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Talulla Risingby Glen Duncan
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When I change I change fast. The moon drags the whatever-it-is up from the earth and it goes through me with crazy wriggling impatience . . . I'm twisted, torn, churned, throttled — then rushed through a blind chicane into ludicrous power . . . A heel settles. A last canine hurries through. A shoulder blade pops. The woman is a werewolf.
The woman is Talulla Demetriou.
She's grieving for her werewolf lover, Jake, whose violent death has left her alone with her own sublime monstrousness. On the run, pursued by the hunters of WOCOP (World Organisation for the Control of Occult Phenomena), she must find a place to give birth to Jake's child in secret.
The birth, under a full moon at a remote Alaska lodge, leaves Talulla ravaged, but with her infant son in her arms she believes the worst is over — until the windows crash in, and she discovers that the worst has only just begun . . .
What follows throws Talulla into a race against time to save both herself and her child as she faces down the new, psychotic leader of WOCOP, a cabal of blood-drinking religious fanatics, and (rumor has it) the oldest living vampire.
Harnessing the same audacious imagination and dark humor, the same depths of horror and sympathy, the same full-tilt narrative energy with which he crafted his acclaimed novel The Last Werewolf, Glen Duncan now gives us a heroine like no other, the definitive twenty-first-century female of the species.
"Decidedly not for the squeamish, Duncan's disturbingly raunchy sequel to his 2011 supernatural thriller, The Last Werewolf, finds newly turned werewolf Talulla Demetriou hiding out in a remote hunting lodge near Fairbanks, Alaska, mourning her dead werewolf lover, Jake Marlowe, by whom she's pregnant. After Talulla delivers boy-girl befurred twins, vampires kidnap her newborn son as a sacrifice to bring back their mythic progenitor. With baby daughter Zoa in tow, Talulla sets out after the vampires in a quest to regain her son that will bring her in contact with more of her kind. Once a month she changes into a nine-foot-tall monster who lusts after her victims before killing and eating them, but in between gorges she fancies herself Moll Flanders, 'immoral, shallow, hypocritical, heartless, a bad woman.' From time to time Talulla endures tortures that would have been more powerful if suggested rather than wallowed in. The philosophizing may strike some readers as painfully facile, even for a werewolf. Agent: Jane Gelfman, Gelfman Schneider." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"The horror genre at its best — wildly imaginative, written with wit and intelligence, wickedly entertaining." The Times (UK)
"Duncan's writing does more than transcend genre fiction: it creeps up on it in the dead of night, rips out its heart, then eats it. There is something liberating about a novel like this. As well as offering a new vantage point from which to consider the old questions of life, it also provides a welcome fantasy in which there is not just extreme sex and violence, but also smoking, drinking, and a lot of very fancy hotels....Who wouldn't want to be part of their world for a while?....As well as being thought-provoking, it's all great fun." The Guardian (UK)
"Last year Glen Duncan brought fresh blood to the monster market with the moonstruck hero and toothsome prose of his novel The Last Werewolf ....In Talulla Rising, Duncan again creates an oddly engaging world defined almost exclusively by the abnormal...Duncan can be awfully entertaining." Bloomberg News
"A bone-crunchingly, page-plungingly good book (necessary reading just for the language) that limns the primal darkness within us but is ultimately about love....Highly recommended." Library Journal (starred)
"A lusty, visceral, bloody tale [told in] capable, muscular prose....This is enjoyable stuff...Duncan's werewolves are never cartoons....Talulla has the wit and pluck to entertain us." Cleveland Plain Dealer
"[A] terrific anti-Twilight werewolves-versus-vampires saga continues....This is pulp fiction but of the highest order....It all takes place in a wonderfully constructed universe of hipster philosophy, hard-bitten humour, just enough arcane mystery, and a whole load of Tarantino-Technicolor sex and violence. As before, there's substance beyond the flippancy, an unlaboured consideration of the beast within us all, and though beneath the wolf's clothing lies the purringly efficient machinery of a really good thriller, it goes way beyond genre writing." Word magazine (UK)
"Both brainy and vicious." Kirkus Reviews
"I like now and then to be reminded that I am a companion of the Wild Beast, and Glen Duncan ensures that I never forget it. He writes brilliantly of the presence of evil in its most contemporary disguise, with its heady temptations of heedless abundance, hunger, and satiety. Never again will it be possible to think of werewolves as mere metaphor. This fierce, witty, and erotic novel is full of surprises, both provocative and illuminating." Susanna Moore
"The sequel to Duncan's excellent The Last Werewolf, Talulla Rising returns to the dark and humorous world that made the earlier novel such a triumph....Duncan's novel is that rare and wonderful creature — literary horror....Duncan shows us just how vital [the werewolf tale] can be...filled with an irony that speaks to our complicated and troubled times." Sydney Morning Herald (Australia)
"A fearsomely good book, mainly because Talulla is such a poignant outsider and formidable heroine." Metro (UK)
"An enthralling look into the heart of newfound monstrosity....Lavish, dark, and deliciously campy." Booklist
Glen Duncan now gives us a stunning follow-up to The Last Werewolf, which has been hailed as "a brilliantly original thriller, a love story, a witty treatise on male (and female) urges, even an existential musing on what it is to be human" (James Medd, The Word).
Talulla, pregnant, grieving, and on the run, must face her werewolf future without Jake. Premature labor under a full moon leaves her near death, but with her newborn son in her arms, she believes the worst is over.
Until the door opens — and a new nightmare begins.
What follows tests her sanity, her motherhood, and her will to survive, in a race against time to recover her lost child, an epic struggle that sees her crossing paths with a psychotic new WOCOP leader, an unlikely human lover, blood-drinking religious fanatics, a pack of London werewolves, and (rumor has it) the oldest living vampire on earth...
Talulla Rising pushes the werewolf myth further into new territory to give us a novel rich in action and ideas, delivering in the process the definitive twenty-first-century female of the species.
About the Author
Glen Duncan is the author of eight previous novels. He was chosen by both Arena and The Times Literary Supplement as one of Britain's best young novelists. He lives in London.
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