To Be Devoured
Not for the squeamish but definitely for readers who insist on quality writing and authentic realistic characters.
Here it is:
“I was a mean, morbid girl, and I resented everyone and their perfect, living family members. “
TO BE DEVOURED does everything a five star horror novel should do, if you ask me. It unnerves, it sickens, it terrifies and it lingers well after you turn the final page. With that said it is not a story for everyone because it is fucking brutal and disturbing on a level most books never reach.
Andi has anger ...more
If you are a squeamish reader or hate gore of any kind, move along. If you love to be pulled in and disturbed to your core, lay down your money on this one.
Sara Tantlinger is known for her (Bram Stoker Award winning) poetry. This novella is certainly poetic and it's also... I have no words.
In the end, I really liked it, and I was really glad I wasn't eating while reading it.
I love Sara Tantlinger's poetry, and I'm happy to say that I love her novella writing as well! Her books are so grim and gorgeous, and you can't go wrong with any of them.
To Be Devoured grabbed my attention immediately, and then gave a fascinating study of a character's descent into madness. This story is unsettling and obsessive, and I've thought about it several times since I ...more
Can dead flesh hold anger? Mine would. Mine would be the most excruciatingly bitter of them all.
After hearing so many people rave about Sara's writing, I'm so glad I finally had the chance to check out her work. I went into To Be Devoured with high hopes and solid expectations, and I was not disappointed in the least. It's a tremendously twisted, ridiculously messed up novella about grief, rage, mental illness, and looking for acceptance in a world that often makes us feel out of place — but ...more
Andi has made a special gift for her girlfriend Luna–a pair of wings made out of the wings of dead Luna moths. Luna, for her part, is disgusted with this gift of dead bugs. Andi has had a life full of death, bitterness, and fury. She’s obsessed with Luna. She’s obsessed with vultures and how they scavenge the dead, and desperately wants to become like them. She wants to taste ...more
This nearly never happens to me: this book has left me just a little bit speechless.
I am in complete and total awe of Tantlinger’s writing. From the very first sentences of this short novella, I was utterly entranced. Every sentence is heart-rendingly beautiful, every word perfectly chosen. I haven’t read any of her previous poetry collections, but there’s certainly a poetry to the language she chooses in this book. Each word is ...more
Andi soon starts obsessing over ...more
There is a reason Ms. Tantlinger is a Stoker holder. This novella has disturbing images, sad realization, and awareness. The ...more
Despite it's constant visits to the 'gross-out', the author does an incredible job at maintaining the art form of writing and keeps her story tight. In it's brevity, it nails everything it aims to do.
Nothing left undone, nothing left undigested, To Be Devoured is a snack read that will require you to steel your nerves and constitution before you delight in it.
While I don’t want to go into deep spoilers, I found it ...more
Another thing I really enjoyed is the fact ...more
Told in first person, Andi is full of rage and is obsessed with the filling the void of the tragic deaths of her family with something more. The vultures that circle her property hold the secret to finding meaning and nourishment in death.
What would it be like to eat carrion? What would it be like to take nourishment from people to hold that piece of them inside of your forever? Andi has to know.
Gorey, engaging, and might make some ...more
This story, itself, is a descent into madness, and I found myself easily devoured by the narrative. Sara paints twisted images into your mind with skillful brushstrokes of terrifying prose, beautifully poetic and painfully clear. I found myself ensnared by Andi’s quick spiral into the depths of insanity, her obsession with being accepted by the vultures, with her girlfriend Luna, and the ...more
To read this book is to writhe in still warm viscera as blood clings to the underside of your nails and mats your hair. The lonesome wind cools the blood. Its howling drowns out cries of pain. The vultures circle overhead.
I've read a handful of violent horror stories lately, but few have stuck with me. When I read a story with loads of gore I run into one of two issues. Either the story is far too over the top that I don't connect, or so vague that I'm left with nothing to hold on to. This...more
This just has enough gore and distorted ...more
To Be Devoured certainly ...more
The novella form is about control. It showcases an author's ability to convey a concept of greater complexity than the short story, while still requiring absolute control of imagery, incident and rhythm. An award-winning poet, Tantlinger is in an excellent position to spin her tale of a disturbed woman seeking intimacy in ...more