One Bloody Thing After Another [NOOK Book]

Overview


At turns heartwarming and horrifying, this strange and funny novel deals with the terror of losing one’s family and the extreme measures people will take to hold on. Jackie and her crush, Ann, both have odd family situations: Jackie’s mother, although dead from cancer, is a ghost that only Jackie can see, while Ann’s mother and sister have turned into such violent creatures they need to be kept in the basement and fed living animals. Meanwhile, old man Charlie lives up the road with his blind dog in a building ...
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Overview


At turns heartwarming and horrifying, this strange and funny novel deals with the terror of losing one’s family and the extreme measures people will take to hold on. Jackie and her crush, Ann, both have odd family situations: Jackie’s mother, although dead from cancer, is a ghost that only Jackie can see, while Ann’s mother and sister have turned into such violent creatures they need to be kept in the basement and fed living animals. Meanwhile, old man Charlie lives up the road with his blind dog in a building haunted by a headless ghost. Appealing to both adults and older teens, this dark, offbeat, and irreverent story is handled with both humor and honesty.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Canadian author Comeau, best known for his darkly surreal Web comic, A Softer World, turns his adaptable talents to overt horror in this oddly touching novel of ghosts, friendship, bloody secrets, and family relationships. Jackie is infatuated with her best friend, Ann, but hides her feelings rather than risk rejection. Ann has more dramatic problems: her mother, an increasingly ravenous and highly infectious supernatural creature, demands that Ann supply her with live prey. Distracted by their personal obsessions, Ann and Jackie very nearly occupy different novels despite their frequent physical proximity; Jackie wanders through a tale of teen lesbian romance, while Ann struggles to survive the dark horror of monstrous transformation. A staccato structure allows for surprising intricacy in so few pages, and the crescendos of terror are leavened by moments of unexpected humor and warmth. (May)
Coast

Comeau never trivializes his characters' emotions, and it's what carries the novel from first bloody page to last.

Q Syndicate

This is a remarkably tender novel. . . . Quirky to a marvelous fault, Comeau's fourth book is an intricate exercise in offbeat storytelling.

Telegraph-Journal
Comeau isn’t writing for suspense. Dealing with a zombie mother is treated with the same tone as Jackie’s confusion and struggle over her love for Ann . . . The real monster tormenting Comeau’s characters is the desire for something they can’t have and the reluctance to accept what they do.
Toronto Sun
Pilkey is a lively writer who manages over 230-plus pages to build a vivid sense of cop culture.
Booklist
The tone is poignant, sometimes wistful, and deadpan funny . . . The novel is more eccentric than gory, and what’s really shocking about it is that all the mayhem is finally about family ties, both severed and reconnected.
Quill & Quire
The gore and supernatural elements are a fitting complement to [Comeau's] characteristic blend of pathos and black humor.
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"[Comeau] turns his adaptable talents to overt horror in this oddly touching novel of ghosts, friendship, bloody secrets, and family relationships. . . . A staccato structure allows for surprising intricacy in so few pages, and the crescendos of terror are leavened by moments of unexpected humor and warmth."  —Publishers Weekly

"The tone is poignant, sometimes wistful, and deadpan funny . . . The novel is more eccentric than gory, and what’s really shocking about it is that all the mayhem is finally about family ties, both severed and reconnected."  —Booklist

"Pilkey is a lively writer who manages over 230-plus pages to build a vivid sense of cop culture"  —Toronto Sun

"The gore and supernatural elements are a fitting complement to [Comeau's] characteristic blend of pathos and black humour."  —Quill & Quire

"Comeau isn’t writing for suspense. Dealing with a zombie mother is treated with the same tone as Jackie’s confusion and struggle over her love for Ann . . . The real monster tormenting Comeau’s characters is the desire for something they can’t have and the reluctance to accept what they do."  —Telegraph-Journal

"Comeau never trivializes his characters' emotions, and it's what carries the novel from first bloody page to last."  —Coast

"This is a remarkably tender novel. . . . Quirky to a marvelous fault, Comeau's fourth book is an intricate exercise in offbeat storytelling."  —Q Syndicate

"A really fascinating tale . . . the sort of book that Edgar Allan Poe might have enjoyed."  —Scene Magazine

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781554909896
  • Publisher: ECW Press
  • Publication date: 3/22/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 488,028
  • File size: 907 KB

Meet the Author


Joey Comeau is the author of Lockpick Pornography, Overqualified, and Too Late to Say I'm Sorry, as well as the popular web comic A Softer World. He lives in Toronto, Ontario.

