Thursday, February 18, 2021

Book Review | Cradleland of Parasites by Sara Tantlinger

Cradleland of Parasites is a horror poetry collection by Sara Tantlinger.

Cradleland of Parasites by Sara Tantlinger

Bram Stoker Award-winner Sara Tantlinger delivers her CRADLELAND OF PARASITES, a harrowing and darkly gorgeous collection of poetry chronicling the death and devastation of one of history's greatest horrors: The Black Plague.

I have fallen upon a few plague novels over the course of the pandemic. It's very surreal to read about plagues, pandemics, the history of harsh and fatal diseases while living through a pandemic. It definitely heightens the works that I have been reading lately!

The poems in Cradleland of Parasites center around The Black Plague. Wow, these poems were dark and brutal and beautiful. Some of my favorites were Second Pandemic, Moral Decay, Death Knell, and An Advanced Society.

Cradleland of Parasites was my first poetry collection by Sara Tantlinger. I read and loved her novella To Be Devoured which definitely had a poetic quality to it. I look forward to checking out more from her in the future!

3.5/5 stars

Review copy provided by author


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  1. Wow, poems about the Black Plague, I can see how they might be weird and unusual!

    1. Yes! Is it weird and unusual that I enjoyed it? :)

  2. I just finished this one recently as well! The parallels between the past and what we have going on currently is terrifying. So many of these poems were like a gut-punch.

  3. Fascinating, plague poetry during a time of covid. I confess I'm a total neanderthal when it comes to poetry.
    Lynn :D


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