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Monster, 1959 By David Maine Monster From the critically acclaimed author of The Preservationist and The Book of Samson Monster is an extraordinary tale of s America flawed conflicted and poised to enter the most culturally

  • Title: Monster, 1959
  • Author: David Maine
  • ISBN: 9780312373016
  • Page: 181
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Monster, 1959 By David Maine From the critically acclaimed author of The Preservationist and The Book of Samson, Monster, 1959 is an extraordinary tale of 1950s America flawed, conflicted, and poised to enter the most culturally upended decade of the century.The United States government has been testing the long term effects of high level radiation on a few select islands in the South Pacific TheirFrom the critically acclaimed author of The Preservationist and The Book of Samson, Monster, 1959 is an extraordinary tale of 1950s America flawed, conflicted, and poised to enter the most culturally upended decade of the century.The United States government has been testing the long term effects of high level radiation on a few select islands in the South Pacific Their efforts have produced killer plants, mole people, and a forty foot creature named K Covered in fur and feathers, gifted with unusable butterfly wings and the mental capacity of a goldfish, K is an evolutionary experiment gone very awry Although he has no real understanding of his world, he knows when he s hungry, and he knows to follow the drumbeats that lead him, every time, to the tree where a woman is offered to him as a sacrifice by the natives When a group of American hunters stumble across the island, it s bound to get interesting, especially when the natives offer up the guide s beautiful wife to K Not to be outdone, the Americans manage to capture him Back in the States, they start a traveling show The main attraction K.
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    1. Dan Duran on said:

      An interesting idea basically king kong from the monster s point of view bogged down significantly by the author s ham fisted exertion of political essays in the narrative.

    2. Eric on said:

      Imagine the story of King Kong told through the eyes of the big ape Or how about if the Godzilla movies were seen from Gojira s perspective And finally, what was the Creature from the Black Lagoon thinking when he spied Julie Adams doing sexy water aerobics in his pond Do fish get boners We ll never know because all these movies kept their monsters mute and enigmatic Here s a book that attempts to give voice to all those crazy monsters that emerged mostly from 1950s cinema An amalgam of three ic [...]

    3. Corey on said:

      Monster, 1959 has a fair amount ofexcitement, and Maine expertly layers this with K s dawning sense of his self as a being rather than a collected series of impulses sheathed in animal muscle K never becomes fully cognisant and therefore a complete individual, but in places he gains what only can be described as insight Now what K wonders wordlessly, not recognizing this as a breakthrough he has learned to expect things to happen Maine, however, wants to thrust his subtext forward to garner equa [...]

    4. MJ on said:

      It was a chore to finish this book The author strains for a Vonnegutian tone of lighthearted cynicism, but falls very short As a result, we are left with a pointless, humourless pastiche of King Kong, with occasional jarringly incongruent political asides.Really, there ought to be a way to assign 0 stars.

    5. Joshua Hair on said:

      I tried and tried to get into this book and just couldn t do it How can a novel about a giant mutated monster possibly be boring I found myself asking that over and over while reading Monster, 1959 The premise was super cool, the monster sounded awesome, and yet I kept finding myself bored by the drawn out and often times unnecessary monologues.

    6. Matthew Krause on said:

      Forty feet tall, covered with fur and feathers, massive nonviable butterfly wings on its back, and dumb as a bag of hammers This is the monster K who lives on an isolated island in the South Pacific, the product of excess levels of radiation from numerous nuclear tests conducted by the United States government K exists to eat, sleep, and defecate, the only interruption in his mundane schedule occurring when the local natives play their drums, luring him to a massive wall where a woman is offered [...]

    7. Terry Mulcahy on said:

      The comparison to the stories about Kong, the giant gorilla ripped out of his jungle are obvious, and indeed, the central character is simply named K But, he is not a gorilla, but a fictional product of very real nuclear testing in the 1950s He is however, very large, one of a kind, and there is a woman he tries to save from what he sees as danger, leading to his own capture The similarities continue, as he becomes a drugged side show attraction, hauled by train around the country for people to [...]

