- File Size: 273 KB
- Print Length: 63 pages
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- Publisher: Eraserhead Press (October 23, 2015)
- Publication Date: October 23, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0172MQ4RQ
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,070,812 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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If the set up seems weird, wait until you get to the spider-erotica!
I loved this book because I, too, spent much of my life suffering from severe arachnophobia and I feel like the author did a marvelous job of making the lady-spider beautiful. I could see what Alex saw in her, in a way. That was very cool.
I also liked the depth of the world. While the surface was very Bizarro, there was also a lot of odd stuff going on in the background and on the periphery of the main story that made it seem like a fully fleshed out and deeply strange world was being built. I think future Bizarro stories by this author could definitely be set in this world without at all relying overmuch on the ideas and storyline set up in this book. There's a lot of meat in those small details Betty Rocksteady includes.
I don't want to give away whether the ending is happy or sad, because the story kept me guessing until the very end, but I will say the climactic scene shocked me and I don't shock easily. Yes, it was shocking even in the context of a human/spider obsessive love story!
I recommend this book to all Bizarro fans and to those new to Bizarro who want a short but high quality introduction to the genre. But, if you're arachnophobic, prepare to see spiders in a new way. (Or maybe just get really creeped out.)
Taking place in a world in which spiders (as in normal, find-em-in-your-garden type spiders, albeit, much larger) are granted full citizenship, Arachnophile merely touches on the “bizarro” dystopia of its universe writ large. Instead the true story is much more myopic in scope. And while this novel subverts the notions of a traditional relationship - cutting them up and splaying them out in all their gory glory - what really shines through is the protagonist dilemma, and how he overcomes it. Taking a nod from every rom-com ever made, we have a love triangle of sorts, but unlike the comedies from which its structure as based, this is darker and weirder than you’d ever imagine. Still, there’s a plot here (a very illuminating plot, at that) and this strange journey of self-discovery pays off with a climax that is as disturbing as it is poetic.
I enjoyed this book immensely.
Additionally I found the descriptions of the main characters attraction to the main spider lead to be fairly realistic. I work with clients who have pretty extreme paraphilias in real life (Some of which are attracted to real, normal sized spiders) and the main protagonist internal struggle seemed very realistic to me, which I find to be yet another plus. I love it when bizarro novels use extreeme and bizarre situations to shed light on an authentic and real facet of our human psyche.
I cannot recommend this book highly enough. And if you're reading this review I hope you'll buy it as you'll allow the author to write more equally good books.
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