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eBook Gila! ePub

by Les Simons

  • ISBN: 0451110730
  • Subcategory: Literature
  • Author: Les Simons
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Signet (October 6, 1981)
  • ePub book: 1719 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1319 kb
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  • Rating: 4.5
  • Votes: 492

Description

About Les Simons: aka Kathryn Atwood, Anne Mayfield, Kathleen Maxwell, Kathryn Ptacek, Kathryn GrantKathryn .

About Les Simons: aka Kathryn Atwood, Anne Mayfield, Kathleen Maxwell, Kathryn Ptacek, Kathryn GrantKathryn Anne Ptacek was born on 12 September 1952 . .

As Les Simons, Kathryn Atwood, Anne Mayfield, Kathleen Maxwell, Kathryn Ptacek, and Kathryn Grant, she has written an historical fantasy series, numerous historical romances, and five horror novels.

Literature & Fiction Books Contemporary Literature Books. ISBN13: 9780451110732.

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4 1/4 By 7& 1st Signet Printing, Caught in the jaws of Gila, you will know real fear! No damage to report

4 1/4 By 7& 1st Signet Printing, Caught in the jaws of Gila, you will know real fear! No damage to report. Learn more about this copy.

Gila! by Les Simons - book cover, description, publication history. From the mind of Kathryn Ptacek, writing under her Les Simons pen name, comes a tale of grisly horror with man being the hunted and Mother Nature being the hunter. Similar books by other authors. Shadow-Eyes Kathryn Ptacek. Ghost Dance Kathryn Ptacek. Home From The Sea William Meikle.

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Fine Book. 4 1/4 By 7`` 1st Signet Printing, Caught in the jaws of Gila, you will know real fear! No damage to report. Very slight signs of age.

Comments

Zadora Zadora
What a wacky little story! It had a peculiar narrative, emphasizing horror and grit and loads of dead humans of every shape and variety. The Gila Monster's march along slavering poison and bringing death and destruction with every turn of the page. The main protagonists consist of a sexy herpetologist girl and her Apache geologist/cowhand boyfriend. Most of the other people mentioned are more like caricatures than real people, including a really silly governor who talks like Foghorn Leghorn. This story creates characters on the spot who stand little chance of surviving the terrible lizards. It's kind of tough to care for people who only live for two pages!

I personally would have preferred a little more science in this sci-fi horror book but the grisly deaths do strike a chord with me. This isn't truly terrifying or even that coherent of a story, but for giant monster fans like myself it has plenty of inspiration and a fun take on the giant atomic monsters theme. I wouldn't recommend this for teens or kids because it has swearing, more sex than I expected, and pretty gruesome deaths. But for adult vintage monster fans it's a brief easy read that fits nicely next to my copy of the film The Giant Gila Monster ^_^
Musical Aura Island Musical Aura Island
I'll make this review short and to the point; fans of these pulp horror books already know what to expect. Giant gila monsters invade New Mexico. All the while a herpetologist is on the case, all the while falling in love with an old colleague. There's also a subplot involving the governor trying to cover up the gila monsters' existence, until he concludes his involvement in their destruction could appeal to voters. How's the writing? Not bad. It isn't spectacular enough to make it stand out from other pulp novels, but it gets the job done. Are there numerous attacks? Yes, this book is full of gila monster mayhem. Sex? Yep. In summary, it's everything pulp horror fans should want and expect. Plus, at 166 pages, it makes for a very brief, entertaining read.

I just wish I knew ahead of time that this was on Kindle, being published under Kathryn Ptacek instead of Les Simons, before I ordered the paperback a week ago.
Cells Cells
Had this when I was a high school freshman in 1982. Read it twice and now I'm on my third venture. Even though I know how it ends the book will always be entertaining. I wish the SYFY channel had stuff this good.
Kirizan Kirizan
About twenty pages into this book I knew exactly how the whole thing would play out, which isn't an indictment against the author or the story, but it does show that time has not treated these Signet creature feature books too kindly. The SyFy channel has basically become the TV version of Signet with rehashed plots that supplant one kind of antagonist from another. Honestly, is there that much difference between "Gila!" and, say, "Night of the Crabs"?

Even though the plot is a well-treaded nature gone amok yarn and the characters are less than imaginative, the book is saved by a judicious use of pacing. What makes this book work is that it is short in length and utilizes punchy, direct prose to get across the important facts to the reader. Simon does a great job packing 160 pages with sex, violence and minimal morality. The monsters kill often, the heroine goes to bed often, and nobody spends a ton of time pontificating on the bull stuff.

There are also a few odd things Simon has thematically running through the book, namely his portrayal of urban, upper-crust citizens despising low-income, rural communities. The one exception is Chato, a former college professor that gave up his university job to be a cattle-rangler. Chato is one of the heroes, but his behavior shows him as a "rural person" that couldn't fit in with the upper-class. None of it is ever focused on, yet it becomes one of the few Troy compelling elements of the novel.

In the end, this is a run-of-the-mill monster book from the eighties that is neither the best of its ilk (like "The Rats") nor the worst (like "Alligators"). I'm not going to recommend this one unless you're a paperback enthusiast like myself.