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A monstrous tale by Vermont's master of the macabre....

Title : Lake Monsters
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ISBN : 9781584651109
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 272 Pages
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Lake Monsters Reviews

  • mark monday
    2019-06-16 02:32

    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, sobbing in the night... the characters are swiftly and deftly fleshed-out, ruing their past failures while dreaming of their futures, real enough to see myself in them and yet still capable of surprising me... a spell of sorts is cast on this island's residents, one of dislocation and forgetting, allowing terrible things to happen that can't be recalled; the author's powers are at his peak during those weird, unnerving moments... the best and saddest surprise of this excellent novel: there are no monsters, not really, just people who are trying to understand themselves, filled with confusion and fearful of being alone, dreaming of something, of someone to share their days and nights...

  • Robert Dunbar
    2019-06-20 03:34

    “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 the murky depths. And Loch Ness isn’t the only body of water to boast a legendary creature.In numerous other books, Joseph Citro has established himself as an authority on the spookier aspects of American folklore. Utilizing half-forgotten myths, he’s carved a niche for himself as a chronicler of New England (especially) horrors. A prime entry in this series, DARK TWILIGHT relates the fate of a young man bent on discovering the truth about Vermont’s fabled Lake Champlain Monster, a quest that transcends the goal. Seeking a prehistoric behemoth, the hero finds… much more than he bargained for.Offering much the same sort of thrills to be found in vintage cryptozoological texts like Bernard Heuvelman’s ON THE TRACK OF UNKNOWN ANIMALS or Willy Ley’s EXOTIC ZOOLOGY, Citro treats the reader to a complete chronology of the monster, tracing sightings all the way back to the mid-1600s, and the author’s detailed knowledge of his subject and vivid sense of place vastly enrich the proceedings. Here, the setting couldn’t be more ominous – an island in the middle of a frozen lake. Where better to hunt monsters? As if this weren’t eerie enough, the author also provides a haunted house… and the creepiest ruined monastery this side of Northanger Abbey. Be warned: a whip crack of a surprise ending highlights Citro’s macabre sense of humor – strong stuff!

  • UncleDave Avis
    2019-05-30 06:33

    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 character is a man who goes looking for a monster he doesn't find; who finds a monster he isn't looking for; and whose odyssey is a search for himself - and a monster hunt of its own. The author seldom gets bogged down in dialog, and when he does describe a bog, he does so in a way that you can see, feel, taste, and smell the bog. Oh yeah, and lets not forget the haunted house, the closed up monastery, and the tight lipped locals.Toward the end, some additional characters are developed; characters that have had a behind the scenes influence on the story from the beginning.I believe that you'll like this book and I do recommend it for a good read!

  • Julie A. Powell
    2019-06-21 06:38

    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 the prior chapters.

  • Laura
    2019-06-20 00:34

    This is the first book I completed for my Goodreads 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 the gothic horror novels of Stoker and Lovecraft, but his homage really falls flat. The characters are underdeveloped and forgettable, the plot and conflict are boring, and there's very little atmosphere. Add to that one of the worst narrators I've listened to (he reads the dialogue even more goofy than it is and each character ends up sounding like a queer amalgamation of child and octogenarian) and you've got yourself one dull little monster book.

  • Michael
    2019-06-20 02:44

    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 being about the Lake Champlain monster, it's about something else. It's not poorly written, but it is quite boring and predictable. It took me four days to read it (it's only about 200 pages long) because I kept not caring about what happened. Yawn.I can't find any good fiction to read.

  • Matthew
    2019-06-17 06:57

    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 long, you've forgotten about it and it feels out of place and just thrown in.

  • Rita McDowell
    2019-06-10 05:41

    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.

  • DJMikeG
    2019-06-26 04:42

    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.

  • Laronza Wiley-moore
    2019-06-24 05:47

    Didn't like it. Would not recommend.

  • carolyn
    2019-06-07 07:47

    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.

  • Willow
    2019-06-08 05:57

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

  • Shirleen
    2019-06-11 04:52

    A little short, I wanted more.

  • Rob Velasco
    2019-06-26 01:51

    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.

  • Leila
    2019-06-09 07:37

    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.

  • Jill
    2019-06-24 06:00

    Book stunk, horrible ending glad it was only 230 pages!

  • Cynthia
    2019-06-04 01:36

    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.

  • Betty
    2019-05-28 01:36

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