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Helen is at her first year in science at Culver-Stockton College at the small river town of Canton Missouri, a college and town with an occult past. Her boyfriend tries to help her make sense of the strange happenings at the Mississippi River, and in the skies... as he tries not to be outshone by her handsome science teacher.
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Every once in a while a book brings an era to life. Peter Joseph Swanson’s Space Monsters is one such book, combining well-chosen natural details of the early ‘80s with small-town university life and the obsessions of not-yet-adults. The result is something absorbingly trippy and determined. Dialog has the perfect cadence of teens, parents and teachers, combining questions of reliable Bible translation with exploration of the phrase “acid test,” cool history and more, all told with equal aplomb and well-researched conviction. Parents worry about teens, who try not to worry about anything, and end up totally worried about it all. Meanwhile something strange just might be happening down by the river, and small-town memories, or else a few scientific tests of the water, could hold the clue. “Being weird is just you being you,” says a mother to her child, who’s just learning to explore her unexpected roots. But are UFOs weird? Are disappearing books, and messages in dreams? And where do psychology and parapsychology meet? Galileo did “not feel obliged to believer\ that the same God who has endowed us with senses, reason and intellect has intended us to forgo their use,” as is quoted in the book. Space Monsters is novel for those who aspire to use all these and imagination too. A wild, zany, scary, thought-provoking romp through rumors of the end-times and more, where space may be inner, outer, dimensional, or simply “spaced”—enjoy! Disclosure: I bought it because I really enjoy the author’s writing. I’m just sorry it took me so long to get around to reading it.