Wednesday, October 16, 2019

What We're Reading #24

We’re back with more must have Ladies of Horror Fiction recommendations for your tbr pile!

Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs by Caitlin Doughy Book Cover

Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs? by Caitlin Doughty

Best-selling author and mortician Caitlin Doughty answers real questions from kids about death, dead bodies, and decomposition.

Every day, funeral director Caitlin Doughty receives dozens of questions about death. What would happen to an astronaut’s body if it were pushed out of a space shuttle? Do people poop when they die? Can Grandma have a Viking funeral?

In Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs?, Doughty blends her mortician’s knowledge of the body and the intriguing history behind common misconceptions about corpses to offer factual, hilarious, and candid answers to thirty-five distinctive questions posed by her youngest fans. In her inimitable voice, Doughty details lore and science of what happens to, and inside, our bodies after we die. Why do corpses groan? What causes bodies to turn colors during decomposition? And why do hair and nails appear longer after death? Readers will learn the best soil for mummifying your body, whether you can preserve your best friend’s skull as a keepsake, and what happens when you die on a plane. Beautifully illustrated by Dianné Ruz, Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs? shows us that death is science and art, and only by asking questions can we begin to embrace it.

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Audra’s Teaser Review

Her voice is lighthearted, irreverent, and often hilarious. It feels like she’s talking directly to the reader, like we’re just friends chatting about the smells of corpses and why they turn weird colors. It makes the subject material approachable even for people who might feel a bit squeamish about death. And perhaps this will bring them a bit closer to their own mortality—in a good way!

I loved every minute of reading this, and it’s definitely a book I’ll come back to.

Click here to read Audra’s full review at Goodreads.

Ghosts of You by Cathy Ulrich

Cathy Ulrich’s Ghosts of You is a collection of stories from her Murdered Ladies series about seeking the lost and finding the person behind the sensationalism. It examines and subverts the tropes of mystery and crime storytelling in which the narrative always begins with the body of yet another murdered woman. They are mothers and daughters, teachers and students, lovers and wives, actresses and extras. They have been taken, but their stories still remain. This is how they set the plot in motion.

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Emily’s Teaser Review

Ghosts of You is an upcoming flash fiction collection about murdered women and how they affect the stories around them. These stories focus on the victims and the people affected, and never the murderers. This collection is unlike anything else I’ve read, and I was interested in each story.

Click here to read Emily’s full review at Goodreads.

The Houseguest by Amparo Davila translation by Audrey Harris & Matthew Gleeson

Like those of Kafka, Poe, Leonora Carrington, or Shirley Jackson, Amparo Dávila’s stories are terrifying, mesmerizing, and expertly crafted—you’ll finish each one gasping for air. With acute psychological insight, Dávila follows her characters to the limits of desire, paranoia, insomnia, and fear. She is a writer obsessed with obsession, who makes nightmares come to life through the everyday: loneliness sinks in easily like a razor-sharp knife, some sort of evil lurks in every shadow, delusion takes the form of strange and very real creatures. After reading The Houseguest—Dávila’s debut collection in English—you’ll wonder how this secret was kept for so long.

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Toni’s Teaser Review

Each of the stories was so well crafted. Dávila’s writing really can get under your skin. There is a warmth to her writing that underlines the darkness in her stories. Many of her stories deal with the mundane that end in heartbreak or worse. Many of her stories deal with women or families. Personally, I think stories that deal with the normal that turn horrific are always hold the most horror for me. You tend to put yourself in the main characters shoes. The thing here is that you really don’t want to walk in these main characters shoes.

Click here to read Toni’s full review at The Misadventures of a Reader.

Thanks for joining us today and we hope you found something to add to your tbr list! Please share your recent reads with us in the comments below.

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