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Sharma Shields

Author of The Sasquatch Hunter's Almanac

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momelimberham | 19 other reviews | Jun 8, 2022 |
This was...not what I was expecting, and I think my reading experience suffered as a result.

Shields has written a clearly literary work that, though it does bring in the fantastical, remains firmly rooted in reality. But while the back cover copy starts with a mention of sasquatch, and finishes with "The magical world Sharma Shields has created is one of unicorns and lake monsters, ghosts and reincarnations, tricksters and hexes....[and] pushes the boundaries of the imagination"... the truth is that the 'magic' of the world is barely present. One could argue over whether the maybe-sasquatch seems less magical only because he's presented in such realistic terms, but the end result is the same--the magic of the world takes up a total of perhaps a dozen pages in a book that comes close to being 400 pages long. At least for me, this just wasn't what I expected, and even re-reading the back cover copy now, I have to say I feel like it's misleading.

As a literary take on a man obsessed with sasquatch, this is an interesting read in the stylings of slice-of-life & dismay writers like Jonathan Franzen and Richard Russo, and Shields is clearly a talented writer. At the same time, I admit I wonded more magic, and hoped for something more like the magical realism of Alice Hoffman, or even something far weirder like the work of VanderMeer or Link. Instead, what I got felt like it worked to bring magic down to a pedestrian, domestic level with characters who were believable, but not particularly enjoyable to read about.

Would I recommend this one? I'm not sure--in a particular situation, certainly. In general, though, I fear I found it kind of boring and predictable, and as fascinated as I was by the premise and the magical elements, it felt like they were there to sell the book more so than to make the book.
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whitewavedarling | 19 other reviews | Mar 29, 2022 |
Every once and awhile I like to read something completely different and The Sasquatch Hunter’s Almanac by Sharma Shields certainly fit the bill for that. This is the unique and strange story of Eli Roebuck and his obsession with hunting the mystical Sasquatch. This obsession goes back to when Eli was nine years old and his mother chose to leave the family, walking off into the woods with her Sasquatch lover, Mr. Krantz. This abandonment shaped the rest of Eli’s life.

This is a dark and inventive fantasy story that engulfs the reader with some very imaginative story telling and is peopled with various magical beings including lake monsters, bird women, ghosts and unicorns. Covering some 60 years in the life of the Roebuck family, this peculiar tale was a fun read that eventually became a little too much for me to absorb and although I stuck with it, I admit that I basically skimmed the last third of the book.

I live in the Pacific Northwest and as much as I would love there to be Sasquatches, I simply cannot accept their existence. I applaud the author for the originality of this book, but in the long run, it just couldn’t hold my attention. I was reminded of the television show “Twin Peaks” that I started out loving but grew more and more disenchanted as it got weirder and weirder.
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DeltaQueen50 | 19 other reviews | Jan 31, 2022 |
A wonderful quirky tale with many interesting and unexpected twists along the way. I highly recommend this book!
ChetBowers | 19 other reviews | Mar 10, 2021 |


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