A postcard-pretty company town.
Families. Children. Sunshine. Happiness.
A high school football team that never--ever--loses.
And something else.
Now, there is a new family in town.
A shy, nature-loving teenager.
A new hometown. A new set of bullies.
Maybe the teams's sports clinis can help him.
Then they won't hurt him
I really got attached to Mark, the main character, who, in my opinion, is a perfect example of a shy, good male character. Most authors don't understand the thin (but still existing) line between a shy, good male character and a girl. He was a pretty much complex character thorn between his father's ambitions and his love for nature and animals. I felt sorry for him at the beginning, but as the story moved on, he became much more admirable than pitiable. On the other hand I h ...more
I mean I don't expect great literature out of book called "Creature" with a picture of a football helmet on front containing dimly lit eyes, but still. I was rolling my eyes at many points of this book. It's the writing equivalent of a USA Up All Night movie. Also, I wonder if John Saul harbours a hatred towards woman. Very mysogynistic undertones in this book. Anyway, I read this ...more
It was repetitive, boring & predictable. A large majority of the male characters are jerks who treat their wives like dirt - they don't listen to anything they say, ignore their feelings & do things behind their backs because they know better. Hello misogyny!
There were no likeable characters, except for Chivas the dog.
I only gave this an extra star because it started to pick up towards the end for a few chapter ...more
Silverdale, Colorado is almost too good to be true, especially the high school football team. The boys are bigger and stronger than most kids, and the sports center they use for training is state of the art. But is the training and vitamin regimen the doctor has them on really harmless? ...more
The mix of consistency and inconsistency is amazing. Almost every Saul novel I've read has a ridiculous and cartoonish evil doctor and a crazy conspiracy... but some come off as lame while others come off as wonderfully weird and exciting.
"Creature" is by far the best I've read from Saul.
Okay, his "science" is horrible and unbelievable. in part, this is something I love about novels of that era-- they didn't ...more
Isolated town. Newcomer family. Football team that never loses. Sports center funded by a wealthy company. Experiments on kids.
Nothing new but Saul tells the story so well I'm giving him 4 stars. Won't he be thrilled? I also teared up at the end! And who the hell cries over a horror story? Niiiiiice. (bumps fist with Chia)
In the beginning, the book held a lot of potential. It is evident when Blake finds out he is scheduled to transfer to Silverdale on a short notice that the ...more
A physically small teenager, an overbearing father, a loving mother, a town built around a quasi-Dr. Moreau/Frankenstein set on creating humans with incredible strengths, and a football loving public that lives for the violence of the sport ... until it becomes all too real. Then it all comes crashing down in a manner than defines horror.
I would easily give this five stars if not for the open-ended nature of the book ...more
Usually his books are subtly creepy and supernatural. This was appropriately more creature feature than usual but there was still some creepy imagery (the kids in the woods with glowing animal eye ...more
Silverdale. It is the perfect town. Even Silverdale High School seems perfect--a model school where well-beha ...more
Firstly, I will say that this is a very quickly-paced read. In many ways, it reminded me somewhat of Michael Palmer (especially his book Critical Judgement). A small isolated town, an umbrella corporation that controls most of it, a conspiracy amongst it's citizens, etc. I liked the fact that the protagonist wasn't the typical wise-cracking guy or a sexy street smart chick, but a shy, sen ...more
The Tanners have just moved to a company town in Denver. The father Blake has been promoted, and at first it seems a paradise. But it's quickly apparent something is wrong, and Tannertech is researching something that's tied into the local school's football program. It's going to get a lot worse, very quickly.
A lot of 90s fiction can feel very dated today; read something like Michael Crichton's Congo for example. B ...more
This was a fun story with some raging youths, ready to kill, out of their minds, and transforming...
I recommend this to all.
After leaving college, he ...more