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The Egg Said Nothing (New Bizarro Author)
The Egg Said Nothing (New Bizarro Author)
by Caris O'Malley
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.66

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Egg May Say Nothing, But Caris O'Malley Certainly Says Something, 10 Sept. 2012
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This is probably my favourite NBAS book I have read so far, Caris O'Malley certainly knows how to create a unique voice full of wonderful descriptions that propel along a fantastic story.

The prose is tight, the character interesting, the storyline superb. There is literally nothing bad about this book. It is fun, engaging, profound and delightfully well executed.

I recommend it to pretty much everybody, regardless of whether they like "bizarro" or not, because it is so superbly written and exciting.

The first half is a typical story (well written though!) but the second half is where it really gets fun. At only 80 or so pages it's really short too, so you can read it in an afternoon.

The Morbidly Obese Ninja
The Morbidly Obese Ninja
Price: £3.70

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4.0 out of 5 stars Bizarro anime, 30 Aug. 2012
Mellick is a very fun writer.

In this book he has written an anime story with a bizarro twist. Basu is a ninja, the best ninja in fact, but he's also morbidly obese.

A genuine hero, Basu soon finds himself saving the life of a target he was supposed to kill, all the while maintaining a huge calorie intake, somewhere around 4000 calories a day.

Some funny moments, some emotional moments, this book dances around like a ninja in a death fight. Certainly different in style to his earlier works, I think this is more like War Sl*t than other works.

Worth checking out for sure.

Abortion Arcade
Abortion Arcade
by Cameron Pierce
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.66

5.0 out of 5 stars Three Exciting Novellas, 30 Aug. 2012
This review is from: Abortion Arcade (Paperback)
A fantastic trio of tales from a great writer.

In the first story Cameron Pierce manages to turn the zombie story on its head whilst seamlessly blending a romantic tale of heroism and escape. Perhaps it can be read as a commentary on modern society, but regardless, its a fascinating take on zombies and consumerism. The prose and characters are typically engaging of Pierce. Though not as interesting as his novel SHARK HUNTING IN PARADISE GARDEN, this book is probably my favourite collection of his shorter works thus far.

The second story is simply a wtf kind of tale. It begins with a back-up quarterback at Heavy Metal High School being an outsider, a laughing stock almost. Oh, and a werewolf. He must get in an accident, part of the initiation of the world Cameron crafts. A series of events leads him to his Heaven, which turns out to be not as great as he imagined, typical Pierce then. Funny, bizarre and certainly different. I enjoyed the story.

The last story is a sad tale about a cycling enthusiast who wants to kill the elephants infesting his and his wife's apartment. It veers away from that angle quite sharply, becoming seriously poignant and weird at the same time. I don't want to spoil it at all, so go read it.

Pierce shows he has boundless imagination and a solid prose style in this book. Recommend it to pretty much everybody. The deeper themes are always sensible and interesting, only the surface may put people off. It's a shame because Pierce deserves to be recognised as a great writer.

Copeland Valley Sampler
Copeland Valley Sampler
by Chuck Copeland
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.86

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent sample of bizarro authors, 28 Aug. 2012
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Simply outstanding. Copeland Valley Press has some real talent on its hands.

The authors included are:
WILLIAM PAULEY III - witty and poignant stories
MAGEN TOOLE - funny, absurd flash stories
GARRETT COOK - an essay on being a writer
JORDAN KRALL - Not at all like his Eraserhead Press novels. Early indications of his newer work YOUR CITIES, YOUR TOMBS
MATTHEW REVERT - master absurdist
JAMES ANDRE - interesting shorts. Different style.
ERIC MAYS - Funny story about William S. Burroughs
J. HELMINTH JR. - heavy metal inspired devil worship
ASH LOMEN - a scifi story, a sexy/weird story, I would say Lynchian, but with more emphasis on sex.
JASON WUCHENICH - a sex addict seeks redemption. Great read.
CHUCK COPELAND - short piece on an event during his teen years.

Stand out stories include:

In Case of Apocalypse by Magen Toole - a funny story about reality that becomes untethered.

The Nook by Matthew Revert - an absurd tale about a love triangle affair between two men and an apartment

Are You Ever Going To Put Me Down? by Matthew Revert - clearly Revert is an absurdist gentleman, this one's about a man who wants to do one good deed for his wife by carrying her.

Gum Scrapers Anonymous by Jason Wuchenich - a disgusting tale about a sex addict and his ultimate redemption

On the whole, the book was pretty much faultless. I never felt like skipping anything, and there was a great blend of absurd, surreal and thoughtful prose.

I recommend this as a great introduction to some brilliant bizarro authors, nothing too heavy or revolting, and some really funny moments throughout.

Bit** Gone Crazy in the Attic
Bit** Gone Crazy in the Attic
Price: £0.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Bizarre short, 22 Aug. 2012
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This is a really fun short piece of writing, I think it's even less than 20 pages on a kindle. I picked it up at 77p, but it is sometimes free if you don't respect Jimmy Pudge enough to give him your money.

It's a quirky, charming short piece of writing that you could read on your morning break at work and then spend the rest of the day being that much happier having done it. Funny, poignant and moving all within a few short breaths in terms of writing, Jimmy Pudge crafts a miniature gem here.

Get it and be grateful that you ever heard the name Jimmy Pudge.

Party Wolves in my Skull
Party Wolves in my Skull
by Michael Allen Rose
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.66

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5.0 out of 5 stars bizarro road-trip, 8 Aug. 2012
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This is the first book by Michael Allen Rose and is published by Eraserhead Press as part of their New Bizarro Author Series, and I have to say, it really is a great start for him.

