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Creature From The Black Lagoon: Times Black Lagoon (Universal Monsters (Dh Press)) [Paperback]

Paul Di Filippo
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12 Sep 2006 Universal Monsters (Dh Press)
In 1954, an expedition found what seemed to be a missing link in the evolutionary chain: an ancient, immensely powerful amphibian creature. Scientists tried to tame it, break its will, and even change its very being with surgery and torture, but the beast rebelled, killing nearly all in its way. But was the creature truly a throwback, a freak survivor of some prehistoric era-or was it something more? Six decades later, one scientist attempts to find out, using a time machine to journey into the past. What he finds not only shatters his vision of what the Creature might be, but could change the history of the human race forever. Paul Di Filippo reinvents the Creature with a tale of time travel, horror, and mystery that blends Cold War science fiction with today's cutting edge cyberpunk.

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  • Paperback: 276 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Horse (12 Sep 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595820337
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595820334
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 10.9 x 2.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,071,141 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Inspector Gadget VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
I only bought this book because I was in a book-buying mood and the one I wanted was sold out. Thinking that it had a nice cover and being in the mood for something silly and pulpy, I decided to give it a go. A boy this IS pulp indeed.

The story has two friends in the Deep South grow up to be megalo-scientists. One a marine biologist and the other a professor of Quantum Physics, or something. Wishing to capturing to capture a Gill Man and knowing that they only existed in great numbers in the pre-dinosaur days, our heroes make a time machine out of an I-Pod (yes, you read me correctly-a friggin' I-Pod) and go back millions of years to say 'How' to a peaceful race of Gill Men.

Up until about halfway, this book is just nothing but hot air and almost ends up being the kind you'll chuck away without finishing. But finally, when they do travel through time, it gets much better and passes much quicker. The Gill Men are great characters and lots of fun to read about. It kinda outstays its welcome towards the end though as plot threads are tied together in a rather contrived and hasty manner. I didn't like that.

A fun read, but don't expect William Shakespeare. His retarded hillbilly cousin Ralph Shakespeare could write a better story than this.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A Disappointing Trip 17 Jun 2008
By E. T. Dexter - Published on Amazon.com
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Let me start by saying the Creature is my favorite of the classic Universal monsters...
The premise of the book sounded interesting...time-travelling back to the prehistoric period to learn about the Gill Man in his natural habitat. But once you meet the monsters, so to speak, it removes the mystery of the Creature seen in the films. It's like being in Disney and seeing Mickey behind the castle with his head off smoking a cigarette.
The ending very much reminded me of a classic monster movie where there's an epic world-threatening crisis that is very quickly resolved to finish the story up all nice and tidy so the credits can roll.
10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars * * * WARNING - POSSIBLE PLOT SPOILER COMMENTS * * * 30 Nov 2006
By Michael A. Aquino - Published on Amazon.com
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Like the previous reviewer, I snarfed this paperback on impulse. As a kid in 1954, I was duly mesmerized by Blacky LaGoon's film trilogy (which I am happy to see on Amazon as a pristine, if only 2-D, DVD set). And here, it seemed from the beautiful cover-art, he came *again*!

_TBL_ starts out a bit like a nautical _Stargate_: The bright young scholar gives a heretical talk about possible amphibian links to humanity and is tomatoed by his professional audience - except for one old coot who takes him aside to offer the hidden reality behind his amateur speculations. In this case it is not a Stargate at Cheyenne Mountain, but the fragmentary record of the hushed-up, scientifically-impossible appearance of the Creature in 1954 (as per the film trilogy).

Up to this point di Filippo does fine, constructing a very authentic academic/marine biological atmosphere and giving his main characters remarkably deep and interesting personalities. I was happily anticipating a departmental fricas over funding, an _Apocalypse Now_-type expedition up today's Amazon to you-know-where, of course to find at least one, but perhaps more gillpersons. Imagine the ruckus that would have caused not only on campus, but amongst creationists, animal-rights activists, et al.

Alas, it was not to be. Instead the scholar has a friend who just happens to have made a pocket time machine, to whisk him and his girlfriend back a few Earth-ages to the Devonian, where they meet nice, friendly, and conveniently telepathic gillies. Turns out that the 1954 Creature was one of their badly-devolved brethren with Terminator attitudes. Hence, after the hero & heroine have at least temporarily sated their recurring desire for Devonian swamp-sex, the rest of the story is telepathic & flipperfight good gills vs. evil gills, aided/complicated by humans with time machines. This is a bit much, particularly since the contest rages across a present-era college campus & city, apparently to only normal surprise/annoyance of the locals. Well, perhaps the town in question is Innsmouth, and this sort of thing happens around the campus every Friday night.

