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BOOK REVIEW: Crap Taxidermy by Kat Su

| 3 October 2014 | 1 Reply

BOOK REVIEW: Crap Taxidermy by Kat Su
Hatchette Australia, October 2014, rrp$14.99
Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar

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There are a lot of laughs to be enjoyed with Kat Su’s hardcover book version of their online website sensation, Crap Taxidermy.

Featuring photographic evidence of the artform which range from poor to amateurish and sometimes just plain wrong, those laughs might even be balanced out with a few nightmares, such are the grotesque examples featured, especially in the ‘improving on nature’ chapter. From a Cyclops goat to a rabbit given bird wings and a beak, I’m keeping this chapter out of reach of my seven-year-old lest these hybrids invade her sleep!

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It’s not all about BAD taxidermy though – a chapter on anthropomorphising animals into human situations features some excellent quality work. With only a brief title and a location, this section of the book especially could have used some back story to contextualise the pieces, but even without that a Cowboy Opossum or moped riding mouse are undeniably worthwhile entries.

Possibly the weirdest turn of all is reserved for Su’s final chapter – step by step instructions on how to stuff your own mouse. Perhaps it’s just me, but I can’t imagine this chapter getting utilised in our house. Still, for those who are keen to give it a go – this is the book for you if you want to get stuffing!

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  1. Collin says:

    There is really some crappy Taxidermy out there. I saw it with my own eyes…When you want to have a good laugh you should buy that book!

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