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review 2018-09-07 10:33
The Last Werewolf
The Last Werewolf - Glen Duncan

by Glen Duncan

 

This started out with a different tone than I usually see in werewolf novels. More of a crime drama or conspiracy story tone as it's established that with the murder of a werewolf in Berlin, the protagonist is the last of his kind and an organisation that hunts down and kills werewolves will now be focused on him.

 

This was a very literary read. Despite a few descriptions of violence, the use of language made it a joy to read and the first person pov of the werewolf throughout felt very intimate and personal. I found myself wanting him to survive. It had a few very sexual references. Apparently being a werewolf sends the libido into animal rut. But both the sex and violence stopped short of becoming gratuitous, even if it nudged that parameter on occasion.

 

There was a lot of suspense well done and a few twists to keep things interesting. The last few chapters had me breathless!

 

The writing was so good that I went to see what else the author had written and found that this is actually a trilogy! I'll look forward to reading the next books. This was one of those stories that when it ended, I just had to sit a few moments, staring into space while processing the feels. It really had a strong emotional impact on me.

 

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text 2018-09-01 13:36
Bingo begins!
Pieces of Her - Karin Slaughter
Trapped in Room 217 - Thomas Kingsley Troupe
Hark! The Herald Angels Scream - Christopher Golden
No 13 Toroni - Julius Regis
The Last Werewolf - Glen Duncan
SLEEPY HOLLOW: General of the Dead (Jason Crane Book 3) - Richard Gleaves
A Conjuring of Light - V.E. Schwab

I want to read them all at once! But I decided to target my 4th row across to begin with, before chaos takes over.

 

 

Amateur Sleuth - Pieces of Her by Karen Slaughter

 

Ghost Stories - Trapped in Room 217 by Thomas Kingsley Troupe

 

Genre: Horror - Hark! The Herald Angels Scream edited by Christopher Golden

 

13 - No. 13 Toroni: A Mystery by Julius Regis

 

Shifters - The Last Werewolf by Glen Duncan

 

The first 3 are Netgalley books, so Yay! 13 is a short classic mystery, only 70 pages. I think all my other books are in the 300-400 page range but this one is only 70 pages. And Werewolf is in paperback and became my pre-read, so I'm making good progress in it.

 

I've also changed the status of General of the Dead by Richard Gleaves to currently reading because I just want to get started on it. It's 3rd in a series that I've enjoyed so far and I want to finish. The same applies to A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab, but I'm going to try not to start it just yet.

 

I like to read multiple books at once, but I do have limits! I also like to stagger beginning new stories so that I have a chance to get into the flow before I'm beginning a new one again. I have 2 anthologies in my intended reads so those don't count because short stories are absorbed in one sitting usually. I just take notes for the review when I've got through all of them.

 

So, let the chaos begin!

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text 2018-08-26 12:11
Reading progress update: I've read 28 out of 346 pages.
The Last Werewolf - Glen Duncan

Great way to start the next chapter!

 

"A vampire has written: 'The asymmetry between immortals and werewolves (apart from the obvious aesthetic asymmetry) is that whereas the vampire is elevated by his transformation the werewolf is diminished by his. To be a vampire is to be increased in subtlety of mind and refinement of taste; the self opens the door of its dismal bedsit to discover the house of many mansions. Personality expands, indefinitely. The vampire gets immortality, immense physical strength, hypnotic ability, the power of flight, psychic grandeur and emotional depth. The werewolf gets dyslexia and a permanent erection."

 

I'm loving this book already!

 

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text 2018-08-25 18:39
Reading progress update: I've read 1 out of 346 pages.
The Last Werewolf - Glen Duncan

Okay, we've been given the go ahead to start one Bingo book. This is my choice, based on total logic. I figured I would start by targeting my fourth row across, which has the shortest book of my choices, one paperback and 3 Netgalley books. This one is the paperback.

 

Since I've had a Kindle I find I read paperbacks slower, so this one needs the time boost. Of course any strategy I come up with will go tits up as soon as the calls start, but I'm starting out with a weird algorhythm in my head that gives priority to shorter books and to Netgalley books, of which there are 8 in my selections.

 

But of course I like to stagger starting new reads, so I'll start a few longer books and the paperbacks so I can get part of them read while I'm zipping through the others. I'm a Gemini, it make sense in my head.

