King of the Swamp

I’m always up for a booooook that is set in the yooperland and “The Marsh King’s Daughter” did not disappoint. This is not my *usual* genre. I guess you might call it a “thriller”? So if it had been set somewhere else, it may not have attracted my attention. But. Tahquamenon Falls, Newberry, and Grand Marais with an occasional mention of Sault Ste. Siberia? I know that terrain.

This book contains quite a bit of violence. There is kidnapping and lots of killing, animals for food mostly but people also lose their lives. I was reading Goodreads reader questions after I finished the book and I kind of shook my head at one person who asked about the level of violence. I suppose it was a fair question. I am (usually) able to separate myself from horrific events that happen in fiction, not everyone can. I struggle with rating books but I rated it a 5 (out of 5) and since I am still thinking about it days after I finished it, I guess that’s about right.

I mentioned this book to BFF who also has roots/property in the yooperland and she informed me that there will be (or is?) a mooooovie. Hmmmm… I will be interested in watching that mooooovie. I wonder if they will set it in the actual yooperland. I hope so. The terrain descriptions in the book were beautiful and they totally hit home. But not sure how a mooooovie crew would film in a location where cell service can be spotty at best. And you may have to woodsP.

I was disappointed when the mooooovie version of the book “Bird Box” (dystopian thriller, author from Ferndale) was not set in the Detroit area (like the book was). Where did they get those rapids with all the big boulders? I know of no rivers in the Daytwa area that have rapids like that. So we’ll see what they do with “The Marsh King’s Daughter” (or maybe already have since I do not generally keep track of mooooovies). I have no clue how they might be able to impersonate Tahquamenon Falls without being there.

I am also thinking I might supply the moomincabin “library” with more yooperland books like this one. Cully Gage is okay up to a point but *eight* of his books? Phlegm-cutter please. And no I would never get rid of any of the Cully Gage books. What were *you* thinking? My brother loved those books…

3 Responses to “King of the Swamp”

  1. isa Says:

    I have a list going!! I think we should include Virgil Wander even though it’s not technically UP.

  2. Tonya G Watkins Says:

    Adding it to my list! (I love thrillers). I just TODAY finished Virgil Wander, which is our book club book, and I really liked it. One of the most beautifully written books I’ve read in a long time (probably since the last Richard Russo book I read).

  3. Margaret Says:

    I loved “Virgil Wander!” Vancouver BC often stands in for Seattle since it’s cheaper to film in Canada. Those of us familiar with Seattle scoff at the inaccuracies.