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Filthy Animals: Stories, by Brandon Taylor

elifbatu_stan's review

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4.0

There’s something grotesque about how deeply dark these stories are. They make you feel heavy, drawing you closer and closer until you can’t breathe really. They made me want to lie in bed with the curtains drawn for a very long time. I loved them.

kemarshall's review

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emotional funny reflective sad tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0

chaoticmissadventures's review

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dark emotional tense

3.75

lilkstew's review

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dark reflective tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0

I loooooooved this book. It had the perfect aloof yet intimate yet uncomfortable atmosphere. I loved how the stories switched between one-offs and a larger narrative that took place over multiple stories; my favorite short story collections are set up like that. I thought the characters were all interesting and believable even if they were painfully in their own heads. I also liked the surprising presence of illness narratives. I think I could become a big fan of this author, so I will have to read Real Life soon! 

ragerfox's review

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emotional reflective sad tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

3.5

alliereadsbooks's review

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dark emotional reflective sad slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes

4.5

ryansbookshelf's review

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emotional lighthearted reflective medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0

shaks's review

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Unfortunately, couldn't finish this book. These stories are derivatives of Real Life, and not in a way you can enjoy once the glaring whiteness and repetitive nature of the characters is realised. Beautifully written, though. 

nagarage's review

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emotional reflective medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.5

emmrosa's review

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