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Sour Lake: Or, The Beast Paperback – December 1, 2011
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"Set in 1911, Sour Lake follows a set of grisly and bizarre murders in the Big Thicket section of Southeast Texas. Sour Lake pulled me in so deep and fast I'm not entirely sure I remember anything about the day I sat reading his incredible book other than the sound of rapidly turned pages. Texas deserves its monsters to be like everything else here, big and badass. McCandless delivers perfectly." The Houston Press
"A well-executed journey into the macabre." - Kirkus Reviews
"Not that long ago, this part of the country was a lawless, treacherous place...Sour Lake is a cautionary tale for today." - San Antonio Express-News
About the Author
Bruce McCandless III lives in Austin with his wife and two daughters.
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"'Ride!' said the Ranger, and he whipped the sorrels' head around toward the road back to town....The bullets whined as they passed. Jake grabbed a handful of mane and held on to Comanche as best he could. The old horse shuffled off the weight of a dozen years and was close to the front of the herd, wheezing with exertion. The motley group of men and animals went thundering up the narrow road like Crusaders charging through a mountain pass. It was exhilerating in that peculiar and irrational way know best to young men. Jake found himself grinning in spite of his terror."
And I found myself grinning on the 5p San Francisco to Richmond BART train, cheering on this brave, charmingly undignified and inept East Texas crew, as they struggle to do what they gotta do.
I didn't find it all that scary. What I did find it was a damn good read. Thumbs up!
A Texas Ranger only Lee Van Cleef could play-Check
A snake filled, mosquito ridden swamp land that is terrifying and beautiful-Check
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A Man Boy in a Magnificent flying machine-Check
A Creature that makes "Alien" look like a Horny Toad-Check
Exotic and Deadly Foreigners-Check
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Damn Fine Writing Mr.McCandless.
I always enjoy cinematic prose and HEEBIE JEEBIES.
The last two books I read were Stephen King's "11/22/63" and James Ellroy's "American Tabloid: A Novel." "Sour Lake," the first novel by Bruce McCandless, holds up remarkably well against these veterans. The cast of characters is well defined and hold your interest. The writing is crisp and descriptive.
I liked the use of letters and newspaper reports to move the story along, much as Ellroy does in "American Tabloid: A Novel." Another similarity is that you want to know where this story is going and it does not dissapoint.
I look forward to the next effort from Mr. McCandless. Well done.
**Warning do not attempt to read even a little bit of this eerie tale while visiting family deep in the woods of East Texas. You will get totally freaked out, won't be able to sleep and then everyone will hate you the next day for being sooo grouchy and agitated. Just trust me on this one...
This masterpiece will educate and stimulate.
Such an incredible, gritty, plot-twisting cinematic story!
I gifted 10 varietal of friends 1 copy each. 100% of them were wamboozled....meaning they absolutely Love this Book!
Cross the board.
Hollywood, step up. We have a serious winner down in the thickets of Sour Lake.
SOUR LAKE reminds me of times I have hunted in East Texas, and I did not expect to find a narrative quite as creepy and realistic about the surroundings. It is, after all, fiction. And, I quit reading fiction after the last Cormac McCarthy novel I attempted, so this was unexpectedly sharp, clean, and lean exposition. As other reviewers note, this will make a good movie.
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This book is fairly reminiscent of Dracula. A shorter version without the romance and set in Texas, but similar nonetheless.Read more