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One Bloody Thing After Another

Comeau, Joey (eBook - 2010)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
One Bloody Thing After Another
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A funny, strange and sad horror tale; not the usual gorefest, but a tale of the horror of losing a family. This is a book about Jackie, whose mother died of cancer. But her mother's still around, glowing in the dark and vomiting in the toilet. Jackie has a crush on Ann, whose own mother and sister have turned into violent creatures that have to be kept locked up in the basement. Charlie is an old man. His building is haunted by a headless ghost who wants something, but Charlie has no idea what. A weird, wonderful and moving horror story.
Authors: Comeau, Joey, 1980-
Title: One bloody thing after another
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Publisher: Toronto, Ont. : ECW Press, c2010
Characteristics: 1 online resource (165 p.)
Notes: "MisFit."
Additional Contributors: EBSCOhost (Online service)
ISBN: 9781554909162
Branch Call Number: FICTION Com
Statement of Responsibility: Joey Comeau
Subject Headings: Bereavement Fiction Haunted houses Fiction
Genre/Form: Horror fiction
Electronic books
Topical Term: Bereavement
Haunted houses
Additional Physical Form Entry: Print version: Comeau, Joey, 1980- One bloody thing after another. Toronto, Ont. : ECW Press, c2010 9781550229165 (OCoLC)445232661
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4.5/5 stars

If you like horror, oddity, and books that are half realistic fiction and half really strange non-realistic fiction this is the book for you. In a way I'd like to say that it a book not for the faint of heart, super-squirmish, and those sensitive to gore. It's very much so a real-life horror story with very certain twists. You'll find yourself empathizing with the characters. You'll also find yourself asking, in a surreal way, "What is going on...?," which is part of the certain charm and quaintness of this book.
The plot will leave you hanging at certain points, which I don't want to deter you from reading if you are one who likes all loose ends to be tied up. This book has heart, is pretty emotional, dealing with real-life realtionships and themes and heart ache. Basically, in my opinion, One Bloody Thing After Another is very much so worth the read.

Oct 07, 2011
  • ColemanRidge rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

It's almost good. Comeau is talented, but has trouble with plotting. He tells the story in fragments, letting him avoid his weakness right up till the end. In the end, though, he kills a developed, sympathetic character in a light, amusing, horrifying fashion that suddenly suggests that the character and his suffering are of no consequence. That wasn't the intent, I think. Comeau tried to joke his way out when he couldn't make his plot cohere. It's a pity. Regarded only as short unrelated fragments, this is good writing. In particular, the parts where a girl finds her family turning into monsters are funny, frightening, sad, and kind of beautiful all at once.

Sep 26, 2011
  • wilstyles rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Watching your mom turn into a vampire like creature craving live flesh one would think things can't get any worse. Oh, but they do. And in this book it's pretty funny.

Sep 15, 2011
  • Cdnbookworm rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This is a short odd horror novel. It is funny, spooky, stomach-churning, and makes you care.
Jackie keeps track of trees that are important in her life. There is one for her first kiss, one for a car accident, etc. When one is cut down Jackie reacts in a distant, yet logical to her way. My favourite line in the book occurs when the police arrive: "That's embarrassing," Jackie says to him. "You both wore the same outfit today." It is Jackie's dead mother who assists in her escape.
Jackie's best friend is Ann. Ann and her sister Margaret have their own issues. Their mother is chained up in the basement and won't eat anything that already dead. The two girls struggle to find food for her.
Then there is Charlie. Charlie is an old man who doesn't particularly enjoy social interactions. He walks his elderly, none-too-bright dog Mitchie every day, putting up with the frequent stops and the attentions of children. As he returns to his apartment each day he is greeted by the ghost who leads him to another apartment where he has a conversation with Mrs. Richards.
There is much going on here, and sometimes its hard to grasp, but it all works out.
Horror isn't my usual genre of choice, but this was an interesting and enjoyable read.

Oct 05, 2010
  • tragedyinpants rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I loved Joey Comeau's take on the horror genre when he posted an earlier version online around Halloween last year. This version is mostly the same, but a new character's storyline has been added into the mix. This new element is as fun, creepy and charming as the others, but it felt tacked on.

Don't get me wrong. I like the new addition, but I felt like it could stand on its own as a short story, and without the supernatural element that loosely ties it to this otherwise solid narrative.

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