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message 1: by Char (new)

Char  | 16828 comments Mod
It's that time again Aficionados! It's time to start thinking about what we want to read in June.
This month we're going to have two themed group reads and those themes are: CRYPTIDS and CREATURE FEATURES

The Oxford English Dictionary defines the noun cryptid as "an animal whose existence or survival to the present day is disputed or unsubstantiated; any animal of interest to a cryptozoologist". Some dictionaries and encyclopedias define the term "cryptid" as an animal whose existence is questionable.

Here's a link to a list of cryptids on Wiki:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of...

CREATURE FEATURES are horror stories, (for the purpose of this discussion), that feature animals/insects/rodents gone awry.

Here are the rules:

1. Any books we've read or listened to as a group in the last year may not be nominated. If they are nominated, they will be disqualified.
2. If you are an author you may not nominate your own book.
3. Don't be afraid to "second" or "third" another member's nomination. The more nods a nomination gets, the more likely it will be to make it to the final poll.

This nomination thread will be open until Friday and I'll put the final poll up over the weekend of 5.20.

Let's have fun with this one!


message 2: by kas (new)

kas (bella327) | 22 comments I suggest Meg since the movie is coming out in August


message 3: by Pixelina (new)

Pixelina | 63 comments oh yes, i got this thing for Megalodon so I second Meg


message 4: by Rachel (new)

Rachel Bea (gekrepten) | 1761 comments OMG i'm so excited for this theme!!! OK. I have a couple of nominations.

1. The Jersey Devil by Hunter Shea.

I've been wanting to read it!!!


message 5: by Benjamin (last edited May 14, 2018 05:55AM) (new)

Benjamin Appleby-Dean (benjaminappleby-dean) I'd like to nominate Gotthelf's 19th-century classic The Black Spider under Creature Features.


message 6: by Rachel (new)

Rachel Bea (gekrepten) | 1761 comments 2. Devil Dragon by Deborah Sheldon.

stumbled on this book a couple of weeks ago and added it to my TBR. available on Kindle for 3.99.


message 7: by Jamie (last edited May 14, 2018 06:30AM) (new)

Jamie Zaccaria | 161 comments For topic #1. I second The Jersey Devil by Hunter Shea!


message 8: by Char (new)

Char  | 16828 comments Mod
I'm voting for Meg too, I just picked up a copy last month at the used book store.


message 9: by Michael (new)

Michael Hicks (michaelpatrickhicks) | 989 comments I might try to join in for MEG if time allows. :D


message 10: by Jamie (last edited May 14, 2018 06:30AM) (new)

Jamie Zaccaria | 161 comments For topic #2. I nominate The Lost World by Michael Crichton.


message 11: by June (new)

June (-_-_-june-_-_-_) | 46 comments I'm going to say The Boy on the Beach by David Brian. It's only a novella, but i've enjoyed most of what i've read by Brian, and I really liked this one.
It'd certainly qualify as cryptid and folklore.


message 12: by Ami (new)

Ami | 210 comments OOoooOh! YES! :D I LOVE these two themes. <3

I have so many suggestions!

The Swarm by Arthur Herzog III The Swarm

The Nest by Gregory A. Douglas The Nest

Beast by Peter Benchley Beast

Kraken Island by Eric S. Brown Kraken Island

Invasive by Chuck Wendig Invasive

Loch Ness Revenge by Hunter Shea Loch Ness Revenge

Lake Lurkers by M.P. Johnson Lake Lurkers

Crawling Darkness by Cameron Pierce Crawling Darkness

Death Crawlers by Gerry Griffiths Death Crawlers

The Lake by R. Karl Largent The Lake

Insects by John Koloen Insects

ok, I will stop now! >.>


message 13: by Jamie (last edited May 14, 2018 07:00AM) (new)

Jamie Zaccaria | 161 comments I'd also like to nominate The Beast of Boggy Creek The True Story of the Fouke Monster for top #1.


And nominate The Shuddering for #2.


message 15: by Char (new)

Char  | 16828 comments Mod
Ami wrote: "OOoooOh! YES! :D I LOVE these two themes. <3

I have so many suggestions!

The Swarm by Arthur Herzog III The Swarm

The Nest by Gregory A. Douglas The Nest

[bookcover:B..."


LOVE your enthusiasm, Ami!


message 16: by Kenneth (last edited May 14, 2018 10:57AM) (new)

Kenneth McKinley | 1559 comments Mod
I'll also second, third or wherever we're at for The Jersey Devil by Hunter Shea The Jersey Devil by Hunter Shea. That's been on my TBR pile for a while now.


message 17: by Char (last edited May 14, 2018 01:44PM) (new)

Char  | 16828 comments Mod
I'm also going to nominate Ancestor Ancestor by Scott Sigler by Scott Sigler, author of Infected (Infected, #1) by Scott Sigler
It looks pretty fun! :)

These all look like a lot of fun!


message 18: by Marie Helene (last edited May 14, 2018 09:15AM) (new)

Marie Helene | 716 comments Creature features

Domain (Rats, #3) by James Herbert

Domain by James Herbert

because when it comes to eating humans alive, rats are never choosy nor discriminating 😋


message 19: by Dustin (new)

Dustin I am really excited about these themes!!


message 21: by Dustin (new)

Dustin Michael wrote: "I might try to join in for MEG if time allows. :D"

*Greetings, Mike, and welcome!*


message 22: by Dustin (new)

Dustin Is it THIS Meg ?


message 23: by Michael (new)

Michael Hicks (michaelpatrickhicks) | 989 comments Dustin wrote: "Is it THIS Meg ?"

