August 18, 2010

Wish List Wednesday #60: Jeff Strand's "Dweller"

Wish List Wednesday is a weekly meme I started in July '09, in which I put the spotlight on a book that is on my wish list--whether new release, blast from the past, or hidden gem.

I'm the kind of guy who digs a good monster story. But, I have to admit that a monster terrorizing people, either on a small scale or a large scale, is an idea that is commonplace--basically ever since man drew pictures on cave walls. I mean, how many Godzilla and other cheesy sci-fi movies and the like a guy watch without becoming a bit tired of stories about monsters.

Well, it's nice when an author can offer a story involving a monster that strays from the obvious plot. Jeff Strand seems to have such a novel out now, titled Dweller. The monster in Strand's novel isn't some hulk behemoth on Godzilla's scale, but likely more along the scale of the Creature from the Black Lagoon or Frankenstein's modern day Prometheus. And the fact that the monster is befriended by an outcast of a boy is even more refreshing. Heck, the boy even named the monster Owen.

The book sounds really interesting, as it spans the lifelong relationship of the boy, Toby, and Owen through good and most certainly the bad. I'm certainly up for horror novels that walk to the beat of their own drum, and this one could be a really good one.

This book sound like something you'd be interested in reading too? If you've read it already, what did you think of it?

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