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Devolution The Bestselling Author Of World War Z Takes On The Bigfoot Legend With A Tale That Blurs The Lines Between Human And Beast And Asks What We Are Capable Of In The Face Of The UnimaginableAs The Ash And Chaos From Mount Rainier S Eruption Swirled And Finally Settled, The Story Of The Greenloop Massacre Has Passed Unnoticed, Unexamined Until NowBut The Journals Of Resident Kate Holland, Recovered From The Town S Bloody Wreckage, Capture A Tale Too Harrowing And Too Earth Shattering In Its Implications To Be ForgottenIn These Pages, Max Brooks Brings Kate S Extraordinary Account To Light For The First Time, Faithfully Reproducing Her Words Alongside His Own Extensive Investigations Into The Massacre And The Legendary Beasts Behind ItKate S Is A Tale Of Unexpected Strength And Resilience, Of Humanity S Defiance In The Face Of A Terrible Predator S Gaze, And Inevitably, Of Savagery And DeathYet It Is Also Far Than ThatBecause If What Kate Holland Saw In Those Days Is Real, Then We Must Accept The Impossible We Must Accept That The Creature Known As Bigfoot Walks Among Us And That It Is A Beast Of Terrible Strength And FerocityPart Survival Narrative, Part Bloody Horror Tale, Part Scientific Journey Into The Boundaries Between Truth And Fiction, This Is A Bigfoot Story As Only Max Brooks Could Chronicle It And Like None You Ve Ever Read Before I have to start my review by mentioning just how much I loved World War Z An Oral History of the Zombie War, it took the overdone zombie theme and made it into a unique reading experience Some of the military sections felt extremely authentic because the author took inspiration from a collection of thousands of interview excerpts from participants in WWII I highly recommend that book even if you think you won t like a zombie book.This one however was not in the same category.I think the setup was too rushed to make the rest of the story believable.The story starts with a remote eco village of Greenloop situated deep in the wilderness It is everything a city dweller needs to pretend they are getting back to nature The houses are ultra high tech, groceries are delivered by drone, electricity is generated through your sewer system and everyone loves the peace and quiet.But when nearby Mount Rainier blows up cutting off this group from the outside world, nature suddenly becomes a lot closer than what is comfortable Even if you remove the fantastical element of Big Foot what you are left with is a very predictable story of a group of strangers doing exactly what you would expect them to do when faced with imminent disaster in an isolated place Secretly hoarding food, in fighting, blaming each other for stupid mistakes, hysterics etc etc There was nothing new in the dynamics depicted between the characters in the story.Like with WWZ there are interviews and anecdotes from other sources In this case park rangers, other residents and zoology experts yet for me it just never worked well.I never had that edge of your seat reading experience and I also didn t like the constant footnotes on every page.I cannot recommend this book.Netgalley ARC Publish date 12 May 2020 I found a way, I found a way to survive with them Am I a great person I don t know I don t know We re all great people Everyone has something in them that is wonderful I m just different and I love these bears enough to do it right I m edgy enough and I m tough enough But mostly I love these bears enough to survive and do it right from the video diary of Timothy Treadwell, self proclaimed Grizzly Man, recorded right before he was eaten by a bear On April 1, 1969 the Board of Commissioners of Skamania County, Washington State, adopted an ordinance for the protection of sasquatch bigfoot creatures Ordinance No.69 01 Although it sounds like an April Fool s Day joke, it was an official ordinance It was published in the local weekly newspaper, Skamania County Pioneer on April 4 and April 11, 1969 Because people did not take it seriously, the newspaper publisher had the article notarized on April 12, 1969, and printed both the ordinance and an Affidavit of Publication in a subsequent paper edition Courthouse Libraries BCThere are several things going on in Max Brooks s latest novel, Devolution First and most obvious is the notion of Bigfoot The conceit of the novel is that following Mount Rainier going full lava, a small community in Washington State is cut off from the world and massacred by a troop of Bigfoots Bigfeet or Sasquatch This is a fun look at the real world possibility of something being out there Well, maybe not so fun for the victims If there are yeti type creatures tramping about in the woods, how did they get there Where did they come from Why did they come Or did they originate here Max Brooks looks like he is prepared for a rough day meeting with his agent, maybe image from his siteSecond, there is a satirical look at a group of supposedly back to nature enthusiasts who have little appreciation of what nature is really all about, and that does not just mean the possible presence of a superpredator in the neighborhood The story points out the downside of our reliance on the conveniences of the modern age without considering the need for backup in case something should interrupt, or end, many of the services we take for granted Something that