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The Eerie Adventures of the Lycanthrope Robinson Crusoe Paperback – Abridged, March 8, 2016
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About the Author
Peter Clines has published several pieces of short fiction and countless articles on the film and television industries. He is the author of the Ex-Heroes series and the acclaimed standalone thriller 14. He lives in Southern California.
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To be honest, I only ever read the Great Illustrated Classics version of Robinson Crusoe. As a result, I may have missed some details of the original book that would have made it a lot less boring. To me it was a survival story without a lot of survival but with a lot of luck. That's what I was looking forward to this retelling. Crusoe as a werewolf gives his survival more credibility. It's easier for me to believe that a werewolf could survive almost 30 years on this island as opposed to a regular mortal man.
The inclusion of some Lovecraft elements, predominantly Cthulu, also gave the story a bit more flavor and even some legitimately scary scenes. It also helped to explain why the natives on nearby islands found this particular island to be sacred ground for their church, rather than another island to live on. Clines' inclusion of supernatural elements actually does help the overall story to make more sense than the version of the original that I had read.
Of course, for me, there were still some boring parts. This retelling still stays fairly true to the original, so it's not surprising that there were times when Crusoe's story seemed mundane. But, if you enjoy a classic with a twist, or supernatural elements as commonplace, I definitely recommend The Eerie Adventures of the Lycanthrope Robinson Crusoe. I happily give 4 out of 5.
Here's what i didn't like. First, this book had no advertisement at all, never saw it in any book store ever (and I looked very hard). Second, the cover in print is so very dark and grayed out compared to the image here, not to judge a book by its cover, but when you can barely make out the title of the book because of the lack of contrast between super dark blue and dull black, it may come across as a turn off, also if it was on a shelf, many people would just look past it as a blurry background book on their way towards a book who's cover grabs you by the eye with great contrast and color. Third, (this isn't a big deal) Clines seemed a little reserved on hitting the 'enter' button, I understand that was how the original was written, but it is no longer the original, and this book was a VERY SLOW READ,
I wouldn't mind an extra 20 pages if it took less time to conquer a page, that is typically a trait of bestsellers according to Dean Koontz and it makes sense.
All in all i would blame Permuted Press for this books lack of sales and popularity, i will say that besides the cover, the ink on the pages slightly shimmers and i like it and they have some great books, but they should really advertise more if they aren't going for the stores.