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Sweetbreads and Sweet Nothings by Evelyn Esrig
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This book is getting lots of talk around Goodreads. So my friends list is divided. Some of them know better than to ever open the pages of this book...then there are the rest of us. We saw the book blurb and...

The dollars started waving in the air. JUST TAKE OUR MONEY!
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The story within is based on the "real life case" that happened in Germany. A man advertises on the internet for someone willing to be consumed by him. PEOPLE ANSWERED HIM! (I have such a hard time wrapping my brain around this)
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In this story you have Lukas who is in a committed relationship with his partner Bernhard. Bernhard goes missing.
But get this...Does Lukas raise the alarm that the love of his life is missing? Nope. Not for several days!
Even after the fact that Bernhard is missing comes out I still didn't feel like Lukas really gave a shit.
You also have Lukas's sister and Peter in the background telling Lukas that he needs to move on.
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I'm pretty much the soulless sister but I'm sorry if my significant other was missing hell would have no fury matched to mine. I sure as heck wouldn't have just packed up my feelings and moved on so quickly.

Then the news picks up on a story...
The man the paper is calling the Master Butcher is the only thing anyone can talk about. Apparently the man killed and ate a willing victim. For weeks the unnamed man and his consenting meal are discussed over the glasses of beer all over the world.

Lukas gets contacted by a police officer and told that Bernhard is the victim. (this is not a spoiler it is the whole basis of the book)
The suddenly Lukas is devastated.
He is questioned by the police on the why's of Bernhard's choice and I'm sorry but I think this part is complete and total bullshit..he is given information on the case.
I don't know Germany's laws but I just can not fathom a police officer giving out the information that Lukas is given.

Then he is given permission to view the tape that was made of the act itself.
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Hell no..just no. I can't see any family member ever being subjected or allowed to watch that.
I felt like the author was just pushing for more attention with that included. It wore my nerves thin.

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Then the book tries to redeem itself by trying to make the story about closure.
He liked white wine but hated red and-and he was really shy. He didn't like people looking at him." Tears sting his throat and behind Lukas's eyes, but he can't stop yet. He has one last thing to say. "Bernhard would hate people talking about him like this."

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So the overall verdict. If you go in expecting decent characters in my opinion it is not gonna happen. But if you, like me, are just one of those weirdos who can't look away from a story like this then go for it.
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(I'm including all my weirdo buddy readers as they get their reviews up..cuz they is slow) *ducks*
My friend Rosa, really's review is a good one. She did enjoy the book more than I did. I think I'm just going to go and join her in playing Candy Crush.
Here is Kelly's review She twisted all our arms and made us all read it. (something about feeding us to Mitchell)
Susan's review is here She might have been the smart one and just said hell with this stuff, I'm gonna go eat some pork.
Wart's review Wart liked this one and even made it past that video.
Then we have Jahy who finished the book with us but may not review or rate it because that is her choice. Don't give her no flack either.
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message 1: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer Masterson I can't wait for this review! Lol


Shelby *trains flying monkeys* I couldn't even spell when I posted that little bit. LOL


message 4: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer Masterson Great review Shelby! :D


Shelby *trains flying monkeys* Jennifer wrote: "Great review Shelby! :D"

Thanks Jennifer :)


message 6: by Ɗắɳ 2.☊ (new)

Ɗắɳ  2.☊ Taste like chicken. ;)


Shelby *trains flying monkeys* Dᴀɴ 2.☢ wrote: "Taste like chicken. ;)"

nom nom!


message 8: by Kimberly (new)

Kimberly Shelby, your reviews are often better than the books, themselves!!


Shelby *trains flying monkeys* Kimberly wrote: "Shelby, your reviews are often better than the books, themselves!!"

*blushes* Thank you :)
This book is a crazy train. Then I went and looked up the real life case and it is even worse.


message 10: by Kimberly (new)

Kimberly Shelby *wants some flying monkeys* wrote: "Kimberly wrote: "Shelby, your reviews are often better than the books, themselves!!"

*blushes* Thank you :)
This book is a crazy train. Then I went and looked up the real life case and it is even ..."


I do that myself with the ones that are based on "true crimes"....then wish I hadn't!


Shelby *trains flying monkeys* Kimberly wrote: "Shelby *wants some flying monkeys* wrote: "Kimberly wrote: "Shelby, your reviews are often better than the books, themselves!!"

*blushes* Thank you :)
This book is a crazy train. Then I went and l..."


We will learn one of these days...well probably not. LOL


message 12: by Miriam (new)

Miriam It sounds like the time would be better spent reading about the real case.


Heather *Awkward Queen and Unicorn Twin* I mean... I guess there's a fetish for everything? GROSS THOUGH.


Shelby *trains flying monkeys* Miriam wrote: "It sounds like the time would be better spent reading about the real case."

It would have. This was just not a good book for me.


Shelby *trains flying monkeys* Heather *live on coffee and flowers* wrote: "I mean... I guess there's a fetish for everything? GROSS THOUGH."

