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3.78 of 5 stars 3.78  ·  rating details  ·  7,196 ratings  ·  117 reviews
A powerful high-tech company. A postcard-prettycompany town. Families. Children. Sunshine.Happiness. A high school football team that never-everloses. And something else. Something horrible ...Now, there is a new family in town. A shy,nature-loving teenager. A new hometown. A new set ofbullies. Maybe the team's sports clinic can help him.Rebuild him. They won't hurt him ag ...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published June 1st 1990 by Bantam (first published January 1st 1989)
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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
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
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
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
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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
Robb Bridson
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 4 of 5 stars
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.
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
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!
Bryan Callahan
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
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
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?
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
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
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
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
Excellent,gripping read.Hard to put down.There was more PG-13 language and gore than other books I have read by this author,but I could not stop reading!

I found the story fascinating,especially with the 'fanaticism' and corruption around sports,we see today!

Highly recommended.
Allen G.
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!
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
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
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.
This was not my favorite from his collection, but it was still a nail bitter and I am always wondering where he gets his ideas. The ending still shocked me and all in all it was good but I liked some of his other books much better.
This was one of my first big adult books to read in middle school. This book hooked me on reading and I began to explore more John Saul and spill over to Koontz. Great read.
Kevin Lake
I first read this book when it first came out nearly twenty years ago and loved it. I went back for a second look recently and wasn't so much enthused as the first time around. It isn't as much because of the story, but the way it is written. I am a writer myself (and not one claiming to be better or anywhere near as good as Mr. Saul) but in my efforts in studying the craft by reading the work of others there are a few things I've learned to despise and see as lazy writing, the biggest being the ...more
Well written and fun to read albeit a bit too predictable. Overall, I enjoyed reading this but found myself thinking it was lacking something; although I can’t quite put my finger on what that something is.
Lee Kyle
Sep 27, 2011 Lee Kyle rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of Saul's thrillers
Recommended to Lee by: Just stumbled upon it one day years ago when i was looking through a book rack somewhere!
This to me was my introduction to one of the most prolific horror writers known. What a great way to get introduced! After reading a handful of Saul's works, this still stands out in my mind as being one of the best horror themed novels i have ever had the pleasure..and the terror to read. I had recently picked this up at my favorite used book store recently and although having read it before it was no time at all before i was once again captivated within its pages. That's the beauty of John Sau ...more
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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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