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One Bloody Thing After Another

3.86  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,018 Ratings  ·  141 Reviews
Jackie has a map of the city on the wall of her bedroom, with a green pin for each of her trees. She has a first-kiss tree and a broken-arm tree. She has a car-accident tree. There is a tree at the hospital where Jackie’s mother passed away into the long good night. When one of them gets cut down, Jackie doesn't know what to do but she doesn't let that stop her. She picks ...more
Kindle Edition, 160 pages
Published (first published March 1st 2010)
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this is one of those books...

wait, is it??
i'm not entirely sure what kind of book this is...

it opens with some bloody vomit at the breakfast table and ends on an awkward comic relief rimshot of a line.

and in between. well, there's ghosts and zombie-ish types and a really endearingly stupid dog and good old fashioned teenaged helpless desperation and rage. and if that sounds like a jumbly mess to you, remember that this is the same author who brought you Bible Camp Bloodbath, and if anyone's goi
Mina Villalobos
Jun 13, 2010 Mina Villalobos rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, romance
This book promised me a story about teen lesbians and zombies and ghosts and this book was a story about teen lesbians and zombies and ghosts.

Except for how it wasn't.

It was a story about love, and how awkward it makes us feel, how at that point when we're falling in love, we realize how deeply disconnected we are from others, how unable we are to truly express what we feel, how unlikely it is that we'll convey the right message and that we'll understand correctly what is told to us in return.

Dec 16, 2011 jo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: jean, jennifer, mike, ceridwen, rashida, peter, bren, collette
this book is perfect. i hadn't read a perfect book in quite some time and now i have. no, wait. Lord of Misrule is perfect too (though it's easier for shorter books to be perfect, isn't it?), so now i've read TWO PERFECT books back to back. this is life smiling at me with a big fat grin.

as with Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, of which this book reminded me, and as with The History of Love, of which also i was reminded (i just read it), and maybe most of all like An Invisible Sign of My Own
This is a very weird book. But it isn't weird just to be weird. It's characters are all psychologically damaged, each dealing with that damage manifested as or caused by ghosts or beasts. It is dark and devastating, causing the reader to question how they would deal with the death of a family member, or the monstrous rebirth of them. It is bloody, and unsettling. Mostly, it's just plain awesome, dark, and strangely beautiful.

Feb 22, 2012 Jean rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book ever that I truly don't know what rating to give it. I like and sort of understand the characters. Yet, I detest the same people. On one hand, I empathize with their emotions, however, on the other hand, I believe they are too weird to contemplate. My range of rating is somewhere between 2 and 5, therefore, I choose to remain befuddled and chicken out on assigning a number rating.
Aug 31, 2010 Paul rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this odd little book of interlocking weird characters and their stories. In the first two sections there are genuine moments of humor, pathos, and, yeah, even chill inducing creeps. The third section (a dreamlike recounting of previous events) didn't quite work for me, particularly given the work put in to create such cool characters, but the fourth section picked up the threads nicely.
Magadored wants to extrude your face normals
I guess this book is about love. Parental love, sibling love, romantic love, and, lastly, love of dogs?


Love tested by, well, weird shit. Like your mother growing too many teeth, eating your hamster, your parakeet, and, soon, everything else. She's unable to hold a job. She lives in the basement by day. And now it's up to you to take care of her except, she's so hungry, you can barely cope.

Or, your hidden feelings for your same-sex friend, that begin amidst your growing sociopathic tendenc
Shellie (Layers of Thought)
Jul 22, 2010 Shellie (Layers of Thought) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: quirky horror lovers
Recommended to Shellie (Layers of Thought) by: Kittyism
3.5 stars actually

The original copy of this review is posted at Layers of Thought.

A very dark and hilarious horror story with an ending that will gross you out, blow you away, and leave you smirking.

Set Up: There are several main character in this layered story. One is a teenager, Jackie, who is experiencing a variety of life stresses, one of which is that her favorite tree has been cut down. She loves trees. Worse yet is that she is also in love with her best friend Ann, whom has yet to acknow
Jun 02, 2012 Adam rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1970-present, prose
Really expertly structured for maximum emotional impact, and somehow oddly subtle even when dealing with page upon page of teen angst and gore. Comeau has a real knack for finding simple, creative ways to render, in literary form, human emotions and relationships, with all their peculiarities. Surely commendable is his ability to diagnose the troubling gap between caring about and/or loving someone being universal (excepting psychopaths) human experiences, and these experiences also being so uni ...more
Peep (Pop! Pop!)
If I had read the description of what would be in the book, I would not have taken the time to read it. At any rate, I started the book and it was an extremely fast read so I finished it.

