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Menagerie [Kindle Edition]

E.Stuart Marlowe
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Book Description

Monsters aren't real. They belong to the world of storybooks and legends. Or so you have been led to believe.
For the past twenty years, Gomer Horsenick has been building the world's strangest zoo. He and his ragtag group of men have explored the globe, collecting monsters of the sea, sand, sky and sewers. And now the zoo is ready to open.
But not if Juniper Lowery can stop him. A fervent animal activist, Juniper gets wind of Gomer’s intentions and makes it her mission to set these creatures free.
When her plan backfires, the monsters flee, descending upon the nearby town. A horrific nightmare of chaos and destruction ensues. It is up to Juniper and Gomer to reconcile their differences and save the city before the terror spreads.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3846 KB
  • Print Length: 207 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Severed Press (21 April 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #86,946 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A rollercoaster of fun 26 April 2014
By Monty
I stumbled on this one browsing around for a new horror read, and the nifty cover drew me in. Gotta admit, I was pretty hooked right off the bat. Wasn't sure if this was gonna be more of an adventure novel given the opening chapter, but by the time the guys got to Malta, we were smack dab in some fairly horrific territory.

There really wasn't much in the way of fat, most of it moving along rapidly and holding my attention throughout. Marlowe's writing style is lean, which keeps the pace up. Even the quieter moments got to me, particularly the ending which almost had me tearing up (almost).

It was refreshing to find a story that straddled a few genres while coming up with a bunch of clever new creatures. Tired of the same old vampire/zombie/ghost stories, so Menagerie was a welcomed breath of fresh air. Check it out. You can thank me later!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Monsters on the loose 26 April 2014
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and thought it touched on all the right aspects for horror and adventure. I love how each of the monsters are cleverly thought out and the characters all stand out for their quirks or capabilities.

Who doesn't like monsters rampaging through the town, destroying everything. The fast pace and clever writing by E. Marlowe keeps you hooked and on a bumpy horror filled ride.

It's great how you feel stuck wanting to root for Juniper the animal activist and Gomer who keeps these creatures locked up in a zoo. You see two sides of the coin and definitely want everyone to win. Even the monsters and their violent ways.

A must read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly original 29 April 2014
I wouldn’t call myself a big fan of horror, but I really enjoyed Menagerie. There were some unsettling
scenes that aren’t for everyone, but in between those were lovely moments of action, romance and
science fiction. Marlowe has the good sense to work humor into the story to balance out the terror. I
found the array of monsters very original, and it seems like they were spins off actual myths (Marlowe
calls them “parafictitious” creatures, a term I hadn’t heard before).

The cinematic influences are apparent. A director himself, Marlowe has drawn from the creature feature
genre for inspiration. You’ll see elements of Gremlins in the mayhem that is inflicted upon the city.
Obviously, Jurassic Park is there in Gomer’s Conservancy. He strategically alludes to films like Godzilla
and Them! to enhance his premise. And the character of Burt seemed awfully similar to Delbert the
exterminator in Arachnophobia (the names are very similar). These little Easter eggs reward the fan of
the genre and make the read even richer. While Menagerie is clearly an homage, it still retains its own
style and is conceptually original.

For a debut novel, Menagerie shows off a lot of great potential from this author.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A new sort of monster story 7 May 2014
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Menagerie is the debut novel from film director Evan Marlowe. He and his wife Kerry are familiar to me as the team that released two low-budget horror films, and their short film Smasheroo is part of the 50 Kisses feature film compilation, of which I'm director and executive producer.

The novel is Marlowe's tribute to films like Gremlins, Arachnophobia and Raiders of the Lost Ark, and his story is full of gruesome violence as well as poignant parent-son moments and pointed banter. Marlowe has paid attention to the social commentary that runs through many of the better monster stories and has employed this device as well.

Gomer Horsenick as the curator of a zoo full of wicked monsters is multidimensional. He is not merely out to show off his collection; he's driven by things like fear, revenge, responsibility and possibly scarcity. All this could be heady stuff, but Marlowe keeps the tone light and the action moving along.

I enjoyed the myriad creatures Menagerie introduces, and how Marlowe has grounded them in reality, providing plausible explanations of how they survive in our world, and what makes them deadly. Rather than rehash old legends, he uses these as starting points, and calls his monsters collectively "parafictitious" beings.

Menagerie is a fast and fun read with a cinematic feel. I strongly recommend it to any fan of horror and adventure.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The next Jurassic Park! 27 April 2014
Get it now! Menagerie has a little of something for everyone. Blood, guts, romance, adventure, guts. The humor is dark and twisted, and the violence is unforgettable. I loved the characters and the friction between them. Just read the first few chapters and you’ll see what I mean. Addictive!!
Gomer journeys to Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Malta and many more lands to hunt down his monsters. He brings along his trusty sidekick Alfred the Brit, as well as fellows from Nigeria, Ireland and Norway. Each has been drawn to Gomer’s quest because of personal histories with monsters. Some are new to the hunt, and others are jaded.
Meanwhile, Juniper Lowery and her own group of people are working to figure out how to break in and overcome the zoo’s security system so they can free the creatures. Oh, but be careful what you wish for!
I’m familiar with Marlowe from his movies Blood Rush and Horror House. He’s obviously got a lot of great ideas up his sleeve, and it’ll be interesting seeing what he comes up with next. Highly recommended!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible
This is an awful book, poorly written, poor tired characters, a story that has more holes in it than Swiss cheese and lacks any pace, I got it free ,read 50 pages and then deleted... Read more
Published 5 days ago by justin morrissey
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Not great for me, didn't click. I might try it again at a later date.
Published 9 months ago by L. Anderson
2.0 out of 5 stars Didn't live up to my expectations based on other reviews
In theory a book about a team running around and catching monsters for a Jurassic Park type facility sounds fantastic. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Daisydolittle
5.0 out of 5 stars Stephen King meets Jurassic Park!
This book has scares aplenty! Full of monsters, gore, and tension to satisfy any horror fan this book has you gripped from the start. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Steven Bakewell
5.0 out of 5 stars In the company of monsters
Menagerie from E. Marlowe is a new take on some old horror tropes, but in weaving together time- tested formulae with unexpected twists (such as a monster-hunter who is a family... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Mr Martin L White
5.0 out of 5 stars Great debut!!
I'm wary of most debut novels, especially in horror, but Menagerie stands out as a thoughtfully written and entertaining read. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Katrin Heuser
5.0 out of 5 stars Gomer vs Juniper!
I loved this world dreamed up by Marlowe, from the creepy pervert spying on the naked girl in the adjacent apartment, right up to Alfred the ex-bombardier from WWII and his... Read more
Published 12 months ago by JohnSellings
5.0 out of 5 stars A Page-turner!
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and thought it touched on all the right aspects for horror and adventure. Read more
Published 12 months ago by MISS D LEBREUILLY
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
Severed Press is known for zombie and post-apocalyptic horror books, so Menagerie is a little bit of a departure from their usual stuff. Read more
Published 12 months ago by LeLe
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice Surprise
I don't get a lot of time to read, so when I do, I expect a lot. The book came recommended and it didn't disappoint. Loved the characters, dark humor and the twists and turns. Read more
Published 13 months ago by bbowen
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