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One Bloody Thing After Another Paperback – March 22, 2010
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Canadian author Comeau, best known for his darkly surreal Web comic, A Softer World, turns his adaptable talents to overt horror in this oddly touching novel of ghosts, friendship, bloody secrets, and family relationships. Jackie is infatuated with her best friend, Ann, but hides her feelings rather than risk rejection. Ann has more dramatic problems: her mother, an increasingly ravenous and highly infectious supernatural creature, demands that Ann supply her with live prey. Distracted by their personal obsessions, Ann and Jackie very nearly occupy different novels despite their frequent physical proximity; Jackie wanders through a tale of teen lesbian romance, while Ann struggles to survive the dark horror of monstrous transformation. A staccato structure allows for surprising intricacy in so few pages, and the crescendos of terror are leavened by moments of unexpected humor and warmth. (May)
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Comeau has written what must be the least scary book starring people who are inexplicably transformed into hideous, infant-gobbling beasts and a decapitated ghost brandishing her blood-vomiting head in the hallways of a retirement home. But, then again, you won’t see all that many horror novels described as thoughtful and touching, either. So we’re off the map anyway, which is precisely where Comeau likes to be. A loosely connected trio of plot strands follow two sisters whose mother is chained up in the basement, hungry for live flesh; an obsessive, violently tempered teen traumatized by the ghost of her dead mother; and an old man and his old dog who stoically wade among all the crazies. The tone is poignant, sometimes wistful, and deadpan funny, and the last chapter promises that “Everyone gets their happy ending,” though some might disagree with Comeau on just what happy means. The novel is more eccentric than gory, and what’s really shocking about it is that all the mayhem is finally about family ties, both severed and reconnected. --Ian Chipman
Top customer reviews
It's a horror story, but it is also about unconditional love and damaged people. If you can't handle the scary and the freaky, don't pick up this book.
Joey's greatest writing talent is to make the unusual, weird, and just plain creepy seem heartwarming. This isn't the first time I've seen this effect (read some of his short fiction). The emotions he drags you through in this story leave you feeling a little sick, a little confused, and a whole lot of happy.
Basically, you should buy this book, and your friends should buy this book, and you will all love it until you're sick.
Even the blank pages tell a little story... you just have to look carefully to find it.
The supernatural creatures move the story along, in a sense, but they're really more of a background detail. That's just what's happening in the world, it's not what's important. It's not what the book's about.
So don't be put off by the subject matter, this book isn't really about zombies. Even though it is.
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I was not disappointed.
There were moments of hilarious one-liners, but then there were bits of plot that wandered as if the author didn't quite know where...Read more