I only have one word to describe this book: CRAZY. Wait, I need two words. My other word would be WEIRD. I think it's supposed to be a horror, but it's not really. Actually it feels like a story from the Twilight zone - though not as good.

Jackie's is the first story that we read. Jackie is really crazy. She just
Jan 21, 2013 Kathleen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a short, curious book.

I happened to pick it up at Half Price, intrigued by the title; I remember showing it to my sister, Mary, and her being unimpressed. It may have just been an 'Okay, go away, Kathleen,'-sort-of day, though, because, really, I think she'd like this book.

It's half nonsense, half dry humor, and half gruesome horror (yes, there are 3/2, but I think I'm comfortable with that, today).

There are three storylines, which tend to intersect at odd points:
First, Ann is having
Shonna Froebel
Dec 15, 2012 Shonna Froebel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: canadian
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 fri
Aug 11, 2010 Lexyvs rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-it
I usually judge how much I enjoy a book by how hard it is to put down. Do I stay up far later than I should, until my eyes are burning with the need for sleep, or do I roll over and call it quits for the night? Do I forgo stopping for coffee in the morning in order to get ten more minutes of reading in before I have to leave for work? If I answer yes to these questions (particularly the later), then I know that I’m in possession of a great book.
This is where I found myself with Joey Comeau’s One
If I could only say one word about this book it would be DISTURBING! I read this in just a few hours and I couldn't put it down (so that's something). When I finished it my first thought was "what an awful book." However, now days later I keep thinking about it and telling people they should read it. I know, confusing right? I'm still not sure I liked it but I can't really say I didn't like it anymore either. I think I want other people to read it so I will have someone to talk to about it. It i ...more
Jun 20, 2010 Monk rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: macabre
When one approaches a horror book, you expect a couple of things. Horror is very much a scripted affair - you're guaranteed death and destruction and madness. There are a couple of different ways for it to branch out, and sometimes a talented writer can permute it a little and work something novel in. But, as a reader of the horror genre, I've seen a lot of it by now.

Joey Comeau is a surprise however.

You wouldn't expect a web comic writer to go about the horror novelist path, but Joey is not exa
Jan 06, 2012 Mojgan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was a heavy heart to carry.

I'll be okay, just not today. That's how I woke up.

I woke up with a mongrel heart and I reached for scotch. Single Malt. But then instead I listened to the #rdio playlist Single Malt I listened to Single Malt and I reached for red lipstick. Because with red lips you can face anything, you know? But I skipped the red lips. I reached for One Bloody Thing After Another.

I read One Bloody Thing After Another and I wasn't carrying a heavy hea
Jul 14, 2015 Mindi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I just finished this and I'm still trying to decide how I feel about it. It certainly is an odd little book, (you can easily read it in a single, short sitting), but there are deeper themes running through all of the craziness that ensues.

Yes, this is a book about insatiable zombies with huge teeth and headless beseeching ghosts, but it's also about death, loss, and how people cope with terrible situations. It's both ridiculously funny and intensely sad. It's definitely not for everyone, but th
Feb 17, 2013 Joe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, supernatural
This is...a book. As a fan of "A Softer World" and after having read "Overqualified", I was curious and even excited to see what this book had in store. I was delighted; it isn't long (I read it in about two hours) or terribly intricate, but its interesting tone and the attitude of the characters in the story is a curious amalgam of horror, humor, and even satire. It's like a "Goosebumps" story for adults. Great stuff!
Dec 02, 2015 Michelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars actually
This is not (in my opinion) horror. Nothing 'scary' really happens to anyone but the Man with the dog. I'm not really sure what it is though. It's funny in parts (which makes you wonder just how dark and or twisted your humor is when you can laugh at such gory things.) This book has got a fair deal of gore, but I wouldn't say anything is over the top described. Indeed, that might be a problem. I ended up not being certain what the Mom turned into. A werewolf? A zombie? A vampir
May 23, 2010 laaaaames rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to laaaaames by: Courtney Summers
Yes, ag, it is so good, and like Courtney, once I finished I just wanted to read it again. (And if I didn't have such a giant pile of books to read I would right now.)

