The Captain’s Log – the murders of molly southbourne (Tade Thompson)

Ahoy there me mateys!  Here I continue me trend of awesome novellas published by  The first mate is the one who found this sci-fi offering at a local library and wanted to read it.  I read the premise and had to read it first!  Arrr!

I actually didn’t realize that this was a Tor novella until after I had read it.  Given the pure awesomeness of the story, this didn’t surprise me.  I have other works by the author on me ports for plunder list but this was the introduction to his writing style.  I be very, very impressed.

The premise is that there is a girl named Molly who has one simple life rule: don’t bleed.  Why ye ask?  Because every time she bleeds, a clone (or more) of herself is “born” and it tries to kill her.  She has been watching herself die ever since she was little.  But as she grows, the problem gets worse.  Who will win?  Real molly or one of her doubles?

It was a quick, fun read and I devoured it.  It is super atmospheric and creepy.  Well written and original.  I will never look at a simple scrape the same way.  Reading it after midnight by lantern made it all the better.  This would make an awesome (if bloody) shorter film.  I will certainly be picking up more work by Tade Thompson.  Arrr!

Goodreads has this to say about the novel:

The rule is simple: don’t bleed.

For as long as Molly Southbourne can remember, she’s been watching herself die. Whenever she bleeds, another molly is born, identical to her in every way and intent on her destruction.

Molly knows every way to kill herself, but she also knows that as long as she survives she’ll be hunted. No matter how well she follows the rules, eventually the mollys will find her. Can Molly find a way to stop the tide of blood, or will she meet her end at the hand of a girl who looks just like her?

To visit the author’s twitter go to:

Tade Thompson – Author

To buy the book go to:

the murders of molly southbourne – Book

To add to Goodreads go to:

Yer Ports for Plunder List

21 thoughts on “The Captain’s Log – the murders of molly southbourne (Tade Thompson)

  1. The man doesn‘t seem to have a website, isn‘t that odd? I just finished this. It was horrible and I liked it. I might even read the sequel… in a while. Very creepy.


    1. I actually have contacted the Tor team to see if I can get a list of all novellas to date. It is a stab in the dark but I hope it leads to good results. I look forward to readin’ yer review of this one! Thanks for the comment.
      x The Captain


    1. Molly is under the age of five when the story begins. Her parents help her out. How the author chooses to start the story is brilliant. It only happens to Molly. Ye do get the explanation of why that is. It is awesome. A five star read for me. Are ye going to read it or do ye avoid creepy things?
      x The Captain


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