Delon, the myste...more
Jeffrey Keeten
I looked through some of the reviews and had to chuckle at some of the exhuberantly negative reviews about this book. The theme being that Glen Duncan is a "pretentious asshole" and that he littered this book with "literary allusions" and "mucked" with the werewolf myth. I don't know if Glen Duncan is a pretentious asshole because I've never met him, but I will say he is intelligent. The literary world is brimming with prententious asshole's that write great books. I happened to like the literar...more
Emily
There's a great scene in HIBAFN* where the protagonist's friend, an editorial assistant, pours vodka in her milkshake and blurts out that she can't tell the difference between good and bad books anymore. This really does happen, and The Last Werewolf is the proof. I think it's powerfully awful, yet the folks at Alfred A. Knopf clearly disagree, since they're publishing it with great fanfare. Don't be fooled by the enthusiastic NYT review, which was written by the author of last summer's leaden T...more
Contrarius
Glen Duncan studied literature and philosophy in school, and it really shows in this book. If you enjoy heavy doses of erudition with your werewolves, then you're probably gonna love this. But if you're just looking for a popcorn read, look somewhere else. This is NOT your momma's werewolf story.

Duncan writes some wonderfully heavy, atmospheric prose in this book, with a lot of thought behind it. This isn't really a horror story at all. It's more of a philosophical treatise with werewolves. Sure...more
Felicia
So this is a POLAR OPPOSITE of what I've been reading lately (lady smut) but REALLY REALLY good. If you've read the Joe Pitt vampire novels, or Sandman Slim, you'll be familiar with the tone of this gritty, fatalistic and very sex/violence-ridden take on werewolf mythology.

Basically this is the story of the last werewolf, his past, present and, I suppose, lack of a future. Mysterious twists, hunters, vampires, it has everything in a noire-type gritty world.

What I particularly liked was the slow...more
Willow
I have decided my biggest pet peeve with most lycanthrope stories is the annoying pack politics that seem to take place in every werewolf saga. There’s the ‘I love you, Bro’ romance between the he-wolves, the overbearing wolf mafia that bosses everybody around in a nauseating oppressive way, and the average, unremarkable Alpha that I can never figure out why everybody follows, except that the author says that he’s the big dog.

Consequently, The Last Werewolf is wonderfully refreshing. With there...more
Lou
He killed his first victim on 14th August, 1842. He was thirty-four years old. He will be two hundred and one in March.
A word of warning you are about to read a sort of kind of memoir of a werewolf in London, he's more animal not human and has a high libido so many of his adventures endure high libido activity. Oh yes also if your Red Riding Hood don't bother why would you want to learn about the life of possibly the last werewolf in the world. Being an only werewolf can be a lonely business, he...more
Libby
This book gave me a hard time. I wanted it to be one of THOSE books, you know, the ones that cause you to almost cry at the beautiful magic of the writing, while at the same time, staggering you with elegant plot twists and unforgettable characters. All the quotes on the cover said it was the best thing since Eve made apple pie. Wellllll, either we've been reading a different book, or all the celebrity reviewers are puttin' one over on us hicks, 'cause you know we're not smart enough to catch th...more
Jently
This book almost ended up on my did not finish pile. It wasn't the sex, violence or crude language that I objected to, it was the horribly pretentious writing style (it's honestly as if the author is jabbing you with a pointy stick every few paragraphs just to remind you how terribly Literary this all is, but you do get a bit used to it once you get going). I also managed to make it through the entire book without actually developing any interest in how it was going to work out for any of the ma...more
Jennifer
If The Last Werewolf were to teach me one lesson it would be this - to stop reading all the over hyped "it" books the minute I hear about them and get back to my giant pile of unread books that are still recommended years after their release. Going into this book during its season of hype means that my expectations were unfairly high for a book that might have been a nice surprise if I'd picked it up without hearing all the accolades.

