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What We’re Reading #74

Hi everyone! Today we are featuring an important work of dark fiction, a collection of delectable plague time poetry and a horror play.

We hope you find a new favorite book! Don’t forget to click either tag above to find more good books ♥

Hurricane Season by Fernanda Melchor, Translated by Sophie Hughes 

The Witch is dead. And the discovery of her corpse—by a group of children playing near the irrigation canals—propels the whole village into an investigation of how and why this murder occurred. Rumors and suspicions spread. As the novel unfolds in a dazzling linguistic torrent, with each unreliable narrator lingering on new details, new acts of depravity or brutality, Melchor extracts some tiny shred of humanity from these characters that most would write off as utterly irredeemable, forming a lasting portrait of a damned Mexican village.

Like Roberto Bolano’s 2666 or Faulkner’s greatest novels, Hurricane Season takes place in a world filled with mythology and violence—real violence, the kind that seeps into the soil, poisoning everything around: it’s a world that becomes more terrifying and more terrifyingly real the deeper you explore it.

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Audra’s Teaser Review

Melchor’s ferocious prose displays a huge talent, and one that she is using to open up a conversation about things that are generally kept in the dark. Violence against women, homophobia, police brutality, male privilege and toxic masculinity, rape, pedophilia, superstition, deep-seated prejudices, and more are confronted in these pages.

A hugely important book.

Read Audra’s entire review at Goodreads.

Cradleland of Parasites by Sara Tantlinger

Bram Stoker Award-winner Sara Tantlinger delivers her CRADLELAND OF PARASITES, a harrowing and darkly gorgeous collection of poetry chronicling the death and devastation of one of history’s greatest horrors: The Black Plague.

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Alex’s Teaser Review

Sara Tantlinger is brilliant. I said it and I will stand by it! She has a knack for creating such illustrative and beautiful poetry while centralizing/being influenced by such dark horrors. In the case of Cradleland of Parasites, that horror is THE BLACK PLAGUE. And believe me, we need some magical horror poetry about a plague right now.

Read Alex’s entire review at Goodreads.

Unboxed

Unboxed by Briana Morgan

Greg Zipper is a paranormal vlogger whose livelihood relies on his online popularity. When a fight between him and his girlfriend goes viral for all the wrong reasons, Greg purchases a dark web mystery box in hopes of restoring his audience’s faith in him and hitting one million subscribers. But when Greg opens the box, he gets much more than he bargained for, including a Boxer who’s determined to stop him from taking his loved ones for granted. Now Greg must do all he can to stop the Boxer, or else he’ll lose his livelihood – along with the woman he loves.

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Emily’s Teaser Review

It’s been a while since I read a play, and I had fun with Unboxed! The story worked well in this format. 

Read Emily’s entire review at Goodreads.


Thank you for joining us today! 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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