Monday, August 30, 2021

THE FISHERMAN by John Langan

I was really looking forward to this because so many of my Goodreads friends that I respect greatly raved in their glowing reviews about this book. And while the first half of the book was great, I found my attention truly drifting more and more as it went on. I loved most of the character work done in the beginning to introduce us to widowers Abe and Dan, and even the first part of the creepy tale-within-a-tale that becomes the centerpiece of the book does a decent job at invoking unease, but the second half of the novel started to drift for me. In my opinion, cosmic horror is one of the most difficult genres to pull off effectively and I really get excited when it's done well. But sometimes the horror and the threat becomes so vague, subdued, and indefinable that it sort of disappears and loses all urgency. I feel like that's what happened here. 


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