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Lake Monsters

Lake Monsters A monstrous tale by Vermont s master of the macabre

  • Title: Lake Monsters
  • Author: Joseph A. Citro
  • ISBN: 9781584651109
  • Page: 430
  • Format: Paperback
  • A monstrous tale by Vermont s master of the macabre.

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    1. Dark Twilight's protagonist searches for the legendary monster of Lake Champlain, cousin to the Loch Ness legend, but that's not the monster that creeps through the marsh and attic and boarded-up monastery of this book Citro is a master at conveying an atmosphere that I can not only visualize, but feel: a chilly island in Vermont, quaintly insular during the day, eerie and menacing by night; the crackle and pop of leaves and twigs being trod upon, wind in the trees, footsteps in the attic, sobbi [...]

    2. “In the cold, uncharted waters, a dark serpentine form roved silently…”Who knows what’s down there? Nearly 5,000 years ago, the Babylonians offered animal sacrifices to Ea, the great fish monster. The Bible speaks of Leviathan. Norse sailors feared the Midgard Serpent, and – in the days of Beowulf – Grendel rose from an underwater lair to tear sleeping warriors limb from limb. A combination of dread and fascination has always typified mankind’s attitude toward things that lurk in t [...]

    3. I like a very wide variety of book subjects. One of these subjects is monsters. I enjoy books like Jaws, MEG, and other types of giant critters what are just waiting out there somewhere for lunch to come by. I bought this book after reading the reviews and was curious to see what kind of monster inhabited Lake Champlain. This author did a great job of weaving major plots and sub plots and developing his characters. I'm not much into Yankee Gothic, but this was a nice change. The central characte [...]

    4. Quick readThis is the third Joseph Citro book I have read and I will most likely read the other ones he has written. He developed his characters well and often surprised you with a plot twist that keeps you turning the page. I think my biggest disappointment was the books ending. It just seemed to me to be almost juvenile and took what is otherwise a good book and made it seem silly. I wish he could go back and rewrite the last few chapters to match the ending with the caliber in which he wrote [...]

    5. This is the first book I completed for my 2013 reading challenge, and I can say that the bar has been set so low that it can only get higher. Hindsight is 20/20, but if I'd read the afterword first, I'd have known that this is Citro's first novel, though it was his second published. So it wasn't good enough to get published on its own; he had to publish something better (presumably) and build a name for himself. Ugh.His afterword notes that he wrote the characters and the setting as tribute to [...]

    6. I used to be a passionate, devoted reader of horror fiction back in my teens and twenties. There is some great stuff out there: well-written, interesting, and scary! Unfortunately, there isn't very much of it, so once you've read through the horror canon, you are left sifting through chaff. I don't read much horror any more, but since this one was written by Joe Citro (a Vermont folklorist who wrote a few great nonfiction books bout New England), I thought I'd give it a try.Ooops. Instead of bei [...]

    7. This book just didn't do it for me. From the title and description, I expected a man to be searching for a lake monster. The story starts out that way but then takes a turn and goes off on another plot. There's several holes in the new plot that are either poorly explained or not at all - the girl, her family and the supernatural rape come to mind. At the conclusion of the book, there is a short chapter about the monster that was being sought but by this time, you've been on the new plot for so [...]

    8. Sometimes GraphicSometimes GraphicThis book was at times difficult to follow with so many loose ends flapping around that it wasn't easy to read. Having said that, this book may interest those who enjoy gothic writing. While I didn't really enjoy this book as I am not a fan of gothic, I would say that it may be entertaining for others. Individual choice for individual readers.

    9. I wanted to like this book more, as it started out well enough and Citro is a decent writer. It gets a tad dull by the midway point and the conclusion is bizarre. That said, I like Citro's writing and look forward to reading more of his work.

    10. One man trying to solve the mystery of the monster at Lake Champlain finds himself in a rare predicament involving religion, survival, fate, love and just flat out "out of this world" experiences.

    11. Not exactly what I was expecting but not a disappointment! This book gets the atmosphere of northern Vermont right.

    12. It started out making me think it was going one way then it totally went the other way. Not sure how I feel about that.

    13. I'll be kind and say Citro has a naive misunderstanding of women. I found the supernatural rape scene to be quite disturbing but not in a good way.

    14. Wasn't much in this story about the lake monster. Misleading. I bought this hoping for a lake monster. Instead it's just people. Disappointed.

    15. Interesting setting, interesting characters, unexpected ending. Not a book to read late at night while alone.

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