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Rin moves into a new flat on the day the aliens arrive. Their new flatmates are laid-back Sanjay and conspiracy theorist Pete. It doesn't take long to notice some oddities about the pair, like hoarding cardboard and hissing at people when they're angry. Something strange is going on, but it's not all due to the aliens. ...more
Kindle Edition, 79 pages
Published April 1st 2018
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Claudie Arseneault
Jun 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was absolutely wonderful and exactly what I was in the mood for.

Rin's dry sense of humour and sarcasm turns this alien invasion/first contact novella into pure delight. Polenth Blake's worlds never cease to amaze me--always unexpected, always genuine and kind, always diverse (WERECOCKROACHES centers several queer characters of colour with disability, and the narrator is agender, aromantic, and asexual, and the words are used within the text). I also loved the focus on the developing friend
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Solly
This was very weird and I loved it so much and wanted it to be longer. It was short but I loved the main characters, loved the queer and neurodivergent rep, and loved how unapologetically weird the sff elements were. Genuinely, the only thing I didn't like about this is that I wanted more of Rin, Sanjay and Pete.

Edit: Gonna write a slightly more detailed review than what I wrote just above yesterday night just after finishing this novella.

This is a Weird SFF Story and I love those with all my h
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Mo
4.5 stars, bumped up because it made me so happy

Werecockroach is strange, hilarious, and wonderfully queer-diverse. If someone had told me there was a science fiction novella about non-metaphorical werecockroaches, an alien invasion, and possibly the end of the world, and then asked me to free-associate, the words “charming” and “heartwarming” probably would not have come up, but there I was getting tearful warm fuzzies. This story is enchanting in every possible way. Polenth Blake is a writer t
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Bogi Takács
This was fun. Reflects on Kafka's Metamorphosis (I had at least three people ask me about this), but so different from it that I cannot even call it a subversion or anything, it is more like a... distant parallel. Very ownvoices, too, and the aliens are great. I'd love a sequel. Probably more later, but this is going into my 2018 novella highlights too.

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Source of the book: Patreon backer reward from the author
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Pam
This has to be the most delightful "alien invasion" story ever. Rin's dry, dry sarcasm is catnip for me, and combining that with Pete's conspiracy theories at the moment of an actual alien sighting was good stuff. 

And it's just so clever. Even when it's at its silliest, it's clever silly. Realistic silly, even. I loved the direction it took, I loved that I didn't have to turn my brain off to enjoy it (because I don't do that very well), and I loved the humor. 

It's short -- even shorter than that
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Kamilla
Mar 04, 2020 rated it liked it
A charming story following our unflappable protagonist as they navigate new roommates and an alien encounter.

This story was certainly easy to read. Clocking in at around 70 pages, I finished this in a few hours. I was a bit surprised by how.... smooth everything went. I think this entire plotline was just overwhelmingly neutral. Neutral reactions to extreme scenarios, neutral outcomes to seemingly large conflicts and people living ordinary lives, despite their extraordinary backgrounds.

Usually
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Fairyhedgehog
Apr 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Very, very funny and entertaining.

The characters are great and I'd love to read more about them. The plot is zany and unpredictable, and it all comes together brilliantly in the end.

I loved it.
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Tanya
Sep 29, 2020 rated it liked it
Recommended to Tanya by: Nina ( picturetalk321 )
... battles were always involving me that I couldn’t control. Once I’d got over the whole spaceship thing, the aliens hadn’t turned out to be that different in the end. Most humans didn’t ask me if I wanted to be involved either. [loc. 576]


Rin, who's lost everything in a fire, is about to move into a shared flat in London. Unfortunately, moving day is also the day the alien spaceship appears over London, causing widespread panic and disruption. Rin, however, is pragmatic: their new flatmates, Sa
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Nina ( picturetalk321 )
A truly weird short indie book. It is so indie that it doesn't even have shutterstock-generated cover art but a title and a cockroach hand-drawn by the author -- which I appreciated no end.