That's not to say that The Last Werewolf was a bad book - it w...more
Michael
Glen Duncan’s take on the werewolf mythology, is gritty, violent and over sexed. Jake Marlowe is the last werewolf alive, with the pending extinction of his new race will he give up? The tone and voice Duncan has created is almost perfect, making this an interesting take on the genre. It is nothing like the popular style of werewolves in the paranormal genre, this is dark but too heavy on his libido. It focusing on the conflict within Jake; is he a man or is he a monster and his will to live a l...more
Rabindranauth
Jake Marlowe. Deeply depressed, completely fed up with life, weary to the bone of it, like a man that works all day with too little sleep. He’s considering suicide, which may actually be a highlight for him. But then, at the ripe old age of 201, he doesn’t have that much longer anyways. See, Jake is, almost certainly, the very last werewolf left alive. For some reason, the werewolf curse has stopped spreading, and his kind has been slowly and systematically hunted into extinction. When Jake dies...more
Emily
This book is not for everyone. The main character is not one of those good "monsters" with a conscience. He kills and eats people and has a lot of disgusting sex. So if you are the type of reader who likes to relate to the main character, especially when the book is written in the first person, you might not like this. However, if you can distance yourself, I thought it was quite an interesting read. It's a bit introspective - a lot about what the main character is thinking or trying to convince...more
Katy
Jun 01, 2013 Katy rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: anyone
Recommended to Katy by: Kristy McRae
Shelves: ebook
Book Info: Genre: Urban Fantasy
Reading Level: Adult
Recommended for: Fans of urban fantasy, werewolf stories, beautiful writing
Trigger Warnings: murder, eating people, sex

My Thoughts: “You love life because life's all there is. There's no God and that's His only Commandment.

Ultimately, this book is a love letter to life, and to living life as fully as possible. It's by parts heartbreaking, hilarious, and always a wonderful story. It has the most beautiful language. The humor is an often-subtle...more
Hannah G
This review is not going to be super sophisticated, and I admit I haven't actually finished the book, but as an avid werewolf fan, I'm pretty disappointed in this "literary" genre novel thus far. Here's why I'm not going to finish it.

The plot is Anne Rice-y, except without the juicy quality of her storytelling, and since the main character and first-person narrator is an opulent, hence jaded kind of werewolf, there's quite a bit of mediocre Hamlet style rumination. I could deal with a Hamlet sty...more
Mish
This story it told by Jacob (Jake) Marlowe, a lonely and desperate man who endues an agonising transformation every full moon into a werewolf. For most of Jake’s 200 year existence, he’s been on the run from an organisation whose mission is to eliminate all werewolves. They have succeeded. He is the last existing werewolf standing. Jake knows that sooner or later the organisation will catch up to him. But does he have the will to live?

This would have to be the best werewolf book I’ve read and it...more
Michelle
In a world where many are looking for some method of living forever or staying young as long as possible, Glen Duncan's The Last Werewolf explores the dark side of eternal life. Through Jake Marlowe's struggles for survival, the reader gets an idea of just how far one is willing to compromise his or her values to achieve such a life. Gritty, stark, blunt, and reverentially existential, this is not a typical werewolf novel and nor is it for teens.

In Duncan's world, there is nothing remotely sexy...more
David Abrams
Meet Jake Marlowe. He's a millionaire, a chain-smoker, a sex addict, and a man who likes a good tumbler of aged whiskey. He's also a paranoiac, has a hair-trigger temper, and is a bit of a nihilist.

Did I mention he's a 200-year-old werewolf?

As The Last Werewolf opens, Marlowe is given the news by his human "handler" that the only other known member of his monster-species has just been assassinated. "It's official," Harley said. "They killed the Berliner two nights ago. You're the last."

And with...more
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Christa (More Than Just Magic)
I hate doing this, but I'm marking this one DNF

I gave it a fair shot. I was listening to the audio and was about 4 hours in. That's just over a third.

Here's my reasons:

1) Ridiculously slow pacing. I'm a third in. Something should have happened by now, even if its just the idea of what's too come.
2) The Women - The women in this book are ridiculous. They have no substance, no value. They are completely defined by their performance in bed. He says he loved his wife but other than how good she was...more
Mankey
This is a beautiful book, not the story (which is quite bloody, and includes some graphic descriptions of sex), but the book its self. I loved the font, Fournier, which gave the type a distinctive look. The edges of each page are also red, so that this book looks like nothing else on my extensive shelves. I liked the story, the distinctive world full of occult hunters and vampires, the two main characters were also interesting, what I didn't like was the writing style. I found the author tedious...more
Benjamin Thomas
I think I liked this book. That sounds weird, I know, but I'm just not really sure about it. Perhaps after a few days go by I will settle on an opinion.