That would be the one! :D


message 24: by Michael (new)

Michael Hicks (michaelpatrickhicks) | 989 comments Dustin wrote: "Michael wrote: "I might try to join in for MEG if time allows. :D"

*Greetings, Mike, and welcome!*"


Thanks, Dustin! I haven't had much chance to be too active round these parts of late, and it's been ages since I did a group read. Hopefully June will be my lucky month.


message 25: by Lena (new)

Lena | 2492 comments June wrote: "I'm going to say The Boy on the Beach by David Brian. It's only a novella, but i've enjoyed most of what i've read by Brian, and I really liked this one.
It'd certainly qualify as c..."


I’ll second this.


message 26: by Ashley (new)

Ashley (bookwormahn) I also vote Meg


message 27: by Tyler (new)

Tyler J Gray (wickedjr89) | 926 comments I'll second Loch Ness Revenge by Hunter Shea.

I love these topics! I already have a couple mentioned and i've been wanting to get Meg anyway.


message 28: by Gulli (new)

Gulli Jamie wrote: "For topic #2. I nominate The Lost World by Michael Crichton."

I second this.


message 29: by Sheri (new)

Sheri | 42 comments I will give a third suggestion for David Brian’s Check out The Boy on the Beach by David Brian


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2...

I also think another one of his novellas called Big Bad would be cool.


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2...

I wish I was more into creature feature fan. Perhaps I haven’t read many good ones. That being said, one that I will suggest is Glenn Rolfe’s Becoming



https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3...

And also by the same author, Blood and Rain


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2...


Jen from Quebec :0) (muppetbaby99) | 397 comments But....but...how can DISNEY make the film version of MEG?? They can't do HORROR properly, can they??? ---Jen from Quebec :0)


message 31: by Jen_Ken (new)

Jen_Ken a.k.a....Jenny from the block | 31 comments I’m voting for:
Relic by Douglas Preston
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1...


message 32: by Rachel (new)

Rachel Bea (gekrepten) | 1761 comments i almost nominated relic so I will +1 it


message 33: by Kimberly (new)

Kimberly (kimberly_3238) | 6438 comments Mod
I'll fourth or whatever we're up to The Jersey Devil by Hunter Shea The Jersey Devil, and third (?) Loch Ness Revenge Loch Ness Revenge by Hunter Shea .

Also throw in a Creature Feature: They Feed by Jason Parent They Feed


message 34: by Tyler (new)

Tyler J Gray (wickedjr89) | 926 comments We can nominate more than 1?

In that case i'll add a +1 to Insects and The Lost World as well.

Honestly though this thread is full of great picks!


message 35: by Latasha (new)

Latasha (latasha513) | 11281 comments Mod
I'm going to sit over here and watch in delight at all the nominations. This is going to be so fun!


message 36: by Lena (new)

Lena | 2492 comments I scrolled through the depths of my kindle books and was completely surprised to see I have a copy of Boy on the Beach. That’s likely thanks to Randy and his awesome free ebook alerts.


message 37: by Brian (last edited May 14, 2018 05:45PM) (new)


message 38: by Tyler (new)

Tyler J Gray (wickedjr89) | 926 comments I have another nomination because at this point, why not? lol
For creature feature- Dinosaur Lake by Kathryn Meyer Griffith which is currently free on kindle. I picked it up awhile ago when I saw it was free, think it might be perma-free but not sure exactly.

No matter what gets chosen i'm excited! And I have added so many books to my TBR thanks to this thread ^_^


message 39: by Jamie (last edited May 14, 2018 08:01PM) (new)

Jamie Zaccaria | 161 comments I'll +1 Relic for Creature Feature (topic 2)


message 40: by Nancy (new)

Nancy (paper_addict) | 745 comments Char wrote: "I'm also going to nominate Ancestor Ancestor by Scott Sigler by Scott Sigler, author of Infected (Infected, #1) by Scott Sigler
It looks pretty fun! :)

These all look like a lot of fun!"


I second Ancestor.


message 41: by Kelly B (new)

Kelly B (kellybey) | 605 comments For cryptids, I'd like to nominate Who Goes There?, which is the short story the movie "The Thing" is based on.


message 42: by Kelly B (new)

Kelly B (kellybey) | 605 comments Or what about Dweller by Jeff Strand?


message 43: by Kelly B (new)

Kelly B (kellybey) | 605 comments For the creature feature, I'll nominate The Rats by James Herbert.


message 44: by John (new)

John (john-b) | 5 comments Lena wrote: "June wrote: "I'm going to say The Boy on the Beach by David Brian. It's only a novella, but i've enjoyed most of what i've read by Brian, and I really liked this one.
It'd certainly..."


I'll give a third vote to The Boy on the Beach by David Brian.
I'll also second The Rats by James Herbert.


message 45: by Ami (new)

Ami | 210 comments I am going to have such a hard time picking in the poll.

A lot of these I’ve already read but also, a lot of them have been on my TBR shelf for a while!

Can we just do all of them? :O

I will second the cellar!


message 46: by Ami (last edited May 15, 2018 06:39AM) (new)

Ami | 210 comments Oh! And I second dinosaur lake!


message 47: by Monica (new)

Monica Go | 631 comments Gully wrote: "Jamie wrote: "For topic #2. I nominate The Lost World by Michael Crichton."

I second this."


I'll third. It's been watching me for some time


message 48: by Char (new)

Char  | 16828 comments Mod
I like the enthusiasm for these themes!


message 49: by Ami (new)

Ami | 210 comments Did y'all already read Jurassic Park? I was just thinking The Lost World is book number 2, right? I've had both on my TBR list for a while now....


message 50: by Lena (new)

Lena | 2492 comments Jurassic Park was a great book.


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