Blog Tour for: All The Murmuring Bones by A.G. Slatter

There is nothing more beguiling than the Ocean. The sound of the waves weave a magical song for those that choose to listen. However, there are things that haunt deep waters. (Which is why I don’t go in the ocean…knowing my luck I would get eaten by a shark or something). However, for tens of thousands of years people have flocked to these bodies of water that cover most of the earth. I always wondered what we were looking for. I would imagine it is similar to what modern humans are seeking at the beach minus the cocktails. There is one piece of folklore that seems to remain constant even today…and that is mer people. One of the highest watched shows ever on The Animal Plant was a mockumentary about mer people. Even today there are still sightings of mer people. What I really and truly enjoy about this piece of folklore is that it isn’t just a western phenomenon. All over the world there are mer people sightings. One of the most popular stories about mer people is the story of The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Anderson, but there are so so many other stories about mer people. Now we can add All the Murmuring Bones by A.G. Slatter to that list.

A HUGE THANKS to Titan Books for sending me a review copy!!!

Synopsis: A girl whose family fortune has been lost takes to an adventure to find her past before her present becomes her prison.

My Thoughts: I always love when the backbone of a story is hinged on folklore. Especially, when that folklore is so well known throughout the world. Personally, I think that it makes the story so much more accessible to readers worldwide. Slatter really hit the nail on the head in regards to the Mer people and the stories which surround them. This story is truly grounded in fairytale. From the family whose fortune was made and lost at sea to the damsel saving herself. I enjoyed the backbone of the story and I am so very glad that the mer people were left alone, in the respect that Slatter didn’t try to make them pretty or ethereal. They were true to form and dangerous. I am so glad Slatter wrote the mer people exactly the same way that they are in folktales. The damsel and the other characters were really well written. One of the best things about this story was that the damsel didn’t wait to see what fate awaited her. She took her fate into her own hands. That for me was the most important part. It is like taking back many hundreds of years of the damsel being saved instead of saving herself. There was one character I wanted to know more about however, their backstory wasn’t explored. The ending felt a bit rushed to me, but the pacing of the rest of the story was spot on for me. One aspect of the story I really appreciated was that the world that Slatter created had it’s own folktales, which were rooted in our world folktales. That was perfect….it was a beautiful melding of the two worlds.

About A.G. Slatter:

Angela Slatter is the author of the urban fantasy novels Vigil (2016) and Corpselight (2017), as well as eight short story collections, including The Girl with No Hands and Other Tales, Sourdough and Other Stories, The Bitterwood Bible and Other Recountings, and A Feast of Sorrows: Stories. She has won a World Fantasy Award, a British Fantasy Award, a Ditmar, and six Aurealis Awards.

Angela’s short stories have appeared in Australian, UK and US Best Of anthologies such The Mammoth Book of New Horror, The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy and Horror, The Best Horror of the Year, The Year’s Best Australian Fantasy and Horror, and The Year’s Best YA Speculative Fiction. Her work has been translated into Bulgarian, Russian, Spanish, Japanese, Polish, and Romanian. Victoria Madden of Sweet Potato Films (The Kettering Incident) has optioned the film rights to one of her short stories.

She has an MA and a PhD in Creative Writing, is a graduate of Clarion South 2009 and the Tin House Summer Writers Workshop 2006, and in 2013 she was awarded one of the inaugural Queensland Writers Fellowships. In 2016 Angela was the Established Writer-in-Residence at the Katharine Susannah Prichard Writers Centre in Perth.

Her novellas, Of Sorrow and Such (from, and Ripper (in the Stephen Jones anthology Horrorology, from Jo Fletcher Books) were released in October 2015.

The third novel in the Verity Fassbinder series, Restoration, will be released in 2018 by Jo Fletcher Books (Hachette International). She is represented by Ian Drury of the literary agency Sheil Land for her long fiction, by Lucy Fawcett of Sheil Land for film rights, and by Alex Adsett of Alex Adsett Publishing Services for illustrated storybooks.

