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Lonely Werewolf Girl (Kalix MacRinnalch #1)

3.87 of 5 stars 3.87  ·  rating details  ·  2,613 ratings  ·  408 reviews
While teenage werewolf Kalix MacRinnalch is being pursued through the streets of London by murderous hunters, her sister, the Werewolf Enchantress, is busy designing clothes for the Fire Queen. Meanwhile, in the Scottish Highlands, the MacRinnalch Clan is plotting and feuding after the head of the clan suddenly dies intestate. As the court intrigue threatens to blow up int ...more
Paperback, Kalix MacRinnalch, #1, 560 pages
Published February 28th 2008 by Soft Skull Press (first published June 7th 2007)
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Neil Gaiman loves this guy. Need I say more?

Perhaps not but I will anyway. I must admit that when I walked into Elliot Bay I was drawn initially to the cover of the book and then I realized it was an author I'd previously enjoyed.

I loved Millar's "The Good Fairies of New York" for its irreverent take on the fair folk. "Lonely Werewolf Girl" doesn't disappoint. It was good balm for my psyche after getting sucked into the world of "Twilight."

A couple things to keep in mind:
1. It's laugh out loud
William Owen
I really need to reread this, because I wanted to takes some notes while I was going through it, possibly make a paper or something out of it, because these are these are the kinds of books I like to keep my critical teeth sharp on. Anytime you have characters who most people would think unlikely to be interested in fashion, that is typically where you will find me writing critical analysis.

So fashion-obsessed fire elementals practically pull the harbrace handbook off the shelf while the cross-d
The thing is, this was actually a good story ~ I liked the ideas, the history, and some of the characters. Had this story been written better and perhaps organized a little differenlty, it could have easily been a captivating series of two or three books. But the writing was awful!!! Really, really, awful. It's a shame.

Before starting Lonely Werewolf Girl, I read a few reviews on Goodreads and found it curious that so many people said this book read like a first draft, or that it needed a better
Jennifer Wardrip
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The first thing that hit me about this book was the richness of backstory and the sheer size of the cast of characters.

Although the plot centers around the titular lonely teen werewolf, Kalix MacRinnalch, she lives in a rich world populated with numerous other characters whose actions interfere with or drive important developments in the story. Fifteen-year-old Kalix is the youngest daughter of the Thane of the MacRinnalch Clan of werewolves. She's
I've never read any Millar before, so I wasn't sure what to expect. Neil Gaiman gives him the highest praise, but then he also praised Jody Scott, whose I, Vampire left me almost completely cold. But not to worry! Lonely Werewolf Girl is brilliant, disjointed, hilarious, convoluted and whimsical. The characters are all a little crazy, the overlapping love triangles are somewhat labyrinthine and the family relations are dysfunctional, but it all makes for a very good read, the kind that kept me ...more
David Katzman
Jul 10, 2011 David Katzman rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of urban fantasy
Beautiful anorexic depressed teenage runaway werewolf drug addict self-cutter. Do you even need a verb to sell a concept like that?

Despite being 558 pages, this was a quick read. It was fun, but I expected a lot more given the praise lavished on the author from the likes of Neil Gaiman and the Guardian. The plot was its greatest strength, quite entertaining. The premise: werewolves exist, and while there are numerous "lone wolves" spread across the world (set in the present), most belong to clan
This. Book. Is. Terrible.
Here, for illustration, is a brief excerpt that does a good job at exemplifying what made this book sound like fan-fiction written by a 13 year-old:
[Daniel is explaining to his roommate Moonglow that he doesn't want to pursue a werewolf.]
"'Moonglow. Does it mean anything to you that I don't want to be chopped up with a machete or eaten by a werewolf?'
'Of course. I don't want you to be chopped up or eaten. I'd miss you terribly.'
"Really? You'd miss me terribly?'
'Of course
Also posted on my blog, Rinn Reads.

Wow. Whatever I was expecting when I picked this book up, it was not this.

From first glance, I thought it looked like a typical YA paranormal novel, admittedly I didn't really read the blurb properly. What it actually is, however, is a witty, paranormal YA novel filled with black humour and pop culture references, that cleverly and effectively weaves the supernatural into our world. I mean, what's not to like about the idea of a family of aristocratic Scottish
May 28, 2008 Tammy rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Neil Gaiman fans
I picked up this book after seeing a bit of praise from Neil Gaiman about the author.

The story focuses on Kalix, an addict, a teenager, and an outcast, hunted member of werewolf royalty. First and foremost, Kalix is a teenager. She's emo; she cuts (although this is not a major theme in the book, it does occur for those wishing to avoid anything triggery). She whines and complains.

She also can't read or write particularly well, wishes Joan Jett was her mother, and thinks Sabrina, the Teenaged Wit
I'm very glad to have finished this. I'm pretty ambivalent about it as the story was good but the writing was dreadful.

