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3.80  ·  Rating Details  ·  7,739 Ratings  ·  132 Reviews
A powerful high-tech company.
A postcard-pretty company town.
Families. Children. Sunshine. Happiness.
A high school football team that never--ever--loses.
And something else.
Something horrible.

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.
Rebuild him.
Then they won't hurt him

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Published 1990 by Bantam Books (first published January 1st 1989)
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Oct 15, 2012 Irina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This book was great.

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
Aug 31, 2008 Karyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was my first "grown-up" book that wasn't by Michael Crichton (In 91 I never considered Jurassic Park to be was about DINOSAURS! And Sphere and the rest never registered as something for the older crowd.) I remember the day I got it from the Scholastic book sale (remember when the big box of books would come once a month and it was like Christmas?) newsletter in middle school. I loved it. It was gross, crass, disturbing, and better yet? Got me in trouble in high school! I performe ...more
Jun 23, 2015 Shawn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Is it just me or does John Saul, accomplished writer and selling author, write like freshman level creative writing?

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
Aug 10, 2012 Michael rated it it was amazing
Wow I must say I am torn, it has been 10 years since I last read this book, and I no longer feel it is a 5 star novel. This is the book that got me into books, it is the reason I read today. I think it could still have that kind of impact on a younger person. It's not a child or teen book I just think they are less concerned with the less than original parts of this book. The 'always evil big corporation' the 'too perfect town' these are things I have seen hundreds of times since. I guess I can' ...more
Sharon Joag
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This started off well & I had high hopes, but then it just went downhill.
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
Sep 22, 2010 Cgrant rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some of Saul's books can be pretty disturbing and a little too creepy, but this one was disturbing on a different level---you can actually believe something like this would happen (the scientists genetically altering teenage males who are smaller, shorter, etc than their peers, in order for them to end up on par with or better than the teenage boys who are bigger, faster, etc). I guess the best way to describe it would be to say it resembles a "steroids gone out of control" story, a very believa ...more
I read this book as a child and spent years searching for it again. I recently rediscovered it and was thrilled to reread it. Though not exactly as I remembered it, it is indeed the book I remember from my youth.

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?
Rebecca McNutt
Feb 11, 2016 Rebecca McNutt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, thriller, fiction
Creature was a cut above most mass-market horrors, well-written, easy to follow, and featuring an original and creative terror to give the book an antagonist.
Apr 25, 2016 Yuzuqi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Amazing :)
Robb Bridson
Sep 19, 2014 Robb Bridson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Generally speaking, John Saul's writing is the novel equivalent of SyFy original movies.
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
El Fear
Oct 12, 2010 El Fear rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: John Saul fans, horror book fans
Creature, by John Saul, was a fun horror story about a town that appears to be too perfect and reveals the malignant machinations going on behind the scenes. I particularly enjoyed that John Saul would write a person's first and last name several times in the book, which allowed me to follow the characters in the book effortlessly. The ending held a surprising death or two, but it also left me a little sad.
Dec 13, 2010 Maicie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
book choice for Saul group.

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)
Dawn Gehler
Sep 04, 2013 Dawn Gehler rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a very good book, I actually finished this awhile ago but didn't have a chance to come on and write my review. It's amazing all the way through, the ending is a little different then what I was thinking it was going to end but it was good. a must read.
Nina Sedlacek
This book did not play!
Dec 18, 2015 Elusive rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review
In ‘Creature’, the Tanner family moves to Silverdale after Blake Tanner receives an unexpected job promotion at TarrenTech. Soon it becomes evident that the town has an obsession with sports and the football players all look unnaturally big and threatening. The Tanners discover that underneath the perfection, something terrifying is happening.

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
May 08, 2015 Bryan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
John Saul excels in this genre. This was my first time reading one of his books.

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
Mar 28, 2016 James rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was the second John Saul book I read and I enjoyed it a lot more that the first one ( Suffer the Children ). The characters are more developed and easier to sympathize with, at least most of them (I notice a theme of crappy parents/parent in his books so far). The book keeps a good pace going and although there were a couple parts that seemed to be "quick fixes" to elements of the story overall I enjoyed it. The story is a lot darker that some other more well known horror author's stories a ...more
James Marrison
For some reason I had never read a John Saul book. I have always really liked the covers and am a big horror fan and had been meaning to for ages. . But I picked up a copy of this one and have to say enjoyed it a lot. It reminded me a bit of Halloween three The Season of the Witch. The film had nothing to do with the other Halloween films and is a completely different story but for me is a very underrated film and this novel has that same eerie vibe of something going on in a small America town! ...more
Cameron Roubique
Jan 20, 2016 Cameron Roubique rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another good one from John Saul, this is the 6th book I've read of his and I've liked them all. I love how John Saul stays a lot more grounded, less dependent on wacky plot twists, and more straight up horror than Dean Koontz. And he doesn't get all weird, long winded, and convoluted like Stephen King.