I had no clue. This subject just completely escapes my little mind. SO GROSS


Heather *Awkward Queen and Unicorn Twin* I would never have guessed that wanting to be eaten (and not in the fun way) as something that actually existed. O_O


Shelby *trains flying monkeys* Heather *live on coffee and flowers* wrote: "I would never have guessed that wanting to be eaten (and not in the fun way) as something that actually existed. O_O"

I want all of it out of my head. I had no clue. The weirdo in the book and the guy in real life both actually had several people apply. I just can't get WHY?!


Valerie (Howler_Puff) I just want to know why anyone would respond to the ad and be so willing..


Shelby *trains flying monkeys* Valerie wrote: "I just want to know why anyone would respond to the ad and be so willing.."

The only thing I could figure was the assisted suicide angle. Who knows. I just can't imagine.


✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans) Hahaha, great one Shelby! I'm pretty sure I had a better time reading your review than I would have reading the book!;)


Shelby *trains flying monkeys* ✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans) wrote: "Hahaha, great one Shelby! I'm pretty sure I had a better time reading your review than I would have reading the book!;)"

The book will stay in your head. It goes into great detail about the nom-noming. I need some chocolate and wine. and thank you :)


✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans) Shelby *wants some flying monkeys* wrote: "✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans) wrote: "Hahaha, great one Shelby! I'm pretty sure I had a better time reading your review than I would have reading the book!;)"

The..."


Can I skip the book and have the chocolate and wine directly? That would definitely work for me!


Shelby *trains flying monkeys* ✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans) wrote: "Shelby *wants some flying monkeys* wrote: "✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans) wrote: "Hahaha, great one Shelby! I'm pretty sure I had a better time reading your review ..."

That would be the bestest plan ever!


Rosa, really Dude, the candy crush killed my kindle. Seriously, I was listening to my audiobook and zoning with all the pretty candies and the FUCKER DIED. I'm pretty sure it couldn't handle the cannibalism and werewolf porn and committed suicide in revenge.


Kelly (and the Book Boar) Good news is I don't think you'll get told you read this wrong . . . . you know since there's only like 10 of us who want to read the thing in the first place ; )

Shelby *wants some flying monkeys* wrote: It goes into great detail about the nom-noming. I need some chocolate and wine. and thank you :)..."

You mean you aren't interested in taking a bite of yourself tar tar style after reading this????

Here Ron - I make the Cubs jokes so you don't have to:

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message 26: by Katy (new)

Katy Any type of meat would be out of my diet for awhile after reading this!


Shelby *trains flying monkeys* Rosa, really wrote: "Dude, the candy crush killed my kindle. Seriously, I was listening to my audiobook and zoning with all the pretty candies and the FUCKER DIED. I'm pretty sure it couldn't handle the cannibalism and..."

It probably did! Is it back working now?


Shelby *trains flying monkeys* Kelly (and the Book Boar) wrote: "Good news is I don't think you'll get told you read this wrong . . . . you know since there's only like 10 of us who want to read the thing in the first place ; )

Shelby *wants some flying monkeys..."


Ten brave souls that go where no one has before.........


Shelby *trains flying monkeys* Katy wrote: "Any type of meat would be out of my diet for awhile after reading this!"

I said that and then ate some steak and gravy. :D


message 30: by MLE (new) - added it

MLE Great review, and that Supernatural gif is perfect!


Shelby *trains flying monkeys* MLE wrote: "Great review, and that Supernatural gif is perfect!"

Thanks MLE>>I thought you might like that one :)


Rosa, really Shelby *wants some flying monkeys* wrote: "Rosa, really wrote: "Dude, the candy crush killed my kindle. Seriously, I was listening to my audiobook and zoning with all the pretty candies and the FUCKER DIED. I'm pretty sure it couldn't handl..."

No, it's officially dead. I charged it on 2 different charges, attempted to reboot it 19 times, called kindle tech support and they told me to do exactly what I'd just done with was super helpful. It's gone on to HAUNT JEFF BEZOS, THAT FUCKER. I ordered a paperwhite.


Shelby *trains flying monkeys* Rosa, really wrote: "Shelby *wants some flying monkeys* wrote: "Rosa, really wrote: "Dude, the candy crush killed my kindle. Seriously, I was listening to my audiobook and zoning with all the pretty candies and the FUC..."

DAMMIT!
I'm thinking about getting a paperwhite too. The glare from the Fire is starting to give me more eyestrain.


message 34: by MLE (new) - added it

MLE Shelby *wants some flying monkeys* wrote: "MLE wrote: "Great review, and that Supernatural gif is perfect!"

Thanks MLE>>I thought you might like that one :)"


I did, and it worked perfectly in your review.


message 35: by SUSAN *Nevertheless,she persisted* (last edited Oct 22, 2015 04:24PM) (new) - rated it 1 star

SUSAN   *Nevertheless,she persisted* Love your review.

Poor Bernhard wasn't gone 10 minutes and Lukas was on Grindr looking for a new man. Damn dude, at least you could have looked under the bed or put up some flyers on telephone poles.


Rosa, really Shelby *wants some flying monkeys* wrote: "Rosa, really wrote: "Shelby *wants some flying monkeys* wrote: "Rosa, really wrote: "Dude, the candy crush killed my kindle. Seriously, I was listening to my audiobook and zoning with all the prett..."

