I was looking up a reference book on Amazon, and it happened again. Amazon recommended a book for me that was so strange, I couldn’t resist the temptation to download it.

Today, it was a book about were-spiders.  I had to buy it.
Because….WERESPIDERS.   I can’t wait to find out what kind of webs they spin.

A couple of weeks ago it was a book called “Kilts and Kraken”  (in which I discovered that “Release the Kraken!” is a Scottish sexual euphemism), and the week before that something called “The Firefly Witch,” which had a disappointing amount of fireflies–i.e, none.  I bought a book about carnivorous genetically modified thrips, and another one about carnivorous dust mites.    You heard about “Bug, Naked” and the heroine’s web-slinging vagina last year.

You are probably sensing a theme here.  Fiction books with insects or invertebrates in them are like a UV light to a moth for me–I can’t resist them.  With the advent of eBooks, I can now discover random odd books and download them with one click.  (Warning: eBooks are a gateway drug. For book addicts like me, this can rapidly develop into an expensive habit.)

Even when the books are terrible, I usually still have fun reading them. And as someone who wants to write fiction, but doesn’t seem to have it in me to actually write a book, I feel a little guilty about being publicly critical of a author’s efforts.  (Unless it’s something like The Worst Book I’ve Ever Read EVARCicada Summer. I can only describe it as “Sexist, Racist Plan 9 from Outer Space with Reproductively Deviant Giant Grasshoppers.” That one I lambasted with no guilt at all.)

What books can’t you resist?
Have you read anything on an impulse that was fun? 

Posted by Gwen Pearson

Writer. Nerd. Insect Evangelist. Have you heard the good news? BUGS!


  1. Amazon recommends books based on your previous impulse buys, because really, it’s there to support your habit. I try to limit those impulse reads to the library, and most times I succeed.

  2. So funny! I read that book a long, long time ago seems to me. I really liked it (being a hard-core science fiction fan,) but as I recall each successive book in the series got worse and worse until they were unreadable. I don’t remember the were-spiders, but do remember some kind of monster that looked something like a bunny, if memory serves. I’d forgotten all about it until your post. Hope you get some fun out of it ;-)

  3. questioningauthority July 22, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    I wish David Gerrold would finish the War Against the Chtorr series….War by biological/ecological invasion was a pretty slick idea.

  4. Oh, I’m not reading the Chorr book; I just had that cover photo handy. The book I’m reading is called “Spider’s Lullaby”, and it’s shaping up to be pretty epic. As of page 17:

    A. The name of the werespider is Charlotte
    B. Someone has stolen her egg sac, containing what may be vampire/werespider hybrid offspring

    Wow. Just….wow.

  5. Spoiler Alert: the novel ends with the spiderlings mentally bonding with a stripper and turning into tiny bouncers at her club.


  6. I’m going to have to look for Spider’s Lullaby. My most memorable impulse book was Bimbos of the Death Sun. It was at a thrift store and I bought it because of the title. Turned out to be a fun story about an electrical engineer solving a crime at a sci-fi convention.

  7. I’m constantly misreading the titles. I thought it was “We’re Spiders.” My version is always so much more interesting! I have few guilty pleasures when it comes to reading, as I’ve so little time, I can’t waste my time with drek. I did have a parent two years ago who so got my sense of humor. (She was an astrophysicist.) She gave me a copy of “Way Grimmer Tales – A Wicked Collection of Happily Never After Stories” by Erik Bergstrom. Way better than a gift certificate for Starbucks! I’ve been reading about genetically engineered bugs, so all of this bug stuff is THAT CLOSE to crossing over into the non-fiction genre.

  8. _Parasite Pig_ by William Sleator. You should read _Interstellar Pig_ first since it sets things up (it’s good), but _Parasite Pig_ is great! Not merely one kind of invertebrate, but a bunch of them.

  9. Hey, Bug Girl. How do I send you pictures of interesting bugs? Assuming you want such pictures.

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