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Devolution: A Firsthand Account of the Rainier Sasquatch Massacre
Devolution: A Firsthand Account of the Rainier Sasquatch Massacre | Max Brooks
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Jhullie
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Pickpick

This isn‘t the type of book I would normally read, but it sounded intriguing and I gave it a go. I am so glad I did. The story was compelling, the characters were well developed, and I read it in 3 days. The ending was slightly disappointing, but I can see why it ended that way.

BookwormM This one gave me nightmares despite the subject matter it all felt believable 7mo
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ChaoticMissAdventures
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#julyjourneys #mountains
I recently hiked around the Olympic national forest and the tagged book is my recommendation for reading for anyone who takes on this journey of hiking Washington 😂

@eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Eggs Beautiful 🤗🏔💙 1y
dylanisreading So they can watch out for sasquatches? 😂🤣 1y
ChaoticMissAdventures @Bianca YES! 😂. I am not someone who scares easily - I have lived alone for years and watch and read all sorts of scary things but I was totally jumping and psyching myself out hiking alone reading this book 😂🤣😂 1y
dylanisreading @ChaoticMissAdventures I can imagine! I would be too! 🤣 1y
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ItsAnotherJen
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Pickpick

Pretty good read. I'd rate it between 3 - 4 stars. Some parts were very exciting and some parts dragged. I got a little tired of the enormity of some of the details, although it was interesting to see how the characters coped with the circumstances they were dealt with.
I do wish the ending was different!

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BlueMoonJ
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Pickpick

I am actually a little surprised at how much I enjoyed Devolution. I was expecting it to be along the lines of Rant by Chuck Palahniuk but I was pleasantly surprised it was not.
Pick is blanket progress while listening.

#maxbrooks #devolution #knittingwhilereading #audiobook

BookwormM I loved Devolution 2y
Bookwormjillk Love this blanket, and Devolution is on my TBR for this month. 2y
DogMomIrene Love these colors! And I‘m going to have to add Devolution to my #bookspinbingo for March! 2y
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BlueMoonJ @DogMomIrene , Thank you! And bookspinbingo??? 2y
DogMomIrene @BlueMoonJ I discovered #bookspinbingo when I started using Litsy again. @TheAromaofBooks of books hosts it. If you check out her profile, she links to the instructions. It‘s super easy and a fun way to plan your reading, especially if you decide to add mostly books you already own to work through the never ending TBR on the nightstand. (edited) 2y
BlueMoonJ @DogMomIrene thank you! I will check it it! I mostly am doing audiobooks from the library so I can knit while I “read”. This is a new experiment. 3 books in and kinda liking it. 2y
DogMomIrene @BlueMoonJ You‘re welcome. It‘s super laid-back. I didn‘t get a February bingo, but I finished The Stand because I was like, “I‘m finishing this puppy this month because I used it for 5 bingo spots!” 😂 Plus,it‘s a fun hashtag to just randomly search through. 2y
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BlueMoonJ
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Tonights experiment: audio book so I can knit on this blanket. I love old time radio dramas, but never have gotten into audio books....so we shall see how it goes

#maxbrooks #devolution #KnittingWhileReading

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Reagan
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Hoo boy! I love Bigfoot AND violence! Kate and Dan move to an isolated eco-community and very quickly, Mt Rainier starts to make some noise but that‘s really secondary to the aggressive local Sasquatch troop. Told through Kate‘s journal letters and interviews with her brother and a park ranger doing cleanup in the area. I thought this was a lot of fun, things moved along at a very fast clip, and lots of memorable characters. Excellent action too.

Reggie I loved the older lady, what‘s her name? Monsfrau. The one who had seen all the bad coming. She was great. 2y
Reggie And do you think she is still alive and hunting? I do! 2y
Kappadeemom Oh my gosh, I love Bigfoot too 🥰🥰 2y
Reagan @Reggie I hope so! I really loved that ending. 2y
Reagan @Kappadeemom it was so creative. I can‘t wait to see what Max Brooks does next! 2y
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Reagan
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I guess 3/4 of the cats are highly invested in some book related napping. Please note how they lay far enough away from me so that I cannot even pet them.

