Do you remember my previous posts on "nasty novels?" Well, you don't have to, because this is the Internet and they're still up there and you can go read them whenever you wish by clicking LINK I or LINK II.
Well, I've gotten just the least lil' ol' bit obsessed and have been buying up a lot of the sumbitches on ABE and Amazon marketplace, wherever I can find 'em cheap, so I have quite the shelf of bug/rat/critter/fish reading ahead of me. I also have a lot of it behind me, but unfortunately I wasn't writing reviews back when I went through a lot of these books. I also read most of them so long ago that I don't remember much of anything about them. And, since I've got a big stack I haven't even read the first time, it's not likely I'll be re-reading these anytime soon... but, that's no reason you can't have fun looking at the covers, which, as much as it bruises my ego, is probably most of the appeal of these posts, really. And if I do re-read 'em, I can always put up a more in-depth review later, right? Who among you is mighty enough to stop me!?
So, here's a gallery of covers, and I'll tell you whatever I happen to remember about any of 'em, by way of really-really half-assed reviews.
We bought a zoo! A zoo of endless horror! First priority - as in life - is a visit to the cathouse!
I don't remember much about this book. I think it was kinda mild for a critters-on-the-rampage book, but I think I liked it okay.
From the cathouse to the bughouse!
On to the wiggledy stuff...
I recently re-read Slugs, so that'll be a full-length review appearing here next time I amass a few more critter-books read to make a slew of 'em, but Breeding Ground is the sequel. I remember it being more of the same... which is exactly what you want if you liked Slugs. Flesh-eating slugs! Does it get any nastier than that? We can hope, but I don't think so.
Now, to the Reptile House...
Don't remember much about this other that it was kinda ordinary, but had a few instances of impressive gore, such as a gravely injured guy who wipes at something that's dangling on his face and it's his eyeball. Yay, casual-wiping-aside-of-eyeballs! The 'gator in the book is pain-crazed because it's missing half its jaw, which made me wonder how it could so effectively eat people, but, it manages.
Rats in battalions!
This is the sequel to The Rats, which I actually read first. I remember it being good and gruesome. There's a third, Domain, which I have but haven't read yet, so maybe later on that one.
Now, assorted other various and unsavories...
And this was basically the same kind of deal except a darkness makes everybody go nuts. Strangely, I remember not liking this one much and thinking it was just a rehash.
And now, for the daycare section of our zoo. Prepare to be offended! Especially if you're one of those right-to-lifers (although I'd be amazed if we had any rabid right-wingers on this site after all the overtime I've put in trying to offend and alienate you)....
SPAWN!!! Possibly the sickest concept for a nasty-novel ever created! I think I remember this right, but correct me if I don't: A sick-minded damage case whose sibling died in a fire as a baby has a job burning amputated limbs and stuff in a London hospital. Sometimes he's given aborted babies to dispose of. He can't stand to do it, so he takes them home and gives them funerals in his backyard instead. One night lightning strikes his yard, revives the fetus-corpses, and they become little prenatal zombies who need blood to survive. Soon he's covered with self-inflicted infected wounds that they suck on, and he becomes desperate for more to feed his "children." Yeah. You want this book, you know you do! And who am I to judge?
Okay, that's all I've got for now. In the meantime, Twitter me! And Twitter our blog-brother KickerOfElves while you're over there! You won't regret it! And if you do, you won't regret it much because it's just a couple of Twitter follows. If that's the biggest mistake you ever made, you lead a blessed life, my child, and shall probably never be eaten by bloodsucking-zombie-fetus-babies!