Curmudgeonly ex-monster hunter Agnes Stegall doesn't care much for the people of Verbena Fields, Alabama, where she lives but doesn't call home. So, when the townsfolk request her assistance in ridding the place of a hulking, skyscraper-sized garbage monster, she adamantly and profanely declines.But her refusal has some unintended consequences: Driven by fear, the townsfolCurmudgeonly ex-monster hunter Agnes Stegall doesn't care much for the people of Verbena Fields, Alabama, where she lives but doesn't call home. So, when the townsfolk request her assistance in ridding the place of a hulking, skyscraper-sized garbage monster, she adamantly and profanely declines.But her refusal has some unintended consequences: Driven by fear, the townsfolk summon King Vislor — a powerful, albeit neurotic monster hound with an obsessive reverence for humankind — to watch over them. Although Agnes knows good and well that calling upon one giant monster to get rid of another is a bit like saving a drowning cat by throwing another cat into the water, what she doesn’t realize are the dangerous lengths King Vislor is willing to undertake to keep the people of Verbena Fields safe. Soon, Agnes is caught up in a fight against a growing list of threats plaguing the small town — military occupation, unfettered rumors, a misanthropic rifle-wielding hermit with a grudge — while simultaneously trying to battle some terrifying monsters looming in the dark, unfrequented corners of her own mind. A unique tribute to Japanese daikaiju movies (“Godzilla,” “Gamera”) Strange Beasts in a Small Town has heaps of humor, just a bit of sorrow, a thing or two worth pondering, a touch of cursing, a scheming villain, an overbearing mother, fisticuffs between a redneck and a golem, a couple of shootouts, several collapsing buildings and whole lot of giant monsters beating the stew out of each other. Just like any tale worth telling.ach other....
|Title||:||strange beasts in a small town|
|Number of Pages||:||392 Pages|
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strange beasts in a small town Reviews
Very fun read and a completely new spin on the subject of giant monsters (or as they are called in Japanese: kaiju). It is kind of a given I'll like something like this, since I love all the things I should have grown out of long ago. Armour writes in a down to earth, conversational way that is refreshing and makes me instantly like him. You can really feel his affection for both the area he lives in (the deep-south, even with all the insanity of the Southerners) and for the monsters. I wish he wrote more often from the latter's perspective though, those tended to be the most interesting parts. Overall a very good story. The only problem really was the pacing; it was a little slow and could have used a good 30-40 pages cut from it.
So far, in 2014, Strange Beasts in a Small Town is THE best book I've read. This is a giant monster novel the way it SHOULD be written. Lots of action, characterization, subplots and just general fun! There are elements here you can see in every Japanese kaiju flick, but given new twists by the author. There are versions, of a sort, of Godzilla, Hedorah (the Smog Monster) and King Seesar, if that Okinawan giant was actually more of an actual hound dog. The book really reads like one of the nineties' Godzilla movies, with much more background than the sixties' era movies. The novel is well-written, paced very well, and there are surprises galore. Definitely one I would rate as "highly recommended!"
Campy fun.... Don't let the initial textbook format deter....at the heart of this story are characters who ache to be understood. Sweet and funny, but a bit long. I think the monsters may have more humanity than most of the humans.....
My life and the things I entertain myself with are 98% monster-free, but I enjoyed Beasts.