I won't go into plot as you can read the blurb above or other reviews on amazon to discover that it's a corker!

You know you're in for a wild ride from page one, well, you should have an inkling from the title, but just in case you didn't realise the absurd nature of the story, Michael sets the tone from the outset: great writing and superb characters make this a rollicking road-trip tale that has you rooting for the protagonists to achieve their goals, as well as feeling nauseous when the antagonist arrives on the scene.

Party Wolves succeeds as a debut novella because Michael knows how to write interesting characters and enthralling plot into engaging prose. You know you're reading the work of a great writer when you are feeling sympathetic for some party wolves one moment and laughing out loud the next, either through fun dialogue or absurd events.

I highly recommend this book as it exemplifies how fun the bizarro genre can be, and also serves as a platform to display how well written it can be too.

Gigantic Death Worm
Gigantic Death Worm
by Vince Kramer
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.66

4.0 out of 5 stars Juvenile Fun In A Good Way, 26 July 2012
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GIGANTIC DEATH WORMS is first and foremost, a fun story. It features delightfully juvenile comedy that rarely falls flat. There were a few moments that made me laugh out lou, but a couple of things I knew were supposed to be funny just didn't work as well - some of the animal reactions weren't as strong as others.

The story begins well, with an interesting character, but I felt it went downhill with the adolescent humour in the first chapter. I worried that it was going to be a stupid story about drugs and teen sex. How wrong I was, I continued into chapter 2 and was pleasantly rewarded by a ridiculously over-the-top story about drugs, alcohol and Gigantic Death Worms! And what's more, I soon found the humour to be endearing rather than ignorant.

The prose itself is decent, not mind-blowing, but it's definitely not a detriment to the fun I had when reading this book. There are some cracking lines scattered throughout. I enjoyed the narrator's interjections to clarify certain points.

The true strength of the book lies in that it doesn't take itself too seriously (exemplified by chapter ten). It knows what it's about, and doesn't pretend to be anything other than it is: a really fun story about mass destruction by Gigantic Death Worms. Some of the things that happen in the book are simply genius and kept me reading until I had finished it in one sitting.

I hope to see more from Vince Kramer in the future as he is clearly a remarkable talent when it comes to creating absolutely riotous storylines, and his writing can only get better.

I recommend this book to fans of comedy, cheesy horror, and/or Tequila.

Bad Alchemy
Bad Alchemy

4.0 out of 5 stars Mature Paranoid Fuelled Prose, 26 July 2012
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BAD ALCHEMY follows on from Krall's book FALSE MAGIC KINGDOM, which I really enjoyed. It was very different to any of the other work I had read of his, full of existential angst and paranoia.

The characters and their themes from the first book are developed further here, with some of the monologues and events from the first book given context by introducing them as diegetic sounds, usually on tape casette, giving an interesting aesthetic to the world he is creating. Krall's use of surreal language is mostly absent this time around, instead the strangeness is generated mostly through the events and character traits.

Overall, this book felt less intense than FALSE MAGIC KINGDOM, but is well written and very interesting, with a strong sense of foreboding and paranoia.

I would like to see these in paperback for ease of reference to earlier events/chapters to help clarify some of the more complex relationships between the books.

I am looking forward to the third installment, and am very interested to see where Krall takes this strange tale.

War Slut
War Slut
Price: £3.65

5.0 out of 5 stars So much more than war and sex, 21 July 2012
This review is from: War Slut (Kindle Edition)
War Sl*t

WAR Sl*t begins with a preface letting the reader know that Carlton Mellick III doesn't intend for this to be an accurate military story. Then he begins his story.

A love story. I know, a love story titled "WAR Sl*t"? Well, Carlton Mellick juxtaposes these two things (love and war) over one another very nicely, and adds a heap of weird things into the mix for extra flavour.

CMIII asks, what is it that makes a relationship? Is a relationship something we create in our own image? is it possible to base a healthy relationship solely on physical attributes? what is it that drives us to put ourselves in extreme environments in order that we maintain a certain way of being? Do we remain human if we cease to be true to ourselves, abandon what we truly love and chase a simulacrum of it instead? What do we surrender of ourselves that we might be able to go on living, trying to be comfortable in a world that is completely alien to how we naturally are? and obviously, the perennial question that has plagued mankind since war began: Who would I choose to have sex with if I had a war Sl*t that could look like anybody in the world?

I really enjoyed this book and thoroughly recommend it to any person even remotely interested in human relationships and what it means to be human.
Bizarre characters and weaponry, a brilliant plot, and a poignant message.
Not bad for a book titled "War Sl*t".

Beyond the Valley of the Apocalypse Donkeys
Beyond the Valley of the Apocalypse Donkeys
by Jordan Krall
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.61

5.0 out of 5 stars Like a Lynch film, 21 July 2012
What starts off as an innocent enough scenario soon becomes a weird tale where continuity really is a myth. Other reviews no doubt deal with the bulk of the plot, so I'll just suffice to say that the plot is top notch, really fun Lynchian style bizarre mystery/wtf?!. Think Krall's Squid Pulp Blues, but with a female donkey with larger breasts.

The writing is great: some fun dialogue and quirky characters.

The cover is awesome.

I don't have a bad word to say about it.

I read it in one sitting, helped by the bus I was on breaking down.

Recommend for fans of Lynchian movies, bizarre books, and large mammary glands.

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