The Walrus: Monster in the Mist

The Walrus: Monster in the Mist by Alan J. Paul, follows the story of the curious and superhero obsessed pre-teen boy Paul A. Tonetti, Jr. Paul is clearly obsessed with superheroes from the DC comics and consistently compares them to the popular Marvel superhero brand. I was pulled in by the deft character development. Right from the beginning, and really even from the title of the book, I was intrigued with the story.

Author Alan J. Paul writes with a unique imagination and creativity, you could compare his writing to the popular late author C.S Lewis. With vivid descriptions of alluring characters, we’re able to imagine how each character looks especially with Paul’s creative metaphors and his use of superhero comparisons. He also brings in the aspect of children using their imagination to run away from their toxic family drama, using the reality vs imagination fantasy concept to great effect. You can also see how the author uses his superhero knowledge to his advantage in this book, as comic fans will appreciate the references.

It has been awhile since I have read a book like The Walrus. This is a story with great depth, but it’s laid out methodically. The ever present sense of something sinister lurking on the fringes seems to permeate the story in a way that make it hard to put this book down, and impossible to forget the pensive feelings it instills in you.

I related deeply with Paul’s mother and his aunt’s relationship, even though it does not play a big part in the book, the author does briefly touch on the sister relationship between Annette and the main character’s mother, mainly because I have such a close relationship with my own sister and believe that your sibling or siblings are the ones that are always there for you. I was a bit suspicious of George B. Albert’s character because of how Paul idolized him, making him seem a bit too perfect to be true. It sets up a riveting character study that evolves slowly throughout the story.

This is a dark urban fantasy novel that goes in unexpected directions. The Walrus: Monster in the Mist is an enthralling horror novel with a premise that utilizes superhero’s in a unique way.

Pages: 218 | ASIN: B09354L47M

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