#weekendreading

Scochrane26 Is your 4th cat black, too? 2y
CBee They are beautiful! But.... how do you tell them apart? 🤔 2y
JenReadsAlot 😻 2y
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Reagan @Scochrane26 yep, the 4th is black. 2y
Reagan @CBee it‘s a lot easier than I would have though. A couple of them have white patches and actually they all have really different faces (once you get used to them!) 2y
Susanita Black cats 🐈‍⬛ rule! 2y
CBee @Reagan they‘re just gorgeous 😍😍 2y
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Lchnessmnstr
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After reading Devolution, this weathervane is terrifying!

BookwormM 🤣🤣Devolution gave me nightmares 2y
Lchnessmnstr Me too! One night I woke up dreaming about lava AND had heartburn 😅 2y
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Lchnessmnstr
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I‘m starting to get into the suspense but I need to stop reading before bed! I woke up 2 nights dreaming about lava flows with heartburn and last night swore there was something in the house! 😱 🐱 😆

BookwormM This gave me nightmares too 2y
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Kimberlone
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Mehso-so

I had high expectations for this book because of how good World War Z was. I‘m not sure the epistolary style worked for this book. I didn‘t find it believable that the characters would have such extreme personality changes over the course of only two weeks. There were some pretty gruesome scenes, but I never made an emotional connection with the characters so the horror didn‘t affect me.

+16 points
13,871 total

#Scarathlon2020 #TeamHarkness

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sprainedbrain
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Awesome!

Sasquatch! Lots of them! Attacking a small group of not-very-self-sufficient humans in the middle of nowhere, Washington, after a devastating eruption of Mt. Rainier cuts the humans off from civilization and apparently disrupts the normal habitat and/or food chain for the freaking Bigfeet (LOL).

Like World War Z (also awesome), brilliantly told through journals, interviews, and news stories. Terrifying, gross, & AWESOME.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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sprainedbrain If you can, definitely listen to this as an audiobook. It has a full cast (Judy Greer, Nathan Fillion, Jeff Daniels, Kate Mulgrew and more) and is so well done. Perfect format for this kind of telling. Also, this was my #DoubleSpin book and my second book for #Screamathon 🖤 @TheAromaofBooks @4thhouseontheleft (edited) 2y
BookwormM Completely agree this was the first book in ages to give me nightmares 2y
aperfectmjk Judy Greer was amazing on this one! 2y
Chelsea.Poole You've sold me on this one! 2y
KimM Loved it 2y
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monkeygirlsmama
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4.5 stars

I never read Brooks' other books, but when I saw this one come out I knew I had to read it. It took WEEKS for me holding on the library wait list so I guess I wasn't the only one. lol

I really liked the way this was written- comprised of found journal entries, interviews, and other firsthand accounts. It was fiction, but read like non-fiction. Sorta gory but not a full on horror style read.

Texreader 🤣 2y
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monkeygirlsmama

"I know, 'ration my current events, learn the facts, but don't obsess'."

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monkeygirlsmama
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"I needed facts, not sensationalism."

"It was the psychological aspect, the hyperbole-fueled hysteria, that had ended up killing the most people."

"The world's not going to change overnight. Just breathe, delete, and move on."

All sage commentary and advice that's oddly relatable to the US's current covid era political, socioeconomic, and human climate.

Texreader Good advice 2y
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aperfectmjk
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Pickpick

This was FANTASTIC!!! It's full of suspense and intrigue. I couldn't help but devour this. An excellent cast of narrators as well which made it all the more enjoyable. 🤗

#bookspinbingo @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2y
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aperfectmjk
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Oh man... look what's up next! Another library hold, and I have been waiting for this one. While I own a hardcover (signed) copy, I've heard a lot of good reviews about the audiobook. Here we go!

#bookspinbingo

ChaoticMissAdventures Yay!! Hope you enjoy it. That cast of narrator's is fantastic! Judy Greer is on of my absolute favorite voice actors. Nad Nathan Fillion was an unexpected treat too! 2y
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BooksAndPals
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I love some good cryptozoology. The telling of the story through journals and interviews enhances the eeriness. This was a fun, and suspenseful, gory summer read. The research Brooks does is my favorite part of his books. The last couple of chapters were a 5/5.

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CoffeeK8
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Wonderful horror book set on Mr Rainer. Sasquatches and volcanic eruptions make for a thrilling setup, and while not quite as good as “World War Z” it‘s still a really solid story.

kamoorephoto I should read this, since I can see Mt Rainier from my apartment rooftop! I‘ve been curious about this one... 2y
CoffeeK8 @kamoorephoto I hope you enjoy it! 2y
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PirateJenny
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First, hey all. I have been suffering major loss of focus with the pandemic and have not been around at all. I am still working (at home) and doing puzzles on my phone. But maybe this book got me out of the reading slump. It's somewhat like WWZ in that it's presented as true--kind of like the found footage book version. With Bigfoot. And I loved it. Worth the read for sure, if you like that sort of stuff.