might ring a bell in this plague year For example, in one of his talks for the military, Brooks points out how advanced communication technology has made it increasingly possible for soldiers in the field to sustain real time contact with their commanders But what if they are being hacked by a hostile force In that case the advanced tech has become an unwarranted risk and the soldiers need to be able to proceed with their mission on their own They have to be able to go electronically silent They need to have the necessary equipment and training required to accomplish the intended goals on their own In the case of Greenloop, WA, if you lose your communications and have only enough supplies to last for a relatively short time, how do you sustain yourself And then there is that third element.Image from NH1 in VermontThe need to recognize and prepare for real threats in the world Well, the Greenloop folks might be forgiven for not heading to their exurban happy place, a small, planned community, expecting to be contending with incoming zombies, or whatever they clearly had not read Max s earlier work But they find themselves a bit light on death dealing hardware when faced with fearsome furry foes It s great to live free of the other sheep until you hear the wolves howl These guys do not figure in the novel, although it would be pretty frightening if a herd of them descended on a small community en masse But their band name, Devo, comes from the concept of de evolution the idea that instead of continuing to evolve, mankind has actually begun to regress, as evidenced by the dysfunction and herd mentality of American society Like dressing the same Brooks has some experience planning for unpleasant possibilities He is the author, among ther things, of World War Z, and, most relevant here, The Zombie Survival Guide One could reasonably expect a bit of overlap between preparing for a zombie apocalypse and Survival Sasquatch He is also a Nonresident Fellow at the Modern War Institute at West Point, and Senior Resident Fellow at the Art of Future Warfare Project, at the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security of the Atlantic Council His expertise on how to contend with surprising enemies is taken pretty seriously by the United States military and a top tier international relations organization The guy might be worth checking out And I would heartily urge you to watch some of his presentations.Image from Closet.fileswordpress.com I know that look, bunionsPart of the look at how unprepared we are has to do with a larger question of how those who are aware of impending problems for example the CDC for disease related threats, or the leadership of our national intelligence apparatus for the current cyber war Russia is waging on us can engage the public Most of the population tends to fall into one of two categories, denial my children can t possibly get measles or insert your favorite not quite extinct disease here , so there is no need for them to be inoculated or panic don t go anywhere near a person with AIDS or you may become infected Brooks plays those out in this scenario as well, while having a bit of fun at the expense of the frou frou, and expressing some appreciation for those who can bring real world experience of relatable challenges, and those who are able to apply their creativity to finding solutions to unthought of problems.Image from The Daily BeastThe story is presented with a lightly drawn framing device It will feel familiar to readers of World War Z In this one, an unnamed narrator presents to us material about the Rainier Sasquatch Massacre from several sources Prime among these is the journal kept by one Kate Holland, a resident of Greenloop, and first hand witness One must wonder if Kate Holland s name might be a nod to Ranae Holland of the Animal Planet show, Finding Bigfoot Her descriptions show how the social dynamics of the tiny community change in adapting to their newly perilous circumstances Who rises, who fails It makes for a very entertaining version of a Big No, I mean really, seriously BIG Brother type scheme There will be heroes and villains We get to see how the threats arrive, are seen, and how responses evolve as well Image from Closet.fileswordpress.com Maybe upset because it is so tough to get a pair of decently fitting shoes Other intel sources include bits of interviews with Ranger Josephine Schell, and with Frank McCray, brother to one of the Greenloop residents There are occasional one off bits from other sources as well These offer exposition about what was going on in the world around the time of the massacre, and historical and scientific insight Each chapter is introduced with a quote These are from very diverse sources, like JJ Rousseau, Teddy Roosevelt, Jane Goodall, Frans de Waal, Cicero, Cato, Aesop and These are fun, often informative and or thought provoking, some grounding the fantastical elements in a base of reality One of the things that I enjoyed most about this book was the trial and error approach the Greenloop residents went through in trying to find ways to contend with their new situation Really makes you wonder what you would do in their place It reminded me very much of the hard science fiction of Arthur C Clark and Neal Stephenson And the musings on the possible roots of Sasquatch were also quite fun Image from Satanfudge.com