I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Devil's Fingers by Hunter Shea
Published by Lyrical Underground on October 23rd, 2018
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Also by this author: The Jersey Devil, Just Add Water, Optical Delusion, We Are Always Watching, Money Back Guarantee, Fury Of The Orcas, Jurassic, Florida, Antarctic Ice Beasts, Ghost Mine
WHAT HAS LONG PINK FINGERS AND SMELLS LIKE ROTTING FLESH? It is a slime-covered fungus known for its pinkish red tentacles and pungent odor. It is indigenous to Australia but has spread to North America. Its Latin name is Clathrus Archeri, also known as Octopus Stinkhorn. Most people call it The Devil’s Fingers . . . I DON’T KNOW BUT IT’S GROWING ON YOUR NECK. Deep in the woods of Washington, botanist Autumn Winters stumbles onto a field of the luridly colored fungi. Two of her fellow campers make the mistake of touching it. Now it’s growing on them. Fleshy gelatinous pods. Sprouting from their skin. Feeding on their blood . . . AND IT’S STILL GROWING. Autumn watches in horror as her friends are transformed into monstrosities—grotesque, human-fungal hybrids as contagious and deadly as any virus. Autumn knows she must destroy these mutations before they return to civilization. But if there’s one thing that spreads faster than fear, it’s The Devil’s Fingers . . .
It’s the last Two Bloggers One Book of the year!! I can’t believe it! Next year not only will we be doing this buddy read series Barb and I are also going to buddy read an actual series. So be on the lookout for Two Bloggers One Series coming in January! 🙂
So I don’t think we are going out with a bang this year as we were both a bit disappointed in our read. After you check out my review go on over and see what Barb thought!
Here is what I thought
Huge fan of Hunter Shea but even your favorites can put out one your not a fan of and that’s okay, but I was really hoping this one was going to be cool.
It’s a novella about a group of campers who were out in the woods to help one of the guys spread his father’s ashes around his favorite fishing spot. While they are out hiking they come across a weird strand of a fungus called The Devil’s Fingers because when the pod bust out comes these gross tentacle things.
Later on one of the couples decide to take their sleeping bag and go off into the woods for a quiet spot for sex and get more than they bargained for when the next day they wonder back into the camp with these nasty pod things hanging all over them.
One of the campers Autumn is a botanist and she only knows a little about the fungus but she knows it’s not suppose to attach itself to humans. She is torn between trying to get help and making sure her friends don’t contaminate anyone else.
I think mostly my problem with this one is that it was just kind of boring. I think I like it when he has romp and stomps like Jurassic Florida and even Rattus New Yorkus with the hyped up nasty rats. This is the third in the series and it just didn’t live up to the other two. I was curious to see how it ended but at the same time not really caring.
I also thought the ending was to quick and convenient and I can’t say anything about that or I would spoil.
I might round it up to a 3 on Goodreads but on here it gets a 2.5. Kind of bummed but that won’t stop me from checking out what Shea has out next!