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THE LAST WEREWOLF By Glen Duncan August 5, 2011

Posted by lycan librarian in book reviews, Books and reading.

     Anyone who loves werewolves must read this novel. And any man who loves werewolves must make it a point to get his hands on it as soon as he can. The protagonist of the piece is a 200-year-old werewolf who is simply and utterly tired of living while knowing his lifespan to be around 400 years. The book opens as he learns that he has just become the last of his kind. The novel bounces back and forth between the past and present, and the reader learns why he refuses to have sex with women he cares for, or even likes. He is torn between the self-love we all need to survive and the self loathing he has for the monster he is, making him a wonderful character. Now, since the s word has arisen, let’s discuss the sex in this book. This reader has been around the block quite a few times, so she isn’t bothered by the graphic sex scenes, but she did find them unnecessary and distracting. Is it truly necessary to describe a puckered little orifice rather than simply refer to it? Ah, well, the book is clearly written for men by a man, and, of course, for anyone, male or female, who can’t ever seem to hear enough about orifices of all sorts.

     This novel is very atmospheric and dark. Some scenes are grotesque, some gory, some (as you now already realize) are quite naughty, and all are fantastic. If you don’t like horror, werewolves, erotica, or the unsavory, then for goodness sake, don’t read the book and then complain about it! Now you well know that the Lycan Librarian does not reveal plots, but she is willing to say that this selection contains a very, very satisfying ending, especially from a Lycanthrope’s point of view. Aaawoooh!!

     Glen Duncan has seven previously published books, none of them great successes, so this reader/writer/librarian wishes this book huge sales and lofty acclaim, from one stubborn writer who absolutely refused to give up her craft to another. So give the book and read and pass the word along. It’s not a novel you’ll soon forget.



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