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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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text 2018-08-10 19:28
How To Marry A Werewolf by Gail Carriger $1.99
How To Marry A Werewolf : A Claw & Courtship Novella - Gail Carriger

WEREWOLVES 

The monsters left Faith ruined in the eyes of society, so now they're her only option. Rejected by her family, Faith crosses the Atlantic, looking for a marriage of convenience and revenge. But things are done differently in London. Werewolves are civilized. At least they pretend to be. 

AMERICANS 

Backward heathens with no culture, Major Channing has never had time for any of them. But there's something special about Faith. Channing finds himself fighting to prove himself and defend his species. But this werewolf has good reason not to trust human women. 

Even if they learn to love, can either of them forgive? 

From the bestselling author of the Parasol Protectorate series. Look out for appearances from favorite characters and the serious consequences of unwarranted geology. 

A Note On Chronology 

The Claw & Courtship novellas can be read in any order. This book can be enjoyed without having read any of Gail's other works. Set in the spring of 1896 this story occurs after events chronicled in Romancing the Werewolf.

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