Talulla Rising by Glen Duncan

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23 Critic Reviews

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.
-Guardian

Synopsis

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. 


BONUS MATERIAL: This ebook edition includes an excerpt from Glen Duncan's By Blood We Live.
 

About Glen Duncan

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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.
 
Published June 26, 2012 by Vintage. 433 pages
Genres: Horror, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction
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All: 23 | Positive: 19 | Negative: 4

Kirkus

Excellent
Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on Jul 15 2012

Duncan leaves no doubt about his commitment to the intellectual and the bestial traditions of werewolves and vampires, for he sustains a tone both brainy and vicious.

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NY Times

Good
Reviewed by HEIDI JULAVITS on Jul 20 2012

The werewolf curse proves a perfect metaphor for the female condition, and Duncan deploys it with aplomb...

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Guardian

Excellent
Reviewed by Scarlett Thomas on Apr 05 2012

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.

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NPR

Above average
Reviewed by Drew Toal on Jul 11 2012

It's midcult disguised as masscult, but Talulla Rising fails to totally satisfy either cultural polarity...

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The Washington Post

Below average
Reviewed by Elizabeth Hand on Jun 26 2012

...is a major disappointment, a depressingly conventional genre novel that whines and whimpers when it should howl.

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Dallas News

Excellent
Reviewed by Joy Tipping on Jul 20 2012

Dark, red, compressed, and one thing more: irresistible. Also, thankfully, perfectly ending in a setup for a third book.

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Tor

Excellent
Reviewed by Alex Brown on Jul 25 2012

Reading Talulla Rising was an experience riddled with ambivalency. Sometimes it was like pulling teeth. Paragraphs would feel like volumes...And other times it was like drowning.

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Cleveland.com

Excellent
Reviewed by Karen Long on Jun 25 2012

Duncan's werewolves are never cartoons. He makes the intriguing choice to keep the human cognizant inside the wolf, and vice versa.

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The Australian

Excellent
Reviewed by KIRSTEN TRANTER on Apr 28 2012

...the book is one big, fast, desperate, long chase as Talulla tries to track down her baby with the help of rogue agents from WOCOP, the secret hi-tech agency dedicated to destroying werewolves.

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The Agony Column

Excellent
Reviewed by Rick Kleffel on Jul 05 2012

'Talulla Rising' is heavily and well plotted. Unlike many middle books in trilogies, it does spectacularly well in having a real beginning and a strong ending...

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CNN.com

Excellent
Reviewed by Christian DuChateau on Jun 29 2012

Adventurous readers who are looking for a break from the usual beach read should consider this alternately horrifying and humorous, imaginative and energetic novel.

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Geek Speak Magazine

Excellent
Reviewed by Geonn Cannon on Jun 26 2012

Glen Duncan not only succeeds, he surpasses himself by giving us another foray into this unique world he’s created, this time from a woman’s point of view.

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News Review.

Excellent
Reviewed by Kel Munger on Jul 12 2012

...it is an action-packed novel with moderate twists that will probably leave fans of the first book satisfied, but leave new readers wanting.

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The Anniston Star

Below average
Reviewed by Steven Whitton on Aug 26 2012

The novel is disproportionately violent in its delineation of wulf, the werewolf essence that is now and forever a part of Tallula.

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That's What She Read

Good
Reviewed by Michelle Shannon on Jul 18 2012

In Talulla Rising, he continues his masterful storytelling and ups the ante by adding a nurturing element that drives home the monstrosity that is the werewolf curse.

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BrodartVibe's Blog

Good
Reviewed by Todd on May 31 2012

Glen Duncan gives us a sequel that definitely is more concerned with the adventure and spectacle at hand than with building a world. In a sense it is something like the blockbuster sequel to the The Last Werewolf.

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Literary Exploration

Good
Reviewed by MICHAEL KITTO on May 09 2012

Talulla Rising is a fast paced, exciting novel; dark, gritty and over sexed. I really love how Glen Dunan takes a popular genre that has been selling well and makes it literary and enjoyable to read again.

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The Book Stop

Below average
Reviewed by Deb on Sep 29 2012

...this sequel just felt like a poor rehash of those ideas. It’s just the same characters with more action and horror.

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I Was Angelized 1st

Good
Reviewed by Angelized1st

I actually enjoyed this novel more than the first, The Last Werewolf. I guess because the characters had already been developed, the rules established, and the foe introduced.

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chasing bawa

Good
Reviewed by sakura on Jun 18 2012

At times disturbing, revolting and difficult to read, nevertheless, read it you must because you will want to know what happens to Talulla./..

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Gav's Book Reviews

Good
Reviewed by Gav Collins on Oct 21 2012

There’s flashes of stunning, literary pontification. The observations he makes, and the insight he gives to human (and monster) character still blew me away every now and then.

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Stuff and nonsense

Good
Reviewed by Amy Cockram on Jul 18 2012

...I felt tired and very badly wanted to go to sleep and yet I just as badly wanted to read on. I don't think that there is a greater compliment than that to a book or author.

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The Sixpenny Blog

Good
Reviewed by Francesca on Jun 01 2012

It is wonderful entertainment, full of sharp wit and black humour. The characters are engaging, and the plot draws you in.

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