After Sam and Dean Winchester lost their mother to a mysterious supernatural force as young children, their father taught them how to hunt and destroy the paranormal evil that exists in the dark corners of America. Following their father’s demonic death, they discovered that they are descended from a long line of hunters and chose to continue their mission.
A rash of strange deaths in the Tahoe National Forest bring Sam, Dean and Bobby to the Sierra Nevada mountains to hunt a monster with a taste for human flesh. Soon walking corpses, bodies with missing organs, and attacks by a mysterious flying creature lead the trio to a cunning and deadly foe which can assume a human form and will do anything to survive. When a blizzard strikes the area, and not knowing who they can trust, they must battle not only the monster, but also the elements to survive.
A Supernatural novel that reveals a previously unseen adventure for the Winchester brothers, from the hit TV series!
Greetings to ill and sun-dried,
Today, Heather Royston brings us a review of Supernatural: Fresh Meat, a tie-in novel for the popular television series. Take it away, Heather!
Signed in human blood,
Sean Lee Levin
My husband and I have been watching Supernatural since midway through season three. It did not take us long to get caught up and we have been avid watchers since. When I received not one but two books based on the series I was very intrigued. I’ve never read books based on a television series before and hadn’t really thought about it. I decided to start with Fresh Meat, since the subject matter (the eating of human flesh) is something that fascinates my twisted mind.
This “episode” if you will, takes place close to the beginning of season seven. Much like the series the book starts out with a prologue, giving us the set up for where and what is happening. This time, it’s a flashback to the Donner Party tragedy in 1846. A smaller group branched off and tried to go for help but was trapped in the mountains by a snow storm. Things turned for the worse and when they had eaten everything they could to stay alive, including their own boots, the aptly named “Forlorn Hope” group turned to eating each other. We see this through the eyes of one member of the party, and get a small taste of his descent into madness. From there we flash forward to the present time where we find our heroes, Sam and Dean Winchester battling an angry ghost. During their post-victory dinner Sam finds an article about hikers going missing near Lake Tahoe and theorizes a wendigo may be stalking the woods there. They immediately call their closest friend and father figure, Bobby Singer and they agree to meet up and hunt it down together. Things escalate from there in a big way. The story has a twist or two, and managed to surprise even me with the conclusion.
The writer, Alice Henderson, sure did do her research. She knew all the signature moves the show has and worked them in very well. The characters quipped and quoted at each other quite naturally and I really did feel as if I was “watching” a new episode of the show. The placement in continuity fit well, though the characters dwelling on the big problems of that particular season did feel rather forced, like the thoughts were just dumped in there so we would know exactly when this took place. Other than a few overuses of cliched phrases (by page 62 she had used “the cold settled into his bones” three times, and I counted at least one more later on in the book,) the prose flowed wonderfully, and she knew exactly when to break from one scene to the next and transition from character to character. You could feel exactly when the suspense was high enough to have a commercial break.
Overall I found this book to be highly enjoyable, actually more enjoyable than some of the episodes that have aired in the last year or so. I’m pretty excited to read the next book (you’ll be hearing all about that one soon enough!) and I’m fairly sure I’m going to be picking up more of these. I tip my hat to Alice Henderson for a job well done, and I award Supernatural: Fresh Meat four out of five Tentacles.
Heather Royston – Assistant Editor/Reviewer