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Read an Excerpt


The window in the upstairs hallway is open. No wonder it was so cold last night. Ann slides it closed, hard, and goes down to the kitchen. There’s a bowl of cereal laid out for her breakfast, and Ann’s younger sister Margaret is already shoveling food into her face. Milk dribbles down Margaret’s chin. There’s cereal all over the tabletop.

“You’re disgusting,” Ann says. “Your friends will wait for you, you know. You don’t have to choke it down like that.”

“Hey, go slow,” their mother says, coming into the kitchen. She’s dressed up, in a gray–and–white suit, and she twirls once for her daughters. “What do you think?” she says. “Professional? Hire–able? Is the red scarf too much?”

“You look great, Mom,” Ann tells her. Margaret just keeps eating. Their mother bends down to get something from the floor. It’s a couple seconds before Ann realizes that her mother hasn’t come up again. She leans over, and sees that her mom wasn’t picking something up at all. She’s crouched down, holding a hand to her throat.

“Are you okay?” Ann says.

“Yeah. Yeah, I’m fine, Ann.” Her mother clears her throat. “Sorry. I just have something… .” she clears her throat again louder, and then stands up, smiling. She clears her throat again. Then again.

Even Margaret is looking up from her cereal. Their mother coughs. And then she coughs harder. There’s a bit of blood on her lips now.

She smiles.

“Wish me luck today!” she says.

Ann’s mother was perfectly qualified, but her interview did not go well. Afterward, she ran out of the conference room holding her red scarf over her mouth, leaving two men, Jeff and Alex, sitting in silence for a long time.

Between the two of them they have interviewed thousands of men and women for various jobs. It has never before gone so ridiculously badly. They’re just sitting there. They should clean this up and call the next applicant. They’re on a schedule, after all. But instead they sit in silence.

Alex looks at the door where she ran out, and then he looks at the wet, bloody chunk of god–knows–what sitting on the table in front of them. The thing she coughed up, partway through the interview. That poor woman.

“That did not go well,” Jeff says.

He can joke because none of the blood landed on him.

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  • Posted July 1, 2010

    One Blood Thing At A Time

    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 is a very short novel and I found the chapters to be almost choppy feeling, but I think that is maybe what the author was going for. There was a whole section of the book where I just kept going "huh?" So with all of that being said, I have decided not to give this book a number rating at this time because like I said I still haven't decided if I liked it or not. I do know one thing, I will probably have to read this again somewhere down the line to see if I "get" anything different off of it. You know how sometimes when you watch a movie more than once and you "get" things the second time that you didn't the first? I'm thinking that will happen with me and this book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 18, 2012

    This book was odd. There were moments of hilarious one-liners, b

    This book was odd. There were moments of hilarious one-liners, but then
    there were bits of plot that wandered as if the author didn't quite know
    where he wanted to go with it. I mean, all of Part III was one character
    reliving earlier bits of the novel or dreaming, and one chapter even
    ended with "Etc." I know that was supposed to be comical, but
    it felt like the author kind of stopped trying on that chapter. ONE
    BLOODY THING AFTER ANOTHER is very short. Some chapters are only a few
    paragraphs long, and that makes for a quick read. I can appreciate that,
    but sometimes the transitions between chapters left me wondering if
    content was accidentally cut. Jumps in characters or logic were just
    sometimes hard to follow. I think this book would have been better (for
    me) if it took itself less seriously and joked around more. It came off
    kind of like a cheesy horror flick at times. The characters
    were...different, I guess. Their stories didn't always intertwine as
    well as I imagine the author intended, but each had a disturbing aspect
    to their life I found to be interesting. I especially liked the old
    man's character, and his story was easily my favorite of those in this
    novel. So I guess we'll call that a draw. Honestly, this book read more
    like the text or outline for a graphic novel, which makes sense
    considering the author also works in that medium. However, that
    technique made some of the narrative weak. He doesn't use many pronouns,
    so we hear the characters' names a dozen times on a single page alone.
    It therefore has a simplistic tone I didn't enjoy. All in all, I don't
    think I'd recommend this. There were good one-liners and some
    interesting characters, but I really only finished it because I spent a
    whopping $15 on the paperback. I think there are much better books
    available out there for much less.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2013

    Not for me

    I was dissapointed with the content of this book.The plot was weak, the characters very under developed. I don't need books to be spoon fed to me and everything explained,but I felt so much of the book was too vague and sometimes too confusing, almost as if the author just gave up. The book was distrubing I will give it that,but I felt it wasn't a developed,well thought out spook.It seemed as if the author just chose a topic so taboo people would be disgusted without having to work too hard for it.Not worth a read in my opinion.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2012

    Not for me

    Joey Comeau is usually fun and short but this book just wasn't for me at all. It was well written but I just didn't enjoy it or it's content.

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