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
Kay Donner
Somewhat disturbing...but plausible...sometimes I hated to know what was coming..hated to think ahead. John Saul is an imaginative writer, who sucks you into the story, whether you want to be there or not. A husband is sent to a modern city in the mountains of CO, taking his reluctant family with him. The town is perfect...too perfect. All emphasis in town is on sports, particularly football. Old friends have moved here, but they have changed..maybe NOT for the better. Resolution will be hard on ...more
Feb 03, 2009 Dennis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
To the Tanner family, Silverdale beckons as a marvelous opportunity. For here, in this serene picture-postcard-pretty town nestled high in the majestic Rockies, a job promotion awaits Blake; new friends and activities beckon Sharon. And in the windswept mountain air, their shy, nature-loving son, Mark, will have the ideal opportunity to overcome the physical frailty an illness has caused.

Silverdale. It is the perfect town. Even Silverdale High School seems perfect--a model school where well-beha
Jul 04, 2013 Nikki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spine-tingling
I completely underestimated this book, I must admit. When I first started reading it, I assumed it was going to be an attempt at a Dean Koontz story. I'm sorry, but he's my favorite author so I didn't have high expectations for someone that was writing a story with a similar tone to many of Dean's writings. However, I was pleasantly surprised. It was different enough, and it didn't pull any punches. Some of the "scenes" (as I refer to them, since I see them play out in my mind) were so intense t ...more
Matthew Behling
So many things to say about this book. I both enjoyed it and disliked it. I suppose I'll start with the good.

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
D.M. Dutcher
Apr 16, 2013 D.M. Dutcher rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
It's an effective potboiler that manages to be just as relevant today as in 1989.

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
Kezdjük ott, hogy a cím magyar fordítása kellően hatásvadász ugyan, de kevésbé szerencsés. Véleményem szerint az angol Creature fogalom rendelkezik azzal a jelentésbeli többlettel, amit érdemes lett volna a magyar változatnak is tükröznie (pl. A teremtmény). A regény ugyan betartja választott műfajának szabályait, mégis olyan, mintha vonalzó mellett készült volna. Azt hiszem Roald Dahl tollából származik a Szépírógép c. novella, melyben egy mechanikus szerkezetet különféle karokkal, pedálokkal, ...more
Allen G.
Dec 17, 2014 Allen G. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mr. Saul kept me going with this book! I didn't want to put it down! I first read it in high school and then again last year. The storyline of this book is amazing. There are many twists in the book that will keep you going and wondering what will happen next! Such a great read!
May 08, 2011 Belladonna420 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book in college. I've been thinking a lot about it lately (possibly because I'm a huge fan of Scott Sigler's GFL series: The Rookie, The Starter & The All-Pro {coming out in September}), but all I could remember was that it was about a sickly teen who was given experimental "vitamin" treatments that made him big and strong enough to join the football team - until things start to go horribly wrong. I couldn't remember the author or name of the book, so I began checking the bibliog ...more
Jeff Denlinger
Jul 20, 2014 Jeff Denlinger rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Another great book by John Saul. He is a master story teller, with a gift for drawing out anticipation, to a point that you cannot put his books down until finished.

This was a fun story with some raging youths, ready to kill, out of their minds, and transforming...
I recommend this to all.
Samantha  Anderson
Jun 10, 2014 Samantha Anderson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I read this book as a young child, and was instantly aware of how this would become and has become in some ways a reality. This book may seem like it is challenging something so outside the norm but when you strip the general basis down to it's bare bones, you realize how close to home this really hits, reality is terrifying and Saul made it into a must read book.
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John Saul was born in Pasadena, California on February 25, 1942, and grew up in Whittier where he graduated from Whittier High School in 1959. He attended several colleges—Antioch, in Ohio, Cerritos, in Norwalk, California, Montana State University and San Francisco State College, variously majoring in anthropology, liberal arts, and theater, but never obtaining a degree.
After leaving college, he
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