Since this seems like the week where it’s all about nicking things from that all important bloke in your life, I decided to review a book I discovered in MTM’s collection and that I enjoyed far more than I ever thought I would. I confess that I thoroughly enjoy supernatural fiction. It started with Anne Rice as a young teen and then moved into popular series like Anita Blake and Sookie Stackhouse, with numerous other novels thrown into the mix.
No, not Twilight.
Yes, I was hooked for a while there. Until I reached maximum saturation and couldn’t even stand to read the blurb on the back of a supernatural novel. That was until we moved and, thanks to many mix ups, I was internet-less for quite some time. What does one do in when one finds herself in such a predicament? Well, I rewatched all my DVDs and then proceeded to read/re-read every book in the house.
Something to bear in mind if you are OCD like me about owning complete series – this is the first book in a trilogy and it is followed by Tallula Rising and By Blood We Live.
The book follows one Jake Marlowe, age 200, who is – you’ve guessed it – the last werewolf on Earth thanks to a combination of werewolf hunting lead by a human occult organisation (WOCOP) and a sort of virus that stops anyone from surviving a bite and thus becoming sharp toothed and fury once a month. Jake is a brilliantly entertaining character, wealthy, partial to whiskey and perennially horny, with his own sarcastic, pop culture laden view of life. The novel finds him ready to embrace death/suicidal but, thankfully, he reconsiders after meeting a werewolf woman. Isn’t that refreshing? Finally a male character’s life purpose becomes a happy relationship with a woman!
The plot can be quite fast paced, with some twists and turns and plenty of action as poor Jake finds himself caught between humans, who either love or hate him, vampires and his own infatuation. I enjoyed his foray into emotional exploration and the portrayal of a surprisingly grounded love story.
I, personally, loved the language and the general writing style. Some people may find it pretentious, but I think Duncan pulls it off in a very authentic fashion and the book often put a smile on my face. There was even chuckling involved! I thoroughly enjoyed the dialogue, musings and, in particular, all the pop culture references! Oh yeah, and there’s plenty of sex in there too, just like in life.
Overall, I got hooked straight in by the first person narrative and was thoroughly entertained throughout. I think it might just have been the first book I encountered that seemed to echo my own sense of humor (morbid and sarcastic, most of the time) and general thought pattern.
All in all, I give this book 4 1/2 out of 5 glasses of Macallan!