Meet the Creatures of The Sasquatch Hunter’s Almanac

Meet the Creatures of The Sasquatch Hunter’s AlmanacThe Sasquatch Hunter's Almanac by Sharma Shields
Published by Henry Holt and Company on January 27th 2015
Source: Publisher
Pages: 400
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As a young boy, Eli Roebuck is scarred by the image of his mother embracing a massive, hair-covered man she calls Mr. Krantz before leaving the life she knows and following him into the woods. For the next several decades, Eli will be haunted by her choice and his life will be dominated by the search for the elusive Mr. Krantz in The Sasquatch Hunter’s Almanac by Sharma Shields.

The Sasquatch Himself

Eli comes to believe that Mr. Krantz is none other than the mythical Sasquatch rumored to roam the forests of the Northwest. Sharma Shields follows Eli in his quest to find the creature, but also allows readers to experience life from the perspective of the Sasquatch himself.

The Half-Bird Shopkeeper

Eli’s wife finds herself in a local shop that seems to appear only when customers need it. Run by a woman with ostrich legs and filled with odd trinkets, the shop leads his wife to a purchase that will permanently alter her life’s course.

The Silver-Blooded Unicorn

One of Eli’s daughters accidentally hits a unicorn with her car, leaving it to die on the side of the road. She finds herself strangely drawn to the animal and can’t resist the urge to steal its powerful horn.

The Sasquatch Hunter’s Almanac is peppered with many creatures, both familiar and new, that breathe magical realism into the novel as it winds its way through the twentieth century. Starting with Eli’s childhood in the early 194o’s and following his family through the next several decades, each chapter becomes a snapshot of life and feels almost like a short story. Unfortunately, this makes it easy for some sections to stand out from others, giving the book a slightly uneven feel. Still, Sharma Shields has written an unexpected, ambitious novel filled with creepy creatures to prove it.

  • I love the way you did this review! I’m not big on magical realism, so I probably will skip this one, but it certainly sounds unique! And – one of my husband’s nicknames is the Sasquatch…don’t ask!

  • When I requested this one, they were out of review copies, so I just got a finished one in the mail yesterday. I’m so excited, if nothing else, it will be unique.

  • I love the way they made the cover look old and worn. This sounds interesting…

  • Still deciding if I want to accept this one since I got an email about it earlier in the week. Would I like it? You know me, Shannon. lol

    • I think you’d really like the slight oddities and nod to short stories. Like some collections, it does start to feel like there are ups and downs, but I really liked the unique storytelling.

  • Words for Worms

    This sounds nuts… In the best way possible.

  • I don’t know about anyone else, but I NEED THIS BOOK IN MY LIFE.

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  • Sharma Shields

    Shannon! Thank you so much for reviewing the book! I really appreciate it.

  • I wouldn’t say I dislike short story collections, but I’m not sure I’ve ever read one where I love all of the stories, so I can see why that format would make this story almost have to have some stand out sections and others that aren’t as good.

    • I think the distinct division between stories just makes it a little easier to have favorites, so that kind of crossed over a bit here.

  • I tend to love short stories with magical realism, but I don’t read many novels in the genre. I really liked that this book had the feel of short stories while focusing on one family through the decades. And it’s just so fun and unique!