The Last Werewolf

Two more great reviews have rolled in for THE LAST WEREWOLF, Glen Duncan’s latest imaginative, cerebral novel about a world-weary werewolf. Here’s an excerpt from the NY Times:

It’s easy to see why werewolves might feel under-celebrated these days. While vampires and zombies have stormed the multiplexes and best-seller lists, and Dr. Frankenstein’s monster has completed its cultural infiltration by transforming into the ubiquitous in- formation appliances of daily life (if my smartphone doesn’t count as artificial life run amok I don’t know what does), werewolves have been largely left to idle at the side of the literary road. Where are these Freudian howlers of the night? theirs has been rather a raw deal.

No longer. For now we have Jake Marlowe — the centerpiece of Glen Duncan’s playfully brainy new novel, “the Last Werewolf” — a 200-year-old, Kant- reading, chain-smoking aesthete whom one could easily imagine curling up with a bottle of single-malt scotch and a copy of the New York Review of Books. He is prone to mordant observation, as in: “the point of civilization is so that one can check in to a quality hotel.”

He also happens to eat people, one for every full moon.

And another from Ron Charles at the Washington Post highlighting some of the brilliant one-liners in this one:

Well, prepare to have your monster world turned upside down. The British writer Glen Duncan has finally driven a stake through vampire supremacy. And it works because he gives his werewolf narrator a voice with teeth. Cerebral and campy, philosophical and ironic, “The Last Werewolf” is a novel that’s always licking its bloody lips and winking at us.

 OK, so here’s what you have to do for a chance to win a signed copy of THE LAST WEREWOLF: (I’m keeping the other one for myself.)

Think of an unexplored type of mythological/paranormal/fabled being and the author you would want to see write from that perspective, then give me a book title and the author name in the comments below. (Examples: The Lecherous Leprechaun by Phillip Roth or Lonely Centaur by Joan Didion) I’ll choose my favorite, and he or she wins a signed book!

A Contest for your Monday

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  • Oooh. This is fun. Here are three that come immediately to mind:
    The Medusa Memoirs by Helen Fielding;
    Jersey Be-Deviled by Snooki;
    Gnome-Man is an Island by John Donne…

  • How ’bout:
    Douglas Adams, The Long Dark Tea Time of the Soul-Eaters;
    Louise Penny, Bury Your Undead;

  • Haha! Nice work, guys. I think I’m going to have to give it to Ike for “Gnome-Man.” I think I have your address already, so I’ll drop your autographed copy in the mail! The bell tolls for you.

  • Nicole, if you want to send me your address, I can certainly mail you an ARC!

  • I know the contest is over but I had to add one. After living in Colorado for eight years, I’d like to see something about the Troublesome Tommyknockers. I bet Christopher Moore could do something good with it.

  • Thanks – and that was fast, the book arrived today)!

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