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About the Author
- ASIN : B086T6MDCS
- Publisher : Meerkat Press (July 14, 2020)
- Publication date : July 14, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 2001 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 271 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1946154296
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,137,753 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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From the first few pages I was laughing hysterically and this humor continued right through until the very end. Rosson’s way of writing moves along at an easy and steady pace that is so entertaining. I especially loved that much of the story was based out of the Pacific Northwest since that’s where I’m located. Barring the tiny bit of strange and prophetic mentions of specific places that have been in the news recently, such as Capitol Hill and Cal Anderson Park. Even the obscure mentions of my local grocery store gave me a little thrill.
It’s such an untraditional monster story that really gives you no clue as to how it’s going to end, but you don’t even really care, because the journey is a riot.
Thank you, Meerkat Press, for my copy. The opinion is my own.
I review books. I review books, and I am stumped. I am not stumped on what to say about this book. What I am struggling with is how to review this book without just saying "I liked everything about it" and calling it a day. Because I did, I liked everything about it. There is so much going on here, but it really came down to the writing prowess more so than the story. You could feel the that. I am stealing this from Dianah Hughley right off the back of the book, but it felt meticulous. All of it. The vividness of the scenes and places. The dialogue. The subtle humor. The growth of the characters. The completeness, the fleshed out feeling of secondary characters. There was a lot. So yeah, I am not struggling to tell you what I liked. I am struggling to tell you what I didn't like.
I want to talk about the cover. Rosson designed it and it is dynamic and grabs you for sure. And yeah, there is a unicorn and a flying saucer and a little tentacle thing. I like it, and all of that stuff is at least briefly touched on in this book, but that stuff isn't the meat. Not even close. So look, they have told us over and over not to judge a book, yada yada, but we all do. The cover screams this absurd, maybe even bizarro story. It's not, it's a bit dark and offbeat, it is definitely genre-blurring( I stole some of that from the back cover synopsis, credit where it's due), but it's not as absurd as the cover might lead you to believe.
I read for two things, maybe everybody does this, but I read for story and then for the writing. By the writing, I really mean just beautiful passages, turns of phrase, things like that. I use sticky notes to mark that stuff, sometimes I can read through an entire novel and not need them and really just focus on the story. Sometimes, the writing style ( back to prowess ) is so overwhelming that I am marking stuff on every other page. That's how this one was. So many passages grabbed me on their own, outside the story.
I don't want to give a ton about the plot. Mark Sandoval is this mysterious, globe trotting, cryptozoologist. He has reasons to get out of the States, so when he gets a video email that appears to show a living unicorn on an island off the coast of Iceland, he jumps at the chance. Brian is really our main character and he has his own reasons to leave his current life behind for a while. He joins on as Mark's assistant. They take off for the remote island. So that's it. We are hunting unicorns. I know, you don't think you are going to like that. Trust me, <censored>, I am using every ounce of leverage that I have here. Trust me, you are wrong. That's really just a small, small piece. Shady locals, quirky local legends, a mysterious American military compound, haunted forests, little girls' bicycles ( what? ), run-ins with thugs. The action is thick and when it lulls, you are hit right in the face with Rosson's writing. Frankly, there are so many pretty passages in here.
I have to mention the part where they find what appears to be unicorn <censored>. I will stay mum on the authenticity of said <censored>, but I have to mention the hilarity of the scene. Mark is a believer, Brian is not. Mark is trying to analyze what he has found, Brian is trying to explain it away and all the while the two little kids ( live on the farm where alleged unicorn sighting happened ) are running around the yard singing about magical poop.
So really, it was originality. Back to Dianah, because I can't say it better. The story is quirky and heartfelt, the talent is staggering, the craft is meticulous" - yeah - that's exactly how it made me feel.
I do want to share one passage. When Brian is answering written questions to apply to be Mark's assistant. He answers the question "Why does cryptozoology interest you?" with:
Blessed with the casual honesty afforded those who didn't really give much of a <censored> one way or the other, he typed, "Because I want to believe in the unknown. In the idea of something beyond, something atypical. Even if I know there is nothing out there in the dark, nothing under the bed, I still wish the possibility was there."
This passage struck me, because I think it basically puts a name to why I so often turn to dark fiction.
Just great writing:
Comparing Brian's trembling legs to a "newborn foal flung hard into the world and trying to get its <censored> together fast."
"He stepped out of the hospital unfixed, terrified, woefully damaged, and strangely exultant."
Thinking at night, getting stuck in memories, snared in them. "Peeling back years of his life like a kid lifting rotten logs, looking for the dark, scurrying life hidden underneath it."
This stuff was throughout. For me? The story was great, the style was even better.
Brian is an eternal student on the cusp of completing his dissertation and drops out of university to help an infamous cryptozoologist (yeah, I had to look that one up, too) investigate a unicorn sighting near Iceland. He's a non-believer, but ready for a change.
Mark is a wealthy man who has lost his way and is desperate to redeem himself by finding a story on the remote island of Hvíldarland. The threats from the locals only excite him even more. What are they hiding?
This novel is like nothing I've ever read. It's like going down an inexplicable rabbit hole with bedazzled horse turds, grown men riding children's bicycles, eerie forests, secretive military bases, and quirky characters. But don't let that scare you away. The writing is incredible.
Rosson's sarcastically witty and intelligent dialogue is so refreshing and thought-provoking as well as beautifully bizarre. He knows how to take a simple thought and make it into a fascinating and poetic piece of prose. Unicorns be damned, this man can wield a pen. I can't recommend this book enough!
Thank you to Mr. Rosson for giving me the opportunity to read this book with no expectation of a positive review.