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The Monsters of Templeton

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

A NEW FAVORITE

An excerpt of my First Look review, full review originally published and copyrighted on my website - www.randomwonder.com:

What can a person say about a book given the gold seal stamp of approval by Stephen King? In what manner will this review add to the mass of hyp...
An excerpt of my First Look review, full review originally published and copyrighted on my website - www.randomwonder.com:

What can a person say about a book given the gold seal stamp of approval by Stephen King? In what manner will this review add to the mass of hype surrounding such notice? Is, "I liked it" enough? .... There's the wayward grad student, returned home pregnant and humiliated. There's the once flower child, now maturing mother, gone Christian. There's the nice hometown boy willing to pick up the pieces. There's a dying friend and an odd assortment of townsfolk. All in all, a nice tidy little group of characters. However, it's when the dead relatives speak and the monster washes ashore that we begin to see this story as something other than standard. We begin to see why King passed out the gold star...... Ms. Groff saves the best of her skills for the final chapter, the voice of the monster. That chapter alone deserves a nod from the literary gods. Once all the little loose ends have been tied neatly (and not too contrived either) we find hope that something that was lost can be found anew.

posted by Tasses on April 30, 2009

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4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Don't Waste Your Money

I really wanted to like this book. It has history, mystery, scandal, etc. It is a first novel for the author and I noticed she did some research to write the book. In the end, it took me almost a year to finish it. I read lots of other books, but this one dragged on...
I really wanted to like this book. It has history, mystery, scandal, etc. It is a first novel for the author and I noticed she did some research to write the book. In the end, it took me almost a year to finish it. I read lots of other books, but this one dragged on. I had more interest in Clarissa, Willie's best friend, than I did with Willie. Save your money for a really great book and borrow this one from a friend or the library.

posted by p90xer on December 10, 2010

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2013

    Her book Arcadia

    Will not allow postings by customers. Filled with a bunch of narcissistic characters. Hard to read.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 17, 2013

    Disappointing. I too wanted to love it as it had maney elements

    Disappointing. I too wanted to love it as it had maney elements I enjoy in a good story. The author left too many strings hanging. I was immensly disappointed with the (non) resolution to the legends/history of the "monster" /the lost girls. The writting style and flow was good and might lead me to try this author again but, in this book I felt most of her story lines hit a brick wall or just fell off the cliff with no satifactory resolution.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2012

    Difficult to finish....

    This book just didn't catch my attention. I had to force myself to finish it. Not very good in my opinion.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2007

    A reviewer

    I started off this book truly enjoying it. However, about mid way through i lost interest and even found myself angry. The author attempted to mix the past with the present by introducing historical characters throughout the story but it fails miserably. They make little to no sense and they add nothing to the story line. I was very dissapointed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2007

    Monsters of Templeton

    Man, I really feel like the Grinch here! I'm afraid that I would give the book as it now stands 2 stars. It felt like the book could use another draft, to smooth out some of the awkwardness in the transitions between various characters and time periods, and a strict copy editor, to catch some of the odd repetitions within paragraphs, or even sentences. I know I should be citing examples, but I finished the book a couple of weeks ago, and have read a few since. Next time I promise to take notes! But this is the lingering impression I have of the book, and I think that's an important aspect of the reading experience, too. It's what you would tell your friends about it. I do think there's a good book in there it justs needs a little more help to come out. Sorry to be so hard on it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2007

    Monsters of Templeton

    The Monsters of Templeton is not a book I can recommend. While the prose was beautiful and allowed me to be in the moment, the interruptions of chapters by old family members threw me off. I was always confused by the switch from present to past. Sometimes it took me a while to figure out where I was (i.e., Chapter 20). I did love the story between Vi and Willie and watching those characters change and grow. Chapters on Vi and Willie kept me interested. I wanted to know how it would end for them. I'm so thrilled finding her father worked out for Willie. Thank you B&N Book Clubs for allowing me the opportunity to be a part of The First Look Club. I look forward to the next offering.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2007

    Monsters of Templeton

    Man, I really feel like the Grinch here! I'm afraid that I would give the book as it now stands 2 stars. It felt like the book could use another draft, to smooth out some of the awkwardness in the transitions between various characters and time periods, and a strict copy editor, to catch some of the odd repetitions within paragraphs, or even sentences. I know I should be citing examples, but I finished the book a couple of weeks ago, and have read a few since. Next time I promise to take notes! But this is the lingering impression I have of the book, and I think that's an important aspect of the reading experience, too. It's what you would tell your friends about it. I do think there's a good book in there it justs needs a little more help to come out. Sorry to be so hard on it.

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    Posted January 5, 2010

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