Not only was it written in tabloid journalism style of very short sentences for the quasi-illiterate; it told us everything and showed nothing. It also employed that horrific device of explaing again with a "which means that ..." on a very regular basis, just in case we were too thick to get it the first time. I find that excruciatingly frustrating.

All of that said, the story wa
The sad thing is that this has a very well-developed world, a large cast of interesting, believable characters, and a refreshing take on the werewolf mythos.

But the actual prose is just appallingly bad. There's stylistic choices, and there's times where you just need to fire your copy editor; this would be one of the latter. I almost get the impression that this was a movie or comic book script that got turned into a novel--one of Millar's favorite tricks is to describe a scene or relate a piece
Jul 21, 2008 Laura rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone
Recommended to Laura by: Neil Gaiman
Shelves: fantasy, english
This is an odd book. None of the characters are truly likable (for any character, pick two or more of the following: crazy, violent, criminal, pathetic, annoying, stupid, or heartless). And yet they and their story captivated me.

Lonely Werewolf Girl is also well-written from a literary standpoint. Characters are hardly described at all; all the characterization stems from other sources (action or dialogue). An incredible number of characters and plot threads are woven together in a seamless and
Kalix MacRinnalch is a 17 year old runaway (who happens to LOVE the Runaways and wishes Joan Jett were her mom). She's clinically depressed, she's addicted to opiates (laudanum, really), she cuts herself...and she's a werewolf princess.

Really, Martin Millar's Lonely Werewolf Girl shouldn't work. It has an unwieldy cast numbering in the dozens (with almost as many PoVs), the main character is sort of an emo-Mary Sue - she's got this long gorgeous hair, when she's not starving herself everyone not
Kevin Fanning
I don't even know what to say, my love for this book is so immense. It says 5 up there, but it's a solid 8 stars.

Read the description of the book up above, if it sounds like something you would like, then it probably is. I don't want to say anything else about it here because I will gush and cause spoilers to happen.

For me this book was a master class in How To Tell A Big Story. So here are my notes-to-self:

* There are over 200 chapters, but something amazing happens in almost every single one.
Jan 22, 2013 Anna rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Felice Fawn
Recommended to Anna by: My brother
My brother gifted me this book, because he know I like werewolves and Neil Gaiman. I read it all hoping desperately to find any redeeming quality, but it was a moot quest. This book is horrible. The characters are all completely unlikeable or two-dimensional caricatures. Everybody is really-really-ridicolously good looking, and the plot is a tangled mess. Kalix is clearly interchangeable with Enoby Dementia Dark'ness Ravenway (or Felice Fawn for that matter, *cough cough*) and the prose is what ...more
I really tried. But I could tell something was wrong by the way I kept trying to convince myself I was too busy/tired to read, and kept putting it off until tomorrow. I should know better by now: I always have time for a good book. This wasn't a good book. And much as I hate leaving books halfway through (a stubborn obsession of mine which has gotten me through lots of other bad books), ”Lonely Werewolf Girl” is now part of the ”Unfinishable”s list.

It sounded like a really fun and tongue-in-chee
The sad thing is that this has a very well-developed world, a large cast of interesting, believable characters, and a refreshing take on the werewolf mythos.

But the actual prose is just appallingly bad. There's stylistic choices, and there's times where you just need to fire your copy editor; this would be one of the latter. I almost get the impression that this was a movie or comic book script that got turned into a novel--one of Millar's favorite tricks is to describe a scene or relate a piece
Overall, I enjoyed this book. The idea was entertaining and I liked the pacing and off beat feel of it. BUT I got really annoyed with the whole Thrix/fashionista sub-plot mostly because I didn't give a damn and got really bored with the constant repetition of Malveria or whatever her name was throwing the exact same fit over and over again. Also, the constant reiteration of how thin all the main females were got pretty old. I understand that in some contexts it was some form of mockery, but come ...more
This was a meh kind of read. I was expecting more when I got it. I don't think it was intended to be a book for a young adults but that was how the writing came off some of the time. The character development was interesting but the dialogue kind of made you cringe at times. In a who-the-hell-says-that? kind of way. And the ending was not kind exactly what I was expecting so that was refreshing. A good read by the pool with an en duble margarita.
Jan 24, 2011 Cathy marked it as did-not-want-to-finish
When I found myself avoiding picking it up today I thought it was because my back hurts and it's such a big book. Then I chose a 600+ page hardback to read next (using my wonderful book stand) and realized that that wasn't the problem. I don't dislike the book. There are a lot of things I like about the book. But I don't really care about it. It'a too big, too slow, too full of detailed family history and politics that I don't care about. It's kind of like a clever and more original version of a ...more
Usually urban fantasy isn't my thing.This book changed my mind.A lot of things impressed me about this book.First of all the protagonist is a teenage girl werewolf with a lot of issues.She is depressed has panic attacks and when she feels too bad she cuts herself because that makes her feel better.Most importantly she is a fierce werewolf because she was born under the full moon in a werewolf form.She attacked the chief of the most ancient werewolf clan who happens to be her father (the Thane).A ...more
Martin Millar has two things going for him as a writer (with regards to this book): He's good at plotting/pacing, and he's got a wink-in-his-eye sense of humour, which makes some of his characters a delight to read (particularly Malveria and Agrivex, it has to be said). Unfortunately, there are many, many flaws in this book, starting with the dire need for a proofreader (oh, the punctuation, the typos, the spelling mistakes! Probably at least one on every page!), and continuing to the strange te ...more
Sep 16, 2014 DDog rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommended to DDog by: Neil
Apparently many people like this book, and Neil Gaiman recommended the author, but I just couldn't get into it. I read nineteen pages and just wanted to take a red pen to it. Some of it was almost funny--I could see where some of the melodrama, if developed properly, could be quite amusing. But the execution was feeble, and I couldn't stomach reading another 539 pages like the first 19.

