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The Baby Jesus Butt Plug
The Baby Jesus Butt Plug
by Carlton Mellick
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.66

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Unique idea, well executed, 13 Sept. 2005
This story by Carlton Mellick is a quick read, but that isn't a bad thing. It's in the format of a book for young readers, with very large print and lots of pictures. The story is incredibly strange, but simple enough so that you don't get confused. Some may find it offensive (if you couldn't tell from the title) but Mellick never writes simply to offend or shock. He always writes with a sense of humor, and a complete lack of judgement. His stories just always lean towards the bizarre, and the bizarre often involves many tabboo breaking ideas. This being said, however, this story definitely deserves attention. If you can't make yourself spend the money on such a short book, I recommend you read some of the author's other works, such as "Satan Burger" or "Fishy-Fleshed", and then come back to this one. You will definitely find it worthwhile then.


Satan Burger
Satan Burger
by Carlton Mellick III
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.95

2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A surprise work of brilliance, 13 Sept. 2005
This review is from: Satan Burger (Paperback)
After reading about this author, Carlton Mellick the 3rd, I decided to read "Satan Burger" just to see what the hype was about. I was truly surprised to find out that this novel actually lived up to and even exceeded all the hype surrounding it. It is a mix of surrealism, horror, fantasy and satire, but at the same time it manages to stay grounded in a way that lets you still identify with and relate to all the characters. Mellick has a very descriptive style of writing, and the apocalyptic world he creates in "Satan Burger" is imaginative in ways that few stories are. There are so many elements of his story that could have a book dedicated entirely to themselves, but instead he manages to work it all into one brilliant story. He also uses many literary techniques that throw you off at first, such as hyphenated double adjectives, but as you adapt to them they create a style that lends much to the story. I won't go into the story here, there is too much of it to cover in a review. Read the synopsis, however, and there's no way you can not be interested. This is a great book, and after reading more of his works, I can tell you with all certainty that Carlton Mellick the 3rd is a great author as well.


Ocean of Lard
Ocean of Lard
by Carlton III Mellick
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.66

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars So much fun it should be illegal, 1 Sept. 2005
This review is from: Ocean of Lard (Paperback)
If you have ever read a "Choose Your Own Adventure" book, then you have to buy this right now! If you haven't, go check one out at your local library, read it, and then buy this! It is an outrageously ridiculously hilarious parody of that classic genre that lets you make key choices for the main character in the story. Author Carlton Mellick the 3rd will have you sore from laughing at the ridiculous turns the story takes, and the illustrations are great too. This should be mandatory reading for anyone who ever read or heard of the "Choose Your Own Adventure" stories as a child. Buy this right now, and I promise you you will be thanking me later!


Electric Jesus Corpse
Electric Jesus Corpse
by Carlton, III Mellick
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars epic zombie apocalypse tale, 1 Sept. 2005
This review is from: Electric Jesus Corpse (Paperback)
This novel, the first book by cult author Carlton Mellick, is a good book made even better by the promise it shows. I recommend reading this after you're somewhat familiar with Mellick's other works. This is not because it's bad, but because you'll appreciate it more. This tale about Jesus Christ in a zombie apocalypse is long and epic, but moves at a good pace because of Mellick's sense of humor and love for his ridiculous characters. If you like horror/zombie movies, epic tales, apocalypse stories, or just plain interesting reads, then you should definitely read this.


Sunset with a Beard
Sunset with a Beard
by Carlton, III Mellick
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Best read I've had in years, 31 Aug. 2005
This review is from: Sunset with a Beard (Paperback)
My favorite books always end up being the ones that I can sit down with, spend a relaxing day reading through, and finish them feeling that I put no effort into it whatsoever. That is not to say that I don't want the book to make me think, because that's not true. There is some good writing, however, that is so effortlessly read that it expands your mind while keeping you thoroughly entertained. Carlton Mellick's short story collection "Sunset with a Beard" is one of those books. All the stories are entertaining, and there are some that are so good you want to re-read them the moment you're done. They all fit together suprisingly well too, and make for an excellent collection. The theme runs somewhere between surrealism and sci-fi, but the characters and situations are easy for any reader to relate to. Definitely worth buying for anyone who likes to truly enjoy their reading.


Fishy-fleshed
Fishy-fleshed
by Carlton Mellick
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.66

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, entertaining, and brand new, 31 Aug. 2005
This review is from: Fishy-fleshed (Paperback)
Young author Carlton Mellick has struck gold, oil, or whatever other valuable substance you'd like to substitute with "Fishy-Fleshed". He tells a great story about a group of characters who live in a ocean-city on Earth in the future, and strikes the perfect balance between humorous satire and serious story-telling. The most interesting thing about this book, however, is the style in which it is written. The main character tells the story from his first-person point of view, and all of his quirks, shortcomings, and communication problems are evident in the text. It is like hearing a creative, ADD-afflicted, introverted loner tell you about an incredible adventure that he was apart of. The author also illustrates the book with visual representations of the main character's thought, which help to make the atmosphere even more engaging. This is fresh, powerful, and important, and a book that everyone should read at least once.


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