 

Anyway, this one is for my Shifters square. Let the games begin. :D

 

 

 

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2018-03-03 11:30
Reading Anniversaries: First in a Series & Singles–January Edition

 

 

Originally published at midureads.wordpress.com on March 3, 2018.

 

2012

 

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The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross

 

I don't much remember what went on in this book, except there being a plot to replace the Queen with an automaton clone. Must have made an impression on me because I rated it 4 stars on GR. Oh, and the covers in the series are beautiful! I recently and reviewed the second book in this series.

 

 

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Must Love Hellhounds by Various Authors

 

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GR tells me that I loved most of the stories from this anthology. Must have been a good collection. I remember trying it out because it also included a story by Ilona Andrews -- a favorite author couple of mine.

 

 

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Frostbite by David Wellington

 

If you don't yet know that an awesome vampire series by David Wellington's exists, then you haven't been paying attention. Like the Laura Caxton series, this one is creepy AF. My GR review tells me I recommend it to:

 

                         people who like werewolves without the romance and cheesiness

 

I loved it and I don't even like horror much! Here, let my gushing adoration convince you that you need to try Wellington's books.

 

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Stray by Rachel Vincent

 

When I first read it, one of the most annoying things about this series was its heroine. She was a whiny, selfish brat who didn't care about the consequences of her action. One of the best things about it, as I continued to plod along, is how she changed! By the end of the series, the events have transformed her into the alpha her father always knew her to be. If that doesn't float your boat, maybe stay for all the violence and the gore? Oh, and did I mention that the series is complete? You can binge read it!

 

 

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The Last Werewolf by Glen Duncan

 

Maybe I have a soft spot for tortured, lonely werewolves or maybe it's something else. Either way, I just completed this series. While the first had impressed me, the second and third fell short. All I'm saying is that even with the cliffhanger at the end of the first one, it can easily be read as a standalone.

 

2013

 

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Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card

 

I have had much to say about the second book in this series on this blog. All good things, I promise. Therefore, it won't come as a surprise that I loved the first one, as well! The ending blew me away even when I have become so jaded about last-minute twists that change everything. Check this one out!

 

 

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He was a Hero, He Shouldn't have Died by Kenneth Mugi

 

If you asked me to describe this book in a word, I'd probably say weird. But wait, this is what I said in my review:

 

I got this book for free, in exchange for an honest review from Making Connections. Get your copy here.

 

This book is very different from the plethora of Paranormal novels out there- it turns the idea of Dorian Gray’s picture on its head.

 

What I really liked about it was that the touch of fantasy/paranormal elements didn’t overwhelm Kasumi’s story.

Another thing to like was that if the new edited version had any errors, I couldn’t find them.

 

There is enough humor to balance the darkness in the story.

 

I would have liked to see more of Morgan but watching Kasumi grow into her powers would be exciting too.

 

Hoping that there are some fight scenes in the next book!

 

This book isn’t for everybody but if you’d like to read something unique, give this one a whirl.

 

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The Gods Among Us by D.C. Belton

An old read, an old review:

 

The author was kind enough to give me a free review copy.

You know those books that you just don't wanna put down? Not because there's something exciting happening in the story or it is a good story...not only that but mostly because the writing flows and the story is being told so smoothly that you just read on and on. This book was such a book.

 

The parts I loved the most began when Pallas is aboard the ship and meets the crew. Their humor, lightheartedness and loyalty towards each other made them lovable.

I also liked that we're set up to hate Elena in the beginning of the story but we find out she has more depth and understands political intrigue much better than her younger sisters give her credit for.

 

Othello, I feared and hated just like I was supposed to. Even when I laughed at his antics, I wasn't less creeped out by him!

 

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About the gods and their machinations: a) I'm not yet sure if they're actually deities and not humans who know what opposable thumbs are, b) they just don't care whose life they ruin, do they? Even Pallas who claims not to believe in gods & goddesses can't escape their schemes!

 

Pallas keeps mentioning how her father must miss her and I couldn't shake the feeling that there's something wrong there. Poor Pallas!

 

What would have made the book even better was a little more world building, maybe? Or a map, so we could understand what this world is like even better.

 

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Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

Lovely, fun at times and sad at other times, quirky as heck read. I liked it, maybe you would too?

 

Well, those were my faves from the past years. You can also find reviews of books from 2018 that stuck with me. 

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