Here's why I am so wishy-washy about this one: This is first, and foremost, a "literary" work. That means this is not one of the "tweenie" style books that are overflowing the bookstore shelves. Also, don't expect a novel like Stephen King or Brian Lumley would write, enjoyable stuff but mostly to be consumed by the masses. Mr Duncan can certain...more
Jeffrey
Welcome to the world of Jake Marlowe, a 200 year old werewolf who is suffering from an existential breakdown and a severe case of ennui. Jake has much in common with many a jaded, over analytical philosophy teacher coasting through his 30th year on the job, except of course that upon the full moon he turns into a furry monster that must kill and devour humans in order to placate an overwhelming hunger.

Being that Werewolf is in the title one, aka me, would likely think this said shredding humans...more
Silverdrake
I wanted to like The Last Werewolf. It’s an intriguing premise for a story, and I enjoy the occult and pondering the existential and moral dilemmas of monsters. I quickly discovered, however, that I disliked the narrator. I started hoping he would be killed, and soon, though the hunters are equally repellent. From his excessive brand-name smoking (cigarettes won’t kill werewolves – how convenient!) to his whining about how tired he was of living, having exhausted the body of human knowledge, to...more
Lori
Read 3/30/11 - 4/9/11
5 Stars - Highly Recommended / The Next Best Book
Pgs:346

Glen Duncan does good Werewolf. Man, oh man, does he do good Werewolf.

A huge fan of Glen Duncan's previous novels (I, Lucifer; Death of an Ordinary Man; Weathercock; A Day and a Night and a Day), I went ahead and took a shot at securing a review copy of his newest novel, The Last Werewolf. When it arrived, I broke every review policy I have and placed it on the top of the TBR pile... and I am so happy that I did.

Duncan...more
Jenn
4 stars for literary brilliance. 3 stars for the author wallowing in the profane in order to execute it.
To commandeer and alter a phrase recently said by my sister about another author: Glen Duncan sure can write the hell out of story. Duncan is a literary writer, thoroughly saturated in the best of the classics, as allusions and influences from Heart of Darkness to Dante's Inferno shine out of every page - and not in a forced, name-dropping sort of way. Boy, howdy, can this man write. His story...more
potterican
What a great book! It starts really really slow but it gets very very good. To be specific it took me 131 pages to really get into it but once you do it's non-stop thrills. Jake Marlow is the last of his kind and he's being followed by an organization that hunts and kills supernatural beings. But something happens. Oh it got so good. The writing was spectacular too, the author is British and you can tell immediately by the use of certain words. It's an amazing book to quote from too, I can't rem...more
Paul
Okay, a werewolf novel. My first gut reaction to hearing of a new werewolf movie or novel runs from 'meh' to 'oh, that's silly.' I'm not sure why, to be honest. I'm a fan of horror. AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON (I bought my brother a Slaughtered Lamb tee shirt as a gift), WOLFEN, and even THE HOWLING are films that remain near and dear to my heart, along with the original Lon Cheney Jr. WOLFMAN. And one of my favorite cheap jokes from YOUNG FRANKENSTIEN is Marty Feldman saying, "There wolf!" a...more
F.R.
Narrative is a tricky thing. After all an author wants the plot to be unpredictable and surprising, but also wants it to have a certain thematic solidity. Certainly a writer of thrillers doesn’t want to have lots of loose ends left dangling out of his or her masterpiece. There are exceptions. Raymond Chandler stands out as that rare thriller writer who could create a weaving, labyrinthine plot, which felt like he was making it up as he went along and ultimately left dazzling loose ends. But then...more
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Glen Duncan is a British author born in 1965 in Bolton, Lancashire, England to an Anglo-Indian family. He studied philosophy and literature at the universities of Lancaster and Exeter. In 1990 Duncan moved to London, where he worked as a bookseller for four years, writing in his spare time. In 1994 he visited India with his father (part roots odyssey, part research for a later work, The Bloodstone...more
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