Overall, this is a fun read, with page turning tension that will keep you at it while delivering a subliminal or not so subliminal payload of suggesting you check out your own reliance on things not readily replaced should something really, really bad happen Adversity introduces us to ourselves Review Posted January 31, 2020Published May 12, 2020I received this ARE from del Rey Thanks, folks Must have been because of my size 14s.And thanks to MC EXTRA STUFFLinks to the author s personal, Twitter and FB pagesWhere to go to see Bigfoot Boring, OR North American Bigfoot Center Felton, CA The Bigfoot Discovery Museum Blue Ridge, GA Expedition Bigfoot The Sasquatch Museum Portland, ME International Cryptozoology Museum Animal Planet Finding BigfootItems of Interest Hollywood Reporter Excerpt Free Download of Germ Warfare by Brooks Muy review of Germ Warfare by Max Brooks Wiki on the band Devo Wiki on Gigantopithecus Muppet Show episode 211 Us ness with Dom DeLuise Courthouse Libraries BC on Sasquatch in the law Battle With Bigfoot at Mt St Helens Wiki on the Patterson Gimlin film from 1967 you know the one My thanks to Random House Ballantine Del Ray Whew That s a mouthful Also, Netgalley, and the often brilliant Max Brooks I tried not to read this book I knew I d love it, so I thought I d just save it for a month or two Impossible The Squatch I don t believe, but if I did I wouldn t be living here in Montana Nope I d love in a high rise in some awful city This story worked for me It wasn t really scary, much But, I don t like monkeys, orangutans chimps, etc I think they are flea infested, poop flinging, bastards Maybe I m a bit jealous I have a few people I d like to fling my poop at Also, I have seen those shows where some of them hunt Now, just imagine that, except much taller than us Wider, and hungry I did love how these characters came together to become less humane Still, they found a deep respect and love for each other More hunter, than the hunted Actually, that s not quite right They were definitely hunted A green village, where everything is delivered by drone Not even a damn nail, hammer or screwdriver in the whole place I may get by if I had to, without a hammer, but a screwdriver I use screwdrivers all the time DamnI love this story I have really loved many of these characters Great job, Mr Brooks This is the worst choice of book to read when you re quarantined, nervous, anxious, taking your most emotional support from great booze and stocked toilet papers I m cuddling them, that s why people buy them so much, right They are like white shapeless teddy bears and I recently tried them in a recipe just mix them with almond milk, marshmallow and chocolate chips my husband told me that was the best food I ve ever fixed in my entire life Anyways, this is frightening, action packed, ominous, dark, wild, savage, disturbing ride You gotta think again before deciding to read a book from World War Z s author.What we have so far A big chaos in Pacific Northwest breaks out with the Mount Rainer s eruption So we re introduced to Greenloop community consists of smart homes located in near Ranier Park, isolated from the society They just created their own safe, clear, highly tech quarantine place But what was that howling sound coming from the woods And those footprints cannot belong to a real human, can it What the hell happened to those animals in the woods Bloody, ugly, disgusting massacre start to terrify the small community Maybe they re not safe enough as they expected, right Invisible monsters are not under their beds any They re all real, they are out there and they are coming for them.I think the most things I enjoyed about the book were detailed, layered and entertaining characterization and addictive progression There are other narrations but the story mostly told by journal entries The story telling style is captivating, keeping your interest alive with realistic, slow building mystery Things get violent, raw and vulgar at each second when the monsters appear.Surprisingly I also loved Kate in the beginning she irritated the hell of me with her weird, quirky antics and ultra paranoid behavior and I wanted to punch her know it all face at several times but when the crisis occurs she turns into my hero and the transformation of character made me reminded of other super heroes from comic books a person seems like an ordinary and creepy can be an enigma hiding so much potential inside Her narration helps us to understand the nature of danger they are going to fight against so we can see the whole picture in our heads clearly And her tragic but also witty sense of dark humor keeps us agitated but also curious to know what s gonna happen next When the shit hits the fan she turns herself a kind of Sarah Connor with knowledge about the nature monsters.Overall It s a fantastic, nail elbow entire arm biter, heart throbbing, definitely earth shattering, wild, extremely crazy train ride you ll take It s definitely worth it but if you cannot handle a mind bender, heart rate jumper, stress riser book, you are not great fit for this bat shit crazy journey Special thanks to NetGalley and Random House Publishing Ballantine Books for sending me one the most anticipated books ARC COPY in exchange my honest review I truly enjoyed it so much.bloginstagramfacebooktwitter

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