    8. Anthony on said:

      I ve had this novel sitting on my shelf for several years now, and finally this year made it part of my annual To Be Read Challenge.As a kid, I loved all of the Giant Monster movies playing on TV on the weekends Mostly the Godzilla movies, but also the classic 1950s flicks about giant ants and octopi and the like Stop motion animated monsters, men in rubber monster suits it didn t matter to me, they were all great And of course, there was the original King Kong and Son of Kong So naturally, the [...]

    9. Lori on said:

      I went to NYC on Feb 19th and got the chance of a lifetime I sat and chatted with David Maine for an hour, one on one, discussing his past novels, writing quirks, and favorite authors novels in the coffee shop of the Barnes and Nobles on Broadway and 82nd I began reading this novel that night, as it had only just hit the shelves that day I couldnt drive home from the city fast enough For those of you who may not be familiar with Maines work, shame on you all he has three previously published nov [...]

    10. Sean on said:

      David Maine s three previous novels all concerned Biblical figures Noah, Cain and Sampson In each he humanised these characters by taking the reader inside their minds Maine repeats this process with Monster 1959, but this time goes into the consciousness of a monster loosely based on King Kong or Godzilla The only problem with this is that it s a monster with little intelligence, so we re privy to it constantly forgetting what it learns, not understanding anything, and falling victim to everyon [...]

    11. Sarah on said:

      This was an interesting book It s sort of like King Kong sort of from the ape s point of view A monster the result of radiation testing on an unknown island in the South Pacific is one day drawn to the drums of the natives This has happened before and each time, he s been greeted with a sacrifice not that he eats them, but the natives don t know this This time, things turn out slightly different K doesn t know it, but when he absconds with his sacrifice, he is followed by a group of men on safar [...]

    12. Daniel on said:

      An interesting pastiche on King Kong and 50s monster movies is marred by anachronisms having Sinatra singing New York, New York than 25 years before the song was written Fiddler on the Roof playing on Broadway six years before it opened That might be forgiven as plain laziness by the writer, but the repeated inclusion of completely extraneous anti Israel slurs such as comparing them to Nazis marks Maine as a writer with an agenda I do not wish to encounter again Even referring to Palestinians i [...]

    13. Nicole D. on said:

      A familiar tale, uniquely Maine I am a huge fan of Maine s and was naturally quite excited to see he had a new book out As with his biblical fiction, he has taken a well known story and made it his own this one just happens to not be from the bible Maine s writing is top notch, and his word play is one of the things I most enjoy when reading his books His humor is my favorite aspect of his writing, and this book contains some gems.As with his other books, Maine is not shy about sharing his opini [...]

    14. Braden A. on said:

      The ending to Monster, 1959 was kind ofMaine ends it on this flash forward to 2059 and this tribal story that s just a repeat of a scene which occurred near the beginning of the book, in which Maine just makes a few very pedestrian points about story telling and its importance in culture and society.I felt the ending of the book would have been much affecting without that.Maine s writing is so so He uses a lot of similes and metaphors that felt like quite a reach, and others that were like eigh [...]

    15. Natalie on said:

      Oh I felt so sorry for K.I wanted to just jump into the story and scream Let him be How dare you exploit such a harmless creature for your own selfish gain But then i remembered that it s just a book and to get a hold of myself David Maine is SUCH a good writer, and he proves it once again with Monster, 1959 I love the way that this book turned into a huge history lesson in a section of every section Maine weaves the history in seamlessly with the story.I found myself not really caring about the [...]

    16. Tim on said:

      Take King Kong, science fiction movies and popular culture from the 1950, then add in a healthy dose of sarcastic, biting humor and you have David Maine s Monster, 1959 It could be construed as an allegory to the excess and avarice of the United States and our prevailing attitudes toward the rest of the world as we are represented as both a superpower and beacon of democracy The most fascinating character in the book is K the 40 foot hybrid monster creature that is taken from his island home to [...]

    17. Don Massi on said:

      This was a good book, I did enjoy it If I could have given it 3 1 2 stars, I would have As others have noted this is essentially a reinterpretation of the King Kong story And it s that familiarity that kept me from giving this book four stars What we get is a cool monster on a dangerous tropical island who fights dangerous enemies and is captured and brought to the modern world But we get a monster that emotes, that has slowly emerging feelings and understanding We also get to see the motivation [...]

