Meet Jake. A bit on the elderly side (he turns 201 in March), but otherwise in the pink of health. The nonstop sex and exercise he’s still getting probably contribute to that, as does his diet: unusual amounts of flesh and blood (at least some from friends and relatives). Jake, of course, is a werewolf, and with the death of his colleague he has now become the only one of his kind. This depresses Jake to the point that he’s been contemplating suicide. Yet there are powerful forces who for very different reasons want - and have the power - to keep Jake alive.
Here is a powerful new version of the werewolf legend - mesmerizing and undeniably sexy, and with moments of violence so elegantly wrought they dazzle rather than repel. But perhaps its most remarkable achievement is to make the reader feel sympathy for a man who can only be described as a monster - and in doing so, remind us what it means to be human.
One of the most original, audacious, and terrifying novels in years.
From the Hardcover edition.
©2011 Robin Sachs (P)2011 Random House Audio
“A brilliantly original thriller, a love story, a witty treatise on male (and female) urges, even an existential musing on what it is to be human. Get one for yourself and one for the Twilight fan in your life.” (James Medd, The Word , UK)
“Space should be cleared for this violent, sexy thriller... The answer to Twilight that adults have been waiting for.” (Courtney Jones, Booklist)
“Yes, there are vampires here... But don’t give this book to Twilight groupies; the frank tone, dark wit, and elegant, sophisticated language will likely do them in... smart, original, and completely absorbing. Highly recommended.” (Barbara Hoffert, Library Journal)
I read the glowing reviews and really anicipated a great listen. But I just don't get it. I found the storyline very slow-moving and the narrator very monotone. No one mentioned the extremely graphic, and to my mind, offensive sexual descriptions. I guess some people enjoy this kind of thing. For me, I couldn't get through the first half. Should have listened to the sample. One star because I had to.
This was a great listen, especially because of Robin Sachs' voice. I heard a positive review on NPR, but it failed to divulge that much of this novel is soft porn. It is fantastically creative interpretation of what the life of the last werewolf was like.
The narrator does a good job and the story line is not bad if they would leave out the constant vulgar language...Enough Already!
I bought this horror with own money, not a credit. About 20 minutes in I realized my mistake, but I pushed through and finished it because I had paid the full price. Each time the writer brought me to some dramatic moment some weird English idiom destroyed it for me. It achieved the effect of making me laugh when I was supposed to be scared, feel disgust when I was supposed to be laughing and feel boredom when I was supposed to be drawn in. The whole book was like a room with furniture placed in the most inconvenient places.
It's hard to get excited about the main character, Jacob, who is basically a guy that doesn't care about anything or anyone and just wants to die. I could not even feel sorry for him because he was so utterly bland, empty and kind of a dick. I found myself often yelling at him while listening: "Oh please! Shut up already!"
During tense or violent moments the author would go on this long rambling, poetic description of the violent acts that somehow always left me with a sour stomach; not because of the blood, gore or violence, but because of pure dirtiness of the way he presented it. A lot of that I attribute to how Duncan constantly uses the "C" word to describe women and female parts. Let me please clear this up for our English neighbors: for an American the "C" word is an extremely dirty word. Take a moment to visualize diseased naughty bits…there you go, now you understand. It is not a word to use lightly, and certainly not to use in some of the situations he uses it in.
What makes me sad is that Duncan is a great writer, very eloquent, he definitely has a way with words. What he chooses to focus his writing on is just totally off.
Original, enthralling, lush.
The use of language throughout the book made the whole read memorable.
Probably the scene when he first changes and learns that killing a loved one is so exquisite.
No. It was best enjoyed over a longer period, like savoring glasses from a bottle of fine wine. There were many passages that deserved to be listened to and reflected on. This is not a book to be rushed.
This is one of the most original takes on a horror novel I've ever read. This book would appeal to anyone who loves a well written book. The end was rather predictable, but that's OK because the ride was so enjoyable. I look forward to reading the sequel.
Show me the credits!!!! :)
That image in your head kind of sums up this book. Rough edges, ruthless but with enough quirk and moxie to make the story incredible. The main character is hard and rough because of the lifestyle he lives, and being the last of his kind makes him not pitiful but engaging with all the stuff he knows. The people he meets and how the world is run is turned upside down making you want more and wonder will happen next. The ending makes me hope somehow there is a sequel. If you are western fan, love scotch, or just like a good old duke it out fight, this book is golden.
My family and I met the author on the chunnel from London to Paris. Duncan is just as interesting in person as his characters are complicated in the book. These werewolves have a ton of fun. They seem to be having a lot more fun than their vampire enemies. Their lust for life and each other is very evident. The reader does a tremendous job using many different voices and tonalities. Though no prude, I found the "sex" scenes a little to heavy. All in all, the book is very entertaining...as is the author.
Grwat books, Great reading, great reviews and I can re-read them at anytime.
the first half was really slow. it picked up when he meet tulula....good though. Would still recommmend
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