The Sasquatch Hunter’s Almanac by Sharma Shields tells the story of a hairy stepfather who a boy is sure must be Bigfoot and his search for the truth.
0 out of 10 stars. This book has two gimmicks. The first is that Eli’s stepfather is supposedly Bigfoot and acts somewhat like an intelligent Neanderthal. The second is the story is told through a constantly-revolving point of view of an unknown person watching Eli. With so many wonderful novels out there only available on Kindle, it’s really disappointing to see that this is the garbage chosen to be published in paperback. 🙁
The story begins with Eli as a teenager and shows him aging, always thinking of his mother and stepfather. There’s a change in him that I thought was not gradual at all. Until eventually he resembles, more and more, the man he’s been trying to find and understand. The Bigfoot gimmick really fell flat. The moments with the two girls were very awkward. I’m not sure why this was told through such an odd point of view. There was nothing interesting about the stepfather. There was nothing really interesting about Eli either. It takes place along the Washington/Idaho border which I’m familiar with, but told in such an odd way it didn’t sound like that Washington or Idaho at all. Maybe more like Toronto and New York. As someone from the west coast I can honestly say this was more of an east coast story and told that way.
0 out of 10 stars. I love a genuine story and a good storytelling. This was neither. If you’re interested in a good Bigfoot or cryptozoology story try the Loren Coleman book, Cryptozoology from A to Z.
Reviewed by Erin.