    18. Lorraine on said:

      A very interesting new tale from David Maine A departure from his previous Biblical storytelling or was it really this novel is told as if it were a script for a 50 s monster movie Although I didn t find the characters to be likable or sympathetic, they weren t supposed to be In the manner of monster flicks, the story itself was the point In a way, if you ve seen one of those movies, this book holds few surprises as to story line But the richness comes from getting inside the monster s head and [...]

    19. Kate on said:

      Honestly, I m not sure whether I like this book or not On one hand, I liked Maine s writing style I liked the K the monster I ve always had a soft spot for misunderstood monsters I hated almost everyone else It appears Maine did too, as practically no human main character is sympathetic, and the most sympathetic character to me, at least ends up caught in an uncomfortable position The plot is familiar monster lives on island monster captures girl monster is hunted and captured by man monster is [...]

    20. Chris on said:

      I would have given this book 4 stars, but there was something about the last 1 5 of the book that slowed it down for me The writing is good, not amazing, but solid The story is old, worn out and pretty much dead, but wait David Maine somehow pulls this off I think it may be in the tension he is able to create, the inevitability of it all that I enjoyed the most This aspect of the writing reminds me of Stephen King There are also hints of Vonnegut with a strong helping of pulp writing thrown in f [...]

    21. Tony Calder on said:

      This book is, at its most basic level, the story of King Kong told from Kong s perspective But it is than that the best science fiction uses the setting to explore humanity, and in this book David Maine uses the giant monster setting to turn a critical eye on 1950s America He has done his research, and paints an accurate picture, but I couldn t help feeling that the juxtaposition between adventure story and social commentary was somewhat jarring Overall, a pleasant and enjoyable read, but nothi [...]

    22. Robert on said:

      While this book follows a King Kong like script it is actually different in many ways This can actually be looked at as an examination of the times and the horrible ways in which mankind treats one another All while telling a Kong like story So with that in mind form your own opinions here I cannot faithfully and wholeheartedly recommend this book While it is an O.K book as it is a short read I just feel if I were to recommend it I may not be treating my fellow human race properly Now I have to [...]

    23. Michael DeMarco on said:

      Was an intersting monster movie novel, which is just the King Kong story, told through the monsters eyes The creature has all the elements and look of the 1950 s creatures pink wings While enjoyable, the hero character has this strangexual obsession which I won t get into, but it stops the book for me during those scenes, especially at the ending which I still can t get out of my head.

    24. Natelle on said:

      This book was not too bad It was interesting even though completely unbelievable I would have given it a higher ranking but most of the characters had tendencies toward inappropriate things with the author described in some detail Consider that my warning not to read it if you don t like reading about immoral acts.

    25. Jenn on said:

      I picked it up because I liked the cover and I thought it might be a tongue in cheek ode to B movies Which it is, sort of It s a mix of history, pop culture of the 1950s , B movie references, radiation testing, and King Kong I found it to be unusual and interesting and I enjoyed it.

    26. Robert on said:

      I wanted to like this book, and by and large I did I think this novel tries to be equal parts homage, parody and social commentary, and it s in that last capacity that it stumbles This miscalculation weakens what is otherwise a very entertaining and original sendup of the monster movie genre.

    27. Your Excellency on said:

      Ugh Awful Some good perspectives on life from a movie monster s point of view, but other than that, no redeeming features Fallen was one of my favorites, and this is a polar opposite

    28. Sheri on said:

      A creative re telling of the King Kong myth, with a little vegetarian Godzilla mixed in The writing was delightful For a pulp fiction read, this was totally worth it Enjoy

    29. Rob on said:

      Don t let the Narrator s politics get your undies in a bunch This is the perfect literary homage to 50 s Monster Movies It s nothing short of brilliant.

    30. Deserie Sanders on said:

      This was a pretty cool booknda like King Kong just with a different monster, and emphises on the monster himself feelings, undertandings or lack thereof.

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