A Complex Accident of life by Jessica McHugh

I have a deep and unwavering love for Frankenstein. It is a story that holds so much sadness and some hope. I personally think that everyone should read it. It fuses horror and science. But it is mostly about humanity. How horrible we can be. With this in mind and my love for horror poetry my amazing friend Jen from over at Book Den (If you don’t read her blog you really should it is amazing) was reading this lovely collection of black out poetry inspired by Frankenstein and told me that I had to buy it. So I did, she know my taste better then I do. If you don’t know what black out poetry is. It is poetry made from taking words from a texted and highlighting them by blacking out the other words.

Synopsis: Blackout poetry inspired by Frankenstein.

My thoughts: This collection is a freaking mazing. There is so much beauty in this collection. There is a lot of pain as well. It hits so many of the notes that I love in a poetry collection. What I really loved was the scanned pages of Frankenstein with the blackout art. Some are true art pieces….some are sparse as just crossing the words out. But each piece suits the poem. The poem itself is on the next page. It gives the entire collection a visually tactile feel. I am so glad that I ordered the actual book. I don’t think e-book would have done the art justice. The flow of the collection is so perfect. It starts with a poem titled a Girl of Twenty and it ends with a poem titled Vanish. You get this feeling like you are following this girl through a journey. Sometimes this journey is good and sometimes it is bad. But it is beautifully hers. Which is why this collection was so beautiful. Our journeys are never entirely good or entirely bad. They veer all over the place. I feel that this collection is really about the poets journey. I really hope that we see more blackout poetry. It is an art form which give texture to the words. My favorite poem was Be. McHugh is truly a gifted poet and artist. I truly love this collection and I hope that I get to read more from Jessica McHugh.

Star Rating: 5

Women In Translation: Tender is the Flesh by Augustina Bazterrica trans by Sarah Moses

The week that I finished this book, the little dude said to me that he was watching this crazy anime and told me the plot. I was like that is weird because I am reading a book where humans are breed and raised for food. Now if that isn’t enough coincidences for you I was also watching Hannibal while I was reading this book. It is super crazy how things like that happen. Also we are in the middle of a pandemic which is also mentioned in this book. BUT, not in the little dudes anime. He thought it was super cool that he was watching an anime where people were going to be food. However, I think it was inspired by Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro actually. Anyway, back to this amazing little story.

Pssttt……I am trying a different format for my review. I am just writing my thoughts out, with NO SPOILERS.

Synopsis: Dystopian future where humans are raised as meat.

My thoughts: Holy Moly!!! There is a lot to really like about this story. The horrific nature of the writing is defiantly one of those things. It was straight forward. This is one of those stories where you don’t get to read every single internal thought the main character is thinking. There are sparks of what he is thinking but it is still from an outside perspective. I don’t read many reviews for books. But I wanted to see what other people had to say when I finished and this book is really polarizing. Honestly, I was really surprised at some people’s reactions. I understand that cannibalism is a subject that people aren’t entirely comfortable with. However, if you look at the history of cannibalism humans have been partaking of other humans for as long as there have been humans. Yes, it is a tabor’s subject but the way the story was wrapped up it was defiantly necessary.

What I do find interesting is the comparisons drawn between modern meat farming and what was happening to the humans in the book. The discussion of using hormones and other chemicals. The selective breeding to increase yield. That to me is grotesque and barbaric. I felt the same disgust when I was reading The Jungle by Upton Sinclair. Do I still eat meat? Yes I do. However, my eyes are completely open to what happens in factory farming. I choose my meat carefully. I loved this about the story. It flips the whole factory farming premise on its head. Would society allow factory farming on humans?

Personally, I truly loved this book. Bazterrica, took the premise of the story and really made it her own. There is a huge twist that I didn’t see coming. The pacing was fantastic. It is a really quick read that grabs you and doesn’t let go. I love Bazterrica’s characters as well. It wasn’t that they were nice or anything like that. But you really got a cringe when you were reading some of them. This is so telling about how well Bazterrica writes. If you are looking for something different to read please pick this up. It really is a wonderfully written book.

Star Rating: 5 Stars all the way around!!