BOOK REVIEW: Shithole USA, by Mark Zirbel
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by Traumadoll
1M ago
When I started drafting this review, this book has a single rating. Several months later, the average is up to 3 stars but there is only one additional rating and I just can’t let that stand. I just know it’s better than that. I am unfamiliar with Mark Zirbel, but Planet Bizarro published this one and I have loved everything that I’ve read bearing their name so far so I just know this one will be great as well. I received an eARC from the publisher but eventually purchased the audiobook because I like to read and listen at the same time. I don’t put content warnings on every review because I ..read more
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BOOK REVIEW: The Soxorcist, by Jamie Kort
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by Traumadoll
1M ago
First of all, what the fuck, Jamie? Second, I want more. It’s no secret that I love weird erotica. I love extra violent horror. I don’t need subtlety and this story has none. The Soxorcist is a parody of Matthew Vaughn’s parody of William Peter Blatty’s The Exorcist, The Sexorcist. Are you still with me? Good. If you are familiar with The Exorcist, you have a pretty good idea of the plot of The Sexorcist. Kort takes this story a step further and spins it into a tale of kniterotica you won’t soon forget. This is the third installment of Kort’s sock puppet erotic horror series and it may be the ..read more
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Matthew Vaughn double feature
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by Traumadoll
1M ago
If you’ve been keeping up with my reviews, you’ve probably seen me mention Bowery a couple times. It’s one of my favorite reads of the year. It made me feel things. Bad things. And I like that in a book. It’s why I read so much horror and why much of that is extreme or splatterpunk. When Vaughn announced that he was writing a sequel, I was ready for it. I snapped it up and read it immediately. I posted a brief review on Goodreads and read more of Vaughn’s work while I waited for part two, because why wouldn’t I. That review is as follows. This book begins to answer some lingering questions le ..read more
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BOOK REVIEW: Fight Tub, by William Pauley III
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by Traumadoll
1M ago
Fight Tub, by William Pauley III is the fourth installment of his Bedlam Bible series featuring the residents of Eighth Block Tower. Eighth Block Tower can be described with one word. Fucking bonkers. Okay, that’s two words. Eighth Block Tower is a self-contained little ecosystem where people come and go, but residents are never truly independent of it. There’s salt and slime and a single prisoner in the basement. And people sprout spigots and pipes and become their bathrooms. Like the others in the series, this is narrated by Connor Brannigan. I can’t get enough of his deep smooth voice deli ..read more
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BOOK REVIEW: My Weird Nightmare Baby, by Riley Odell
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by Traumadoll
1M ago
I want to be dentures. Confession time. I suffer the same affliction as our main man, Neil. Infantophobia. I don’t like babies. I don’t think they’re cute (newborns look like wrinkled potatoes). I don’t want to hold them. I don’t understand the baby smell thing. Baby powder is always covering up a poo smell, and I’m not about to take in a deep whiff of baby. In short, all babies are weird nightmare babies. Are you a baby hater? I don’t hate them, I just don’t want to be around them. So Neil’s reaction to a perfectly normal baby approaching him had me rolling. This bizarre tale begins in a fact ..read more
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Monthly roundup – April 2023
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by Traumadoll
1M ago
April reads. Lots of bizarro, horror, Chainsaw Man, and a couple memoirs. Overall a good month of reading. Thoroughly enjoyed them all. As usual, books with full reviews will be linked, but all have at least a brief review on my Goodreads page. That said, there were some standouts. Her Orc Protector was so good. Loved the characters. You Sound Like a White Girl had me thinking about my life and identity as a mixed race woman. I won’t be writing a full review on that one because that is a whole conversation that I think a lot of people aren’t ready to have and a book review can’t do it justice ..read more
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BOOK REVIEW: Russells in Time, by Kevin Shamel
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by Traumadoll
1M ago
Kevin Shamel is not a new name in the bizarro scene. I recently read Porn Land, or as I have dubbed it, Phil and Zed’s Sexcellent Adventure. I loved it. It was pure fun and totally bonkers. Shamel set the bar for absurdity ridiculously high and after reading Russells in Time, I am convinced this man sets that bar at a level only he can surpass. Let’s talk about the premise of this book. It is called Russells in Time: Land Squid vs Dinosaurs and the title is a mini synopsis. The Russells (Kurt, Keri, and Brand) are transported forward to a time when giant technologically advanced land squids r ..read more
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Monthly roundup – March 2023
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by Traumadoll
1M ago
March reads. Cthulhu Fishing, Troll, Orchard of Skeletons, and The Cursed Among Us were all great. All Fall Down was mildly disappointing, but not bad really. Junji Ito’s Cat Diary was adorable and hilarious. Good month overall. Check out my full breakdown. Books with full reviews will be linked, but all have at least a brief review on my Goodreads page. I started doing that when some asshole in a book group asked me how I can possibly retain the many, many books I read. I don’t need strangers to question my cognitive abilities, I do that enough myself thank you very much. Anyway. Let’s talk ..read more
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BOOK REVIEW: Troll, by Matthew A. Clarke
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by Traumadoll
1M ago
The dedication reads “for anyone that’s been a victim of online abuse”. The first chapter describes a suicide encouraged by an online friend from a forum of other folks experiencing suicidal ideation and I just knew that this was gonna be another Clarke shaped wrinkle in my brain. I’ve read a few of his books now and each one is weird, horrifying, and heartfelt in its own way and after the first chapter, I had no doubt that Troll would leave its mark on me as well. Scotty is an average teenage boy plagued by a mystery skin condition that he somehow manages to hide from his mother until it spr ..read more
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I read a book: Shithole USA, by Mark Zirbel
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by Traumadoll
7M ago
When I started drafting this review, this book has a single rating. Several months later, the average is up to 3 stars but there is only one additional rating and I just can’t let that stand. I just know it’s better than that. I am unfamiliar with Mark Zirbel, but Planet Bizarro published this one and I have loved everything that I’ve read bearing their name so far so I just know this one will be great as well. I received an eARC from the publisher but eventually purchased the audiobook because I like to read and listen at the same time. I don’t put content warnings on every review because I ..read more
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