Skunk Ape Semester
- Skunk Ape Semester
- 334 pages
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Anyone familiar with author Mike Robinson’s shorter work knows he is a writer who loves a good mental sprint, birthing stories centered within the confines of the human mind, generally resulting in a great exercise in a certain character’s interior workings and feelings. Skunk Ape Semester is the exact opposite.In his debut novel, Mike Robinson’s Skunk Ape Semester (SAS) goes far beyond the limits of one man’s mind and out into the deepest crevices of America, and the picture painted to [...]
The title of this book was admittedly misleading. It struck me as humorous at first, and it did have somewhat dry humor. However, the story actually wasn't as much about the hunt for the "skunk ape" as as it was about a small group composed of a young professor and three college grads who go on a road trip to pursue the supernatural. Think of That's So Weird or, heck, even Supernatural, if you like. The main difference is this story was a lot less spooky. The voice of the main character was very [...]
Interesting and unusual story written by a former student.
The novel, Skunk Ape Semester, like its title, is clever and unique. While quirky at times, the story is never melodramatic, always entertaining the proverbial page-turner that proves a delightful read while providing a primary education in cryptozoology.I chose this book because I have always held an interest in Bigfoot (my friends claim to have seen a family of them in Ohio) and other such phenomena. Further, I am a die-hard X-Files fan (of course, maybe I'm just sweet on Scully) and an avid r [...]
Disclaimer: I was given a free copy of this book by the author in exchange for a review.It is after much thought and disappointment (in myself) with which I finally move this book from my "currently reading" shelf to my new "never finished" shelf.I've been clinging to this book for . . . almost a year now?It had a lot going for it - I liked the premise, I even liked the characters, and heck, I love the author because he's had extreme patience with me because there have been a lot of extenuating [...]
Jeremy Fishleder sees a six-foot tall creature with silver gray, extremely long fur and a smell bad enough to bring tears to his eyes as a child. This sighting ignites a lifelong passion in cryptozoology. When the university where he teaches decides his class is no longer science, he takes a sabbatical and begins a journey that will change his view on life in general.Mike Robinson pens a compelling tale that draws the reader into the world of Forteans, people who search for Bigfoot, the Skunk Ap [...]
This narrative is a relief from so many of those Bigfoot stories wherein the "creature" is a marauding, murdering ape out to eat your dog, horse, neighbor and anything else that gets too close. If Sasquatch is really out there, he/she is much more intelligent than most people can imagine, and perhaps largely peaceful. The author offers some interesting and intelligent perspectives on cryptozoology, and does a good job with character development and interactions. It's a good, entertaining read, a [...]
Not at all what I was expecting. The book is structured like a road trip, with each chapter corresponding to a visit with cryptid witness. The ensuring scene, often not much more than a simple conversation ties the witness to a larger philosophical point, positing the cryptid as less a monster and more a symptom of the speaker's personality, history, and mental landscape. Odd and evocative, it's a fun ride.
I really enjoyed this book. Knowing it was fiction didn't prevent me from reserving a copy of "Sasquatch Legend Meets Science" from my local library. The description of cryptozoology stimulated a little intellectual curiosity. As a former book club friend opined, good books make you think.