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Product Details

  • Paperback: 290 pages
  • Publisher: Real Deal Productions, Incorporated (July 22, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982722206
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982722206
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,361,835 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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WINNER 2011 Benjamin Franklin Awards -  Bill Fisher Award for Best First Book (Fiction), 
USA "Best Books 2011"  "Winner" in the "Best New Fiction"


"Joining Tucker and company in their search for a REAL monster is as much fun as going to the Center of the Earth with Prof. Lidenbrook or to the Lost World with Prof. Challenger ... a delight!" --John Goodwin - Emmy winner CSI

It is, at its heart, an adventure story that reminds me of things I would read as a child. I hold Harold Tucker up there with Quartermaine. It is great fun, adventurous and emotionally fulfilling. --Hack Johnson - Horror News.Net

"a breath of fresh air... it reminds you of better days when books were about having fun and not international terrorists threatening to kill millions" --Chris Eaton, The Realm Cast, therealmcast.com

About the Author

Author S.S. Wilson is veteran of 25 years as a screenwriter and film director with a talent for turning the familiar into the unexpected. Short Circuit side-stepped movie robot clichés to give us the unforgettable Johnny Five. Tremors was both an action film and a send-up of 1950s monster movies. In his first novel, Wilson takes us on a whirlwind adventure that, along the way, pokes fun at classic Hollywood horror films.

More About the Author

S.S. Wilson's first novel Tucker's Monster is the Winner of the 2011 Bill Fisher Award for Best First Book - Fiction, presented at the 23rd annual Benjamin Franklin Awards and the USA "Best Books 2011" "Winner" in the "Best New Fiction"

S.S. Wilson, screenwriter of such films as Tremors and Short Circuit has just finished his first novel Tucker's Monster after 30 years. "It really was 30 years in the making," jokes the author. After being "side-tracked" by success in screenwriting and directing, Wilson returned to a book he began over three decades ago and is now writing his second novel Fraidy Cats.

S.S. WILSON has always been a storyteller with a love of fantasy. His high school science project was an animated dinosaur that demonstrated the concept of persistence of vision, the "flaw" in human optics which makes movie watching possible.

As a teenager, Wilson made backyard stop-motion animation "epics" with 8mm film and later went on to study film and television at Pennsylvania State University and the USC graduate film program, where he met writing partner Brent Maddock. He and Maddock landed early jobs writing material for animation giants Chuck Jones and Friz Freleng's television specials featuring the Road Runner and Daffy Duck.

Wilson also wrote a book on special effects stop-motion animation, PUPPETS AND PEOPLE.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Steven B. on August 16, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I don't normally write book reviews, so bear with me if I start to ramble.

While I didn't know what to expect in this book at first, it didn't take much reading before I was glad I bought it. A fun, interesting, and generally 'different' take on all those classic movie monsters (werewolves, ghosts, mummies, whathaveyous) and the people who seek them out. Taking place at the start of the 20th century, the story follows the titular Tucker, a rich rancher who's desperate to find a living dinosaur somewhere on the planet. Taking with him his capable and devoted wife and his newly-hired (and fairly skeptical) zoologist, he travels all around the world, following whatever lead he comes across and searching for whatever mystical beast the locals swear exists.

The book is, as I mentioned, a very fun read. The main reason for this is the excellent characters sprinkled throughout, from the leads to the folks who just show up for a page or two. Tucker himself is a fascinating character, from his determined demeanor to the reasons for his tireless search to his habit of always going with the biggest of anything (particularly in his choice of firearms). The book plays with a lot of the tropes and cliches that tend to pop up in the old stories (the fearful backwater town, the terrible curses from gypsies and mummies, the lost treasure guarded by a vengeful spirit, etc.), and has fun exposing them for the hogwash they are. That is not to say a few fantasy elements don't show up here and there, and when they do they are handed quite well.

There are times when the book feels like it's the compressed version of a longer series, like it could be expanded into another volume or so (and I don't just say this in regards to the found-letters framing device the story works in).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By gfmsoccer on August 10, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This is a great adventure read for Teens or Adults.
Steve has done such fun work in films (Tremors, etc),
that it's great he's doing books too. Makes a great gift
too!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By P. G. Woof on August 31, 2010
Format: Hardcover
As the entertainment business has witnessed S.S. Wilson has many good stories to tell. And Tucker's Monster proves he has more yarns to spin. Tucker's Monster is a great book for all ages, young to young at heart. Simply put, pull up a chair, turn on a light and let Tucker's world unfold, and share it with another who loves a good read.
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" Tucker's Monster is a magnificent adventure tale! SS Wilson brings the Wild West era remarkably alive with eccentric characters in search of a living dinosaur. Their exciting, dangerous chronicle is witty, unpredictable, and captivating for all ages." -- Brinke Stevens - actress, writer, producer
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Format: Kindle Edition
Fun book with likeable characters. Stop.
The end is great, I didnt see it coming. Stop
I recommend it for monster fans. Stop

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Tucker's Monster

Tucker's Monster proves that the pursuit of ones' dreams is worth the perseverance. This book provides a good mix of adventure with fantasy. Just when you think you have it all figured out, the plot changes, yet again. I felt that the book was very well written, with picturesque details, and the passion of it's author that comes shining though. It's a quick and worthwhile read. I can't wait to see what S.S. Wilson comes us with next.
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