Harrison Geillor was born in a small three-room farm house in central MN, sometime in the middle of the twentieth century. He attended one of Minnesota’s prestigious institutions of higher learning, where he obtained a degree in English. Like English majors everywhere, he went on to work in a variety of jobs that had nothing to do with books or literature. At some point in his life he decided that the best way to appreciate Minnesota was to appreciate it from afar. He splits his time between Santa Cruz and San Francisco, only returning to Minnesota for smelt fishing, and the occasional family reunion.
The Twilight of Lake Woebegottenby Harrison Geillor
A small town... a plucky heroine, a shiny vampire, and a hunky Native American rival with a secret. But all is not as it seems in Lake Woebegotten. Let Harrison Geillor reveal what lies beneath the seemingly placid surface. You'll Laugh. We promise. When Bonnie Grayduck relocates from sunny Santa Cruz California to the small town of Lake Woebegotten, Minnesota, to live with her estranged father, chief of the local two-man police department, she thinks she's leaving her troubles behind. But she soon becomes fascinated by another student — the brooding, beautiful Edwin Scullen, whose reclusive family hides a terrible secret. (Psst: they're actually vampires. But they're the kind who don't eat people, so it's okay.) Once Bonnie realizes what her new lover really is, she isn't afraid. Instead, she sees potential. Because while Bonnie seems to her friends and family to be an ordinary, slightly clumsy, easily-distracted girl, she's really manipulative, calculating, power hungry, and not above committing murder to get her way — or even just to amuse herself. This is a love story about monsters... but the vampire isn't the monster.
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I received this book free of charge from NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion. This book was truly a hilarious spoof of Twilight!! Starting with the names: Bella Swan is now Bonnie Grayduck, Edward Cullen is Edwin Scullen, Jacob Black is Joachim Noir (my favorite!!), and Carlisle Cullen is Argyle Scullen! And that's just the start! This book takes everything you think you know about the original characters and turns it on its ear! Instead of the innocent, Bonnie is the psycho doing the pursuing, and Edwin becomes the prey. Every move Bonnie makes is calculated to answer one simple question: How does this help me? How does this help me meet my needs? Bonnie wants to be a vampire and she's not about to let a little thing like Edwin not wanting to turn her (due to living a lonesome existence without a soul, etc.) stop her. In fact, she pretty much already doesn't have a soul, or a conscience, but she keeps that a secret. From Goodreads: "A small town... a plucky heroin, a shiny vampire, and a hunkey Native American rival with a secret. But all is not as it seems in Lake Woebegotten." Poor Joachim gets stuck in the middle, as usual! When his family secret comes out, he has to learn how to live as a werebear! Yes, you read it right: A Wear-bear!!! Didn't I say it was hilarious! The only problem I had, and the reason that I gave the book 4 stars instead of 5, is that Bonnie was just so annoying and unlikable! I know that was the whole point, but not liking the main character makes it kind of hard to totally enjoy a book. Other than that small sticking point, I can completely recommend this book to all spoof lovers out there, and anyone who loves to laugh at Twilight :D
This is a brilliantly twisted sendup of Stephenie Meyer's Twilight series. Bella Swan has been transformed into Bonnie Grayduck, a smart, self-aware sociopath who has arrived in Lake Woebegotten for her senior year of high school. Bonnie murdered a couple of classmates back in Santa Cruz, California, and while there is no evidence tying her to the deaths, there is plenty of suspicion, so spending a year with her police-chief father is very convenient. And as a sociopath, it's all about self-serving convenience for our Bonnie. Edwin is still the pale, gorgeous, brooding mysterious vampire, but as with Bella, the author has taken the minor personality traits and switched them to become the dominant ones. Edwin is old-fashioned, priggish, has a thing for live teenage girls, and his concern for hurting Bonnie in the throes of passion does not prevent him from enjoying certain "services". The story unfolds through the viewpoints of two narrative voices: the first-person journals of Bonnie, and the omniscient Narrator, who occasionally interjects to clarify or fill in background. Bonnie's narrative voice is cold and clear like a brook in winter. All of the people in her life, including her parents, are "cattle" or puppets, to be manipulated and used to further Bonnie's goals. And she definitely has goals! First and foremost she must maintain an appropriate persona in order to blend into society, and her favored one is the slightly shy, clumsy pretty girl. Bonnie believes this also gives her the advantage, as others will not expect her to be vicious and strong should she need to kill them. Her main goal, though, is to be turned into a vampire, by Edwin, with whom she has an infatuation. Inasmuch as she is capable, Bonnie believes she has feelings for him, but the main appeal of Edwin is that he is her "ticket to superpowers and immortality and becoming an apex predator". Bonnie's consistently cold, predatory, self-serving narcissism (yep, I'm aware of that redundancy but I like it) is so refreshing as the events of the Twilight series unfolds. Her calculating nature is always running scenarios of manipulation, all to her advantage. Bonnie learns that she is not the biggest monster in town, and as with herself, he is all too human. Bonnie soon has her capable hands full as she juggles two vampires who want to kill her, maintaining a semi-fake relationship with Edwin in the hopes he will turn her into a vampire, hiding her past, and keeping up appearances as a teenager for her father and classmates. The humor in this story was unexpected and truly laugh out loud funny. Consistently tongue-in-cheek, dark and devious, and true to the sociopathic, predatory nature of Bonnie Grayduck, The Twilight of Lake Woebegotten was a fiendish delight!
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This book is too much like twilight. Why couldn' t the author come up with something more original? My mom helps books become noticed, and since I love reading, she put me in charge of picking good books. I get $20 a month for books on my nook and $10 allowence. Anyhow, it'really easy to tell. The used the name Charlie accidently called Edward. It's really just stupid f you ask me. He title has the word twilight. I'm almost done with the original Twilight series, so I know all of the names pretty well. I don't know where they got that name for Carslile. What were they thinking? They probably were'nt tinking at all. I'decided not to read the book. I bet I could do better than that. Actually, I HAVE done better than that. Horrible.