BookwormM I loved it for the subject matter it did a really good job of making me think is this real of yeah and it gave me nightmares 2y
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Twainy
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Mehso-so

🎧 I have 5 versions of WWZ & I never got farther than chapter 3. I LOVE Z-Lit so this is remarkable. Luckily my hopes were not high for this book! The first half is boring, only listened as I was multitasking! The main character is unlikeable. The horror that emerges in the 2nd half was good but too little too late. An awesome premise that shoulda rocked. The narration was AMAZING, still didn‘t save it for me. Glad I didn‘t buy it. TY Libby! ⭐️⭐️

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BatsInTheLibrary
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First of all, Max Books is a freaking genius. You would expect a title like World War Z or anything with Sasquatch in it to be nonstop action, but they're not. They're incredibly detailed, well-researched, and remarkably (terrifyingly) believable.

Secondly, listen to the full cast recordings of both these books! So good!! I'm only halfway through Devolution and I'm already dreading the fact that I'll be finished soon 😭

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Reggie
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One of my favorite books ever is War World Z. Many years have since passed, and sometimes, things would happen in the world where I would think back to WWZ and wonder-How did he know that? I‘m super excited for his new book. Here‘s a link to this interview of him if you‘re interested: https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.theguardian.com/books/2020/jun/06/max-brooks-pa...

Readergrrl I found World War Z to be brilliant!! What a great idea: every chapter an interview with an anonymous survivor of a long past zombie apocalypse!! The moment I figured out who some of the more famous but unnamed “survivors” were, I was just amazed. Brilliant concept!! 2y
Reggie @Readergrrl My favorite chapters are the one with the woman who falls from the plane and psychosomatically(?) leads herself to safety. And the guy in the wheelchair and how he has to fight to help and the policies his community enact. I‘m looking forward to this Bigfoot business but just like WWZ it‘s gonna be about people in the pressure cooker, what we do. 2y
Zoes_Human @Reggie I have an audiobook of it (as well as print), and I've listened to it on multiple road trips including listening to the chapter with the woman while going across the bridge in Louisiana. 2y
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BookwormM I read an ARC of Devolution it is amazing 2y
ValerieAndBooks I started World War Z a few days ago — not very far in it, though! 2y
Suet624 Shoot, now I have to find World War Z. Darn you! 2y
Reggie @Suet624 I‘m happy!! Because even though it has zombies I think you‘d be tickled, disgusted, and given hope by what it says about our us and our world. 2y
Reggie @ValerieAndBooks I‘m so excited you‘re reading it. Can‘t wait to read what you think about it! 2y
kspenmoll Fascinating article. Thanks Reggie! 2y
Rissreads Fantastic article. I have World War Z on my tbr shelf. Bumping it up! 👍🏼 2y
Reggie @Rissreads you‘ll love it. I‘m excited cause his new book arrives here tomorrow!!! Yay!!! 2y
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BookwormM
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#ARC #Netgalley #Devolution

One word review unsettling, two word review deeply unsettlingly.

Given the story is about the massacre of a small human community by Bigfoot and family this book felt surprisingly real.

First time in ages a book gave me nightmares 😱

Full review here www.thereadersroom.org

jillrhudy Sounds like a good October ebook pick to buy for the library! 3y
BookwormM @jillrhudy definitely a great October book 3y
Reggie I‘m so peanut butter and jealous you got to read this already. I preordered it and it should be here soon but your “deeply unsettling” has me EXCITED!!! 2y
BookwormM @Reggie hope you enjoy it as much as I did I have finally recovered from the nightmares 🤣🤣 2y
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Breanne1
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I have to admit I had my hopes up that Devolution made it as a #botm selection. Oh well, passing this month. Thanks to Stuck in the Stacks I now have a new book for my wishlist

stuck.in.the.stacks I was so disappointed too! I'm still hoping it will maybe be a June pick but we'll see. 3y
MaleficentBookDragon Same here. I was really banking on it. Maybe next month... 2y
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Samary
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I won this on Goodreads! I can‘t WAIT to start it!

#maxbrooks #sasquach #arc #goodreads #giveawaywinner