Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers – Review

This is a book you can’t really talk about. I mean, it would be creepy if I said I loved this book, wouldn’t it? Just try to describe the bit about cannibalism to your Starbucks barista. Well, don’t try… it doesn’t go over too well. Just trust me on that one.


cover of the book Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers
cover of the book Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers


Even talking with a loved one doesn’t work so well.

Me: ha ha ha ha ha
Kelly: What’s so funny?
Me: The author said she didn’t like the idea of maggots crawling around a dead body, so she decided to use a pretty word: hacienda. Now there are haciendas crawling around a dead body.
Kelly: o_O

And I have to give props to the narrator of the audio book, Shelly Fraiser. She makes it really come alive. Bwahahahaha! I got a million of ‘em folks! I’m here all week.

Okay, okay. Good book. A bit creepy, and not for anyone easily grossed out, but fascinating. We never really… well *I* never really thought much about what has happened to bodies through the centuries, or in other countries. But now I understand things like “a fate worse than death,” and “human composting,” and right now, when I die I think I’d just like to be left in a tidal pool with a bunch of Dungeness crabs. I mean I think they’re pretty tasty, and fair is fair after all.

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