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Floaters Paperback – July 8, 2016
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About the Author
Kelli Owen was a reviewer for fifteen years and editor of some of the biggest names in the genre for over ten. She has been to countless conventions, participated on dozens of panels, and spoken at CIA headquarters in Langley regarding her writing. And they still don't know what genre to put her in...
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Kelli is a very talented writer, but where she really shines is characterization. The people she writes, even background characters, come to life in a way that's almost Frankenstein-ian: impressive, powerful, tragic, and a little sweet if you look hard enough.
Floaters is full of such characters, but by far my favorite was the protagonist, Carly Greene (with an e). Carly is the type of person I want to hang out with. She's got a troubled past, echoes of a childhood trauma, but she doesn't let it stop her. She's strong. She's smart. She's savvy. She's got a good head on her shoulders. I love reading a story and being able to cheer the hero on rather than sighing and shaking my head over decisions they have made. I also really loved the monster: a tentacled beast of olde who called to mind all those tales of krakens, sea beasts, giant squids, and things that shall not be named... I also really enjoyed the characters of Otto and Granny Two Fingers. The story starts off a little slow, but quickly builds to a fast paced ride through one of the creepiest settings I can imagine. BRAVO!
This is another FANTASTIC monster story, but very very different from the author's other monster story, Live Specimens, thus showcasing her literary range. If you like monsters, especially the aquatic kind, check out Floaters! You won't be sorry!
Two quotes at the start of Floaters set the tone perfectly for the story which follows.
America is not a young land: it is old and dirty and evil. Before the settlers, before the Indians...The evil was there...Waiting — William S. Burroughs
Beware; for I am fearless, and therefore powerful. — Mary Shelly, Frankenstein
Kelli Owen's new book starts out looking like a police procedural involving flood-waters causing a river-side graveyard to lose a number of its residents, including several Native-Americans. It's all fairly straight-forward, until BAM...tentacles.
In the words of Detective, Carly Greene, "Old Indian legends and myths and monsters and — oh my god, I need a drink."
They say, the devil is in the details and Kelli has provided plenty to chew on in Floaters.
There's the strained relationship between Detective Greene and Parker, a reporter for the Evening Telegraph, masterfully addressed, not forced, but allowed to come through naturally in Kelli's writing.
Another gem of a character in the story is Granny Two Fingers, the matriarchal leader Detective Greene is working with to decide what to do with the bodies belonging to the tribe.
In her post-story notes, Kelli Owen mentions that much of Floaters is based on facts. Floaters are real, as is the story of the graveyard releasing a number of bodies when flood-waters rose, but the rest is the work of an overactive imagination.
Floaters is available in both paperback and e-book formats.
Kelli Owen was born and raised in Wisconsin and now lives in Pennsylvania. Kelli has attended countless writing conventions, participated on dozens of panels, and spoken at the CIA Headquarters in Langley, VA.