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Lost lake is about a special landscape, the North Carolina Coastal Plains, where an endless sea of pines shelters the little town of Sandborough, which is fading with the tobacco farming economy. Into this landscape comes entrepreneur Todd Advent, with his plan for a giant theme park, Lost Lake/Mummy Mountain, that will turn Sandborough into a Destination. The bizarre theme park, with its relentlessly bogus attractions, is only the beginning, because Todd has figured out the real, ultimate use of the cheap land around Sandborough, in a scheme so heinous that it must be kept secret at any cost. Opposing this plan are a group of colorful local characters, including Sandy, the manager of Mimi’s Tanning Shack and two-time winner of the Miss Teenage Sandborough pageant; her boyfriend Mark, a physics-dropout HVAC serviceman; Clyde, a swashbuckling helicopter pilot and Bob, who is making a nature film in the kitchens of a failing barbecue restaurant.
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Oct 15, 2009"A Review of Lost Lake by H. T. Upton" Lost Lake is a story about real and fascinating men and women who are caught up in a great issue of our day, technologic will versus the natural world. The huge coastal plain of North Carolina is the stage. A powerful man, Todd Advent, comes on the scene to make something of the barren, seemingly waste land. Like a caliph or like a few in the topmost tier of multimillionaires, he has the resources and intelligence and good taste to send a minion to the Highlands of Scotland to find a single-malt whiskey no one has yet heard of. He is a major consumer of bright former coeds. The local resistance that gradually pulls itself together is a group make up of a pretty woman and some extraordinary ordinary guys who for some reason are courageous. Sandy is a bright local girl to whom Todd Advent offers a way out and up. Her sometime boyfriend Mark is an air-conditioning specialist who knows the physics of why all the parts are where they are.... More > Felix is a field biologist recruited to be a “resident scientist” in Todd’s pathological Theme Park Lost Lake/Mummy Mountain. Bob makes nature documentaries at the very small level of rodents and roaches. Clyde is a ‘copter pilot who fetches and carries Todd. Zeke is a partly mad man who helps Mark in the A/C business and who is escaping from a past obsession with racing school buses. I would tell you more . . . but best read the book. It is imaginatively well grounded in good scientific detail and precise technological awareness; the heart of the mythic energy of the story is the Theme Park Lost Lake/Mummy Mountain. All-too-believable and merrily madcap, it is often described in perfect deadpan: Felix the Resident Scientist has a drink in Al-Farouk, one of the Seven Lands of the park: “A couple of tranquilized camels were tethered nearby.” A reviewer does well to hesitate about saying a book is useful to human life or wise. In that direction, however, note that the Theme Park with its hilarious and priceless ingenuity achieves a tackiness inferior to the old town and old houses it displaces. Consider two views of barbecue presented in the story: “Good barbecue was cooked a long time, but not a minute too long. To do that, you had to have an experienced person, who had to stay sober, who would sit up with the pit all night, tending the smoldering coals until it had had something like eight hours at something like 275 degrees.” (p. 53) “[Todd] had modified the classic Eastern NC vinegar and mustard barbecue sauce with the addition of sherry and tamarind. He cooked his pork overnight, with prunings from an apple orchard, in an Italian terra-cotta wood oven that was tucked into one corner of his kitchen.” (p.116) And the character Bob throws away a line he remembers having said while drunk, something that makes women “soft eyed and gets nods from the men.” Well, find it, it’s about nature and compassion. This is an enjoyable, witty, intelligent and kindly story. Read it.< Less
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