Yeah, me too! I was planning on getting a paperwhite and giving the Fire to my father. Now I have to get him a damn bday present! DAMMIT.

Btw, I think one reason I enjoyed this book (though I don't know if 'enjoy' is the right word) is that I have this idea entrenched in my brain that I don't like horror. So whenever I like something horror-ish I rate it higher than I might normally.

Btw #2, rec me you favorite Stephen King. I always like him in interviews but the only book of his I've read is that dragon book.


Shelby *trains flying monkeys* SUSAN wrote: "Love your review.

Poor Bernhard wasn't gone 10 minutes and Lukas was on Grindr looking for a new man. Damn dude, at least you could looked under the bed or put up some flyers on telephone poles."


That is exactly what I thought. (view spoiler)


Shelby *trains flying monkeys* Rosa, really wrote: "Shelby *wants some flying monkeys* wrote: "Rosa, really wrote: "Shelby *wants some flying monkeys* wrote: "Rosa, really wrote: "Dude, the candy crush killed my kindle. Seriously, I was listening to..."

My favorite King? Misery. (It's not too bad on the horror either.)
After that. The Stand or The Green Mile..you know that's like picking out my favorite child don't you? LOL


Rosa, really Shelby *wants some flying monkeys* wrote: "SUSAN wrote: "Love your review.

Poor Bernhard wasn't gone 10 minutes and Lukas was on Grindr looking for a new man. Damn dude, at least you could looked under the bed or put up some flyers on tele..."


Maybe this is a Fightclub situation. (view spoiler)


Rosa, really Shelby *wants some flying monkeys* wrote: "Rosa, really wrote: "Shelby *wants some flying monkeys* wrote: "Rosa, really wrote: "Shelby *wants some flying monkeys* wrote: "Rosa, really wrote: "Dude, the candy crush killed my kindle. Seriousl..."

The Stand is like the apocalypse right? I like that. I was thinking about Salem's Lot also. Isn't that vampires?


Shelby *trains flying monkeys* Rosa, really wrote: "Shelby *wants some flying monkeys* wrote: "SUSAN wrote: "Love your review.

Poor Bernhard wasn't gone 10 minutes and Lukas was on Grindr looking for a new man. Damn dude, at least you could looked ..."


Heck yes! LOL!!!


Kelly (and the Book Boar) Rosa, that would be a 14 Star book right there!


message 43: by Shelby *trains flying monkeys* (last edited Oct 22, 2015 12:27PM) (new) - rated it 2 stars

Shelby *trains flying monkeys* Rosa, really wrote: The Stand is like the apocalypse right? I like that. I was thinking about Salem's Lot also. Isn't that vampires?

Crap..I love that one too. Yes, put Salem's lot up there in my favorites to.
The Stand scared the crap out of me because I read it right after I learned about Ebola. It started my apocalypse reading craze.


message 44: by Deanna (new)

Deanna Wow....Seriously? Permission to view the act itself? Like you said I can't see how that would ever be allowed. Once again thank you for a fabulous review :)


Shelby *trains flying monkeys* Deanna wrote: "Wow....Seriously? Permission to view the act itself? Like you said I can't see how that would ever be allowed. Once again thank you for a fabulous review :)"

Yes, I can't see that the police would ever willingly just hand over a video like that to someone involved with the deceased.
and thanks :)


message 46: by Heather L (new)

Heather L 1 F'd up book + Shelby's review of said book = Disturbing awesomeness


SUSAN   *Nevertheless,she persisted* Shelby *wants some flying monkeys* wrote: "SUSAN wrote: "Love your review.

Poor Bernhard wasn't gone 10 minutes and Lukas was on Grindr looking for a new man. Damn dude, at least you could looked under the bed or put up some flyers on tele..."


Yep,out with the old in with the new.


SUSAN   *Nevertheless,she persisted* Rosa, really wrote: "Shelby *wants some flying monkeys* wrote: "SUSAN wrote: "Love your review.

Poor Bernhard wasn't gone 10 minutes and Lukas was on Grindr looking for a new man. Damn dude, at least you could looked ..."


Could explain all of those empty steak sauce bottles in the garbage.


SUSAN   *Nevertheless,she persisted* Rosa, really wrote: "Shelby *wants some flying monkeys* wrote: "Rosa, really wrote: "Shelby *wants some flying monkeys* wrote: "Rosa, really wrote: "Dude, the candy crush killed my kindle. Seriously, I was listening to..."

If I may, King favorites: The Shining,It,Dolores Claiborne,Green Mile,Rose Madder,The Talisman...it really is hard to choose just a few. :)


message 50: by JaHy☝Hold the Fairy Dust (last edited Oct 22, 2015 05:30PM) (new) - added it

JaHy☝Hold the Fairy Dust I'm so glad we share the same opinions regarding this book. I did not understand why Lukas felt that viewing the video was the only way he could have closure. Personally, I believe the video would have set my healing process wayyyyyyyy back. Also, some of his reactions while watching the video surprised me.


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