This book is about an alien invasion and about people who are also cockroaches. It is written in a dry and wry style, fully embraces the uniqueness of everyone (I really liked the respect for pronouns, be they "them" or "ze", for difference, for neuro-atypicality, for skin colour not leading to stereotypical
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ρɦαɳƭσɱ (ժαղcҽ's ճαճ)
4.5

QUEER FOUND FAMILY. QUEER. FOUND. FAMILY. HELL YEAH.
This was such a delightfully strange read, a bit different from most books that I've read this year and yet I really liked it all the same.
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Leah
3.5 stars

This novella was strange and fun! Read the full review on my blog.
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iam
Read this review and more on the blog!

I absolutely adored this!

Rin, the protagonist, has an amazingly distinct voice that I loved reading. Their humor and sarcasm frequently made me laugh, and I loved that despite their cynicism they were not an ass about it.
The plot was great and very unique, features aliens and, well, werecockroaches, and I loved the slowly developing relationship between Rin and their new flatmates.

All of the characters we meet are interesting and fun to encounter, always le
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hedgehog
I wish I had read the novella everyone else reviewing this has. It was not funny, none of the disparate parts hung together in any coherent way, and the writing style was tedious with plentiful dashes of overexplaining things in ways that would just stop the narrative dead, every time. It's 97 pages and took me two weeks to read because I kept finding excuses to do literally anything else. One star because half of my basement is decluttered now thanks to this novella. ...more
Sophie A. Katz
Oct 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
While reading Werecockroach, I kept looking back to check when this book was published. The answer is 2018, but it could have fooled me into thinking it was written this year.

“There was nothing to be done about the aliens,” Rin narrates, “so it was easier to focus on the easy things, like making another pot of tea.”

Replace “aliens” with your choice of 2020 disaster, and you’ll see what I mean. Suffice to say that this was the perfect point in my life to read this book. It has a sarcastic humor
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Kerstin
It's strange, it knows that it's strange, and I just gotta respect that. And I, too, have been judged for my hatred of cucumbers.

This is one of those indie books that are so clearly written for an LGBTQIA+ audience because all of the main characters are LGBTQIA+ in some way. And as someone who literally doesn't have any straight friends, it's always such a "Cheers, I'll drink to that"* kind of thing for me. The lines about disliking coming out as a-spec because it always feels awkward and like y
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Joanna
Feb 24, 2021 rated it really liked it
Dieses Buch ist ziemlich abgedreht und nur ein klein wenig verrückt. Wer sowas nicht mag - nun gut, wer sowas nicht mag, greift wohl kaum zu einem Buch mit dem Titel "Werecockroach".

Bei Blake geht alles drunter und drüber, er mixt, was es zu mixen gibt, und erzählt seine Geschichte mit viel trockenem Humor, fast schon irnosch/zynisch. Ich mag das. Ich mag das sogar sehr und kam aus dem Grinsen oftmals gar nicht mehr heraus.

Die Ideen in diesem Buch sind frisch und frech, anders, unkonventionell.
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Ana
Mar 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
PHENOMENAL.

It's hard to come across something that feels really creative and innovative these days, but this work really surprised the hell out of me, in great ways! So strange in such delightful ways that did not feel haphazard, just... off the beaten path. Extremely fun, heartwarming, relatable, while also helmed by a sarcastic hero who doesn't expect to be able to trust anybody. Just a delight all around. Loads of things were skillfully explored in a novella length - neurodivergence, making n
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Quinn
Mar 23, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
3.5 stars

This was a pretty fun read, though I couldn't help but be reminded of The Butterfly Kid. They both have this same surreal feeling to an otherwise normal world.

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John Willson
Feb 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
It's hard to keep secrets during an alien invasion. A fun tale of first contact, told on the personal scale of three flatmates, two of whom might not - it turns out - be entirely human. There are no laser battles or crashing motherships here. The story is told gently, and remains focused on kind people. ...more
Ash
Jun 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was a charming and strange and fun little story. I highly recommend it for a quick read.
Fayleen
Jul 27, 2019 added it
Shelves: dnf, novellas
DNF around 27 percent, I just never really got into it.
A.L. Lester
Oct 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Gay werecockroaches. What more could you want in a story? I loved this. Oh, and aliens. Who wear hats.
shannon  Stubbs
Jun 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Interesting

This story was interesting and different. I liked the adventure the three roommates went on. It definitely had a surprise at the end.
Barry Raifsnider
This was a very fun read! I'd love to read more about the three main characters, I really liked all of them and I really liked the focus on their developing friendship during the alien invasion. ...more
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