I think my favorite thing was the humor which was laced through everything, even the most horrifying of moments. Also: basically everything about Jackie.

(read: 68)
Vicky N.
Oct 22, 2010 Vicky N. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction

One Bloody Thing After Another is not what it seems, Joey Comeau surprise us with a fictional tale filled with gore and death.

Never has a book affected me so deeply. Joey Comeau enters in the person's soul and unveils their true nature. A true master of horror that leaves you hanging with every word.

Jan 30, 2014 Friday rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was very happy with this book. The language is enviably simple, and the sentences tend towards the shorter side. The result is fantastic.

The book is odd. It makes enabling an apocalypse a relatable experience. The character motivations are well-expressed, and even as a generally calm person I found myself understanding Jackie's rage.

There's much good to say about this book. It's certainly on the odder side, and may not be for all (especially not for the faint of heart). But I, for one, loved i
Orrin Grey
Mar 01, 2012 Orrin Grey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'll probably need some more distance to figure out what I really think about this. Right now, I think it was mostly great, but maybe a bit too slight, and the weird flashback section, while very nicely done, ate up maybe too much of its word count. Still, mostly great.
I can honestly say I have never read anything like it. It is a short, fast-paced book that reads like a rollercoaster. I advise you pick it up without researching what it is about and let it surprise you, in order to walk away with the full experience. I was told by a friend that there was some lgbt themes present in the book, and while there was, I was totally unprepared for everything else that happened— I won't spoil it for you, though. All in all, it left me angry and a bit disturbed. Okay, ...more
Jul 29, 2014 William rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, 2014
How completely bizarre. It is like a YA book of angst and death and love which has been given a wonderful treatment of mild horror. A simply written, short, fantastic book.
Jul 03, 2015 Jenna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So I think this is a book that makes you love it or just confuses you, or both.
There is a ghost, a monster, and Jackie, I don't even know what she is, and these things just happen without any explaination whatsoever, like things like that just happen sometimes, and I love it.
Overal it's creppy, but not in your face creepy, but more like the the-more-you-think-about-it-the-creepier-it-gets kind of creepy, and it's funny too, but most of all simply intriguing. It leaves a lot of room for imagina
Dec 05, 2015 Ron rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a strange but wonderful book!
I expected "One Bloody Thing After Another" to be a rather standard read. I expected it to take the zombies, ghosts and teen-lesbian-crushes and deliver them in a plain and only mildly-worthwhile way. But even with low expectations how could I turn all those things away?

"One Bloody Thing After Another" immediately surprised me with its weirdness. Not "oh lol look how quirky I am!" weirdness. Genuine absurdity and uniqueness that was wholly serving to the story. Normally, such a fractured narra
May 12, 2015 Dune rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
Much like the rest of Joey Comeau's books, "One Bloody Thing After Another" is filled with the kind of childlike glee that just shouts ENTHUSIASM and EXCITEMENT.

The main characters have to deal with zombies and ghosts and SEXUAL ORIENTATION, making it quite relatable to anyone that deals with these things on a daily basis. Do kids deal with zombies? Probably. The video games have them, right?

Regardless, it's done without being extremely graphic, making this one actually usable in a classroom if
Benjamin Featherston
When I read Joey Comeau's novel "Overqualified", I thought he was a genius. Here was a novel which subverted the humiliating process of writing those cover letters nobody really reads into a comical, empowering confessional. While I was unimpressed by "The Lockpick Pornography" and felt that "The Summer Is Ended and We Are Not Yet Saved" was underdeveloped, I had held out hope that this novel would carry with it some of the intelligence and maturity of "Overqualified". I was out of luck here.

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Joey Comeau is a Canadian writer. He is best known for his novels Lockpick Pornography and Overqualified, and as co-creator of the webcomic A Softer World (with Emily Horne).

Comeau currently resides in Toronto, Ontario. He has a degree in linguistics. His fourth book, a novel based on Overqualified, was published in 2009.
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