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  1. says:

    somewhat spoilery BecausebeerGail's mom has a hangover so she wants the loud girls of her's out of the house Gail heads down to the lake near their home and meets up with her buddies Joel and his brother They realize that the large rock they have been playing on is not really a rockThere have been mumblings around their town about a monster that lives in the lake An American version of the famous monster? Gail and Joel are going to be famous They bet their pictures will get in the paper They bet they will become rich I knowI did not spoil anything But to be on the safe side I posted the warning Becausewhiners I'm highlighting my friend Richard reviles censorship's review because it makes me smile every day that he is back on the internet with us


  2. says:

    Gail irritates her hung over mother by playing a robot When she is sent out of the house together with her three sisters they go to the beach to play There they find a mysterious carcass of a strange creature Is it a dinosaur? Then some of the kids are missing The story was a bit too long for my taste The whole introduction up to the discovery of the animal was long winded Then the horror itself was a bit too meagre and short for me It was an okay story but definitely nothing extraordinary


  3. says:

    Rating 3 of fiveThe Publisher Says Little Gail London and her friend Joel uarrel are out on a cold and lonely morning at the end of summer when they make the find of the century a dead plesiosaur the size of a two ton truck washed up on the sand With the fog swirling about them they make their plans fight to defend their discovery and face for the first time the enormity of mortality itself all unaware of what else might be out there in the silver water of Lake ChamplainMy Review Childhood's end Abusive andor neglectful adults versus damaged children A completely unexpected and seemingly impossible discovery sets each against all and no one comes out unchangedSound familiar? It should It's an evergreen plot for a reason It explores no new territory mostly because it doesn't need to This iteration of the evergreen is told in the voice and from the viewpoint of three kids trapped in a world of hungover parents Their mutual discovery of the dinosaur apparently dead causes little Gail to look inside for what she wants to have in this life What she decides has a poignance that Hill reveals but doesn't linger over Not for nothing is Hill the son of novelistsThirty well spent minutes This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution NonCommercial ShareAlike 30 Unported License


  4. says:

    OK First things first when I read the title of this story I can't help but think of By the Shores of Silver Lake Both have a precocious young girl with sisters as a narrator And a lake with silver water supposedly And if I remember correctly a friend who is a boy that is also kind of a boyfriend but not really a BOYFRIEND but in the Little House series maybe that comes later It's been about coughcoughmumble years since I read the Little House seriesWhat the Little House series DOESN'T have is a rotting amphibious dinosaur corpse hidden in the mist by the water's edge Which clearly makes Silver Water here the winner over Silver Lake if you ask me I mean I know you didn't but if you had That's what I would answer Just sayin' One of the things that I love about Joe Hill's writing is the way that his stories have this ethereal otherness right there in the middle of the everyday I also like the sense that it exists in its own time It could really be any time in the 20th or 21st century We have a little girl I mean a robot with teakettles for feet who is sent out of the house by her harried and hungover mother and who climbs onto a boulder to play with her friend Joel only to later realize that the boulder is the mid section of the aforementioned dinocorpse They've heard stories of the monster that was hit by a boat and heard stories of a reward for anyone that brings the creature back so they are convinced that they'll be heroes for having discovered it I love the duality of this story how you can interpret it as a little girl playing pretend and her close friend playing along because that's what they do or you can interpret it as literally true that there's a dead creature washed up on the beach You can choose to believe that the imagination of these little kids ran away with them but there are unanswered uestions if you go the They must be making it up route I also love the adultness of this story It's narrated by a little girl so she doesn't uestion things in the way an adult would but just accepts things as she believes them to be true Like where did her friend REALLY get his black eye? Playing pretend for real or maybe Dad got a little rough? The girl appreciates her friends adult voice which to me sounds a little too much like a domineering male voice and tells me that he's got a role model in that regard at the very least The end of the story is rather abrupt as lots of Joe Hill stories are and we're left with a sense of loss of friendship of childhood of freedom perhaps and trust for sure Because parents never believe in the unbelievable do they? They may humor you if it's dark and scary and they're tired and just want to check under the bed ONE LAST TIME so everyone can just go to sleep already but in the light of day when it comes to a 16 foot long creature? Maybe not so much


  5. says:

    I love Joe Hill's work but I was disappointed with this short story I can't go too much into why without spoilers His prose was wonderful as always and the characters memorable I just felt I was leftwanting


  6. says:

    I really liked this short story but it was to short this would had been a great beginning for a real novel instead it ended when it just started to get interestingI would have loved to have Gail return as an adult searching for closure to the traumatic experience she had at the lakeReview also posted on And Now for Something Completely Different and It's a Mad Mad World


  7. says:

    35 stars rounded upA good tale that brought two ten year old friends to an amazing discovery Emotionally potent I felt that the novella had uite a lot of promise but could have used some extra details to beef up the story The ending packed uite a punch but could have benefited from additional facts regarding the liveshomesfamilies of the main characters


  8. says:

    Nothing to write home about


  9. says:

    This is a nostalgic tale of childhood including parents siblings fantasies friendship and play in very few pages The lines between fantasy and reality are fuzzy as they are when you're little It's childhood's last day though with the discovery of a dead dinosaur on the shore of the lake The shortest coming of age tale I've ever read


  10. says:

    Some kids find a washed up dinosaur but their plans for fame and fortune are for naught Predictable but well written Don't mess with Champ kiddies


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