Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they’re books that have yet to be released. It’s based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking the Spine.
Title: Devolution: A Firsthand Account of the Rainier Sasquatch Massacre
Author: Max Brooks
Publisher: Del Rey Books
Length: 320 Pages
Release Date: May 12, 2020
Blurb: As the ash and chaos from Mount Rainier’s eruption swirled and finally settled, the story of the Greenloop massacre has passed unnoticed, unexamined . . . until now.
But the journals of resident Kate Holland, recovered from the town’s bloody wreckage, capture a tale too harrowing–and too earth-shattering in its implications–to be forgotten.
In these pages, Max Brooks brings Kate’s extraordinary account to light for the first time, faithfully reproducing her words alongside his own extensive investigations into the massacre and the legendary beasts behind it.
Kate’s is a tale of unexpected strength and resilience, of humanity’s defiance in the face of a terrible predator’s gaze, and inevitably, of savagery and death.
Yet it is also far more than that.
Because if what Kate Holland saw in those days is real, then we must accept the impossible. We must accept that the creature known as Bigfoot walks among us–and that it is a beast of terrible strength and ferocity.
Part survival narrative, part bloody horror tale, part scientific journey into the boundaries between truth and fiction, this is a Bigfoot story as only Max Brooks could chronicle it–and like none you’ve ever read before.
Why I’m Excited For It: Guys. Gals. You know you have a problem when you start recognizing the face of like every cryptozoologist alive today.
I have that problem.
If there’s a show on Bigfoot, no matter how staged or awful looking, I’ve probably watched it. I’ve heard every theory- Bigfoot is an alien, Bigfoot is an interdimensional time traveler, Bigfoot’s just trying to do his Bigfoot thang and we mere mortals are too slow to see it.
I don’t even care how crazy that makes me sound. I realize your next question is: Do you believe? And the answer is, No...but I want to. *cue X-Files music*
My ultimate feelings about Brooks’s last effort: World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War, were mixed. It wasn’t quite what I was hoping for. At the same time- when I started that book, I was looking very specifically for a thrilling and gruesome zombie book, like The Walking Dead or The Last of Us on paper. (Side note: the audio on WWZ one is full cast and brilliant).
I have really high hopes for this because there is really not enough Sasquatch fiction out there to satisfy my nerdy cryptozoological heart. I needed this book like I needed another hole in my head and I’m not even remotely sorry that NetGalley and Del Rey granted my wish.
What new releases are you excited for?