The Fisherman

The Fisherman

Book - 2016 | First edition.
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In upstate New York, in the woods around Woodstock, Dutchman's Creek flows out of the Ashokan Reservoir. Steep-banked, fast-moving, it offers the promise of fine fishing, and of something more, a possibility too fantastic to be true. When Abe and Dan, two widowers who have found solace in each other's company and a shared passion for fishing, hear rumors of the Creek, and what might be found there, the remedy to both their losses, they dismiss it as just another fish story. Soon, though, the men find themselves drawn into a tale as deep and old as the Reservoir. It's a tale of dark pacts, of long-buried secrets, and of a mysterious figure known as Der Fisher: the Fisherman. It will bring Abe and Dan face to face with all that they have lost, and with the price they must pay to regain it.
Publisher: Petaluma, CA : Word Horde, [2016]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781939905215
Branch Call Number: FIC Langa
Characteristics: 266 pages ; 23 cm

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OLATHEAllisonB Jul 12, 2017

Leviathan. Jörmungand. Apep. What if these legendary serpents were only different names for the same monster? What if that monster wasn't safely contained in mythology, but was, in fact, looming beneath your feet? And to what lengths would you go to rescue dead loved ones from its grasp? Answers to these questions drive the plot of "The Fisherman." While parts of the story deliver thrills and chills, there are some flaws in the delivery - the backstory of The Fisherman, for example, is supposedly delivered by a server in a diner and yet it takes up nearly a third of the book. The motivations behind the characters' actions are not always clear, either, making it hard to stay immersed in the story. However, "The Fisherman" is still an interesting read for those who like supernatural horror.

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Feb 26, 2017

John Langan’s The Fisherman is literary horror at its sharpest and most imaginative. It’s at turns a quiet and powerfully melancholy story about loss and grief; the impossibility of going on in same manner as you had before. It’s also a rollicking, kick-ass, white-knuckle charge into the winding, wild, raging river of redemption. Illusory, frightening, and deeply moving, The Fisherman is a modern horror epic.

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