I must admit, I was definitely pessimistic about this title. I mean really, bigfoot? Hasn’t the hunt, the hoaxes, the mystery all been done to death? Read on – this book is not what you think it is and I am so glad I listened to the little bird telling me to read it! This is the book I needed to read after a long several weeks of work, work and more work and its the book that made me laugh so often and so spontaneously out loud that my husband kept asking me “what on earth” was I reading. Thank you Simon. Loved this book!
Not surprising that this book already has great reviews on Amazon, so I won’t go into another description of the story itself that is already so well presented by other reviewers but will instead just give you my brief editor-slash-reader impressions. Simon breaks a writing rule, consistently, through the entire book, over and over again, that would make an old school editor cringe. He did so with skill and demonstrated great talent as a true artisan in his craft. His rule breaking made the story that much better. Rule? Point of view or head hopping – changing which characters “head” we are in, as the reader, in the middle of a scene or chapter. This is a rule that should only be broken if it can be done seamlessly and this author, in my opinion, pulled it off flawlessly! It gave the book an amazing pace that allowed the suspense to build quickly and the actual imagery of the whole town and the people in it to come alive much more quickly than waiting for a writer to introduce them one or two at a time. Characters, storyline and scene development – excellent – I could visualize everything as I was reading and that is what makes a book enjoyable to me personally. Could almost smell the disgusting bigfoot stench, though I could have done without that part!
This is a book with adult content, “adult humor gross out novel” is how Simon referred to it, somewhere I read, but I don’t think it was gross, I think it was hysterically funny and refreshingly original. Though everyone and everything in the book seemed normal (normal as in the variety of personalities, histories, etc. – all of the things that make us each unique, nutty and quirky like people really are), not fiction, and I felt like I could drive right through that town and see those people on the streets, he kept surprising me at every juncture with a twist or turn that just kept me guessing. Did not see that ending coming and I bet you won’t either. Truly mesmerizing, Simon, well done!
On a side note, Simon has an amazing sense of humor – I like to know a bit about an author before I spend time or money on a book and I loved that he has so much information available to the public, he is funny, charming and very talented.
~~~~~~~~~~~reviewed by Debra L Hartmann, Owner of The Pro Book Editor at http://www.theprobookeditor.com, published author, aspiring blogger and co founder of the AHA community at http://authorshelpingauthors.wordpress.com – Stay tuned for an exclusive Talk Radio with NO Radio Author Interview with Simon Okill, AKA Phantom Bigfoot, on my show next week!
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