Thanks to di Filippo for taking on this challenge. It brought Blacky back to life after all these decades, and that was fun. But I'd still like him to rewrite the second half of the story.
5.0 out of 5 stars 'There are many strange legends in the Amazon' 13 April 2013
By Anthony Ogozalek - Published on Amazon.com
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A great mix of science-fiction, horror, suspense, fantasy & even a pinch of romance make this one of the best of Dark Horse's half-dozen novels of its classic Universal Monsters collection. With a completely new cast & no recurrences from anyone in the three movies (although characters like David Reed & Dr. William Barton get mentioned), it tells the story of young scientist Brice who goes on a quest with his lover Cody on a trip back in time to the Devonian Period (the 'Age of Fishes') & discover the Gill-Man's origins for an elderly scientist to prove the creature exists. But their trip holds secrets even they never thought possible, which also has horrifying results neither of them could imagine.
4.0 out of 5 stars Impressive Creature Feature 2 Mar 2013
By Donald C. Weiss, Jr. - Published on Amazon.com
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The last great Universal Horror character, the Creature from the Black Lagoon, is further explored in this tie-in novel.

Nearly six decades after the Gill-Man took his final walk into the ocean at the end of THE CREATURE WALKS AMONG US, scientist Brice Chalefant and his girlfriend Cody Clay use a time machine to journey back to the prehistoric era and research the mysterious creature in his natural element. What they find in the past is the last thing anyone expected...

Paul Di Filippo crafts a fine tale that builds nicely on the Creature trilogy. While the original Gill-Man doesn't appear, he is referenced constantly and continues to impact this story, which works as a sequel and a prequel to the movies. The two lead characters are well developed and very likeable, and the proposed origin of the Gill-Man, as we knew him, is very intriguing.

An enjoyable mix of science fiction and action/adventure, TIME'S BLACK LAGOON is a must-read for any fan of the Gill-Man, the Classic Universal Monsters, and the enduring theme of time travel.
6 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The Coarsened 1 - PARENTAL ADVISORY 30 Aug 2007
By RXCSLC - Published on Amazon.com
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You'd think time travel through use of an iPod would be FUN, right? Nope. I was excited when I saw this book listed at Amazon. One look at the AMAZING cover, and I just had to have it. I'm a huge fan of the Universal Monsters, with the Gill-Man being my fave. Unfortunately, I was not thrilled by the execution of this tale. First of all this book is NOT FOR CHILDREN AT ALL! I was absolutely stunned, shocked and dismayed to see the profanity that proliferates throughout. 'F bombs' fly at will and are completely unnecessary. I don't mind such coarse dialogue in the proper venue... but in a book featuring one of the Universal Monsters? Yikes! It is pretty cringe worthy. I must also note that there is quite a bit of casual religious blasphemy as well. If you are sensitive about that, then this book isn't for you. (And to think I had thought of blind buying this for my nieces! Sheesh!)

The liberal usage of 'four letter words' is not the only clue to the authors personal politics. Here is a quote concerning topless students of both sexes: "The repercussions of sweeping lactivist legislation passed in 2013 and signed by President Clinton during her second term were still being sorted out..."

His take on 'Conservative minded' folks: "The Gill-People were more conservative in their thinking, more group-minded and more eternal. This very lack of adaptability had no doubt contributed to their general extinction." Now, I'm all for political discourse (or in this case disCOARSE) but, is this really the proper venue for this? Not at all. Totally inappropriate. This type of book should whisk you away into a fantasy setting for the purposes of good, 'old fashioned' FUN.

As a FUN book, this is a failure that will hopefully be lost in the eddies of time's lagoon. I just hope it hasn't damaged my love of the Gill-Man forever. If you are looking for a great FUN novel featuring a Universal Monster, hunt down a copy of Jeff Rovin's AMAZING Return oftThe Wolf Man If you need to have a Gill-Man fix, check out Arthur Adams incredible artwork that retells the first film: Universal Monsters: Creature from the Black Lagoon
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