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review 2015-07-31 08:09
Cropsy - David Lee Veroux

I've always thought that summer camps are creepy from themselves. I've not found a charm in being shipped away for the complete summer. That's just me. But I expected a solid summer camp horror when I started reading, but the book has some horrors of its own. Basically, it was far too long.


As a coming of age story for Billy it was quite enjoyable. At first the disappointment of having to go on summer camp and later the excitement for returning to it, and finally the realization that perhaps you went to the camp one time too many were all very relatable (except for the fact I never went on summer camp, but it's true for a lot of things). Only the parts during the different camps are told, but still you get the feeling that you're with Billy while he comes of age.


As something scare though, it felt short. I was reading and reading and reading and kept waiting for the story to turn into something more sinister. And yes, there is the backstory which explains the existence of Cropsy and yes, there are some unexplained accidents in the book, but Cropsy is mostly just a myth in the story. The terrifying truths that are uncovered in the story that takes place around the initiation of the camp were not that shocking either.


Something I always have some problems with is trying to make everything fit together too well, by huge coincidences and making the main character extra special. Unfortunately this was the case with Cropsy and it made my eyes roll near the end of the book. Overall, I felt the book was too long and was waiting for things to happen for a long time.


So, all in all, I enjoyed the story, but it was too long and it was more of a coming of age novel than a horror story, Cropsy was not that creepy.



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text 2015-06-22 11:34
Reading progress update: I've read 284 out of 371 pages.
Cropsy - David Lee Veroux

i started reading this last May 31st. 


i'm almost done but i'm taking my sweet time with it, relishing each page and chapter, trying to make the story last longer than it should. 


summer camps do make perfect settings for mayhem, murder and horror! 

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text 2015-05-31 04:21
FREE FREE FREE...no longer
Cropsy - David Lee Veroux

UPDATE: as of this time, it's no longer free. sorry for those who just tuned in. 


i can't believe it but it's true!


i have just grabbed a copy at Amazon. head over there fast before this one goes back to its original price. 

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text 2015-05-29 11:37
sounds like a good one
Cropsy - David Lee Veroux

Linking to Passionate About Books' review of Cropsy because:

she likes it like she likes Stand By Me and Boy's Life; and

because she added this picture:

It looks good to me, too.

thanks, Passionate.

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review 2015-05-29 08:19
A fantastic "coming of age" tale
Cropsy - David Lee Veroux

Loved this book! I loved the writing, the story, the way it was told.


This story is told in 2 alternate timelines. The first takes place in the mid-1930's when a retreat for rich boys is built by a man who wanted other boys to keep his son, Ethan, company. He buys up lots of land in the Catoctin area of Maryland from the existing farmers for this. Except there is one holdout, the Crosby family. This sparks a rage in Ethan, who tries to get the family to leave the land in a series of escalating attacks despite warnings that the family may be more than what they seem. In one extreme act, Ethan's actions give rise to consequences that echo thoughout the years of Camp Aerie.




This leads us to the other story taking place in the 1980's and it's main character, Billy Powell. You will follow Billy to when he first attends camp and through several years after, and will witness not only camp life through his eyes, but several incidences which baffle the campers and some call the Cropsy curse.



That's all I am going to say about it because I don't really want to give too much away. This book reminded me so much of the movie Stand By Me and the book, Boy's Life. The way the author vividly wrote about camp life just came alive for me. Some reviewers thought the book was too long, but I wasn't bored for one minute. The alternating timelines (it alternated in chapters) wasn't confusing in the least and I actually liked that it was set up that way. The two stories do end up coming together to a satisfying end.


Anyway, I am going to quit writing before I sound like I am babbling. I'm not very good at this, but I wanted to give kudos to this author. He should keep writing.


Highly recommended!

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