Crap TaxidermyCrap Taxidermy by Kat Su
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hey, baby!

i requested this late last night on netgalley, in great delight and “must read this! fever, and then completely forgot about it until i went on there today for a totally different reason. such a great “oh, yeah!” surprise when i got home.

this is another one of those books-of-blogs, and it is fantastic. creepy taxidermy fascinates me, and i never knew what a “thing” it was until i read jenny lawson’s book, Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir, and started peeking at her blog. man, does that lady love creepy taxidermy. and so does this lady. this book is a collection of pictures of wonky and sad taxidermy she has been collecting for her blog, which boasts that it is “the internet’s largest image depository of crappy and awesome taxidermy.” i can personally vouch for its scope: i only managed to get through 127 pages of it looking for pictures to grab for this review before i realized “shit, i have tons of other stuff to do tonight.” it is incredibly comprehensive, but not all of the pictures are as disturbing as the ones in this book, which seems to be a best-of-the-worst collection.

here are some highlights:

who’s your daddy??

but whyyyyyy, you cry


what can one do with a dead, stuffed animal?? isn’t it just an impractical waste?? NO!

there are so many uses!

and you know you are looking at these and wanting them to be part of your life:

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what big eyes you have!

and this is one of my most favorites. such precision!!:

a few of these examples aren’t in the book itself, but they are on the blog, and they are pretty damn creepy, so worth including.


and here’s a special bonus feature called “hi, greg!”

and here is a list of books on the topic that i either own already or really want to own already, that you can read while you are waiting for this book to come out in september:

Get Stuffed: 24 Projects for the Bereaved Pet Owner
Still Life: Adventures in Taxidermy
Walter Potter’s Curious World of Taxidermy
The Rogue’s Guide to Taxidermy

these two are only tangentially related, but worth noting

Cabinets of Wonder
How To Fossilise Your Hamster: And Other Amazing Experiments For The Armchair Scientist

and this one, which i saw advertised at BEA, comes out in september:

Much Ado about Stuffing: The Best and Worst of @CrapTaxidermy

a wonderful collection, which i will be buying as soon as it comes out.

PLUS! at the end of this book, there is also a helpful section that teaches you how to do your own taxidermy on a mouse, including a SUPER helpful section called “when accidents happen.”

get it.

i love you bye bye!

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