I know this may be ironic as I read Laurell K. Hamilton's books like candy, but something just rubbed me wrong
Ryan Mishap
Explaining a Millar book takes a long time and requires a good deal of patience from your listener/reader. Suffice to say, this book fucking rules!
It is hilarious, violent, and insightful: proof that a so-called fantasy novel can plumb the depths of human (well, and other beings) emotions, friendship, love, and interaction just as well as "literature"--and have killer werewolf battles to boot.
Basic set up:

1) The youngest daughter of the ruling Scottish werewolf clan has attacked and killed t
Great fun, and very compulsive reading - raced through this :)
I love his stories, because they are very familiar - lots about London, and students, and bands playing gigs - but they also manage to include all sorts of strange stuff (werewolves for instance) that seem to fit in so well with the rest of it I can almost believe that I've met werewolves too.

However, one thing irked me about this book - it seems as though proof reading consisted largely of running a computer spell check since there w
As much as I liked "Good Fairies of New York", I think I liked "Lonely Werewolf Girl" even more.

I think Millar might just be the king of quirky characters...this book is chock full of them! An entire werewolf clan of kooky characters...dark and kooky, but kooky nonetheless. Add in a couple otherworlders, a few bizarre humans, and a heavy dose of whiskey and you get a damn fine book out of it!

There are a few points in the stories that didn't get wrapped up to my liking, but overall I'd say this
I've been meaning to write about this for months, which means I will be concise here: Millar's book is something I would never have picked up were it not for an email from the publisher, offering me the chance to read an advanced copy. I agreed and I'm glad that I did, because Millar has a talent for character interaction and humor that makes this book stand out. The mythology he plants behind the scenes is neat and fun, and this, along with a few hints towards the end of the story, suggests tha ...more
Two stars, because goodreads' definition of two stars is the same as what I felt about this book - it was...okay.

As many other reviews of this book state, I also picked up Lonely Werewolf Girl mostly due to the quote/rating by Neil Gaiman on the cover. I mean, if Neil Gaiman likes this book, surely it must be worthwhile, right?

Not really.

Just a couple chapters (in the case of this book, that's only a few pages) in, I was already starting to notice that the writing had this rather juvenile feel
La recensione è anche su Fantasy Magazine:

Kalix MacRinnalch ha diciassette anni, è anoressica e si trascina per la strade di Londra in compagnia del suo fedele diario e dell'inseparabile bottiglietta di laudano. Ed è un lupo mannaro. Anzi, per la precisione, è una principessa appartenente al clan MacRinnalch, che potrebbe a diritto essere considerato la "famiglia reale" dei licantropi. Alla sua storia si intrecciano le vicende degli altri componenti del c

Pur con una scrittura quasi per nulla descrittiva, l'autore riesce a stiracchiare una trama da 150 pagine fino a farla diventare un malloppo: il risultato è che non si capisce a che punto parta la storia, che compie diversi scarti in corsa e termina a metà, lasciandoci con un pugno di mosche in mano. Qualche idea è buona, ma è praticamente buttata via, e personaggi con del potenziale vengono annacquati nello stereotipo (Kalix, Malveria). Non ho visto nemmeno le risate di cui molti parlavano.
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Martin Millar is a critically acclaimed Scottish writer from Glasgow, now resident in London. He also writes the Thraxas series of fantasy novels under the pseudonym Martin Scott.

The novels he writes as Martin Millar dwell on urban decay and British sub-cultures, and the impact this has on a range of characters, both realistic and supernatural. There are elements of magical realism, and the feelin
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