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A missing tech mogul... a jaded reporter... a damaged AI returned from a horrifying reality... and something lurking in the woods.

When journalist Den Secord is tasked with locating enigmatic tech guru Gregor Makarios, he soon finds his understanding of reality under threat. At the edge of the world, surrounded by primeval forests, in the paradisical environs of Gregor's hi
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David Agranoff
My interview with the author:

https://youtu.be/3BP5FGlUK0c

https://open.spotify.com/episode/5HdI...

For reasons I can’t really explain just yet I have been really distracted the last couple of weeks so I apologize in advance if this review is not as detailed as I normally like to be. That out of the way lets talk about Stonefish. The author Scott Jones was a guest on Dickheads when we broke down the PKD novel The Zap Gun. At the time my co-host Anthony Trevino declared Stonefish not only a Dick-lik
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Bobby Dee
Mar 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
STONEFISH is the first novel from Scott R. Jones, whose first collection Shout Kill Revel Repeat was published late last year, and who is beter known as the editor and publisher of Martian Migraine Press and the author of the non-fiction work When The Stars Are Right: Towards An Authentic R'lyehian Spirituality.

This is not a novel of the Lovecraft Mythos, though some of the literary DNA is evident. It is that baroque quality of transcendental weird fiction, written with the intensity of an init
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RL Meza
Mar 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Scott R. Jones has written a stand-alone novel, one with a meticulously crafted setting and flowing, seemingly-effortless dialogue that combine to create an immersive experience, once which drew me into the world of Den and Makarios, the skin of the Stonefish, and held me there—holds me there, still. It is rare, when I encounter a story that affects my thinking so profoundly that I find my thoughts wandering back to it days later, unable to move on to another book, to complete mundane daily task ...more
M Griffin
Feb 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Any imperfections in this novel are more than offset by the abundant narrative energy and the raging flood of ideas. This won't be for everyone, but you read the synopsis and thought, "Hmm, sounds interesting," you'll probably love it. On the other hand, this isn't your mainstream, plot-driven narrative. I love to see a writer go for broke and empty their brain out onto every page, and Jones has done that here. ...more
Joe Crow
May 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well done, but kind of a downer. Weird, you’d think Gnostic world-hating cryptid horror would be a cheerier read, you know?
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inciminci
Nov 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ohh this book! We have been duscussing this book for the Otherland Speculative Fiction Book Club since yesterday and it's the only book we have been discussing for more than a day and there's no end in sight. Even though they're mostly babblings of a batshit insane person, every single sentence can and should be read carefully and taken apart to induce hours-long philosophizing. Why is Gregor batshit crazy, though? There are scenes in this book that will stay with me forever to attend my worst n ...more
Dave Higgins
Jones summons forth abstruse theology in the language of dystopian thriller, creating the thinking person’s visceral cosmic dread.

Years ago, tech mogul and futurist guru Gregor Makarios disappeared completely from public record. However, Den Secord, a journalist for a minor virtual reality publication, finds a fragment that somehow escaped the purge. Following a hunch that Makarios has returned to his teenage obsession with cryptids, Den travels to the northern edge of civilisation. There he fin
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Jason Mehmel
Mar 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book stares into the face of cosmic horror. The cosmos blinks first.

(This is a repeat of my Amazon review!)

Reviewed in Canada on February 11, 2021

An investigative journalist who searches for what he thought was a scoop, and which quickly unfolds to become so much more than he bargained for.

When the journalist, Den, finds Gregor, the reclusive tech mogul everyone has been looking for, the book shifts gears and starts to really dig into the slow dread it's built up to this point The interact
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Gevera Piedmont
May 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Stonefish is an intelligent, original horror/sci-fi blend featuring a mentally deficit AI, inter-dimensional Sasquatches, and a fair bit of pooping and masturbation. What is done to the bear is unforgettable, and the creation of the frog bridge is another extremely dark moment. Who is mad, who is sane, what is the nature of memory, what is reality, and who controls it all?

Disclaimer; I was given a copy of this book by the author in exchange for an unbiased review.
Matt
Apr 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'll have more of a review soon, but for now...holy crap is this book a mindf*ck! I mean this thing goes some places and is not afraid to make you question literally everything. There are a lot of concepts and ideas packed into this, some so wild that they actually make sense. Plus by the end of this you'll start to realize that we really don't want to see Bigfoot. ...more
Yves Tourigny
Mar 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Scott R. Jones’ writing is assured, evocative, and compelling. Stonefish is a wild ride. It lures you in with Coprophilic Sasquatch Archons, and before you know it you’ve been swallowed, digested, and excreted, passed through a fine mesh strainer. Transformed and ready to spread the good news. Enlightenment ain’t pretty, and everybody hungry, so buy this book.
Claire Carton
Jun 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Astonishing and remarkable novel

I had this review brewing in me the whole time I read this book, but now I realize there’s nothing to say but...read it. One of the most original, page turning and thought provoking novels I have read during a lifetime of reading.
Nico Bell
This story twists together science fiction and cosmic horror as Journalist Den Secord investigates the disappearance of tech wizard Gregor Makarios. This book has interesting elements, such as Bigfoot sightings and to-smart-for-their-own-good- artificial intelligence; however, it did not captivate me as I hoped.

I haven’t read a lot of climate change fiction (cli-fi), so I was excited to dig into Stonefish. While labeled as science fiction/ horror, this story contains strong environmental themes.
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matthew
May 28, 2020 rated it liked it
Full of fascinating ideas, the kind that make you gawp like a fish, but the execution is a bit wonky: too much cheesy dialogue and the novel lacks forward momentum. Could’ve used a trim. But the best compliment I can give this is that I’m dying to adapt to either an anime or a comic book. Damn I wish I could draw because I would love to do fan art of the crazy shit in here (a toroid made of bear flesh? A bridge constructed of hastily evolved frogs? A Sasquatch that shifts through time and space ...more
Szilárd Schaffhauser
Demigods, slightly mad AI-s, virtual native americans and plastic totems, the theory of everything and shit, what's not to like? ...more
SteveRv
Mar 22, 2021 rated it did not like it
I have no idea what the author was trying to say. It may be that I’m just not smart enough to understand the point of this book. The effort I put into reading this was not rewarded
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