Title: The Killbug Eulogies | Author: Will Madden | Publisher: Square Straw Press | Pub. Date: 2017-6-12 | Pages: 300 | ASIN: B06XKVCNX8 | Genre: Science Fiction Comedy | Language: English | Triggers: Uh…approach with caution | Rating: 4 out of 5 | Source: I received a copy from the author for review consideration.
The Killbug Eulogies
Disemboweled by the razor scythes of a six-foot mantis, lobotomized by hungry larvae, or roasted on an exoskeletal skewer: these are only a few of the disgusting ways to die in humanity’s hopeless war against giant space insects. Deployed on a brutal bug planet without a chaplain, a depleted infantry unit has entrusted its eulogy duties to the soldier standing closest at time of death. Somehow this rotten privilege keeps falling to Pvt. Timothy Archon.
Archon’s speeches explore the strange obsessions the men have developed since the war began–from archiving killbug death psalms to trying to seduce the enemy. Did these manias somehow redeem them, or only bring them quicker to their messy ends?
But more importantly: Why does Archon keep having such terrible luck?
The Killbug Eulogies Review
I went back and forth how to review this on my site. While I might include GIFs on Goodreads, I rarely do it on Sci-Fi & Scary. Mostly because I don’t want to slow page-loading down. However, sometimes there comes a long a book where GIFs are just so appropriate you can’t find it in yourself to change anything. Such is the case for my review of The Killbug Eulogies. So, here you go… Enjoy!
You know how sometimes you read a book, and you really like it, but at the same time you’re vaguely ashamed of yourself for liking it? Like you think “I should have outgrown this part of me by now, right?”
But, you did really like it. You even highlighted your favorite lines (of which there were many). And even though you were definitely at least vaguely disgusted by some of it, you were also like:
That was me reading The Killbug Eulogies.
I randomly kind of exploded into laughter so much that my daughter went from saying “What’s so funny, Mommy?” to “Are you reading that Adult book again?” At which I would sheepishly admit that I was, and silence would reign until it was ruined by my laughing. Again.
Now, it wasn’t all fun and piles of bugsh*t. There was at least one eulogy near the end that I definitely skimmed. And then the author does this really weird twist at the end that I wasn’t expecting. And I don’t know what to think of it.
It definitely left me wondering. And I kind of really need to know if what was intuited was truth or crazy. It was a slightly more than WTF ending that left me feeling vaguely unsettled about a book that I was already vaguely unsettled about. (Well, about the liking it so much part.)
Overall, The Killbug Eulogies is definitely a funny read, but it is a crude one. Like… if Starship Troopers was Rifftraxed by a gaggle of potty-mouthed comedians speaking as one. Approach with caution, laugh with possible mild embarrassment, and hide the book from your children!
I loved it!